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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.
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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.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP

I love having a busy schedule! I really do. Juggling a million things is how I’ve always been. I guess you could call this the ambitious side of me: always moving forward with my sights set on my goals. Yet, as much as I love having this chaotic schedule, I also believe in the importance of sleep and balance. That means making downtime to unwind and recharge. And so, every so often, I dedicate an hour or so a day to do the things I absolutely love.

I truly believe we should all do this. I call this the no-phone/unplug yourself-from-the-world kind of ritual. This all came about when I found myself burnt out a couple of weeks ago. I will admit, even though I loved having these opportunities come left, right and center it was time to take a step back and listen to what I really needed: balance and most importantly rest (it’s quite liberating not to have say yes to everything and just do ‘me’).

That said I’ve never really shared some of my favorite rituals with you guys. I thought it might be fun to highlight ways I love to unwind and recharge:

DO WHAT YOU LOVE

Probably something not a lot of us care to admit, but we sometimes forget to make time for the things we love doing. Turn off your phone for a couple of hours a night and take time for yourself. Taking a bath, cooking and journaling are all of my favourite ways to unwind. I also love doing a mask once a week.

SLEEP

Did you know we spend about a third of our lives sleeping? Studies have shown that getting a good night’s sleep is necessary for our overall well-being. On average we need 7-9 hours a night to function at our very best. For a balanced lifestyle, sleep becomes one of my main priorities. That means going to bed a little earlier every night so I have time to let my mind rest and reset. On that topic, reading in bed has also been a guilty pleasure of mine as that helps me fall asleep naturally.

INVEST

One of the main reasons I used to love staying at luxury hotels was how well I slept and how relaxed I was after my stay. Why couldn’t I have that sleeping at home? After introducing the Endy mattress and pillows into my sleep routine, I can say I won’t be missing those stays anytime soon.

For those of you that are new to the brand, Endy is locally sourced meaning their products are 100% Canadian made. Since buying a mattress is an investment, Endy provides a 100 day trial period to test out their products. If you’re not completely satisfied Endy provides you with a full refund, which is incredible for those of you that are looking to spend wisely on the right mattress.

What I personally love about my sleeps on the Endy is that I no longer wake up with back pain, which is huge for me since I love sleeping on my back. I also no longer need to double up on pillows as Endy’s contain removable foam that you can adjust to make your pillows customizable to your liking. Love that! All in all, I have been having my best sleeps yet! Coming home to a bed that provides that perfect amount of comfort and support makes me look forward to the downtime I set aside every night. To read more about Endy, click here.

 

 

 

There you have it. Sleep is one of my main priorities, just as much as unwinding with a good mask. What are things that help you unwind and recharge? Do share below. xoxo

 

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

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