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June 4, 2018

Jaune

Jaune
June 4, 2018
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I am the type of woman who loves to wear dresses. I have always loved dresses. It's difficult in the Winter months to wear dresses even if I have fleece tights to wear underneath. Canada has such freezing, arctic temperatures that I basically freeze while wearing a parka and snow pants, so you can imagine how it is when I wear tights and a dress. 

But alas -  June is here. Which means I have absolutely no excuse to not pull out my favourite dresses and finally shave my legs. Although, I did wake up to -2 degree weather this morning - but we won't focus on the negative. 

I was lusting after this TopShop striped dress and have seen it all over the 'gram for the past couple months. Yellow is super trendy right now, and yellow has been one of my favourite colours to wear since I can remember. I was a little bit anxious about the fit of this dress as I had to order it online. 

I shouldn't have worried. It fit like a dream. I ordered a 16UK just to be sure it wouldn't be too tight. I did have some weight gain over the past year due to PCOS (hormonal issues) and have been very sad about the fit of some of my Summer clothing. Perfect excuse to go shopping!


This dress is currently sold out, but if you live in Canada you can find it on the Hudson's Bay website for 95$! 

Make sure to follow me on Instagram for daily updates and stories. 






June 1, 2018

In Bloom

In Bloom
June 1, 2018
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One thing that makes me the absolute happiest is seeing flowers and trees in bloom in May/June. I discovered such beautiful trees in my neighbourhood and it really is wonderful when you are walking around or driving and are blown away by the bright colours of the blooms!

I am going to be sharing photos of flowers - either arrangements I have made or planted flowers all Summer long on my Instagram feed. Every Friday with be Floral Friday - so get excited for all things beautiful. 

A little known fact about me is that I used to work at a greenhouse. It was my most favourite job ever. I was the custom floral designer. I custom designed and planted flowers for customers and it gave me so much joy and creative freedom that I need in my life. 

Here are some photos of blossoms to lighten your Friday! 

Make sure to follow my colourful adventures on Instagram!


Dress : Vintage (From my Nanny's closet)
Boots : Frye Harness Boots
Woven Bag : Etsy Woven Finds Shop





Dress : Topshop
Purse : Topshop
Shoes : Converse shoes via Baggins Shoes
Denim Jacket : Vintage (From my Mom's closet)
May 31, 2018

One Day

One Day
May 31, 2018
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Over the years my bio has changed on all my social media platforms. My Etsy profile was the one who said who I wanted to be. 

"I've got dreams of macarons, tall buildings, a colourful pastel apartment with black and white photos on the walls and a closet full of pretty dresses. I'm in love with the fashion of the the mod 1960's, free-spirited 1970's, goth 1980's, grunge 1990's, and cyber-chic 2000s, 


May 10, 2018

As If!

As If!
May 10, 2018
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I was born in 1989 and was a complete 90's kid. I remember being obsessed with Clueless, Bring It On, Spice World and so many more films/shows.

The one movie/show that influenced me the most was Clueless. I had a huge book collection, and watched it religiously. That being said, I think Cher Horowitz played a large part in my style development from a young age. She had a closet and outfit organizer developed on her computer. Just.. everything about Cher Horowitz. 


When I saw this yellow plaid dress on Instagram I was instantly transported to the Clueless days and 5-7 business days later it arrived on my front step. I already had the pink fluffy pen from Indigo/Chapters and a mini backpack so I was already set to pay homage to my girl, Cher. 

I ordered the dress in a size large because it looked quite short/tight fitting. I am totally happy I ordered that size because it fit perfectly, and wasn't too revealing. I have a really long upper body so sometimes shopping for short dresses can be a struggle. 

Urban Outfitters no longer has the yellow version in stock, but the pink one is! 

If you're looking for some serious inspiration, look no further than The Coveteur. Click here : Cher's Closet for some serious throwbacks. 

11 Best Quotes from Clueless

 Cher : "Ugh! As if!"

