I enjoyed a busy, productive summer. I worked, travelled and added new accessories to my wardrobe. To commemorate the season’s end, I decided to feature highlights of my summer!
My trip to Toronto was the highlight of my summer. I spent a glorious weekend exploring the city with Grant, and finally saw Ed Sheeran in concert. This weekend away from home gave me an opportunity to unwind and indulge in my self-care routine. The trip was exciting and relaxing. (Minus the subway exploration, of course!)
My summer job provided me opportunity to further my social work skills. I refined my social work skills while providing advocacy support to clients with disabilities. I completed this term of employment at Empower, a local disability resource centre here in St. John’s.
NEW FASHION ACCESSORIES
While I did not buy many new clothing pieces, I expanded my handbag collection. I added two new Kate Spade handbags into my accessory rotation. I received the first handbag as an early birthday present from my parents. This handbag is a gorgeous salmon-colored Cedar Street Harmony tote. It is lightweight and practical. To my complete surprise, I received another Kate Spade handbag as a birthday present. This second handbag is a Penn Place Keisha black-and-white patterned cross-body. I favour cross-body handbags while I am running errands or need a lighter handbag to use for a certain day. It’s an ideal accessory for the summertime.
I celebrated two milestones in August: my 22nd birthday and my 6-month anniversary with Grant. I also enjoyed birthdays and anniversaries of family and friends. My summer involved a lot of balloons and cake.
Each season I discover new and exciting beauty products. The products I discovered this summer delivered refreshed skin, a bright glow, and the perfect pout.
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit
This highlight palette contains 6 metallic shades. The bright colours give my skin a bright highlight. I use this palette for my eyes, highlight, and lip colour. Each shade ranges from a metallic silver to aqua blue. I’ve enjoyed the versatility this palette offered me throughout the summer season.
2. MAC Fix+
I use this setting spray daily to set my makeup. This product is an instant must-have for me. It sets my makeup while refreshing my skin with a light, cooling mist. It was a staple for me this summer, especially on warm, sunny afternoons.
3. Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water
Makeup remover is a staple in my collection all year, but it becomes prominent in the summer. I seek a product that is gentle on the skin that is non-drying. This cleansing water from Sephora performs double-duty. It effectively removes makeup while cleansing. I enjoy using double-duty products in the summer to minimize my daily routine. A bonus of this product I love? It requires no rinsing!
4. Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Fragrances
I recived samples of Kat Von D’s new Saint and Sinner perfume. I often wear fruity fragrances in the summer, and these two are a delightful change. Saint is a soft, fragrant floral. Sinner is is warm and woody. One of my favourite aspects of these samples is the travel-friendly size.
5. Beauty Blender
My Beauty Blender is a staple in my makeup kit. This absorbant sponge reduces the number of makeup brushes I use daily. This took is perfect in the summer to quickly apply my face makeup. A BeautyBlender is also versatile; I use it to apply foundation, highlight, concealer and eyeshadow.
Summer is a popular time to travel. Travel by plane is one of the most common methods to travel across the country or the world. I tweak my travel tips any time I travel during the summer. My Toronto trip is days away (can you say excited!?) and I plan to enact these tips myself.
1) Arrive early
Arrive for your flight with plenty of time to spare. Most airlines recommend checking in for your flight 90 minutes before your flight if traveling within the country. If you are travelling between countries (for example, between Canada and the U.S.) you should arrive 120 minutes before your flight.
2) Pack lightly
I still struggle with this tip. As I write this, I can hear my boyfriend say, “Babe, you only need to pack clothes for two days.” I plan to pack light. Packing lightly will offer flexibility during summer travels. Not only do you have less baggage to worry about, but it is easier to track once your flight lands. You should try to stick to carry-on luggage, if possible.
3) Reconfirm your flight details
You should reconfirm your flight details and check-in time 24-hours in advance of your flight. This reconfirmation will give you advance notice of any delays or changes, like a downsize in aircraft or a change in gate location.
Are you travelling anywhere this summer? What tips do you have regarding air travel?
Makeup trends traditionally leaned toward bronzed skin, coral lips, and gold eyelids. The common trends this season are beginning to change. For summer 2017, pastels and graphic cool tones are popular. Each colour trend is versatile. The colours are perfect to wear subtly or enhanced.
