Eight Gorgeous Dresses That Are Perfect for Spring and Summer

Friday, June 14, 2019

Every new seasons brings a reason to buy a new dress? Right? If you answered no, this is my story and I m sticking to it. 

Floral dresses. Yes, floral for Spring. Groundbreaking. - kidding I think polka dots and pretty pink, yellow and orange hues are gonna be everywhere this Summer.

Polka dots dresses.
Polka do dresses are versatile and the new neutral. I like dresses with sleeves for Spring. Ruffles details with subtle dot print it feminine and perfect to wear from now to fall. Wrap dresses are very faltering on all body types.

Orange, pink and yellow.

You cant shy away from a little color in Spring and Summer months. These dresses are flowy and feminine but could work on many body types. (If someone tells you otherwise, tell them kindly to EFF off, because you get to wear whatever the hell you want)

#BeautyFavourites: June

Thursday, June 13, 2019

I can't believe it's already June, May just flew by. With the warmer weather I've had to change up some products, some to combat frizz, others for shine, some are things I have been dying to try but have just now gotten around to buying. Here are my June favs.
Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara- I bought a Tarte mascara sampler from Sephora and fell in love with this one. My lashes look thick and long and don't clump together no matter how many coats I use. If you are unsure and want to try it out I would highly recommend the travel size.


Maybelline Tattoo Brow Peel Off Tint
- I have seen this product all over beauty bloggers Instagrams and had to try it out. I have a couple of bare spots on my brows and I'm really bad at remembering to use the brow gel I have. This product seemed like the perfect fix, it fills in your brows and can last up to 3 days. This stuff works, try it out.

Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner- I ran out of my regular leave in conditioner and needed a new one so when I walked by this product at Shoppers i wanted to try it. I have wavy hair and it's hard to find a product that helps frizz without weighing it down. Products made for curly hair tends to be on the heavy side so this product was really great. Smells good and works great, if you have wavy hair or need more moisture in your hair I highly recommend it.


No7 Early Defence Glow Activating Serum- I just turned 32 and I thought to myself I need to step up my skin care game. I can no longer rely on just a moisturizer and night cream I need a serum, enter No.7. My favourite skin care brand, I love all of their products so when I saw this one, and it was on sale I had to try it out. I love it, it goes on smooth, dires quickly and I can put my day or night cream on right after. My skin looks plump and young. 

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer- I love a good lip gloss especially when I do a bold eye look I like to keep my lips more subtle. This lip gloss is perfect. There are three colours but I have the Fenty glow shimmering rose nude. You can get it at Sephora.

What other products should I try out? What are you using this month?

OOTD - Beat the Heat, Chic at any Temperature

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Summer is by far my favorite season, I highly enjoy the heat and the warmth, and I'm actually one of those people who loves Vegas in July in 50 degree weather; Saying that sometimes finding cute things to wear in the blistering heat can be a challenge.  I have been on the hunt for a few cute and versatile linen pieces, so when I stumbled upon this dress I was in love. It's simple, light and can easily be dressed up or worn casual with a floppy hat and slides. 

dress: Monteau via Winners
shoes: Nordstrom
purse: Marshalls

#Review: Nuzest Clean Lean Protein

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

I have been looking for a Protein powder to add to my morning routine. I needed to start having 40 grams of protein in the morning which let me tell you is really hard, so I supplemented with a protein shake. I needed to find something without dairy, gluten or sugar. I found Nuzest Clean Lean Protein, I used it for a few months. 

This protein powder took some getting used to but once you adjust to the grittiness and you add enough cocoa powder it doesn't taste too bad. I am still looking for a new one. I don't mind it but it's very expensive and doesn't taste good enough to make it worth the money. 

A lot of people like the taste and I do like that it doesn't have stevia in it, I do not like the taste of stevia. It's really hard to find a protein powder that's vegan, all natural, pea protein and no aspartame or stevia.

What protein powder should I try next? preferably one without whey protein or stevia.

OOTD - Summer Essentials

Monday, June 10, 2019

A good midi skirt, light top and a denim jacket is all you need for a perfect summer look.

skirt: reitmans
shoes: JustFab
purse: Chanel
Shirt: Nordstroms

shop all your Summer must have.

Banff Yoga Festival Experience

Friday, June 7, 2019

If you follow me on Instagram you know that couple of weeks back, I had the opportunity to experience Banff Yoga Festival. Going on a yoga retreat is a great way to start or deepen your yoga practice; but this festival was more than just yoga for me. Being away from the distractions of my daily life, surrounded by like-minded people in a serene and beautiful Banff made it much easier to connect, to be present and find my zen on a yoga mat.

The theme of the fourth Banff Yoga Festival was Self love and they came up with the perfect ingredients to pull of this wellness retreat centered abound self love, kindness and mindfulness. Start with a great location, add a bunch of yoga gurus, few experts, delicious farm-to-table food, and some of the best yoga and wellness products on the market and you have yourself everything you need to find your bliss.

