Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Out of My Comfort Zone: Styling a Bralette During Fall

I own too much black... said no one ever.  I got super excited of creating this monogrammed yet classic look for a whole day visit in Victoria. This look I got to say is great for transitioning from day to night, specially because I was traveling and I didn’t wanted to go back home just to change so I pulled an eye catching outfit with gold accessories (my favourite!) and a big pouch bag,  which I'm so thrilled because they are coming back on trend! I’ve seen a lot of NYFW and PFW shows styling them a lot. So make sure to keep them with you.  

 I must admit that I got out of my comfort zone with this look specially with the laced bralette, but that's what I've been doing lately... experiencing new trends and I've been liking that a lot! pairing everything with black, I mean.. you can't go wrong, right? The black trousers, black pouch and basically black everything, I got to say it was definitely a well made decision to welcome this new season.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Best Spots and Restaurants to Visit in Victoria, BC

Now that my little sister just moved to Victoria, I guess I'll start coming more often than I used to. Before was just my brother and my sister in law, but now that she is there I'll keep going and coming more. To be honest I'm so happy about it, Victoria is such a charming and beautiful city; the people, the architecture, the history gives me a lot of joy whenever I'm visiting.
Since I've been there a couple of times of now, I decided to list all my favourite spots, including streets, restaurants and hotels that you def. need to visit if you are local or just visiting around BC.

Let me know if you also have any recommendations, I love trying new places when I'm also visiting!
x. Laura
1. The Parliament
I listed this as the first and most mandatory stop, there's so much history in this place! 

Before coming here, I read how popular were the flowers, now, I can understand why!
 This is all in the same area of the parliament.

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2. For Lunch or Dinner, I recommend you guys Canoe Brewpub, 450 Swift St. 
Pizza's and salads are amazing! Plus the place inside and out is on another level! 
3. Chinatown
I feel this street is so architectural and so great for taking pictures, the colours and all the details make this place a must stop as well

All the Fairmont's hotels I've been in my life are gorgeous and this one is not the exception.
 I recommend you guys the afternoon tea for the sweet tooth and also to visit Q at the Empress is a lovely restaurant with a great service, they gave us a starter a charcoal popcorn (I've never seen this before but was so good!) plus the elegant-modern decor inside this place is one of my favourite things.

5. Jam's Cafe for Brunch
We have this restaurant in Vancouver and I got to say there's no place that serves a brunch as good as them.
The prices are really good for the quantity served, the plates are enormous!
   
5. The Butchart Gardens in Spring
Personally, I've never been into a place more beautiful than this.
I remembered the time I visited  this garden with my parents and I was shocked of how amazing and perfect nature can be.
Plan ahead a reservation at their restaurant, they are only open in this season! is such an amazing place with great view, music and food.
in 554 Pandora Ave, Victoria, B.C.
If you are looking for a vegan and healthy spot this is a restaurant you must go. I recommend the sweet potato wrap (down below), is heavenly good! Also I heard they have all-day breakfast & lunch.
7. Lastly, but no least: UVIC
This is my siblings university and I got to say this university doesn't look like a university because is so pretty! I mean look the picture below
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Monday, September 17, 2018

5 Brands you Need to Shop in Sephora

1. Drunken Elephant
The first thing that it caught my eye was their colourful packaging and off course their name, so I started my research and reading some reviews. I decided to give it a try first to their Day Serum, which I've been loving because the smooth texture and amazing moisture that it leaves on my face for at least 6 hours. I got to admit that the smell is not the most pleasant thing, but the truth is that pure Vitamin C doesn't smells nice. This Serum does the work better than I expected and it keeps your skin looking bright and alive.

2. Cover FX
I've been using the Power Play foundation for the last 6 months and I love to use it for going out at night or specially when I know I will have a long day because it literally lasts all day long! plus it's a full coverage foundation. I would say this is for dry to mixed skin because it can be a little bit oily after several hours once applied.
3. Youth To The People
I have used many of their products and these two are the best of all, I started with their Kale Cleanser which I didn't like because it caused my a lot of breakouts, my skin is super sensitive so I stopped using this one, but then I decided to give these two a try because their amazing ingredients, all natural. When I'm using a skincare product, the less chemicals the best. Always keep in mind to read the ingredients on the box and do your research before purchasing any product, I've found that so many products produce second effects that we don't see right away.
I usually use them both before going to bed and I like so much how smooth my skin feels the next day.

4. Origins
I got to say that all the products that I've tried from this brand has never disappointed me, first my favourite of all: the High-Potency Night-a-Mins leaves your face with the greatest moisture, the smell is amazing and I use it every single day during winter, it's leaves your skin super silky and soft for the next day.
If you suffer from hormonal breakouts their Clear improvement mask is a bliss for your skin, it dries your pimples and it control the sebum in your face so you definitely breakout less.
These products are not the cheapest ones, but definitely a great investment, you will see the results in less than a month.

