Fashion- High Rise Paperbag Shorts

Hi love!

How’s your Tuesday treating you? I find that Tuesday’s aren’t as dreadful as Monday’s, I guess because we’re already going through the motion (and by that I mean, the work week), but I still count down the days until the weekend!

Today’s post features the weekend outfit which I wore to the Ancaster Ribfest– mmm, love me some good pork and beef ribs! What about you? Have you ever been to ribfest? What’s your favourite food at the festival? I love the corn on the cob and blooming onions! 🥰

Alexei and I decided to try the Kentucky Smokehouse vendor and boy was the sauce darn good! (That’s about as country as I can speak! haha).

Let’s get into the outfit, shall we? I’m wearing this super comfortable high rise paperbag shorts with adjustable drawstrings (xs), and the style is so flattering for any body type! This item gives for a relaxed fit with a wide leg and is 90% Rayon material. The best feature about these shorts- they come with functional pockets on each side which add for such an easy casual look!

I’ve also linked a very similar item called the Riley Belted Short– it’s also a paperbag style and includes a removable belt and pockets (see, super similar!) so you can check out this item as well!

Both items can be styled with a crop top or even tucked into the shorts for a more fitted, yet relaxed feel. I find that usually with these wide leg or loose fitting pants, a fitted top pairs best otherwise it can look as though you’re drowning in your outfit! :p

I hope you enjoy this post and as always, feel free to leave a comment below! I’m curious to know what unique food festivals there are in your area and which is your favourite! 🙂

Enjoy your day and we’ll speak soon babe! xoxo

~ Lissy

Home- Bodum French Press ☕️

Happy Monday friend! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Alexei and I recently visited the cutest Creperie in Oakville called La Parisienne Crêperie (check out my blog post: ‘Travel: City Hop for Canada Day Weekend’ for the full details and photos!). Not only were the savoury and sweet crêpes so incredibly delicious, but the coffee’s aroma is sure to entice you into this quaint cafe!! The coffee tasted absolutely delicious and the server gave us our individual French Press for our coffees, and I was so impressed with the quality of the coffee, I just had to link the brand of the French Press and share with you! I’ve linked multiple options for your coffee needs.

Do you own a French Press? If you’re a coffee lover, then I highly recommend this item because there’s nothing better than a pot of freshly brewed coffee! ☕️

Let me know in the comments below if you purchase this product! Would love to know if you’re pleased with it 😊

Hope you have a great week ahead love and we’ll chat soon! xoxo

~ Lissy

1.) BODUM CHAMBORD COFFEE PRESS

2.) BODUM® BRAZIL 34-OZ. COFFEE PRESS – BLACK

3.) BODUM BRAZIL FRENCH PRESS

4.) BODUM CHAMBORD 4 CUP FRENCH PRESS

5.) BODUM EILEEN FRENCH PRESS

6.) BODUM CHAMBORD 8 CUP FRENCH PRESS & TRAVEL MUG SET

Fashion- 4th of July styles with Lulus 🇺🇸

Happy 4th of July my loves!!! I’m sure all my American girls are celebrating in style today, so today, I wanted to share some of my favorite 4th of July looks from Lulus!

The first look features this beautiful My Philosophy Red Wrap Dress.The short flowing dress has a wrapping bodice with ties at both the waist and sleeves, making this dress super flirty for day or night out! Paired with this Hot to Dot Navy Blue and White Polka Dot Satin Scarf– this festive looks screams Happy 4th of July! To complete the look, pair these dainty gold earrings Arriba Red Tassel Earrings which add a fun bold statement to this outfit!

Another dress to pair with this Hot to Dot Navy Blue and White Polka Dot Satin Scarf is this gorgeous Shift and Shout Red Shift Dress, which features a rounded neckline with an exposed gold zipper at the back. This is another short sleeve flowy dress which can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with flats.  You can also pair the Arriba Red Tassel Earrings to this look, as these bright red earrings are so versatile!

The third look that I’m sharing is this adorable Cape Cod Red, White, and Blue Striped Off-the-Shoulder Dress dress which is so perfect to wear on any summer day!

If you’re looking for more coverage, this Tapas Red, White, and Blue Striped Wide-Leg Pants is so adorable for this itme of year- the wide leg pant is cool and breezy and can be paired with this All Your Love White Lace Crop Top– another outfit which embraces the 4th of July spirit!

If you prefer to wear jeans and are simply looking for a festive top to celebrate the holiday- then this Sunset Island Red Orange Embroidered Pompom Crop Top is perfect for you! The crochet detail on the square neckline, and festive pom poms trim both add a unique element to this cotton top!

Hope you all enjoy the holiday and chat soon! xoxo

~ Lissy

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

Beauty- Pride Inspired Rainbow Eye Makeup 🌈



Hi ladies!

Today, I’m sharing with you one of my favourite looks which I created for the Pride parade! I had so much fun with this project and received tons of compliments on it! It’s so easy to create, I simply looked at some photos on Pinterest (of course- who else agrees that Pinterest is life!?) and tailored it to my own liking to create this unique design. 

