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Holiday: Father's Day Gift Ideas

We can't believe Father's Day is just around the corner! It seems like we just finished buying our Mother's Day gifts and are now starting to brainstorm some ideas for our dads! When thinking of a Father's Day gift this year it's good to keep in mind your budget, the type of dad you have and how much time you have to buy a gift. Depending on how you are purchasing your gift, if you're ordering from online, it may take a bit longer, so give yourself some time. We love shopping for our dads because every year it seems that gifts get cooler and more unique. We've listed some of our favourite gift ideas for your dad this Father's Day ranging in price and fitting for all different types of dads!

Beer Caddy 

If your dad is more of a laid back cottage guy, a beer caddy is the perfect gif! Who wants to keep going back and forth to the cottage to get another beer when you can use a caddy to carry beers down to the dock? We love this hand-carved caddy personalized with initials on the side. It even features a cute little opener built into the side of the caddy itself. This makes for the perfect Father's Day gift. Its great for the cottage, while entertaining or going back and forth to the dock! 

JBL Portable Speakers

Speakers are always a safe bet for your dad on Father's Day! JBL speakers are probably one of our favourite brands to buy, as we find them great quality, extremely easy to bring anywhere and the price is great.  Heading away for the weekend or to the cottage, these are the easiest bluetooth speakers! 

Gage Leather Strap Watch 

If you're looking for a safer gift to buy your dad, a classic leather watch strap is the perfect choice! This gift falls under the higher price point bracket, ranging around $150-$350. It's a timeless gift that your dad will have years to come! 

Bacon and Bourbon Candle  

This is a great gift option that won't break the bank! Its a masculine scent thats fun, fresh and perfect for burning at the cottage. Its's a great price and awesome gift to pair with another small gift, such as with BBQ accessories or with a set of beer or whiskey glasses. 

 

George Foreman Electric Indoor Grill and Panini Press 

If you're dad considers himself a chef and enjoys cooking on his time off, the George Foreman electric indoor grill and and panini press is the ultimate gift. It's perfect for grilling outside in the summer for barbecues and using indoors as well. Perfect for making the famous "dad" grilled sandwiches!

 

Apple Watch 

If you're wanting to splurge on your dad this year, what better present than the multi-purpose Apple watch? Our manager Jill has one and it serves so many purposes, they are absolutely awesome! Even if you're dad isn't a tech guy, this watch is user friendly. It's perfect for a dad that is on the go and doesn't always look at his phone for texts, as it has iMessage, email, apps and even fitness tracking features. You can't go wrong with this splurge! 

 


Read: Summer List 2018

Now that the weather is finally nice, a hammock, a book and a glass of wine sounds like absolute perfection to us! A relaxing afternoon reading in the backyard or at the cottage on the dock is the perfect way to relax and unwind. From Oprah's top picks, to the hottest celeb's favourites, we've listed our top summer reads! If you haven't already noticed, we love a good suspense! We have only heard good things about these books and are dying to read them this summer! Perfect for the dock with a glass of rosé. Hope you enjoy! XX. 

The Favourite Sister 

From the same author as the bestseller Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll has just released a new wildly entertaining addition to her top sellers, The Favourite Sister. This is what every celeb is reading right now! It's one of those books that you can't put down! A story of two reality television sisters, in a cast of five self-made women. From backstabbing behaviour, to lies and betrayal, the rivalry between the Courtney sisters runs deep. This murder mystery is one that you won't be able to put down this summer! Definitely a binge-worthy cottage pick. An absolute nail biter that is at the top of our list this season!

 

The Perfect Mother

The Perfect Mother, named one of the most anticipated books of the summer, by Vanity Fair, is at the top of our list this season! It's set to be a major motion picture, starring Kerry Washington. This suspenseful novel, written by Aimee Mollary, centres around a group of new mothers living in Brooklyn, New York. Every week they meet up for some much needed adult time. During a weekly meet up, one of the character's baby is abducted from his crib. This thriller centers around mystery, lies, secrets, friendships and marriage. This sounds like an intense mystery that we are dying to read! 

An American Marriage 

At the top of Oprah's must-read summer novels, An American Marriage is the story of a newlywed couple, a young executive and a thriving young artist. When they start to settle into married life and their new routine together, Roy (husband) is convicted of a crime he did not commit and sentenced to twelve years in prison. Celestial takes comfort in her childhood friend and begins a relationship with him. After five years, her husband is Roy's conviction is overturned and he is released from prison early. An American Marriage shares the story of a heartfelt love triangle and described a twist on the traditional love story, sounds the perfect summer read to us! 

 

I'll Be Gone in The Dark 

This chilling novel is based on the findings from Michelle McNamara, a crime journalist who desperately tracked down Pat Joseph James DeAngelo, also known as the "Golden State Killer". McNamara tragically died investigating this case.  I'll Be Gone in The Dark focuses on her findings and her actual work that was done on the case. McNamara started the book, however after her death her husband Patt Oswalt, lead colleague and researcher finished the book. This true crime classic is a compelling and suspenseful read that creates a clear snapshot in American history. An absolute must if you're interested in the crime genre! 

