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High Five, It’s Friday

High Five For Friday1. Surprises in the mail from Marianna at Castellammare Jewelry. If you haven’t checked out her beautiful pieces – go, now. You won’t regret it!
2. My new pair of Paige Edgemont skinnies arrived in record time. You better believe I will be wearing this non stop!
3. After years of waiting, Ottawa finally is home to it’s first H&M. The store opened to the public yesterday but I was lucky enough to score an invite to the launch party on Tuesday. Although I didn’t make any purchases, I did receive a beautiful purse in my swag bag!
4. Wearing shorts in the fall while parking myself on a bench and spending the afternoon reading made my Sunday afternoon. The almond milk latte wasn’t bad either!
5. Sephora has finally restocked their nail polish displays with the new Formula X polish. These brightly coloured stands are neatly organized and have special testing stickers so that you can play with the hues before you buy! I love the new look and will definitely be adding a few polishes to my cart soon!

Thank to Lauren for hosting High Five For Friday.

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

xo Lauren

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What’s Great This Week?

Happy Friday the 13th! Bring on the black cats and broken mirrors… just kidding. What I am not kidding about is how awesome this past week has been. Here’s why: High Five For Friday

1. Healthy baking creations that are absolutely delicious! I’ll share this recipe next week.
2. Taking part in the Electro Dash with Sarah of My Mostly Healthy Life. She is such a doll – and funny. I can’t wait until we get to hang out again!
3. Date nights with Neezie in Toronto. Nothing beats a night out with someone you love – and good cocktails.
4. Tacos on lettuce wraps – best dinner ever. Seriously, the best.
5. Dating a genius. As much as I complain about participating in his studies – it is really interesting, and even a little fun – but don’t tell him I said that ;).

Thanks as always to Lauren for hosting this bloggy link up!
Have a wonderful day and a great weekend!

xo Lauren


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Five Things That Made This Week Awesome

Although I appreciate every week for what it offers, this one has been particularly great – mainly because I have been on vacation from work and able to spend time with my loved ones in Toronto. Here are a few things that have been absolutely amazing. High Five For Friday

1.  Spending time with my Dad before leaving for Toronto.
2. The hot air balloon festival – you could see more than twenty balloons decorating the sky all at the same time!
3. The best ever almond milk latte from fresh. I wish this restaurant would open a location in Ottawa – it is absolutely out of this world.
4. Just a little splurge on Fall fashion at Anthropologie – I’m sure you guessed that.
5. Road tripping with Neil. From Ottawa to Montreal to Toronto, all in a day – it was definitely an adventure but I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it with anyone but him!

Thanks to Lauren for hosting the High Five For Friday link up party!

Have a lovely weekend!

xo Lauren


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It’s Friday – Let’s Party!

This week flew by. This morning I found myself confused that it was truly a five day week – I love when this happens. Busy weeks always mean good things, so let’s take a few minutes to reflect on the amazing moments. High Five For Friday

1. High school reunions – with yearbooks and all. I am so lucky to have remained very close with my girlfriends since our graduation, but many of us live in different cities and don’t get to see each other as much as we would like. This week we all gathered to catch up, it was such a great night!
2. Express shipping. I spoiled myself with a beautiful Hunter Green Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC from eLuxe. My order was places Tuesday afternoon and by the end of the day on Wednesday I was prancing around town wearing my brand new bag!
3. Working from home. My office building has been under construction for quite some time now but this week the disruption is worse than ever. My boss told us all to stay home for the day and work in peace – I treated myself to a delicious charcuterie spread and paired with goat cheese. How’s that for a classy home office.
4. Date nights with my man at a new restaurant in town. Neil surprised me with an impromptu dinner out at Hooch Bourbon House. If you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend giving it a try. The menu is unique and the cocktails are out of this world.
5. Spending time with one of my best friends. We don’t live in the same city but that doesn’t change anything! She is the absolute best.

Thanks again to Lauren for hosting this link up. Have a fabulous long weekend friends!

xo Lauren


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The Friday Five

High Five For Friday

1. How amazing does this massive plate of seafood look?! Mussels, oysters, and shrimp – OH MY. No, I didn’t not share.
2. After hearing so many great things about this Canadian skin care company, I ordered my first Miracle 10 toner. I can’t wait to share a product review with you!
3. Having the opportunity to spend the weekend with one of my best friends – living in different cities makes me appreciate the time we have together even more! I don’t know what I’d do without her.
4. A fresh bouquet of flowers, because I’m worth it! To me, from me – no judgment.
5. Spending a relaxing Wednesday night in, only to be surprised with a half hour of fireworks outside my window!

Thanks again to Lauren for hosting this weekly blog link up! Check out her blog if you’d like to see how others are celebrating their weeks.
Enjoy the weekend friends!

xo Lauren


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The One Day Of The Week That Is Better Than All The Rest

Friday is always an awesome day, it is the end of the week and the day before the weekend. But for me, today is even better than usual. First of all, I am writing this post from the beautiful Toronto, Ontario [you’ll find out why in a second] and second, I am on vacation from work today! Eager to find out what has been keeping a big smile on my face this week? High Five For Friday

1. After work wine with friends. Might as well make the most of the patio season while it is still warm out.
2. Admiring the beautiful city I live in. This picture doesn’t do the parliament buildings justice, but you can get an idea at least.
3. Surprise deliveries, especially when they contain beauty products! I can’t wait to test out this Ageless Derma lip gloss!
4. Traveling to Toronto in style… Via 1 style. If you’re not familiar with the Canadian railway giant, this is means first class – drinks and meals included.
5. And finally, the reason why I am in Toronto – and on vacation today. I am going to workout with the one and only Jillian Michaels!! Don’t worry, I’ll give you a full recap after – as long as I have any energy left to type. I’m about to get my butt kicked, hard.

Thanks again to Lauren for hosting High Five For Friday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo Lauren


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A Week In Review

This week felt like it flew by… probably because Monday was a holiday! Here are a few [five] reason why it was awesome. High Five For Friday

1. I treated myself to a new pair of workout tights! Having pants that don’t fall down when you’re running is actually amazing.
2. Last night was one of those nights where I forgot to thaw something for dinner. When this happens, I try to make something creative using the “clean the fridge” mentality. Lettuce wraps with eggs, veg and Canadian bacon… oh, and don’t forget the ketchup. I love when these meals are a success!
3. That time I spent an hour blow-drying my hair and it looked like I had just walked out of the salon. Too bad I forgot to put on a single swipe of make-up before taking that picture.
4. Margaritas!!! Blended and on the rocks – I’ll drink them all. Just keep those Coronitas away from me… my stomach can’t handle them!
5. Finishing up my first ever softball season. We may have been eliminated in the first game of the playoffs, but trying something new was such a great experience. I definitely learned a lot and made some great friends. I’ll be back next year… swing batter, batter!

Hope your week was wonderful too!

xo Lauren