Happy new week, friends. Did everyone have a lovely weekend? Plus happy Memorial long to my US friends! We just celebrated an epic birthday for Martin, and spent time with family & friends. Yay! I LOVE birthdays, always so much fun… and now I’m trying to figure out what I’ll do for mine in July. A pool party & BBQ would be so much fun…Read More
In my previous post, I mentioned I’ve been dealing with a CFS flare-up and as a result… I’ve been feeling creative burnout too. If you’re a blogger / influencer (or human) than you know exhaustion can hit at any time. So for the month of May, I’ve been pressing pause and it’s been feeling amazingly good. I’ve also come to realize that I put wayyy too much pressure on myself. Pressure for perfect photos, perfect hair, perfect make-up, gaining a following, increasing my income, and not disappointing anyone (that one’s huge for me). Pressure, and perfectionism suck, and are guaranteed to ruin whatever it is we do. Moving forward, I’d love to cultivate more balance, and learn to lighten up.
What does that look like? I’m not 100% sure, but I think getting mindful is everything. When we’re able to see our bad habits, hopefully it leads us to make better choices. So moving forward, I’m excited to do just that, and create a healthier framework for my life. And if you’re dealing with burn-out? I’d recommend stepping back, spending time doing something you love, getting full on life & rest, and I promise you’ll come back a brand new human being.
As for my outfit, I’m so excited to have finally found the perfect mom jeans. The denim is nice & stiff which is perfect because they kind of suck you in + they give such a fun twist to all my usual/fave outfits. I’ve been wearing them with vintage blouses and heels, or cropped sweaters & sneakers for a day of errands. Have you tried the trend? If so, I’d love to know what you think… xo
Are you guys team light & airy, or dark & moody?… Today I thought I’d mix it up and give my photos a slightly different feel. I’ve been editing my pictures the same way for years and thought it was time to mix it up. I also hope to be back later this week with an outfit post and chatting on creative burnout and how I’ve been recovering.
But today, I’m diving in and sharing my fave beauty products for the month of May. Yay! Recently I asked what kind of content you were loving, and beauty received a unanimous vote, and I was absolutely delighted to hear it. Skin care has always been a huge part of my life and I love trying & reviewing new / new-to-me products. Let’s jump in!
Stila Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Primer - I was so excited to try this one and it’s been a lovely addition to my make-up routine. I chose the illuminating finish, however it’s also available in a bronzing effect. The primer is made of natural botanicals, and over 70% water, which gives a refreshing feel to the skin when applied. I typically add mine under foundation, or wear it on its own for a dewy look. The light-refracting pearls add a natural glow and help blur imperfections.
Korres Wild Rose Spotless Serum - This has been such a popular item in our home. Last time I checked, my hubby nabbed it and I found my serum in his bathroom! ;) The serum is made of wild rose oil and 15% vitamin C, both of which do a great job with brightening and evening the skin tone. The product is also very light and doesn’t leave much of a film, or oil on the skin, and I love that it’s vegan and cruelty-free.
Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening 24H Moisturiser - Because my skin tends to be extremely dry, for me, this cream wasn’t moisturizing enough. But I love it anyway and typically apply a richer cream once this one settles into my skin. The more anti-aging creams the merrier + I feel like this cream has so many benefits. From the beginning, I noticed my skin was brighter and took on a healthy glow & colour. This gem of a cream also contains super vitamin c, turmeric extract and hyaluronic acid, all of which my skin is loving.
Pixi Peel & Polish - Obsessed!! This is my go-to before any event, or special occasion. My skin always looks incredible and like I just stepped out of the spa + spent my morning at the gym. Hello, glow city. Sold! Also love that Pixie products are cruelty free.
Chanel 1932 Eue De Parfum - While some find this perfume a little too heady and strong, I love it. The composition is a powdery floral with a focus on jasmine. You’ll also find notes of rose, ylang-ylang, lilac and carnation. If you’ve tried it, I’d love to know what you think!
