Monday, 20 March 2017

OOTD - Pants for Petites

You guys know that shopping for pants is the bane of my existence. I can never seem to find anything that fits a shorter leg, and the fact that I have a smaller waist with larger hips does not help the situation at all. My petite ladies out there - or anyone really who doesn't have your typical model-type body - can relate!

Pants are however a necessary part of any wardrobe, and I was in search of a pair that I could wear to meetings or when I needed to look a bit more professional. I knew that Reitmans carries petite sizes from my search for jeans, so I decided to try my luck.  Once I walked into the store, I knew that I had come to the right place. After speaking with my sales associate about my pant-woes, she promptly pulled an armful of pants all in petite sizes - and here I was thinking that I would only have a few options to pick from! After having fun trying on pair after pair, I settled on these ultra-comfortable, but very smart looking pair of black chinos. I also couldn't resist adding a dusty rose blouse and blush pink blazer to the mix. Add a pair of classic black pumps and my favourite everyday handbag, and I'm already feeling more professional and prepared for meetings.

Chinos - c/o Reitmans, Blouse - c/o Reitmans, Blazer - c/o Reitmans
Shoes - Marshall's (old), Bag - Louis Vuitton (size 30)

To be honest, I didn't quite know what a chino pant was until I visited Reitmans, but now they may be my favourite comfortable style. The pants have a flattering straight leg, but also have a bit more room in the thighs. I like to roll up my pants for an exposed ankle with my heels, which is a more flattering style on me. I'm definitely looking to pick up these pants in a few more colours - I spotted a pink pair for spring that has my name written all over it!

All in all, I'm happy with my new chinos and I have a feeling that Reitmans may be changing the way that I look at pants. I've learned that pants are not the enemy - you just need to find a store that carries the right fit for your body.

What do you guys think?  Have you struggled with finding a pair of pants that fit?  What do you wear to meetings?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Photography by Bettina Bogar.

This post was created in partnership with Reitman's. All opinions and experiences are my own.

Friday, 17 March 2017

UPDATE: I Started A Youtube Channel!

You guys!  I'm so excited to tell you that I finally started a Youtube channel!  After wanting to get into Youtube for years, I decided to bite the bullet and dive right in.  I feel like the longer you wait to do something that interest you, the more intimidated you become so it's best to just do it!

I would absolutely love if you visited, watched my first videos and subscribe if you like them!  Please know that I haven't gotten the sound quality quite right yet, or all of the logistics - I'm more of a learn-as-you-go kind of girl!

Thank you SO much for all of your support, it truly means the world to me!  Let me know what you think!

xoxo Joëlle


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

What I'm Loving Lately

These last few months have really flown by and I can hardly believe that it's already March! That being said, I was lucky enough to have so many great experiences and have fallen in love with new products that I would love to share with you. Without much further ado, here's what I've been loving lately.

Luxury Candles

Likely the most frivolous of my recent favourites, I've developed an unhealthy obsession with luxury candles. My two favourites brands of late are Dyptique Paris and Byredo - both owned by the same company, and both wildly expensive. It may be because I'm working from home, but I truly feel so calm when I'm burning a candle and slowly adding to my collection gives me a little pick-me-up when I'm feeling blue. Besides, I justify my candle purchases by thinking about how i can use them as decorative jars when they're all done. Anything to justify the behaviour, sounds like the making of a true addict!

Lemon Water Wellness Clinic

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Lemon Water Wellness Clinic in the Distillery District in Toronto to have my very first Reiki treatment. Reiki is a practice of balancing your chakras to reduce stress and promote healing, all with very little touch from the practitioner. I've always been curious about Reiki for reducing anxiety, so I was very excited be able to give it a try. After my one-hour session, I was definitely feeling relaxed - so much so that a fire alarm had gone off during my treatment and I barely even noticed it! The clinic itself is so beautiful; light-filled rooms, nice and bright and with great energy. Lemon Water is also a general store focusing on all things local and well-ness based. If you're in the Distillery District, or are just in need of some relaxation then definitely give Lemon Water Wellness Clinic a try.

AlumierMD’s Glow Peel at Laserlicious

This is the year that I finally pay attention to my problem skin. Because I've been struggling with acne for some time now, I thought it best to visit a professional to see if there was a treatment that would help clear up my skin. I recently had the Glow Peel done at Laserlicious in Etobicoke.  The Glow Peel combines clinically tested levels of Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Resorcinol creating a multipurpose resurfacing solution effective in minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation issues like age spots, discolouration and uneven skin tone. This formula exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulates skin renewal.

