City Chic with Joe Fresh

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sweater // Pants // Shoes (similar) // Jacket // Glasses

There is nothing better than a mid-winter warm up. I got to temporarily put my winter coat away and sport this fun faux leather jacket instead. This Joe Fresh sweater is one of my favourite purchases to date. The knit fabric mixed with the turtleneck makes this sweater so cozy and warm! I also love that it's long enough to wear with leggings for a more casual and relaxed look. 

I love Joe Fresh because it's a Canadian brand with cute clothes in a wide range of sizes. Plus, you can shop the brand online and in your local grocery store (seriously).

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The #MinsGame

Monday, February 26, 2018

One of my major goals for this year is to embrace simplicity. I really want to focus on trimming the excess from my life in various areas. One of the largest areas where I had accumulated excess was in material possessions. Wherever I looked - I would see so much 'stuff' and get so irritated. I knew I had to do something drastic and searched the internet for a solution. 

Now, there are many clutter challenges online - but the Minimalist Game by The Minimalists is what stood out to me the most. These guys are super popular around social media and I totally get why. 

Essentially, you rid yourself of items day by day, which is slightly less overwhelming than doing a complete overhaul at once. With the challenge, you build yourself up by getting rid of an increasing number of items as the days of the month progress (so: 1 item on day one, two items on day two, three items on day three). You can get rid of the items any way you wish (throw away, donate, sell) but the rules state that the item must leave your possession by midnight of that same day (more on this later). 

I committed myself to this challenge and it began for me on January first with a huge stack of outdated Nylon magazines (RIP). I wasn't really attached to these magazines, so it was easy to recycle them. As the days progressed, though, I found it increasingly difficult to part with my 'stuff'. By the second week of the challenge, I was forced to think about the value the items were or weren't adding value to my life and it was not easy - but that is the point. 

There were a few days where I was so angry with myself for accumulating so much 'stuff' that I didn't need for the sake of having it. The challenge opened my eyes to how much I mindlessly accumulate and how trapped I was by these possessions. The hardest part though was getting rid of things that were given to me. Sentimental clutter it's called. For this, I had to consult a handful of online articles for some guidance (this article was so helpful). 

I followed through with the challenge and finished it on January 30th. In the end, I parted with over 300 items and I have never felt better! Full disclosure: I still have some of the items in my possession because they are waiting to be picked up by their new owners! This was the only rule I compromised on because it's not realistic to sell or donate things in one day - but if I knew the items were going to be tossed out, they were tossed on the same day. 

If you're interested in seeing everything I parted with, I made a highlight on Instagram that you can watch! With March coming up in a few days and Spring following shortly after - I know many people start to think about Spring cleaning. Personally, I think the #MinsGame is a great way to clear up clutter for Spring. I can't call myself a minimalist by any means, but every day I make a conscious effort to be aware of what I accumulate and ways I can cut back. 

You can find some more information on the game over at The Minimalists website. 

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Weekend Links

Friday, February 23, 2018

We made it to Friday - and that is worth celebrating! We had a welcome break with the Family Day long weekend and the weather was so beautiful! This Winter has been absolutely brutal so I really hope Spring sneaks in early (despite what Wiarton Willie had to say). 

Chamomile Lavender Latte!

1. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
This was probably one of the most exciting things to happen on Family Day. Tessa and Scott are truly Canada's sweethearts and the whole country (and even some other countries) were rooting for them to take the gold in ice dancing. I was way too nervous to watch the event live, so I kept checking Twitter to see if they had won - and I was so happy they did. Figure skating is one of those sports where the scoring isn't really clear or well understood, but what I do know is Tessa and Scott skated their hearts out and told two beautiful stories. What a way to end two decades of partnership!

2. Weekend Projects
I have been a huge fan of Apartment Therapy for years, and my favourite content on their website is the Weekend Project series. Every Friday, an e-mail is sent out with a small home improvement project. As we move into Spring, these projects are a fun and easy way to ease into Spring cleaning!

3. Stella Bow Heels
I've given up shopping for Lent - but I absolutely love these shoes. I hope they're still around after Easter!

4. Florida Teens
I have so much respect and admiration for the teens in Florida working hard to fight gun violence. Regardless of where you identify politically, I'm sure we can all agree that schools should be safe for all students at all times - and these teens are doing heavy lifting to make sure that happens. 

5. Black kids watching Black Panther
I saw Black Panther on Monday and it was incredible! This is the first Marvel movie with a Black superhero as the lead - which is honestly long overdue. I think it's so important for people of colour to see themselves and their culture represented well in film! The pictures are so touching and I was a little emotional scrolling through the post!

