Wedding Diaries: Bridal Beauty Regimen

“Aging is a fact of life. Looking your age is not”

Dr. Howard Murad

First comes love…. then comes several consecutive months of gruelling, tedious & downright agonizing beauty & fitness regimens in order to look straight fire on the Wedding Day. Pain is beauty right? If you’ve been keeping up with any of my Wedding Recaps then you’ll know that I am willing to commit unspeakable acts in order to both look & feel great when I awkwardly teeter in heels strut down the aisle. I mean I GET that beauty is skin deep & all, but sometimes a little facial serum or mud mask situation never hurt ANYONE. Thankfully I’ve recently partnered up with a skincare brand that is effortless to use, effective & one hundred percent pain-less…. I am seriously crushing on them atm! Insert: Nourishe Organics(more…)

Wedding Diaries: 12 Months Out

“Weekend Forecast: wedding planning, wine, sleep”


Hello ladies & gents! Welcome to what is undoubtedly your favourite day of the entire month – the day in which I recap our Wedding Planning Process! Now I know you’ve collectively all been sitting on the edges of your seats for the past 30 days or so awaiting this very post… so let’s just get right to it shall we? Here’s our 12th month recap! ENJOY! (more…)

How to Incorporate Hygge into a Small Condo

“Hygge is taking the time to slow down, enjoy simple things & feel cozy everyday”


I already know what you’re thinking… what is hygge & why do I need to incorporate it into my condo? I know this because I thought the exact same thing when Wayfair Canada approached me to collaborate & encourage readers to embrace the hygge lifestyle & bring it into their homes! Well, one quick Google search & two cups of coffee later & it turns out, I’m unknowingly already ALL about that hygge life – which FYI is actually pronounced “hoo-ga”; yep –  I’m seriously just as puzzled about the phonetics as I’m assuming all of you are. SO…. what does it all mean? Simply put it’s the state of feeling “cozy” or “comfortable” & it’s NOT just limited to one’s home, it’s actually a Dutch concept & it’s applicable to your entire lifestyle. HOWEVER, for the purposes of this post, we’re focusing on how you can bring certain elements or pieces into your condo in order to help promote feelings of comfort & coziness… AKA – HYGGE!! (more…)

Nailing The Wedding Dress Appointment

“So for my dress I’m thinking vintage chic, you know, like vintage classic, but a little more modern or like urban chic with a rustic twist”


Holy crap I bought a freakin’ wedding dress. I BOUGHT A WEDDING DRESS! Things are officially, officially beginning to feel very real! I’m actually somewhat of a pessimist & honestly didn’t think that I would ever truly fall in love with a wedding dress, but the now tear-drenched sample currently housed within the depths of the Bella’s Brides’ chambers has proven me otherwise. YAY! I’m officially a convert guys, & will obviously now be unloading all of my ultra-amazing “one-time-wedding-dress-shopping-knowledge” unto you. ENJOY! (more…)

Host a Beer & Food Tasting Party for St. Patrick’s Day

“May your troubles be less & your blessings be more & nothing but hapiness come through your door”

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My sole claim to fame on St. Patrick’s Day is that I’m like, 25% Irish… if I’m recalling this correctly, I believe that it was my great grandmother on my dad’s side that immigrated here to Canada from Ireland a few decades ago. Now regardless of the legitimacy of these memories, I whole heartedly believe that my ** approximate ** quarter Irish heritage entitles me to don an obnoxious amount of shamrock necklaces & rock a “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” tee literally every time the 17th of March rolls around. Aside from Halloween, St. Patricks’ Day was legit one of my favourite holidays to celebrate as a student at Western University, & I’ve been desperately attempting to host a classy, “adult” variation of this particular celebration for years… one that doesn’t involve sloppy keg stands followed by mornings filled with regret, sorrow & copious amounts of Advil. Insert: a Beer & Food Tasting Party. (more…)

Essentials: Scandinave Spa in Blue Mountain

“Great skin doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by appointment”


