style + beauty


I’m constantly trying out new beauty and hair products so I thought I would start sharing all of my finds here with a short review every month. All products listed here were purchased by me but I will definitely let you guys know in future posts if it is a gifted product or contains an affiliate link. Also, if you have any suggestions for new products I should check out please let me know!


Let’s start with hair. I had been noticing this year that I kept breaking out around my hair line while also dealing with a dry itchy scaly; being a Celiac I figured that my shampoos and hair products had gluten in them. After doing some research I decided to switch everything to the completely gluten-free product lineup from VERB. In June, I tried three of their products: verb dry shampoo and verb hydrating shampoo + conditioner   . The powdered dry shampoo was so fantastic that I immediately got rid of any of the other dry shampoos I had collected (especially since none of them said whether they were GF or not). I have pretty dark brown hair so I had to really work the powder into my hair so it wasn’t visible but it didn’t bother me. I picked up their dark hair spray dry shampoo which I will include in my July reviews. The shampoo and conditioner feels so luxurious and beautiful – the scent is super mild and the formula is really hydrating. I bought them in the extra large size pump bottles; Jack and I have barely made a dent in them yet – a little bit goes a long way.

I also had recently picked up the Herbivore sea mist in coconut + sea salt from my friend’s shop here in Calgary, Dept. It is supposed to give you that whole surfer-girl-beachy-waves thing and I can report that it works. I use it on Jack’s hair a lot – it detangles his hair perfectly and the scent is heavenly. In fact, I actually mist it on as a light fragrance pretty regularly – it smells so good! The bottle is only 1/4 empty so I’m quite pleased how far it is going – especially being used on two people daily.


Okay, skin care o’clock. I didn’t really try too much *new* this month as I am trying to keep things stable for a bit so I can make sure it is actually working. I did switch up my daily moisturizer and started using schaf facial moisturizer from Toronto. I prefer my facial moisturizers to be fragrance-free and lightweight – especially in the summer. Overall, I really like the formula – my only complaint is that sometimes my skin looks really shiny in the summer heat. Otherwise, it feels great and moisturized. It is also gluten-free. Also, love the pump style of this product – and of course, their branding is to die for.

I also wanted to deal with the breakouts I’ve been experiencing lately (still trying to figure if out if I’m coming in contact with gluten somehow) so I picked up the Saje zap oil for acne prone skin. I don’t have acne prone skin which is why these zits are really annoying so I thought I would give it a shot. It did dry out and get the zits to go away a lot quicker than any of my other methods. The scent is quite strong (tea tree oil, I believe) so it takes a bit of time to get used to it.


I’m always up for trying new mascaras and when I discovered that a booth at the Calgary Farmers Market was carrying the vegan Pacifica lineup, I had to try one of their mascaras. I ended up choosing the Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara in Supernova (black). Overall, I really love this mascara  – it is a great pure black, the formula is smooth and lightweight (no globs). The brush is long, fat and fluffy – which IMHO is fantastic for getting thick blink-worthy lashes. The only downside is that its not really waterproof so if you’ve got seasonal allergies like I do, you might need to do a makeup touchup every so often. But the fact that it is a vegan formula makes me happy.

I was so stoked to find out about The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation. I had been switching up my foundations when the seasons begun to change but I always find it hard to find the perfect formula for my dry skin. The Ordinary has such a lightweight formula – it doesn’t sit on my skin like so many other foundations – likely because it is serum-based. I’ve been using Colour 1.1 N Fair Neutral.

I purchased a box set of mini Benefit Cosmetics Blushes as I wanted to try a bunch of different colours without buying the full size. It doesn’t look like the kit is available any more but my favourites out of the box are GALifornia, Gold Rush Blush and Dandelion. I’ll definitely be picking those up in full size once I’m done with the minis.


I’ve been using the Saje floral crystal fresh deodorant for about a year now and I absolutely love it. It is perfect for freshening up mid-day or layering with another natural deodorant. I’ve also used it as a light fragrance or to spritz my pillow with.

I picked up this pharmacia rose perfume from Anthropologie and I’ve already gone through an entire bottle of it and started on a second. I can’t find too much information about – I’m assuming it is an Anthro house brand – but for about $28 you really can’t beat it. It captures everything I love about roses – such a delicate scent. The first time I sniffed the bottle, I just about swooned from the nostalgic vibes wafting from it.


I’ve been quite taken with the art and design collaborations that Quebec-based retailers Simons have been creating over the years – especially since they opened their doors here in Calgary. Their love of supporting artists runs deep and it is clear throughout the entire store with an incredible art collection and attention to detail in every sense of the word.

