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Every Valentine's day I deck out my home in heart motifs and start blasting old school romance jams. There's something so charming and wholesome (albeit a little cheesy) about this holiday and it just puts a huge smile on my face. Those old time tunes about going steady and stealing kisses just have an effect on my mood. They sure don't make 'em like they used to, and that sentiment applies to lingerie as well.

Tee: Bluenotes
Jumpsuit: Erin Liz Vintage
Shoes: Aldo

I'm a big lingerie connoisseur, and I'm particularly obsessed with vintage pieces (to no one's surprise, I'm sure). I'm always hunting down new nightgowns and camisoles at every second-hand shop I encounter. I find there's an assortment of colours, cuts and fabrics that I just don't come across in modern lingerie departments. Give me a rainbow of chiffon to sort through and I'm a happy camper!

A big reason why I love to buy retro skivvies is because of how versatile they can be as day-wear.
Of course, the iconic slip dress likely comes to mind, but why not also consider camisoles, rompers and dressing coats! You'll be amazed how well they pair with your favourite denim.
Or you can wear them on their own. Case in point; this jumpsuit.



This cherry red number I discovered through the handy Instagram search function, and purchased from Erin Liz Vintage. The silhouette is not for the faint of heart, I'll admit. It was the punchy colour, ruffle trim and the insanely wide-leg that sold me. It has a playful amount of sheerness to it, but not so much that it's too lewd to wear out of the house. It doesn't scream, "I'm wearing pajamas" either.
I just feel so damn cute in it! For that reason, it's my perfect Valentine's Day outfit.

Shoes: Aldo



The most important reason why I bought this piece (and why I buy any lingerie piece, to be frank) is because it makes ME feel good. It's never been about what my husband thinks (though I'm sure he appreciates this shopping habit of mine). It's such an intimate outfit, for lack of a better word. No other piece of clothing resonates with me this personally. I like to wear something delicate and pretty when I need a pick-me-up. I mean, how can I not smile back at the mirror with this number on?!

Maybe it's my intense adoration for retro kitsch, or my hopeless romantic soul, but I love wearing this jumpsuit, prancing around to The Supremes and eating far too many cinnamon hearts. Because it makes me feel great. And that's the attitude we should all have on Valentine's Day.

This little poodle is actually a vintage score I picked up on my honeymoon in Quebec City!
She just had to come home with me.

"And they called it, puppy loooooove...."

Regardless of who you may or may not be with this holiday, I encourage you to do something that makes YOU feel good! Wear the outfit that makes you happiest, embrace the love you have for yourself and others will take note.

If that's not enough, I've put together some vintage Valentine's day tunes to put you in a feel good mood! Check out the Spotify playlist below! And have a happy Valentine's Day!


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If you've ever watched the show Parks & Rec, you're probably familiar with the Galentine's Day episode (if you need a refresher...).
Unfortunately, I won't be able to kick it breakfast-style with my girlfriends this year, but you can bet I'll be sending out messages of love to them all!

I also love supporting my local girl gang whenever I get the chance. I not only wanted to celebrate the women in my life by showing love to the hard working female makers in the Ottawa area.


If you're looking for something special to give to the lovely ladies in your life, look no further! I've put together a gift guide with some items I personally approved for the occasion!

Are You Kiss Ready? Lip Duo by Hoppy & Poppy - $10
This lip duo from Hoppy & Poppy will get you primed and ready for your Galentine's day look!

Handmade with all natural and vegan ingredients, the entire line is full of delectable goodies.
This set in particular features a Lip Polish (you can choose from a number of flavours like BubbleMint or Fizz, Clink, Pop!) and a Mint Truffle Lip Balm. They both feel incredibly nourishing and taste SO yummy!

What I especially admire about this girl-run brand is that they love to give back whenever they can. Their #LoveYourself line is all about female-empowerment, and 40% of all sales go towards women's shelters. What's not to love about that?!

Hot/Cold Neck Flax Pac by The Flax Pac - $20
This is one of those products that you'll instantly buy two of; one for a friend, and one for you!

Made in Ottawa by The Flax Pac, these beautifully hand-sewn bags feature the magic of flax seeds to evenly distribute heat. They come in two different sizes (neck or back), and a variety of stunning patterns to choose from! You can coordinate these to match your throw pillows, so you can leave them laying around for whenever you might need it!

