Dermarolling (microneedling)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Please don't mind the green bathroom - this is the last part of the house we will be renovating over the next few months... Anyway, on to an exciting topic that I have been very wanting to share for some time now - microneedling/dermarolling. I have been dermarolling for about 2 months now, and I must say that this little product is a miracle one! It has helped me with my adult-acne, exfoliation, and fine-line prevention.

So, what is dermarolling? You may or may not have heard about it due to the hype of this product (which is basically an overpriced dermaroller with a light - I don't think you need to spend $$$ to get the same result, just saying). Dermarolling, is an at-home micro needling treatment that has been around for several years. The concept behind it is quite simple - the roller contains many small needles that create microscopic wounds on your skin, tiny enough not to produce a scar and just enough to stimulate "repair". Your skin is essentially tricked into producing collagen and elastin (all that good stuff) to repair itself from these tiny wounds.

So, why should you be doing this? After the age of 25 (or as early as 18), collagen production decreases by about 1% per year, which leads to aging. Dermarolling is also an excellent way to help repair acne scars and diminish the appearance of stretch marks. Regardless of your concern, dermarolling makes your skin feel like a "baby's bottom", and is worth it based on that fact alone.

So, how often should you be dermarolling? Honestly, it is up to you. I do it once every 2 weeks. However, some recommend as little as once per month. If you have sensitive skin, you should probably stick to a longer period of time in between. I use a 0.25mm dermaroller due to my thin skin and the fact that I don't have deep set wrinkles just yet (fingers crossed). If you have particularly complex skin issues, it is advised to check with your healthcare professional before starting this treatment.

So, where do you get it? I purchased mine on amazon, but you can also get one here. As stated, I do not use one with long needles. However, if you have deeper wrinkles, you may want to go for something closer to 1.5mm. 

If you have been micro needling at home with a dermaroller, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Holiday Look #2 + Life Update

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Happy Christmas week! Can you believe that we are already here!? I am so excited to spend my first Christmas in the new home. In relation to that, you are probably wondering where I have been the past week due to my absence on the blog and Instagram. The simple truth is that I have been soo incredibly busy moving into my new house. Not to mention that we are completely renovating the entire house, so half of it is in utter chaos - it'll be worth it in the end. On top of that, I recently started a new job and went through a gruelling interview process that got the better of my nerves (my skin totally broke-out as a result). To give you an idea of how busy I have been, the first time I wore "regular clothing"(aka not yoga pants - I work from home) in over a week, was yesterday! The good news is that I am finally settling in to a new routine and will *hopefully* be back to regular scheduled programming. 

Now, onto the look. This is the sweater that I will be wearing Christmas morning. We like to keep things pretty casual on Christmas day. A comfy sweater, paired with black pants of course, is therefore the perfect outfit. I'd also love to note how I began ordering from Boohoo a few months ago, and I have yet to receive one item that I didn't love!

What do you think of this look?

Choker Sweaters

Friday, December 8, 2017

Old Navy flats (similar)
Black stretch pants (similar)

Choker sweaters - the name sounds kind of awkward, doesn't it? This trend is one that actually grew on me, and I was hesitant to purchase a choker top mainly due to the fact that I am more often than not, wearing a scarf when it it is below 70degrees outside (which would hide the choker part of the top). However, I came to realize that a choker sweater does inevitably sort of serve as a scarf in the sense that it does keep your neck warm. From that point on, I fell in love with the trend.

I paired this look with black pants (surprise?), my favorite pom pom flats (similar), and my newest obsession - my Gucci Marmont bag.

What do you think of choker tops/sweaters?

Comfy Camel-Colored Sweater

Monday, December 4, 2017

Happy Monday! This sweater is so incredibly cozy that I could not resist but to share. It comes in one-size, but I would say that it fits anyone from size XS to M thanks to the tie waist. I think that I will be purchasing it in other colors very soon, since it has been my comfy go-to sweater these past few weeks. You can dress it up with heels, or dress is down with comfy pants and flats. 

