Food & Drink :: Summer Fresh Coconut Lemonade

Thirsty Buddha Coconut Lemonade Recipe

To kick off the Canada Day celebrations (and for my fellow American friends, forth of July), I prepared this simple Coconut Lemonade just in time for the BBQ parties happening over the next couple of days. Natural coconut water is a great alternative to plain H2O not only for hydration but it is said to offer other great benefits such as helping with weight-loss efforts, facilitates digestion, reduces blood pressure, and even promotes healthier skin.

I personally love the taste of coconut water, especially from a fresh coconut! But, fresh coconuts are obviously not all that convenient especially in our country, so I opt for the next best option – Thirsty Buddha’s line of Coconut Water products, they are all-natural, gluten free, with zero fat and zero cholesterol. Now, Kyle isn’t all that keen on the natural flavours coconut water offers, therefore, he was actually the inspiration behind this simple beverage recipe. Thanks babe!

Read further to see literally HOW easy it is to prepare a Summer Fresh Coconut Lemonade and chance to win a Thirsty Buddha gift pack!

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Outfit :: Flirty & Floral Details

I love tyler madison floral pants outfit

I generally opt for skirts and dresses in the Summer months, but I couldn’t resist these floral print pants. They are super fun and when paired with lightweight blouse with flirty details, it’s just the outfit to adore.

Last Sunday, I overhauled the I ♥ Tyler Madison Instagram Account and shared a few of my favourite styles. To announce our fun partnership, we created an exclusive discount code for you to enjoy 25% off your entire purchase, just use ‘nh25’ at check out.

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Food & Drink :: Kiwi Key Lime Smoothie & Review of Genuine Health’s Fermented Greek yogurt proteins+

Geniun Health Fermented Greek Protein Shake 5

A few weeks ago, I shared a fun and easy protein packed Breakfast Cup recipe combining yogurt, fruits, granola and Genuine Health‘s fermented Greek yogurt proteins+ productsThis is the first time I’ve ever tried protein powders and products for an extended period of time and I felt inclined to share my overall experience with you and of course – another quick, simple, and delicious recipe as well! Inspired by my mini lime tree, I decided to try this Kiwi Key Lime Smoothie with an added touch of the Genuine Health fermented Greek yogurt proteins+ in the vanilla flavour.

Read more to see the full Kiwi Key Lime Smoothie recipe and my full review!

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Food & Drink :: Nespresso Bar at Taste of Toronto

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It’s going to be a hot one in Toronto this weekend! If you’re looking for something fun to do with friends and family, the Taste of Toronto is in full effect and for you foodies out there, you’re not going to want to miss this! I was invited to join Chef Victor Barry and Master Sommelier Elyse Lambert at a private coffee & food pairing event yesterday with NESPRESSO, the official coffee sponsor of Taste of Toronto and had the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate tasting experience and launch of NESPRESSO’s newest and most intense Grand Cru of the Lungo familyEnvivo Lungo.

As a proud member of the NESPRESSO Coffee Connoisseur Club for the past several months, I’ve had the chance to taste and learn about the variety of intensities, notes, and flavours that NESPRESSO coffee has to offer. I’ve also come to share their appreciation of combining exceptional coffee with excellent food, these two elements really do go hand in hand.

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Lifestyle :: Give A Sh!rt with Value Village

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Earlier this week (June 21), as part of the Rethink Reuse CampaignValue Village took over Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto with this art installation to kick off their International #GiveAShirt event. The primary objective of this is to spread a very important message – to create public awareness on our clothing footprint and our impact on the environment. Together, we can collectively make a difference by simply considering making our next new t-shirt a thrifted or reused one.

I am personally a big supporter when it comes to recycling and reusing clothing items. As seen in many of my previous DIY projects, I love transforming pieces of clothing and shoes I already own into new wardrobe items. This is a great way to reduce the pollution generated by the clothing industry. I hope you’ll join me and Value Village in creating awareness on the Give A Sh!rt campaign.