These are wonderful for any aches & pains (especially around that time of the month, I'm sure you ladies know what I mean). You can pop it in the microwave for a cozy cure-all, or even chill it in the freezer to soothe sore muscles. Plus the optional lavender scent is just so comforting!

Brass Fox Pendant Necklace by Ms Penny Lane - $20 (shop similar)

For the lady on your list that loves to accessorize, I love pieces by Ms Penny Lane. Based out of Chelsea, QC, Josiane's designs are equal parts whimsical and beautiful. While most of her accessories incorporate rough-cut gemstones, I love that this little fox designs pays homage to those pieces with its geometric style. It's perfect for that foxy friend on your list (you know I can't resist a pun)!
Her shop also features clothing, stationary and home decor, so you just might have to score something for yourself too!

Felt Play Donut Toy by Qute Creations - set of 3 for $15

Of course, I couldn't forget the lil' gals on my list! Qute Creation is the mastermind behind this little felt sweetie. Every play kitchen needs a donut, right?!

Owner Ashley is not only the mastermind behind this cute business, she's also a mother of two. Her Etsy shop is full of adorable, soft toys from Paw Patrol badges to rainbow puzzles, all to encourage quiet & imaginative play. Reasonably priced and super cute, these make great gifts for the moms-to-be or lil' munchkins on your list!

I hope this gift guide inspired you to buy local and spread love to the women in your life! With that, I hope you all have a fabulous Galentine's day! Girl Power!
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I've always thought that once I was an adult, I'd no longer have to deal with breakouts.
Boy, was I wrong! Every month without fail, a little army of pimples pop-up and leave me clamoring for a solution. With my fairly sensitive skin, some remedies do more harm than good.
Then I saw the light at the end of the tunnel!

Neutrogena recently sent over a complimentary Light Therapy Acne Mask LED Treatment (for Home Use) for me to test out. This is probably the coolest beauty gadget I'll ever own, and I can't wait to tell you more about it!

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask LED Treatment for Home Use includes one mask and one 30 session activator - $45.99-49.99 CAD - Available at Wal-Mart & Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada

What Does it Do?

This mask uses the power of LED lights in blue (to eliminate P.acnes bacteria) and red (to calm inflammation) to disrupt the acne cycle and leave you with clear and healthy skin. Not only will it treat the imperfections that have already arisen, it well help prevent future breakouts from occurring with regular use.

I learned just by reading the included glossary that there is an entire spectrum when it comes to acne; blackheads, whiteheads, pustules and pimples (the last two are basically bumps above the skin, that are not inflamed.  A pustule has a white/yellow head, whereas a pimple does not). The mask will treat all of these conditions if they fall under the scale of mild to moderate.
If you have 'nodule' acne (those pimples that you can feel under the skin) often associated with severe/cystic acne, this treatment won't be a good fit for you.

What I love about this innovative mask is how gentle it is. If you have sensitive skin like I do, this is a very gentle way to combat your acne symptoms.

How Do You Use It?



It is incredibly easy to use! You just slip on the mask (there is a pair of glasses arms to keep it in place on your head), plug in the cord to the Activator, and hold down the button. Your face will be illuminated for 10 minutes, and it automatically shuts off! Easy as pie!

The Activator is good for 30 sessions, and afterwards is totally recyclable through a program called Stericycle. You can even purchase new Activators separately without having to repurchase a new mask every time (these retail between $19.99-21.99 CAD).

I think this gives my space buns a little more sci-fi flair, don't you think?

My Thoughts

Fortunately for me, I fall into the category of mild acne. I'm thankful that I typically only get breakouts around that time of the month, and they're usually restricted to my chin. Good ol' hormonal acne!
 I was excited to zap some of my skincare woes away, especially with the arrival of some new pustules (doesn't that sound appealing?).


I've started to include this in my nighttime routine, right after I cleanse my face. I just kick back and relax for 10 minutes while I get my glow on! It's a great way to just unplug and unwind.
I may also be guilty of blasting Daft Punk while wearing it - it really adds to the whole experience.

