Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Fall favourites

So the weather is getting chilly... and you know what that means. Cry because summer is over people. Ha ha ha. NO. As much as I would like to roll into the fetal position and cry because my cute sandals will have to be put away for a few months. I won't resort to that just yet...

Because seriously fall style is seriously too cute and might even be... dare I say it... better than summer clothing. Hey you have those really nice red-orange-brown hues, not to mention you can rock that dark purple lipstick and berry shades without looking like a vampire. You know what I mean! Darker colours are in and whether you wear them on your body or lips - it all works.

So what's hot this season? Well sit back with some hot chocolate or whatever hits your fancy and let me tell you!

Berry lips

So even if this isn't an item of clothing - this is definitely in style in colder months to follow and can be worn right into winter. Whatever shades you love - whether it be darkest of the dark or a lighter shade of purple. This is a must have item for fall and winter months. Even if you have thinner lips like mine, you can pull this off by using a lip liner and slightly over lining your lips for a more fuller pout. So ditch the baby pinks and neutrals and experiment with some darker shades.

A cape coat

Ok just hear me out - these come in so many different styles and fabrics. You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to pull this off trust me! There are fur lined collars, ones without the fur, high neck capes - but these do look chic! This is a fun twist to regular coats during the colder months. Just check out all of these styles and then tell me you don't want to at least TRY these out!

Trench coat

We went over the kimono trenches which are light and flowy and perfect for the summer nights when the temperatures dip. BUT when it does really begin to get chilly and sometimes rainy - then trench coats are great. There are so many different styles to these as well and colours range from military green, khaki to navy. So honestly this is a staple for your closet that is great for Spring as well.

Slouchy beanie

These not only look super cute with a side braid but they can add a bit of style to an overall boring look. And hey they add some warmth to your poor ears when the cold wind hits!

Darker nails

Time to bring out those hot dark nail polish shades! These are the months where darker shades are so popular. Be it navy, different tones of purple, and even black! You can rock these shades of course during the summer months as well but like lips - the colder months have always been popular for darker shades.

Darker hair

Keeping up with the dark theme, how did you not guess this? If you are an avid dyer of hair - and just recently went blonde... well hey you can always keep it or opt for some lowlights to keep up with the current trends (if you care). And if you were in need of a change for the season - well a dark chocolate brown shade or even lowlights (darker shades in the hair) is a great way to go and change up your look!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

♥ Date night ideas ♥

So this is perfect for the long weekend because hey a lot of you are in relationships... some of you have BFF's that are practically like having a romantic partner. Or some of us just have a close knit family. Whatever your relationship status is, the same monotonous activities can get boring real fast. So to change it up once in a while... here are some really nice ideas. And before you dismiss any of them. Give them a try!

1. Play a board game.

Just trust me on this! It doesn't have to be some boring lame game that your parents made you play with your siblings. No! You can actually do this outside of the house as well if you want to turn this into an interesting date night. There are actual cafe's now in major cities that have developed this idea and I personally think it's a super fun idea to pass the time away... minus those awkward silences.

Here's a few cafe's if you do live in the Toronto area...

* Castle Board Game Cafe
* Snakes & Lattes
* For the Win Board Game Cafe
* Roll Play
* Snakes & Lagers

If you are out of luck and don't have a board game cafe in your neck of the woods... who really cares? They have board games for practically everyone out there. They even have more "sensual" board games for those of you looking to spice up your love life.

2. Hit up a play

Get a little bit of culture in your life. It doesn't have to be Shakespeare... nowadays there are so many different types of plays out there on stage. It's a great way to dress up nice and go out. And hey you might learn something and actually enjoy yourself.

3. Watch a game

Even if you are not into sports... just being part of the crowd can really get you into the mood! The rush and the liveliness is always an amazing feeling and really can get you off your feet. First pick a sport that you both are fond of - or at least can sit through and then hey you might be surprised by the end of it. You might even become a fan by the end of it.

4. Relax

Maybe you like your date nights a bit less hectic and outgoing... maybe you already have enough of that throughout the week and just want to rewind. So why not hit up a couples spa or massage? Maybe get your nails done while your partner/BFF is beside you getting their pedicure on. This is always a nice way to just relax and rewind.

5. Take a fun class together!

Cooking? Painting? Yoga? Whatever it is that you both can agree on and are up for. Give it a go! There are so many classes out there - and sometimes if you enjoy it enough, it can become an ongoing thing. I personally love Yoga and find it's not only relaxing but a great way to keep fit together. 