5. Dior
The story behind this product below is kind of funny because I was not even going to buy it, I didn't thought that this micro-infused lotion was going to be that amazing until I decided to apply it in my hand when I was in the Dior counter.
The effect was immediate, to start, the texture that it left for 2 hours was like baby skin! incredibly soft and such a luxurious smell for your face... it made me buy it and thanks god I did.
The thing that I really love about Dior beauty is how long all their products tend to last, I've used their blush for at least 7 months and it still looks like new and same thing with the lotion below.



Hope this turns useful for you, if you have any other recommendations please let me know!
I'm a total skincare junkie.
x. Laura
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Saturday, September 8, 2018

How To Style The Crop Top Trend


I got to admit that back in the day, I use to hate crop tops because I had the idea that they looked cheap in most of the cases.
Later on, I started to research a little bit more of crop- tops in runways and then I found out, that I didn't hate them, I just hated the way that they were paired it with.

There is always a thin line of looking chic and classy or vulgar and sassy, and before wearing a crop top you need to get clear in mind what kind of look you want to style.
Personally, I feel crop tops look amazing with high waisted pieces plus they will make you slimmer! it could be matched either with a skirt, pants or shorts, I would not recommend a crop-top with low-cut jeans/shorts unless you are going to the beach or somewhere really really casual.
For this look, I went for lunch and then for a party and in both occasions I felt really well dressed, I just changed my accessories to give a different glimpse to my look.

Shop the look here:

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

An Instagrammable Ice Cream Store You Need to Visit in Vancouver



One of the things I enjoy the most of living in Vancouver is how versatile is this city when it comes to restaurants.
Last week, I had the chance to visit this gorgeous and delicious place called La Glace. 
To be clear, I'm not sponsoring this place or anything. I just went with a friend on a Sunday afternoon were the weather was calling for an ice cream (and after doing a pre-research of ice cream places around us)

My first impression was how pretty was this place inside and outside! To start, the decoration is all white with gold and delicate tones of green mint on the walls.
Now, speaking of their menu.. Ugh! the best cookie ice cream I've ever had in ages! I ordered this cookie in the pretzel ice cream flavour,  I loved it so much that I wanted another one.
My friend went for a dark chocolate cone and it was really good too, the consistency was like a chewy brownie but with ice cream.. I mean I can't even explain it.

If you are in Vancouver or planning to visit and you love taking pictures, this is definitely a place you need to stop by, they're located in 2785 west 16th ave, prices are fair, they also have vegan options (which is great!) and all of their flavours are artisan/handmade.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Where to Shop in Vancouver?



Good morning everyone! Today I wanted to share some of my favorite places to shop in Vancouver.
I know I've said this before, but my favorite thing is to match vintage pieces with new trends. I think this will always make you look super stylish and different from the rest. 
When it comes to shopping, I love strolling around downtown Vancouver, here is where I get to shop all my clothes (the rest I buy it online)

My two favorites ones I would say they're Couturist located in Robson (my outfit here is from them).
I love this store because they always showcase designers from all around the world and they don't sell a larger quantity of the same item which makes them more exclusive.

Second, Club Monaco has always had the classic-chic style that I'm really attracted to and then when I want to shop around the city I love to go to south of Granville where they have amazing and very unique boutiques, to be honest I don't know any specific name just because I'm not a regular shopper in any, I just love to hunt things that really caught my eye and that I won't see in anywhere else. For the price, I would say 50% of them they're super affordable and the rest is a little bit more high-end, so whatever your budget is you will find something here.

Also, while you walk around Yaletown you will find so many stores, these ones are a bit more pricey than the ones in S. of Granville, obviously the location is part of the price, but the stores in here bring the most exclusive collections of all designers worldwide. I really enjoy the plan of going shopping with no store in mind because I always end up finding amazing and unique items, you just need to seek and find.

Have fun shopping in Vancouver!
x. Laura



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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tanned Legs In 5 Minutes

I feel like being tanned is one of those blessings you can only get once in a year. Fortunately, this product arrived in my hands recently and to be honest I didn't have too much hope in it because I've tried other tanners before and they literally did nothing! I didn't have high expectations, but it amazed me when I found out that from the first time I used it I saw the changes immediately. 

First, I started applying it only in my legs, but now I used it for my stomach, my butt, my arms.. in everything, mostly.
Another thing I love is that it moisturizes your skin while it gives a tan, the smell is nice, the only thing you really need to be careful on is that it can stain your cloth if you apply it somewhere close to your shorts or whatever you are wearing because it happened to me while I was wearing other white shorts, but the good thing is that it's totally removable so it's not a big deal.


Thank you all for reading
x. Laura
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