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. 


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, 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. 

Shop the entire look at French Connection Canada, and use the code: FCAPPRECIATE for 40% off all regular priced items and 10% off sale items. 

I know, you're welcome. 

Ok, chat soon--

Xx, kim


Linen Pants (on sale!)

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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

6 Energizing Exercises You Should Know About, Now.


I feel like people use that word a lot lately. I'm definitely one of those people. 

But, I don't go around using it carelessly. I'm a TRUE believer in the word. I think it goes for everything and anything. 

But, today we're talking about exercising. (Although, I'm feeling an overall 'balance' post for the blog, soon?)

You guys know I'm NOT someone who is a gym-goer. I don't own a gym membership, and if I did, I would basically be throwing money down the garbage. It's not for me.

I have tried it and realized it's just not my thing. (I will still make an effort to go once in a while if I'm reallllly feeling it.)

There's nothing appealing about being in a room full of sweaty people and complicated machines. 

No thanks, I'd rather do my workouts at home. All I really need is a yoga mat, some candles, good music, and I'm good to go. 

So, I want to share with you guys some REALLY EASY exercises you can do at home. You may be a total gym-goer, and that's cool, but these are simple exercises you can do first thing in the morning. It's a great way to start your day and boost your energy. (Alongside some lemon water.)

1. Stretches:

I know this seems obvious, but so many people jump right into a heavy workout without stretching. You need to wake your muscles up before you start working them out. You spend 6-8 hours sleeping (and not really moving) that when you wake up, your muscles are stiff. Wake them up with some light stretching + breathing. I know when I start stretching in the morning, that gives me an instant boost of energy. 

2. 30-Second Jumping Jacks:

Who doesn't LOVEEE these?! It's a great arms stretch and opens up your chest instantly. It also gets your heart rate going. Do however many you can, but try and at least do 30 seconds. Jumping jacks aren't my favourite, but I can usually push through 30 seconds of it. 

3. 30-Second Plank:

This is probably one of my favourite ones as it works your entire core and requires focus to stay in proper form. It's one of the tougher exercises, but again, totally wakes you up! Also, it's only 30 seconds, but if you can hold it for a minute, go for it!
  • Place your forearms and knees on the ground, should-width apart.
  • Lift your knees off the ground and push your feet back to bring your body to a full extension. 
  • Keep your core tight and your hips lifted. Make sure your neck is in line with your spine. 
  • Hold for 30-60 seconds. 
  • Don't forget to breath!

4. 30-Second Bicycle Crunches. 

Crunches suck, period. Nobody goes around saying how much they love doing ab workouts. It's painful AF. Sometimes you just want to to be like fuck it, and go eat a bag of chips. Amiright?! But again, 30 seconds of it, isn't going to kill you. It get's your spine moving after your long night of sleep, and really works your obliques. 
  • Sit on floor with your knees bent, feet lifted, and hands behind your head.
  • Keep your chest up and back straight as you lean back to engage your abs.
  • Twist to bring your right elbow to your left knee, straightening your right leg.
  • Repeat on opposite side.

5. 30-Second Squats:

Another one of my faves, solely because it works out the bootie. And everybody wants that J-Lo bootie. However, 30 seconds of squats isn't quite enough. That's okay, it's a start! Great for working out your legs as well. Again, do as many as you want, but if I'm doing any of these exercises in the morning, 30 seconds is enough to wake me up and get me going. 

These exercises aren't to say that it's all you need. These are to start your day off with the right foot forward and boost your energy levels. 

6. 30-Second Bicep Curls.

I recently purchased a pair of 3-pound weights and I do a quick 30-60 seconds of bicep curls in the morning. Not one of my favourite exercises, because there's something I really don't like about shaky arms. However, something I lack more than ever is upper body strength, and I feel like these little 3-pounders are helping in a small way. 

Okay guys, there you have it. 

A complete morning workout guide that takes literally three minutes to complete. EVERYONE has three minutes to spare in the morning for their health. 

To be very honest, it took me a while to get started on this morning routine. Because it all fairness, I'd rather just sleep the extra three minutes. But, when I actually started to see a difference in my energy levels, I realized how key these are. It makes a HUGE difference in my morning mood, too. I actually wake up wanting to do these exercises! 

Give them a try!

I'd love to know what you guys do to help boost your energy in the morning? Share!


Can we please pause for a moment and talk about how cute/chic these workout pieces are? I mean, I don't know about you guys, but it's not easy finding cute, workout clothes that are also amazing, sweat resistant, and just overall chic. No? Thankfully, Titika Active Couture sent over these pieces, and I'm totally in love with them. 

I love how versatile they can be as well, because most of them just look like casual wear. So, once you're done working out in them, you can actually carry on with your day, run errands, etc. and not have to worry about changing into "decent-looking" clothing. 

