Pinterest Meal: Do they turn out as good as they look?

Pinterest is such an amazing place where you can find so many ideas for all different things in life. The amount of inspiration for my future wedding or home live on boards that I pinned. I have recently wondered do these Pinterest hacks actually turn out? I decided to take things into my own hands and create something I found on Pinterest!

I wanted to start with something a little simpler... nothing to hard like a whole DIY project (which I do plan to attempt in the near future). I found this dinner pin 

This pin didn't look to hard and I figured I would make it for my boyfriend to have for dinner the next few nights! 

My Attempt;

To be honest this meal turned out looking great! I didn't garnish it with anything but my boyfriend added some red pepper flakes and loved it! 

I definitely recommend this recipe and want to hear if you have tried it out! 

This has made me feel more confident in myself with Pinterest hacks and I am ready to tackle my first furniture DIY this month, stay tuned! 

-K

Lace It Up - Forever21 Haul

I recently did a quick Forever21  shop online looking for something to add some spring life to my closet. 

Back in October I cleaned out my closet in hopes of having less clutter and more items I actually love. With that being said, I did get rid of a bunch of spring/summer clothing that have not been touch for over a year. I thought this would be a perfect time to add a few new items in my wardrobe that I will love. 

Before opening the package I told myself that if I did not 100% love the items on me then I would not keep it and therefore return the clothing. 

Here is a look at what I got;

 

Lace-Up Romper - Dusty Pink ($29.90) 

This romper is beautiful, I love the colour of it and how the sleeves have some lace on them. I do not like how tight the bottoms are.  when I am just standing or walking they fit fine but they feel a little bit too snug compared to how I like my rompers fitting. I like how it looks but not how it feels... you feel me? 

Lace-Up Fit & Flare Dress - Blush  ($37.90)

As you can tell this dress is very similar to the romper. I decided to get both items in hopes that I would fall in love with one more than the other and return the other one. 

I do love the sleeves on the romper more but I think this dress is easier to wear. I like the fit of the top better on the dress than the romper. 

 

Mesh-Paneled Bikini - White ($22.90 per piece)

 

I am obviously not going to try this on for the blog but I thought that a picture of it will be good enough. This white bikini is a perfect addition to my bikini collection. I did get rid of a few bikinis from last year and needs some new staple pieces that I would wear religiously. 

The only issue I have with this item is how high cut the bottoms are. If you look at the photo you can tell the back isn't much bigger than the front. I do love this bikini but I am still on the fence if I would like to keep it or return it. 

 

 

Sadly I am going to return the romper and possibly return the bathing suit as I am still on the fence about it. What do you think about these pieces? Do you love the lace-up and/or blush toned trends?

-K  

What I Wore 02.21.16

This weekend pretty laid back compared to the last. I had one event on Saturday night and the rest was filled with lounging around and drinking too much coffee! Here is a quick photo diary of what I wore this weekend. 

Saturday Day

Saturday day I had a few errands to run and then went over to my cousins place for moral support while she got her wedding trial make-up done. I decided to wear something casual and since the weather was beautiful out I took total advantage of not wearing my jacket in my car (I even rolled my window half way down! haha). 

Chambray top Target, Belt Forever21, Black skinny jeans American Eagle, Booties Call It Spring

Saturday Evening 

I got to be a part of the Welcome Home to Windsor event held for the Syrian refugee families that are now a part of our community. It was truly an amazing event to be a part of, I am so glad to be in a community with such a big heart. 

(Top Dynamite, Slacks H&M, Heels  Aldo , Trenchcoat Forever21)

This weekend made me feel a part of such an amazing community and proud to be a part of something bigger. Thank you to the World Water Operator Training Centre & the Syrian Canadian Council for putting on such a beautiful event. 

What were you up to this weekend? I would love to hear about it :) 

-K

 

 

HomeSense Haul

Yesterday I took a quick trip to HomeSense to see all the new goodies they had in store for spring! Click here to read yesterdays spring trends post While at the store I could not resist picking up a few new goodies to brighten up my workspace. 

Here are the items I brought home with me;

Quote clipboard

This beautiful clip board comes with twelve different quotes that you can change out monthly or whenever you want! I love the gold foiled letters and the dreamy font that they display. There are a few quotes I am not so fond of but I do not mind spending the money on something that is interchangeable verse one picture (which I saw in store and almost picked up!). I plan on putting this on the wall with some more decorative wall art.
Price $12.99

Peachy Roses

These adorable fake roses are the perfect accessory to your desk. They are small enough that they wont be taking up too much space but just the right amount of flowers to make a statement. Every girl loves getting flowers but having fake flowers will be an eternal bouquet. Price $12.99

Gold & White Printed Pencils

I walked by the stationary section (like I always do) and looked around for some new notepads. While on the hunt I spotted an adorable set of pencils in different patterns. The pack came with twelve pencils in multiple different patterns. I will definitely be using these daily! Price $5.99

Mint Green Notepad  

This gigantic gold trimmed notepad is a perfect spot to write out my daily tasks and ideas. I am a sucker for stationary and when it comes in new pastel colours I just can't help myself! Price $5.99

I hope you enjoyed the few items I hauled from HomeSense and that you felt a bit of inspiration to add a few new little items to spring up your home. 

