Easter Weekend Outfit Ideas

As my usual posting day this Sunday is actually Easter and I’ll be too busy eating and spending time with the fam, I’ve decided to post today instead!

I don’t know about you, but Easter weekend is one of my favourite celebrations of the entire year. It’s like the epitome of Spring! Being surrounded by family, flowers, and of course food & chocolate brings me so much joy.  Traditional Easter festivities of my family include:

  • dressing up fancy-schmancy on Sunday (florals, pastels, and all)
  • going to Easter Mass at our Church
  • going to a buffet style brunch at a gorgeous golf-course called Mayfair Lakes
  • multiple Easter egg/basket hunts
  • Easter dinner with the entire family

This is the annual tradition that seems to always stay the same, and I think thats why I enjoy it so much and always look forward to it months ahead of time!


Now I love to dress up and Easter brings the best opportunity to wear florals and pastels (two of my favourite things) so here are a few of my Easter outfit ideas! This year I purchased a dress at the Hudson’s Bay from Calvin Klein and I’m in LOVE. They were having a sale too which was a double score for me 😛

  1. Classy and feminine; this is my Easter outfit this year!

2. Cute and flirty; this look is very fresh, girly, and a great choice if you like to show off your legs!

3. Casual and chic; this look is great for a day of activities where a dress or skirt isn’t the most appropriate!

4. Laidback; this look is definitely more relaxed and aimed for a day of straight chillin’.

5. Glammed up; this look is one of my favourites, although I could never see myself actually wearing something this glamorous for Easter Sunday! This one is tailored for a late night party or fancy dinner out? If that even happens on Easter Sunday… I don’t know.


You may have noticed that two of the three pairs of shoes that I wore for these outfits are from Payless Shoe Source… now you know one of my most prized little secrets. Payless has a fantastic collection of shoes for amazing prices!! It’s only a matter of looking and trying on 😉 They also often have sales of BOGO, 20-40% off, and more. The two brands that usually have the cutest pairs in store are Christian Siriano for Payless and Brash.

I hope that you enjoyed browsing over my Easter outfits! Let me know what you think! Happy Easter Weekend loves!

xoxo,

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Update: 40-Day Shopping Cleanse

So my 40 days of no shopping is complete and I’m quite proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished! There were some bumps along the way, but hey, these occurred only on Sundays (a day of freedom). If you’re not aware of my shopping cleanse, refer back to my older posts to see what it was all about!

I’ll admit that I did walk into the mall I think once during the entire 40-days, but for a good reason. I needed to purchase an Easter dress! I went on a Sunday just to be clear. Although I ended up buying both an Easter dress AND a pair of jeans. My weak spot was TopShop, because I’m in love with all of their denim and I couldn’t help myself! Shame on me 🙁

Overall though I would say I did pretty well with the whole no shopping thing and I’m excited to be donating to the charity I mentioned in my first post about my cleanse. I have to say though, my Wishlist has gotten waaaay too long. 40 days is a really long time!

Thanks for accompanying me on my 40-Day Shopping Cleanse 😉

xoxo,

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Update: 40-Day Shopping Cleanse

It’s been about 3 weeks already since I started my 40-day shopping cleanse and boy has it been hard! I’ll admit that I did cave a couple times, but not for anything extraordinarily big.

According to the “rules” of Lent, we are allowed to indulge in the things that we gave up for the 40 days of the preparation. One of my weak moments occurred on a Sunday so maybe it doesn’t count? I did feel a little guilty though. I bought myself the Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet fragrance. Like I said before I’m obsessed with perfume!! I did only get the smaller bottle though.

The perfect light and sensual floral scent with notes of Sicilian orange, peonies, Damascus rose, and white musk.

The only other thing that I caved in for was a mani-pedi. This felt necessary…! Yet I didn’t go for my usual acrylic mani and shellac pedi, I went with the simplest of combos and got regular nail polish on both hands and feet!

I still think I’m doing pretty well with my cleanse considering it’s been an entire 3 weeks and I haven’t stepped foot into the mall! I’ll keep you all updated on whether or not I stay strong for the remainder of my cleanse 😉 I’ll also be doing a post about the organization I’m donating too next week, so stay tuned for that! It’s a neat and great way to give back.