Coloured eyeliner makes the eyes pop. The colour white gives the eye a crisp, fun look. White eyeliner is versatile to wear with coloured eyeshadow or your favourite earthy shades. Sephora offers various white liners. My favourites include: Sephora Collection Colourful Wink-It Felt Liner and Nars Velvet Eyeliner.
Summer is encapsulated in this trend. A sunset eye features warm hues reminiscent of a summer night sky. This trend is bold but wearable by toning down makeup on the rest of the face. To achieve a sunset eye, mix warm shades like red, burnt orange, and yellow.
This trend is inspired by shine and metallics. Core colours used to create this makeup look include silver, pink, blue and lilac. Holographic makeup is reminiscent of princess sparkle and prisms. This hue is featured in highlighter, eyeshadow and eyeliner. My top holographic picks from Sephora include: Kat Von D Alchemist Palette and Milk Makeup Holographic Stick.
Which summer trend are you wearing this season? If you’re wearing a trend I did not mention, let me know about it in the comments!
I received my first sunburn of the season yesterday. I figured it was timely to update this post from last summer. I’ve heard of and used a range of sunburn relief remedies. Sunburns are not only painful but they might also lead to dehydration and blistering skin. Check out my quick list of sunburn remedies below:
1. Rinse with cool water
Cool water reduces inflammation in the skin. A cold bath or shower helps calm the inflammatory response in your skin to provide soothing relief. Avoid fizzy bath products and any fragrance. These items may increase irritation.
2. Take an anti-inflammatory pill
NSAID’s (non-steriod anti inflammatory) like Ibuprofen both reduces inflammation and expedites recovery. One pill should be taken within a few hours of sustaining a sunburn, and every 4-6 hours after. How do NSAID’s help? Once the swelling subsides, your skin begins repairing its sunburned barrier.
3. Stay hydrated
Drink plenty of water to combat the drying effects of a sunburn. Hydration comes from different sources, so you don’t necessarily have to consume a litre bottle of water. Fruits like watermelon and strawberries contain water to replenish lost moisture from the skin.
Saturday June 10 was National Rose Day. Anyone who knows me will know that I am an avid wine drinker. This will be a short and sweet blog post, as I’ve been stuck in bed with a cold since Friday. To commemorate National Rose Day, I’m sharing my favourite types of rose. *clink!*
Barefoot Bubbly wine is technically a white wine, but the wine holds a bright pink hue. Sparkling wines are crisp. The brand’s White Zinfandel wine is my go-to. I enjoy light, refreshening wine flavours. This bottle contains notes of strawberry and peach. The addition of a bubbly texture gives the wine a crisp, delightful taste. I choose this wine most often due to its light taste (and the bubbles, of course!)
Yellowtail Wine hails from Australia. This wine is prominent during my family’s holiday celebrations, especially Christmas and Easter. Pink Bubbles (I love that name!) is another sparkling wine, but it contains more carbonation. The flavour of this wine is bright. This Yellowtail carries strawberry tasting notes with hints of lemon.
Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose
This type of wine is a delicious mix between Rose and Moscato. Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose is a true summer beverage – tasting notes include fresh summer berries. This wine is created “frizzante” style, meaning it is gently sparkling.
What is your favourite type of wine?
This summer, I kept busy with travel and writing.
I tend not to travel often. This summer, I took trips to both Florida and Montreal. While in Florida in early June, I spent time relaxing and shopping. This had been my third trip to Orlando, but was the most relaxing one to date. Taking a week to soak up the sun, shop some of my favourite retail outlets, and dine kept me eased. While the purpose of my Montreal trip was for medical reasons, I still snuck in shopping and dining.
I began this blog on a whim, never expecting it to grow as it has. As a teenager, I wrote in my spare time. Since beginning university, I have not had much opportunity to write for leisure. This blog continues to be an effective outlet for my creativity.
I kept busy with leisure activities. I spent most of my days swimming, shopping, and relaxing. I decorated for weddings during a handful of weekends.
A question for my readers: How have you spent the summer?
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