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Endless Summer

I’m completely ready to start a nomad life so I can live in warm weather year round. And also can it always be the weekend?

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Oh ya, I totes live here.

I kind of want to live in a permanent weekend mode and wear party outfits on the regular.

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In case it wasn’t obvious, I’m obsessed with Eloquii’s summer line. The site is filled with amazing sales plus the types of patterns and colours that get me wound up. Rumour has it this skirt is now on sale!

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Take me out!

Paired with just a simple Old Navy tank top and some fun nails, this outfit got me enough compliments while out for coffee and some local window shopping, to make me blush.

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Sonshine in Ottawa

I don’t really talk about my family much here on the blog, but today you get a look into that part of my life while following along on my recent adventure to Ottawa.

Recently my son, Phoenix, graduated from high school. When your one and only child makes this big step into adulthood I assure, it’s impossible to not become emotional, reflective…and a little big clingy.

 

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Him in cap & gown, me in Eloquii (which looks to be 40% off today!)

 

 

As a single mother this gentle giant has been my best companion and the greatest sidekick for all adventures. It seemed completely fitting to organize one last roadtrip together before he moves in August for college. Since Canada is celebrating 150 years I chose Ottawa, our capital.

 

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Creepy iconic Canadian sculpture outside the National Gallery

We spent our time visiting some awesome places, eating great food and making memories I’m going to carry with me for a long time.

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National Art Gallery of Canada

Long on my list of places to visit has been the National Gallery. Since we spent many of our days together at galleries, in art classes or at my art school together it seemed fitting to go with my son.

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Us arting.

I wore my new favourite maxi dress from Forever21+ and then this happened…

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She was just here, I swear

You can’t plan this kind of awesome. Even a curator walking by stopped to have a laugh and congratulate me on a great photo op!

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While this photo looks like a pregnancy announcement, I swear it is not .. I just love Klimt.

After a morning at the gallery and some shopping we decided we weren’t hungry enough for lunch but could some how manage enough room for this…

 

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We had hopes of checking out the Museum of Science and Technology but it was still under construction so we chose the Museum of Nature instead. It was pretty fantastic in it’s own right!

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It’s possible he’s appalled by my roots and not hungry, right?

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Most magical was probably this 3 story high jellyfish. It was amazing from every angle!

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So this mama is home, tired and my feet are just a wee bit sore today but I’m incredibly thankful for all the laughs and memories we just created. Hopefully we have lots of roadtrips ahead of us…

 

Subscription Box

Subscription Addiction – CAUSEBOX Summer

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The beautiful CAUSEBOX arrived to my mailbox today and I’ve had to catch my breath!

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The box itself was stunning.

Inside…

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Some of the most wonderful and unique products I’ve seen in a subscription box. Beautiful products with beautiful intentions.

First was Nashelle. A jewelry brand that donates a plate of food for each piece sold!

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Beautiful ring!

Coconut Sunstick from All Good. I’m excited to try this on next week’s cottage trip!

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All Good has a commitment to making good things for your body and our planet ❤

Shelly Steer artwork.

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I’ve long wanted to place a large order of puravida bracelets so this was a truly delightful surprise (and now I feel like I simply must order some of the fun matching ones now)! Perfect summer colours from Costa Rica artists all the way to my doorstep.

Haiti Design Co. focuses on putting people above profit and creating fashion for good. I love the leather tassel keychain included in the Causebox. Beautiful.

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And the Mason Bar company – I received a lid, a stainless steel straw and the large wide mouth mason jar to rock the nicest travel mug ever and some Pure Moringa smoothie powder to fill this jar up with a powerful smoothie concoction (a great smoothie recipe was included in the included magazine)!

I’m all ready to give this Kalos Triple Threat detox a try and report back to you. I am hyper critical of face products so I will let you know, but I do love that this is all natural and organic!

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And lastly in the box were these Altru paper products; notebook and bookmark, handmade by artisans in Jaipur, India! So pretty!!

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So overall review; I am in love with this box, in case that wasn’t obvious. The products are beautiful, the styles and colours suit me perfectly. The organization and the product makers support amazing causes. This price point ($49.95USD) is completely worth it and because I try out a lot of subscription boxes I really love how unique this box was in every way.

Will I continue my subscription? Heck yes!

Check out CAUSEBOX, and their FAQ for more information.

What is your favourite Subscription Box? What should I try next?

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In Bloom {plus giveaway}

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One of the most wonderful things about Spring and Summer is the outdoor parties. Weddings, Showers, Garden Parties… all perfect excuses to wear the perfect summer dress!

Also, the perfect Summer nails!

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Gilded Mint Wraps from Jamberry.

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This ASOS Curve dress was a long shot since ordering it online without being able to try it on and it’s a style that I’ve never tried. Not to mention this was much more form fitting than my usual look but it was well worth the risk!

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Purse from Target.

This dresses crepe fabric, dramatic flare and fabulous pattern make this a total score for outdoor parties!

So who would like this dress for their very own?

In the most ridiculous fashion I some how ordered two of this gorgeous dress so I’m going to share the fabulous style with one lucky reader! This dress is from ASOS Curve collection, is a size 24UK (I’m a 22US).

Contest open to Canadian and American readers only.

How to Enter:

  1. Follow the blog.
  2. Like this post.
  3. Leave a comment.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!!

Contest closes June 30, 2017.

Not so secret tip: for extra entries check out my social media!

 

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UnbeLEAFable Green

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Tree puns are so sappy.

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I’m so completely in love with bright colours although I tend to reserve them to home decor far too often. I’m always telling myself, this season I will buy all the colours!

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We had endless amounts of rain over my vacation so of course now that I’m work ready… the sun is shining once again. I’m loving this outfit, mostly from Eloqui as the perfect day to night type of look. This will be going into the suitcase for work trips this summer.

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Outfit Details:

Peplum Top – Eloqui

Neoprene Pencil Skirt (variety of colours and patterns!) – Eloqui

Necklace – Penningtons

Vegan Suede Flats – ModCloth

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100% More Floral

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When life gets a little too hectic and you have zero time to blog, you go on vacation!

I wish I could regale you with stories of wild pool parties, exotic locations and a killer tan but since I already live in on of Canada’s favourite vacation locales I spent a week off just enjoying my town and completely winding down.

It was perfection.

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Day 1 – I already look less stressed, and 100% more floral.

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Another new addition to my look – a Summer update for my hair! I decided for a more pink colour and blunt bangs. Pleased as (pink) punch!

Outfit Details:

Peachy Ribbed tank – Old Navy

Floral Short Kimono – Forever 21+

Denim Capris – Torrid

Blue vegan Flats   – Modcloth

Sunglasses – vintage & broke about 25 minutes later….

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The Pink Lady

Since our teen years haven’t we all wanted to be part of The Pink Ladies and wear the coveted satin jacket?

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I’m not going to even dig into my love of Rizzo and pencil skits right now but I did find the perfect satin bomber for myself recently from Charlotte Russe!

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I fell in love with this jacket after having seen much more expensive versions all over lately. I wasn’t ready to commit a lot of funds for this possibly fleeting fashion but this one is available in standard and plus sizes from Charlotte Russe and currently on sale for under $25!!

The Boohoo Coated denim pants from ASOS Curve were another great deal for $30 but there are only a few pairs left now and they are going for $15! Rush to ASOS for this steal but I would suggest sizing up as they were tighter than I expected.

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I’m loving the sunny Spring weather and recently got the pink redone in my hair which always makes me feel wonderful.

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Gorgeous watercolour floral.