Xoxo,

Dual Outfits of the Day – Winter&Spring

So Vancouver has been experiencing some strange weather patterns as of lately, and although it’s Spring it definitely does NOT feel like it! It was recently snowing…in March! Unbelievable right? And it’s still pretty chilly for Spring time weather. Therefore the outfits that I’ve been wearing lately are very versatile. I’ve been wearing pieces that can be layered nicely, but can just as easily be taken off to create a cute look if the day happens to warm up.

Below are two of my #ootd’s from the past two weeks, click the links to find out where you can get these pieces or something similar!


Top: Aritzia Wilfred; I purchased this a few years ago and just started wearing it more frequently but if you’re looking for a cute off the shoulder sweater that’s similar shop this one from Aritzia.


Bottoms: I’m actually wearing a jumpsuit from H&M which I also bought a while ago but here’s a similar one.

Accessories: Gucci Soho Disco Bag

Shoes: Although I don’t have a photo of my shoes I paired this outfit with black pointed toe flats like the ones below from Aldo.


                                                                                                                                                                                

Jumpsuit: I wore the same H&M jumpsuit as the outfit previous to this one because it has a cute bow detailing around the waist.

Sweater: Aritzia Wilfred, which isn’t available anymore so you can shop a similar one here.

Accessories: Gucci Imprimé Large Tote Bag; Pandora Rings

xoxo,

40-Day Shopping Cleanse

I just finished my first full week of no shopping and I feel quite happy with myself. Some of you may be familiar with the term “Lent” but if not, I will explain. As a part of my religion, we annually take the 40 days before Easter to sacrifice certain things (in my case shopping), fast, reflect, and prepare for the upcoming celebration.

Why I chose shopping…

I have always been and probably always will be a shopaholic, it’s something that I love doing. I believe that if I’m working hard to earn money, I should be able to spend it the way I want to! Some of you may be able to relate. I’ve chosen to do a 40-Day Shopping Cleanse because 1) I need to learn how to save my money money better and 2) it’s something that is actually pretty difficult for me, it’s a challenge I want to take on.

What I hope to get out of this cleanse…

Hopefully by the time these 40 days are up, I will…

  • have a large sum of money saved up
  • have learned better self-discipline and control
  • trust that I’m capable of saving and not spending
  • be able to donate a generous amount to a charity

What I will be doing with part of the money I saved…

First things first, Lent is a time to be giving to others and doing service for others so in cleansing myself of shopping I can’t just do it for selfish reasons (as mentioned above). I know that I also need to be giving to others, and therefore a part of the money that I save will be donated. The charity that I will be donating to has an awesome catalogue full of different items (goats, clothing, household supplies, etc) that I can purchase for families in poorer countries.

Majority of my money will also be saved (hopefully for the rest of the year) leading up to my family trip to the Philippines/Hawaii in December. Aaaannndddd, another part of it will be spent on a new camera because I have yet to purchase one for myself, and with my annual LA trip coming up and my tropical trip at the end of the year, why not right!? That’s my shopaholic side coming out 🤷🏽‍♀️

Weekly Updates…

I plan to keep track of everything that I spend on during these 40-days and I will most likely be doing weekly updates as well. It’s going to be difficult, especially because there are so many wants on my wish list but I know it will be worth it in the end!

Until next time…

xoxo,

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How to Take a Flat-Lay Photo

Today I am going to share with you my tips on how to take a perfect flat-lay photo! What is a flat-lay photo you may ask? Well, it’s a photo from a birds eye view of objects placed on a plain background. Here are some examples of flat-lays that I have taken:


 

TAKE YOUR PHOTOS IN NATURAL DAYLIGHT

Taking your photos in natural daylight will prevent blurry and dark shadows. In some of these photos there are shadows, but they are more natural and because they are in daylight, they are less blurry. Daylight also enhances the colours and textures of the objects that you are taking photos of.

USE A GOOD QUALITY CAMERA

Of course you don’t absolutely have to use  professional $500 camera to take a good photo, but the quality of the photo definitely depends on what type of camera you use. I personally use my iPhone 6S Plus to take my flat-lay photos and only on occasion I will use a professional Nikon camera.

USE A WHITE, PLAIN, OR CONSISTENT PATTERNED BACKGROUND

I personally like to take my flat-lays on white or white marble surfaces, but a small pattern is fine too, as long as it is consistent throughout the photo. The example image above in the top right corner uses a patterned background that I actually made myself, but the objects on top are more or less plain and small, making for a good contrast.

