Weekend Getaway- Queen’s Landing (NOTL)

Weekend Getaway- Queen’s Landing (NOTL)

On the Easter weekend (which also happened to be my Birthday) my boyfriend treated me to a weekend getaway at Queen’s Landing in Niagara-On-The-Lake (“NOTL”). Neither of us had ever been to NOTL before, so you can imagine my excitement when we pulled up to this beautiful hotel for our first NOTL experience. I mean, who could say no to staying in a magical place like this, enjoying the local shops, and to top it all off, local wine tours! It really made me feel like a Birthday princess, and every girl deserves that on their Birthday, and really, any day! Head over to my Instagram to see some posts of our stay!

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We drove up on the Friday morning (it was a holiday for most, so the traffic was lighter than normal). Typically, the drive is about an hour and half from Toronto, not bad at all for a little escape from the big city !

The Hotel:

Queen’s Landing is a beautiful sprawling historic inn that overlooks the water that blends old world class with modern amenities. We even got to take in a beautiful sunset on our last night there down by the water! The hotel isn’t on the main strip which is nice because its less busy and is a short scenic walk passing by old Victorian homes.

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(Jacket: Zara,  Sweater: J-Crew, Shoes (Tory Burch), Sunglasses (Quay Australia)

With its large white pillars and beautiful gardens it has a really inviting setting right from the drive in.  I felt like royalty the second we turned the corner and saw the wrought-iron fences and a glimpse of the beautiful grounds. Parking was right out front which was convenient for moving our stuff into the room along with available free valet parking.  There is also WiFi in the public areas, which made blogging on the go a breeze! The lobby presented guests with sophistication and charm with the antique décor and fresh flowers everywhere. There were a lot of couples coming in to check out the Inn as a potential wedding venue and I can certainly see the appeal, it’s absolutely breathtaking!

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Checking-in was a breeze and within minutes we were up to our room where a rose lay on the pillow (such a special touch!) Since it was my Birthday there was also a special bottle of wine and a cheese board in the fridge from my boyfriend’s parents, I was on cloud-nine within minutes of seeing all of this!  There was also complimentary water, which you don’t always see at hotels.

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After settling in and dropping off our bags it was off to a late lunch in the beautiful quaint downtown. Lucky for us it was a nice warm and sunny day so we walked around for hours checking out all the little shops and restaurants. We went to the Angel’s Inn for some pub-style food, it was delicious, and great drinks! I was also told I had to check out the basement as it was supposedly haunted, safe to say I went and came back pretty quick!

Downtown was bustling with tons of people coming to spend a beautiful Good Friday in NOTL. I was told it isn’t typically that busy but because it was a long weekend there were larger crowds than normal. Nonetheless, we were able to enjoyably walk around and grab food and drinks no problem.

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We came across THE cutest storefront and of course I had to snap a pic!

After walking around for a few hours we went back to the room, got changed and decided we’d head into Buffalo for a few hours of shopping! One of the other joys of NOTL is it close proximity to the border. From door to door including going through the border it took only 30 minutes!

We got back to NOTL around 9:30 pm and decided to go back to the Angel’s Inn for a late dinner since we enjoyed it so much at lunch. There was a live band and everyone was singing and dancing, it was a really fun atmosphere at night!

On Saturday we spent the better part of the day on a wine tour, visiting 3 local wineries. The wine tour started around 10:30 so we were up and at ‘em pretty early after catching a quick breakfast. Our tickets were purchased on Travel Zoo and included a trolley car style bus (think San Francisco) to pick us up, take us from winery to winery, and then get us safely home. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the greatest that day and was raining quite heavily for most of the tour. Luckily most of them were indoors and for one we were only outdoors for a little to check out the amazing vineyard. I would really enjoy coming back in the summer to do another wine tour on a hot sunny day.

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After a few hours wine touring, our bus took us back to our hotel. After a lot of wine tastings it was time to head back to the room to enjoy our cheese platter and more wine, because why stop there? We did a nice walk around the hotel since Friday we didn’t spend much time inside the hotel. We checked out the bar and restaurant along with library, and the pool/gym facilities. We didn’t get a swim in, but it looked lovely, there was also a hot tub and sauna, I guess that just means we will have to go back!

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More pineapple spotting!

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I loved all the décor throughout the hotel, but I especially took a liking to this hallway with its palm leaves and bright white colours, I could have taken pictures here all day.

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And then I did…

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We also visited one of the sister hotels of Queen’s Landing, The Prince of Wales. This hotel was just as charming inside, with the most adorable tea-room, definitely stopping in for teatime next time I’m back!

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(Sunglases: Quay Australia, Top: Banana Republic, Jeans: H&M, Shoes:Winners)

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It was one of those Summer-like Spring days so we stopped in a local cafe for some gelato!

IMG_5225I couldn’t help but stop to say hello to the beautiful horses outside the Prince of Wales Hotel. This beautiful girl was named Cinderella, I loved her right away (look at that adorable little flower!) There were horse and carriage rides available that would take you around town in style! IMG_4604

What better way to greet a horse named Cinderella than by wearing all tulle and sparkly “glass slippers”?!