Cher : Okay, so you're probably going, "Is this like a Noxzema commercial or what?" But seriously, I actually have a way normal life for a teenage girl.

Dionne: “Hello, that was a stop sign.”
Mel: “What the hell is that?”


Cher: “A dress.”

Mel: “Says who?”

Cher: “Calvin Klein.”


Cher Horowitz: I have direction...
Josh: Yeah, towards the mall.

Cher: He does dress better than I do, what would I bring to the relationship?
Cher: “I totally paused!”

Cher (to Amber): “Do you prefer ‘fashion victim’ or ‘ensemble-y challenged?’”


 Amber: Was I the only one listening? I thought it reeked.
Cher: No, I believe that’s your designer imposter perfume.

Cher: If it’s a concussion, you have to keep her conscious, okay? Ask her questions.
Elton: What’s seven times seven?
Cher: Stuff she knows!

Tai: Do you think she’s pretty?
Cher: No, she’s a full-on Monet.
Tai: What’s a monet?
Cher: It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.

Cher:  You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet.





May 8, 2018

Love Your Mother Earth

Love Your Mother Earth
May 8, 2018
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Earth Day is important.

But let's be real for a hot second - our Mother Earth is important every day.



We take advantage of the resources, and natural wonders of our world. Not only are we affecting the climate, we are affecting the animal kingdom as a whole.

Our impact on the planet is catastrophic. Climate change IS real. The time is now to start trying to save the planet.



There are small things you can do each and every day to lessen your footprint :

  1. Walk to work or take public transportation as often as you can. I started walking to work everyday, and I love it!
  2. Have meat-free days or try being a vegetarian (the meat industry impacts the planet more than you think!)
  3. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - I remember talking garbage cans in elementary school taught me the importance of RRR - implement into your day to day life!
  4. Go waste free. It's hard. But you can do it! It can be as simple as not using plastic bags for your product and taking reusable grocery bags to the market
  5. Reject all straws. That's right. STRAWS. They may be small but they add up. Imagine how many people in front of you in line are getting beverages with straws? All that plastic waste ends up somewhere. I will link some reusable straws below. 


There are many things you can do to create a difference. It just takes a moment of asking yourself "is this good for the environment?". Remember - being GREEN is sexy. 

Green is Sexy Shopping List : 


These photos were taken in Moncton, New Brunswick. The turtle behind me was made entirely of plastic waste (approximately one TON) and was designed to bring awareness to environmental awareness and the local endangered wood turtle. Go visit this art installation and take some selfies! It's located on Assumption Blvd., behind the Starving Artist Cafe. 

Jacket : Vintage (stolen from my Mother's closet)
Tee : H&M
Skirt : Zara
Sneakers/Trainers : Fila from Costco

May 4, 2018

Maskeraide Beauty

Maskeraide Beauty
May 4, 2018
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I love Canadian brands. 

MaskerAide is one of my top companies to try masks from! I recently received a box full of face masks, lip masks and under eye patches. I was literally on Cloud 9.



MaskerAide is also the newest favourite on my #GreenIsSexy list. They are cruelty free, their products are free from parabens, mineral oils, sulfates, phthalates, benzophones and are even a part of PETA's "Beauty Without Bunnies" program! 

I created an Instagram story with the unboxing which you can view at any time on my Instagram page. 

The products I received are as follows : 


I took time to enjoy each product so I could give the most accurate review. I love a lazy Sunday having a bubble bath, with a face mask on reading a Harry Potter book for the millionth time because I love it so much. This was the perfect excuse to do this almost everyday.

My favourite sheet mask was the Weather Warrior with a close second favorite, Beauty Rest'ore. My skin very much dislikes the cold Canadian weather over the Winter months and will get very dry and tender, the Weather Warrior made it seem like I had been vacationing in Bora Bora for the past 6 months. Amazing results - my skin was smooth and hydrated. The Beauty Rest'ore mask did just that - restore. I used it right before sleep, and I woke up with the most gorgeous skin! You would think I was going on 9, not 29. It really made my skin glow from the inside out, and was perfectly hydrated and soft. A definite win!

