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After the weather we’ve been having for the past couple of weeks in Toronto, I’m ready to call it a day and move down south. I may still have a few weeks to go until I can spend some time in the sunshine, but I decided to start getting ready early & give you a little warm weather inspo. I recently made a visit to Dixie Outlet Mall to pick up some Spring Break Essentials – let’s check them out!

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Of course, when it comes to spring break, spending some quality time on the beach is always key. I love a good pair of jean shorts ($12 – for real – at Boathouse) for wearing to the beach; they’re comfortable and look cute over a bathing suit! A pair of cute shades is always a must-have as well. I managed to score an amazing deal on these heart-shaped sunnies (on sale for $6 at Aldo) that give me major Riverdale vibes.

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Of course, a cute bathing suit is basically the uniform of spring break, and I fell in love with this one from Ardene (I picked up the matching set for only $9). It has this retro feel to it that I adore, and has a really great fit. Who knew you could pick up an amazing bathing suit at such a great price?

To finish off my casual daytime wear, I found these fantastic Montego Bay sandals from Payless ($15) that can be worn on the beach or out for drinks later on! The gold and white straps add a really nice feel to these.

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When it comes to spring break essentials, I also like to pack a fun nighttime look that’s perfect for dinner along the beach or dancing all night with a margarita in hand. This romantic romper from Winners ($25, compared at $40) was the perfect choice for this; I can’t wait to wear it for drinks at my favourite spot in Costa Rica next month! And of course, the perfect outfit deserves the perfect shoes, so I decided to splurge a little with this gorgeous pair from Call It Spring ($60). They’re really light and the wedge makes them super comfortable, which makes wearing them for a few hours that much more bearable.

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What do you bring along when you go on a spring break vacay?


Disclaimer: I am a Dixie Outlet Mall ambassador & this is a sponsored post, but as always, opinions are 100% my own! And yes, I practically live at the mall.

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Lately, I’ve been trying to expand my jewelry collection with a few timeless, classic pieces that I’ll be able to wear in many different situations. Of course, a new watch seemed to be the perfect place to turn; it can add a little professionalism to an outfit, a touch of sophistication, or a bit of fun to a look.

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I recently got the chance to pick a piece from Medium Watches, a new Canadian-based watch brand (that ships worldwide). The brand launched with two lines, the The Debut (their women’s style) and The Intro (for the guys – but of course, you can switch it up to match your style).

Both styles are available in a nice selection of shades, and can be customized with different straps, making it easy to find the perfect piece to fit into your collection. They also add a really nice touch with the option of engraving so you can add a personal message for yourself or someone special.

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Of course, I’m a sucker for rose gold, and had to go with The Debut in black with a gorgeous rose gold mesh strap. It suits my style so perfectly, and I love that the rose gold adds a nice hint of femininity to this sophisticated looking piece. What style would you choose?

 

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The holidays are pretty much here, which means it’s time to get glammed up for all of the celebrations and cocktail parties that are bound to be coming at you from every direction. I find that getting dressed up for the holidays can always be a bit of a challenge, as you’ve just about blown your budget from shopping for presents and don’t want to spend a lot on something new to wear.

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Cue Dixie Outlet Mall, a fantastic shopping centre just outside of Toronto that brings together great looks at an even better price. With a fab selection of retailers ranging like Winners, Nine West, and GUESS to choose from, it’s easy to score some amazing deals to fit any style and budget!

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Dixie Outlet Mall gave me a bit of a challenge this year – with a $100 gift card in my pocket, I had to put together a gorgeous head-to-toe holiday outfit that would be perfect for all of the parties I’m planning on going to this year. Normally, this might be a bit of a challenge, but I knew that the amazing deals at Dixie would make it easy – and I was right!

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I love all of the pieces that I found, and can’t believe I was able to pull this all together for less than $100, but these killer deals made shopping a breeze!

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Are you feeling up to the challenge? I’m giving away a $100 gift certificate to Dixie Outlet Mall so that one of you can get glam for the holidays and try your own $100 shopping challenge! Want to take it on? Enter via the form below. Please note that this contest is best for GTA residents as the gift card must be picked up and spent at Dixie Outlet Mall.
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Get more out of your beauty routine with products that give back

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Are you a beauty addict? This month, try swapping out your usual products or accessories for one of these – they all help to give a little something back!

  1. In need of a new bottle of lotion when the weather gets a little cooler? Pick up a bottle of eos Berry Blossom body lotion ($4.99-$8.99 CAD depending on size – available at Loblaws, Walmart, FamiliPrix & London Drugs) instead of your regular lotion. During the month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness month), 100% net proceeds from the sale of this light, refreshing lotion, made with Shea butter, Vitamin E, and a blend of 5 oils,  will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
  2. Did you know that “1 in 9 Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer in her lifetime”? That number is pretty unbelievable, and Avon wants to help chance it during BCA month. $1.20 from the purchase of every Breast Cancer Crusade Key Chain ($6 CAD) and $1 from the purchase of every bottle of Gel Finish Nail Enamel in Dazzle Pink ($9 CAD) (along with $3.00 from every Breast Cancer Illusion Necklace, not pictured) will go towards breast cancer research, awareness and support services.
  3. Looking for a new lipstick shade for fall? Pick up Kat Von D’s Everlasting Lipstick in the shade Project Chimps ($24 CAD), the perfect red with a hint of orange, aka what autumn lipstick dreams are made of. 20% of the proceeds from each sale goes to Project Chimps, a non-profit organization that helps to provide sanctuary to chimps who were part of private research programs.
  4. If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly looking for hair ties – I seem to lose them all the time. Stock up with the Breast Cancer Awareness Hair Tie Package ($9.45) from Mane Message. The set of 6 pink hair ties that double nicely as bracelets when you’re wearing them on your wrist help out Breast Cancer Awareness, with 20% of all sales going to The Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.

Will you be picking up any of these products this month?

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Beauty is definitely in bloom right now, if the new L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive La Vie En Rose by Colour Riche is any indication. The latest celeb-inspired collection takes on a daintier style, with 6 beautiful rose-hued matte lipsticks and polishes. L’Oreal Paris’ Beauty Ambassadors, Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Doutzen Kroes, Liya Kibede and Eva Longoria, each lend their name and style to a polish/lipstick duo, creating an array of shades for every skin tone.

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Not pictured – Eva Longoria’s lipstick

Each of the six lipsticks was created with a combination of mother-of-pearl micro fragments and velvety pigments to create a formula that is long-lasting with lovely colour. They’re not overly pigmented, leaving a nice wash of colour that is pretty without being overpowering. They glide on really nicely, with a soft, satin finish that keeps the lips moisturized.

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L-R: 701 Julianne’s Pink, 705 Jennifer’s Pink, 707 Doutzen’s Pink, 709 Liya’s PInk, 711 Blake’s Pink

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Of course, as with the previous collections, the lipsticks find partners in matching shades of nail polish. Again, each polish has been inspired by the ambassadors, and take on delightfully pink tones that match up in richness. Full of pigment and rich in shine, they glide beautifully on the nails. The lighter shades do need 2-3 coats, as they apply quite sheer and a little streaky of course, but the second coat quickly takes care of this.

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The L’Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive La Vie En Rose by Colour Riche is available this month (May 2015) with lipsticks at $11.00 CAD & polishes at $7.50 CAD. Will you be giving any of them a try?

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