My Beautycounter Must Haves and 20% off site-wide!

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I talk a lot on this blog about why I feel it is important to know what is in the products that you are using and there is no better time than now to try some!

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Here are some of my current favourites:

  1. GLOW GETTER LUMUNOUR POWDER HIGHLIGHTER 

Ultra-fine pearls instantly brighten features and give skin a subtle, luminous glow. Available in two shades that complement all skin tones, Luminous Powder Highlighters catch the light with a pearlized sheen.

Beautycounter highlighter formula is specially designed without questionable ingredients for subtle, buildable luminosity. It is triple-milled to a precise, silky-smooth consistency and formulated with Butterpowder—an ingredient that boosts wear—so it lays down evenly and blends seamlessly. Includes removable mirror.

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2. Adaptive Moisture Lotion

Skin at its peak performance.

This lightweight lotion helps skin adapt to the ever-changing aggressors of modern life. Not only does it provide 24-hours of hydration — it actually adjusts hydration levels throughout the day for a smooth look and feel and radiant glow. Breakthrough Bio-Mimic Technology harnesses the unique life-giving properties of plants to exactly match the structure of skin, giving it precisely what it needs and nothing it doesn’t.

Consumer Panel Test Results:

In an independent consumer study, after two weeks of use*:

  • 93% said it provides instant and long lasting hydration
  • 93% noticed skin feels smoother
  • 90% said skin looks and feels healthier

 

*Results obtained from consumer panel study of 30 women.

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3. Beautycounter Baby Line

A bundle for your bundle.

This trio of head-to-toe essentials for babies includes Gentle All-Over Wash, a tear-free body and hair cleanser, Soothing Oil, a quick-absorbing skin nourisher, and Daily Protective Balm, which acts as a layer of protection for sensitive skin. All formulas are specially designed for a baby’s delicate skin—because babies deserve the very best.

Ingredient-conscious moms will love this formula that is free of irritants and hidden, harmful ingredients.

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4. Brightening Vitamin C Oil

Your daily radiance boost.

This citrus-scented facial oil quickly absorbs and penetrates to awaken and replenish skin. Lightweight and silky smooth, it features a proprietary blend of seven natural oils—including omega-rich marula oil—to moisturize, as well as antioxidant-rich vitamin C to help even skin tone. Perfect for all skin types, especially those concerned with dull, uneven skin tone.

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5. Lip Sheer

A beautiful kiss of color.

The ultimate everyday lipstick, this silky-smooth and ultra-moisturizing formula gives lips a sheer wash of color and a touch of polished sheen. It also includes jojoba esters and carnauba wax to condition and hydrate lips and no synthetic fragrance—just a sophisticated hint of natural vanilla. The shade range is designed to compliment all skin tones, and the formula is super buildable—layer it on to intensify the color, or try it under Lip Gloss for a more lustrous look.

 

 

 

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My Favourite Etsy Shops for Baby Items

So, I hadn’t really ventured to purchase too many things on Etsy prior to buying baby items. I had always browsed the site and loved everything I saw, but I was so nervous to actually pull the trigger and order something!

Well, I couldn’t resist any longer and I could not be more happy with what I decided to buy. I have been *trying* as much as possible to shop local and small business when purchasing for baby. And while I have way more than enough, there are always so many cute items that are hand made by people who take such time and care to create beautiful products. I thought I would do a quick round up of the favourite shops that I have found!

3 Joyful hearts design 

While this shop isn’t exactly local to me, the quality and care in the products is irresistible. My little boy is going to look so adorable going home in this cute owl crochet hat. It is super soft and made with gorgeous detail. I also purchased a cute basketball hat and diaper cover as a photo prop. If you are looking for cute crochet hats for babies or children or even some props for a newborn photo shoot, look no further than this awesome Etsy shop.

3 Joyful hearts design has hundreds of crochet styles to choose from and they are all absolutely gorgeous.

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CD & Bree 

I was shopping around for those cute bandanna bibs on Etsy and I was really hoping to find some super local. I searched for my area and hoped to do local pick-up. I found this great shop,  CD & Bree, for baby apparel including the bandanna bib, in so many cute patterns! Using organic cotton, these bibs are great for little baby’s drool and spit up but they still look super cute! I can’t wait to see my little guy in them! I will definitely be ordering more and I love that she is local.

