Travel- City hop for Canada Day Weekend!

Hi love!

I hope you had a wonderful Canada Day weekend! I’m still recovering from the fun-filled events, as Alexei and I were city hopping all weekend- we visited 8 cities in 3 days! What did you do to celebrate?

In today’s post, I’m sharing our adventures across multiple cities within Ontario to truly embrace the Canada Day experience!

  1. Oakville: On Saturday, we decided to visit the beautiful city of Oakville’s Bronte Harbour, where the marina is lined with boats, yachts, seagulls and swans! There were several residents strolling around the harbour, with bright, colourful and uniquely painted chairs for relaxation. If you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat, there are several restaurants on Bronte Street in walking distance of the harbour. Depending on your appetite, restaurant choices include Harbourside Artisan Kitchen, Cove Bar & Restaurant, Plank Restobar and my personal favourite- La Parisienne Crêperie. I’ve also linked a visitors’ guide on what to do in the Oakville area.

2. Burlington: We headed to Walmart Burlington North Supercentre, where I went to take my photos for my Citizenship application (I’m a Permanent Resident of Canada, and am so excited to finally submit my application!)

3. Mississauga: We then decided to head to Square One Shopping Centre to do some light (emphasis on the word ‘light’ :p) shopping. We picked up a few items and ran some errands. I bought this Tall Striped Essential Shirt at the Ann Taylor store and was so pleased with this purchase- stay tuned for the photo when I share it on Instagram (@livinglissy)! Also, Alexei and I discovered this new store called BonLook which is based in Quebec but has subsidiaries throughout Ontario. He bought this super smart looking pair of eyeglasses called Black Tort and not only are the eyeglasses stylish, but they are much more affordable than the competition- will keep you updated on the feedback when he receives the pair of glasses.Afterwards, we headed for dinner at this lovely buffet restaurant called Tandoori Flame. This is North America’s largest Indian Buffet Restaurant and rightfully deemed so, as the restaurant space is so large that it allows for an array of live stations, with over 3 stations of food. There’s a salad bar, two wrap around food station bars, along with the food stations lined by the kitchen, and a dessert bar. The food itself was so delicious, that I had no trouble helping myself to seconds and even thirds! The atmosphere is warm and lively with the music playing in the background and the crowd conversations filling the air. There is a large presence of South Asian population, which is a wonderful cultural experience (I am West Indian from the Caribbean, so have not been exposed to much East Indian culture while growing up). The dishes were so tasty and each dish had a distinct flavor, bringing such an explosion of flavors! What a perfect meal to end the evening!

4. Fort Erie: On Sunday afternoon, Alexei and I, along with his father and grandfather, visited to the Fort Erie Race Track to place our bets! I’ve never been to a racetrack in Canada, and my first experience left me with the desire to visit again! While people go for the betting, I was more interested in the farmer’s market located just outside of the building, with fresh fruits and vegetables, cured meats and handmade and unique crafts!

5. Port Colborne: After the race track, we all headed to his father’s house in the Port Colborne area, to relax on the deck and enjoy the rest of the warm, sunny day! Of course, no patio is complete without pizza and beer/cider, so we stopped at the Colborne Pizza Hut and the local LCBO.

6. Waterdown: Upon leaving his dad’s house, we made an impromptu decision to visit the Waterdown’s Ribfest (we arrived at 10:30pm, and it closed at 11:00pm, but hey, who needs more than 30 minutes to devour mouth-watering ribs!) and what a great idea that was! There were 6 different rib vendors and several other vendors selling Corn On The Cob, Blooming Onions, Funnel Cakes, Lemonade and of course, BEER! The sights, smells and sounds of the amusement rides, BBQ meat and live music, really evoke a feeling of what Canadian summer is all about! In my opinion, this was the perfect event for a Canada Day weekend. We bought cornbread and ribs at the ‘Hawgs Gone Wild BBQ‘ vendor, and oh my goodness- it was hands down the absolute best ribs we’ve had all year (we’ve been to Ribfest three times this year, and summer’s only just begun!). The meat itself was juicy, and well cooked, and the sticky, smoky sauce really complemented the sweet corn bread! We actually visited the Ribfest again on Monday, for the same vendor’s ribs (yes, we really loved it!) when the announcement was made that the ‘Hawgs Gone Wild BBQ‘ vendor had just won the ‘2019 Judges Choice’! I couldn’t help thinking, ‘Wow! Our palette is as refined as the judges own, because we trusted our taste buds and knew that those were the best ribs and now it’s actually official!’ This Ribfest was the perfect meal to complete the Sunday!

