Introductions

 

Hello everyone, my name is Amanda. This is a new blog that I’ve decided to start mainly because I have a knack for writing and sharing what I’m passionate about with others. As this blog progresses you will find posts in relation to fashion, beauty, travel, and lifestyle.  I hope that you enjoy my posts!

sincerely,

Amanda

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Off-Duty Winter to Spring Ootd

Hello loves! It is now that confusing time of the year where it is spring one day, and winter the next. I love wearing cute booties or canvas sneakers, but when there’s slush everywhere and its zero degrees, I feel cheated out on what could have been a nice spring day. So, I have curated a cute and casual outfit that is perfect for one of those colder spring days.

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The only way that I positively stay warm in Montreal during the beginning of spring is by wearing my black puffer jacket. It also doubles as a winter coat, so I know that i’ll never go cold. I love this coat not only because its super cozy, but because it’s basic, and can be worn a few different ways. Its one of those staples that you just can’t live without.

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Good news is, it won’t be cold forever, and when it does get a little warmer you can totally wear this outfit without the coat and look just as fab off-duty. This is my new favourite turtleneck from H&M. Its cozy, large, and colourful. It gives your outfit a great pop of colour; after all it is spring! I love bringing out colours during this season because we’ve all just trudged out of the snow, and haven’t gotten the chance to give our outfits the spotlight they deserve.

I’ve simply paired the coat and turtleneck with a pair of light-washed denim jeans and a pair of sneakers. This is your time to get creative. I opted for something simple but of course, I’ve also got a few style tips if you want to go for something out of the ordinary.

You can wear a pair of wide legged jeans and your favourite booties. I personally think sock booties would go super well with this combination.

 

Want to see more? Here is a closer look at this great off-duty ootd!

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Outfit Details

Coat    –    CanaV

Turtleneck    –    H&M

Jeans    –    Kancan

Bag    –    Nine West

Shoes    –    Adidas

Glasses    –    Romwe

 

Facial Oils: Your Skin’s Best Friend all Year Round

Hello everyone, today on the blog I’ll be talking about facial oils. Facial oils are not extremely hyped in the beauty realm of reviews, however they are amazing for your skin. I’ll tell you what they can do for your skin, the different types that I use, and why they are worth investing in!

Some may think it to be a tad excessive to apply oils to your face, but its benefits couldn’t be better! This is even great for those who have oily skin. If you have an overproduction of sebum it is likely because you are not moisturizing enough. If you apply rich moisturizers, like facial oils, it will counteract the overproduction of sebum, due to the fact that your skin will realize that it already has too much oil on its surface.

Without further ado, let’s get right into the good stuff!

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Egyptian Magic:

This contains olive oil in it, though it is mainly a balm. It melts on your face like an oil because it is so rich in natural ingredients! It is an all purpose skin-healing balm that I swear by. I put this on after my facial oil and moisturizer every night.

Olive oil, what is it good for?

  • Gives antioxidant protection against free radicals and premature aging, when applied topically to the skin! One vitamin that helps deliver these benefits is vitamin E.
  • Vitamin E softens, smooths, and has healing properties.
  • Olive oil doesn’t clog pores! You heard it here, it penetrates through the skin’s barriers and cleanses.

*Ingredients: Olive Oil, Bees Wax, Honey, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Bee Propolis (organic and cruelty free!)


 

Pearlessence Rosehip Balancing Facial Oil:

This product contains two oils that are great for your skin: Soybean oil and rosehip fruit oil. I use this every night after I put on my Ole Henriksen Truth Serum. It goes on lightly and doesn’t take long for your skin to drink it all up. I do add a little more moisturizer from Origins afterwards, but this is my main moisturizer of choice. Overall, it is an oil that helps target all kinds of skincare concerns.

Soybean oil benefits

  • Full of fatty acids like triglycerides. This fatty acid is full of replenishing properties that are similar to collagen production, they can make your skin look healthy and naturally plump. It also helps retain moisture.
  • Moisturizes and softens skin.
  • Soy itself, is purposed to help tighten skin and firm out wrinkles.

Rosehip fruit oil, why does everyone rave about it?

  • Hydrates skin.
  • Contains all fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that your skin needs to get rid of dark spots.
  • Targets scars and fine lines!

*Ingredients: Soybean oil, Rosehip fruit oil, Tocopherol (a form of Vitamin E), Fragrance.


 

Pure Youth Activating Oil: 

This little ray of sunshine in a bottle is purely magical. After I started using the product I knew that it would become a staple in my skincare routine. I speak more of my first impressions of the product in my last blog post: Your Skin’s New AM Friends: Caffeine, Ginseng, and Rosehip Oil. This product also contains rosehip, like the Pearlessence balancing oil. Aside from the wonders of rosehip, the Youth Activating Oil also contains tangerine peel oil and lemongrass oil.

