Summer Reading| ‘If I Stay’ By Gayle Forman

My loves,

Every now and then I have been branching out of my traditional Beauty and Fashion posts. I hope all of you are actually enjoying this and not screaming at your computer screen for the next beauty product! But let’s be honest there is more to us women then just lipstick and nail polish right? So I thought I would share with you some books I’m reading this summer. I’m not sure why but I tend to read a lot more in the summer. I’m going to try to make it a habit to read more in general!

I much prefer easy, light reads for the summer, again I’m really not sure why. I go through periods of reading tons of books to not reading anything at all. I tend to pick up super depressing novels, I have no idea where this stems from but I’m just drawn to horribly sad stories. I was recently at Indigo with my mom and I came across the novel ‘If I Stay’ which caught my attention immediately because I remember seeing a poster for a movie with that title. I was intrigued so I picked it up and read the back. Now to make sure I’m really going to be interested in a book I always read the first few pages in the store. I was hooked immediately.

IMG_4091 IMG_4088If I Stay By Gayle Forman Paperback $11.39

“In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.”

I seriously loved this book. I’m not going to lie it’s incredibly sad and if you are one to cry easily you will need a box of tissues. It’s beautifully written and tugs at your heart-strings. It really does make you look at your life differently and really value the family and friends you have. As I said previously it is an easy read and not very long. It is a ‘teen novel’, but I really tend to love teen drama. I cannot even begin to tell you my obsession with bad teen tv drama, it’s an actual problem.

When I finished reading this novel I was immediately sad that I had finished it and it was over. I hate when I’m reading a good book and it ends! Luckily for me there is a sequel, so I immediately picked it up. I love reading the book before I see the movie. From what I can see from the previews however, it looks like it’s going to be pretty bang on. Which I’m happy about, because I will get to enjoy it all over again.

IMG_4096If you like an easy read and don’t mind that it’s not an epically written novel you should pick this up. It has young love, family love and friendship love. It teaches you to value the little moments in life that we tend to not appreciate. And it really shows you how important family is and how lucky we are to have the people that surround us and love us on a daily basis.

Have you read ‘If I Stay’? Will you see the movie?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Poke Me A Polka Dot

My loves,

Ahhh my favorite kind of day, Mani Monday. Any day is good when a beautiful Mani is involved! I love Polka Dots on a manicure especially when it’s fun and purple like this particular one. I did this lovely manicure on my lovely mother and it happened to work out quite well with her jewellery she was wearing. It’s all very mod and retro, reminds me of Twiggy or Edie Sedgwick.

IMG_4044 IMG_4045 IMG_4050 IMG_4051IMG_4044I love a good retro manicure every now and then! It was not even our intention when we started it but I’m really happy with the end result. The purple with the black polka dots really looks great together. And believe me my mom needs a little black in every manicure, it’s her favorite colour for everything!

To achieve this manicure I used OPI’s Pastel Gel Colour ‘Do you lilac it?’, Artistic Colour Gloss ‘Bride’ and ‘Swag’

What do you think of retro nails?

Laurelle, xo

The Summer Heat Calls for Curls

My love,

This post is a little unlike some of my other posts. Being summer I thought I would embrace my naturally curly hair which I loathe on a regular basis. However, when it’s hot and humid it’s incredibly difficult to tame my curly hair. I’m also trying to be more positive and accept and love my naturally curly hair. What better time of year to embrace the curls than summer? I also wanted to let you know which products help tame my curly hair when I really really want to make it straight and shiny.

IMG_3947I have naturally curly hair and for years I have hated it, fought with it and tried my best to make it straight. I have succeeded in keeping my hair straight using the right products, but in the summertime even the right products seem to give up on my forever-curly hair.

When I straighten my hair I like to use Kerastase Ciment Thermique to protect my hair from the hot tools I use to achieve straight hair. I then finish with Kerastase Cristal Sculpt, a serum to help keep my hair smooth and shiny. Those are my go-to products for achieving beautiful straight hair.

However, on the days that it’s especially hot and humid outside, no matter what I do it looks like I didn’t put any effort into styling my hair that morning. Those are the days I surrender to my curly hair. I have to say it takes far less effort to leave my hair natural, but we always love what we don’t have. For my curly hair days I use Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Mousse because it’s the only one I find that gives me soft, beautiful, natural curls without any crunch. I apply an even amount throughout my hair, scrunching as I apply, and then I diffuse my hair until dry. I’m left with lots of body and lots and lots of curls.

IMG_3976Sometimes ladies, we have to stop fighting with what we were given and choose to love our natural-born hair.