These were obviously made for the woman on the go (which is most definitely, me!)

All the items are linked under the photos!

Okay, I'm off to have some lemon/ginger water and curl up with a book!

Xx, kim

This post was in collaboration with Titika Activewear. As always, all opinions are my own!

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

So Much Wine at Château Des Charmes GORGEOUS Winery.

Château Des Charmes. 

The most charming winery I've ever visited. I have done my fair share of winery hopping. Yes, even in California where you think they couldn't get anymore beautiful. 

But friends, right here, in our very own province, lies several gorgeous wineries. The Niagara region has over 100 wineries you can visit, taste test, and purchase different wines at. Someday I plan on visiting them all,, duh. 

If you know me, you know I love a good bottle of wine. White, red, rosé, doesn't really matter. I'm no wine connoisseur by any means. But, you don't have to be a connoisseur to love wine ;) Amiright?!

So, naturally when I was invited to Château Des Charmes for their newest Four @ Four program, I jumped at the occasion. Nothing is more fun than wine & food pairings with your bestie on a long weekend. 

How gorgeous are the grounds?!

Let me just get a little into the history for a moment:

Château des Charmes was founded in 1978 by Paul Bosc, a fifth generation French winegrower. Paul and his young family arrived in Niagara in the 1960’s with the idea that growing their own grapes was the best way to make fine wine. More than ever, they believe in this Estate Winery model and they make their wine only from grapes they've grown themselves.

The winery has over 30 of their own wines. We tasted four of them at the Four @ Four program, which is four gourmet snacks with four complimenting wines from their Estate Grown & Bottled series. 

I love this one, because obviously I'm a bit of a foodie, and I always want to snack while I sip. The tour guide explains each of the food pairings and how they compliment the wines you're sipping. 

The wines we tasted were:

2013 Cabernet Franc
2014 Cabernet Savignon
2014 Chardonnay
2015 Sauvignon Blanc

My favourite would have to be the 2014 Chardonnay, with it being barrel fermented with extended lees contact and aged for about nine months in the same French oak barrels. It had a creamy, buttery texture with melon and pear flavours. Mmmm. 

The food pairings were also so on point! First up was a delicious cheese. It wasn't too strong of a flavour, and apparently the blackness that you see in them, is ash. Not sure how or why (at this point I was slightly tipsy) but nonetheless, it went very well with the wine. We also had shortbread cookies, prosciutto, and dark chocolate bites with cranberries. 

Everything was so delicious. 

We we're also given a choice to sit inside or enjoy the serene beauty of the winery, outside in their all-white patio area. Of course, we chose outside. I could never pass up an all white, French-looking, super chic patio. 

Okay, we're moving on to my outfit of choice...

Naturally, when visiting such a beautiful winery, my outfit also needed to be on point. This wine-coloured trench from (on sale!) was just the piece. Considering it was still slightly chilly, being a fall day and all, I thought it was kind of perfect. Topped off with my wine-colour fedora, of course.

Also, a faux leather skirt was the perfect choice in case there was an wine spillage, as it wouldn't do too much damage. Forward thinking, my friends. ;)

I could literally spend the entire day roaming the grounds of this gorgeous winery, with a glass in hand of course. It's breath-taking views kept me gazing for quite a few hours. 

If you ever find yourself in the Niagara Region, do visit the beautiful Château Des Charmes and try out their Four @ Four, or any other wine tours. 

You'll love it. Promise.

That's it for now, friends.

Have an amazing, PRODUCTIVE week!

Xx, kim

This post was in collaboration with Château Des Charmes and As always, all opinions are my own!

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Life Lately + Sneak Peek of Château Des Charmes Winery.

As I sift through some of the winery photos, I can't help but share at least one (or two) photos from my visit there. 

While I was at my cottage (which by the way, is located in Niagara on the Lake), I got a chance to visit the oh-so-charming Château des Charmes winery. It's like a beautiful Parisian dream that you never want to awaken from! Everything was white and feminine. The kind of peacefulness that you get from there, is something you'll want to feel everyday. Dramatic much? Yes, but you'll only get it if you've been. And if you haven't, well I hope the full post on the winery will drive you straight there! 

I won't get into much detail right now, because the post is coming soon! Stay tuned! Can't wait to share that with you guys. 

You can imagine the somewhat drunken state we were in after consuming much of these wines. Thank God for dark chocolate and cheese! (I'll pass on the prosciutto).

And if you were following on Snapchat/Insta, you've seen a bit of this already. I kinda took you through the winery with me, but lots more to share on the post. 

Okay, moving on...