USE PROPS

I call them “props” because they might not always be the main objects that your photo is focussing on. For example, the photo of the Gucci Soho Disco bag has a candle as a prop, yet it is not the star of the photo, the bag is. Props can include:

  • flowers
  • magazines
  • candles
  • MacBooks, iPhones, or iPads
  • jewellery

ALLOW FOR WHITE SPACE IN YOUR PHOTO

White space is pretty self-explanatory, you don’t want a bunch of clutter in your photos or on your Instagram feed so make sure that you have decently sized spaces between your objects.

USE TAPE ON CYLINDER SHAPED OR ROUND OBJECTS

Obviously if you place a rollerball perfume or a pen on a flat surface it will roll away, so a small piece of tape comes in very handy when you want to take a photo. Just make sure that you can’t actually see it.

EDIT YOUR BACKGROUND

Once you have take the photo you can actually edit the background to get rid of any spots or dullness. For example the right-side photo below is clearly edited, and I’ve done this so that the background matches my white theme on Instagram. You can simply whiten your backgrounds or brighten them to make them stand out more. I also suggest that you use an acne spot remover on any editing app to remove spots from your background.


I hope that these tips help you take amazing flat-lay photos! If you have other tips let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

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Purse Must-Haves

When I was growing up I used to be quite the hoarder, and I’m talking about a 5-7 year old hoarder. The amount of bags and purses that I had FULL of random sh** was insane! I would collect them all, leave them in my 3’x3′ closet, and pick a random one when I was going out. Fortunately I have learned the concept of purging and organizing, and that’s what today’s post is all about! In order to keep an organized and easy to access purse there are a few things that you absolutely need to have at all times. These are items that can be packed in one smaller bag and switched between purses too.

The variety of items here are based on my own personal day-to-day needs and might vary from person to person but nonetheless they are very helpful to have!


Travel Sized Dry Shampoo

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For me this is a must, my hair gets oily quite easily so having this is extremely useful when I’m on the go. A travel sized bottle can be purchased at any drugstore (Shoppers Drugmart, London Drugs, Walmart, etc) and fits even in a smaller purse!

Oil Blotting Sheets

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I have combination skin (dry and oily in different parts) so keeping oil blotting sheets helps when I’m out on a hot day or when I know I won’t be home for a while. My skin doesn’t get super, super oily so I just purchased a little compact with sheets at Forever 21. I think they were around $5 CAD.

Hand Cream

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It’s murphy’s law that whenever my hands get dry at work or school that I don’t have hand cream on me, so I’ve made it routine to bring a small one with me at all times. Sometimes even washing my hands dries them out so a mini moisturizer works wonders!

Tinted Chapstick

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I was going to say just plain chapstick but why not tinted! Even with no makeup on, a tinted chapstick can make you look more put together. I use the Unique Pink lip balm from Sephora. It actually adjusts the tone of pink depending on the tone of your skin, how “unique”!

Sunglasses

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No matter what anyone tells you, you should be wearing sunglasses even on a cloudy day! The UV and UB rays can be quite damaging even if you can’t tell, so why not bring a long a pair of glasses everywhere you go?

Roll On Perfume

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I personally have like 15 roll on perfumes and most of them have bigger versions on my shelf as well, so just in case I feel like smelling extra during the day I have this option!

Advil/Tylenol/Aspirin

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And no, I do not mean an entire bottle. A small ziplock bag of 5-10 of these will last you quite a while. It’s always safe than sorry right! I get headaches at the most random times, sometimes even when the weather changes (lame right) so back up Advil saves me.

 Bobbypins 

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We all know why we should carry these around. When they magically disappear from your head during the day you know you’ve got backup. I highly recommend keeping a large stock of these at home because once they come out of that ziplock bag in your purse they almost never make it back in.

Breath Mints/Gum

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Keep your breath fresh throughout the day, but do not mistake them for something to snack on or else you’ll be out in a day!

Earphones

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These aren’t always necessary but they are good to have when you know you’ll be waiting a while for something and feel like passing the time with some tunes.

Mini Deodorant 

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It’s always good to be conscious of your body odour during the day, especially if its warm outside! A mini deodorant takes up barely any space and is definitely good to have in emergencies.


