Black & Gold

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 4 1

Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 Tie Neck Blouse and Accordion Pleat Skirt

Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 Accordion Pleat Skirt

Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 Tie Neck Blouse and Accordion Pleat Skirt, Chanel Bag, Strappy Heels


Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 Tie Neck Blouse and Accordion Pleat Skirt

Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 Accordion Pleat Skirt

Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 top  //  Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 skirt  //  Tom Ford ‘Fany’ sunglasses via IRIS the Visual Group  //  Zara heels (similar)  //  Chanel handbag


Black & gold…..such a striking, classic combo that I’ve had a long time obsession with. It feels elegant, sophisticated and chic. Two black & gold items in my wardrobe that I’ve recently picked up are these fab sunglasses and this sparkly top/skirt combo.


I can’t stop wearing these Tom Ford ‘Fany’ sunglasses from IRIS the Visual Group. They have a retro vibe that seems to add a coolness factor to everything I wear. I go through phases with my eyewear brand choices, and right now I can’t stop buying Tom Ford. I’ve recently picked up several pairs of Tom Ford sunglasses and eyeglasses from IRIS, as they have such a great selection.


Side note…speaking of eyeglasses…over the last few years, I’ve been noticing that my vision has been getting worse and worse. I’ve recently started wearing my eyeglasses more often, and my eye health has become a major focus for me. I’m super excited to partner with IRIS the Visual Group for 2017 to share the importance of eye health. Stay tuned for more to come!


Now, back to the black & gold convo…as for this stunning Olivia Palermo + Chelsea28 sparkly blouse and skirt, I was at the Nordstrom Yorkdale grand opening a couple months back, and saw this outfit on a mannequin. I feel immediately in love, and decided that I would go back the following week to try it on. Not even 5 minutes later, I saw another guest at the party wearing the exact same outfit! It looked stunning on her, and at that moment, I knew I needed to own this outfit. I love that they are separates instead of a dress, because i can split them up to create different outfits as well. Both of these pieces are keeping my black & gold love going strong.




Thank you to IRIS the Visual Group for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Glitter Tape DIY Gift Wrap

Monday, December 19, 2016 2 0

DIY Gift Wrap with Glitter Washii Tape


I’m going to toot my own horn for a minute, and say that I’m actually a really good gift wrapper. I absolutely L-O-V-E wrapping presents, and have loved it for as long as I can remember. When I was in high school, I remember people always asking me to help them wrap presents when I was at their houses. My loved ones also always say that they look forward to my gift wrapping as much as they look forward to the actual present. So, when Seal-It reached out and asked if I wanted to get holiday crafty with their fabulous glitter tape, my first instinct was that it was the perfect item to get creative (and sparkly!) with to wrap my holiday gifts!


diy christmas presents


Supplies for this DIY are super simple to put together. The Seal-It Glitter Tape can be purchased online at, or at Shopper Drug Mart (in Canada), and I picked up all of the other holiday supplies at the dollar store! Cute little accents (such as bells, ornaments, faux greenery, garland, berries), ribbon, twine and candy canes can be added to the gifts for that extra wow factor.


diy christmas gift wrap


I made the adorable gift tags by layering rows of Seal-It glitter tape on card stock, then cutting out the desired shapes. I used the same technique to create the letter ‘J’ on the gift tag below.


glitter tape washi christmas gift wrap


To create the bow above, I took 2 strips of glitter tape and placed them sticky side to sticky side. Then I created an ‘O’ shape with the strip, pinched it in the middle to create the bow shape, then put a piece of tape around the middle. Super easy and cute!


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I LOVE the Seal-It Glitter Tape because the glitter never flakes off, and it can actually be torn with your hands…no scissors required! It can also be stuck to a number of different surfaces, but it’s not a heavy duty tape, so it can easily be removed. It’s perfect for crafts and DIY’s!



Thank you to Seal-It for sponsoring this post!

5 Hair Products & Tools You Need to Try Now

Friday, December 16, 2016 4 0

Dyson Supersonic, T3 MicroWand Hair Curler, Moroccan oil, Batiste Dry Shampoo review, Matrix Biolage Shampoo



I’m super lucky that I get to test out a ton of beauty products, and I also buy a heck of a lot of beauty items as well. My day job is in the beauty industry, so I work with a lot of beauty-obsessed women (and men!), and get a ton of recommendations and insider knowledge. All that to say, I LOVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS! I’m always on the hunt for the latest and greatest, and keep on testing, buying & researching until I find the best products to suit my needs. I get pretty passionate when I’m sharing my favorite beauty finds with my friends, so I decided that going forward, each month, I’m going to share my absolute fave beauty items that I can’t stop raving about, here on the blog.


For December, I thought I would start with my favorite hair products and tools that I simply can’t live without. With the recent weather change from warm to ice cold, I’ve been particularly concerned with my hair lately. It gets super dry and staticky in the Winter, so I have to take extra special care of it during the colder months. Here are 5 of my current favorite hair products and tools that I highly, highly recommend!




