November 20, 2015

Flowing Fall Bohemian

This dress screams "fall". 

The print, the draping... everything. 

Plus, it only cost 19.99$ at H&M! 

I had to run out and take a few photos to share, just because of the beauty of this dress.

Boots: Coach
Dress : H&M

November 19, 2015

YouTube Adventure

I haven't updated my readers or really anyone besides my Instagram followers and friends. But I have successfully started a YouTube channel!

My boyfriend helped me pick out a great camera to suit my needs (Canon T5i) and a great Diva Ring Light. I really enjoy posting video's, it shows my true personality that you can't quite see when I'm always behind the computer screen. 

Check out my channel and subscribe!

I will be posting at least one video per week, my schedule has been quite hectic lately - but I am making time for my fashion/beauty/lifestyle videos. 

I really do enjoy the fact that I can share my life with you! I usually film in my beauty/fashion room or in front of my fireplace in our reading room. It's a lot of fun! 

I am sharing some of my video's below and make sure to subscribe!

Seventies Faux Fur and Changing Leaves

I love iconic pieces from decades past, for me this jacket from Le Chateau was a "must have" for this fall season. 

The faux fur, the smell of suede... I was in love. It made me feel very 70's chic especially when paired with my thigh high suede boots from Park Lane (via ASOS).

I also played around with my new cape from DSW -- the price reminds me of Burberry and I mean I work there so I get a wicked discount on classic pieces like this so now it hangs in my jacket/coat closet in my beauty room.

These are a couple of my favourite outfits (so far!) from the fall fashion season. 

The multicoloured skirt is from MinkPink and I actually purchased it from a retailer in AUSTRALIA so I could get it before everyone else! It speaks to the 70's trends/vibes that are going around this season. 

What is your favourite piece this fall season? 

November 3, 2015

Breakfast at Hillary's | Vegan Pure All in One

I had the opportunity to try something new and exciting for after my workout (and just plain ole nutrition!). I was sent two containers of Vegan Pure All In One Nutritional Shake and just in time I might add - I recently discovered a high sensitivity to gluten. I used this shake for 7 days in place of my usual shake/routine and I felt I could give a positive and conscious review! 

Firstly, it tastes fantastic. I tried the french vanilla and was blown away by it's tastiness. It's both gluten AND soy free and there's no sugar added. Like -- HELLO this stuff is extraordinary! 

I tried the shake plain with water and ice, with milk and ice, and with a mixture of greens and berries. All of these concoctions were so great! I am really pleased with the taste and the energy I had after drinking the shake. 

The shake is all plant based (and awesome) as well as packs 16g of protein, 1.5g of Omega-3 from flax seed... and do I need to go on? I'm hooked. This is now my go-to shake!

Seriously though, go check it out for yourself :

October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is my favourite holiday. 

I decorate the entire house, I have a wardrobe full of fun and spooky pieces, I watch horror movies (if I can stand it) all the month of October, I am obsessed with The Addams Family... Shall I go on? 

I had a fun little photoshoot for Halloween so I thought I would share some of my photos! 

Check out my instagram for all my goings-on!

October 29, 2015

Evian & Longchamp GIVEAWAY!

Who loves a giveaway?!

I know I do! My little pretties check out all the info below, this is a giveaway you definitely don't want to miss out on. 

CLICK HERE to enter and make sure to share on all your social media accounts with #evianspray 

The Wilkes Group is giving away a Longchamp "Le Pliage" backpack, in stylish, durable, water-resistant nylon topped with a textured leather handle and logo-embossed flap, which retails at $125. It is filled with one 10 oz., one 5 oz., and a trio of travel-size evian® sprays (over $175.00 total value)
Plus, three runners-up will receive a Longchamp pochette toiletries case, with embossed leather trim in durable, water-resistant nylon, accented with goldtone hardware, which retails at $50, and filled with a trio of travel size evian sprays (over $70.00 total value). 

Some info on Evian Facial Spray (my favourite of the sprays in the world...) is below and make sure to check out their website : 

Evian ®Natural Mineral Water’s journey starts as rain and snow high atop the French Alps after which it filters for over 15 years through glacial rock and sand to a deep underground catchment just outside the town of Evian-Les-Bains, France. The water contained in the spray is tested 300 times per day to insure quality and the consistent unique mineral content—guaranteed to be the same year after year—canister to canister. No other water has the same mineral content.  

Evian Facial Spray was originally introduced in France in 1962 at the request of doctors for use on burn patients. It was the first facial water spray in France and was introduced as the first facial spray in the United States in 1978. Because of the current world-wide awareness of the Evian brand name, and the 37 year efforts of the USA exclusive distributor (The Wilkes Group Inc. in Old Lyme, CT), Evian is the only facial spray to be carried by many prestige retail groups including Nordstrom and Sephora. It is also offered in many luxury resorts and hotels such as Four Seasons.