I was a little concerned about how bright this was, given that my eyes tend to be very light-sensitive. The built in glasses that help keep this on actually are amber-tinted, so they'll keep your peepers protected! I do notice that after the treatment ends and I take the mask off, I see things with a green-ish hue. I was slightly alarmed the first time, but it goes away after about 30 seconds and my normal vision returns.


New hair, who dis? Don't worry, still me behind the mask!
While the charge holds 30 uses, I've used 10 so far and already see some changes! I had a few other whiteheads pop-up after the before shot was taken, but they shrunk about as quickly as they appeared! Within 2 days they were practically gone.
I've also noticed a great improvement to the overall tone of my skin. Much less red and blotchy!



I'm going to continue to use this mask for the remaining 20 sessions, and I'm hopeful I'll have a much clearer visage by the end! I'll be sure to update you all through social media, so make sure you're following me - @dollanddye on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.

Thank you again to Neutrogena for sending this my way! I had so much fun testing this out and look forward to banning breakouts from now on!

If you'd like to #MaskYoSelf with the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, it is available across Canada at Wal-mart and Shoppers Drug Mart locations! Don't forget to take a 'maskie' when you get yours!


Note: I received this complimentary product through BrandBacker & Neutrogena, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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Transitioning from one season to another can be frustrating, especially when you live in Canada.
Thankfully, September has been fairly mild thus far! Even though I've been indulging in everything pumpkin-flavoured (too soon? Oh well), it's nice to still get a few more wears out of my favourite summer pieces.

I hate having to dig out all my fall clothes right away because the temperatures tend to fluctuate a fair bit. While it could be hot & balmy during the day, it tends to cool down before you can say, "pumpkin spice latte"! It just doesn't feel right to fill my wardrobe with heavy knits and pants just yet.


If you're ever in the New Edinburgh area of Ottawa, you must stop by Union Street Cafe! Best macchiato in the city!
I really like the idea of taking summer pieces which are flouncy and lightweight, and pairing them with more structured pieces like this vintage denim pencil skirt I recently picked up at Value Village.

This outfit is basically telling the story of my life right now. Throughout the summer I didn't really have any set schedule; everything was pretty easy-breezy and carefree.
Then September rolls around, and it feels like I'm scrambling to organize my life and sort out an actual routine I can stick to. Thank god it's back to school season, and planners are practically leaping off the shelves.

The way I see it, it just takes that one thing to set everything align again. Whether that be going back to school, starting a new fitness routine, or even embracing a new hobby. In this case, the skirt is adding structure to my wardrobe; Stiffer fabric, more defined shape, and a deeper colour. A direct contrast to the shapeless, lightweight and pastel shades I've been coveting the past few months.


Earrings - Vintage Glory 22, Top (actually a romper!) - Sirens, Skirt- vintage, Shoes - Dolce Vita, Bag - vintage.
Seriously, how adorable are those buttons?!
I love finding timeless pieces like pencil skirts at the thrift store, because they never go out of style! I fell in love with this because of the cute little buttons and embroidered back pockets. The beauty of shopping for vintage is that you tend to find unique details that will set you apart from the fast-fashion crowd. 
This is a perfect transitional piece because it can be worn in every season! Once things really start to cool down, I can easily pair it with tights and boots. 


Big thank you to Union Street Kitchen & Cafe for allowing us to take some photos! And to the lovely Zein Ahmed for these beautiful photos! Make sure you check out her Instagram to see more of her work!

 How do you like to dress for the beginning of fall? What are your favourite transitional pieces?
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My history with false eyelashes has been rocky. I used to be a hair model a few years back (excuse the humble brag), and I always dreaded having to wear false lashes when having my makeup done. My eyes tend to be pretty sensitive, so having additional weight on them, plus bright runways lights and 6-inch heels? It was all just a recipe for disaster. Thankfully I never turned into fashion roadkill!

Since my runway days are over, I never really bothered to pursue lashes for my personal looks. Any time I tried in the past, I never knew what styles would be best suited for me or even how to apply them properly. Not to mention how uncomfortably heavy they always seemed to feel! It all just seemed too much of a hassle.

That is, until I discovered ESQIDO Lashes.