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This town is seriously out of a movie, everywhere I turned I found more and more charm!

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Never too old for tulle and glitter!

(Top: Zara, Skirt: H&M, Shoes, Top Shop, Clutch: Tory Burch, Necklace: Kate Spade)

Before dinner we decided to go down for a walk by the waterfront since the rain cleared out and it ended up being a beautiful night with a stunning sunset. It was only a few minutes to walk down and there was a lot to see along the way. I can only imagine how stunning it is with all the sail boats out in the summer. Our hotel had a wonderful outdoor patio was stunning views of the water.

We decided to take the free private shuttle that you order from the hotel that takes you in and out of downtown. I think this was a great addition, especially when a lot of guests have been out on wine tours!

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(Top & Pants: Banana Republic, Shoes: Payless, Clutch: Tory Burch)

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Couldn’t get enough of this sunset, I could’ve watched it forever!

After dinner and some more drinks (surprise, surprise) we walked back to the hotel since it was only a 10 minute walk or less and was a beautiful night to do it! The front of the hotel was beautifully lit up when we returned, what a perfect way to cap off our magical stay!

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There are 142 guest rooms within the Inn that are all furnished with luxurious bedding, a safe inside the closet along  with high-speed and wireless internet.  There was also a flat-screen t.v and a small gas fireplace (ver cozy touch.) Both the bathroom and the room itself were very spacious. With the added comfort of the 2-inch mattress pad, we slept very well!

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(Top: Urban Planet, Pajama Bottoms: Old Navy)

Sunday morning we had an Easter brunch back in the city so unfortunately we didn’t get to stick around past 10:00 a.m. It was another beautiful day, I really did not want to leave! I brought home with me my two beautiful roses that were left on the bed as a reminder of our lovely time at Queen’s Landing.

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(Dress: Winners, Sunglasses: Quay Australia, Purse: H&M)

Next time you are planning a visit to NOTL, whatever the occasion, be sure to check out Queen’s Landing, you will not be disappointed!

I can’t wait to visit again soon, thank you Queen’s Landing for a wonderful weekend getaway!

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xoxo

Sara

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Stepping into Spring (style)

Stepping into Spring (style)

Trying to step into Spring with some transitional pieces but Mother Nature has different plans for me.

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This striped knit dress from H&M took me right through the Fall and Winter seasons by simple adding a leather jacket over top. The stretch of the fabric makes this dress so comfortable and hugs in all the right places. I love the slits on the hem of the dress, they are also on the hem of the sleeves, I’m a huge fan in little details like those.

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I styled it this time around with a sleek black leather jacket, small black and gold embellished belt, black booties with gold-detailed heel and my new favourite saddle bag from Coach. The burgundy tone of the bag was the perfect compliment to the stripe pattern on the dress.

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Hopefully soon I’ll be packing away the leather jacket/boots and bringing out the sandals, flow-y summer fabrics and prints, but for now I’ll continue rocking looks like this one!

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Clarins Open Spa Launch Party

Clarins Open Spa Launch Party

Earlier this week I was so fortunate to be able to attend the opening of Clarins Open Spa at the Hudson’s Bay Queen Street location in Toronto. This marked the official opening of the spa counter in North America, this is 1 of 3 locations, how cool is that?!

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For just $35 you can enjoy a 30 minute luxury spa experience, it doesn’t get much better than that! An affordable luxury experience is right up my alley, I can’t wait until I can come in next for my next spa treatment!

The 30 minute Clarins Open spa offers 7 different treatments for both men and women. It starts with a consultation and they will even touch up your makeup at the end. This is great if you want to get a quick spa fix before work, or on your lunch so you can go back relaxed and looking better than ever!

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These were some pics I snapped of the products used inside the existing spa room that Clarins had for longer spa sessions.

Let’s talk about the details of this amazing event! Upon arrival Dave’s guests were greeted with Clarins signature cocktails (cranberry and apple), or your choice of red or white wine. The cocktails were flowing all night along with a wide assortment of gourmet appetizers from Oliver and Bonacini. They were all so delectable and I couldn’t pass them up every time they came back with a platter!

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My first time trying duck, it was delicious!

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The brie with grilled mushrooms was my absolute fave, I think I had about 4 of these!

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The macarons were beautiful and I couldn’t let them go without being photographed! We had bluberry, pistachio and hazelnut options!

I’m such a sucker for details so naturally the beautiful white flowers caught my attention right away! The red carpet was an amazing touch, and made us all feel so special to attending this exclusive event! We were introduced to the president of Clarins Canada, such a humble and beautiful lady, the national sales director and the director behind the Spa experience, another beautiful lady with a beautiful and bubbly personality! Eric Antoniotti visited all the way in from Paris. Eric is an international artistic and training directior and wait until I share some exciting news about my night with him below!

