Althea’s First Fab Review: “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life”

A book review from another perspective: Althea joins the team and talks book. Here’s her review on We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby.

Book review by our book expert, Althea, who's telling us about Samantha Irby's We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

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It’s funny how things work out. I have made lasting friendships from the unlikeliest places, situations, networks, etc.

When I first met Althea, I noticed how much we had in common. Little did I know, we both grew up in the same small town (different age and different schools are what kept us from meeting earlier in life) and had the same interest in fashion and books.

Since our first run-in (which feels like a bajillion years ago), we have become incredibly close (P.S. she’s one of Leo’s godmothers). Today, I am here to introduce her as our newest team addition. An impressive busybody, Althea is working on her Master’s in Russian History and has all sorts of projects up her sleeve. You can check out her book-inspired tweets here. In-between, she’ll be Fabulous Habits’ very own book expert and we can’t wait for you to follow along her book-ish journey. (P.S. If you subscribe to our newsletter, you won’t miss a beat!)

Recently, we had the opportunity to review We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby. When I was handed my copy, I just knew it could be something Althea would like. Here are her thoughts:

Book Review: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Book review by our book expert, Althea, who's telling us about Samantha Irby's We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

To be completely honest, I had no idea what to expect from this book- a collection of essays? The last time I read a collection of essays (that wasn’t something related to school) was a few years ago. I had time to kill before meeting my family, so I bought that book to read in the meantime. It had rave reviews, and one of the employees working said she had loved it. But I really didn’t. I got halfway through the first essay, shut it, and returned it the next day. Why am I bringing up this book that I won’t name? Fair question. It’s because I had the complete opposite reaction to We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

Samantha Irby’s writing has the 3 R’s: real, raw, and relatable. I found myself nodding along with her, having my heart broken, and laughing out loud. You feel like you’ve known her your whole life, or she’s been watching you, even some combination of the two. All those really embarrassing things you did while “in love with that guy”? She’s got it covered. Coming to accept your body for the way it is? It’s in here. Irby is upfront about her struggles with her various illnesses and how that’s impacted her life. You start off reading her application to The Bachelorette- yes, the TV show. From there, you move throughout her life, and like I said, Irby is such a relatable person that you really feel for her and can laugh with her.

Even before I finished it, I was telling all the girls in my life to read it. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life is a wonderful reminder for everyone, especially young women, that you are not alone. I don’t know why you’re still sitting here reading this- you definitely need to get to your local bookshop ASAP and get a copy.

What book is currently on your nightstand? Had you ever read a book of essays before? Let’s talk about it in the comments below! (And while you’re at it, let’s welcome Althea and give her a big “hey!”)

Book review by our book expert, Althea, who's telling us about Samantha Irby's We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

10 Gifts Dad will Want for Father’s Day

This Father’s Day, step up your gift-giving game.

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Ten fabulous gift ideas for all of the deserving dads and dad-figures.
 

The art of gift-giving is something that takes a lot of thought and love. My husband can support this statement since we’ve thrown some pretty epic parties and surprises for each other over the years.

Regardless of celebration, budget, and requests, gift-giving is something our family takes very seriously. First and foremost, we like to follow certain traditions, like the classic list of wedding anniversary gifts. For holidays like Mother’s and Father’s Day, we like to think of items that are a little more personalized and sentimental. Also, we go for functionality: has the receiver mentioned they needed said-item?

Here are a few of our Father’s Day gift suggestions. Hopefully you’ll spot something that’ll suit dad’s taste to a T!

10 Gifts Dad will Want for Father’s Day

Ten fabulous gift ideas for all of the deserving dads and dad-figures.

1. Caffeine Fix
When it comes to the art of coffee-making, espresso makers are the way to go. I especially love this Stovetop Espresso Maker by Bialetti.

2. Keep it Cool
If dad loves his liquor on the rocks, elevate his favourite drink by gifting these whiskey stones. They keep your drink cool without diluting any of its flavour.

3. On Time
This charming watch by Ted Baker is the addition dad needs to his wardrobe. Loving the fact that its leather straps are updated with Ted Baker’s exclusive Mocojum print.