While I found all session amazing, and many teachers I will def look up again to hit their class up, there was few I connected to on a new level. 
Tara Koenig; Yoga Instructor; Canmore, Alberta
How did you get started?
I first tried acro yoga when my mum got me a acro yoga & surf retreat in Tofino. This was right before my first teacher training and it was the best experience working for the first time with the same people for a few days so we could all progress and learn together.  Coming from a gymnastics background, acro yoga came very naturally to me.

What are three benefits of acro yoga?
In acro yoga you practice trust, communication and re-learn how to play without expectations. Trust stems from open communication, talking about what isn’t working and what is working and ways we can try to make it easier for everyone involved. As an acro yoga teacher I always want to see students explore new poses with at least one spotter, who becomes and extra set of eyes and ears, and is responsible for keeping everyone in the group safe. In a way, they are there to enhance and elevate your practice to new levels. With this combination of trust, communication and connection, we put into practice the power of nonverbal communication, which we can then integrate into the rest of our lives.

For me, the practice of acro yoga is play time. It’s just fun. It’s a time when two or more people come together to explore what is possible. Acro yoga combines the elements of a yogic practice and the foundations of acrobatics to give you a unique practice that is truly unlike anything else. The beauty of a group practice is that it helps to remove the ego, and instead comes from a place of we are, versus I am. Acro is a playful way to gain strength and flexibility while improving communication skills and building trust in yourself and others. Practicing Acro Yoga is a reminder to take things lightly, that life isn’t to be taken too seriously.

The best way to get started as a student/ what should first timers expect in your acro class?
I would advise people to stay off youtube and go to an actual class!  This practice has a learning curve that’s best to explore in a community setting.   There are many beginner workshops or series being offered, and festivals are a great place to try it out as you get to meet the people you’ve been seeing in other classes.

What is my favourite thing about teaching?
The energy that I get from students.  This practice is so fun & energetic I can’t help but feel all giddy and proud as a teacher.  I am so grateful to be a part of the learning process for so many students.  I see a lot of people coming in timid and shy with the notion that they aren’t strong enough or small enough to be a part of this practice.  However, through learning the fundamentals everyone can overcome their fears and preconceived notion’s about themselves and have those moments of pure joy of achieving something they didn’t think was possible.In your first acro class expect to push through your boundaries.  

In my classes I like to start with a warm up game, to get into the play aspect & get used to touch.  Then we calibrate – no matter your level calibration is important every time you practice.   This includes basic partner work to see how your balance, communication and where the group is that day.  Then expect to learn some poses and the transitions between poses.   A good teacher will emphasize the spotting so that everyone feels safe, ensuring you have a great experience! With Acro Yoga, one can enjoy shared moments of connection and joy create some amazing memories (and epic Instagram photos)
How did you get started?
 I was first introduced to yoga as part of land training for synchronized swimming. I had an on and off relationship with it for years. When I started going to school for Holistic Nutrition I fell in love with it all over again because of the psychological effects and how it helped me cope with stress. Reiki was shortly after that when I was looking for a deeper connecting and understanding to my body and how thoughts, events, people, affected me. 

What is my favourite thing about teaching?
I LOVE teaching. I always have loved being up in front of a group and sharing knowledge. 
The top 3 benefits that I feel from Reiki is an increase in intuition or body awareness. It also creates time and space for you to switch into Parasympathetic Nervous System-Rest & Digest. It allows you to strengthen the communication and understanding between the physical body & mind. 

The best way to get started as a student/ what should first timers expect in your acro class?
What you can expect from this offering of Reiki + Restore is a really relaxing experience with no pressure or expectation. You simply come as you are and let go. No knowledge or experience with yoga or reiki is required. We offer these workshops every other month at Junction 9 Yoga & Pilates in Calgary. 

What does self love mean to you?
Self love means being my own best friend and also my own parent. It's not always the easy things like a bubble bath or getting my nails done. Sometimes it's about keeping my promises like a new workout regime, daily meditation or eating more vegetables. The most important part for me about self love is compassion. Compassion towards others and towards myself. 

Kate Rhodes; Photographer/Reiki master
How did you get started?
I experienced a breakdown/spiritual awakening (Brene Brown style) a few years ago, and that was when I met my Reiki Master by chance at Market Collective in Calgary. I felt a strong pull to learn reiki and knew that she was the one to teach me! I was following my heart for sure.

What are 3 benefits of doing reiki?
Stress relief. Getting back to oneself. Greater awareness.

What does self love mean to you?
Acceptance of myself fully as I am in this moment. No judgement.

How do you practice self love?

Father's Day Gift Guide

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Father's day is just around the corner, and out of all the people in my life, I find my dad hardest to shop for.What do you get a father that has it all? Or dad who doesn’t need anything? We got to researching and asking dads what they want and if you are likes us and you need some ideas to spoil your dad, Here are some Father’s Day gifts for the hard to buy for dads: