This week I was at my favourite local whiskey bar and was introduced to a great new bourbon, Bulleit Bourbon (it’s vegan!), which I promptly went out and bought for my at home bar. This inspired me to take inventory of my bar cart, and write a quick guide on stocking your bar cart , complete with links to my top picks for liquors and mixers, and what barware and glassware I use as a bartending newbie. For detailed bar cart styling tips check out my previous post on Bar Cart Style.
If you ask me what my number one favourite beauty brand is, it would be Lush. Aside from their amazing line of products, their company has a strong ethical backbone, and a deep respect for both their employees, and their customers. They’re always giving back to their customers, and in fact, they’ve reached out to me and paid me to be a customer experience shopper four times. But all of that aside, I am a seriously loyal Lush customer. I could write a list a mile long of all of my favourite Lush products, but instead I have rounded up my favourite Lush products tailored to the winter season, and provided Lush product reviews for each. By incorporating these cruelty-freeLush products into your daily routine, you will be ready to brave the harsh winter weather, and take your beauty acumen to new levels.
Read after the jump for a list of my top Lush beauty products for winter skin…
When it comes to styling an outfit, sometimes the best ensembles focus on one key piece — whether it’s something as small as a pair or earrings, or as bold as a statement necklace. But often when planning an outfit, the more functional pieces of jewellery like a watch, get overlooked. This is a shame, as a watch is a classic piece of jewellery that can go with anything, and can be styled in many unexpected ways to create a unique look.
I have never been one to pay attention to trends, but I was happy to see the “bronze” trend slowly on it’s way out over the last couple of years. This was mainly because of my naturally fair skin (which was mocked when I was younger), but also because of the fundamental belief that I’ve come to subscribe to, which is that natural is beautiful. What I once viewed as a “flaw”, I have come to embrace — and dare I say love — my alabaster completion. Aside from the kind of self-acceptance that only comes with age, this newfound confidence was mainly thanks to the emergence of stunning, fair-skinned celebs that changed my standard of beauty. I realized that you didn’t have to be bronze to be beautiful, and pale is pretty (thanks, Emma Stone!)
I’ve always been a big list maker, and this week in particular, I’ve been making To Do lists a mile long. So in the spirit of list-making, I have created a free printable to do list that you can download and use yourself. Each legal size page has space for six daily tasks for each day of the week. Remember, all printables are free for personal use, but please don’t sell or redistribute them. Enjoy!
Read after the jump for your link to download my free printable To Do list…
If you asked me what my favourite piece of decor in my apartment is, I would say it’s my bar cart. Not because I use it all the time, but because it adds so much character to my little downtown apartment. Although I wish I could own a vintage brass bar cart like this, I still love my thrifty, Ikea-hacked bar cart (originally from the blog, Carrie Bradshaw Lied). And if you decide to take on this fabulous tutorial, be sure to check out this super-handy post on Finding The Perfect Gold Spray Paint by Brittany Makes, which guided me in choosing Design Master’s Brilliant Gold Colortool Spray which is a stunning, warm honey-gold. Even after the first coat, this product dispelled my fears about gold spray paint looking cheap, and after I was done painting the cart, the paint looked anything but gaudy.
Around this time every year, I enter what I like to call “birthday season”, since many of my friends have summer birthdays (and my birthday just past last Sunday). In the spirit of this season, I have compiled a list of 10 thoughtful gift ideas, all of which I have bestowed on friends and family alike over the years. If there’s one personal skill that I am confident in, it is my gift giving ability! This is due in part to my friends always telling me, “You give the best gifts!”, but mainly because I hold my gift giving to high standards. I always ask myself, “Would I want to receive a gift like this?”, and I consider three important factors before buying or creating a gift. Read after the jump to find out what they are…
Purses are something that we use every day and for some of us, they are such a regular staple that they sometimes blend into the background of our wardrobes, and consequently get overlooked. There was once a time a mere couple years ago that I was a one-bag-fits all kind of gal, and my friends often made fun of me for carrying around the same large purse everywhere I go. Although said purse checked all the right boxes for style, storage, and durability, the reality is that it just didn’t work for every occasion and outfit. After coming to terms with this newfound realization, I finally opened my eyes to the wide world of purses. There are many different kinds of purses, each with their individual styles and purposes for every fashion, occasion, or season. After perusing my favourite websites, I have round up some picks for the 5 essential purses that every girl should have in her wardrobe (and best of all: they are all vegan leather!)