I have been busy testing out some new beauty product and want to share some of my favourite Summer products.  The best part is that they are all drugstore brands so  they are affordable too!  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these products the next time you are browsing the beauty department.

1) Makeup Revolution Blush Palette: This is a new brand to Canada!  Originally from London, they believe that quality products can still be affordable.  This palette has a more bronzy/metalicy look to it.  Perfect for sun kissed skin.

2) Jergens Hydrating Coconut Moisturizer: This big bottle of coconut deliciousness is sitting on my bathroom counter.  It makes my skin feel amazing and smells divine.

3) Nyx Ombre Blush: This fashion inspired blush adds a radiant flush of colour to my cheeks. It goes on silky and blends beautifully.

4) E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer:  I don’t like to cover my face with loads of makeup in the Summer months.  I have actually replaced my foundation with this awesome face primer.  It makes my skin look smooth and soft.  It evens out my skin tone and is the perfect base for my bronzing blushes.

5) Jergens Natural Glow self tanner:  I have been using Jergens for years and years for my gradual self tanning needs.  Their newest formula contains black tea to help enhance your colour without streaks and that weird sunless tanner smell.

6) Ogx Weightless Oil + Lifting Tonic:  It’s easy for your summer locks to look dry and limp.  This gravity defying tonic can be applied to either wet or dry hair and will boost and hydrate your hair.  This fresh formula with moisturize, volumize, and breathe life into your hair.  This one you’ll want to throw into your beach bag for a quick hair refresh.

Look for all these products at the London Drugs beauty department.
(Pretty floral cosmetic bag from Ted Baker)

 

Over the weekend I did a huge closet purge and organization.  I kept all my favourite pieces.  The ones I wear over and over again and truly love to wear.  My 20′s were all about having fun with my style.  I chose fashion over function and shoes were a big part of this. It still amazes me that I used to wear heels to work everyday, and I was on my feet all day. I can barely last a couple hours now.

Now in my mid-30′s, I’m all about the comfort.  Comfortable doesn’t have be ugly or outdated though.  I find I now buy brands that are timeless, versatile, and feel like butter on my feet.  Miz Mooz seems to be one of fave Summer shoe go-to’s.  When I was cleaning out my closet, overtime I picked up a pair of my Miz Mooz I’d say “Oh, I love these ones.” The top pair you have seen a few times on the blog this season.  They are the best everyday shoe.  The second pair I got last year (they have them back again this year) and are a great all season flat.  These were my updated solution to the ballet flat.  The bottom pair I also bought last year and have been great for weddings, events, or a dinner out with the hubs.

I am feeling excited about living with less, wearing the items I have more, and truly loving what’s in my closet.  Don’t ever feel like you “should” buy something just because it’s a trend.  Instead think about your lifestyle and what you like.  These items will last  you more than just a single season.  This is good news for the environment and for your bank account.

This post was not sponsored.  All opinions are my own…as always. 

 

Packing Checklist

Summer Pack List

Packing is always such a chore.  I love going away, but sometimes loathe the packing process.  Having been away last week, with another trip around the corner next week, packing is on my mind.  I thought I would share my packing recipe to help with the ease of prepping for a summer getaway.

1) Think about what you will be doing on your trip.  And be realistic.  Do you need a cocktail dress and heels for a family vacay by the beach?  Probably not.  Break down your activities and plan outfits around that.

2) Don’t pack too many shoes.  I am always guilty of this.  I packed 3 pairs of shoes for our last trip and ended up only wearing my metallic  flip flops the whole time.

3) I don’t know about you, but when I’m on vacay I want to be comfortable.  Don’t pack those jeans that are too tight or a dress that rides up.  Pack your favourite go-to items with comfort in mind. And don’t forget about loungewear.  It’s nice to have cozy stuff to hang out in at your accommodations.

The Checklist:

  • a pair of jeans
  • a pair of jean shorts
  • 3-5 tanks/tops (depending on how long you are away)
  • hoodie
  • casual LBD
  • cardigan
  • swimsuit
  • beach coverup
  • beach towel (my faves are the Sunday Dry Goods Turkish towels)
  • sunnies
  • flipflops
  • a multi-purpose bag (can take shopping or to the beach)
  • a couple of simple accessories (hoop earrings, bracelet, etc.)
  • loungewear/jammies and slippers
  • sleep mask (you never know how bright your accommodations may be)
  • hair ties
  • ball cap (because who want to do their hair on vacation?)
  • toiletries / suntan lotion / hair brush / dry shampoo / shampoo & conditioner / blowdryer (if they don’t provide one) / flat iron / undies / bras

 

 

Sometimes after a a long day the only option is to slip into something comfortable and  go out for dinner.  I had an awesome day last Saturday working a market for my shop West + Wind but it was a looooong day.  My day started at 5am and involved a lot of hauling and lugging of boxes, etc.  When friends texted me to ask if we wanted to join them for a family dinner out, I was in.  This dress has been a cozy go-to for a few years now.  Plenty is the best for fab basics like this.  This top is a new one from Du North.  I’m in love with the colour.  It’s so soft it’s like pulling on a lightweight sweatshirt.

These earring though!  If you are looking for truly gorgeous handmade jewelry (more like wearable art),  then you must check out Vancouver designer Negar Khatami.  I have had the pleasure of styling her pieces for photoshoots before and also own one of her necklaces.  Her studio is lovely and the designer herself is the most amazing and inspiring woman. I love when I get to wear items made by such talented people.

I hope you all have an amazing long weekend.  I am so excited to pack up and head to the lake on Friday.  Yes, there will be loads of comfy things being packed.

 

Details: top c/o Du North, dress: c/o Plenty, earrings: c/o Katami Designs, shoes Miz Mooz c/o Shoes on Fourth, clutch Rudsak

 

Summer Transition

Transitioning into Summer Mood Board

So far, Vancouver’s Spring/Summer season has been a constant yo-yo between amazing hot weather and freezing rainy days.  So, what does one wear?  Getting dressed has been a struggle lately so I have created a mini capsule wardrobe within my closet for this weird ever changing weather.  I feel like I would pack a version of this when we finally get it together to book a mini family vacay.  The keys things to keep in mind when creating a little capsule collection for transitioning into a new season or for travel are:
1) Pick a neutral pallet with at these 3 colours.  Here I’ve gone with black, blue, and caramel.
2) Make sure you can mix and match the items.  The black tank + black shorts would be perfect for a dinner out, while the black tank + distressed jeans + cardi are great together for running errands on a cooler day.
3) Have fun with all the different combinations you can make.  Challenge yourself to create a capsule with things you already own and see how many looks you can get out of those items in a week.  This is also a great starting point to declutter your closet.  See what you gravitate towards and want to wear.  Take note of what you shove to the back of your closet.
Happy Friday All!
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