Skincare Routine For Cold Weather

Oct 20, 2016

As the cooler weather starts to roll in, which is kind of hard to believe, I've slowly started switching up my skin care routine and I'm seeing such good results! My fine lines have disappeared (yay!) and my skin feels tighter + well moisturized. A relief, for a dry skinned gal like me! This is also the time of year I like to reach for extra fluids and eat foods which are rich in Omega 3's, like salmon, flaxseed, and moderate amounts of soy products. Also, on a slightly separate note... I'm excited to finally share a sneak peek of our master ensuite + I'll be sure to do a full tour once we get it wallpapered. If you'd like to see more of our home? You can see our move in walk through here and our living room here! Now, onto the cold weather skin care tips:

1. Peter Thomas Roth Peeling Gel - I've sung high praises for this product before and absolutely swear by mine. I use it 1-2 times a week to help get all the dead skin off, and prep my skin for serums & moisturizers. It makes all the difference! If you haven't tried it?! Run to Sephora, you will thank me, I promise!

2. Coconut Oil - I've recently started cleansing with coconut oil and love it! The biggest benefits I've noticed is my skin feels incredibly hydrated and my skin-tone is brighter and more even. I typically wash with a dime size amount if my skin is make up free, or I add a drop of foaming cleanser if I'm removing make up from my day.

3. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum - I'm obsessed with my Estée Serum! This is my first time trying it (I use mine day & night) and noticed results just after a few applications. It's helped with my skin's radiance, smoothed out my fine lines and added hydration back to my skin. Honestly, I feel like I've de-aged and I don't mind one bit!

4. PHILOSOPHY Ultimate Miracle Worker Night Creme - While I'm no stranger to Philosphy's skincare line, I've been using their products for years, this is my first time trying their Miracle Worker Night Creme and I love it! Philosophy has combined the power of a serum with the benefits of a cream to help restore radiance, minimize fine lines and help restore firmness. I've definitely experienced all of these benefits and the overall quality of my skin has improved significantly.

5. Eye Cream - Currently I'm using Loreal's Revitalift Eye Cream, which I love + it gets great reviews on Ulta! But since I'm running out I wouldn't mind trying Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Firm, or Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. I've heard great things about both and I'd love to compare how a higher priced product performs. I'll be sure to keep you guys posted!

6. Moisturizing foundation - For added moisture, I simply mix a little daily moisturizer to my foundation! For me, it totally does the trick and creates a very natural & light texture which is my favourite! I prefer to look as bare faced as possible!

There you have it, friends, my cold weather skin care routine! And if you have any questions? Shoot me an email, or ask in the comments below. I'll be sure to answer by end of day, or tomorrow morning! xo

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Neutrals, Forever And Always

Oct 18, 2016

Feels great to be back with an outfit post, but before I jump in, I wanted to say thank you for all your wonderful support regarding opening up G&C to new editorial content. So what's to come? Well firstly, I'll be cutting back on my outfit photos and posting a few times a month, so much more realistic! Then I'll be focusing on: beauty, travel, home decor, recipes and entertaining tips. I'm also looking to hire a photographer for collaborations, work with a design firm on a site rebrand in 2017 and make an honest effort to turn my hobby into a thriving business. Why the sudden zeal?! Honestly, my health has started to improve so much over the past 4 weeks and I feel like I can start to dream again!!
With that said, I'll absolutely keep you guys posted and be sure to share what I learn along the way! Okay, on to the fashion, am I right?! When it comes to style... I've been very low key and favouring simple looks. With the "simple" mantra in mind, one of my favourite additions is my Gap blouse, a true gem of a piece and works perfectly tucked into any skirt, or lovely with skinnies & cozy cardigan for a laid back weekend. I'm also on the lookout for a new cardigan and obsessed with this one. Cursing this sweater is sold out in my size. If you're a large? There's still a few left, you're welcome! And I'm crossing my fingers this bag somehow ends up on clearance or magically drops out of the sky. Haha!