4. Keep it Smart
Smart homes are all the rave right now. Keep dad up-to-date with technology with the sleek and smart Google Mini Chalk.

5. Speak Only the Truth
Dad will appreciate the truth to this mug. A true legend, indeed. (Psst: Indigo’s got an entire collection of ultra-cute mugs – check them out here)

6. Candy Jar
These bourbon cubes by squish candies are just what dad’s sweet tooth needs.

7. King of the Grill
Encourage dad to flip more of those burgers with this rugged yet, stylish apron.

8. Denim
A classic-cut denim jacket is perfect for nearly any season. Dad will love it for those cooler summer nights.

9. Sleek and Stylish
If dad has more of a minimalist approach to fashion, then this leather iPhone case may just do the trick.

10. Maintenance
Keep dad’s beard healthy and shiny with Jack Black’s famous beard oil.

What are your plans for Father’s Day? What kind of gifts do you have in-mind for the man in your life?

Beauty Review: Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream

Our in-house beauty expert, Dolores, shares her thoughts on the Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream.

Testing out the Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Hydragel Cream - our beauty guru tells it all.
Thank you to Elizabeth Arden for providing the Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream to review. All opinions are our own.

Elizabeth Arden has been a beauty household name for decades. I normally associate the brand to their production of perfumes but did you know the cosmetics empire started back in 1910 by Elizabeth Arden herself?

Eliabeth Arden, Inc. will always recognize its founder’s innovative talents and entrepreneurial skills. Today, they continue to support the role of women in business, often featuring strong and powerful female influencers (naturally, I’m loving the fact that Reese Witherspoon is their newest Storyteller-in-Chief).

When we had the chance to review their Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream, I just knew Dolores would be the perfect fit. Besides the fact that she’s our beauty guru, Dolores is bright, strong, and one of the most brilliant people I know.

Here’s to the women that inspire us.

Beauty Review: Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream

As a gal with acne-prone, combination to oily skin, I tend to gravitate towards lighter moisturizers during the day. This helps keep my face moisturized while minimizing shine. I was real excited to try out Elizabeth Arden’s Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream, as it is marketed as a lightweight, oil-free gel cream with high-quality ingredients that both brighten and hydrate your skin! Since I’ve already been using the cream for a few months, I feel that I have given the product a fair shot and can finally share my overall experience.

Testing out the Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream - our beauty guru tells it all.

{Usage} Elizabeth Arden’s cream is very easy to use. Every day for the last few weeks, I’ve been applying about a quarter-sized amount all over my face and neck, after I have cleansed it and applied my usual face oil.

{Quality & Results} My favourite aspects of the cream have got to be the consistency and the way that the product makes my skin feel. As the name suggests, its consistency is light and gel-like—it never left my hands feeling greasy and uncomfortable. The product also has a light fragrance, so my somewhat sensitive skin did not react harshly after each application. Instead, my face consistently felt refreshed, and my skin felt plump and adequately hydrated. While I cannot comment on the brightening properties of the product, as I did not notice any dramatic changes, I have been enjoying the product overall.

As an honest critique, I wish that the cream provided some UV protection. If you are like me and are cautious about sun exposure, you will need to find an alternate way to incorporate sunscreen in your routine.

Also, in terms of cost, the Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream is a little pricey. However, I will say that it does last a long time—I’ve only just made it halfway through the product and I have been using it every day for weeks.

{Packaging} The packaging itself is elegant and looks luxurious, with its frosted, red jar and silver lid. I appreciate the fact that you can access all of the cream, rather than struggle to squeeze out every last bit through a tube. Though, if you are a frequent traveler, note that the component is a little bulky and may take a lot of space in your toiletry bag.

Have you tried the Elizabeth Arden’s Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream? What is your recommended day cream?

Testing out the Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream - our beauty guru tells it all.

4 Items to Bring when Travelling with Toddlers

Travelling with toddlers doesn’t have to be intimidating. Check out our must-have items to make every trip a smooth one!

