Friday, 22 September 2017

OOTD - What I've Been Wearing Lately


Summer has flown by with the blink of an eye, and while it wasn't exactly ideal weather-wise I had a great time. Because we're getting our last tastes of warmer weather in late-September, I've been trying to get the most out of my summer wardrobe before packing it in for the season. Here's what I've been wearing lately; lots of dresses, skirts and delicate tanks. Gotta make the most of that sunshine!

Dress - TulaRosa via Revolve c/o

This wrapdress from Tularose via Revolve Clothing has been one of my favourites in the later seasons. I have been absolutely obsessed with wrap dresses this summer, and this one has got to be my favourite. I love the elongating stripes, the subtle slits in the side of the dress, and the midi length.

If you're ever looking for dresses, Revolve Clothing has always been my go-to. Some of my favourite designers carried on the site are Lovers + Friends, Tularosa, L'Academie, LPA and Majorelle.

Skirt - c/o Evernew, Shirt - c/o Evernew

While its no secret that I love dresses, my wardrove strategy moving forward is to focus more on seprates. Even though throwing on a dress and going is the easiest way to dress, there is so much more versatility in seperates. This skirt, for example I have literaly worn all summer and it's still finding new life as we head into fall.

Shirt - H&M, Skirt - Topshop (old)

Speaking of seperates, I cannot get enough of this H&M button up shirt! I've been having fun pairing it with all of my skirts - especially this pink mini skirt that I had picked up from Topshop last year. Another win for seperates!


Remember to check out my Youtube channel where I am updating weekly on what I'm wearing lately. It's definitely a different experience to see the clothes and their fit and movement on video!

What have you guys been wearing lately? Do you prefer dresses or seperates?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle
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Monday, 18 September 2017

OOTD + Skincare Updates with Amazon


Summer has decided to stick around in Toronto, and you'll not be hearing any complaints about it from me. I absolutely love the sunshine, the warm weather and the fact that I'm able to get even more wear out of my summer wardrobe. This romper from Honey Stores in Toronto is quintessential summer to me: breezy material, pink florals, and a very relaxed silhouette. I like to get my rompers a few sizes too big (this one is actually a large) so that the shorts aren't too short.

I also wanted to share some amazing news: one of my favourite skincare brands Mario Badescu is available now on Amazon.ca! I have been using Mario Badescu off-and-on for years, and have always had to worst time trying to get my hands on it. Imagine how happy I was to find out that it's now available on Amazon - with my favourite products from the line eligible for Prime! Yay! If you struggle with acne like I do, check out these key products to help quickly get through any breakouts.

TIP: The drying lotion is my absolute favourite, but when you receive your online order make sure that you let the bottle settle for 24 hours. The product works best when both ingredients are separated from one another.


                    


Romper - c/o Honey (available in-stores)




What do you think? Are you enjoying the warm weather? Have you ever tried Mario Badescu products? Let me know!

xo Joëlle
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Friday, 15 September 2017

New York City Travel Diary


New York City is like an addiction to me. No matter how many times I visit, I always end up wanting more. My first trip to NYC was way back in 2010, a few months after Brian and I had started dating. We had both always wanted to visit the city, and figured we may as well see how we could travel together, so we hopped on a plane and went. Seven years later and it stuck; not only our relationship but also our love for the city. I try to visit New York at least a couple times a year and while this massivity city has so much to offer, I find myself doing the same things and visiting the same places on every trip.

This most recent trip was one of my favourites. Brian and I had planned four nights in the city, which is longer than we typically stay, so we had lots of time to hit up all of our favourite spots and just relax. Much like the lazy-vibes of our trip, here is a very informal travel diary of some of my favourite moments of the trip. Not shown: our midnight show at The Comedy Cellar, which left this grandma hazily walking back to our hotel at 3am (latest I've stayed up in a long time) and the many, many tacos consumed at Los Tacos No. 1 at the Chelsea market. Some things just can't be captured in a photograph. Enjoy!


Love the architecture in Soho - gets me every time!

The aesthetics at While We Were Young were too beautiful for words!

Stooping it at Pietro Nolita

My coffee shop table top at Woops! Bakeshop - so pretty!

The gorgeous pink doors at Sel Rrose

I am a sucker for all of the outdoor flower displays all around NYC

A NYC must: Stumptown Coffee Roasters. This coffee is crazy good, and we always pick up a bag of beans for home.

Did you really go to NYC without visiting Jack's Wife Freda for brunch? So good!


Gotta love that NYC architecture

The banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery is what my dreams are made of!


Cheesy Smiles at Woops! Bakeshop

The most beautiful pink floral wall at Sweet Time Dessert

Post-cocktail thoughts at While We Were Young 



That's it! As soon as we arrived, we were back in the airport heading to Toronto. I always feel as though I leave a piece of myself in New York City and I'm already excited to go back.

