4th of July Swimsuit Sales

Thursday, 4 July 2019

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Happy 4th!!! While I am headed back to Canada today for the weekend, I still wanted to write a blog post in celebration of Independence Day - and all the beautiful swimwear that's gone on sale today. I've sifted through all the upcoming sales for this weekend to bring you the best - and it's not just swim, there's also a ton of summer dresses, shorts and crop tops that are on sale as retailers make way for back to school and fall fashion.

Gingham Bikini (top is sold out, similar) / Gray Bikini 

Alice & Olivia: Take an extra 60% off sale. Only July 4th.
Anthropologie: Take an extra 50% off at the Summer Tag Sale. While supplies last.
ASOS: Take 20% off your purchase with code HAPPYJULY4TH! Only July 4th.
Bloomingdales: Take an extra 30% off sale styles until July 7th.

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Intermix: get an additional 40% off their summer sale until July 9th.
Macy's: Take 20% off at 4th of July Sale with code FOURTH, plus receive free shipping at $75 until July 7th.
Topshop: An extra 10% off with code JULY.

Happy shopping!
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5 Tips for Throwing an Epic Bachelorette

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

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My best friend Marisa is getting married in September, and as her maid of honor, I was tasked with planning the bachelorette for a dozen of her closest friends in Nashville! I’m a true “planner” at heart, so I was probably a bit too enthusiastic about this job. We ended up having an unforgettable weekend, so I wanted to share a few tips with you.  

Find an incredible house

A house is imperative because the common areas allow for a bachelorette debauchery/bonding that you just don’t get in a hotel. We also wanted an outdoor space that we could hangout in. Check out VRBO or Airbnb for house rentals – this is the house we ended up going with in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nail down the itinerary

Another important one, and also motivated me to book restaurant reservations well in advance! It’s good to have a rough itinerary so the girls know which days will be low key vs. party. I created our itinerary in Canva. They looked so cute to go with everyone's welcome goodie bag!  

Figure out the finances

This is a tricky one because I personally hate asking people for money, but we had everyone pay upfront for their portion of the Airbnb. I paid the deposit on the pedal tavern, however, everyone else paid their share once we were in Nashville! In terms of eating out and grabbing groceries and booze for the house, everyone split everything equally and it was drama free. As long as the main chunk (in most cases the accommodation) is split before the event, I think the rest of the bills can easily be taken care of and divided during the weekend.

Make the bride feel special

This can be done with a theme or decorations etc. I wanted to make sure Marisa felt like the bride on the holiday, but I also wanted to incorporate the Nashville country theme so the girls and I organized to all wear plaid shirts, jean cut-offs and black tanks, and we told the bride to bring the same but in white.  

Thoughtful extras

Since I work at Etsy, I am very in tune with all the #Nashlorette décor one can find on the site. From personalized hangover kits, Nashlorette balloons, and a Let’s Get Nashty banner – you can really find it all. My friend Amanda also made the beautiful personalized sleeping masks for us, and an Etsy seller made custom coasters with sassy pictures of the groom on them!

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A Perfect Day in Chicago

Friday, 7 June 2019

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I just got back from Chicago, and it was so much fun! This was my second trip to the city and I wanted to put together a day's itinerary for you, if you ever end up there too. Your first stop has to be a photo op at 'The Bean' - the design was actually inspired by liquid mercury and the sculpture's surface reflects the city's skyline.

Next stop is breakfast! We had an amazing breakfast at The Little Goat Diner in West Loop. Everything we ordered off the menu was delicious and I could not recommend this place more. It's also in a lovely neighborhood that offers lots of cute boutiques and shopping areas post food coma.

For lunch (or if you just need a nice space to chill for a bit), the Soho House is also in West Loop. We had some snacks here at The Allis, which is open to non-members. The decor its beautiful and the food was great too!

From there you can head to Navy Pier and take the water taxi ($8 per person) over to the aquarium. Chicago has one of the most beautiful aquariums I have ever seen and I would highly recommend it!

View from the water taxi

For dinner, grab a bite at City Winery on the Riverwalk and watch the world go by! For a post dinner drink and dreamy views, just cross the street and head over to the Renaissance Hotel's (where we stayed) third floor rooftop!

I hope you enjoyed the recap of my trip and speak to you again soon! x

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Réalisation Par Dupe

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

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The Réalisation Par 'Naomi' skirt has been all over the gram', but at $180 it's just a taaaad over budget for me. But fear not, as I have found a spot on copycat that goes for around $18 from Zaful! It can be dressed up or down and looks chic with black pumps and trainers - it's the perfect day to night piece.

The sizing on Zaful can be hit or miss, but for reference I am around a size US 4-6 and ordered this in an M and it fits perfectly. My crop top is by Wilfred from Arizia - and it looks like they just released a short sleeve version for summer. My nail polish is Wicked by Essie. Happy shopping!

