Fourteen Days of Giveaways - A Gift of Beauty

Monday, December 17, 2018

Holiday season is all about spending time with people you love, but its also about giving. Today we kick of our Fourteen days of giveaways - as a little thank you to you - for following along and helping Letters to LA LA Land grow - for helping me grow and learn along the way.
Each giveaway will run for 5 days and the winners will be randomly selected and announced on rafflecopter giveaway screen. Please e-mail claim your prize. All winner entries will be checked. All prizes will be shipped within 14 days of getting in touch.

Thank you for following along. Good luck!

Day One is  a 3 month glossy box subscription.

OOTD - Old Favorites, New Ways

I m trying to be more conscientious about number of things I buy because for a lot of it I wear once, than they sit in my closet and eventually one of my friends or good people at YESS or WINGS gets them. It felt like such a waste.  Because of that I’ve been on layered look kick lately and couldn’t wait to share these combinations with you guys. Last week I wore this dress and this skirt layered and today I m taking one of my favorite hi-lo dresses from Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo with this faux wrap top.  What do you guys think? Should I focus on making most of my closet by mixing and, matching different things? 

dress: Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo
purse: Matt and Nat
top: Mango
boots: DSW

Cool Things to do in #YEG this December

Saturday, December 15, 2018

No to jinx it or anything but the weather in YEG has been better than usual this December. While I personally hide from the cold and instantly become a home body bordering on hermit as soon as it gets cold, this December I got out to explore Edmonton. We compiled a list of event for everyone and all kind of different budgets, because we know saving money is important.  Here are some cool events you should check out this month - great for dates, families and sometimes just hanging on your own.

Servus Food Bank Fridays at Snow Valley Ski Club – Edmonton
What a great way to get out ski or snowboard, save some money and make a difference for Edmonton Food bank. Servus Credit Union and the Snow Valley Ski Club will offer discount ski nights every Friday this winter season between November 30, 2018 through March 22, 2019. Bring a donation to Edmonton's Food Bank and patrons can purchase a lift ticket for $10. Bring a second item for the food bank and receive your rentals for $15.
If you love pretty lights and hayrides than take a journey through Magic of Lights on a hayride pulled by trucks, courtesy of our friends at Driving Force. If you would like to experience the show on your own, you can drive in comfort of our own car as well.

A Christmas Carol – Citadel
From now to  Dec 23, 2018 you can catch the FINAL season of this adaptation of  A Christmas Carol. The show is magnificent (I personally have seen it like 4 times) -Three Ghosts of Christmas show Scrooge the value of giving. A heart-warming family classic to put you in the holiday spirit. A Christmas Carol, now in its 19th (and final) season, is universally beloved for its dynamic themes and uplifting message.

Candy Cane Lane

Pretty lights, amazing decorations, and a great way to spend a little time outside exploring YEG and what it has to offer. This wonderful event is run by volunteers and residents there's a special kind of magic that brings YEG Candy Cane Lane to life year after year. Its nestled within the canopied trees of the Crestwood community lies the wholly committed neighborhood that decorates the exterior of their homes for in celebration of the holiday season. There are sleigh rides ($17) and they are also accepting donations for the food bank!

Ice Castles
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Ice Castles – is exactly what it means – it is an awe-inspiring, must-see winter castle built with hundreds of thousands of icicles that brings fairy tales to life. With slides, fire pits and a throes (because what would be a castle be with no icicle throne be?). Dress warm and get exploring. There are 6 locations FYI.
Christmas Glow Edmonton

Great for kids with playgrounds and awesome for adults who want a good photo op and couple of drinks. Glow Edmonton features  a Christmas Market showcases the best local artisans and boutique businesses, offering up unique gift ideas for loved ones.

The Night Before, The Night BeforeChristmas– Stony Plane Dec 23rd

What a fun and free even for families. An over-the-top, larger than life, Christmas Experience for the whole family... with a very special, extra Christmasy appearance by The Grinch himself!

Leduc County Lights
This is the FINAL year for the lights exhibit- so check it out before Dec 30th. Bundle up and visit the gorgeous decorated trees, plus I hear Santa is there.They are accepting donations to the Leduc Food bank as well

What are you getting up to this month?

Three products you need to include into your winter skin routine

Thursday, December 13, 2018

I don't know about you, but for me, my skin is perfect in the summer. Its dewy, soft and glowing - second temperature drop my skin loses its mind - I break out, my skin gets blotchy, dry, red,  and just over all blah looking (yes, blah is official beauty term). Edmonton got cold in September and since I have been struggling to revive my skin. There are my go to, true and tested products you need this winter. 

Neostrata Dual AcidBrightening Peel

I got this dual action peel in a beauty box to review and wasn’t sure what to expect – my skin is so sensitive that I was worried to try it out. But faster much research I gave it a shot – the peel is formulated to improve tone and texture for a refined, brighter skin complexion. I’ve used this a five times now and not only I have noticed a significant improvement in the smoothness and how clear and even my skin, other has commented on it. 

Michael Todd Beauty Soniceraser Pro
Turning 30 scared me, like a lot. It was also the first time I started taking better care of my skin. My skin is dry and sensitive so many things don’t work well. I have been using the Soniceraser Pro for just over a week and I can see a noticeable difference in my skin. My skin is soft and I haven’t had nay breakouts since I started using it. I used it every night to apply my night cream. the device turns on when you touch it to your skin and off when you take it away.  

Estée Lauder Advanced Night RepairSynchronized Recovery Complex II

 This is the only serum that I have seen results with this fast. I started using it about 3 weeks ago and I use it after cleansing my face.  My skin doesn't break out and looks tight, plump, and radiant. I even use this under my eyes and no dark circles. I’ve noticed dark spots on my forehead are fading away and my face overall looks brighter and I love how a little goes a long way.

What are your go to beauty products? 

OOTD - My Favorite Holiday Season Cocktail Dress

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

While I love little cocktail/mini dresses for summer, I find it hard to wear them during the holiday season. During the summer I would throw a denim jacket over any mini dress, trainer and you have an easy breezy outfit in a minute. So, I started experimenting with a mini LBD and while you could prob get away wearing this fringe number from day to night by simply changing my shoes and accessories. I layered this dress with a long cardigan, over the knee boots for brunch, but I have worn this dress with a red silk scarf and simple pumps to a gala. What do you guys think? 

dress: Simons
boots: DSW
sweater: Joe Fresh
purse: Chanel 

Review: Erase Your Face

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

I love this cloth, I got it as a present and the first time I used it I wasn't sold on it. The next time I used it, I used it in the shower with a lot of water and then it worked great. The more I used it the better it was at getting off all my make up, even my eye make up. 

The other thing I like about this cloth is it's reusable. I don't have to buy cleansing cloths, I mean I still do because I like to try everything. This cloth is still my go to though, I may stop using it for awhile but I always go back to it. 


You can get a 4 pack from Bed Bath and Beyond for $14.99, which is great because you don't have to launder one so often you just use all four and then throw them into the wash. 

What do you think of Erase Your Face? Have you tried them?

OOTD - Polka Dots and Tulle

Monday, December 10, 2018

Polka dots, a little tulle and a midi skirt make for a perfect combination. I love this skirt so much and that I probably wear it a little too much. I love the length and the fact its light enough for summer but I can layer it for winter. I was looking for a polka dot shirt for ever now, but couldn’t find it so I wore this dress as a top and layered the skirt over it.
I paired the outfit with a simple black boot for work – I switched into a simple black pump for dinner and drinks with a friend. 

boots: Poppy Barley
dress: H&M
skirt: Nordstoms (old)
purse: Chanel