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

Fresh paint colours for spring

Spring has hit! We’re ditching the boots, throwing on the flats and reintroducing colour into our closets. So what about sprucing up that room you’ve been neglecting? Last July, I finally picked up a paint brush and got busy. The new colour completely changed the look and feel of the space. Feeling the itch to make some changes again, I’m going to suggest two of my favorite paint choices for 2014.

1. Grey
I chose Monorail Silver for my dinning room and hall. I love this shade with white accents and or dark wood. It’s fresh, trendy and I’ve yet to be sick of this colour. I would highly recommend for a bedroom or bathroom.

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Try: Monorail Silver SW 7663 by Sherwin-Williams

2. Cream
Nothing is more timeless than a neutral cream or better yet, eggshell. Pairing this shade with wood, or a pop of colour is rich and luxurious.
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Try: Cotton White S7104 by Sherwin-Williams

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.

Nike Free 4.0 v2
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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