Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Stop And Smell The Rosé: Grape Escape Wine Tours.


GUYS, do you know what's more fun than getting drunk at beautiful wineries in Niagara with your favourite girlfriends?

...absolutely NOTHING.

Really, though. If you haven't been to Niagara-on-the-Lake and seen some of the amazing wineries we have, you're seriously missing out.

HOWEVER, I'm here to take you on a little journey of a wine tour I went on last week. If you were following on Snap/Insta, then you already know how much of a blast we had on this tour. 

If you weren't, no worries! I'm walking you through it now. 


What's that? -- Glad you asked. 

Basically, you rent bicycles, and ride from winery to winery, slowly getting more and more intoxicated as the day goes on. 

In other words...the MOST FUN EVER!



As Mother Nature had it, it didn't only just rain that day, it stormed like the muther f*cker. Like, thunder, lighting, maybe even some hail...who knows? It was NOT a day for a bike ride in the vines. 

Regardless, we were all booked and ready to go. Luckily, we didn't have to ride around in the rain. Thank God because my hair would've looked like Monica's when they were in Barbados. Not cute.

We had a lovely little shuttle bus that took us to each winery. Rich, our driver (English hottie, accent and all!) was so lovely, and more importantly patient, as we were seven, loud, drunk, and obnoxious girls. Margie, our ever-wonderful and sassy tour guide was hilarious, which made our shuttle rides the most fun ever. (I'm pretty sure I invited her back to our Airbnb for tequila shots later). I can't confirm if she actually came...

Margie, if you're reading this, maybe you want to confirm? HAHA.

Moving on.

First stop on the wine tour was Reif Estate Winery. This winery was small and intimate. Here we met Jason, a wine expert who walked us through three glasses of wine with cheese pairings. Every glass had a different cheese pairing. We tried a Merlot, a Riesling, and lastly an Icewine. He showed us how to sip each wine properly to get the most flavour out of it. Of course, I was too busy stuffing my face with all the cheese I possibly could. 

But that's besides the point. 

We we're given some time to walk around and shop if we wanted. I'm a huge fan of Riesling, so I immediately bought two bottles. I also picked up the chicest wine glasses, ever. 



Next up was Inniskillin Winery. This was where we spent a bit more time on an actual tour of the winery. The guide took us to where they make the wine, showed us the machinery used, walked us to the vines (so gorg) and explained the full process of wine-making. If you've never been on a wine tour before, this is really exciting stuff. I feel as though you appreciate wine more after knowing the details of how it's made. You know?

Anyway, after the tour, we of course did a tasting. This involved another 3 glasses of wine. Mind you, these aren't full glasses, they're tastings. But imagine if they were full glasses...? LOL. 

After the tastings, we headed back onto our shuttle for the next winery.



Our third stop was at Caroline Cellars

To be VERY honest, at this point things were getting a little blurry. I mean, I was 6 glasses deep, and I'm a total lightweight. 

But I do remember how charming this winery was. It was very farm-like. It had a rustic atmosphere and just seemed very intimate and cozy. Side note: I've always wanted to get married at a winery, and this spot was just SO beautiful for summer weddings. 

At this winery, we got to choose wines we wanted to taste. We each got a list of all their wines, and got to choose three off the menu. There was a blueberry wine that was to die for! SO GOOD. 

After the tastings, since we were ALL getting a bit blurry, we decided to have some food at this winery. They have a beautiful little patio spot to lounge out and grab some food. We ordered two massive poutines to share amongst the table (hello carbs!), and two pitchers of red and white sangria's. (Not that we needed anymore alcohol!) However, those sangrias were amazing and I highly recommend ordering them if you go. 

After this, we jumped back on the shuttle for the next and final winery.



The final winery we visited was, PondsView Estate Winery.

Yet another beautiful winery, but I can honestly say this about almost every winery I've ever visited in Niagara. You really can't go wrong when choosing which wineries you want to visit.

Here, we had another few glasses of wine. Our guide was very informative. She gave us a quick rundown of the wines they make here, and which ones were most popular. We took a little tour around the place before hoping back on our shuttle to end the wine tour.