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The marketing and PR team put on an amazing event and I had a great time getting to chat with them. I enjoyed the cocktail experience at this event as we were able to socialize a lot in a casual yet beautiful atmosphere surrounded by Clarins beauty products. Of course, I couldn’t do my thanks without mentioning the man of the hour (always), Dave Lackie. Dave has connected so many beautiful influencers, bloggers and beauty enthusiasts through the events and I couldn’t thank him enough! If you don’t already follow Dave and love beauty products, follow him for some awesome giveaways and beauty tips!

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I was so lucky to have my makeup done by the one and only Eric! I can’t stress enough how talented this man is and how enthusiastic he is about Clarins and every detail that goes into each and every product. . In addition to beautifying  my eyes, Clarins has joined up with the Pur Projet which is committed to planting 10,000 trees for medical or cosmetic use. This will help revive the Kuntanawa culture of the Amazon

I was so amazed by the smokey eye look that Eric created for me using Clarins “The Essentials Eye Makeup Palette”. This palette is made with 10 beautiful shades, Eric used 4 to create my look!  What amazed me even more was how effortless Eric made this look, and even gave me pointers on how to recreate this look myself. I will definitely be picking up this palette, its absolutely everything and more!

Getting the ultimate VIP treatment!!

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The final reveal…

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I couldn’t believe how much this makeup made my eyes pop, I received so many compliments on it! I was already wearing Clarins lipstick in plum, I think it was a great pairing for the smokey eye look!

I really did not want to take this makeup off, it was too beautiful and I wanted to enjoy it forever! Now, I can only hope that I can recreate it myself, I think it would be a perfect makeup look for the holidays!

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The “Rosewood” shade is absolutely stunning and I think it’s what really made this look so fantastic!

I can’t wait to try out all these products and share my experience with you. I have already been using the Clarins lip oil for a few months and I am so impressed with it. I put it on at night before bed or before I put my lipstick on for a flawless application. All of these products are available at the Clarins beauty counter in Hudson’s Bay, Hudson’s Bay.com or Clarins.com

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I got so excited about sharing the products inside my gift bag that I forgot to post a picture of one of the items. I later realized when I was putting away my lovely new products that I had forgot one (and I think this one is going to be my favourite once the cold temperatures creep in and the dry skin comes out!)

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Be sure to check out #ClarinsOpenSpa on Twitter and Instagram for a look at the evening through the eyes of all the lucky attendees!

Of course I couldn’t resist snapping some outfit pictures!

I got a lot of compliments on my bell-sleeve top. It’s from H&M, but I haven’t seen it available in stores for a while! The plunging neckline black jumper dress is also H&M! Layering blouses, or turtlenecks under dresses is HUGE in fashion this season so I decided to give it a try.  I finished my look with Franco Sarto leather boots and decided to add clip-on pom-poms to the side of my boots!

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This top makes me feel like royalty!

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Thanks so much for a beautiful evening with so many beautiful people!

xoxo

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Trendsetters and Cocktails with Mapleview Centre

Trendsetters and Cocktails with Mapleview Centre

I was so fortunate to be selected to attend  the”Trendsetters & Cocktails” Event with Mapleview Centre to help them launch their Personal Styling Program. It was located in Burlington at Station Home, in the same plaza as Holland Park Garden Gallery. I had never been to this venue before, but will definitely be going back to. It was the perfect setting for a fun-filled stylish night. We were immersed in  beautiful decor and trinkets that were for sale if anything caught your eye. Upon entering the event we were welcomed and headed straight to the bar (of course). How could we not with beautiful signature sangria and cotton candy cocktails? The staff from Saving Thyme did an incredible job catering the event. They walked around with a beautiful array of appetizers as well as the delicious macarons and pumpkin cheesecake dip that was on the table (conveniently in the line for the fashion illustrations). There were also staff from Purdy’s Chocolatier dishing out the latest and greatest chocolates and everyone’s favourite Purdy’s chocolate hedgehogs.

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After taking a look around at the venue, grabbing some tasty treats and admiring all the decor pieces we decided to get in line to get our fashion illustrations done. This was one thing of the night that I was most looking forward to. I was lucky enough to have got an illustration done for me ahead of time from one of the outfits I submitted for the contest. I just couldn’t resist getting another sketch done after seeing how adorable mine had turned out. Mike Hakk is one extremely talented Fashion Illustrator from Toronto and I give him so credit for hanging in there for over 2 hours doing none stop illustrations. I can’t wait to get my illustrations framed. I will definitely be following along with him and would love to have him do some more illustrations for me in the future.

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(Seriously cannot get over the cuteness!)

After the excitement of getting our sketches done, we headed over to the DIY flower bouquet station. There was a huge assortment of fresh fall flowers to pick from and assemble courtesy of Blossoms of Burlington. There is nothing I love more than fresh flowers in your home, especially when you get to pick exactly how you want it to look! Thanks so much for providing the beautiful blossoms to all of us!

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While we are on the subject of blooms… can we talk about this amazing flower wall? When I walked in and saw this, and, noticed that my outfit matched perfectly I knew it was going to make for a great photo okay, many photos. There was a station set up that would take your picture for you and you could email it to yourself to share on social media. I could have taken endless pictures with this wall, job well done!

