Monday, November 20, 2017

Get Ready With Me: Fall Make Up Tutorial.


Hi Guys!!

So, I get a lot of questions on Insta about my make up. Many of you want to see an Instagram Live, which is SO SWEET, because I'm in no way a make up artist! I loveee playing with make up, but who doesn't?! 

I thought I would film a look for you guys and give you a quick run down of my fall look. I like to keep my make up SUPER simple on a daily basis. I don't really fuss with foundation, concealer, or any of that, really. My everyday make up takes me about 5 and a half minutes, and 4 of those minutes is JUST brows. 

This make up tutorial is not my everyday look. This is what I would do if I was blog shooting all day. So, it's more intricate. There's definitely some foundation involved, along with contouring, some winged eyeliner, and a little bit of eyeshadow. A full face.

I've linked ALL the brands that I've used in the video for you guys. None of this is sponsored, and no, I'm not a brand snob. I switch up my make-up brands all the time! Life is too short to be using one brand. HAHA.

Okay, check out the video and let me know if you guys want to see more looks! I'm happy to shoot more. 



Rose Hip Oil - Buhbli Organics


Foundation - It Cosmetics



Bronzer - Annabelle Perfect Bronze (Sun Goddess)



Eyeliner - Essence

Mascara - Essence


Okay, the one thing you'll notice is that most of the make up I've used in this video are super affordable, drugstore brands. Nothing high end. I do love my It Cosmetics foundation and concealer though, so you'll have to go to Sephora for those! But TOTALLY worth it.

What other looks do you guys wanna see? Share, and I'll make it happen! 

Xx, kim





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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Contessa's In My LBD.



Happy Tuesday guys!!

How was everyone's weekend? Mine was a slightly long weekend which I'm ever so grateful for. 

I was invited by Salon Magazine to attend the Contessa Awards on Sunday, Nov 12th. If you don't know what the Contessa Awards are, let me tell you.

The Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Awards - the Contessas - are the gold standard in Canadian beauty awards with the longest-running track record of excellence. Since 1988, each year the Contessas bring the best of Canada’s talent together to measure their creativity in a photo-based competition. Basically the Oscars of the hair industry...

Think, the MOST creative people in one gigantic room. You see all kinds of hairstyles, fashion, make up techniques, and the most avant-garde looks out there.

Having worked in the salon industry for over 6 years at one point in my life, and having quite a few hair dresser friends, I can appreciate this industry. No, I wasn't a hairstylist myself. But while I was completing school, I worked part-time as receptionist at a high-end salon. It was one of my 3 jobs at the time...

Anyway, to keep this short and sweet, the Contessas are GLAM. I mean, after all, you are going to an event where 90% of the guests are hairstylists. I really had to step up my hair game. Which is why I saw my two best girls, Joanna and Jessi this past week for my regular cut and colour.

If you guys are looking for the best stylists in the biz, go see my girls at Onaré Salon. Tell them The Chic Confidential sent you ;)

When it comes to glamming up, I like to keep it as short as ever. I only needed 2.5 hours to get ready ;) Not bad right? This included a little ice rolling, a lot of oils to prep my skin, shaving my legs, 847528654 outfit changes, even more shoe changes, and of course, styling my hair with all the right products. 



When it comes to styling my hair for a big night, Moroccanoil comes through with their amazing styling products. Their hairspray is ON POINT. Even Andrew, (my boyfriend) stole my bottle. It's THAT good. When you need your hair in tact for a few hours, Moroccanoil's hairspray is what you want to use. It's light, but not too light, you know? Like, it gives you the perfect hold without your hair feeling like a stiff brick. It's not sexy to have stiff hair...

Unless you're a model stomping down the runway at the Contessa Awards, you don't need stiff hair. I like a good spray which has some hold, but your hair still moves when you're strutting your stuff ;) Another one of their products which I absolutely love, is the Perfect Defence protective spray. This is fueled with Argan oil and vitamins to protect your hair from hot tools and hydrate the dryness. My curling iron gets up to 450⁰F, and mannn is it ever hot.

An hour later, with a lot of hair spraying and hot tools to my hair, I was finally done.

Moving onto make up... I'm actually not going to get too much into detail with make up because I have a video coming very SOON for you guys. But basically it was everything. A full fucking face. Contour, glitter, bold brows, bold lips, and of course, winged eyeliner. I'll be breaking down some of my favourite brands on the make up post, so stay tuned! 

2.5 hours later, Andrew woke up from a glorious nap, put on his suit, threw some gel in his hair and we we're out the door ten minutes later. Ohhh, the joys of being a man. They'll never know what we go through...

The event was held at the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre in Toronto. The beautiful venue was filled with hair stylists from all over Canada. Girls were dressed in gowns and high heels with their hair obviously on fleek, and the boys looked dapper in suits and bow ties. The red carpet was filled with media. 

