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Varsity jacket- Mackage | blouse- Vince | jeans- Paige | boots- Acne Studios | bag- Alexander McQueen (all via Holt Renfrew)

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Holt Renfrew

Nothing quite heralds in a new season like treating yourself to a bit of shopping, so when Manulife Place asked me to help promote a very exciting— not to mention very generous— giveaway they're hosting, I was all in. Are you guys ready for it? For the month of May, Manulife is inviting you to pop into your favourite store, snap a pic of your most coveted piece, and share it on social tagging @ManulifePlace and using the #ExclusivelyEdmonton hashtag. The prize? A thousand big ones to a retailer of your choice... I'll give you a minute to let that sink in.

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Casual style

The main focus behind the campaign is to celebrate Edmonton fashion and showcase our amazing community, which is really great to see as our city doesn't always have the best rep in the style department. Regardless, there are so many cool people doing amazing things here— especially in terms of our fashion scene— and Manulife is such a huge part of that. They have an amazing assortment of high-end retailers (a style lover's dream!), and they work hard to showcase all the cool things happening throughout the city, and this contest is really no different... so go ahead and #ShowUsYourEdmontonStyle!

Holt Renfrew

If you're unfamiliar with the shopping centre, Manulife Place boasts a variety of luxury retailers, including everything from Holt Renfrew (above), Blu's and Escada, to Night Owl (see below; their lingerie is incredible),  Henry Singer and one of my personal favourites, Swish Vintage. They also house Zenari's for amazing coffee/food, and Headline's Salon + Spa (which carries Aveda products galore; see below), so it literally has everything you could possibly need in one convenient place.

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Sound good? Don't miss out! Contest closes on May 31, so be sure to get your entries in soon (full contest rules here) — good luck! xx

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This post was sponsored by Manulife Place; all opinions shared here are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

Try This: Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil

Incorporating oils into my haircare routine has been one of the best things I've ever done for the health of my mane— full stop. It looks considerably shinier and is a heck of a lot softer to the touch, while breakage is no longer a concern. I've talked all about how the regular use of oil has helped transform my hair as I continue to grow it out before, but this product from Gisou has quickly climbed the ranks to achieve No.1 hair oil status in my books, which, let's face it, is no small feat.

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil

If you're unfamiliar with the brand, it was started by Negin Mirsalehi— whose long, thick locks are the epitome of hair goals— after years of incorporating honey from her father's bee farm into her haircare routine, with the help of her hairdresser mother who has a long history of mixing honey into her beauty treatments. The main draw of doing so is the plethora of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants derived from the honey itself, which help repair and replenish locks from the inside out. It also helps to maintain the hair's natural moisture balance, leading to stronger, healthier hair all around. And completely unrelated (but totally significant superficially) is how stunning the packaging is... we're talking serious top-shelf appeal here, people!

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil

Ingredients and aesthetics aside, let's get into my actual experience with the product. Truth be told— pretty awesome. I love that contrary to what you might expect, it doesn't leave your hair greasy in the least. In fact, the oil absorbs quickly and locks in shine— keeping any post-blow dry frizz at bay— but my favourite way to use the product by far is as an overnight treatment between washes. I can't stress enough how healthy my locks look after having used this product for only a few weeks, so I can only imagine what the state of my hair will be with continued use. Negin, I tip my hat to you and yours for coming up with such a magical hair elixir.

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil

How to Incorporate Vintage into Your Wardrobe

How to Incorporate Vintage into Your Wardrobe

Blouse- Forever 21 (more options) | mom jeans- Topshop | bag- vintage via Swish Vintage | loafers- Zara (similar) | sunnies- Forever 21 | hand earrings- Young Frankk

How to Incorporate Vintage into Your Wardrobe

How to Incorporate Vintage into Your Wardrobe

I've always been a fan of vintage fashion— partly for the historical nod, and partly for the superior construction— but try as I might, putting together full vintage looks just isn't me. I mean sure, I have a couple fun jackets and tops sourced from various thrift shops over the years, but not enough to say that I rock vintage on the regs. The Pretty Secrets is a great example of how to pull off full-on vintage, as is one of my besties back home (what up, Thing Finder!), but if that doesn't quite work for you either, I would suggest getting into vintage  accessories. 