Tangerine peel oil, you can also use it in your skincare routine? (besides its presence in various wellness and essential oil brands it is also present in skincare products!)

  • It smells divine
  • Has anti fungal and antiseptic properties, which makes it perfect to help treat acne and scarring.

Lemongrass oil benefits

  • Leaves skin glowing because of its astringent and healing properties
  • Helps balance the tone of your skin

*Ingredients: Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Tocopherol, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol.

(This product is Vegan!)

These are all oils that are worth investing in. Not only are they good products for the spring season as our skin will be adjusting to the warmer weather, but they will also transform your skin for the better.

I remember, before investing in a few good products, my skin was out of whack and it seriously took a tool on my self esteem. Whether or not your skin is an issue it also important to take care of yourself.

Disclaimer: All of these products were purchased with my own money, and these are my true opinions about these products, alongside factual skin benefits.

Sincerely,

Amanda xx

 

Your Skin’s New AM Friends: Caffeine, Ginseng, and Rosehip Oil

Hi Loves! I always wake up not feeling like I got enough sleep because I’m so busy on the grind. Though I have recently changed my morning routine and couldn’t be happier with the way it leaves my skin. These three products that have great ingredients have honestly changed my morning for the better.

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For one: the caffeine in Origin’s Ultra-Hydrating Energy-Boosting Cream is seriously insane. I have never purchased a cream that has made my skin feel this awake, supple and refreshed.

The properties of caffeine (specifically its antioxidants) in this product same as others, constricts small blood cells and therefore causes a decrease in inflammation of the skin.

The cream is the last product that I put on my skin before I start my makeup routine. It makes my skin feel renewed and refreshed. It is the only cream that I use in the morning aside from a few drops of rosehip oil that I apply prior to.

If you need that extra ‘awake’ feeling, and love the look of fresh and supple skin to kickstart your day, I recommend this cream.

Ginseng is also a fantastic natural plant that has many skin benefits. I love the way that Origins combines caffeine and Ginseng in their GinZing line. Though aside from the face cream, their Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff  is one of my favourite under eye creams. There are not many that actually leave you satisfied with the results. Most of the time I end up investing in something that isn’t worth my money and get frustrated trying to find the right product for me.

Ginseng however, helps to reduce puffiness and dark circles as well as keep your skin hydrated. It contains phytonutrients so that it gets your skins ‘metabolism’ going and clears out dead skin cells, free radicals …etc. It aids in the regeneration of your skin cells through promoting collagen production, containing great anti-aging properties.

I put this on after I’ve finished treating my whole face. the cream has a luminescent touch and not only helps to treat but makes your under eyes looks awake. It is one of the eye creams that I genuinely see an improvement with. I only use this in the AM and use another in the PM.

Rosehip oil does wonders, especially Ole Henriksen’s Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil. When i wake up my face is usually dull, and needs some more hydration. After toner, I put this on (beware, its seriously orange) and apply on my face and neck. My first impression before it has the chance to sink into the skin was: Donald Trump. Although,  not even a minute later, my skin looks brand new. The oil doesn’t leave any unwanted residue on your skin, and makes you glow like nobody’s business.

The secret behind rosehip? It helps to regenerate your skin’s cells, to keep lines and wrinkles firm. Best of all, it creates a protective barrier so that you skin can stay moisturized throughout the day. It also holds properties that help to correct color tone and to brighten dark spots.

These three products and their benefits, all from key natural ingredients, really hits the ball out of the park for me.

You can buy all of these products at sephora as well (The Origins products pictured in the photo above is part of a smaller value package that I bought to try the products before buying the full sizes!) Link: goo.gl/f8b3jb

Sincerely,

Amanda xx

Three Ways to Rock a White Tee

Hi loves, today I’ll be talking about styling basics and the different ways that you can do so. I love laying back and not caring too much about my outfit most days. I usually wear a T-shirt or an oversized sweater if I’m being completely honest. Although, wearing a T-shirt, especially if it’s a white one can get boring really quickly. Here are three tips on how to style the classic white t-shirt.

I’ve partnered up with Force Majeure Montreal, a fantastic street style brand that focuses on unisex clothing. If you would like to check them out, (and maybe match me) click here! I love the brand and what they stand for, they have such unique basics and not to mention great quality clothing.

*Disclaimer: These are my honest opinions of the brand, and I only partner up with brands that I truly believe in.

Without further ado, here are three ways to style the basic tee!

 

One: The Classic Plain Tee with Jeans and Booties

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I’ve added a little twist to this outfit by wearing a grey sweater with the outfit. Not to wear the sweater over the T-shirt, but to wear it as a throw on and to tie. This gives the classic look a little more texture. This is definitely a simple ensemble that will have people turning heads!