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While we are on the topic of my outfit matching the flower wall let me talk a little bit about the details of my outfit choice. Now while I considered going for a super fall look I’m glad I went with the outfit I did. I paired this beautiful pink Zara jacket with a floral skirt also from Zara, a basic lace-trimmed tank-top and some pretty amazing wedge heels. I kept accessories to a minimum and instead of doing my typical statement necklace, I opted for a pair of statement earrings. The pair I’m wearing are the double sided stud in silver from Obsessions Fashion. Obsessions is my go-to place for accessorizing my life, and they fit in perfectly with my affordable style. Check out their Instagram, they are always posting their newest arrivals and even hosting contests were you could win some great swag!

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After being totally spoiled it just kept getting better. Caryl Baker Visage was doing get eyebrow makeovers which I think is great for everyone to get to learn how to do them and do them properly. Now while me myself didn’t get them done I was in line to get my hair braided from the lovely ladies at Clip Salon. After seeing everyone walking around with amazing on trend braids I had to get one done! With so many types to choose from I really liked the braid Krystin from Suburban Faux Pas had so they recreated one on me. I loved it so much I wanted to show it off at work the next day. It actually held in place so well and I got so many compliments on it, I think I’ll have to practice so I can do it myself.

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Nearing the end of the night I got to chat with two of the winners of the personal styling program at Mapleview (@themintedmama and @thestylemogul), a huge congrats again to you two, and to @iamkhoule for taking 1st place in the contest, you go girl! I also got a chance to talk to Krystin, who is seriously the sweetest and one bad-ass fashion/travel/decor and beauty blogger. She is so knowledgable about social media and blogging and is truly inspiring. We share such a similar sense of style and I love following along on her page to see her latest finds and outfit stylings! We chatted for a while about it and she gave me some little hints on how to enlarge my audience, we even snapped a pic together- I think that got me some serious street cred in the blogger world!

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Thank you so much again to Mapleview Centre and their marketing agency- Midfield Interactive for putting on one amazing event, and putting together such a great swag bag. I had such a great time and I hope to see some of those beautiful/inspiring faces again very soon!

Hope you come back and visit soon!

xoxo,

Sara

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Best of Fall: Mapleview Personal Stylist Submission

Best of Fall: Mapleview Personal Stylist Submission

With fall being fashion season I decided to put together some of my favourite looks. Clothes are all about expressing yourself and if you’re comfortable with yourself your style will only be elevated.

When I found out that Mapleview Centre is running a contest for a chance to win a $1,500 shopping spree and become the next Mapleview Personal Stylist, I just knew I had to jump at the opportunity and show what I was made of!

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I’ve curated some of the latest trending styles that are currently available in stores near you. I hope to inspire with these looks and show you some of the trends that even I was unsure of at first and have now come to absolutely love. You will see many of my outfits are from H&M and Forever 21. These are my go-to stores for fashionable clothes that won’t break the bank (BIG STYLE, SMALL PRICE TAG!) It’s all about how you wear your clothes and carry yourself in them. One of my other fave tricks is mixing some expensive pieces with affordable pieces, you’ll have everyone fooled.

Look 1:

For my first outfit submission I went with an outfit that had me transitioning right into fall with burgundy, jean and fringe. The mid-length of this dress makes it the perfect item for fall days with a light jean jacket for cooler nights. I opted for black fringe sandals and large sunglasses to finish off the look.

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Sunglasses: Quay
Jean Jacket: Winners
Dress: Old Navy
Shoes: Aldo

Look 2:

In keeping with the burgundy trend which is huge again this season, my second look is inspired by the theme of “borrowed from the boys.” Patterned pants from Old Navy are seriously my weakness, they have so many different styles and fun prints that you can’t go wrong picking up a pair (or two, or three). This pair of navy pants with burgundy and white stripes I paired with a lace blouse (to add some girly elements) and a burgundy blazer. In keeping with the theme I went for Cole Haan oxford’s that add a little different component to the regular business attire. Not to mention these shoes are seriously the most comfortable things ever!

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Sunglasses: Rayban (Winners)

Blazer: Suzy Shier
Top: Ann Taylor
Pants: Old Navy
Shoes: Cole Haan

Look 3:

You can never go wrong with the cold-shoulder trend. With temperatures starting to drop, this 3/4 sleeve sheer patterned top is the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe. I paired it with dark overalls that have a slight bell-bottom to them. Now, I have to tell you that this is one trend I did not expect would make a comeback, nor did I see myself ever trying it out. When H&M released these overalls as part of their H&M X Coachella collection I was seeing a lot of celebrities in these and thought I’d try them out for myself. I was so surprised with how well they fit and the style is actually quite flattering. To keep my legs elongated (even though they’re already very long) I went for a small open-toe slip on heel. This is also a great idea so you can appreciate the beautiful bell-bottom hem on these.