Shop The Look

Gap Trench Coat (similar), Gap Blouse (on sale + comes in navy, black and olive), American Eagle Jeans (similar), Aldo Shoes (similar)

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Prettiest Cakes And Desserts

Oct 11, 2016

Hello, and happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadian friends! We enjoyed such a lovely one (which I shared on snapchat: girlandcloset) and hope yours was wonderful too! While life is certainly not perfect, there's always so much to be thankful for and I'm definitely counting my blessings this year! Also, before I dive in to today's post... I wanted to take a moment and let you know I'll be expanding my editorial focus to include: lifestyle, home decor as well as entertaining tips over the next several weeks. Yay! And, for those of you who regularly read G&C and are thinking, what the heck, where are the outfit photos V?! Worry not, I'll be back to shooting those next week. But today, let's talk cakes & desserts! I've rounded up the prettiest ones from Pinterest and beyond, and I'm absolutely obsessed with how gorgeous they are! Plus, if you're in a pinch? You could easily decorate a store bought dessert with flowers & fruit and just add your favourite cake stand. Easy, peasy, right?! xo

the prettiest apple pie, via monika hibbs
lemon lavender donuts, via broma bakery
strawberry & chocolate cake, via nourish atelier
passionfruit and blueberry cream tart, via hummingbird high
chocolate cake, via once wed
berry lavender cake, via the school of styling
gluten free double chocolate brownie, via dagmars kitchen
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October Catch Up

Oct 7, 2016

Happy October everyone! I can't believe my last outfit post was three weeks ago. Yikes, where did the time go? But in all honesty, it's been so lovely to take time for myself and focus on my health, plus re-evaluate where I'm going in the blogosphere. With that in mind, we've spent our weekends working on our home, cooking yummy meals and spending time with family. It's been sooo perfect and exactly what I've needed! When it comes to pressing the pause button and refreshing my creative well?! I'm definitely a believer! I'll be sure to share more, but for now, let's celebrate October with a few of my favourites:

- I recently went shopping with Cee of Coco & Vera and we both fell madly in love with these shoes

- Coveting this purse... but if the price tag made you gasp? I found an affordable version from Fossil here

- My hubby & I are looking to re-do our dining nook and this set up is so pretty

- I love updating our home with fall pillows and I just added this beauty to our living room

- Earl Grey Bundt Cake?! Oh yes please + I'm certain every cake should have flowers on it

- Nabbed this blouse from the Gap and can't recommend it enough. Perfect with skinnies or a skirt!

- This off the shoulder sweater would be perfect with black distressed skinnies and flats

-  Yup, know this one all too well why millennial women are burning out
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Autumn Blog Spotlight

Sep 28, 2016

Firstly, I'm so thrilled to be reviving an old Girl & Closet favourite "blog spotlight" and excited to welcome Karissa from Vegan A La Mode to help me kick it off. Yay! One of my favourite parts of the blogging community... is getting to know other bloggers and sharing/supporting one another in what we do! Karissa is truly one of the sweetest girls, I adore her photography, feminine style and genuine personality. Be sure to read her interview below + check out her blog! I know you'll adore her!! xo

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Three years ago I went vegan which sparked my interest in cruelty-free fashion and food photography. As soon as I got my camera, I fell in love with taking photos, recipe development, and putting together outfits for shoots. I incorporate these passions in my blog, Vegan À La Mode.

2. What inspired you to start your blog?

Upon going vegan, I started researching cruelty-free clothing. I soon found there were so little resources on how to create a vegan wardrobe that is cute and doesn't make you look like a total hippie (or "granola" as my aunt would say.) So I decided to start a blog sharing my vegan style and combined it with my other love, food.

3. What do you love most about living in San Diego?

The weather!! My wardrobe is 90% dresses so I love that I can basically wear them year around. All I need is a cardigan and/or tights to make them cold-weather appropriate which isn't very often since even now, in fall, San Diego is about 90-100 degrees!

4. How has your sense of style evolved over the years?

My style has always been very feminine and a little dressy. But over the years I've evolved my style to incorporate more secondhand clothing since I've become passionate about the environment. I love scouring vintage shops, eBay, and Poshmark for retro dresses that are budget and eco-friendly!

5. Aside from blogging what are some of your other passions?

My other main passion is photography. I recently got started with portrait photography and love it! I have so much fun coming up with shoot concepts and working with other creatives to produce portraits.

6. Who takes your outfit photos and do you have any photography tips?

My boyfriend does the fashion photography portion of my site. I edit the photos though :) I love being able to share a hobby with him and it's so fun for us to go out somewhere to shoot. My photography tip would be to have fun with it. Especially for posing! Don't worry about looking bad or like you don't know what you're doing. Stay relaxed, keep at it, and eventually you'll learn what works and what doesn't. Also, keep yourself moving. Slowly and subtly alter your pose to get more natural looking photos.

