Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I'm Back: Christmas, New Year's, Blah Blah.

Well, hello 2018.

There's nothing like a New Year's post two and a half weeks into the New Year. But in my defense, I was vacationing. 

Is anyone else exhausted though? I know I really shouldn't be complaining, but I feel like no matter where you are over the holidays, you always come back feeling more exhausted. 

The holidays do that shit to you. 

Anyways, I'm PUMPED to be back in business. Ready to take on 2018 and bring you guys the best of the best on the blog this year. I'm talking more wellness posts, more beauty content, and definitely more video this year. Stay tuned, because I'm really excited. What do you guys want to see more of on the blog? Share, I'd LOVE to know.

So, my vacation was amazing. I mean, there's LOTS to tell, so I'll leave the details for a blog post. I do intend on putting together a FULL blog post on the details of Sri Lanka. There's so much you guys need to know. But overall, the sunshine, the beaches, spending time with my family, and consuming the most delicious foods was just heaven on earth. Like, I couldn't have asked for a better 3 weeks. We ate everything! Drank everything too. 

It's looking like the rest of January will be a sober one. I did the same thing last year, and gave my body a break from alcohol for the month of Jan. It felt amazing to just drink water...haha.

The holidays can take such a toll on your body. I mean, with all the parties, you don't even realize how much alcohol you're consuming. So, it's nice when you can be kind to your body, and give it a much needed break. 

Who wants to do this with me? Yes, no?

Okay, do you guys do New Year's Resolutions? Who still does this? I mean, I love a good list. We all know this. If you guys have read any of my past 'New Year's' posts, you already know that I love to sit and think about some good resolutions. There's something very satisfying about sitting with a cup of peppermint tea, possibly an Evergreen Bath & Body Works lit candle, and jotting down your goals for 2018. 

This isn't something that I just do every January, BTW. It's ongoing. I mean, as a blogger, my goals are constantly evolving. New ideas come to mind, and they need to be executed. And for them to be properly executed, you need a plan. And that plan begins with a goal in mind. 

So, grab a cute notebook from Indigo. They have TONS! And just put down your thoughts on paper. You may think that writing it down is just a waste of time (and paper) but believe me when I say, it helps to write things down. You somehow feel more accountable to accomplish things. 

Let me tell you - NOTHING is more satisfying than crossing things of a list. 

I sat down before leaving on my vacation and looked at my 2017 list of resolutions. I had crossed of everything I wrote down. 

I'm yet to create my 2018 list of resolutions, but I'm really looking forward to that moment.

Okay, how was everyone's Christmas/NYE? Did you guys take a break?

I'm looking forward to sharing my vacation details with you, but if you were following along on Insta-stories, then you would've seen most of it :)

Xx, kim

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Perfect Holiday Dress Guide & Last Post of 2017!

Christmas is LESS than a week away!! How is it already here? I’ll be on a plane in five days heading to warmmmm, India! Be sure to follow along on Insta-stories, because I’m taking a much needed 3-week vacation from the blog. That’s right.

It’s seems really weird not being able to share content with you guys for 3 WHOLE WEEKS, but I’ll be back with SO MUCH new and exciting content. I already can’t wait.

I find it’s always nice to actually relax and take a break when needed. This year has been super busy, and very exciting for all kinds of reasons. The year FLEW by. I guess it’s true what they say – time really does fly when you’re having fun. I’ve been looking forward to getting away and taking a full-on break from everything on this trip. Clearing the mind, body and soul. Or something…

If you guys don’t already know this, I’m heading to India (for a wedding) and Sri Lanka (with bf, Andrew) for 3 weeks. If you have ANY recos, do send them over! We’ve got lots planned already.

Anyway, I’m ending December content with another holiday post. I feel like everyone needs these dresses in their closet! They’re just SO cute, and most of them are under $100! I know for me, I’m always last minute when deciding what to wear for the holiday parties. Surprise, surprise. But like, if I choose what to wear too much in advance, I’ll end up changing my mind. So, it’s best I leave things to the end. (Check out my post on getting party ready in under 30 mins!)

So, I’m sharing a few dresses that you may want for this holiday season. Check out my list:

Sexy Satin LBD:

It’s a no brainer we need some classic Little Black Dresses in our closet. This one from H&M is not only really cute, but it’s also on sale. HELLO $49.99! The great thing about this dress is that you can play with it. Dress it up with a pair of sexy strappy sandals or some bold accessories. I LOVE throwing a faux fur shawl or vest over top! Makes it look really festive.

