Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Chicest Holiday Gift Guide For Her.




Talk about a super last minute gift guide!

I mean, if you haven't finished ALL your Christmas shopping by now, this post is for you. I'm not so much of a last minute shopper, because really, I do all my shopping online and avoid malls as much as possible. We live in an online world. I don't know WHY anyone needs to be going to the malls for anything these days. Especially around Christmas, when it's super hectic, there's never any parking, and people are just blatantly rude. You know? I'd rather shop in the comfort of my own home with PJs on, sipping on some vino. Much more my vibe. 

Anyway, in case you still need to get some shopping done, I've put together the chicest gift guide, ever. These things are super useful, pretty, and overall, she'll actually want it. There's nothing worse than getting a gift you will never use. I mean, I get the whole 'it's the thought that counts' thing, but let's get real, wtf am I going to do with a pair of red & green knitted gloves? Sorry. #NotSorry

To be very honest, I'm not much of a gifts person. (really!) I'd rather my friends and family spend their hard earned cash on someone else. The last thing I want is for someone to have to buy me a Chanel bag or a pair of Tom Ford boots...it's just not fair, you know? 😉 It's something I'd rather get myself. I do however, love a good experience gift. Spa day, a delicious meal together....a vacation. LOL. Anyone else just not a gift person? Weigh in.

Okay, let's get to this gift guide, shall we?






Anything marble, really! I can't resist. If you come into my home, you'll notice most things are marble. My plate set, my soon-to-be coffee table, my laptop and phone cases. The list goes on. #obsessed. You really can't go wrong with gifting someone a marble cutting board. Especially homey people with style. It's so chic.



If you're anything like me, you'll appreciate the planner. When it comes to organizing, I'm very old school. I write everything down. I carry around a planner that NEVER leaves my bag. It really is my other half. Don't get me wrong, I still use my phone for throwing in my appointments and such. It's great for getting reminders. But, there's something about writing down important dates, memories, etc. in an actual planner. And this Kate Spade planner is everything. It's got ample space to jot down everything, a little 'notes' section, and even some blank pages. Oh, and it's polka dotted gold...does it get chicer? I think, not.


Paul Hewitt Ancuff Bracelets

How adorable are these bracelets?! They come in gold, silver, and rose gold, and can pretty much go with everything. I love the shape of the anchor as well. It's versatile and not too girly. I'd even stack all three if I could. Check out Paul Hewitt's collections, they have a ton of cute, nautical accessories.



Okay, it's no Chanel, but close enough, right? There's nothing like being gifted with a bag from the House of Chanel's designer. Plus, look at it! It's very Chanel-esque. The blush pink is such a great colour for the bag as well. They also have it in a silver and black, but my choice is definitely the blush pink.




There's ALWAYS room for more art. Especially in my home. I really can't get enough. I'm still in the process of creating a black and white wall in my office with some great prints. It's been a slow process, but for anyone thinking of doing the same thing, these are perfect! Random sayings, fashion sketches, black & white photography, I love it all. Indigo is definitely the place to hunt for these prints. Also, their online collection is SO much bigger than the store. So, pour yourself some tea and settle in, because the options are endless.



I love a good statement piece, and this scarf is JUST that! Something warm, cozy, and super cute? Yes, please. And can you ever have too many scarves? We live in a country where you can literally wear scarves all year round. At least I do. So, there's really no reason you can't have another scarf. Amiright?


Sudio Sweden - Wireless Earphones

I mean, a pair of white/rose gold, wireless earphones?? Chic, right? I'm over bulky earphones that ruin your hair. These little ones fit perfectly into my purse pocket or even a clutch. They come in their own little white pouch as well. The perfect Christmas gift for anyone, if you ask me!


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There you have it guys. I've made it pretty simple for you last minute shoppers. I'm sure I'm missing a TON of gifts, so if you have any suggestion, PLEASE leave them below! 

On another note, just remember, Christmas is SO not about gifts. Enjoy the season with family and friends. That's the best gift you could ever have. I'm so grateful for the amazing people I have in my life and couldn't be more thankful.

Xo, kim




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Sunday, December 4, 2016

This Pinstripe Moment.




HOLY F***! It's December...

Is anyone else mind-blown at how fast time flies? In less than a month it will officially be 2017. 