For me, I was really happy with the results! I had two large pimples when I went in for treatment and they dried up and fell off the next day - fell right off! I couldn't believe it! This is a pretty mild peel so there wasn't much down time, just a few days of my skin peeling.  I would definitely recommend this treatment if you have very sensitive, acne prone skin.

Kitten and the Bear Jam

Kitten and the Bear is the cutest little space in Toronto. Found in the west-end of the city, this place cooks up some of the most delicious jam that I've ever had. Everything is made on-site and you can truly tell how much thought goes into the quality of everything at Kitten and the Bear. When you visit, pick up a jar of Banana Bourbon & Vanilla Bean jam - it's my favourite!

A Facial at Ici Paris Skin Care Clinic & Spa

Keeping in line with skincare, I had the pleasure of visiting Ici Paris Skin Care Clinic & Spa for one of the most luxurious facials I've ever had. I sat with Tanya, who really took the time and asked all the right questions to better understand my skin type and personalize a facial just for me. I've already noticed a difference in the texture of my skin, and cannot wait to visit again in a month's time to further improve my skin's texture with microdermabrasion. If you have super sensitive, acne prone skin like me you'll want to check them out. I can totally see why Ici Paris is voted Toronto's best beauty spa for 2017 - the service was 100% from beginning to end! Amazing!

Those are some of what I've been loving lately!  What do you guys think?  Have you ever experimented with different skincare treatments? What have you been into lately? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Monday, 13 March 2017

OOTD - Weekend Casual in Pink

There was once a time where the weekend presented itself as an opportunity to dress up; cocktails with the girls, all getting dolled up for a night on the town. These days my weekends are at a much slower pace (#grandmalife) and casual dressing is the name of the game. Although I like to keep it low-key, I try put some effort into my outfits to avoid spending all of Saturday and Sunday in a sweatsuit. These fun basics from Le Chateau totally fit the bill - I especially love this long pink cardigan and pink shooties - so fun!

Cardigan - c/o Le Chateau, Shoes - c/o Le Chateau

These slingback shooties from Le Chateau are amazing. I love how the heel is so chunky, making them so comfortable and the light-pink colour is right up my alley.  If you're looking for the perfect spring shoes, definitely give these ones a try.

What do you guys think?  What's your weekend casual look?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Friday, 10 March 2017

OOTD + One Month Update as a Full-Time Blogger

Although it's a bit long overdue, I'm roughly around the one month mark of starting my journey as a full-time blogger. The response that I received on my post about why I ultimately decided to pursue blogging as my full time gig was so overwhelmingly positive and I want to thank all of you for your well-wishes and good vibes.  Myself, I love hearing honest updates from people when they make a major life change so I thought that I would touch base with you all and let you know how things have been going.

Honestly, I love blogging full-time; it's such a liberating feeling to know that you're working for yourself and have the freedom to create your own schedule. That being said, I feel like I'm just now starting to find my stride as a full-time blogger, and I still have a long way to go.  For the first few weeks, moving from an office job to a full-time freelancer was much more stressful than I anticipated.  I found that I wasted a lot of time just sitting at home and being anxious - so crazy considering that I had always dreamed about making my blog a full-time career!  I couldn't understand why something that had excited me so much in the past was generating so much anxiety, to the point where some days I felt as though I physically couldn't leave my condo. While the first few weeks were pretty bad, they taught me the importance of developing a routine and incorporating some structure into freelance life. I also had Brian help me get organized financially which took a huge weight off my shoulders and since I've been able to focus more on being creative and creating content.

I still have a long way to go until I totally find my stride as a full-time blogger, but just typing this post makes me realize how far I've come in a month's time so that is reassuring. I'll definitely be open and honest with you along the way, and am looking forward to updating you guys when I hit 6 months - hopefully I'll have the same feeling of progress as I do now.

Shirt - c/o Chicwish, Jeans - Topshop Petites, Shoes - c/o Stuart Weitzman, Bag - Chloe

On to the outfit!  I know that sleeve details are going to be a huge trend come Spring, and you really can't get any more dramatic than the cascading bell sleeves of this off-the-shoulder top. I love the amount of drama and personality these sleeves bring to an otherwise very basic outfit of white top and black jeans.  I can't wait until the weather warms up so I can wear this blouse with coloured culottes or a skirt.

What do you guys think?  Have you ever struggled when you achieved what you had been dreaming about for so long?  Do you like these update posts?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle

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