Sparkly in Sequins:

I mean, you can never go wrong with a sequins dress over the holidays. I would rock an all-sequins dress to a house party if it was New Years. To be honest - been there, done that. I love a little glitz and glam. But who doesn’t? Don’t ever be afraid to dazzle in sequins every now and then and NYE is the perfect occasion for that.

Flowy LBD:

I’ve fallen in love with this flowy black dress. The long sleeves are my favourite when it’s -20 outside. It’s nice and conservative, yet, chic AF. I paired this dress with these gorgeous velvet booties which have a gold heel! Another great NYE dress, if you ask me!

Leopard Print Shift Dress:

If you’re looking for a little more colour in your life, this dress has just the right amount. And if you’re on a budget this holiday season, RUN and grab this one, because it’s on sale for $34.99! It’s a steal. I always head to H&M when I’m on a budget actually. You can find some really great dresses there.

Silver Shimmer Dress:

Another simple, yet chic shift dress. Shift dresses are so comfy and breathable! It’s also on sale for $19.99. The best thing about a shimmery dress is that you don’t need to dress it up at all. Maybe a bold lip colour and you’re good to go! It’s an effortless dress. Something I think we ALL love.

Rose Gold Strappy Dress:

This dress reminds me of the ‘naked dress’ Carrie wore on her date with Mr. Big in Sex and the City. Such a sexy little number! If you’re looking for something sassy for NYE, this dress has your name all over it. I mean, you can tone down the sass with a faux fur vest over top, if you really wanted.

Okay, that’s it friends!

I’m packing a few of these dresses for my trip, however I plan on being in a bathing suit on a beach more than anything!

Okay, what’s everyone got planned for the holidays? Are you guys big on parties or are you more low key?

This is probably my last post of 2017 (CRAZYYYY!!), so I do want to wish you all the BEST Christmas and New Year's ever!! I hope you take some time to unwind, relax, and enjoy with family and friends. And have a drink for me ;)

If you're not already following on Snapchat/Insta, come hang out!! I'd love to take you along on vacation with me :)

See you in 2018!! (I'll be nice and tanned!)

Xx, kim

Photography by Andrew B.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fun & Sexy, Holiday Make-Up Tutorial.

Are you guys sick of seeing holiday content on the blog yet??

Another couple more weeks, and then I’ll get back to schedule, I promise. It’s just this time of year where I love to embrace the holiday season. I also don’t like Christmas shopping in the malls, so I’d rather spend my time writing.

Who still has Christmas shopping to do? I hope you’ve ALL resorted to online shopping, because HELLLO, it’s amazing. To be honest, I’ve had to run into the mall a couple times these last few days, and that’s only because they couldn’t deliver on time. I have a love/hate relationship with the mall around the holiday season. Love – the décor. I mean, the giant lit up Christmas trees are SO FUN. Seeing Santa and all the crazy kids with him, is also V cute. Hate – the crowds. I’d just rather NOT.

Anyway, I’m happy to say I will NOT be participating in any boxing day shopping, as I will be on a beach in 29-degree weather, in India. YASSS. What’s everyone doing for the holidays? Anyone else getting out of town?

Well, as the holiday parties begin to roll in, we need to get our GLAM ON. Get out your sequins dresses, and faux fur jackets, because that’s what the holidays are ALL about! No? I totally think so. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ll rock a sequins dress all year round. No shame. I love my damn sequins.

Today on the blog, I’m sharing a simple, fun, and sexy make-up look. It’s not complicated, because we all know, I don’t do complicated. I like to spend a MAXIMUM of 25 minutes on my make-up. Preferably less. So grab your make-up kits and let’s go!

I’m breaking down the steps AND the make-up I’m using (linked below). Everything used in this video is by Elizabeth Arden, because they are BOSS in the skincare/make-up industry. I love playing around with different brands, and you know when something is working for me, I ALWAYS share.

Check it out:

{ Make-up used in the video }

Rose Hip Oil - Buhbli Organics

Bronzer - Flawless Finish Everyday Perfection Bouncy Makeup (This is actually a foundation that I used as a bronzer.)

Blush - Elizabeth Arden Cool Glow Cheek Tint 'Pink Perfection'

Mascara - Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara 'Stunning Black'

Lip Colour - Elizabeth Arden Plush Up Lip Gelato 'Black Cherry'

Ok, so that's the look? 