 

 

Bossypants 

If you haven't noticed already, most of the books on our summer reading list are suspenseful and a little heavier of a read. However, if you want something light and easy that doesn't make you think too deeply into a topic while reading, one of our absolute favourites that was published quite some time ago, is Tina Fey's Bossypants. It came out a few years ago, however we could read this book over and over again. It's raw, witty and not to mention hilarious. We love Tina Fey in comedies, SNL and found her writing style to be refreshing. Her "tell it like it is" attitude is humorous and makes for a light and uplifting read! If you haven't read Bossypants already, this is a classic for a light and easy summer read! 

 


Food: Summer Breakfast Recipes

We can't start our day and be productive with a nutritional breakfast! Whether it be something quick and easy (prepping before bed is always the best way to reduce time in the morning while rushing to get out of the door) or a breakfast that may take a little bit of time, we're giving you some of our favourite breakfast recipes! If you are always strapped for time in the morning and seem to be rushing, these breakfast recipes are easy and perfect for those early mornings when you're are rushing to get out of the door! We hope you enjoy our favourite summer recipes! XX. 

Omelette 

Our number one go-to breakfast recipes is a classic veggie omelette. Quick, easy and super healthy! One of the great things about this breakfast is you can alter it to your diet and add in whatever you're feeling that day! To add extra protein to keep you full longer, opting to add in some type of meat is a great option. We usually make a veggie omelette using 3 large eggs, you can also use egg whites, depending on how healthy you want to go! We love to add in spinach, cherry tomatoes, green onion, a little bit of sharp cheddar and avocado on top of course!

Ingredients: 

  • 3 eggs (or you can use 1 cup of egg whites)
  • 1/4 cup of sliced cherry tomatoes 
  • 1/4 cup of chopped green onion 
  • Spoonful of sharp cheddar cheese 
  • 1/4 cup of spinach 
  • 1/2 an avocado

Directions: 

1. Mix eggs in bowl. Pour into heated pan. 

2. Let the mixed egg mixture cook for around 3 minutes. Add your veggies on top. 

3. Let the veggies cook into the egg and flip one side over the other. Flip the omelette to let both sides cook. 

4. Add some sliced avocado on top. 

Enjoy! 

Overnight Oats 

Overnight Oats is by far one of our favourite breakfast options and the easiest! It takes maximum 5 minutes to make this breakfast, does it get any easier than that?! It's healthy and the oats keep you full until lunch. Bonus! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats 
  • 1/4 cup of milk (you can use any type of milk you normally use (almond, soy, 1%, skim etc) 
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seas 
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 

Directions: 

1. Pour rolled oats into a bowl and add milk. Make sure the milk covers about 3/4 of the oats. You don't want the oats to be too milky in the morning, so if the oats are completely covered by the milk, you have put too much in. 

2. Add chia seeds and cinnamon. Stir and mix well. 

3. Place in the fridge before you go to bed. 

4. In the morning, the mixture should be soft and not milky. Add 2 spoonfuls of yogurt on the top (we like greek) and add your choice of fruit. We usually add whatever is in season. In the summer we love blueberries, raspberries and peaches on top! 

Yum! 

Kayla Itsines Acai Bowl 

Our favourite breakfast in the summertime is an acai bowl. It's perfect for those hot mornings that you don't feel like having a heavy breakfast. 

Ingredients: 

Acai 

  • 1 cup of fresh spinach 
  • 1 cup of fresh kale 
  • 1/2 of banana 
  • 3.5 oz of Acai berry pulp 
  • 1/2 of frozen mango chunks 
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk 

Toppings

  • 1/2 sliced banana 
  • 1/4 of granola 
  • 1-2 tsp of unsweetened coconut 
  • Cinnamon or drizzle of honey 

1. Put the acai mixture into a blender. Blend on low until the bigger pieces of fruit start to liquify. Add some milk to make it more of a liquid. Gradually get up to a high speed for about 15-20 seconds. 

2. Once the mixture is well blended, pour into a bowl. Add your desired toppings. 

Perfect on the patio in the morning when its super hot outside! 

Oh She Glow's Green Smoothie 

One of our favourite breakfast options and not just for breakfast but as a snack or even for lunch when you're in a pinch, is a green smoothie. They are super fast in the morning when you're rushing to get out the door and not to mention extremely healthy! You can get your daily does of greens in just one smoothie! We love making extra to have the next day if we have no time to make another quick smoothie in the morning, this recipe keeps well (keep in an airtight container)!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of coconut water 
  • 1/2 cup of mango juice 
  • 2 large granny smith apples (chopped) 
  • 2 cups of red leaf lettuce 
  • 2.3 cups of loosely packed parsley leaves 
  • 1/3 cup of packed fresh cilantro 
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mango chunks 
  • 1/4 of packed avocado 
  • 4 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 small, pinky sized pieces of fresh peel turmeric 
  • 5 to 6 large ice cubes 

Directions: 

1. Add the coconut water and mango juice into a blender on high speed. 

2. Add the rest of the ingredients. Blend on high until the consistency is silky. Taste and adjust the sweetness to your liking. 