Travelling with toddlers doesn't have to be intimidating - we've got 4 items that are must-haves when you're on the road. Our tips will make your trip a breeze! #travel #toddlers #travellingwithtoddlers

Last month, our little family set off on our first big trip together: Walt Disney World. I wasn’t too worried about the parks since I often visited the resorts pre-motherhood. What had me second-guessing our itinerary was the actual travelling aspect. How would Leo do on a plane? Are we better off making the 24-hour drive? Will he be able to handle it all?

Travelling with toddlers doesn't have to be intimidating - we've got 4 items that are must-haves when you're on the road. Our tips will make your trip a breeze! #travel #toddlers #travellingwithtoddlers

The answer is yes, Leo did incredible (and he only pushed the seat in front of him a few times – by take off, he was sound asleep until we reached our destination!).

Today, our travel expert Josh is talking about the 4 must-have items to have when travelling with toddlers.

4 Items to Bring when Travelling with Toddlers

1. Technology: any flight, especially a long haul, can be very hard for kids to sit through quietly. Bring a tablet, laptop or smartphone, packed full of their fave shows and games. You’ll be happy you did. This also includes extra battery packs, headphones, etc. 
2. Random surprises: Long before the technology era, I remember our first family road trip that went from one set of grandparents in Denver to the other set south of St Louis. It was a loooooong two days. My parents planned ahead and stocked up on all sorts of little surprises for my sister and I to open at random intervals. It helped break up the time and gave us kiddos something to look forward to. It worked. 
Travelling with toddlers doesn't have to be intimidating - we've got 4 items that are must-haves when you're on the road. Our tips will make your trip a breeze! #travel #toddlers #travellingwithtoddlers
3. Snacks: If you can, bring some fun snacks for the little ones in the group. It’ll help keep their hanger at bay. 
4. Comforts of home: If your youngster has a blanket, stuffed animal or something else they are beyond obsessed with, bring it. This could help take the edge off and let them (and you) relax a little bit more. 
Have you ever travelled with a toddler? How was your experience?
For more travel inspo, be sure to visit Josh on Instagram and Facebook. You can check out our other articles here:
Though your wanderlust might be strong, is your tiredness from jet lag even stronger? Here are 5 ways to avoid it.
Easy ways to save money for your next vacation - because we all deserve a little getaway.

May the 4th be With You: The Cutest Chewbacca Cookies – Ever.

To most, May the 4th is just another day. To Star Wars fans, it’s a time to celebrate and geek out. (Has anyone seen where I put my lightsaber?) We present to you: the cutest Chewbacca cookies. Ever.

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I remember first hearing about “May the 4th” in my college days. I was a new employee at a bookstore and thought: “Oh. Em. Gee. That is brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?”

It’s been a part of me ever since.

Joe and I have lots of things in common, and one of them is definitely our love for Star Wars. There are things he’ll never understand (my endless love for Harry Potter, the fact that I’m always Team Britney… there, I said it.), but the Jedi Force is definitely something we can both agree on.

Can't you hear Chewbacca roar with these cookies? For #StarWarsDay, we present to you: the cutest Chewbacca cookies... ever! #Maythe4th #Chewbacca

For this year’s May the 4th festivities, I bring to you: Chewbacca Cookies. I’m usually one for decorating sugar cookies, so I thought I’d try my hand at sugar chocolate cookies. They’re just as easy to make and taste incredible (double win for double chocolate – make sure you prepare our homemade chocolate buttercream).

Let’s go save the galaxy.

May the 4th be With You: Chewbacca Cookies

For the cookies
1.5 cups flour
Pinch salt
1 tsp baking powder
¾ cup cocoa powder
1 stick butter, softened
1.5 cups sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1-3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder

For the decorating
4 oz. white fondant, divided
Black gel food coloring
Cornstarch, for rolling
Silver food dust

Tools Needed
Baking sheet
Baking pan
Parchment paper
Wax paper
Paint brush (for your silver food dust)
Wilton Icing Tip #12
Wilton Icing Tip #233
Cookie cutter (circle, about 2 inches in diameter)
Toothpick

Prepare your cookies: in a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and cocoa powder. Set aside.

