I’m often amazed with the wonderful things my talented friends do/create, and Montreal pal Stefanie Anderson is no exception. In 2014 Stef began studying Holistic Aromatherapy and from that was born her all-natural (and cruelty-free) essential oil based product line, Notre Dame Apothecary. My interest in skincare has really increased recently, so when Stef handed me her Balancing Facial Serum to try I was like a kid in a candy shop. I genuinely love this product, and I’m not saying that because Stef is a friend. Containing selected oils such as rosehips, jojoba, neroli, frankincense, geranium and roman chamomile, this product is liquid magic (imo).
While my skin is fairly blemish free most of the time, I do get zits right before my period and they tend to linger for much longer than I’d like. I had recently bought Mario Badescu Drying Lotion to help with the break outs, but honestly, I don’t love it as much as everyone else does, it’s okay, but it’s not amazing (everyones skin is different though). Stef gave me this right during the time when I was having a breakout, so that evening I applied the oil on it’s own – no drying lotion – and went to sleep. I awoke to a face that felt smooth, the redness of the zits had gone and they amazingly seemed less inflamed (ie., not painful). I now apply morning and night in place of a moisturizer and I think it works just as well, if not better, at keeping my face hydrated throughout the day. I was always weary of facial oils – I mean, it seems weird to put oil on your face – while my face does get fairly dry, I worried that oil would make it greasy and cause insane breakouts, but that is just not the case, at least for me. When I use this product I really feel like I am caring for my skin, and that gives me a real sense of gratification. Needless to say, it will be staying in my daily skincare routine, forevermore.
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Jimmy Marble‘s use of colour, pattern, objects and the human form is some of the most intriguing and inspiring visuals I have ever laid my eyes on. It often feels like nothing is on accident, that each part of every image has been thought out and presented just the way he intended, which to me, is the work of a wholly unique and true artist. For me, Jimmy is more than a photographer (well ya, he does a whole lot more than that), he’s very much a visual artist in every sense of the word. His work feels like a true labor of love, and probably why it stands out from much else I have seen these days.
Photography: Jimmy Marble
Styling: Georgia Stockwell
MUA: Erin Walters
Hair: Laura Peyer
Models: Lola, Hannah and Asma
Produced by Rachel Nerdeveld
Last Saturday afternoon Ryan and I headed to Barrie to spend the long weekend at his dad’s place. While Barrie may not be the most exciting place in the world, their neighbourhood has a definite cottage vibe to it, making it the perfect escape from the city that is within reasonable distance from Toronto. These photos are from Sunday, which was our only full day there, and the only day we really got up to anything exciting outside of the house/neighbourhood. In the afternoon Ryan drove us around Oro-Medonte, showing me the house his dad used to live in, and the quaint lake side town it is in, which honestly, would be an idyllic place to live. After that we hung out at a small beach for a bit while we waited for Greg (Ryan’s dad) to meet us so we could take a ride on his boat. It had been ages since I had been on a boat so it was really nice, although, a bit cold. It was Gus’ first time on a boat however, so I think when the wind was whipping him in his little face he was a bit confused. He is such an easy going dog though, and he pretty much never gets freaked out byt anything, so he was the perfect little passenger. All in all, it was a weekend with just the right amount of fun and relaxation, and I came back to Toronto in good spirits, although a bit stressed because I neglected checking my emails or really doing anything on the internet, which always means a pile up when you come back to it. But c’est la vie, it’s okay to give yourself a break once in awhile and just ride on a boat.
How was your long weekend? I’d love to hear what you got up to.
Crop top c/o Samantha Pleet
Shoes: Sylvie and Shimmy
Sunglasses: Public Butter
Pants cut into shorts: Levi’s