Summer

What Remains of the Summer Bucket List

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As much as it pains me to say, there isn’t much of summer left. Before you know it the kiddos will be back to school, your bright summer mornings will start off a little darker, and the lush green leaves will start to turn. So it’s time to make the most of these last few weeks. Time to do all the things that will make the summer memorable and finish off your summer bucket list! Here are a few things that I still need to cross off my list before the sun sets on my summer.

  1. Toronto’s CNE – (August 21 – September 7) Want to skip the crowds and snag yourself a cheaper ticket? Try the little known “After-Hours Ticket”, and still have the chance to experience the amazing foods and fun of the Ex. Although I grew up in the GTA, I had never been to the CNE until last year and it’s on the list for a must-do this year.
  2. Camping – Whether you head up north or somewhere far from the lights and sounds of the city, or simply pitch the tent in your backyard, camping is one of my favourite summer activities. I may not seem like the kind of girl who’s willing to rough it, but a good four day camping trip with no cell reception and no showers sounds great to me! No makeup! Campfires, flame cooked food, fishing, swimming, etc. I love it all. Time to start planning a weekend in the tent.
  3. Drive-In Movie – Another summer activity I hadn’t tried until last summer! I love the late summer nights with the windows open sitting in my own little mini theatre – my car! My only problem is finding a time where they show movies I want to see. I like going to Drive-In 5 in Oakville since it’s closer to where I live but they’re also offering outdoor movies in Yorkville for the month of September!
  4. Patio Drinks – Hemingway’s, The Distillery District or Kensington Market. That’s all I have to say. You’re missing out if you’ve never spent a summer night in any of these hot spots.

What do you still want to do before summer is over?! It seems to go by so fast…..before we know it the snow will be back!

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#seesummerbetter with Warby Parker

Everyone experiences Summer differently. With different events, travel destinations, and summer parties it’s always the best season for dressing up and having fun! Days are longer and outside is the place to be! But you always miss out on the best sights of summer when you’re not prepared. I’ve teamed up with Warby Parker to #seesummerbetter and I’ve snapped a few shots to give you a glimpse of my favourite activities so far this summer. Yet without a pair of Warby Parker’s, and with the sun beating down on my face, I’ve squinted and scowled into the sun. So I’ve chosen a pair of Warby Parker shades to pair up with each outfit and summer event.

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One of my favourite Summer activities is being on the water. Whether I’m out on the boat or simply just hanging by the shore, I’ve always had a love of the lake and a yearning for the sounds of waves and gulls. We took a trip to the beautiful city of Kingston recently and I snapped this pic down by the docks. But to prevent the squinting face and the sun in my eyes, I’d choose Warby Parker’s Murphy shades in the colour Cognac Tortoise. These frames feature a really cool ring of vulcanite around the lenses and are the perfect addition to a relaxing sunny day on the water.

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Picnic in the park? I tend to make this more of a daily occasion in my neighbourhood as the park is my favourite place to read my book. I’ll skip the ants and the sticky summery foods thanks. But, of course, I’d see this summer activity better with a pair of Warby Parker Willard shades in the colour Riesling. I love the sleep brow bar and the cutout bridge of the frames. These shades come from the new Circuit Collection, exemplifying the sleek lines and unexpected turns of a Grand Prix race track.

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And, of course, Summer isn’t complete without a few weddings! This summer one of my best friends got married in one of the most beautiful venues I’ve ever seen. A recently refurbished barn on the most perfectly landscaped farmland. This called for something special. Probably my favourite of them all is the Warby Parker Piper in Petal Tortoise. I love the unusual, feminine colour of these bold frames with an understated cat-eye.

So stop squinting into the sun and make every summer occasion complete with a pair of shades from Warby Parker! #SEESUMMERBETTER  – which are your favourite pair?!

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

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While my pasty skin can burn quite easily and turn as red as a lobster, it doesn’t seem to be able to tan very well. That golden brown warmth that everyone so proudly carries around each summer….yeah….I don’t get that. I may move from one pasty shade to the next, but I’m not the tanning type. I’ve also never been the type for the fake tans. The tanning beds, spray tans, or even DIY tans at home. But this year I decided to dip my toes in a give it a little bit of a try. I’m starting out extremely safe here folks.

I decided to try the Jergens Natural Glow. It’s a tinted body moisturizer that lasts and is meant to gradually create a noticeable difference with natural looking colour. Unlike tinted moisturizers for your face, this lotion is meant to stick around. I thought this was safe. No need for gloves, or worrying about streaking or getting it all over my clothes.

I used the product for about three days before I saw a difference. And I was quite impressed. It does a good job in replacing my daily moisturizer, and gives a slight daily glow. And about three days in I started to see a difference in my skin tone before I even applied for the day! Results! Now, I did say you don’t have to worry about streaks – I was wrong. It’s definitely not as pronounced as self-tanner streaks, but you do need to make sure you rub it in quite well and don’t miss spots. The tops of my hands and feet look kinda white in comparison to my arms and legs, and my ankles are a bit splotchy.

The only issue that I had with this product was that it really clogged my pores. I’m not one to experience many breakouts anywhere but my face, but after about a week of using this lotion I had tiny irritating pimples on my shoulders and chest. I knew it had to be this product. So I laid off it for a few days, cleared it all up, and I’ll go back at it with a trial and error type of plan. Maybe less is more and I need to be more patient with results? Anyways, I’d give the product a thumbs up.

What do you like to use to tan at home?

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