What to Pack for a Summer European Getaway

Friday, February 16, 2018

Last summer a friend of mine took a journey to Europe, for the first time ever. While I travel a lot and can  travel for extended periods of time out of one bag (See Ghana, 4 weeks, one backpack!) we soon realized that what she packed was not the most effective. You know like realizing that bringing 4 full size body lotions and sun creams, three pairs of jeans and no comfortable flats was probably a miss. I know now, I did not prepare her for it well. (side not, we did book the trip and than left in like 2 weeks).

 If you read this post you know you can stand out as a tourist fairly fast which can be a cause for concern because of scam artist or doing things that are against the law; like walking around in a swim suit (top) with no shirt and pants you can be fined upwards of 900 euros!

So what should actually pack for a summer trip to Europe? Let me tell you, its is not 4 pairs of denim, 4 pairs of heels and one pair of flip-flops.

Beauty basics: 
All the beauty experts - give me a change to explain before you all go hatin' on me- its hot, humid and sticky so bring your go to, humidity and sun proofed make up and a good setting spray. Sun screen, moisturizers, after sun cream, good eye cream and SPF lip chap. When it comes to beauty tools, if you are traveling with a  group, divide and conquer, you do not need 4 straighteners, 3 curling wands. Be strategic about what you bring. If you can pack trail size and it will be enough, do that to save space.

What to wear: 
Basics that you can mix and match and wear in different wear are essential. You want to bring things that are comfortable but give off a chic and effortless vibe. When you start packing, pack in form of outfits. I personally try thing on, see if I can layer a maxi dress with a  top etc. There is nothing worse than getting there an luging around 5 items you never put on.  At minimum four breezy dresses, tanks and t-shirts, two pair of shorts (denim and a cotton one), three pairs of pants (yoga pants, denim, and flowy pants), two pairs comfortable flats (a pair of trainers and a chic flat), flip lops or waterproof Birks, two reliable pairs of heels (one in black and one in beige), three swim suits you can mix and match, beach cover up, sun hat/baseball cap, two pairs of sunglasses, a sweater, a scarf. 

Few other things you will want to remember like converters, a lint roller, an emergency sewing kit, a tote, a clutch and a wristlets.

What do you guys think? What do you guys pack for extended trips to Europe? 

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OOTD - Winter Wonderland + Happy Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy LOVE day all! Alberta has been hit with so much snow over the last couple of weeks, truing most places into pretty but very cold winter land. I refuse to stop wearing my favourite summer-y dresses. So combining pretty dresses and over the knee boots are way I combat winter. Red and pink are a perfect combination to celebrate day of love.

dress: Asos
boots: Steve Madden 
coat: Hudson's Bay
purse: YSL
sunglasses: Ray Ban

Book of the Month: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Hate U Give

I picked up this book at the store and read the back cover . . . but it was the holiday season and I was distracted and I just wasn't drawn in. After getting on the waitlist for a ton of books, this book included, I forgot all about them. 2 months later this title became available. On a Sunday while I was supposed to be cleaning my home with a touch of obsessive fervor, I started to read. And then my house was neglected while I read for hours and hours. I demolished this book. 

Thomas wrote from the viewpoint of a black teenage girl and
 her friend gets shot by the police. It was completely enthralling, eye opening, devastating, and touching. I cried. I laughed. It's one of those books you wish you could start over knowing it was going to be SO GOOD so you could treasure the read more. 

Go. Read it. Right now. 

OOTD - Plaid and Simple

Monday, February 12, 2018

See what I did there? Plaid and denim is one of those combinations I seem to be going back to. Its an easy outfit to throw on when you are short on time but want to look like you took more than 2 minutes to get ready. I paired my favourite high-wasited Joe Fresh jeans and a plaid shirt, finished it with a coat and simple pumps; for more of a causal outfit I add trainers instead of heels and I m good to go. What is your go to outfit when you are short on time?

denim: Joe Fresh
shirt: Marshalls
plaid shirt: 
shoes: Aldo
purse: Celine
jacket: Marc Fisher via Hudson's Bay

Beauty Favorites: February + a #giveaway

Friday, February 9, 2018

Do you have got to beauty products that you never run out of? These five products have been my go to for years. I have switched to many others to try them out, but nothing has worked as effectively as these. 

Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet
I have sensitive skin and most of liquid make up and BB creams make me break out. On a whim in London I picked this Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet and it was love on first contact. Its is the smoothest and softest complexion product I have tried. It goes on matte and lasts all day.  (buy it here)

Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm
I m not one of those people who's life depends on having a lip balm or (lip-chap) like my sister but many moons ago I got one of these as a gift and love it. It gives you a little color, provides moisture and makes your lips feels so smooth and soft. Since that time, over five years ago, I have never ran out of it. currently I have a tube of it in a box, for just in case. (buy it here)

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer  
I have spent years looking for a perfect concealer that I can use all over my face. I am not proficient enough to have one for my face, one for under eyes, a green one and some other color I cannot think of now. I tried and consistently failed to find one that worked. A friend has suggested Estée Lauder and after a lot of objections (because they were announcing that next year Kendal was gonna be their face) and because I was desperate to find something that works, I picked it up. Man, did I hate the fact I loved it. It covers all in imperfections so well, does not crease under your eyes and covers dark circles effectively. The tube last a long time because it goes a long way. (buy it here)

 Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
If you read some of the previous beauty posts, you know I border line suck when it comes to applying eyeliner properly, but finding a product that, in my opinion, is magic helped a little. I love how easy the pen style tip is to use, out of many I have tired I can be the most precise with this one. It goes on fairly dark and stays in place. It says it is waterproof but I have not tested that out as of yet. (buy it here)

Tangle Teezer The Original Detangling Hairbrush
Everyone needs one of those and here is why: it really does work, and its not just for kids. I have fairly think hair and its been colored many many times so now tangles quite easily. This brash works like magic to gets out all the knots and tangles without pulling hard on your hair and hurting your scalp. (buy it here)

What better way to discover new products you will love. Today we are giving away a 6 month Glossy Box subscription. 

*all of these reviews and recommendations are based on my opinion alone and are no sponsored. I just kind of love them.

Valentine's Day Mini Cakes

Thursday, February 8, 2018

 I love Valentine's day. Maybe its the sea of pink and red everywhere and endless supplies of chocolates but I love the love day. I think baking and Valentine's day go hand in hand, so I tried my and at fondant and made mine cakes. These are perfect to bring to work/school or make for your loved one. These are so easy to make and are sure to be a hit.
Here is what you need:
Heart Shaped Cake/Cookie Cutter
Fondant and edible decorative letters.

Make your favourite cake. once baked cut it using the heart shaped cutter (you can free hand this by placing a paper cut out, its harder but not impossible). Fill the middle with your favourite frosting and get working on the fondant. Decorate to your linking and tadaaa! 

What do you guys think?

OOTD - Snow Day

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

If I waited to winter to be over and the weather to be nice enough to wear cute dresses I would have approximately 3.5 months to do so. I picked this dress up from Joe Fresh while back and since we are in never ending winter, I decided to put it back in rotation. I love the tie around the waist and the print. I got this coat as a gift and absolutely love it. Its warm and the color pairs well with so many things.

coat: Marc via Hudson's Bay
dress: Joe Fresh
purse: YSL
boots: Aldo