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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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Our Girls Trip to Washington DC With Porter Escapes


I absolutely love to travel. Period. There's nothing quite like jetting off to an unknown destination to explore, experience and gain inspiration. That being said, the whole what are we going to do and getting there part is not typically my favourite. When I heard of Porter Escapes, I was intrigued.

Porter Escapes is a simple approach to packaged vacations and offers an extensive variety of flights, hotels and activities to create a curated holiday just for you. I love how the service is paired with one of my favourites, Porter Airlines, and the whole experience offers a beautifully simple way to plan a vacation with any budget. So when Sabrina and I decided that we wanted a quick girl's getaway, that wasn't too far away from Toronto, we turned to Porter Escapes to plan our trip and we weren't disappointed. Here's how two bloggers had the time of their lives in Washington, DC with Porter Escapes.



The Flight


As someone who lives right in the heart of Toronto, Porter Airlines is a breath of fresh air when it comes to air travel. First of all, I love how the Toronto City Airport is located right in the city, making it incredibly easy for me to get to. Check in is always a breeze, and even though we were supposed to arrive within the hour of our flight, Sabrina and I chose to get to the airport a little earlier to enjoy the lounge. From fresh espresso and lattes to cookies and the most addicting granola, to say that us girls enjoyed the Porter lounge would be an understatement. By the time we boarded our flight, we were sufficiently caffeinated and all the more excited to get to Washington, DC. The flight to Washington, DC from Toronto is just under an hour and a half, which sailed by thanks to the complimentary in-flight beverages. In fact, our flight attendant noticed how excited we were cheersing with our orange juice, that he added a bit of white wine to create a make-shift mimosa. If that isn't the best start to a girls trip, I don't know what is!

Before we knew it, we had landed at Dulles International Airport. Sabrina and I bid our new flight-attendant friend adieu, grabbed our bags and hopped in an Uber on our way to our hotel in Washington, DC.

Morning coffees at The Embassy Row Hotel - best Americanos ever!

Where We Stayed

I'm a certified hotel lover so I couldn't wait to check into the Embassy Row Hotel. Located right in the heart of my favourite area in Washington, Dupont Circle, the Embassy Row Hotel wowed Sabrina and I from the very beginning. We arrived bright and early, hoping just to drop our bags because neither of us expected our hotel room to be ready. Imagine our surprise when we were able to check in straight away! The hotel itself is absolutely beautiful; modern décor, very spacious, with the most gracious and welcoming staff. Us girls especially enjoyed the dining options that the hotel had to offer: Station Kitchen and Cocktails offered delicious food and drink, a very relaxed rooftop bar and even a coffee shop.

Our Room at The Embassy Row Hotel




The rooms were a great size, with lots of natural light. It's incredible what two girls can pack for a two-night stay - much less two bloggers! Thankfully the room was able to accommodate it all, and them some.

Drinks pool-side with adorable floaties

If there's one thing that I appreciated the most about the Embassy Row Hotel was the incredible rooftop pool. You guys, Washington is hot - especially in the summer! The pool was not just an incredible amenity, it was our sanctuary on hot afternoons. Sabs and I loved sipping on cocktails while alternating between wading in the pool or relaxing in a shaded cabana. The perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon on a girls trip.


What We Did


Thanks to the incredible location of the Embassy Row Hotel, Sabrina and I were able to walk everywhere! After checking in and freshening up on our first day, we hit the road on-foot and headed to historic Georgetown. This incredible area is absolutely picturesque, with its flower-lined streets and colourful brick houses. There are lots of things to do in Georgetown, from shopping to restaurants and while we definitely tried it all, my favourite part was just walking through the beautiful neighbourhoods and taking in the gorgeous historic architecture. You can spend your entire trip just marvelling at the beauty of Georgetown; Sabs and I spent the day, and will definitely be back.






Another amazing area within walking distance from the Embassy Row Hotel is The National Mall. This area is quintessential Washington, DC as this is where you'll find all of the historic memorials and monuments. Sabrina and I woke up bright and early on our second day in Washington so we could start our exploring at the Lincoln Memorial. Arriving early means that there won't be nearly as many crowds as the afternoon and, like good little tourists, we wanted to be able to get the best photos. The National Mall is also where you'll find a majority of all of the museums in Washington, which are world-class and free! I've always said that Washington, DC is the perfect travel destination, especially if you are travelling with children; there's so much to see and do, lots to learn, and the fact that the museums are free is a huge bonus. We spent the whole morning exploring The National Mall and were barely able to make a dent in everything available to see.






If there's one thing that I absolutely love is spending a day café-hopping, shopping in boutiques and eating in picturesque little restaurants. Dupont Circle and Logan Circle are two areas in Washington, DC that make this behaviour very easy. Sabrina and I had the best time exploring these areas, and chatting with locals. Everyone in Washington, DC is so friendly and were more than happy to give us recommendations on things to do, and where to eat. This is also the areas to be in if you're Instagram-obsessed like us; everything is adorable and very worthy of the 'gram. These areas were closets to The Embassy Row, so a very easy walk from the hotel.






Now if the worlds 'Rosé Garden' doesn't make you think of me, then I'm doing something wrong. Thanks to Porter Escapes, we were able to secure a table at the absolutely stunning Rosé Garden at Whaley's, down by the water in Washington, DC. I'm sure the entire restaurant were able to hear our squeals of delight when we walked into this beautiful, all-pink patio. Our gracious server offered us some chilled rosé to sip on while we browsed the menu.

We decided to have a light snack of oysters, which came atop a bed of pink salt and were absolutely delicious. The oysters were the restaurant's own 'River Keeper Oysters,' in celebration of the role that oysters play in cleaning the waterways. I was really impressed with how committed that Whaley's is to sustainability and the passion that the staff displayed while speaking about it.


River Keeper Oysters - so good! A portion of all proceeds go to support the Anacostia River Keepers, advocates for clean water and healthy communities


Chilling poolside at The Embassy Row Hotel

After a whirlwind two-night stay in Washington, Sabrina and I were back on our Porter Airlines flight headed to Toronto. We wanted a fun girl's trip, and our expectations were exceeded with Porter Escapes. If you're like me and love to travel, but hate the hassle then I definitely recommend giving Porter Escapes a try. I feel as though I left a piece of my heart in Washington, DC and I fully intend on returning to retrieve it.

What do you guys think? Have you ever tried using Porter Escapes? What are you favourite quick getaway destinations? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Thank you to Porter Escapes for an incredible trip to Washington, DC. All opinions are 100% my own.

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