February 10, 2016

juice cleanse - belmonte raw

About a month ago, I decided to do a juice cleanse for three days. My sister-in-law was doing it with her office, so my husband and I decided to give it a go. After the holidays, after all that eating and indulging, I just felt like it was a perfect time to reboot the body. Belmonte Raw is a local plant based raw food and juices shop that makes and delivers to you daily.  They have six cleanses to choose from; three which are strictly juices, and three that combine juices and raw, vegan food. I opted for the intermediate one, the Deeper. This cleanse consists of 6 juices and a liver cleansing tea. It claims to rest your digestive system, boost energy and promotes cellular repair. You can look up all the juices here, but they full of healthy, nutritious ingredients like beets, carrots, ginger, spinach, cucumber, cashew milk, and even a shot of aloe! So here are my thoughts on the whole process. 

My pros: I think doing a juice cleanse for three days is totally manageable. They provide you with a schedule that shows you just about when to have each drink. Five of the six drinks are 500ml, so trust me, you really don't feel hungry. Your day also starts off with 1L of lemon water right when you wake up. So when you add it all up, there's a whole lot of liquid. I always felt full. To be honest, I even had to stretch the schedule a bit because I wasn't hungry at times. By the end of the first day, I had a lot of energy. I'm not sure if it was from the juices or if it was just because my mind knew I was doing good for my body. Still, for the entire three days, I was feeling really good. 

My cons: the first has to be the price. This cleanse runs you about $75.00 per day, but through a group discount, we did for $55.00. Yeah... its not cheap. But you could definitely do it yourself at home if you have a juicer. I'm definitely thinking of doing that if I do it again. Even though you don't actually feel 'hungry', it's really hard not to reach for food if you're a snacker. I'm an evening snacker. I know, I know, it's the worst, but I am what I am. And that was the hardest part of this. When you're chilling out on the couch at the end of the day, and you're craving gummy bears out of pure, joyous greed and gluttony, it's hard to say no. Really, really hard. And lastly, I'm sure you guessed it, there was an outrageous number of trips to the little girls room! So be prepared for that.

Would I do it again?  I would! Aside from feeding your body insane amounts of nutrients, I really did learn a lot about my eating habits in these short three days. I love eating. Don't get me wrong, I eat pretty well enough that I don't usually feel guilty about my 'cheat meals'. But I'm one of those people who preps dinner in my head while I'm eating lunch. So I really noticed just how much I think about food. Overall, this was a pretty cool experience and I would recommend it. I don't see myself doing it for more than three days, however, but it's definitely something worth trying.


February 08, 2016

i heart stan

Forever 21 jacket / H&M shirt / Garage jeans / Adidas sneakers via Urban Outfitters

I've been obsessing over Stan Smiths for a couple of months now. I recently declared myself an Adidas girl after purchasing a few workout items from the brand. But my oh my were these bad boys tough to get my hands on. After searching high and low, Urban Outfitters saved my life. My new babies finally came in the mail last week. Since they're more of a spring/summer show,  I can't exactly wear them as much as I'd like right now, And even though it's a 'warm winter' it's still freaken winter. So for now, See you this spring, Stan. 


January 30, 2016

winter cozy

Joe Fresh sweater / Forever 21 coat / Old Navy jeans / Zara boots 

Happy weekend, lovelies! I've been living in this oversized turtleneck from Joe Fresh. It's the beeeeest. Style and comfort wrapped into one. Can't beat that!


January 26, 2016

matte lippies

Colourpop's Stingraye

Colourpop's Tulle

 Colourpop's Beeper

Colourpop's Beeper mixed with Clueless

Hi lovelies. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have most likely seen these photos already. I just wanted to share them here to show you my current makeup addiction lately. I've never been much of a lipgloss person, mostly because my lips are already pretty plump. I never wanted them to look big and shiny. My favourite lipsticks were always the ones with matte finishes (mostly MAC, but honestly, they're super, super drying). NYX Cosmetics also has great matte lip creams, but they're not exactly long lasting. I decided to give Colourpop after doing some research. I love the colours. I have about six lippies and I love the ones I have so far. My biggest piece of advice; exfoliate your lips before applying. If you're having a dry lips day, just don't wear it. It's not a cute look when the colour is caught up in dry skin. Otherwise, love these! Have you tried them? Or any other matte lip colours? 


January 20, 2016

black and camel

black dress

Forever 21 coat and dress / Aldo boots and bag

Black and camel is fast becoming one of my favourite colour combinations. There's something so lux about the pairing of these two colours. Everything here is simple and that's what I love about this look. I used to be drawn to bold prints and bright colours a lot more, but lately, simplicity has been doing it for me. Don't get me wrong though, there's always room for statement pieces!


January 19, 2016

winter wonderland

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Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is going well so far! Here's a little winter outfit I put together in collaboration with Spring. Okay so I know you're probably thinking 'where are her pants?' but I promise it wasn't that cold the day I shot these photos. Getting cozied up in chunky knit sweaters and blanket scarves is definitely the best part of winter. That, and watching a snowfall from the your comfy couch while enveloped in throw blankets.

The first thing that's a must on a cold winter day is a sweater. I absolutely love chunky, oversized sweaters. They're great for layering, and they're so comfortable you can really let it all hang out (maybe that's just me). And no matter what, sweaters are always on trend. I've been into turtlenecks a lot recently, so naturally, I opted for a turtleneck sweater dress. On a cold day, I'd skip the bare legs and go for thick leggings or jeans. So for those days of extreme cold (and snow), it is 100% certain that I'll be reaching for my parka. There are so many nice ones out there today, I just can't justify buying five parkas just because they're cute. You really don't have to sacrifice style for warmth here. Check out all the quality parkas from Spring here. Boots are obviously weather dependent. No way I'm risking slipping on ice with heels. But if it's completely dry out there, that's a different story. Last but not least are the accessories - hats, gloves and scarves. I love a good beanie. I totally believed my mom when she told me that I'll catch a cold if my head is cold. I'm still wearing my toques. You can never go wrong with any winter accessory, so pile it on!