Using a stand or electric mixer, mix butter, sugar, and egg on medium high. When it reaches a creamy consistency, add vanilla.

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Lower the mixing speed to medium and slowly start adding your dry ingredients, one third at a time.

Once your cookie dough has formed, roll it into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Once your hour is up, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a lightly-floured surface, roll out your dough so that it’s about ¼ of an inch thick. Using your cookie cutter, cut out circle shapes and gently place on your lined baking sheet (about 1-2 inches apart from each other).

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes and allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.

In the meantime, prepare your fondant shapes: first, line a pan with wax paper. Take half of your white fondant and add 2 small drops of black food coloring and fold. Continue folding until the fondant turns grey.

Lightly dust your working surface with cornstarch and roll out your grey fondant (about ¼ of an inch thick). Using the tip of your Wilton #12, cut out small circles and place on your wax paper-lined pan. Brush the silver food dust on each small fondant circle.

Take the rest of your fondant, and add it to whatever’s left of your grey fondant. Add 3 drops of black food coloring and fold until black-grey in shade.

Roll out on your working surface (you may add cornstarch if necessary) until about ¼ of an inch thick. Cut out long rectangular shapes and place on your wax paper.

Prepare your buttercream icing: using a stand or electric mixer, mix butter, sugar, and milk on high. Once the buttercream starts to form, add cocoa powder. You’ll want your buttercream to form stiff peaks, so add your sugar and/or milk accordingly (only one tablespoon at a time, though!).

Using your Wilton #233, frost each cookie with your chocolate buttercream. Then, add your rectangular strips diagonally across each cookie.

With a toothpick, add some frosting to the back of each silver fondant circle and add them to each strip of Chewbacca’s sash. Eat, enjoy, and May the 4th be with you!

How will you be celebrating May the 4th? Who’s the Star Wars fan in your household? (Psst: My buddy Melissa over at Sippy Cup Mom made the cutest Death Star Cake Pops! Star Wars fans, unite!)

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Stepping Into Spring with Robeez Mini Shoez

Spring has sprung and there’s a spring in Leo’s step. Now that he’s walking (and waddling), Robeez Mini Shoez are exactly what we need.

Spring has sprung and there's also a spring in Leo's step. One thing's for sure: Robeez Mini Shoez are just what every toddler needs.
This post is in partnership with Robeez.

I remember when I first discovered the Robeez brand. I was in college and worked a few hours a week at a bookstore that sold them. I was no where near getting married nor growing a family. But the moment I saw the footwear packaged in their little boxes I thought: “As soon as I’m expecting, I am so getting these shoes.”

Years down the line, I kept that promise.

Spring has sprung and there's also a spring in Leo's step. One thing's for sure: Robeez Mini Shoez are just what every toddler needs.

I love that the Robeez brand grows with your child. Leo went through so many pairs of Robeez through infancy (and because of their elasticized back, none fell off his feet… none!). Now that he’s learning to walk, Robeez Mini Shoez were something we just bought without second-thought.

Put on my Shoes, Ma!
First off, they are so easy to put on: and with a wiggly toddler, this means everything.

Spring has sprung and there's also a spring in Leo's step. One thing's for sure: Robeez Mini Shoez are just what every toddler needs.

Strong Out-Soles
I also love their outsoles. They are more shoe-like and offer a non-skid, non-slip walking experience. (Trust me, slipping and skidding happen a lot with this little guy).

Materials
I naturally gravitated towards Robeez because of their premium quality leather. I am ensured that the shoes will never feel uncomfortable for Leo and can even last through “hand-me-downs.”

And so we headed to the park to test out our newest Mini Shoez. They were a perfect fit and Leo waltzed through that park as if he owned it!

How old was your little one when they started walking? What kind of shoes did you use for this milestone?