3. Serve! You may want to save some of the mixture for the next day. Remember to place in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 24 hours! 

**It's best in the morning for breakfast or in the afternoon as a healthy snack!** 

Avocado & Eggs on Toast 

We saved the best for last! Along with the omelette, this recipe does take a bit more time. So if you wake up a bit later and are always rushing through the week, maybe save this option for the weekend when you're not on a time sensitive schedule. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 piece of whole grain toast (we love Rye too!) 
  • Handful of Cherry tomatoes 
  • 3 large eggs 
  • 1/2 an avocado 
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice 
  • Salt and pepper 

Directions: 

1. Mix eggs in a bowl, pour onto a heated sauce pan. Stir egg mixture to make scrambled eggs (or any type of egg you prefer).

2. In a separate bowl, take an avocado and mash it up. Add a squirt of lemon juice and salt and pepper. Mix around in the bowl. Take your piece of bread and toast it. 

3. Place smashed avocado on the toast. Please scrambled eggs on top of avocado mixture. Add some diced cherry tomatoes and salt and pepper. 

4. Eat and enjoy! 


Holiday: May Long Weekend Style Guide

One of our favourite long weekends is just around the corner! It's always so nice to enjoy an extra day off work and some nice weather. If you're heading up north next weekend or sticking around the city, we wanted to share some outfit ideas for all occasions! If you're unsure of what to pack for a weekend away with friends, or heading to a patio in the city, we're sharing our favourite long weekend looks. Hope you enjoy! XX.

Patio Drinks

We're supposed to have some great weather next weekend, so what better way to celebrate the start of summer (finally!) than with some warm weather patio drinks? Even better when you don't have to work on Monday! This warm weather lately is making us so excited for all our favourite mules, slides, sandals and sneakers paired with all the fun cropped denim this season! We're loving cropped denim with fresh white sneakers, mule, and a cute blouse or  tee. If you're thinking of heading to a patio this upcoming long weekend at some point, we love keeping it casual. Such as our Blue Eyes denim jacket with tee (Amuse Society Tanner tee) or blouse underneath and some fun denim. These pieces are casual enough for a daytime patio but still super cute incase you head to dinner afterwards! 

Cottage Weekend

We love heading up north for the May long weekend, wearing our favourite knits, denim and of course loungewear. Whether you're relaxing by the bonfire at night, heading into town during the day, or to a friend's cottage, you still want to bring some of your best casual, yet cute pieces! Our favourite pieces for the cottage are our new Velvet Clarah pullover and Thea joggers. with white sneakers for those cooler nights or even during the day. If you're heading to a friends cottage for some drinks and fireworks, we can't get enough of our Paige Hoxton Norfolk jeans! They're so fun with the frayed hem. Not only are they season appropriate with the cropped length, but are extremely comfortable! We love these jeans paired with the Velvet Felice knit cardigan as its perfect to throw on over a tee or dress up over a dress. Pair with a white Kira tee and you're set!  

A Night Out

If you're planning on staying in the city for the weekend and heading out at night, we wanted to give you some ideas on outfits to wear for a chic yet causal night out this long weekend. If you're looking for the perfect top to transition your outfit from day to night, we love the Amuse Society Idyllic top and the Velvet Olga blouse pair with high waisted jeans and heeled mules! A pair of jeans that we would recommend pairing is with the Farrah in 10 Year Sea Mist. You can wear this outfit for casual afternoon drinks to a night out! We also are absolutely loving our new Sanctuary Ojai dresses. These easy t-shirt dresses are sheer perfection! From the easy shape, to the breathable fabric, the Ojai dress can be thrown on with sneakers and leather jacket or some sandals. Perfect easy outfit for the long weekend! 


Holiday: Mothers day Gift Guide

We can't believe that May is already here and that means Mother's Day is just around the corner! It can sometimes be tricky picking out a gift. Your mom deserves the absolute best this year! We wanted to narrow down some choices to make it easier when gift shopping. Depending on if your mother is a total fashionista or if sticks to the basics, our list will guide you in the right direction of which gift is best suited for your mom. From gorgeous Amarilo pieces, to the best accessories, and the sweetest pyjamas, we've got you covered this Mother's Day! Hope our list helps give you some ideas on the perfect Mother's Day gift! XX.

1. Amarilo Jewelry

What better way to show some love for your mom than a beautiful delicate piece of jewelry that she can wear everyday?!  We love all the sterling silver and gold filled items from Amarilo, as they can be layered with so many other pieces from the collection. One of the great things about this line is how every single piece can be layered with another, it is delicate enough that it creates that perfect layered look without taking away from your outfit. So if your mom already owns a piece, you can just add to her collection, as she can layer the pieces together!  We love the Mina Lariat paired with the Romy, perfect combo!

