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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. 

Drum Roll Please! || The First Monthly #MyBrickHome Winner || @TheBrick #sponsor

First off, if you don’t know what the #MyBrickHome contest is… here’s a quick run down if you’ve missed it on my previous posts. The #MyBrickHome contest by The Brick has a grand prize home shopping spree (up to $36,000), & monthly prizes! In a nut shell, take a product from The Brick, style it, snap a photo and post! Each month there will be mini prizes to be won… then a big prize at the end of 2018!

To enter simply follow these 3 simple steps: 1. Style your Brick product 2. Snap a great pic 3. Post with #MyBrickHome to Instagram and tag us @brickwarehouse. No purchase necessary. Contest ends December 31, 2018

I had the honour of being the first monthly guest judge. There were so many great entries, it was so difficult to narrow them down to my top 5 choices. Keep the entries coming! The new monthly time period for entering has begun. To see the first monthly winner announcement, head to The Brick’s Instagram page!

Looking to impress here are a few helpful hints to aide you while capturing your styled home decor moment.

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1. Shoot with plenty of natural indirect light. Then slightly brightened on your app before posting to instagram. A well lite photo is a great way for others to see all the details, textures and added touches you styled for that room shot.

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2. Declutter, arrange/ straighten the main furniture pieces in your room and finally add a few stylish accessories. Seasonal accents, books, candles, throws, pillows, trinkets. Add your personal style touch to complete that room.

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Style || Plaid Everything || An Easy everyday holiday look

Remember last week when I thought, “winter isn’t going to be too bad this Christmas.” Fast forward a few days, minus 30 with a wind chill… I guess I will only be wearing this look indoors or under a parka from here on in.

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Bag: Chloe || Jeans: J.Crew 

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Shirt: Old Navy || Boots: Cougar c/o

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Vest: Abercrombie

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Stackable Rings: Pandora c/o

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Lipstick: Lipstick Empire

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Gift Guide || My favourite stocking stuffers…

The season of giving continues with one of my last gift guides of the season! Can you believe Christmas is 5 days away! Statically, I know that over half of you are not done shopping… so here are a few note worthy goodies for the big day.


YEG Box: the perfect way to gift everything Edmonton. My fav Melt is included in this pretty curated box. You’ve got something for everybody.


How cute are these Heart Mitts from Preloved? I love a good Canadian company. Plus they reclaim vintage fabrics and repurpose them into new garments. You’ve gotta check them out!

For my makeup junkies, this eye palette called clover from Too Faced is incredible! Plus with every purchase a portion of the proceeds goes to helping animals. Love that!


Let’s talk hair, I lost ALOT after my pregnancy so I was so excited to find Phyto Paris. You need to check them out!


Now for some pretty little things: Berg Betts Watch (Sustainable Fashion) || New Tiffany Fragrance (Smells AMAZING)  || Marbled Candle by Flash Point  (Modern Look/ Perfect Scent) || Skinceuticals H. A intensifier (Skincare Must for all skin types)

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