Jeans: Zara

Sweater: H&M

 

Two: Layers, Layers, Layers

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If it’s colder outside, layering is definitely something you want to do. If you’re like me, this is a look for you. I wear lots of layers to keep warm all year round. What I’ve done here is paired the tee with a white turtleneck. You can play it up with colours to create a fun combination, go wild the rainbow is yours! I’ve paired this look with trousers to give it a more dressed up feel, if you’re going to a meeting or the office.

Trousers: H&M

 

Three: Coats, Sweaters, and oversized goodness

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For the third and final look, I’ve thrown on a faux fur coat to put the outfit together. You can add almost any oversized open coat or sweater to make it the comfiest outfit ever. It’s a great way to dress when you need to go out for errands or are going out on a #sundayfunday adventure. Jeans or trousers work well with this! Another lovely look to try, is to pair it with culottes and platform sneakers.

Coat: F21

 

Sincerely,

Amanda xx

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Hi everyone! We are well into the month of December and holiday festivities have begun! I have put together a little gift guide for this year.

This is honestly one of my favourite times of the year because everything is so festive and I can spend time with those who are important to me. I love gifting others and seeing their reactions, it is one of the best parts of the holidays.

On another note, I have you covered for gift ideas if you’re stuck on finding the perfect gift or are in a last-minute hurry. I hope you enjoy, and find this useful. But most importantly, enjoy the holidays with whomever you are spending it with.

Sincerely,

Amanda xx

 

 

1. Beer of the Month Club: The perfect gift for any guy in my opinion. It gets shipped to the door every month and he can venture into beers he never thought he’d taste! 

2. Briefcase: This is the Matt and Nat Tom – Black bag. It is vegan and a sizeable bag that is sleek and great for anyone that has to carry a laptop or papers around. This is for the go-getter, fashion enthusiast in your life! 

3. Jack Black No Pain Shave Kit: A great gift for any man in your life! It ranges on the more luxurious side of shaving kits and is for those in your life who you have a closer relationship with. 

4. Whiskey Cubes: For any whiskey enthusiast. A bottle of their favourite whiskey with these cubes is the perfect gift, enough said!

5. Cologne: For anyone who you are more intimate with. It is a great gift and this particular scent smells divine. Perhaps there is a cologne that he has been eyeing or you know he would like.  

*And of course, tickets to their favourite sports team (or the theatre, ballet, etc…) is a fantastic gift too!

 

 

1. Scarves (or anything cozy, really): It is winter after all, and one thing that is great about receiving big and cozy scarves, is that they’re like blankets that you can appropriately wear in public. A great present for anyone living in really cold places!

2. Skincare: this is just one out of thousands of examples for a present idea, but if there is anyone in your life who is obsessed with skincare, this is a great present for them. Serum is so important and a staple in anyone’s skin regimen. I could go on forever about why you should get this for the skincare fanatic in your life, but I think it speaks for itself.

3. Jewelry: You can never go wrong with jewelry, and due to popular belief it doesn’t always have to be from Tiffany’s to make a girl happy (although Tiffany’s is a fabulous option indeed). This jewelry is perfectly price ranged, is supporting a small business and is for all of the feminists out there!

4. Makeup: This a fantastic gift, although more personal. Although, no one can ever go wrong with a highlight palette; and this palette from Huda Beauty is seriously up there. Any makeup enthusiast would love receiving this, on christmas morning.

5. Perfume: This is such a personalized gift because there are so many scents on the market, although this Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb is a beautiful scent. Though, if you know their favourite scents this is a fantastic gift.

1. Wine of the month club: Perfect for anyone who not only loves wine but loves to host often. 

 2.  Cocktail recipe book: For anyone looking to kick up their party cocktail game up to the next level. 

 3. Marble cheese cutter: For any cheese enthusiast who loves having a good overall home and party aesthetic (this cuts each piece to the same size every time)!

 4. Candles: A) Who doesn’t love a good smelling candle? B) Have you read option “A”? 

 5. A jigger for the bar cart: For anyone who is putting a bar cart together in their new home or loves a cute jigger to make drinks with!

These are my top five books to get people for the holidays! You can never go wrong with a book that suits the person you’re gifting. Whether, they love poetry (Rupi Kaur anyone?), are always whipping up something new in the kitchen (I even included a plant-based cookbook set for those who are vegan or don’t eat meat), need some inspiring motivation, or even love fashion and blogging! 

