Dec 24, 2020

Reboot & Pause



Hello friends, wanted to pop in before I hit the pause button and take time away from my blog & social media over the holidays. And boy, oh boy, do I need it! As I mentioned in my Insta post yesterday, I'm in desperate need of a reboot & pause. My reactivated case of mononucleosis has turned into a year long battle, and if I must be honest, I'm still on bedrest and absolutely heartbroken over it. It's been such a challenge, as you can imagine. But for now, I'm feeling the warm hug of the holidays and excited for my fave time of year in spite of all I'm going through. We've queued up our fave Christmas movies, and I'm ready to eat my weight in Xmas cookies & chocolate. Haha, who's with me?! But really, what a year it's been - am i right?! We've been stretched, probably had more meltdowns than we care to admit, and safe to say, we're all cheering for a better 2021. I'm crossing my fingers for good news globally, and better health for all of us!!

While I'm excited to go quiet, I'm also excited to come back to my blog & Insta in the new year. I'll definitely be changing my content around a little, and wanted to give you guys a heads up. Expect more curated shopping lists, luxury purchase covets & reviews, beauty, and the odd outfit thrown in too. Though for the outfit part, let's face it, it'll be me on a couch, make-up less, and with a hot cup of tea. God willing! Basically, I'm looking to take the pressure off, keep my photoshoots to under 5 minutes, and create content that is manageable while on bedrest. And while some might say, why don't you just scrap the blog all together V?! The truth is, I love the community, being creative, shopping (haha), and feeling a part of something. Because if I have to just resign myself to bedrest and hours of Netflix?! Well quite honestly, shoot me now. It's far too depressing!

Ok, I've gabbed enough. Happy Holidays, see you in 2021, if not a little sooner. And if you're the praying kind?! I'd love to get your prayers for my health & healing. Luv you guys!! xo

*image credit via the lovely Ashley Kane

Nov 19, 2020

How To Style Midi Skirts For Fall

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Your girl is finally back with an outfit post. Fingers crossed for more!! I pretty much wore this skirt all summer long. It's such a wonderful & easy piece, and I couldn't wait to re-style it for fall. A chunky knit turtleneck and my fave stiletto booties seemed like the perfect pairing. Also... if you're looking for chunky statement hoop earring?! Run, and check these beauties out. I promise they'll be your new go-to all fall & winter long. Gold plated + love the hypo-allergenic and titanium posts. The best!! 

Other than that, life is trucking along. I'm hoping, health permitting, to start vlogging again and I'm excited at the prospect of getting back to it. I love being able to chat with you guys, not just write, and it's the perfect content to do on my own and not have to schedule a photographer etc for my photos. Though those aren't going anywhere either. And if there's a certain vlog you'd love to see?! Let me know in the comments section below. I'll be sure to put it on the list! Hope you're well & staying safe. Our Covid cases are doubling like crazy here in BC, and my heart is with those affected. Much love!! xo

My Fave Midi Skirts

Nov 16, 2020

Stackable Rings For Christmas Gifts

Delicate Stackable Rings
Hello, friends! Happy November! Can't believe Christmas is sneaking up and we're getting closer and closer to the holidays. Ah, can you believe it?! So today, I thought I'd round up one of my favourite Christmas gift giving ideas - delicate stackable rings (but really, they're a must-have year round). They're perfect for mom, your sister, beastie, or as a gorgeous treat for yourself. They're lovely when worn alone, or layered. I even love pairing mine with my engagement ring, or wearing them on a necklace for something fun & unexpected. Tell me, what's your fave way to wear delicate rings? I'd love to know!