Two of the palettes which I used for this rainbow eye makeup include the Urban Decay Vice Palettes 1 & 4 (shown below), and unfortunately both are no longer in production, so I’m linking similar items which can be used to re-create this look!

Similar eyeshadow palettes:

To use as base layer 
For color vibrance with a wide selection of colours, you can use the Sephora PRO Editorial Palette- Limited Edition. I love the pearlescent finish which adds a luxurious touch (you can use this palette alone if you prefer, as the colours contain high pigment properties).

Another base layer which I also used for this look is the Mac Fashion Fanatic Palette which was perfect for capturing the vibrant hue that I needed for the pink/red colour. This palette is a limited edition so be be sure to grab it before it’s out of stock!

To use as a top layer
This Flamingo PRO Eyeshadow Palette offers a wide variety of shimmery tropical shades with all the colours of the rainbow to achieve that burst of colour!

As some of these palettes may be a bit pricey (especially if you won’t be using these colours on an everyday basis), I’ve also linked a more affordable palette available on Amazon called Tropical Eyeshadow Palette Docolor with 30 vibrant matte and glitter eyeshadow colours and it’s only US$17.99! I have not personally used this brand, and I am more familiar with the Sephora brand in terms of product quality, however, this particular item has received so much positive feedback on Amazon reviews that I decided to share with you if budget constraints are in mind 🙂 

I hope to film a video one day and share the step by step instructions on how to create this rainbow look, but until then, I hope you can use the photo as a guide on the color placement and overall look! This makeup is so versatile and can be used for Pride Parade, Mardi Gras, Carnival and even Halloween! 

I hope you have so much fun with your re-creation and please share your photos as I would love to see the variations of this look! 🙂

Bye for now ladies! xoxo

~ Lissy

Self-improvement- Goal setting techniques for a productive week!

Happy Monday friends!

One of my favorite sights to see are the Spring flowers blooming beautifully! 🌷🌺🌷🌼
 
 
 
Today I’m sharing some Monday motivation to help you achieve maximum productivity. Monday’s can be a drag for us all, but it helps to have a set goal for the week and aim to reach one step closer with passing each day. Goals give us a sense of purpose and satisfying these goals give us a sense of achievement and can increase our self actualization needs. I use each Sunday evening to reflect on the past week and determine what I can do better for the upcoming week. But the ‘What’ is not as much important as the ‘How’. How will I achieve this week’s goals, how will I measure the success of my goal and how will it add value to my life. Here are three important tips to set goals and stayed focused on goal attainment:
 
Tip #1: Define the ‘What’
 
Set aside some time on your Sunday evening to focus on what you’d like to accomplish this week and set attainable, realistic targets each day. Needless to say that a daily planner or agenda is essential for efficient and effective planning. You can purchase any agenda or planner from several stores (online or physical) such as Amazon, Indigo, Stationary stores, etc. These targets or objectives should be clearly defined with a purpose and method for execution within the specified time line (e.g. On Monday, I will schedule all appointments for the week with phone calls/emails and ensure follow up calls on Tuesday to confirm my appointments).
 
Tip #2: Define the ‘How’
 
Setting a goal is easy, but the follow through is what requires a significant amount of effort. The ‘How’ is where you execute the defined objective, while keeping your timeline in mind. It is the action undertaken to ensure that your goal is realized and adds the anticipated or expected outcome or impact as desired (e.g. On Tuesday, I will gather all necessary documents required for my appointment and review the checklist (if any) to ensure all criteria is met before my appointment on Wednesday) or (On Friday, I will review my agenda to ensure all appointments were met and if not, have been rescheduled or follow-up appointments made and confirmed).
 
Tip #3: Determine the impact of your goal and next steps
 
Here, you can determine whether the outcome of your goal has added value to your life, or whether it can be improved upon. This is the stage where you compare your desired target and realized outcome and analyze the impact of your goal- has it met your expected outcome? If not, then what could you have done differently to ensure maximum effectiveness of your goal. This is also called the ‘Lessons Learned’ stage and should always be conducted after each objective or goal is realized (e.g. On Saturday, I will do a review to determine which goals did not meet my expectation- did I need to physically attend this appointment, or could it have been done electronically or by phone? Was I prepared enough for the appointment or did I miss a crucial step before the appointment i.e. fasting before a medical appointment? Were all documents gathered beforehand? Is a follow up appointment required?). Once you assess the value added, benefit realized or impact of your objective, you can then implement any corrective actions, solutions or follow up actions required for the future.
 
Hope these tips help you in being your best productive self! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
 
 

 
 

As promised, I’m also linking below the army green bomber jacket featured in my photos:

 

Source: Garage clothing- while the item is no longer available from Garage clothing, I’ve linked a source where you can purchase the exact item available on Poshmark- click here.
I’ve also posted below some similar items which are on sale now:


Utility bomber jacket– on sale for $30 off!
Outerwear jackets on sale


Here’s to wishing you all a wonderful week ahead filled with purpose, determination and success ✨


~ Lissy

Fashion- Blushing in this Satin Wrap Jumpsuit!