-K

Spring Decor Trends 2016

Spring is in the air (and if it's not then I am pretending it is)! I am so ready for the cold weather to melt away and bring the sun back out. I have never been one for winter time and the only reason I enjoy the colder months is because of the cozy indoor decor we can play with. 

I took a trip today into Home Sense and Winners  to take a look at what trends were popping up for home decor! I am in love with the pantone colour trends that are out currently. 

This post on instagram by HomeSenseCanada was what drew me in! 

I am usually only drawn to white/black/grey/gold decor but something about this quartz colour gets me. 

So off  I went to scope out what I could find in stores!

I bought a few things at Homesense which I will be posting a haul very soon! But the trends I saw today in the store were lovely!

 Lots of pastels to brighten up a space, wood and metal tones to define and contrast against the furs and flowers that can bring dimension and comfort into a space.

I am loving the look of rustic wood mixed with pastel paint and ombre drawers. I am working on a DIY of a nightstand (which I should be done soon!) and if I can master that DIY I would love to do a project incorporating drawers that ombre! 

What are you loving this spring for home decor and what is on your wishlist to buy?!

-K

What I Wore: An Outfit Diary

This past weekend I was away on a work trip for three nights and three days. I always find that I pack too many items for the trip (which I still ended up doing this time, but it wasn't as excessive as past times).

Here is a quick look at what I packed for my dressier outfits;

Black Blazer (Forever21), White Peplum top (Dynamite), black & gold belt (Forever21), Olive Sweater (Urban Outfitters), black skinnies (American Eagle), Statement Necklace (Forever21), Clutch (Love Culture), Black Aviators (RayBans), Black boots & Brown boots (Call It Spring), Black bomber (Forever21), Black distressed skinnies (Forever21), Striped dress (Forever21), Watch (Daniel Wellington), White Blouse (Forever21), Beige Sweater (H&M)

The Packing Process

I find that if I try on the outfits that I am wanting to bring and look in the mirror it will help me decide if this is the best option to go with or will I find something better that I would rather bring to wear. 

Once I am set on what outfits I am going to bring I always bring an extra sweater or dress incase I decide I want to wear something different that day You want to have the right amount of outfits but you also don't want to feel trapped in what you brought to wear.

Day One:

When we first got there we had some errands to run and a few things to do before we had to get ready for the night. I chose to wear my olive green sweater with my ripped skinnies and my converse shoes. This outfit was comfortable but also kept me warm in the cold weather. 

For the night it was more of a casual evening so I went with a denim shirt, statement necklace, same ripped skinnies & brown booties.

Face of the Day:

I kept my makeup simple with just a winged liner and some red lips.

This hotel was horribly dry and not only did my skin pay the price but my hair also became full of static. I find that this is a common issue in most hotels that are older and I always have to add oil or double up on conditioner to keep my hair from freaking out. My skin was okay for the first two days but after that I felt very dry and dull.  

 

Day Two: 

This night was the dressier of the two. Even though these nights are dressy we still needed to be about to walk around and do things in our outfits. This is why I am loving the skinnies/booties/blouse combo, it is soo easy to just throw on and not have to worry about how short a skirt is or how my feet will hurt after a few hours in heels. This is definitely my go to outfit combination! 

The Outfit:
I went with wearing my Black skinnies, black booties, white blouse and the same statement necklace from the night before.  (My necklace is from HRH Collection)

The more I packed for weekends away the more I find a certain style I feel comfortable in and what I enjoy wearing. Next weekend I have an event I am also going to so look forward to a new post next weekend about what I wore then! 

-K

Digital Vision Board: Canadian Vacation Edition

This past week I have been thinking a lot about travelling and going to different places around Canada. I compiled some photos that are of different spots in Ontario and other provinces that I would love to have the chance to go visit. 

After researching and doing all the thinking about travelling in Canada it actually fell into my lap a trip soon! Be ready for a vacation post soon! 

Sephora Haul

Last weekend I placed a quick order on Sephora to finally purchase some items that have been sitting in my shopping cart. Now here were a few items I had to leave behind and promise to get soon (when I have a reason to get more skincare and makeup).

I purchased the Makeup eraser and First Aid Beauty - Facial Radiance Overnight mask.  Both have been sitting in my basket for the last few months and after reading a review on how the makeup eraser has changed the way you take your makeup off I had to put it to the test! 