And if you're wondering how to layer yours? My best tips are to first choose a metal: silver, rose gold, or yellow gold - although I love a mixed metals look too. Then, I'd suggest considering different textures and incorporating unexpected touches like a midi ring, or a delicate thumb ring. I would also recommend adding a ring with a pretty stone, or stones, and don't worry about having rings on each finger. I think it's fun to alternate. And last tip... your hands don't have to match. Just have fun and choose rings that you genuinely love and if they have special meaning?! Even better!
With that said, here's a few more gorgeous styles I absolutely love! This star ring is so beautiful and would layer perfectly with a dainty twisted band or a subtle diamond band too. And a dainty name ring would be so lovely + you could choose a meaningful word as well. When it comes to metal quality, I'm often asked if I'd recommend gold fill or solid gold. It's honestly such a personal choice, but since I'm chatting rings, here's my opinion. For me, my gold fill & gold plated rings have always lasted beautifully, and it's largely due to the fact that I always remove my rings when doing housework, or when washing my hands (though I've gotten lazy here & there, haha) and definitely when applying scented moisturizer. So if you're not hard on your hands, I'd say it's a great option. However, if you're choosing a ring that's highly sentimental, or you don't want to take extra steps, then solid gold is a lovely choice of course, and what I would recommend. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below, and I'll be sure to answer straight away!! xo

Delicate Stackable Rings

Oct 16, 2020

Happy Friday + A Life Catch Up

Thought I'd take a moment, plop in front of my computer and play a little life catch up. How is everyone?! Is 2020 the weirdest year or what? Not going to lie, it's been hella financially stressful too. We've been busy re-arranging our finances and trying to survive this difficult time. I'm still recovering from my mono a year later, oh man! But rest, supplements & paying attention to nutrition & upping my calories is helping a lot. Our days are pretty slow for the most part, we're home, trying to stay sane and I'm working a bit (content clients + Stella & Dot) which I'm so thankful for. Some days, when my energy is there, we're managing to get out for walks, going for relaxing drives, or taking our tea down to the ocean. Even though our plates are full & some days can be hella-stressful, there's still so much to be thankful for.

On a fun note, my shop is now holiday ready. Yay!! Here's a link to my online catalog (Canada, or US) and there's so many wonderful gift ideas & pre-made gift sets. Plus, when you text SHOPSD to 783552 for Canada you get 15% off your order. Or for my US fam, you'll want to text SHOPSD to 81019 to nab your 15% off. Let me know if you have any questions!! Hope to be back next week with a yummy recipe, like the yummiest thing I've made, possibly, ever! And one day there will be outfit posts again too. Just need to feel healthier! Anyway, happy Friday, friends! Sending all my love, good vibes, and hope you're surviving 2020 as best as you can!! We've got this, and on the days you feel like you don't... that's okay too. Right now, anything goes!

PS - My Disqus is back. My fave way to comment & keep up with your questions! Yay, all thanks to my snappy new blog layout. Oh happy day!! xo

Sep 18, 2020

What I'm Buying From ModCloth

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Happy Friday, friends! Two new posts in under a week - I'm feeling proud!! And just to clarify, my radio silence is never a reflection of not loving this space - but rather it's been such a rough year. A year later, and I'm still battling my reactivated Mononucleosis. It's honestly SO crazy making, especially since I never know how I might feel on a given day. Somedays I feel normal, and other days, I feel like I've been hit by a truck and can barely get out of bed. But slowing down, focusing on self love & self care does seem to be making a difference, and I'm hoping my symptoms go into remission soon. I know I have a long road ahead, but baby steps, and lots of patience, and love, no matter what we're facing. Am I right?!

Sep 16, 2020

My Fave Knotted Headbands

Who else is having a headband moment?! I'm absolutely obsessed, and have been wearing mine on the daily! They're the perfect way to hide my roots (thanks to Covid hair) and great for those in between hair washing days too. I bought my trio for such an amazing price on Amazon BTW - they shipped super quick, are beautiful quality (like 100% comparable to any designer ones out there) and look great on too. So comfy & secure! If you've been looking for the perfect ones?! I promise you won't be disappointed! I've been wearing mine with my two fave uniforms: puff sleeve pullovers, active wear leggings & sneakers. Or a pretty blouse, mom jeans & flats. Done, and done!

Aug 28, 2020

Weekend Links

 


Happy Friday + weekend, friends!! We're off celebrating our anniversary today, and I couldn't be more excited to eat all the yummy treats (insert: cheese board, cupcakes & chocolates) and spend quality time with the one I love. As for plans? We're kind of playing the day by ear because my mononucleosis is still up & down, a year later, yikes, and it doesn't take much for my symptoms to flare up again. So frustrating!! But self-care must come first. What's on your radar for this weekend?? I'd love to know!

