I like to keep my makeup as natural looking as possible. Sure, there are occasions where I’ll step it up a notch, but most days, my makeup routine consists of a tinted moisturizer, under-eye concealer, mascara, tinted lip balm and brows. When I say “brows”, I mean filling in those pesky sparse areas with a fine tipped brow liner or brow powder. I’m blessed with fairly thick brows and I hardly ever pluck them, but just like most women, I have little gaps where my brows aren’t as full as I’d like them to be. I absolutely love the way filled in, fuller brows frame my face and make my eyes pop – it’s just a time-consuming process and never looks as natural as I’d like it to. 

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A couple of years ago, I heard about microblading for the first time and I was instantly intrigued by the idea of natural looking semi-permanent brow makeup. I didn’t jump on the idea of getting it done right away, but started following the trend on Instagram and beauty blogs until I built up enough confidence in the procedure to explore it myself. Of course the idea of tattooing my brows was a little intimidating, but the before and after photos really sold me!

One of my favourite local beauty salons, Sugarmoon, recently added microblading to their list of services, and since I was already a fan of their beauty treatments, I decided to visit them for a brow consultation. I booked an appointment with Ann, one of their estheticians who specializes in microblading. Her iPhone has hundreds of before and after photos from happy clients which was really reassuring to me! The consultation took about 30 minutes; Ann answered all of my questions about the microblading procedure (and I had lots) and then spent the remainder of the time designing my perfect brows by drawing the shape with a soft wax pencil. We reiterated the design a couple of times before landing on the desired outcome and then Ann took a bunch of photos for us both to refer back to. By the end of the consultation, I was ready to go through with the microblading procedure and I booked the appointment for two weeks later.

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Are you a frequent traveller? I am, and I like to think I have packing down to a science. It drives me a little batty when I’m going through security at the airport behind someone who doesn’t have their sh*t together. Digging through their carry on for their liquids and gels or forgetting to remove their laptops or tablets – it can be a stressful thing especially with a huge line of people with flights to catch behind you. My friend Gloria of Rogue Stories is also an avid traveller and she recently decided to put her experience to work by designing and creating The Flight Pack.

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Crafted with premium vegan leather, gunmetal details and microsuede lining, this water resistant bag will become your go-to at the airport.

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Hello! You may have noticed that this is my first blog post in almost a year. Why did I stop blogging? Truthfully, as much as I love fashion and beauty, the market is incredibly over saturated and blogs are in danger of becoming one big unoriginal and sponsored experience online. No offence to my lovely blogging friends who are still out there hustling every day, but the scene just isn’t for me anymore.

So why am I breaking my silence now?

Because I’ve recently gone through something that I feel compelled to share with you. And because this blog for some wonderful reason still receives a lot of traffic, I thought this would be the right medium to share.

So here it goes…

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Fall is on the way and the time for short rompers is almost coming to an end. I don’t know about you, but I have a few rompers that I got a lot of wear out of this summer. They’re just so cute and comfortable, whether you choose to dress them up or down. I found this bold orange over-the-shoulder romper at Mendocino earlier this season and I absolutely adore it!

DSC_2166Romper and choker: Mendocino, Sandals: Le Chateau, Bag: Sneha Varma, Sunglasses: Aldo (last year)

The long flared sleeves on this over-the-shoulder romper make it perfect for the summer-to-fall transition. The high waistline with wide ruched legs makes it look like a fashionable mini-dress with the all the function of shorts. PS – it has pockets!

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With the heat we’ve been having lately it’s hard to think about fall fashion, but it’s time to start preparing your wardrobe for seasonal transition! The seventies are back in a big way this fall with playful bohemian prints, billowy shapes, earth tones, luxurious suedes and more. I was inspired to style a monochromatic seventies look when I found these coloured suede heels at DSW Canada.

6892Dress: Zara, Shoes: DSW Canada, Handbag: Le Chateau, Necklace: Jennybird, Watch: Cluse

To create a chic tonal look, I combined apparel and accessories in similar seventies-inspired earth tones. The playful paisley and floral print on the dress adds texture, which is important to keep monochromatic looks from falling flat.

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