How do you wear your hair in the summer?

Laurelle, xo

Let’s Get Together and Feel Alright

My loves,

Bob Marley is one of those artist that I feel like everyone knows and if you do not know who that is well I just don’t know what to say. You should, he’s amazing, and has amazing music. So when I came across this cute tank at Forever 21 with Bob Marley on it, I knew instantly that I had to have it.

IMG_4020 IMG_4022This muscle tank features a pensive Bob Marley™ graphic and open back with a twisted strap detail.

  • Officially licensed product
  • Lightweight knit
  • 100% cotton
  • 26′ full length, 28′ chest, 42′ waist
  • Measured from Small
  • Machine wash cold
  • Imported

$18.80

IMG_4027IMG_4031I honestly love it so much. It’s one of those shirts that you come across and before you even try it on you know it’s yours. It’s also that top that as soon as you’ve worn it, you want to wash it and wear it all over again. Forever 21 has some amazing tanks like this right now. I also bought a Marilyn Monroe T-Shirt that I ADORE, and don’t you worry I promise to share it with you on the blog. Every now and then I find some gems in Forever 21, you really need to search, but it is totally worth it.

IMG_4032IMG_4036IMG_4035This shirt also looks great with pretty much anything. I’ve worn it with cropped leggings, shorts, and jeans. I mean can you really go wrong? As you might have already noticed I’m rocking my most current lip obsession Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in ‘Outlaw’. Read all about that HERE. It pairs beautifully with my new Bob Marley tank if I do say so myself.

I may not be 21 anymore but it has to be called FOREVER 21 for a reason right? We can dream that we are still 21! And hey if it still looks good I will continue to shop there and find fantastic shirts and steals like this Bob Marley tank!

What are you wearing this summer? Rocking anything from Forever 21?

Laurelle, xo

Kat Von D| Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick

My loves,

As you know I have a slight obsession with trying lip products. One of my very best of friends was wearing this absolutely gorgeous red lipstick and I just had to know what it was. When she informed me that it was Kat Von D’s Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick ‘Outlaw’ I wasted no time in purchasing it. Now I ranted and raved about Sephora Brand Cream Lip Stain in ‘Always Red’ but Kat Von D’s ‘Outlaw’ wins by a long shot.

A long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.

IMG_3863 “This innovative Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is infused with vitamins A, C, and E for added hydration. The next-generation formula gives lips long-lasting wear and high-pigment color with a smooth matte finish.”

IMG_4037‘Outlaw’ is described as a brick-red. This red is absolutely stunning. Which is why I stated previously that it beats Sephora’s Cream Lip Stain in ‘Always Red’. It’s a deeper, stronger red which I much prefer. In the above picture I swatched the red so you could see how intense the colour is and to show how truly long-lasting it is. In the below picture I tried to remove the colour with a kleenex only minutes later and it was near impossible to remove. I was amazed by how long this lipstick stays and it does not bleed at all. And you don’t even need to apply a lip liner for it not to bleed and stay put.

IMG_4038You know how much you love a red lip, but you never want to actually go through the effort of wearing it on a night out. Red lipstick is a commitment and usually a very high maintenance decision. With Kat Von D’s Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick you do not need to worry about the effort that goes into committing to it, because it does not budge. You can eat and drink and it will not move on you. The application is flawless with no bleeding. It’s remarkably easy to apply, you just have to be careful to follow your natural lip line. This is 100% going to be my go-to red lipstick from now on.

IMG_4000 ‘Always Red’ Sephora Cream Lip Stain vs. ‘Outlaw’ Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick

‘Always Red’ Sephora Cream Lip Stain:

  • True Red Lipstick, Strong Pigment
  • Bleeds when worn on its own
  • Does not bleed when a lip liner is applied first
  • Long Lasting
  • Slightly Drying
  • Easy to apply

‘Outlaw’ Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick:

  • Deep, strong red lipstick
  • Does not bleed when worn on it’s own or with a lip liner
  • Does not budge, extremely long lasting
  • Not drying
  • Easy to apply

They are both fantastic lip colours but I’d have to choose Kat Von D’s Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick every time. It’s a stronger red that I very much prefer and it has incredible staying power with no bleeding. Absolutely obsessed with this lip colour, I need more shades.

IMG_3996Have you tried Kat Von D’s Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick? If you haven’t I suggest you grab ‘Outlaw’, it will blow your mind.

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Fancy Some Camo?

