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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Monday, September 18, 2017

Balancing What I Share & Don't Share On Social Media.


S O C I A L  M E D I A.

We ALL have a love-hate relationship with it.

We’re all on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snpachat, Insta-stories, Pinterest, etc.

And we all love to use it. Whether we’re the ones posting, or we’re just viewing what others post. I mean, do we ever get sick of seeing food pictures? How many times are we going to see another snap of Pumpkin Spice Lattes with the hashtag #basicbitch? Or my personal favourite, a boomerang of glasses clinging?

As a blogger, I’m always on social media. Whether I’m tweeting about an event I’m attending, or literally just snapping my dinner plans. The one thing I always get asked is if I ever take a break from social media or if I ever get sick of it or if there are somethings I keep personal?

The answer to all of that is, yes. (Although, some of my friends would beg to differ. HA.)

Side note: If I show up late to work, my coworkers check Snapchat first. If I haven’t snapped anything, they think I’m dead…

Nonetheless, I do take breaks from social media, I do get sick of it, and I DEFINITELY keep things private.

But because I’m a blogger, I enjoying sharing things on social media. I feel closer to my followers when I do. Especially with Snapchat and Insta-stories being so raw and real, I feel like I can really connect with you guys. I love the comments I receive, the personal DMs, and questions I get from you guys. It’s real. Without social media, we wouldn’t be able to connect so easily.

This is why I LOVE social media so much. I can go into all the reason I don’t like it, but for the most part, it’s amazing. It brings people together. I get to meet like-minded bloggers and connect with them. There have been countless occasions where I’ve reached out to other bloggers on certain things, asked them questions about a specific topic, or was just curious about a post of theirs. It’s nice to use a platform like Instagram or Snapchat to be able to connect with people who we don’t even know. We can connect with people from other countries! We live in a time that’s FULL of opportunity, so why not get on social media?

I mean yes, social media is being used in all negative ways as well. Which I cannot understand WHYYY. There’s a lot of online bullying going on, a lot of dick pics people are sending (this one really needs to stop), and just a lot of stupid shit in general. Like, why?! What about me says, “please send a dick pic my way...”

Another topic on social media is this notion of 'social envy.' This is HUGE. We believe that others lead happy lives because they post pictures of them in happy situations. And we actually get jealous of their 'happy lives.' Guys, Instagram is staged! Think about this: No one is ever going to post photos of them crying after a fight with their significant other, or them dealing with depression, or a heartbreak. People ONLY ever post happy pictures. So no, their lives aren't perfect. They just don't want to share the unsettling things in their lives. Because why would they? Just remember that the next time you think 'oh man, she lives the perfect life.' Because she doesn't. She just wishes to share the good things in her life, and keep the other stuff, private.

Anyway, I love seeing people use social media for the right reasons. I love seeing bloggers connect, I love seeing people bring awareness to mental health issues, and I never get sick of seeing a good flatlay pic.

Getting back to what I share and don’t share on social…

What people share on social media is their prerogative. So, stop judging. If someone wants to share 490735734 pumpkin spice lattes in a boomerang all day, everyday, let them. Don’t be a judgy fuck. If it makes them happy, who cares? If you don’t like it, unfollow them.

It’s the same thing with selfies. If someone is taking a selfie, it means they actually like the way they look. They’re not somewhere hating their body. Isn’t that a good thing? We go around encouraging people to love themselves, yet we shame them for taking selfies. It’s kind of contradicting if you think about it.

If you want to take a selfie, do it. Please, PLEASE don’t give a shit what people think.

There are things I like to keep private. Most of my life is public. Not going to lie. That’s because it’s the nature of my job. As a blogger, you’re expected to share. You share things you like, things you don’t like, products you’re trying, your friends, your boyfriend, what you’re eating, where you’re going, etc. The list goes on. I’m not very public when it comes to my family and relationships. Those things are important to me, and as much as I’d like to share everything with you guys, I’d also like to keep a few things to myself. That’s not to say that I’m hiding anything. I just need to find a balance of what I share and not share. That’s all.

