From Unwanted Shirt to Tote Bag

Hi Lovelies!

I have a super quick DIY for you today, that’s both cute and doesn’t require any new materials… which means free!

I had this tank top which has definitely seen better days. I really liked it but it was already too faded to be worn outdoors, and I didn’t feel that in was in a good enough condition to be donated.

You could of course recycle fabric at certain locations where the cloth gets used for rags or upcycled, but I wanted to extend the life of this shirt by just a bit more.

shirt before tote bag

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#LoveArmyForSomalia

The power of social media is enormous, and I love when we harness that power for good!

There is currently a famine in Africa, which was brought on by one of the worst droughts in history. This means that as we sit here millions of people are starving to death on the other side of the world. But the good news is that we can help!!

It all started with this tweet by Jerome Jarre:

Turkish Airlines heard the message, and support started to flow in. With heavyweights like Ben Stiller and an army of YouTubers by his side, this mission started to gain some serious traction.

I urge you to support their mission, or any of the other relief groups working to bring aid and relief to the situation. We can achieve incredible things when we come together. Let’s help our fellow citizens of the world!

Have a look at the links below to find out how you can help.

https://www.gofundme.com/LOVEARMYFORSOMALIA

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-39248860?SThisFB

xoxo

 

It IS Easy Being Green

Image by JayPoz

Hi lovelies!

Sustainability and green living is close to my heart. I’m that friend that makes sure everyone else recycles, and brings reusable water bottles. But even I have been making recycling mistakes and I wanted to share a few waste management lessons with you today.
It’s important to note that recycling rules and regs are not only country specific but city specific, which IMHO is nuts!! But until all municipalities are unified, it’s up to us to take responsibility and learn about what is and isn’t recyclable where we live. It’s also up to us to try and make a difference and potentially improve the process along the way.

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World Oceans Day 2016

World Oceans Day 2016

It’s World Ocean Day today, and I’m feeling optimistic about the well deserved attention this day has been getting!

Here’s the deal. We need the Oceans, and we need the oceans for more reasons than you might imagine. Contrary to common belief, oceans provide more than a place to swim, ride a catamaran, or a sandy beach to help you work on your tan in paradise. All valid. But there’s more.

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Awesome Lipstick Hack!

Awesome Lipstick Hack!

Hi lovelies!

Hope everyone’s had a great long weekend!

I stumbled upon a super awesome lipstick hack this past weekend, and I just had to share it!

I wrote about the long lasting power of the Maybelline SUPERSTAY 24® lipstick before, and talked about how it will literally last through anything. Believe me, I was skeptical too, but there’s just no stopping it!

At this point, I know that Maybelline SUPERSTAY 24® works great on its own, but what I discovered is that it also plays well with others.

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Some Good Green Fun!

Some Good Green Fun!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Lovelies!

It’s a day that probably has a lot more significance than just green beer, but since I don’t know what it is, I’m going to focus on green makeup instead!

Some of my friends happen to be beauty junkies as well, and subscribe to various beauty boxes filled with random monthly goodies. The beautiful thing about it for me is that I often get “weird” and “unusable” products tossed my way. Green shimmer eyeliner? I’ll take it! Green eye-shadow? Pass it here!

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12 Lessons learned from Lisa Eldridge

12 Lessons learned from Lisa Eldridge

Lisa Eldridge, makeup artist extraordinaire, has worked with every A-list celebrity under the sun, and makes the most useful and beautiful makeup up tutorials. As of recently she is also the creative director of Lancôme make-up. I really don’t know how she does it all, but lucky for us she continues to create YouTube videos for us common folk and I want to mention a few of the things I’ve learned from my makeup idol.

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Goodbye Josh

You may remember my interview with Josh.  Re-reading it makes me smile every time.

 

Josh’s positivity and outlook on life has touched so many people. And it is truly with a heavy heart that I must let you know of  Josh’s passing.

It’s incredible how much good he was able to spread, making people laugh every step of the way. He has even written a book to help others going through a similar battle. The book is titled The Funny Thing About Cancer, and you can order here.

 

He will be missed by all.

 

 

 

Things to do in Toronto when the weather is miserable!

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Even though this weather is fickle and it’s only actually winter every other week, I thought I’d put together a list of fun things to do for those intermittent miserable days.
This list is targeted towards Toronto, since that’s where I live, but no reason you can’t do the same activities in your own town. Read more

Perfect Christmas Gift for Large Groups!

Chriistmas Gift Baskets By Splattershare

Christmas is such a wonderfully festive time! Certainly not a time to be stressed out. I know it may seem like there’s a lot to do – dinners, holiday parties, gifts for family, friends, co-workers, prepping the home, decorating etc.

But just remember that those things should be FUN, no one is (I hope) forcing you to do any of it. It’s up to you to choose what to partake in.  Now, if you do choose to participate and plan on gifting to large crowds, let me make your life easier by introducing 2 words – GIFT BASKETS.

