life lately

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Happy Friday! I’ve been SO bad at blogging lately! Don’t lose faith in me! If you’re on Instagram and Snapchat with me (erincsousa), y0u’re up to date, and honestly, that’s where I share the most, so I hope you’ll pop over to join me.

Summer has been so busy and wonderful thus far! It was my birthday (this lemon vanilla cake from Sweet Bake Shop was beyond), our first anniversary, and there have been lots of fun outings and events to take part in. On top of that, and primarily, it’s been work. I’ve been so busy with clients – the business has really blown up and I’ve been having working so, so much.  For the later part of the summer, I’ll be heading to Osoyoos for a mini holiday before the summer ends at Watermark Resort, and to Pemberton for Araxi’s epic long table dinner, and staying at Summit Lodge in Whistler.  It will be really needed to get away for a bit, so I’m really looking forward to it!

 

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Deighton Cup is a day at the races, and I was so excited to wear a fancy lady hat – thanks so much, Hive Mind Hats!

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For our anniversary, I gifted Roberto a Hudson’s Bay blanket – he’s always wanted one. I say perfect for picnics, and he says he won’t let it touch the ground…

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Poolside content creation for a client – dying over this Barefoot Contessa romper and hat.

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Ava is too much. Especially in cute sunnies (from Barefoot Contessa)

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A business trip for Sparkle Media’s client Uptown Shopping Mall took us out to Victoria for a few days! This sunset was like nothing I’ve ever seen.

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Working anywhere has it’s perks, and sometime it’s from a hotel bed in Victoria.

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This oil is so lovely – it’s from Aerin’s fall collection! Estee Lauder is really doing some fun stuff for fall, and I was able to get a sneek peek at their fall launch.

things i love right now

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I always love to see what items others are loving right now, and I have a few things that I’m trying, loving, and just random things to tell you about!

Thoughtfully Magazine: If you’re in the U.S, you’ve seen this floating around in Whole Foods, and if you’re not, you can download a digital version, here. This is such a great magazine for everyone, especially those of us who want to live a more well-rounded healthy lifestyle. I was so thrilled to take part in the latest issue testing out natural deodorants. Flip through to find me!

Fresh Peony Brightening Night Mask: I came back from Hawaii with a really killer tan – while I was safe with the sunscreen, some damage still happened. I have a few dark spots that I’m looking forward to getting rid of. This product says it should work, but we shall see! Keep ya posted.

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Illesteva Sunnies: I love these sunnies! Shame that when they arrived they were crooked and I have to send them in for an exchange. I don’t want to let them go!

glossier Coconut balm dot com: Sucker for the packaging, the product is just as good. This entire line is fantastic – minimal, stylish, and effective.

Kypris Beauty Elixir: Seriously though, every woman needs a nourishing oil – it will replace your chemical based serum to hydrate AND heal. This one is my current fave for it’s potency. A dab will do ya!

spring shoe collection

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i’ve been on a bit of a shoe rampage lately, getting my little hands on quite a few pairs of flats. over the last years, i’m ALL about the flats. quite honestly, i find heels so fussy and downright uncomfy – i have places to be, and i’d prefer not to limp there. yes, i do the presto chango in the car if needed, but i feel like it’s my duty to build a vibrant collection of flats. see what i did there? that’s called justification. my spring shoe collection is definitely building.

phillip lim shoes

a fresh floral pair, a neon, and some d’orsay mixed fabric 3.1 phillip lim’s that i scored on super sale, and in my size, marked from $400 to $60, which was basically a unicorn.

these are all great price points, which balances out the rockstuds i also added to my closet!

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oh, and those sunnies, cute, huh? they are from barefoot contessa here in vancouver, and they are a cheap and cheerful luxe looking pair, wouldn’t ya say?

rockstuds on my gift lyst

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treating your friend to something special doesn’t happen often, so when jen of her waise choice asked me to partner with her and lyst to create a gal-entine’s day gift lyst for her, and her for me, i was totally into it! i hadn’t known much about lyst, but this platform is a definite time saver! lyst is an online shopping platform that partners with 9,000 brands to bring you millions of products to one place so you can have a universal hub to discover the fashion you covet.

jen created this lyst full of the things she’d think i would like (and was SPOT on!), and then chose one item to treat me to. i cannot believe that after years of stalking rockstuds, i have my very own pair. what a huge treat! knowing jen so well, i was able to put together a curated selection of items (called a gift lyst) from a variety of shops, and then chose a few to buy her that i knew she would love. it’s such an efficient way to not only shop for yourself, but others as well. since they can create a lyst to hint at what they might want, and then send you the link, i’m going to be hooked on the idea to sneak my ideas into my husband’s inbox. it’s a great little do-it-all shopping hub! luckily, lyst also alerts you when an in demand out of stock product is re-stocked, so you never have to waste time checking in.

curious what i treated jen to for ‘gal-intines’? pop over to her site to see what she got in the mail from me!

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ok, so the rockstuds – i mean, can you even? i’ve been obsessed with these beauties for years. i chose the flats because i knew i’d get a lot more wear out of them and to have a pair in my collection is a little fashion dream come true for me.

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my favourite things of 2014

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just like oprah, except you don’t get to keep anything and no free cars. sorry, guys! but hey, at least you get to snoop through my favourite things of 2014 that have made my year so much better. from my fave snack, to the kicks you can’t rip off of my feet, to the tunes R loathes that i love.

boom chika pop is a costco staple and isn’t organic, but is gmo free which is a must – lightly salted, and more on the healthier side than alternatives, i snack on this almost nightly || these converse kicks have been on my feet non-stop. they pair with everything from jeans, to skirts, to leggings and when paired with almost anything, instantly give a downtown vibe | me, like every other girl (and most of my friends) are obsessed with t. swift’s latest album (listen to ‘style’ and remember being young and stupid). i don’t even try to fight it || the 1975′s album was one of my faves of the year || my celine nano was a splurge, and well worth it – i use this crossbody bag almost daily | this target bar cart was so worth the cross border trip to pick it up. it adds serious style to our living room and i finally have somewhere to display my ample paper straw collection (ha) || i didn’t even know a completely natural mascara existed, and double didn’t know it would be my fave! || another costco find, i love the texture this sheepskin gives to our space (and my instgram photos) || perfect for the market, barefoot contessa ina garten has the same one! love using this as a tote. it’s so substantial.