11/30/2015

boutique 1861 finds


Greetings blogging world! I know it's been a while! What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been! My sister flew in from out west to visit, we celebrated my mom's birthday, I wrote a bunch of final essays... it's been crazy! One of the friends I follow on instagram recently posted a photo of a purchase she made from a little shop in Montreal called Boutique 1861 and of course I had to check out their website! A few hours of online Black Friday online shopping later and I found a beautiful dress, blouse and necklace that I couldn't resist! Check them out below!


As far as packaging goes: A+ for Boutique 1861! I love whenever stores include handwritten notes! And of course, beautiful tissue paper and ribbon are always welcome. I also thought the little box containing a spare button was just the cutest thing! These gals did a great job adding a feeling of luxury to my purchase. It was almost to pretty to open up!



I'm starting to realize I absolutely adore polka dots! I think they're super classy. I bought this blouse to start building my casual work attire wardrobe (which is currently pretty non-existent). The pearl necklace is a great accessory to add a little interest to plain tops. And the dress! Oh man! This dress! I love it to pieces! It fits great and is the perfect length! I bought it with the intention of wearing it to a specific event in the new year, so I'll have to wait a little longer before I wear it, but I can't wait!

I'm so pleased with this clothing store! I love everything I bought, and the employees put in obvious effort to make sure customers are satisfied! Take a peek at their website (here) if you're interested. Fair warning: you may not be able to resist their fabulous pieces!

Did you get any Black Friday deals this year?

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11/14/2015

beauty products for fall and winter


Hello blogging world! I know it's been a short while since my last post! A series of unfortunate events led to my computer almost dying forever! Thankfully I have a super tech-smart fiancé who has an abundance of computer knowledge and was able to revive my laptop! Unfortunately I no longer have wifi abilities, so I'm currently in my basement hardwired like the good old desktop days.

I don't know about you, but every year I find my skin struggles during the transition from fall to winter. Living in Canada, fall is often damp and rainy and leaps right into the cold, dry season of snow. I would classify my skin as sensitive, and whenever I find a product that helps me not become a walking piece of sandpaper, I rejoice! Below is a list of products that have been saviors for my skin this fall! I've mentioned some in previous posts but just wanted to emphasize how marvelous they truly are this time of year!

Bumble and Bumble Heat Protective Primer
I first purchased a smaller travel/sample size of this product and loved it so much I got a full size. Not only does this hair primer smell amazing, it has helped me avoid the insane static phase during fall when I typically could not do anything to prevent my hair from becoming a static-y mess! I apply a generous amount to the ends of my hair when I've towel-dried after a shower. Using this product results in a smooth (non-static-y) hairdo after blowdrying!

Nubar Cuticle Oil
In my experience, all cuticle oils are created equal. I'm sure some of you may not agree, but for me, I get the same results from every cuticle oil I've tried (and the results are great)! I try and use cuticle oil at least once a day to soften my cuticles and prevent hangnails. My hands are in constant need of lotion during the winter and cuticle oil helps give special attention to my nails!

LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub
Exfoliation is key when dealing with dry skin! I love using this lip scrub before I brush my teeth and head out the door for the day. I always keep a chapstick handy during fall and winter months and using a lip scrub works perfectly to smooth out your lips. Applying any form of lip balm after using this scrub feels amazing!

Elizabeth Dehn Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover
This product isn't as complicated as its name! I recently switched up my nightly face routine to gear away from chemical rich products to more natural, gentler ones. I've been using this cleansing oil for a few weeks now and I'm loving the results! This is the first cleansing oil I've ever used and I love how soft it leaves my skin. I use less moisturizer now because this cleanser doesn't dry my skin out!

What are your fall/winter beauty must-haves?

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