Galentine’s Day

February 13th, the most important day of the year. This is the day we leave our significant others at home and celebrate the love we have for our girlfriends, soul sisters and chosen family. As Amy Poehler’s Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope says, “Ladies celebrating ladies.”

In true Galentine’s Day style, I teamed up with some of my best gal-pals to celebrate this special day and to give you some inspo for your own gatherings.

Here are my 3 tips for a successful Galentine’s Day get-together:

  1. Treat yourself. Forget about the calorie counting and indulge in what you love, whether it be local pastries from Prairie Girl Bakery or my personal favourite, fresh  heart sprinkled donuts from Loblaws. To each her own.
  2. Follow a common theme. To make your gathering feel extra special, splurge on a few cute décor details. This will show that you put in extra effort to make this day one to remember. We found these patterned plates and straws from HomeSense and picked up roses from a local flower shop.
  3. Put the phones away. This is an opportunity to connect, build relationships and share some much-needed quality girl time. Ditch your phones at the door so that you won’t be tempted to check every notification that pops up on your screen.

To see more of our Galentine’s gathering visit both my girlies – Rebecca (from A Long Way From Home) and Britt (from Little B Big City)!

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xo Lau

 

 

 

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Selfcare Sunday

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Weekends are sacred. For 48 hours, you get to spend work-free time however you please. For many this means catching up on laundry or episodes of their favourite Netflix series, but for me it’s time to be selfish. Time to focus on self-care and reenergize for the workweek ahead.

I find one of the best ways to recharge is to treat myself to a DIY spa day. You know… face masks, bath bombs, body oils – the works.

A great Canadian skincare brand that I love using is Rocky Mountain Soap Company. Based in Canmore, the company keeps it simple promising 100% natural and toxin free products.

My top picks include….

  1. Vanilla Coconut Body Butter, made with organic cocoa butter and local beeswax to offer intense moisture.
  2. Fennel & Charcoal Soap Bar, to naturally cleanse the skin.
  3. Transformative Cleansing Oil, to balance and nourish the skin.

It is so important to make time for yourself to maintain a healthy lifestyle. So I say, long live self-care Sundays and the selfish practices that come with it.

xo Lau

Bike Life

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Yes. I bought a bike. Fed up with the TTC, I had to take matters into my own hands. I was hesitant at first but after a quick city session, I was a pro in no time. In my opinion, biking is the best method of transportation. It’s green, it’s fast (seriously it takes less time than the subway/streetcar), it’s never crowded, and it forces me to exercise. Honestly, if I can bike in the city with my coordination, anyone can.

The first thing I learned about joining the bike life is to wear the proper equipment (this includes your outfit).

#1. I promise you no one looks cool wearing it (hence the lack of photographic evidence above), but you need to splurge on a helmet, this could save your life one day.

#2. High waisted pants. I know Calvin Klein’s are super trendy but no one actually wants to see them, so invest in high waisted pants and avoid the public embarrassment. Also these embroidered Fidelity Denim Woodstock Gwen Crops will be the perfect addition to your spring wardrobe.

#3. Reasonable shoes. No wedges, no heels. Opt for flats or runners to help you get from A to B. Try these stylish & Other Stories loafers or similar Adrianne flats from Aldo.

Stay safe & happy biking.

xo Lau

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Easter Entertaining

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This is my first Easter out of school, and like a true adult I put on my hostess apron and teamed up with my blogger bestie Brittany Watson (a.k.a. Little B Big City) to put together this epic Easter spread sure to impress the most judgmental of dinner guests.

To recreate this spring setting, there are a few things you need to know….

DON’T spend a fortune. You don’t have to break the bank just for one day of entertaining. By adding a few key seasonal pieces from HomeSense and the Dollarama to your own selection of serveware, you can pull this off.

DO include fresh flowers.  They automatically liven up the table with a pop of colour.

