I don’t know about you, but I’m going to as many music festivals as I can this summer! Including the highly anticipated WayHome Music & Arts Festival in Oro-Medonte, Ontario from July 22-24. The lineup is going to be AH-MAZING with Arcade Fire, Metric, The Arkells, M83, The Killers, Chvrches and more! I’m so excited to see some of my favourite bands in the great outdoors while dressed in my favourite festival outfits – want to join the fun but don’t have tickets?

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Well, guess what?! I’ve got an amazing WayHome experience to give away to one lucky Dainty Girl reader! The winner will receive:

That’s a $1200 value – WOWSA! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. At a minimum, you must leave me a blog post comment telling me which bands you’re most excited to see at WayHome this year. You can gain additional entries through social media too! Contest closes on Sunday July 17 at 11:59pm and the lucky winner will be announced on Monday July 18 in the morning – good luck WayHomies!

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I recently teamed up with my friends at Medulla & Co. salon for a fun and playful festival style photo shoot. We have so much fun when we collaborate and the results are always FABULOUS hair! This time, since we’re in the middle of festival season, my favourite hair gurus pulled together some amazing festival-worthy hair styles.

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I love how both looks incorporate colourful hair extensions in totally different ways! I mean if you can’t play with colour for music festival season – when can you?! Keep reading to see more photos from the shoot, including the full outfits!

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This summer I’m all about soft, romantic silhouettes and fabrics…ok, who am I kidding? That’s every summer! I spotted this Lovers + Friends dress on Shopbop last month and I couldn’t resist picking it up. I love the lace-up neckline, comfortable elastic waist and sheer sleeves in romantic summer lace. It’s the perfect dress for a summer date night.

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Dress: Lovers + Friends from Shopbop, Necklace: LiliClaspe, Bag: Rok Cork, Shoes: Zara

Since the sleeves are sheer, they breathe really well so you can wear it on a summer day without getting overheated. It’s one of those dresses that makes getting ready so quick and effortless – you don’t need a lot of accessories and it looks best with soft and natural makeup.

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You met and fell with love with the right person, you got the ring (yay!) and now it’s time to plan the wedding! All very exciting things, but many brides-to-be aren’t quite prepared for the serious price tags that come with pretty much anything that the big “W” (wedding) is associated with. I got engaged in January and I’ll be getting married this October. With just 9 months to plan our wedding, it was important for me and my guy to stay aligned on the big decisions (and the price tags attached to them).

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My friends at TD recently conducted a survey and found that one third (31%) of Canadian Millennials spent more than they expected on their wedding receptions, and went over budget by an average of 55%. As I put the finishing touches on my own wedding plans, this information rings fairly true to the observations I’ve made throughout the process. I found these wedding planning tips quite reassuring when thinking back to some of the tough “yay or nay” decisions my fiancĂ© and I had to make.

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As someone who has worked from home for the past three years, it’s been a while since I’ve worn a suit or a blazer + skirt/slacks combo. When I worked in the financial services industry, I wore this “uniform” 4-5 days per week for nearly 6 years! As much as I love the comfortable and casual style that my current job affords me, sometimes I miss the opportunity to get dressed up like this. When my friend and fabulous Toronto-based designer Rachel Sin asked me to show off my “Desk to Drinks” style with her SS’16 collection, I jumped at the opportunity to play professional dress up once again!

Nicole-(7)Blazer, Skirt & Tank: Rachel Sin, Shoes: Aldo, Necklace: Jennybird, Handbag: Uppdoo, Sunglasses: Givenchy

I’ve never been a big fan of dress pants, mostly because I can never find the right fit for my narrow waist and wider hips. For that reason, I often wore pencil skirts with blouses and blazers or dresses at the office. The Sky High Skirt and matching blazer from Rachel Sin is the perfect office outfit for the spring/summer season.

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