....which is really exciting. We've got an exciting event in the making for New Year's Eve. Yes, I work on NYE, and totally love it. 

Let's chat about NYE for one second. 

Does anyone go full out? Like, sparkly dresses, champes, gala-night type thing? I was ALL about that, once upon a time, and maybe it's an age thing, but I'm more about a cozy night in. Champes included of course...

If I'm not working on NYE, which by the way, is a shit ton of fun when you work with the team that I work with, I'm usually about a quiet evening in, with a few close friends, some chic champagne flutes, GOOD food, maybe a sparkly top, and lots of candles. I know, I realize I'm 80 years old...

I'm just more into that retired vibe, you know? LOL.

Is anyone else not about making New Year's Eve a big deal? Weigh in.





Let's switch over for a second and talk about this pinstripe moment I'm having. 

I love a good black and white outfit. It's one of my favourite combos and perfect for the winter. I don't really introduce much colour into my wardrobe during the colder months. Maybe I should? I love this top by Wild Blue Denim. If you guys don't know this brand, check it out! 

Let me tell you a bit about their company, because it really is SO awesome, and very on brand for The Chic Confidential, so naturally I had to collaborate with them.

Wild Blue is a brand that aims to empower young women, and thier goals to do so also extend outside the realm of fashion. Corazon de Vida (CDV) is a 20+ year non-profit organization providing life-changing support for orphaned and abandoned children in Baja Mexico by funding local orphanages, and providing services to improve quality of life and higher education. Wild Blue provides monthly funding for the orphanages under their care. These orphanages give abandoned children security, nutrition, shelter, and reliable education. Through these charitable actions they empower young children and give them the opportunity to grow up in a world that values them, so that they can live a original, authentic life.

How amazing, right? You can learn more about their company, and shop their styles, here

This outfit is super easy and comfortable. No effort needed at all. 

Of course, if you want to get technical, by all means, you can spice it up with a chic leather jacket, a pencil skirt and over-the-knee boots. But sometimes, I like to keep it simple and to the point. 

I think a wide leg pant is one of my favourite pieces for winter. It's a no-effort piece. And goes with EVERYTHING. I kinda live in this pant all winter. You can really dress it up or down. Totally up to you.

Anyway, how was everyone's weekend? Mine included several cosmos, followed by a ladies night out, followed by blueberry pancakes....

I would say that sums it up. 

K, I'm off to catch up on How To Get Away With Murder. Who has seen The Crown?? That's up next.

Xx, kim





This post was in collaboration with Wild Blue Denim. As always, all opinions are my own. 


Photography by Victoria Jmourko.



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Monday, November 28, 2016

Console Table Décor For The Holidays.



So, if you've been following along on Snap/Insta, you KNOW I'm just obsessed with anything Christmas-y. I also mentioned this in my last post

Red holiday coffee cups + ugly Christmas sweaters + Mariah Carey blaring in my car. I mean, who doesn't love All I Want For Christmas?? Best Christmas song EVER.

I really don't know what it is about this time, but everything makes me SO happy. 

...except the extreme cold temperatures and malls. I HATE malls at this time. People are so....aggressive? 

I do all my Christmas shopping, online. It's the way to go, you guys! I don't know WHY anyone would need to go into malls when we have everything online. I'm a Netflix and add-to-cart kinda gal. It actually relaxes me. 

Anyway, I'm getting off track here.

Let's talk about Christmas decorating!!





Considering this is my very FIRST Christmas in my new place, I really wanted to keep things, simple, but obviously chic. 

I didn't want it to look like Christmas threw up all over my place. For one, I don't have the space for much. And two, less is more. I knew I wanted a tree (a mini white one), obviously. And I have a beautiful console table that I was going to decorate the shit out of. 

And really, that's it. 

I had SO many ideas for the console table. Themes were running through my head. But I thought, let's keep it classic and do a very simple white and silver, winter-esque table. My immediate thoughts were to do white and gold, but I felt that was too cliché and decided on white and silver instead.

Although, I did buy a crazy-beautiful, gold sparkly wreath. It's perfection, really. 

Okay, so let's talk more about the console table. For anyone who lives in a condo, you know space is always an issue. For everything. 