ESQIDO Lashes in Night Bouquet ($29 USD), with ESQIDO Companion Eyelash Glue ($10 USD)
Tray- Homesense, Earrings- BaubleBar, Shoes - Chinese Laundry (vintage)

Their wide variety of hand-crafted strip mink lashes are nothing short of glamorous! They all feature a comfortable cotton band, and can be used multiple times with proper care. After seeing how gorgeous the selection was, I decided to bite the bullet and give it lashes another chance. Mascara can only do so much, and I wanted to add some extra oomph to my look.

ESQIDO Mink Lashes in Nimbus ($32 USD)
Since I’m a total newbie, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted in a false lash. Luckily ESQIDO makes it incredibly easy for you to find the right pair with their Lash Guide. No guess work required! Just answer a few simple questions, and they select the perfect set of lashes for you!
I did the survey twice, and it recommended 'Night Bouquet' for an everyday look, and 'Nimbus' for a special occasion style.
Even without using the guide, each set of lashes can be easily shopped as they all list the amount of volume and length. I really love that the site features before and after photos with a slider bar, so you really get the sense of just how much they’ll enhance your look.

I also got their signature Companion Eyelash Glue. The brush tip makes it easy to paint it onto the band evenly, and it dries clear so it's undetectable. Plus, it doesn’t have a heinous odour like other glues on the market.


I watched their handy application video to give myself a little confidence boost. With a little patience, I was able to apply both pairs (separately, of course) with more ease than I could have ever anticipated. It is incredibly satisfying getting the perfect placement on the first try! You’d think I’d been doing this for years!
I found the key is to have a mirror underneath your face, rather than in front of you. It helps to ensure proper positioning.

Before lash application. Wearing 2 coats of L'Oreal Voluminous Feline Noir mascara.
Night Bouquet  is a match made in heaven for me. I honestly want to wear these everyday! They're so lightweight, and add a gorgeous natural length. I truly underestimated how much a set of eye lashes can enhance my look. They're everything I could have ever wanted and more!

Wearing Night Bouquet
Nimbus is definitely dramatic, so they will be reserved for special occasions as my survey results suggest. But I love how much volume and length they give; they're SO fluffy!!I can't help but bat my lashes coquettishly when they're on!
While I'm well-aware there are falsies on my lids, they're not heavy or uncomfortable in the least bit. I honestly can't say I've ever felt this way about any other lashes. Especially when they're this bold!

Wearing Nimbus
If you're looking to add some everyday glamour to your look, or amp up the drama for a night out, I cannot recommend ESQIDO Lashes enough! These have truly opened my eyes (pardon the pun) to just how easily I can enhance up my makeup looks. I'm officially a lash addict!

Be sure to visit their site and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook - @ESQIDO
Note: I received these complimentary products in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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My hair has been through hell and back. As if the bleaching, colouring & heat styling weren't enough, I've had many a hair elastic become horribly mangled and tangled in my locks. The scissors have come into play a few times, as much as I hate to admit it. But no more will my mane be mutilated by my styling efforts!

I recently discovered the Canadian, all-female run company, GummiBand through my online travels. Based in Vancouver, this small group of women have crafted a product that gives my hair the support it needs without sacrificing style or comfort.


GummiBand specializes in hair cords; a much cooler-looking and more durable alternative to standard hair elastics. They look like a little phone cord (please tell me you remember corded phones or else you'll make me feel like a granny).
These are hypoallergenic (no nasty bacteria on these babies!), long-lasting, and perfect for whatever hair 'do you happen to be working with. Curly or straight, these don't discriminate!

At only $7.99 (CAD) for a 4-pack, you'll want to load up on every single colour! Did I mention that shipping across Canada is absolutely FREE?!

GummiBands currently come in 8 different colour-ways. Pictured above are Clear, Light Pink, Black, Teal, Brunette, Purple, & Dark Pink (my personal fave). Not pictured: Blonde.

I much prefer hair cords to regular elastics for a number of reasons. Because my hair is pretty thick (especially on days when I let it dry into it's natural, wavy form), I need something that really hangs on tight to my hair and doesn't break. These have a super strong grip, but they don't cause any tension or pain on my scalp at all. And even after prolonged wear, there's no dreaded ponytail crease after removing them (because I know how much we all hate that)! I can tie my hair up for a workout, and be date night ready after shaking my locks loose! No fussing or de-tangling needed!