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Mimi Shop 

In an effort to buy and support local and to avoid the big box, and valuing quality while keeping the baby toys at a minimum (really, they do not need many toys), I was introduced to Mimi Shop. This great Etsy shop is based out of Vancouver, so relatively local for me and all hand made, unique, quality baby toys. These items are so adorable, great quality and one of a kind. I purchased a music box that can be attached to the car seat or crib as well as a baby rattle. I will definitely be looking to purchase more as the quality just can’t be beat and, they are just so adorable! There are a variety of items and styles to choose from and mine were shipped out almost immediately!

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Baby Nell Designs 

I was looking for a simple tag blanket toy and again, wanted to purchase local. I found this local shop, Baby Nell Designs. This shop has beautiful quilts, tag blankets and bandanna bibs. I absolutely love all of the items in this shop! They are all such beautiful and unique creations and the fabric patterns are very unique! The items were shipped out quickly and again, they best part for me is to get quality hand made goods while supporting local business!

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Twig and Timber 

I purchased the four woodland wall pieces from Twig and Timber a while back for use in the nursery. I love how unique these pieces are and you have the option to completely customize what you want. Their woodland décor fit my nursery theme really well but they have such a variety of items to choose from that can work in any room. I highly recommend them if you are looking for something unique to your home!

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Bump Day: Nursery Update!

With just over nine weeks to go, things are coming together. We still have to hang up the artwork that makes this nursery a “woodland” theme.

Getting excited and anxious!

Here a few of my favourite buys so far.

Apple Cheeks Cloth Diapers

I am so excited to try cloth diapering and while I have to admit it is a bit confusing, I am going to start with a small collection to give it my best shot! I have heard nothing but great things about Apple Cheeks so I have purchased a few from Well.ca

Apple Cheeks Little Bundle, St.Lucia. 

Apple Cheeks Little Bundle, Winging It. 

Woodland Signs from Twig and Timber 

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Teepee and Tots Co. Moccasins  and organic cotton onesies from the Gap 

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Second Hand Bugaboo Chameleon Stroller

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Nursery Wish List

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Testing Paint samples from CIL From left to right: Canadian Sky | Night Sky | Middle: Gentry Blue | Bottom: Night Sky I think Gentry Blue will be the one we paint the whole room.
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Paint Colours cil.ca  | Crib walmart.com |Wall Art Twig and Timber |Rocking Chair Ikea.ca | Rug Ikea.ca | Crib Sheet adenandnais

I’ve been daydreaming about how to spruce up the bedroom where baby will be sleeping with his brother, before he arrives. I have a lot of ideas but don’t/can’t spend a lot of money. I think there are so many great ways to create a classic, welcoming space without breaking the bank. We already have all of the furniture except a rocker, so that is very helpful.

Since we will have two boys sharing a room, I thought a woodland theme might be nice and a subtle theme that can grow with them making small adjustments. There is still a lot of planning to do but I have so many ideas in my head about what we could do and I love gathering ideas from Pinterest, Instagram and magazines.

I am using these nurseries as the source of my inspiration:

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Photo courtesy of: http://projectnursery.com/projects/sawyers-woodland-nursery/#_a5y_p=3763843
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Photo courtesy of: http://www.decoist.com/2012-04-12/25-modern-nursery-design-ideas/

The bedroom has a grey laminate floor and all of the furniture is a dark brown stain. I thought a soft blue/green would be nice like this colour from Benjamine Moore but there is still a lot of testing and planning to do.

Some things I may want to incorporate into the room include:

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Woodland artwork from Home Sense
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Owl plate to hang on the wall from Home Sense

And I especially love these custom made signs from Twig and Timber as you can get them customized to suite your style:

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As you can see it is still a bunch of ideas but check back for more updates on the nursery progress!

How do you gather inspiration when redecorating?

Three blogs I’m reading right now

I always love discovering new lifestyle blogs to read! Here are a few that I am enjoying right now!

1. Little Lights of Mine

Ok, so I am a Steph Curry fan and I am so excited for the game tonight! (NBA finals). I was so happy to stumble upon this blog by his wife, Ayesha Curry. On her site she talks recipes, faith, fashion and family. Her vlog series on YouTube features lots of recipes, healthy eating tips, and other lifestyle information and it is so well done. Go Warriors Go!