Their latest women’s collaboration with Chicago-based illustrator Kate Pugsley is truly something out of my dreams. First of all, I love her colour palettes – her bright hues aren’t primary – they are softer, more muted. I love the constant use of soft pink or peach throughout her work – it’s gorgeous. Secondly, the seaside theme to these pieces has me daydreaming for a coastal vacation immediately. How cute would the clam pullover look walking the beach at dusk with an ice cream cone in hand?

Everything is a fun, whimsical spin on traditional nautical wear – I want the whole collection. Kate Pugsley was interviewed by Simons on their blog which you can read  here – I always find it so fascinating to hear the artistic process – especially when an artist is approached with the task of working with a major brand like Maison Simons. You can shop the whole collection here.

photos via Maison Simons



Canadian International Fashion Film Festival 2017 from CANIFFF on Vimeo.

Fabulous news for enthusiasts of the fashion and film varietal here in Calgary: the third annual Canadian International Fashion Film Festival (CANIFFF) takes place Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. at The Glenbow Museum ( 130, 9 Ave SE). The festival presents a series of short fashion films directed and produced by filmmakers around the world to inspire, engage and inform fashion film enthusiasts. This is a huge

The carefully curated jury panel includes; Adrian Lazarus, founder of the Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival; Sara Maino, deputy editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and head of Vogue Talents; Cherie Federico, editor of Aesthetica Magazine and director of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF); and Raquel Couceiro, head of Fashion Film at SHOWstudio and more.

In addition to CANIFFF’s 2018 Official Selection of Films, attendees can also purchase tickets to two Masterclasses. The first, The Aesthetics of Fashion Film, will be presented by Josh Brandao and Nicolai Kornum at 11 a.m. The second Masterclass, Creating Content That Matters in Fashion Film, will be showcased at 1 p.m by Luca Finotti. If you are passionate about fashion and film, you’ll want to grab tickets to these quickly.

“We are excited to showcase the official selection, official nominations and 2018 winning films at the festival in May. The festival will also include talks with incredibly influential individuals within the fashion and film world. Luca, Joshua and Nicolai have extensive portfolios and will offer attendees engaging conversations and insights into the creation of fashion film,” says CANIFFF director and co-founder, Katrina Olson-Mottahed (my amazing pal – check out her blog here).

The Official CANIFFF awards and afterparty will include a special performance by Perla Coddington (@perlacoddington) – another one of my AMAZING friends. All tickets are now on sale, and can be purchased at . All screenings and masterclasses are priced at $20 each. The CANIFFF Awards and After Party tickets can be purchased for $100.



There is nothing I love more than getting my hair done. When the Chatters Mobile Hair Salon rolled into Calgary this month I was beyond thrilled to pop down and see what kind of magic they could create with my hair. It was a bit of a rainy, stormy day but we huddled inside the gorgeous pink van (seriously – what a genius idea for a hair salon) and created some braid magic with my stylist Sara. I loved chatting with the whole crew including the host for the entire cross-Canada adventure, Jessica Clark!


In case you don’t know much about Chatters, it is an Alberta-run company where you can pick up everything you need for great hair from hair product to cutting edge styling tools. Some people might not know that they are also a full-on salon with services ranging from haircuts to colour to waxing. They have something for everyone. Celebrating Canada 150, Chatters decided to embark on a fun tour spreading cute hair styles and hair education across the entire country. What a great idea! I loved getting to be part of the tour and celebrating our amazing country with them.

Stop by their glamourous little pink van during their tour for a free hairstyle, cute coupons, buy some product or get a hair consultation! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #StyleHappyTour & @ChattersHairSalon on Instagram – their updates and Instagram Stories are the best and also pretty hilarious! The Style Happy Tour is stopping in 9 Canadian Cities (see tour dates below) and documenting their entire adventure! They are sharing their whole journey on their youtube channel, ChattersCanada. You can see me in Episode 3!

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I just booked my first hair appointment with Chatters and also stocked up on a selection of their house-brand products from Kenneth Bernard so stay tuned for a follow-up blog post featuring my experience with both!

The Chatters Hair Salon Style Happy Tour is touring across Canada until the end of June – make sure to look for the van in your own city at the dates below. And be sure to meet the amazing Chatters Style Happy Tour team! They are a total blast to hang out with and seriously know their hair! 🙂

07.06 – Vancouver, 08.06 – Kelowna, 10.06 – Calgary, 12.06 – Edmonton, 16.06 – Regina, 18.06 – Winnipeg, 23.06 & 24.06 – Toronto, 26.06 – London, 28.06 & 29.06 – Ottawa

This post is in partnership with Chatters Hair Salon and all words are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep this blog full of fresh content.