My Little Black Dress For Any Day Or Evening Out

Jun 21, 2017

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It’s almost the beginning of summer and let me tell you, I can’t wait. I’ve had about enough of the gloomy weather. Our April showers seem to be extended until June. Isn’t something about the sun that just automatically makes you smile. Well, whether rain or shine, I have the perfect black dress that is perfect in any undecided weather.  The combined faux leather bottom and t-shirt tie-dye top gives me the option to dress it up (with a scrappy heel) or add something a bit more casual (personally, I’d throw on a pair of all black converse and be done with it). Instead I opted for something in-between. I paired it with my favourite black ankle-bootie with a heel.

Asymmetric Combination Dress // Zara

Black High Heeled Bootie // Zara

Hat // H&M

 

Like I said, if I could, I would pair all my outfits with converse

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Today Matters

Apr 26, 2017

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I love to read. I mean, cuddled up with a good hardcover book on a quiet day with absolutely no distractions what-so-ever kind of reading. With my hectic schedule, I don’t often get time to sit and read the way I used to. Don’t get me wrong I read other blogs, watch videos, podcasts and read an e-book or two. But gone are the days, where I have an entire weekend to finish a book from start to finish.

I remember as a child refusing to go to bed because I just had to finish “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” Okay, maybe I’m dating myself with the Judy Blume series but my point is, I have always enjoyed a good book, whether it be for personal development, educational purposes or for pure pleasure.

Today’s recommendation: Today Matters, by John C. Maxwell

Topic: Motivational, Personal Development

Why read it: Because today really does matter (insert corny joke). Honestly, it’s a realistic approach to understanding what matters today to allow for success tomorrow and gives you 12 simple practices to guarantee that success.  My son was gifted with this book after he participated in a Toastmasters public speaking workshop. I asked (okay forced) him to read at least 10 pages each day. His personal review, “It showed me how to be more positive.”

Enjoy!

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Chilli Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Apr 13, 2017

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If you know me you know that I have a thing for sweet potatoes. A few nights ago I visited Flock restaurants and had the best tasting roasted sweet potatoes with chilli and lime salt. It truly hit the spot and I will definitely be visiting them again.  With very little ingredients, I knew the recipe had to be simple enough that even I could make it.  So on the hunt I went to find a similar recipe. And Voila! Budgetbytes.com has a version of the dish (minus the lime but you can add that in) that takes only 10 minutes to prepare.  Hope you enjoy!

CHILLI ROASTED SWEET POTATOES

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A Few of My Favourite Things

Apr 5, 2017

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I know the official day of chocolate, flowers and gift-giving is over. But there’s alway’s a reason to say I love you, right? If you’re every stumped on what to get for that special someone, here’s a few of my favourite personal gifts that would make the ideal present for the one you love.

HOME: my compact size Sunbeam humidifier (top photo) works great to minimize the dry air in any small to medium size room. Honestly, it was the funky red colour that caught my attention. It may be small but the cool mist will last for several hours.

PERFUME: most women love perfume and I’m one for sweet smelling fragrances. You can’t go wrong with Clinique ~ Happy and Yves Saint Laurent ~ Paris. You only need just a touch (according to my grandmother) and the fragrance will stay with you throughout the evening or that special night out.

Another favourite of mine from the Clinique Happy collection is their Sugared Petal and Berry Blush Gelato body cremes another soft but sweet smelling fragrance great for those casual dates.

ACCESSORIES: I often get complimented on my red Adidas sports watch. It goes well with any casual outfit when I’m out with friends or just out and about running my errands. The best part is, it’s waterproof!

And last but definitely not least, what woman wouldn’t love anything from Tiffany & Co.? I’m a little protective of this piece, so I don’t wear it everyday but I’m sure you could find a reason to.

What’s your favourite gift?

Happy shopping!

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3 Things That Ease That Bloated Belly Feeling

Apr 2, 2017

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Guess who’s back? Yes, it’s me. I know, I know. It’s been a minute since you’ve seen me post but I promise you more consistent posts are on the way. Now that, that’s out of the way. Can I say that bloating really sucks? I mean really, really sucks! It’s uncomfortable and really takes away from my day. There’s a number of reasons why people suffer from bloating and it can take a long time to figure out what personally triggers you. I recently found out that gluten is not my friend and a major cause for my bloating. Unwillingly, I must give up my french fries, red velvet cake and breads of any kind.

Let’s just say, I’m not a happy camper.

If you suffer with bloating like I do, there are three simple steps that help me reverse that bloated feeling and helps my digestive system get back on track. It may just help you to.

1. WARM WATER & LEMON: this is pretty much my tea of choice, even when I’m feeling great. Squeeze half of a lemon (or lime) in warm water and drink quickly. Drinking it quickly helps flush out your system at a faster pace.  The mixture helps with the flow of digestion at the start of the morning before you have your first meal of the day. For a little taste, you can add some cayenne pepper (which also helps to speed up your metabolism) and a bit of maple syrup. This almost immediately gives me some relief.

2. MORE WATER: after I finish my warm water with lemon (lime) I drink another glass/bottle of water (500 ml bottle at room temperature). It seems to help the unwanted stomach stuff pass thru my system (I’m trying to keep it clean here) and supports the flushing I mentioned previously.

3. GREEN SMOOTHIE: I replace my breakfast with an all green smoothie. You can use any combination of green veggies or fruits of your choice but I tend to add celery, spinach, kale, lettuce, avocado, cucumber and a pear or kiwi for taste. I did recently learn when juicing or making smoothies, veggies and fruits should not be mixed together, keeping them separate allows for better digestion. With that said, you know your body better than anyone else, so choose what works for you and stick with it.

TIP: I usually keep to this routine for at least a few days (along with a healthy diet) to continue to feel better for longer periods of time.

Let me know what works for you, Cheers!

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