Spring has sprung and there's also a spring in Leo's step. One thing's for sure: Robeez Mini Shoez are just what every toddler needs. Spring has sprung and there's also a spring in Leo's step. One thing's for sure: Robeez Mini Shoez are just what every toddler needs. Spring has sprung and there's also a spring in Leo's step. One thing's for sure: Robeez Mini Shoez are just what every toddler needs.

 

 

30 Things I Wish I Told Myself Before Turning 30

Turning 30 on the 30th. Bring on the champagne.

Here I go: 30 thoughts, 30 confessions... 30 things I wish I told myself before turning the big three-oh.

I sit back on my computer chair as I slowly jot down every point on this list. I don’t know whether to cry, feel pride, or laugh at these last 30 years. Honestly, I’ll most likely be doing all three and you know what? I have no shame in that.

I have been so excited about turning 30. Recently, I stumbled on a satiric social media post where someone mourned their last day of their 20s. While I respect their choice of celebration, I can’t help but be ecstatic for my milestone birthday.

Turning 30: I’m exactly where I want to be and I know exactly what I want for my future.

Here I go: 30 thoughts, 30 confessions... 30 things I wish I told myself before turning the big three-oh.

30 Things I Wish I Told Myself Before Turning 30

  1. That breakup is not going to hold you back. In fact, it’ll push you further. Cry it out and let it out. There’s nothing wrong with emotions and don’t let anyone let you think otherwise.
  2. Job after job, you’ll finally find something that you’re super passionate for. I promise.
  3. At one point, things will seem completely hopeless in high school but I assure you, there’s a group of loving people waiting to meet you.
  4. That blonde look is not for you.
  5. Invest in real estate as early as you can – it will feel incredibly accomplishing buying your first home.
  6. You will meet one of your dearest and best friends in college: enjoy every single day of it!
  7. There’s nothing wrong with being the sensitive soul that you are. Embrace it and if people point it out, just shrug it off.
  8. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks. Really, just shrug it off.
  9. Ask for help before anything becomes too difficult or too troubling. You’ll never come off weak if you do.
  10. Being labelled a “nerd” in elementary and high school is not going to determine your future. In fact, embrace it. That “nerdiness” will come in handy and be well-appreciated, you just wait.
  11. Your party phase will come in your mid-twenties: live it up and enjoy it. (You know your limits and you’re totally responsible, so just live in the moment).
  12. Take more time off for yourself: you don’t always have to be a people-pleaser.
  13. A successful career is not one where you feel obligated to say yes to everything. Communicate your limits and stand your ground.
  14. A minimalist wardrobe of high quality items is a better investment than 5-minute trends.
  15. Watch out for attachment: not everyone you’ll meet will be a lasting friend, but in time, you’ll figure out who to really trust.
  16. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Your time is valuable and you deserve some of it to yourself.
  17. Ditch the labels: you’re not awkward, dorky, clumsy, or a snob (as you may have overheard). You’re an outgoing introvert and you’ll learn to embrace it eventually.
  18. Your broken heart isn’t entirely based off the fact that he broke up with you; you’ll come to realize that it’s a pride thing. Don’t get the two mixed up, because people won’t really understand your frustration.
  19. Be more confident in your art of negotiation: know your worth, even if it means passing up an opportunity. Never feel forced.
  20. Trust your gut and try to explain things calmly – it’ll be more effective and you’ll find that people will listen more.
  21. Don’t give up on yourself: you deserve to take care of yourself. It’s not selfish, it’s self-love and self-appreciation.
  22. Your interests are not superficial – fashion is not an art-form to everyone. But it’s what you like, so embrace it.
  23. Certain industries are really hard to break into but don’t give up your passions.
  24. You have an intolerance to avocado… beware your guacamole intake!
  25. You may be a trusting person but not everyone can be trusted. Don’t be too disappointed when others let you down.
  26. Try to think before acting and reacting: it’s better business practice.
  27. Work on your darn posture!
  28. Learn to walk in heels better – own it and strut it.
  29. People need a second to cool off. Don’t expect immediate answers. Making yourself busy and letting people come to you is sometimes the solution you’ll both need.
  30. Request that vacation and go on more trips – you won’t regret it.

