Friday, 21 July 2017

OOTD - My Summer Getaway Essentials With Upper Canada


Having just come off of a sunny European getaway and with a few more trips on the horizen, it's official - I am addicted to summer getaways. It's no secret that I love travelling, but this has been the first year that the bulk of my trips fall within the summertime. I've learned that travelling in the heat of summer can make packing tricky, but through trial and error I've come up with a list of essentials that will enhance every summer getaway. Luckily for me, I was able to find every item while shopping at Upper Canada - it's so refreshing to be able to find everything that you need at one stop! Without further ado, here's a list of summer getaway essentials that definitely need to be packed into your suitcase.

Dress - Zara, Shoes - c/o Le Chateau, Hat - Aritzia, Bag - Zara





First things first, you need a summer bag. Myself, I'm usually drawn to leather bags in classic shapes but that all changes when you're travelling in the summer. I love straw or wicker bags that add an earthy element to your outfits, and can act as double duty from beach to city. This mid-sized straw bag that I found at Zara is really the perfect size; it's large enough to fit all of my essentials, including beach gear, but is also small enough to transition into a city bag. 

Next up are beach essentials. I always check Old Navy first when I'm looking for cute bathing suits and flip flops; there's always a lot of variety and you really can't beat their prices.  I've learned that even if I don't plan on visiting a beach during my trip, its always a good idea to pack flip flops - they're nice and simple to slide on and off, and come in surprisingly handy when your hotels or Airbnb don't supply slippers.

A lightweight scarf is another essential, that is surprisingly multifunctional. I picked up this blush pink scarf from Zara and it will come in handy as a blanket or pillow on a plane, to keep warm on cooler nights and even as a beach cover up! 

Having a hat when travelling in the summer is essential; not only does a hat protect your face from the sun and help to prevent over-heating, but they can also be a cute addition to your outfits!  This straw hat from Artizia is perfect, and very lightweight!

Now shown here, but you can probably tell from the overnight glow I have developed, I have learned that a good self-tanner is definitely an essential when heading on a summer getaway. I picked up Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil from Sephora, and it is one of the best self-tanners that I have ever used.  It's a quick-drying oil that smells great, and makes you look like you've already spent a week at the beach - without damaging your skin with the sun. 







I hope you guys like all of my summer getaway essentials that I picked up at Upper Canada! Do you have any exciting getaways on the horizon?  What do you consider an essential that must be packed in your suitcase?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle

This post was created in collaboration with Upper Canada. All thoughts and oppinions are 100% my own.

Photography by Laura Clarke Photography

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Update: 6 Months Blogging Full-Time


I'm in disbelief as I sit and type out this sentence, but it's now been roughly 6 months since I was laid off from my office job and made the decision to pursue blogging as my full time career.  Wow, 6 months. In some ways it seems like time couldn't have possibly passed so quickly, but when I look back and think about how much has happened in 6 months it feels as though it should be longer.

These past few months working for myself as a full-time blogger have been absolutely incredible, and I have learned so much about myself - however, they haven't been without lessons. Although I feel as though I've come so far from my anxiety-riddled first month of working for myself, I definitely still am learning new tricks to increase my productivity and lessons on being self-motivated. Thinking back through my journey, there are a few particular lessons that have stuck with me and I hope that sharing them with you will be helpful, or offer you some insight if you're thinking of turning your own blog into your career.

Dress - Tularosa via Revolve c/o, Bag - Ellen and James

Know Your Worth

Oh my gosh, if I could offer you any piece of advice that sticks from reading this post it would one hundred percent be to know your worth. Between writing, to thinking of creative concepts, to taking photos, to interacting with an audience, what we do as bloggers and content creators is a skill and takes time. Your time is valuable. Find a number that you charge as a rate for your work, and stick with it - no matter what anyone else has to say about it. Never give in to the pressure to work for less than your worth, or to devote your time to something that you don't stand behind 100% - I have, and it ultimately leaves you feeling like crap. Don't listen and internalize anyone who says anything to chip at what you stand for - you're your own boss now, your own advocate and you need to fight for your own worth.