7. Hamilton: On Monday morning, Alexei and I woke up revitalized from the weekend and ready to enjoy our Canada Day starting with a hike through Dundas Valley Conservation Area! We really look forward to summer time in Canada for outdoor adventures, especially hiking to Hamilton’s Waterfalls! We hiked for approximately 2 ½ km on the Monarch Trail, which really is a hidden gem as the majority of people ventured to the waterfalls. The hiking trail was so peaceful, that we were truly felt at one with nature and were grateful for the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the birds and wildlife.

We continued exploring the city by visiting the Bayfront Park, for the Canada Day Celebration held by both RBC and the City of Hamilton, filled with food trucks, family fun and live performances. Alexei and I enjoyed the sunny afternoon with our picnic blanket and relaxed by the lake. As the fireworks display took place later on in the nighttime, we decided to pack up and head home to watch the fireworks from the comfort of our balcony.

8. Toronto: As we approached the ending of our day’s festivities, Alexei and I returned to the city of Toronto to enjoy the Ashbridges Bay Fireworks Display, which was so marvelous! Watching the brilliantly colored light bursting in the sky, brought upon a bittersweet feeling of the ending of the long weekend. While a part of me was upset that the long weekend was over, I reflected on the weekend’s events, and a wave of nostalgic bliss overcame me as the fireworks marked the observance and symbolism of Canada’s Independence.

I really hope you enjoyed this post, and that you can get some ideas of what to do during the Canada Day weekend or even during the summer! Canada’s summer is so exciting and adventure-filled with many free events, hiking activities, camping, movie nights at the drive in theatre and of course, food festivals!

If you like this post, do comment below and share your experiences- I’m always looking for adventures within and around the city!

Enjoy your 4 day work-week and we’ll chat very soon friend! xoxo

~Lissy

Fashion- Michael Kors Crossbody Bags

Hi friend!

It’s Canada Day long weekend and I’m blissfully enjoying each and every moment of the summer weather! My boyfriend, Lex and I have been city hopping from Toronto to to Mississauga to Burlington to Oakville to Fort Erie and the experience has been amazing! There are so many unique and hidden treasures within each city!

One of my favourite weekend outfits include this floral and flirty dress which I paired with this trendy navy blue crossbody bag. While this item is no longer in stock, I have linked similar items below- Michael Kors handbags are my favourite- I own about 4 bags and each one is of high quality, with unique designs and so stylish! Are you a MK fan? Here are some of my favourite MK crossbody bags which are similar to my own:

Large Crossgrain Leather Dome Crossbody Bag

Ginny Leather Crossbody Bag

Jet Set Large Saffiano Leather Crossbody Bag

Whitney Large Leather Convertible Shoulder Bag

Sylvia Medium Tri-Color Crossgrain Leather Crossbody

That’s it for now- keep up with my weekend plans by following me on Instagram @livinglissy. Hope you enjoy this post and do let me know if you buy any of the above bags and what are your thoughts!

Enjoy the reset of your weekend beautiful! xoxo

~ Lissy

Fashion- Summer is here in this Tropical Chic wear!




Hello beautiful! Hope you’re having the best weekend! Today, I’m sharing a quick post of a dress which I wore to our friends’ wedding. The theme for this beach wedding was ‘Tropical Chic’ and I couldn’t think of a better dress to wear for the event!

The Canary Yellow Colored Gown is my absolute favorite dress for this summer season! I strutted around the venue with such confidence as this bold and fun color turned the heads of many guests. I’m wearing a size Small, and it fit like a glove, yet the chiffon material allowed my to glide elegantly and comfortably. In my opinion, the three best features of this dress include the vibrant color, the halter neck strap design and of course, the leg slit which added a special element to an already gorgeous dress! I can’t wait to wear this gown again because I received so many compliments at the wedding- I even won an unofficial contest (unbeknownst to me) as the BEST DRESSED GIRL! This gown is a show stopper and head turner, so if you’re thinking of impressing the party goers with a dress which has that ‘WOW’ factor- this is it! Shop now while it’s still in stock and currently on sale for 47% off- trust me, you won’t regret it!

For the heels, I kept it simple with this Tayvia Nude Block Heel- and it was so unbelievably comfortable, that I danced all night wearing them and had no blisters the next morning! Super happy with this purchase, and it’s so adorable at only CA$49.99.

When pairing the accessories, I decided to wear this Carrie Clutch Bag to match the nude heels, and it complemented the overall outfit quite nicely. This clutch fit all my essentials such as my cellphone, lipstick to touch up (of course) and keys, so again, another purchase with which I was satisfied!

Last but certainly not least, I completed the overall look with a color contrast to the yellow dress- this pair of Chic Beaded Turquoise Earrings! The earrings are very lightweight and I think that the turquoise color adds a fun accent and pop of color to this vibrant yellow gown creating the perfect combination for a tropical chic wedding- after all, I was awarded the title of ‘Best Dressed’ wasn’t I? 😉

I hope you enjoy this post and if you do buy any of these items, do let me know what you think (I don’t receive a commission from these products, I would really just love your feedback!) If you do buy any of the products mentioned above, do share your post and tag me on Instagram @livinglissy 🙂

Enjoy your weekend friend, finally summertime is here!! xoxo

~ Lissy

Fashion- Well plaid in this Mini Paperbag Skirt

Happy Tuesday loves!!