The awards show was nothing short of amazing. Every single stylist that won an award was so grateful to Salon Magazine for giving them this kind of opportunity to compete in such a big way. Many of them mentioned collaborating with a big team of stylists, make up artists, photographers, directors, etc. The work that gets put into this kind of artistry is beyond amazing. They all worked so hard for this competition and you can really see it in their work. Congrats to all the finalists and of course, the winners! 



That about sums up my weekend, you guys! Other than that, it was pretty relaxing. 

Ps. Head to Insta-stories (@thechicconfidential) to check out my turkey chili recipe before it's gone. It's a good one! Such a quick, easy, and HEALTHY dinner to make. 

Okay, chat soon!

Xx, kim



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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko/ Andrew B.


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Getting My Steps In With WiseWear.



I'm not one for counting calories. In fact, I hate that.

Like, WHY would I torture myself in counting how many calories a slice of pizza is? or a Twix bar? If I want to indulge in something unhealthy, I'm certainly not going to feel bad about it, you know?

Just fucking eat the damn thing, and move on. Don't torture yourself. 

I mean, maybe that's how you keep yourself accountable, and maybe that's working for you. But, it's never worked for me. What works for me is BALANCE. But, you guys already know this.

I eat a slice of pizza....

....I'll take the stairs home. 

I eat an entire bag of Smart Pop Jalapeño popcorn....(SO GOOD!!)

.....I skip desert and maybe run on the treadmill 5 minutes longer.

THAT'S how I like to live my life. Counting calories has just never worked for me. I've tried it. And failed miserably. Half the time, I forget to actually count something. And then, is it even accurate?! Stressful, if you ask me. 

Anyway, back to "balance." I balance my life like I balance my cheque book. It's pretty fucking efficient. Yes, I definitely could hit the gym a lot more. But baby steps right? 

Before I turned 30, I went to the gym mayyyybe once a month. LOL. Try to reserve judgement. After 30, I cracked down on myself a little and forced myself to go a couple times a week. Is this a full-on routine now? NO. I still struggle big time with getting myself to the gym. It doesn't come easily to me. It's something I have to talk myself into doing. Once I'm there, I'm the happiest. I get a great workout! It's getting there that's the issue.



One of my absolute favourite ways of getting a good work out is walking. There are endless benefits. I'm NOT a runner. I will slowly jog from time to time, but running is not my thing. 

I try and get in an many steps as I can in a day. Some days it is 10,000 and other days it's a sad 5000. The recommended number of steps a person should get in a day is in fact 10,000.

The Benefits of 10,000 Steps A Day:

- Lowers blood pressure

- Stabilizes glucose levels, which helps with mood

- Healthy cholesterol levels

- Lowers risk of heart disease

- Strengthens bones/joints

- Increases metabolism

- Reduces stress

- Increases energy levels

- Improves sleep

And these are just a few of the main benefits! For me, walking is therapeutic. My favourite thing ever in the summertime is walking through an empty forest. No noise, no people. Just the sounds of nature, and your breath. Although sometimes, I'm screaming because a bug has landed in my hair... But you get what I mean. 

So, I'm not really about counting calories, but I'm ALL about counting my steps. Especially when I get to wear a super chic step counter.


My fashion-forward-health-obsessed friends, let me introduce you to WiseWear...

The chicest step counter you'll ever wear! I mean, before even reading about it, I wanted the bracelet for myself. Who wouldn't want a rose gold, chunky, beautiful modern design bracelet?

But then...

I saw that it was a step counter, and instantly fell in love. 

It's actually so much more than just a step counter. It's a smart bracelet that syncs to your phone and vibrates on your arm when you get notifications, and it also has a feature to keep you safe if ever you're in danger. It's basically a gorgeous piece of jewelry that not only looks good on your arm, but is also functional. 



I've been wearing it to track my steps everyday, and I'm loving it. Let me get into some detail with the bracelet:

WiseWear's patented antenna technology allows Bluetooth signals to transmit through the metal of the bracelet. The bracelet wirelessly connects to your phone via Bluetooth, so you can track your activity, receive real-time mobile notifications, and send a distress signal to your emergency contacts in urgent situations. On the WiseWear mobile app, you can set your activity goals, customize your notifications, manage your emergency contact list, and more.

FUNCTIONAL RIGHT?!

What intrigued me is the built-in panic button. You can alert your emergency contacts with just three taps to your bracelet which sends a text message to them and a drop pin to your GPS location. This is so cool!

The thing I love most about this step counter is that it's pretty. Like, I want to wear it. I was never really into the plastic step counters. You know, the sporty kind? LOL. How do you wear that when you're all dressed up? I can't imagine wearing that with a dress. Or even a work outfit...
I want my step counter chic and sexy. Which is obviously why this one was perfect. It's rose gold! I mean, if rose gold isn't your thing, don't fret my fashion friends. There are options. LOTS of options. And we all know how important options are. Especially when it comes to jewelry. 

