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Sometimes you know a good thing, even when you spot it from afar. Strolling the streets of NYC in June may be my favourite thing; Not only is the weather in its prime, but the shops are buzzing with new designs and summer sales. When I stepped into the Soho Diane Von Furstenberg shop, this printed silk chiffon grabbed me, and then I fell in love with leopard all over again.

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This has quickly become a wedding themed dress, while I first wore it to Lennon’s friend’s wedding in June, and here during my sister’s rehearsal dinner this August in Toronto. By throwing a denim jacket on, the look was a little more casual. I love the movement this piece gives and its detailing. Who needs jewerly with gold link straps that go from front to back?

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{Diane Von Furstenberg dress, Levi’s jacket, Ray-Ban sunglasses}

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MANICURE MONDAY: zoya + saint germain

Decisions, decisions – I’m not very good at them. While opting for an at-home manicure last week this became ever more apparent when instead of one colour, I chose two. But who’s to say a girl can’t wear two (or more) complimentary lacquers. NOT ME.

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{Zoya in Bevin, Saint Germain in Sea Green}

The turquoise tones in these lacquers keep me coming back for more as blues & greens have come to be some of my favourite polishes.

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THE GOODS: murad essential-c day moisture spf

During my teenage years I was a sun goddess. I would literally time my tanning sessions – 15 minutes tanning my front, flip, 15 minutes tanning my back. Tanning oil, rarely with SPF, coated my skin, leaving me shining under the sun and drawing every UV ray towards my soon to be bronzed body. Don’t get me wrong, I still worship the sun, and angle my towel appropriately, rotating by the hour, but now I am much more conscious of the effects of sun damage.

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While some may argue that at the age of twenty-six, I should not be worrying about wrinkles and aging, I beg to differ and tell you that preventative measures always win. As someone who lives for drastic tan lines, I too know that the time has come to smarten up. With a few persistent friends, who have impeccable skin I should add, and now facing the California sun daily, I wear sunscreen on my face everyday. Even though I’ve been complaining about the temperate weather in San Fran, the UV rays here tend to be a little stronger. When at the beach I also ensure to wear SPF, applying at least 30 minutes before arrival.

Murad’s Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30, is my daily go-to for a light sunscreen that doesn’t irritate my eczema-prone, sensitive skin or leave an oily layer. The orange scented moisturizer is perfect for everyday (summer, fall, winter, and spring), keeping skin protected and full of antioxidants.

If there’s one thing I know I will not regret doing on the daily, it’s using a sunscreen on my face. Trust me, or come talk to me in 25 years when I’m (hopefully, mostly) wrinkle free!

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SUMMER, finally

Who knew you had to leave California to find summer? My latest stopover in Toronto had me thankful for the overbearing temperatures.

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Since moving to San Francisco in May – when a typical Canadian summer would start – I’ve been told that summer blooms late here. We’re talking summer weather in September and October. With a few visits back to Toronto over the last few months, I’ve been lucky enough to find the hot heat, making my trips all the more desirable. So Canada, with all the complaining we do about unpredictable winters, I’m here to tell you, we’ve got some of the best summers around.

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{Aritzia sweater, Zara lace shorts, André booties, Ray-Ban aviators}

I’ll be keeping my summer wardrobe handy for SF’s upcoming heat. Have you moved onto fall yet?

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THE GOODS: benefit gimme brow

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Bold brows have become somewhat of an obsession to myself, and a few close friends in my life. We’ve gone as far as convincing men/boys to compliment their girlfriends on their eyebrows, because we put a lot of work into these babies! If these girls do not give you a compliment on your brows, you know something is up.

While my dream brow is not (naturally) attainable, I’d say I’m pretty happy with the boldness of my brows. With a little help from Benefit Gimme Brow, I call this the Sunday brow, as I personally prefer a stronger look day to day.

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First, brush brows upward to accentuate your natural shape. Eyebrow enhancing is usually the second last step in my makeup routine, just before bronzer and blush.

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Using the Gimme Brow wand (I’m using Medium/Deep), stroke in an upward motion over the brows, starting nearest the nose. The gel formula keeps each hair in place, and acts to volumize as well. For thinner areas, use the tip of the wand to draw the color on precisely. For a deeper color apply two coats of the gel.