Oh, I forgot to mention that the shuttle that Grape Escape provides, actually picks you up from whatever location you are at in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and drops you back there. I love this little touch, because they're obviously promoting no drinking and driving. And this way everyone can enjoy being...drunk.

Before heading back to our Airbnb, we obviously wanted photos on the bikes that we were supposed to ride on. So, Rich was kind enough to drive us back to the Grape Escape office, where we took a little bike ride and lots of photos. (see below).



Overall, I cannot say enough great things about the tour we got from Rich and Margie. If you guys book with Grape Escape Wine Tours, I would request the two of them. They were both such a pleasure to hang out with all day. When you are on a 3 hour wine tour, you want to make sure your driver and tour guide are the most fun. Which is exactly what they were!

A special thanks to Rich for organizing the whole thing.

Also, there are a variety of tours you can choose from! If biking isn't your thing, there are shuttle tours as well. So many options, too. And I also found that they were reasonably priced. Nothing too over the top. 

If you're planning a bachelorette party, birthday, or even a corporate event, these tours are great to get the party started.  

K, so who's visited Niagara-on-the-Lake? Share some wineries with me, because I'm obviously going back this summer, and need to visit some more. Check out this one I visited last year

Ps. I'm already looking to book my next bicycle tour with Grape Escape. 

Xx, kim



A special thanks to Rich & Margie at Grape Escape Wine Tours for making this experience amazing. This post was in collaboration with Grape Escape Wine Tours. As always, all opinions are my own.



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Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer Reads.


Okay, to be completely honest, I love to read, however, never get enough time to do it. I know, I know, “that’s just an excuse.” But, really though, with the blog (writing, editing, shooting), my full-time job, having an actual social life, cooking, cleaning, laundry, gym, keeping up with the countless social media accounts I have..., I can go on…

But I’m going to stop there.

Reading sometimes falls to the bottom of the list. I still make time for it. But, I’d like to make more time for it. And I know what you’re going to say: That I should schedule my time properly and therefore I’ll have time to do everything I want to.

Not quite, though.

If you know me, you KNOW I’m the biggest scheduler of all time. HELLO, event coordinator by profession. I schedule in time to take my vitamins and like, organize my lipstick tray...

But even after ALL the scheduling possible, 24 hours is NOT enough time in the day. Especially when you sleep for 8 of those hours. 😃😃😃

Anyway. I’m trying to make more of an effort to read.

I picked out a few books that seem amazzzing, that I’m going to read this summer. I wanted to share them with you guys, because we haven’t done one of these posts in a while. I love, love, LOVE swapping book recos with people. I hardly walk into a book store and pick out something random. It’s usually a recommendation.

Here’s my list:


I LOVE a good mystery book. Not scary, just a nail biting, mystery novel. This one takes place in London, which is always fun, because then I can make up British accents in my head for all the characters. HAHA.

Here’s the synopsis:

Nothing can break the bond between sisters ...When Beatrice gets a frantic call in the middle of Sunday lunch to say that her younger sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home to London. But as she learns about the circumstances surrounding her sister's disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life - and unprepared for the terrifying truths she must now face.The police, Beatrice's fiance and even their mother accept they have lost Tess but Beatrice refuses to give up on her. So she embarks on a dangerous journey to discover the truth, no matter the cost.

SO GOOD, RIGHT? I can’t wait to get into this one.



I mean, what blogger/company/brand wouldn’t love this book? I have heard SO many great things about this book, I cannot wait to read it. If you have a business, and are struggling with branding, you may want to read this. I’m constantly thinking, doing, improving on my branding for The Chic Confidential and obviously have a looong way to go. There’s nothing better than a company that’s branded well - what up Nike, Revlon, Coke, Louis Vuitton?!

