Thursday, 17 August 2017

Toronto Staycation + Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Products


For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you will have seen that I had an incredible staycation in Toronto at the Thompson Hotel with Origins Canada. It was the perfect girl's getaway, and just what the doctor ordered. Sabrina and I were absolutely giddy as we checked into our gorgeous room at The Thompson Hotel in anticipation of the fun night ahead of us.


I was so happy to be able to learn more about the Origins GinZing line. One look at the fun orange packaging, and you know that your skin is about to get a serious dose of energy. Formulated with energy-boosting products like coffee beans and Panax ginseng, and with a refreshing citrus scent, these products are like a good night's sleep in a jar. Myself with ultra-sensitive skin, I'm always very nervous to try out a new skincare line, but because Origins only uses quality ingredients I'm happy to report that I haven't experienced any breakouts or irritation from the products.

I'm truly enjoying everything that I was given by Origins Canada from their GinZing line, but the standout product for me is the GinZing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer. You know of my struggles with acne and, while it seems to be under control for the time being, I do have lots of scars left from past breakouts. This tinted moisturizer not only cover my acne scars, but it also leaves my face looking radiant. I also love how it has such a high dose of SPF, since I really do need to start being more diligent with sun protection. I could speak about this product for hours, but nothing quite drives the point home like watching it in action. Check out my Youtube video reviewing the products from the Origins GinZing line, and a demonstration of the GinZing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer:









The view from the Thompson Toronto rooftop is still my favourite in the entire city.

Dinner at the fabulous Colette Grand Café with Sabrina of My Miaou


What do you guys think? Have you tried the Origins GinZing products? Can you believe that a tinted moisturizer can replace a foundation? Have you ever been to the Thompson Hotel in Toronto? So many questions, lol!  Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Thank you Origins Canada for our amazing staycation, and for collaborating with me on this post.
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Monday, 14 August 2017

Some Thoughts On Time


A few weeks ago we celebrated Brian's grandmother's birthday. Avó is in her late eighties, and as sharp and beautiful as ever. While sitting at the table, I was casually chatting with his grandfather and he mentioned that he was going to turn 90 soon. After saying that he turned, looked me directly in the eyes and said "90. I didn't think it would come so fast." The day was a whirlwind of family and celebration after, but his words really stuck with me and I've been thinking of them ever since.

Time is a strange thing. I feel like we're all always racing against a clock to go somewhere, do something or get something done. Some days seem to drag on, while others seem to have less hours in the day. Brian's grandfather's words have been on my mind lately, as well as a few other events that remind me how quickly time can pass us by. While I don't think that there's much any of us can do to stop the clock, there's a few habits that I've taken up to help live in the moment and better appreciate the time we all have.

Dress - Zara, Hat - Dynamite (old)

Put Down The Phone


Isn't it funny how this piece of advice can be applied to so many situations? Honestly I'm definitely not an expert in this since I'm glued to my phone most days, but on the days where I put the device down I can definitely tell a difference in the quality of my time. Now I'm making an effort to put my phone away on weekends, and when I'm spending time with family and friends. Sure I miss out on what's being posted on social media, but in the end I spend less time scrolling mindlessly through my phone and getting to the end of a day feeling like I accomplished nothing.

Start A Journal


I used to journal all of the time when I was younger. Notebooks would fill with my daily ramblings, thoughts and the occasional picture or two. It's so fun now to go through these books to see what occupied my mind as a teen - even if it was mostly about boys. Although I guess now my blog is my journal, I miss taking the time to sit down and write about my day. I'm currently looking for a new journaling system, whether it be the 5 Minute Journal or just starting my own Bullet Journal. I would definitely be interested to hear your thoughts and if you have ever tried either.

Spend More Time Outdoors

For me, a girl who lives in the middle of a large city, spending time outdoors is crucial. I find it all too easy to spend all my time cooped up in my condo, and wondering where the day went. Getting outside, preferably among nature, is a great way to feel as though time is standing still. I also feel as though spending time outdoors is a great way to lift my mood and give me some perspective, which leads to a more fulfilling day.