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Pretty Pastels!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This post may seem premature - but the Spring-like temperatures we've been seeing have me really excited! Early Spring is pretty lackluster with all of the rain and slush - but I think it's a perfect opportunity to break out some fun colours! Pretty pastels are a welcome break from the neutrals I tend to reach for throughout Winter and can make the most dreary days feel fun. I'm currently on a shopping hiatus for Lent - but once Easter rolls through I am looking forward to adding these pastel items to my closet!

Shop more items using the widget below!

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Weekend Links

Friday, February 9, 2018

Happy Friday! I will be super busy all weekend plus we are supposed to have two snowstorms pass through (ugh). I am so tired of Winter and cannot wait until Spring. This week ran pretty smoothly and I'm so glad. I really feel like I'm finding my groove for the year and it feels awesome.

Currently, I'm looking to plan out content for the end of this month into the beginning of March, so I'd love to know what kinds of posts you'd like to see on the blog! You can either leave a comment on this post, shoot me an e-mail or DM me on Instagram!


Image via: FTD by Design

One // Your Perfect Galentine's Day
Galentine's and Valentine's Days are just around the corner, which means it's time to put plans into action. Whether you're throwing a party for your girlfriends or a romantic dinner for two, FTD has you covered with fun decor ideas. From gorgeous floral tablescapes to quirky party favors, you'll have no trouble putting together the perfect celebration in just a few short days. 

Two // Lotto Love
I came across these scratch cards while putting together gift guides for Christmas. The shipping cutoff had passed, so, unfortunately, I couldn't include them in the guides but I still think they are great gifts. Every card gives back in the form of charitable gifts for people in need. Some of the donations include clean water, solar energy, and nutritious meals. A perfect gift for your socially conscious friend!

Three // Valentine's Day Dress
If you still need a dress for Valentine's Day - I love this one by J. Crew. The shoulder detail is so pretty and it's on sale!

Four // Black Panther 
I don't really get excited to see movies - but I cannot wait to see Black Panther. It comes out on the 16th and the reviews are amazing so far. This Time article explores why this film is so important (especially during Black History Month) and it makes my excitement increase tenfold! 

Have a great weekend!

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My Winter Skincare Routine!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

After a brief thaw - Winter weather has come back in full force. With 40 days until the official start of spring (and an extra month before it actually warms up), it feels like Winter weather is sticking around for the long haul. Winter skincare is super important for me because I have very dry skin. The cold weather does nothing to help that, so I take extra measures to prevent my skin from getting too dry. 

One of the most important steps in my skincare routine is hydrating. Whether it be from drinking extra water to using the best moisturizers - hydration is key 🔑. 

My routine:
1. I use Lush's Cup o' Coffee mask to exfoliate. It's a gentle mask with coffee grinds which help to buff away dry skin flakes. The mask smells like coffee, which is great in the mornings if you need a little kick. My favourite part of the mask is it's vegan and microbead formula! Many skincare products on the market still have microbeads, which are tiny plastic pieces that end up in our water systems. If you can make the switch to microbead free products, you would be keeping plastic out of our water - which is incredibly important. 

2. I cleanse with First Aid Beauty's face cleanser. It's a cream cleanser that removes any lingering dirt while adding moisture. This formula is cruelty-free and vegan.

3. I spray Lush's Breath of Fresh Air toner all over to help seal in moisture. I have sensitive skin, and I find the sea water paired with aloe vera helps calm everything down. I love that there is no alcohol in this toner because it causes my face to burn and feel drier than before. This product is cruelty-free and vegan!

4. Using First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream, I moisturize my entire face. I bought this after reading so many positive reviews on Sephora's website - and I totally get it. This moisturizer is not greasy at all and leaves my skin feeling soft but without a sheen. I love it! I bought the generic cream, but I've since learned there is a facial moisturizer. The formulas are very similar, so I'll stick to the regular cream until I run out. This product is cruelty-free and vegan

5. Lastly, I moisturize my lips with Fresh's Sugar Lip Caramel. I received this as a gift from Sephora and I really like the smell and how smooth my lips are after using it. I recently learned that Fresh is not a cruelty-free brand - which is really upsetting. I'll have to find another product to replace this one!

And that's it! My routine is not overly complicated and I think 'less is more' definitely works in for me but I'm always open to testing new products!

What are your holy-grail skincare products? Do you have a skincare routine?

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