2. Northern Style Exposure 

This fashion/lifestyle blog is a must read! Kira is a Canadian mommy from Edmonton and her blog offers great style, beauty tips and inspiration as well as recipes and baby essentials. I love all of the photos to scroll through and her website is just gorgeous. Give it a peruse, you won’t be disappointed and will probably come away with so many outfit ideas and a big shopping wish list! P.S. her snaps are awesome too!

3. North of Bloom 

Looking for amazing, tasty and super healthy recipes? Look no further than North of Bloom. Created by an aspiring holistic nutritionist, this blog offers great information on incorporating superfoods into daily meals. She also talks toxin free products, home decor and travel. Every recipe she posts I cannot wait to try to make myself because they are always so good and so healthy.

Q & A WITH LOCAL JEWELRY DESIGNER AND OWNER OF SALT WATER TEA

LOCAL JEWELRY DESIGNER, NICOLE BRACEY TALKS LOCAL FOOD, EVERY DAY INSPIRATION AND OF COURSE HER AWESOME DESIGNS

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A few months ago, a friend and I were browsing through a local, independent market in the city called Market Collective. The market occurs on one weekend every two months and its purpose is to promote local arts and culture, and to engage and empower the community towards positive growth. The market has grown over several years and you can find many local artists, designers and food vendors sharing their products with Calgarians in the three day event. It really is where Calgary’s local art and culture collides for three days and it showcases some amazing local business owners. If you haven’t been, I would highly recommend it.

It was at this Market Collective, back in March, that the Salt Water Tea booth caught my eye. I had been curiously perusing the many isles of handmade goods going back and forth, telling myself I could look but really didn’t need to buy anything, except, well maybe coffee, that was a must. After scanning some of the jewelry booths, something caught my attention at one in particular.

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I have always loved the natural look and had a sincere appreciation for jewelry with stones and subtle statements. Nicole Bracey, local Calgary designer and owner of Salt Water Tea jewelry had such an elegant display and her agate pieces on simple chains really grabbed my attention. It was a tough decision but I finally made up my mind. Now, the piece I bought a few months ago (pictured above) from Nicole is a staple in my every day outfits, no matter if I am going to work or just to the grocery store.

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I think it is so awesome, the great talent and culture that is present in Calgary, and I wanted to share a little bit about Nicole and her designs.

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Nicole Bracey, designer and owner of Salt Water Tea started her business in 2014. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a degree in fine arts in 2013, with a major in drawing. Originally, Nicole had started out sharing her drawings and sculptural work but decided she wanted to take the leap and get back into jewelry. Her designs can now be found locally and in various stores in Canada as well as on her Etsy store. 

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Q & A WITH NICOLE BRACEY, DESIGNER AND OWNER OF SALT WATER TEA

To start, a few fun questions to get to know Nicole:

Q: What is the first app you check in the morning? Instagram, Facebook, Email, Etc. and why?

A: Definitely email. I’m always checking to see if any new markets have sent out vendor calls, or if any other opportunities have presented themselves.

Instagram comes next. It is such a great networking opportunity. I check for markets and check and see what my fellow artists and friends are up to!

Q: Favourite restaurant in Calgary? 

A: Dairy Lane Cafe! My boyfriend and I go at least once a week.

(I couldn’t agree more! It’s one of my favourites too! Go there!!) 

Q: Favourite travel destination? 

A: My favourite place I’ve been so far is definitely Australia. But, I love going to BC to visit my best friends.

Q: After a long day crafting your jewels, what do you do to unwind or relax? 

A: I binge watch Netflix with a cup of tea and cuddle with my dog!

Now, more about the business and designs:

Q: What is your source of inspiration? 

A: I’m mostly inspired by nature, the mountains and the natural shapes and colours of gemstones.

Q: The name, Salt Water Tea, is there a specific meaning behind it? 

A: Yes! One of the ways you can cleanse gemstones is by steeping them in salt water. (Although I do not recommend this process for your jewelry!)

Q: Can you explain a little bit about the types of jewelry you design and what materials you use? 

