White Out

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the “Meet Your New Jeans With Emily Luciano” event hosted by Topshop Canada and The Hudson’s Bay Company. I hopped at the chance to see Emily Luciano in person, as she is a huge source of fashion inspiration of mine. An Ottawa native, Emily Luciano has grown her Instagram account to a startling 118,000 followers over the course of only one year in addition to a super stylish blog with a readership just as big. Style oozing out of every single one of her pores, I wanted to see this stylish young lady in action. Continue reading White Out

Easter Chic: Brightening Up The Wardrobe For Spring

While visiting my sister in Toronto a few weeks ago, I popped into my not-so-secret favourite store, Aritzia, and picked up a few items that instantly made me feel less freezing cold and looking forward to spring. I had been on the hunt for a huge, cozy blanket scarf for months to keep me from freezing to death in my office, and Aritzia had more than enough to choose from. Continue reading Easter Chic: Brightening Up The Wardrobe For Spring

Beauty Review: Les Soins de Jacynthe

With each passing day, the sun is shining brighter and warmer, the snow is receding and signs of spring are all around. Thank goodness…because I didn’t think I could survive another month of snow, chills and freezing rain. Continue reading Beauty Review: Les Soins de Jacynthe

A Day at Smudge Beauty Bar

A Day at Smudge Beauty Bar

Inspired by our latest photoshoots together, my friend Emilie and I decided to switch it up from outdoor locations and take things inside. Emilie, with her keen eye for fashion and architecture suggested Smudge Beauty Bar, a relatively new spa which opened in Ottawa last year on Dalhousie Street…home to many an up and coming boutique. Continue reading A Day at Smudge Beauty Bar

#BeautySpotlight Part 1: Leonor Greyl Paris Soin Naturel Du Cheveu (…And Best Beauty Find Of The Year)

A head full of thick, lustrous, shiny hair is as exciting and drool-worthy to me as winning the Powerball Lottery. For as long as I can remember, gorgeous hair has been something that I value highly. I can’t help it. I will see a head full of gorgeous, bouncy curls, or thick, perfect blonde beach waves, or gorgeous natural kinks and something inside me wants to reach out and play with that hair! Inappropriate? Yes. Am I alone? No (maybe). Continue reading #BeautySpotlight Part 1: Leonor Greyl Paris Soin Naturel Du Cheveu (…And Best Beauty Find Of The Year)

Oscars 2016: Best & Worst Dressed

As we all know, this year’s Oscars Award Show was “interesting”. With the uproar over the lack of diversity of nominees (#OscarsSoWhite), to the frankly, quite boring selection of movies for Best Picture, I didn’t really plan on watching.

I couldn’t help but tune in though at 11:30pm, just to see my boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio win his much-deserved Oscar. In actuality, I cheered so loud when he won that I woke up my husband. Hey! LEO DESERVED IT!   Continue reading Oscars 2016: Best & Worst Dressed

How To Deep Condition Your Hair Using Natural Oils

Hi all!

Here is my latest YouTube video on how I deep condition my hair using a coconut, almond and castor oil mixture.


The star of this video is Kreyol Essence’s Haitian Black Castor Oil available on the Malachite + Elephant website.

Haitian black castor oil (HBCO) is notable because it is better suited to hair and skin than the highly popular Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO). JCBO tends to be thicker and more sticky…not ideal as a skin moisturizer and can get a little goopy for hair. Continue reading How To Deep Condition Your Hair Using Natural Oils

How To Get That Perfect Shot – My Favourite Photos of 2015

I’ve always enjoyed photography. It’s an art form that I’ve had an interest in since I was a kid. There is something about capturing a touching moment, fun times, incredible landscapes or unbelievable happenings that really resonates with me.

The actual camera itself fascinates me too. How a relatively simple little machine can produce such beautiful art is incredible. Some great examples below from the Time Magazine annual photography contest can attest to this. Continue reading How To Get That Perfect Shot – My Favourite Photos of 2015

Moto Jacket Street Style

As I sat in the living room on Valentine’s Day happily munching away on the chocolates my hubby bought me, I stared outside at the Arctic-tundra like conditions dreaming of spring.

Despite it being -500C outside, I’m heartened knowing that there is only a few more weeks of horrible winter left. You know what that means? Spring fashion is right around the corner. Continue reading Moto Jacket Street Style

Wash, Rinse, Repeat: The Double Cleansing Method

One of the little things in life that makes me very happy is a set of fluffy, white, Downy-scented towels.  You can find a set in every bathroom in my house.

This love was tested by crappy facial cleansers.  Sick of having my white towels looking like they’d been shot by Homer’s makeup gun, I decided to set out on a difficult quest to find the perfect cleanser that effectively removed all of my makeup without stripping my face of its natural oils. I thought it was high time to start double-cleansing to ensure I’m washing all that makeup off on a daily basis. Continue reading Wash, Rinse, Repeat: The Double Cleansing Method