What do you guys think? Easy right? I feel like ANYONE can do this, because I'm no make-up artist, so if I can do this look, you can too!

What other holiday content do you guys want to see on the blog? Should I do an outfit post? You know, 'What to Wear to the Holiday Parties' kind of thing? 

Let me know!

Ok, it's 7pm, and I'm about to pour myself some peppermint tea, and sink into the couch with some Grey's Anatomy on Netflix. 

Xx, kim

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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

6 Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season.

As you guys can probably tell, the month of December is going to be filled with Holiday content. I’m a LOVER of the Christmas season. Like, everything about it. The lights, the Christmas trees, the festive music, the cozy nights in, etc. It just seems like most people are happier around this time? Or maybe it’s just me…

Who knows? But regardless, I love this season and really go all out.

As mentioned in the previous post, I’ll be celebrating Christmas in India this year with my family. I’m SO EXCITED, because hellllooo warm weather!! Bring on the beachy-maxi dresses!

I’m most excited to see my family and spend some real quality time with them, because it doesn’t happen often. India is like a 2 day plane ride if you include the time change. It’s definitely not a hop, skip and a jump away.

SO, that’s where I’ll be if ya need me! Be sure to follow along on Snapchat (kim-marquis) /IG (@thechicconfidential).

Okay so, as much FUN as the Christmas season is, it’s not always this much fun for the less fortunate/homeless. There are so many people right here in our city that struggle through the holidays. And most of them are struggling alone (In the cold). I feel extremely blessed everyday that I have a family to spend Christmas with, a roof over my head, and warm clothes on my back.

There are SMALL things that we can do to help someone else feel slightly better around this time and possibly put a smile on their face. I’m sharing a few easy things that you can do TODAY.

I’d LOVE if you guys can add to this list as well. Share what you do to make a difference!

1. Keep old scarves & mittens in your car:

This is something I started doing last year, and will continue to do again this year. I collect all my scarves & mitts that I no longer use and put them in a bag in my car. When I see a homeless person without a scarf or mittens, I will offer them one from the bag. It’s extremely cold in this country, and NO ONE should be outside without these basic necessities. It’s goes such a long way, and definitely puts a smile on their face.

2. Collect canned food and donate:

When you see canned food on sale while grocery shopping, grab a bunch and donate them to the nearest shelter. Again, many of us have lavish dinner parties on Christmas with a spread of dishes. But, stop and think about those who spend Christmas on the street or in a shelter with barely anything to eat. Sucks, right? DONATE.

3. Pay for someone’s coffee in the drive-thru.

We don’t only have to do nice things for the homeless. Sometimes doing nice things for a stranger is just as good. Once a week pay for a random person’s coffee and make their day. They might have been having a terrible day, and YOU would’ve just turned that around. You just never know what that person may be going through. And no matter what, I can guarantee that you put a smile on that person’s face.

4. Handwrite Christmas cards:

Many of us do e-cards these days, right? Because UMM, it’s 2017 and it’s faster, and easier. Well, take some time this year, and handwrite a few cards to the special people in your life. Personally, I LOVE handwritten cards. They are so cute, and believe it or not, I keep them ALL. I have a drawer that’s full of them. It’s slightly hoarder-ish, and I could definitely get rid of a few…

5. Purge your closet and donate your clothing:

I do this about twice a year. I will admit, it’s VERY hard for me to purge. I struggle with it, actually. Like, my best friend, Victoria has to sometimes snatch things out of my hands and remind me that I haven’t worn that in 4 years. It’s a fight sometimes. Butttt, once it’s done, there’s more room in your closet (to buy more things ;) Also, donating it to a Goodwill or shelter feels really good. Try it, if you haven’t.

6. Donate Blood.

I actually lack blood, so technically I’m not allowed to donate any of mine. LOL. But, I’m suggesting it for those who can donate. It’s a simple, easy way to give back, which makes ALL the difference in the world. You could be saving a life. I really wish I could donate mine, but unfortunately I need more.

Okay, your turn! Tell me what you guys are doing this holiday season (or whenever) to make a difference? How are you giving back?

I hope you guys had a great weekend!

Xx, kim

Photography by Victoria Jmourko

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips.

