Featured Slider

Holiday

Gift Guide for The Travel-Savvy It Girl



Black Friday is upon us, and we have rounded up the best gift guides for those in your life (including yourself – duh) so stay tuned! This one is dedicated to all of our hardworking #bossbabes who travel up a storm. With everything from the chicest of comfy travel shoes to the cutest luggage of all time that is currently 50% off OMG, we have got you covered. Scroll below to see all of the goodies, and click to go directly to the site!

A couple standout favorites that must be noted – Hey’s Luggage. We don’t travel anywhere without our marble spinner set (we have the white and gray marble – pictured here is the black marble with gold accents). Seriously, well-made and CUTE luggage don’t usually go hand in hand but we couldn’t love ours more, and it’s on SALE! Get an extra 15% off when you use the code ‘HURRY’ and hurry you must because we anticipate these bad boys are gonna sell out fast.
Ghisou Honey-infused Hair Oil – we use it every.single.day. Use it on dry or wet hair before styling for shiny hair that smells like serious heaven. A little tiny bit goes a long way and it leaves your hands super soft, too.

Adidas Superstars: When traveling, it’s so important to be comfortable, but who doesn’t want to look cute, too? Athleisure is such a trend now (thank goodness) and the Superstar leads the way in terms of chic travel sneakers. They are neutral and cute and go with everything. And your feet will thank you!

Make sure to check out the  rest below filled with super cute passport book holders, luggage tag, lip-saving glosses, travel pillow (only $15 and a perfect stocking stuffer) and our favorite, the Kate Spade laptop sleeve.


Gift Guide For Him


OFFICE WALL STYLING WITH DESENIO ( WITH 25% DISCOUNT CODE)


Hi doll!

It feels so nice being able to write about interior decor on the blog ( one of my new years resolutions for 2017 was to amp the lifestyle element of the blog- mind you its November but better late than never?!) If you have been following us for a while, you know that I recently moved to a new place. Moving is hard and expensive and three months in, I'm finding myself still investing in some furniture pieces slowly but surely.   I have never had a gallery wall in the office but always wanted one since my days of  watching home makeover shows with my mum as a kid. Now, it's solo binge scrolling over hundreds of Pinterest home boards but the love is still very much there.   One thing that helps when you don't have a lot of furniture and life in your home are prints! Lots of prints. I'm so excited to show you a snippet of our office space ( full tour to come soon, promise).

Great value art prints are more accessible than ever thanks to the likes of Desenio, the online Scandinavian wall-art company. Desenio really is an amazing source for affordable and beautiful prints. What I especially love is that they always have discount codes and special offers on their website. Rather than opting for themes, I just picked what I really connected with. I love to add a bit of colour to my walls with florals and botanics as well as quotes and typography -  my love of nature led me to this print.

In case you are a quality snob, I'm happy to tell you that Desenio’s posters are printed on uncoated, thick paper with a matte, high-quality finish. I was super impressed with how fast shipping was to Canada too! All larger posters (with the exception of sizes 13x18cm and 21x30cm) are shipped in a tube mailer to ensure they arrive damage-free.  They go for $3.95-$93.95 and are available in sizes from 5x7" to 28"x39".


25% off discount code

 Are you up for something new as well? The code “onclosetnine” gives you 25% off posters and prints, except for 'frames' and 'handpicked' category, for 3 days between October 31-Nov 2 on desenio.com . Follow @desenio on Instagram for more inspiration! 










SHOP MY FAVORITE PRINTS



 







Feel free to tag me in your Desenio gallery walls on Instagram because I would LOVE to see what you create! This blog post is in collaboration with Desenio.

Summer Glow Essentials + Giveaway ft Shoppers Drug Mart


Summer is finally upon us and, for many, that means it's time to rock that summer glow you had been yearning for all winter. But amid the excitement, don't forget the importance of protecting your skin and safe tanning! We have partnered with Shoppers Drug Mart to share this season's most coveted products that are sure to give you a natural sun-kissed glow without the dangerous effects of UV rays!

Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Face Lotion

Let's kick things off with arguably the most important skin product for the summersunscreen! I am super excited to try the Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Face Lotion ! At SPF 50 it's a great defense against environmental aggressors and helps in the anti-aging fight, too. My face is super sensitive and generally ends up burning or red from most sunscreens, but the Clinique Mineral Sunscreen, which is exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart, is non-acnegenic and perfect for sensitive skin. No more choosing between clear skin and sun care, now you can finally get protection without the breakouts. It's also gentle enough that it can be used around your eyes, and is supposed to be totally undetectable once applied! Definitely number one on my must-try list for the summer. Retails for $34 at Shoppers Drug Mart.


The Clinique Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is another product I can't wait to try. It's oil-free and glides on really easily, which I'm excited about since plenty of sunscreens I've tried in the past leave white, chalky residue behind on my skin. Exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart, it uses Invisible Shield Technology to create a lightweight and highly blendable formula that promises to be undetectable on all skin types. I'll be trying ASAP and giving you guys the down-low soon. You can pick one up for only $41.


If you have sensitive and/or combination skin, you will want to give La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Ultra Fluid Lotion SPF 60 Face Sensitive Skin a try this summer. This one is my- hard-to- impress mother's holy grail summer lotion so you know it ought to be good! I love that it is paraben free and has a matte finish and blends into the skin super fast -  I've been wearing mine under my makeup for the past  week and noticed no difference in the application or finish of my foundation at all. It's ultra-lightweight and thin (almost liquidy texture) but still manages to protect against both UVA & UVB rays. I took some photos with this product on and it did not leave a white cast like the previous product I was using did! Plus for only $29, you really can't go wrong! 


We often flock to products for the face but 
forget about safeguardingour lips from the sun! Caring for your lips is just as important in the summer as it is in the cooler months and luckily for us thirsty-lipped gals, Clarins has our lips covered in style ( literally!)  with their sought-after Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils collection! I LOVE the packaging on these-  each bottle consists of a nourishing blend of organic jojoba and hazelnut oils, then each individual shade is complemented and cocktailed with its own specific oil to match its hue – adorable right? The best thing about these oils is that they’re so multi-purpose. You can wear them alone, underneath lipstick or on top of lipstick to completely customizyour lip routine. I love that the formula isn’t sticky, which is a godsend for lip oils! It retails for $25.

Shiseido Sports BB Wetforce SPF 50+

During the summer, I like to give my skin a break from makeup so I was thrilled to find a product that combines the Shiseido sunscreen that I love so much with some tint for coverage on days that I want to take it easy with my makeup routine. Essentially, Shiseido Sports BB Wetforce SPf 50+ cream is a hybrid makeup and suncare product that gives the coverage of a BB cream with water resistant SPF protection. I've been meaning to invest in a quality BB cream that is water resistant and this one sounds promising. Retailing for $48, it is a bit of a splurge for BB creams but the WetForce technology in it enhances your SPF protection level once your skin gets wet. This means that after 30 mins of sweating or swimming, the SPF becomes more effective! As far as its powers as a makeup, it comes in three different shades: light, medium and dark. Typically, I prefer a wider range in shades but since this is a light coverage product, the limited range shouldn't be a problem at all!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

If you do like to wear foundation for extra coverage, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer  will provide all-day hydration. The peach-colored formula is infused with 4K, high-definition spheres that blur the look of pores, fine lines, and imperfections. If you aren’t familiar with the terminology, this means that the primer looks invisible in 4K (Ultra HD) definition, and to the naked eye. I haven't used this as a primer just yet but I did play around with as a highlighter and it is super blendable! It retails for $50.
This summer glow round up wouldn't be complete without some tanner talk! You guys, 
FINALLY – a one-night-tan solution that DOESN'T immediately rub off all over your clothes, car, and basically anything else you even slightly bump into. Don't get me started on the streaky, smudgy, embarrassing nights I've spent cursing the decision to“sunless tan'One Night Only' by St.Tropez ( retails for $20/ 100 ml ) uses RainMac Technology that keeps your tan in place until you simply wash it off with soap and water - and it sticks to your skin like a charm (and nothing else). The long and short of it is that St. Tropez 'One Night Only' is a no-commitment, non-streak, white dress approved, amazing product. And just a little trick of the trade, make sure to exfoliate 24 hours before applying for the perfect application. 


