Category Archives: Travel

Beauty || Tips & Tricks || A France Trip Recap with @VichyCanada || #partner

If you followed along with my Instagram you know that I made such an amazing girls trip with my blogging bestie Bonjour Bliss Blog and Vichy. We jet set to France where we got to experience Vichy’s new product release Mineral89. Without giving away too much about the product I will say I am excited to see a mineral water based beauty serum hit the market that contains  89% thermal water! I will be sharing more product details as I try it over the next month or so, I’ll share my progress closer to the release date which is mid June for Canada. Head to my Instagram and scroll my feed if you missed the trip highlights, there were quite a few gorgeous moments you don’t want to miss.

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From helicopter rides to see the volcano where the thermal water originates to L’Oreal factory visits, and of course a trip to the spa… we did it all in style with Vichy.

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The life tips and tricks that stood out for me were around the concept of all the environmental stresses we experience everyday: pesticides, stress, UV rays, pollution, bacteria and viruses to name just a few. I loved how Vichy shared easy ways to combat those factors and live the best life you can. The new Vichy Mineral89 release will contain 15 essential minerals and help strengthen our skin barrier. It can be used morning or night for that essential first step to hydrate and help skin retain the water it needs daily. They suggested cutting down on caffeine, sleeping 7 hours, and not hitting the snooze button. Splashing your face with cold water 5 times for energy and intensify the start to your day. It relaxes you by decreasing your heart rate, digestion increases and serotonin / endorphins are released in your body. It’s free and simple! Finally, the cold shower tip was amazing! You can burn up to 200 calories by taking a cold shower for 3 minutes. It tightens your tissues, increases immune defences and releases endorphins. Continue reading

Style & Travel || Vacation Wear || My 5 Favourite Maui Spots

When you go to Maui once a year, you start to develop some travel habits. You know where you NEED to go and places to avoid. For me I like to go to the 5 tried, tested and true favourites from there we like to try a few new spots… usually those are suggested by Maui repeat travel offenders. When you only have 8 days in paradise you don’t want a hit or miss process when it domes to getting our to dine and sip.

Here are my 5 favourite spots in Maui you need to try:

1) 5 Palms Restaurant: Located on the white beaches of Keawakapu coastline, this eatery is a long standing hot spot for amazing sips, appetizers and views. They have a famous Happy Hour, either go early or late. From 3pm to 9pm, they feature a discounted menu of eats and drinks. Plus, you can take in the sunset! This fills up FAST, so going early is the key to getting in on a discounted food and drink experience for the sunset. Or go late, from 9- 10pm they have a sushi promo that is not to be missed.

Menu favourites include: Korean chicken wings, ANY sushi, and the Mai Tai.

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2) Paia Fish Market: Now has three locations sprinkled throughout the island, so it’s hard not to try it. This casual food experience is all about the amazing fish dishes and seasoning options. Perfect as a midday snack or lunch spot when you’ve spend the day at the beach.

Menu Favourites Include: Fresh Catch Plates including the Mahi Mahi prepared Cajun style, fish tacos and New England Clam Chowder.

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3) Flat Bread Company: Located in the cute surf town of Paia, which is worth the drive for the boutique shopping alone, this locally soured ingredient pizza experience is a must for any Maui visitor. I love that the majority of the ingredients are not only local but organic! Casual dining environment that is completely family friendly is a big sell for us but the taste is a foodie’s dream as well.

Menu Favourites Include: Champagne Cocktails, Local Beer Selection and the Pulled Pork Pizza.

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4) Lahaina Fish Co. Restaurant: located in the middle of the main Lahaina coastal shopping stripe, this restaurant has a massive menu and boosts gorgeous water views. Plus it has a very affordable kids menu for little Maui travellers.

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Style || Vacation Style 101 || Easy breezy fashion & beauty guide to packing

In the past I’ll admit I was an over packer! Now that I travel quite often I’ve started to pick up a few tricks along the way. On a tropical vacation I will pack two statement pieces that can be dressed up or down. One of them for this trip to Maui was this silk jumpsuit from J.Crew. Perfect for an easy breezy afternoon of strolling the markets but can easily be dressed up with a heel, bold bright lipstick and my hair down for an evening dinner out.

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We all know I’m a beauty junkie but less is more when it comes to packing product for a trip. I like to focus on the basics ensuring I pack product that have impact and duel purpose.

For daytime, I packed my favourite Olay eye cream and it doubled as my full face cream for the trip. An easy brow palette and shaping kit by Benefit. Plus a highlighting palette from Hourglass, not only did I use this one for my face but it also doubled as eyeshadow. Finally, for night I add a full coverage foundation and several lipstick shades.

For my hair I used Invisibobble traceless hair rings to do effortless undo’s without bobby pins. Plus, these ties do not leave kinks in your hair so I could easily take your hair down for dinner at night. I love a good beach spray too.

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Shoes are your enemy when packing light. They take up tons of space and most are heavy. I packed 1 heel in a neutral, these metallic flats and I wore a sneaker on the plane. Think day, night and activewear. And if you keep these picks in the metallic or neutral range you are golden.

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Don’t pack hats! I scored this one at a market for $12. Don’t pack shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Just pay a visit to grocery store and purchase some once you are there… commit to affordable choices that you will leave behind.

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Lifestyle || Vacation Wear Poolside || A @Swimzip giveaway!

I first saw Swimzip on ABC’s Shark Tank, that television appearance completely peaked my interest in this company. I’ve struggled on vacation with heat rashes myself, and since I experience extreme effects of sun exposure I’ve been vigilante on protecting my family from the harmful effects of the sun. Swimzip has created UPF 50+ Sun Protective Clothing for toddlers, women, and men. I love the long sleeve sunsuits and sun hat for babies, toddlers, and kids. If swimsuits isn;t your thing, SwimZip carries the ever so popular round  circle towels. A great way to stay warm and dry by the beach, pool, or ocean.UV protected toddler wear swim suit swim zip shark tank UV protected toddler wear swim suit swim zip shark tank UV protected toddler wear swim suit swim zip shark tank UV protected toddler wear swim suit swim zip shark tank Continue reading

Lifestyle || Local || Life in HD with @HarleyCanada

About last night, if you missed it Harley-Davidson hosted a party at The Pint. The amazing make-up artist Jenna Nicole did a special Harley-Davidson inspired smokey eye on patrons throughout the evening. They even had Correnti Cigars flown in from Toronto to teach people how to properly roll a cigar. It was quite the party, definitely Life In HD. 20170112-EHA_9240 20170112-EHA_9274

If you missed it don’t fret, you can get your Harley-Davidson fix at the Motorcycle show this weekend happening Friday through Sunday at Edmonton’s Northlands Expo Centre. Continue reading