I feel like Christmas is all about stuffing your face with everything in sight. You know, turkey, potatoes, pasta, Lindt chocolate, Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and if you come from a traditional Indian family (like me), curries and naan too! Let’s not forget about ALL the wine and champagne…

It’s like the holidays never give you a break with food/drinks. Everyday is another party, another celebration, another dinner, and then by January you’re 984752076 pounds heavier. AMIRIGHT?!!?

And we ALL love to make New Year resolutions about going to the gym more often (& never really stick to it). Guilty!

Well, there’s a few things that we should all be doing to help us get through the holiday season without gaining the pounds, yet still enjoying ALL the food and drinks that come our way.

BALANCE has always been my moto. It’s worked well for me so I’m sticking to it. Nobody wants to be that girl who only fills her plate with salad. Or the girl that passes on dessert. NO NO, I want that desert!

Okay, so here are some tips and tricks to staying healthy during the holiday season:

1. Portion control:

This is KEY at dinner parties. Maybe don’t eat all the pasta, and all the potatoes, and all the bread. Like, choose your carbs wisely. Have one or two. Preferably one. Or, reallllly small portions of all three. Here's the thing I've noticed: when people have Christmas parties to go to in the evening, they usually don't eat all day, hoping to be starving when it comes time to eat. And then when it's time to eat, they stuff themselves to the max. This isn't smart thinking. You're in fact ruining your metabolism, and not doing anything good for your body. EAT. Don't starve yourself throughout the day. Your body needs the three meals. What's actually best, is if you snack a little before heading to the dinner party. Like have some healthy, fibre-filled foods before going. This way you aren't stuffing your face at the party.

2. Find a way to work out:

Whether it's the gym, or whether it's busting out your yoga mat at home, DO IT. Because this way you can have dessert guilt free. Personally for me, going to the gym is a struggle. I still do it, but I'm hardly ever motivated to go. In fact, lately, I've hit a wall when it comes to going to the gym. A wall that I need to get past ASAP. (So, if you have any tips, get at me!) I was really into it for a while. You know, going twice, even three times a week, and now not so much. Need to get back at it. However, if the gym isn't your thing, do yoga at home. I love Yoga By Candace on YouTube. My coworker and I actually find time at work during lunch to get a 45 min. workout in. It's perfect.

3. Manage your alcohol intake:

This is a hard one during the holiday, but a must! Your calories don't just add up with food. There's a shit ton in a glass of wine, and even more in a glass of champagne. No one is saying don't drink. But again, I'm very conscious of the things that go into my body now that I'm 30, and balance is everything. Have a glass of wine, and then a glass of water. Do that all night, and your body will thank you. Trust me.

4. Get in your steps:

This is another way to get your body moving. I try for 10,000 steps a day, and as much as I'd like to hit that goal, I'm usually at about 4000-5000 steps a day. However, with the holidays in full force, push yourself to do more. Take the stairs if you can, walk to work, take mini breaks throughout the day and go for walks. Working at a desk all day can really take a toll on your back/spine. You absolutely need to get in your steps.

Okay so those are my tips for you guys. If you have anymore good, healthy eating tips over the holidays that have helped YOU, please share. I think we all need to be accountable for each other.

This year, like I mentioned, Andrew and I will be in India/Sri Lanka over the holidays, so I have to be EXTRA accountable, because there's just something about traveling that gets your appetite going, no?! It's like, when I'm on vacation I just want to eat EVERYTHING, and try everything. I'll be getting in A LOT of steps though, so I'm not too worried.

On another note. Let's talk about this cozy, slouched sweater. It's no secret I love my clothing oversized. SO oversized that It's falling off my shoulder. In fact, sometimes I browse the men's section...for myself. You just never know when you'll find a perfectly cute tee or sweater that's oversized. Also, no surprise that I like to keep colour to a minimum, so this sweater works well. It's the perfect fall sweater if you ask me. I love wrapping a giant blanket scarf around this one too.

Ok, tonight I'm doing some more Christmas decorating! At my parent's place this time.

PS. Head over to Instagram right now and check out the giveaway that I'm doing!! It's a goodie! @thechicconfidential

Xx, kim

Photography by Victoria Jmourko

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Monday, December 4, 2017

How I Get Party Ready In Under 30 Minutes.

The holiday season is a wonderful time, filled with all kinds of Christmas parties, events, press previews, get-togethers and dinners. I love it all. Although, some days I just want to sink into my couch with a bottle glass of wine and Netflix the shit outta my night. Know what I mean?

