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2 Styling Products to Try Now
Kevin Murphy can seriously do no wrong in my eyes, so I wanted to share two products I've really enjoyed using lately with you guys in case you've been suffering from limp, lifeless hair this summer as well... seriously, what gives?! I've had a pretty epic love-hate (emphasis on the hate) relationship with my hair the past few months, but these two seem to have breathed a little life back into my flat-ass hair, so here we are... gotta spread the love with my favourite ladies! (wink wink)

First, let me preface this by saying that both these products smell incredible, so if that's important to you, you can tick that box straight away. In fact, I find myself sniffing my hair throughout the day after using these, which I'm not exactly proud of, but this is a place of trust and sharing so I can totes say that to you guys, right? Right? Anyway, the Anti.Gravity Oil Free Volumiser does exactly what the name suggests, helping lift at the roots and give a little bounce back to the hair (#hero), while the Hair.Resort Beach Texturizer is a saviour when it comes to styling my hair— seriously, how did I live (and curl my hair) before this product?! It's one of life's great mysteries. xx


Photo by Adventures in Fashion

2 Styling Products to Try Now

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Palm Bay Girls Night In
Palm Bay Girls Night In
This summer has been one of the best I've had in years— we're talking countless outings with friends, fun in the sun (while heavily SPF'ed, of course) and adventures galore. But what I haven't done in a while is host a good old fashioned girls night in, catching up with my besties over tasty treats and our favourite bevies. And since last year's girls night was such a hit, we figured we would do it again, this time in an amazing downtown loft that my girls and I totally fell in love with... I think a summer tradition has officially been born!
Palm Bay Girls Night In
Palm Bay Girls Night In
The girls (or 'Palm Baes,' if you will) and I were excited to sample some of Palm Bay's latest flavours, including their Raspberry Starfruit iced tea, Pomegranate Hibiscus sparkling vodka and frozen Dragonfruit Watermelon Breeze, all of which tasted great. We decided to take things to the next level by garnishing our drinks with fruit and flower-infused ice cubes, which made things all the more fun and Instagrammable— hey, girls will be girls! #PalmBayLife
Palm Bay Girls Night In
{ Palm Bay was nice enough to send over a ton of cute bits and bobs to make our little get-together all the more special, including the cutest record player ever— and we took full advantage!💃💃💃 }
Palm Bay Girls Night In
Palm Bay Girls Night In
It was so nice having an excuse to all get together and make some new memories, because as we all brutally realized, summer is fast coming to an end... where did the months go?! I guess that just means we have to make the most of what's left and enjoy every second of it. 
Palm Bay Girls Night In
Palm Bay Girls Night In
Palm Bay Girls Night In
{ Special thanks to Lyndsey, Ashley, Sandy, Kassie and Jenna for being part of this experience— I have the best baes! }
Palm Bay Girls Night In
This post was sponsored by Palm Bay; all opinions shared here are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog. 

Photos by Anton Atienza

Palm Bay Girls Night In

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
RIMMEL CLEAR COMPLEXION CLARIFYING POWDER
RIMMEL CLEAR COMPLEXION CLARIFYING POWDER //  If you're prone to breakouts and a shiny T-Zone (guilty!), then this powder if for you my friends. It's made with natural minerals to fight shine and mattify skin for an impressive amount of time (up to five hours apparently), but the reason I like it so much is it doesn't look too cakey on the skin or cling to my dry patches— a big achievement when it comes to powder. Plus it claims to minimize breakouts thanks to its "pureskin complex," which means absolutely nothing to me, so let's just go ahead and take that one with a grain of salt. Anyway, this isn't by any means the best quality powder or the most finely milled, but for the price, it's pretty dang good. 

REVLON COLORBURST MATTE BALM IN 'UNAPOLOGETIC'
REVLON COLORBURST MATTE BALM IN 'UNAPOLOGETIC' // This lippy is a cult favourite for a reason, so I won't bore you with all the many reasons why I love it (you're welcome), but what I will say is that if you're looking for a vibrant, yet super-wearable pink shade for the summer, this is definitely it. In fact, I've worn it so much this summer that I'm now on my second tube— and that's saying something.

