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

#TRENDING: My Favourite Fall Nail Colours (Hint – The Darker, The Better)

After a summer of non-stop corals, fuchsias, pale pinks and summery blues, I am ready for my beloved dark nail polishes. Since Chanel debuted their fabulous (and my most favourite) Vamp colour back in 1994, dark, moody nails have become commonplace in any fashionista’s nail polish arsenal. Continue reading #TRENDING: My Favourite Fall Nail Colours (Hint – The Darker, The Better)

10 Things You Should Know About Pedicures

I love myself a good pedicure at a calm, beautiful spa.  There is nothing like slipping your tired, beaten feet into a scented tub of warm water followed by a heavenly foot massage.  Top that off with having someone else paint your toenails so you don’t have to contort yourself into a pretzel to do so yourself…I’m in 7th heaven!

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Sandal Ready!

Not all spas are clean and peaceful havens. Here in Canada, spas and salons are not closely regulated, therefore leaving precautions to be taken by the patrons themselves.  Many of the spas I’ve frequented are very clean and take sterilization seriously, but we all know that not all spas are created equal. Continue reading 10 Things You Should Know About Pedicures

Award Tour!!

Hi all!

I want to thank every single blogger who has nominated me for an award!  I am truly flattered.  Not to toot my own horn, but there are so many awards that I have been nominated for and tag posts to complete, that I’ve had a hard time keeping up. I feel the best way to share my answers with everyone is to do two or three combined posts over the next week or so to cover all of these great awards and tags!

First up, The Real Neat Blog Award!  A huge thank you to fivezero for nominating me! Continue reading Award Tour!!

Spring Haul 2015 – Check It Out On My Youtube Channel!

Hi all!

Just posted my latest spring shopping haul to my YouTube channel! Check out some of the pieces I got including Splendid pyjamas, a treat from the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit, Aesop skin care and more!

You can find me at http://www.youtube.com/styledomination.  Give my videos a looksie and don’t forget to subscribe!!!

Thanks so much for viewing and subscribing!  Your support and encouragement means a lot! xo

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Nail Art I’m Obsessing Over – Pshiiit Polish

Happy Monday and Happy Memorial Day to my American friends!

This past weekend was gorgeous here in Ottawa and particularly fantastic as my sister Erika came to town to visit!  I love it when my sisters visit and stay with us as we normally end up spending our days relaxing in our backyard under the sun, reading fashion magazines, sipping sangria and we always end up doing our nails.  I think they do this on purpose too as I am a former esthetician and have a nailpolish collection at about 200+ bottles strong!

Sure enough on Saturday, since the weather was a little miserable, we got into the nail polish.  I started thinking to myself that I would really love to get into some expert nail art designs!  Usually, I stick to one colour for my tips and if I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll do a glittery accent nail.  That felt boring though, especially after the thousandth time.  So, I took to instagram to check out one of my favourite accounts @pshiiit_polish for a little inspiration!  This lady is a maestro – a modern day Van Gogh of nail art!  I peruse her account regularly and am usually left stunned at the designs she comes up with.

Check out my favourite looks from her beautiful account!  (Blog here: www.pshiiit.com)

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All photos courtesy of http://www.pshiiit.com

Do you have any favourite nail art websites that you frequent often?  What are your favourite nail trends for this year?  Let me know in the comments!

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Manis and Pedis at Her Majesty’s Pleasure – Amazing Experience

I love getting my nails done, but I rarely treat myself to manicures. I used to be an esthetician and I’m a stickler for perfect nails. I am usually so disappointed when I receive a sub-par manicure – poor polish application and sad nail colour selection are my major “spa” pet peeves.I am constantly on the lookout for new nail salons and interesting nail services such as topnotch nail art. I love the experience of being pampered in beautiful spas that are bright, airy without feeling rushed or being asphyxiated by the chemicals used for certain services (anything that smells as terrible as acrylics MUST be unhealthy). Continue reading Manis and Pedis at Her Majesty’s Pleasure – Amazing Experience