Anyway, Christmas is coming, so add this to your boyfriend's list of things you want. HA.

Okay, who else counts steps instead of calories? And for anyone counting calories, is this working for you? Share!

Bye for now!

Xx, kim




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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.




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Sunday, November 5, 2017

My Go-To Facial Masks.



Happy Freakin MONDAY you guys!

How was the weekend? Tell tell. I spent a bit of mine working and the last bit, relaxxxxing. We made the BOMBEST veggie lasagna everrrr, and I actually should've shared the entire process on Insta-stories. My bad. Because it was amazzzze! 

I'll definitely be making it again, so don't worry. I will share the recipe on the blog too because it NEEDS to be shared. The lasagna was layered with mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, cottage cheese, and mozzarella. The sauce was to dieee for. (Get my tomato sauce recipe here). It was so good, I think we inhaled that in like two seconds. Hence, the no insta-stories. SORRY! 

Anyway, I promise I'll share the recipe. But first, let's get to this blog post!

Skincare is one of my favourite topics to research and discuss on the blog. I feel like there's SO much to it. You can just never know enough about skincare. 

You guys already know how serious I am about my daytime/nighttime skincare routine. I have it down to a science. I LOVE my oils, my eye creams, all the anti-aging stuff, and most importantly, facial masks. I'm fucking psycho when it comes to facial masks. 

I mean, if you follow on Snapchat/Instagram, you know that I'll even do a mask on a fight when I'm traveling. NO SHAME. If I've got 30 minutes to spare, you can bet I'll have on a mask. 

There's just something about putting on a mask, throwing some lavender essential oil in my Saje diffuser, and just kicking my feet up with some wine. It's the perfect evening, really. 

Who else is a fan of the facial masks?!

I've tried and tested many, MANY masks for you guys. I mean, I spend hours at Winners just browsing their skincare aisle, reading the ingredients on ALL their masks. I want to make sure they are right for my skin, you know?

So, after trying many different kinds of masks, I've found four that I'm loving. 



Side note: I had on this scary mask as I was getting a new refrigerator delivered to my home...
The delivery guys were NOT impressed. LOL 

Okay, I'm breaking down the four masks that I love:


I've mentioned this mask on the blog before, and UH, I love! They are sheet masks, and they have many different kinds. So, if you're looking for oil control, they've got masks for that particular skin issue. My personal favourites are the Skin Renewal mask, and the Active Resilience Youth Mineral mask. These ones are super hydrating, and leave your skin feeling youthful. It's no surprise I love them! I mean, masks in general should leave your skin feeling smooth. But I feel with these, they give life into your skin. 

These particular sheet masks have 25g of high performing serum in them. Applying just one mask is equivalent to using an entire bottle of serum. This enable the skin to remain dewy and bright. With these masks, you don't need to rinse your face after. You can just let the serum do it's thing.

The Skin Renewal mask also has The Akomplex AHA flower which contains roselle, rosehip, and viola tri-color extracts, rich in vitamins for deep cleansing and softer skin. YES PLZ.

The Active Resilience Youth mask has Hydrolyzed soy protein in it which is a golden skin revitalizing ingredient that creates plumpness and smooths fine lines.



This is one of my favourite brands, hands down! I actually love ALL their products. They have a selection of amazing stuff, and if you guys haven't tried them out, you need to ASAP! Tru-Green Organics is a Canadian skincare company run by a small family. All their products are 100% natural ingredients found locally in Canada and 100% fair trade. I have used a bunch of their skincare products, and just love them. My absolutely favourite is their Sun Kissed Glow Coconut Oil. It's basically shimmer oil, that gives your that J-Lo GLOW! So yes, I pretty much bathe in that stuff.

Okay, let's talk about the charcoal mask though! One that I just discovered recently. GUYS, this one's a game changer! Like, say goodbye to blemishes, pimples, blackheads, etc. foreverrrr! This stuff is amazing. You can use it as a spot treatment or a facial mask. The best part is that there's only two ingredients used in this! TWO! Pure Dead Sea Mineral Mud, and activated Coconut charcoal. That's it. If that's not amazing, then I don't know what is!



Ok, so the older you get, the more visible your pores are. You know? I'm noticing more and more that my pores are like VERY VISIBLE. When the EFFF did that start happening? I guess it was when I turned...30 :/

Anyway, thanks to THIS amazing mask, your pores appear smaller after smothering this all over your face. HAHA.  They've got three major ingredients: Bentonite, which is a colloidal aluminum silicate clay that absorbs oil. Aloe Vera, which is known to soften, soothe and comfort skin. And Amazonian White Clay, which helps purify and detoxify skin. This clay is known to remove bacteria, toxins, excess oil and dead cells that can clog skin and result in enlarged pores.