2. Velvet Sandrine Top 

One of our favourite new arrivals and doubles as the perfect Mother's Day gift is the Velvet Sandrine Top. From the colour, to the to the super easy shape, we find this blouse extremely versatile. No matter what size your mom is, the blouse has a flowy shape  and billowy sleeve, so the fit is gorgeous on any body type. It looks great with white jeans for summer (just incase your mom is unsure on how to style it!). This would definitely be near the top of our list because you really can't go wrong with the Sandrine, the soft hue pretty much works on every skin tone, the shape is universally flattering and the print is right on trend for this season. Trust us, your mom won't be disappointed! 

3. Mackage Bag 

If you're wanting to go a little bigger on this year's Mother's Day, our pick at the top of our list would be one of the Mackage purses. If your mom loves a little pop of colour for spring and summer, the Zoey or Wilma bag would be a definite hit! If you're looking for an every season staple, the Wilma in black is the perfect gift to give. Your mom can take this out for dinner or wear as a crossbody while running errands and transition easily from day to night. From the unique hardware, to the blush hues, a Mackage leather crossbody will make the perfect Mother's Day gift this year, trust us! 

4. Pj Salvage Set 

You can never go wrong with a set of cute pyjamas for mom on Mother's Day. From night shirts, to striped sets, or cozy slippers, sleepwear always seems to make the best gift. One of our favourite PJ Salvage sets right now that would be a perfect gift for your mom, as they are the cutest print and super lightweight (perfect for the summer heat), is the Playful Vacay set. This set is also super cute paired with the Faux Fur pearl slides. Love!

5. Amuse Society Forever Vacay Tote 

If you're looking to find your mom the perfect gift, but don't necessarily want to break the bank, our new tote from Amuse Society is the perfect gift! The Forever Vacay Tote doubles as both an everyday summer bag and beach tote for vacations or at the cottage. This lightweight straw bag is neutral enough that it goes with absolutely everything and it's not super oversized, so your mom can still bring it out to dinner or use it during the day. 

 


Recipe: Healthy Snacks When You're On The Go

Our busy schedules can often get in the way of our daily routines. It is so hard to always stay on track with healthy eating habits and sometimes it's easier to grab the most accessible snack when you're in a pinch, which doesn't always mean the healthiest. We find the key to success in terms of healthy eating and staying on track is meal prep. Yes it does sound boring but it works! It's so easy to switch on some Netflix instead of doing a few minutes of meal prep before bed, however when you don't bring a lunch or plan what you're going to have, that's when you often opt for the quickest and easiest choice. Which might not always be the healthiest option. We wanted to share some of our favourite go-to recipes that are super easy and healthy. They will make such a difference when you're stuck for ideas on healthy snacks and also provide you with some better options than reaching for that delectable chocolate chip cookies are your local Starbucks (yes we are guilty of that too!). Hope you enjoy! XX

1. Apple Slices and Almond Butter 

One of the easiest and healthiest snacks to make when you're in a rush that only takes a few minutes is some apple slices and a spoonful of almond butter. Cut up an apple in medium size slices and add a large spoonful of almond butter in a small separate container. Its so easy to snack on throughout the day when you're on the go. The almond butter provides you with some protein (keeping you full) and satisfies that afternoon sugar craving. It's one of our daily go-to's!

2. Gimme Some Oven's No Bake Energy Bites

One of our favourite snacks that is so easy to make and great to prep beforehand,  even freezing for those busy weeks that you can't seem to find any time is no bake energy balls. It's great for snacking on throughout the day, as they keep you full and they're actually healthy! 

Ingredients: (serves about 2 dozen)

  • 2/3 cup of toasted coconut 
  • 1 cup of dry oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup of honey 
  • 1/2 cup of flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips 
  • 1/2 cup of almond butter

Directions: 

1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Roll into 1-inch balls and place in the fridge for about 20 mins. 

2. Enjoy! 

3. Egg Cups from Ambitious Kitchen 

Egg cups are a great option for breakfast on the go or even for lunch. These are super easy to make and honestly take no time at all! They are great to prep on a Sunday and keep refrigerated for the week to grab and go when you're late to work and need a quick and easy breakfast or lunch. These egg cups from Ambitious kitchen are easy, healthy and delicious! 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups of spinach 
  • 1 large roma tomato (diced and seeds removed)
  • 1/2 cup of baby bella mushrooms (diced) 
  • 1 jalapeno (seeded and diced) 
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt 
  • freshly ground black pepper 
  • 3/4 of shredded cheddar (optional) 

Directions: 

1. Separate the spinach, tomato, mushrooms and jalapeno. Divide evenly into each muffin tin. 

2. In a separate bowl mix together the eggs, almond milk, salt and pepper. Fill each tin 3/4 with egg mixture. 

3. Bake for 25-30 mins (until egg sets and rises in each tin). 

Let the egg cups cool for about 10 mins and serve. Or pack in container and keep refrigerated for the week. Serve 2 per serving. 

