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30.8.17

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29.8.17

TRAVEL WHEN YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO TRAVEL

SO you've got the travel bug, but your bank account wont let you leave the country...

Don't stress, I've got you covered with

4 PLACES ALL WITHIN 4 HOURS OF TORONTO THAT WILL (TEMPORARILY) SATISFY YOUR TRAVEL BUG FOR THE LAST WEEKEND OF SUMMER



1. HAMILTON - WEBSTER FALLS



I know, I know. Your initial reaction to seeing HAMILTON on this list is probably a big 'WTF?!' right? Well turns out Hamilton has some pretty big and beautiful waterfalls. If you only have the budget for a quick day trip, then Hamilton is for sure your best bet - it's only about an hour drive out of the city.

*Where to go: Webster Falls, Tews Falls (It's a bit of a hike to get to both - around 30/40 mins but definitely worth it)
*Where to eat: The French - If you want to feel EVEN MORE like you're on vaca, check out this French bistro that looks like it was just plucked out of Paris and dropped into Hamilton.

2. MILTON - TERRE BLEU LAVENDER FARM



Terre Bleu Lavender Farm in Milton is as close as you will get to a French countryside getaway without getting on a plane. Lavender is one of my favourite flowers and my favourite scent, so this place was HEAVEN to me.

*Where to go: Terre Bleu Lavender Farm
*Where to eat: Terre Bleu Lavender Farm - they've only got two things on the menu, but both are delicious - lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream!


3. TOBERMORY (BRUCE PENINSULA)


If you've never been to Thailand because the idea of 24 hour travel time makes you sick, then the 3.5 hour drive to BP is for you. I'd refer to BP as the poor man's Thailand, but that wouldn't be very nice, so instead I will refer to BP as Canada's own version of Thailand. You may have seen my photos from my recent trip up to BP (ya that time I tricked everyone into thinking that I went to Thailand for the day). BP is BEAUTIFUL - I have never seen clearer water (in Canada) or more gorgeous rock formations and caves (again, in Canada LOL). If you want to feel like you're somewhere tropical surrounded by beautiful water grottos then definitely check out BP for the day.

*Where to go: Bruce Peninsula, Flower Pot Island
*Where to eat: SLIM PICKINGS up at BP, don't expect anything fancy (mostly local diners and sports bars), I'd recommend bringing a picnic for the day!


4. PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY

(Photos from The Drake Devonshire, The June Motel)

If you like wine and aesthetically pleasing decor. PEC is the place for you. Although I have only been to PEC once when I was 15, I have been dying to go back. OBVIOUSLY since this is the only place on my list that I haven't been to recently, I can't give the most in-depth reviews about where to go and where to stay. HOPEFULLY I will get to go back before the impending DOOM of Canadian winter hits and experience PEC as an adult. For now I'll share with you guys all of the places that I am lusting over via Instagram.

*Where to stay: The Drake Devonshire, The June Motel (both of these places are an Instagrammer's DREAM - I have yet to stay at either of these places, but I have definitely spent time creeping their IG accounts plotting my getaway)
*Where to go: Sandbanks Provincial Park, Wineries (there's honestly too many to list), Lake on the Mountain
*Where to eat: The Drake Devonshire - I am currently accepting any reccos for more restaurants in PEC because 1. I have only ever eaten at the Drake (in Toronto) and 2. Like I said, the last time I was in PEC I was 15 LOL...

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23.8.17

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: AROMATHERAPY


For those who don't know, I have a LARGE array of small things wrong with me...

First of all I'm picky as fuq, but we'll save that for another story...For the sake of THIS story, we're going to focus on:

1. My inability to turn my mind off when it's time to go to bed 
2. My INSANELY HIGH STRESS LEVELS
and finally
3. My annoyingly sensitive stomach

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As a self-employed freelancer my mind is constantly thinking 'work, work, work', 'Can I create something right now?',  'Am I wasting my time right now?', 'What should I be doing?' - basically my mind never shuts the fuck up. 