Here’s what the book is all about:

THE BRAND GAP is the first book to present a unified theory of brand-building. Whereas most books on branding are weighted toward either a strategic or creative approach, this book shows how both ways of thinking can unite to produce a “charismatic brand”—a brand that customers feel is essential to their lives. A few things you might learn in this book:

• the new definition of brand
• the five essential disciplines of brand-building
• how branding is changing the dynamics of competition
• the three most powerful questions to ask about any brand
• why collaboration is the key to brand-building
• how design determines a customer’s experience
• how to test brand concepts quickly and cheaply
• the importance of managing brands from the inside
• 220-word brand glossary




Simon & Schuster sent me this book a couple days ago, and I finished reading it in a day. I couldn’t put it down! It’s an easy book to read because it’s all little poems - on life, love, heartbreak, etc. It’s such an honest and real book. While reading it, you almost get emotional, feeling like you’ve been in most situations at some point in you life. I absolutely LOVE relatable books.

Synopsis:

In Love Her Wild, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris; skinny dipping on a summer’s night; the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit; or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flair, Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few perfectly evocative lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind—and will awaken your sense of adventure.



I haven’t read this book yet, but again, I’ve heard amazing things about it. It’s similar to the book I’m reading by Mark Manson – The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck. Also such a great book! So motivating, so inspiring. I definitely recommend reading this one. I’m not huge on “self-help” books because I think most of them are cheesy and boring, however, I saw this one on a blog I was reading, and ever since that I’ve seen it everywhere! It MUST be good.

Synopsis:

Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word. If you're ready to make some serious changes around here, You Are a Badass will help you: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, blast past your fears so you can take big exciting risks, figure out how to make some damn money already, learn to love yourself and others, set big goals and reach them - it will basically show you how to create a life you totally love, and how to create it NOW.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.




Okay, we alllll know my sick obsession with anti-aging, so naturally when I came across this book, it was top of my list to read. (Yea, I plan to look 30 when I’m 50). Probably possible if I read this book. It’s all about anti-aging through lifestyle choices, diet, and inexpensive products. YASSSS. Who else is already adding this to their Amazon cart right now?!

Synopsis:

Renowned Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer is the expert on whom Hollywood's top celebrities rely to maintain their radiant complexions and to reverse the effects of aging. Now, he offers readers his groundbreaking, 3-Step Method to rejuvenate their skin at home. Based on years of clinical research, Dr. Lancer's regimen stimulates the skin's own transformative healing power for lasting results. He provides a road map to help readers navigate the mixed messages of today's dermatological advice, avoid expensive invasive treatments, and see through the empty promises of so many beauty products. He recommends the most effective skin care products for every budget from drugstores, department stores, and spas. He suggests surprising lifestyle choices in diet, exercise, and stress management that support beautiful skin.



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Ok, so that's my list! What about you guys? What are some books you're reading this summer. Share!

K, I'm off. Tea and then some reading in bed. Let's see how many pages I can get through before falling asleep. 

Hope your Monday was productive AF. 

Xx, kim




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Monday, July 17, 2017

How To Get Softer, Smoother Lips In Just Two Minutes.



I figured that since the last post was on stress, this one should be on the lighter side.

So, we're talking about LIPS. Smooooth, sexy, and soft lips. 

Nothing fancy, you guys. Just a tip I came across and I thought I'd share the deets. Because nobody wants crusty lips...right?

Okay, so I don't know if this happens to you guys, but after I wear "long lasting" lipstick all day, my lips start to peel. Like seriously peel. I'm thankful for all the long lasting lipsticks out there, really. But whatever they are using in them, really takes a toll on my lips. I'm all for them, but I'd really like to NOT peel of two layers of skin after. You know? 

So, needless to say, I tapped into my friend, Google for some tips on exfoliating my lips. 

And viola, a plethora of links on how to exfoliate your lips came up. Tons, and I mean TONS of ways to do so. Scrolling through, I liked all the 'home remedy' ones. 

So I'm sharing:

{ What you need: }

- A toothbrush (like any kind from the dollar store)
- Olive Oil
- Sugar

Mix together some olive oil and sugar with your toothbrush. (I like to use coconut sugar). Please DON'T use the same brush as you do for brushing your teeth. Buy a separate one for your lips. Rub the toothbrush with the olive oil + sugar in circular motions on your lips. Give it a good scrub, about a minute or so. Rinse your brush, and your lips. Apply some lip balm. I've been using this one for years, and I love ittttt. 

