The Favourites – February 2016

Where did February go!? Between work and personal life, this month flew by. I was able to make more time for myself and read some books, did some blogging, and had some baths. We really got into price matching, so I’ve been indulging in avocados, mangos and blood oranges. Just picture me rolling around on the bed throwing exotic fruit in the air. Or don’t, that’s pretty weird I guess.. Anyways, on to my favourites of the month in beauty, lifestyle, teas, and books.

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If only all this cash was mangos..

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7 Steps to Happier Winter Skin

This winter seems to be dragging on and on, with no end in sight. We have another winter storm warning on the horizon! Gaaah! I am nearly fed up with the snow, ice, and cold wind. But my face was fed up back in January. With terrible breakouts combined with flaky dry patches, my skin was becoming a hot mess. I decided to get my act together, and start babying my face and I’ve seen a huge improvement in the past month. I think you will be surprised by what was the most important change!
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The Mani – Champagne Bubbles

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This manicure is inspired by one of my favourite fancy drinks: champagne (or sparkling wine for those of us that can’t afford the real deal!). Something about champagne goes straight to my head and I love the bubbles. Whenever something is marketed as “champagne flavoured”, I lose my mind. One of my many wants in life are some vintage style wide mouth champagne glasses so I can drink my bubbly wine with mega class.

To create this party-friendly look I used two products from my holy grail nail brand, Deborah Lippman. Each bottle of nail polish costs between $20 CAD to $22 CAD and are easily available in Canada at Sephora and Murale. If you want to splurge on a nail polish, I recommend you hit them up first.

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The Wish List – Spring Fashion

Every year around this time, I start dreaming of spring. Warm sun, birds returning, and flowers blooming. Everything about spring is amazing. One of my favourite parts of the return of warm weather is getting to shed winter coats and break out my light sweaters, bright prints, and fun accessories. I have my eye on some new pieces this spring to freshen up my wardrobe and though I’d share them with you.

Tops
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  1. Knitted Jumper from H&M ($29.99 CAD). Spring in Ottawa can still be quite chilly so a light sweater is a necessity. You can dress it up for the office by pairing it with a black pencil skirt and a statement necklace.
  2. Solid Asymmetric Tunic from Simons ($20 CAD). This jersey top is another great basic that can be used in countless ways, from brunch to the work place. I like the longer back to keep me modest when wearing leggings.
  3. Pocket Front Top from Forever 21 ($19.90 CAD). A cute peach top that will compliment any skin tone. My vibe this spring seems to be effortless, slouchy pieces apparently!

Bottoms

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  1. Favorite Capri Leggings from Forever 21 ($6.90 CAD). I always stock up on a few pairs of these in the spring. Lightweight capri leggings are ideal for transitioning from winter to summer under tunics and short skirts.
  2. Super Skinny High Jegging from H&M ($24.99 CAD). These light wash jeans are a nice addition to your spring wardrobe, and the high waist jegging style is so comfy.
  3. Talula Vanderbilt Skirt from Aritzia ($75 CAD). A-line skirts are super hot this coming year so make sure to add a couple to your spring/summer rotation. This classic skirt will get you through all sorts of occasions.

Purses

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  1. Minimalist Envelope Clutch from Simons ($45 CAD). A synthetic clutch that can also be worn with a strap introduces a sweet pop of colour to those rainy spring days.
  2. ASOS Croc Shopper Bag from ASOS ($57.42 CAD). Another synthetic option, a faux croc large shopper purse. I love this size bag for lugging my life to and from work. You can fit your essentials, along with a book, a planner, your lunch, and so on.
  3. Herschel Shift from Little Burgundy ($75 CAD). Everything Herschel is the bees knees, and this floral print duffle bag is no exception. Spice up your gym life by swapping this bag in or as another option for your commuter life.

Accessories

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  1. Turquoise Bead ring from Simons ($45 CAD). I love turquoise so much, maybe for how to resembles a bright spring sky. This adorable ring from Simons is a must have, and their quality pieces are a great investment.
  2. Delicate Sentiments ring from Pandora ($75 CAD). This Pandora pearl ring might make an appearance on my birthday wishlist. Like turquoise, pearls represent spring/summer living to me. Maybe because they come from the ocean? Regardless, I love this delicate ring!
  3. Olivia Burton Flower Garden watch from Simons ($149 CAD). This watch will DEFINITELY be making it onto my birthday list. I’ve been pining after Olivia Burton watches for some time now, and Simons has finally brought them to Canada. With the timeless style of Daniel Wellington mixed with feminine patterns and colours, every one needs one of these.

What are you excited for this spring?