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Happy Friday loves! It’s a long weekend here in Canada (Queen Victoria Day, yes the queen is our queen too!) and for once I am so excited to wake up extra early on a Saturday morning because I don’t want to miss the royal wedding! Fun fact: I met Meghan Markle at an Instagram Dinner two years ago (we washed our hands in a bathroom together side by side, lol awkward) and then Neal and I had a quick chat with her after the event about “Suits.” She lived in Toronto for a while when filming the TV show, so it was actually quite common to see the cast around. She was very graceful and sweet when we met her and it’s so cool that she’ll be marrying Prince Harry this weekend! Needless to say I’ll be cuddling Lucy in my pjs yawning early tomorrow morning eager to see her dress and the stunning couple say “I do.” Are you in to the Royal wedding stuff? Let me know in the comments below!
I am asked a lot about my hair (I love to switch it up every season) and since I just dyed my hair for summer I wanted to share how I keep it healthy since I color it frequently going from dark to light. Whenever I switch up my hair, I have to change my hair products (especially going lighter) — enter Moroccanoil’s ChromaTech Service! ChromaTech PRIME helps alleviate the discomfort during the color process by soothing the scalp area while prepping the hair for maximum color intake. It’s an essential in-salon pre-treatment before any color service. The second step is ChromaTech POST, a post color treatment to both chemically and mechanically repair the hair following your color service, sealing the cuticle for longer color retention! I really find prepping your hair before and after makes such a difference on color treated hair and makes the result last longer.
Coloring can dry out your hair, making it limp and break easily, so at-home care afterward is just as important.At home, I’ve been loving the line’s Color Continue Shampoo & Conditioner to keep my color vibrant and put moisture back into my locks! I decided to go ash blonde for the summer (my natural brunette is very ashy too) but I wanted it lighter so this was the perfect combo. However, with ashy tones usually also comes brassiness–whichI want to avoid! The environment, scubas pollution and UV rays,contributes a lot to the state of your color so I’ve been using Protect & Prevent Spray to prevent my hair from going brassy and keep my blonde ash. I find the ashy tone compliments my skin tone when I’m tanned as well. I loved discovering this line because as you know, I love changing up my hair and now I can keep it healthy in the process!
If you’ve ever seen my bookshelf, chances are you’re not going to find a lot of fiction novels. Instead, you’ll find endless books on self-development and growing in faith. I’ve always been drawn to knowledge (whether through sermons, podcasts, films or books) on personal growth and being better than I was yesterday. I am always learning and growing, and feel like I owe it to myself and the people in my life to constantly challenge myself to be better. These books have helped me develop over the years, they’ve aided me in the hardest times of my life, through broken relationships and self-doubt, through starting my business and fighting to keep it sustainable, to getting overwhelmed and not feeling like I was “enough.” These books below have changed me and strengthened me in my faith and the grace I give myself, and though it was hard to narrow it down to just five (I’m happy to share more down the road), I believe this is a well-rounded collection to get you started on your path to being the best you there is! As cheesy as it sounds, I believe it with all of my heart. Check out these reads…
Okay, this one is going to be long so buckle up but I put it first because it’s one of the most important books I’ve read lately. Bob’s words always left an imprint on me. He’s got one of those jolly perma-smiles that no circumstance could ever wipe off him and that kind of energy is infectious to me! I want to embody love and joy like that. Both of his books, Love Does & Everybody Always are the kind of written love letter I’ve bought for many people (I feel like handing them out like free samples on the street) because it’s a message I think everyone needs to hear. We need more love in our world. Bob says, “…loving people means caring without an agenda, as soon as we have an agenda it’s not love anymore.” He embodies and promotes selflessness and DOES stuff to love people on purpose. Everybody Always – becoming love in a world full of setbacks and difficult people, has helped put in perspective what being more like Jesus can do for our own lives and for the lives of others. The reality is, life has it’s challenges and sometimes trying to be like Jesus: loving everyone, can be really hard. People can be extremely difficult to get along with let alone love and sometimes those people are the closest to you in your life (friends, family etc.) and you have to figure out a way to deal with that. This book encourages to love without inhibition, insecurity or restriction. Treating every person you come in contact with (a person in the line at the grocery store, an employee at the hectic airport, a family member you butt heads with etc.) matters. I love what Bob wrote in one of the chapters, “I’ve been asking God to help me figure out who I really am and who He really is. Here’s the thing: Jesus is the only one who can let us know the truth about ourselves and the truth about who He is. Most of us have all the knowledge we need. People don’t need information, they want examples. God wants to use people like us to show the world what we know about Jesus by having them seem the way we love the people around us. Particularly the difficult ones.” I’ve found over time, people who are difficult are really just hurting. They need grace and prayers. I used to (and still admittedly do) take things very personally at times when someone doesn’t seem grateful, kind, graceful etc. toward me (but also others). How people treat others is of utmost importance to me. I don’t care how much money you make, where you studied for school, how many luxury bags or cars you own or how big your home is. I care about what’s inside people’s hearts and how they care for the lives around them (even strangers). People like that just need love. They’re figuring out who they are and who Jesus is. My job is to love others where they’re at and point them to Him (without talking them into Jesus, that’s God’s job). This book encouraged me and brought me a lot of peace over feeling defeated at times in a world of people that can be really hard to show love to, but it’s exactly what I have been called to do as a believer.