So, although I wanted to go full-out and decorate the entire place, I really couldn't. And if you're in the same position as I am, where space always gets in the way, you'll love this post. Because even though all I did was decorate the console table, and add a mini tree to my place, it feels very much like Christmas. 

If all you can do is decorate a console table, then these are a few ways to really killlll it!! 




1. SNOW. Get lot's of fake snow. We may hate actual snow, but we LOVE the fake stuff. ☃ You can get fake snow anywhere for super cheap, and it's the perfect base for your décor. You can build on top of that. A huge roll is like $2.99 at Walmart. 


2. ASYMMETRY. The trick to making asymmetry look good is, balance. You don't want to have the table looking the same on both sides, but visually, you still want there to be some balance. There are SO many ways to accomplish this. Adding splashes of colour is one way to go. I'm not so much of a colour person, so I kept the colours neutral. I did however, use different shades of white, silver, and grey. 


3. CANDLES. I mean, need I say more? My last post was ALL about how much I love candles, so naturally when it came down to decorating the table, I used as many candles that would fit on it. White and silver ones, of course. 


4. PINE CONES. Another prop that screams Christmas. I found white spray painted pine cones that strung together at Homesense and wrapped that around everything that was on my table. Texture is really important, so find things that make your table stand out. And speaking of texture....


5. TEXTURE. Sequins, faux fur, sparkles, feathers, branches. Anything that adds something that your eyes catch immediately. I have pretty much all of the above on my table, minus the faux fur. Texture is another good way to balance out your table. 


6. HEIGHT. Add different heights to your table. This goes with the asymmetry point above. It's another way to make your table visually appealing. Instead of buying candles that are all the same height, buy a few different heights. I also bought sequins cones of different heights. It's eye catching and visually pleasing. You don't want everything to be the same height. I added a vase with all sorts of random things in there, from feathers to branches, and silver sparkly leaves. All are different heights. 


7. PRETTY VS. PRACTICAL. There's nothing practical about my table. LOL. I have to admit, I'm definitely not the most practical person in the world. So, sue me. If you can add practicality to your table, by all means, go for it! I'd just rather it be pretty. I'm not saying it can't be both, practical and pretty, however, mine just isn't. I filled my table with polar bears, pine cones, doves, poinsettias, an overload of candles, and a useless (but SO cute) sign that says 'Love You.' 


8. LIGHTS. You can't call it Christmas if there are no lights. Amiright?! I bought a string of thin lights that I put under the "snow" to light up the table. It just gives it that added Christmas-y feeling.  





Okay, so those are my eight ways of console table decorating. 

For those of you who live in smaller spaces, how do you decorate? Come hang out on Snapchat (UN: kim-marquis) I'm all sorts of holiday funnnn! 

Chat soon, loves. Happy decorating. 

Ps. Throw on some Christmas Mariah or Britney when decorating. It's THAT much more fun. 🎄🎅🎄🎅

Xx, kim


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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Scented Candles For The Holidays.



So, one of my FAVOURITE leading-up-to Christmas traditions is sitting by my gorgeous lit up tree, wine in hand, lights off, and the smell of Christmas-y candles burning. NOTHING is cozier, you guys. 

I'm a huge candles person. The smell, the sound, the vibes, the ambiance...it's all just so appropriate for the Holidays. I mean, I'm a candles person all year round, but over Christmas, I just get wayyy too excited and buy everything. 

Since Black Friday is tomorrow, I thought I'd share my fave candles with you guys. Also, if you could smell my home right now, you'd die, because I've got about seven candles lit and it smells amazing! Think pine cones, fresh balsam & evergreen trees with hints of vanilla. If that's not cozy, I don't know what is...

Okay, let's talk candles. 


WINTER  |   This one is a Bath & Body Works fave! It's 3-wick and made using the highest concentration of fragrance oils. If you don't like a strong smell, this one isn't for you. However, in a big space, this won't be too strong. The smells are amazing!! Think white wood, pine needles, clementines, and spiced cloves. YUM.


SANTA'S COOKIES  |  Yes, I'll take anything that smells like cookies, thanks. This one from The Canadian Candle Company is not only delicious smelling, with smells of sweet cookie dough, vanilla extracts, and a hint of nutmeg, but also a wood wick candle! And if you don't know what a wood wick candle is, you need to RUN out and get one. Their WoodWick candle features a natural wick made from organic wood, and literally sounds like crackling fire. So shut off your TV, music, or whatever else is going on in the background, grab your favourite book and listen to the sounds of crackling fire while you read. Kind of perfect, no? I'm also loving the vintage jar...