Reflect On The Past


While I acknowledge that there is a thin line between reflecting and living in the past, for me nothing makes me realize how much I have accomplished like taking a stroll down memory lane. Brian and I were browsing through old albums the other day, and came across a photo that was seven years old. We couldn't believe how fast seven years had flown by! However, upon further reflection, we realized just how much had happened in seven years: lots of travel, moving in together, a dog, an engagement, a wedding, multiple apartments, lots of highs, and some lows. A lot of life happens in seven years and while it seemed quick, when you reflect on the time you realize just how full the moments can be.



What do you guys think?  I'm sorry if this post seems a bit off-character, or all over the place, but I've really been thinking about time lately. You support on my personal posts have been amazing, and I so appreciate your love and positivity as I mould La Petite Noob into a more personal space.

I would love to hear your methods to fight the feeling that time is passing by too quickly. Let me know!

xo Joëlle
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Saturday, 12 August 2017

OOTD - Work Wear with Reitmans


I thought that when I left my 9 to 5 office job, I would be done with work wear. Not true.  Surprisingly, there have been quite a few instances in my career as a full-time blogger that called for office-appropriate dressing; meetings, presentations and interviews, just to name a few. While I'm all for looking business appropriate, I literally cannot handle my life when said work-wear is uncomfortable - it's distracting, and dampens my confidence. I've been on the search for a comfortable office-appropriate pant for years, and have finally found them in the Iconic Pants from Reitmans.

You guys know that Reitmans is my go-to when shopping for pants, since they have petite sizing. The Iconic Pant is no exception; with its stretchy fabric, it actually helps to sculpt and shape your leg! Add the fact that they're pull-on and come in petite sizes (!!) is a huge bonus for me. I wanted to add a bit of variety into my work-wear pants, so I chose a faint pinstripe and I love how this little detail can elevate the look from your basic black pant. Paired with a loose sweater with a bell sleeve, this outfit is a great option for office-casual, and something that I would feel comfortable enough in to wear all day! I'm also confident that these pants can be easily dressed up with a crisp white blouse and a blazer for a more formal setting.

Pants - c/o Reitmans, Top - c/o Reitmans



Seriously though, I never thought that I would be a fan of a pinstripe pant but they are now on my wardrobe radar! I love how the subtle lines helps us short gals to look taller - especially when paired with some basic heels. It's amazing how sometimes even the simplest of details can make the biggest impact.





What do you guys think? What do you look for in work-wear? Do you work in an environment that requires business dressing? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

This post was created in collaboration with Reitmans. All opinions are 100% my own.
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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Travel: Lisbon City Guide

Rua Nova do Carvalho
Rua Nova do Carvalho

Lisbon has got to be one of my favourite European cities. I'm completely taken by the pastel coloured and tiled buildings, the beautiful climate and the delicious food. No matter how many times I visit this beautiful city, I'm always sad to leave. So now that I've been back from my European vacation for over a month it's high time that I share some of my favourite Lisbon activities with you, from where to eat, how to get around and - most importantly - where to get some great Instagram photos (#doitforthegram.)

Lisbon city guide for Instagrammers

How to Get Around


The legend of Lisbon is that it was founded and built on seven hills and, while I'm no historian, I can definitely agree that Lisbon is full of hills. Why is this important, you ask? Well, the many hills of Lisbon makes getting around a bit of a challenge, particularly if you have any problems with walking. Don't get me wrong I still think that Lisbon is a completely walkable city, just know that you may climb up and down a number hills and staircases while doing so. If stairs aren't your thing, there are a number of different ways to get around the city.

Taxis


Our last visit to Lisbon, I found that we relied on taxis fairly regularly to get around. Taxis are actually quite inexpensive, and are a great way to quickly get from point a to point b. Most of the taxi drivers we encountered spoke English, however if you're facing a language barrier, just pull up your destination's address on Google and show it to your driver.

Tram


Part transportation, part tourist experience, the tram system in Lisbon is a great option - especially if it is your first time visiting the city. Definitely take Tram 28, a very scenic route of the city and exciting since the tram goes up and down some pretty steep hills, and takes some very tight corners! If you opt for the tram system, be very careful to keep a close eye on your purse and valuables on account of pickpockets.


Subway


While I've personally never taken the subway in Lisbon, I've heard great things about the system being modern, clean and efficient. You can even take the metro right into the city from the airport, which is a huge bonus!