GUYS. You will instantly notice a difference. You don't need to do this everyday or anything. Maybe once a week? It all depends on how dry/brittle your lips are. I feel I only need to do this after I wear lipstick for a few hours. I'm not a huge lipstick girl, but when I do, I need to exfoliate.

Oh, and if you have sensitive lips, you don't even need the toothbrush. You can just rub the olive oil + sugar with your fingers. The toothbrush adds a little extra exfoliation. 

K, that's it. 

How was everyone's weekend? Mine was somewhat low key. I spent Saturday afternoon walking around in a beautiful park, lemonade in hand. The weather was so gorgeous. The evening was spent drinking too much champagne and rosé, celebrating one of my favourite ladies' bachelorette parties. It was nothing short of classy, with the most fabulous girls. I love a small, intimate bach party with no penis', tiaras or pink boas. We did however, have prosecco-flavoured gummy bears, Veuve Clicquot, and A LOT of jalapeño cheddar Smart Food popcorn. (OMG, I must've eaten 4 bowls). I highly recommend these.

Also, no hangover, so I'm pretty fucking proud of that. So far, 30 has been okay...

On that note, I'm going to take my vitamins and carry on with my day. 

Hope you guys have the most productive week! 

Xx, kim






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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Life Lately: How Are We Handling Stress?


HELLO.

Yes I know, it's been a hot minute. I've been distracted by so many things lately. 

Mainly by Grey's, though. I'm totally hooked. ( and also just a ball of emotions! ) I've never cried so much in my entire life. And I'm not a crier, if that makes any sense. Anyone else? 

So, this week I've just spent all my time watching Grey's...anddddddd going to the gym. Remember I said I needed to work out more than once every two weeks? Well, since turning 30, I've been a bit serious about life. LOL. You know, taking all the right vitamins, getting in my daily walks, eating salads more often and now hitting up the gym at least three times a week. OKAY, twice this week. But, I also swam. Swimming is a legit work out. 

Tell me how YOU get motivated to go to the gym. Because, I need SOMETHING. I want to gouache my hair out after 5 minutes on the treadmill.

Anyway. What's everyone been up to? How's life? Tell me something juicy. 

Phone case  |  Book  |  Sunnies

K so, stress. 

The other day, I was chatting with one of my closest friends, and she tells me she's "so stressed that she can feel her heart beating outside her chest." ( or something along those lines... )

She goes on to say that her mind is constantly running, and that she can't seem to shut off her brain. 

Well, wedding planning can do that to you, sometimes. 

However, NO ONE should feel like their heart is racing and beating outside their chests. I know we can all get stressed out from time to time, but there's got to be a way to control that. Or else we'd all end up having heart attacks. No?

In my opinion, (and in no way am I an expert) I think stress comes from over-thinking. Over-thinking is HUGE with women. I don't know why we do this, but we do. For some reason it comes naturally for us to over-think. I definitely have to reign myself in sometimes when I catch myself over-thinking. 

And sometimes I don't even notice it, but luckily I have a few good friends that know me well enough to tell me to STFU when I'm doing it. 

Because really, what is the point? Why are we over-thinking? Why are we giving something that much thought? And the crazy thing is, that most of the time, we over-think something that hasn't even happened yet. So really, we're just psyching ourselves up for no reason at all. 

My girlfriend was saying exactly this:

"I'm trying to learn how to do one thing at a time and to focus on that. Take things one day at a time instead of thinking about something I need to do three days from now, or later that evening."

Because why are we even stressing over something three days from now?

Pointless if you ask me. Right?

Okay, so how do you guys handle stress?

I know I've talked about this on the blog before, but I feel like it's a reoccurring subject. We're always experiencing it, so I feel we need to talk about it more and more. 


Do you meditate?

Read?

Pour yourself a giant glass of wine and watch an episode of Sex and the City?

Tell me. Because I need to convey the message to my girlfriend. To a lot of my friends, actually. 

I rarely stress. I feel like stress ages me, and you know how I feel about aging. No thanks. 

