Going ‘green’ with envy for H&M’s new Conscious line

I fell in love with H&M the moment it came to Toronto, almost 10 years ago now. What a wonderful way to update my wardrobe with good quality items at a fair price. I must admit, I was sad when they dropped their size 16, making size 14 now even more difficult to find. Recently, they opened a few stores in Ottawa and expanded their line with plus size and maternity, which pretty much excuses them for those past mistakes.

The real reason I am writing today is to share some exciting new with you! To celebrate Earth Day (April 22, 2015) a wonderful collaboration has been sparked between Bayshore Shopping Centre and H&M’s new Conscious Exclusive Line. Drop off your unwanted clothing and get H&M swag for going green… not a bad deal! Make sure you visit the ONLY H&M store in Ottawa that is offering their Conscious Exclusive collection and by the famous words of Parks and Rec “Treat Yo Self”! There are some gorgeous dresses and skirts that are absolutely perfect for this year’s wedding season!

H&M Bayshore Ottawa Conscious ClosetThis is me in my new favourite H&M Conscious V-neck top. I love the colour and the fit. The sleeves and the V-neck are particularly flattering for us XLusive gals. This is a size Large, and as you can see, fits loose. I did this photo shoot for my bio and head shot for Ottawa Life Magazine. I am their new beauty insider! Petty cool,eh?

Loads of new things happening, so stick around!

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MTV Movie Awards 2015- Best Dressed

Last night was the MTV Movie Awards 2015, which really means it was an opportunity to gawk at Hollywood stars and check out their latest style ensembles.

I recently identified a theme to my personal taste. I LOVE women in comedy. That’s who I admire most in Hollywood. I don’t typically follow anyone in particular for looks or style (other than Lauren Conrad… duh), but nothing makes me happier than tuning into these women, these REAL women.

I love them for making me laugh and reminding me that you can be someone when you are actually talented. To be witty, you need to be smart and posses the intellectual capacity to find humour in the most dull places. You need to be quick on your toes too! I am sort of a goofball myself and addicted to puns, scenarial humour and making up my own spoof movies.

For this reason, I chose to show you my 2 favourite BEST DRESSED ladies of the MTV Movie Awards 2015!

Amy-Schumer
Amy Schumer is hilarious! I want to be her friend. P.S. I want that dress.
Rebel-Wilson
Rebel Wilson is stepping up her glam game. She is taking over the world! P.S. I want that cape!
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Ottawa’s Nordstrom Gala: A grand old time

Last night’s Ottawa Nordstrom Gala was a blur. A magical combination of gourmand canapΓ©s neatly stacked in rows on little carts, tiny cans of sparkling bubbly, a killer upbeat band, friendly smiles around and a magical feast of fashion.
Everyone came dressed in their best.

Personally, it was a bit of a sensory overload, but I managed to take it all in. My secret is going stag. I was happy to bump into my friends from Ottawa Life Magazine (seen below on the Step and Repeat). I made a point to say hello to fashion mavens Erica Wark, Christopher Massardo and Alyssa Beltempo. I had an absolute blast to say the least. Lots of friendly faces and close friends to catch up with.

I didn’t do much shopping, but I did spend lots of time (and $) at the Laura Mercier counter with Melody Iafelice who was representing the brand. Apparently, my choice of bright pink/purple lipstick made quite the impression on everyone (#trendsetter hahaha).

I wore a navy knee length tutu (purchased on Amazon.com) paired with a knit graphic tee from Forever21+ with “Champagne S’il Vous PlaÎt” written across the top. It was quite appropriate for the evening and very well received. I got many lovely compliments, someone even kindly told me that I reminded her of Sarah Jessica Parker… um… Success!

I wore a simple pony tail because I am a mom and had no time to get ready. I opted to focus on makeup and a killer lip instead. It worked in my favour πŸ˜‰

In my travels through the department store I spotted a plus size section that I hope to dissect at a later date. First, I need more sensible footwear and second, I need a clear head… no alcohol beyond this point!! What can I say, I love champagne!

I didn’t take too many pics, I was really just soaking it all in. I encourage you to do the same and explore the wonderful worlds of shoes, cosmetics and bags!

Thank you Nordstrom for an exquisite event! The bar has been raised. Bravo!

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