wedding week beauty prep

wedding week beauty

calling all brides to be! leading up to my wedding, i was stressed about a lot of things, and one of them was definitely looking my best. there’s so much pressure to look like “the most beautiful bride ever” – glowing, ethereal, like the best version of yourself. no big deal, right?  read more…


spa package giveaway: chi at the shangri-la hotel

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if you’re a reader of this blog, you know giveaways don’t happen often around here. they have to be pretty amazing to be worth your time. well, this one i’m running on instagram sure is!

i spent some time with my hubby-to-be at shangri-la’s CHI spa over the weekend and had such an amazing time being pampered, simply relaxing and enjoying their divine pool. to celebrate the launch of their brand new sea therapy facial, i thought it would be fun to giveaway two pampering packages so you could enjoy a spa day with a friend or lovah, too!


what the prize includes:

two sea therapy facial packages which includes an aromatic steam shower to start, and sparkling wine following the treatment valued at $250 each

the giveaway is happening on instagram only, so click on over, and enter! choose a friend that you think could use a little TLC.

good luck – the winner will be chosen on monday july 21st.

my healthy hair recipe

healthy hair recipe

i’m constantly searching for the perfect shampoo and conditioner to get my wavy/curly/thick/fine/long/frizzy hair in check. yes, you read that right – in it’s natural state, my hair isn’t a lot of fun! i’ve talked a bit about my faves here and here, but this is the perfect combo for me currently.

the oribe shampoo and conditioner  smooth my hair, without any waxy buildup (if you’re in vancouver, i buy mine at eternal skin spa on robson which is the same place i get my laser treatments). it’s a bit of an investment, but anything for great hair in my books!

a little tip to keep the hair feeling clean: if you do find your hair strands feel heavy and are getting that yucky buildup, use a clarifying shampoo once a month or, as i do, plain old dish soap to reboot and rejuvenate.

i’m loving la bioesthetique’s luxury spa oil. it’s a fusion of exotic oils that smooths my strands without leaving them feeling or looking greasy. i simply use a drop as a finishing oil (after i curl or flatiron) to seal and shine.

simple! i’m not a product person – the less the better to let the hair health really ‘shine’ as opposed to layering on too many things.

so, what are you loving right now? do you have a secret healthy hair recipe to share?

how to: master light coloured nail varnish


i’ve had a thing lately for light pink on my fingers. whether it’s a closer to nude pink/beige, or my current personal fave, a tone that’s a little more on the mauve side of things, i’ve been wearing them nonstop. bonus: they bring out a tan!

lighter shades like these can be tricky to apply, since they streak, showing the texture more easily.


my tried and tested method to streak-free, properly covered, chip resistant nails on the go? read on to find out!

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the everygirl feature: radiant orchid beauty

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happy monday! over on the everygirl today, i’m talking spring and summer beauty and incorporating pantone’s current golden child, radiant orchid, into your beauty routine. bright and vibrant shades can defo be a little daunting, but  once you get past the trepidation, trying different finishes and forms of the bright shade can work so well.

it was a fun day with my lovely friends and peers alicia, jen and alex alongside taya photography (who i also worked with for the tamara taggart glitter guide feature).


if i could give one piece of advice here, it would be to have fun, and experiment… makeup washes off, so why not push your boundaries a bit? when we applied that bright mauve gloss to alex, we were astounded by how well it worked – you wouldn’t have imagined based on her skin tone and the vivid purple, but she’s been wearing it ever since.

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