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Points I love

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Ah being frugal and getting free stuff. It’s great isn’t it? I think so, and I’m pretty good at it. If you’re going to buy something anyway, why not be rewarded for it? I’m sure we all understand the idea of loyalty cards – retailers vying for our business try to prevent us from going to the competition by enticing us with rewards. As simple as that, it’s how they earn our repeat business. While not all loyalty programs are created equal, there are some that fit seamlessly into daily life. Here are a few of my favourites: Read more

Tea and Tiaras

I had the absolute privilege to attend the second annual Tea and Tiaras event benefiting Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada at the beautiful Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday on a warm fall day in the city. It was a girl’s day complete with fabulous decor, yummy treats, inspiring stories, celebrity guests, silent auction & raffle, and of course an unforgettable fashion show with footwear brought to you by Malu.

Teas and Tiaras Table

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A 5 Minute Face Look!

The main thing I learned, by reluctantly doing my makeup in the morning (nope, not a morning person) is that in order to look put together in a short amount of time you must touch every surface. What I mean by that is don’t leave any part of your face out! It’s just not fair. Even though you don’t have a lot of time, applying foundation and simple barely-there eyeshadow will do wonders!

Here are the simple steps I take to achieve a simple 5 minute look (& a few tips and tricks along the way):

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Bracelet Holder DIY!

Hello Lovelies!

I’ve been looking for a way to organize my jewelry, in particular my bracelets, which were usually all piled up together in one box or another.  I wanted a bracelet holder which would allow me to see the bracelets that I have, keep them organized, and easily accessible. I’ve seen generic bracelet holders (usually just black) at various craft stores, and decided why not just make my own?

I had all of the ingredients already laying around in my place, and I suspect you do too. All you need is:

1. Paper towel roll

2. Empty CD tower

3. Wrapping paper

4. Scissors, and a glue gun

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Shopping Mistakes

Shopping Mistakes
Whether you shop for fun or for necessity, I think we’re all predisposed to making some common mistakes.

Buying Something Because It’s Cheap

Sure, who doesn’t love to save money, but if cheap is the only criteria that helped up you pick that dress – put it back! Think about how that garment will work in your wardrobe. Will you ever even wear it? I like to justify purchases in terms of Cost Per Wear. If an item is more expensive but you’ll get more use out of it, it may be more justified than that cheap frock you’ll wear once. That being said, if something you LOVE is on sale, congratulations and well done!!
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Buying Something To Fit Into Eventually

“Oh look it’s an adorable pair of jeans that fits my arms! But that’s ok, I plan on being skinny! I’m sure it will fit soon” Oh boy, I know I’ve said that one too many times! Shop for pieces that make you feel good now, and don’t clutter your wardrobe with clothes for future you. If your body changes, you should accommodate it then. Whether it’s because you’ve worked hard to lose weight, or gained a few pounds, you deserve to feel good.

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10 things not to splurge on

10 things not to splurge on

Let me share with you a list of 10 things that are just not worth the splurge. These savings certainly accumulate and become quite significant over time.

1. Tickets

Who doesn’t love a good night out? Maybe to the theater or a concert, perhaps even the movies. Let me tell you something, there are so many promo codes out there that I feel bad for anyone paying full price. Keep an eye out for these deals, often you’ll find them on group buying sites such as Groupon, Team Buy, Deal Find, Wag Jag, Living Social, etc. Tickets get cheaper towards the end of a run which can be a great time to score some deals too. In some cases you can find tickets up to 40% off the original price.

2. Garbage Bags

As environmentally conscious as I am, and as much as I try to always have reusable grocery bags with me, somehow I still end up with tons of plastic bags. I find solace in the fact that these seemingly useless plastic bags become my garbage bags, thus saving me from ever having to buy them.

3. + 4. Birthday Cards + Gift Bags

Personally I enjoy making cards for my loved ones, but I’m not suggesting that as a way to save money. In fact, if you factor in opportunity cost hand-made cards are considerably more expensive. What I am going to propose is a trip to the dollar store. I never understood what made a $5 bag better than the one that looks identical to it but cost $1.

When it comes to cards I find that a lot of people don’t really care or appreciate a store-bought card anyway. They will read it, remove the money if it contains any, and the card will find its way to the garbage shortly after. Spend the $7 if you please, but the dollar store does the trick just fine.

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Vegas Challenge Baby!

Vegas Challenge Baby!

Hi Lovelies!

Today is all about Vegas & the #UltimateVegasOutfit challenge! To me, this is an opportunity to play virtual dress up, and reminisce about my own trip to Vegas.  I went to Vegas last year, and the city is as diverse as it is bright! So the Ultimate Vegas Outfit is one that makes you feel comfortable, and confident – whatever that might be. For me it was a purple Le Chateau dress that hit just above the knee, paired with a damask-like necklace and sky high heels to match. The dress was covered yet tight so basically appropriate for any occasion – show, restaurant, wedding. Read more