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April 12, 2018

Sharing the Love

Sharing the Love
April 12, 2018
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I think I own more red than any other colour. 

Well, maybe that's an exaggeration, but I am definitely a "rouge" fan. 


This outfit was inspired by Taylor @ Live Love Chardonnay! Her style is impeccable. Make sure to check her out on Instagram - her stories are so cute! I'd love to start incorporating more "Girl Power" in my posts by sharing other ladies blogs and Instagram accounts! Stay tuned for more. 


Beret : Free People
Jean Jacket : Vintage
Tee : Levi's 
Trousers : H&M
Booties : Topshop/Hudson's Bay
Purse : Le Chateau 
Earrings : H&M


April 10, 2018

DIY Rosewater Toner

DIY Rosewater Toner
April 10, 2018
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It can take years to find something that works well for your skin. I am almost 30, and it has taken me years to find out what really works for me. 

99.9% of products I use on my face are handmade, vegan and all natural. 

I enjoy making my own scrubs and soaps and will be sharing all my personal recipes for beauty here on The Brunette Shake. 




This past weekend I spent some time making my rose water. It's super easy and only has 3 ingredients (sometimes 4). 

1. Three cups of rose petals 
2. Three cups of water
3. Teaspoon of witch hazel oil (and/or rosehip oil or any oil you may LOVE for your skin)



You boil the water and rose petals for about 7 minutes. After it boils I like to let it steep for about 15 minutes, sometimes even 30 minutes if I forget about it and get distracted. 


Drain the mixture

Add witch hazel

Pour your mixture into mason jars. 

Ta da! 

Ces't fini. It's that easy! This DIY toner has worked well on my skin for years. There are so many variations of rose water, you can even add vodka (which works really well if you have oily skin)
April 9, 2018

Travel Dreaming

Travel Dreaming
April 9, 2018
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Sometimes the closest I can get to my dream places are in the pages of a book. 

Chapters is my place to explore travel books. 

I actually discovered the most wonderful book called "Wanderful" which is a bohemian travel guide. I absolutely fell in love!



I can spend hours wandering the book stores. 

Next stops on the #HGSWorldTour : 

Australia
 England
France

Keep track of my adventures on my Instagram and see how funny I really am on Twitter

xx

Hillary 
April 7, 2018

Clementine Cafe

Clementine Cafe
April 7, 2018
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My nickname in high school was Clementine, so when I discovered there was a local cafe with the same name I jumped at the chance to go there. 

It was super whimsical inside, with quirky and fun details. 

The coffee was amazing! 

I wore my favourite new Zara suit with a pearly beret from Free People. The pearl necklace is vintage, and was a hand me down/heirloom from my Nanny. I felt like an 80's student going to art school in this outfit, and I absolutely loved it. 

Also - sidenote, do you know how difficult it is to take a photo holding a coffee cup? My hands looked like man hands. 

The coffee art was the best in town, and we had such a wonderful time. 




March 29, 2018

Red Vinyl

Red Vinyl
March 29, 2018
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I love style. 

Everyone is different with what they like and what they feel looks good. It's a great way to express your own individuality. I have always been a bright and colourful soul, so it reflects in my outfits. 

This vinyl coat I purchased on Depop from the blogger Noelle Downing (I LOVE her!) and I paired it with pieces I already owned. It is a great statement jacket, and it brings me lots of confidence when I wear it. 

Do you have any piece of clothing that just simply makes you smile? 



March 28, 2018

Self Love Chronicles | Maple Latte's & Natalie Portman

Self Love Chronicles | Maple Latte's & Natalie Portman
March 28, 2018
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Self loves comes in many different forms. 

I am very excited to film and share Self Love Chronicles on my YouTube channel! I will be posting every Thursday. 

For me, on a dreary and snowy Monday morning I decided to give myself a treat. My favourite actress was covering a fashion magazine (Natalie Portman on Porter Magazine for Spring '18) and it is maple season (my favourite) so I treated myself to a delicious maple latte from Second Cup Canada. 


Clutch : Louis Vuitton
Dress : ASOS
Hair Bow : Free People

March 27, 2018

Waffle Road Trip

Waffle Road Trip
March 27, 2018
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Prince Edward Island is my home away from home. 

It actually feels more like home than where I currently live! It is bright and cheery, and filled with delights at every corner. 

I recently discovered a little cafe and restaurant called "Leonhard's". The interior had mystical little details at every glance. There was angel wings and dried roses hanging from the ceiling... it was really a fun little spot to enjoy some multigrain waffles and a vanilla latte!



March 20, 2018

Blue Jeans

Blue Jeans
March 20, 2018
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Whenever I wear blue jeans, I always sing that Lana Del Rey song in my head. You know the one I mean. 

I am absolutely in LOVE with this denim jacket. It was my Mom's from the 90's and I vividly remember her wearing it when I was a child. I was on the fence about this H&M shirt. It turns out that I just needed to size down for it to fit me better. I usually wear a size 10/12 at H&M depending on the fit of course. For this shirt I was a size 6 or a size 8. So you're best to size down one or two sizes. I still have an oversized feel to the look which is great! 





I have been really into styling my hair and neck with vintage scarves like Parisian women have been doing for decades. This scarf went really well with my blue look, and made my hair look undone, yet chic. 

Do you style with scarves? 

xx

Hillary 


March 17, 2018

The Brunette Shake

The Brunette Shake
March 17, 2018
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When I started this blog, I came up with "The Brunette Shake" because I am Brunette and like to shake things up. My blog space has been a work in progress - and now is almost complete! I have sent over 800 of my old posts dated from 2009-2015 to the "drafts" for a fresh start. 



When I saw Noelle Downing and Rachel Martino wearing these Brunette/Blonde sweaters from Zara I knew I had to have one. 

It's definitely a statement piece. I received a size Medium, and could have had a Small or Extra Small. It is very oversized, but comfortable. It's great for those days when you don't know what to wear, but it's chilly out. 

It was a windy day, but these tulips made me the happiest. Spring is almost here!

 What's your favourite season? 
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