Tuesday, May 20, 2014

21 Years Young

Yesterday I celebrated my 21st birthday and I'm finding it hard to accept that I'm actually 21! This milestone seems to be accompanied with a certain level of maturity as I'm officially legal everywhere and will never from this point on be considered "underaged" for anything.....except to rent a car in the States ;) 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Ideas

As we all know Mother's Day is tomorrow and although every mom (or motherly figure) deserves special treatment everyday for their unconditional love towards us, tomorrow is a day that should be dedicated to reassuring them that we truly care and appreciate their continuous love, support and hard work to make our lives easier...because let's be honest, where would we be without them?

What do you get someone who has given you everything? That's a tough one but if you haven't planned anything as of yet (tsk tsk), here's a start with some last minute gift ideas to help make the day extra special for the moms out there.

(1) Flowers - Present your mom with a floral arrangement because what woman doesn't like receiving flowers? Don't worry about the markets being sold out, they're prepared for the last minute crowd!

(2) Breakfast in bed - Today's the one day a year you must wake up before your mom. She's been doing it your entire life preparing you for school, first day of college, first day of work (etc. ) and she deserves a break. Make her favourite breakfast and try not to wreck the kitchen!

(3) Spa Day - Mommas need pampering too. Treat her to a relaxing spa day because a massage and quality time with her daughter (or son) is what she needs, trust me!

(4) Fragrance Set - This perfume sampler from Shoppers Drug Mart is the perfect gift for your mom. Not only does she get a variety of sample scents to try out, included is also a voucher for a regular sized bottle once she's selected her favourite scent. Just remember to be a darling and offer to redeem the voucher once she's selected her favourite.

(5) Gardening tools - If your mom's a gardener, get her everything she needs this season from rose seeds, tulip pots, tools, garden fixtures, etc.

(6) Tea - Tea is an alternative gift idea to the annual "Best Mom Ever" mug. After 20 mugs she probably has enough so head over to Teavana or Davids Tea and get her favourite tea flavours.

Mother's Day DONTs
> Gift cards are an absolute NO. Nothing says you couldn't care less than swiping on a couple of $$ and presenting a plastic card. Remember: not all gifts have to have monetary value, it's the thought that counts!

> Don't take your mom out to a fancy restaurant if you can't pay for it! An alternative would be to host a dinner, set the table and prepare her favourite meal.

> A greeting card in the mail is not enough. If you can't be with mom tomorrow, a phone or Skype call is the least that you can do.

Just remember, it's the thought that counts. In the end, what matters most is that you show your mom how truly thankful and appreciative you are! It doesn't matter what you shower them with, they'll recognize a genuine gesture when they see it!

Hope this helps!
Xo, Sarah

Friday, May 9, 2014

Double Denim

Happy Friday! 
Rockin' the double denim look today with my Current/Elliott skinny jeans and Costa Blanca denim button up for a lunch date. The sun's out but the cool breeze means that today's all about layering. I threw on this button-up utility jacket from Zara because while it's strictly casual, the print covering the back and front pockets add texture to the outfit. There was already quite a lot going on for a causal look with the detailing on the jacket and ombre button-up so decided to wear a simple white tee with minimal studding.
As of recent I've been totally obsessing over pointed toe heels for casual and dressy outfits because they add class to just about anything you wear. A simple white pump is a staple piece for Spring and these white pointed toe heels from nelly are perfect! 

Zara (Trafaluc) utility jacket (sold out | similar style here) // Costa Blanca ombre denim button-up (similar style here) // Studded sleeveless top // Current/Elliott skinnies // AMI Clubwear pumps // Guess handbag 
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Sammy Dress geometric ring 

Thanks for reading

Friday, May 2, 2014

Flannel Friday's

Casual Friday in my favourite Vans. 
As much as I appreciate heels, my feet deserve a break and some days are just sneaker and tee days, simple as that. A day full of running errands demands for comfort but is absolutely no excuse for "bumming it". Rather, I thought a laid back casual look would be perfectly executed with a pair of khakis, an oversized tee and minimal accessories. I'm also sporting a flannel shirt from Forever 21 tied around my waist. I particularly love this trend for Spring as the weather transitions because with mother nature's indecisiveness, there's no knowing when the chills will roll in and you're suddenly in need of a button up. 

Beige skinny trousers // Forever 21 flannel shirt // Forever 21 muscle tee (sold out | shop a similar style here)  // Shoes: Vans in Tawny Port/True White 
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Forever 21 cross-body bag // Tobi sunnies // Windsor gold chain necklace // chain rings from River Island & Urban OG (shop similar style here)

Ciao Bella,