ESSIE NAIL POLISH
ESSIE'S 'WATERMELON' + 'BIKINI SO TEENY' POLISHES // When it comes to summer nail polish, there's really no need to look further than these two shades... OK, so maybe a good white polish is pretty integral to the mix as well, but really, these two are it. And by it, I mean "IT." Like, Hansel-so-hot-right-now it. 'Watermelon' is the perfect pinky-red shade, and it doesn't get much better than 'Bikini So Teeny' if you're a fan of blues. Both are super flattering against the skin, and the formula is standard Essie awesomeness... case closed.

GARNIER FRUCTIS BIG VOLUME HAIRSPRAY
GARNIER FRUCTIS BIG VOLUME HAIRSPRAY // If you're looking for an affordable hairspray option, I would definitely recommend this one— it smells great and helps keep hair in place without leaving it feeling sticky or looking crusty... hey man, it happens. Plus when I say it's affordable, I mean affordable— like, $5.99 affordable. Nicely done, drugstore. xx

Current Drugstore Favourites
Photos by Team AiF

Current Drugstore Favourites

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Halter top- Forever 21 | high-waisted jeans- Topshop | sandals- Loeffler Randall c/o Shopbop | 'Dinky' bag c/o Coach | sunnies- Red Ribbon (more options) | necklace c/o Onecklace
Styling a halter top
Styling a halter top
Styling a halter top
Styling a halter top
Styling a halter top
Photos by Anton Atienza

Halter

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Summer may quickly be coming to an end (sad face), but before that first autumn chill hits the air, I plan to spend as much time as possible outdoors with friends, preferably while eating tasty treats. So if you're a picnic lover like I am or just like having people over for snacks and a drink, today's post is for you. I've partnered with Evoolution to bring you three easy, ridiculously-yum summer recipes to try— happy snacking!
3 Easy Summer Recipes to Try
3 Easy Summer Recipes to Try

WATERMELON, FETA + BASIL BITES


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
Watermelon, cubed
Feta cheese (preferably pre-cut)
Fresh basil
Toothpicks

DIRECTIONS:
1. Cut up watermelon into bite-sized cubes.
2. Drain the feta from container and cut basil leaves into small strips.
3. Using the watermelon chunks as a base, top with fresh basil and pieces of feta cheese. 
4. Skewer each watermelon stack with a toothpick to keep everything intact and drizzle with a generous amount of strawberry balsamic vinegar— delish!
3 Easy Summer Recipes to Try
3 Easy Summer Recipes to Try

TRUFFLE POPCORN


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
Popcorn (stovetop or microwave, unflavoured)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Pour two to three tablespoons* of the butter oil onto the popcorn and mix thoroughly.
2. Add the same amount of black truffle oil to the mixture, and top with a sprinkle of black truffle sea salt.
3. For a fancy twist to this recipe, top your popcorn with dried parsley flakes and shredded parmesan cheese— it's magical!

*These measurements were suggested based on the popcorn serving we made (approximately one cup of kernels popped on the stovetop). We recommend moderating the proportion of oil used in this recipe based on the amount of popcorn made.
3 Easy Summer Recipes to Try
3 Easy Summer Recipes to Try

ESPRESSO + BLOOD ORANGE ICE CREAM SUNDAES


WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
1 pint of Vanilla bean ice cream
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

DIRECTIONS:
1. For option one, scoop your desired amount of ice cream into a bowl and top with a generous amount of the espresso-flavoured balsamic vinegar. Top with chocolate shavings for extra decadence.
2. For option two, drizzle one-to-two teaspoons of the blood orange olive oil over your ice cream— this one is extra decadent, so don't go overboard with the oil. Top with a sprinkle of pink himalayan sea salt, and your friends will never want to leave your place again. xx
3 Easy Summer Recipes to Try
This post was created in collaboration with Evoolution.  Photography by Team AiF.

3 Easy Summer Recipes to Try

Tuesday, August 16, 2016