SPRING READY WITH H&M

Brought to you by H&M.

LOOK 1: TRENCH | WHITE TOP | PANTS | CLUTCH

With spring officially here, we can finally embrace the warm weather and freshen up our wardrobes with some fun and flirty staples. Though I often gravitate towards a darker colour palette throughout the year, this season I am all about welcoming pretty neutrals and bold hues come spring and on. In some ways, this is why spring is my favourite season! Other than signifying the end to a cold and gloomy winter, spring is so synonymous to a fresh start. Everything feels new and exciting; what better time than now to revamp your wardrobe.
At this point it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve been on the hunt for new pieces this season. The latest discoveries from my recent shopping finds were all from H&M, specifically their new 2018 spring line. Everything that I am wearing in today’s post is from them, and with so many great options, creating these classic spring looks couldn’t be easier! These are sure to be on rotation all season long. Check out my top 5 must-haves to building your spring wardrobe below:
DENIM JEANS 
One spring staple that I always stock up on are denim jeans. Though I haven’t met a denim pant I didn’t love, I love them solely on the fact that they can be dressed up or down so easily. This pair (under $50) happens to be a current favourite thanks to the distressed look and easy fit. As you know I’m all about those special details and this was one of those love at first sight picks.
BOLD COLOURED TRENCH
One iconic piece that never goes out of style. So minimalistic and classic, this is one piece that is the definition of spring awakening! Choose one in a pop of colour, like mine, found here (under $100).
FLIRTY WHITE TOP
Never met a white top I didn’t like and if it has those special details like an off-the-shoulder or ruffles I am basically sold. In fact, I think this is the perfect spring must-have top; wear it with everything from jeans to skirts, they add a little femininity to any look.
WHITE PANTS 
One item that is never not on the top of my spring must-have list! Versatile and so easy to style, find yourself the right pair and you’ll be wearing them with everything. Love these (under $50).
GO-TO ACCESSORIES
Look for an accessory you can wear every day. To me, that’s a bag that can fit all of my necessities (phone, cardholder, lipgloss etc.) This clutch (under $50) was a favourite find. Not only for it’s casual appeal, but for versatility. Great paired with any look, it can be dressed up or down and will be my go-to this spring. Love that! Also can we talk about this hat? The suede detailing really caught my eye and worked so well with today’s look. You can find it here (under $15).
My shopping philosophy has always been focused on building a wardrobe filled with classics that will stand the test of time. Thanks to H&M, I was able to revamp my wardrobe adding these classic must-haves. Needless to say I love each and every one and have definitely been eyeing a few more from their spring line. You can shop H&M’s spring collection online here and in stores which is available on March 21, 2018.
What are some of your favourites from their new spring line? Do share below. xoxo
Thank you to H&M for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
30 Comments

UNFILTERED: AGE AIN’T NOTHING BUT A NUMBER 

GAP SWEATER | RIPPED JEANS | JIMMY CHOO HEELS | HAT | RINGS (1,2)

It’s funny when we are young we want to grow up fast, but when we get older we don’t want to look our age. One lesson that’s for sure is: don’t let people judge you on your age. And don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re too young or too old to ever achieve what you want. Age perception may give off an impression, but it should never dictate how people treat you.

I’ve been in the middle of renovations over the course of the last month. My house was a contractor’s heaven. Bathrooms were being flipped, walls were being fixed because of unexpected water leaks and dust was everywhere. It was a stressful time, but things got done. Thankfully while dealing with the contractors I never got judged by my age and was treated with respect. But this morning I was thinking so much about how time flies and how I’ve gone through situations where people have taken advantage of me because of how young I looked. Below I’m sharing some helpful tips on how to overcome this and come out swinging strong:

TAKE OWNERSHIP

Just because you look young doesn’t mean people can walk all over you. Ever. Over the last 6 months I went through many trials and errors with flipping our home. I’ve met with real estate agents who were either too surprised I owned a home because of how young I looked or the one I currently let go took advantage of that fact and felt they didn’t need to do their job properly. Paperwork wasn’t filled out correctly and had to be redone or the job was pawned off to other agents. Lessons learned. Switched real estate agents and I have one that now respects and does her the job the way it should have been. It was definitely an eye opener because when I put my foot down it came as unexpected. Oh she has an opinion, she’s not this young, naive girl selling a home? Nope. I never was. I just learned that being taken advantage of when the stakes are high with home equity is time wasted. Ain’t nobody got time for that. And I did my research. Since I was stuck in a contract with this agent for a couple of months I did the best I could to get the results I was looking for, aka. the sold sign. Which didn’t happen because she wasn’t doing her job properly.

