Going (Ombre) Grey With Redken

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Little known fact about me…I worked at a salon for two years, and I studied cosmetology all 4 years throughout high school. During that period, I ran through pretty much every colour – from fire-engine red, to bleach blonde to purple. I guess you can say that my current hair has kind become my ‘signature’ over time – an ultra-dark, sharp lob (long bob) with bangs. I haven’t really strayed from that over the last few years, because I mean, really, what would I do? Blonde? No. Red? No. I’m The Brunette Salad after all, haha. But the whole grey trend was super-intriguing to me from the get-go and something I felt I could get on board with. As much as I hate to admit it, the thing that really sparked my interest was a photo of Kylie Jenner (don’t judge). So when I finally decided to take the plunge, I reached out to my good friends at Redken, who I knew would take ultra-good care of my strands. They put me in the hands of Marie-Eve Faucher (one Redken’s artists), to get me to silver fox status.

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Black Bomber + Timbs

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Hi guys – I know it’s been a while since I posted, but I swear I have a good excuse! The year has been off to a crazy good start…and I can’t wait to share some of the stuff I have lined up. Everything is kinda hush-hush til’ next week, but stay tuned. In the meantime, I thought I’d share one of my go-to winter ensembles with you. Honestly, in “real-life” (or whatever), especially in the harsh Canadian winter, I couldn’t be bothered to make a huge effort with my outfits. Seriously…it’s too cold for that. So I tend to stick with tried-and-true, comfy, warm pairings. If you see me wandering around Toronto in the winter, chances are this is what I have on. I love this Oak + Fort sweater to death…it is hands down my favourite sweater, and I have witnessed 7 of my friends buying it after me. I probably wear it too much, but I don’t care. It is THE BEST layering piece – it looks great under a leather jacket, a bomber, a camel coat…pretty much anything. And can’t forget the Timbs…ugh, thank God for Timbs. I would probably have have lost a toe or broken my back from falling on ice if it wasn’t for them. In my opinion, there’s no better winter boot. I already had the rubbery-version from last year, but I picked up a fresh new (classic black leather) pair from Union Jack Boots and am loving the more classic silhouette, and how soft and squishy (lol at word choicing) they are.

boots: Timberland (here) jeans: H&M sweater: Oak + Fort bomber: Romwe (here)

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Twenty Sixteen

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New Year’s Eve – that time where nearly all the ladies across the world will inevitably pull out their sequined minidresses for a special night on the town. But hold on a sec – it doesn’t have to be that way! I mean, hey, if sequins are your thing…go for it I guess. But for those of us that might have a mini-phobia of all things falling under the umbrella of super-girly (this includes: hot pink, frills, rhinestones) not to mention predictable, NYE dressing can be kind of tricky. I mean, you want to be fancy…but you don’t want to look like everyone else.

Personally, my kind of NYE ensemble is equal parts sleek and comfy (and sequin-less). My favourite way to translate that into an outfit? A jumpsuit, or a cool top paired with wide leg pants like these ones from The Fifth. All you have to do is finish the look off with a great pair of heels (preferably with a cool detail) to glam you up and you’re good to go. I love this gorgeous Louise et Cie pair I got from ShoeMe, but Kat Maconie also makes some really great special occasion heels (check out more here).

top: Boohoo (here), pants: The Fifth (similar here), shoes: Louise et Cie (here)

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide

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Holiday shopping can seem super daunting, not to mention stressful…with a capital S. I’ve put together a list of a few of my favourite things in an effort to make your holiday gift-shopping a bit easier…items I personally would be thrilled to receive and believe would be the same story for others. Most of them are under $50, but you can build and double up for those really special people 😉

1. Felony Case iPhone 6 case, here

2. & Other Stories hand cream set, here

3. Disaronno x Cavalli limited-edition liquor, available at the LCBO

4. Mast chocolate, here

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1. Marble cutting board, Homesense