SNOWY PINE & FIR BALSAM  |  This one HAS to be my favourite from Indigo! Because the smell of fir balsam is just heaven on earth. If you're into the scents of white pine, crisp air, orange zest, snow rose, fuji apple, sage, sandalwood, atlas cedar and fir balsam, this one's for you! I love a fresh smelling home, as I'm sure we all do. Lol. But there's something about this scent that just makes Christmas come sooner. I'm one of those (crazy) people that will start Christmas decorating pretty soon after Halloween...


VANILLA SNOWFLAKE  |  This one is another popular one from Bath & Body Works. It's very light and calming. It's also 3-wick, and smells of vanilla, iced fir, mint, and coconut flakes. You can actually smell a little bit of everything in there. Which is why I love this one so much! Also, anything that's coconut related, I'm obsessed with. Bounty chocolate, coconut oil, Coconut chips, and the list goes on.


If you're gearing up for the Christmas season, and have no idea what to buy someone, candles make the perfect stocking stuffers. I mean, I can't get ENOUGH candles. They are all over my place and my home just smells like Christmas all the time. What more can you ask for, right? 


Any other candle lovers out there? What are your faves? Share!


I'm going to get cozy with some Riesling and another episode of How To Get Away With Murder, all candles lit of course. 


Chat soon--


Xx, kim


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dressing For Success.




If there's ONE rule to live by, it should be to dress for success. 

I know it's the cheesiest line ever, but in other words, dress for your dream. fucking. job. 

It's something I've always lived by, and something that's very important to me. Most days I'm working in an office setting because other than blogging, you guys know I'm an events coordinator. Does that mean I need to wake up and pant-suit it everyday? Hell no. 

My job may be set in a corporate office, but the environment screams creativity. If I wore a pantsuit everyday, I'd get nothing done. Really. 

I mean, don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with a pantsuit. There are some pretty chic ones out there. I'm just saying, you wouldn't catch me in one everyday. 





But let's talk more about dressing for success. 

Believe me when I say, there are days I'd rather stay in bed, pajamas on, coffee delivered, and cuddled in with my laptop. But, when it comes down to everything, the best way to be productive, is to get up and get dressed. 

Aside from working at the office Monday to Friday, I'm also working full-time on my blog. So, when I'm not at the office, I'm home writing blog posts, editing, coming up with content, or out shooting for the blog. When you work from home, it's easy to say f*** it, and stay in pjs all day. But, what you're not thinking about is how much you're hindering your creative side. 

The best way to get creative and start your day, is by putting on something super chic and feeling great in it. There's no greater feeling than putting on the perfect outfit and kicking ass. 

....okay maybe if you're a mom and gave birth to a child. That could possibly be a greater feeling. But who knows?

All I'm saying is that, if you think you can accomplish shit in sweatpants and a t-shirt, you may be right. However, dressing the part, putting a little effort into your outfit, will get you that much further. 





We ALL aspire to be successful in our careers. Right?

No one should be waking up and doing something they don't like. I wake up every morning, (kinda hate mornings though) and look forward to the day. Why? Because I absolutely love what I do. 

A big part to starting my day off is putting on something that makes me feel great. There are days where it's -30 and blizzarding outside. And those days, you really can't wear anything chic, but most days, I take the time, usually the night before, to choose something that makes me feel successful. Something that screams #bosslady. Something that brings out my creative side. And most importantly, something that's on brand with The Chic Confidential. I am my brand. 

No one wants a blogger who's off-brand. Right?

Put a little effort into your choice of clothing, and watch what happens. You will instantly feel great. I, personally love getting dressed up. Even if it's something simple and very corporate, I try and add something to the outfit that makes it me. 

Something as simple as this grey sweater (on sale!) with an attached blouse, is a corporate-classic. I love a flared pant for the winter, and fringe for me, never goes out of style. It's a staple in my wardrobe. 

How many of you dress for success? What are your wardrobe staples? 

