Can we talk about the below dress? I’m in love! I recently found it at the new Laura store at Sherway Gardens. It may look like a 2 piece, but it’s actually a 1 piece. It’s making me really excited for all of the special occasions and weddings I have coming up over the next couple of months. I love having an excuse to get dressed up.
If you’re also on the hunt for something to wear to all of your special occasions this summer, you’re going to want to join me tomorrow night as I help host the Grand Opening Shopping Party of the new Laura store at Sherway Gardens Mall. The event is tomorrow evening (May 26th 5pm – 9pm) and I’ll be there, along with a bunch of other fabulous Toronto bloggers. You know I can’t resist a shopping party! You can receive 20% off your purchase and enjoy some bubbly and some bites while you shop. Plus, a style presentation by the lovely Liv Judd will begin at 7pm.
The new Laura store features their new “Triple Concept”, three separate sections of the store dedicated to different body types. Whether you’re considered “petite”, “regular” or “plus” size in the retail world, Laura has a clothing section that will be suited to you.
I’ll be honest, in the past I’ve tended to only think “Laura” when it came to weddings or special occasions but I’ve discovered that they also have a great selection of casual and work-wear items as well. They really have a great, well-rounded selection. I also can’t get over how beautiful this dress is below. I’ll definitely have to wear it to an upcoming wedding this summer.
Hope to see you tomorrow night!
Shop this dress HERE.
This week’s “This Just In” feature is all about Benefit Cosmetics. Any time a new Benefit delivery lands on my doorstep I get really excited. I know whatever’s inside the box is either going to be pink or incredibly adorable (or both). I recently had the chance to test out a bunch of their new products and I’m excited to share the details below.
The POREfessional Matte Rescue & Instant Wipeout Masks:
I think it’s safe to say that all of us have pore issues. The issues may be different for each of us based on our skin, but chances are if you have skin you also deal with some pore issues. Personally, I have combination skin so I like to use this new mattifying gel below as a spot treatment for the areas of my face that get oily. I’m also in love with these new masks. You really have to try them. Not only because they do great things for your skin, but because they are so much fun to use. Leave it to Benefit to come up with packaging that makes a pore mask fun to use. You have to actually press the button on the front of the package to release the skin care formula onto the mask. There’s something very satisfying about pushing the button and hearing the product spray onto the mask. You definitely have to try it for yourself to understand what I’m talking about.
New Hoola Zero Tanlines & Dew The Hoola Bronzer:
Let me just start by saying that I am bronzer-obsessed. I’ve been a longtime fan of the Benefit Hoola bronzer and their spray tan mousse is incredible! Benefit boutiques also offer spray-tanning and I always get one before any winter vacations I take and at the start of the summer when my skin could use some colour. They’ve really mastered the orange-proof tanning formulas for all of their bronzing products. No matter how much you apply, you will never turn orange. The products deliver a gorgeous bronzed shade that looks good on just about anyone, no matter your skin shade.
One of the newest products to the Benefit bronzer lineup is the Zero Tanlines All Over Body Bronzer. It comes with a great built-in sponge applicator and easily washes off. It’s a gel based product and the colour shows up instantly. It’s great for those times when you’re heading out in a rush and you’re wearing bronzer on your face and then you throw on a skirt or a dress and notice that your legs are not the same colour as your bronze face. This has definitely happened to me a number of times.
The new Dew the Hoola bronzer is great for your face and neck. It has more of a foundation consistency, but adds colour to the face for a sun-kissed look. I normally apply it after my face cream or I blend it into my face cream and apply them together. I then apply my concealer and powder over top.
Dandelion Shy Beam & Dew:
Benefit has now added two new products to their Dandelion lineup. The Dandelion Shy Beam is great for highlighting and the Dandelion Dew is a liquid blush that adds the perfect amount of pink to your cheeks. Plus, check out the cute packaging below!
The pictures on the left below you can see I’ve applied the Shy Beam to the tops of my cheeks and under my eyebrows. I’ve also applied a heavy amount of the Dew liquid blush to my cheeks. In the pictures on the right, I’ve blended the products. I love how the products give me an instant eye and cheek lift. I also love that there’s no shimmer in either of the products so I can wear them during the day and the look is really natural looking.
I’m also wearing the Hoola bronzer products and Benefit Rollerlash mascara. This mascara is the best I have ever worn.
Have you tried any of these new products yet? I’d love to know what you thought!
I’ve been looking for a lace coat for a while now and I finally found this beautiful one from Ever New. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. I love the lace detailing on the back. You can easily dress the coat up or down based on the occasion. I recently wore it to my Nephew’s Christening paired with a dress and then on a weekend trip to the flower market dressed down with jeans. It’s definitely become one of those versatile pieces in my wardrobe that will help lessen the amount of time’s that I have nothing to wear. There are certain items that work for so many occasions that you can always turn to them when you’re in a clothing rut. It’s so beautiful that it instantly makes me feel pulled together.
One of my favourite Saturday morning rituals is visiting the flower markets on Avenue Road in Toronto. I’ve been anxiously awaiting peony season and it’s finally arrived. Take a look at the beautiful options below and stay tuned for details on the upcoming 3rd Annual Pink the Town Peony Party on Friday, June 10th. Save the date! Ticket details coming soon.
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I’m basically the snacking queen. So, when Smartfood reached out to me to partner up on a collab about snacking I obviously couldn’t say no. Smartfood popcorn has always been one of my favourite go-to snacks. It’s super addicting. The white cheddar cheesy goodness just melts in your mouth. Smartfood recently commissioned a survey and found that nearly one third of Canadian women hide their snacks. Anyone else guilty of this? I definitely am!
Enter every woman’s best kept secret: the SmartStash! Whether it’s the top shelf of the cupboard or the pantry or in your desk drawer at work, we all seem to have a secret little hiding spot. For me, it’s definitely my desk drawer at work.
I’ve also discovered a few other handy little hiding spot ideas. Check them out below and keep reading for a fun contest!
SmartStash #1: I’ve found that the prettier the container, the less likely my boyfriend is to open it. If I stash my snacks in something pink or covered in flowers, my boyfriend won’t be going anywhere near it.
SmartStash #2: The coffee mug. To other’s it may look like I’m drinking a cup of coffee at my desk, but only I know the truth.
SmartStash # 3: The top shelf of the cupboard behind the pretty dishes, mugs or glasses. You know the dishes and glasses that you only use on special occasions? It makes for the perfect hiding spot since those items are rarely moved.
And there you go! Happy snacking everyone!
I’m excited to give away a Smartfood prize pack to one lucky winner to help you make the most of your “me-time”! The prize includes a $50 gift card to update your music playlist, $50 for groceries and 3 bags of Smartfood popcorn. To enter, simply find the above pictures on the Pink the Town Instagram, Facebook or Twitter (@pinkthetown) and follow the directions!
Contest closes on May 13th.
Thanks for Smartfood for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.