Birthday Frock

 

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Doesn’t this dress just scream:  FALL IS HERE!?

Gawd!!  I fell in love with this on the hangers at Tatyana Boutique – before they closed their Toronto location – which means up to 80% discounts on all their gorgeous frocks.

So I picked up this bad boy…and have been patiently waiting for my birthday to wear it. 🙂

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Not like I ever need an excuse to treat myself to a new frock …teeheee 😛 ….

But if you’ve got a looming birthday on the horizon – that is an EXCELLENT excuse to treat = a new outfit!

At the time of purchasing this dress, I didn’t really have any plans to celebrate my birthday.  All I knew was that this dress needed to be mine.

Click here for more deets of the exact moment this dress stole my heart! ❤ ❤ ❤

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Just look at the fun and sassy lace embellishment around the entire neckline ….. ❤

This dress came with a sweet little deep green ribbon belt…. which I chose to wear in my hair instead of around my waist.

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Now Toronto’s still pretty lucky with the weather we’ve been getting.  So for true birthday purposes wearing this dress solo was perfect!!!

But with Fall officially here now, a girl’s gotta come up with ideas to keep cute + warm.

Here’s my plans for this dress into cooler temperatures….until the snow hits, that is:

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How I Got The Look:

Mirabelle Dress, Tatyana Boutique; Glossy Beige Pumps, Payless Shoes; Fur Collared Sweater, Reitmans

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Photo credit: Lawrence Kerr of LawrenceKerrPhotography.com

What I Did

September babies are the best!!! Turns out several of my peeps are fellow September babies.

So what better way to celebrate ALL of their birthdays than by one big ol’ party doing all the things we each love:

Day Drinking – Patio Potlucking – BBQ’ing – Cake Eating – Dancing – Pole’ing – Hot Tubbing too!!!

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It’s not a party until there’s a POLE!  Giddy Up! 😉

There you have it friends – celebrating turning 29 for the umpteenth time with patio fun, good friends and the perfect weather day!!!

Curious about my birthday outfits from previous years?  Click here, here and here  🙂

Make a Wish! ~~ Happy Birthday to ALL the September Babies out there! xo

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Rodan+Fields – Product Review

I’ve been fortunate to have pretty decent, trouble-free skin.  Having said that, I’ve typically gotten away with whatever was on sale at the drugstore when it comes to face cleansers, creams, lotions and potions.

As I approach yet another anniversary-of-my-29th-birthday, 😉 …the areas of noticeable change when it comes to my skin have become:

  1. Increased freckles on my cheeks (aka, sun-spots), and
  2. Under eye darkness/puffiness

Lucky for me Heather O’Shea, Independent Consultant for Rodan+Fields, reached out to me with solutions!

#1 SKIN SOLUTION:  Give it a Glow Mini Facial

This 3-step system aims to give you skin a glow … revealing a more vibrant, youthful-looking complexion.

In the morning, I used the Micro-Dermabrasion Paste onto dry skin to enhance cell turnover and improve tone and texture of my face.  For gentler exfoliation, it is suggested to add water.  It is recommended to use this up to 3x per week.  I had enough product to try it twice that week.

In the evening, after cleansing my face, I applied the REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum (blue ampule) over the entire face (avoiding eye area) to visibly improve skin texture and fitness, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles – if any 😉   My face felt a bit dry after, so I finished with a bit of additional moisturizer.

Then I used the REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum (grey ampule) to smooth lip texture and increase moisturization.

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#2 SKIN SOLUTION: REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream

The REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream combines powerful peptides to minimize the appearance of crow’s-feet, helps reduce the appearance of both puffiness and dark under eye circles while special optical diffusers noticeably brighten the eye area.

After cleansing and toning my face, I used this eye cream regularly for nearly a 2 months.  Applying a small amount to the eye area in the morning AND evening, staying away from lashes and NOT applying it to my eyelids, as per the directions.

… and here are the results:

 

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What do you think of the results of the Mini-Facial and the Eye Cream?  Tell me in the comment section below.

Think these products might be right for you?  Want them?

Contact Heather O’Shea, Independent Consultant

(416) 276-6331, via email heather@heatheroshea.com or visit her site here.

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Semi-Sheer Fall Florals

This summer I found myself some maxi dresses that I made work for my petite height.  Click here and here to see what I mean.

