Giveaway :: New Year Savings Tips

RetailMeNot Canada Giveaway Coupons Travel

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great few days off! If you’ve enjoyed your holidays as much as I did, it probably meant that you indulged a bit more than usual. With holiday gifts, dinner parties, and Boxing Week shopping, I’m sure you’re looking for ways to save.

Just before the holidays, I shared a few shopping savings tips by using digital coupons for the purchase of luxury goods and presents. Did you know digital couponing sites such as RetailMeNot.ca are also great for non-gift items such as planning your next vacation, saving on your next spa day, or even preparing for RRSP season? There are a vast amount of promo codes and offers made available on RetailMeNot.ca and I’ll show you how I used the website to prepare for my next vacation.

Read further to see how to save on your next vacation and chance to win a $200 VISA gift card c/o RetailMeNot.ca!

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Honeymoon Travel :: Oia, Santorini

Oia, Santorini Honeymoon

I finally started to go through some of the photos we took during our honeymoon! I will be sharing more in a few more posts, but first up, is the beautiful town of Oia on the islands of Santorini. During the second week of our honeymoon, we explored the islands of Greece and spent one day touring this breathtaking town. There are four main towns along the caldera in Santorini – Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia. These are located on the western edge of the island and are situated on the caldera cliff, which offers fantastic views of the volcano.

Keep reading to see more photos.

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Beauty :: Travel Essentials

Beauty Travel Essentials

Hello! I’m finally settling back in after returning from our wonderful honeymoon! We had such an incredible time touring parts of Europe but my most favourite were definitely the Greek Islands. Can I say, WOW?! I’ll be sure to share some photos with you once I’ve had a chance to go through them!

Packing for a two week vacation can be quite daunting, especially when multiple destinations and temperatures are involved. Regardless, when it comes to beauty essentials, I’ve always got an it-list, good for any travel plan. I’ve curated a number of beauty products that I’ve personally tried and tested, and I guarantee you’ll absolutely love them too!

Check out my Beauty Travel Essentials to learn more about my most favourited items to pack in the suitcase! Read the full article →

Travel :: How to Pack for the Honeymoon

Honeymoon Packing

We are just over a month away until we head off to our honeymoon! I’m so excited to take some time off and spend some time with the hubby! It was a tough decision in terms of picking our locations for our trip, but after several elimination rounds, we finally decided to tour a few European cities. I’m so excited to explore Prague, Budapest, and the Greek Islands of Mykonos and Santorini, and finishing up with a pit stop in London.

With several cities on the docket and two weeks away from home, packing for this honeymoon will certainly require some thinking through. On one hand I want to pack a variety of clothing items to suit every (un)foreseeable situation, but on the other hand, I also want to reduce the amount of bags to avoid additional baggage fees. Decisions, decisions.

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Travel :: The Best Ways to Travel Around Canada

Best ways to travel in Canada

Hello! Hope you’re having a great start to the week! I’m in Boston this week for work, attending the INBOUND Conference. Absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to hear some great speakers, such as Martha Stewart, Malcolm Gladwell, Simon Sinek, and earlier today, Guy Kawasaki!

I had the chance to meet some of my American friends south of the border today and we got on the topic of travelling within USA and Canada. We had a friendly debate on the accessibility of travelling across Canada, and so I thought I’d give some tips today on the best ways to travel around this lovely country, Canada.

Canada is the second largest country in the world and its landscape is as diverse as it is beautiful. When you take a trip to Canada you really don’t want to miss a thing and you should soak up as much of what the country has to offer as possible.

In that vein, keep reading to find out the best ways to explore Canada! Read the full article →

Travel + Giveaway :: A Special Trip to Boston

Boston Trip - Boats

Hello! It’s been some time since I’ve ran a giveaway, therefore, greeting you with a FABULOUS one today! Last week, Kyle and I went on a road trip down to Boston and Cape Cod area. It was fantastic and for those of you who read my last post, he surprised me with an ENGAGEMENT! *Happy Dance* … I digress.

Thanks to Henry’s Rentals, they generously lent me my favourite camera ever – the Fujifilm X100S and was lucky enough to snap these photos from our trip. For those of you who are unaware, not only do Henry’s sell and rent out photography equipment, their School of Imaging also offers an array of photography workshops and classes.

Lucky for you – I’m working with Henry’s to give you one pair of tickets (worth $175 each) to their upcoming Peller Estates (Niagara-on-the-Lake) Winery Photography Workshop! Read the full article →

Lifestyle :: Eventful Weekends in the City

Eventful Weekends in the City

This past winter was brutally cold. We spent most of our weekends snuggling up indoors but now that the warmer weather is upon us, we’re back in full swing when it comes to planning eventful, yet affordable weekends in the city.

We moved into the Beaches area just as summer was ending last year and didn’t get a chance to see what the neighborhood had to offer. I’ve heard from many nearby dwellers that the Beaches transforms as the months start to get warmer. I’m so excited to plan my upcoming weekends in this family-friendly, dog-friendly, and just good ol’ friendly community.

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Travel :: 4 Days in Paris {part deux}

Paris Travel Photos

Bonjour! Sharing with you the rest of my photos from my trip to Paris in early April. If you missed my first set, you can have a look here. Now that I’ve finally got the chance to edit them and hand pick my favourite ones, time to get them printed and set them around the house.
Isn’t it funny how digital photography has made it so easy for us to take photos and share them online, but when it comes to printing … it often gets procrastinated?

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Travel :: 4 Days in Paris {Part I}

Paris in 4 Days travel diaries and photos

Bonjour! I finally got the chance to go through all my photos from my trip to Paris in a few weeks ago! I managed to snap hundreds and hundreds of photo while I was there and hand picked a few to share with you here. I will be sharing a few others soon as I didn’t want to bombard this post with way too many! I am also so happy that I decided to take a camera rental along with me for my trip. The Fuji X100S took the most amazing photos as a point and shoot, you can rent one at Henry’s Rentals. It is now on my shopping list.

If you would like a copy of any of them, feel free to leave me a comment and I’m more than happy to send you a high-res version for print. I’m looking forward to getting these off to print (BLACKS offers a variety of options for printing photos) and showering the house with them.

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Outfit :: Romancing in Paris {with Henkaa}

Henkaa Convertible Dress Review

Hello! I had the best time in Paris last week! I can’t even describe how magical it was. There is something special to see at every corner. The architecture and gardens are incredible and I’m envious of everything about the Parisian lifestyle and culture. The treats and eats were also to die for and the French Macarons from Laduree? Heavenly! Even though I was only there for a few days, I made the best of every minute and soaked in as much of the Parisian culture as I was able. If you haven’t visited this romantic city yet, be sure to put on the top of your list!

In my post last week, I mentioned a few must pack items. One item I definitely won’t leave without is the Henkaa convertible dress. Sometimes, it is just impossible to plan for every activity and event in the travel itinerary. Packing becomes a hassle when you’re trying to predict ever possibility- i.e. am I going to a casual place for dinner? Something fancy? Packing a convertible dress provides options and the Henkaa dress certainly gives a variety – it can be worn at least in 8 different ways! I’m wearing the midi dress in royal blue in a few different ways, the dress also comes in a mini and maxi length.

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