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Preventative Aging with Silk'n Titan



As I get older, I continue to look for remedies to fight aging. I don't have many wrinkles yet as I'm only in my late 20's, but there's no better time to start using products to prevent aging. Since I plan to age gracefully, I currently use a handful of different skincare products to help with wrinkles, texture and pigmentation including retinol, hyluronic acid and vitamin c.

I was approached by Silk'n to try out the Silk'n Titan anti-aging device I wasn't sure what to expect. I have never done any type of spa treatment for aging other than my typical skincare routine. I wondered if this little device would be able to pack a punch and live up to its promises.


The Silk'n Titan is meant to seek out damaged skin tissue and strengthen it. It uses Bi-Polar RF energy, LED light energy and IR heat energy to stimulate cell renewal and produce collagen. You can use the Titan on all areas of the face and neck to naturally repair your skin from the inside out. It feels like a warm massage for your face.

The technology behind the device is solid and I was excited to try it out! For my first treatment, I targetted my smile lines and cheeks. I immediately noticed that my skin was tighter and the texture was more radiant. I have been using the Silk'n Titan on a regular basis to smooth out my skin and I'm so excited to have discovered this awesome device!




* This post was sponsored by Silk'n, but all opinions are my own

Swimwear Essentials with La Vie En Rose

La Vie En Rose One-piece Swimwear

If there's one item of clothing that I collect, it's definitely swimsuits. I have a drawer dedicated to all of the swimwear I've amassed over the years. Even though I only have the opportunity to wear a bathing suit for a few months in moody Vancouver, I can't stop myself from buying new suits. I grew up across the street from the lake and lived in my swimwear all summer long. This mindset has never left and, I often find myself dreaming of all the sunny beachy places I could travel to - swimwear in tow.

My swimsuit obsession and collection has grown since discovering La Vie En Rose's affordable and cute swimwear. I have been a fan of La Vie En Rose's intimates for years, but never owned any of their swimwear. La Vie En Rose is a family owned Canadian company that values women and helps them grow professionally and personally. Their Roses of Hope Foundation is amazing and support the well being of Canadian women. I love supporting companies that have great products and give back. Now I can look cute while chilling poolside and feel good about where I'm spending my money.

Check out some of my favourite swimsuits from La Vie En Rose!

Low Back One-Piece Swimsuit - Bonus it's reversible!

La Vie En Rose One-piece Swimwear


La Vie En Rose One-piece Swimwear





La Vie En Rose One-piece Swimwear



Photography provided by the lovely Lesa Astifo.

*Swimsuits were provided by La Vie En Rose, but all opinions are my own.

Tried and Tested Hair Products


This has been a highly requested post and I am excited to share my favorite hair products!

As a blonde that tries to prolong visits to the hair salon, I do my best to take care of my hair and use products that will keep my hair looking and feeling great. I genuinely wanted to share how I feel about my favourite products, so keep reading to hear more about my top hair care items.

Favorite Everyday Shampoo and Conditioner

I recently discovered Function of Beauty through a targetted Facebook ad, and they totally got me. They make custom shampoo and conditioners based on your hair type. You fill out a quiz about your hair type and they add the ingredients to best reach your hair goals. You can even pick your preferred scent and colours! They customize your bottles to put your name on them and you can add pumps for the bottles. See the photo above. I have tried them twice and I'm super happy with the way my hair looks and feels post-shower.

The Best Purple Shampoo

I have tried multiple purple shampoos to keep my hair from looking brassy and let me tell you it has been a journey to find one that I love. Some of my favorites have been the Lush Daddy-O, but I found it didn't quite give me the ashy look I was going for. Milkshake also has a fantastic purple shampoo and it works really well. I recently picked up the Kristen Ess The One shampoo at Target and I'm hooked. It is by far the best at making my hair feel clean and totally takes out any brass in my hair. It's inexpensive and works SO great! You can get Kristen Ess' hair care from Well.ca as well!

Top Hair Oil's

I had been using the Redavid Orchid hair oil, which is amazing and recently switch over to Loma Nourishing Hair Oil. Both are fantastic and are very similar. Loma is chalked full of anti-oxidants and protects your hair against heat damage. It also smells like candy and speeds up drying time after using it when you get out of the shower. I also use Ouai's Volumizing spray before I put on my hair oil and it helps add some extra volume before

The Best Dry Shampoo

I have tried a multitude of different dry shampoos from natural to aerosol. Having thin hair my hair looks oily pretty quickly and I usually wash my hair every other day. My best friend introduced me the Batiste XXL Volume dry shampoo and I can go an extra two days without washing my hair! I have tried other Batiste dry shampoos, but haven't found one that I truely love until the XXL volume. I highly suggest it!

