48 Hour Travel Guide to Halifax

Friday, May 26, 2017

Let me start this with the fact that forty eight hours is NOT enough to explore the beauty that is Halifax, Nova Scotia. However, if you are do have a chance to visit Halifax, here is where you should go and places to go to and eat at.
Places to eat:
I don't remember last time I ate out this much, but with so many options, I had to... for blog research purposes. That counts right?
If you are looking for mouthwatering delicious food, offered at an elegant setting I highly recommend Bicycle Thief and Press Gallery.
If you are looking for good coffee and delicious breakfast or lunch, I would check out : The Wired Monkey, Choco Café, TAO Bakery (AKA The Old Apothecary) and Cabin Coffee.
The list of pubs that you should visit is vast but I would definitely add following places to check out and grab a drink and some grub: Lower Deck, Dirty Nelly's, Stubborn Goat, and The Old Triangle.

Things to do:
Tour of Alexander Keith's Brewery
Take the ferry to Dartmouth
Take a tour of Canadian Museum at Pier 21
Take a tour of Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Take a walk down the harbour lane

I have traveled to many cities across Canada but Halifax will always hold a special place in my heart. The architecture, the people, proximity to the ocean, ferries and never ending list of places to grab a drink and food make a perfect combination and reason why you should add Halifax to your travel itinerary.

5 Things School Never Taught Me

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Ahhhh school. The land of books and assignments and KIDS and attitudes and cafeteria food. Not all bad but you couldn't pay me to go back. School life and adult life are very different worlds. Our parents and other family members, teachers and coaches, all try to prepare us for "real" life. Not all of us were prepared to listen and learn - after all, we know EVERYTHING between the ages of 14-18. But there are a few things that school didn't teach me, but probably should have.

Naturally my list is full of financial things - turns out the world revolves around money. Who knew. Your local credit union or bank can give you the guidance you need in person if the web doesn't do it for you.

Credit:
How it works. How to handle it. How to get it to work for you. And how NOT to screw it up.

Debt:
How it works. How to handle it, And how NOT to screw it up.

Savings:
How much should you put away? Why should you put money away? What are your savings options?

Set a budget:
For groceries and savings and clothes. It's easy to spend money. We can blow money in 5 minutes. But once you build that habit to spend money with goals in mind, you realize you can have all of the things you need and most of what you want.  Check out our tips here!

Don't play where you work:
It's normal to date the people in your school. But it can get a little tricky when you play where you work. Chances are the company you work for is smaller than your school was, and adults gossip just as much as kids. Playing where you work can affect your career in the long.

What did you wish you had learned in school?




OOTD - Mom Jeans

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Every year there is a new trend I am hesitant to try out. This year it has been “mom jean” trend.  Since I was looking for a new paid of jeans I caved and picked up this Levis pair.  They are high waisted and super comfortable. I opted out for a full length so I can roll them up. I paired the jeans with a see through top and a an open toe bootie.







If you are in Edmonton, this outfit is a perfect alternative to plaid and cowboy boots if you are heading to Rainmaker Rodeo & Exhibition.
 
jeans: Levi's via Bamboo Ballroom
shirt:
belt" H&M
shoes: Gravity Pope
purse: Kate Spade

Top 5 Bronzers to Get Your Glow On!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It's almost Summer so it's the perfect time to start getting your glow on by adding bronzer into your morning routine. Sorry I'm not a year round bronzer girl, if you are that's great, if you aren't check out my top 5 bronzers to try. You can also check them out and find a new fav!
 
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Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer $20- This budget friendly bronzer is raved about by all the beauty vloggers.
 
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Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer $38- This bronzer is a great shade for a lot of skin tones and comes with a cute little brush that granted has mixed reviews but you could always use it for something else.

 
 
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Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Bronzer $63- This bronzer is on the more pricey side but it has a lot of great reviews so if you're looking for a high-end option try this one out. 

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COVERGIRL truBLEND Bronzer $12- This is a newer bronzer that has come out from Covergirl, it has gold flecks in it so it gives a nice highlight also.

 
The Estée Edit The Barest Bronzer regular $36 on sale for $25 at Sephora- Since this bronzer is on sale and it's a high-end brand I see it as a win-win and def a reason to try it out.
 