It's a good thing to keep some things to yourself.

Anyway. I just wanted to share my thoughts on social media with you guys, because I do get a lot of questions about it. I think it's GREAT. Many people don't like it and don't use it, and I think that's fine. I think when you use social, you need to find a good balance.

And for the love of God, let's stop with the dick pics. LOL.

What are you thoughts on social media? I'd love to know what you guys think...

Bye for now!

Xx, kim



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Monday, September 11, 2017

Overcoming Self-Doubt In 6 Steps.


Okay, let’s dive into this topic of self-doubt.

Because let’s face it, we’ve ALL had a little self-doubt at some point in our lives. Maybe some of us still struggle with it? Maybe some of us are better at hiding it than others? Who knows.

But, I feel like we should discuss it, and try and get through it together.

Why? Because all this self-doubt is basically stopping you from doing something amazing. And something as small as self-doubt, should NOT.

Let me tell you, I’m no expert on this topic. I doubt myself ALL. THE. TIME. It might not seem like it, but I sure as hell do. Maybe I’m one of those people who are better at hiding it? It gets the best of all of us, trust me.

I mean, when you think about it, it’s not so simple overcoming it. It’s easy to say, “Have confidence!” “Don’t overthink things.” “Just do it.”

But when it comes down to it, it’s harder than we think. Right? What if we fail? What if things don’t go as planned? What if, what if, what if…? The list of self-doubting questions is a long one. 




Most people seem to think that successful, confident people never have any self-doubt. They are quick to make decisions, and never seem to regret anything. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Second guessing yourself is human nature. We ALL have it. We’ve ALL been there. The key is overcoming it. How did those successful people overcome their self-doubt?

Naturally, I did some research on this topic. There are TONS of articles on this. I even read a bit of this in the book I’m (still) reading, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fu*k by Mark Manson. I say ‘still’ because not only am I the slowest reader of life, but I also have very little time to read. For the record, I’m only really slow, because I like to highlight the shit outta my books. I’m really just absorbing the information the best I can ;)

Okay, so how can we overcome self-doubt? Well, I’ve read a billion articles, and I’ve carefully selected a few ways I think are a good way to start.

1. Surround yourself with the right people:

If you hang around people who constantly remind you that you’re not good enough, well then you’re going to feel like you’re not good enough. When you have a great idea, talk to like-minded people about it. The WORST is having a great idea/business plan and telling a friend/boyfriend about it, and they have no excitement in their voice while you’re raging with excitement. I used to date this guy who I would tell all my great ideas to, and his response would be “mmhmm, that’s great babe” in the most monotone voice EVER, while watching the football game on TV….

….crickets…

Like, what?!? Am I talking to myself here? (In all honesty, I was).

Don’t tell people like that your bright ideas. They aren’t worth it. They will just bring you down. Associate yourself with people who will engage in your ideas, converse with you, and possibly even bring you greater ideas. You’ll feel better, and people like that will bring down your self-doubt. TRUST ME.


2. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others.

“She’s 30, married to the perfect guy, 3 kids, and runs a successful business. I want that life. Why isn’t that me??”

STOP. Just stop.

I mean, if I’m being real, that was me. Sometimes it’s STILL me. Because I’m human and it happens. I have to check myself sometimes and remember that I have a great life. The best life, actually. If you compare yourself to Susie next door, you are not going to get very far. Susie worked her ass off to get where she is, so you should stop comparing and do the same. Everyone goes at different speeds in life, and that’s okay. Find a way to accept your speed. In fact, life is NOT a race. Take it at your own pace. Just make sure you’re crossing off goals as you move along.



3. Set smaller goals.

Setting goals in general is great. However, when we think of goal-setting, we seem to only think big picture. While setting big goals are great, don’t forget about immediate, smaller goals. It’s harder to achieve big-picture goals right away. But when you set smaller goals, you achieve them quicker, and somehow, that’s more motivational. #winning.

