Do these 3 tricks to transition your look from winter to spring

3 tricks to transition your look from winter to spring

Are you tired of wearing the same old boring clothes that you have been wearing all winter? Me too! The mild weather we have been experiencing the last few days makes me feel like there is hope for heat. As we all know, Spring can be a tricky season to savour. As soon as the weather warms up, we all seem to ditch the parka and dive right into summer clothes. I know, it’s a Canadian thing. But this year, I am challenging myself (and you!) to carpe this moment and make this season last. For your amusement, I put this post together to help you easily transition your look from Winter to Spring, with only 3 simple tricks.

My 3 tricks to transition your look from Winter to Spring

  1. Fun booties– I have loaded up on a variety of ankle booties this year, and I am excited to report that each and every one of them have brought joy and purpose to my style. Take these fun sparkle boots from L’Intervalle for example, they make any dull outfit pop, and are known to spark(le) a conversation or two.
  2. The long blazer– Any long blazer can be worn as a light coat, provided you layer something warm underneath it, like a turtleneck or cashmere sweater. This particular one is a boyfriend cut velvet blazer by Elvi, in an ombre silvery grey colour. I absolutely love it!
  3. Leather accents- I can’t stop advising you that leather/pleather will change your life. It has truly been a life savour for me. I have skirts, leggings, jacket, pants, and now a hat! Leather has the dual effect of warmth and shine, the perfect combo to looking great in a cooler climate.

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I love this look for many reasons. It’s flattering for my body type (show off the legs!), it’s an easy go-to look and it’s really comfortable. I mean, don’t we all love the comfort of stretchy leggings and a long top to cover the rest? All you do is swap out the blazer for a kimono or duster and you have yourself another easy look… do I hear UNIFORM?! It’s always good to have a uniform ready to go, especially for those less creative days where you are feeling uninspired or rushed.

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Do you have a uniform or tricks to transition your look from Winter to Spring? I’d love for you to share it with me!

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Thank you to the Canadian Museum of Nature for letting us loiter on your premises to capture these fantastic shots!
Photography provided by Kamara Morozuk.

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30 something? Here’s why Idealia Skincare by Vichy is for you

Idealia Skincare by Vichy

Finally, a skin care routine tailored for me. I have been using the new Idealia skincare by Vichy line for a week now, and it’s too amazing not to share. Sometimes I feel ridiculous using age defying products, maybe it’s because I am blessed with healthy skin, or maybe because I am in denial of my age (33 isn’t old, is it?). Regardless, I don’t want to use old lady cream just yet. I appreciate that most lines have a “protect skin now, enjoy it later” attitude, but it makes me feel old to think that wrinkles are in my not-so-distant future.

When I was sent these Idealia products by Vichy to test out, I couldn’t wait to try them. Literally, I opened the packages and started using the day cream right away. First, you get sucked in with the gorgeous packaging, then you get tempted with the luxurious textures and then you get hooked with that classic and clean Vichy scent. Well-played Vichy, well-played.

After just a week of using the Idealia skincare by Vichy line, I noticed that my skin is super soft, hydrated and just looks a little healthier. It’s hard to describe. I wouldn’t say it’s a miracle cream and that my face looks photoshopped, but it has a subtle enhanced look and feel that I love. And of course, I am also hooked on the smell, which reminds me to stay on top of my routine!

Idealia Skincare by Vichy

Idealia is the ideal skincare treatment for first signs of aging and targets dull skin, large pores, and fine line. Idéalia contains an antioxidant complex, powered by blueberry extract, fermented black tea extract and Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water.

Idealia Skincare by Vichy

Idealia Serum ($50)

As you all know, I love my serum! It adds a luxurious layer to your moisturizer and that extra bit of moisture your skin could always use. This is a non-sticky formula and you only need a pearl-size bead for your entire face.

Idealia Skincare by Vichy Serum

Idealia Gel-Cream ($40)

While this cream promises to boost the natural glow and smoothen your skin, I really love using it as a primer for my makeup. It has the same finish and texture. It’s recommended for normal to oily skin and will protect your skin from getting too oily and shiny throughout the day.

Idealia Skincare by Vichy gel-cream

Idealia Peel ($40)

Rather than using a scrub, this product is a gentle chemical peel that will eliminate dark spots and acne marks and will help fade away the tiny wrinkles. I would only use this maybe twice a month. It’s hard to believe, but if done right, a chemical peel is more effective than using a scrub for your face. Although we can noticeably feel the difference, sometimes scrubs can actually damage the skin microscopically, especially if the beads are not spherical (a perfect circle). It’s time to shift my thinking and ditch the scrubs!

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Idealia day cream ($45)

This day cream is by far my favourite product from the entire line. It’s light and fluffy and smells divine. I start with this cream, layer the serum over it, then the gel-cream mixed in with my tinted moisturizer. This moisture army will stop my skin from drying and protect it all day. Nothing is getting past them!

