Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Long Live Layers

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There's few things better than the smell of dried leaves, dark blue skies and sunny fall afternoons. Okay, there's a lot things better, like a beach on a tropical island, but hey, I'm trying to enjoy what I'm being presented with. Long live layers, friends to share laughs with, squirrels peeping through my office window and sake cocktails - I'm counting on you to get me through another long Canadian cold season.

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Canadian fashion blogger

Canadian fashion blogger

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Friday, 24 October 2014

5 Ways Blogging Has Changed My Life

perks of being a fashion blogger

It's been a few years now since I am doing the "blogging thing", as I like to call it, and I really wanted to take this opportunity to round up all the positives that it brought into my life. I don't consider myself a professional blogger by any means - my reasons for blogging are purely hedonistic. I blog because I love it. It is my creative outlet and sharing my ideas with my amazing readers brings me fulfilment and happiness. Sure, blogging does have its perks, but as so many of you other bloggers will agree, the actual rewards of doing something you enjoy far outweigh them.

Here are the 5 ways blogging changed my life:

1. Being part of a creative community. A lot of people think bloggers are vain insipid creatures with no brains or cares in the world. I said this and I will say it again, the blogging community is one of the most supportive and creative communities I have ever encountered. We have each other's backs and we inspire each other to be better at what we do, which is always a big plus in my book.

2. Putting myself out there. Since joining the blogging community, I have not only learned to be brave enough to put my thoughts and ideas out into the world, but also to celebrate all the weird things that make me who I am. It was the first time in my life when being different was a good thing, which really empowered me to speak my mind.

3. Learning important skills. Managing social media or having a good understanding of HTML wouldn't be skills listed on my resume today if it hadn't been for my blog. As a fashion blogger you learn to wear many hats and besides taking pretty pictures and writing posts, there are so many things involved in keeping this "blogging thing" going.

4. Working with brands. Everyone knows about all the perks that come with blogging (e.g. freebies), but a big advantage of being able to work with brands and designers is building a valuable portfolio, great connections and excellent experience with online marketing.

5. Travelling and networking. Fashion Weeks and other events are not only fun, but amazing opportunities to discover people and places which I would have never come across if it weren't for blogging.

Blogging opened doors for me which I never even knew existed, it inspired me to be creative and taught me that a lot of my limitations live only in my mind. And for that I'll always be incredibly thankful. What are the ways blogging changed your life?

Have a brilliant day!
Dora


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

5 Under $50 - Trousers


I've always liked masculine influences in women's fashion, especially because there is something really sexy about a woman who wears them well. Give me a pair of pleated pants, some brogues and a preppy cardigan and I'll be the happiest gal this fall. Here's a very helpful list of awesome looking trousers under $50. Leave a comment with your favourite.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Monday, 20 October 2014

Product Review - Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

paul mitchell shampoo and conditioner

Saying that my hair is dry would be the understatement of the year, especially since I've moved to Canada. The long winters and -30 degrees temperatures wrecked havoc on my once perfect mane that did not used to need any other care than regular shampooing and some conditioning once in a while. Now I could shovel conditioner and masks on and still be a frizzy mess (thank you polar vortex!).

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The Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner from Hairtrade could not have arrived at any more of an opportune moment. I didn't waste any time trying them and I am starting to already notice some results - there's a definite increase in softness and volume and I am hoping to see an even better outcome in a couple of weeks (thank you Hairtrade!).

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Pros:
- Smells really nice
- You can feel results after the first try
- Gentle on the scalp - I have very sensitive scalp and I am still to feel any itchiness from it

Cons:
- The price is a bit on the steep side

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In conclusion, I am really happy with my complementary full sized samples of Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. If you have dry hair and feel like splurging on good quality products, I would definitely recommend them.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Shampoo and conditioner courtesy of Hairtrade via EtailPR


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Nice and Easy

Fall Fashion Inspiration

Today's outfits are all about simple pieces that easily come together to form something great (kind of like when you put me in the same room with a chocolate cake) because who doesn't like it when things are nice and easy? Now if you'll excuse me, I shall spend the rest of this hour obsessing about a time when my closet will be containing all of these beauties.


Fall Fashion Inspiration

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Monday, 13 October 2014

The New Minimal

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I'm not exactly sure what started it. Maybe it was the Gap commercial, or the whole normcore movement, or maybe it just kind of developed as a reaction to all the over the top "statement pieces" we all hated to love so much. One thing is sure, minimalism is here to rule fall fashion and it won't be going away very soon. What is your take on the normcore trend?

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fashion blogger Canada

fashion blogger Canada

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Dora

Friday, 10 October 2014

5 Under $50 - Ankle Boots

5 boots under $50

You know that moment when you're bundled up in your electric blanket (because it's Canada and there's no such thing as autumn) and you decide that you have nothing to wear on your feet in this weather that's both windy, cold, sunny and wet at the same time? You probably don't, but that's exactly what I was feeling when putting together this list and the cold is making me overshare.

But let's get back to business. If you are looking for that perfect fall bootie you might want to take a look at these awesome finds - a mix of classic and statement pieces all under $50. I'd be on the watch for the Silence and Noise black leather ones which are an absolute steal at this price.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

New Season - New Nails

pink nails

I know it's time for me to fall head over heels (yes, I went there) for all the deep reds and purples, but all I can think about are light neutrals. I went for a powder pink that almost blends with my skin tone and works out nicely with my newly discovered black and white obsession. What colours are you ladies rocking on your nails this cold season?

pink nails

gold rings


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Have a brilliant day!
Dora