There’s nothing more satisfying to me than a list that’s all crossed off. UGH, the ultimate satisfaction, really. I mean, my Saturday morning list that’s got a bunch of chores, plus blog work, plus emails, etc. and all crossed off? Best. Feeling. Ever.


4. Stop Dwelling On The Negatives.

We ALL have failures. Small ones, big ones. Failed business ideas, failed friendships, failed relationships. Human nature is to dwell on why, why, why we failed? But let’s divert that into more positive thinking, shall we? Focus on your successes. Even if they are small ones. Bloggers/Influencers: Don’t focus on how many sponsored posts you’re not getting. Focus on the fact that you even got ONE sponsored post. This is huge in today’s blogging world. If you want to quit your day job for blogging, hey, I’m all for that. Start setting your smaller goals to achieve that big one.

5. Be Decisive.

Don’t be afraid to make decisions. Usually, your first gut feeling is probably the right choice. Most of us overthink decisions till we’re blue in the face. Don’t do that. Just make a decision and move on. If it’s right, you’ll be happy. If it’s not, well, you’ve learned something, and you’ll do better next time. Again, don’t dwell on your failures. We ALL make mistakes. Many times we regret those. And we ALWAYS learn from them. At least, we should. If you’re not learning from your mistakes, then we have a problem. So long, as you are learning from your mistakes, you should be fine. Because eventually, you’ll get it right.

6. Be Vulnerable. 

This is probably the biggest self-doubting issue. We are afraid to be vulnerable to the world. What if they don’t like me? What if I get no responses? What if I fail? When you’re vulnerable to the world, you run the risk of criticism. Which is hella scary. Do it anyway. Be vulnerable. Who cares if people hate it? For all you know, people might love it. There’s always SOMEONE who will come at you with negative vibes, but for the most part, you’ll probably get a positive response. And if you don’t, then go back, tweak it, and come back stronger. We’re not perfect. And the world knows that, because no one is. Be vulnerable. Let down your walls. And trust yourself.

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Okay, that was a lot for a Monday. How do you guys handle self-doubt? Share your secrets.

Andddddd how was everyone's weekend? 

Xx, kim





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Thursday, September 7, 2017

How To Look & Feel Like Supermodel, Sara Sampaio + GIVEAWAY!


Some of us stalk celebs like Jenn Aniston, Selena Gomez, Ryan Goz, etc.

Me? If I’m not stalking Kate Middleton and her adorable kids, I’m stalking supermodels. Everyone from Cindy Crawford to Behati Prinsloo. Mainly their skincare and beauty secrets. Because let’s face it, they all seems to have perfect skin. So, naturally I want to know how, why, when, what they’re using, etc.

My latest obsession is supermodel, Sara Sampaio. Victoria Secret model, Portuguese, 26-year old BOMBSHELL. She’s SUCH a natural beauty. She just signed on as the Beauty Ambassador for Moroccanoil.


This of course, excited me because A) I LOVE Sara Sampaio. And B) If she’s using these products, then I want them too!

I did a little digging, and figured out which products she’s using. Moroccanoil was kind enough to send over the chicest all-white, straw beach bag, with not only the products that Sara uses, but also a gorgeous white caftan that’s one of Sarah’s faves! Naturally, I was squealing when the beach bag arrived. Because now, I get to try out the products that Sara uses. (Read till the end, I'm doing a giveaway!)


Sara's Faves.

So, I’ve been testing them for the past few weeks now, and let me tell you…if you guys haven’t used Moroccanoil’s body products yet, get on board! We all know how fabulous the Moroccanoil hair products are. I have been using their hair oils and hairsprays for years now, and I’m absolutely obsessed with them. But for the first time, I got to try out their body products, and WOAH.


