Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Life Lately + 3 Amazing Salad Dressing Recipes.

Hiii friends!

Oh mannn, has this week flown by or what?! I mean, I know it's only Wednesday, but it's been non stop for both, work and the move-in. 

Really starting to set up all the little details in the condo now. This is my favourite part. Decor.

Who else get's super excited to actually add all the little bits that make your home, homey? Like my stack of Vogue Magazines. Something I've started doing recently, is collecting Vogues from wherever I travel. It's kind of a pain in the ass to bring back a heavy magazine in your suitcase, but when the collection piles up, it can make for a cute decor item in your home. 

I also plan on planting some herbs in my balcony. Cilantro, Basil, and Parsley are what I use most in my cooking, so I'm thinking I will start with those. I'll keep you guys posted!

Let's talk about THESE SHOES. 

I love, LOVE a pair of classic, nude strappies, and these Vince Camuto's are everything! The team at VC sent these babies to me and I literally died a little inside. They sent it in super cute, custom packaging that said, "Exclusively for the feet of...The Chic Confidential."

I mean...

Cute right?!

The shoes are from their Signature Collection, and I'll be shooting them this weekend for a full outfit post on the blog! Stay tuned, and follow along on Snapchat, because my Snapchat fam get's all the inside scoop first! Username: Kim-marquis. It's hella more fun on there. Trust me.

Okay, now for this amazing little invention. Haha. You've probably seen this item before and never cared for it, but I'm telling you now, it's AH-MAZING. Especially for all my salad lovers out there. You NEED this in your life. 

You know what I absolutely hate? Buying salad dressing at the grocery store. They all "sound" really great but taste really shit. I'm over it. I end up buying an entire bottle and I kid you not, my best friend has them ALL. I end up trying it and hating it, so she literally has a fridge, stocked with dressings I didn't want. 

So, on that note, I started making my own dressings about a year ago, and really loved it. You can mix it up, and you're not stuck with an entire bottle of dressing. I don't know about you guys, but I like to mix up my dressings every week. I can't stick to just ONE. It's boring. 

When I came across this little salad dressing shaker (about a week ago!) it was legit, love at first sight. You can make your own dressings, shake it up, like a martini shaker, and keep that dressing for a week or however long it lasts you. It's just so cute and contained. Obviously, I HAD to have it in my life. Guys, this is NOT SPONSORED. I really just love it. So, I'm sharing it with you.

I linked it right under the above photo for those who want it. Trust me, great little item for you, salad lovers!

Okay, I did want to share some of my favourite salad dressing recipes with you. These are just ones I've either looked up and tweaked, or ones that I've just made up on my own. I'm also not adding how much of each ingredient you need, because it's totally up to you. 

Dressing 1:

- EVOO (Extra virgin olive oil)
- balsamic vinegar
- a splash of regular white vinegar
- lemon
- pepper
- thyme
- honey dijon mustard

Shake well, and enjoy! This one is actually my favourite one. I use it more than any of the others. 

Dressing 2:

- Red wine vinegar
- Parsley
- Oregano
- Himalayan salt
- Pepper

Dressing 3:

- Balsamic vinegar
- Lemon juice
- Dijon mustard
- Himalayan salt
- Pepper

Those are my top 3. There are obviously TONS you can find on Google. 

If you have any dressings that are amazing, please do share, as I'm HUGE on making my own these days!

Work flow. 

How important is it for you guys to work in a creative, pretty, and inspiring space? For me, it's top of the list. I CANNOT work in a space that is dull and boring. 

I'm a creative person, and therefore the space needs to be flowing with prettiness. Amiright?! If you're a blogger, you probably know how important it is to have a clean, creative workspace.

These gold office accessories were to die for. 

I found them at Homesense and picked them up right away for the new desk at home. And every corner of my home is filled with scented candles. 

That's all for now lovelies. 

About to jump into bed with an episode of Scandal! Who else wants to be Olivia Pope??



Bedroom vibes.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Living Out Of Boxes.

If you're following my move to the new condo on ANY form of social media and/or reading the blog, then you guys know....the struggle has been seriously, real. 

I'm not the most efficient 'mover'. 

I have had the condo for over a month now and am still living out of boxes. That's only because I work full-time, blog full-time, and actually NEED a personal life to keep my sanity. 

You get me right? Anyone else a boss lady and killing it? 

I did give you guys a little sneak peek into my bedroom, on the blog, and that is actually coming along well! 

It's everything else that needs a little help. So, this is me literally inviting you guys into my messy little living room space. (Don't judge me.) And don't get me wrong, I absolutely love it. I just need it...finished. You know?