T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand


T3 is a new brand to me, that I only recently discovered. The tools initially caught my eye because of their beautiful white, sleek designs, but then one of my girlfriends purchased the Straightening Iron, and she couldn’t stop raving about it. I tried it at her house, and fell instantly in love. It straightened my hair, leaving it sleek and smooth. The temperature felt really hot, but not too hot to burn my hair, and it left my hair frizz free all day. I was in need of a new flat iron, as well as a curling wand, but I ended up going with the curling wand first. The straightening iron will be my next purchase in the new year.


I absolutely love the T3 Whirl Interchangeable Styling Wand. It comes with 3 interchangeable barrels (1″, 1.5″, and a tapered barrel), which allows me to create different looks. I usually go for a slightly more defined beachy wave look, and this wand helped me create it perfectly. Some wands kink my hair near the ends where I end the curl, but this wand left a perfect transition from the wavy hair to the straight ends. It leaves my hair feeling smooth and shiny, and somehow de-frizzes it at the same time. Most importantly, it actually holds my curls for 2 days, until I wash my hair. My waves will fall when I use a lot of other tools, so this was a big selling feature for me. Plus, it’s beautiful! And who doesn’t want to use pretty tools!! I highly recommend this styling wand, and I will definitely also be purchasing their straightening iron as well.




Matrix Biolage Raw Shampoo and Conditioner



I’ve been trying to add more and more natural products to my beauty regime. I’ve cut almost all chemicals and preservatives out of my diet, and the products that go onto my skin should be just as important as the products I put into my body. But, for some reason, I have this weird misconception that natural products don’t work as well as products full of chemicals. CRAZY, right?!?! I don’t know why I feel like that, but my guess is that it’s because most of the natural products I’ve tried just weren’t that good. But, there are tons and tons of chemical filled products that don’t work either. So I’ve been on a mission to try more natural products to find the ones that really work.


When I came across Biolage R.A.W Shampoo and Conditioner, I was really intrigued. I read that the products contain zero sulfates, zero silicones, zero parabens and zero artifical colorants. They are made with 100% recycled packagaing, and up to 99% biodegradable formulas. So, I gave them a shot, and absolutely loved the results! My hair felt clean, shiny and silky, and I just felt better knowing I wasn’t absorbing as many chemicals into my skin as with my old shampoos. I’m just about to start my thrid bottle of this shampoo and conditioner, and it’s quickly become one of my faves.




Batiste Dry Shampoo


I can confidently say that I’ve tried every dry shampoo on the market. Okay, well, maybe not all of them, but I’ve tried dozens! Hand down, my favorite dry shampoos are the ones from Batiste. They don’t leave white flakes in my hair (like most of their competitors), they add glorious volume (it looks like I just had a blow out), and actually does what it says it does (makes your hair feel fresh and clean by absorbing oil and grease).


Whenever I see a new Batiste fragrance, I buy it, hence my large collection. I actually love them all, but the original scent is my favorite. I am dying to get my hands on the cherry scent, but I haven’t seen it in stores yet. Hopefully soon!




Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment


I’ve been using MoroccanOil Hair Treatment for as long as I can remember. I’m guessing it has to be at least 10 years now, but it could be much longer. I typically use it more in the Winter, as my hair is drier during the colder months. Basically, it’s a treatment infused with argan oil and vitamins, to leave your hair shiny and smooth. And it does just that! It also speeds up drying time, and detangles my very tangly hair. I apply it to wet hair, just before I blow dry, and it leaves my hair silky and frizz free. Definitely a staple hair product for me!




Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Review


Last, but certainly not least, is the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer. Let me tell you, I’ve never been so excited to try a hair tool in my life. And I’ve never had so many people ask me about what I thought of something, annnnddd….if they can try it! lol To sum up my thoughts on this hair dryer in one quick, easy sentence…”I will never use any other hair dryer than the Dyson Supersonic again”. It is game changing. I could rave about this product for hours, but I’ll try to keep it brief and concise. Here are the many, many reasons why I love this product so much:

  • It feels so luxurious. This was the first thing I noticed. As soon as I picked it up, it just felt well-made, smooth, ergonomic, expensive and luxurious.
  • It’s light weight. The first time I picked it up, I didn’t particularly notice the difference in weight from my current hair dryer, but as I actually started to use it, the difference was like night and day. My hand didn’t get tired, and it felt balanced in my hand, instead of top/front heavy.
  • It’s very powerful, and fast drying. It takes me less time to dry my hair than with other hair dryers. It’s hard to explain, but the push of air feels consistent and steady. It gets hot, but not too hot that I feel like it’s damaging my hair.
  • My hair was smooth and less frizzy. This is the most important feature to me, and visibly made a difference in the appearance of my hair.


I brought the Supersonic to my parents home for the weekend so my Mother could try it as well. She felt the exact same as I did about all of the points above. It’s now on her Christmas wish list!


Priced at $399 US / $499 CAN, the Dyson Supersonic is definitely an investment. I was lucky enough to receive this as a press sample, however, after using this game changing product for a couple of months, I can tell you that I would most definitely spend my hard earned money on this. I’m the type of person who pays for quality, innovation, design, luxury and most importantly, products that actually work really well. If you are the same, then you definitely need the Dyson Supersonic in your life.