What are your favourite bronzers? Which ones should we try out?
 
 


 

 
 
 
 

OOTD - Off the Shoulder Top

If I’m being honest, I’ve been wearing a lot of sweaters even though it’s (finally) hot outside mostly because Alberta weather is so unpredictable. Sometimes it's all about layers. I picked this off the shoulder top, knowing that there is a high chance I won't be wearing it since it is short. I do love a good the off the shoulder top, and this one is in my favorite colors, black and white which makes it so versatile. Since its short, I paired it with high waisted jeans and simple black accessories.






jeans: Reitmans
shirt: Bamboo Ballroom
shoes: Aldo
purse: Chanel
 
What do you guys think?
 

OOTD - Wedding Style

Monday, May 22, 2017

Living in Edmonton, Summer seems to feel like an eternity from now. However I know it will come up fast and I will still be struggling to find what to wear to the six weddings I get to attend this year. This will only be made more difficult by my New Year's Resolution to buy NO clothes all year. I wore this skirt more than few times and styled it differently; for this wedding I added few simple neutral pieces to create this outfit. The skirt, top and shoes are different colors but since they are neutral colors they work well together.
 







skirt: Reitman's
shirt: Gina
shoes: Spring
necklace: Babe
purse: Steve Madden



5 TV Shows With Girl Power!

Friday, May 19, 2017

It is so hard to find a show with a strong female lead, but this Spring something exciting has happened there are an amazing amount of shows that have just that, a strong female lead. I am so excited to share this list with you!

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Girl Boss- This TV show is based on Sophia Amoruso's autobiography #Girlboss. If you are interested in reading the book check out our blog post here. Check out the show too, you will def want to binge watch the whole thing on Netflix.

13 Reasons Why- Now this show is controversial it touches on so many topics that aren't normally addressed in a teen drama, the main source of controversy though is that fact that it centres around a young teenage girls suicide. Whatever your opinion is on the topic, it still is a must watch! Binge watch this one on Netflix as well. 

The Handmaid's Tale- This show is amazing and I have already started watching it, I really wanted to wait and binge watch this show all at once but I just couldn't wait. How I described this show to my sister when I implored her to watch was it's like The Giver, meets Hunger Games kind of. Its based on a book by Margaret Atwood and you can check out our blog post on the book here. You can catch this show on Hulu in the US and on Bravo in Canada.

The Good Fight- This a spin off of The Good Wife, there is no Alicia but there is Diane Lockhart. She is basically all set to retire and then the worst possible thing happens. Her life savings are gone and she must now start all over again. It's a pretty good show, I must say after the rest of these shows this one ranks a little lower in my favs, but still a good law show. 

Feud- Starring Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon this show is about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and how their feud started on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? I'm not sure who those actresses are exactly but I do know who Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon are and they are amazing actresses and since this is basically a show about cat fighting celebrities it should be good!

Harlots- So in my research on shows with women leads, I found this show. Harlots, is about exactly what the title implies, a brothel owner and her struggles during the 18th century in London. I had to watch a couple episodes before I could recommend this show, honestly after the first episode I was hooked. There is a lot of nudity and sex (so be warned if that's not your thing do not watch this) but it actually has a fascinating storyline.

Great News- This show should be interesting its about a mother who lands an internship at her daughters new job. It's a new show and I haven't gotten around to checking it out yet but a mother and daughter who work together sounds like a very funny show. Check it out on NBC on Tuesdays.

Dear White People- Another great Netflix binge watching show! I may or may not have already watched all of the episodes. This show which is based on a movie is also controversial I mean its all in the name. I love this show, its brutal honesty is refreshing. A lot and I mean A LOT of people do not like this show, just hop on twitter or even check out the reviews on IMDb. Love it or hate check it out and let us know what you think. 

Honourable Mention

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Pretty Little Liars- I had to mention this show even though its been on the air for 7 seasons and I have mentioned it before. It has to get an honourable mention because the show is coming to an end! Its sad but its ending at a good time. I will miss the plot twists and turns and of course the amazing fashion! Check out the show from the beginning if you haven't and then enjoy the finale which is coming soon. 

What are some of your fav female driven shows? Who is your #girlboss inspiration?
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