I need art on the walls, I need a sexy coffee table, with a Kate Moss coffee table book, (duh) and perhaps a green plant?

Obviously, the gold bar cart went up asap. Priorities...

Between the move, work, blogging, and having a social life, life in general can get super busy. We've all been there. Being overly busy can result in unhealthy eating/drinking which is a total no no in my books. 

Again, you WILL totally catch me with a bag of chips and dark chocolate covered almonds on occasion, but, as I've always said, balance is key. 

Which is why I LOVE these Pure Leaf teas.

They've been my favourite drink for a while now. I've actually been drinking them all summer. Remember this post

These teas are super refreshing, and they've been getting me through the move. It's easy to pour yourself a glass (or two, or three) of wine and the next thing you know the entire bottle is gone. Healthy? Not so much. So, instead of reaching for that bottle of wine, I opt for one of these teas instead. They are delicious and you don't have to deal with hangovers in the morning. So. Much. Yes. 

And the great thing is, the shit in here is REAL. No artificial anything! Celebrate real moments with Pure Leaf Iced Tea because it’s real brewed tea, made from real tea leaves. It really doesn't get any better. 


If you DO want to spice things up a bit, and I'm not saying you need to, but you can always add a little alcoholic beverage in there. Balance it out with some fruit. My favourite kinda mix is a lemon flavoured Pure Leaf tea, a little champagne, and garnish with your favourite fruits. I like raspberries, blueberries, and slices of lemon. Mmm.

Okay, but seriously, if you guys have any moving in tips, send them my way. I'm all ears. 

It's been go-go-go since I bought the place, and I'm not complaining, but I'm falling behind on my Netflix shows. Which is totally NOT okay. 

Living out of boxes has been fun, but I need to get my shit together. I do want to do a full home post for you guys, because slowly everything is coming together. I know, I need to be patient. Ugh, I have zero patience. 

Maybe I'll do a blog post on patience, and the importance of it. LOL. Thoughts? 

How are you guys? I feel a bit disconnected from you all because I've been really preoccupied with the move. But do tell!

Has anyone tried these amazing teas yet?

This blog post is in collaboration with Pure Leaf Canada. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Peek Inside My New Bedroom.

Home decor




It's actually coming together!! If you are following me on Snapchat, you got a sneak peek into my bedroom the other day. I've had an OVERWHELMING response on social media about my bedroom.
So many of you asked me where I got certain things, so obviously, that led me to do a post for you guys.

For the record, it's also been a month since I've had my place and I still haven't actually moved in yet. I know. Crazy right? Like I said before, I'm SO anal about my living space. It needs to be almost perfect before I move in. Like, I need some art on the walls....

Is anyone else like this? Who can live in a space where there's nothing on the walls?! It actually freaks me out. Art makes a home, 'homey.' Right?? Lol, anyways, that's my rant, and I'm sticking to it.

Let's move onto what I'm LOVING for bedroom decor.

So, I'm trying to keep things very simple in the bedroom. Lots of white and grey obviously, but simplicity is what I'm going for.

This bed is everything I've wanted and MORE. I didn't choose a bed overnight. I looked long and hard for a good bed. Beds/mattresses are super important to me. Why? Because I really love and enjoy sleep. I know we all say that, but I actually like to get my 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Sometimes, it's near to impossible, but most days, this little lady is in bed with a good book (or an episode of Scandal) by 10pm. So, finding a good bed which was also beautiful in every way possible, had to happen.

This dresser. Another KEY item in the bedroom. After serious conversations with tons of people, I finally decided on a dresser (from IKEA!) that worked well for me. Lot's of things to consider when buying a dresser: Do you hang your clothes or fold them? Where are all my accessories going? Hair tools? Lingerie? This was a dilemma and gave me some anxiety. But again, with lots of recos on THIS particular dresser, I went for it. So far, I'm loving it.

I didn't want a typical Bedside Lamp. I wanted something super simple, and as you can see, it doesn't get simpler than this lamp.

These Grey Pillows from Etsy are just too gorgeous. I bought my set from a good Homesense find, but I'm loving these ones from Etsy. So cute. So cheap. They work so well with this bed as well. Who else loves grey and white as much as I do? Chic right?

Another amazing Homesense find, was this mirror. I linked a very similar one for you guys. Mine looks exactly like this one. Again, keeping it very simple, I went with a circular mirror with a black frame and rope. Having a circular mirror gave the room a bit of dimension and balance.

Lastly, these Fashion Prints from Indigo, Chapters are everything. You can put any kinda art you like, but my life is nothing without some serious fashion icons on my wall above the bed. I have black and white photos of the iconic Marilyn, Audrey, and Liz, that I need framed and hung. As soon as those are done, I will show you guys the final product. In the meantime, check out the fashion prints at Chapters, because they are beautiful!!