Okay, I'm off to binge watch How To Get Away With Murder. Season Two is INSANE.

Xx, kim


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This post is in collaboration with Shein.com. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.




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Monday, November 14, 2016

Fall Fashion-ing With Joe Fresh.




I'M BACKKK. 

Between wisdom teeth surgery literally putting me out for a week, my actual job, and life in general, I was totalllly NOT able to post anything for you guys on the blog! It's definitely been a hot minute. 😑

My apologies. 

How has everyone been? What's new? Tell tell. 

I really feel like I haven't had a second to get back on track. It's been go go go for an entire two weeks. 



Let's talk about wisdom teeth surgery for a second. Firstly, WHY do we even have wisdom teeth when we all eventually have to take them out anyway? They are the most useless teeth ever. 

Secondly, the surgery went great, because I was out cold. And you know I confirmed this on Snapchat if you were following (UN: kim-marquis). Yes, I legit asked the dentist ON Snapchat if he was certain that I was going to be completely passed out. The answer was YES. 

Post surgery was a whole other ball game! It was painful AF, and I've never missed food more in my life! I think I was actually craving EVERYTHING solid. From fish tacos, to pizza, to chocolate covered almonds. You name it, I wanted it. 

What also made the entire process extremely difficult was the amount of unnatural pills I had to swallow. If you guys know me at all, you know I stay away from any kind of meds as much as I can. It's not my thing. Even when I'm sick, I'd rather swallow raw garlic and ginger than take Tylenol. So when I kind of HAD to take these meds after the surgery, it really fucked with my body. I was everything from nauseous to dizzy to having hot and cold flashes, and MORE. It was actually the worst feeling ever. 😷 😷 😷

I mean, I was looking forward to binge watch The Crown on Netflix for a couple days, and even looking at a screen made me want to hurl. (Hence, the lack of blogging).   

After I decided to ditch the drugs and deal with the pain, I slowly started to feel much better. I just realized that my body couldn't handle the hardcore meds. When in doubt, listen to your body. It ALWAYS knows. 




Anyway, the entire process really set me back quite a bit. But obviously, my health comes first. I'm back at it. Feeling A LOT healthier. My jaw is't quite back to normal yet, but I hear that can take some time. 

Thankfully, nothing is infected, and apparently "I'm healing well." (Says my dentist)

BTW. You guys are the most supportive readers EVER, and I seriously love you all so much. I received so many comments on Insta and snaps throughout this surgery, and that made me heal quicker. REALLY. Thank you for your kind words, always. They really put a smile on my face. 

Okay, enough about the surgery. 




Who else is getting REALLY excited for Christmas?! 🎄 🎅

I'm in the midst of planning a Christmas event at work and everyone has been in such great spirits, lately. I love hearing the Christmas music in stores. (I know some of you think it's too early, but it's never too early for me!) I also LOVE seeing the red coffee cups. It's something about the Holidays that I just love. Red cups, mulled wine, Christmas Markets, fireplaces, ugly sweaters, extra family time, it's all just cozy and really fun. 

Anyone else like this??

On another (non wintery) note, this dress is still very fall. I mean, the good weather is kind of here to stay, so I'm still busting out a dress here and there. I'm loving the print on this one. It's super cute and very comfy. It's perfect for the office or even an evening out. On a colder evening you can also throw on some leggings under the dress. Adding a blazer or leather jacket can also look great. I added a pop of fall colour with my burnt orange booties. Nothing screams fall like burnt orange. Amiright?!

Joe Fresh is full of cute printed dress (ON SALE!) Like this one.

Okay, I'm off to get cozy with ginger tea and the Christian Dior biography. It's a goodie!

What are you guys reading these days?

Chat soon--

Xx, kim





This post was in collaboration with Joe Fresh. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.





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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Life Lately.

The Nanz & I enjoying a moment.

Hi hi!

How's everyone doing?

Sorry, I haven't been blogging as much. There's been A LOT on the go lately, and I'm trying to keep up with everything, including my sanity, of course. If I focus all my energy into work, I will lose it. 

And if you haven't read my post on balancing work and life, you should. It's all about switching off once in a while, which in turn, makes you more successful at what you do. Check it out. 