Like, you kind of need a vacation after the holidays because it can get so hectic…

Anyway, with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I do enjoy every bit it. I also feel like over the years, I’ve mastered getting ready in under 30 minutes. As a female, we ALL know the struggle is real. Between shaving those legs/underarms, threading your brows, having your nails painted, curling your hair, winging your eyeliner, and actually picking out an outfits from head to toe (with the right shoes!) is a handful and can take hours.


Between work, the blog, maintaining a clean house (I have anxiety if my kitchen table is a mess), and Insta-storing my ‘getting ready process’ I definitely don’t have hours to get ready. I need to be in and out in 30 minutes. (I’ve mastered putting make up on in the car, btw. As the passenger!)

It’s also highly annoying that men can be ready in 15 minutes max and start watching a Netflix show while you’re running around like a headless chicken, trying to steam your dress and curl your hair at the same time.

Anyway, like I said, I feel like I’ve got the ‘getting ready in under 30 minutes’ process down to a science now. And obviously, I want to share it with you guys, so that over the holiday season you’re not stressing. The holidays should be fun!

Here’s a few tips and tricks:

1. Invest in a good flat iron.

This is KEY. I was using the shittiest flat iron that I had since high school up until recently. I mean, it did the job, but it took double the time than my new flat iron. You need one that does both, curls and straightens. You also need one that heats up to 450 degrees because it works in seconds and you get the perfect curls. I know 450 seems a bit much, but I have thick hair and I need my iron hot. Obviously adjust according to your hair and don’t burn off your ends. LOL. My fave iron right now is this the Brocato Vibrastrait Iron.

2. Get a lasting mani/pedi:

Nothing is more annoying than having to paint your nails 20 minutes before an event. I’ve done it, and it sucks. I mean, I think we’ve ALL done that. #notchic. Instead, right before the holiday season – I would say early November – get a manicure and pedicure done. Like, a good one. Throw some money into it so that it lasts you. My manis can last me up to two weeks sometimes. TIP: get your husband/boyfriend to do the dishes and just always tell them that your nails are wet and you can’t ruin them. ;)

3. Pre-plan your outfits:

So, what I like to do is go through the ‘dressy’ section of my wardrobe and pull out the outfits that I think I might use over the holiday season. There’s a ton that I find in the closet that need to be donated, and a handful that I want to wear again. So I’ll mix and match some sparkly tops and skirts, pull out a few dresses for more formal occasions, and hang them together in my closet. When it comes time decide what to wear to an event, I usually decide the day before or the day of the event. I don’t like to decide on what to wear a week before…because hellllloo, I change my mind on these things! But at least this way, I kind of have a pool to choose from and I’m not pulling out everything from my closet and screaming “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!!”

4. Make up - Keep it simple:

A little foundation, a little concealer, contour if you must, and some eyeliner. Oh, and obviously brows. I don’t get fussy with make up. I feel like no one will really notice if you highlight your face or not, you know? So, maybe skip that step if you’re in a real time crunch? I always keep a few lip colours in my bag, though! If you keep your eyes simple, you can do a bold lip, which can really dress up an outfit if you ask me.

5. Add some sparkle:

A little sparkle goes a long way. Trust me. You can never go wrong with some sparkle during the holiday season. I love adding some sequins or bold jewelry pieces to my outfits. Especially if you're wearing an all black dress or something more subtle. Add a sequins bag to the outfit, or a headpiece, or some funky jewelry. Make your accessories your statement.

I feel like I needed to share those tips with you guys, because they've been working really well for me. 

Do you guys have anymore tips you'd like to add to the list? SHARE. 

How's everyone's holiday season going so far? I know it's only just December, but I feel like the holiday parties started mid November this year. 

And on another note, if you're STILL on the hunt for Christmas gifts, head over to my gift guide. Lots of fun ideas for everyone. I finished up ALL my Christmas shopping this weekend, and now I don't have to step foot into the mall until 2018. #WINNING. 

Ps. Online shopping is also the wayyyyy to go. 

K, I hope you guys have the BEST week ever. Happy Monday.

Xx, kim

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him & Her.

Ohhhhh man, I cannot believe it’s that time already! Christmas is literally right around the corner.

Ugh, who else just LOVES this time of year? It’s my absolutely favourite time, actually. Nothing is better.

I love the smell of pinecone candles, the little lights you see everywhere, and EVEN the snowfall around Christmas time. (I know, crazy right?!)