4.Goops Beauty Seed Bars

If you don't already know, we're huge Gwyneth Paltrow fans and of course Goop fans. We love all her recipes that she features on the Goop website. Paltrow always has the most creative and healthy recipes, that for the most part are pretty easy. One of her favourite recipes for a great healthy snack is her Beauty Seed Bars. They are a healthy morning or afternoon option, as most granola bars have tons of sugar and aren't actually nutritional. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of walnut halves and pieces 
  • 1 1/2 cups of gluten free oats, divided 
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup of flax seeds 
  • 1/2 of roasted sunflower seeds 
  • 1/4 cup of of hemp seeds 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom 
  • 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoons of melted coconut oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of course sea salt (maldon) 
  • 1/2 cup of brown rice syrup 
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup 
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract 

Directions: 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

2. Place the walnuts, oats and coconut in the bowl of a food processor. Process until they are finely ground. Remove from the food processor, place into another separate bowl and stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of oats and remaining ingredients. 

3. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper and coconut oil. 

4. Take the mixture and place into pan, evenly spread it out and make it flat with a spatula. 

5. Bake for 25 mins (until edges are golden). 

6. Enjoy! 

5. Goop's Sweet Potato Sage Latkes 

One of the most flavourful and unique snacks we've made lately is the Sweet Pototo Sage Latkes from the Goop website. Not only are they healthy, but they are actually easy to make and you can substitute these is practically any meal of the day or have them as a snack. They are flavourful and feels like you're cheating when eat these because they are THAT good! 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups of grated sweet potato 
  • 1/2 medium white onion, grated 
  • 1 tablespoon of mined sage 
  • 1 egg beaten 
  • 1/2 cup of Cup 4 Flour 
  • 1/2 Kosher Salt 
  • Sunflower seed frying oil 
  • Flaky salt 
  • Applesauce 

Directions: 

1. Combine the first ingredients in a bowl and mix well. 

2. Heat a heavy bottom pan and add a few tablespoons of neutral oil. When the oil is shiny and hot, add 1/4 cup of batter to the pan. Flip the batter after about a minute of two. Cook on the other side for another minute and add. Place on paper towel and sprinkle some salt over top. 

3. Serve with applesauce. 

 

 

 

 


Beauty: Favourite Spring Products

It's always hard to find products that work for you on a regular basis. The selection can be overwhelming today, as there are so many different brands and stores. This week on the blog we thought we would share some of our must-have items that each of us use on a daily basis, helping to narrow down some great products based on what you are looking for. We hope you enjoy and take some of our suggestions. Trust us, you won't be disappointed! 

Terri

Smashbox Mascara

This is by far one of the best mascaras I have ever used! It stays on all day long without smudging under your eyes by the end of the day and does't clump. It actually lengthens too (for real!). This mascara isn't named "full exposure" for nothing! I would highly recommend! 

 

Mac concealer 

Another product that I use every single day without fail is the Mac concealer. I love how smooth it goes on and doesn't roll off by the end of the day like some. One of the other things that I find great about this product is the shades that it comes in. It looks so natural, as it matches perfectly to so many skin tones. Love! 

Living Proof Dry Shampoo  

This is one of the beauty products that I could not live without! Sometimes its hard to style your hair everyday. Between taking the kids to school, work and all of their activities, it truly is a life saver! I use it in between the days that I don't have time to style my hair or if I haven't washed it for a few days. Its not great for your hair to wash it everyday, so those days that it isn't looking its freshest this is my go-to trick (I'm giving away one of my best kept secrets!). I have tried a few different brands and I find this one works the best, it doesn't leave you with that chalky consistency. You have to try it if you haven't already! 

 

Pureology Shampoo 

I totally agree with spending a few more dollars on shampoo. I think that using a good quality shampoo can enhance and sustain coloured hair, I currently have a ombre colouring. One of my favourite brands of shampoo, is Pureology. It was first used on my hair at a salon I went to and I loved it! I buy the largest bottle now and share it with my daughter. Their products are 100% Vegan, Sulfate-free, Paraben-free and recyclable, bonus! I love the hydrating bottle (purple). It hydrates without stripping any colour from dyed hair. If you're finding the drugstore shampoos are stripping your colour-treated hair I would highly suggest this brand. I love it! 

 


Amanda

Benefit highlighter 

One of newest products that I just purchased and I absolutely love is the Benefit High Beam highlighter. I use it on the my cheekbones, brow bone and bridge of my nose. I use a tiny amount before I apply bronzer and I find it gives you a nice glow without looking too dewy. With a tan in the summer, this highlighter will give you the perfect sun-kissed look! 

Drunk Elephant Night Serum

This is my absolute FAVOURITE beauty product. Jill, our store manager recommended this product to me a few months ago and I am addicted! I apply it every night and only a dime size. I started using it about two months ago and have noticed a huge difference. I find it helps minimize your pores and makes your skin a lot softer.  I bought the smaller container of 30mL and it should last you around 4 months, which I find pretty reasonable. This product is part of my nightly routine now, I am absolutely obsessed! 