But since stress is a natural, common thing, I do have it from time to time. Meditation doesn't work for me. I know it works for A LOT of people, and I really wish it did work on me, but unfortunately, my mind doesn't shut off like that. Candles and silence doesn't do it for me. Although, this is your most typical way of meditation. I know people who meditate with blaring rock music and zero candles. So, that's something.

I do love a good Sex and the City episode though. Maybe a facial mask? Or my ice roller? And a cup of tea. ( or wine? ) Either will do. 

I think a lot of our stresses will go away if we stop over-thinking. Try and catch yourself when you do it. And then STOP. Tell yourself there is no point in stressing over something that hasn't happened yet. Let it happen first. Because for all you know, it might NOT happen, and then you've been stressing for no apparent reason. And now you've probably caused yourself a new wrinkle. Haha.

Really though, take it one day at a time. Whether you're wedding planning, buying a house, finding a new job, or...turning 30. 

Ok, share how you guys handle stress!

I'm off to pour myself some mint tea, and obviously watch an EP of Grey's. #sendhelp

Xx, kim



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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Four Days In Vegas: Nightlife, Food, Outfits!


VEGASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

I feel like you have to start a post on Vegas like that…

Okay, so I’m a little late on this post as it’s been about two weeks since I’ve been back from Vegas, but what’s new? Better late than never, right?

So, Vegas. Sin City. City of Lights. Entertainment Capital of the World.

SO MUCH to see, so much to do. There’s never a minute you’re in Vegas when you’re not doing something. I honestly felt like I needed a full week of vacation after returning from Vegas. Anyone else feel like this when you get back from Vegas?



So, if you we’re following on Snap/Insta, then you know that I celebrated my 30th birthday there. It was special, because there really is NO better way to ring in 30 than being in Vegas with your best friend.

To be honest, we didn’t have a whole plan or itinerary of things to do in Vegas. (SHOCKER, I know!) This was very much a go-with-the-flow vacation. The ONLY thing we did pre-plan was The Backstreet Boys concert. (My teenage-self was DYING.) This was the whole reason for going to Vegas, actually. Nevermind my birthday. We HAD to see BSB in concert again. 💗💗💗💗💗

So, I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Vegas in June, but the second we landed, it was a HEAT WAVE. Like, actually. None of this 28 degree weather with a “heat warning” we get here. No, no. This was a full 47 degrees Celsius of extreme, dry heat. For me, this is slightly Heaven on earth. Canadian weather is probably my least favourite thing about Canada…


To most (normal) people, 47 degrees would put them into a heat stroke. But, not me. I enjoyed every last drop of sweat that came my way. HAHA. To give you an idea of what 47 degrees feels like, turn your blow-drier on the hottest setting and blow it onto your skin. That’s Vegas, 47 degrees for you. HOT.

Anyway. Enough about the weather. You get it. It was steamy hot, and I loved it. I’d go back in a heartbeat.

Let’s talk about some hot spots for nightlife, some delicious restaurants, and of course, outfits.


{ DAYCLUBS/NIGHTCLUBS }


Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell Hotel:



If you’re looking for something sassy, classy, and wildly Vegas, this is your spot. I absolutely loved the vibe here! Not only was the club SO beautifully decorated with palm trees, plush white seating everywhere, and a giant pool in the centre of venue, but they also had amazing music playing. Music is key for me. I’m not huge on the DJ scene, so just DJ music doesn’t really do it for me. I like a bit of everything from old school to new school, and I feel like this place had it all. I’m sure some nights they bring in DJs, so if that’s your scene, then definitely check out their website.


Jewel Nightclub at the Aria Hotel:

This was another beautiful venue. The atmosphere was on point, music not so much. The one thing I didn’t love about this spot was that there wasn’t seating available to anyone. You had to have bottle service to be seated. We were also offered free drink tickets here, which was great. So, we tossed back a couple of drinks and moved on. ;)

Lily Bar & Lounge at the Bellagio:

If you’re looking for more of a lounge-y atmosphere, I suggest this place. We didn’t stay too long here, but it was SUPER cute. Definitely a classier, high-end spot, so if you’re looking to get dressed up and sip on a martini, this is your spot. They had lots of seating, beautiful plush couches, gorgeous florals on the center of each table, and dim lighting. It’s a good spot for a pre drink as well!

