Sunday, 31 July 2016

Outfit | Summer Strips & Tan Lines

Recently I was on vacation in Prince Edward Island, Canada (travel diary coming soon) and wanted to share this summer outfit I wore. First, can we talk about this top! I am in love with the style. I don't know why I don't own more off the shoulder tops. I'm running out the door right now to get more. The top is from a new private label line at Hudson's Bay, Highline Collective. I have a couple of more pieces from them. They have trendy, contemporary pieces that are great quality. They are a little expensive but, I got mine during the summer clearance event. Hudson's Bay is always having sales and deals so, try to never pay full price for anything.


Gladiator Sandals: Local Boutique






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Friday, 29 July 2016

Outfit | Joggers


Pants: Style & Co.
Shoes: Nine West
Jewellery: Garage Clothing







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Monday, 25 July 2016

Vegan Cuts July Beauty Box Unboxing



Here's what is in this month's box:

1. Bodi Safe Beauty - Lip and Cheek Enhancer in Charmed ($20 Value)
2. Suntegrity Skincare - natural Moisturizing face Sunscreen and Primer ($4.95 Value)
3. Zoe Organics - Refresh Oil ($14 Value)
4. Molly Rose Balms - Citrus Almond Lip Scrub ($7 Value)
5. Nature's Shea Butter - Vanilla Ylang Ylang ($2.75 Value)
6. Hello - Floride Toothpaste in Mojito Mint ($1 Value)
7. Modicum Skincare - Essential Serum ($20 Value)
Total Value: $69.70

I like that this box has seven products and the box value is double what I paid. The lip and cheek and enhancer is a pretty, natural pink colour. I have tried it on my lips and it feels great but, I wouldn’t put the product on my cheeks. The consistency isn’t something I feel is meant for your cheeks. The shea butter is a vanilla scent so naturally I thought I would like it. However, it has Ylang Ylang essential oil mixed in and the smell is very sweet and doesn’t sit well with me. But, the product itself is very rich and nourishing on the skin. I think receiving a toothpaste this month is fantastic because I have always wanted to try a natural toothpaste and now I can. The last box had a mini sunscreen and I think I said, it is always great to have a small size sunscreen for the summer and bring with you to the beach. I like that I can try out another mini sunscreen but, it is different because this one is a sunscreen and face primer in one, which I have never heard of before. I have never heard of an Essential oil stick before but, I think it is basically like a roller ball perfume. However, they are much more fragrant in comparison. I haven’t tried the face serum yet but, it has a high value and a luxurious bottle so, I have high hopes the the product inside is good as well. I love the lip exfoliator. The fact that it is in a tube like lip balm makes the process much more convenient. In a box a got a couple months back I received another Molly Rose Balm product, a body exfoliator (which I used up very quickly). So, with that being said I really enjoy their products and will most likely purchase a full size in the near future. The exfoliators, exfoliate, that’s a given but, they don’t leave your skin dry, they leave your skin ridiculously smooth.  

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Outfit | One top, two ways

I recently got this top from Hudson's Bay and it inspired me to write this post. I love the drop armhole style and the flowiness of the top. A plain top like this can be styled to look more dressy or more casual. The first look is more dressy with the shorts, heels, and clutch. The second look is more casual with jeans and sandals. I featured the black floppy hat in both outfits because I recently got it from Dynamite clothing and I am obsessed. However, you could easily swap out the floppy hat for a pair of sunglasses in the second look.

Look #1





Top: Highline Collective

Look #2



Top: Highline Collective
Shoes: Local Boutique
Sunglasses: Forever 21

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Q & A with Naturopath Sarah Penney



Dr. Sarah Penney has been practicing naturopathic medicine for over 5 years and operates a successful practice. I asked her a few questions about naturopathy; here are her responses:

Why did you want to study Naturopathic Medicine?

'When I was in university, I took an anthropology course about the different types of medicine all over the world and we had an ND come and speak to us in the class. The philosophy of naturopathic medicine regarding treatment of a person as a whole and finding the underlying cause of disease and what is going on really spoke to me. After that, I started volunteering at a naturopathic doctor’s office in my area and I loved the interactions they had with their patients.

The relationship that an ND has with patients is different from a family doctor because they have the time to spend to hear all your concerns and visits are often between 30 to 90 minutes long. If anyone reading this is thinking about starting a career in Naturopathic Medicine I would recommend contacting a practitioner in the area to talk to you about the career or ask about a volunteer opportunity. The opportunity to help people find the RIGHT and effective natural medicine to help them with their health concerns really appealed to me. The natural health industry has exploded in the last decade and it can be hard to find reliable information in the new age of social media and to know what is safe and effective.

Naturopathic medicine is a form of primary care in Ontario, which means that ND's can help treat all the same concerns as a family doctor, but we do not focus on medications to help our patients feel better. The tools that naturopathic doctors use include nutritional therapies, acupuncture, herbal medicine, homoeopathy and some are trained in IV therapy and use other physical tools like reiki. Every naturopath practices a little bit differently. The common thread in naturopathic medicine is that we try and find the underlying concern for what is going on so that patients can have long-term resolution of symptoms. For example, if someone comes into my office with a headache, instead of recommending that they take Advil daily to combat this symptom I might look at factors like stress levels, muscle tension, nutritional deficiencies or triggers, levels or hydration and other factors to address the underlying cause. Depending on where you live, regulation and enforced education of Naturopaths can vary, and it is important to find a practitioner who has appropriate training. In Ontario, all naturopathic doctors have a four-year postgraduate degree and have passed regulatory exams in order to be able to practice.'