Also, who doesn’t love a little Justin Bieber Christmas album?? On repeat in the car. #SorryNotSorry

Christmas is a time where I really rein in on my blessings, to be very honest. There’s so much to be thankful for, and although I’m thankful every single day, I really seem to count all the blessings closer to Christmas. The Holiday season can get so hectic with parties every weekend, shopping for gifts, picking out outfits, etc. that we forget to slow down and be thankful. Growing up with my family, Christmas wasn’t about Santa or opening gifts. Don’t get me wrong, we’d get gifts, but we were taught more about the meaning of Christmas, and what it was really about.

And after that….we’d open up gifts. HAHA.

This year I’ll actually be spending Christmas Eve on an airplane!! I’m taking a much needed 3 week break during Christmas/New Years and spending it with family…somewhere warm. Andrew and I are jetting off to India and Sri Lanka. Send recos if you have any.

Anyway, let’s get to this gift guide shall we. ALL my favourite things are on this list!


I mean, who doesn't love a pair of gold hoops? I have these, and can't stop wearing them. I love that they aren't your typical hoop earrings. They've got a little twist, which are so fun. It's the perfect way to jazz up an all-black outfit. Which is basically me, everyday.

Another little addition to a plain outfit. Chokers have been so in lately and I'm LOVING the different variations of them. This one is super simple, but so cute.

I've talked about how I like to switch up my fragrances each season, on the blog. I'm liking this one for winter! And the bottle is just so Instagramable, no?

Nothing is more bougie than a little Champagne spritz on your face during the day! This mist by Subtle Green isn't just for the girls, btw. Andrew sprayed some on his face the other day and literally said "this feels so refreshing on my face." I think he's hanging around me too much ;) It's so hydrating, and yes, refreshing. Who knew with Champagne?

These are the comfiest home slippers ever! I've been wearing them all day, errrrday, and I'm obsessed. They're 100% wool and perrrrfect for those cold feet in the winter time.

I've talked about this on the blog already, but this thing is just amazing. I love telling people that my bracelet is really a secret step counter. The reactions are ON POINT. It goes with allll my outfits, which of course, is key.

Again, I feel like every girl could use some marble ring dishes, am I right?! Dressers need to be organized and pretty. If they aren't those two things, then I don't know what to tell you! Dainty rings need a home, and these marble trays are adorable.

LOVE this backpack. I traveled with it recently, and I highly recommend it. It's SO MUCH easier traveling with a backpack than a purse. (Also much better for your back.)


I'm a Daniel Wellington snob, and I can't lie. I've got a few DW watches and they are SO chic.

How are bowties not more popular these days? I'm still seeing a lot of skinny ties. And don't get me wrong, I love a good skinny tie, but mannnn, bowties are just ADORABLE. This one in particular. Ugh. Love.

I don't have much to say on this, because I'm not a crazy tech nerd or anything. But, I'm seeing this everywhere and hearing some good things about it. So, if you have this, or buy this, tell me about it! It looks pretty coool.

I'm slowly trying to convince Andrew to switch from his backpack to this man purse. So far, I'm not doing too well. But howwww hot is this bag, though?! 

Lastly, if you need a good pillow, check this one out! It's a combination of Fibrefill and water! You pour it in yourself, and it becomes super heavy. This type of combination provides support to your neck and head. If you're a bed snob (like me) and spend ALL your money on high thread-count sheets, down blankets and unlimited throw pillows, you need to check this out.

Okay, that's it, friends!

What's everyone asking/getting for Christmas?! Share share! I'm not huge on gifts for Christmas, but I'm HUGE on Christmas décor. This weekend we finally got the home decorated. My white tree is still missing a topper, but I'm getting to that. Decorating is tricky with a condo as it's such a small space, but I'm making it work. 

I have one small console table that pretty much gets all the décor. I have some pinecones, polar bears, sparkly trees, and tons of candles on it. This year I added some stockings to the wall, which I'm not 100% sold on, yet. (One is an aggressive red, and we all know how I feel about colour in my condo...)

Okay, I'm off to a birthday dinner for my Dad tonight. He turns.......ah, I'll get back to you on that. :/

Xx, kim

Photography by Victoria Jmourko

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Home Cooked, Gourmet Meals - Right To Your Doorstep.

Okay, let's be real.

I LOVE to cook, but I don't always have time to make the most nutritious meals in the world. 