Clinique Eye Cream 

I just started to work eye cream into my nightly routine because I started to notice some puffiness under my eyes. I also want to try and prevent future wrinkles! I bought the Clinique All About Eyes cream and I'm really liking it so far! Its a little thick so I would recommend only using it at night because it might make your concealer a little oily. 

Vaseline Intensive Care Moisturizer

This is one of my favourite products that you can get at any pharmacy and even grocery store. Its super cheap and does the trick! I love the Vaseline body moisturizer as an everyday cream. It perfect for when your skin is super dry in the winter  or to put on after a shower. It's a great cheap staple that I use throughout every season!

 

Mac Lipstick 

This the product that I have been using the longest. I don't wear lipstick everyday but when I want to dress up my makeup routine a little bit or if I am going out at night I always use Mac lipstick in the Snob shade. I find it is neutral enough that it always seems to go with all my outfits but adds a pop of colour! I think it looks great on any skin tone and hair colour. It's the perfect Spring shade if you're looking for a new lipstick to transition you from Spring to Summer. 

Jill

Glossier Super Bounce Serum 

This is one of my most used products that I have. I use this both morning and night. It's great for plumping the skin back up with moisture and Vitamin B5, leaving your face super soft. It doesn't make your skin sticky either. I use it daily, however I find I gravitate towards it more in high heats, travelling (your skin gets so dry on flights!) and for those mornings you had one too many drinks the night before. I always apply on a clean face, before makeup or before bed. Trust me, once you try this serum you will be instantly addicted! 

Bare Minerals Tinted Moisturizer 

I am not a huge foundation person. I don't love the look of a ton of makeup on a daily basis and like looking natural and still being able to see freckles through my makeup. I love using a tinted moisturizer because it evens out your skin and covers small blemishes, all well hydrating! Its part of my everyday makeup routine. Its so easy and light to use it just feels like you're putting on moisturizer before your makeup, leaving you with a smooth and dewy look. 

Origins Night Repair Cream 

This is a cream I can't live without! It's seriously the best for moisturizing without being too rich and thick as a lot of nighttime creams are. At night, your skin loses moisture, the Origins nighttime repair works to lock-in surface moisture. When you wake up your skin feels super hydrated and not oily. Its amazing! I would definitely recommend if you're fighting winter dryness or battle with dry skin all year long. 

 

 


LIFESTYLE: EASY DIY FALL DECOR

If you're like us, you're always looking for an excuse for a fun new DIY and with Fall in full swing and Thanksgiving coming up this weekend, we thought it would be the perfect time to share some of our favourite DIY crafts for Fall. These five craft ideas will add just the right amount of seasonal decor to your home, and are super fun and easy to make. We hope you like them as much as we do! 

1. Tree Branch Coasters

When we're spending more time inside during the cooler months it's nice to be able to bring elements of the outside in to warm up a home! We love the idea of these tree branch coasters. They not only look pretty, but they'll save your wood tables from drink rings during entertaining season. 

What you'll need

Rubber leaf stamp, wood slices or you can saw a fallen tree branch! 

 

 

2. Gourd Candle Holders

We think these are such a great way to introduce Fall accents into your home. Perfect for a Thanksgiving table centre piece, or for a fireplace mantle! Plus, making these is a piece of cake. 

What you'll need

Assorted gourds, knife to cut the width of the candle into the gourd, and tealight candles. 

Instructions

Simply carve a hole into the gourd that is the width and depth of the tea light, and pop the tea light in! 

Image via Inspiring Pretty

 

3. DIY Fall Wreath

How great is this Fall wreath? We think it adds such a nice feature to your front door in the Fall and we love the bright orange and natural tones. 

What you'll need

Fake flowers with stems, foam ring, wire cutters to cut thick plastic flower stems.

Instructions

First, cut the stem of the flowers so they are about an inch or two long. You don't want these to exceed the width of the foam ring, or they will poke through it. Next, start adding flowers. Once the wreath is full, tie a ribbon or burlap around it and secure it to your front door! Super simple and it looks great! 

Check out Two Bees in a Pod for the full list of instructions and step by step images!  

Image and idea from Two Bees in a Pod 

4. Foliage Pumpkins

A simple, more sophisticated way to decorate your pumpkins a little differently this year! They look great for interior or exterior decor, and bonus: there is no carving required! 

What you'll need

White gourds, leaves from your backyard, Mod Podge. 

Instructions

Once you've gathered some pretty leaves, add Mod Podge to either side of each leaf and stick to the pumpkin until all of the leaves have been placed. Hold down for a few seconds to ensure the leaves are sticking properly. Let the glue dry overnight! 

Image via Country Living

5. Burlap Pinecones

How cute is this idea for an outdoor light or even a front or side door at your house? It's a festive yet subtle way to add a hint of fall to your home's exterior. 

What you'll need

Pinecones, burlap, wire.

Instructions

Firstly, create a bow with burlap. Next, using wire, weave the pinecones together, and tie to to the burlap bow. Fix to a door knob or outdoor lantern for a festive look. 