I did it. I finally realized my life long dream of receiving a rubdown at the Scandinave Spa last week. It was everything I imagined it would be & so much more! Andrei practically had to pull my nearly comatose body from the Eucalyptus Steam Room because there was no way in h-e-double hockey sticks that I was going to leave that place on my own free will. It was pure magic – everything from the massage to the saunas to the hot baths & EVEN the cold plunges (which yes I TOTALLY did… multiple times!) was absolute perfection. I would go back in a freakin’ heartbeat, but there are definitely some things that I would bring with me next time to enhance my Scandinave experience just that much more! (more…)

Roots 2018 Spring Collection – What to Expect

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can live in Canada & that’s pretty much the same thing”


Last week I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Roots Canada #ShareTheWarmth Event in support of Heart & Stroke & to preview their 2018 Spring Collection. I honestly have ZERO idea what I did to deserve an invite to this amazing & ultra exclusive media event but I am certainly NOT MAD AT IT! I can honestly say that I really loved the whole vibe that Roots is going for this upcoming season – it had a very Yeezy, Vintage feel which I think is very “of the now“, yet Roots simultaneously still managed to make this trend their own! It most definitely still felt VERY  quintessentially “Roots” to me which I think is incredibly important for any brand to maintain in a sea of mega clothing lines! Below are a few snaps of some of my favourite pieces from the event that I NEED in my closet… like YESTERDAY!  (more…)

Four Rose Scented Natural Beauty Products

“Roses are red, violets are blue, wine is cheaper than dinner for two”


Roses are without a doubt a universally beloved scent. There is just something so classic & timeless, yet alluring, about roses that makes me want to literally smother them all over my entire body at all times. Like if I could fully immerse myself in rose-infused bath water, I would probably be more inclined to cleanse myself on more of a regular basis. A sentiment I can only assume Andrei would be very much on board with as well. NOW considering that Valentine’s Day is little more than one week away, I thought that I would share a few of my favourite, natural rose scented products with all of you today! Because who doesn’t want to smell like roses on Valentine’s Day?! Spoiler Alert: The answer is nobody.  (more…)

Wedding Diaries: 13 Months Out

“Lets decide who we’re inviting to our wedding & who will never speak to us again”


Well, we’re officially about one month deep into some serious, full-blown wedding planning & this whole bridal ordeal still doesn’t feel anymore “real” than it did on the very first day of our engagement. In fact, I’m nearly positive it won’t fully feel like we’re actually getting married ’til we’re up at the altar exchanging “I do’s” – & by exchanging “I do’s” I actually mean wailing uncontrollably whilst attempting to verbalize literally anything that resembles words or a vow… THIS I am sure of. It’s going to be an uncomfortable situation for everyone involved. Now regardless of whether or not the wedding ITSELF actually feels “real”, we still have to plan the freakin’ thing – AND considering the elusive “wedding planning timeline” is one of the biggest qualms for any newly engaged couple – I thought I’d share a monthly recap of OUR timeline here. Not that it’s right or accurate anything – but use it as a guideline, OR learn from our mistakes!! So without further ado… welcome to our first monthly recap! ENJOY! (more…)

Four Unconventional Valentine’s Day Gifts

“I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think of romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon”


To be one hundred percent honest here, Andrei & I barley celebrate Valentine’s Day. Okay scratch that – we do not celebrate Valentine’s Day in any way shape or form, BUT I actually happen to totally love Valentine’s Day!! It brings the nostalgia factor in such a major way for me – anyone else remember writing out cards for classmates in elementary school?!?! Just the BEST! I choo-choo-choose you! *** said in Ralph Wiggum’s voice*** Okay sorry for the minor, & slightly annoying, deviation – ANYWHO, it’s honestly more of a laziness issue on both our parts that we forgo this particular “holiday” altogether, but for those of you that DO fully embrace this love-fest of a day – I’m sharing four totally unconventional gift ideas for Valentine’s Day… because who wants roses & chocolatesit’s basic AF! (more…)