The Beach Club Pool at Flamingo Hotel:


OKAY. This is more of a daytime thing, but MANNNN, this was probably my fave spot. I know what you’re thinking. ‘Do people even go to the Flamingo anymore?!’ Hold on before you judge. They’ve renovated. And the pool at Flamingo Hotel is SO CUTE. It’s also a wicked party, DJ and all, a couple bars, lots of delicious food & drinks, and overall, SUCH a great atmosphere. If you don’t like an area of the pool, pick up your shit and move to another end, because it’s HUGE. Make sure to get there early because spots go really quickly!


{ FOODIE SPOTS }

Okay, before I get into this, I want to point out that we actually didn’t have a whole lot of time to eat in Vegas. I wanted to do a few nice spots for dinner, but Vegas is SUCH a rush all the time, that we barely ate!

Flour & Barely Brick Oven Pizza in the LINQ Plaza:



If you guys like brick oven pizza, this is for you! We ordered the Verdure, which had zucchini, eggplant, artichoke, mushrooms & spinach with pecorino & mozzarella on it. SO GOOD. And we also ordered the Mushroom pizza, which had truffle cheese, roasted mushrooms, tomatoes, arugula, and truffle oil. If you’re going to get one pizza, THIS IS THE ONE. I was in actual Heaven. The pizzas are huge, so make sure you go when you’re really hungry!

Todd’s English Pub:

If you’re looking for a super chill spot with a patio, we loved this place. It’s right outside the Aria hotel. Of course, we sat outside in 47 degree weather. The sandwiches/burgers are so good here, and very gourmet. They give you WAY too many fries with your order. Like a bucket. No one needs to eat that many fries, ever. BUT YUM, regardless. So yea, chill spot, with great food and drinks.

Earl of Sandwich:

This was recommended to us, and mannnnn was it ever good! If you’re looking for somewhere quick and easy to-go, this spot is amazing. They have some really delicious sandwiches. I got the Chipotle Chicken Avocado. SO YUM. They also have good wraps and salads too. It’s located at the food court at Caesar’s Palace. I 100% recommend this place.

Eggslut:


GREAT place for breakfast, or even a mid-day snack. Be prepared for long line ups as this place is very popular. It's in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. I had a delicious breakfast sandwich with egg and arugula with their house dressing. UGH, so good.



{ OUTFITS }



Airport Attire:

I like to be as comfy as possible when traveling. I never ever wear jeans on a flight. I find it so uncomfortable and tight. I like lose clothing when traveling, so obviously I opted for this white crop top and these linen joggers. I honestly can't say enough good things about these joggers. They are such a staple in my life right now. Not only do I wear them when traveling, but also all day errrday on the weekends. Because they're comfy and chic. So, why the hell not?


Bodysuits:

Here's where you can go slightly out of control at Forever21. They have every kind of bodysuit under the sun! Really though. If you want to slut it up with a low-cut, backless, mesh-type thing, they probably have it. If you want something slightly subtle with sleeves, you can bet they've got it. I went for something in between slutty and classy. I'm obsessed with this white one with off-the-shoulder sleeves, and this black one, with mesh sides. SO CUTE. Rocked both these in Vegas.


All-Black Birthday Suit:

When it comes to a birthday suit, I live for an all-black moment. This little one-shoulder bandeau and high-rise black shorts were perfect for the night out. Again, it was 47 degrees in Vegas even at night. So, you really couldn't wear too much clothing.

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Okay, so that's my Vegas update for you guys! It was a short and sweet trip. Oh, and the concert was AH-MAZZZING. They still got it!!

HUGE-ASS shout out to my bestie, who I've pretty much spent every single birthday with in the last...10 years. If you guys follow along on Snap/Insta, then you know her. She's also the photographer behind The Chic Confidential. 💗💗💗💗💗 Thank you for all that you do!

Okay, how was everyone's weekend? Tell tell!