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Top: H&M
Overalls: H&M
Sunglasses: Rayban (Winners)
Shoes: Browns Shoes

Look 4:

This is what I call my Oktoberfest- inspired outfit. When I first picked up this dress I thought it looked kind of frumpy and wasn’t sure about the length. When I put it on and paired it with these high lace-ups it really brought the look to life. The dress is the perfect mix of comfy and stylish and can be worn much throughout the season because of its 3/4 sleeves. I’m also a huge fan of anything that has tassels on it, so I fell instantly in love with the long string tassels that added a fun element to this dress. The drop-waist really helps in avoiding a “bag” shaped dress.

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Dress: H&M
Shoes: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Rayban (Winners)
Purse: Kate Spade

Look 5:

Fall florals are one of my favourite things about styling outfits during this season. This lightweight dress from H &M has the perfect essentials of mid-length, flutter shoulders, open-back and picture perfect pattern. I really love the high-neck on the dress, it’s keeping up with trends in every way. On the rack, this dress appeared to not have much shape to it but when I tried it on all that changed. I went with small black ankle-strap heels to keep the length elongated because of the long mid-length hem.

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I seriously cannot get over the back of this dress. This cut-out really sold the dress for me and adds a little bit of romance that goes a long way.

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Dress: H&M
Shoes: Winners

Look 6:

This look is my take on fall “sweater weather.” I took that trend and amped it up by mixing it in with another midi-dress. The ribbed knit texture of this dress, along with the striped blocking in some of fall’s hottest colours makes this dress swoon-worthy. I love the slits on the sides of the bottom of the dress and there are even ones on the arm. This dress is flattering in all the right places and I can predict this is going to be on repeat for a while. As with my last midi-dress, I paired this one with the same delicate heels to elongate my body and keep the focus on this beautiful dress.

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Dress: H&M
Shoes: Winners

Look 7:

This look encompasses all the latest trends into one. From the bottom, I went with a metallic pair of slip on espadrilles (warning: metallic colours and fabrics are going to be huge this season, both in beauty and fashion!) They say distressed is best, and I couldn’t agree more when it comes to my new favourite pair of jeans. The wash of these jeans is unlike any other and the frayed cut is to die-for. These jeans have been seen on fashion bloggers and stylists all over and I can see why. This pair is meant to fit a little more loosely, which is right on cue with the slouchy trend for jeans are this season. On top, I paired my camo t-shirt (I feel like this trend is here to stay), with a bomber jacket in the same colour. The bomber jacket trend has taken off huge in fashion this season where we see celebrity style moguls like Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian and the Hadid sisters to name a few who rock this
“bomb” trend out of the park. To finish off the ultimate cool-girl look I went with the never failing Rayban wayfarers.

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Taking it one step further I wanted to show how you could go from day to night with this look. By simply adding a fun pair of bright coloured pumps you’re ready for a night out in a flash.

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Bomber Jacket: Forever 21

Shirt: Forever 21

Jeans: Zara

Espadrilles: Payless

Pink Pumps: Winners

Sunglasses: Rayban (Winners)

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This look was one that I had the most hesitation about. I call this the “all the bell (sleeves) and whistles” inspired trend. Again, who would have thought that bell-bottoms and bell-sleeves would make such a huge comeback in the fashion world? The delicate lace detailing on this shirt and soft mauve colour makes this trend one to reckon with. I went with light brown skinny jeans and light green boot heels. I really like the colour combo and that everything isn’t perfectly matchie-matchie, yet matches perfectly. I kept accessories simple on this one as to not take away from the beautiful details on the shirt and went with a gold chain choker necklace instead of a statement necklace or a longer chain one.

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When I saw these boots the first thing I thought of was Kim Kardashian who sports similar Yeezy boots like these. The see-through yellow-tinted heels make these shoes a show-stopping item for fall!

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Shirt: Forever 21
Jeans: Mango
Boots: Winners

Look 9:

I went for the monochromatic trend with this look and added some really fun tread heels!  This was a fun look I wore to work and besides getting lots of “wow you’re really tall in those” comments I got a ton of compliments on how professional I looked. The navy jumpsuit and grid patterned jacket are balanced out with a small white vintage Calvin Klein belt. I couldn’t resist pairing this outfit with these shoes, surprisingly they are extremely comfortable and go with just about anything (and match my purse to boot!)

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Jacket: Forever 21
Jumpsuit: Forever 21
Shoes: Forever 21
Purse: Kate Spade
Belt: Vintage Calvi Klein
Sunglasses: Quay

Why I should be Mapleview’s next Personal Stylist:

I developed my sharp eye and love for fashion at a young age, reading fashion magazines and playing dress-up. I’ve always loved following the latest trends and styling friends and family. After completing my Sociology degree and beginning my work in the court system I started to set my sights on my real passion- writing, fashion, and shopping and the like.

I started my affordable fashion blog (Staffordable_Blog) as a place where I could express myself through my love of writing and fashion and hopefully inspire others along the way.

