Topbox Review September 2014

September 2014 TopBox

Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Muli- Correcting Cream- This product is infused with the LR2412 molecule to correct the appearance of the skin, eliminating wrinkles and boosting radiance and plumpness. I have used it several times and it is very moisturizing and I do feel that my skin does appear smoother and more even after use. It is reccommended that the cream be used morning and evening after a serum.

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo- I love a dry shampoo as I cannot wash my hair everyday. The small size of this sample makes it perfect for my bag or desk drawer. We all feel better when our hair looks good- it can make the difference between a good and bad day!

Illumalift- This brighter and skin corrector has active ingredients to make skin look 2 years younger after a month of use.

Teeez Nail Lacquer in Pretty in Pyrite- Their polishes do not include Dibutyl Phthalate, Toulene or Formaldehyde. This colour is a lovely shiny neutral colour perfect for the fingers or toes!

 

 

Wednesday Wants- Pregnancy Style

So here’s the thing. I am pregnant..with TWINS! I had a really rough first trimester – Kate Middleton and I have something in common! You have may have noticed a serious drop in posts in since August but I am feeling SO much better now and I am getting excited to shop for my newly expanding figure! Let’s face it- new clothes is a nice distraction from thinking about the size of your butt and thighs as the pregnancy progresses! I am going to be pretty huge by the time I have these kiddos!!

A great pair of Maternity jeans is a must, especially as I work at a job where jeans are basically my uniform. Other musts are good long tanks and tops as well as cozy, draped cardigans. We will be attending a wedding in November and I am seriously considering this amazing Isabelle Oliver Dress….. what do you think?

Here are some of the items that I am coveting!

Maternity Style
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If you live in the Toronto area and are looking for some super fabulous maternity wear, I urge you to check out one of my fave stores (pregnant or not) Ani+ Wren! 

Currently Craving- Fall Boots

October’s here, the leaves are falling and the weather is cold!  Don’t mistake- I am sad that the summer is over but fall means…BOOTS!

I am a bit of a boot horder and the last thing that I need this year is another pair…. yet…. there are SO many cute one!!!
Here are some of my faves.. how can I choose just one??

Currently Craving- Fall Boots

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Menswear Inspiration for Fall

I am a huge fan of the colour grey for Fall and Winter. To me, it is the perfect neutral. It is chic, easy to accessorize and almost universally flattering.
Here are some of my fave grey menswear inspired pieces for the season. I want every.single.piece NOW!
Menswear Inspiration for Fall
 
Sweater- Rag & Bone
Blouse-  Equipment
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Clicking for Cake with shopbake.com

Shopbake.comThere are two things lots of Toronto women like- sweets and online shopping. In the past, these two faves have never intersected but as of today, the dreams of many come true!

September 17th marks the launch of shopbake.com, an online bakery delivery service made up of fifty of the city’s favourite bakeries with more to be added!!! It’s like Etsy for sweeties!!!

Sellers create an account to promote their delicious products and buyers can create their own personalized accounts with all of their favorites! This amazing service will revolutionize party planning and make gift giving this holiday season a breeze. Not only can you pick from a huge selection of cakes, cookies, macarons, bread and more, Shopbake also caters to dietary restrictions by having nut free, kosher, gluten-free and vegan options.

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I was lucky enough to receive a bag of goodies from Shopbake ahead of their official launch today! I snacked on a selection of treats from a variety of vendors and they were all AMAZING!

Head on over to Shopbake now and get grazing!!!

 

Thanks to Charming Media for introducing me to a new obsession!

What I Wore- Finally Fall

I am so excited that jeans/boots/sweater weather is here. I am so happy to finally be able to start switching out my summer clothes for my fall stuff- I was getting SO bored.

Here is a casual work outfit that I wore last week. All black of course. Duh.

 What I Wore- Finally Fall

Jeans- H+M (similar)

Sweater- Mossimo via Target

Boots- JustFab

Necklace- Via Treasure Lanes Vero Beach (similar)

Sunnies- Karen Walker

Bag- deux lux (love this one)

Lipstick- L’Oreal Paris Collection Privee by J,Lo in “Jennifer’s Nude”

 

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What I Read- August 2014

August was an insane month for us! We went on a two-week holiday, I started a new job and we continue to be in the throes of our renovation. This didn’t leave me a lot (by my usual standards) of time to read. Here are the fun books I managed to fit in!

 The Heiresses by Sara Shepard

The Heiresses by Sara Shepard - This book by the writer of Pretty Little Liars was the perfect fluffy holiday read- part romance, part suspense and all fun!

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The List by Karin Tanabe -I borrowed this from a the friend that we stayed with in Long Island; it was written by a friend’s sister! I adored this book! A fast paced romp through the political journalism scene in Washington DC had me hooked from the first page!

Visions by Kelley Armstrong

Visions by Kelley Armstrong The second book in her new Cainville series, this supernatural suspense novel built upon the foundations of the first book, and left me wishing that the next book was already out! She teases you like that! If you liked her Women of the Otherworld series, this is a must read.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent - This book was a departure from my previous fluffy reads. Based on the true story of the last female criminal beheaded in Iceland, this story is so atmospheric and beautifully written. Agnes’s story will stay with you long after the last page.

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Runtastic Orbit Review and Giveaway

I live a busy life- a preschooler, a blog, a full-time job, home reno… it has been insane recently.  I am always on the go but I have no time to officially “exercise”.  I really like to track my fitness level on an average day and to see if I am getting any exercise and to see where I can maybe add a bit more movement into the routine… even taking those stairs a few extra times a day can make a big difference.

Runtastic Orbit

I was approached recently  to try a new fitness tracker called the Runtastic Orbit. The  Orbit is a 24/7 tracker capable of tracking your fitness, steps, exercise and sleep cycle with one tiny little device. The device syncs to your smart phone (iPhone and Android for the moment) and is waterproof up to 300 feet (yes, you can track swimming!) . Like some of the other trackers out there, it can be worn in a wristband (it comes with two- basic black and blue) or on a clip for a more invisible look (wear it with your cocktail dress!)  There are so many activities that can be tracked with the orbit, it is mind-boggling. I love that you can use it to track cycling, skiing, push ups and more!

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The apps are free, very user-friendly and nice to look at. I am a big fan of this little device and I have been wearing it 24/7 since I got it! I am still crazy busy- now I can see the calories my life burns!

The complete starter package retails for $119.99 CND on Amazon.com and extra colours of wristbands (for you colour loving ladies) can be ordered separately for $34.99 CND

Starting in October, the Runtastic Orbit will also be available at Walmart and Canada Computers!

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** Thank you to Storia PR for introducing me to this product

Trending for Fall- The Blanket Coat

Blanket coats are the thing to have to keep warm this fall. I love the look of them- slouchy, cozy, fun… did I say cozy?
Here are a few that caught my eye!!
Trending for Fall- The Blanket Coat
Clockwise from Top Left:
Chloe (sold out- another cute option)
Topshop (sold out- love this one)
As soon as I started looking at the coats, I started to envision how I would style them! Here is one of my visions!
Styling a Blanket Coat for Fall

Coat- Chloe/ Jeans- Genetic Denim /Bag- Alexandar Wang/Boots- Rag & Bone/ Sunglasses- Karen Walker/Beanie- Black.co.uk