 

Image via Inspiring Pretty

 

Have any of you tried these crafts? If so, we'd love to hear from you! Give us a shout at info@shopvoc.com! 


Q&A: 25 Questions with Store Manager Amanda

This week on the blog, we thought we'd do a Q&A with one of our Oakville Store Managers to share a little bit more about us, how we discovered V.O.C., and more! So here you have it, 25 questions with Amanda! In this post, we're giving you the scoop on Amanda where she answers everything from her first job to her guilty pleasure!

We hope you enjoy it! XO.

 

1. Where are you from and what's your role here at the store? How did you hear about VOC?

I'm from Oakville and have always shopped at V.O.C. I started shopping here when the store first opened in Oakville about 7 years ago.

2. What was your first job? 

My first job was at a consignment store here in Oakville. I was 15 and in grade 9 when I got the job and worked there on and off for 6 years. It was such a fun place to work. I have always loved clothes and to work in an upscale consignment store, I was exposed to some of the coolest pieces and I learned a ton about different brands, the quality of certain clothes and gained an appreciation for well-made clothing. Not to mention all the vintage finds were amazing!

3. Where and what did you study at school?

I went to Carleton University in Ottawa. I studied Communications with a specialization in Media and Identity. It was such an interesting program because it was pretty broad you really got to pick the areas of Communications that particularly interested you. Ottawa was also a great city to live in for 4 years. 

4. If you could do any job in the world what would it be?

I have always loved fashion since I was a child. I have always been obsessed with clothes from a young age, always planning outfits and dressing up in different outfits. When I was younger I always wanted to be involved in fashion somehow, however I do remember going through a phase where I wanted to be a teacher for the longest time.  

5. Are you a morning person or night owl?

Probably not really either! I'm not one to stay up super late but I'm not one to sleep in super late either or wake up really early. I guess I'm kind of in the middle!

6. Dog or cat person?

Dog person, 100%. To be honest, cats kind of scare me!

7. Go to meal or favourite type of food?

That would be a toss up between Mexican and Italian. I would eat either everyday if I could.

8. What is your pet peeve?

When people chew really loudly or cut you off when you're talking. Both drive me crazy!

9. What is your guilty pleasure?

That is an easy question! Reality TV, 100%. Keeping Up With The Kardashians to be specific. I don't think I have ever missed an episode - probably shouldn't be saying that proudly haha!

10. What is the best purchase you ever made?

Thats a tough one! However, I would have to say, all things considered, my UGG slippers are one of the best things I've ever bought. They literally are the coziest slippers ever and I wear them all the time when I'm home.

11. If you could buy anything right now what would it be?

Probably this black leather Erin Templeton tote bag that I've been eying for a while!

 

 

12. One style/trend you love and want to try?

I wish I could pull off overalls! I absolutely love the look of them. I've been wanting these Levi overalls for the Fall but I don't think I can pull off the look!

 

13. What are your favourite brands at the store?

My top three favourite brands that we carry at the store would have to be Amuse, Rails and Bella Dahl. I can't resist buying at least one item from each brand when we get new arrivals in the store!

  

14. What is a trend you're excited for most this Fall/Holiday season?

I am loving the cropped slightly flared jeans with ankle booties. It kind of has a vintage vibe to it, which I love! I am also loving anything camel coloured for fall... or slip on loafers! So cute. 

 

15. Your top two style icons?

I absolutely love anything that Sienna Miller wears, she always looks so cool and chic! I also love anything model Elyse Taylor wears and also blogger Emma Hill from London. I love how each of their style is simple yet cool. They all add vintage or boho accents to their outfits, which I love!

16. Trend or trends you hate?

I hate acid wash jeans! I also don't really know if this was ever a trend but I really don't like  long sleeve tops under short sleeve tops. I just don't understand it!

17. What is one trend you wish that you never wore?

That is such an easy question! Corduroy bell bottom pants. What was I thinking?!

18. What can't you leave the house without?

Vaseline lip gloss/lip chap, always! I would rather leave my phone at home than leave the house without lip chap.

19. What are your favourite beauty products?

I literally have been using the same skin care and makeup for like the past 6 years. I always use the Aveeno Moisturizer that has SPF 15 in it!I use it morning and night. I find it so moisturizing without it being heavy and leaving your skin oily. I also love and have been using these products for forever, Lancome concealer and the dual finish powder. They are my staple items I use everyday. I don't like thick makeup and I find the Lancome powder is perfect and light along with the concealer.

 

20. What is your go to drink?

Moscow mule - especially in the summer! I think one of the best places that serves Moscow mules believe it or not is Earls! They are always so good from there! This drink has a little kick and is very refreshing. If you like anything ginger flavoured you will love this drink!

 

21. What is your favourite restaurant?

I don't have one particular restaurant that I love, I have a few! However one place that stands out in my mind for having some of the best food is the Italian restaurant La Pentola that is part of the boutique hotel Opus in Vancouver. They have amazing homemade fresh pasta! One of my favourites, for sure! 