Why use natural therapies to encourage health?

'One big difference between naturopathic medicine and conventional medicine is that we tend to promote prevention by recommending lifestyle changes that can decrease the risk of conditions developing. By employing these strategies at any stage in life, this can reduce the risk of some conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other conditions. When dealing with a short term issue sometimes naturopathic medicine can help get to root cause of things like I discussed earlier which can decrease the overuse of medications that could lead to side effects. It may not be possible to resolve all health concerns with natural medicine, but treatments generally have fewer side effects and depending on the condition can help relieve symptoms. It is important to look at the quality of life when deciding whether a natural therapy or a medication. Sometimes medications can be useful in the short term, but there could be a better long-term option that treats the cause of the condition naturally.'

You mention that you specialize in women’s health. Can you talk about some common concerns that come up?  

'As a Naturopathic Doctor, I do see a lot of women health concerns in my office. I see concerns like fertility issues, stress of managing a family life, skin conditions like acne or digestive concerns. One common complaint is low energy levels in women of all ages. One thing I always talk to my patients about is nutrition. Many women tend to neglect their protein intake or are not eating enough calories throughout the day because they are not taking breaks at work or are prioritizing their family and care of the home over health and nutrition. I always recommend a breakfast that is high in protein like eggs or a vegan protein shake or something with nut butter to start off the day and help them continue this trend with snacks that are high in protein like nuts or salads with beans or Greek yoghurt if they tolerate dairy. Little changes to enhance nutritional intake can often help with energy levels. For women who have issues with acne and skin health, identifying the underlying cause is the focus of our visits. Treatment for hormonal imbalances can include herbal therapies or even increased fibre to help with detox, I may also look at nutritional triggers in some people like dairy sensitivities or even sugar intake. Some women also need help managing their stress levels to get their skin under control. I find that identifying the underlying cause that is unique to each patient is key to helping with the resolution of acne and skin issues.'

I hope this post helped you understand naturopathic medicine and what it's all about. You can find Sarah on her website / social media:


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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Outfit | Palazzo Pants

So, I saw these pants online and I had to have them. I am never usually adventurous with bottoms. I tend to stick with plain black leggings and pants. However, these palazzo pants have changed my mind forever. They are the most comfortable pants I have ever worn. They're flowy and surprising they keep you cool in the hot weather. I got mine at Garage Clothing; they are now on sale and have a couple of more colours and patterns. 


Pants: Garage Clothing 
Flip Flops: Garage Clothing
Rings: Magnolia Jewellery 






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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Outfit | Two trends in one w/ Boutique of Molly

Boutique of Molly connected with me to collaborate on my blog. I was super excited and said yes of course. Boutique of Molly is an online boutique based out of the UK. They offer trendy clothing at amazing prices. Today I am going to feature their denim or chambray, off the shoulder dress. Which is the perfect combination of two very popular trends right now. I styled the dress with a pair of gladiator sandals, a black clutch, a floppy hat and some dainty jewellery.






They have been generous enough to give me a discount code for 20% off your purchase LISAMARIE20. They ship worldwide! Follow them on social media for fashion inspiration.
Follow them on Twitter @boutiqueofmolly, Instagram @boutiqueofmollyuk and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/boutiqueofmolly for updates and new fashion!

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Outfit | Pop of Pink


Top: TopShop Camisole
Jeans: Dynamite Kate Skinny Jeans
Shoes: Aldo
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Bow Ring: Forever 21




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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The Ultimate Summer Wish List


Spring, a company based out of NYC connected with me to write a summer wish list. After looking at their accessories page, I fell in love with some of their items and I had to share.

HATS
I have never been a hat person until recently when I purchased a wool floppy hat. I now love hats and they're a great way to cover up second-day hair. These two simple baseball caps fit the athletic or sporty summer trend perfectly.

https://www.shopspring.com/products/42334774
https://www.shopspring.com/products/36651928

HAIR ACCESSORIES
It's hot in the summer and that means wearing our hair up. A way to make a ponytail cute is to use a detailed hair elastic.

https://www.shopspring.com/products/27801260
https://www.shopspring.com/products/36810578

EYE WEAR
Mirrored and coloured sunglasses are very trendy right now and I've always thought fake glasses were kind of interesting.

https://www.shopspring.com/products/28880884
https://www.shopspring.com/products/32940795

OTHER
Bright colours are a must in the summer and this "key fob" is a perfect small way to add a pop of colour. Moreover, the purse pom-pom key chain is a fun way to add colour to any summer outfit.

https://www.shopspring.com/products/30058793
https://www.shopspring.com/products/45015733

What's on your summer wish list? Let me know in the comments below!

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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Outfit | Casual Saturday's


Top: Forever 21
Bottoms: William Rast Jeans - Boyfriend Style
Shoes: Guess Sandals
Other: Stick on Bra (which are never fun btw)


 





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