Sometimes, it's a gourmet meal - Sweet Peppers stuffed with Turkey, and other days it's sliced cheese, a piece of bread with a side of Lindt chocolate. LOL. I mean, I girl's gutta eat, right? 

Healthy eating is something I work really, really hard to do everyday. 

Why? Because I FAIL at going to the gym. So, to keep things balanced, I'll eat as healthy as possible, so that I I don't feel as bad for not going to the gym. Anyone else? 

When you're in your 20s, it's no big deal to grab McDonalds for breakfast, lunch, or dinner....(or all three). But in your 30s, it's like a whole different ball game. I only really allow this when I'm completely hungover. Which also rarely happens in your 30s...

Point is, in your 30's - you need to really get on the healthy-eating bandwagon. For MANY reasons. Your metabolism slows down, and you need to nourish your body with healthy shit. You know? Get in your greens, drink ALL the water, eat raw garlic, and make smoothies. Oh, and also take all your vitamins. 

So, those of you in your 20s, enjoy every bite of that Big Mac.

Okay, so in between my full time job, the blog, emails, social-freakin-media, maintaining a clean home, laundry, and having a social life, I'm supposed to make healthy meals?!?! 


I don't even have kids yet! How do parents do itttt?

Some weeks I just say f*ck it to everything, and I'll go nuts in my kitchen. I will make the yummiest, healthiest meal and be really happy. But, my home will be a mess, I will have a shit ton of emails waiting for me, and I'll slowly be drowning in piles of laundry...

It's impossible to do it all and have a healthy, gourmet meal at your dinner table, every night. 


...Who is here to save us all.

Let me tell you guys - Gourmet meals. Delivered. To. Your. Doorstep!

I know what you're thinking..."Uhhh, Uber Eats does this...."

But, no no no. No, they don't. Because Marble Meals is healthy, and Uber Eats....well, is questionable.

Marble meals is a meal service company that cooks and delivers food right to you. Every meal is home cooked with the freshest ingredients with nothing processed. It comes in a little tupperwear, and all you have to do is warm it up! You literally have a home cooked meal in seconds on your dinner table. SIGN ME UP.

Their philosophy is that healthy eating should be affordable, gourmet, and convenient and that food should be locally sourced and organic. This means the proteins they use are antibiotic and hormone free and the veggies are all seasonal. 

Guys, I used them for a week, and I felt like I actually had time on my hands to do things. You know, like watch a Netflix show? (I'm STILL watching Grey's, btw.)

You don't need to do this every week, although, it does get addicting because the food is SO GOOD.

They delivery on Monday's and Thursday's and you get to choose the meals you want. All the meals are on their website with nutritional facts. 

I ordered the Lean Turkey Sausage With Fusilli Pasta in Marinara Sauce & Garlic Rapini for the first two days. Everything about that sounded like heaven in my mouth. The garlic rapini was ON POINT, you guys!!

I also tried the Maple Glazed Salmon With Lemon Pepper Rice & Roasted Brussels Sprouts. I'm HUGE on fish. I love a good baked salmon, and this was just perfect. I like to add fish to my diet at least once or twice a week. 

I also ordered the Baked Chicken Thigh with Fried Rice & Sweet Potatoes, which I never got to try, because Andrew stole it. He did rave about how good it was though.

They've got a ton of choices on their website, so browse and see what you like. I highly recommend this for the busy lifestyle. The last thing you want is to compromise your diet for a busy work life. I'm definitely not one to do that. I mean, yes, sometimes you eat whatever is in your fridge and make do, but for the most part, I'm very picky with what goes into my body. 

Like I said and keep saying - you gotta think twice in your 30s!

Okay, who's on board for something like this? Also, does anyone else get so caught up with work/life that they never have time to cook?

Share some good recipes. I'm always looking for good, healthy ones!

On that note, I'm going to dig up the veggies in my fridge right now and make a quick stir-fry. 

Chat soon! 

Xx, kim

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

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Get Ready With Me: Fall Make Up Tutorial.

Hi Guys!!

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

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

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

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

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

Rose Hip Oil - Buhbli Organics

Foundation - It Cosmetics

Bronzer - Annabelle Perfect Bronze (Sun Goddess)

Eyeliner - Essence

Mascara - Essence

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

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

Xx, kim

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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Contessa's In My LBD.

Happy Tuesday guys!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okay, chat soon!

Xx, kim

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

Photography by Victoria Jmourko/ Andrew B.

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