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Decorating With Minted
Above: 'Staredown' by Amy Carroll; below: 'Minimalist Sea' by Vicky Gu
Decorating With Minted
Decorating With Minted
The best part of moving into a new space is hands down the decorating process — it's so much fun to envision a new space and how to fill it, and then run around town looking for those perfect little items and nick nacks to add the finishing touches... well, let's just say it's been my favourite form of cardio lately. So when Minted approached me to help decorate my office and new home, I couldn't believe my luck — I've long admired their impressive assortment of fine art and photography prints, and proceeded to spend the next three days scrolling through their sizeable collection trying to narrow down my picks... easier said than done!  (Above: 'White and Black Vapor 2 Series 4' by Angela Simeone)
Decorating With Minted
Above: 'I Defend Myself' by Dari Design Studio
Decorating With Minted
While I love all the prints we chose, I think 'Staredown' and 'Minimalist Sea' are by far my favourites, as Mr. AiF and I chose them together and they now hang in our (still incredibly empty) bedroom... I think Meows likes them, too! While we continue to plug away at our new home, I'll leave it here, but full room tours to come, and hopefully sooner rather than later... hey man, it's a process. Until then, happy Friday, and I'll leave you with this one last piece of wisdom (ha!) before I go — if you're also in the process of decorating and putting up artwork, and are in need of frames, I have one word for you: Ikea. Go forth and prosper, friends. xx
Decorating With Minted
This post was created in collaboration with Minted.

Decorating With Minted

Friday, April 29, 2016
Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks
Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks
I've been a fan of hydrogel masks for some time now (sheet masks just aren't the same), and I normally stalk my local Face Shop until their range of face and eye hydrogels are back in stock — what can I say, good things sell out fast. So you can imagine my excitement to try Boscia's version, mainly because they're readily available at Sephora and I won't have to worry about restocking each time I use the last of my stash... #NeuroticGirlProblems. Anyway, turns out that not only are they reliably sourced, but they're pretty darn awesome, too.
Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks
These ones in particular are infused with Sake, antioxidants and plant extracts to brighten, firm and hydrate the eye area, reducing the look of fine lines and fatigue. I've only used them once (they come in a pack of three), but so far I'm hooked. If you haven't used a product like this before, basically you place the mask on clean skin for about 20 minutes, during which time all the liquid (or 'essence') from the mask is absorbed deep into the skin. In my experience, hydrogel masks are far more effective than any other treatment for hydrating the under eyes, and they're just so quick and easy to throw on in the morning while I answer emails. The only thing I don't like about this type of product is that it's a one-time use and therefore quite wasteful from an environmental perspective, so I'm definitely on the lookout for other options — if you have any suggestions, I'm all ears! Until then, you know what I'll be using. xx
Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Eye Masks
Photos by Team AiF

Boscia Brightening Eye Masks

Thursday, April 28, 2016
How to Spring Clean your Closet
Jacket- Oak + Fort | sweatshirt- Brandy Melville | jeans- American Eagle | sneakers- Rag & Bone c/o Shopbop | sunnies- Karen Walker | bag- Loeffler Randall c/o Shopbop | necklace c/o Maria Black
How to Spring Clean your Closet
With our recent move, I ended up doing a pretty epic closet purge (I think Mr. AiF might actually have more clothes than me now), which got me thinking about just how cathartic the process of letting go of the things that no longer serve us can be. I literally feel lighter, and I love walking into a closet with few, but deliberately chosen pieces lining the shelves. It's wonderful. But as someone who's sentimental to a fault when it comes to letting go of clothing, accessories and, well, pretty much everything in between, I know how hard it can be to get rid of things. You know, nostalgia or whatever. But if I can do it and feel this good as a result, you can too! So with spring right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share seven things to ask yourself while spring cleaning your wardrobe in case it's something you've been thinking about doing as well — ready, set, purge!
How to Spring Clean your Closet
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WHAT TO ASK YOURSELF WHILE PURGING YOUR CLOSET:


