Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a killer weekend. I definitely did since it was the first weekend in Toronto this summer that it hasn’t rained at all. Finally… Sunshine.

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Since it’s Monday, and Mondays aren’t always the most fun, I want to try to cheer everyone up with an amazing giveaway. My friend Gloria Chik from Rogue Stories spends a lot of her time traveling and recently put all of her time into creating The Flight Pack, a beautiful minimalistic tavel bag that takes the hassle out of packing and trying to find what you need when you’re on the go. It makes it easy to carry your essentials around without having to worry about clutter and losing sight of what you need.

The Flight Pack will be launching on Kickstarter on August 2nd, so be sure to check back on the site in the next few days to grab yours. In anticipation of this, we’ve partnered up to give one of you a chance to win The Flight Pack and a Carry-On Cocktail Kit so you’ll be ready for your next trip!

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Win The Flight Pack and a Carry-On Cocktail Kit. (Valued at $150)

Whether you’re a frequent traveler or an aspiring nomad, this might be for you.  The Flight Pack is a minimalistic, modular travel bag that’s carefully designed to keep your travel essentials organized your way. Made with premium vegan leather, gun metal details and microsuede lining, this water resistant bag will be your partner in crime when traveling.  We’ll announce the winner on August 2nd.

Where are you planning on traveling next?

 

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The best part of summer? Definitely getting to enjoy a little time relaxing on the beach. We’ve pulled together our top beauty & fashion picks to make your days by the lake even better.

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Let your mane go wild and give it some beachy texture with Sun Bum Beach Formula Sea Spray. A few spritzes on damp hair will help enhance waves and volume while adding protection from UV rays and the elements, and adding a little bit of a leave-in treatment, like Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Argan Oil Infused Crème will keep it feeling soft.

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Look stylish while staying cool and protected with a cute hat. Go wide brimmed for a luxe look or stay chic with a banded raffia cap, like the Tilley Women’s Raffia Hat while you relax on a lounger.

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If you’re planning on spending the day in the sun, you’ve got to make sure your skin is protected. For your face, a lightweight sunscreen with a tint (Garnier Ombrelle Ultra Light Advanced Tinted Lotion SPF 60) or a mineral compact with protection (Bioderma Photoderm Compact SPF 50+) will give your skin light coverage while keeping it safe. If you’re planning on spending time in the water, make sure you protect your body as well by using a waterproof sunscreen (Vichy Ideal Soleil Sport SPF 60, $30) and reapplying throughout the day.

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Make sure you bring everything along in a cute bag, like the TOMS Blue Spatter Denim All Day Tote ($95, which helps to provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need). Pack a few Instagrammable must haves, like a round towel and fun inflatable flamingo, for the perfect beach shot.

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While protecting your skin from the sun is a must, you can still rock a golden glow easily (minus the skin damage) thanks to the magic that is self tanner. Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan ($49) gives you a natural looking tan in, you guessed it, ten minutes, while its advanced technology supports natural collagen protection.

What do you like to bring along for a day at the beach?

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Weekends were made for the warm weather. Time spent at the cottage, camping and road tripping means you need to pack smart so you can get going and make the most of our beautiful summers. Get ready to head out with our weekend getaway essentials.

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Even though chances are you won’t be wearing a ton of makeup, don’t forget to take it all off (yes, that includes sweat & anything else the elements throw at you) at the end of the day. Klorane Makeup Remover Biodegradable Wipes with Soothing Cornflower ($11) are gentle but leave your skin feeling clean and fresh, so you have no excuse when you don’t have a full washroom at your disposal.

If you’re only heading out for a night or two and don’t want to worry about washing, drying & styling your hair, dry shampoo is a must. Batiste Lotus Dry Shampoo ($9) smells great and leaves your hair feeling clean and refreshed without and heavy residue.

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Don’t feel like bringing all of your full-sized products along? Pack your fave shampoos, conditioners and body washes into reusable bottles (like those in the Avon Be Inspired Travel Set, $20) for easy packing and use. When they start to empty out, just top them up and use them for all of your weekend adventures.

