Weekend Warrior

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What’s better than a extra long weekend? Finding the perfect bathing suit that gives you the confidence to become that weekend warrior that you’ve always wanted to be.

I struggled in the past with body confidence and when you are insecure, the only thing you can focus on is how you are being perceived by others. In this bathing suit from Nora Swimwear I felt like I could actually be outgoing and partake in social activities without worrying about how I looked.  Ashley, the founder of Nora, created the brand with one mission in mind – making sure women not only look good in a swimsuit, but feel good too.

Her designs are stylish and manage to flatter all body types, hugging curves in all the right places to highlight our best ass-ets (lol, but for real, check out her cheeky bottoms, they do wonders).

Be sure to stock up on Nora before the next long weekend comes around so that you can conquer your insecurities while supporting a local business and empowering women all over the world.

xo Lau

What I’m wearing: Skylar (top: M, bottom: M)

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Gingham Style

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Gingham is not just for picnic blankets my friends. Turns out this traditional checkerboard print is a total hit this season. Fashion retailers from Forever 21 to Prada have reinvented the classic Wizard of Oz Dorothy dress for spring 2017. I fell for this American Eagle Knot Keyhole Romper.  Normally I have a hard time shopping for rompers and one-pieces with my body type but I definitely lucked out with this find. It’s preppy, playful and looks like a dress while giving me the freedom to forget about holding down a skirt in breezy weather. Shop this look on sale today at ae.com

xo Lau

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Dominican Dressing

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At the last minute, Brandon and I decided to seize the day and book a vacation to an all-inclusive resort in Dominican Republic. No hassle, no stress, just endless buffets, beers and beaches – just what the doctor ordered. The Dominican lifestyle is carefree and slow-paced so I made sure to bring along garments that matched these island vibes.

This maxi from Abercrombie and Fitch was a great find. Not only is is super lightweight, but it packs well and looks put-together for those nights when we wanted to class it up and dine at the ocean front restaurant.

Stay tuned for more looks from the trip coming soon!

xo Lau

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Protect Paradise

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Let me introduce you to my new favourite Toronto conscious clothing company – The Saltwater Collective. Driven by their vision for cleaner oceans, The Saltwater Collective uses eco-friendly fashion to help consumers realize their impact on the environment. To help reverse the damage, a portion of every sale is donated to Oceana to support their ocean conservation efforts.

This company popped up in my Insta feed after searching for some last minute additions to my Dominican Republic vacation wardrobe. I placed my order with no hesitation. Knowing that the garments were designed and manufactured locally with ethically sourced materials, it was a guilt free purchase.

Join the Collective and protect paradise in style.

xo Lau

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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

 

NYC Essentials

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This past weekend Brandon and I took off to New York City to take in the Jim Jefferies show and the Raptors vs Nets game. I promise I will tell you all about the experience, but first things first… How do you pack for 48 hours in the city that never sleeps?

Knowing that I would likely have to carry my bag around with me on Sunday, I had to narrow it down to the bare essentials (and I am happy to report that I was able to pack everything into a single Taaluma Tote!). So what exactly did I bring…

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  1. Charlotte Tilbury‘s Quick ‘N’ Easy Natural Glowing Look ($95)
    • This kit is great for a 5 minute face and the size is perfect for traveling.
  2. Hillberg & Berk Sparkle Balls ($80)
    • From day to night, add a touch of sparkle to any look.
  3. Canon EOS 6D
  4. Wilfred Free Libre T-Shirt ($20)
  5. Lennox and Lucy custom distressed denim jacket ($60)
  6. Mophie powerstation ($49.95)
    • I had to drop by an Apple store to pick this up on the first day of the trip. This is a true lifesaver when you are relying on your phone for directions.
  7.  belif True Cream Aqua Bomb ($47)
    • Clinically proven to boost hydration levels by 18%, this is a must-have when traveling.
  8. AEO Band T-Shirt ($35)
  9. Two by Vince Camuto Star Sequin Tank ($20)
  10. Fidelity Denim Gwen in Jett ($188)
    • These are literally so comfy they replaced my leggings for the trip.
  11. Paige Hoxton Ankle – Black Shadow Destructed ($271.67)
  12. Roots Hamilton Toque ($20)
  13. AEO Leather Belt ($32)
  14. Marc Fisher Yale Pointy Toe Chelsea Bootie ($140)
  15. Olivia Burton The Dandy Dusty Pink, Silver & Rose Gold Mix  (£75)
  16. Taaluma Totes Indonesia ($65)
  17. Dooney & Bourke Pebble Grain Hallie ($200)

xo Lau