As the weather cools to Fall temperatures … I’m doing my best to avoid jackets, leggings and pantyhose for as long as possible.

Maxi dresses are a perfect solution to doing just that! 😉
Lawrence Kerr Photography -4844I’ve worn this semi-sheer maxi dress many times this summer …. and YUP it can be also be worn as a coverup with your swimsuit!

The 3/4 sleeves with buttoned cuffs are perfect for coverage, without being too heavy and warm for Fall.

I traded the sandals for my zippered black boots to go with the daring vibe of this sheer frock.  The boots and fringe purse I paired it with kinda adds some edginess to the allover floral print.

Lawrence Kerr Photography -4791There are a lot of nice little details of this dress:

The entire front is buttoned… I chose to keep it unbuttoned to mid-thigh to allow my shorts to peek out at I move.

The V-neckline highlights the girls … being chesty the buttons tended to gap, so I chose to wear a plunge bra for maximum cleavage and just embraced it! 😉

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And the elasticized waist just sinches me in at the right spots, showing off that coveted hourglass figure. ❤ ❤ ❤

Being 5’2 … this dress is hella long without the heels of these boots.  But I’ve worn it with flats by tying little knots on the end of each side bottoms and it works beautifully!

I see myself creating new Fall looks as the weather gets colder by wearing this frock with skinny jeans or leggings …hmmm

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This dress moves beautifully!  Just look at some for these great windy shots taken by Lawerence Kerr Photography. ❤

How I Got The Look:

Semi-sheer maxi dress, Forever21+; Fringe purse, Aldo Accessories; Boots, Aldo; Dance shorts, Wal-mart; Plunge bra, Penningtons

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What do you think about this sheer floral maxi style?

How would you rock one? What are your thoughts on how I styled it?  Tell me in the comments below!

Photo credit: Lawrence Kerr of LawrenceKerrPhotography.com

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Summer in The6ix

Summer in Toronto is just the greatest!

We have everything….

Live Music!  Plays and Performances!  Dancing! Sailing! Spas! Shopping!

Outdoor movies! Cultural Festivals! Foods from around the world!

Annnnnnd all of these things are usually FREE and are walking distance from each other!  No car required! ❤

Combo Royale performing under the Harbourfront Bandshell

There have been many wonderful fun-filled days this summer – but the most memorable was an unexpected Saturday afternoon that turned into a full day-o-fun!!!

It began with a play – an interactive dark comedy – THE WEDDING – put on by an independant theatre company: The Lighthouse Troupe.  As audience members aka the wedding guests, we were encouraged to dress nicely, sign-in at a guest registry, find their table, and interact with the various members of the wedding party, much like a real reception.   You know me – any reason to get dressed up is my kind of event! 🙂

After the show… we walked into Harbourfront for their Spicy Food Festival and found a free jazz concert which naturally led to impromptu  lindyhopping on grass!

A Large Lady Lindy Hopping – yup!  That’s me! 🙂

After that we walked along Queens Quay to Sugar Beach for Sail-in Cinema’s screening of The Princess Bride  …

❤ My most favourite movie ❤

Since we arrived kinda late … we found a patch of sand for our blankets way in the back sadly, making the Sail-in screen teeny-tiny.

Plus, it seems we were too late for the courtesy popcorn and back-rests that many around us seemed to have nabbed.

Le sigh…

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Our sad seats on the sand, way in the back of Sugar Beach…before the win~INCONCEIVABLE! 😉

THEN….the event announcer asked for a family-of-4 who would/could potentially win a fabulous prize for answering a single movie trivia question.

When they failed…we managed to flag him down and I provided the CORRECT answer… which won us seats on a sail boat to watch the movie!!!

And there were handsome sailors too! #bonus 😛

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Knowing useless Princess Bride trivia won us seats on Canada’s Fastest Sail boat! Boom!!!

THIS was our view for the movie … just waiting for the sun to set so that the movie could start!!!

Floating around on Canada’s fastest sail boat, eating popcorn with sailors and watching the greatest movie ever …

A perfect ending to a wonderfully unexpected summer day!

Curious about what I’m wearing?

How I Got The Look:

Dress and crop-top from Forever21+; Shoes from Winners

How would you describe THE Perfect Summer Day?  What would it include? What would you do? What would you wear?

Tell me about it in the comments section below. 🙂

Special thanks to Ellie for capturing those dancing pictures!  And to Five for the pictures on the boat!

Thanks for reading, xo

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