They look cool on the wrist, but even better in your hair; trust me on this.
See what I mean?
You can use these for any updo, which obviously includes space buns.

While these hang tight without any issues for me, it is recommended to double up if your hair is extra thick and/or long. These are amazingly durable, I love how quickly they shrink back to their normal size after twisting and pulling them. You can even revive them if they aren't snapping back into shape; just blast 'em with a hair dryer or give them a warm bath and they'll be back to normal in no time! Though if one should break, they just so happen to include a 1 year full replacement warranty.

Double 'em up (or triple 'em!) for extra strength, or added pizzazz. 
I could talk all day about how much my hair & I love these cords, but one of the biggest reasons I adore this indie brand is because of their commitment to supporting women. As mentioned before, they predominantly operate out of BC, but they also employ women in India & the Phillippines. That adds up to a total of 15 staff members - and while they are small, they certainly are mighty. They not only work directly with their factory to make sure their employees are safe and treated fairly, but they also give back to their community in a multitude of ways.

Gummiband has fundraised with multiple organizations that support local women's shelters, mental illness organizations, low income family services and more. They even mentor high school students to pass along their valuable business knowledge and teach them viable work experience they'll be able to use in their future endeavors.

Their Dark Pink GummiBand matches flawlessly to my hair! Colour me obsessed!

I cannot applaud the GummiBand ladies enough for all that they do, and their amazing product that I've quickly grown to love! My only hope is that you love them as much as I do!

Wanna score some extra GummiBands
Use my promo code 'DOLLNDYE' (add it to the notes section) with your order of a 4-cord pack, and you'll receive 2 extra cords for FREE!


Note: Products were provided complimentary in exchange for my honest review. 
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Being bold with one's makeup isn't always easy. It's easy to get comfortable in a routine of the same colours. I've certainly been guilty of it! But sometimes it's fun to shake things up a bit with something a little different!

The one beauty product I don't mind dabbling in different colours with? Lipstick, of course!
I tend to keep my makeup look pretty neutral, for the most part. When you have pink hair, you can let that do most of the talking. But sometimes I like to amp up the drama with a bold, punchy lipstick. Whether that's bright red, hot pink, or even a deeper nude, it's easy to incorporate colour into your everyday style with a new lippie! And when I think bold, I always think of Kat Von D.

The new Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick in 'OG Lolita' - $23 CAD
I've always applauded Kat Von D's line of cosmetics because it exudes originality & creativity. Especially her Studded Kiss Lipstick line. Before it came out, you'd be pretty hard pressed to find 'funky' lipstick shades like green and black, that were of a decent quality.
The gorgeously studded packaging, the literal rainbow of colours, I'm sure I wasn't the only one swooning.
While this lipstick line had it's uniqueness, it certainly had its flaws as well. As much as I loved the shade range, I didn't love the formula; it had a tendency to drag on the lips during application, and felt a bit heavy throughout the day. But I'll be damned if that ever stopped me from wearing iconic shades like Plan 9 (shimmery alien-green), A-Go-Go (flaming neon orange), & Coven (soft yet bold lilac)!

Kat recently announced her much-loved lipstick line was undergoing a reformulation, to not only introduce a creamier texture but to include even more shades! Some of which you might recognize from her Everlasting Liquid Lipstick line! Of course, the packaging remains the same; an iconic black studded tube.
Thanks to the lovely folks at Influenster, I received a new complimentary tube in exchange for my honest review. To say I was psyched is an understatement!

Lolita also happens to be my favourite novel. So this is pretty much a perfect pairing.

I received shade 'OG Lolita', and if you've been following the KVD beauty line religiously, you'll know Lolita is a cult-fave. This particular colour has been reformulated a few times, so Kat (being the genius that she is) decided to include ALL THREE Lolita varieties in this new launch; Lolita, Lolita II, and OG Lolita!

Comparing the old & new formulas, from top: Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in 'Lovecraft', Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick in 'OG Lolita'. I unfortunately don't own any of the previous Lolita formulations (which I'm actually surprised by).
Not only does the new formula glide on easier, I found it is much more pigmented as well.
'OG Lolita' is a gorgeous dusty rose shade. It's very feminine and easy to wear from day to night. I absolutely LOVE the new formula because it glides on so much smoother and feels very lightweight on the lips. The finish is a 'satin-matte', which I find gives it a soft but not flat appearance.
The collection also features 2 other finishes; metallic & shimmer.
And of course, the entire shade range is vegan!