Have you guys seen the post on my favourite skin products? These three are ones I legit CANNOT live without. Not sponsored, just being real. I've been getting a lot of questions about these on Snapchat/Insta, and obviously when something is working for me, I HAVE to share them on The Chic Confidential. This is what TCC is all about. Sharing what works. Amiright?!

Sooo, on that note, if there's a product that you absolutely cannot live without, like I'm talking--you take these products on vacation with you, then I want you to share them with us! Because here, on The Chic Confidential, we're not about NOT sharing. 

Another thing that's coming to the blog is everything you need to know about laser hair removal! Such a squirmy topic. Nobody likes hair. Waxing is a painful bitch, and who has time to shave these days? I don't. Laser hair removal is safe, non painful, and you never have to see hair again. 

More on this, coming to the blog soooon! 

This fall sweater-dress has been a favourite of mine since forever ago. It's such a classic, you literally CAN'T go wrong in it. Unfortunately it's sold out, however I've linked a few that are very similar, below. 

Okay friends, that's it for now. 

Ps. Why does this short week feel like the longest week of life?!

Have a GREAT rest of your week and enjoy the last few days of sunshine. It's getting pretty cold at night! :/


Xx, kim

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Monday, October 10, 2016


So, if you were following along on Snapchat/Insta-stories this weekend, you already know I had a pretty crappy weekend being sick. I came down with a really bad cold. The worst weekend to be sick, because I was FINALLY getting away to my cottage for the first time this "summer." 

I was meaning to go all summer, but with the new condo, and furniture shopping, and getting all settled in, I kind of put off going until the fall. So, getting sick this weekend, was NOT fun!

Regardless, it was SUCH a great weekend with a few of my closest friends. Couldn't have asked for a better Thanksgiving weekend. 

What are you guys thankful for? 

The great thing about getting away to cottages is the peace and quiet that comes from it. It actually gives you a moment (or two) to reflect. There were many moments like that this weekend. I'm not the most outdoorsy person out there. I mean, if you were following on Snap, you must have been shaking your head at the amount of bags I took. (Not a light traveler at all!) I had about 5 bags for 2 nights. I know, right? 

Point is, I don't go away to cottages and camp sites very often. Don't get me wrong, I do love to get out of the city, just not often or every weekend. It's not my thing. You know? 

However, being away from the city, not having the best kinda wifi, and overall quietness all around, makes you REALLY put life into perspective and appreciate every bit of it. 

Life can be really hard sometimes. It throws you all kinds of curve balls, and expects you to just know what fuck to do. We don't always know the answers. The right ones, anyway. And sometimes, making the wrong decision ends up teaching you something in the end. If you're learning from your mistakes, it's never a bad thing. 

And being thankful doesn't only mean being thankful for all the great things/ people you have in your life. What about being thankful for all the terrible things that may have happened? For all the hardships that you went through and got out of? The countless sleepless nights? The tears? People who have come and gone out of your life? Friendships/ relationships that have ended? 

It's not about being thankful for all the lovely things you have around you. It's about being thankful for EVERYTHING that has made you who you are today. Be thankful for those hard times, because it's those hard times that have made you stronger. It's those hard times that have brought you the people in your life. And it's those hard times that made you see things clearly. It's the root of your happiness, right now. 

If you know me, you know I believe very strongly in the saying, 'everything happens for a reason.' So, when you're going through something tough in life, keep that in mind. It actually helps me get through anything and everything. Just remember that everything does happen for a reason. There is a purpose to it. And you may not know it now, but you will in time. 

Life isn't black and white. But, whatever the colour palette is, be thankful for it. 

And really, it's not just about being thankful this weekend, it's about being thankful ALL the time. 

Even though I was horribly sick this weekend chugging oregano oil, lemon water, garlic and apple sandwiches, I spent it with some amazing friends who I couldn't be more thankful for. 

What did you guys get up to this weekend? 

I also spent one of my afternoons this weekend at the most beautiful winery in Niagara On The Lake. I can't wait to share it with you guys, so stay tuned! 

Okay, I'm currently cuddled in bed, with a cup of lemon/ ginger water, about to start an episode of Downton Abbey.  

Hope you guys had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend!

What are you thankful for? Share!

Chat soon--

Xx, kim


Dress Joe Fresh

Boots Lucky Brand (sold out!) Similar (ON SALE!)

Bag Zara

This post was sponsored by Joe Fresh. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

My Do Or Die Nighttime Products.

Here's the thing.

We AREN'T getting any younger. So, let's not do the whole 'I'm too tired to take my make up off' thing. Just don't. Take. It. Off. 

You'll thank me later. 

I will do a full winter beauty products post soon, but I wanted to share a few products that go on my face every single night. These three I just can't live without. 