It's a bit on the pricier side, but TOTALLY worth it!



Speaking of pricey...this mask is $5000.00.

Let me explain. This beauty mask is made from Japanese Kishu Binchotan charcoal which is the highest quality charcoal. This is the same charcoal used for water filtration. The Kishu Binchotan has unparalleled detoxifying benefits. Kishu Binchotan charcoal is the best in the world due to its unique structure and origin (Japan). It comes from a tree that been growing there since 1688. When the tree is grown, hard wood is collected from it then burned. The remaining natural powder is then carbonized in a traditional Japanese carbonizing technique at 1200 Celsius which gives it this rich, dense, pasty texture. It's knows as "the golden charcoal." This Tresor Rare mask is made of 100% Kishu Binchotan and it offers the highest level of skin detoxification on the market. Which is why this comes at a price of $5000.00!

The product was produced with natural plant extracts and emollients, organic ingredients, essential oils, natural plant and seed based oils and no artificial colors.

Luckily, this was sent to me. And MAN OH MAN, was it amazing! If you want more info, or are planning on buying this, check this out.


Okay, that's it. Those are the current four faves. 

What masks are you guys loving? Share, because I'm always trying out new stuff. And if I love it, you know I'll be sharing it on the blog. 

In other news, have you guys entered the contest on Instagram?! Head over there right now, because if you don't, you're seriously missing out. 

Chat soon--

Xx, kim

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Photography by Victoria Jmourko.


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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Switching Up My Fragrance For Winter With Viva La Juicy Glacé.


Okay, raise your hand if you like to switch up your perfume every season (or so)?

I mean, call me a bit snobby, but like, its kind of fun to switch up the game, no? Switching up your perfumes/fragrances is like switching up your home décor for the season. It’s very much needed.

Currently, my home is filled with white pumpkins, fall florals, and pumpkin and apple spiced candles. SO FALL, RIGHT?

Once winter hits, I can tell you right now, it’s going to be winter wonderland in here. Anyone else? Please don’t make me feel like I’m the only one who does this…

Anyway, I’m getting off track here. Back to fragrances.

So, to my point, as winter approaches, I’m very much into a scent that’s feminine, wintery, and obviously chic.


So, when Juicy Couture sent me their newest Viva La Juicy Glacé fragrance, I instantly fell in love. Because 1. The bottle is SO Instagramable. I mean, just look. And 2. The scent captures all the winter-y feels. I knew right away I didn’t have to look much further for a winter season fragrance. This is it, guys. And I’m telling you now, you’ll love this. (Keep reading, I’m doing a giveaway at the end of the post!)

Ok so, let’s talk more about the scent of this fragrance.

When you smell it right away you get hints of fresh citrus. Almost like a sparkling rosé. Very fresh and icy. Then as you keep smelling, the mid tones are a bit of Jasmine and orange mixed together. I love anything citrusy! It’s very fresh and feminine. Lastly, the scent ends with almost a vanilla-like flavor giving it that sweetness and warmth. It’s a good balance between fresh and feminine, which is what I always looks for in a fragrance. I don’t like my scents too floraly, because that can be a very overpowering scent. This one has a good mixture of citrus and florals, with more of a citrus scent. My fave.


Also, let’s talk quickly about the design of the bottle, because let’s be real here, it’s what drew me to the scent. Anything that looks this good on my dresser, I’m bound to love. HAHA.

The bottle is SUPER feminine, obviously with the pink satin bow and puff around the cap. The bottle is frosted and sparkly which again, is perfect for winter. It looks so chic with all my accessories on my dresser.

Okay, who else switches up their fragrances for the season? What are you loving for fall/winter right now? SHARE.

Soooo, one of you lucky readers is going to win this bottle of Viva La Juicy Glacé!

Here’s what you gutta do:

- Follow The Chic Confidential on Facebook

- Follow Juicy Couture on Instagram. (@juicycouture)

- Comment on my latest Instagram photo and tell me what fragrance you’re currently using.

- Tag a friend for a bonus entry!

Contest closes Monday, Nov. 6th!

GOOD LUCK!!



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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.



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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Caring For Your Curls.



Let’s talk hair for a second. Specifically, curly hair.

When it comes to my curls, I’m VERY particular. Like, I don’t just use anything in my hair to keep my curls intact. It needs special care. It needs the RIGHT kind of products. That’s why I have teamed up with John Frieda® Canada for this post.

You already know this if you have naturally curly hair. Growing up with curly hair was a real pain. As a kid, I never appreciated it. I always wished for straight hair. It was a nightmare trying to tame those curls. I used to legit take an iron to my hair. No really, like a clothes iron. LOL.

Who else did this? OWN UP!!