 1. Tribe of Mentors

 2. The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck

 3. Cravings

 4. The Career Code

 5. Oh She Glows Boxed Set 

 

How to get: Clear and Healthy Skin

Hello everyone! Today I am here to talk to you all about skincare and how important it is to take care of your skin, especially in the present day. The topic of skincare pertains to everyone! I will be writing a skincare series of blogposts that will cover all skincare concerns when it comes to making sure your skin is healthy.

I am well on my way to clear and healthy skin, although I am not entirely there yet. This blogpost will cover my top six pro tips when it comes to taking care of your skin.

without further ado, let’s get right into it.

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Pro tip #1: Sleep!

Getting an adequate amount of sleep is something that I cannot stress enough. it is proven that the more sleep you get, the more luminous your complexion will be the following morning. While you sleep, your facial muscles are at rest. This allows fine lines to relax and smooth out while sleeping. The blood flows through your face giving you a glow and smooth complexion as the elasticity of skin can also repair itself while you are sleeping.

Pro tip #2: Drink Enough Water

Another aspect that is so vital to not only your skin’s health but your body’s health as well. Drinking water helps flush the toxins out of your skin. It even helps with puffy or under eye bags. Drinking water will visibly help decrease the puffiness in your under eyes. Drinking water also helps clear your skin, and is the number one beverage to drink all day, everyday; not to mention refreshing.

Pro tip #3: Eat clean

Your diet is everything when it comes to taking care of your skin. You do not need to go clean over night and cut everything out of your diet, that is more counterproductive than anything. Start with baby steps and eliminate a little bit at a time.

Cutting dairy or the amount of dairy in your diet can do wonders for your skin. I have done the same, and have seen such great improvement. Cutting all processed foods (or the amount of daily intake) as well as foods with high sugar and sodium will also improve the overall health of your skin.

*If you think this is super difficult and want to learn more about how realistically easy it is to make the switch, let me know and I can bring you on my diet and health adventure!

Pro tip #4: Switch up your cleanser

Once you find the perfect few cleansers that work with your skin type, switching them up every few days is a good idea. If you use one cleanser at a time, your skin will adapt to that cleanser and it will no longer give you the amazing results you started out with. (If you want to know more about the cleansers that I use, comment down below).

*Knowing your skin and how it reacts to different products is a lesson of trial and error. switching up your cleanser is only affective when you understand what your face needs on a nightly basis. Whether your skin be tired, dry, oily, or breaking out having something on hand that you know will help nourish and repair your skin is key.

Note that your skin will not change overnight even if you know that a product works really well with your skin. Your skin takes time to heal, don’t be discouraged by this!

Pro tip #5: Clean those makeup brushes + wear less makeup

chances are the reason you’re acne isn’t going away is because your makeup brushes are dirty. The makeup that builds up on brushes touches your skin when you’re reapplying your daily makeup a month later — not such a pretty picture. Cleaning your brushes every two weeks is recommended. You also don’t have to spend a fortune on buying specialized makeup brush cleansers. Baby shampoo does wonders and is far more cheaper than what you’ll find at Sephora.

Which brings us to the obvious, not wearing as much makeup! a full face of makeup, everyday, is terrible for your skin. It not only ages your skin, but your pores don’t get to “breathe” because there is makeup set over them. Having a clean and fresh face over the weekend helps your skin recover from all of the makeup you’ve applied during the week. that being said, wearing a lighter foundation, concealer, or even a mineral powder is something much more realistic and healthy in terms of light coverage makeup.

Pro tip #6: Apply sunscreen

The holy grail of keeping your skin beautiful in an environmentally damaging world. We co-exist with pollution and although its effects cannot visibly be seen, it is aging and damaging our skin. Sunscreen protects your skin from the ever-growing harshness of the sun and other pollutants. Investing in a sunscreen made for your face, that comes in a lighter formula is a great way to start getting into the habit of applying it everyday (yes even during the winter).

Note: When applying, don’t forget your neck!

A blogpost with the products that I use will follow this post!

Sincerely,

Amanda xx

Dressing The Part

I seriously love a good dress. For the most part the traditional sense of ‘dressing up’ as a woman often means that there will be a dress involved. One particular trend that I’ve always been interested in following is the white-flowy-I’m-in-Greece dress trend. Although, as a diehard city girl, the ‘flowy’ aspect of the dress of all dreams is not best suited for the city environment.

However, this beautiful dress from Zara meets both criteria. The dress is white, short, and has black embroidered patterns. the puffy layered sleeves and the embroidery alone reminded me of this trend that is so widely adored.

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Pairing the dress with a bag and some sandals or heels can give your outfit the perfect finishing touch.

The best part? You would look simply stunning wearing this in Greece or the city.

Sincerely,

Amanda xx

 

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Dress    –    Zara

Purse    –    Aldo

Shoes    –    Aldo