The French Government has extremely stringent standards for approving mineral waters as suitable to drink. Evian Facial Spray is the only mineral water spray in the USA to contain such a water and the only one with a companion drinkable bottled mineral water. Worldwide, the Evian brand can be found now in over 120 countries.

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October 8, 2015

Breakfast at Hillary's | Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Muffins

One of my favourite recipes is for French Toast Muffins. 

They are topped with cinnamon and sugar right when they are taken from the oven. They're a heavenly treat! Seeing as it's October, and because of the fact I purchased 6 cans of Pumpkin last week, I decided to incorporate pumpkin in my muffin recipe for a nice, festive treat. 

They turned out fantastically well! They disappeared within 2 days of baking them.

Since I am gluten-free, I substitute flour for rice flour! Check out the recipe below and let me know if you make them! 

for the muffins

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin purée
  • for the topping
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Preheat your oven to 350F.

In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger). Mix and set aside.

In a second mixing bowl, add the butter (room temperature), brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix on high for 2 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin purée. Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing until just incorporated.

Line your pan with baking cups, and fill about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes if you are using a cupcake pan, or 30 minutes for standard muffin size. Let the muffins cool for 10 minutes.
For the topping, mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon in one bowl. Melt 1/2 stick of butter in a second bowl. Brush the top of each muffin with butter, then dip it in the sugar mix.

Makes 12 standard sized muffins or 18 cupcake size muffins.

August 22, 2015

Donut Worry, Be Happy

A popular staple on Instagram, blogs and YouTube this summer has been fun and adventurous pool floaties. I received this donut float and laughed, full of excitement. 

What girl doesn't want to lounge in their pool on a donut float? Sounds like a perfect Summer day to me! 

The first time using the donut float by Big Mouth Inc., I wore my beautiful Wildfox Fruit Punch one piece bathing suit, which I scored last year for $2 during the Summer clearance event at Winners. I threw on some Quay Australia Kitti Sunnies in pink and hopped in my parents salt water pool on top of a floating Homer Simpson donut. 

I think next Summer I will have to upgrade and get the pizza floatie, or the swan... They bring so much life into the pool! 

Book Club : The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

I first stumbled upon this novel at my local Costco. It's like a treasure hunt whenever I go there, I bee line right to the book/magazine section. The cover of this book caught my eye; the delicate coconut cake. Upon reading the back, I knew it was a book I would throughly enjoy. Enjoy I did. 

I have been reading the novel for 30 minutes every night before bed since I purchased it. Reading before sleep has been a long time tradition of mine and I love that I am not staring at a TV, computer screen or iPhone screen before I close my eyes and drift off to dreamland. 

This book starts of quickly, and you are immediately hooked on what will happen to "Lou" next. 

First her fiancee cheats on her. 
Then she gets a miserable restaurant review that ruins her restaurant. 
She meets the love of her life. 

Everything that happens ties together in the final two chapters. I was delighted to see that at the back of the book they included the famous coconut cake recipe, which I can't wait to try by the way. 

I don't want to give too much of the book away. I would HIGHLY suggest you pick it up. It was a very addictive book that will have you both laugh and cry while reading it. 

July 19, 2015

Get Tropical | Palm Print Style

Summer is the season where bright patterns and eye catching prints are a regular attraction. My Summer wardrobe is anything but boring. I love to rock bright patterns with cool and slightly obnoxious footwear and accessories. Have fun with style! 

I was recently in H&M and came across the most darling Palm Print romper that I immediately purchased. It is from their Conscious Collection and is quite extraordinary. It reminded me of a swimsuit from Swimsuits For All that Ashley Graham posted a photo of herself wearing on Instagram.

Upon running in my front door I immediately stripped and put on my new palm print romper. It was love at first zip. I enjoyed the pattern so much that I decided to check online for some more style inspiration and unique palm print pieces to add to my Summer collection.

I'm not the only fashionista that has fallen in love with the tropics - palm prints are trending right now. 

Get tropical with me with some inspiration below!

Get Tropical

July 9, 2015

Cherry Pie

I adore this 50's vibe bathing suit. It's extremely flattering and is a throwback to Marilyn Monroe's signature style. The gingham print was a MUST and I purchased this suit from ModCloth. It's by a bathing suit designer by the name of Esther Williams. It was suggested to size up TWO SIZES. Boy, I'm glad I did! I think that my large busted sisters would have to size up three sizes to make this suit fit comfortably. I'm usually a size 6, 36B bust and purchased the size 10 for that stellar fit. 

I went to the local beach with my two brothers and sister for a beach day, sand in between our toes and ice cream in our bellies. It was a fantastic day! 

Outfit details: 
Bathing suit : Modcloth/Esther Williams
Hat : Dollar Store
Sunglasses : Quay Australia Kitti Sunnies in Red
Striped Shirt : Joe Fresh (tie the bottom hem in a knot for beach to street!)