#FineryChallenge Week 2

15 Jun

It’s time for another #FineryChallenge update! I swear every time I open the app I love it a little bit more than the last time. This week I bring you the MAGIC that is the Finery Browser Extension and the best way to find images of your fav things online, even when you think Google may have failed you!

I’m PUMPED to say that I have successfully gone another week without adding a single thing to my closet, and I’ve worn a bunch of old clothes I thought I’d never wear again!

Are you doing the #FineryChallenge? Let me know!!

P.S. The ladies at Finery rolled out a new version of the app this week AND got a patent.

The app is amazing and it’s free so download it here to see what the fuss is about: https://r.finery.com/l5WY5xmSAM.

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#FineryChallenge

6 Jun

HELLO!

As many of you may know, I am an avid avid shopper. I love getting a good deal online, or popping into The Clothing Loft to score an amazing find for an even better price.

But these days my closet is feeling so full that I’m having trouble making sense of what is in there, or worse yet, what to wear.

Then I stumbled upon Finery which promised to take my closet from zero to hero. Founded by Whitney Casey and Brooklyn Decker, this app is what dreams are made of. By connecting to your inbox, Finery will pull your online purchases into the app and categorizes them in seconds. If you didn’t buy something online, you can really easily add the rest of your wardrobe through their slick browser extension or by snapping a pic!

Then it occurred to me. What if I stopped shopping in stores for 3 months and used Finery to shop my closet instead? With the features of the app I could see what I had, plan according to the weather, and even create packing lists…

So I pitched the idea to Finery, and #FineryChallenge was born. Every week I’m going to bring you some fun content from my closet, share some features of the app that I love in a bit more depth, and let you know how the challenge is going!

If you want to get in on the fun, use my referral code to download the app or visit it on your computer: https://www.finery.com/r/lRt . IT IS FREE. This isn’t some wild pyramid scheme. I’m genuinely excited to be partnered with some fierce women in tech, and get control back over my closet.

Here goes nothing!

Hey Mr. T Won’t You Curl With Me?

15 Feb

I am someone who is a sucker for people achieving their goals, especially those who overcome their obstacles to get there.

So it is beyond me that why every time an Olympics draws near I only think of reasons I am not excited for them to come. I reluctantly watch the Opening Ceremonies and scoff at the fact that our TV is constantly on (even though I am an avid TV watcher).

Within 24 hours of the games beginning I without fail am sobbing at the commercials and can’t get enough of people celebrating their success. Their families overcome with emotion at the finish lines. GAH! I’m tearing up just thinking about it.

This year however, we’ve had the added benefit of an unexpected cheerleader warm up to an unexpected sport.

Mr. T has become obsessed with curling. For some reason the idea of this former Wrestler and “I Pity the Fool” tough guy celebrating a sport that *shouldn’t* cause bodily harm really fascinating. He’s even trying to make curling “cool” again. Count me in.

See here’s the thing. I am not sporty. I am however quite active, but I grew up as a dancer and team sports were never my jam. I was always jealous of people coming back with medals from their latest tournament, or hearing stories from the road as they ate pizza and snuck around hotels. It was a sporty life, not a dancers life.

When Mr. T started talking about curling on Twitter I thought, maybe this is my chance! Maybe, if I just ask nicely enough, we could team up and learn a thing or two about challenging ourselves to try new things and tackle a sport we’re both unfamiliar with.

So, Mr T if you’re listening, here is my list of reasons why this outlandish idea may just be the intro to curling you’ve been looking for:

  1. While I’ve established I am not sporty, I am an athletic supporter. With pep and enthusiasm I get sports, I just don’t play them (yet).
  2. I’m a communicator. In curling being able to yell things like “hurry hard” and “good sweep” matters. I will not be a meek and mild teammate. I’m chatty and can make my voice carry. We won’t fail because of poor communication.
  3. I’m a quick study. In late November I learned how to knit. I knit 10 headbands for Christmas presents. Dedication, practice, execution. These are transferable skills. (I could also make us matching headbands as an added perk!)
  4. Canadians make for some damn good curlers. As you’ve seen in the Olympics already this year, John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes took home gold in Mixed Doubles. Colleen Jones is one of Canada’s curling sweethearts. We host the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Horton’s Brier Cup every year, drawing the best Curlers from across Canada. These are big deals here up North.
  5. We can both try something new and crush some stereotypes about ourselves. You can practice grace and elegance “on the sheet”. I can show people that sports are not out of my bailiwick. Heck, I might get invited to play on that Summer baseball league that keeps passing me over due to my lack of sports aptitude.

Don’t get me wrong, this won’t be easy. The pro’s we are watching make this look SO effortless. We will need to train and train hard. But I pity the fool who doesn’t at least give it a shot!

See you on the sheet!

Yours in Curling,

Sylvia

If You Like It Then You Shouldn’t Put a Ring On It

9 Aug

The Unicorn Frap -Magically Delicious?

19 Apr

By: Sarah Creamer

Today I went to Starbucks but not for my regular order. Usually I get a Skinny Vanilla Latte ( half sweet with coconut milk), but today my order was going to be magical!

I heard through the grapevine a few weeks ago that Starbucks was coming out with a new Frappuccino. I avoid these as much as possible but today I caved and got one. Why? Because how do you resist something with the word “Unicorn” in it.