I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on a few more shades, there are so many beautiful and vibrant colours to choose from! And at $23 (CAD) each, it's easy to stock up on these babies.

This new collection is available at Katvondbeauty.com & Sephora (online & in-store, US & Canada) as of today!



What shades will you be picking up? Do you have any of the original Studded Kiss lipsticks? Tell me in the comments!

Disclaimer: Products featured were received complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Quelque Chose Pâtisserie.

The first time I tried a macaron, I was in Paris, France right after seeing the Eiffel Tower. Never mind the fact that it was from a McCafé (it was still delicious), I like to think I set the bar pretty damn high for any future macarons that would come my way.

When I moved to Ottawa, I discovered Quelque Chose Pâtisserie; a local bakery that specializes in authentic, Parisian-style macarons. Sister-duo Julia & Michelle Dahdah, are the head chefs behind the perfect pastries. Both are highly trained and talented pastry chefs (Julia studied in Paris at L'École Grégoire-Ferrandi, Michelle at Le Cordon Bleu here in Ottawa), and share a deep love for heavenly macarons. Their passion for is evident with every beautiful creation they release. It really is a work of heart! 


Their display case is always full of a huge selection of vibrantly coloured macarons, ranging in flavours from Salted Caramel to Pistachio. They even have a limited-edition flavour of the month; January’s is Banana Split! Each one is light as air, but full of delicious, decadent taste. And they’re pretty much the cutest thing you’ll ever eat!

So many macarons to choose from, and they're all SO good!

Conveniently, their first location was only steps away from my home in Vanier, on Montreal Road. It was love at first bite (and it was a little dangerous knowing I could satisfy my cravings instantly just by walking around the corner)! While I’ve since moved to another apartment, I still make regular visits to their locations in the Byward Market & Westboro. You can’t miss the pretty pastel pink shops around town!

I was recently invited for an afternoon tea experience at their Westboro location on Richmond Road, and I couldn’t wait to share with you all just how wonderful it was!



If you're looking for high tea without the high prices, you've come to the right place! Look at that spread!

When you arrive, you’ll be warmly greeted by the wonderful staff who will treat you like royalty throughout your visit. Don’t feel pressured to come dressed in your Sunday best; it’s a casual café environment made beautiful by the lush pink, blue and gold décor throughout.

The whole table will be beautifully arranged with flowers, gilded dishes and a tiered-stand that’s practically bursting with delicious goodies! It’s pretty much the perfect flat lay for your next Instagram pic! 

The Afternoon Tea Experience, in all its glory!

The afternoon tea is $40.00 and includes the tea of your choice, scones & croissants (with fruit preserves and rich Devon cream), tea sandwiches (cucumber, smoked salmon and chicken salad), a selection of seasonal fruit & pastries, and of course macarons! A gluten-free option is available for an additional $2.
Alternatively, they also offer ‘Le Petit Afternoon’ (which includes everything except the tea sandwiches), as well as a Kids’ Tea Party for the little ones in your life!

Apricot parfait? C'est bon!
Delicious, flaky croissants can also double as a moustache.
In other words, you can't take me anywhere.

 I can honestly say that everything is as delicious as it looks! I left with a huge smile on my face and a very happy belly. I cannot wait to go back again soon. This is definitely a great way to upgrade your next coffee date, have brunch with the gals, or to celebrate a birthday or special occasion.




Want to experience your own afternoon tea at Quelque Chose Pâtisserie? Head to their website to make a reservation, or visit them at 379 Richmond Road.
 Be sure to check out their other locations in the Byward Market at 70 George St, & in Vanier at 274 Montreal Rd. 



Want to win a Petit Afternoon Tea Experience for two?
Enter through the Instagram post below



Huge thank you to the wonderful staff at Quelque Chose in Westboro for your amazing service, and to Jamie Schroeder of Hello Lovely Studio for the beautiful photos!
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My eyeshadow collection seems to have a significant lack of colour lately. As much as I love a good neutral palette, it makes it way too easy to stick to a routine of a 'safe' makeup look. As I'm sure you know by now, I'm a big fan of all things bold & bright. I was hungry for a new product I could regularly use to add more of a pop to my eye makeup routine.