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Beauty :: Garnier SkinActive Routine

Garnier Skin Active Skin Care

No matter what age, what gender, what ethnicity you are, let’s face it (no pun intended), we all have skin concerns! For as long as I can remember, my skin concerns have always been 1) combination skin (extremely oily T-zone) 2) occasional acne outbreak and 3) sun exposure. Since my teenage years, I’ve been on the hunt for skin care products to help me address those exact issues. Sometimes, I would luck out and find the perfect product. However, as seasons change and unfortunately, with age, my skin tends to require different products to treat or prevent the same set of challenges. Therefore, I’m never really done when it comes to keeping a lookout for great items to add to my skincare routine – it’s an ongoing and evolving journey!

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to stay at the beautiful Langdon Hall for the Garnier #SkinActiveRetreat where I was able to learn first hand about the skincare innovative and technology that SkinActive has to offer. I also received advice from Garnier’s Skin Expert, Dr. Noah Wieder and a personalized skincare prescription to aid me in battling my skincare troubles.

If you can relate to some of my concerns, read further to see my personalized skincare prescription!

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Outfit :: Military Chic

Military Jogger Pants Tyler Madison

I love having a bit of fun and breaking rules when it comes to fashion. I can’t say that I’ve got a particular go-to style or preference in colours or prints when it comes to styling an outfit. I’d like to think of myself as someone that won’t be shy to try on a new trend or pair unusual items together. I typically make my outfit decisions on the fly when I get up in the morning, as it’ll honestly depend on my mood, the weather, and how much lead time I’ve got!

On this particular day,  I wanted to break the rules and wear joggers to the office. These pull up slim leg jogger pants with drawstring at the waist from I ♥ Tyler Madison (use code nh25 for 25% off) was just what I was looking for. They are overly comfortable and when worn with a romantic blouse and blush coloured draped vest, no one can barely tell they’re of a casual style.

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Giveaway :: A Pair of Keds and More

Summer DIY Keds Outfit

Happy Friday friends! Last week, I shared a DIY tutorial on how to customize your own pair of Keds to gear up for the upcoming Summer season. A pair of classic white Keds can be paired with so many different outfits and when you put your own mark on them, they can really transform from an ordinary pair of sneakers to a spectacular addition to your wardrobe!

I paired mine with a casual off-the-shoulder dress and some favourite accessories, it was the perfect outfit (and comfortable one!) for a weekend stroll. As many of you know, nothing warms my heart more than to see YOU attempt one of my DIY projects.

Read further to enter a contest to win a pair of Keds and Mocs c/o of SoftMoc!

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Gift Guide :: Father’s Day with Tonic Blooms

Tonic Blooms Father's Day 1

Father’s Day is this coming weekend and if you’re still struggling what to get Dad this year, I’ve got a great recommendation for you. Tonic Blooms, best known for their on-demand, flower delivery service (two hours within GTA and delivery is free!) has curated a special BBQ themed gift box just in time for Father’s Day.  This special edition gift box put together just for Dad features amazing local products from producers spanning from Vancouver Island to Prince Edward County.

If you’re not able to meet Dad this Father’s Day, why not have this delivered right to his doorstep? Better yet, invite Dad over and cook him up an amazing BBQ dinner and send him off home with these goodies?!

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Outfit :: On Top of the World

Le Chateau Outfit 1

Happy Friday!! The beauty of having an office with a rooftop terrace is that you can take a break and enjoy a breath of fresh air despite a super busy day. We recently moved offices and it was incredible that we were able to find a building with an exclusive outdoor terrace space just for us! Every Friday, we all get together and enjoy a few casual drinks on the top floor. Ever since we started LOGiQ3, company culture was a priority. “Patio Fridays” were one of the first social events and I’m so proud to say that this informal employee gathering is still going strong after 10 years!

On busy days that require running from meeting to meeting, I prefer to keep my comfort level at bay. Luckily for our casual attire policy, I am able to put together an outfit such as this one. I love to mix feminine pieces with a slightly edgy look. Pairing this delicate floral dress with a double buckle belt and a simple leather strapped chunky heeled sandal is just the perfect combo.

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