If you follow along on Snapchat or Insta, you would've seen that I shared a beautiful, intimate moment with my grandma. I had her over at my new place for some chit-chat and rosé wine. She hates that I live alone and tells me everyday that "I need to find myself a husband." She's never afraid to speak her mind, something I think I got from her ;) And she'll never turn down a day with her granddaughter and some good drinks. It's always fun listening to some of her stories. At 91, the woman may not remember everything you tell her these days, but she can take you back to the 60s/70s and make you live it like it was yesterday. And she was born and raised in India...

Moments like these are my absolute favourite. I never ever take them for granted. Just being in her presence, lights up my day. I know she won't be around forever, but right now she is, and I'm SO grateful for that. It's a blessing to have her around. 

I don't normally share super intimate moments and family on the blog as much. I like to keep those things private, however, I decided that she deserves a little cameo on the blog. She's one of my favourite people ever, so why not? 




On another completely different note, MY WISDOM TEETH are coming out tomorrow! 

I may have been a bit dramatic about this over the last few weeks...and I may have compared it to the pain of child birth. No, I've never given birth before (LOL) nor have I ever had my wisdom teeth removed. And before you moms jump on me for comparing the two, just know that I can be overly dramatic when it comes to pain...

So bare with me. 

Not looking forward to being bed-ridden for a few days. It's just not my thing. Anyone else like that?

I've been in major prep mode for the last couple days. Nothing like planning the event for my wisdom teeth removal...(serious event planner at heart)

I've got some organic soups, yogurt, popsicles, and mashed potatoes. What else does one eat with a swollen jaw and sore gums? HELP. 

Follow along on Snapchat....you MAY get a snap or two out of me. UN: kim-marquis.



Guys, French Connection is killing it with their Fall collection right now. I'm totally obsessed with this hooded coat and this grey tote. Perrrrrfect for fall. The coat actually carries right over into winter, as it's SO warm. Check out their website. LOTS of sales. 

This outfit details are here.




Black on black ON BLACK. 

Can you ever go wrong though? Nothing chicer than an all-black outfit. Really. 

Daniel Wellington came out with a gorgeous, classic watch with a black interface. I mean, it's stunning. With a black strap made from genuine Italian leather and a distinctive dial, the Classic Black Sheffield is a sophisticated timepiece that adds confidence and attitude to your style. Totally my kind of accessory.

And because you guys are amazing as always, there's a 10% discount happening right now on ANY of the Daniel Wellington watches. Just use the code CHIC16. 

Ok, thats it for now friends. 

Wish me luck on the wisdom teeth surgery. And NO, I don't want to hear anyone's horror stories. 

Happy ones are welcome though! :)

Have a fantastic Friday and weekend! 

Xx, kim

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Getting Over Your Monday Blues.



HAPPY MONDAY. 

Okay, many of you have asked me why I'm always so happy on Mondays. Today, we're talking about the Monday Blues. You know, like that feeling you get Monday morning, where you would rather just stay in bed, get coffee delivered to you, and lounge around, rather than get up and get to work? 

That feeling. 

We've ALL been there. Trust me, no one knows it more than I do. And just so we're clear, I'm talking about the Monday Blues, not the Morning Blues. Because I'm still figuring out how to get over those. Mornings may be the death of me. 

Anyway, over the last few years, LOTS has happened in my life that's been amazing, which has in turn, made me feel grateful for Mondays. Weird right? 

Well, I want to share with you guys a few ways that I get over the Monday Blues. 





Unplug For The Weekend.

DON'T check your work emails. Put that Blackberry away and actually enjoy the weekend. That's what weekends are for. Time to unplug, unwind, and take a break. I need to work on this some more, because some work weeks are so jam packed, that I kind of neglect blogging, and have to actually catch up on the weekends. However, blogging is not so much work for me. I'm going to be very cliché and say, If you love what you do, you don't have to work a day in your life...

You guys can totally roll your eyes now...(Read my post on Why I Started Blogging).

But really, it's true. Blogging is my passion, so I actually find it relaxing to do it. And no, not all days are relaxing. It can also be stressful. Have you guys read the blog post on work/life balance? Check it out.


Pick Your Outfit Sunday Night.

YES. This is a must. 