Hi ladies!

Hope your weekend is going great! 🙂

Today, I’m sharing with you this beautiful Satin Wrap Jumpsuit that I recently wore to a friend’s wedding. Let me tell you, the luxurious pink color is gorgeous for a spring wedding, and the satin material gives for such a feminine look. There are so many elements that I love about this piece, including the slit leg which allows you to show off your strappy heels, along with the fit itself (which is true to size btw- I’m wearing a size US 02/ AU 8/S ). I especially love the pockets, as it adds a relaxed feel to an otherwise classy piece and the self tie belt is the perfect detail to complete this sophisticated look!

If you’re thinking of buying this jumpsuit, now is the perfect time to take advantage of their 25% discount! See below for outfit details 🙂

I had so much fun accessorizing this outfit, and would you believe that my entire outfit- from the jumpsuit to the heels are all from Ever New Melbourne!
The link that I’ve shared with you for the actual jumpsuit is from the parent company, called Forever New Group, which is based in Australia (love Australian clothing!).
The peony tear drop earrings that I paired with this outfit matches so beautifully with the pink satin of the suit, and the plunging neckline is perfect for this rose gold stone statement necklace with hanging tassle (currently 37% off!).

To complete the look, this Ring Clutch dusted in a rose shimmer complements the elegant outfit and adds an extra touch of flair as it’s paired with matching rose gold heels.


Please do leave a comment below if you enjoyed this post! I’m always eager to engage with you all. Wishing you a wonderful day! xoxo

~ Lissy


Maddison Satin Wrap Jumpsuit – AU$119.95

Peony Tear Drop Mini Hoop Earrings – CA$14.99

Serena Tassel Torque Necklace – CA$16.95 (37% OFF!)

Lottie D-Ring Clutch – CA$54.99

Rosanna Asymmetric Stiletto Heels (rose gold) – $AU79.99 (similar to item worn in photo)

☀ Friday feels at the pool in this confetti bikini! 🌴

Happy Friday loves!!

I hope you’re all ready for some R&R this weekend- I know I am!

Today’s post features my new favorite bikini which has ALL the features that I absolutely love- the high waist cut, lace up style, stripe pattern, bright colors- everything! I’m wearing a size small in both top and bottom pieces. The top is a bit too tight because I do have a broad back, but I was worried that the medium would be too big as my cup size is small. However, the small bottom is perfect for that cheeky look! 😉 The brightly multicolored bikini screams ‘Summertime is here!’

I paired the bikini with this beautiful beach blanket which I absolutely adore!! From the pattern, print and colors, this blanket is a must for the summer season! I received several compliments on this one 🙂 I have to be honest, the material is not the best quality- it’s as thin as brown cotton, but the lightweight material makes for easy packing and a light load when you have to consider all the items required for a beach run (towel/s, sunscreen, water, book, etc.).

Of course I had to get on board the straw beach tote train as it’s all the trend for 2019! This uniquely crafted chic piece is exactly what I’ve been looking for all spring, and I finally found it at such an affordable price! The bag itself is not your regular beach bag, it’s great for small items and I’ve used it as more of a beach handbag/accessory to place sunglasses, a book, beach blanket (the lightweight material is perfect for folding into this bag!), sunscreen, wallet and keys. The tote is open and has no zipper/clasp, so do consider this if you decide to buy it. For some people, an open bag is not secure and can be the deciding factor on whether to buy or not, as weather conditions or possibility of theft is always a risk.

Finally, no trip to the beach is complete without a sun hat! I recently bought this floppy hat and I am so pleased with the coverage it provides! The black and white colors are basic which I did consider before buying, as any swimsuit can be paired with it, and I thought the label ‘Vitamin Sea’ is so clever and witty!

As always, I’ve included below the source of all items described, so be sure to check them out!

Wishing you all an amazing weekend! xo

~ Lissy

Bikini:
Source: Revolve
Bandeau Bikini Top in Confetti – CA$62.88
Lace Up Bikini Bottom in Confetti – CA$88.30

Beach Blanket:
Source: SHEIN
Ombre Feather Print Round Beach Blanket – US$10.00

Straw Beach tote:
Unfortunately Forever 21 no longer has this item in stock online, so I can’t link the exact product, but I’ve linked a similar one 🙂
Source: Amazon
Aolvo Natural Chic Hand-woven Straw Bag – CA$29.20


Floppy Hat:
Online product not available, so I’ve linked similar items below:

Source: Etsy
Vitamin Sea Floppy Hat – CA$69.86

Source: Amazon
Women’s Beachwear Sun Hat Black and White Striped Straw Hat – CA$14.57

Source: La Vie en Rose
Sun Hat: Neutral – CA$25.95