I'm pretty sure all Millennials can relate, whether your self-employed or not, we live in an age where we are being constantly bombarded with connection and options. 

So how TF do we quiet our minds and banish stress?

Recently I got together with a friend Julia who works for Saje Natural Wellness and she introduced me to the natural healing benefits of aromatherapy. I didn't know much about aromatherapy, but the crystal loving, spiritual hippie woman inside me was DEFINITELY DOWN to give it a try! Julia introduced me to some of Saje's core products and I have to say after using them for around 2 weeks now, I am ADDICTED.



The first product that I LEGIT carry around in my purse with me every day is Saje's 


This little pouch contains 5 different oil blends all with targeted uses (headache relief, germ fighting, digestion easing, stress reduction, and pain reduction). TBH I was a little apprehensive about how much oil could help with issues such as my stress and my digestive issues, but somehow it does. 

Whenever I'm feeling stressed (which is probably like 300 times a day) I take out the 'Stress Release' roll on ball and roll the oil on my wrists and and hands. I then cup my hands together and breathe the oil in slowly and deeply. ALTHOUGH I may look like a crackhead huffing some sketchy shit in my palms when I do this, it actually works to calm me down. WARNING - your friends and family may look at you like you are clinically insane when you do this, but at least you'll be too calm and zen to give a fuq. 

As for the 'Eater's Digest' roll on ball - I initially thought there was NO WAY simply rolling some oil on my stomach would work as my friends and family will tell you my stomach is more sensitive than a girl who just got her period. BUT the debilitating stomach pains that normally ensue after a binge night on Maker's pizza were no where to be found. SO NOW I AM A BELIEVER. 

The second product that I cannot live without is Saje's 

'SLEEP WELL' roll on oil:

A couple rolls of this oil onto my neck, wrist, and palms and I am out like a light. Normally if I fall asleep before my boyfriend and he tries to get into bed after I've fallen asleep, i'll instantly wake up screaming profanities at him for disturbing my rest (lucky guy eh?)...But when I use the 'Sleep Well' he could literally roll me off the bed and I'd still probably be fully out. This little roll on oil is a LIFESAVER for anyone who has difficulties falling asleep and/or staying asleep - it now has a permanent home on my bedside table. 



Check out Saje Wellness for more natural remedies

31.7.17

PICNIC




Gingham for summer 2017? GROUNDBREAKING. 

I know it's kinda basic, but there's something appealing to me about looking like a walking picnic blanket...(maybe it's the relation to food)

OUTFIT

27.7.17

SKINCARE REGIMEN THAT CLEARED UP MY SKIN!!!


FEBRUARY 3RD, 2016 - I woke up with what appeared to be a red bumpy, itchy rash all over the left side of my cheek and jawline. I had no idea where the EFF it came from or what caused it - All I knew was that I was most definitely going to blow off all my commitments and spend my entire day in bed hiding under the covers hoping that whatever the fuck was on my face would just magically disappear.



FAST FORWARD A YEAR - and lets just say it MOST DEFINITELY hadn't magically disappeared. Ya thats right, A YEAR LATERRRRR I was still dealing with insanely problematic (thats a gentle way of putting it) skin. My former rash had developed and EVOLVED like fucking Charmander to Charizard. I was now dealing with random breakouts of hives all over my face and consistent acne and acne scarring along my jawline (where the rash used to be). As soon as one pimple would go away (and turn into a scar or discolouration) another one would pop up to take its place like clockwork.


Now don't think I sat on my lazy ass for the span of a year just hoping and wishing that the SHIT STORM on my face would just go away on it's own, oh no - over the course of the year I:

1. Went to a dermatologist - who was not helpful AT ALL, she barely spoke to me or looked at my face, she just prescribed me some medicated face cream that she told me was going to dry the living daylights out of my skin - Ya no thanks bitchy dermatologist, I think I'll PASS.