The rest of the products shown in the above photo are samples I received on my online order; Clarins Shaping Face Lift (contouring serum)Radical Skincare (Age Defy Exfoliating Pads) and Needles No More (3-D Filler Mask).

First Impression: Makeup Eraser

This is the cutest packaging for a makeup remover! It looks like a giant eraser and I love when products come in a black option but I bet the original pink option would be extra cute with this packaging! Essentially this cloth replaces using cleansing oils and products made to remove makeup. This product not only claims to remove your makeup with just water but it also says it will last up to 1000 washes!

I am beyond excited to test out the Facial radiance overnight mask, I love all the First Aid Beauty products  I own and I bet this mask will be no different!

Interested in a review for theses products and samples? Comment below and let me know if you have tried these and how you feel about the products! 

-K

My Lipstick Collection

I'd like to say that when thinking about what my favourite makeup item is I would hands down respond with black eyeliner. If you were to take a look into my makeup collection you would probably change your answer and guess lipsticks by the amount I have. 

Here is a quick run through of my lip product collection including some swatches,  reviews and my overall favourites!

Lipsticks

MAC Cosmetics
I have a good amount of Mac Lipsticks. I enjoy the smell of them and the fact that after returning 6 empty product containers gets you a free lipstick I am totally hooked. 

Lipsticks in order of the swatches on my forearm (closest to my wrist first);

  • Creme cup
  • Faux
  • Viva Glam 1
  • Viva Glam 3
  • Media
  • Cyber

My personal favourites from this selection of lipsticks would have to be Faux and Media. They are the perfect two lipsticks to bring on a trip or a night out if you aren't sure if you want a dark or neutral lip. 

 

Drugstore & Sephora Lipsticks

When swatching these lipsticks right after my MAC ones I found that these went on with a smoother swatch (keeping in mind that the majority of my MAC lipsticks are matte).

In order of swatches on my forearm (from closest to my wrist first);

  • Maybelline Hot Plum 900
  • Sephora Rouge  Ingenuous
  • Rimmel Kate #30
  • Rimmel Kate #104
  • Revlon Colorburst  Red velvet 040

 Once these were swatched I decided that I will no longer be keeping the Revlon colorburst lipstick. It looks patchy and old compared to the rest (plus I barely use it!). I don't think I have used the Maybelline lipstick either but I will keep it and try to attempt to use it more!

Out of these lipsticks I am addicted to using the two Rimmel ones and my Sephora lipstick.

Lipliners

I only have 3 lipliners and I am totally okay with that.  List of liners from left to right (on hand swatch);

  • essence 07 Cute Pink
  • MAC Boldly Bare
  • NYX 01 Natural

I only ever use my MAC liner so definitely going to think about getting rid of the other two. 

Lip Crayons 

I enjoy using lip crayons just as much as sticks. The amount of pigment these give off is insane! 

Swatched on wrist (in order from left to right);

  • ColorPop Bichette matte
  • Nars Velvet Matte Pencil Cruella
  • Clinique Black Honey
  • ColorPop Lumiere Matte
  • Nars Satin Lip Pencil Rikugien
  • ELF Matte Lip Color Natural

After applying the swatches I realized the Clinique Black Honey is more of a lipgloss than a pigmented crayon. I am ready to get rid of the ELF pencil as well as the Clinique.  My favourites would hands down be Colorpop Lumiere and Nars Cruella. 

Glosses

I am not a huge lipgloss fan but these have a great amount of colour in them that not only can stand alone but has a great staying power. 

In order from swatches on my wrist (left to right):

  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream SMLC10 Monte Carlo
  • MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass Driven By Love
  • MAC Lipglass Viva Glam 1
  • Revlon Ultra HD Matte LipColor  Seduction
  • not swatched Sexy Motherpucker lip plumper (clear)

 

Lip Balms

To finish off my collection I have 3 EOS lip balms and one Fresh Sugar spf lipbalm. I do not really enjoy using the EOS ones but I will use them up since I have them. I do not think I will repurchase them again. I like the Fresh one for the summer when I am out in the sun all day but the taste of it is not pleasant. I have a balm in my car that I use daily that is from Sephora  (featured in my November Favourites) Smiths Minted Rose.

Let me know what your favourite lip products are! I do love a good recommendation! 

-K

How to Make Homemade Cookies; The Cheater Way

For Christmas I received this adorable jar of cookie mix from a student. I totally forgot about the jar and the other day when I found it I knew I had to make them right then and there! 

This recipe is fool proof! You basically just mix together butter, an egg and vanilla then add the jar and mix it!

The cookies turned out to be absolutely delicious! The batch made me 19 cookies and after having a few to myself and packing a couple away for my boyfriend by the end of the day all of the cookies were eaten by family and friends. 

This was not only a fool proof way to make homemade cookies but it also was an adorable gift to give/receive! 

-K