Xx, kim



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Monday, July 3, 2017

Out With The Old, In With The New. Decluttering Your Life & Your Closet.


Okay, let's talk about decluttering.

We're talking about this on two completely different spectrums today. Let's start with decluttering your life

The other day, I was chatting with one of my good friends. You know, pondering life, talking about the people in our lives, work, blog, future goals, etc. And he said something interesting to me. He said, "I'm going to start cutting certain people out of my life." He went on to say how there are some negative people in his life and how there needs to be a change. 

This led me to think about decluttering. Because decluttering isn't just about cleaning out your closet...

It's also about cutting certain people from your life as you grow. Harsh, I know.

At a certain age you start to realize your worth and how some people don't actually deserve your time and energy. Because even being in the same room as them can bring your energy levels down. Know those people? They always have something negative to say. They're always complaining about something. And never thankful for what they have. These people are toxic. Your mission in life should be, to be happy and positive for the most part. Toxic people will only add to your misery. 

Thankfully, I've realized this earlier on in my life, and therefore have a very, very small circle of the most amazing, non-toxic, positive friends. 

Here's what I've realized. I would rather have a handful of friends who are honest and REAL with me, than a large number of friends who will smile to my face and then talk behind my back when I'm gone. No thanks, I don't have time for that. 

And you shouldn't either. You can usually tell who the fake one are. Sometimes you hold onto those fake ones for whatever reason, hoping they will change. However, there will come a point in your life where you will realize that they're no long needed. That they never were. And you'll cut them out. 

And it will feel great. 

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Have quality people in your life. It's NOT about quantity. No one cares how many Facebook friends you have. They're not your actual friends, dude. In fact, you should also declutter your Facebook friends. 

Point is, don't bother keeping negative people in your life. Surround yourself with great people, and you'll be happier. 




Okay, to lighten the mood, let's talk about decluttering your closet.

Because summer is in fully swing, and we need to get organized. This means, saying a (short) goodbye to our sweaters, faux fur vests, and ultimately making room for maxi dresses and crop tops. 

Who else is a TOTAL hoarder when it comes to their wardrobes? I'm the actual worst when it comes to decluttering. So bad, that in fact my best friend needs to physically be there to talk me into donating my clothing. (I'm much better at decluttering my life than my closet, to be honest).

Don't get me wrong, I love to donate. But when it comes to my clothing, I feel like every piece has a story. Every dress has a meaning behind it. And every pair of shoe has been through a journey with me. LOL. Hoarders say this shit right?

ANYWAY.

Over the years of my best friend having to hold me down and snatch clothing right out of my hands, I feel like I've come a long way since then. I feel like I've gotten wayyy better at deciding what needs to stay and what needs to go. I mean, sometimes I still need a little push, but I'm getting there. 

Now that I've moved into a condo, closet space is a bitch. I need Mr. Big in my life to build me a Carrie closet... 

But for now, the two small closets will have to do. Which is a good thing, because every season (ish) I HAVE to declutter. 

Here are my tips:

1) Keep the Classics:

You know, the white blouses, the little black dress, the boyfriend blazer, and the perfect skinny jeans. Those all need a home forever. I mean, I actually spend a bit of money on the classics, I'm not giving away those so easily.


2) Ask yourself these questions:

- When did I wear this last?
- Will I ever wear this again?
- Do I need to be a certain weight to wear this and feel good in it?

Based on your answers, make a logical decision. 


3) Donate the clothes you don't need:

At least you're doing a good deed! This will instantly make you feel better. I know that I feel a whole lot better that I'm giving my clothing to those who probably need it more than I do. 


4) Grab a bestie for moral support:

But not like anyone. You need someone that can literally tell you that "you look like shit in that dress." LOL. Because that's what my bestie did. And boy, did it ever work. HAHA. Real friends for the win, because the last thing you need is someone telling you, you look gorgeous in that dress, when you don't...

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Okay and on a totally different note, HOW cute in this maxi dress? I know I said to declutter, but let's just forget that for ONE SECOND, and die over this dress, because it's on sale ($20!), and so perfect for the summer. I live in maxi dresses in the summer time, soooo I'm going to donate some winter sweaters and make room for these. It also has pockets, and who doesn't love a dress with pockets?? Such a winner! 