Okay, that's all I have for you guys right now. If you love this post, let me know! I'll do more home decor stuff for you guys. But, come hang out on Snapchat, because ALL the fun is really there.
UN: kim-marquis.

Also, let me know what bedroom decor you guys are loving. Let me know if you think I need to add a bit more stuff to the bedroom. (Photo of my bedroom is up on Insta @thechicconfidential and below).

Chat soon babes--

Xx, kim

I could've definitely moved the pile of clothes lying on the floor, out of this shot...

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Black & White Moment.

Happy Monday, friends!!

I love a new, fresh week! There's something about Monday's that I just...don't hate. Is that weird? 

Am I the only one? I just feel like it's a fresh start. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Friday's. But, there's something about Monday's that I really, really like. I can't quite put my finger on it. When I do though, I'll do a post on it. ;)

How was everyone's weekend?

Do tell. 

You guys already know ALL about my weekend from Snapchat. (UN: Kim-marquis)

I mean, it was pretty straight forward. Haha! Wasn't celebrating anything, just needed a few good martinis with friends. That's all. 

I also snapped a picture of my detox drink the next morning (much needed!) that a few of you had questions about. 

It's literally the easiest detox drink ever, and SO DELISH. As most of you know, there are 84527232+ detox drinks out there. I have found this one to be the simplest drink and in my opinion the yummiest. 

Here's the recipe:

_ice (lots of it)
_half a lemon (or a whole one)
_quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper (I sometimes put half a teaspoon, but this depends on your spice level)
_add water in
_stir rapidly until all the cayenne pepper is mixed in well

The benefits are endless. Here's a few of them: 

1) Boosts immune system
2) Cayenne pepper is the perfect digestive aid
3) Keeps blood pressure low
4) Improves blood circulation and lymphatic health
5) Fights Viruses

.....and SO MUCH MORE.

I highly recommend it. I don't drink this daily, because it can also rapidly reduce weight, which is not something I drink this for. It's purely for the benefits mentioned above. 

What are your fave detox drinks? Share them with me!

Okay, moving onto this outfit!

Totally obsessed with a black and white moment at ANYTIME. I mean, this is classic-chic with a twist. No? 

The twist being the 90s choker. Which to be honest, is also kinda classic. (90s classic) ;)

This outfit was a breeze, because it literally is the most simple thing ever. Everyone has these pieces in their closet. And if not, then you need to get on this now. 

Perfect for a night out with the gals or a chic, date night in my books, a pair of lose black shorts, a cropped black tee, and a white blazer for those windy nights.

I went with no accessories for this look, but again, I love adding a little something to all my outfits, and with this one, I thought the choker was the perfect accessory. Thoughts?

Also, I die for these Jessica Simpson wedges. So cute, no?! They were made for this outfit. ;)

On a completely other note....

I made a chicken fajita pasta yesterday, and put the whole thing on Snapchat. RUNNNN and watch it, because it was actually heavenly! Like heaven in my frekin mouth! haha. Sounds weird, but no joke, it was bomb!

I'm thinking I may to a full blogpost on it, but for now, it's on Snapchat!! So check it out, try making it, and let me know what you think, because, I'm drooooling as type this out, just thinking of it....

Okay, that's it for now, lovelies!!

Hope you guys had a major weekend!!

Chat soon--

Xx, kim


Hair by Jessi D (Onare Salon)

Photography by Victoria Jmourko

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday's Favourites.

Friday Faves



TGIF, you guys!!

Since my brain is all about home decor lately, I wanted to share some of my favourites with you (home and outfits)!

I shared some home decor items with you guys a few weeks ago on the blog. Yes, gold decor items are still a thing in my home. I'm totally obsessed. And if you're following on Snapchat, do you think I'm crazy for getting gold office accessories?? I mean, how cute are gold paper clips though? It's a need.

Okay, let's switch over from home decor to fashion for one second.

This ASOS V-neck Cropped Shoulder Top is adorable! Again, I'm loving pieces that are off-shoulder, so this was right up my alley. I love a cozy, casual top that just flows. The weather here lately has been SO HOT (not complaining) and you just need flowy tops/dresses to get through the sticky heat.

Also really loving this pair of White Denims. Finding a good pair that fits well is actually a struggle. Amiright?! It needs to fit like a glove or I move on. These are perfect for a night out. They can be dressed up or down, which is always great. LOVE transitional pieces. So practical right? I'm all about that. How can I go from day to night without destroying my entire wardrobe? These babies eliminate that.