In other new, you guyssss, my house is finally ready-ish to move in. We are only done the lower level (#renovationtimelineroblems), but I am so excited to move in and to finally put up my Christmas tree! I can't wait to share every step of the way with you all!

What do you think of this look?

Vegas Roundup

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nine West flats (similar)
black tote (similar)
L&C ankle pants (similar)
H&M earrings (similar)

We had such a great time in Vegas this past weekend! My mom and I visited to see my friend Lauren Howe, Miss Universe Canada 2017, compete in the Miss Universe pageant. We had front row tickets which was an amazing experience in itself, and best of all she made it to the top 10! 

We stayed at the Bellagio hotel, which we have stayed at before, and ate at some fabulous restaurants such as Lago and Yellowtail, among others. We had a wonderful time strolling along the Las Vegas Strip, with coffee or wine continuously in hand (haha, when in Vegas). My style of visiting Vegas pretty much includes a high emphasis on food and wandering, and to suit this style of travel, relatively comfy but cute clothing (see links above and photos below).

I'd love to hear about your favourite spots in Las Vegas!

Red Coat + Canadian Black Friday

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Aldo heels (similar)

A cute red coat can easily be deemed as a staple in one's winter wardrobe. With the holidays in mind, and simply the fact that red is a power color, a red coat will definitely be worn on repeat this time of year. Not to mention, red goes super well with black, my go-to color for the winter season. 

I paired this look with my favorite Burberry scarf - a staple in any fall wardrobe - my favorite Aldo d'orsay heels (similar), some black pants (surprise, surprise) , and this versatile camisole

Black Friday for us Canadians can often be tricky - we want to shop all the deals, yet hate the hassle of having to pay taxes/duties on certain orders and wait 2 weeks for our order to even reach us. Who wants to pay $30 of taxes/duties on an <$100 purchase? Not me! For this reason, I gathered a few Black Friday sales that are Canadian-friendly when it comes to shipping and listed them below. Although there are a bunch more awesome sales out there, I wanted to only feature the stores that I genuinely shop at online on the regular and items that I will be taking advantage of purchasing.

Old Navy - 50% off entire purchase. Stock up on basics!
Banana Republic - 50% off all merchandise. Take advantage of cashmere and wool sweaters*
The Gap - 50% everything. Stock up on outerwear!
Roots - 30% off entire store. Stock up on those winter sweaters!
The Bay - up to 50% off clothing. Stock up on cashmere and shoes!
Nike - 30% off using BF30_CA. Stock up on the cutest sports bras!
Forever 21 - up to 70% off. Stock up on party attire!
H&M - up to 60%. Stock up on blouses!

What do you think of this look? What Black Friday sales will you be shopping?

Ruffle-Hem Sweater

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Nine West booties (similar)

I was on the fence about ordering this sweater, but I am so happy that I did since it fits so well! I love the ruffle-hem and the collar. It comes in several colors, and for reference I am wearing a size medium since I like all of my sweaters looser fitting. It isn't quite peplum, however the ruffle hem gives it that extra feminine vibe all the while remaining a cozy and moveable sweater.

I paired the outfit with my favorite casual jeans of the season (which I own several pairs of) from joe-fresh, my old Nine West booties (similar) and my favorite Louis Vuitton bag. I am getting the vibe lately that you all love casual outfits rather than dressy, so I'm trying my best to feature more of these as often as possible. This works out in my favor as well, since it is much easier to feature what I am actually wearing that day or the day prior. I have also noticed that you all love Christmas/the holiday season, so I am definitely taking a mental note of this all the while planning out my posts for the next few weeks.

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday! I am seriously losing track of the days of the week. This is sort of a good thing as I cannot wait for Friday because, #1 my mother and I might brace Black Friday sales before boarding our flight to Vegas, and #2 because we are one step closer to seeing my friend being crowned Miss Universe (you hear it here first, folks).

What do you think of this look?