7. What are your dreams and aspirations for your blog?

My dream for my blog is to inspire my readers to make conscious choices when shopping and eating. If I can inspire just one person every now and then to try a vegan meal or buy faux leather instead of real leather, then my goal is accomplished. I don't believe in "all or nothing", I think if you can only commit to Meatless Monday or can't quite commit to a 100% eco wardrobe, then that's okay! Do your best because every little bit can still make an impact.

8. What fall trends are you most excited for?

I'm most excited to break out my many pairs of cozy socks. I love over-the-knee socks and wear them with everything all fall and winter long.

9. What’s your current go to outfit?

My go-to outfit is a fit and flare dress with a pair of flats. Simple yet chic!

10. Any tips for aspiring bloggers?

Blog about what makes you happy. That's always been the thing that has kept me going with it. Don't focus on making money from it because if that's your only motivation, you won't succeed. But if you're passionate about what you're sharing, then that'll show in your content and pull readers in.

Thanks so much for reading friends, and I hope you enjoyed meeting Karissa as much as I did! Be sure to head over to her blog + you can follow along via her instagram, twitter or facebook! Have a great day everyone!! xo

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Century 21 Wishlist

Sep 23, 2016

I love, love discovering new shops and am so excited to be teaming up with Century 21 today. Have you guys of heard of them?! In a word... total retail yumminess! Seriously, I had so much fun picking out items for today's post and can't wait to nab several of these pieces for my own closet, especially since the prices are fantastic + Century 21 has adorable items for the home, the man in your life and tech. One stop shopping at it's finest, so be sure to take a peek, friends! I promise you won't be disappointed and if you nab something fabulous? Let me know... I'm fun, and nosy like that! ;)

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Crunch, Crunch

Sep 20, 2016

Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m sipping coffee and visiting my hubby on his movie set while I type this. Fun! Other than that, life is good. We’ve been visiting lots of pretty locations for the blog and enjoying the most beautiful weather! It’s warm, but cool and the light is deliciously golden. It's been pure magic + it's absolutely my favourite time to take photos and style outfits! With that in mind, I started an autumn pinterest board so I can stay inspired and do justice to my favourite time of year!

As  for the dress?! You might remember it from my past autumn favourites post. I loved restyling it again, but pairing it with my whiskey boots and new Old Navy camel cardigan this time around. If you’re looking for a new one? I highly recommend it, it’s super cozy and pretty much screams autumn to me + looks fab with my newest ModCloth blouse and skinnies too!

This week, I also have high hopes of getting back to the gym, and generally taking better care of my health. As much as I love pouring over this space & social media... I need to learn to take a little more time for workouts and cooking healthy dishes. Any recipes you guys are loving lately? I just made lentil burgers (loved em') and I'd love to try this yummy dish as well. A healthy version of Mac and Cheese! Anyway, I'll be sure to keep you guys posted on my work-outs/progress -- wish me luck!! xo

Outfit Details:

Old Navy Cardigan
Shop Ruche Dress (similar & gorg)
Aldo Boots (similar)

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Choose What You Love

Sep 15, 2016

It's my suspicion I'll have a hat firmly planted on my head until winter! This is the season, friends! It's also my goal to have more fun with fashion this autumn and beyond... this past year I feel like my style veered into much more classic territory (it's been a slice) but now I'm ready to do more thrifting, get inspired for vintage looks and quirky prints (like this dress I just ordered for Martin's graduation). Darling, isn't it?!

When I take a moment to pause, I realize some of my "classic" inspiration has come from the pressures of getting older. But, that's the funny thing about age... do we dress our age? Or wear what we love?! It's my hope to have both! One of my dearest girlfriends, who's older, and has amazing vintage/retro style said it best... "V as long as you wear what you love it will always feel right!" So that's the mantra I carry with me and I hope I'll keep choosing what I love as I get older.

I wore this outfit for a date with my hubby and I'm absolutely loving my new top + booties from Old Navy. Many of you asked about both items via Instagram stories, so, I'm taking it as a good sign my fashion instincts were on point! ;) The top has the most darling foliage and bunny print, plus the booties are super comfy and come in grey as well. Very tempted to nab them!! xo

Outfit Details:

Forever 21 Hat (similar)
Old Navy Top (get it here)
American Eagle Skinnies (similar)
Old Navy Booties (get em' here)

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