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When it comes to packing, you want to make sure that you have a bag that’s easy to carry and holds everything you need; bonus points if it looks cute. The Getaway Bag from Poppy & Peonies ($125) is the perfect size for a weekend getaway and comes with a matching cosmetics bag to throw your toiletries in.

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Whether you’re spending a couple of hours in a car or lounging around the campfire, weekend wear is all about stylish comfort. You’ll feel great taking a walk on the beach or a hike with a sporty crop top like this one from Hyba ($40 – and I totally went out and bought it as soon as it hit stores!), and the Myria dress ($54) from MEC is perfect for both travel and looking cute when you arrive at your destination.

What do you bring along for weekend getaways during the summer?

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Ahhh! Amazon Prime Day is finally here and as you can tell I’m super excited! I have my wish list all ready to go and I’m tracking the things that I want in hopes that they’ll pop up as lightning deals. What are you on the lookout for?

If you’re ready to start shopping, make sure you sign up for an Amazon Prime Membership (new members receive a 30 day free trial and then it’s time to get shopping! Before you begin, make sure you check out my tips so you can make the most of the deals and then start saving on beauty products, fashion and a ton more!

Youll have to keep an eye out for “lightning deals” throughout the day as they’re limited time and will be randomly popping up, but you’ll be able to take advantage of many other deals that will last all day! I’ve pulled together some of the deals that I’m most looking forward to here to you can snag them:

Those are just a few of the deals that I’m going to be snagging. I’m also definitely going to be on the hunt for some fun kitchen appliances & gadgets and will be keeping an eye out for laptop deals since I’m very much in need of a new one! What are you looking for on Amazon Prime Day?

 


Disclaimer: I am part of the Amazon Associates Program but as always opinions are 100% my own! Xo 

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YOU GUYS. Summer is here. You don’t even know how excited I am. Summer is easily my favourite season for many reasons; sunshine, beach days & patio drinks are just a few of them. The biggest reason? I love summer clothing. Dresses, skirts, shorts – they all make me a very happy girl.

Of course, summer clothing also means cute clothing, which is exactly what I look for when it comes time to date night on a warm summer evening. I went shopping at Dixie Outlet Mall to try to find the perfect summer date night outfit (for under $150!) and I came out very much on top with the #DixieDeals that I picked up.

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To me, nothing says summer date night like a romantic maxi dress. There’s just something so lovely about flowing fabric and a bit of skin showing through in the right places. I found this floral print maxi dress at Winners (for only $35 – I love Winners for finding these great summer pieces at an amazing price), and it definitely fit the bill of everything that I look for; between the gorgeous summery print, open back and see through detailing in the front, it’s the perfect date night look. The best part about a flowy maxi like this? They provide lots of cover but are still cool enough for any situation, from a day at the beach to a summer festival to a romantic dinner under the stars.

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When it comes to styling the outfit, I like to stick to pieces that are chic and continue to add on to the romantic vibe of the dress. The dress that I found has several different colours throughout, and I decided that pulling from the pale pink shade for shoes and a purse would be the perfect way to go. I fell hard for these strappy sandals I spotted at Aldo. The short heel means they’re comfortable and can last for hours (because the last thing you want to do while you’re on a date is start complaining about how much your feet hurt) and the millennial pink shade/rose gold metal detailing on the heel really got me. The scratch and save promo they were running didn’t hurt either; it brought them down to $64 before tax with 20% savings!

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To finish the outfit off, I needed a small bag that matched with the dress. I found a super cute pink bag (for only $30) with a gold chain at Winners that went so well with the shoes and I absolutely had to get it. The woven front and tassel are so cute and the size is perfect for bringing a few things that I know I’ll need during my date.

How do you like to dress for a date night in the summer?

 


Disclosure: I am an ambassador for Dixie Outlet Mall, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

 

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