Aug 19, 2020

Sweatshirt Of My Dreams

 

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Belle Statement Necklace (CAD or US link), Puff Sleeve Pullover (CAD or US link), American Eagle Skinnies, Old Navy Sneakers (under $30 & a best seller)

I have been lusting after THE perfect sweatshirt (CAD or US link) and I'm SO excited to have found the one. The colour, puffed sleeves and versatility is exactly what I was hoping for. Yay! I love wearing it with a pleather pencil skirt, skinnies, or even flip-flops and an easy pair of denim shorts. Stylish & comfy. SO where my style is at lately! And if you're looking for something similar? I'm certain you'll love it! The one thing I'll point out though - best to wash this beauty in cold water & hang to dry. I've heard the dryer will cause it to pill, but otherwise it's been perfect. Also, hands up for the prettiest statement necklace (CAD or US link) and guys it's sooo beautifully made too!!

Aug 6, 2020

A Virtual Stella & Dot Shopping Event!!


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SO excited to offer my fellow Canadian friends (let me know if you'd be interested in a US version too?!) an exclusive Stella & Dot virtual shopping party. Yay!! The above prices are only available via my blog & virtual party link, and run through until August 14th. Also, in order to nab one (or two, or three) of these goodies... you'll need to spend $60 on a non-event exclusive item. Perfect time to nab a little something for yourself, or for a friend as a gift. Especially since, I'll only be offering this once or twice a year. I'm already eying a few pieces for my mom since it's her birthday in October, and these prices are just too good to pass up!!

Jul 14, 2020

Finally, Back To Regular Outfit Programming


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Hoops (US or CDN), Choker (US or CDN), Coin Pendant (US or CDN), H&M Bodysuit, Zara Jeggings, Bangle (US or CDN), Mini Tote (US or CDN), Old Navy Sandals

Firstly, thank you SO MUCH for your sweet words on my new E-Boutique (visit my US or Canadian site), and I'm so appreciative of your orders!! It means so much and I feel so privileged to do what I do. I truly LOVE helping woman feel stylish, celebrated, and fabulous!! I'm excited to have found a new groove for 2020, and still have so much planned for my new Stella & Dot biz. But baby steps, I still have a ways to go with my mono recovery and definitely don't want to push it. But if I could, I'd happily work seven days a week. I honestly love my new gig that much!! 

Jul 2, 2020

BIG NEWS - It's Official!!



It's official, friends!! I'm sooo excited to announce I've joined the Stella & Dot fam (visit my US, or Canadian site) - and can't believe I'm now a S&D stylist / ambassador. I could not be more thrilled!! I absolutely love & believe in the brand so much and I'm ever thankful for the amazing positivity it has brought into my life, and my customers' lives too. With that said, I'd LOVE your support, and would love if you shared my US, or Canadian site with your fellow style & beauty loving friends + shop (of course)! With that said, here's a quick overview for you, gals. Plus, NOW is the time to shop. We're running our best promotion of the year!!

Jun 26, 2020

TGIF + An Announcement!!



Happy Friday, gals!! This post is part announcement, and part Friday faves, links and style finds. Let's start with the announcement first, yes?! Your gal is back at work, AND working with a new company no less. Yay!! Can't wait to officially let the cat out of the bag next week and share a little more. But in the meantime, let me tell ya, it's been such a breath of fresh air, and just the kind of positivity I needed in my life. It's my first time working this calendar year because of my battle with mononucleosis, and I'm hoping it's all good health news from here on in. And of course, more than ever, I'm making my health a priority, taking time out when I need it + learning to recharge my batteries. With that said, what's new with you, friends???

Jun 18, 2020

Chanel Wallet On Chain Caviar Review



As promised, I'm back, and finally sharing my thoughts on the Chanel WOC in caviar (yay - pinch me, I still can't believe she's mine). And in case you missed it?! You can see photos from the actual day here - ah, such a lovely and memorable experience. There really is something so special about adding such an iconic brand to your wardrobe, plus there's no better way to elevate an outfit. OK, let's get started - ready to spill my thoughts!