Great Hairspray

I usually rotate between two different hairsprays that I buy consistently. I really like the Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray and the Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Hairspray. They both smell great and have a pretty good amount of hold without weighing down my hair. I use this when I wear my hair pulled back in a bun or on my freshly curled locks.



*I was gifted product from Function of Beauty, but all other products were purchased and the reviews are 100% my honest opinion.

24 Hours in Seattle

I am a huge fan of quick weekend trips! We are super lucky in Vancouver to have so many great destinations only a few hours away. I travelled to Seattle back in December and knew I needed to come back with a few girlfriends. With a sunny weekend ahead of us we loaded up the car, curated a playlist and drove 229 km across the border for a fun weekend in Seattle! Keep reading to hear where we stayed, where we ate (and drank) and shopped!


Where to stay

When planning this trip we searched a dozen Seattle hotels before landing on the Motif. We wanted to stay somewhere central, close to both Pike Place Market and Capitol Hill. When we arrived at the Motif hotel we were greeted, instantly offered a welcome glass of wine (they earned brownie points for that one) and some great recommendations for where we should go for dinner. For a 4 star hotel, we were very impressed with the level of service and the spacious room! The lobby decor was quite modern and this extended into the rooms as well. There was a Bluetooth speaker which we definitely used to pump us up for a night out. I would highly recommend the Motif hotel for a girls night in Seattle!


Where to Eat

There are SO many great restaurant options in Seattle. We basically spent 24 hours eating, drinking and visiting as many fun spots as we could. For fun Seattle restaurants and bars here are my top places:

Pike Place
Cutters Crabhouse - Right beside Pike Place Market, Cutters has a fantastic view of the water and of the Great Wheel. We went to Cutters for brunch and were not disappointed by their massive Bloody Mary's and menu. They make their Bloody Mary mix from scratch and it almost tasted like a Caesar. I had the Cutter's Benedict with crab and it was rich and so delicious! If their dinner is anything like their brunch, I'm sure it would be fantastic!

Indi - Have you ever had an egg cream coffee? It's a fizzy coffee drink and I've never had anything like it! This little cafe is at the bottom of Pike Place market and is in the same area as a brewery and a biscuit shop. They have the most amazing chocolate-based drinks and even make a rose chocolate body lotion, which I am kicking myself for not buying!

Capitol Hill
Rumba - We found Rumba when looking for happy hour spots in Capitol Hill. Little did we know how much of a treat it would be. The fun teal decor and Carribean vibes are surprisingly sophisticated along with their cocktails. The drinks are strong rum-based & fantastic happy hour!

Foreign National - While walking up the street a doorman poked his head out the door and said "are you looking for Foreign National?" We don't know how he knew, but we were quickly brought to a table in this cozy little speakeasy. We were shocked by the long list of interesting cocktails. Emily had one with a sprig of dill in it and it was SO tasty. Make sure you check out the bathroom for dreamy pink and vintage vibes!

Optimism Brewing - A fun brewery with picnic tables, giant UNO and no tipping! They had quite the selection of beers at this dog-friendly brewery. The Partly Sunny and B.E. Juicy were delicious, but I love me a good IPA! They have different food trucks in their courtyard every day as well.

Ballard
The Matador - The last time I was in Seattle we went to the Matador for late night happy hour. They have great inexpensive tacos and guac! Who can say no to that!

What to do

From the gum wall, shopping to the underground tour, we could have spent a week exploring the city! I'm a big fan of walkable cities and we didn't take a single cab or Uber the whole trip. We walked up into Capitol Hill the first day and popped our head into a few different shops between cocktails.

Here are some fun things to do in Seattle:
- Grab a coffee from the original Starbucks
- Pop into Piroshky Piroshky for some delicious Russian baked goods
- Walk through Post Alley and grab a bite to eat
- Buy flowers from Pike Place Market
- Walk through the different shops in the market
- Head up to the urban garden on the roof at Pike Place to take in the views
- Grab some cheese from Beecher's
- If you're in Seattle on the first Thursday of the month, all museums have free admission!

We had a blast in Seattle! What are some of your favourite spots in the city? leave them in the comments!





*This post was in no way sponsored and all opinions are my own.

TRAVEL GUIDE: Downtown Los Angeles


If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that I just got back from a fun-filled adventure in Los Angeles. This trip my Husband and I stuck to the downtown arts district. Downtown Los Angeles is going through a resurgence and there are some really amazing shops, restaurants and things to do in the area!

We managed to avoid a lot of the popular tourist destinations on this trip and had a great time exploring. We did spend a Saturday at Universal Studios, which was a fantastic experience. The main attraction of the trip was to go see Glen Hansard (he wrote the musical Once) at the Disney concert hall and to go watch the Vancouver Canucks play the LA Kings.

