Sunday, December 30, 2018

Why to Start?: Resolutions for a New Year

Studies said that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down, to be honest, I don't know where my head would it be at this point if I didn't use the notes on my phone and my personal agenda, writing things down somewhere is always a good reminder on the things you need to do and so in what speed.
In my family, we have the tradition of the 12 grapes, just 15 minutes before 12:00 hits, we eat these grapes that symbolize each month of the year and with them you need to make a wish, the reason I'm telling you guys this is because this is always a goals reminder, after making these wishes, I turn these into do's rather than just wants and then this is when I usually write them down on a paper (like the old ways)

Setting down your short and long term goals somewhere is such a great tool to make things happen faster than just letting them just as a thought.
Writing your goals, resolutions and wants is always important because you can get a clear perspective on what you want plus is such a self power to motivate you, at the end  you can test yourself and see which ones it came to reality and what others you need to renovate for the upcoming year. This helps you to start fresh and with the best energy!

Overall, these could sound very traditional but it helps and quite a lot! I've been doing this since I'm 15 and it has always keep me going to achieve my goals.

Happy New Year.
x. Laura

Monday, December 24, 2018

5 Simple and Meaningful Ideas for Mom This Christmas

Hi Guys!
This post is very special to me because I love my mom so much, I always start looking for ideas since July.. no kidding.
I thought to share with you some ideas, really on a budget, very special and I'm 100% sure your mom will love, at the end the most important thing is to give her the best and it this doesn't needs to be something crazy expensive but something that will get her heart.

So let's get started!
1. A meaningful jewelry piece 
This is personally one of my favourites, it's a Tiffany necklace very simple yet meaningful.
Get it here: Mom Tag Charm

2. A photo album with the best memories with you and her
This is a simple yet beautiful gift that will melt your mom's heart, speaking for myself that I live far away from my parents, I feel that pictures are always the thing that brings back the best memories once captured.
The cutest thing is that she always keeps remembering when we Facetime how much she loves seeing this album at least once per week.
3. A great Skincare set -  a nice eye cream is needed, I'll tell you why!
When mother's pass the age of 40 they get crazy about skincare and especially the under eye creams, this include fillers, moisturizers and serums! whatever they see on the market that's well branded they will purchase it, this is always a well thought gift, especially from girl-to-girl, at the end at some point we will reach this age no matter what, so we obviously understand.

Brand I recommend:

4. Plan a getaway with her for a weekend
Giving her a well spent weekend with you or the whole family in some place different than home is always an incredible gift during the holidays plus you get to share more quality moments when you are away rather than if you just stay home. Little things like these are well appreciated for someone who deserves so much.

5. My favourite.. a hand written letter and a good bouquet of flowers
Expressing words that sometimes we can't put into actions or gifts are a always great idea to remind your mom how much you love her and how important she is in your daily life. 
Since I was a little girl, my siblings and I created the tradition of giving a handwritten letter in any special occasion.. she has saved all these letters through the years and it's such a fun thing to read them when we are all together.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

5 Faux Fur Jacket Styles to Get this Winter

This winter, I'm really into the Faux Fur Jackets, there is so much options online and in stores that you actually don't need to spend too much money in getting one of this, in fact I got this one last year in H&M  and it keeps getting me warm and looking stylish.
Another important aspect about these type of jackets is that I'm not killing any animal, the fur is not real. 
Besides that, I feel that they play a good role in your outfit, coats like this are attention seekers because they're big, different to the eyes and very cool to style, remember that you can add so many textures and contrasts to get a cool end, in this one I add the plaid skirt with the dot tights. Be playful around colours, accessories and so many things because, again the weather is perfect to do this! 

These are the most versatile and 5 options to get this season:

My best wishes for you all this winter
Enjoy the holidays!
x. Laura

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Day in Winter Wonderland

Besides Spring, there's no season that could ever get more spectacular than this. I got to say visiting Grouse Mountains was definitely something that I would do a couple of times.
For a family trip, a date or for simply going by yourself it's something breathtaking, from day to night time, everything here is incredible, each station has a theme, my favourite one was the north pole and yes you can also ice skate!

If you really like to feel the Christmas spirit then you should definitely come to Grouse. We came on a Saturday morning, got a really good breakfast and a great venti coffee before coming up to the mountain, getting a good fuel was essential for resisting the cold! Thanks to the good weather my boyfriend and I captured some really good shots that I will share with all of you down below.

As a recommendation, make sure to be dressed comfortable.. a good pair of winter boots, globes and a make sure to wear a couple of layers underneath! I got approx. 4 layers under this black puffy jacket and thanks god I did!

x. Laura


Monday, December 10, 2018

On A Budget: Beauty Products You Should Get Under $20.00

So what I ended up getting?
Masks and more masks! I really enjoy pampering my skin while I’m cooking or watching movies, I like to use my time wisely. I also like to use them because after using makeup I feel the skin needs an extra fuel and this is a good source to get that.

I ordered the following face masks:
The Purifying Charcoal Mask, this one is perfect when you want clear your skin from all the impurities you get throughout the day, it has a good smell and I usually leave it for 15 to 20 mins on my face.

