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Fall Favourites || People, Places & Things

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It has been such a busy season, maybe because Autumn is my all time favourite. I always try to jam pack it full with everything Fall has to offer. Lately on Instagram I’ve had so many questions on my stories about the day-to-day lifestyle choices we’ve been loving. From shopping to the spa… you’ve been asking!  I’m going to try my best to start sharing my picks from routines that stood out to our family.

Here’s my September Love It List:

Hansen Pumpkin Spice Liquor: (Local Edmonton Love) This on ice is definitely Fall in a cup. If you haven’t tried it they’ve restocked for the season but it is a limited edition item that goes fast! Fill up your cup and support this amazing local distillery.

Cloud 9 Pajamas: (Local and Canada wide online)  I’ve paid several visits already to my favourite cozy essentials store. The name says it all, it’s a must stop shop for heavenly sleep and lounge wear. With the holidays around the corner and the cool crisp weather… everyone needs come cozy in their life.

H&M Kids at Kingsway Garden Mall: Scored the kids head to toe looks for Fall including that adorable bunny sweater.

Pura: (Local and Canada wide online): their new flagship on 124st is the ultimate experience of luxurious beauty. From the design of the space itself, to the testing wall of all my Pura favorites. Just to name a few the ENTIRE mask section and the baby massage oil are some of my favourites to note.

Soft Moc: Until October 15th score 15% off your entire online ordering… including sake items! I scored Hunter boots for the family. couponkira15off

Lipstick Empire: custom peel protoco, this season treat your skin to exactly what YOUR skin needs. They work with your skin type and goals to customize the perfect peel routine for the fall. And did I mention it smells like a Pumpkin Spice Latte! See their site for more details.

Funky Petals: everyone needs an amazing florist in their life! They create this custom arrangement from 2 Pinterest photos I found… completely creating my vision. They also have tons of prearranges flowers instore you can take home.

Dallas Curow: although I have a lot of photos taken of our family, it’s usually for a ad campaign for a brand. I rarely have photos of all of us or sans ad imagery. Luckily Dallas is offering at home family sessions. It was amazing to have her some and rage photos in our natural habitat. REAL photos. We racked leaves, played with toys inside and let the kids take a bubble bath. And she captured it all. I highly recommend this type of session, you will get so many gems in there that are memories worth printing or putting on a holiday card.

 

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Travel || Radium British Columbia || Bighorn Meadows Resort #Sponsor

8DD6C0C3-CD6A-4425-849A-1DD2A7AC2201As you may have seen on my Instagram a week ago, we had the pleasure of staying at The Residences at Bighorn Meadows Resort in Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia. They are a collection of 44 vacation homes for sale, boasting cozy interiors, fantastic views, and an abundance of recreational activities right at your doorstep. We took a family friendly hike, followed by lunch at the cutest Mexican restaurant and finally a swim at the popular Radium Hot springs. Whether you’re looking to own a vacation home for weekend getaways with the family, or purchasing a rental income property, The Residences at Bighorn Meadows are the perfect investment.

B5BF0308-FDEC-418A-9C13-1CFB864245A1Bighorn Meadows Resort is unique in that it offers luxury and comfort while maintaining highly competitive rates in a breathtaking area of the Columbia Valley. Situated on an expansive 9-acre site surrounded by the prestigious Springs Golf Course, Bighorn Meadows is a resort community that provides the comforts of home while setting you worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of city life. Bighorn Meadows has sold out of ten phases, and is a second home to over 1000 families. Phase 1-10 have sold out, and Phase 11 of these incredible duplex vacation homes are now available for sale. Over 80% of their buyers are from Alberta, and I can see why, it’s such a beautiful area of BC with lots of recreational activities right at your doorstep. Another great plus is that these vacation homes are in an area of BC that are speculation tax exempt. If you’re an Albertan looking for a great vacation getaway home, you don’t have to worry about that tax.

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Help Food Banks of Canada End Summer Hunger With The #SummerHungerChallenge

NS-169With close to one million Canadians in need of food banks during the summer months, while the winter holidays are the traditional season of giving, food banks also need support in the summer. Food insecurity doesn’t take a summer break. Food bank organizations across Canada are relying on the support of donors to help end summer hunger.

The Every Plate Full began on May 28 and aims to raise awareness and donations to fill this seasonal gap. Are you up for the challenge? Are you up for the challenge? Could you feed yourself on just $1.00 a day? This is something food banks can do thanks to their partnerships with sponsors across the country, and the strong purchasing power they hold.

At food banks across the country, a $1 donation provides three meals.We challenge Canadians to feed themselves on $1 a day. Need ideas? Check out www.everyplatefull.ca to get you started, and even if you can’t make it work share your story on social media. Word of mouth matters! Continue reading

Microbladed Brows || Before & After #beautytrend #yeg

I know you’ve definitely heard about this brow trend. I know I started seeing microbladed brow salons pop up about 5 years ago but it’s really gained popularity in the last two years. You’ll find the service offered at so many places now, which is always nice to see availablity. For myself, I couldn’t receive the treatment pregnant or breastfeeding, so I didn’t get to try this trend until recently. And in all honesty I was a bit hesitant, I LOVE brows. Plus, this is a razor cutting your skin, so I knew it would take me a while to find a repairable place for health and safety reasons. In my makeup routine, it’s easily one of my favorite steps daily. It took me a while to find a tech that did fine hair like strokes and a natural shape. I had see some “after” photos of brows and I knew I really wanted to get that natural hair like look opposed to the powered or tattooed brow look. I have full brows, so for me it was correcting a handful of trouble spots I have from over plucking in the early 2000’s. I visited Amber from Lipstick Empire here in Edmonton. I loved seeing her work ahead of time and I know she did the type of detail I wanted in this procedure. Below you’ll see one month after the treatment with minor makeup. Highlighter under the brow and a stroke of a pomade based brow pencil. This is for sure a process update, because I will go for a touch up at 6 months. I cant that appointment add more strokes and go darker with the colour if I choose.

Here are my tips and tricks with Lipstick Empire to help heal those brows post procedure:

 Tip #1: Research the place of business and the tech that will be doing your brows. Not all places and people are created equal. For health and safety reasons do your research… and for your brow look preference find a tech that fits your aesthetic and expected results.

Tip #2: Have realistic expectations of recovery time and what brows will look like after healing. As you can see below, it took me a full two weeks to have fully healed brows. And the colour of the strokes significantly faded from first day to a fully healed brow.

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#AD Emerald Green & Navy Blue OH MY! || LivingRoom Refresh with @TheBrick

I know that I’ve hinted at this transformation on my IG story and peeked your design interest a few weeks ago. I’m so excited for the final reveal of this living room transformation. This month I styled The Brick’s new Tatum sofa and loveseat to modernized my sister’s main living space: the family room. When I saw the stunning deep blue leather of the Tatum I knew I needed this stand out piece to work my design around. The clean modern lines are so classic and the wipeable leather is perfect for a family with children. I added the off-white Loft shag rug to make the space look large, airy and open. And paired the sofa with this stunning art piece I found in store at The Brick. As a forewarning, the art and mirror are not available online but they may be at a location near you. They get new accessories often, so I urge you to take a look at your local store. You never know what you could find.

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Once you’ve decluttered a place, I like to add back in little comforts to make the space warm and inviting. Pick a few pillows and throws that fit your design colours. Finally, add a plant or two. They clean the air and the greenery is an easy completer piece to complete the look of the room.

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Coffee Table: (The Brick Instore Find) || Silver Antler: (The Brick Instore Find) || Pillows & Knit Throw:  (The Brick Instore Find)

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I love pairing deep blues with accents of golds and emerald. It’s such a rich palette that easily pairs with dark wood flooring or brown brick. I picked up this gorgeous gold lantern in store from The Brick. Don’t be afraid to add some colour when purchasing furniture. It can add a statement to your room and create an unforgettable design palette.

Disclaimer: This post was paid by The Brick, but my thoughts and opinions remain my own.