My loves,

I was so excited when my client came in requesting camouflage nails. We weren’t sure right away if we wanted to do true camouflage nails or switch it up a bit and use a different colour like blue or pink. We settled on true camouflage because we thought the green would like best and we wanted some true camouflage nails.

IMG_8637 IMG_8639 IMG_8640 IMG_8641 IMG_8643 IMG_8645I freaking love them! I am not much of a camo girl, I never really loved camo and I certainly do not own anything camo. But this manicure I love. I was super excited about creating this manicure because it’s something I have never done before. It’s such a treat creating new nail designs with my clients. I hope you all love them too!

To achieve this manicure I used Entity Colour Couture ‘Hunter Plaid’, ‘Cleavage Browns, and ‘Katelyn’s Culottes’.

What’s on your nails this week? Fancy some camo?

Laurelle, xo

Night Time Skin Care

My loves,

We all tend to focus more on our daily makeup routines and neglect our evening routines if we have any at all. I know that after a long day at work the last thing you want to do is follow through with a night skin care routine. Your nighttime skin care routine is crucial to ensuring your skin is healthy and glowing. I take my skin routine very seriously. And for those of you who are skeptical that skin care actually makes a difference my mom is walking proof because she looks freaking amazing for her age.

IMG_3773I start with a double cleanse using Dermalogica’s Pre-cleanse, which is an oil-based cleanser that is absolutely to die for. It helps remove any makeup, dirt and bacteria, leaving my skin soft and supple. I then use One Love Organics’ Easy Does It Cleanser as my second cleanse to ensure I’ve removed all traces of makeup. I follow-up with Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant, which is a gentle cleanser that you can use on a daily basis. It literally leaves my skin glowing.

After the cleansing and exfoliating, I spritz my face with Lush’s Tea Tree Water, which helps keep my skin clear of acne with its antibacterial properties. If I have any spots that need some extra care, I dab pure tea oil on the problem areas. I then follow with an oil based moisturizer from One Love Organics’ Skin Savior, and let me tell you, it stays true to its name.

I know it might sound weird that I use two oil-based products on my acne prone skin, but putting oil back into your skin actually prevents your body from creating more oil, which then helps you maintain fewer breakouts.

To finish off my nighttime skin routine, I use Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Firm around my eyes and outer lining of my lips, followed by my favorite lip balm of all time from Epic Blend.

I know skin care routines in the evening can be frustrating because you are tired and eager for bed, but it really is the most important time to treat your skin. Going to bed with fresh, clean skin will ensure that you wake up with beautiful, soft, glowing skin that’s ready for the day.

Products I Use At Night On A Regular Basis:

  • Dermalogica’s ‘Pre-Cleanse’
  • One Love Organics ‘Easy Does It Cleanser’
  • Dermalogica’s ‘Daily Microfoliant’
  • LUSH’s ‘Tea Tree Toner’
  • Pure Tea Tree Oil
  • One Love Organics ‘Skin Savior’
  • Dermalogica’s ‘Multivitamin Power Firm’
  • Epic Blend Lip Balm

IMG_3779Now if you are tight for time and really just want to give yourself a quick cleanse. I suggest you choose your favorite cleanser, doing one cleanse. Followed with your favorite moisturizer and lip balm. It can really be that simple. But don’t neglect your skin and go to bed without a good cleanse. I promise your beautiful healthy skin will be thanking you the next morning.

What are your favorite night-time products?

Laurelle, xo

With This Ring I Give You My Heart

My loves,

This past weekend I attended a Wedding and a Bachelorette weekend. Needless to say it was a crazy busy weekend, with lots of dancing and lots and lots of booze. The Wedding I attended was for a very dear friend of mine, so I was very excited to attend. The wedding was in Burlington, where I grew up, so I got to hang out with all my friends and neighbours that I grew up with. They are pretty much family and I love them all very much. Deciding what to wear for this wedding was very difficult, I just couldn’t quite figure out what to wear. My favorite place to find dresses is Urban Outfitters, which is where I found this beautiful black dress that I decided to wear.

IMG_3923 IMG_3926 IMG_3927The dress is still available at Urban Outfitters and it comes in a variety of different colours. I chose black because well I usually choose black and you really can’t go wrong with a little black dress. The shoes I got for a very good price when I went shopping in New York earlier this year and they are BCBG.

Silence + Noise Chiffon High-Neck Apron Dress  $69.99

“Breezy chiffon fit & flare dress from Silence + Noise with an open back and adjustable crisscross straps.  Topped with a full, flared circle skirt and a high neckline.  Hidden zip at the back.  Fully lined.”

