Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Getting Back Into Dry Brushing

After my first two years in Connecticut, when the humidity (which I never, ever seemed to get used to) made my skin constantly dry and itchy and splotchy, I started using a dry brush for exfoliating purposes and to basically just “buff” myself. And it definitely worked like a charm.

When I moved back home to the prairies four years later, my dry skin woes were seemingly cured by the change in climate and so I forgo the body brush. I didn’t know much about the multiple benefits of body brushes at the time (here’s a good piece on those benefits, if you’re curious) and viewed it as only a dry skin problem solver; so when Canadian company Prana Brush invited me to try out their dry brush, I was pretty keen to be involved and get back into the habit of dry brushing.

The product is innovative among other dry brushes because it utilizes ion-charged copper bristles made from a high-quality alloy of copper and zinc, coupled with humanely sourced boar bristles, which have a whole host of benefits associated with them. I won’t hum on with all the details because Prana has a super informative website that covers them …

I’m now been using my Prana dry brush daily each morning (as they recommend) for a week and can honestly say I’ve loved the experience! My skin feels smooth and invigorated and making the five or so minutes it takes me to use it into part of my morning routine has been easy and actually offers a nice little morning energizer. I’m really happy I was given the opportunity to try out the dry brush and will definitely be keeping up with my usage from now on!

If you’re interested in trying out Prana’s dry brush, head to their website or find them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest with the handle @pranabrush and hashtag #pranabrush. Happy brushing!

Friday, October 26, 2018

All the Frills: Coffee Table Books

I have a definite weakness for large coffee table books about fashion, accessories, and fashion history (oh, and tiaras, because I’m pretty much obsessed with tiaras) and I add at least one or two new volumes to my collection each year. The latest one, not pictured here, is the recent Met exhibit (and theme of the most recent Met ball) on heaven and hell in the Catholic imagination. It’s a stunning book that is, less fortunately, equipped with a pure white linen cover that I have inadvertently already somehow managed to get finger prints on. Sigh.

Weekend Reading:

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Another Fall Favourite

And another fall favourite, this velvet/velour blazer, makes an appearance. Guys, I seriously love fall…

blazer: Simons / pants: ASOS / boots: Target / necklace: Saks Off 5th

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Welcome my favourite new witchy dress! Lace, a statement sleeve, all black … what’s not to love?

dress: found at Winners and I was too lazy to check the label to see the brand / boots: Camper

Friday, October 19, 2018

All the Frills: The Greatest Time of the Year

It’s my favourite time of year! Halloween!!!! So I’ve busted out my decorations, have been watching scary movies non-stop, and have two Halloween costumes in the works (a work/Eleanor activity one (Maleficent) and one to wear out for a night on the town (Nyx)). What are you Halloween plans?

Weekend Reading:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sweater Weather

Nothing beats a cozy sweater for fall, right? I’m especially grateful for cozy clothes because my work is crazy in the fall (all the new graduate students start so it’s an intense month or two) and then home is always super busy with Eleanor's day care drop offs and pick ups, toddler meal prep, toddler play time, etc etc (yes, I have parked my car and taken a 15 minutes power nap in the drugstore parking lot more times than I care to admit).

sweater: Simons / pants: Betabrand / bootes: Steve Madden / necklace: Groove Stone

Friday, October 12, 2018

All the Frills: A Little Light Reading

I’m a pretty voracious reader. I average about two books a week, sometimes more depending on how into what I’m readying I am. This week I’ve been working on The Song of Achilles (which I love because I have a very soft spot for the Iliad) and And Now We Have Everything (which deeply resonated with me). Oh, and the IKEA catalogue. Because I love me some IKEA.

What are you reading these days?

Weekend Reading:

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fall, Fall, Fall

Fall is here with a bang (actually, it's really more like early winter, considering that I woke up this morning in a couple inches of snow on the ground) and I couldn’t be happier – if for no other reason than I can bring out my favourite fall colour palette dress from Zara. And boots – boots!

dress: Zara / boots: Target / jacket: Joseph Ribkoff

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Leopard Always Makes Me Happy

I love this blouse for work. It’s a great fit, adds a bit of interest to me otherwise all black outfits, and is super comfortable for long days at the office. Plus I am a sucker for anything leopard print. It’s verging on a problem for me.

pants: Betabrand / shirt: Calvin Klein / blazer: Simons / shoes: Aldo

Friday, October 5, 2018

All the Frills: The Baby Cape

I got Eleanor a cape. Because I have a cape. I regret nothing … I mean she’s got to eventually hate me for something when she’s a teenager, right?

Weekend Reading:

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Vegas Dress

This dress is one of all time-favourites. I call it my Vegas dress. I call it that because I bought it specifically to take to Vegas when I went with friends as it just had that vibe to me. And then, as we were packing for the trip, I asked my helpmeet to grab my “black Vegas dress” for the suitcase, thinking that he’s, of course, knew what I meant, only to arrive in Vegas (very excited to put on the dress for our first casino foray) and discover another, relatively nondescript black dress had been packed. So while this dress has never technically been to Vegas with me, I guarantee it will make it there one day.

dress: French Connection / leggings: ASOS / necklace: Stella and Dot / shoes: Aldo