1. Does it still fit?
2. Have I worn it in the past year?
3. Will I realistically wear it again?
4. Is it damaged or tattered?
5. Do I have a similar, but higher quality, item I can replace it with?
6. Does it still reflect my personal style, or have I grown out of it?
7. Do I feel confident wearing it?
How to Spring Clean your Closet
If the answer is no to any of these questions (especially the last one!), you're probably better off letting the garment go. I like to do a huge sweep of my closet in sections, starting with clothing then moving on to shoes, bags and other accessories. From there, I'll make piles designated to either donating or selling my castoffs, before moving on to the fun part — organizing what's left of my closet! I like to organize things in categories (ie- shirts, sweaters, jeans, etc.) but if colour coding if your thing, go nuts. As long as you can find what you're looking for each morning without a dreaded clothing avalanche (you know what I'm talking about), you're going to feel so much better. Hey, it's the little things, right? xx
How to Spring Clean your Closet
How to Spring Clean your Closet
Photos by Anton Atienza

How to Spring Clean your Closet

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
6 Eco-Fashion Brands to Know
Despite common misconceptions, opting for sustainable, eco-friendly fashion doesn't have to mean skimping on style; it always amazes me just how many brands and retailers (shout out to New Classics!) are out there changing the face of fashion, one socially-responsible practice and sustainable material at a time. Here's a list of six of my favourite eco-fashion brands that are doing it right... I dare you to not reach out for your credit card!

1. BASERANGE  //  A line of sustainable "under and easy wear," Baserange is a contemporary brand based in France and Denmark that uses organic fabrics to minimize environmental impact. Their designs are super minimal and well constructed, giving new meaning to the term 'investment pieces.'

2. REFORMATION  //  Feminine and on-trend, Reformation uses a mix of sustainable, eco-friendly fabrics like Tencel, Viscose and recycled materials that use less water than conventional cotton and are less polluting than oil-based fabrics to produce, as well as vintage and deadstock fabrics that would otherwise go to landfills.

3. EVERLANE  // Known for their tailored, high-quality designs and transparency alike, Everlane stands out from the sustainable fashion pack because they not only offer an incredible (not to mention seriously chic) range of ethically-made pieces, but they give detailed information about the factories they work with on their website, as well as a pricing breakdown for each item listed so you know exactly how much things like materials, labour and transportation cost, as well as the retail markup. Because knowledge is power. 

4. HORSES ATELIER  //  A chic and ultra-minimalist womanswear label, Horses Atelier works with natural fabrics sourced from family-owned mills in Italy and Japan, and all their designs are made in Toronto, Ontario... Oh Canada!

5. VEJA  //  Sneaker fans of the world take note — Veja uses sustainable materials in the creation of their vast footwear range, which is ethically made in Brazil. They also happen to be super on-trend and decently affordable, so it's a win-win.

6. THE STOWE  //  Next time you're in need of a leather bag, look no further than The Stowe; all their handbags are designed and handmade in Montreal, Canada (woot woot!) using quality leathers with a focus on craftsmanship... I already have my eye on the Eloise. xx


Image via Horses Atelier

6 Eco-Fashion Brands to Know

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Stripes and denim for spring
Denim jacket- Zara | striped top- Forever 21 (old; love these) | culottes- Topshop | booties- Belle by Sigerson Morrison c/o Shopbop | aviators- J.Crew (more options) | bag- Chloe
Chloe Faye bag
Stripes and denim for spring
Stripes and denim for spring
Stripes and denim for spring
Stripes and denim for spring
Stripes and denim for spring
I know exactly what you're thinking: "Dude, where have you been all week?!" Fair question. But hey, I figure everyone needs a little break now and then — gotta recharge the old batteries, if you know what I'm saying. So consider this a peace offering for being away for so long, as well as a virtual high-five that it's Friday and that we've made it to the weekend... woo! xx


Photos by Ashley Antonio

Stripes and Denim

Friday, April 22, 2016
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
As far as I can tell, there's only one skincare product you need if you're after dewy, healthy-looking skin this spring/summer (and really, all year round) — Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. Quite the mouthful (try saying that five times fast!), but so incredible that I couldn't wait to share it with you guys. Many of you will have probably heard of this product, or even tried it for yourselves (you go, Glen Coco), but for those who haven't, this post is for you — consider it your skincare PSA for the week. And if there's one thing I take seriously, it's skincare