2. Went to a naturopath - who put me on the elimination diet to try and figure out what I could have been allergic to - eating ONLY clear soup broth for a week was definitely NOT my cup of tea, so that didn't work...

3. Became a Sephora VIB Rouge SOLELY from buying skincare products that I hoped would be my magic solution - It got to the point where I was basically just throwing my money at Sephora associates screaming "SOMEONE PLEASE JUST HELP ME"!!!!

4. Went for regular facials which set me back around $200-$300 every time

5. Spent hundreds/thousands of dollars on cool laser treatments to try and get rid of the acne/scars

*6. Cried A LOT about the awful state of my skin and how NOTHING was helping

YET there I was a whole goddamn year later STILL facing the same skin problems.


FAST FORWARD TO APRIL 2017 - After the recommendation of DECIEM from my eyelash girl, I decided to add some of their products into my new skincare regimen and see how they worked out...

FAST FORWARD TO MAY 2017 - I started to notice that my skin was ACTUALLY CLEARING UP!!! PRAISE ALL THE HOLY SKIN GODS I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT...Truthfully I didn't want to believe it, I was so scared of getting my hopes up after having awful skin for OVER A YEAR, but my skin just kept getting better and better.

FAST FORWARD TO NOW - My skin is completely clear. DID YOU HEAR THAT (errrr read that) COMPLETELY. FUCKING. CLEAR. (I haven't had a pimple in over a month, NOT EVEN A PERIOD PIMPLE!!!), my scars have all faded (and trust me they were REALLY BAD before), and best of all I don't need to hide behind heavy face make-up anymore!!!

If you have ever struggled with bad skin you can probably empathize with the fact that I literally want to CRY over how happy I am with my skin's transformation over the past couple months.


ANYWAY I wanted to share my skincare regimen that I adopted in APRIL that has CLEARED UP MY SKIN and kept it consistently clear for the past 3 months!!! Hopefully this regimen will help any of you who are currently struggling with something similar to what I went through.

SHOP MY SKINCARE REGIMEN BELOW (No this post isn't sponsored - I honestly just wanted to share these products in the hopes that someone struggling with their skin will have the same results that I have had with these).

1. MARIO BADESCU ENZYME CLEANSER $14 - This is my main cleanser, I use this every night



2. CETAPHIL CLEANSER $10 - My boyfriend has this at his house, so I just started using it randomly when I'd sleepover. Turns out it's fucking great. It's super cheap, does a good job at washing away dirt and makeup, and doesn't dry out your skin at all.

3. MARIO BADESCU FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS, AND ROSEWATER $9  - I spray my face with this a ridiculous amount - morning, day, and night

4. DECIEM - THE ORDINARY 'BUFFET' SERUM $14.80 - I use this every morning/night

5. DECIEM - THE ORDINARY 'ADVANCED RETINOID 2% $9.80 - I use this every other night

6. DECIEM - NIOD 'MULTI-MOLECULAR HYALURONIC COMPLEX' $60 - I use this sporadically but you can use it every morning/night - I know it's pricey but it's worth it



7. FLAWLESS IN 15 'EYE MASK SYSTEM' (pack of 3 $45) - I use these only if I have a shoot or casting the next day or if I haven't gotten enough sleep

8. PURE AND SIMPLE 'SENSITIVE SKIN - EXFOLIANT AND FACE MASK' $18.66 - I use this once a week to exfoliate - I have really sensitive skin so exfoliating scares me because I am scared of breaking out again, but this exfoliant is from one of the places I used to get facials at. It's really gentle and is also used as a moisturizing mask



9. LANCOME - BIENFAIT UV SPF 50 FACIAL SUNSCREEN $39 - I TRYYYYY to remember to put this on EVERY DAY - truthfully I need to be better. But we all know how important sunscreen is if you're not tryna age like a raisin.


Even though I SWEAR by all of these products, I'm ALWAYS looking to add more to my routine/to try new brands!! If you guys know any MUST-HAVE products for me to try send me a DM on IG or email me AND LET YA GIRL KNOW!!!!


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