The Suck'Em Out Charcoal Blackhead Face Peel-Off, I've always wanted to try this one because of the reviews this product has and yes it does the job! it's funny because I actually made my brother and sister-in-law to give them a try and they loved it too.

The Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, my absolute favourite because it makes your pores look way better! I usually use it after I exfoliate my skin, prob 1-2 times per week, it's a life changing mask.

Now, for makeup 
I liked the Poreless Elf Primer down below, I feel it do helps my makeup to last longer plus I also order the Ultra High Definition Mineral Translucent Powder, personally I do not know how I did not use this before, I love the matte finish that it gives to my makeup and it's good that I ordered these products together.

On the other side, 
I got the Pimple Master Patch from Cosrx, I was trying to see if it was as good as the Mario Badescu one I have. This one I would definitely recommend it just for travelling because is super portable, plus is only 5.00 dollars! It does help don’t get me wrong, but I feel the MB acts faster than the stickers.

Lastly, I got the Blackhead Power Liquid from Cosrx, I got it because I read before that it has been clinically proved to reduce the blackheads formation! to me that's amazing because I get these on my nose and it's such a pain!
So I've been testing it for the last 7 days and I like it because it do helps plus I have never seen this product before in the drug stores, Cosrx is actually a Korean brand with a good reputation on the market and totally on a budget so this is def. something you will want to give a try.

Thank you all for reading!
x. Laura

Friday, December 7, 2018

Cool Leather Looks, All Winter Long

Textures, layers and black is all back! As more cliché that could sound.. you can never go wrong with this color.
Overall, this year introduced us so many incredible trends as also many of them came back from previous years.
 The snake print is one of my current favourites because of the versatility it has when it comes to match an outfit. Speaking of this one, I decided to bring texture to this look with my hat, leather pants and definitely this top I got from Zara a couple of weeks ago.
At the end, I loved how this combination it all worked out; I pulled a cozy, comfortable and stylish look for a sunny day in the City of Vancouver.
Thank you all for reading!
x. Laura


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Fresh Prep Deliveries: Making a Healthy Bowl in 15 Minutes

I remember back in the day how boring my Sundays where... I basically was one of those that spend more than half of my day cooking my meals for the upcoming week. Thankfully I'm all done with that!
In this point of my life I have figure it out that time is my most valuable asset and I hate so much when I feel I'm wasting a percentage of it in something that will not generate any impact on my future.

Eating healthy has no discussion for me... is part of my day-to-day, even though sometimes is really hard considering all the temptations out of the door and moreover when you don't have much time for shopping groceries and either for cooking, or at least you have it but you don't want to spend it all in these.
Well.. Thankfully I saw an ad on Facebook and then I discover Fresh Prep.

This company, I got to say with all my honesty has exceeded my expectations in so many ways, starting from the fact that:
1. I can pick my menu and my hours of delivery. They have vegan and non vegan options which is amazing.
2. No more grocery shopping, at least for dinner time which has been super convenient.
3. All meals come all chopped, with spices and everything you'll need.
4. They come for 2 so if you want to cook something fancy for someone in 10 minutes... this is so doable! believe me.. I've done it in less than that.
5. and It's all HEALTHY! my favourite thing.
It's just to make a click and just cook.
Thanks for reading! Start your trial today using my code: INFSPARKLE18 to get $30.00 off your first order, I guarantee you won't regret it.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Styling The Teddy Coat

Aside from the comfort of wearing almost your duvet, this trend has officially survived several winter seasons now. The teddy coat movement is one of those fashion blessings... it warms you up from the cold and it matches with almost everything! Seriously sometimes I even want to sleep with it. 
 The good thing is that with this coat you are able to be your own fashion guru, you can style in so many ways and it will look super cool anyways.... If you want to keep it casual you can style it with some jeans I have even wear with my satin pj's to do grocery shopping and no kidding it looks super cool, this time I wanted to show another way to style it, plus you can't go wrong with all black everything anyways, am I right? I honestly love when you purchase something and you can style it in some many ways, this coat is this kind of item, you will feel so good after getting it and it will keep so cosy all winter long.
Now, In a hunt for one? There a thousand of styles in the market and for any kind of budget, you can easily find them online from $50.00 and ahead , these are some good examples and they have in multiple styles and lengths
To be honest, visually there's no much difference between the cheap and the high-end ones.. at the end they all look like a teddy, puffy and extra cosy.

Outfit details here:
Coat and Gloves: Shein
Purse: Chanel
Sunglasses: Céline
Clothes: J.Crew
Watch: Porsamo Bleu


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fall Pictures in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.

I'm not going to say much on this blog post, I just think pictures speak from themselves. 
To me it's incredible being able to live in such a beautiful country as Canada is, not to be kidding I feel lucky and blessed everyday because this is something that my eyes will never get used to... all these little things are the ones I appreciate the most and we should all do in any place we live.
Pictures were taken in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C. I would say this is the most beautiful park in the entire city where every season has is own spell of magic. 
Thank you all for reading!
x. Laura
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