Here's the 411 on this product: It's made in Japan using the red algae harvested in Okinawa that's known for its moisture-retaining qualities. It's also formulated with squalane (a naturally-occurring lipid found in both plants and animals that has incredible moisturizing properties), rice bran oil and green tea extracts to fight free radicals, and although it's a mist that can be applied on top of makeup to set it and create a dewy finish, it's really more of an anti-aging liquid moisturizer that plumps the skin and adds instant luminosity. No exaggeration, but I don't know how I lived without this stuff before. I like to spritz it on after cleansing, then apply a light layer throughout the day to help lock in moisture — but a word of caution to my combination/oily skinned friends; go light on this stuff because it's pretty powerful in the dew department. I have to avoid my forehead during midday applications, otherwise, well, let's just say I look a little "too luminous." 
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
Lastly, I think it's fun to note the brand's story; apparently Tatcha came across an 200-year-old manuscript outlying the beauty secrets and regimes of Japan's geishas, whose secrets for achieving beautiful, porcelain-looking skin were passed down from generation to generation for over 300 years. Evidently their proprietary process was created with those Eastern beauty secrets in mind, and through consultation with scientists, scholars and geishas alike. Think geisha skin in a bottle. How true all that is I don't know, but I like the idea of it all the same... xx


Photos by Adventures in Fashion

How to Get Dewy Skin

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
5 Ways to Recharge This Weekend
Vest- Zara (old) | blouse- Maison Scotch | jeans- Gap | sneakers- Rag & Bone c/o Shopbop | sunnies- Celine | bag c/o Coach | necklace c/o Maria Black
5 Ways to Recharge This Weekend
One thing I've come to realize lately is that I'm so deep in my this little work bubble I've created for myself that I've lost sight of the things that make me feel truly happy and centred — getting outside more, exploring new places with my love, spending quality time with friends (that doesn't involve taking outfit photos), talking to my parents on the phone more, etc. When I try to think about the last time I felt truly happy and fulfilled as a person, I just draw a blank — a sad and humbling realization. How is it that we can get so swept up in the day-to-day that we lose sight of what's really important to us? It's scary how quickly that can happen, no matter how well-intentioned we may be. So because it's Friday and I figure what better time for a little personal R&R than the weekend, here are five ways I'm planning to recharge and refocus on the things that matter to me the most. I hope this helps some of you that might be feeling the same way.
5 Ways to Recharge This Weekend
1. GET LOST IN NATURE  //  One of the best ways I've found to re-centre and get an instant happiness boost is to take a long walk in nature. We're super lucky here in Edmonton to have the River Valley, which is insanely beautiful, but get out and explore whatever is available to you; a lake, a park, the ocean — whatever the case may be, try to pick a spot you've never visited before and soak it all in. Take deep breaths and think about how lucky you are to be alive and in the presence of such beauty. I know it sounds corny, but I swear it works!

2. TELL SOMEONE YOU LOVE HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU  //  It super easy to take people for granted, so take a moment to reevaluate your relationships this weekend and show appreciation for those that matter to you the most. Call a relative you haven't spoken to in a while, tell a friend how much you appreciate them, and most importantly, let your partner know how much you love them. Warm fuzzies all around. 

5 Ways to Recharge This Weekend
3. DO SOMETHING NICE FOR A STRANGER  //  Kindness is contagious, so try to do something nice for someone you don't know this weekend. It can be as little as smiling at the person passing you on the street, paying someone a compliment or buying a coffee for the person behind you in line — whatever the case may be, do something kind and you'll not only feel better, but so will they. #PayItForward

4. LAUGH IT OFF  //  Nothing feels better than a good laugh — it can be super cathartic and help you shake off any negativity from the previous week. So watch your favourite comedy, catch a Standup show, or hang out with some of your funniest friends — laughing really is the best medicine. Now when Monday comes around, take all that good humour you nurtured and use it to help carry you through the week. Don't take anything personally, and let other people's negativity slide off your back — it's not about you anyway. 

5 Ways to Recharge This Weekend
5. PRACTICE GRATITUDE  //  We all have so much to be grateful for, but for whatever reason, it's so much easier to focus on the bad things in our lives rather than all the good. Don't let the negatives get you down! No matter what the case, there will always be someone less fortunate than you, so try and appreciate all the lovely things in your life and just how lucky you truly are — a little perspective can go a long way toward making you feel recharged and more at peace, so take the weekend to count your blessings. I don't know about you, but I'm feeling better already! xx

5 Ways to Recharge This Weekend
Photos by Anton Atienza

5 Ways to Recharge This Week

Friday, April 15, 2016