IMG_3930 IMG_3939I decided to go with gold accessories, which I got at all different places. The earrings are from St.Jacobs at this little boutique has the most gorgeous jewellery. I unfortunately do not remember the name of the store, but I promise you can’t miss it when you are there. The bracelet I actually got when I attended prom, so I’ve had it for quite a while and I have  no idea where I bought. I’m sorry you are probably all cursing me right now. However, the rings I did get from Elle Hardware which has the best jewellery I can’t even tell you.

The clutch is actually a Kate Spade pencil-case that I got from Indigo, that I decided to use as a clutch because it is so damn cute.

Kate Spade – Glasses Pencil Pouch  $28.00

IMG_3935 IMG_3937And my hair of course was not done by myself because I am terrible with a curling iron and a blow dryer. One of my very good friends Lisa works at Pure Hair and Color Group in downtown Burlington. So of course I paid her a visit. She did a wonderful job and I got to spend some time chatting with her which is always a good thing. She is incredibly talented and I only wish she lived closer to me!

As you can see my adorable little puppy wanted to come with me and be in all the photos!

What’s your ideal dress for a Wedding?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Just a Touch of Floral

My loves,

I know you are probably getting really sick of floral nail art. But I just can’t help it. I think it looks so beautiful as an accent nail. And if you don’t love having every nail done something fancy, pick a neutral colour and add a subtle nail design. That’s what I did here with one of my friends. Hope you like it!

IMG_7610 IMG_7611 IMG_7616 IMG_7618I really love how subtle and feminine this manicure is. I love the very neutral pink tone she chose and I love the brighter colours we chose for the floral. It stands out enough that you can see that, but it’s so subtle that it still looks dainty. It looks a little like a china set which I think is so cute! I know I love it!

I used Artistic Colour Gloss ‘Precious’ and a variation of other colours to create the floral.

Do you love floral nail art as much as I do?

Laurelle, xo

Healthy Eating and All That Jazz

My loves,

This post is not technically about beauty but when we eat healthy, don’t we get radiant looking skin? I know I do. So I’m on this health kick where I’m trying to eat better and more healthy as well as kick up my workout routine. In this post I am going to tell you about a lovely cook book I was recommended by a friend that is so delicious and healthy it doesn’t even make sense. And what I love about this cook book is it originated from a blog! Which I think is so amazing and inspiring. So this lovely delicious healthy cook book that I am raving about is called ‘Oh She Glows’ by Angela Liddon.

ohsheglowscookbookNYT-1024x767The Oh She Glows Cookbook features a treasure trove of more than 100 mouth-watering, wholesome recipes—from revamped classics that even meat-eaters will love, to fresh and inventive dishes –all packed with flavor. From rich and hearty entrées like the Crowd Pleasing Tex Mex Casserole and 15-Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta to decadent desserts like the Chilled Chocolate Espresso Torte with Hazelnut Crust and Angela’s famous Glo Bakery Glo Bars, there is something for everyone. Featuring over 100 stunning full-colour, full-page photographs shot by Angela herself, there is mouth-watering inspiration throughout!”

I live with my sister so we often try to coordinate meals so we cook together and when I say together I mean she usually cooks FOR me because I’m a terrible cook. However, I am trying very hard to get better cooking which is where this book comes in handy. The recipes are quick and easy, even for an amateur like myself. Last evening we decided to make the Portobello ‘Steak’ Fajitas which is AMAZING, I can’t even tell you. We have made this a couple of times and every time I take the first bite I’m blown away.

IMG_8398 IMG_8399 IMG_8403 IMG_8405Now tell me that doesn’t look amazing? What I love about this cook book is everything in it is healthy and freaking crazy delicious. Whoever said healthy food can’t taste great did not have this cook book. Now all the recipes are vegan, but don’t let that stop you from picking up this book. All people can benefit from this book, even meat lovers which I do eat by the way.

“Whether you are a vegan, “vegan-curious”, or you simply want to eat delicious food that just happens to be healthy too, this cookbook is a must-have for anyone who longs to eat well, feel great, and simply glow!”

This book has everything from smoothies, granola bars, humus and burgers. It’s really incredible. Every recipe I have tried so far has been delicious. And you don’t feel guilty about eating it because you know it’s good for you. This cookbook also includes many allergy-friendly recipes–with over 90 gluten-free recipes–and many recipes free of soy, nuts, sugar, and grains too!
For more information about the blog Oh She Glows, click HERE. You can purchase The Oh She Glows Cookbook from Chapters/Indigo and Amazon.ca.
What’s for dinner?
Laurelle, xo