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A Day in Barcelona

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

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This was my second trip to the city but we still wanted to do a bit of sightseeing, a lot of eating and some partying too! If you’re going to Barcelona for a weekend (or even just a day) make sure to hit up these spots.

Start off your day by heading to Can Dende for breakfast. The pancakes, fried green tomatoes and eggs Benedict were unreal. From there, take the metro/bus up to The Bunkers and walk all the way to the top of Turó de la Rovira for a beautiful view of the city. This was probably one of the highlights of the weekend for me!

Breakfast at Can Dende

After that, you can take a 30 minute walk to Sagrada Família which, in my opinion, everyone should see if it’s their first time in Barcelona. At this point you might want to stop for a drink - we wandered over to the beach and had a glass of wine at the W Hotel -- the architecture of the building basically dominates the beach. It was windy so unfortunately we couldn’t do a beach day, but had the weather been better I would have totally penciled this into my afternoon.

Grab authentic tapas at Gula Bar for lunch - the croquettes and the steak were my favorites, and this was overall my favorite restaurant of the trip! From here you can do a bit more sightseeing (Park Guell, the gaudi buildings, etc.)

For dinner, we went to a restaurant called Tunateca that only served tuna. If you’re a fan I would highly recommend this too, but you really need to be in the mood for fish!

In terms of going out, we went to Bling Bling which was a lot of fun - people go out quite late in the city so it’s totally normal to show up at the club around 2.

I'm heading back to the US in a couple of days, so speak to you all again soon - thanks for following along!
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Where to Eat in London

Thursday, 18 April 2019

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Hello from London! I get asked quite often where to eat when coming here for a visit, so I decided to compile a list of my favorite spots for you. Coming back to a place where you once lived in is always bittersweet – I have so many wonderful memories here, and it still feels a little strange to hang out just as a visitor, one year later.  

When I lived in London I lived quite north, so I spent a lot of time in Hampstead, Belsize Park and Primrose Hill. I think spending an afternoon taking a walk up to the top of Primrose Hill or in the Heath is really magical (I’m so corny). My absolute favourite pubs are located up north in these areas!

I have so many favourite places to eat here, but I’ve tried to narrow it down per category:  

Best Party Atmosphere: Gloria
Best Cheap Eat: Flat Iron
Best Tapas: Barrafina
Best Pub: The Spaniards Inn, The Princess & The Holly Bush (Don’t make me pick one)
Best Brunch: Oklava
Best Indian: Dishoom
Best Small Plates: Caravan
Best Sushi: Roka
Best Steak: Hawksmoor
Best Pre-Dinner Drink: Gordon’s Wine Bar  
Best Afternoon Tea: Sketch

* Anima e Cuore doesn’t have the best atmosphere but some of the yummiest Italian I’ve had outside of Italy!          

Top: Madewell / Jeans: Levis Wedgie
Loitering outside Gloria's

Head over to Borough Market on a Saturday for a really great selection of food stalls and grab a doughnut from Bread Ahead whilst you are there! I also love popping in and out of the restaurants in Exmouth Market, and, call me a tourist, but I think it’s still really fun to head west and grab a bite at the Harrods food hall.

Shoreditch is always really fun for a night out, and great bars are Strongroom and Blues Kitchen. If you're up for a posher night out, grab a drink at The Ned - the always have live music and the vibes make you feel super fancy.

Thanks for following along, and I hope you get a chance to checkout some of my top London picks next time you're in the city!

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Weekend in Miami

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

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The last time I was in Miami was over 5 years ago, and I was so excited to go back for a good friend's bachelorette party. My family has a house on the "Gulf side", so I very rarely venture out to the East Coast of Florida - but I am so glad I tagged along for this trip. 

We stayed at the Gale Hotel in South Beach and it was super clean and affordable. The terrace out front is great for a morning coffee and people watching! PS: My mom got this dress made for me in Vietnam, but there is a very similar version in green by Faithfull!

Dress: Similar Here / Shoes: Gucci / Bag: Chanel

As soon as we landed we headed over to the pool party at Hyde at the SLS Hotel. It was soooo much fun and one of the highlights of the trip.

Glasses: Ray Ban / Watch: Omega / Earrings: Etsy

In terms of great places to eat, our favorite meals were at Carpaccio (in Bal Harbour, a nice little shopping area), The Dutch (at The W) and Kiki on the River.

Dress: Forever21 (this was taken at Kiki on the River)

Kiki on the River offered delicious Greek food, and it turned into a full on club as the night went on - so if you go, be sure to make a reso after 9pm so you can be there when things get crazy!

Bikini: H&M

We had great weather so did some beach and pool days (chairs were included with the hotel) and we also explored the old Versace mansion which was really beautiful to see!