With my strong attention to detail, exceptional interpersonal skills, and fun approach to styling I know I will be a great fit as a Mapleview Personal Stylist.

Visit my instagram (staffordable_blog) to see my posts on my recent fall faves!

 

Fall Catwalk Beauty Trends 2016 Event

Fall Catwalk Beauty Trends 2016 Event

On September 8th I was lucky enough to be selected to attend Dave Lackie’s Fall Catwalk Beauty Trends 2016 Event at Hudson’s Bay Toronto.

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Dave started the night off with some great stories of how he started in the industry and shared some funny experiences he had in his first jobs and celebrities he met along the way. Dave said how he followed his passion and that if you really love something and enjoy it,the money will come. Since starting my blog just two years ago, it’s opened me up to an entire world out there that I didn’t really know existed before. Once meeting Dave and all the other lucky guests that attend his events it ignited a spark in me to write more, take lots of pictures and share this passion with others.

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Dave then talked about some of the hottest trends hitting the biggest catwalks this fall. I was pleasantly surprised to see dark  reds and even black shades for the “it” lipstick shade. I already went out and purchased one, can’t wait to test it out! Reds are still a hot colour for the season, which I especially love to rock around the holidays! Keeping the rest of your makeup more neutral and simple allows you to go for a bolder lip without overdoing it. We saw another trend of ombre lips which I think once I figured it out could be amazing!

Jumping forward, we got a sneak peek at some of the beauty trends coming our way in 2017. Orange is the colour in beauty for Spring 2017!

I had a really great time at this event, and learned so much about Global trends and all the intricate little details that designers put into their beauty products for us to enjoy. Let’s just say, I have really started to grow an appreciation for beauty products and I’m loving following the stories being told through the designers.

Thanks for another inspiring night Dave. I can’t thank you enough for the generous gift bag that you sent all of us home with. I’ll be travelling to Vegas at the end of the month and these minis are the perfect size to pack.

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Can’t wait to see you, and everyone else’s beautiful faces and personalties again soon!

xoxo

Sara

 

Reitmans Summer ’16 Collection

Reitmans Summer ’16 Collection

Reitmans Summer ’16 Collection

Summer is now well underway and I couldn’t be happier to style some of the season’s hottest trends. The temperatures are hot hot hot so I’ve rounded up some of my favourite looks that will keep you looking cool this summer. I’ll share with you some of my personal faves from Reitmans Summer ’16 Collection and definite must-haves to add to your wardrobe.  For clothes that are always on trend, comfortable, and won’t break the bank head on over to your local retail location or Reitmans.com

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Today is the last day to enter to win a 7 night all-inclusive trip for 2 to Varadero, Cuba with accommodations at the beautiful Melia Peninsula Resort. I snapped my best summer ready looks with the hashtag #reitmansreally to be entered in the contest. Wish me luck, I could really use a getaway right about now! 🙂

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Read about my featured looks below:

Nothing says summer quite like relaxing by the pool. Now add in sporting an adorable striped dress and straw hat into the mix with your favourite sunnies and you are owninh summer style 101.  I first saw this look on a display board in a Reitmans retail store and when I saw how Meghan Markle styled it I thought I would bring it home and try it out for myself, I love how comfortable and versatile this dress is! Just throw on and go!

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Shop the dress here


What to wear to work can be a daunting task for some. Work-wear in the summer can be even worse. You have to be able to find the perfect balance of breezy materials that are still work appropriate. For me, I love to rock lots of white in the summer…while I still have the chance (I’m one of those that follows the no white after Labour Day rule…for the most part anyways.) I love adding fun pops of colours or patterns so these sateen cropped floral pants hit all the right marks. I am also always freezing no matter the season. Adding a classic white blazer on top of your summery tank is perfect for that over air-conditioned office.

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To complete my trendy office look I added a white blazer and white lace-up espadrille heeled sandals with some fun coloured lens sunglasses. Throw on a pair of classic white sneakers to take your style game to the next level once you’re off the clock.

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Shop floral cropped pants here


Nothing says summer style quite like a cold-shoulder. I was so happy when this trend came back and I am truly a huge fan! When I saw the fun tropical print of this one from Reitmans I knew it was going to be a must-have addition to my summer wardrobe. I paired mine with white denim jean shorts to really make the patterned top pop. You could style it with blue jeans or even black, that’s another thing I love about it.

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I’ve always been a huge fan of rompers/jumpsuits, mostly for the fact that it’s just one article of clothing and you are done. There is no having to worry about matching, it’s uniformity is what makes it one of my summer go-to style picks.

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I kept this look simple and added some lace-up fringe heeled sandals and green lens Rayban aviators. I went with a braided low bun as the hot hot sun has been doing crazy things to my hair when it’s down. This is a perfect outfit for going out with friends. If temps drop over night, pair it with a white denim jacket and you’re set for the night!