I hope that everyone has recovered from the weekend and is killing it at work this week! Today’s post covers this beautiful plaid skirt that I LOVE this fall season! The features are so flirty and fun and the plaid pairs perfectly with this grey coat- see photos for the full look 🙂

As the skirt is so short and loose fitting (the waist tie allows for a more rouged look), I thought that a fitted top would pair well, and I chose this long sleeved turtleneck top (size S)- who else loves turtlenecks?? They’re so cozy and keeps you warm all day long!

Let me know what you think of this look! I welcome and encourage your feedback 🙂

And be sure to follow me on Instagram @livinglissy so you never miss a post!

Have a great rest of your week ladies! xoxo

~Lissy


Mini Plaid Paperbag Skirt
Source: Dynamite Clothing
Size: S

Long sleeved Turtleneck Top
Source: Dynamite Clothing
Size: S

Inverted Lapel Frock Coat (similar to below)
Source: Zara 
 
Boots (similar to below)
Happen
Source: Steve Madden

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fashion- Office look: Textured Pencil Skirt

Happy Monday babes!!

I hope you all had a wonderful week and are ready for another week- back to the grind!

As it’s back to work this week, I thought it fitting to share with you some of my favorite fall 2018 work outfits- I’ll be posting some of my newest finds and sharing on Instagram this week (be sure to follow @livinglissy). Today’s look features my absolute favorite combination of black/grey attire. This pencil skirt is my new fall find; it’s fitted and gives for a sophisticated office look (I’m wearing a size 2 for reference). This skirt is perfect for that interview which you’re trying to ace! It’s feminine yet classy, and that’s what I love most about this work outfit.

I paired this skirt with my go to black V-neck bodysuit from M for Mendocino and threw on this super chic grey/black coat from Xara, along with my staple Aldo black booties.

See below for more photos and let me know what you think! I’m always interested in reading your comments 🙂

Don’t forget to subscribe to be in the know when new posts are published and follow me on Instagram @livinglissy for more fashion and lifestyle posts!

That’s it for this post! I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead ladies! xoxo

~ Lissy

Textured Pencil Skirt- Grey Mix

Source: Reitmans

Size: 2

Price: CA$49.90

Fashion- Pompon See-Through Crochet Tunic Beach Cover Up 🌴

Happy Friday ladies!

Today I’m sharing with you my most worn cover up during my Barbados trip which is this chic tunic with bright colorful pom poms at the back! When I saw it online, I just had to have it- paired with my brilliant white sun hat from Aldo accessories, and this is the ideal beach outfit combination!

The see through material is perfect for the beach, as it shows the swimsuit underneath, but in my opinion, the highlight of this cover up is the crochet design with multicoloured pom poms at the back 💗

See below for more photos of this beautiful crochet tunic- so many different elements and features to love about this cover up! And the best part- it’s 41% off at only USD $16.59/ CAD $22.58! Save big with this one for your next vacation getaway!

Colored Pompon See Through Crochet Tunic Top
Shop: DressLily

That’s it for now ladies! For more travel/fashion inspo, follow me on Instagram @livinglissy.

Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

~Lissy

Disclosure: As a DressLily Affiliate, I receive commission from purchases made through links in this post. 

Fashion- Button Front Bodycon Dress

Happy Hump Day friends!!

Today’s post features this super trendy bodycon midi-dress from Dynamite clothing. As you know, I was on vacation in Barbados (follow me on IG @livinglissy for travel photos!) and this dress (size XS) was the perfect resort wear for dinner. I paired it with these comfortable yet stylish brown wedges and of course a glass of Pinot Grigio- doesn’t it match so well with the color of the dress? 😉

My favourite features of this dress are the buttons and the slit at the front which gives for a slightly revealing look.

The best news is that this dress was under $50 when I purchased it but it’s currently 40% off at a price of only $30!!

Enjoy loves! xoxo

~Lissy

Button Front Bodycon Dress

Fashion- Over the moon with OTK Boots! 👢

Happy Saturday loves!

Today I’m sharing with you my favourite pair of OTK boots from Call it Spring! 👢

Now, I bought these last year and wore them all Fall season, and I’m so happy to rock them again this year!

Check out my Instagram for more fall fashion @livinglissy 

Have a fantastic weekend enjoying the Fall festivities! 🍂

~ Lissy xoxo

To shop the look, see below:

White knit textured bodycon dress featuring edgy gold zips
*item out of stock (2017 stock), but I’ve linked similar items on Pinterest*
Size: $49.95
Price: XS


Qeiven Riding bootsTaupe
Size: 9
Price: $109.99

Fashion- Playing with Pinstripes: SheIn Frilled Collar Striped Top

Hi friends!