What do you guys think? What are some of your favourite things to do in NYC? Let me know!

xo Joëlle
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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

My Experience with Tape-In Hair Extensions


I've always been a sucker for long hair. Maybe it was the unfortunate mushroom cut that I, along with most other 80s kids, sported growing up that traumatized me into never cutting my hair. Whatever the case may be, I'm that girl who has always kept her hair long no matter what the trend may be. In my mind, you can never have too much of a good thing, so even though I naturally have a lot of length to my hair, it could always be longer. Enter tape-in extensions. I was first turned onto tape-in hair extensions when admiring a friend's long, lush hair and she let me into her little secret. As soon as I found out her hair had help from extensions, I was sold. I promptly sought out some tape-in hair extensions at Bombay Hair, booked myself an appointment with Kimberly at Toni and Guy Queen Street and before I knew it, I was walking out with a head full of super-long, super-thick hair.

I've since taken my hair extensions out after wearing them for a month. In that month, I experienced lots of different weather conditions thanks to our strange Toronto summer and took two small trips. So with all that in mind, here are my honest thoughts about my experience with tape-in hair extensions, and if I will ever put them in again.

Reference: I used the Bombay Hair 22'' Golden Blonde Tape-In Extensions


PRO

  • I would 100% recommend going to a professional to apply your tape-in hair extensions. My girl Kimberly at Toni & Guy Queen Street has a lot of experience with extensions, so putting them into my hair was a breeze. I had no idea what to expect in terms of the process, so when I sat down in the chair I was pleasantly surprised to find that putting in tape-in hair extensions was pretty quick (about 30 minutes) and 100% painless. I also recommend getting the extensions cut to your hair after application, because this will help to blend the extensions into your real hair to appear more natural. In the end, I expected to be in the salon for at least 4 hours and waltzed out in an hour and a half with long, full hair. 

CON

  • While the process of applying tape-in hair extensions is pain-free, the aftermath is anything but. Kimberly warned me that I should take an Advil or two before bed because the extra weight of the extensions on your scalp could cause headaches. I didn't listen to her and wish that I did. Oh. Em. Gee. The extra weight on your scalp from all of this new hair is no joke and while my headache was the worst on the first night, I felt like it never fully went away all month. Maybe I just have a sensitive head, but the dull ache that I felt the entire time that I had my extensions in was hard to ignore and definitely put a damper on the whole experience.

PRO

  • While styling tape-in extensions does take longer than usual, just because of the amount of hair, the style lasts so much longer! I typically wear my hair curled, and found that the curl would last in my extensions until I had to wash them. Amazing, and because of this, I felt like I was using a lot less heat styling throughout the month.

CON


  • While styling your hair becomes a breeze with tape-in hair extensions, washing it is a whole other animal. You guys, I literally dreaded washing my hair with extensions in! Now only do you need to be more delicate to avoid the sandwiches of tape on your scalp, but it literally takes forever to detangle and dry. Forever. Oh man. Such a hassle. As a result, dry shampoo and hats became my best friend for the entire month, just to avoid having to wash my hair.

Dress - H&M



In the end, as much as I enjoyed my tape-in hair extensions experience, I don't think that it's for me. Would I recommend them to anyone who's looking to add some extra length of volume to their hair? Absolutely. For me though, I already had long hair and the hassle just wasn't worth it. That being said, if these extensions sound like they're for you I 100% recommend purchasing your from Bombay hair and having Kim at Toni & Guy Queen Street apply them.

What do you guys think? Have you ever tried extensions? What was your experience? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Thank you Bombay Hair and Toni & Guy Queen Street for the experience. I am not being compensated for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own.
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Friday, 8 September 2017

OOTD - So Long Sweet Summer


Summer is hands down my favourite season, so I always get a little sad when Labour Day rolls around and I know that the summer season is coming to an end. Thankfully for me, I was able to spend my Labour Day weekend in NYC, where it was sunny and hot. Seizing on what would likely be the last time that I'll be able to wear a summer maxi dress, I took this House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve number out for a spin. I love how the dress has a delicate gold pattern running throughout, has intricate button work in the front, and how the front slit creates the most beautiful movement when you walk.

Dress - House of Harlow 1960 via Revolve c/o, Shoes - Le Chateau c/o



If you're looking for some more last-minute summer dress inspiration, check out some of my favourite brands sold on Revolve - happy shopping!

L'Academie
Privacy Please
TulaRosa
Lovers + Friends
Majorelle



What do you think? Do you love summer as much as I do? What pieces are you trying to get the most out of wearing for these last few weeks of summer?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle
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