Four Best Purchase I Have Made This Year (so Far) + a #Giveaway

Friday, May 18, 2018

Retail therapy is the answer - regardless of what the question is. Well if you are me, that statement rings true. In 2018 I have been trying to be better about buy things I really need and to put some thought in when purchasing things. Here are four purchases that I absolutely loved - no buyers remorse here.

LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask:
This is an overnight, moisture-recharging gel mask that quickly absorbs while you sleep to deeply hydrate skin. After first use I could notice my skin feeling better. This product also as a little bit of a scent and since  I have sensitive skin I was a tad worried but two weeks later and I can apply this product freely knowing that it will not break me out or make me oily. It hydrates the skin and leaves your skin feeling super soft.

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit
I am not huge on highlighters or contouring mostly because I am not proficient at using them. BUT THIS IS MAGIC! The pallet is fairly pigmented and goes on so smooth. It looks so pretty on the skin, gives a super glow (not glittery but an actual glow), and it doesn't look or feel oily.

Levis Mile High Skinny Jeans
 The most comfortable jeans ever. I picked up a pair foe Ela for Christmas and week later went back and bought a pair of mile highs on sale in-store for myself, and I loved them so much I ordered two more pairs online They are very flattering on because of the high waist.

Travel wallet and passport holder.

Its compact, super cute, and can hold all your travel documents. I picked it up for my upcoming trip to Europe and you can enter to win one of three Travelambo Rfid Blocking Passport Holder Wallets.

Five Books to Motivate and Inspire You To Get Things Done

Thursday, May 17, 2018

I ma fortunate enough to get to attend a lot of conferences and to meet ton of very cool and intelligent people, and hear ton of key note speakers along the way. One thing that every conference I have attended has in common is the books. Each time I learn about couple new books and get recommendations of things to read that relate to business or are motivating and inspiring. This years Alberta CU conference was no different. I rounded five (of like fifteen books) I added to my reading list.

Selling In A Skirt by Judy Hoberman
Regardless if you are in a sales role or not, Selling In A Skirt addresses the differences in sales techniques between men and women, and how using a female-focused approach can help you win new business. 

Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround by Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
Written more than a decade ago, this has to be one of the best business books I have read in a while and is relevant to leaders of both large and small organizations, and self-employed individuals. The book gives you a broad overview of IBM's managed to change culture and strategy and the rationale for doing so, it also give you a good idea gives you a pretty good idea what the function and role of a CEO.

Weology: How Everybody Wins When We Comes Before Me by Peter Aceto
I had an opportunity to hear Peter Aceto speak. He is very expiring and in my opinion a leader to get to know better. This book is one of the books every up an coming leader should read as Weology is the guidebook for the modern CEO. The book is humble and brilliant, practical and inspirational.

The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know by Katty Kay,  Claire Shipman

To say I loved this book is probably understated how I feel about it; for someone who for years has struggled with confidence, and came upon hundreds of roadblock being a women in male dominated company this book was exactly what I needed. Confidence is something we all want and need. The authors explain how we can all chose to become more confident simply by taking action and courting risk, and how those actions change our physical wiring. If you are in a slum or just not loving things now – read this book.

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg,  Arun Gandhi
Maybe it's being ESL; maybe it has to do with live through a war but I don’t approach communication the same way as most people. I find it challenging, especially opening up to people. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to find a healthier way to communicate and connect with others. I'm inspired by not only the theory and practices laid out in the book but by author. A must read.

What do you guys think? Have you read any of those?

OOTD - Striped Playsuit

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

We are all busy, and if I am being honest the idea of one-and-done piece that's polished sounds great. Finding such piece seems to be a struggle for me, part due to height part that many rompers come in form of shorts. This romper I picked up on a whim because I love the stripes and can be worn with a cute flat or dressed up nude sandal and simple jewelry. My favorite part about this playsuit is the way it gathers at the waist, giving it the illusion that I am smaller than I am.