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If you like what you read, and you think Idealia Skincare by Vichy is for you, use code:IDEALIA to take advantage of their buy one, get one %50 off promotion on Vichy.ca

If you want to win a Day cream, check out my contest on Instagram!

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Cheers to Fam Jams and McDonald’s all-day breakfast!

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I’m allowed a cheat day once in a while, whether it’s adding a few extra calories to my day or ditching a home cooked meal for take-out. It’s all about moderation right? Who’s with me?

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Yesterday, we celebrated Family Day with a regal McDonald’s breakfast at home, flowers and all. Michael and I had a busy weekend in Montreal and I wanted to make this day was special for Victor. Also, I really didn’t feel like cooking. So, I woke up extra early to set the table and get ready for the day.

My heart wanted to sleep in and have brunch instead of breakfast, but I knew I had to rush over to McDonald’s before 11:00 a.m. to get our food and make it all happen. You know exactly what I am talking about, the race against the Mickey Ds clock. “Sorry, it’s 11:01 a.m., we just stopped serving breakfast.” says the girl behind the counter.

I have some good news for you, though. The dreaded race is over. Starting today, February 21, 2017, participating McDonald’s restaurants across Canada are serving up breakfast … All Day. Every Day. 

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McDonald’s all-day breakfast menu

So what’s available? Although McDonald’s has recently come out with a huge selection of customizable menu options, only the traditional breakfast items made the cut. To celebrate the occasion, we decided to stick to the 24-hour breakfast menu for our Family Day breakfast yesterday.

Here is what’s on the McDonald’s 24-hour breakfast menu:

  • Egg McMuffin (for Michael)
  • Bacon ‘n Egg McMuffin (for me!)
  • Sausage ‘n Egg McMuffin (for Victor)
  • Sausage McMuffin
  • Hashbrown
  • Hotcakes

I personally love eggs, and eat a lot of them. I admire that McDonald’s uses a large freshly-cracked Canada grade A egg in each of their sandwiches. Now that these menu items will be completely integrated into the classic lunch and dinner menu, I can mix and match my order and create a healthier meal for myself when I am on the go (a.k.a ALWAYS!!).

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McCafé- Free Coffee is back!

I find it funny that Michael and I drink our coffee the same way. We are big fans of McCafé coffee and usually order the premium roast with two milks, or he orders one for himself and I just drink it all!

Because his work is steps away from McDonald’s, sometimes we will meet up for a treat on his weekend shifts. He bonds with Victor, while I login into the free wifi and surf Instagram. And, because he works close by, he quickly flies through their rewards program too (buy 7 get one free).

McDonald’s coffee is a quality medium dark roast made from 100 percent Arabica beans and McCafé serves up a variety of hot and cold customizable drinks, at a great price. If you haven’t ever tasted it, I highly recommend giving it a try during their free coffee blitz next week.

Between Monday, February 27 and March 5, you can pop into any participating McDonald’s restaurant in Canada for a FREE small cup of hot brewed coffee at absolutely no charge — any time of the day — no purchase necessary!

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Bon appétit- I hope you get to take advantage of the convenience of McDonald’s all-day breakfast soon!

Thank you to McDonald’s Canada for partnering with me and sponsoring this post.
The beautiful flowers on my table were gifted from Satin & Snow‘s new #BloomsInABag service.

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Club Monaco celebrates NYFW2017 in Ottawa showcasing ‘See now- Buy now’ Spring/Summer 2017 collection

Last night, Ottawa had a chance to celebrate a piece of New York Fashion Week with Club Monaco at CF Rideau Centre. Once again, Club Monaco nails it out of the park with elegant, feminine and classic designs for their Spring/Summer 2017 collection. The line was inspired by the French documentary Latcho Drom which follows a family of travelers as they journey from Romania to India. Club Monaco remains true to their signature urban style, and manages to weave in the notable Gypsy details, like peasant tops, bells and frills, all inspired by the film.

  

Ottawa Fashion Stylist, Alyssa Beltempo, hosted the event that evening. She provided her expertise and dressed some of us gals throughout the night. Alyssa has a great sense of style and is in the forefront of slow fashion. Her messages focus on investing in classic, well-made, and preferably sustainable pieces; clothes that will last you a lifetime. It’s definitely a step towards living a minimalistic lifestyle and being more conscientious of where our clothing comes from. And if you’re looking for classic pieces to invest in, Club Monaco has you covered!

I loved Alyssa’s look! She was wearing this gorgeous jumpsuit and boho blouse and amazing scallop pumps.

Get Alyssa’s look

So what is ‘See now- Buy now’?

This new service is revolutionizing the way brands are going to market at fashion shows. For the first time, viewers have full access to the styles they see on the runway, and can buy the clothes they love. Hence the “see now, buy now”. Club Monaco’s flagship store in New York City had all the items of the Spring/Summer 2017 Collection available for purchase. Can you image?

 

Whether you need to add some feminity to your style, or looking for some great work clothes, I highly encourage you to stop by CM. You never know what might inspire you!

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