Ladies, I loved this book! Rachel honestly feels like a friend sharing honest, heartfelt truths (when she fed herself so many lies, which we all do). She challenges each lie she’s told herself over the years in every chapter of the book and I just love how refreshing her stories were! If you’ve ever felt like you’re not good enough or you’re not doing enough, this book will challenge you to expose what holds you back. Rachel is so vulnerable sharing her own experiences, and never comes off “preachy” but instead lovingly encourages the reader to live with passion and hustle, while giving yourself grace! Too many of us talk self-doubt into our lives and that prevents us from achieving or accomplishing our dreams/living our best life. This book will bless you and speak life into you, providing tools for you to go after your dreams (whether it’s being a mom, balancing work-life or chasing your passions).
Recommended for: Early 20’s, Post-grad, Career Hunting
This is one of those books that I read early on in my twenties when I was just starting my businesses and it really made me think hard about the decisions I was making. You enter into adulthood, and everything from the partner you choose, to the strangers you meet and jobs you take have these major imprints on your life for years to come. It truly is one of the most defining decades of your life as it shapes who you’re becoming. The author really strains how many of our decisions made early on affects our 30s, 40s, etc. It got me to be more strategic about the jobs I would take, and careful of who I opened my life up to and as I near the end of my 20’s, I am so thankful for the advice this book gave me because I have so many of the things I prayed for early on in this decade of my life. Making choices that I knew would benefit me in the future is like investing in yourself and the quality of life you want to have. I picked a partner like Neal for example, not only because he treated me so well, supported my dreams and for his infectious personality (he’s also pretty cute, just saying), but also for the amazing dad I know he is going to be one day. He’s always been a leader, and I wanted that for my family and in a partner to grow with over the years. Our personality changes so much within our 20’s, I am definitely not who I am now at almost 28 years old like I was at 20 or 21 (and thank God for that).
Recommended for: Anyone searching for calling in their lives.
John Mark Comer is someone who I have followed for many years now and has made a huge impact on my life with his sermons and his books. I found a lot of healing in his book, My Name is Hope when I was walking through a season of anxiety and depression in my life. His book, Garden City really spoke to me about purpose. It’s one of those books that deals a lot with “calling” and why we are here on this earth (perfect if you’re having a existential crises, lol!) . I love that he touches on the three pillars: work, rest and the art of being human. They all intertwine. What we do flows out of who we are, and if you don’t think your job matters to God, you’re wrong. Everything matters to Him. The lines that encouraged me most in this book were, “It’s not failure if you fail at doing something you’re not supposed to do. It’s success. Because with each success, and with each so-called failure, you’re getting a clearer sense of your calling” and “Our job is to make the invisible God visible — to mirror and mimic what he is like to the world. We can glorify God by doing our work in such a way that we make the invisible God visible by what we do and how we do it.” I have taken these lessons I’ve learned literally into my own life, especially how I work and also how seriously I take rest (because burning out does not glorify God, your work, your worth or you). Great principles in here!
Recommended for: Anyone feeling burned out and overwhelmed, needing grace, rest and peace.
Oh man, I loved this book! If there was ever a book I needed to read when I was burned out running to try to be everything to everybody it was this one. Shauna really helped me understand there is nothing wrong with saying no and doing what is best for you and your family, “Some people are not down with this way of living at all. They’d prefer you continue over-functioning for their own purposes, thank you very much. Or they’re so wrapped up in their own hyper-functioning life that it’s a personal affront to their value system when you say something insane like, “I’m sorry, I can’t do that.” Bless them. But don’t spend too much time with them. Draw close to people who honour your no, who cheer you on for telling the truth, who value your growth more than they value their own needs getting met or their own pathologies celebrated.” I can’t tell you how liberating this book made me feel, because I used to feel really guilty and run on empty just making sure everyone in my life was satisfied and served. I would make everyone else was a priority and take the scraps home with me. Don’t get me wrong I love to serve (and think it’s very important to think about people outside of yourself!), but making that an idol in your life, measuring up your worth to that, or worse, letting others measure you at the expense of my own mental health and getting burned out — it’s not okay. This book just really helped me develop some muscles in boundaries I needed for myself and others around me!