Here are Sara Sampaio’s (and my) faves:

Moroccanoil Shimmering Body Oil:

Who doesn't love a little shimmer in their body oil?? This product has ingredients such as Argan Oil and Sesame Oil, so obviously I jumped on board. The shimmering oil is super hydrating, and has a tiny bit of shimmer for that glowy look. I love the feeling of this on my skin. It feels smooth and silky. I also love that it doesn’t leave a residue after. It’s lightly fragranced with the signature scent of Moroccanoil and absorbs quickly into your skin.



Moroccanoil Body Soufflé:

This body soufflé is something I like to use right out of the shower on damp skin. It’s a lightweight, whipped cream that drenches your skin in hydration. This is best for someone with very dry skin. It’s got ingredients of Argan Oil and Shea Butter, leaving your skin EXTRA smooth. It’s also great for anti-aging! I like to use it under my neck for tightening. Many of us forget about our neck when moisturizing, which can age pretty quickly!

Ps. I'm going to need another one of these, since my best friend stole this from me yesterday.


Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray:

This is something new that I tried out. You guys know how much I love that beachy look. It’s SO hard to achieve that look unless your hair is AT LEAST 2 days old and got a shit ton of products in there. Mine needs a good 3-4 days of not washing it AND this dry texture spray. It’s good when you want that instant beachy look without the dirty hair. This spray gives you the right amount of hold, without leaving your hair feeling stiff, and it's perfect for styling.


Moroccanoil Treatment Oil:

Lastly, we all know and LOVE this product. This is Moroccanoil’s signature product that has been around forever. I’ve been using this for years, and I love it. All you need is a couple drops of this oil, and your hair looks shiny and beautiful! I use so many hot tools to style my hair, and I feel like this treatment restores it! It gives life to my hair when my ends are dry and brittle. You can use this on damp or dry hair.


Ok, so there you have it.

I’m pretty proud of my stalking skills. LOL.

Who else should I stalk? Send me suggestions!

GIVEAWAY TIME!! Because YOU guys need to try out these products too!


How to enter:


1. Head over to my Instagram @thechicconfidential.

2. Follow me.

3. Comment on my latest post and tell me WHY you need these products in your life. 

BONUS ENTRY: Tag a friend who might also love these products.

***Giveaway closes Tuesday, Sept. 12th***


Okay, how was everyone's long weekend?

If you we're following along on Snap/Insta, you know I was spending it wine-touring around Niagara-on-the-Lake. Long weekends should be spent drinking copious amounts of wine, no? I mean, I think so. We visited a BUNCH of beautiful wineries this weekend. We of course did the wine bike tour with Grape Escapes again, because they are amazing and all of you should try this! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, read this post.

We visited four new wineries this time around. I have no idea how I managed to ride around 18km, but somehow I did it. I don't think I slowed down the group either! Yay me. I did however, manage to drop my phone out of my back pocket while riding back, and pannnnikedd when I realized my phone was gone. Luckily, we live in the best country in the world (with the kindest people) and an older couple found it. We ended up calling my phone, and they picked up and met us somewhere to give it back. They were wonderful!! I could NOT be more thankful for them. Who puts a phone in a back pocket while riding a bike?? I blame the wine...

Once that was settled, we decided to do a few more wineries on our own. Because, clearly we weren't finished with wine tastings...

We visited Two Sisters Winery, which was my personal favourite. The winery was so chic. They had the most beautiful chandeliers, and the yummiest wine ever! A rosé to die for. We also stopped at The Hare Wine Co. Another gorgeous winery. Very rustic looking, lots of brick and wood. We visited Wayne Gretzky's, and Southbrook Winery also. To be very honest, you can't go wrong with any of the wineries in NOTL. They are ALL so beautiful. I kind of want to just quit everything here, and move in by a vineyard. The view doesn't get old. Trust me.

Who's been? What are your favourite wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake? I go at least once every summer (if not more) and wineries are top of the list.

K, chat soon loves.