Jun 15, 2020

Looking Back, My Day At Chanel



Later this week, I'll be publishing a review of my Chanel Wallet On Chain (yay!) but before I do... I thought it be fun to walk down memory lane and share photos from the actual day. Ah, still remember it so well. The anticipation, the champagne, the excitement of making such an iconic purchase, and of course, getting to share it with my love. We had so much fun!! I started my day with a hair appointment, then we went to the Chanel boutique, walked around the nearby shops (I tried on the most stunning diamond at Tiffany & Co. Gah!), we relaxed at Laduree, and finished off with a lovely dinner at Notch 8 in Hotel Vancouver. I must admit, writing this, makes me realize how much I miss those simpler times, and indulgences.

Jun 8, 2020

5 Minute Face Essentials



Not the week I was hoping for... but happy to be popping on here for a bit of reprieve. I've been struggling through a complicated sinus infection, then managed to split my molar, now I'm awaiting several dental visits / surgeries (yes, I'm literally slapping my own forehead as I write this) and both my mother in law & husband are dealing with their own complex health struggles. It's been a week! Not to mention, the state of the world is weighing on all our shoulders. But here we are, life keeps moving whether we're prepared or not, and all any of us can do is take it day by day, and appreciate the good we have in front of us.

May 18, 2020

I'm Back. A Whole New Me!

Grey tee with mom jeans

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Tiny Gold Line Earrings, Tee Zara (bought last year, but love this one, and Madewell can't be beat), Levi's Wedgie Jeans

As I mentioned, on Instagram. Felt inspired, shot content. Might do it again, might not. Haha, the commitment phobia is real. But in my defence, the last five months have been tough! I've spent much of it in bed, running fevers, and barely able to swallow due to the worst throat pain. All thanks to a reactivated case of mononucleosis. So now, more than ever, I'm committed to putting my health first and striving for balance in my life. It's a whole new me!

Feb 20, 2020

How I Organize My Week


Hello, friends! If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I've been dealing with a horrible case of mono and have been very house / bed bound. It's been brutal! But this week, I'm trying to get myself back on some sort of schedule, and excited to see how it goes. I suspect, it'll be slowww! But in all honesty, I'm ready for slow, and ready to put my wellness & health at the top of my list. All too often, I push, and push, until I'm pretty much ready to collapse, and needless to say, it's starting to take a toll on my health and well being. Old lady problems, am I right?! ;)

Jan 30, 2020

My First Sugaring Experience!!


This past weekend, I had my first sugaring experience at Sugaring Change in Port Moody, and I loved it!! Chantelle, the owner, invited me down, and she's quite possibly the sweetest & most caring person I've ever met. She honestly made my first sugaring experience such a breeze, continually checked in (because I'm a big chicken after all, haha) and made sure I felt comfortable, and wasn't finding anything too painful, which I didn't. At all! If you're used to waxing?! This is a far cry from that and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised / a convert. I know I am!!

Jan 21, 2020

New Year, New Wishlist


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A new year definitely calls for a new wish list. And I must say, I absolutely love them!! It keeps me motivated to save, work hard, and sets a reminder to treat myself. On that note, lately I've been feeling a little bit guilty over my love of fashion because I never want to come across as too materialistic, or like that's all I have to offer, or worse yet, I'd hate to promote manic shopping culture. Thanks to Instagram and YouTube I've become all too aware of just how much people shop and consume, and considering the state of our planet, I find it very alarming. But at the same time, I do believe in treating myself for birthdays and other special occasions. What's your take?

Jan 14, 2020

Our Spa Day At Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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Zara Coat (similar), Pashmina Scarf, American Eagle Jeans (they're the high rise style & the best), Madewell Tote, Old Navy Sneakers

Hello, friends. Happy 2020! So happy to be back, even though I'm currently writing this post while sipping on hot tea and fighting off a very lingering & unforgiving flu. But better days are to come, and in the meantime, I'm excited to be sharing our spa day at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. It was the perfect way to ring in the new year and I'm quite certain we'll be making this a yearly tradition. It was so nice!! Plus, I'd love to take you around our city a little more in 2020 and show you what we're up to. My love of Vancouver runs deep!! Have you visited before?...