Tuesday, March 20, 2018

the struggle ends when gratitude begins.

Generosity is a gift that never goes unnoticed. Lately, I've been feeling especially grateful for the wonderful things in my life. From random early morning conversations...to small tips from regular customers...to a random bag of goodies from a good friend....to time spent with the people that know me best. The list goes on and on. These acts of kindness and generosity have gone far beyond momentary happiness. They have restored my faith in the world. They have made me want to put that same kind of love and positivity back into the universe.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

shopping haul (sephora, hot topic, indigo, and more)

Shopping used to be a regular occurrence in my life. I would hit the mall as often as possible, coming home with an armful of bags, each one loaded with new and exciting purchases. Over the last several years, that has slowed. And more recently? I haven't done any shopping at all. I have been focused on saving money, thinking before I spend, and being mindful of what I already own. Despite this shift, I wound up doing a bit of shopping...two days in a row.

Friday, March 16, 2018

st. patrick's day inspired makeup look.

Holidays always manage to bring joy to my life. From the colourful decorations to the family traditions...everything about those annual celebrations feels special. Though St. Patrick's Day is not a holiday that gives us time off work or brings relatives together, it has a special significance to me. It was on that day, many years ago now, that I met my husband for the first time. Ever since, I have always thought of it as "our" holiday. We make a point to spent it together and do our best to make it special.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

gentle ways to remove your makeup.

It can be tough. Removing your makeup, that is. Some products force you to tug and pull on the skin. Others cause you to rub, rub, and rub some more. (And there is still be waterproof mascara left over!) If you are anything like me, you want smooth, healthy-looking skin day after day. To achieve this....gentle makeup removal is a must. Here are a few ways to make it happen.

Monday, March 12, 2018

top 5 favourites series: blush

It is my weakness. Whenever a gorgeous new blush crosses my path, it simply must become part of my (always expanding) blush collection. Though I have gotten a lot better over the last little while...there is still a ton of blush floating around in my makeup room. I just love it! It constantly amazes me how the right shade can transform a look, give it polish, and pull everything together. Out of the many products I have used over the years, there are a few that continue to stand out. So, here it is! This is my list of the top five favourite blushes.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

fashion inspiration: Dresshopau

Few things inspire me more than fashion. It constantly amazes me how powerful a stunning outfit or dramatic dress can be. Not only does it look good but it makes you feel radiant, confident, and excited. The colours, the shapes, the design details....every little bit adds up to an extraordinary piece that inspires you to be your best self. To some people, fashion is nothing more than something to wear. But to fashionistas? Clothing is a tool to stand up and show the world who you are. If you fall into the fashionista category, then you will want to pay attention to Dresshopau.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

love it or leave it? winnie harlow

There are plenty of supermodels out there...but none like Winnie Harlow. I remember watching her on the twenty-first cycle of America's Next Top Model and being amazed by her beauty, talent, and drive. (Though she wasn't exactly beloved on her season, if I recall correctly.) Since her time on the show, I have done my best to keep up with her via social media. That means double tapping her Instagram photos and checking out modelling campaigns. During London Fashion Week, Winnie stepped out in a bold outfit that definitely turned some heads. Was it good? Bad? Somewhere in between? It is time to find out with another installment of love it or leave it.