Xx, kim




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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.



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Monday, August 28, 2017

Need A New Fragrance? Look No Further.



Well, hello there.

We’re chatting about fragrances today. Actually, just one in particular.

I feel like we haven’t really touched upon this topic on the blog, and it’s kind of a big thing.

Choosing a scent is very personal. At least for me, when choosing a scent, I need it to be very specific. Like, I want people to recognize me when they smell it somewhere.

It’s got to be light, crisp, refreshing, & citrusy, with hints of florals. Not too floral-ly though.

In my teen years, I was a huge fan of Light Blue by Dolce and Gabbana. I mean, I feel like A LOT of girls were a fan of that one. It was THEE scent back then. Light, refreshing, citrusy. All the right smells. And it was just sexy. I kept ALL the bottles too…

A few years ago I switched to Chance Eau Fraiche by Chanel (the green bottle).

I feel like when you go Chanel, you never go back. Anyone else?

However, if you do use Chanel, you also know that you use your sprays sparingly! Because every spray costs you. And when you’re nearing the end of that bottle, you’re saving up for the next. It’s no drugstore purchase. It’s Chanel.

Nearing the end of my last Chanel bottle, I was obviously saving up for the next. And then I got the White Tea fragrance by Elizabeth Arden sent over to me. A beautiful little white bottle.

OH BOY. Game changer.

Let’s just say, I’m kind of making the switch.



I’ve been using Chanel for years. 3 years to be exact. I’ve wanted to make the switch for a long time now. I didn’t want to be tied down to one scent forever, you know? But nothing ever caught my nose. Until this White Tea fragrance.

You guys, it’s the perfect scent. Check out what the creators say about the scent:

“We wanted to capture that refreshing moment of blissful solace experienced at the first sip of tea. White Tea Vapors and Sea Breeze Accord develop into the sweet smell of White Iris before finishing with the warm wood scent of Madras Wood, Tonka Bean and a delicately blended trio of musks.”

I couldn’t describe it better myself! It’s everything you’d want in a scent. Not too feminine. It’s got hints of wood and spice, and ends off in a sweet, citrus-y scent. Just perfect.


It’s nice to switch it up every once in a while, so that you don’t become too predictable. I’ve wanted to do it for a while, but never found the right scent for me. Like I said, finding the right scent is a very personal thing, and not something that happens quickly. I mean, if you know me, you know I’m the pickiest person alive. Not just for scents, but everything! Remember how I looked at over 30 condos before choosing the one I’m in now? Yea…

But once I decide, I commit, you know?

Anyway – this scent is very much what I’m currently loving! It’s obviously not for everyone, but I urge you to try it out. It’s also not going to break the bank. Very afforadable. Sorry, Chanel.

Kk, how was everyone's weekend?

Mine was super low key. I spent Friday night in with board games, wine, and a few of my favourite people. On Saturday I was at High Park walking some trails. It wasn't the warmest of weekends, however, with a hoodie, it wasn't bad.

HAPPY MONDAY, everyone!!

Chat soon.

Xx, kim




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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.




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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Boobs & Bras - Let's Get Sexy.


This post is strictly for my ladies.

Let’s talk about boobs, cleavage, A-cups, and push-up bras. Because let’s face it, it’s kind of an important topic.

I mean, we all have them, love them (hopefully), they’re sexy, and sometimes they can MAKE an outfit.

Getting slightly personal here, but obviously nothing shocking - I don’t have huge boobs. In fact I have little A-cups. HAHA. Have I always wanted bigger boobs? When I was 16, YES! I wanted the biggest boobs. Who didn’t though? All the hottest models had big boobs, guys at 16 wanted girls with big boobs, and overall, “big boobs” were sexy.

Now? I’m just happy to have them. I don’t care, big or small. I have accepted the boobs I have.

Plus, if I wanted big boobs now, I can just go buy them. And by buy them, I mean, bras that can give me all kinds of push-up. Not surgery. Although that’s an option as well…(just a more expensive one).

