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Introducing… Beauty & Stuff!

21 Jan

Breaking News! We’ve started a podcast!!

Erika and Sylvia have joined forces to bring you Beauty & Stuff. Erika is a kick-ass makeup artist who has been working in editorial, bridal and more for many many years. Her love for beauty *and stuff* started as a young girl and that passion has never quit.

Sylvia knows nothing about beauty other than the fact that she loves to look and feel her best. Enter Erika’s brilliant brain.  Sylvia does consider herself a lover of fashion and a great bargain, which is the & Stuff portion of our duo.

As ladies in our 30’s we are going to dig into topics large and small to help make your daily routine that much easier.

So, check it out on iTunes and SoundCloud now!

If you’re curious about all the products we talked about this week, fear not, we’ve got you!

Tiny Fan!

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen

Coola Classic Face SPF 50

Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Moisturizer

Glow Recipe Pink Juice Moisturizer

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

Pacifica Coconut Probiotic Water Rehab Cream

Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer

Egyptian Magic Cream

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask


Finery Challenge Week 8

17 Aug

Holy smokes. Life has been so busy. We have bought a house that needs a bunch of TLC. Got a puppy, and work is booming! While I can hardly complain, my wardrobe has not been the focus of my life right now.

That being said, a couple of weeks back I used the Styling feature of Finery to let Finery choose my outfits every single day. It was THE BEST THING EVER.

Check out my video to hear all about it.

If you aren’t using the Finery app now IT IS FREE. And beyond useful for daily life. Get it here: https://r.finery.com/l5WY5xmSAM.

 

Are You Even Old Enough?!

8 Aug

Age is a funny thing. When we’re young we want to feel more grown up. As we get older we remember times when we had less responsibility, needed less sleep, could eat whatever we wanted to. The grass is always greener as they say.

One thing that hasn’t changed since I’ve entered adult life is the frequent comment about how young I look.

There are times in life when that really isn’t so bad. Getting ID’d at the liquor store can feel like a compliment. Looking young while attending a Taylor Swift concert diminishes the “why is she here without kids” stares I might otherwise get.

But generally speaking, being told you look young also comes with a judgemental stare that is trying to decipher if you are young and therefore perhaps not qualified, not mature enough, not capable enough.

This morning I watched TV as two co-hosts bantered back and forth about the year a particular event took place. The male co-host time and time again called out his counterpart for being SOOOOO young.

It’s been sitting with me all day because the tone and judgement in his voice had her on the defence even if it seemed playful on the surface.

At the end of the day they were doing the exact same job at the exact same time. Shouldn’t it stand to reason that despite their age difference, they both earned their seat at that table? Why does her age discredit her ability to perform at the highest of levels?

Yes there is something to be said for experience, but age and experience don’t always go hand in hand.

Recently I had an experience where my age (or seeming lack there of) landed me on the defence. My Husband and I just bought a house. We were doing a visit before our new home was about to close and one of the neighbours came over sizing up the new residents of her street. After looking me up and down she said to me “are you even old enough to buy a house?!”

In that moment I wish all I had said was yes. Yes I am. But because I felt so small, I felt the need to tell her my age, explain how hard we had both worked, and that this wasn’t actually the first home we’ve owned.

WHY?! I am a strong, experienced, smart and capable person. Have I been on the planet as long as some others? No! Are there people alive on Earth younger than me?! Heck yes.

So rather than taking shots at those who may seem too young to be doing what they’re doing in life, can’t we instead lift them up and give them mad props for working relentlessly to achieving the things that are important to them?

#FineryChallenge Week 5

11 Jul

Another week, another #FineryChallenge update!  It’s been another week and remarkably I AM STILL GOING STRONG. I honestly cannot believe I haven’t added anything new into my closet.

This week I talk about how I almost cracked (but didn’t) and some tips on how you can get your wardrobe into the Finery app in a way that suits your needs!

If you aren’t using the Finery app now IT IS FREE. And beyond useful for daily life. Get it here: https://r.finery.com/l5WY5xmSAM.

#FineryChallenge – Dress For YOU!

28 Jun

I cannot believe it but I am through another successful week of the #FineryChallenge. I thought by now I would have caved. That some sparkly object would have caught my eye, BUT NO. I am not even tempted!

Getting my digital wardrobe organized with Finery really made me touch and feel everything in my closet and I have a new desire to wear things I thought would forever collect dust. Or moths? Whatever happens in your closet that makes your clothes feel really sad and lonely.

This week I tackle dressing for yourself. It’s easy to slip into sweatpants and veg when no one is looking, but with a super busy work week ahead of me, I kept reminding myself that I would NEVER wear sweatpants to work if I had a traditional office job still.

So here you have it!

And if you haven’t downloaded the free Finery app yet do it! I swear you’ll fall in love! https://r.finery.com/l5WY5xmSAM.

 

#FineryChallenge – Travel Edition!

22 Jun

OK so I’ve been away for the past 10 days and decided before I went I’d put Finery to the challenge. I somehow survived two cities on TWO pairs of shoes, TWO pairs of pants and a carry on suitcase. This is unheard of for me! I also have gone another week without putting a single thing in my closet.

The Finery has this amazing outfit planner that helps you visuals all the combos your wardrobe can handle and it makes for expert packing prep.

Get the Finery App right this second! I insist! It’s free! https://r.finery.com/l5WY5xmSAM.

 

#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.

#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