Hope you’ll add these books to your summer reading list and please let me know if you decide to pick any of these up to read (or if you have read them and what you thought) in the comments below! We can have a little book club!! xoxo
I usually keep my jewelry pretty minimalist, but there’s something about the warmer weather that makes me want to go more bold. Statement earrings are my go-to for a fun summer look, especially with hair pulled up or back, they’re perfect for events, dinner-time/cocktails, weddings and more. Rounding up my favourite pairs down below…
Hey loves! The weather has been amazing since we got back from Italy. Before we left it was snowing in Toronto and it looks like we FINALLY have spring! I couldn’t be happier, so in true cliche fashion I am busting out all of my floral print. I love this top with casual distressed denim, or dressed up with white jeans and heels for dinner. It’s really cute styled with shorts as well! I love the price point and how breezy it is. Perfect for Mother’s Day brunch this weekend!
I’m thinking of switching my hair up this Friday, I’ve gone back and forth between keeping it long or cutting my hair short like this again. I might just go lighter and keep it long for the rest of the summer and then give it a healthy chop. I can’t help but want to change my hair all of the time, I just get bored quickly! Are you guys like that or do you keep your hair the same? I even did a whole blogpost on how much I’ve changed my hair over the years if you want to see the different styles I’ve tried here, lol!
Hey babes! Today I am rounding up my all-time favourite shorts (not just denim) that are perfect for this summer. It can be so hard to find the right fit or a pair that’s comfortable, but I have gone through a lot of try-ons to find the best of the best so here are my top picks…
PAPER BAG SHORTS // This trend is one of my faves right now! They’re high-rise, comfortable and tied with a bow. I’d pair these shorts with a fitted tee tucked in!
DRAWSTRING SHORTS // I have so many pairs of these! White, denim and striped (I think I need this olive green pair too, lol). They’re the most comfortable pair that’s perfect for lounging, popping over a swimsuit, running errands etc. The frayed hemline gives them a rugged look I love.
CUT OFF DENIM SHORTS // I’ve had this pair for years and still bring them on every beach vacation! I love wearing these to the beach (they’re really short, so I don’t typically wear these out just to lunch). I love the cut offs!
HIGH RISE MOM-JEAN // I am all about the mom jeans right now. They suit my body type, and because I have a little cushion in the back, these are nice because they cover everything (so no booty hanging out). I also love tucking in blouses, concert tees and tanks in and belting it for everyday.
When I have a long day of sightseeing ahead of me comfort is key! I want to look cute to take pics along the way, but I have to be comfortable or it just won’t be an enjoyable experience. My foolproof combo: Cute top + High Rise Denim Shorts + Hat + Comfy Footwear! We did a lot of Rome sightseeing last year (mostly the Vatican and Colosseum) so this time we wanted to go see Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and experience more of the everyday culture (restaurants, gelato, shopping etc.). I loved these “mom-jeans” because they have a relaxed fit and go with everything! You can pair it with a tee, tuck in a blouse or rock a crop top. You could even pair this look with some cute converse or white sneakers, but I just threw on sandals since our hotel was close by all of the tourist spots.
P.S. I have a whole vlog coming dedicated to just Rome, so I’ll be sharing more of the places I recommend going to see and eat there as well. Subscribe so you don’t miss it!
I love spoiling people in my life that mean so much to me and my Mama is no exception! She is my best friend, my momager and my life! When looking for gifts on Mother’s Day I like to pick from a few different categories: something personal, something for self-care and something for the home! You can never go wrong with these type of gifts and my go-to place is Etsy (almost all of these are under $100)! I love supporting local Canadian shops and getting a unique find. Here’s my round up of the top gifts to spoil your mama…
PERSONALIZED JEWELRY: I love this piece because it’s so personal! You can get your mom’s initials, or you can do a cute layered look with all of your siblings initials on it so she can wear you all close to her heart! It’s a meaningful gift any mom would love to receive that looks beautiful!
CUTE GREETING CARDS: I love getting funny/inside joke type of cards for my mom! I’m a huge lover of stationery, so I like to find unique cards (and because my mom loves to display them on her desk which is so cute).
SELF-CARE: My mom literally asked me for a jade roller this year, lol! I bought it for her as an additional Mother’s Day gift. She saw me post it on Instagram and then wanted one for herself (so cute). These are amazing for applying face oils and extra pampering. Mom’s work hard and can use some self-care in their lives! I’d also highly recommend bath salts (something luxurious like a himalayan blend to soothe muscles).
HOME DECOR: If your mom loves decorating and you know she’s had something on her list for a while, surprise her with a little update for the home. These chunky knit blankets are a top pick because they are cozy but also look beautiful styled in a space! They come in every colour imaginable.
Hey babes! Now that we are back in Toronto, I hope you don’t mind that I’ll still be sharing some outfits and places in Italy that I adored. I’m going to be going back and forth with posts from there and here and we have some really fun content to roll out for you all this month!!
One of our favourite places in Positano was dinner and drinks at Hotel San Pietro. The staff was so sweet and the food was remarkable ( do yourself a favour and order the white asparagus soup, also the focaccia bread was unreal). You can also get some stunning views at sunset from up there (they have a shuttle that will come get you for free and take you up the hill if you have reservations). I even met a follower of mine who worked at the restaurant and it was so cool. Kind of crazy when I visit other countries and discover people who have found me through my blog or Instagram. I love that!