Asymmetrical fall dress

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Photography by Sara Algubaa

Dynamite dress / Vince Camuto jacket / Emu Australia booties (on sale) / Michael Kors bag

This has to be the prettiest fall color. Hands down. I am loving what it does for my skin tone, so rich and warm (and the asymmetry gives your legs an A+)! I’ve seen a few people style this dress in a more sophisticated way, but I am really all about comfortable and casual outfits so I decided to pair it with booties and a denim jacket – aka my fall go-to outfit.

I’ve had this denim jacket for years (at least 6) and I cannot bring myself to look for another one. You know that feeling you get from wearing denim so much it just becomes soft and falls perfectly? Yeah this is it with this jacket. No matter how many new ones I try on, I cannot find one I like better than this one. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

My booties are from last winter, but I realized they just got restocked and are on sale! They are SO comfortable and go with so many different styles. Must haves.

PS: my Michael’s color is not available right now, so I linked it in black (so perfect!). I also linked a more affordable version of my bag, slightly different style but in the sand color.

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Bye bye zits with Zapzyt

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Zapzyt products / Dynamite top / Topshop jeans

This is a bit of a different post, but I really needed to share this with all you guys who – like me – are struggling with zits. A few months back I started getting hormonal and stress-related acne, and have tried almost everything short of medical drugs to get rid of it. It can be really depressing and confidence-shattering to deal with zits, especially as an adult. It is a huge misconception that acne only affects teenagers, in fact (I know my stuff, I have done A LOT of reading on this since it started happening to me!) if you are in your 20s, over 50% of people will suffer of acne at some point! That is a huge number, and what is worst is that people judge you on it and think you aren’t “clean”… Like come on. Acne is a skin disease, and has nothing to do with whether or not you shower every day! Trust me when I tell you I have never been more obsessed with hygiene than since getting pimples! Anyways, I tried everything I could think of to get rid of those stubborn zits, but for some reason I will never know my skin has been fighting me back.

Enters Zapzyt. I actually found out about it from another blogger who said it helped clear her skin in a matter of days. I am an optimist, so I decided to reach out to the Zapzyt PR team and see if they would agree to send me their line, and promised that if I see results I would share it with all of you. Hence this blog post! I received the package the day before travelling, but in all honesty I wasn’t as good with it as I should have been. I have been back for just over a week now, and using it everyday as prescribed, and OMG! First, my skin feels so fresh and smooth! It has been a while since I have had baby skin on my cheeks (using a billion products will kind of wreck it)! My pores have shrunk, I don’t have any black spots on my nose anymore, and when/IF I do get a zit it goes away in a day! My favorite product is the Benzoyl Peroxide cream (warning: that stuff is STRONG). It is 10%!! The most I have ever used before was 5%, and that already dried my skin, so double that and I do get some dry patches. Nothing lotion can’t fix in a few hours though. But it works like a charm, it has helped me feel so much better about myself in just a few days, and I cannot WAIT to see how my skin will look after a month of religious use of the products!

All in all, I just wanted to say that I do feel your pain and desperation trust me. I spent a lot of evenings crying wondering what I did wrong and why my skin wasn’t healing. I stopped eating dairy (and I am a HUGE cheese lover), I didn’t wear makeup for days in a row, I probably spent over $300 in skin care products,… It is rough and can bring you down, for sure. I am not saying that this will be your miracle products that work for you. But it works its magic on me, so don’t give up until you have tried it… it might be the last you will need to buy!! (And let’s be honest, the price point is just the cherry on top).