Don't Let Your Temper Get The Best Of You - Ever.

Speaking of fighting for your own worth, I've learned that you should always do so calmly and diplomatically - and that goes with any interaction that you have concerning your blog. Myself, I have an unfortunate temper that goes from zero to one hundred real quick and it tends to rear its ugly head if I feel as though I'm being disrespected in any way.  The thing is that once you let your temper get the best of you, whether it be through email, a text or in-person, you can never take those words back and your reputation is forever tarnished to the person that you lashed out on. Instead of reacting strongly in a situation, I now take a step back and wait a good 10 seconds before replying - it's incredible how just pausing to reflect can calm you down and see things in a different light. I also always give people the benefit of the doubt; so if a seemingly rude email or message comes in, I now just assume that the tone is simply lost in translation and respond back with kindness - and I always get kindness back.

Don't Engage in Negativity

Once you put yourself out there as a full-time blogger, or just a blogger in general really, there will be lots of strong opinions - about everything. From what you should be writing about, to how you make your money, down to what you should be calling yourself, there's an opinion about it and oftentimes it's negative. Rather than engage in the negativity, I've learned to simply ignore it and I can honestly say that I'm happier and more focused for it. Get a negative or hurtful comment on your photo or post? Don't respond. See a passive aggressive tweet from another blogger taking jabs at the industry or other bloggers? Mute them. [EDIT - I'm talking blantantly negative tweets, rather than offering constructive critisism on the industry] In a group of people who are bashing someone else? Walk away. Negativity is an energy that is absolutely toxic to goals and creativity, and while it can seem tempting to engage in negative talk and thoughts, just don't. Seriously, try it for a week - I guarantee that you'll find yourself to be a more positive and focused person.

Figure Out Your Own Productivity Schedule


Now, this one I'm just starting to get my groove on but ever since I tailored my work schedule to productivity schedule I've been so much happier and have gotten so much more done during the day. Let me explain: I'm the most productive and focused in the early morning to early afternoon, and then again in the evenings.  That leaves a window from about noon to 4 pm where I know that my focus won't be one hundred percent.  Rather than trying to painfully fight through this period of lessened productivity, I now just work around it; so I wake up incredibly early to get as much done in the morning as I can, reserve the afternoons for errands and catching up with friends, and then resume work again after dinner. Trying to break out of the 9-5 schedule was a lot harder than I thought it would be, but now that I've tailored my work hours to my own productivity schedule I'm getting so much more done during a day - and am way happier for it!


 Stop To Smell The Roses


It's easy to get caught up in the industry and lifestyle of blogging. Blogging is definitely a lot of work,  but there are also a lot of amazing perks and incredible opportunities that come along with being a blogger. While I feel as though I've always been grateful for every opportunity, now I force myself to stop and really think about all of the blessings that blogging has given me and to try and live more in the present. Who knows how long this crazy ride will last. I want to make sure that I'm savouring every single moment.



So that's it!  I hope this post didn't bore you, and you found something to take away.  I would love to know the lessons that you have learned through blogging and any tips and tricks that you use to stay motivated.  I also want you to know how much I appreciate your love and support through the years. You guys have taken my tiny escape from reality and turned it into my dream job and for that I am eternally grateful.

Thanks as always for reading.

xo Joëlle
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Amazon Prime Day Is Here + My Shopping List!


Amazon Prime Day is officially here!  Today is the day to to shop literaly tens of thousands of deals on Amazon.ca, available exclusivly for Prime members.  Not an Amazon Prime Member already? No worries, you can always take advantage of the 30-day free trial - just in time for the deals!

There's so many deals going on today in every category, it's defintiely worth heading over to Amazon.ca to check it out!  In the meantime, here's a list of my favourite deals and what I may or may not already have in my shopping cart!