Lisbon city guide pink

Pharmacia Lisbon
Pharmacia

Where To Eat


While I absolutely love Lisbon, I'll admit - it's not my number one choice when it comes to trendy restaurants and cute cafés. That being said, I did manage to find a few cute spots for dinner or drinks that were not only delicious, but also beautifully decorated.

Pharmacia

Pharmacia is hands down my favourite restaurant for drinks, a light dinner, and to relax in Lisbon. The space itself is in an actual Pharmaceutical museum, in a large beautiful building. There's a sprawling lawn in the front of the building set for a patio, and the inside is absolutely beautiful. While the menu is more modern, a take on Portuguese cuisine served tapas-style, it's a refreshing change for at lest one of your meals. I also have a special spot in my heart for anywhere that takes cocktails as seriously as I do, and the drinks here do not disappoint. The restaurant itself itself very close to the Santa Catarina lookout terrace, which offers some incredible views of the city.

The Decadente

Another standout restaurant in Lisbon for me is The Decadente, another place that mixes a mean cocktail and has more of a modern take on Portuguese cuisine. The space itself is absolutely stunning, as it's housed in the Swiss Ambassador's former residence. Make sure to book ahead to secure a reservation; there's a limited number of seating times, and tables go quick!

Bakeries


To be completely honest, I spend the majority of my time in Lisbon stuffing my face with Portuguese pastries from bakeries all throughout the city. Some of my favourite indulgences are the famed Pastel De Natas, a Portuguese custard tart, and savoury Pan Con Chorizo which is a fresh bun stuffed with Chorizo sausage. So, so good.

O Trevo


O Trevo is not fancy - not in the least. This seemingly bare-bones bar does however serve up some of the best bifanas in Lisbon! A Bifana is a sandwich made of seasoned pork that's been cooked in oil, served on a bun. Simple, but so delicious. Walk up to the bar, order a couple of bifanas and eat them right at the bar.


Instagrammable spots Lisbon

Aflame Lisbon city guide Instagram
Alfama

Some Note-Worthy Photo Spots


Lisbon in itself is so beautiful and colourful, that it's hard to take a bad photo! There are a few places that I always stop by while in Lisboa to get the perfect shot - hey, gotta do it for the 'gram!

Alfama


Alfama is one of the oldest districts in Lisbon, and certainly one of the most beautiful. I love wandering the narrow, picturesque streets and also looking out to the ocean over top of all the rooftops. Alfama is at the top of a particularly steep hill, so I would recommend either taking a taxi or Tram 28 to get to the top.

Rua Nova do Carvalho


Rua Nova do Carvalho, or "The Pink Street" is a street painted pink and is definitely something to see!

Alfama

Instagrammable spots Lisbon

Best Instagram Photos Lisbon

Lisbon for Instagrammers

Lisbon City Guide

So there you have it, a quick round up of one of my favourite cities in Europe: Lisbon. Have you ever been to Lisbon? What are some of your favourite things to do there? Let me know!

xo Joëlle


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Monday, 31 July 2017

OOTD - Lavender Fields Forever


Have you ever been to a lavender field? I myself went to Terre Bleu Lavender Fields in Milton this past week for the very first time, and now want to make this mini-adventure a yearly affair. There's something so magical about walking along a sea of purple, smelling lavender and hearing the gentle hum of bees flying from petal to petal (and that's saying something, since typically I absolutely hate bugs of any kind!) If you're thinking of visiting a lavnder field this year, definitely check out my friend Krystle of Dine and Fash's comprehensive guide to the lavender fields of Ontario, grab a friend and your camera and just go.

For this particular trip I chose to wear a new piece to my closet, this maxi romper from Morning Lavender. I love that this is half romper, half maxi dress; the shorts make it so I can move around easily, and the large train at the back catches the wind and creates great movement. I also can't seem to get enough of the off-the-shoulder trend for summer, so I'm glad that this piece incorporates that detail.









As much as I love the city, and living in Toronto, sometimes it feels good to escape for an afternoon. Have you been to the lavender fields? What's your favourite place to go outside of Toronto? Let me know!

xo Joëlle
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