Yes, that’s right, they call this beautiful beverage “The Unicorn”. LOOK AT IT. The Frappuccino looks like a Unicorn! It’s purple & pink with a blue ribbon topped with whipped cream with blue and pink sprinkles. It’s almost too pretty to drink! The barista who made mine must have a degree in Frappuccino Making because mine looked like a beautiful masterpiece!

 

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Where you from? You sexy thing.

 

So, what does it taste like?! When I asked the Barista what was in the Unicorn, this is what they told me: whole milk (all Frapps are made whole milk unless told otherwise), ice (to make it cold obviously), pink sugary stuff (this is exactly how it was described to me), mango syrup, blue white mocha base stuff (again exact description), whipped cream topped off with pink and blue sprinkle stuff. I was expecting the drink to taste really tart and sour but it wasn’t! It tasted like cotton candy which awesome because everyone knows cotton candy is the best.  But then something weird happened…

I never finish a Frappucchino. I always get way overwhelmed by how sugary they are and have to tap out half way through even if I’m drinking the smallest size. But I decided to stick this one out, mostly because I saw how much effort the guy making put in to this drink.

About half way through, I was reconsidering my life choices when all of sudden BAM, the flavor changed! It went from this amazing cotton candy flavor to this sweet tart flavor. Was it as good as cotton candy?  NOPE! Did I stop drinking after that?! NOPE! I continued to drink the entire drink in case there was another surprise in store, but alas, the flavor did not change again.

Sidenote: I also ate the sprinkles that were on top of the whipped cream and let me tell you, those things are sour!

All in all the Unicorn Frappucchino was not a huge disappointment. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking to treat yo’self or is super in to sugary, magical, overpriced delicious-ness.

The Day of Love

14 Feb

Valentine’s Day is a funny day. In my younger years I hated it. Every Freddie Prinze Jr. movie made me believe I would be swept off my feet by a boy I’d been pining over. But year after year that didn’t happen. The closest I got was being taken to see the movie Daredevil the year Valentine’s Day happened to fall on the coldest day of the year. Suffice to say the temperature of my heart adjusted to match that of the outdoors. 
As I got a little older I just acted like it wasn’t for me likely to avoid another disastrous date involving a Ben and Jen movie. Eventually I legitimately stopped caring about it. 

As time went on, I met The Husband, adopted the fur-baby and continued into a life of love with someone by my side. 

In a home of two people who were “meh” to this day, it’s just never become a thing. Sure we share cards and a dietary appropriate treat (FYI: Love means not wanting to ruin someone’s digestive tract) but that’s about it. 

This year though with so much garbage in the news and so much hurt and hate, I’ve been trying to focus on the good things in my life, mainly love. 

Of all the things I worry about on any given day, love is not one of them. I love love. I love the feeling of love. Not just romantic love, but the love you share with friends, family, random puppies you see on the street, etc… 

The feeling of a happy heart that has become that way because of a multitude of people. Am I IN love? Absolutely. And I consider myself insanely lucky for that. Outside of The Husband do I have love? You bet. 

So on a day that I don’t really love all that much, I did want to send a little love note into the world for the people who have touched my heart and let me feel loved, and who let me love them in return. 

Isn’t that what this is all about anyway? This isn’t singles awareness day for those who aren’t in a romantic relationship, it’s a moment for all of us, paired or not to feel love. 
So to the people in my corner that have warmed my heart, make me laugh, build me up when I’m down, listen to my silly ideas, send random notes even if we haven’t talked in a while, know that you’re loved. And thanks for loving me. 

Deck The Halls With Holiday Fashion

27 Nov

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Holiday season is officially upon us and with the holidays come holiday parties!

If your calendar is looking anything like mine, it’s sprinkled with Sweater parties, office Christmas parties, lots of family functions, and of course, New Years Eve. Each one of these events requires a bit of holiday pizzaz which could end up stretching out your wallet at an already spend-happy time.

Here are a couple of my tips and trick sto keeping your wardrobe fresh over the holidays, while saving your pennies for the ones you love!

NYE & The Office Christmas Party:

These are likely the swankiest parties you’ll attend all year.  Dressing up is SUPER fun but requires you to whip out the duds you don’t wear too often and sometimes spending money on things that will collect dust after the holidays are over. First things first, shop in your own closet. Is there an outfit you wore a couple of years ago for NYE that you could repurpose at the Office Christmas Party this year or vice versa?

Do you have a super sparkly pair of shoes that could add the right pop of colour to an otherwise underwhelming outfit?

If you need to shop it’s important to focus on a couple of key pieces that you can mix and match together and reinvent yourself at every party!

If you need to start from scratch, of course my first piece of advice is to hit up your local consignment store.

These are a couple of amazing outfits that The Clothing Loft has for your shopping pleasure:

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The Christmas Sweater Party:

This used to be the cheapest outfit of the holiday season but the popularity of Ugly Sweater Parties made these sweaters a bit of a hot commodity.

Our friends have an annual Christmas Sweater Christmas Party and the sweater collection of this group runs deep. If your friends do something similar, why not organize a pre-holiday sweater swap? You don’t have to swap for keeps, but this is a super cheap way to get a special gem for your next sweater party.

If that option is off the table, obviously second hand and consignment stores are the place to turn to. If you can’t land a deal there, Winners has turned up some beauties. Check our family holiday photo from last year!

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Share your amazing holiday finds with me at @UsedToBeYoursFashion on Instagram!