Cheers, everyone. It is so lovely to celebrate such a meaningful milestone with family, friends, and my readers. You are all so wonderful.

Here I go: 30 thoughts, 30 confessions... 30 things I wish I told myself before turning the big three-oh.

Portraits by: Laurie-Anne Thuot

Our Favourite Things: Sunday Riley Oils

Highlighting a sought-after product: Sunday Riley Oils.

Our in-house beauty expert, Dolores, tells us about her favourite product: Sunday Riley Oils.

You guys… it’s happening. It’s *really* happening.

I’ve been toying with the idea of building a team for Fabulous Habits. Finally, it is all coming together.

First, we welcomed Josh, our travel connoisseur. In the last few months, he has taught us some pretty handy things when it comes to our wanderlust game. (Psst: you can see his articles here, here, and here.) It’s been fascinating to learn about the in’s and out’s of the travel industry.

Today, I couldn’t be more proud to introduce one of my best friends, Dolores, who will be our in-house beauty and skincare expert/reviewer.

I met Dolores nearly 10 years ago. We often joke that our common love for Queen, shopping, and Harry Potter is what really kicked off our college friendship. I had always been in awe with Dolores’ makeup game: her application is both graceful and subtle. You can only imagine how ecstatic I was when she decided to hop on board the Fabulous Habits train and talk about something she is so well-versed in.

For her first article, I asked her: “What’s your all-time favourite beauty product? What’s the one thing that you can talk about for hours on end?”

And so here we have it… a few words on Sunday Riley Oils, brought to you by my bestie and your beauty guru, Dolores.

Our Favourite Things: Sunday Riley Oils

Hi everyone! I am really excited to contribute to Fabulous Habits and to share my experiences with makeup and skincare—thank you, Lisa, for welcoming me to the team!

For my first blog post, I wanted share some outstanding products that have been part of my everyday routine for the past few years: Sunday Riley face oils.

Our in-house beauty expert, Dolores, tells us about her favourite product: Sunday Riley Oils.

For starters, here’s a little context about my skin type and experiences with skincare. My skin tends to range from combination in the winter, to straight up oily in the summer heat. I’ve also struggled with acne prone skin throughout my adolescence to adulthood, along with some mild rosacea. To say that I’ve tried a multitude of skincare lines would be an understatement. I’ve tried drugstore to department store and even prescribed products alike—I’ve even been on Accutane, which is just about as extreme as it can get in terms of skincare. While some of the products helped for a period, the Sunday Riley face oils have by far made the biggest difference to my complexion. Whereas I once felt very insecure without the guard of my foundation, I now find myself spending most weekends running errands without it.

Now, I realize that it may seem counterintuitive to apply oils on acne prone skin, but hear me out! What makes Sunday Riley face oils so great?

While Sunday Riley offers a wide line of face oils, the ones that have worked for me include:
– Juno – Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
U.F.O. – Ultra Clarifying Face Oil
– Luna – Sleeping Night Oil

Our in-house beauty expert, Dolores, tells us about her favourite product: Sunday Riley Oils.

{Quality & Results} Sunday Riley face oils are cold-pressed and expertly blended with high quality ingredients, such as antioxidants and vitamins, to cater to a variety of skincare needs. Although my skin tends to be oily, I have found that these products have actually restored some much-needed balance in my skin’s pH and that I actually get less shiny throughout the day. Though, I guess that it is not too surprising, since studies indicate that the skin overcompensates with sebum when under distress. Since using these oils, my face feels hydrated, comfortable and bright, and my acne has also vastly improved. The daytime oils, U.F.O. & Juno, absorb surprisingly quickly in the skin and they don’t compromise my makeup’s longevity throughout the day.
Now, let’s talk about the cost for a moment. I won’t hide the fact that these face oils are a bit expensive. However, I have found that I only replenish them around every eight months, so they feel like an investment. Plus, I feel that I end up spending less on skincare because I don’t use many complimentary products, other than a cream in the colder months.

{Packaging} Sunday Riley face oils come in gorgeous glass components in varying colors, with metallic details, making them beautiful additions to your vanity.