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm (in medium) - This is my new go-to, and come to think of it… it’s all I’ve worn since I bought it. The balm is meant to hydrate and revive the natural lip colour and it’s enriched with vitamin E and moringa butter. I absolutely love the hydration it gives my lips + I love the tint of colour too. I’m never heavy handed with my lipstick application and prefer a more sheer colour whenever possible. So for me, this is the loveliest addition.
My Charlotte London blazer is hands down one of my favourite pieces in my closet, and today I’m giving it a little spring re-fresh & adding my fave floral cami. Only seems appropriate, now that spring is in full swing, right?! Here’s a direct link to the blazer I’m wearing and I’m equally in love with this striped one and this gold & black one too. I honestly can’t recommend Charlotte’s pieces enough. My cream blazer has been such a fabulous staple + I receive a ton of compliments when I wear it!
Also, a few updates… I’ve started sharing more of my outfits via the liketoknow.it app and it’s seriously become my new fave way to shop other bloggers outfits too. If you’d like to see more of my daily looks / try on’s?! Be sure to follow me over there. I’d love your support and I’m quite certain you’ll LOVE the app as much as I do. Let me know if you have any questions on how to use it, or anything else!
Other than that, I’m rooting for a good week. Last week wasn’t the greatest. I’ve been dealing with quite the health flare-up and feeling beyond wiped. I’d love to share more on that soon and how I manage life with CFS. It’s in those moments, I’m aware, more than ever, that our blogs & Instagram accounts are definitely only the highlight reels of our lives. We certainly don’t see the struggle that everyone goes through. And believe me, we all struggle! However, it’s always my intention to be as honest with you guys as possible! xo
Happy new week, everyone. Did you guys have a great Easter?! We were off for four days and had an amazing time. I did power yoga on Thursday morning + went to the gym before dinner. Then Martin & I went on the most beautiful hike the next morning, and it was so therapeutic. Can’t wait to get back as soon as my sore muscles heal. Other than that, we relaxed, napped on the couch, made yummy food and we even squeezed in some shopping. Can’t wait to share what I got in next week’s outfit post. I’m planning kind of a fun 90’s look and excited to mix it up. When it comes to style, I’m honestly not married to a particular “aesthetic” - for me, fashion is about having fun & experimentation. Anyone else?!
As for my ModCloth news… if you’re a fellow Canadian, you’re going to love this. ModCloth is finally offering very affordable express shipping ($10 when you spend under $100, and $5 when you spend over $100) and prepaid duties at checkout. Yay, finally!! I honestly stopped shopping with ModCloth because my last item was $65 and I was charged $40 in duties at the border - definitely not worth it. So I’m thrilled they’ve made this change and I can’t wait to order again. With that said, let’s dive into this week’s reads…
- Since we’re on the topic of ModCloth. Here’s what I’m coveting: this dress has my name written all over it, this pointelle cardy would be perfect with high rise jeans and this buttoned cami would be darling with denim shorts + leather sandals
- Did you catch my Fave Straw Bags For Spring post? Be sure to peek, there’s so many lovely bags to refresh your fave spring / summer outfits
- If you’re looking to up your smoothie game? You’ll love my coffee banana smoothie recipe
- Bought these earrings over the weekend (they don’t look like much on the website) but they’re so pretty & modern in person. Highly recommend + they’re only $7!!
- Also nabbed Levi’s iconic wedgie jeans and I love them!! They’re a celeb fave & the fit is fab
- This Nourish Facial Oil With Pomegranate from John Masters Organics is on my wish-list
- Love this vintage Chanel bag. Swoon!
- Love Cee’s latest post. Such an accurate & relatable account of life as a fashion blogger. Clearly, we’re all a little insane! ;)
- Why can’t I be more crafty?! This DIY diamond tufted headboard is so beautiful
- For all my fellow Canadians these are the best 100 restaurants in Canada
- Net-a-porter has the most unique blouses - but I don’t love how they styled it on the model
- Never not stalking pretty flats even if they’re over budget! ;)
- Found THE prettiest vintage inspired rings via Etsy. Oh my gosh, which is your favourite?
Hope you enjoyed this week’s reads and wishing you the loveliest week ahead, friends. I’m not going to lie, pretty darn excited it’s only a four day work week. Yay!! xo