Brighten up your spring with a funky scarf

This weekend I popped by Joe Fresh and discovered an easy way to change my look for spring. If you want an affordable way to revamp your look, try purchasing a couple new accessories. Joe Fresh has beautiful line of scarves to freshen us up starting at only $10.

I purchased this summery looking gem and I love it. In fact I wore it two days back-to-back. For those in the summer and spring palette this is definitely a solid choice.
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Joe Fresh |Contrast Stripe Scarf | $10

Other loves…
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Joe Fresh | Neon Stripe Scarf | $16

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Joe Fresh | Ombre Scarf – Yellow | $12

Kicks unleashed: reviewing trending sneakers

As of this weekend, we can officially say it’s spring. Yet it may be July before we see green in parts of Atlantic Canada. With the nicer weather approaching, it’s time to get back on the asphalt. Over the years, I’ve gone through a few pairs of sneakers. Here’s my feedback to help those in need of finding the perfect pair of kicks to jump start your season.

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Initially, I was drawn to Nike Frees for their minimus style and urban colour choices.  The Frees are trendy and come in the best colours. These shoes aren’t cheap and as a consumer you’re definitely paying for the Nike symbol. I’d recommend these sneakers for short distance runners or beginners. I found they loss their shape quickly. For those running 5km/ 4-5 times per week they may only last a couple of months. After a few instances where I went over on my ankle, it was time to purchase a new pair.

Pros
: light weight, great look, comfy, fun colours
Cons: little structure, wider width
Length: 2 months
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SAUCONY Guide 7

Switching from a New Balance to Saucony was an easy transition at the time. A similar look to Asics, I purchased these sneakers based on the added structure with still being light weight. The first few months I had amazing runs. At about the 12 week mark, their form significantly changed. The once bounce and support suddenly disintegrated and the sneakers were falling apart. I was really disappointed compared to their initial quality.  I’d recommend this sneaker to those not on a budget as they need to be replaced after 3 months.

Pros
: good structure,  light wight
Cons: not the best look, short life
Lasts: 3 months
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BROOKS Pure Flow

I had purchased these sneakers in the States a few years ago. These sneakers held up. They had a great structure and were light weight. I could run all year round with these shoes and still own them. The downside to the sneakers are the price. They’re around the $140 mark and you can’t typically find a sale. For those getting into running and want a good bang for your buck, these are your sneakers.

Pros: strong structure
Cons: look is better than average, cost is above average $140+
Lasts:  6+ months
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ASICS GEL-DS TRAINER (TOP PICK)
After a few running injuries, I gave into these sneakers. Since owning these babies I’ve had zero injuries. Mind you I’m more aware of post-run stretching and knowing when to give your body a break. These continue to look new. They’re not as light wight as the Frees or Brooks but their structure is unbeatable. They’ve made me a more comfortable runner and I would promote this sneaker time and time again. Go Asics!

Pros: strong structure
Cons: Not the sleekest look, cost is average or above ranging from $110-140
Lasts: 6+ months

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Three ideas to gear up for spring

With the time change in full swing, we’re finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. There’s day light beyond 4:30; it’s brilliant. For those of you who can’t venture to a tropical destination, I have a few solutions to help you gear up for spring.

Bring spring inside:
One thing we tend to neglect is bringing fresh flowers inside. Even if things fall off the rails throughout the week, a floral arrangement seems to make everything look better. As many would agree, tulips are always a spring favorite. Plus, they’re so many colours to choose from. My personal favorite is coral. I love this arrangement in grey or neutral painted rooms.

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A more affordable alternative to tulips, is babies breath. Not only is it a pop of freshness but they also have a longer lifespan than most flowers.

Ditch the boots:
Aren’t we all sick of carrying those heavy sluggers around? Even if the weather suggests boots, bring your flats inside. You’ll be the envy of the office as the first to sport a flirty flat. We’ve almost forgot the fun of pairing shoes with tapered trousers.

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Be practical and cute:
Noting screams spring like carrying an umbrella. The benefit, you’ll be prepared for the days when snow turns into rain. A great place to purchase a new umbrella is at Halifax’s General Biscuit.

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Spruce up your holidays

Sprucing up your winter wardrobe can be fun and easy. It’s a great time to jazz up your closet with sparkles, metallics and wool. With that being said, one must remember to balance with neutrals and be tasteful. Here are some pieces to add to your winter attire. I’ve kept things on the affordable end to keep us on budget.