Anyway, once flat irons became more affordable, I convinced my parents to get me one. Game changer.

However, still a pain in the ass, because straightening my hair took a minimum of 4 hours. I’m not even making this up. I was literally in the bathroom for what seemed like, forever. This wasn’t working.

This was ALSO ruining my curls and my hair in general. I was getting major split ends, breakage, and extreme dryness.

After years of flat-ironing, I even tried Keratin, which is a smoothing/straightening procedure to keep your hair straight for months.

And no, that did not work for me.



I was finally tired of the dry/brittle hair and decided I needed to accept my curly hair. This meant lots of home remedies to restore my hair and investing in good products.

It was time.

Now, years later, I love my curls. They’re ME, and I wouldn’t change it for anything else. However, this took work on my end and a lot of caring for my neglected curls.

My favourite is the John Frieda® Frizz Ease® Dream Curls® shampoo and conditioner. You guys already know how much I love John Frieda® products. They’ve never done me wrong. It’s what I’ve been using since I was a teenager. For me, this works! My curls love this brand. I’ve tried and tested many, many brands, and I always come back to John Frieda®. The great thing is, they come out with new collections all the time, so you can switch it up!

I also love using a lot of masks in my hair. Natural hair masks really helped bring my hair back to life. My favourite is ½ an avocado and 2 egg yolks. Mix these bad boys together and you have the PERFECT, natural hair mask. You can leave this on your hair for as long as you wish, because it’s natural. I like to do a minimum of 30 mins. This is so hydrating for your hair.

Coconut oil is another favourite of mine. It brought back the shine in my hair and gave me healthy hair again! All you need to do is warm up some organic, cold pressed, virgin coconut oil in a bowl. (Make sure you don’t put this in the microwave. Heat over a stove top.) Start at your ends and work your way up to your scalp. Leave this treatment in for as long as you want. The longer, the better. I like to leave it in for about 1-2 hours. I usually put this in on Saturday mornings and then get to all my chores. By the time I’m done cleaning, organizing, laundry, emails, etc., it’s about 2 hours. Wash it out with a curl shampoo and conditioner and you’re good to go.



I’ve noticed my curls have been very soft and most importantly, frizz free. Curly hair is more prone to frizz, which is why you need a shampoo and conditioner that properly smooths and aligns your hair. Dream Curls Shampoo and Conditioner infuse each hair strand with moisture and shine, reducing frizz before you even begin to style. After I get out of the shower, I usually put in a couple drops of coconut oil, and then add my favourite curl cream, Frizz Ease Dream Curls Unwind Calm Cream. This Calm Cream is LEGIT the best thing ever. It’s what gives my curls, life. I never travel without this curl cream.

I’m also trying out the Frizz Ease Curl Reviver Mousse. It’s a very lightweight mousse that doesn’t harden your hair. It keeps your curls soft and intact. Frizz-free of course!

Okay, what kind of natural hair masks are you guys using? Home remedies are the best, so SHARE!!

On another note, let’s talk about this outfit. Many of you loved the post on fall fashion, and this outfit is very much fall! I love pairing an oversized sweater with some ripped jeans. If you’re looking for an effortless fall look, this is your go-to. Everyone needs an oversized black sweater, (ON SALE FOR $10.99!) and a pair of really good ripped jeans in their closet. If you want to dress this up, throw on a pair of cute pumps or my personal favourite, some mules.

Chat soon!

Xx, kim




This post was in collaboration with ROMWE, and sponsored by John Frieda Canada. As always, all opinions are my own!

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.


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Monday, October 23, 2017

VLOG ALERT: Fam Vacation On The Norwegian Escape Cruise.


Cruises have never really been my thing. I mean, in all fairness, I’ve never been on a cruise, but it was just my assumption that I wouldn’t enjoy traveling around on an enclosed ship…

But when your parents offer to take you on a family vacation on a Caribbean cruise for a week, it’s kind of hard to say no. You know?

My sister and I haven’t traveled with my parents in a WHILE. When we were younger, we traveled everywhere together. Traveling as a family when I was younger is and always will be some of my favourite memories, and something I’d like to do with my kids some day. It opened our eyes at a very young age to how important traveling is. Personally, for me, traveling teaches you way more than sitting in a classroom learning from books. Experience is MUCH more valuable to me.

Anyway, traveling as a family as adults is very different than traveling to Disney when you’re 13. Biggest difference? You can get smashed with your parents. So, naturally we got the unlimited drinks package when we booked the cruise.

Watch the video below, and then I’ll get into specifics!



We booked the Norwegian Escape Cruise for a one week Caribbean cruise. The islands were: Roatan, Hondouras, Harvest Caye, Belize, Costa Maya, Mexico, and Cozumel, Mexico. I have been to Mexico before, however, not those islands. I was pretty excited about the itinerary.