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Shop my floral romper here:


I saved the best for last. I am in love, no, OBSESSED, with every part of this dreamy “sunset” maxi dress. This dress is part of collaboration Meghan Markle has done with Reitmans. When I first saw a picture from Reitmans Dress Capsule Collection I instantly fell in love with the palm-leaf print, flowy material and ohhhh, that open low back. This dress is the epitome of summer style whether you rock it at a summer wedding or on a vacation (here’s to keeping my fingers crossed for a sunkissed trip to Cuba.)

This is exactly how I feel when wearing this dress, like I could just float away into dream land!

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I really couldn’t help but jump for joy in this dress. It just had me in the best summer mood!

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This is one dress that is sure to have the compliments rolling in and have you standing out for all the right reasons.

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I swept my hair up in a low bun and added plain black Rayban aviator sunglasses to keep the main spotlight on a dress that makes a statement all on its own.

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*Dress sold out online, available at select Reitmans retai locations.

I hope you enjoyed my post and come back and visit soon!

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xoxo

Staffordable

Givenchy- Art of Perfumery Dinner

Givenchy- Art of Perfumery Dinner

On June 14 I was so fortunate to be able to attend the Givenchy Art of Perfumery dinner hosted by the one and only, Dave Lackie (Beauty Editor and CityLine Expert). Dave is so inspiring and his passion radiates throughout the entire room down to every last detail. The dinner took place at the Arcadian Studio located in downtown Toronto (such a beautiful venue for these events!)

I think the themes of fun and happiness were evident through everyone throughout the whole night!

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Read on to follow along with my truly amazing night, which Dave told me is just what beauty editors experience (how cool is that?!)

Get a behind-the-scenes look of my beauty editor experience here!

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I loved the Gentleman Only scent so much. I later found out that a lot of women actually buy this scent for themselves, I quickly smelled why!

So much romance in the details from table to table!

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Candy, perfume, and flowers, oh my!

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I had previously been to one other dinner hosted by Dave at this location but this one really hit it out of the park. The second we walked in we were greeted with beautiful cocktails and you were instantly hit with the aromas of hundreds of blooms and Givenchy signature scents. I knew right away that it was going to be an amazing night.

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There were perfume bottles both small and large (and I mean large!) surrounding the room, and every table had a beautiful bouquet of roses.

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My favourite of them all had to be the dinner table, talk about tablescape goals! I wish my dinner table could look like this every night!

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Each place setting had a chic black and white Givenchy gift bag on the chair, with a beautiful single pink rose sticking out of the bag, such a special feeling getting to experience this!

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After chatting away with fellow bloggers, artists and indulging in some wonderful hors d’oeuvres and cocktails we were seated for dinner.

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We started off dinner with an incredible salad (didn’t think those words would ever come out of my mouth), but this was definitely a salad I could get on board with. It was so fresh with a delightful balsamic dressing and I loved the addition of chorizo and lots and lots of buffalo mozzarella cheese! For the main course we had a lemon/rosemary chicken that was so mouthwatering I enjoyed every last bite! It was placed on top of blistered navy beans, with a haricot and carrot salad with pickled cabbage and lemon. Now while I’m not big on dessert, I had to experience for myself what the most talked about artisan pecan pie was all about. For someone that doesn’t have a big sweet tooth even I enjoyed this and particularly enjoyed the cinnamon gelato.

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Enough about the food already let’s get in to why we really wanted to attend this event!

Following our exquisite dinner we had the special guest for the night, David Titheridge -the General Manager of Givenchy share some lovely stories of the history of Givenchy and the Art of Perfumery. I really enjoyed the stories David told us about Hubert de Givenchy and his best friend Audrey Hepburn (AMAZING!!!!) and how he had created a fragrance that was exclusively hers for 2 years! Click on the link to Dave Lackie’s website if you’d like to learn more about the History of Givenchy. 

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As always, Dave was an amazing host to yet another amazing event. I am so very thankful for having been given the opportunity to attend this one and to catch up with some old friends Dave has connected me with and even meeting some fantastic new ones!

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Katie of Boldly Beautiful and Jen of What the Damn TOTwo hilarious, and beautiful girls! 

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Our gift bag, or as I like to call them, our adult loot bag had inside it a bottle of Live Irresistible and Dahlia Divine. Live Irresistible is both floral and fruity and had a very fun scent. Dahlia Divine takes it a step further and introduces us to a luxury couture scent that is within reach of most budgets. I love the undertones of the jasmine, white flowers and sandalwood, this just may be one of my new faves! We also received a great makeup bag that I will be certainly be putting to use on my travels coming up. Our gift bags each had a single pink rose (can you say romantic?!)

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Dave, you truly spoiled us and sure know how to make a girl feel like a million bucks!

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I couldn’t resist taking this picture!

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Thank you once again for such an incredible night from start to finish.

Continue reading below for outfit details!

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Outfit Details:

Blazer: Laundry- By Shelli Segal (Winners)

Statement Necklace- J-Crew

Yellow Michael Kors Skirt- Winners

Tassel/Lace-up Heels- Zara

Bracelets- Kate Spade Charm Bracelet (Winners)

Assorted Gold Bracelets- Obsessions Fashion

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Sara

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OOTD: Wear to work wardrobe

OOTD: Wear to work wardrobe

I’m a sucker for florals and bright colours! When I found this skirt on sale for $12.99 at Bananna Republic it was an instant match made in heaven!