As a self-proclaimed faux tanning expert, I can tell you the number one trick to getting an undetectable tan application is a mitt, and I love the St. Tropez 'Applicator Mitt'. The glory of the tanning mitt is two-fold, it helps you create an absolutely flawless, streak-free tan, AND it protects those fingers from turning brown; nothing worse than tan-stained fingers to give away the fact that you might not have earned that golden glowing color by hours in the sun. It's washable, re-usable and allows for precision blending to get the perfect tan. The mitt retails for $9 at Shoppers Drug Mart.


We hope this round up helps you decide which products would work best for you this summer! Make sure to tells us what your holy grail products are for the time of the year in the comments below. 

You can enter to win a $100 Beauty Boutique gift card from Shoppers Drug Mart below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: This blog post has been sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart. Opinions expressed are our own.

A weekend in Toronto ft. Trump Toronto

Hello travel bug!

I has been a hot minute since I have done a travel post but I'm pleased to let you know that I finally got the chance to escape Ottawa for a long weekend with my mom and spend a fun Easter weekend in Toronto! If you've been following the blog for a while, you would know that I frequent Toronto quite often for work and so naturally I'm always looking for new hotels to check out. A few blogger friends of mine had recently stayed at Trump Toronto and had described it as "champagne and caviar chic " so I knew I had to stay there! I, on the other hand,  don't like adjectives when it comes to describing places... sometimes, too many adjectives fall short to describe the beauty. As I see it, beauty in a place is more than the walls, decor, and the perfect scenario... the real beauty is appreciated by the heart.  And let me tell you.. my heart appreciated all what Trump Toronto & Toronto offered last weekend.



From the moment my mom and I entered the lobby of the hotel, we felt welcomed and so at ease! I've had the privilege of staying at countless 5-star hotels over the years but never have I had interaction with staff that were so friendly and approachable yet professional at the same time! It quickly became clear to me why Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto is one of five hotels in Canada to be on the exclusive Forbes Five-Star list.
The lobby decor theme ( the entire hotel, actually) is Champagne and caviar and I cant think of a better way to express luxury. The opulent lobby is built in granite in shades of black and grey (the caviar), brightened by a stunning mural of 10,000 sparkling Swarovski crystals (the bubbly).
If you thought the lobby is beautiful, wait till you see the suites! We stayed in a gorgeous one bedroom suite that was a complete dream! From the 21st floor, our suite bathed in natural light ( so perfect for instagramming!) thanks to large windows which offered stunning views of Toronto's financial district! My mom pays greater attention to detail than I do and was SO impressed with  the user-friendly bedside controls for lighting and drapes ( on both sides of the bed !), the heated floors and even the in-mirror HDTV in the bathroom.

After unpacking, we decided to head outside and explore a little of the city. We did not have a car for the weekend but everything from shopping to dining and beyond was within walking distance! The weather was overcast most weekend but not a single drop of rain came down ( we were truly lucky!) so we took full advantage and walked everywhere! We were so exhausted by 8pm the first night that we decided to come back and hang out in our suite. We wore matching hotel robes, ordered in-room dining , turned on the electric fireplace and relaxed. I should mention that the food was simply delicious- we had ordered some spring rolls and sweet potato fries for starters , salmon and chicken for entrees and a big fruit salad bowl for dessert!




The next morning, we woke up to a gentle doorbell ring- breakfast was here! Again, everything was fresh and delicious. It was the perfect way to get ready to a big day ahead of sightseeing. We also had the chance to check out a $25 million dollar  penthouse on the residential side of the tower! The whole place is #goals and I will let the pictures speak for themselves.