So, let me get into the actual cruise part. The ship was stunning! HUGE as ever with 4,500 passengers on board and 1,500 staff. That’s about double the amount of people on the Titanic. LOL. Not to compare or anything. But if you’ve never been on a cruise, the moment you step on, it’s hard NOT to think of the Titanic. The staircases, the dining rooms, the pretty dresses, “women and children only,” Leo…

I’m getting off track here... HAHA

But you get it, right? Point is, the ship was huge. There was something happening everywhere. The entertainment was non stop, the food was 24/7, the drinks were flowing, and everything was so well organized. I was actually blown away by how well everything was organized! Every night you’d get a little agenda as to what was happening the next day on the ship. There would be a brief description of the island you were visiting with some fun facts, plus the itinerary of all things happening on the ship if you didn’t want to get off. We obviously got off at every island.

Once you’re off the ship, you can do whatever you want until about 5pm, when you need to get back on the ship. This is where I felt a bit limited with time. Because when you’re having a blast on an island somewhere, the last thing you want to do is leave.

And I felt that way about ALL the islands. There was never enough time to explore. When I travel, I like to do my research and really get into the local areas of places. I like to experience the culture, food, music, everything! And I just didn’t get enough time to do all that.

If you’re into traveling to many places at once, in a short amount of time, I totally recommend cruising. Many people swear by it, and LOVE IT. My parents are hard core cruisers and absolutely love it.

If you guys are looking into booking a cruise, get in touch with me! My mom actually books cruises and considering she’s been on tons of them, she’d be the right person to talk to/book with. You can email me at Kimberley.marquis@gmail.com.

So, who has cruised before? Do you love it/hate it? I wanna know! Where have you guys been?

Xx, kim


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Life Lately: I'm Back.



Hello! Hi. 

It's been a HOT MINUTE. A full week to be exact... 

I thought about putting out some blog posts while I was on vacation, and then I said, f*ck it, and continued laying on the beach. I decided to give myself a good break from everything. We all need it sometimes and it was time to take a bit of a break. 

Not only from blogging, but social media in general. Not by choice though...let me explain. 

I was on a one week cruise with my parents. First time cruiser over here. We travelled to Honduras, Belize, and two islands in Mexico, Costa Maya and Cozumel. Little did I know, that the ship did not have free wifi. WTF?! Who doesn't have free wifi these days? Are we not in 2017...? 

We legit had to pay for wifi...And like, it wasn't cheap. So, my sister and I purchased the 250 minutes plan. And by that, I don't mean 250 mins per day plan. I mean, 250 mins FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK PLAN! So, divide this by the two of us and 7 days, and it came down to 17.6 minutes of internet per day. PER DAY.

So, in 17.6 fucking minutes, I had to check emails, respond only to the important ones, text a few people at home so they don't think I'm dead, send through all my snapchats and insta-stories, and if I was lucky, I got to post a photo on Instagram. Do you guys know how much stress + anxiety that is for a blogger? Lol. I know, I know, first world problems right?

Anyway, that was the real reason I took a break from social media (kind of). I was still able to connect with you guys and bring you along on the trip. Which is what I love doing. Disappearing for a week isn't really my thing. It doesn't give me peace of mind. As I mentioned before, being a blogger to me is all about sharing parts of my life with you guys and bringing you along. So, I'm at peace when I can share what's happening in my life and connect with you guys.

Taking a break from blogging was good. It brought me fresh ideas and new things to share on the blog.

Harvest Caye, Belize

So, what's happening with you guys? What's new? What did I miss? Share share!

How many of you have been on a cruise before?

I thought I would share a few photos from my trip as a little sneak peek. To be honest, I didn't take a whole lot of photos. Instead, I took a lot of video. I just find video to be more valuable when traveling. I'm working on putting together a small video from the trip so that you guys can check out how much fun we had. 

It was a little family trip. Just my parents, my sister and I. It's been a while since the four of us have travelled together. So, it was a blast spending a week chilling together on the most beautiful islands ever. I absolutely fell in love with Honduras, and already can't wait to go back. 

The weather by far had to be my favourite thing. 35+ degrees is my ideal temperature. The beaches, the food, the drinks, and most of all, the local people of these islands is what made my trip so memorable. 

Roatán, Honduras

I'm back to the grind now. YAY MONDAY. (I'd really like to be sipping on a margarita on the beach right about now).

I spent the rest weekend snuggling on the couch and catching on up all the emails that I didn't get to respond to in my 17.6 minutes. Clean inbox. Nothing makes me happier. 

If you missed my vacation on Insta stories, don't fret. Video coming soon! I'll share more on the trip in another post with specifics. 

As sad as it is to leave the white sandy beaches behind, I'm happy to be home and back to the grind!!

Xx, kim





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Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Spending Challenge: How I Survived Off $20 A Day.