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I paired it with a delicate lace tank with silver details from H & M, a maroon coloured blazer from Suzy Shier and my other favourite part to this outfit, THE SHOES!

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I picked up these beautiful lace-up tassel block heels in cobalt blue from Winners (only $39.99.) They matched the skirt perfectly and added the perfect pop to complete my look!

I couldn’t resist twirling in this skirt and had a major Marilyn moment!

Come back soon for a visit!

xoxo Staffordable

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Fashion Fridays with Erica Wark

Fashion Fridays with Erica Wark

A few weeks ago I was beyond lucky to win a contest which entailed a $500 shopping spree with fashion expert and stylist Erica Wark at Bramalea City Centre!

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I love to shop and I love following along with Erica on Instagam, Twitter and her T.V segments so I knew I was in for a great day.

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Of course I had to accessorize for spring shopping with this gorgeous spring necklace from Obsessions Fashion.

Erica and I started off in BCBG, which is somewhere I’ve always walked by and admired but never bought anything from. Erica asked if there was anything I was looking for in particular, but I couldn’t think on the spot. She started picking out some black blazers and then it reminded me that I was due for a new one. I usually don’t spend tons on blazers and have had the same one for a few years now so it was time to get rid of the old and in with the new! There were three different styles that Erica had me try on. One of my favourites was a Mackage inspired blazer with leather sleeves. However, I decided to be reasonable knowing the price of these blazers and opt for a classic black blazer that is more practical for my everyday life which I would wear to work. I also tried on some absolutely stunning shift dresses in this spring/summer’s hottest patterns and colours! After debating back and forth about one dress and the blazer we decided to put these items on hold and check out some other stores. Since BCBG was the first store we hit I didn’t want to spend all my money in one place, literally.

So off we went to H & M next. H & M is my go-to for not only trendy, in-style items but also affordable basics. There was a beautiful display at the front of the store with items from their summer collection. The vibrant hues and boho vibes were to die for! There were a few things that stood out to me right away but since I knew I would probably never get this opportunity again I let Erica take the lead to pick out items for me. And boy, was I ever happy that I did. On one of the mannequins was a red-y-orange dress with tassels on the sleeves. Never in a million years would I ever think to try this one on, let alone buy it! This was an item that I trusted Erica’s expertise on and decided to try it on. I don’t wear my close exceptionally tight but this dress is extremely flowy. I asked Erica’s advice about it and let me know that I was able to pull it off because of my height and figure. I’m so glad I trusted her advice with this one as I really went out of my comfort zone with it! I cannot wait to rock this dress for my Portugal trip at the end of the summer, I can tell you that this dress has Portugal written all over it (pictures to come of course!) Some other great advice I got while trying on some clothes was that again, because of my height and long-torso I can rock cropped jackets. I’ve always steered away from them all this time when really they are the perfect compliment to my body. I picked up two really great blazers for work, majorly on sale too!

Chronicles from the change room, SO much fun! The black lace off-the-shoulder top was one of my favourite pics from H&M.

Twinning in the changeroom!

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Next we were off to Express. Erica went straight for the jeans. Oh the jeans!! Erica warned me that once I owned a pair of these they would change my world and I would fall in love. Once I tried them on I knew exactly why she had said that. They were so comfortable and looked like expensive designer jeans without the price tag! They go for around $78, but that day there was buy 1 get one 50% off, so of course I jumped at that opportunity. Erica picked out a few different styles and colours for me, but ultimately left it up to me for the colours as she said I know my wardrobe best. I went with a classic black skinny jean and a darker-wash of slightly ripped jeans. I am so so in-love, thank you Erica for introducing me to my new favourite pair(s) of jeans!

I rang through my other items at Express which was a basic three-quarter sleeve top that Erica also recommended as she has one and says she lives in it its so comfortable. After wearing it that night I went home I knew this was a great choice! I also picked up a reverisble tank top, they had a lot of different colours and patterns but I opted for vibrant flowers that reversed to black.

After cashing out at Express we totaled up my receipts while remembering my items on hold at BCBG. Because I had done so well at H & M and Express there was now  enough left for just the blazer.

After our last stop at BCBG with bags in tow, Erica and I got together for some pictures! I am such a fan of these pictures, they really encapsulate the day so perfectly.

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I couldn’t not snap a pic of these amazing cut-out gold detailed heeled booties. I ordered these online from Forever 21 and was so glad I did as they sold out so quickly!

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Thank you SO much to Bramalea City Centre for selecting me as the winner for this shopping spree and of course, Erica Wark for making the day so special!

Also, a huge thank you to Obsessions Fashion for making sure my accessory game was strong, as per usual!

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Be sure to follow along on my fashionable journey on Instagram (staffordable_blog) and Twitter (staff_sara)

xoxo,

Sara