Outfit :: Sparkly Mules and the Most Coveted Summer Shoes

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I was asked to style an evening look for LE CHÂTEAU’s 2016 Spring/Summer Footwear Lookbook alongside with four other Toronto blogger babes a couple of weeks ago. I was charged to create a look that was a reflection of my own style. Most of you know that I spend most of my time at the office or travelling for business, therefore, it has always been important for me to find transitional outfits.

When it comes to a statement shoe, you definitely want to give it the spotlight that it deserves. I opted for a simple, yet classic sleeveless shirtdress with a playful cut that is office appropriate to accompany these sparkly mules which can be easily slipped on and off. It’s the perfect day to evening ensemble.

Read further to see how some of Toronto’s top fashion bloggers styled their look and this summer’s most coveted shoes from LE CHÂTEAU!

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Lifestyle :: Spring & Summer Gardening Plans

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The month of May is the perfect time to get the gardening gloves out. I’ve never been much of a gardening expert and actually have struggled to keep my plants alive! With limited gardening knowledge and a small outdoor area, it’s always been a challenge incorporating gardening projects into our busy schedules.

Last Summer, I did manage to attempt a small gardening project and grew our own planter box herb garden on the third floor terrace of our townhouse and surprisingly, it did survive a couple of months! I loved having fresh herbs on hand, where I was able to combine them in our favourite food and drink recipes.

This year, I’ve got some lofty growing plans to not only improve the herb garden, but also beautify our terrace, entrance way, and indoor space with fresh potted and planted flowers. Though I’m slightly intimidated by these projects, I’m super thrilled that I’ve been asked to join the 2016 Scotts Gro Crew, where I’ll have direct access to gardening experts, advice and premium Scotts® Miracle-Gro products, such as Miracle-Gro Flower Magic and Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix to assist me through my #IGrewIt Journey! I hope you’ll follow along as I’ll be sharing what I learn with you over the next few months!

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Food & Drink :: Protein Packed Breakfast Cups

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You’ve heard it way too many times, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”, and friends, it’s totally true! I can’t go a day without breakfast. On the weekends, Kyle and I have the luxury of time, which means we typically indulge when it comes to preparing for our breakfast or going to one of our favourite brunch spots in the city.

During the weekdays we are often super rushed in the morning and prepping a hearty yet healthy and delicious breakfast can seem like a challenge. But, it doesn’t have to be!!

I came to master the art of creating a variety of breakfast bowls. My latest invention combines the usual ingredients such as yogurt, fruits, and granola but I added Genuine Health fermented Greek yogurt proteins+ products to make them extra protein packed!

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Outfit :: Sliding into Spring

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I purchased this maxi dress weeks ago and haven’t had the chance to wear it, I was so glad when the weather finally cooperated over the last weekend! I love wearing maxi dresses because they can make a short girl (me) that much taller! This dress, as well as pretty much all my maxi dresses was about a foot longer when I first purchased it, therefore I took it to the seamstress to have her work a bit of her magic. Trust me, taking your most favourite items to get fitted is well worth it.

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DIY :: Mother’s “Day-Off” Gift Box

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With Mother’s Day coming this Sunday, I couldn’t help but to reflect on what my mom and I have in common. I would like to think that I inherited some of my mom’s best traits, such as loyalty, kindness and someone that values family and friends. The one thing I am sure of is that my mom and I both enjoy a good bargain. For special occasions such as Mother’s Day, she never asks for gifts and always prefer that my sister and I save up what we have. Shopping for my mom is a tough task because it’s got to be a good bargain!

Pulling together a special gift certainly doesn’t have to be costly, I decided to challenge myself to a style savings spree at the DIXIE Outlet Mall, where I snatched up some really great items (at discounted prices) and curated what I call a Mother’s “Day-Off” Gift Box because every mom out there deserves a day off this Sunday!

Read further to learn how to put a fancy gift box together in time for this Sunday!

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Beauty :: Newly Added Spring Favourites

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Every start of a new season, I love trying some new beauty products to suit the needs of the change in temperature and mood. Spring is such an exciting time, it’s when we finally all come out of hiding and start to introduce bright colours and fruity scents to our daily routine. I came across a few new beauty items that I’m so excited to use on the daily, and most of all share them all with you

Have you added any new beauty finds to your vanity this Spring?

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DIY [Video] :: Doughnut and Mimosa Bar

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This video tutorial originally appeared on Mode.com

The weekend is just around the corner and I often look forward to entertaining friends and family. If throwing an extravagant dinner party doesn’t interest you much but playing the “Haute Hostess” is, I guarantee you’ll love this simple entertaining inspiration that requires little work from you but offers huge impact for your guests.

Get ready to round up the #squad for brunch at your place because I teamed up with Mode to reveal my secrets for creating a fun (and seriously delicious) DIY buffet station where guests can decorate doughnuts and make mimosas just the way they like them!

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Outfit :: Summer White in Costa Rica

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These photos were snapped during our recent trip to Costa Rica, celebrating a dear couple’s destination wedding a couple of weeks ago. The weather was insanely hot but insanely good and the wedding was like a day dream taken right out of a magazine. It was the first time that all our friends spent a vacation week together, along with our spouses and kiddies, we were so blessed with great company.

When it comes to travelling to hot climate (Costa Rica is just about 8 degrees north of the equator!), I often pack along several LWDs (little white dresses) with me. The white doesn’t tend to absorb as much sun, allowing the body to stay relatively cooler. I’ve come to accumulate a fair share of white dresses, but this white baby doll number from Joe Fresh is my recent favourite (and it’s under $50!).

You travelling anywhere soon?!

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DIY [Video] :: Mini Flower Arrangements

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This video tutorial originally appeared on Mode.com

When it comes to home decorating, adding flower arrangements is the simplest way to spruce up any living space. For special occasions and holidays, I typically order flower arrangements from my florist. However, as beautiful as they are, they can become a costly expense. With Spring upon us, I’ve got shades of bright and pastel pink florals on my mind.

Recently, I collaborated with Mode to film a step by step tutorial video to show you just how easy it is to create a stunning, inexpensive flower arrangement using blooms from your local grocery store or farmer’s market—all you need is a few simple tips and tricks.

Watch the G.I.Y (Glam It Yourself) Video to learn how to create your own DIY Mini Flower Arrangement!

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Food & Drink :: Nespresso Sprinkle Affogato

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I really enjoy having a cup of coffee or espresso after a nice meal, I find that it’s such a great substitute for dessert without adding the extra bit of calories. However, from time to time, I LOVE adding dessert into the mix because let’s face it, they’re just way too tempting! A few weeks ago, while I was brewing a cup of coffee after dinner, I ran out of milk. I improvised and created a makeshift affogato dessert by adding some vanilla ice-cream. It was so delicious! My unplanned affogato dessert was such a success that I couldn’t help but to attempt again.

This sprinkle version is a fun and modern take on the classic affogato dessert.

It was prepared with a scope of Sprinkle Party Cake ice-cream and topped with a shot of Nespresso espresso! Keep reading for the full recipe!

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