Our in-house beauty expert, Dolores, tells us about her favourite product: Sunday Riley Oils.

{Usage} After cleansing my face, I warm three drops of oil between my palms and apply them to my face and neck. Ideally, you would want to gently pat the product into your skin, though I would be lying if I said that I didn’t just quickly spread it on most days. If you tend to use additional products after cleansing your skin, I recommend that you start from the thinnest to thickest consistencies to ensure proper absorption.

All that being said, do I still sometimes get pimples and blackheads? Of course! Do I ever itch for the occasional facial? Certainly. Though, I still stand by these oils, as they’ve vastly improved my complexion and instilled in me some newfound confidence. (It only took me over ten years and much trial and error to get there!)

Have you ever tried face oils? What have been your experiences with them? What are the skincare products that you swear by?

Tri-Coloured Unicorn Cookies

A treat fit for a unicorn… because they’re allowed having cookies, too.

Unicorn cookies are something I just knew I had to make for Fabulous Habits’ month-long unicorn theme. What I mainly see trending on the web are unicorn cookies that are supposed to act as their poop. But hey, now, wait a minute?! Why can’t unicorns have cookies of their very own?

Ladies and gents: unicorn cookies, an oh-so-colorful treat we can share amongst human friends and magical friends. Enjoy!

Bake-It-Yourself Unicorn Cookies

A treat fit for a unicorn… because they’re allowed having cookies, too.

1 stick butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 ¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch salt
2 drops red gel food coloring
2 drops purple gel food coloring
2 drops yellow gel food coloring
½ cup white candy melts
¼ cup sprinkles

In a stand mixer, mix butter, sugar, and egg on medium speed. Once thoroughly combined, add vanilla.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.

Slowly add dry ingredients to your egg and butter mixture (preferably in thirds).

Once your cookie dough is formed, divide it into three different bowls. Color each bowl with your gel food coloring (one color per bowl).

Wrap cookie dough separately in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll out each colored dough on a floured surface, forming each one into long strips. Then twist all three colors together and form into a ball.

Cover a rolling pin with flour and roll out your tri-coloured dough to be about ¼ of an inch thick. With a cookie cutter, cut out circular shapes.

 

A treat fit for a unicorn… because they’re allowed having cookies, too.

Place shaped cookie dough on baking sheet, about 2 inches apart from each other. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes and allow to cool on rack before decorating.

Microwave candy melts in 30-second intervals until completely melted.

Dip ¼ of each cookie into candy melts and place back on lined baking sheet. Add sprinkles and allow to set before serving. Enjoy the unicorn goodness!

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Dressing a Post-Baby Bod: Kimono Comfort

Kimono comfort as my wardrobe go-to.

Kimono comfort for a bright, playful, and colourful look.
Anthropologie kimono (similar here) / CreationsKascha bracelet / Hyba leggings / Aldo booties

I feel like I’ve been sporting the “open-blouse” look for quite a while now. Since being pregnant, my go-to uniform has been a dress shirt (unbuttoned, of course) and/or a loose cardigan (for winter months, in particular).

I find it a little unfair to deem my body as “post-baby,” considering I gave birth over a year ago. I might be my own worst critic (actually, I probably am), but I still find myself reaching over for looser clothing items in hopes to cover up any of my insecurities.

Kimono comfort for a bright, playful, and colourful look. Kimono comfort for a bright, playful, and colourful look.

This kimono offers a bright alternative to my large collection of neutral-coloured cardigans. I gravitated towards the piece for its mix of fabrics and textures. Those burgundy flowers have a touch of velour to them. Absolute perfection: so soft, so fun, and so much character.

Mamas: what clothing items do you shop for? How long did it take you to feel comfortable in your skin post-pregnancy?

Kimono comfort for a bright, playful, and colourful look.
Kimono comfort for a bright, playful, and colourful look.

Portraits by: Laurie-Ann Thuot

 

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Long Silver Dress

Long Silver Dress

Embracing my post-baby body with a tulle skirt - my favorite skirt of all time.

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