Sometimes, us small-boobed chicks just want a little sumthin’ sumthin’ in there to make an outfit look sexy. You know? We’re not asking for a lot here. Just a littttttlee cleavage maybe? Sometimes, when I’m really reaching, I’ll contour my boobs to make them appear bigger. LOL. Being the MOST real here guys, so don’t judge me, cause I knowwww some of you do that!



Anywayyyy. I don’t need to contour my boobs anymore because I found the perfect cleavage bra. Like, an actual bra that not only has push-up support in there, but also has a way to adjust your cleavage to whatever you want. If you want a massive one, you can have that. If you’re looking for something a bit more on the natural side, you can have that too! All A-cup gals REJOICE!

I came across a brand that really kills it in the bra department. Like, they really understand women’s bodies, their needs, their curves, and their breasts. They sent me a couple bras (a nude and a black) to test out, and HOLY SHIT, all of a sudden I HAVE BOOBS!

I can like, SEE THEM. HAHA. Okay, I’m being a tad dramatic. But it’s kind of exciting for this 34-A cup girl, ya know?!

The second I put these on, and adjusted the cleavage, I felt sexier. Now, I’m not saying that small boobs are not sexy. Because, I’ve never had an issue not feeling sexy with what I have. I’ve never had a boyfriend tell me my boobs are too small or anything. (Because that would be a dick boyfriend...) I’m just saying, it’s a nice change. I like to switch it up.

Am I going to rock a cleavage everyday? Probably not. But with these bras, you don’t have to. They are super comfy for everyday use as well.


I have the ‘Maximum Cleavage Strapless Bra’ – which is probably the best strapless bra I’ve ever owned. Even with the smallest boobs, strapless bras can be the most annoying things to wear, ever!! They always move, slip down, never hold up your boobs the way you want them to, and overall, they’re just uncomfortable. (Men will never know the struggle, ugh!) I put this strapless bra on and aggressively danced around my apartment. It held up perfectly. I was so impressed. The trim of the bra is made of specially formulated vinyl that runs along the top and bottom of the “stay put” wings. Basically making your strapless bra unmovable.

I also have the Convertible Bra in black. (The one I'm wearing in the photos). It's super comfy and you can wear the straps in every way possible. Pull the cleavage straps together for a dramatic look, or keep them off for a more simple, natural look. I absolutely love this bra.



You basically just pull the straps together to create whatever kind of cleavage you want.

What a time to be alive, right?

Ok, weigh in. Who would buy these and love them? I'm loving them. No, really. I'm having a lot of fun with these bras, and this new cleavage. HA.

Ps. Because you guys are amazing, here's a $10 off coupon for the bra. Use my code: CHICUPBRA10D.

Chat soon.

Xx, kim




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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.





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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Getting & Staying Motivated.



Many of you message me asking how I stay motivated? How I plan out my content for the blog? How I keep the blog going? And how I gain my inspiration?

Before I even begin to dive into motivation, let me start off by saying that somedays, I definitely am NOT motivated.

Somedays, I'd rather just say 'f*uck it' and stay in bed. 

Somedays, I just DON'T feel like posting a blog post and instead, watch Grey's Anatomy. 

There are many days where I just don't feel like it. Trust me. But, I do it anyways. 

Why? Because I remember why I started blogging in the first place. I remember why I do it everyday. (Read the story here.) I also don't put too much pressure on myself. After all, not posting a blog post one week, isn't going to kill me. In fact, it's better to post nothing, than post something as a filler. This way you clear your mind, and come back with something great. Something you actually want to discuss.


So, how do I get/stay motivated? 

Well, there are so many ways one can do so. I'm going to share a few that help me wake up and want to blog.

Ultimately, the only thing that is going motivate you in life, is YOU.

You can seek inspiration, sure. But YOU are the only person that's going to get your butt outta bed and do shit. 