2. Rose gold pizza cutter + can opener, Homesense

3. Pecksniff’s soap set, Homesense

4. Aquiesse candle, Homesense

5. The Body Shop vitamin E set, here

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1. Hennessy cognac, available at the LCBO

2. Calvin Klein Eternity Now fragrance, here

3. American Crew gift set, here

4. Wildly Delicious gourmet vinegar set, Homesense

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1.Tea + hot chocolate set, Homesense

2. Lush salt & peppermint bark shower scrub, here

3. Lush vanillary perfume, here

4. Rebel’s Refinery capital vices lip balm, here

5. Oh She Glows cookbook, Homesense

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NYC Photo Diary

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Places: The Renwick Hotel (heaven-sent fresh croissants and coffee in the a.m. – book it here), Soho House New YorkMurray’s Bagels (literally can’t come to NY and not get one), ChaLait, Bluestone Lane (when you’re craving some solid avo toast + amazing soup), and for shopping – Dover Street Market New York, Opening Ceremony, and & Other Storiesmorning-calvinswindow-mackagedover-street-market
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Highland Boots

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I don’t shy away from many articles of clothing (except brightly coloured ones, of course). But up until very recently, over-the-knee boots were one of the few things I can admit to being intimidated of wearing. I’m not even sure why – maybe because I was scared to look like cat woman? Or an…err…woman of the night? I don’t know. It doesn’t really make sense because I’ll rock a v-neck bodysuit cut down to my belly button or booty shorts no problem, yet I’m scared of a pair of boots that COVER leg? It doesn’t even make sense. Either way, I’m happy I decided to try something new because I’m totally into them. Paired with a simple mini-skirt and turtleneck like I’m wearing above, or with a super-oversized boxy pullover (which I’m dying to try), they’re one of those pieces that take an outfit from meh to woah.

boots: Stuart Weitzman ‘Highland’ (here) bag: Mackage ‘Rubie’ (here) skirt: Forever 21 (similar here) turtleneck: H&M (similar here)

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Travel Essentials | Version 2.0

travel-laydown-marble-final-1I made a (half serious) pact to myself some time ago that I’d be on a plane once a month this year. Since July, it seems as though I’ve kept with that pact…which, honestly, is kind of crazy, no?! For the second time this year, I’ll be visiting NYC thanks to my friends at Expedia.ca. I’m super stoked to start working with them – they’ve been my go-to when booking trips, since, well, since I started booking trips. I also signed up for the TD First Class Travel Infinite Card (which is jointly partnered with Expedia) a little over a year ago, and have become the biggest advocate for it. Remember my trip to Miami? My flight there was free, thanks to the points I’ve racked up from that card over the last year or so – it’s honestly amazing. Plus, every time you book travel through Expedia for TD, you get 9 points for every dollar you spend…and thus the reward cycle continues – the more you travel the more points you get to put to travel! Win-win if you ask me. P.s. Realizing how ad-y this sounds and cracking myself up…this is in no way sponsored by TD

So back to the trip – Expedia.ca is sending me to the big apple to check out the Street Dreams Magazine’s Issue 8 launch. I met the guys from Street Dreams through working with Free Agency (You might have seen this video I worked on with them via The Creator Class) and our group of friends just vibe so well together. We all live in different coasts – Toronto, Vancouver, NYC – but when we get the opportunity to get together, we make it work. I booked my travel during Black Friday, and there were some serious deals on Expedia.ca and on the Expedia app as well – not to mention the savings when bundling flight and hotel together. (I saved $225 by going the package route.) If booking separate is your thang – you can find info about Expedia.ca’s other New York hotels here, and find some great flight deals here.

