Beauty Style

My Drugstore Ponytail Hack

November 19, 2017

Always aiming for maximum ponytail volume ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I have to say that teaming up with Goody has been so fun!  When we first kicked off our partnership, they sent a box of their products for me to play around with, which was all kinds of amazing.  I have discovered some new go-to accessories and wanted to share a recent favourite with you.  The best part?  You’ll have the opportunity to WIN a Goody Hair package to try out their accessories as well!  More details coming up on my Insta very soon.

Since I don’t wash my Mufasa mane on the daily, quick and easy styles for second (or third, or fourth) day hair are so important.  A ponytail is obviously a classic style, but I was so excited to discover a little Goody accessory that helps take things to the next level.  With the weight of my hair, a ponytail usually falls flat and the elastic slides down with any movement.  This little comb and elastic combo helps keep things secure and gives that fountain effect at the top for mega volume!  Though I have thicker hair, I did try it out on a friend who has thinner locks and it also worked well for her.

Be sure to check out my other favourite Goody accessories in past posts here and here!  There will also be a HUGE Goody Giveaway on my Instagram in the next few days, so keep an eye out for it!


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Our Bedroom Makeover: The Big Reveal + Giveaway!

November 15, 2017

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Amanda Hamilton Design has changed our lives!

Adam and I had floated the idea of redecorating our bedroom around for a while.  Actually, years, if I’m being honest.  We truly hated the only room in our 700 square foot apartment, which meant that we didn’t like spending time in half our place.  The opportunity to work with Vancouver based Jamie from Amanda Hamilton Interior Design came up and we jumped.  It was time to finally spend the time and money to renovate our bedroom.

The biggest take away from working with interior designers, is that it NEVER would have happened without Jamie and Amanda.  Their professional design concept and guidance was that support we needed to make all the big decisions.  I learned so much throughout this process and have such an appreciation for what they do.

Remember what our bedroom looked like before?  It was a disaster.  We had oversized and mismatched furniture.  I had WAY too much stuff.  We weren’t utilizing any natural light or getting maximum square footage out of the room.  It felt cramped and functioned poorly.  And in terms of changes, we really didn’t even know where to start. Thanks to Jamie and Amanda’s vision, it’s a completely different room and I am SO excited for you to finally see it!  I have a million more posts about our bedroom makeover coming up, including a full room tour, details on each piece, how I changed to an open concept closet, etc. so hope you’re cool with that!  Scroll down to see our updated room and there’s a giveaway at the bottom!

Also, huge shoutout to the talented Meghan Bustard for taking these beautiful photos.  Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Time For A Little Adventure

November 13, 2017


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Oh yeah, I’m going to Europe ✈️

Before you start calling me moneybags (which would be a terrible nickname, btw, please don’t get any ideas LOL), I am off to Europe this week because I scored the most epic flight deal of all time.  I still don’t even know if I believe that it’s real.  I’ve saved all the screenshots of the booking just in case I get to the airport and they try to say it’s not valid.

Back in August, Alex texted me about a YVR Deal that came through.  She ended up booking a trip over some random days in November and suggested that I do the same.  I had never even considered impulse buying airline tickets before, but when the deal is THAT good, how could I not?  Couldn’t manage to secure the exact dates that she did, but I ended up with roundtrip Vancouver to Dublin on British Airways for $288.  That’s right, $288.  Booked it and decided to figure out the rest later.

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Vintage Curls Hair Tutorial

November 6, 2017

This hairstyle will be your secret weapon this Holiday Season!

It’s only November, but we all know that the 2017 Holiday Party Season is about to begin. And it really is the most wonderful time of the year! The extra hours with friends and family, all those fun, festive outings. The holiday parties are THE perfect excuse to wear lots of sparkle and even tacky sweaters. It’s the best!

In the spirit of the season, I’ve partnered with Shoppers Drug Mart Mane Essentials to bring you a glam holiday hair tutorial!  This simple, 4 step DIY style is the perfect look if you want your hair down and styled, but something with a little more drama than everyday curls.

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