6. Catch a comedy show

Laughter is definitely the best medicine and what's a better way to spend the night than sitting back, relaxing and doing a whole lot of relating to funny things about life? This is a nice way to open up to someone as well and really break the ice.

7. What's new in town?

With summer drawing to an end, there's a lot of exhibitions like the CNE here in Toronto. There are food festivals in practically every other city you can hit up. And even some fun events like cook offs, dance festivals and cultural shows. Why not check them out and explore your city? Every season usually has something to look forward to, and summer always has a lot of things to pick from!

8. Culture it up!

I love exploring Museum exhibitions and Art Galleries alike. You always learn something new and there is definitely something that will interest even the most least likely person. If that doesn't do it for you, why not try the Zoo? The Aquarium? There are so many options - but the best thing to do is be open minded to trying different things. 

9. Long drive to an unknown destination.

Just don't plan anything. You will end up somewhere... eating something and doing something or another. I'm serious! Of course I'm not saying leave all signs of human life and trek into the woods or something. Unless you're an avid camper or hiker. But just exploring different areas of your own city or heading out to a neighbouring city without any plans can be kind of fun and unexpected. I often love doing this and I always end up discovering something new... well most of the time! As long as your company doesn't mind and is up for a bit of spontaneous fun, this is a nice idea.

10. Do something active.

You don't need to be a personal trainer for what I'm about to suggest because believe me neither am I. But there are tons of activities out there for even the biggest couch potato...

Play ping pong (there's even places to do this outside - like Sp!n in Toronto). Why not book an activity online? Maybe something like horse back riding, hitting up the gun range, going bowling, playing mini golf (even glow in the dark mini golf exists now) or even local experiences like a scavenger hunt around your city? (this actually exists in Toronto!). Another fun idea is indoor skydiving and trampolining at indoor trampoline parks like Sky Zone. These are great ways to keep fit and enjoy something different than just sitting and dining out.

So there you have it! Some pretty cool ideas huh? Try them out! Go out of your comfort zone and maybe even convince your partner/BFF to do it with you. You might even surprise yourself and have a great time. 

And to all my readers in Canada and USA - have an amazing and safe Labour Day weekend!


Friday, 4 September 2015

What's that scent?

Many of us hear many actresses or celebrities swear by a "signature scent". Even Princess Diana is believed to have one. However where do you start when you enter the perfume section at a major department store? All those scents... sometimes can really get to your head. Well I might be able to narrow that down for you all today. I've been around the perfume section and there definitely are some great ones out there. Also the trick is to apply the scent to the skin and not on your clothing. Also - less is always more - you don't want to be the person making everyone sneeze. So let's get to it!

Chanel No. 5

I think this is my favourite scent right now. It's also something that will be around for years and years to come, so you can't really go wrong. A classic scent, one that's been around for a while but never goes out of style. Although Chanel has come out with many more perfumes since this one, it still remains a popular choice.

Roses de Chloé

I'll admit when I first smelled this one, it wasn't a big hit for me. But the scent is subtle which is what makes it a hit with many women. Even after it's launch in 2008, this perfume remains a best seller.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Who hasn't heard of this scent? I know I have. It's a fresh and feminine scent, with a cute bottle to boot! It also may appeal to younger women out there who are just getting into fragrances and want to try something different.

Nirvana Black - James & Elizabeth

When I first saw the bottle in Sephora, I didn't really give it a second thought... I didn't have much hope for it to be honest. BUT this surprised me in a very good way. It's a very musky, sandalwood kind of scent - not overpowering and very sexy! The price tag is also reasonable compared to other perfumes out there. Pick up a sample!

My Burberry

This was another free sample for me and one that I'm loving. It launched just last year but still is regarded as a new scent on the market by many. It as a nice floral scent to it, but nothing too overpowering.

Hermes - Le Jardin De Monsier Li

THIS. THIS. This is my all time favourite right now and a new scent to the Hermes collection. Also - if you are a fan or even know of the scents created by the famous Jean-Claude Ellena - the perfumer who is the mastermind behind this scent and many others for Hermes - well this is his last signature scent ladies. So this might be a great addition to your collection. I dare you to smell this and not love it!

Dior - J'adore

I love this scent. I've been wearing it for a few days now and it's so sexy and subtle. I love scents that aren't overpowering and ones that you can't smell a mile away. This is also a bestseller right now and will forever be a classic go to.

Giorgio Armani - Acqua Di Gioia

Last one but definitely a strong contender. This reminds me more of a fresh, almost men's cologne type smell. It's not as feminine as the others for me but that's what I like about it. It's very different in a good way and the most recent one that I've bought.