And speaking of summer favourites, I'm SO in love with this colour palette of nail polishes by Trust Fund Beauty. Light pinks/neutrals are my go-to colour this summer. I am also really into whites. This brand is also amazing because it's vegan and cruelty-free! So much yes! Also, the names of some of these polishes are frekin' hilarious. Click on the above links to see them!

The Choker. I've talked about how the 90s choker is making a comeback. Well, I totally love this super simple choker. It's thin and can actually be wrapped around a couple times. I love pairing it with the simplest outfits to spice it up a bit. The perfect time for a choker is when you're having one of those days where you want to put NO effort into your outfit. That's when you throw on a badass choker and call it a day.

Lastly, this Wide Brim Fedora. Again, just like the choker, this is another go-to piece I love. It's also great having a hat for bright and sunny days. But of course, I'm sure you're all wearing your sunscreen, right? Read about the 5 foods that will prevent sun damage here.

Okay, moving onto home decor items:

This Gold Floor Lamp, I just ordered online. I cannot wait for it to arrive! I can tell you guys more about it once it actually arrives, but I thought I would share another condo-find with you sooner rather than later. Since everything is white, black, grey, with accents of gold in my new home, I had to find a place for this lamp. It's super cute and SUPER affordable. Who misses Target Canada as much as I do?!

So, I don't actually own this Banana Palm Throw Pillow, and the reason for that is, if you look at my couch, I don't even have room to sit on there because of all the throw pillows I have. Lol. Impracticality to the MAX. If I bought one more pillow, it would just end up on the floor....So there was no point in buying this. However, I thought I would share it would you guys anyway because HOW CUTE RIGHT? I will probably end up getting this anyway because I'll want to switch up the throw pillows every once in a while.

And lastly, not a home decor item, but this Marble Phone Case is my favourite right now. Along with my gold obsession, comes along my white marble obsession. It's got a matte finish to it, which I love. I thought I would share it with you guys because the company has SO MANY different cases. You can fully customize everything, and they even have cases for your laptop/iPads. Remember this post? Chic right?

Okay, that's it for now.

Anything you guys are loving that needs to be added to the list? Share below!

Also, come hang out on my social platforms:

+ SNAPCHAT // kim-marquis

Chat soon, babes. Have a fantastic weekend!

Xx, kim

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

4 Products I'm Using For Healthy-Looking Nails Via CND.

YOU GUYS, one thing that I'm absolutely anal about is healthy nails.

I mean, there are tons of things I'm anal about...but today we're talking about the health of our nails. 

If you're anything like me, you love getting your nails done/ painting your nails at all times. Seriously, you'll never see my nails not polished. 

Having polished nails at all times can obviously take a toll on your nails. You know when you were younger and bought dollar-store nail polish? And every time the polish would chip, you'd just re paint over it? We can ALL admit to doing that, right? I'm not the only one? Anyway, remember how yellowish your nails would get after using cheap nail polish?? Yea, let's never let that happen again. 

As we "age" we need to be mindful of our health, and that also means the health of our nails. 

Today on the blog, I'm sharing Revlon's CND Rescue Kit that I'm loving, lately. Nail polish, (cheap or expensive) can be really hard on your nails, so using these few products to keep your nails strong and healthy, goes a long way!

CND CUTICLE ERASER micro-exfoliates cuticles with a rich, creamy blend of alpha-hydroxy acids that effectively moisturizes cuticles and helps prevent hangnails. We all hate hangnails with the passion right?! THE. WORST.

CND SCRUBFRESH cleans and dehydrates the nail plate, to improve adhesion, reduce lifting and extend the life of the service. YES!

CND RESCURERXx is a highly effective new treatment from CND that repairs damaged nails with the power of Keratin protein and moisturizing jojoba oil. With daily use, peeling and white spots are dramatically reduced. 

CND SOLAROIL cuticle oil is infused with jojoba oil and vitamin E. Repeated use drives nutrients in deeper, creating stronger, healthier nails and hydrated cuticle area. This one is definitely my fave! Anything using natural oils are just winning in every way!

Of course, maintaining healthy nails is a lot more than just using the right products. It's also in the foods that you eat, etc. but I'll leave that for another post. I love sharing what works for me, on the blog, and that's what The Chic Confidential is all about. Us women, sticking together and SHARING what's working and what's not.

So, if something is working well for me, you'll be sure to hear about it on the blog!

On that note, am I missing some crucial products that keep the nails healthy?! What are you guys using? Share, share, share!

Okay, I'm off to have a mid-day ice-cream break. 

Chat soon--

Xx, kim

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

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