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In case you haven’t noticed, I’m all about refreshing your look for the season.  That being said, I’m also a big fan of doing this on a budget.  Walmart makes it easy to get a whole new look when you want to save, and challenged myself and other bloggers to put together a look for less!

I took a look at their spring lookbook (which you can view here) and loved the section on “how to make an impact!” I set out to my local Walmart with this inspiration in mind and started browsing the racks, armed with a $100 gift card.

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My main goal was to put together a complete look from head to get me spring/summer ready. I started off by looking for a killer outfit to work off of and quickly found this amazing black and white striped maxi dress for only $16! It fits so nicely and is unbelievable comfortable.  From there it was onto accessories.  I wanted to play off of the lookbook theme I’d seen early and looked for fun pops of colour to add in to my look.  I came across these fun, bright pink flip flops for $9 and these fab neon sunglasses for $9 – how amazing are the flamingos inside the arms?? Of course, I needed a purse to finish off the outfit and fell in love with this bucket bag for $16.

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Now that the outfit portion was complete, I had to ramp up my beauty bag for the warmer weather.  For me, warm weather makeup and beauty is all about looking and feeling fresh while being effortless. A bb cream, like this CoverGirl CGSmoothers version ($8.97) moisturizes and evens out the skintone while being light, and the NYC Sun’n’Bronze Powder ($4.97) adds a gorgeous glow on top of this. A little colour on my lids with the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche quad in Rose Nude ($9.96) and a swipe of Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara in Very Black ($5.96) – the waterproof version – gives a pretty rose look that won’t budge through pool parties. A little Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal in Crystal Kiss ($3.46) gives lips a bit of shine and moisture, and Wet’n’Wild Wild Shine polish in Tickled Pink ($1.57) is the perfect pale pink. All that’s left is to run some got2b Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion ($4.47) through my hair to help smooth and defrizz.

All in all, I think I managed to pull together a fantastic head to toe spring & summer look for a total of $99.85 (after tax) – an amazing deal! What’s your favourite look from the Look Book?

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada, as part of the #LooksForLess Shopping Challenge. In exchange this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.

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Well, here we go again… It’s time for another Target designer collection – and this one I’m beyond excited for.  Last night, it was announced that the next limited edition collection will be Lilly Pulitzer for Target.  Cue beachy, resort wear and bright, bold prints.

“Style isn’t just about what you wear, it’s about how you live” – Lilly Pulitzer

Known for her iconic prints, which originated as she created her individualistic shift dresses which she wore working at her lemonade stand (Jackie Kennedy was a fan), Pulitzer was one of the pioneers of American resort wear.

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This fun collection is anything but boring, and boasts an astounding 250 pieces ranging from apparel, accessories & shoes to outdoor entertaining accessories & travel essentials.  My only issue?  It comes out after my trip to Florida next month – I’ve already spotted a few pieces from the collection that I wish I could take along with me… For example, the adorbs starfish sandals below.

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This limited edition offering features 15 new prints which were created exclusively by Lilly Pulitzer artists for Target.  I’m already drooling over all the bright, fun and completely eye-catching items (those umbrellas – oh em gee.) and can guarantee I’ll be out the door first thing in the morning on April 19th (launch date) to get to my local Target.  And since it comes out the day before my birthday, I don’t have to feel guilty about buying everything… Right?

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The Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection will be available in stores in the U.S. and Canada along with Target.com on April 19th.  I’ll be sure to share photos from the line when I have them.  Are you excited for this collection?

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As some of you may know, I’m getting ready to make the move to Toronto in the spring.  While it’s still a little ways away (April), I’ve been totally distracted with thoughts of what I’m going to do with my space.  I haven’t even found a place yet but I’ve definitely been doing a little preparatory designing in my head.

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C’est La Vie by Jennifer Wick

 

When it comes to decorating my space to make it my own, one of the things that I’ve become obsessed with lately to add a little flair is prints.  There are so many different options available and it’s nearly impossible to not find something that will fit in with your home and style.

 

I’ve recently come across a new site which is going to be the perfect pal for my inner decorator come move in time.  Minted, an online stationary store.  The really neat thing about this online store, which sells a variety of printed items including prints, stationary & invites (many of which is customizable), is that everything comes from a global community of artists, making everything so unique.