Clearly, I'm the friend you DON'T invite when you're trying to declutter. :/ 


Okay, so the next time you're pondering life, think about decluttering. Your home, your fake friends, your closet, and your Facebook "friends". 

You'll feel like a weight has been lifted! Trust me. 

On that note, I'm off to bed. 

I hope everyone had a fantastic Canada Day and a great long weekend. 

Oh and, Happy 4th of July to my American friends/family! 

Xx, kim



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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.




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Thursday, June 29, 2017

How To Get The Perfect Waves For Wedding Season.



That’s right, wedding season is upon us.

This means a new dress for every event, accessories that go with each dress, and those perfect tousled curls. 

Summer weddings are my favourite. No surprise there. I slightly die over all the dresses that come into season. The florals, the pastel colours, the flowy maxi dresses, all of them.

But most importantly, as women, we all kind of freak out about our hair.  The big question we all ask ourselves is, “salon or no salon?” I personally love getting my hair done at the salon. I mean, who doesn’t love getting a nice scalp massage? But with all the weddings in the summer/fall, the $$$ can really add up. We’re trying to cut costs here. And personally, I’d like to spend my $$$ on that fabulous dress I’ve been eyeing. So, I’ll do my hair at home. Save a couple extra bucks. You know?



In fact, sometimes I prefer doing my own hair. 1. It’s quicker, and 2. If you end up at a rando salon, with stylists who don’t know what they’re doing, it ends up looking like garbage, which means you end up having to fix it yourself. So really, you just spent $75 bucks on a blowout that you could’ve done at home in the first place. Amiright?!

If you have the right products and the right tools, it’s actually a lot easier to do it yourself.

TRUST ME.

A product that has ALWAYS done me right, is the John Frieda® Frizz Ease® Unwind Curls Calming Crème. GUYS, I’ve talked quite a bit about my curly hair struggles on the blog, so you already know the struggle is real. Taming those frizzy baby hairs is something I don’t want to be dealing with. EVER. Which is why I always, always turn to Frizz Ease. This product is kind of a lifesaver. In my opinion, I should never have to worry about frizz again, in my life. Because we have other things we need to worry about, right? Like making sure our brows are on point…

The great thing about the Unwind CurlsCalming Crème is that you can style it any way you want. So if you’re looking to do more of a wave than a curl, you just need to pull down on your curls with the crème and stretch them out this way. If you want a tighter curl, all you need to do is scrunch!



I’ve been using John Frieda  products for a long time now. Years actually. Think back to the high school days. My hair was BIG. The only way those curls were being tamed was with these products.

Another collection I have discovered from John Frieda is called ForeverSmooth®, and I’ve been testing the waters for a couple weeks now, and I love it. This shampoo and conditioner duo is one of the best I’ve tried, actually. Your hair instantly, (with one wash!!) feels stronger and smoother. I can really tell when my hair feels smoother, because it doesn’t feel very smooth on the daily. With all the hot tools I use to style my hair, you can FEEL the damage in my hair. So, I love a smoothing collection!


Anyways, what’s slightly psycho of me, is that I love the John Frieda line so much that I actually carry the FrizzEase Secret Weapon® Touch Up Crème in my car. Crazy? Wtv. You never know when you’re going to need a frizz touch up…you know? Just a few drops in hand, rub them together and run your fingers through your hair. This HONESTLY gets rid of my frizz. Like, there is nothing worse than curly baby hair frizz. And if this product works on my hair, it will work on yours!

If you guys are looking for some new hair products, I definitely recommend trying out this line. The BEST part is that you don’t have to break the bank for this one! Most hair products are crazy expensive. I love that this line is affordable and works like a charm.


Okay, who already uses this line? I’ve been obsessed with John Frieda products since the teenage years, and I’m SURE some of you have been too! Share!

Xx, kim



This post was sponsored by John Frieda Canada. As always, all opinions are my own.

Photography by Victoria Jmourko




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