How to Incorporate Vintage into Your Wardrobe

How to Incorporate Vintage into Your Wardrobe

I picked up this beaded tote from the 1970's during my last visit to Swish Vintage, and although I've previously gravitated towards bags from the 50's, 60's and 80's mostly, I just couldn't leave this piece behind. Something about the design really spoke to me, and with the 70's being such a huge style influence these days, I deemed it perfect. The condition is great, it's far more spacious than 90 per cent of my other bags (sorry Chloe), and the best part? It's not dangling from the arm of everyone else I encounter on the street or while scrolling through Instagram. Making your style unique is pretty hard these days thanks to the ubiquity of fast fashion, so incorporating vintage is always a great way to stand out from the pack.

How to Incorporate Vintage into Your Wardrobe

How to Incorporate Vintage into Your Wardrobe

If you're not sure where to start in terms of working vintage into your wardrobe, think small— bags, jewelry and sunglasses are a great jumping off point, working your way up to shoes, standout outerwear and, of course, vintage t-shirts (my current obsession). Each city will have it's own unique (and hopefully well-curated) selection of vintage and consignment shops to sift through, but the real deals— and depending on what city you live in, treasures— often come from thrifts stores. Case in point? A mint condition, tan leather YSL clutch from the 70's that I found at the bottom of a  Salvation Army bin for $4. It doesn't get much better than that!

How to Incorporate Vintage into Your Wardrobe

How to Incorporate Vintage into Your Wardrobe

So tell me: What's your favourite way to style vintage? Any standout pieces you've scored over the years? I'm all ears!

How to Incorporate Vintage into Your Wardrobe

Photos by Anton Atienza

Finding The Ultimate Sports Bra


As a fairly large-chested person, finding a sports bra that not only fits properly, but also provides enough support, has always been a challenge for me. No joke, I would often double up my sports bras to avoid the dreaded jiggle (you know what I'm talking about) which, as you can imagine, isn't exactly the most comfortable thing in the world. So when lululemon announced that they were launching a revolutionary new sports bra this month, I was intrigued... Enter the Enlite Bra, in all its high-impact glory (seriously). 

Finding The Ultimate Sports Bra: lululemon's Enlite Bra is a total winner

As with any lululemon experience, the staff were super friendly and knowledgable about the product, going so far as to offer personal fittings to ensure the perfect fit. And let me tell you, it definitely paid off— I can honestly say that I've never had a better fitting sports bra before. Not only does it nail it in the support department, but it's actually comfortable to wear, which isn't exactly a given where most sports bras are concerned. In fact, the Enlite's free-cut fabric is so soft to the touch (and sweat-wicking to boot) that you almost forget it's there at all— we're talking full-on movement without restriction (huzzah!). 

Finding The Ultimate Sports Bra: lululemon's Enlite Bra is a total winner

—   How cute is the crossback design?!   —

Finding The Ultimate Sports Bra: lululemon's Enlite Bra is a total winner

I'm personally not much of a gym person, so I prefer to go for runs outside when I can, adding stairs and jumping jacks to the mix for more of a more intense workout. Before I would definitely feel the need to cover up while working out, but this bra is so flattering while accentuating my natural shape (see ya later, uniboob!) that I no longer feel the need to. Serious game-changer, people! #BeFreeToMove

Finding The Ultimate Sports Bra: lululemon's Enlite Bra is a total winner


Finding The Ultimate Sports Bra: lululemon's Enlite Bra is a total winner

Fun fact? The Enlite bra was designed and developed for over two years by a team of women, which explains the innovation in terms of fit and movability... dudes just don't understand.

Finding The Ultimate Sports Bra: lululemon's Enlite Bra is a total winner

Finding The Ultimate Sports Bra: lululemon's Enlite Bra is a total winner

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Finding The Ultimate Sports Bra: lululemon's Enlite Bra is a total winner

This post was sponsored by lululemon; all opinions shared are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

The New Statement Earrings

Young Frankk Hand Earrings

Young Frankk Hand Earrings

Remember how "arm parties" were a thing back in 2011? Well now it's all about rocking multiple earrings— an "ear party," if you will with statement pieces becoming bigger, and more out-there, than ever before (80's jewels notwithstanding). Last summer was all about the tassels, which I'm personally still a fan of, but this season we're seeing more geometric and sculptural influences on the market. Case in point, these hand earrings from Young Frankk. Pretty dope, right? The moment I saw them over on Anomie, I knew they had to be mine. The brand is known for their minimalist, yet totally eye-catching pieces, and these bad boys are no exception. They're gold plated (placing them on the more affordable side of the spectrum) and handmade in the US, making them ethical to boot. 

Young Frankk Hand Earrings

Another great example of a sculptural, ethically-produced statement earring is this pair from Open House Projects, available from New Classics... happy shopping! 

Young Frankk Hand Earrings