Follow along as I take you to some of my favourite things to do and see in Los Angeles as well as some tips for taking advantage of Universal Studios as an adult!


Where to Stay

We usually like to stay at Airbnb's when we travel to new cities, but we decided to go with a hotel for this trip. We chose the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. We have both visited the Ace Hotel in Portland to grab a coffee from Stumptown and have always wanted to experience a stay in one of their hotels. Hotels.com had a great deal and were so excited for our stay!

The Ace Hotel Los Angeles has only been open since 2014 and was previously the Maverick film studios building. Each room has random quotes from the film industry throughout the years and our room even had an acoustic guitar and sheet paper!

The rooftop pool and bar "Upstairs" is the main attraction of the hotel. It has fabulous views of downtown and they also have a happy hour!


Where to Eat

Eating is my favourite thing to do on vacation, so I have quite a few great restaurant recommendations!

Breakfast / Brunch

Grand Central Market
Grand Central Market is perfect for breakfast or lunch. It is fun to walk around and check out all the vendors. Filled with everything from sushi to tacos and candy to cheese, there's plenty of variety. We tried Horse Theif for lunch for some delicious southern food and Eggslut for breakfast. I was super excited to try Eggslut as I only heard awesome reviews. Their bacon, egg and cheese sandwich is so simple, but the best breakfast sandwich I've ever tasted!



Blu Jam
Blu Jam is located in the Spring Arcade Building, which is also a cool building. The building has some great cafes, restaurants and gelato shops! Blu Jam is a fantastic spot that sources only organic and local ingredients. There was plenty of options on the menu and the coffee was flowing!


Dinner

Best Girl
Best Girl is at the base of the Ace Hotel. We decided to grab dinner after arriving at the hotel and we were not disappointed! The had a great selection of local beers and the spicy pork ragu was phenomenal. The decor is also really cute with boho interiors and random illustrations of celebrities on the walls. I even purchased a Tshirt before we left!

Patina
We went to Patina before the concert. It is french fine dining located in the Disney Concert hall. We shared a delicious bottle of Pinot Noir from Stevenson Barrie. It was so good I took a picture of the label and have started searching for it back in Vancouver. Patina offers a three or five-course menu with plenty of options to choose from. They even have a selection of freshly baked bread that they brought over to us between courses. We told them we were celebrating our anniversary and they brought out a tray of extra sweets with a handwritten note from the chef as well. Patina was a great experience!

We also ate at Shake Shack for burgers and shakes! Shake Shack is a must-do since we don't have it up in Vancouver!

Cocktails

There are plenty of great spots for cocktails in downtown LA. We spent our evenings at the concert and hockey game, but we did hit up a few great spots for cocktails!

Freehand is a chill lobby bar with lots of greenery! They also have free wifi and great small bites. We didn't have time to check out the rooftop since it was raining, but it's supposed to be lots of fun!

Upstairs located on the roof of the Ace Hotel. It has great views with firepits and amazing handcrafted cocktails.


What to Do

The Last Bookstore
We stumbled upon this bookstore and we were shocked at how cool it was! Cam has a soft spot for reading so he was in heaven. They have a massive selection of rare books and sell artwork & records as well. The upstairs section is like a maze with a tunnel of books and sections organized by colour. I highly recommend spending a few hours in here!


ROW DTLA
We found this spot on our last day. It's an outdoor mall of unique shops and food trucks. It was still pretty new with quite a few empty storefronts, but after speaking to one of the shop owners they mentioned that there are new tenants moving in all the time. It's an artsy warehouse district with pedestrian-only traffic. There are quite a few Instagram worthy spots in the area as well.



Universal Studios

We landed in LA on a Friday and decided last minute to purchase tickets to Universal Studios. It was supposed to be cold and rainy on a Saturday and we figured we would avoid the crowds, which we definitely did! Here are a few tips for visiting Universal Studios.

1. Buy your tickets online beforehand to save a few bucks!
2. You can bring your own snacks and water into the park. We picked up coffee and breakfast before grabbing an Uber and heading over. They let us bring in our coffees and said we were welcome to bring in snacks. I highly recommend this as food is highly overpriced in the park.
3. Head to Hogsmead for the Harry Potter rides between 8 and 9am. These open before the rest of the park and the lines are shortest in the morning.
4. Grab beverages before waiting in line for the rides. Almost all the restaurants serve beer so you can have a little fun while waiting in line.
5. Try butterbeer! It was SO delicious!



If you've ever been to LA share your favourite spots in the comments for our next visit!

