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!

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Outfit :: Pink Lace(s) {Le Chateau Shoe Pick}

Le Chateau May Shoe Pick 4

Hi! I managed to snap a few pictures just before sunset of my bridal shower outfit. My bridal party and sister threw me the perfect shower, I can’t wait to share more photos with you! Believe it or not, I purchased this lavender eyelash dress (sold out) back in February for my shower when I was visiting one of my favourite stores in New York, Necessary Clothing. Let’s just say, the moment I saw it on the rack, it was love at first sight. I love the delicacy of eyelash lace and have since acquired several other pieces (also wore this two piece crop top and scalloped lace skirt number for my Bachelorette party).

With the perfect dress, I was on the hunt for the perfect shoe and so glad I ended up with these Le Chateau leather lace up sandals. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, I mentioned that these were on my feet for nine hours long and I was still walking with no pain! Since becoming a Le Chateau Shoe Ambassador, it’s been my go-to place to find the perfect leather shoes. Many of you have asked me about the quality and make of their shoes, trust me when I say their LUXE collection is totally worth it. With the arrival of wedding season, Le Chateau has also curated an awesome Wedding Boutique for guests and bridal party.

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Wedding :: Set Sail {Beach Themed Engagement Shoot}

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Happy Monday! I hope all of you had a great weekend! To my American friends, Happy Memorial Day, wishing you all a great holiday! I’m SO excited to finally share the images from our engagement shoot by Afterglow Images. A couple of weeks back, I shared a sneak peek of our photoshoot from the photos taken with my phone. The finished photos were finally completed by the amazing Angela and Kirk of Afterglow Images and we absolutely ADORE them!

Everything about this beach/sailing themed Spark Session is exactly what we hoped for. Most of you know that Kyle is a avid sailing and this shoot was certainly inspired for his love for sailing and the water. They captured the essence of our personalities and relationship perfectly, triple thumbs up. We can’t wait to get these images printed and I can also think of a million spots to place them in our home.

Read further to see a quick glimpse, to see our full gallery of photos, please visit the Afterglow Images blog.

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DIY :: Painted Love Nail Art

DIY paint stroke nails Shoppers Drug Mart

I am a huge fan of getting pampered at the nail salon. An occasional manicure and pedicure is such a nice treat, especially near the start of the warm season. At the salon, I generally opt for a classic French manicure or something that is subtle and timeless. However, when I opt to do my nails in the privacy of my own home, I let the creative cat take over and love to experiment with fun nail art designs.

My inner artist had me inspired to create a nail look resembling an abstract painting. This nail look is extremely easy to re-create and trust me, you can’t make a mistake!

Read further to see how to DIY this “Painted Love” nail look suggested by my friends at Shopper’s Drug Mart (psst, special promotions included!).

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Beauty: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Review

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Review

When it comes to face moisturizers, creams, and gels, there isn’t one specific product that I stick to. I believe that depending on the season, my surrounding environment, mood, or age, my skin behaves differently, and, therefore, it will require different products to suit its immediate needs. In addition to not relying on only one brand or type of product, I also never stick to only one price point. Cheaper doesn’t mean worse, and pricey doesn’t mean better. When it comes to selecting the right product for me, I look for something that fights the immediate challenge I’m faced with.

The beauty? I get to experiment and try many products without feeling guilty!

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DIY :: Summer Tea Parties with Alokozay Tea

DIY Summer Tea Parties #TEAdays

With Summer fast approaching, I’m looking forward to hosting friends and family for afternoon and evening get togethers. Aside from summer BBQs, I love a good tea party, but tea parties don’t always have to involve mini sandwiches, english breakfast and pinkies up! You can certainly modernize your tea parties with many tea options! On this fine Saturday, I’m here to share a couple of DIY Tea Party ideas with Alokozay Tea that is sure to wow your guests.

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Outfit :: Bench Canada Family and Friends Event (40% off)

Bench Canada Friends and Family Sale 40% off

Hey family and friends! A little shopping fun to share with you going into this long weekend! From May 14 to May 18, 2015, Bench Canada is hosting a Family and Friends Event offering 40% off the entire store including sale merchandise as well!

I paid a visit to my favourite Bench store at the Eaton Center and shopped a few must have looks for this summer. You already know I’m a big fan of Bench’s assortment of hoodies and jackets, but I’m also obsessing over their S/S collection with many pieces that doubles as activewear and fashion wear.

My recommendations for you are the HANK ERCHIEF SKIRT which can be converted from long to short (worn below), DROPTOP HOODY that is incredibly soft and perfect for travel, SURIAH CROP RACER VEST and matching CAPRI PAINTERLY CAPRI, also worn in this post.

Keep reading to see how you can get an extra 5% off!

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Neutrogena :: A Tale of Transitions Videos

Neutrogena Canada Video

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned my recent collaboration with the Neutrogena Canada team. I am so excited to finally share the A Tale of Transitions video series with you! The entire Neutrogena Canada and Mode Media Canada team did such a tremendous job on this, I loved the way they turned out! This was the first time I got a glimpse of these videos and of course you’re the first I want to share them with. I am also so privileged to have worked alongside Ania, Alicia, Katelyn and Vanessa on these videos, they stories were all full of humor and inspiration.

No need to say more, keep reading and click the Neutrogena videos to watch these short clips!

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Wedding Planning 101 :: Engagement Shoot Sneak Peek

Beach Engagement Photo Shoot

Hello! I had the best low key birthday weekend and much of the day shooting our beach themed engagement photos in Jordan. I don’t want to give too much away but here are a few photos we snapped using my phone. These are not to be mistaken as the actual photos shot by our talented photographers, Afterglow Images, the actual photos to come in a few weeks! I can’t wait to share them with you then! Oh, also, did I mention how happy I was with my beach inspired outfit?!

In the meantime, enjoy these few taken with my phone and have a wonderful start to your week!

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Birthday Celebration with Michael Hill

Michael Hill Jewelry Canada

Tomorrow I celebrate my 32nd birthday. You heard right, 32! I’ve already collected some of the best memories stepping into my thirties, and I can’t wait to see what the next couple of years have to offer. I honestly have to say I’ve never felt better and so accomplished in my life (despite the experiencing harsh hangovers and running off to bed at 10:30 a.m.!).

Just coming back from Miami with the girls and with May being an incredibly busy month due to our upcoming wedding, this year, I’m opting for a simple birthday. Despite a low key celebration, the best kind of birthdays are those that come with sparkle.

A special thanks to the team at Michael Hill for my first birthday gift this year. I am smitten by this geometric ring dressed with delicate diamonds in sterling silver. I’ve been reluctant to treat myself lately as we’ve been budgeting tightly for our wedding, so I’m incredibly thankful for this beautiful birthday surprise.

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