Thank you Zapzyt for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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Black on black layering look

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Photography by Sara Algubaa

Dynamite cardigan / Dynamite top / Topshop jeans / BP booties / Aiirkey bag

Black on black on black on black. Feeling the cold season vibes with this one, am I? That’s a rhetorical question, I am actually pretty sad to be putting away all my summer dresses. I don’t usually pull out an all-black outfit because I love to have colors on me, but this one just made me change my mind. I love layering pieces in the fall, and mixing fabrics just like this with a light silk top and a cozy maxi sweater. That’s the best way to transition summer pieces into fall outfits. Plus, all these are full-on closet staples. They can be worn together, or with a million different pieces to create tons of outfits. And if you are like me, you shouldn’t be worried about wearing clothes more than once (I cannot believe some people will not re-wear an item once it has been worn… If Kate Middleton does it, so can we!).

This past week and weekend have been pretty busy for me. First, I feel like I’ve been fighting a jetlag EVEN THOUGH there are no time difference between Ontario and Florida… But for some reason I fall asleep so late and have the toughest time waking up in the morning. Second, it has been my first week as a full-time blogger! I’ll be honest I thought I might end up having way too much time on my hands and would be bored more often than not. I. Was. Wrong. My days are way crazier than before, just because I don’t work “regular” hours and often find there is so much to do in the evening (maybe that’s why I go to sleep too late…). But I wouldn’t want it any other way! I feel so content knowing I am doing what I love, and I cannot believe I actually get the chance to do it – even if that means working on the weekend too! I hope you all had a great Monday and are ready to take on the last week of September!

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Kisses & flowers to end the summer

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Photography by Sara Algubaa

Dezzal dress / Pairie bangle / Steve Madden heels

The beautiful days are still here – at least for now – so I am taking full advantage of it and wearing one last summer dress while I can. It should come as no surprise that I am wearing pink… And this outfit just makes me smile! Can’t get any more feminine than this. I almost regret (ok I totally regret) that I didn’t have it packed with me to go on vacation!

I am not a huge accessories-girl even though I promise you I try, it just isn’t something that comes easy to me. I always think of what shoes or eventually what bag I will pair an outfit with, but jewelry is somehow harder! That being said, I had absolutely NO difficulties deciding on wearing this gorgeous rose gold flower bangle! I mean, have you seen how pretty it is?! I’m a big fan of floral and this bracelet just seemed like such a good pick when I think of all the times I am going to be able to wear it… it is so delicate it can go with anything! I fell in love with the brand Pairie, and we decided to offer you a chance to win one of three $25 gift cards to their website! All you need to do is click on the link below. Good luck!

PS: They offer free complimentary shipping all through Canada for orders over $100 🙂

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Maxi sheer dress for Fall

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Photography by Sara Algubaa

VIPme dress (on sale!) / J. Renee heels (similar) / Betsey Johnson bracelet / VIPme rack (sold out)

The days are still gorgeous here and since it is wedding season I wanted to share with you this gorgeous fall color maxi dress, in partnership with VIPme. The mesh overlay is just what you need to transition from summer to fall. It is wedding appropriate (I almost feel it was designed for that!) and I love how light and breezy it flies with the wind – plus the way it catches the light… I mean come on. I remember telling Sara (behind the lense!) how I felt like a princess going to the ball when we were taking the photos! I’ve worn my fair share of dresses this summer but this one is easily in my top 10, the color of this one is so unexpected (and since I have green eyes it just worked so well together). And guess what? It is on sale for 40% off right now – making it less than $62!

Also coming straight from VIPme is this cup holder. But I’ll be honest and tell you I have wayyyy too many cups and mugs (the tradition in our home is to collect one from every place we visit, so you can imagine…) so I decided to use it to hold my bracelets! I think I like it even more like that, since I have always been messy and can never find what I’m looking for – hence the lack of accessories in most of my outfits (hum hum). It is sadly sold out right now but if you are signed up to my newsletter I will send out an email the moment I see they restock it.

One last thing, I just quickly wanted to share this short video created to empower women, highlight self-awareness and cherish the inner “me”. I always love to work with brands who have a message to share, and supporting other women is something I am passionate about – especially in this blogging world where helping and working together is such a huge part of what we do!

And don’t forget to use the code Marie153 to get $5 off $50 orders on www.vipme.com 🙂 XO!

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