A: I like to make jewelry that everyone can wear! I want you to be able to dress it up and down. I want the design to be a little different, something trendy and unusual, but suitable for every day wear. I love using crystals, chunky chain, rope and brass accents to create my pieces!

Q: Do you have any favourite materials to use? 

A: I guess overall I would say gemstones and crystals are my favourite materials. I also tend to go through phases when I work, so each collection is a little different. Right now I’m loving cotton rope!

Q: What started you on the path to designing your own jewelry to sell? Was this a lifelong dream or did you kind of stumble into it?

A: I’ve always made jewelry in some form or another. I have bead work from when I was a little girl. When I went to ACAD I took a few silversmithing classes, but wound up majoring in drawing. After graduating, I did a couple of exhibitions showing some drawing and sculptural work, and I just wasn’t happy. I started expanding back into jewelry and it just clicked for me!

(She is also launching a men’s line, this year!) 

Q: You travel some, to showcase and sell the jewelry you make, are there any favourite spots or markets that you have visited? 

A: I do a lot of markets in Calgary, but I often go to Edmonton for some of their markets including On the Spot Pop Up and this winter I’ll be doing my first Make it, which I’m REALLY excited for! I also recently went to Kelowna for their Craft Culture show, which was a great experience. But, I do I feel super fortunate that we have so many amazing markets here in Calgary, like Market Collective!

Q: Where can people purchase your jewelry? 

A: Online in my Etsy store (saltwatertea.etsy.com), in the Crafted Truck, Peacock Boutique, Rewind and Fallen Angel in Calgary. My designs are also in Make New in Halifax and Olive & Elle in Kelowna! My website also always has an updated list of which market or festival I’m going to be at next as well!

*All photos supplied by Nicole Bracey of Salt Water Tea.

My Top 3 Favourite Pieces from Stella and Dot’s Fall Preview Collection

Stella and Dot’s new Fall Preview Collection includes many versatile pieces which stay true to the Stella and Dot design. They continue their commitment to providing customers with the ability to wear their jewellery multiple ways. This new preview has a lot of elements that are nautical-inspired for the fall, which for some, leads into the cruise/winter vacation season. Pieces such as the Pave Triangular Ear Jackets remind me of anchors, the Voyager Cuffs, and the Madison Tech Wallet in the Navy Breton Stripe, each give a nod to the seas with their nautical vibe.

What I love about Stella and Dot is that so many of their pieces can be layered, worn together, or are versatile in the sense that you are able to adjust the pieces to different lengths and style variations to change their look. Also, with Stella and Dot there is a certain element of knowing what to expect regarding their pieces. Their designs usually have a timeless feel and the styles adjust slightly for each season while keeping the same versatility and timelessness that you come to know from Stella and Dot.

I have quite a few Stella and Dot pieces that I have had for years and still love.

From this new collection, which was released just on June fourth, I have picked out three of my top favourites! As a bonus, read below for how you can get these pieces for less or even for free!

Crystal & Lapis Stone Element Necklace in Gold

1. The Element Necklace – This necklace is a deep navy blue combo of semi-precious lapis stones and pave crystals. It is essentially two necklaces in one as you can wear the two strands for a layered look or just wear one for a more simple, understated look. This necklace would go great with a casual t-shirt and jeans look with a blazer, or you could even wear it as an accessory to a cocktail dress for an evening out. I love its geometric simplicity while still able to make a statement as part of any outfit.

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2. Anchor Voyager Cuff – I love a nice cuff and this one adds a nice pop of colour with the simple anchor detail. This would work great with a causal outfit and it would be great paired with a simple gold necklace, such as the Trinity Pendant or the On the Mark Gold Necklace. You could also layer this cuff with some other great Stella and Dot cuffs and bracelets.

Stylish Indigo Capri Wrap Scarf | Stella & Dot

3. Indigo Cari Wrap – Everyone loves a great scarf, right? I find scarves can really make a plain outfit sing. This one is a great pop of colour around the face but it can also be worn as a beach cover up this summer, or on your next getaway!

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There are so many great reasons to become a Stella & Dot Stylist, including:

  • You get to build a fabulous business
  • You have the ability to work from home and earn extra income sharing the jewelry that you love with others
  • Training and support from amazing and successful women are readily available to you
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  • You’re given your very own personal website and online business center
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