NYX Cosmetics has satisfied my cravings for colour with the launch of their new collection; I Love You So Mochi.

NYX Cosmertics - I Love You So Mochi eyeshadow palette in 'Electric Pastels' $25 CAD 

This new & limited edition collection from NYX features two eyeshadow palettes ('Electric Pastels', & 'Sleek & Chic'), and two highlighting palettes ('Lit Life' & 'Arcade Glam').
I truly wanted to buy the whole line; it's all so gorgeous, and extremely fun to poke if we're being totally honest.

NYX Cosmetics describes the texture of these shadows as 'marshmallow-like', and I can honestly say that's spot on. If you've ever tried the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows, you'll recognize the squishy-soft consistency found in this palette.

All of these shades found in the Electric Pastels palette have shimmer, so if you're partial to matte finishes this likely won't be for you. Though the Sleek & Chic palette has a combination of shimmers and mattes, and is equally as beautiful!



I immediately noticed how pigmented these shadows are with even the lightest of touches. They are very buildable and blend out beautifully without losing any colour payoff.  I find these work best when applied with your fingers, but if you're a faithful brush user, synthetic is the way to go.
Blending them out with a fluffy brush gives them a diffused look that I LOVE.

While these look glittery in the pan, they have a beautiful reflective sheen when applied. Plus the shade selection is just so damn pretty!

Top row from left: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Bottom row from left: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Based on swatches alone, I'm already head over heels for these colours. Though I'm especially loving shades 3, 6, & 9. I know they'll play nicely with my existing palettes; shade #6 with the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette? Hell. Yes.
Some of these shadows could even double as highlighters (particularly shades 1 & 2 for those with fair complexions). I'm so excited to incorporate more fun & vibrant shades into my eye looks!

Which shades are you loving? Will you be picking up any of the products from the I Love You So Mochi collection? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!
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Note: I received complimentary product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

A good manicure is like a pizza. Without a good crust, the toppings won't stay on! Okay, maybe that analogy is a bit of a stretch. But your mani is only as good as it's base, and that means having long & strong nails.

As much as I like to layer on the lacquer, my nails haven't been in the best shape lately. A few sessions of shellac, combined with the harsh winter chill, had left my nails even more brittle and weaker than ever. I couldn't go a week without a nail breaking or peeling on me. No base coat could save me, or my polish for that matter!
Thankfully, the lovely team at Nail Polish Canada sent over a bottle of the Vitry Nail Repair Care Sensitive Formula for me to test out!

Vitry Nail Repair Care - $26 CAD at Nail Polish Canada.
 Also available in regular & matte formulas.
Instructions say to apply 1 coat, every other day for 2 weeks in order to see 'visibly stronger and better resistant nails'. I decided to test it over the span of a month so I could ensure a completely fair review for you all. Miracles don't happen overnight!

Before, without any polish or treatment. They were thin, brittle and peeling. Yuck!

This treatment was extremely easy to use. It has a thin brush, but it distributes just enough to get an even coverage. What I love most about this treatment is how quickly it dries down; I could paint on a thin coat while my morning coffee was brewing, and be done by the time I pour myself a cuppa'.

While it states this can be used as a base coat for other nail polish, I found it caused the application to become streaky and increase the need for more coats.You'd be better off using an actual designated base coat on top of this. Thankfully, this treatment gives a nice glossy appearance to my nude nails. Going bare was, well...bearable!


After one month of regular use, applied every other day (wearing one coat of Vitry Nail Repair Care).
My nails are in much better shape! 
Having to remove the treatment with polish remover before reapplying seems a bit tedious, but I found the results to be worthwhile. My nails were already harder and less prone to breakage after only a week!
After a month of regular usage, my nails are in the best shape they've ever been in! I find they've stopped peeling, splitting and breaking (except on one occasion where I slipped and broke two nails. But that's completely my own fault).
The Vitry Nail Repair Care Treatment has become a regular part of my nail care routine, and I look forward to having long & strong nails in all seasons!


The full Vitry Nail Care line is available online at Nail Polish Canada (and they have free shipping on orders over $19!).
How do you care for your nails? What products are you loving? Tell me in the comments!

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