So, if you’ve been following along on Insta-stories in the last week or so, you already know I’ve been filming a little video in collaboration with Meridian Credit Union. I’ve also mentioned this in a couple blog posts.

Basically, I was given a $100 visa card for the WEEK. And I was only allowed to spend $20 bucks a day. Challenging? Uhh…yes.

VERY challenging actually. It was hard to only spend $20 bucks a day. I mean, some days you can totally do it, and others, you get caught up with so many little expenses. Like drinks with friends, lunch with co-workers, parking in Toronto, etc.

The point of this collaboration is to bring awareness to millennials and their spending habits. Like I mentioned in past blog posts, we spend money like we’re freakin' rich.

Like, do you really need to have a $5 latte Every. Single. Day? If you add that up for an entire week, that’s $35 bucks. And $150 for the month. And $1800 for the YEAR!! That is a full vacation down South, which you’ve spent on coffees!

Think about that.

If you do the calculations with all your spendings that way, you’ll start to give yourself anxiety on how much you actually spend. But I encourage you to do that. Think about all the times you eat at restaurants instead of cooking. All the times you go out for drinks with friends. All the times you check your cart out at Amazon.ca, Zara, Aritzia etc. without even thinking because your credit card is saved online. (guilty!)

It all adds up, and we don’t even realize it.

And when it comes down to actually investing in our major goals, we have no money…

Eventually, I want a house. You know, like the 4 bedroom, super chic, Carrie Bradshaw walk-in closet, modern looking kind? Obviously a husband and some kids would be nice too. I also want to continue to grow my business as a blogger/influencer and invest money into the brand. All these things are big goals. Goals you need money for. Goals you need to start saving NOW for.

The best way to start saving is to actually acknowledge your spendings. This challenge was a real eye opener for me. It showed me what I need to cut down on to help save for my future. Ie. Limit the number of times I eat out, make my coffees as opposed to buying them, and cut down on online shopping. Check out the video below! (To see me struggle!)



For information on how you can start saving for your future goals visit meridiancu.ca. They have great products that can help you capitalize on your savings like a 1.4% High Interest Savings Account.


This post & video was sponsored by Meridian Credit Union. As always, all opinions are my own.



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Monday, September 25, 2017

Life Lately.


Hi Guys!

It’s been a minute…really. I feel like with this amazing hot weather, I’ve really neglected the blog lately. I’ve been spending most of my time outdoors. Nothing makes my soul shine more than when it’s blazing hot outside and the sun is shining.

I know I know, global warming, blah blah blah….

There’s nothing I can do at the moment, so I’m just going to STFU and take in the heat, because sooooon, we’ll be in parkas, and I’ll be hibernating for the winter. :(

Okay, so what’s going on? How’s everyone?

Last week, as you guys know I was filming a little vlog. I teamed up with Meridian Credit Union on a campaign they are promoting. Basically, this is bringing awareness to millennials and their spending habits. I was only allowed to spend $20/day for 5 days. Mannnnnn, is it ever challenging! I mean, some days you spend no money. Maybe JUST on a coffee. And other days, you forget your breakfast at home and have to buy it, it’s Susie’s birthday at work so everyone’s lunching, and all of a sudden you have a craving for fall décor items at HomeSense and NEED everything!! There goes $60 bucks…

It’s fucking hard.

In fact, you guys should ALL try this challenge. Try spending ONLY $20/day for a week, and let me know how that works out for you.


The weekend was a packed one. Friday I was at Cube Nightclub celebrating a bride. You guys already know my thoughts on nightclubs (I'm 80 and would just rather not), however, this one was particularly beautiful. We had a booth on the patio, and because it was like 30 degrees at night on Friday, it was amazing. I sipped on champagne most of the night. Kind of bougie. The bride wore black and her girls wore white. Super cute. It ended up being a really fun night. If you're planning a bachelorette event, definitely check out Cube. It's nicer than most Toronto clubs.

Saturday was another gorgeous afternoon! I stopped into Infuse Med Spa for a quick laser hair removal treatment. If you guys haven't read the post, check it out here. After that, I had lunch with a couple of my favourite girlfriends at 7West in Toronto. I love, love, love the food and vibes at 7West. If you haven’t been, you need to go! Their pastas are always on point, btw. I had a penne pasta in a Mediterranean tomato sauce with assorted veggies, feta cheese & Kalamata olives. Highly recommend this. Their portions also feed a small family of four, so you’ll have leftovers for at least two days.

I spent the rest of the afternoon walking some trails in a small park. If I could live my perfect life, it would entail warm walks/hikes in different parks everyday and then coming home to rosé wine and home cooked pasta. Is there anything better? 

