Monday, 21 August 2017

OOTD - Pretty Things To Come

Pretty things are on the horizon, and I couldn't be more excited. The end of summer is always bittersweet for me, but with so many exciting things planned for the next few weeks, I'm choosing to focus on the sweet. I've got a few fun trips coming up very soon, and I cannot wait to share them with you! I'm also pretty happy that I've got my blogging mojo back, so expect a flood of new photos, videos and just content in general.

Dress - c/o Le Chateau, Shoes - c/o Le Chateau
Hat - Lack Of Colors, Bag - Ellen and James

Speaking about getting my blogging mojo back, I'm happy to be doing a good old-fashioned OOTD post again, so let's talk about this outfit! Nothing screams summer to me like a little white dress, and since yesterday the weather was hot enough to wear summer dresses again, I took full advantage.  I love the subtle pattern on the white material and the fun shape of this dress. I paired the piece with my new platform sandals from Le Chateau, not only for their leg-lengthening qualities but also because they're so darn comfortable to walk in. Topped with my favourite pink hat and a summer bag, and I was ready to take on the heat.

What do you guys think? How are you spending the last few weeks of summer? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

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.

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

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.

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.


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.


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.


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

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 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!


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

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 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!


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


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

Friday, 28 July 2017

OOTD - We Should Celebrate New Bloggers

Stepping into the world of blogging can be intimidating - I remember the experience myself all too well. It's one thing to announce to the world wide web that you're starting your own blog and sharing ideas; you feel shielded in the safety of how big the online world can be and comforted by the fact that you can remain relatively anonymous. It's a totally different situation when you start getting engaged in local blogging culture. All of a sudden you're face-to-face with an already-established community that you're required to insert yourself into, and your quiet little online sanctuary becomes your real-life link to this new world.

I still remember when I first started attending blogging events in Toronto. Back then the community was much smaller and, as a result, much more difficult to break into. My first few events were painful to say the least, as I may as well have been invisible. I started to bring friends with me, my mom even in some cases, and while that made things easier it was still hard to get a conversation going with other bloggers. Most girls were friendly enough when approached, but rarely initiated an interaction and almost everyone greeted me with a blank stare when I introduced myself - which was confusing, since we would like and comment on each others Instagram photos!

The worst situation happened at an event that I attended with another new blogger. We were so excited to be at a fancy hotel, at an event put on by a large brand! We approached a small group of three girls, one of which we both already knew, and started chatting excitedly with them. While the girl we knew was all to happy to sit and chat, I noticed that the other two girls remained silent. When there was a break in the conversation, one of the two silent girls turned to the other and said "isn't it nice that they're starting to let new people into these things?" The two girls started laughing, turned and walked away.  My friend and I were left silent, stunned and embarrassed.

After that one experience, things started to get better. I started to meet more new bloggers and we became friends. Slowly more and more new people became interested in blogging and joining the industry - girls who were graphic designers, photographers or just naturally gifted in their own right. The quality of work that these new bloggers brought to the table was incredible, and slowly not only did the blogging community start to grow, but the bar for content began to raise. I'm always constantly in awe of what talent that comes from our community of bloggers, and am excited to see how this talent will shape and mould the industry in the coming years.

Now, after years of blogging, I find myself in the completely opposite position as someone who has been in the industry for years and is watching a whole new wave of new bloggers join our community. Rather than feel threatened, I embrace the change.  I know that these new girls and guys will continue to raise the bar for quality, and push the industry to work harder. As creative people, we should welcome anything that challenges us to create and keeps us from becoming complacent.

So my point to this long, convoluted post is to be nice to new bloggers. Celebrate them and welcome them into the community that has welcomed us. Smile, be kind. I would never want to make someone feel like I did when I first started. We're stronger together.

Dress - Lovers + Friends via Revolve c/o, Shoes - c/o Le Chateau

Jewelry from Mejuri

What do you guys think?  What was your experience when you started blogging?  Do you like these more personal posts - I'm very curious to know!

xo Joëlle

Photos  by Laura Clarke Photography


Monday, 24 July 2017

Review: Infusium 23 Repair + Renew

Do you guys have those beauty products that have been a part of your routine for what seems like forever?  That's what Infusium 23 is for me. I don't remember exactly when I started using the Infusium 23 leave-in treatment but I was young and it was given to me by my mom, who used the product religiously. Back then my only hair worry was tangles from swimming or playing outside, and the Infusium 23 leave-in treatment allowed me to comb through my hair tangle - and tear - free.

Fast forward to today. My hair has definitely changed, due 100% to my own decisions to bleach, process, and heat my mane to oblivion. You guys may have noticed that I've been experimenting with pink colour, which definitely has been fun for the summer but has left my hair even more dry than usual. While tangles aren't my number one hair problem any more, the one thing that hasn't changed is my love for Infusium 23.

I look to the Infusium 23 Repair + Renew line to address my hair needs now, which has been formulated specifically to help strengthen weak and brittle hair. As with all Infusium 23 products, which have been formulated with 23 hair-healthy ingredients to repair damaged hair, the Repair + Renew line has been infused with Hydrolyzed Keratin and Argan Oil.  While previously I had only used the leave-in treatment, I've been seeing better results by incorporating the shampoo and conditioner into my routine now.

If your hair isn't as damaged as mine and dry, dull hair is more of a concern then definitely check out Infusium 23 Moisture Replenisher.  The Moisture Replenisher is another 3-step system that is designed for dry and dull hair, and is infused with Avocado Oil and Olive Oil.

Dress - Privacy Please via Revolve c/o

I've definitely noticed a definite trend this summer for fun-coloured, pastel hair which I have been happy to participate in! Although I love my blush-pink locks, it's definitely taken a toll on how dry and damaged my hair has become. If you're experimenting with hair colour this summer, definitely give the Infusium 23 Repair + Renew system a try.

While I definitely have more hair issues now then just tangles now, I'm thankful that there's a a product like Infusium 23 that has helped with through all of my crazy hair stages. If you're interested in trying this line for yourself, the Repair + Renew and Moisutre Replenisher lines have a deal where you get 35% more for the regular price until the end of July! You can also download this printable coupon for $1 off any Infusium 23 product.

What do you guys think? Have you ever tried Infusium 23? Is there a beauty product that you've been using since forever? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

This post was created in collaboration with Infusium 23. All oppinions and experiences are 100% my own.
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