Nothing is worse than waking up at 6:30am having NOTHING to wear. And ladies, let's be real. Our closet can be a big as Carrie Bradshaw's, and we'd still 'have nothing to wear!' Amiright?! No one wants to start rummaging through their closets at 6:30am trying to find something to wear. It's best to pick that out on Sunday night. One less thing to worry about. And don't forget to pick out something cute. Something that says 'Dress for Success.'

One thing I find helpful, is picking out an outfit that screams #bosslady. You kind of want to kick Monday in the ass, no? The best way, is to pick out an outfit that you feel extra confident in. 

Like this OOTD for example. Loving the winter whites, greys, and blacks. This high neck jumper has all the feels. Cozy, trendy, chic, and sassy. I love pairing an over-sized jumper with a pencil skirt. I mean, we can't get away with it for too long, as winter is FAST approaching. But, on a milder day, why not? 

This lace-up pencil skirt is super comfy and can be worn in so many ways. If you're not into the over-sized look, go with something a little more office-y? Think Mehgan Markle in Suits. So hot. Also, how gorggg is this grey tote? It's a power-bag, duh. And SO cute for fall.





Make A List.

Lists are probably my favourite thing in the whole entire world! Dramatic much? YES. Because really, they are everything. On Mondays, I like to make a list of all the goals I'd like to accomplish by the end of the day. This could be anything from, picking up groceries, to getting a blog shoot done, editing photos, etc. Whatever, YOU need to accomplish, write it down. When something is written down, psychologically, you somehow get it done. Make it a realistic list though.

Many people say, "the list is in my head." Well, write it down. I promise you'll actually get it done if it's down on paper. And okay, if you're thinking 'how old school is she with paper?' then you can type it out in 'notes' on your phone. I still love physical paper. Something very liberating about getting your thoughts/goals on paper.


Be Positive.

No one likes a Negative Nancy. NO ONE. 

What do you love about your job? Write it down. Lol, I'm kidding. (Unless, you want to make more lists) But, seriously, not everyone loves everything about their jobs. But, I'm sure you're happy about most things? Remind yourself what it is you love about your work. Maybe it's the people you work with? Maybe it's the rewarding side of it? Maybe it's your boss? Or maybe it's just the fact that it's paying all the bill? Whatever it may be, be positive, and remind yourself why. Why you're doing it every. single. day. 






Do Something Nice.

Nothing puts a smile on my face like putting a smile on someone else's face. Do something nice for someone. Hold the door open, buy someone a coffee, wish a stranger in the elevator a Happy Monday. Every Monday, on my way to work, I grab a coffee at the McDonalds drive-thru and I always make it a point to get the person's breakfast, behind me. It's the tiniest gesture, but it brightens someone's day. You never know who else is going through the Monday Blues...


Have Fun At Work.

We work our asses off, everyday. We deserve to have fun. I work with seven amazing girls, and I cannot tell you how much fun we have, everyday. If you're not laughing at work, what's the point? All our jobs are stressful, one way or another. Some are more stressful than others. Working in events and planning huge City events on a daily basis, can be extremely stressful. The best kinda cure for that, is laughter. Try it, and you'll see the difference. Not everything is fun and games, but include a little (or a lot) of laughter in your day. It instantly changes the mood around the office. 


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How do you guys get over your Monday Blues? What am I missing on this list? SHARE.

And on that note, I hope every had an AH-MAZING Monday!! Don't forget to kick ass this week. 

Xx, kim


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Monday, October 24, 2016

Switching Off - Finding Your Work/Life Balance.




I once read an article in the Huffington Post that said, the average person checks their mobile device 85 times a day. 

And if you're a blogger, times that by TWO (or three). 

170-255 times a day. That's a lot of email checking, social media, texting, Whatsapping, etc. And for some reason, that number still seems small. No?

I mean, how does anyone get anything done when you're checking your phone that many times a day? Right? Wrong. 

Somehow, shit get's done. 

But this post, isn't about getting things done regardless of how often you're on your phone. It's about how to bring balance into your life. It seems almost impossible to think back to the days when phones didn't exist. And that wasn't that long ago...

We live in a world where we have instant access to everything. When I don't know something, I ask Google. When I want to share something with someone (or everyone) there's Snapchat. When we don't know where to eat, there's an app to help you decide. And the list goes on...

There comes a point in life where we need to detach ourselves from this techy-driven world, and focus on something else. ANYTHING else. 