Dress: Keepsake

Thanks for reading my post! Next stop this week is London... speak soon.
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Earrings for Spring

Sunday, 3 March 2019

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Spring is right around the corner, and I can’t wait. I tend to wear my hair up in high-ponys more often in the warmer months, which makes it the perfect time to show off some new earrings. I’m very into threader earrings (all in gold!) and minimal drop earrings right now, so I thought I'd share a round-up of some of my favourites. I just placed an order for the pair in the photo at the top of this post from KonceptShopp, and I am so excited for them to arrive. They are based out of Toronto so for all of my Canadian readers, the shipping will be quick... and it's always great to support local!

I have my second and third lobe, tragus and double upper forward helix pierced - so it’s been fun to mix and match new jewelry with those too. Definitely into the whole constellation ear trend going on right now, and very into the above halo-ear thread from EandEProject.

The hypnotize earrings by Uncommon James are very Art Deco, but if you're looking for a less expensive version InhabitJewelry sells a similar pair that are equally as gorg.

I also love this pair from Topshop; the pearl makes it a little more feminine and super cute for date night!

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My Brooklyn Apartment

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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While I was on my flight back to New York I was trying to think of how many apartments I’ve lived in since college. The answer (drumroll, please) is... ten. This is what happens when you don’t stay put in one place for too long. While I am so over moving in and out of new places, and lugging my stuff around the world, I am so not over decorating - it actually brings me a lot of joy. The living room/kitchen is finally complete and I thought I would share these parts of the space with you – still working on the bedroom and bath, so those will have to wait for another day.

Wine Rack / Kitchen Rug / Living Room Rug / Mini Rug (Similar) / Ubud Print - (Extra Large Size) / Teardrop Lamp 

The reason why I chose to move into this space was 1. The location and 2. The little Juliet balcony that sits off the living room. It’s big enough to fit two chairs, is perfect for the warmer months and you can see the Freedom Tower from the balcony! Some of the first things I purchased for the new flat was my coffee table and TV stand. I have wanted a hairpin coffee table for ages, and ended up finding a really affordable one ($99) on Wayfair. They don’t send this to you in a million pieces and it’s very simple to put together by yourself.

I somehow managed to take a lot of my candles and cookbooks back with me from London, which is a little ridiculous but I still did it! All of the crackle jar candles are from West Elm and then I have a couple basic Diptique candles scattered in the apartment. My spiky cup is from Etsy - which is actually one of my first ever purchases from the site. I remember meeting the seller at a craft fair in London and she was so sweet! My couch is Ikea and somehow survived both my brother and I's college years, and my throw pillows are from Indigo. Everything in the apartment is really budget-friendly, except for my bamboo blinds which were a bit of a splurge.

These twinkle lights are inexpensive and so pretty at night. I have them in my living room and bedroom too. I also have mini succulents all over the apartment. All of my artwork is from places that I have visited to remind me of those times and experiences - so I have Ubud above my couch, Capri by the TV and Malta in the kitchen!

That's all for now - I hope you enjoyed my little apartment tour and speak soon!
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Snowed In

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

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Hello from this crazy Canadian snow storm! I would be home the week Toronto gets hit with a storm, but I am not even mad about it – I haven’t experienced being #snowedin in such a long time and it gives me a good excuse to whip out my Roots Cabin SocksSorels and good old Canada Goose. I swear this is the Canadian equivalent to the USA's basic North Face sweater, leggings and Uggs combo but... I don't care.

I definitely consider this blog to be more travel themed than fashion themed (I am by no means a hardcore fashionista), but there are some winter pieces I simply can’t live without and I thought I would share them with you today in the spirit of snowy Canada. 

So first things first, as mentioned above, I could never get through winter without my Canada Goose.  Might be kinda mainstream I know, but this jacket has not failed me for five years. FIVE years (!!!). It keeps me warm and is 100% worth the investment. Same goes for my Sorels – I recently got a new pair (kicking myself because they just went on sale) but my old ones also lasted around 4 years-ish. The style I am wearing is called the ‘Whistler Mid Boots’ and they keep my toes warm and dry all winter long!

I really don’t know how people dress up in -20 to go out (with friends, family, date night, etc.) but I seem to always gravitate towards the classics: high waisted jeans, black bodysuit and heeled booties. I realize I’m not the only girl that wears this combo but it’s yet to fail me. I have three pairs of jeans that are always on rotation: Rag & Bone 10-Inch Capri with Slit (I’ve raved about these in a previous post), Levi’s Wedgie Icon and Levi’s 501 Skinny. I really don't even bother with other brands or styles anymore as these three keep my bum happy...

In terms of bodysuits and long-sleeves, I get the most of mine from Forever 21. My favorite leggings to wear during winter days are from NikeAdidas (the Original Three Stripe), TNA or Armatura which are a small UK brand I discovered whilst living there. The leggings I am wearing today are from Nike and they have the logo in metallic on the bottom. I found them for 20 bucks in a Marshalls in Florida but sadly can't find them online anywhere - these, however, are super similar and very fitting for a snow day!
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