Outfit :: Summer Solstice

Summer Dress Outfit

There are a few things I absolutely adore about summer – sun dresses, sandals, and visiting the beach. On summer solstice, we decided to take a quick stroll by the beach in between all our outstanding wedding errands. Totally glad we took a quick break and also gave me the excuse to sport my recent Joe Fresh summer hat DIY!

I managed to add a few new favourite items to my summer wardrobe recently, including this super fun pink lips print tube dress from The Dancing Jewels inspired by the original Alice McCall version and also a pair of SUPER comfortable wedge sandals from Le Chateau. I love how fun this dress is and pairing it with a wedge sandal is the perfect match. I am smitten by all the items from The Dancing Jewels, they carry an amazing array of unique dresses, inspired by many designer options that are both super hard to find in stores, and they are a fraction of the cost. I can’t wait to show you the other two pieces I got! Use promo code NATxTDJ for 10% off!

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DIY :: Sequins Beach Hat with Joe Fresh

DIY Summer Beach Hat Joe Fresh

Happy Monday! Thrilled to share with you my latest DIY contribution for my friends at Joe Fresh (psst, they’ve also got a face lift on their blog!).

A giant floppy sun hat is a must during the summer season. I’ve managed to collect a wide variety of sun hats over the years and they are all fairly similar to one another. Gearing up for this summer, I decided to make my newly acquired Joe Fresh hat ($12-16) stand out by embellishing it with a sequins trim and a nifty phrase. Nothing speaks vacation mode like a “See u later,” right?

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Style Tip :: When Fashion Meets Function (with Titika)

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Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing a snippet of my latest contribution on Titika’s blog! I love Titika‘s collection of “active couture” wear that never fails to bring me from work, to the gym, and to cocktail hour. Their collection of items are extremely comfortable and embellished with feminine details that I always have me at hello! Here is a short excerpt from the post, be sure to check out the original full post for more tips and suggestions on bringing sexy to the studio!

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Beauty :: At Home Dental Care

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Dental care has always been very important in our famil. Growing up, my parents wanted to take  full advantage of our dental benefits as I believe in Hong Kong, dental care was very expensive and certainly not a part of their health care benefits. My parents were adamant about sticking to our scheduled teeth cleanings and visiting the dentist became a bi-annual habit (I even ended up working at my dentist for years when I was in school!).

Though visiting the dentist for routine cleanings is a good start to great dental hygiene, there are certainly additional dental care steps you can take at home, in between visits.

For everyday teeth cleaning, I highly recommend an electric toothbrush. Can you believe, I was only introduced to an electric toothbrush this year in May, when my sister purchased a Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush for me. I absolutely LOVE it and Kyle has since swapped out his old one for this super innovative and sophisticated option.

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Food & Drink :: The Best Subscription Services

The Best Food and Drink Subscription Services in Toronto

I am a big fan of subscription services. I like the idea of surprises showing up at my doorstep and being able to try new things on a frequent basis. I’ve tried many subscription services in the past, primarily beauty subscription services. However, I’ve really enjoyed the food and drink subscription services I’ve been introduced to lately. They’ve made our diet more interesting and fun!

Here is a round up of a few food and drink subscriptions services that I’d recommend, all of these are available for delivery in Toronto and some across Canada.

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Neutrogena :: A Reflection on A Tale of Transitions

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Reflection on Transitions

Since March, I’ve been working with Neutrogena Canada on the “A Tale of Transitions” campaign. I shared a few transitional tales through a series of short video clips, and I couldn’t tell you how impeccable the timing of this project is.

As I gear up for my upcoming wedding in a couple of weeks (YIKES!), I, too, have been reminiscing on memories with all the special people in my life. Throughout the years, they have shared in countless memories, good, bad, and the funnies, and they have been such a huge support system. Each one has helped shape who I have become. I am so excited to celebrate a new chapter of life with them. Read the full article →

Wedding :: A Beautiful Bridal Shower

Beautiful Bridal Shower

Happy Friday friends! I’ve been meaning to load up the photos from my beautiful Bridal Shower for days now but was constantly distracted. No need to say too much here, but wanted to give a special shoutout to my bridal party, my sister, and all the wonderful people that came to celebrate with me. Thank you to all the laughs and gifts and I am so excited to see you all again in a few weeks!

My bridal shower was everything that I had hoped for, from this GORGEOUS handmade paper flower backdrop by Confetti and Bows to the DIY Flower Bouquet station, and lastly, all the tasty baked treats (my sister is quite the baker!) – what a way to make a bride-to-be feel loved and super special!

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Giveaway :: Birkenstock and Softmoc Summer Sandals

Softmoc Birkenstock Sandal Giveaway

Hello! Last week I shared a super fun project – DIY Gold Leaf Birkenstock, and also mentioned that I’ll share how I style my Birkenstock sandals. As much as they are made for the outdoors and adventures, I love pairing my Birkenstock sandals for a casual weekend look.

Last weekend, with many errands to run, I styled my shiney metallic sandals with denim shorts (see my previous tutorial on how to create your own cut-off shorts), a cotton white top and a cross body bag, like my sandals, speaks both function and fashion. If Birkenstock’s are a little bit above your budget for a pair of summer sandals, I’d recommend checking out SoftMoc’s version. Their version is extremely similar in style, quality, comfort and the best part? They are roughly half the price of Birkenstock’s.

Guess what? Because I adore you all, coupled with the fact that I really want every single person to own a pair of these, I’ve partnered with SoftMoc to give ONE lucky winner ONE pair of Birkenstock sandals and ONE pair of SoftMoc sandals!

Read further on giveaway details and best of luck!

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Beauty :: Summer Skincare Secrets {with WINNERS}

WINNERS skincare

Happy Friday, sharing with you today my recent summer skincare secrets article originally published on WINNERS, enjoy! 

As you expose more skin, we already know that sun protection is very important during the summer months! However, applying sun protection is only one of many steps when it comes to a good summer skin care regimen.

During the summer, my T-zone gets extremly oily but due to sun exposure, other areas of my face tend to get dry and from time to time my skin may also flake and peel. I visited WINNERS to stock up on a variety of skin care products to fight my summer skin care challenges.

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DIY :: Gold Leaf Sandals {Birkenstock}

DIY Gold Leaf Sandals Birkenstock SoftMoc

I’ve been totally dying to add a new pair of Birkenstock’s to my collection of Summer sandals, and was uber excited when SoftMoc approached me on a DIY and style challenge. You often relate a pair of Birkenstock’s to camping, cottaging, or an outdoor activity. But honestly… have you seen the metallic Birkenstock sandals on the market?! They’re super fashionable and for those of you who own a pair (I know many of you do!) they are incredibly comfortable and long lasting.

Inspired by the metallic versions and a recent gold leaf starter kit I purchased for a home DIY project, I decided test out this gold leaf kit on my newly acquired Birkenstock sandals. I am so happy with the end result and can’t WAIT to show you how I style them. For those who have been curious about gold leafing … yes, you can and should gold leaf your footwear!

Keep reading to see the full DIY step by step!

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