$40 Off Kindle Paperwhite

I am a total ereader convert, ever since purchsing my first one years ago for a beach vacation.  They're amazing for traveling, and great for reading poolside or at the cottage. Kindle is an amazing brand, and all of the books available to download are at a really reasonable price. If you haven't tried an ereader yet, and enjoy reading for pleasure I highly reccomend picking up this Kindle.







Up To 70% Off Select Samsonite Luggage


You guys know that I'm obsessed with traveling, and as someone who's travel style has evovled substacially through the years, I can attest to how important having good luggage is.  Investing in luggage can make all the difference in how comfortable you are at the airport or between destinations, and even how much you can pack!  Check out these Samsonite deals - now is the time to get that amazing carry-on that you've always wanted!



$25 back with $50 Luxury Beauty purchase using promo code PRIMEDAY25

Ummmm... what?! I don't think I have to explain why $25 back with a luxury beauty purchase of $50 is so amazing.  My poor, over-stuffed beauty storage is already afraid!




40% - 50% off Prime Exclusive Fashion


Now is a great time to stock up your summer wardrobe, or get a head start on fall necessities.  Myself, I've been bathing suit crazy lately - especially for one-piece suits. This adorable polka-dot swimsuit is definitely coming home to me - and the best part is with Amazon Prime, I'll have it in time for the cottage this weekend!

I could literaly go on and on, but instead of boring you with my never-ending shopping list I defintiely encourage you to go and check everything out for yourself! Amazon Prime Day only happens once a year, and I plan to take advantage.

Happy shopping,

xo Joëlle

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Monday, 10 July 2017

How To Save An Hour A Day

Thank you so much to Aveeno for teaming up with me for this post!

Life hacks; am I the only one obsessed with them? As a busy working gal who tries to juggle blogging with family commitments, a social life, keeping my condo in order and just trying to find time to be creative, time management can be tough. I love developing little tricks, or life hacks, to help save time during the day and maximize every waking hour available. 


1. Make Coffee At Home


I know that my Instagram shows that I'm out getting coffee all of the time, but that's just the magic of social media and in reality, I made my coffee from home 90% of the time.  There came a point when I had to step back and realize that all of those "quick coffee stops" to and from meetings, or to and from work when I was at an office, really added up in time. A ten-minute drive, a five-minute wait in the drive-through, chatting with the employees at your local coffee shop - these things really add up in a day!  Since committing to making coffee for myself at home, I've been able to save at least an hour a day - especially considering I'm a 3-4 cup a day girl!  I've also saved a considerable amount of money, which is always a good thing.


2. Limit Phone and Computer Time Before Bed


Now this one is tough, but it has been essential when trying to save an hour a day - and this life hack has the potential to save hours, plural.  Give yourself a technology curfew.  Think of a time every night that's an hour or two (or even three) before when you typically go to bed and commit to shutting down your phone and computer and going offline. The thought seems terrifying at first, but once you start getting into the habit you realize just how much time can be gained by staying away from technology before bed.  Now I use this time to read, catch up with my husband, browse magazines - anything really.  The time saved makes me feel more balanced, and less panicked that I don't have any time to myself. Besides, one less Youtube video or cat meme isn't the worst thing.


3. Save Time With Your Skin Routine With Aveeno

I am such a spa girl, but unfortunately, my schedule doesn't allow me to get to a spa very often.  Thankfully I was turned onto Aveeno and their Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial and Overnight Hydrating Facial and they are just the products that I have been looking for. When it comes to at-home spa treatments I often forget to incorporate them into my routine, but when I can incorporate them into things I already do (shower and sleep) it goes from another step to a no-brainer.

Each Aveeno Positively Radiant product gives you soft, radiant skin while targeting and improving tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness and brown spots - all of which are problems for me. The 60 Second In-Shower Facial is great for adding an extra glow to your skin when you're feeling dull. The product works with the steam of your shower to open pores and gently exfoliates any traces of dirt, oil and dead skin cells. I love the results of the Aveeno 60 Second In-Shower Facial, and especially appreciate that I can skip the extra step and just treat myself to a facial in the shower.