I had posted these on Snapchat a few weeks ago, and a few of you were asking about them. So, I decided to do a full post on them. (Not sponsored!) Just really love these.

The skin around the eye is extremely thin and sensitive, therefore, it's good to invest in a really good eye cream. It's prone to dryness and is the fastest to age. (eek!) Also if you're working off computers all day long, staring at a screen, you're naturally squinting, which of course, leads to lines...
And we don't like lines. I know, I know, eventually we ALL get those dreadful lines. But I'm all about prevention. If I can get a few years under my belt without having lines, I'll take it!

This eye cream has done me WONDERS. No puffiness, no dark circles, and fewer lines. This goes under my eyes without fail, every night. It's also great to keep in your fridge and put some on in the mornings. This was actually introduced to me by my cousin, who lives in Australia. The product is not Australian by any means.

Anyway, if any of you are using this eye cream, leave your comments below and let me know what you think. I've tried a million and one eye creams, and found that this one's the best for me.

HanSkincare Pure Vitamin C:

This product is basically collagen in a bottle! And we would ALL like more collagen, yes? Yes! This product is great to layer on your face. I like to put it on before I put on my final moisturizer. You can even just use this around your eyes as well. But because this has all sorts of amazing benefits, I like to use it all over. Oils are overall just great for your skin. When in doubt, use oils. LOL. I mean, I actually use coconut oil for EVERYTHING.

Great product, I absolutely love it. My skin feels amazing in the morning. No dryness at all. This is also a great product for the winter months.

Vichy ProEVEN Night cream:

This product isn't for everyone. I like to use it because sometimes brown skin has got hyper-pigmentation, dark spots, etc. So for even-looking skin, this is my go-to. It's a very light moisturizer that goes on top of everything. It's the last step. With all the soaking in the sun I've done this summer, my skin needs this. Of course, I never leave the house without SPF on my face (even in the winter). But regardless, the sun is extremely damaging to your skin. And even with lots of sunscreen, you can still get a little sun-burnt.

Again, I will do a full post on some of my favourite products. Because the list is LONG. These products are just my every night routine. But, I do switch things up here and there. So, I do want to share that with you guys in another post. Stay tuned!

Okay, am I missing anything major here? Do I need to add to this list? What are you guys using before bed?


+Come hang out on Snapchat/Insta Stories for more on my lifestyle choices. I love sharing them with you guys and getting feedback!

Chat soon--

Xx, kim

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Parisian-Esque Vibes This October.


The month for cozy blanket scarves, suede boots, leather jackets, and white pumpkins. (I'm over the orange ones.)

We are literally three months away from 2017...and for an event planner, we're ALREADY in 2017, planning all kinds of spring events. Crazy right?! Welcome to my world. 

Anyway. How was everyone's weekend? 

If you were following along on Snap/Insta, you already know, I did nothing but lounge this weekend. It was a very low key, lots of wine, kind of weekend. I ate at one of my favourite Thai restaurants in the city, Pai. If you haven't been, you HAVE to go. They also serve the Green Curry in an actual coconut! The taste is pretty close to authentic Thai, in my opinion. (Yes, I've been to Thailand, and have eaten LOTS of Green Curry there.)

I also visited my dear friends at Infuse Med Spa this weekend for some lazer hair removal treatments. (Full blog post coming soon!) But basically, NOBODY likes a hairy upper lip. Or a hairy...anything for that matter. I've been doing a few treatments for the last few months, and have noticed such a difference. Anyway, I want to share it all with you guys on The Chic Confidential. So, stay tuned!

Okay, let's talk about this outfit. We're kinda moving away from the warmer temperatures now, so this outfit won't really fly for too long. But, it's just very Parisian-esque to me. I kind of just want to roam the gardens and sip on some Chardonnay? Are you getting that vibe too? Or is it just me? Lol.

This midi skirt from is just so chic. I probably should have paired it with something that would work in colder temps, but that's no fun. This skirt, being black and white, goes with pretty much anything. Pair it with a blouse/sweater, and you're good to go for fall weather. It's also perfect for those fall weddings. All you need to do with an outfit like this, is drape a fancy shawl over your shoulders. 

However, if you're anything like me, you'll be packing this skirt on ANY vacation you go on. I'm more of a dress-up than dress-down kinda gal on vacations. (Sometimes, very unpractical.)

Okay, that's all for today. Who is looking forward to the long weekend? (Extra long weekend for me. Come hang out on Snapchat/Insta Stories!)

+ My apologies on the lack of blogging last week. It was a busy one!

++ I'm also looking for a new book to read. ANY and ALL recommendations are welcome! (Okay, maybe nothing with zombies. It's just not my thing. I can't seem to get on board with zombies.)

Chat soon--

Xx, kim

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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko

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