22. When you aren't working, how do you spend your free time?

I like spending time with friends and family. Its always fun going into Toronto for a night out or out for dinner. I love just chilling out and relaxing when not working. A night in involving sweats and Netflix is my idea of relaxation. Also, a face mask and a bath are a perfect combination. It sounds weird but I also find working out not necessarily relaxing haha but a great way to de-stress!

23. What are your top 2 favourite TV shows?

This is a tricky question as well! However, I love Entourage and Big Little Lies. HBO always has the best shows!

 

24. What is your favourite workout?

It's hard to find a workout you actually like and that doesn't make feeling like working out such a daunting chore. I started doing kickboxing at Big Hit studios about a year ago. I'm addicted now, it's such a fun and intense workout. The classes always go by so fast! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has trouble finding a workout that they don't get bored of.

 

25. What is your dream vacation?

I have always wanted to go to a ranch in Montana. I've researched some amazing ranches in the mountains where you stay in cabins, ride horses, enjoy the outdoors and have bonfires at night. That sounds like so much fun and different from a typical vacation!

 


LIFESTYLE: 4 TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY THIS FALL

With back to school underway, the sun setting earlier and earlier, and the work grind starting to pick up again, we thought we'd put together a post this week to remind ourselves to slow down amidst the craziness of it all and take time for ourselves these next few months. Whether you're trying to de-stress, get fit, or fight off cold and flu season, here are our five of our tips to keep you in check this season! 

1. Find a workout you love

As we all know, it can be so hard to find a workout that you love and that you actually stick to. Whether it's before or after work, it's even harder to find the time to fit in a workout if we don't have an exercise, or a class that we feel really great doing. However, since Fall is a time that we tend to put on weight, we're challenging ourselves and you to find a workout you love and stick to it. 

Here are a few that we love or will be trying this fall!

Barre Life Studio 

If you're tired of running on a treadmill or riding the bike at the gym, join us in trying Barre Life Studio in Oakville - we've heard it's great for toning and tightening and a fast track to abs! Count us in.  

Soul Cycle - locations in Yorkville and King West

This is definitely worth a trip to the city. We've heard great things about the energizing, upbeat atmosphere and the great instructors. We've heard Tyrell's classes are amazing. 

Power Yoga Canada (PYC)

Yoga at PYC is a great option for muscle strength, flexibility, and total relaxation. The studio is super accommodating to beginners, and the workout is a great way to de-stress. Plus, they even have a free class on Sundays...bonus! 

Big Hit Kickboxing Studio - locations Oakville, Park Lawn, and Toronto 

The last workout that we love and always recommend is Big Hit Kickboxing studio. We love these workouts as they are cardio infused, muscle toning and not to mention, super fun! Each workout is dedicated for a different part of your body (such as core, arms and all over body workouts) allowing you to choose which area you want to focus on. However, all classes will make you sweat! We are addicted to Big Hit here at V.O.C!

2. Relax

It is so important to take time out of your day (even though some days it seems impossible!) to try and relax, even if it is just for 20 minutes.

One of our go to relaxation methods has been the Sage Diffuser - it diffuses essential oils into your space, and if you keep it in your bedroom, it's a great way to improve sleep and allow you to fall asleep faster. We recommend Lavender essential oil for relaxing and sleep, however Sage has a ton of essential oil options for you to choose from. 

Another way we love to relax and unwind, that's also great for your skin, is by applying a face mask as least once a week. Whether it's a hydrating or deep cleansing mask, doing this will bring a little zen back into your life and make you feel refreshed. We absolutely love any facial mask from the Aveda line, which can be found at Civello Salon on Lakeshore). We love the Radiant Skin Refiner masque and the Intense Hydrating Masque.

Taking baths is another favourite, whether it's with epsom salts or bath bombs, you are so relaxed and feel and smell amazing afterwards! We love any and every bath bomb from LUSH. From the colours, to scents these multilayered bath bombs are super cute and a fun way to take time to yourself! 

 

3. Get outside

There's no better time of year to get outside than in the Fall...and what better excuse to bundle up in your cutest outfit while getting some fresh air and exercise? We're planning to hike Rattlesnake Point this fall, visit Evergreen Brickworks Farmer's Market, and take a walk through High Park when the leaves change colour...so beautiful! 

Another great motivator to getting outside is by signing up for a 5k or 10k run or half marathon in the fall. We're always envious of those runners that are running practically year round training, and this time of year is always a great time to start something new. The Oakville Half Marathon is just around the corner on September 24th, but you also have the option to do the 5k or 10k routes. 

4. Add more veggies to your diet

 

One of our favourite things about Fall has to be all of the comfort food that we get to indulge in! A great way to get your comfort food fix without the calories is with a good vegetable soup recipe. We love this recipe from Fine Cooking that has tons of flavour. It's also a great way to get nutrients that help fight the flu and keep your immune system strong! 

We're also huge advocates of juicing and love that we have Green Press just steps away from the store on Lakeshore from fresh juices! We love their Mean Greens and Grapefruit Mint juices...so good and good for you! 

 

 

 


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