*This post was not sponsored and all opinions are my own


My Favourite Functional Accessories

I am fairly selective and when it comes to the accessories I choose to wear. You will never find me wearing a chunky necklace with massive earings and a flashy clutch. Mostly because that's not my style, but also because if it doesn't serve a purpose I likely won't be caught wearing it. I believe that accessories can be minimalistic, yet still make a statement.

I have decided to round up some of my favourite cute and functional accessories to share with you!


WATCHES

First up are watches! I love a watch that makes a subtle statement and adds to an outfit. When I was younger I remember a few of my friends had Daniel Wellington watches and I admired how cute yet clasy they were. Fast foward to this last year and I was gifted the Daniel Wellington Classic Petite Ashfield watch. I love how dainty and versitile it is and that I can easily tell time without pulling out my phone!

Use code GLASSOFSTYLE for 15% off a Daniel Wellington watch of your own

One of my other watches that I wear on the daily is my Apple watch. My husband gifted me an Apple Watch for Christmas (thanks babe) and I am still discovering the amazing features. It helps me track my workouts and so much more! I discovered Case Station recently and was able to customize a fashionable watch strap for my Apple watch! Check them out!

Here are some of my favourite watches:



BAGS

I carry my computer with me everywhere so I need something a bit bigger than a tote for my day to day. I like a bag that is big enough to hold all of the essentials: water bottle, camera, computer and lipgloss. I think purses can be a huge asset to any outfit and help us to carry all of the necessities. The bag I have been using recently is the Portovino wine purse, which also has an insulated pouch to insert a bag of wine... I've been carrying this everyday (sans wine) and it is a fantastic bag and gift! See below for more of my top bag choices:




GLASSES / SUNGLASSES

I have been wearing glasses for the last five years. My day job is for online eyewear provider Clearly.ca and Coastal.com managing influencer relationships. I have acquired a plethora of glasses which totally helps up my eyewear game. Glasses are still an under appreciated accesory and can make or break your look. I think glasses and sunglasses are the ultimate functional fashion accessory as they serve two different purposes: for protection and for style. As an eyewear expert, I've included some of my favourite affordable glasses frames:


PHONE CASES


Our phones have become a part of our outfits as we have our faces glued to them for majority of our waking hours. A phone case is essential in not only protecting our most coveted accessory, but also for style. I usually have 2 iPhone cases in rotation at any given time.





What are your favourite accessories that serve a functional purpose? I would love to hear what you can't live without in the comments!

*Disclaimer: There are affiliate links in this post. I was gifted some of the items on this list, but all opinions are my own.

Holiday Shoe Style with ECCO


So far this season I've talked about a few holiday outfits that I adore, get ready because today it's all about the shoes! I'm a sucker for comfort and will definitely not sacrifice comfort for style. Thankfully ECCO has created some beautifully designed shoes that I can't get enough of! We have paired up with them to share some easy to style looks to wear over the holidays.


The first pair above is the ECCO Shape 75 Block Slip On's. I'm obsessed with this low cut style that resembles a bootie, but is actually a slip-on heel. Pointed toe shoes can be tough for me to pull off and I find they usually make my feet look too long or squish my toes, but these are flattering and super comfortable! ECCO's shoes are Danish designed and made from premium leather, which screams quality. They are perfect for everyday wear and also to dress up with a pair of jeans and a cozy sweater.

Scroll down to see my second look!

Outfit Details
Sweater (sold out) | Pants | Shoes | Glasses





This second look was perfect while shopping on Granville Island over the weekend. I enjoy a low heel to wear every day as I'm pretty tall, so these are great to wear to work or while walking around the shops. I dressed up the ECCO Shape 45 pointy block shoes by wearing them with a mini skirt a cream jacket, a pop of red and my favourite toque! This look is perfect for Christmas festivities and your feet will be snug, not sore.



Outfit details:



In collaboration with ECCO. The points articulated above are personal opinions, and are not those of ECCO.

Trend Alert: Star Print


While shopping, my eyes scan the racks (or web pages) and usually land on clothing that is neutral and monochromatic. I tend to gravitate to fairly simple prints and if I do pick a pattern it needs to be easy to pair with the rest of my wardrobe. Insert the star print. It's an effortless trend that is not too bright or too bold (if done right).

I fell in love with this celestial dress as I was perusing one of my favourite online stores, Boohoo. The galaxy-inspired print adds a bit of fun without being too extra. The fit is extremely flattering with a false wrap surplice and loose bell sleeves. It pairs extremely well with a pair of black booties and a cropped jean jacket. With holiday parties arriving quickly it also comes in red!

Keep scrolling to see how I wore this star dress and see more of my favourite star pieces!






Here are some of my favourite star printed items!





Photography by Bolandia