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When life gives you lemons…

I first learned of ILYMIX when I came about their account on Instagram, and was drawn to their pictures of beautiful, bold statement necklaces and earrings.  This one in particular stood out to me: it’s bright, fun, and kind of reminds me of something Kate Spade would release.  I love the adorable lemons and lemon slices paired with starfishes and pearls (I mean, it pretty much screams Summer).

I paired mine with a J.Crew Factory sweater, American Eagle jeggings, and Payless Shoe Source pumps (shown below).


I definitely recommend checking out ILYMIX.  Their products are reasonably priced, ship quickly, and are of good quality.  There are tons of other items on my wishlist, from sunglasses, to scarves, to bracelets (and how cute is this watermelon clutch!?).  If you’re interested in making a purchase, ILYMIX has generously offered to give my readers 20% off your purchase: just use the code Elyse20.  Happy shopping!

*Note: Necklace provided for consideration.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.
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January/February Favourites!

Jan-Feb 2015 Faves

I can barely fathom that it’s already March…where did January and February go?!  Wherever it went, it did leave me with some awesome new favourites to share with you.  Let’s get started!

1. American Eagle AEO Soft & Sexy Jegging V-Neck T-Shirt

I know what you’re thinking: Elyse, a t-shirt is a t-shirt.  But trust me, these shirts are perfection.  Part of AE’s new collection, these tees are the perfect length, are extremely soft and silky, are tagless, and come out good-as-new when washing.  I purchased my v-neck in black, (they are available in other colours), and the “Soft & Sexy” line also includes other styles (muscle tees, baseball tees, zip ups, and more!).

2. Arm & Hammer Pro Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste

For me, a good toothpaste is hard to find.  Sometimes I don’t like the texture, sometimes I don’t care for the taste, and sometimes I’m just not happy with the results. But for me, this toothpaste has it all: sensitivity protection, whitening, and a great “clean” feeling after you use it.  I’m especially impressed with its whitening ability, and noticed a significant difference after just a few days of use.

3. Tetley Chai Tea

I tried this tea after I found it in my pantry on a day when my go-to, Orange Pekoe, had run out.  When it comes to home-brewed tea, this is definitely one of my new front-runners.  A combination of, “cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, star anise and cloves”, I find it to be extremely smooth tasting and aromatic (just smelling it calms me down at the end of the day).

4. MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in “Hip ‘n’ Happy”

Lip pencils have become one of my favourite beauty products as of late (check out my Valentine’s day post here).  I was introduced to this MAC classic when I went to pick up the new Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick and Tinted Lipglass.  The makeup artist at the MAC counter was wearing a gorgeous colour on her lips, and she informed me that it was actually this lip pencil underneath the Miley lipglass.  She had received so many compliments on her lip combo, that her store at the mall (and the MAC counter in The Bay) were all sold out.  So, three MAC counters later, I now own and love this lip pencil.  Wear it on its own, with a lipstick, or under a gloss.  Any which way, you’re sure to love it too!

5. Aldo Accessories “Olaoviel” Necklace

Aldo Accessories is one of my favourite stores, and I frequent it often to check out their sale section (usually buy one, get one free).  This fun statement necklace, made of multifaceted black rings woven into braided black fabric, is perfect for jazzing up the neckline of a simple crew neck tee (or LBD).

6. Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Exfoliating Scrub

I’ve already raved about this product in my previous post: a review of the Aveeno Fresh Essentials line.  So to summarize, this scrub: a) smells amazing, b) feels awesome on your skin, and c) works like a charm.  Highly recommend!

  “Spring is when life’s alive in everything” ~Christina Rossetti

January/February Favourites!

January-February Favourites

1. Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm

What I love about this lip balm is that it can be worn day or night.  Use it as a lip treatment while you sleep, or wear it to school or work in place of (or underneath) a lipstick or gloss.  The baby-pink tone flatters nearly every skin tone, and can be subtle or more intense depending on how much you apply.  The rose scent is pretty (not overpowering), the formula has SPF 10, and the packaging is chic and durable.  A little more expensive than your typical Chapstick, this balm is definitely worth the splurge (around $29.00).

2.  Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black

This is one of the best liquid liners I’ve ever used.  It provides rich, pigmented colour, a smooth application (no tugging), and has a tip that makes it easy to create both thick, thin, and cat-eye style lines (with a marker-style tip).  The waterproof formula ensures it stays in place throughout the day, but yet still washes off easily at night.

3.  JESSICA (by Sears) Women’s ‘Ibenawen’ Leather Platform-Heel Pump

For about 6 months, I was on the hunt for a pair of leather shoes that have leather insoles.  I was close to giving up, when I came across these pumps at Sears.  An extremely reasonable price for an all-leather shoe ($59.99), I picked up both the matte and patent black.  I was prepared to be uncomfortable the first day (as most leather shoes need time to stretch), but was surprised to find that they fit perfectly right from the start; no blisters, irritations, or soreness.  After about 2 weeks of wearing them, they still fit like a glove.  I also love that they are the perfect height.  They are tall enough to lengthen your legs (3.5 inches), but the platform makes them easy to walk in and adds extra comfort (the leather insoles are also cushioned).  Depending on the season, these shoes come in different colours (currently, I’m lusting over the “Cognac” pair).  I was lucky enough to find last season’s pairs in blue and beige, and got them for $23.00!

4. Buxom Full-On™ Lip Cream in “White Russian”

This lip gloss is creamy, shiny, and is the perfect pink tone.  It has a temporary plumping effect (with a slight cool, tingling sensation), but provides your lips with vitamins A and E to keep them soft and hydrated.  No shimmer or sparkle to be found in this gloss, which makes for a nice, clean finish to a smoky-eye or dramatic eye makeup look.

5. American Eagle Hi-Rise Jegging in “Clean Rinse”

For me, finding the perfect pair of jeans can seem next to impossible.  They’re either too short, too long, not the right shade of blue, don’t fit my waist properly, or most annoyingly: too low.   Luckily, more and more stores are offering higher-rise versions of their jeans, including American Eagle.  For these jeans, it was love at first try-on.  They are stretchy like a legging, a rich indigo blue that matches nearly everything (and have no feathering or pre-purchase rips), and are the perfect rise (just below the belly button).  I also love that they are skinnies, so they can be worn with heels or tucked into boots.  Interested? American Eagle always has great sales on, so be sure to follow them via email for updates on current promotions (up to 40% off and free shipping).

6.  Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Studs Kit

This fun set creates endless nail-art opportunities.  It includes 3 vials of studs (black, silver/metal, and clear), and also includes a handy nail-art pick up tool.  No glue necessary, simply apply the studs when polish becomes tacky (approximately 30 seconds after polishing), and then cover with a top coat.  This set is extremely affordable and  can make a plain polish seem that much more exciting (accent nail, anyone?).

Happy girls are the prettiest. ~Audrey Hepburn