I’ve been MIA since my last post on my recent travel to T&C, but today, I’m sharing with you some exciting news! I’ve joined the SheIn Affiliate program and wanted to share this classy number that I wore at the office and received so much positive feedback! 

As you may be familiar with my recent posts (if you follow me on IG, you’ll know that I decided to take on what I call the September in Style Closet Challenge on Instagram…and for those of you who didn’t know, well, you’re missing out! You can follow me on IG @livinglissy :p)

Anyway, back to today’s look- This beautiful frilled collar striped top is one of my favorite new fall finds! The puffy sleeves which are rouged at the wrist and high collar neck gives that office professional look, and the yellow stripes are perfect for the upcoming fall season (who else is ready for those orange, red and yellow hues??). I paired this top with my black to basic pants- Kate skinny pants from Dynamite Clothing and finished the look with my go to black heels from Call it Spring and black Kate Spade handbag.

Trust me- when you wear this number, you’ll be hearing so many compliments as the style itself is very unique and the fit is true to size and most importantly- it’s super affordable at less than $20!! 

To shop now and receive 70% of this item, click here

https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=374756&u=1854479&m=39236&urllink=us%2Eshein%2Ecom%2FFrilled%2DCollar%2DStriped%2DTop%2Dp%2D419887%2Dcat%2D1733%2Ehtml&afftrack=
Frilled Collar Striped Top

Let me know what you think of this beautiful blouse! 🙂

For more great styles and at super affordable prices, be sure to check out the SheIn best selling items 

Enjoy the rest of the week and we’ll talk soon loves!

Disclosure: As a SheIn Affiliate, I receive commission from purchases made through links in this post. 

~ Lissy

Be A Sunflower…Stand Tall And Find The Light.

Hello beauties!

Today’s blog post features my recent trip to the Terre Bleu Lavender Farm and Sunflower field! This was an absolutely beautiful experience- from seeing the horses roam the fields, to the lavender infused sweet treats, to the 20,000 sunflowers standing tall and proud- I was in my glee!
I had always wanted to visit the sunflower field- it was a must on my 2018 summer list, so I asked my boyfriend to go as a cute date event. Since the peak time for the sunflowers to bloom is late July/early August, I was ready to go visit my brightly coloured friends, but was so disappointed to learn that the popular Bogle Sunflower field in Hamilton was trampled and damaged by city folk, which resulted in more security presence and access restriction of the field for photo opportunities. Thank goodness our friend mentioned that the Terre Bleu field in Milton was open, and it was definitely worth it, as it included both a lavender field as well as a sunflower field!
The cost per person is $20.00 for the lavender field, and unfortunately, the sunflower field ticket cannot be purchased separately- this cost was an additional $10.00, so a total cost of $30.00 per person. We arrived at the sunflower field at 3:30pm and was told that the latest entrance to the sunflower field was 4:30pm. An hour is more than enough time to walk through the field and enjoy the yellow hues. I was in complete awe when surrounded by the flowers towering above me- I gazed in admiration thinking about all the quotes that I’d heard before, never really giving them much thought, but now I can say that sunflowers are some magnificent flowers. The sunflowers’ colours are bright and bold, their height is tall, exuding confidence, and they follow the light by facing the sun. In many ways, we can learn to be more like sunflowers- the characteristics are so similar to what we, as human beings, preach on a daily basis.
After we took many Instagram worthy photos, we decided to head to the lavender field, which closes at 5:00pm. Upon exiting the sunflower field, we were each given a sunflower as a token for visiting the field, which has now become my newest addition to the home;)
Quick tip- Be mindful when collecting the sunflower upon exiting the field, as most people tend to want the largest sunflowers, but those are actually the ones in fullest bloom and will die sooner than the smaller ones.
We entered the lavender field and roamed for all of 5 minutes, before the sign which read ‘Lavender Ice Cream & Lavender Lemonade’ instantly captured our attention, and we immediately stood in line for the refreshing eats, which were the perfect treat to end our day.
See below the many photos taken to capture each moment- like the sun rays, just soak it all in! Have you ever visited the sunflower or lavender fields? If so, please share your experiences below- I’m always eager to read your comments! 🙂 Follow me on Instagram for more exciting adventures @livinglissy (https://www.instagram.com/livinglissy/).

Outfit details:  
Dynamite clothing:
Sheer T-Shirt Dress- $44.95CAD
Stone Fringe Earrings- $14.95CAD
Amazon.ca: Bali Harvest: Round Woven Ata Rattan Bag Linen Inside and Leather Button- $43.99CAD

Bye for now! xoxo

~ Lissy