Just like at the end of a day, we take all our make up off and let our skin breath, we need to do the same with our phones, to let our minds breath.

And this TOTALLY goes for me, btw. I'm fully aware of how many times a day I check my phone. 

Which is why I'm writing this post. 





Disconnecting can sometimes be hard. 

Especially when you're making a business of it. However lately, I'm finding that disconnecting and focusing on other things, is actually making my business more successful. You can't possibly be successful at something if you're constantly at it. Your mind needs a break. You need to shift your energy from one thing to another. 

When it comes to blogging, disconnecting is CRUCIAL. If you're constantly writing, you will run out of things to blog about. We all get writer's block, and that's totally fine. Stepping away, finding something else to do/see, HELPS. 

So, today I'm sharing a few things that will help bring some balance into your life. Try putting your phone away (on silent) and focusing your energy on these little steps that will actually help you in life. 




Read. 

I know, who the f**k has time to read, right? Especially if you're a mom (or dad) that's on the go. But we can ALL make time for reading. I was the biggest excuse-maker of life, when it came to reading. Trust me. And I'm not saying you need to set aside two hours a day or anything. 

25-30 minutes is more than enough. And an actual physical book. You know, like made out of paper? I like to schedule 20 minutes before I go to sleep to get some reading done. However, I also LOVE reading articles online. I know, totally defeats what I'm saying about phones, however, sometimes, the best kind of knowledge is from those little articles that pop up on Facebook, Twitter, etc. It's where I personally get very inspired. 


Step Outside. 

Yes, like outdoors. Well, it can be difficult when it's -30 outside, but I'm sure we can find ways around that. Find time to step away from your phone, desk, folders, papers, etc, and enjoy a moment or two outside. Clearing your mind can be the best way to reconnect. When you look away from the normal stuff, that's when you find inspiration. I know for me, stepping away and doing something that's not something I usually do, is what inspires A LOT of my blog posts. Whether is a nature walk, a hike, a cup of coffee somewhere, or even people watching. Do something different. 

Even with writing this post...Ive had to step away many, many times and come back to it with a fresh mind. You'll surprise yourself when you actually come back to work on something with a fresh mind. 


Book An Electronic Curfew. 

Probably the hardest thing for a blogger to do, but needs to be done. (I'm still working on this, btw). As a blogger, I feel the need to always engage on social media. It's the way I connect with you guys. I try my best to respond to Snapchat messages, Instagram comments, etc, but the best way to keep sane, is to actually set aside my phone and spend some 'me' time. You know, like without you guys. LOL. It may not make complete sense, but the only way to keep the blog successful is to actually shut off. 

So, booking an electronic curfew is kind of essential. I'll give myself an hour (usually during dinner) where I try not to touch my phone. I'll put on a show or some music and just zone out for a bit. 


Don't Put Your Phone On The Dinner Table.

...Says every mom, ever. 

She's right. (And I'm totallllly guilty of doing this!) Dinner time, should be between you and whomever you're eating with. We're all guilty of doing this at some point. And yes, I get it. Sometimes, the food looks so good that we need to Snap it, Instagram it, Tweet it, etc...trust me, no one gets it more than I do. And I'm not saying that we can't. But, take your picture, and put your phone away. 

Have a conversation. 





There you have it, guys. My four ways of disconnecting to reconnect. Try it and let me know what you guys think. I'm still working on all these, don't worry. 

I want to know how you guys disconnect, so share in the comments. And for those of you who are really good at it, tell us HOW you do it!

Okay, can we also pause a moment and talk about how it kind of became winter this weekend? I mean, bring out the parkas, because I think I may have seen snow. (Okay, I'm lying about the snow) But, there may as well have been snow. 

However, this entire look saved me over the weekend, because HOW CHIC is this outfit? And SO fitting for the cooler temps that we got this weekend. I love a white on grey combo with this sassy neck-tie blouse and these comfy linen pants. It's like wearing really chic pjs to work. This double sided coat is also the warmest thing ever. I also recommend wearing it with a belt. The entire outfit came together with this grey tote bag. 

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I know, you're welcome. 

Ok, chat soon--

Xx, kim


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This post was sponsored by French Connection Canada. As always, all opinions are my own.

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