GAIN TRUST

You shouldn’t ever have to try so hard to gain anyone’s respect especially when it comes to business relationships or closing a deal. Oh you’re so young how do you know so much? When you want something show what you can do. Own it, gain their respect and do the job. Don’t let people’s perceptions stop you. And don’t ever let anyone put you on the back burner if they’re supposed to work for you. Again this year was a year of growth for me and as I take my personal life and work life to the next level I’ve seen a couple of these happen first hand to me. It stung, but I no longer accept less than what I deserve. If you’re ever in a situation where you get a vibe that a person doesn’t want to work for you or they’re judging you based on your age impress them with what you’ve got and give 1000%. If it doesn’t work out, I like to use the one word that just makes sense: NEXT.
MOVING FORWARD
Like I said age ain’t nothing but a number. It’s about where you are in life and what you’re doing about it. What do you want? Even if you’re so called too young, too old – too whatever…. who cares what they say? What do you want to achieve? I may be a young home owner, but I hustled to save for that down payment. I spent countless of nights commuting to work hustling at a night job serving until I switched to working full-time days. Now I’m onto owning a second home, moving back to city and taking my dreams to the next level. The work never ends and I won’t let anyone tell me because of my age that I can’t achieve something. It’s their own limiting beliefs, not mine and they’re not yours either. Always remember people are either for you or not. And that’s okay if they’re not. Surround yourself with people who support you and feed your mind with strength and vision. You can achieve and do anything at any age.
Unfiltered is something new I wanted to share here on Sweet As Fiction once a month. Lessons I’ve learned to help you guys because I am sure we all know it’s hard enough to be a boss on your own, let alone take over the world. Until next time….thanks for reading. xoxo
6 Comments

MY BEAUTY ROUTINE

It may come as a surprise, but when it comes to beauty I am really a low maintenance type of girl. When I find products that I love, I stick with them. Since my every day can vary, I typically choose a more simplified beauty routine keeping my look ‘au natural’. Fresh skin, powder, eyeliner with a flick and a matte nude lip colour are all I really need. I guess you could say my signature look is very much the no-make-up makeup look.
To be honest, as much as I love makeup, I’m also a huge skincare fanatic. This is surprisingly something I don’t talk enough about on Sweet as Fiction and so today I wanted to switch things up and share some of my all-time favourites between both.
My skin tends to be on the drier side so my focus over the last couple of years have been on hydration and looking at key ingredients found in products I was using. I wanted to be sure they weren’t harmful in the long run and provided the right amount of moisture without causing breakouts. All in all healthy, glowing skin is what I want to maintain and achieve, which means finding a skincare routine I can trust. Steps 1 & 2 are steps I never miss!
Step 1: Cleanse my face with a gentle face wash and pat dry. I love Cera Ve.
Step 2: Next up I apply a booster before going into my daily skincare routine. I love this one by Elizabeth Arden. I’ve never seen my skin look so rejunveated and hydrated. Such a must-have! Serum is applied next once the booster sets in. I’ve been using this one for years.
Step 3: Apply La Roche Posey SPF and then moisturizer. My all-time favourite is the Juice Beauty Stem Celluar Anti-Wrinkly Moisturizer.
Step 4: Dab a small amount of Nars creamy concealer onto any red spots or blemishes.
Step 5: Fill my eyebrows in using Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Pencil.
Step 6: Following my natural lash line, line my eyes to the outer corner for that eyeliner flick (aka. the signature cat eye).
Step 7: Apply Standing Ovation Mascara onto the outer, upper and lowers corners of my lashes.
Step 8: For that natural glow, I use Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Blush Glow applying it to my cheek bones, a touch on my eyelid and upper lip.
Step 9: Dab a small amount of powder onto your brush and dust a light amount all over your face. Love this one from Elizabeth Arden. Keeps me matte all day long.
Step 10: Apply lipstick and then gloss (love this and this).
Y voila! A little insight into my daily skin and makeup routine. Let me know what you end up trying for yourself and love. Thanks for reading! xoxo

Thank you to Elizabeth Arden for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

15 Comments