Enough about all this booking talk. If you’re thinking about traveling (to New York, or anywhere for that matter) and you have the funds to do so…my recommendation is to just do it. You will honestly NEVER regret putting your money on a trip. All booked? Great. Now that the important part is done, in comes the next (less fun) part – packing! We all know that what you pack is almost as important as the trip itself, am I right? Here are my travel essentials, by my side any time I step on a plane:

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  • passport (duh)
  • Rebel’s Refinery lip balm (here)
  • Lush liquid liner (here)
  • Byredo Parfums Mohave Ghost – my current fav scent, (here)
  • my camera
  • coconut water (the thirst is real – literally – on planes for me)
  • Nars blush in Orgasm, (here)
  • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, (here)
  • L’Occitane hand cream (here) and mini shea butter, (here)
  • The Body Shop Elderflower cooling eye gel, (here)
  • a notebook (cuz’ ya know, you never know when inspiration will hit)
  • headphones
  • Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, (here)
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 70, (here)
  • Phillip Lim sunglasses, (here)
  • Cos mini bag, similar (here)

p.s. Follow me on Instagram for freshly updated posts while I’m in NYC! #TBSxExpediaCa

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(Not) Too Cool For Mules

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I’m a strong believer in building your outfit around a particular piece of clothing. Whether it be some cool pants, a structured top, or a funky pair of shoes – I personally believe it’s the least overwhelming formula when putting together an #ootd. As you probably already know, I tend to lean toward very basic clothing, so centering an outfit around a cool bag or some interesting heels is a great way to add some visual interest without requiring much thought. And what better way to find a pair of interesting heels than an online shop dedicated to them? After someone from the SHOEme.ca team reached out to me, I legit spent hours pouring through their products. They literally have something for everyone – whether you’re a guy, kiddie, outdoorsy, or a regular ol’ 20 something shoe fiend looking for luxe labels like Calvin Klein or Louise et Cie. I eventually ended up picking out these calf hair mules and love how the cut & texture add a lil’ sum’ sum’ to what would otherwise be a plain ensemble.

top: Oak + Fort (similar here), pants: Thrifted, shoes: Calvin Klein (here) hat: American Apparel (here)

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Rose Gold Tho

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I’m sick. SICK. AND TIRED. Why, you ask? Well…many reasons. But one of them is because I’ve spent over 2 decades of wearing costume jewellery that turns black/green after a few wears. As I’m getting older and my aesthetic has pretty much matured, I’ve come to realize that I know what I like – and it makes so much more sense to invest in pieces I KNOW that I’ll get tons of wear out of rather than waste money on fast fashion anything. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s infinitely better to spend some significant moolah on a high quality, signature piece of jewellery that can be worn all the time rather than get tempted by garbage costume jewellery that needs to be replaced once a month. A piece I personally love is a simple diamond band. This one pictured, by Michael Hill, is done in rose gold for a little modern twist – and features a row of genuine diamonds for some minimal sparkle. So ladies, my final thought is: DO NOT think twice about dropping some dough on a simple jewellery piece that you know you love and will wear daily. It will be worth it. Diamonds + gold don’t go down in value. Oh, and DEFINITELY do not wait for a guy to buy jewellery for you! We’re in 2015, darling 😉

Michael Hill Rose Gold + Diamond Ring, here

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Miami Photo Diary

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Sometimes you just need to get away. I wouldn’t call it ‘escaping’ like some people do…something more along the lines of a temporary hiatus of everyday life. It’s been a strange/crazy/wonderful year for me so far, and I’m beyond grateful to be busy. But I truly think taking a mini-hiatus as often as possible (to a place more exciting/different) does wonders for the soul and is super-necessary. It just makes you realize that there’s so much out there in the world. As much as I love Toronto, it’s way too small sometimes. It’s easy to get wrapped up in stuff that doesn’t necessarily feed your soul. A quick little jaunt to Miami with Christian, who I’ve been working closely with (and growing both professionally and personally with) was just what the doctor ordered.

Places: Thompson Miami Beach (where we stayed), Soho House Miami Beach, The WebsterBodega South Beach (go for the tacos, stay for the amazing music and vibes), Yardbird Southern Table & BarCecconi’s (the kale+provolone pizza and hazelnut ice cream profiteroles are musts), Havana 1957, and obviously – Liv & E11even for some late night fun 😉
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