Tell me what your purse must-haves are, I would love to know!

xoxo,

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Closet Must-Haves

I’ve learned over the years of not knowing what to wear that it’s basic and classic wardrobe pieces that will always save me. So I’ve compiled a few of my closet must-haves, pieces that I can reuse with different outfits without feeling like I’m wearing the same thing. These are essentials that can easily be grabbed in the morning and paired with other basics to create a quick but stylish look!


Crisp White Shirt or Blouse

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Black Pencil Skirt

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Aritzia Wilfred Lis Skirt

Dark Wash Denim

Comfy Flat Shoes

Leather Jacket

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TopShop – Real Leather Biker Jacket

White Sneakers

Black or Navy Blazer or Coat

Black Dress Pants

Peacoat

Little Black Dress (LBD)


Now that you see what you must have in your closet, check out my video here on how you can style these timeless pieces!

xoxo,

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Packing a Carry-On… the Right Way

The title of this post might be misleading because if you know me then you know that I am in no way a smart packer! But I’m definitely working on it. I’m the type of girl to pack a full sized suitcase for a week of travel or a carry-on suitcase for a 2-day retreat. Yup, no self control. Overpacking used to be my specialty, but I’m changing my ways. I’ve realized that overpacking doesn’t do anything for me except give me more options to stress out over! So I’ve decided to share my tips on how to pack a carry-on the right way.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be flying out to Toronto for a business trip and since I’m only going to be there for 4 days, all I get is a carry-on bag and a personal… I’m up for the challenge! Although it did take me a little longer to pack when keeping all of these points in mind…. and by a little longer I mean 2 hours. But I’ll get the hang of it eventually 😉

  1. Pack outfits not options. For a 4-day, 3-night stay I decided to pack outfits for the following: 3 business show days, 1 workout, 2 dinners, pyjamas, and a comfy outfit for the hotel.
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Imagine the possibilities if we were all to have unlimited suitcase space..

2. Pack double-duty pieces that are all a part of the same colour palette. Most of my clothing is monochromatic or completely black so therefore this part isn’t hard for me. All I have to do is pack pieces that I can mix-and-match with each other in different outfits.

3. Do not pack unnecessary items. Yes, I mean that gigantic bottle of shampoo/conditioner that you love. The hotel or place you’re staying will most likely provide these for you, but if you’re picky like me then you can purchase some travel-sized bottles from the dollar store and fill them only with what you need for the trip. Other unnecessary items might include blow dryers, towels, face cloths, 10 pairs of shoes etc. Also remember that you can only bring liquid bottles up to 100mL in a carry-on!

4. Limit your shoe options. Once again, choose shoes that you know you can wear more than once. I personally love white sneakers, so a pair of Adidas Superstars will work perfectly with different outfits. Pack your shoes at the bottom of your luggage in a bag that will prevent them from dirtying your clothing!

5. Roll your clothing. As you can see in my photo, rolling your clothes makes them smaller and can save you room in your luggage for bulkier items. Yes you’re probably thinking that your clothes will get wrinkled, but what hotel doesn’t have an iron you can use! If there are more delicate items then simply fold them and lay them on the top.

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And how you might ask, does one travel with such a small amount of clothing? Black is the answer.

6. Pack a personal bag. This is the best part of packing in my opinion. Being allowed a carry-on AND a personal bag (such as a purse or backpack) does wonders for an overpacker like myself. Put the items that you will need easier access to in your personal such as your wallet, chargers, iPads or tablets, basic makeup, Advil or Tylenol, magazines, and sunglasses! I also like to keep my personal organized by placing smaller items in a little bag.

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Ready to fly!

I hope my tips help you out on your next little getaway or business trip!

xoxo,

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Skinny Silk Scarf Obsession

If you know me, you know that I love to accessorize. I love to look put together at all times, accessorize with simple pieces, but at the same time make a statement! Recently I’ve been really into skinny silk scarves. Obviously in Vancouver we’ve been experiencing temperatures below freezing, but these dainty pieces still manage to keep me warm too! You can even bring these cute little things into Spring season with you!

Another great thing about skinny silk scarves is that there are a number of ways you can style them. They can instantly turn a boring outfit chic and make you feel pretty and presentable. Check out my looks below for some inspo! All of my scarves used below (except for last photo) are from Aritiza, they have quite the selection! Check their website out here.

1.Around your neck…

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Looped around your neck and tied once…

2. Around the handle of a purse…

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3.With a blazer…

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xoxo,

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