The Family Picture: a wool scarf
Adding a wool scarf with a touch of glam can bring any outfit from fall to winter in a matter of seconds. It’s nice to have a couple options on hand to change up your look for holiday pictures. Our favorite colours are beige, cream and black. Infinity or the classic wool scarf can be a tad on the expensive end so take your time with this purchase. We’ve both had success at Target, RW & Co. and Joe Fresh.

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Cream and black striped sequin scarf only $16.99, now available at Joe Fresh.

The Kitchen Party: a statement sweater
For the past two seasons, Amanda and I have rocked the statement holiday sweater. They seem to have grown in popularity and are a perfect touch to any party. A blush, cream or black paired with black tapered leggings remains timeless.  Take this look to the next level by pairing your sweater with a semi leather legging. We’ve had success at a number of stores the past two years. I found some great metallics and neutral sweaters online at Joe Fresh and they’re sale.

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Black sequin sweater from $39.99 now $19.00, now available at Joe Fresh.

The Post-Christmas Party: a winter headband
A winter headband remains one of my favorite looks this season. This timeless piece has yet to go out of style for 2014.  Not only does it keep our ears toasty but it’s a great way to add a pop of colour, especially when we’re suffering from a lack of vitamin D. (It’s also an option for a post Christmas party hair day). I recently purchased this fuschia coloured band from Target.

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Winter band only $12.99, now available at Target.

The Cabin: anything plaid
Okay, maybe it’s our Scottish roots but we love, love, love our plaid. This is a look that can transfer from fall to winter. Is you’re out an about for some outdoor fun, heading to a cabin or grabbing a beer with the guys this looks rocks. You’ll look low key and feel warm at the same time. When buying a plaid button up remember to find a tailored fit.  I stayed on budged for 3/4 items but this J Crew button-up is simply perfect. plaid
Deep Ivy Plaid shirt now available at J Crew.

We’re INTO IT: L’Oréal Telescopic Precision Liquid Eyeliner

We plan to share products, clothes, places, food that we think you should add to your repetoire.

First off, this liquid eyeliner that will retail for no more than $10.00 at your local drug store. Even cheaper when L’Oréal products are on sale. It has great precision, lasts forever, doesn’t dry up, and tends to stay put for most of the day without wearing off (you can get it in waterproof too).  I think L’Oréal products are great and a middle of the road price point for the savvy consumer. Their millions of lashes mascara is a definite try for those who haven’t.

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Small but mighty

Jocelyn and Amanda approved!

*Note: these are not paid endorsements, we just like it!

Shop Around Halifax: Weekend deal recap

After spending the vast majority christmas shopping*, Jocelyn and I thought we should share some of our deals.  Some people are passionate about a hockey team, but for us our true passion and thrills in life come out of a great deal!

Boots Deal:

Most of us grew up with a Reitman’s and swore once we were old enough to never be forced to shop there again.  This store is a guilty pleasure, as they often have a few select pieces that are on trend for a great price. They have also carried boots and shoes for the past 4 years.  This weekend Jocelyn and I bought these really comfy western ankle booties for $20.00!! They are sold out online, but if you are looking for a trendy boot to add to your collecion, head into Reitman’s ASAP.

Available in suede and leather

Available in suede and leather

These are more of a great subtle burgundy in person.

These are more of a great subtle burgundy in person.

Clothing Deal:

I love Hudson’s Bay aka The Bay. Almost as much as I love Winners. This weekend was no exception.   Friday night we headed to Mic Mac Mall and scrummaged. They had deals on EVERYTHING. Marked down clothes were an extra 25% off. Regular prices were 40% off, so you really couldn’t go wrong.  I happen to really like the Jessica Simpson line, which isn’t to say I like Jessica Simpson celebrity. I decided to add more flair to my wardrobe and bought a pair of eclipse chords for $22.00 including taxes.

Eclipse means purplish blue.

Eclipse means purplish blue.

I also found a jean jacket for next spring/summer (this will be a long winter). It has an embroidery detail on the back (may update with a picture) and was only $22.00 with taxes again.

This was long overdue

This was a long overdue purchase

Stay tuned for more deals from the best shoppers in Halifax!

*Amanda Note: I use this term christmas shopping losely, as it turned into personal shopping as well.

Trending Kate Spade

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Chapters Indigo introduces Kate Spade New York.

During our shopping madness, Amanda and I returned to Chapters. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any sales items this weekend. Despite the disappointment, we were pleasantly surprised to find a line from Kate Spade New York. There are some fantastic gift ideas for under $30. I’m totally in love. If only someone would be clever enough to pick something up for me. Any takers?

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My favorite item were these fabulous bow push pins for $24.

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My second favorite item, the eraser set for $12. It’s practical and cute.