I sincerely enjoyed the lip masks, my lips were plump and were moisturized beyond belief afterwards. I had a bit of difficulty figuring out how to put it on, but if I had just read the directions I would have been fine (I put them on backwards at first). The eye masks were a true delight and really tightened and brightened my under eyes. I work from 7AM-330PM and wake up at 545AM to walk to work everyday. These eye masks are a lifesaver!

I am a huge advocate for MaskerAide products. The packaging is adorable and the products are no joke. I would suggest all my family and friends to try out this brand! MaskerAide has changed my skin, and being an *almost 30* year old - skin care is a huge deal for me. There are masks that suit every skin type, and are perfect for every woman. 
May 3, 2018

Faux Fur Pumpkin

Faux Fur Pumpkin
May 3, 2018
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This coat is faux fur, and it such a fashion statement. 


It's comfy, cozy and Kyle says I resemble a pumpkin. I think he said this to deter me from wearing it, but in reality I love pumpkins so I really wanted to wear it more often. 

I wish Halloween could happen several times a year, and this amazing coat made my wishes come true. I discovered it on Instagram - worn by @NoelleDowning and @Isabellath 


I paired the H&M coat (which is still available by the way) with my Le Specs Lolita sunnies and Joe Fresh tights. 


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? 
March 15, 2018

Hot Pizza

Hot Pizza
March 15, 2018
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I consistently burn my tongue on food. Today, it was pizza. The pizza was so delicious that it was WORTH IT. 


I know this coat is so bright it can be seen from space - but I felt like sunshine/a chicken/tweety bird/big bird and I kind of loved it. I also was saying in my head all day “sunshine daisies, butter mellow, turn this stupid fat rat yellow” - if you know what book/movie that is from we should be best friends. 

Coat : TopShop
Pants : H&M
Tee Shirt : Cotton On



March 12, 2018

Milkshakes & Pink Stripes

Milkshakes & Pink Stripes
March 12, 2018
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I would travel far and wide for a delicious strawberry milkshake. Thankfully, I only had to go 10 minutes down the street from my house!

With my two youngest siblings in tow, we ordered three retro style strawberry, vanilla and chocolate milkshakes to share.

The jukebox was playing, photos of vintage cars and Marilyn/James Dean/Elvis on every surface - I was in heaven.

I have always been inspired by the 50's and 60's so this diner was right up my alley.





March 7, 2018

Love Letters | Paperless Post

Love Letters | Paperless Post
March 7, 2018
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Unique and abstract photography is one of my favourite things. I love to frame black and white photos and display them in different coloured frames all around my home. I am inspired by nature, fashion and happiness. By happiness, I mean photos filled with laughter and love. 

I enjoy making use of my photos by creating unique invitations and cards, or crafting with decoupage. Licking a stamp, and popping a card into the mailbox is one of my favourite things to do. 

I have always been a fan of mail that makes people happy. A fun card, a beautifully written anecdote.. I know that when they receive the card it makes them smile. 

People are always connected. Connected to their laptops, tablets and smart phones. This makes it easy to contact via text message - but why not email a sweet card? It's quick, easy and you have so many colourful options for every occasion or celebration. This is also an environmentally friendly way to send cards/invites/save the dates to your loved ones!   

Paperless Post has the most gorgeous options from a variety of designers. Kate Spade, Oscar de la Renta, Sugar Paper and Mr. Boddington's Studio... You can send Thank You cards, Wedding Invitations, Cocktail Party invites - and so much more. I have at least 50 cards "saved" for a rainy day, to send for my upcoming 30th birthday, my future baby shower. Basically, if you can imagine it you can find it on Paperless Post.

Check out some of my favourite cards below from my collaboration with Paperless Post

















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