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Naturally, I headed straight to the art collection to take a look at the prints and to scope out what would fit nicely into my future apartment.  I was so happy to see such a wide variety of prints available, ranging from geometric shapes to photos to beautiful typography for starters.

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Pining for Pineapple by Joni Tyrrell

I was definitely drawn to some of the more geometric patterns and the gold foil art, as these have so much character and would easily add a ton of flair to any room – especially my future office.  I also have a bit of an obsession with foxes, and the Swift Fox print instantly caught my eye.  I’ve got a few of these ready in my cart waiting for me to make my final decision.

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Swift Fox by Natalie Groves

I’ve also taken a peek through some of Minted’s other offerings and I must say I’m sold.  I’ve got my eye on a few different business card designs right now – perfect timing seeing as I just ran out of my current cards!

Have you taken a look at Minted?  I would love to hear what some of your favourite designs are – it might give me a little inspiration 😉

 

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No holiday look is complete without the perfect accessories, which is where today’s 12 Days of Holiday Beauty giveaway comes in to play.  I wanted a chance to highlight one of my favourite (Canadian!) e-shoppes and some of their super cute offerings.

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The shoppe I’m referring to?  The Red Bow, based out of Toronto.  In a nutshell, it’s a collection of pretty things (accessories, fragrances, collectibles, stationery – just to give you a good idea) and Hello Kitty inspired items – aka a girly dream come true.  Owner Karen Viray, a lifelong Hello Kitty fan, created the shoppe as a way to inspire others to “add a little red bow luxury” to their lives.  If it’s shimmery, sparkly, pretty or has a bow, you’ll find it in the shoppe.

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Looking through the shoppe (you have no idea how tempted I am to buy everything – especially those prints!), I can easily pinpoint several items that are absolute must-haves for the holidays, or would make perfect gifts for someone special. A couple of my faves:

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Karen’s put together a fantastic gift set featuring some of her fave items from The Red Bow, as seen above.  It has a little bit of everything you could need to get fancy this season: the St. Tropez Silver Sparkle Clutch, The Skinny II Red Bow Belt (appropriate, no?), prettyTIES Hair Ties, Demeter Roll On Perfume Oil in Brownie & Vanilla Ice Cream, Belle Chiffon Bow Print Scarf, Metallic Flash Tattoos and Masker Aide Pre Party Prep Sheet Mask.  Want to win?  Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
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It’s December 1st – do you know what that means?  The 12 Days of Holiday Beauty are back for a third year.  If you missed out on the past couple of years, each day from now until December 12th (and bonus day if you’re really nice), I’m going to be sharing different brands and products that make great gifts or additions to holiday beauty routines.  I’ll have quite a few bases with covered between makeup, skincare & accessories… And I might even have a little something for the gentlemen thrown in for good measure. So without further ado, it’s time to get started with the 3rd annual 12 Days of Holiday Beauty!

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Day 1 is all about adding a little glitz and glamour to your holiday look with Cocoa Jewelry. I think the holidays are the perfect time for everyone to dazzle just a little bit, and doing this can be as simple as adding a gorgeous piece of jewelry to an outfit.  Cocoa Jewelry was designed to offer pieces that combine high fashion style with affordable prices so that any woman can find a signature piece that won’t break the bank (pieces run from $25-120).  The line has a little bit of everything so suit different styles – I personally adore those with a bit of an edge, like the necklace I received from Co-Founder & Creative Director Nancy D’Onofrio, below.

 

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Cocoa Jewelry’s new Holiday line is perfect for all of the parties and get-togethers you’re sure to find yourself at this season.  These sparkling crystal pieces are sure to be eye-catching, while the snowflake/starry feel to them is oh so festive.  The Vega Crystal Necklace ($80, below) is sure to inject a little holiday glamour into any look. cocoa jewelry, cocoa jewelry canada, cocoa jewelry vega necklace, cocoa jewelry vega crystal necklace, vega crystal necklace, crystal necklace, cocoa jewelry canada, canadian jewelry designer, canadian jewelry Since everyone can use a beautiful piece to add something special to the perfect holiday outfit, Cocoa Jewelry and I are going to give away a Vega Crystal Necklace to one of you!  Enter to win via the Rafflecopter form below.  Each giveaway will be open for 2 days following the opening of the giveaway. Good luck!   a Rafflecopter giveaway

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