The Aveeno Overnight Hydrating Facial is amazing for me as I love waking up with plump, hydrated skin. The first time I used this overnight mask, I couldn't believe my results in the morning. Usually, I wake up dry and sunken, but my skin was so soft and plump - so plump in fact, that it helped to even out my textured skin!  I'm so impressed with this product that I've made it a part of my travel routine, making sure to apply before boarding an airplane so that I arrive at my destination with great-looking skin. Plus, the fact that I can just maximize the hours that I sleep to achieve these great results is amazing - skincare life hacks, I love it!

What do you guys think?  What do you do to have an hour a day?  Do you have any great life hacks that make your life easier, and help maximize your time?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle


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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Amazon Prime Day is Coming!


Is it just me, or is shopping in the summer more fun? Maybe it's the sunshine that just puts me in the best mood, but I find myself shopping more in the warm weather. For my fellow summer shopaholics, I have some good news - Amazon.ca is celebrating Prime Day on July 10th!

If you're not familiar with Amazon Prime Day, it's basically a shopping holiday where Amazon lists hundreds of thousands of deals exclusively for Prime Members. This is new for Amazon.ca this year and to celebrate, the Prime Day deals will go live Monday, July 10th at 9:00PM and will last through to July 11th giving you more than 24 hours to shop!

Not to worry if you're not already an Amazon Prime Member. Head over to Amazon.ca to sign up for a 30-day free trial so that you can participate in the savings too! As a condo-dweller in downtown Toronto, I especially appreciate my Amazon Prime membership to not only stock up on my favourite shopping items, but also the necessities too - nothing like getting your household goods delivered straight to your door. If you've always been curious about an Amazon Prime membership, this is definitely the time to try it out.

In the meantime, I've linked some of my favourite pool floats for the summer - because being in a pool, ocean or lake just isn't the same without a fun floatie!





Stay tuned to La Petite Noob July 11th, where I'll be sharing some of my favourite sales and deals from Amazon Prime Day.

Xo Joëlle 
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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

OOTD - Summer Whites


Even though I'm a firm believer against the whole 'no white after Labor Day' rule, there really isn't quite a better feeling than wearing white in the midst of summer.  A sheer, white, ruffled mini dress just screams summer to me, and this beautiful piece from Tularosa via Revolve totally fits the bill. I love how the sheer fabric adds to the romantic vibe of the dress, and the shorter hem makes it perfect for flat sandals (although I couldn't resist wearing the dress with my favourite heeled mules here.)  This is what dressing in the summer is truly all about.

tularosa darla dress outfit ootd
Dress - c/o Tularosa via Revolve, Shoes - c/o Evernew
Bag - ElennJames

round rattan basket bag ellennjames outfit

Is anyone else as obsessed with woven bags as I am?  Be it straw or wicker, I can't get enough of this summer trend.  I have fallen head over heels in love with this woven bag from an Etsy seller EllennJames, it adds such a fun touch to any outfit and surprisingly fits all of your essentials and more! I'm also so into the price point of these summer bags, as it's a welcome change from expensive leather designer purses.




What do you guys think? Do you wear white all year 'round, or prefer to wear it in the summer?  Have you tried the woven bag trend yet?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle
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Monday, 3 July 2017

OOTD - My Perfect Pink Dress


Have you ever looked at a piece of clothing and instantly thought 'yep, you're coming home with me?'  That was my thought process exactly when I first laid eyes on this pink dress from Zara.  The dress itself hits all of the boxes for what I usually look for in a dress: long sleeves, shorter hem, pink. I also love the ruffle detail throughout, as well as the subtle gold threading that can be found in the fabric.  Paired with my new go-to pair of mules and my favourite pink bag and you've got an outfit that I've basically been living in for all formal summer occasions.

Dress - Zara (sold out online, but you can probably still find it in stores), Shoes - c/o Evernew




What do you guys think?  Have you ever found a piece of clothing that you knew had to come home with you? What do you look for in the perfect dress?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle
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