DON’T be afraid of buying store-made desserts. Eliminate the stress of mastering intricate recipes and pick up those perfectly baked pastries from Pusateri’s. The only thing your guests will care about is how good they taste.

DO incorporate classic holiday candy into your spread.  Mini Eggs are a must for Easter. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they also give guests something to satisfy their sweet tooth while they wait for the main meal.

DON’T ignore dietary restrictions. Be sure you have something on the menu to accommodate every guest.

DO choose a colour scheme. Think about the serveware you already own and go from there. We went with a pastel theme since we already had the macaron runner.

DON’T overthink it. On the day of the party if something doesn’t go your way, don’t stress. You made the effort to bring friends and family together for a beautiful gathering, and that’s what really counts.

And finally…DO have fun. You worked hard to put this together so enjoy every minute of it.

xo Lau

 

Sweater Weather

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Although spring is right around the corner, sweater weather still reigns in the 6ix. To escape the winter blues, I swapped out the dark heavy knits for airy pastels courtesy of Joe Fresh (who, by the way, is currently clearing out their holiday stock… you’re welcome).  Luckily, I have an amazing friend pursuing their passion at Ryerson School of Fashion who needed test model for his first photography project. Then and there I knew I had to take the opportunity to highlight this awesome find. We spent last Saturday catching up and scoping out locations around Bloor-Yorkville area, which I will definitely be revisiting soon (stay tuned!!).

Thank you to Chris Berneck for being an angel and making me feel and look super glam, I will be your test model anytime.

xo Lau

 

ROCK’N’DOLL

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The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix… the list goes on. These rock and roll legends were definitely there in spirit at this past week’s Faulhaber Communications essence Spring Summer 2017 preview at Analogue Art Gallery in Toronto. Old records, branded balloons, custom Hello Baked cookies and Jackie O floral arrangements scattered the room to set the scene. Guests were invited to try the new products at nail and makeup touch up stations, snack on the sweets table created by My Perfect Party, and have their photo taken by yours truly at the record wall.

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A perk of my job is being able to try out the new essence collection before it hit the market. My favourite SS17 beauty products included the Colour Correcting Mattifying Powder, the Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in ‘it’s a statement’, and of course the Rock ‘n Doll Mascara.

The Colour Correcting Mattifying Powder ($4.49) is a silky miracle worker that evens out skin tone and absorbs excess oil in one step.

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For a bold creamy lipstick with a long lasting matt finish, try the new Matt Matt Matt Lipstick. I love essence lipsticks because at $4.49 each you can afford to buy all of your favourite trending colours without breaking the bank.

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The Rock’N’Doll Mascara ($4.99) amplifies lashes for the perfect edgy doll eye look.

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essence cosmetics are currently sold at Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaws.

xo Lau

 

NYC Insta Guide

Well, here it is… my 2-day compilation of the most instagrammable destinations in New York. No, this list is not exhaustive, but it does include a wide variety of classic tourist attractions and little-know local hotspots.

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#1. Central Park. From horse & carriage rides to ice skating, this oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle is full of kodak moments ready to happen.

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#2. Hope Sculpture (222 W 53rd St). Because the Love Sculpture has been overdone.

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#3. Times Square. This is the epitome of the city of lights. If you don’t share a photo of Times Square, were you even in New York?

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#4. Dylan’s Candy Bar (

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#5. The Apartment by The Line (76 Greene St). Styled to perfection, everything in this space is for sale. Designed to give shoppers an intimate retail experience, The Apartment is ready to be photographed.

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#6.Waldo Wall (corner of Mott & Kenmare). Help your feed stand out with a photo in front of the Where’s Waldo mural.

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#7. The Butcher’s Daughter (19 Kenmare St). For endless brunch pictures.

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#8. Brooklyn Bridge. The best place to see the New York City skyline, and take a selfie.

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Be sure to keep this guide in mind to keep your feeds fresh next time you visit the Big Apple.

xo Lau