My blog is my business. It's something that has grown over the years. Something I am proud of everyday. The success of my blog did not happen overnight. In fact, it took years and is still no where near where I want it to be. There's a lot more I want to do/accomplish with it. Therefore, I need to stay motivated. 

This post isn't just for bloggers, btw. It's for everyone that has to wake up and hustle in the morning, doing whatever it is you do. Whether you're a student finishing college, or a single mom juggling two jobs, or a business owner, a doctor, a teacher, whatever. You get it. 

EVERYONE needs a little motivation sometimes.


So, how do I stay motivated?

Here are a few of my tips:

1) Start your morning off right: If you start your morning off being a Moody Maggie, then your entire day is going to be shit. I can tell you that much. Get up and be grateful for something. If all you're grateful for is waking up, then that's enough. I like to start my morning off with a little gratitude prayer. After all, I survived the night, and woke up to a gorgeous day. (Unless of course it's raining....that's a buzz kill). Some people write down things they are grateful for every morning. Trust me, I'd LOVE to do this. And maybe I'll work on this, but mornings are not my thing. You know this from reading this post

2) Content Planning: This one is a big one for me. With having a full-time job, it can be difficult to keep up with the blog sometimes. Between my FT job and the blog, this leaves very little room for a social life. Don't get me wrong. You can still have one. You just need to plan yourself out a bit better. This means, planning out your content in advance. I try to plan out my content a month in advance. This doesn't mean I have a months worth of blogs already written out. NO NO. This just means, I have planned out what I'd like to have posted this month. I like to spread out my topics on the blog, so I sticky-note my monthly editorial calendar with all my ideas. It can be a bit of a mess, but it works for me. Some people are very digital, and have everything online. My editorial calendar is very much hand-written. This way I can see everything, and where I need to fill in blog posts. If you're more of a digital planner, you do you!



3) Lists: You guys already know how much I love lists, so I won't go too much into this one. I like to create lists on lists. Really, these lists save my life. Time is extremely valuable, so don't waste it. Make your lists and cross shit off. In fact, always start with the most difficult task first. This way, you breeze through the rest. On Saturday mornings I ALWAYS start off my day with creating a list of things I need to get done. This can include editing photos, shooting a bunch of content, and then of course, groceries, laundry, vacuuming, etc. I rarely do any blog writing on Saturdays as there is usually too much else going on. 

4) Give Yourself a Break: This is something a lot of you don't know. When you're feeling uninspired, take a break. There is nothing wrong with giving yourself some time to recoup. We all need that from time to time. In fact, giving yourself a break, can give you a new perspective on things. When I'm constantly working, I can sometimes feel really uninspired. That's when I know my mind needs a break. Maybe it's just a few hours away from the laptop, or maybe it's a few days. Whatever you need to refresh your mind, do it.

5) Squash The Negative Thoughts: It's easy to get sucked into negative thoughts sometimes. There are negative people ALL around us, waiting for us to fall on our faces. Remember, it's okay to fall; just get back up when you do. Surround yourself with people who support your dreams and goals. In fact, talk to them and feed off their positive energy. Even though all they may say is something obvious like, "you're doing amazing things" or "great job" or "keep at it" it's still better than hearing nothing from a Negative Nancy. When you surround yourself with positive people, I PROMISE you, positive things will start happening.

Okay so what about you guys? What's your secret to getting/staying motivated? Share!

On another note, this two-piece is really one of my faves right now. I mean, it's a little out there, and we haven't had the best weather for this, buttttt cuuuute right?! It's also on sale for $8.99! I feel like I need to vacay it up in the South of France (rosé in hand) and really rock this two piece to it's fullest, you know?

I cannot believe we're already in the middle of August. I'm slowly packing away all my maxi dresses... :(

Okay, I'm off to stalk some of my favourite bloggers for a little more motivation, today! Happy Wednesday you guys!! The week is almost over.

Xx, kim



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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.



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