Dress from Zara

In the evening, we had dinner with some friends who cooked us a vegan(ish) meal. If you don’t count the mozzarella on top of the lasagna, it was vegan. I was never really a fan of vegan dishes…until I tried this lasagna! Honestly, with the right kind of seasonings, you can make a kick ass vegan dish. She even made a “Parmesan” cheese fully out of cashews and nutritional yeast. I have no clue what nutritional yeast is, but I'm going to have to stalk this ASAP. It was SO GOOD. I will have to try this out, and then perfect it, and THEN share the recipe on the blog with you guys. If you’re vegan and want to share your recipes, please do! I’m down to try some out.

Okay, that's it for now. 

I hope you guys have a productive week!!

Chat soon--

Xx, kim


 

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Transitioning Into Fall With These OOTDs.



It's happening. Fall is right around the corner. And then..........WINTER. 😒 😒 😒 😩 😩 😩 😭 😭 😭

Okay, so as much as I HATE the thought of fall and winter, I have to admit, fashion in the most fun during fall. The neutral colours, the blanket scarfs, and the unlimited cute booties. Like, I can't get enough. 

Don't get me wrong, I do love a good maxi dress and slip on sandals for summer. But I get reallll excited for fall. (Only for the fashion, though. Not the weather).

I'm slowly swapping in the maxi dresses for sweater dresses and ankle boots, so I thought I'd share a few OOTDs with you guys. If you're following on Snap/Insta, then you've seen these, however, I don't always link the outfits on there because I'm usually rushing out the door. 

K let's get to the outfits:



{ Outfit 1 }

Nothing screams fall more than a sweater dress. This black, midi sweater dress is everything. I got it years ago rummaging through Winners. It's Calvin Klien, and one of my favourites! You can dress it up with pumps if you need to, but I love to keep it causal with some booties and maybe a long necklace or stacked bracelets. I feel like such a bawse babe in this.

SHOP THE LOOK: DRESS (similar)  |  BOOTIES


{ Outfit 2 }

In love with this very simple white & black look. It's so effortless yet chic. Oversized, comfy sweaters are where it's AT this fall. I live for big sweaters. The bigger, the better, actually. Like, steal your boyfriend's sweaters. They are the perfect size. HAHA. When I'm buying a sweater, I always go a size or two bigger, because that way, if they are huge, you can kind of do an off-the-shoulder look. Which is SO cute, btw.

SHOP THE LOOK: WHITE SWEATER (similar)


{ Outfit 3 }

Another oversized sweater look. This time, with a pencil skirt. You know, just to switch things up a bit. I've been doing this look a lot. Big sweater, pencil skirt. I once saw a girl rock this look at Fashion Week and became totally obsessed. You know all those pencil skirts we put away because the weather is cooling down? Well, don't. You're not quite finished with them yet. Because now, instead of pairing it with a tank top and denim jacket, you're doing a big sweater over top.



{ Outfit 4 }

Another one of my favourite Calvin Klein sweater dresses! I also love army green for fall. This is such a versatile dress, because of that zipper that can be opened all the way, or closed. Sometimes I like wearing the zipper open to the top and I'll pair the sweater with jeans or even tights. But most of the time, I'll wear it as a dress and keep the zipper to a decent length. I have a pair of really cute army green booties that I wear with this dress.



{ Outfit 5 }

And lastly, my favourite fall accessory...The Blanket Scarf. Nothing chicer, really. I mean, you could wear anything, and throw on a blanket scarf, and immediately you look put-together. I kid you not. Try it. There's just something so stylish about a blanket scarf. I have them EVERYWHERE. One at work, a few in my car, and tons at home. You never know when you're going to need to throw one on. This particular blanket scarf was from Titika last winter, so they don't have that one any longer, however, they're everywhere! Here's a few of my faves:

SHOP THE LOOK: THIS & THIS

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Okay, so that's it for fall...so far. You can expect more fall fashion sooooon. Except this week has really thrown me for a loop. I mean, all of a sudden it's summer again, and out came the maxi dresses and sandals. I'm not complaining. 

How's everyone's week going? If you guys aren't following on Snap/Insta, come hang out! I'm filming a vlog this week. I've teamed up with Meridian Credit Union again, for a new campaign they are promoting. Basically, I'm given only $20/day for 5 days and I'm not allowed to spend anymore than that. Errrr...yea. Kinda challenging? So far, it's been okay. I'm on Day 3. We'll see how the rest of the week goes. 

The campaign is to bring awareness to millennials and their spending habits. TBH, we spend a lot of money on stupid shit everyday. Without even thinking! I've noticed I do that a lot. Like, I'll go to HomeSense and buy an avocado pit remover gadget thing...because I think it's cute. I meannnnn, did I really need that?? Probs not.

Anyway. The vlog should be fun. I'm looking to do more and more video content for you guys, because you seem to like that. Send me ideas of what you want to see! 

Have a FABULOUS rest of the week, you guys.

Xx, kim




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