Romper: Marshalls
Purse: Amazon
Shoes: Just Fab

5 Shows to Watch This Summer

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

So we here in Edmonton seem to have missed a season and have now jumped from Winter to Summer. I am not complaining, here I come patios! Since Mother Nature missed a season I will too and give you my top picks to check out this Summer. 

Sweetbitter- I would definitely describe this show as Sex and the City meets Top chef with a twist watch the trailer here. Just check it out and you will agree with my description. 

American Woman- You all know from my pervious posts my obsession for reality television, well that includes the Real Housewives franchise more specifically this time is Beverly Hills. Kyle Richards is one of the executive producers, so I had to check it out even though it isn't reality TV, I still can't wait.

Making it- I picked this show because I love a good DIY, and this show is a crafting competition. What really drew me in though is whose hosting it. Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are together again but this time as hosts of a crafting competition, I cannot wait to see how this goes. Check out the promo here.

The Innocents- I read the synopsis for this show and all I can think of is Romeo and Juliet with supernatural powers thrown into the mix, just to make it more interesting. I'm not sure if i'm going to like it but i'm definitely intrigued. Plus its a Netflix series so if I do like it I can binge watch it.

Dietland- Okay so I thought I knew what this show was about and then I watched the trailer and now i'm confused but in a good way. This show is way more complex than I thought. I thought it was going to be about weight loss and fashion at a magazine but it is so much more check out the trailer and then check out the show.

What will you be watching this Summer? What should have made my list?

OOTD - Flower Pants

Monday, May 14, 2018

Wide legged pants like these could be seen all of the 60’s to the 90’s. I find them extremely comfortable and classy at the same time, even tho mine are more on the causal side I can see how you can dress them up easily. Palazzos with vibrant prints and patterns are very much all the hype these days and I have a feeling these will be my go to summer pant.

pants: Marshalls
top: Aritzia
shoes: Hudson's Bay

Summer Essential: Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen SPF 50

Friday, May 11, 2018

How diligent are you about sun protection? The truth is, for years I didn't use any, which I know is horrible, but for most face sunscreens smelled odd, were too greasy, or felt like an annoying step after moisturizing. My main problem (or lets be real, the excuse) with sunscreen has always been the fact that you need to reapply it at least every couple of hours. It just wasn't feasible, like who has time to apply a new coat of white lotion all over their face multiple times a day, especially when you’re wearing makeup.

Neutrogena recently sent me the new Hydro Boost water gel sunscreen SPF 50 and I instantly became a fan of because its sheer, lightweight formula is easy to wear and does so much more than just protect my face against UV rays. I love that it provides my skin with moisture leaving my skin looking healthy-looking, fast and for up to eight hours without any residue or white marks. With summer just around the corner I am glad that I've found something I can feel good about wearing every day. Now I can leave the house feeling confident and protected with this SPF 50 gel. I wear it under make up as its light and no greasy. You wouldn’t walk in the rain without an umbrella, and you shouldn’t step outside during the day without sunscreen!

 Neutrogena sunscreen gets thumbs up, not only because it works, but because I’m able (so far) to stick with it.
What do you think? Would you try the new Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen SPF 50?

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Roasted Vegetable and Shrimp Tacos

Thursday, May 10, 2018

I have been on a healthy-ish kick lately. I absolutely love cooking, but with two jobs, blogging and pretending to have some sort of social life I don’t always have time to commit hours to cooking.  Its not your traditional taco, but this easy recipe requires just 30 minutes (or less) and includes so many delicious, and healthy ingredients.

Here is what you will need:
10 tortillas
chopped parsley
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp vegeta
20 large shrimp (or as many as smaller ones you want)
1 cup cauliflower chopped
2 peppers chopped
1 large carrot chopped
1 lemon
cilantro chopped

How to make it:
Combine all your spices. Using half your spices toss your vegetables, and in a separate bowl do the same to shrimp.
Pre heat the oven to 375 and arrange your vegetables and shrimp on a banking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
In mean time make your salsa verde.
Warm your tortillas in the microwave, top with your ingredients and sauce, top with cilantro (optional) and serve with lemon (optional)