We decided to do a little shopping at the Eaton Centre which was only a 5 min walk from the hotel! Later that afternoon, we even walked to the ferry terminal to take a 10 min ferry to Centre Island. Unfortunately, it was windy and overcast so the photos did not come out as I had anticipated! To stay positive, we decided to check out Calii love on King St W for some acai bowls and coffee! For dinner, we ended up eating at Pai Toronto, a super busy Thai restaurant. We had to wait 1 hour for a table for two but it was so worth it! All of the places mentioned above are within walking distance from Trump Toronto.


The next morning, we indulged in another hearty breakfast which we had pre-ordered the night before. Even when I'm on vacation, I'm constantly catching up on emails  so it was nice having a comfy bed & a good wi-fi connection to get some work done! Unfortunately, before I knew it, it was time to pack our things and check out of our suite.




A huge thank you to all the friendly staff at Trump Toronto for making our stay so pleasant! I mentioned earlier in this post that I'm always on the lookout for new hotels to check out but I think I finally found one I know I will love every time!



Disclaimer: Trump Toronto kindly hosted my stay. All opinion expressed are my own.


Mom Jean Days ft. Nakd Fashion

Hi babes!

If you have been following our last IG posts, you may have noticed that I am SO into mom jeans at the moment! I meaaaan..I am a Mama, after all! The whole vintage fit denim trend has been gaining popularity over the past couple of years -  so many fashion bloggers, celebrities and members of the public opting for vintage Levi’s 501’s and going for a 90’s a look, but the trend has come into its own right now and is taking off like crazy. I  just bought two pairs from Na-kd.com in two different washes and plan on wearing them with leather jackets and heels, or baggy sweaters tucked in only at the front.  i've seen a lot of ladies style them with lower heeled ankle boots but heels can work just as good. Be sure to stay away from any footwear that’s too chunky (if the jeans are full length) as it can make the silhouette look sloppy and overwhelming. If you decide to have them cropped or cuffed, you can be a little more lenient with your shoe choices. The best thing about wearing Mom Jeans though is how you plan on bringing them into the current times and trends, making them feel relevant and not dated. So with these tips in mind, you can be sure to look fashionable when you wear Mom Jeans and not silly.You can check out how I styled these light wash jeans here:




Ottawa's Trendiest Stops:Quelque Chose Patisserie



Happy Monday, beautiful!

Whenever someone asks me what I want to be when I grow up ( because I only turned 24 last month..), I usually say " nail polish namer" orrrr.." macaron connaiseur!'. The macaron one is probably my favorite out of the two career options, although, it ought to be the most dangerous for my waist line. Long story short, I am notorious for my sweet tooth ( or two!) and is always on the hunt for good macarons!

A week ago, my blogger friend Marie from Mariesbazaar.com were walking down my street after a lunch event  and spotted Quelque Chose Patisserie , a cute macaron boutique. I couldn't believe I had another seen the place before given that I live merely blocks away!  It turned out that the shop had JUST opened that exact date- they even offered the first 45 customers a free macaron, although, we did not qualify showing up around 3pm. Regardless, we set up a macaron date for later that week and it happened!


Did I mention that the location in Westboro has a beautiful terrace space that would be for private and corporate functions,  cocktail receptions,  birthday celebrations , etc.?! They also have the cutest macaron towers that go up to 8 tiers - I can totally see an all blue/ all pink one for a fun gender reveal party!


Marie & I love our macarons so we did not shy away from trying as many as we could- they were so light that u can almost fool yourself into thinking you haven't had that many. We ended up getting a macaron tower with an assortment of flavours- we pretty much tried all the flavors with the exception of pina colada, orange & milk chocolate, matcha tea and s'mores. Our favorite was hands down the lemon & poppy seed one ! You HAVE to try this one. The strawberries & cream was a close runner up and I also loved the Nutella & jasmine tea a lot!



You guys, a macaron tower apparently wasn't enough for us, so, we even shared a chocolate ├ęclair and raspberry tart ( not pictured).

It's safe to say we loved everything given the aftermath of our table situation. I can't wait to go back and love that Quelque Chose opened a location close to home ( they also have on in Vanier ).


Till next bite,

Amira