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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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Summer is finally on the horizon; after a few chilly weeks the sun has been shining and things are looking up! I love summer clothing and the sunshine that comes along with it, so now is the perfect time to start transitioning my wardrobe to cute, warm-weather outfits while still being able to deal with cooler temperatures. I picked up these perfect pieces from the Dixie Outlet Mall that will make the move from spring to summer clothing a lot easier.

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I absolutely love dresses, especially on a warm day. The first hints of sunshine mean that it’s time to start wearing them more often. Unfortunately, sun dresses are a little out of the question at this point since it is still a bit cool, so I like to opt for maxis and knee-length versions, like this one that I picked up at Winners. They’re still cute but provide a little more coverage which makes them a lot more versatile. Throw a jean jacket on over top and you’ll be good in the evening when the sun goes down as well.

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It’s not quite time to go full sandal every day, but I still love to wear an open-toed shoe. I’ve been loving this pair that I picked up at Famous Footwear (who, by the way, have a great reward program & regularly send out coupons – make sure you sign up!). They’re still sandal-esque but have a bit more coverage, making them great for wearing casually during the day or for a night out.

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It’s still, sadly, not quite warm enough for shorts (though if the past few days are any indication, we should be there this weekend) but this doesn’t mean that you have to stick with regular blue jeans. A white pair (like these ones from Winners that I snagged for $25 – can you say steal?) really freshens things up, and keeping them rolled to a cropped length adds a bit more of a warm weather feel to them. Pair them with a cute tank with a bit of crop (this knitted style from Urban Planet is cute and inexpensive – they always have great sales and I was able to pick up a second in a different colour for only $1!) and a cute pair of sandals, like this pair from Boathouse that just so happened to come in millennial pink, and you’ve got the perfect outfit.

How do you like to transition your wardrobe from spring to summer?

 

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Ahhh. Spring has finally sprung; the trees are blooming, the sunshine is returning and the warmer weather is on its way. It means that it’s time to enjoy long weekends & cottage trips. Today I’m sharing my long weekend style essentials and some of the cute #DixieDeals I picked up at the Dixie Outlet Mall. These pieces will definitely be in heavy rotation for me this season and into the summer.

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Since things are still warming up a little, a cute jacket (pictured from Urban Planet, $30) is an absolute must. I love having a lightweight jacket that I can just throw on over anything to protect from the wind and rain when I’m out. It isn’t too heavy but adds that little layer of protection from the elements and inevitable mosquitos.

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For cooler nights spent by a bonfire, you can’t go wrong with a cozy sweater (sweater pictured from Dynamite, $2 – yes, $2). Wrap yourself up in a soft one to keep yourself warm when things get a little chilly. And if you’re like me and plan on spending your spring & summer going on adventures – there’s never been a better time than Canada’s 150th to get out and explore – grab a pair of sneakers (sneakers pictured from Urban Planet, $12) to keep your feet protected and comfortable.

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Printed shorts (shorts pictured from GUESS, on sale for $32) are always a great option. Whether you go with a pattern or print (like these flamingos I’m so enamored with), they add a little personality to any outfit and they go great with a sweater. Pair them with a cute, loose tank (top pictured from Winners, $17) and you’ve got a perfect sunny day outfit.

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Of course, if you’re planning on a weekend getaway you’ll need a cute bag that can hold everything you need. A large weekender bag (bag pictured from Call It Spring, on sale for $40) doubles as a purse and is great for packing your clothes, toiletries and anything else you need for a road trip, beach day or cottage escape.

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(Because I’m a total goof)

What do you like to bring with you on a weekend getaway?

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Spring has finally sprung! Which means it’s time for me to shake off the dust from hibernating for the winter, and start being a little bit more of a human being. Spring for me means spending time with friends, especially this year; my boyfriend and I are going to be getting a place together next month (yay adult things) and we really want to make the most of our place and be able to enjoy having company over. That being said, I’m sharing some of my entertaining on a budget essentials with you, to hopefully help make your next get together a little more fun!

For me, there are four things that I think you really need to make sure your next shindig is perfect – plus some of my amazing finds from Dixie Outlet Mall that set up the perfect ambiance:

Great Snacks – Is it really a party if there isn’t any cheese? For me, having tasty snacks available is an absolute must (like these amazing pepperettes & aged cheddars from TJs Meats and crunchy pita chips I snagged at Winners). Whether it’s something simple like a cheese tray and chips & dip or a fun app that you found on Pinterest, your guests will thank you.

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Perfect Serving Ware – I totally believe that good snacks taste that much better when they’re displayed nicely. A gorgeous marble slab or wooden plank (I found this one at Winners) makes for a great cheese board, and quirky, clean dishes (Hello – how cute is this pineapple one from Urban Planet?) are perfect for housing bite-sized snacks and chips.

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Killer Décor – Make sure you add some decorations to add a little life to the party – and if they’re Instagrammable, it never hurts 😉 Before you know it, you’ll become renowned for your entertaining skills. If you decide to go with a theme, try hunting down fun little things that add to it, or freshen up a little with cute items. These little faux plants from Dollarama are super cheap but look so lux, while this pretty diffuser from Fruits & Passion adds a little floral flair and fragrance.

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Tasty Cocktails – If your guests are planning on imbibing a little, make sure you give them something interesting to drink. My boyfriend and I love coming up with a cool signature cocktail for the evening that we know our friends will enjoy. There are tons of recipes online if you want to find a combination that you know works, or take some time and experiment with some different flavours (aka the fun part) until you find something you like. Make sure you have non-alcoholic versions available for any DDs as well! And of course, as with the snacks, mix them together and serve them in cute glassware (Winners is great for this – I love these cocktail glasses and found super appropriate cocktail napkins to go with them).

What do you like to do to make your get togethers perfect? Share your entertaining essentials below!

 

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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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