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The final look is a more filled in, voluminous brow, that’s perfect for someone looking for a slight pop. Do you fill in your brows or go au naturel?

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nyc SUMMER TRIPS

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Living in San Francisco isn’t all sunshine and heat waves like the California most Canadians dream of. The average year round temperature is 17-22 degrees Celsius (don’t ask me about Fahrenheit yet), but temperatures plummet in the evening. Being used to hot Ontario summers where short hemlines last through the night, you can typically hear me advertising how cold I am.

Keeping with tradition, I decided to elongate a trip home by stopping by NYC first for a visit with one of my oldest friends. Something about New York in the summer, I cannot get enough of. Though the humidity took my breath away upon arrival, I was happy taking in the hot hot heat, while dewy-faced New Yorkers were completely over it. To further our tradition, it was also mandatory to visit Brooklyn by bike, this time with Charlie in tow!

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{Urban Outfitters dress – similar, Rag & Bone hat, Dolce Vita sandals, Prada sunglasses}

If I’m a California Gurl, I gotta say, I may be more of the SoCal type. Do you have any summer vacation traditions?

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ONCE UPON a TIME in SF

Two and half months have passed and I’m slowly adjusting to living in San Francisco, California. Remember this little story? Well to be honest, at the point of sharing this blog post, I was more than 50% certain I’d be leaving Toronto to see if me, SF, and a special man, could make it in America.

More SF stories to come in detail, but for now here’s something to wet your palate.

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the CANADIAN TUXEDO

(Note: we’ve resorted to taking photos in the office. Last week was far too cold to venture outdoors.)

In terms of the winter weather we are experiencing, this Canadian tuxedo seems quite appropriate for a casual Friday Thursday. Lately, I seem to be dressing up more on Fridays than the rest of the week – being on the social media side of PR means I don’t need to meet with clients everyday, thus much more casual attire. Whether you want to celebrate our great nation, or just pretend you’re in a Madewell lookbook, this is a classic look that I can’t get away from. P.S. Everytime I wear all denim, I think of this Jersey Shore moment

My coworker gave me a lead that Winners had a great pair of flats in my size, instead however I opted for a classic black suede Nine West pump. I’ve always been pleased with any Nine West shoe I have placed on my foot, they fit true to size and more often than not, do not need breaking in.

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{H&M denim shirt, Urban Outfitters Jeans, Nine West Pumps}

The black jean is much more prevalent in my wardrobe, but there’s something to be said about a classic blue denim, isn’t there?

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#100HAPPYDAYS

It can be hard to stop and smell the roses, but more and more ‘as I grow up‘ I recognize the importance of building my awareness of the things that make me happy. I was never really one to respond “I’m just sooo busy” when people ask how I am. To be honest, I’m not so busy. I like making a few great plans, but not feeling overwhelmed with FOMO (I’m more of a JOMO girl). What are these ‘so busy’ people really doing? Well in my opinion (and that of the creators of 100 Happy Days), they are not taking the time to enjoy the moment.

So, stop bragging about being busy, and just be happy. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see I’ve joined the #100happydays movement. Even if you have a shitty day, there was likely one moment of it that made you smile, even if it was only a slight smirk. While I think I have a bit of an advantage in posting for the next 100 days (ahem…#charlieobear), I will try to keep my photos diversified.

Can you be happy everyday?

Maddy

MANICURE MONDAY: chestnuts about you

Happy (manicure) Monday! It’s a good one today. So far the manic/moody side of this week day have subsided – I think today is aware that we had a beautifully sunny weekend, and Team Canada won gold in Sunday’s final game.

It’s been a while since sharing a favourite polish with you, but do not worry I have not stopped painting my nails, nor will I ever. I really wonder about the day I don’t have lacquered tips…maybe a bare nail trend will be all the rage in S/S 2035 (shocking!). Regardless, I’ve found a great metallic that doesn’t scream tacky chrome, it’s Sephora by OPI Chestnuts About You. The best thing about metallics (and sparkles) is that they last forever. This one has a slight pink tone, while it’s name implies more of a brown, I beg to differ.

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Hope you have a great week!

Maddy

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