Oh the holidays!!!! Not only the time of joy, Christmas lights, (a new favourite) mulled wine and whatever else may cometh as the days draw closer to jolly old Christmas…. BUT.. Also… That time of the year when it becomes so unbearably cold here in Canada that the sudden urge to book last minute and random flights to.. I don’t know.. Let’s say.. Miami!? It seems to happen much more frequently and aggressively than normal!! AND… It’s those days, like today where I look outside my window to a grey, cold sky knowing that only a couple hours and something minutes away is a beach, a margarita and an entire city waiting for me to just frolic it up lol!!! But it’s also SUPER annoying because I have a curse where I always book things like this last minute and end up paying wrecked premiums on flights that were half the price only some weeks before!!
This year, I feel slightly more inclined than ever to pursue my travel urges and just literally go with it.. Care to know why!?!?.. Well… I guess if you’ve read this far you clearly are going to find out haha!! This year, hesitation finds itself dissolving into thin air as I learn more and more about all the perks of being an American Express Cardmember!!! First and foremost definitely has to be the new Fixed Points Travel Program – This new program literally has FIXED point redemption rates so I do not have to worry about flying at peak times – WHICH basically means, I won’t have to worry about when I book!! I JUST GOTTA BOOK!!! AND if I am feeling fancy, I can even book Business class with this program which really means there are no borders to how free I can feel when I fly!!
Then the tricky part!!! Finding the perfect place to rest my head come nightfall and planning SO LAST MINUTE!! I am so picky when it comes to hotels when I travel. They need to be chic, clean, pose an opportunity for a good instagram backdrop for a big ol’ chunk of my content and be somewhat economical!! AND THEN the annoying thing is trying to book reso’s at my favorite hot spots in Miami especially during a busy time like Art Basel!!
That all being said, I definitely think it’s time for me to stop the yammering and look into booking considering I only actually got a couple weeks left!! Thankfully with this new program I can even book flights with a fixed point redemption rate over the holidays, so no worrying about fare hikes! Luckily for me, I get to do this with reliability, consistency and ease of use this time around and you can too!! Visit [this link] to learn more about the Fixed Points Travel program for yourself!! Happy and safe travelling this holiday season!!! Xo
This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.
SO if you’ve been following me on insta and snapchat the last few months you will maybe have noticed that I have been realllllly, seriously, getting more and more into make-up!! I mean, it’s always been around and something that I have enjoyed but today I can confidently say that I am now #OBSESSSSSEEEDDDDDD!!!!!.. The last couple of months I’ve been really learning how to not only just wear make-up for a quick fix but how to seriously utilize it and really make things pop, flawless and beautyousssssssss!!!! TO BE HONEST… To this day, when I do my make-up I don’t really know what I am doing, outside applying the basics like foundation and concealer!! I really just have been going with the flow and trying out whatever I got however I think works and this look is no exception!! I used blush as eyeshadow on the eye-lid and under the lower lash-line!!.. I layer my lipsticks… I use bronzer as contour with a kabuki brush!! I just literally… GO with it!!! That being said, I am excited to continue to learn more and more about how to use different products, brushes and what brands really excel for what!! Continue reading for the products I used in this look…. Concealer – MAC Pro Longwar in NW 25 Foundation – MAC Pro Longwear in NW 40 Conealer Layer 2 – NARS Creamy Concealer in Biscuit Contour – MAC Dark Deep Bronzer Bronze & Blend Out Contour – Guerlian Terracotta Bronzer Setting Powder – MAC Prep + Prime Colour Correcting Compact Baking Powder – NARS Loose Powder in Mountain Eyeshadow Layer 1 – Urban Decay Naked Palette 3 Eyeshadow Layer 2 – NYX Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks Palette Blush – NYX Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks Palette Highlighter – Haley Bogaert Face + NYX Cosmetics Strobe Of Genius Eyeliner – Guerlian Black Out Felt Tip Liner Lips – MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy + BareMinerals Matte Lipstick in Weekend
This past Art Basel, Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and President of the LVMH Watch Division, announced the appointment of super cool American artist Alec Monopoly as Art Provocateur for the brand… That being said… One thing I am exciting about post-Art-Basel-2016 is that when I get back to Miami in a couple weeks for holidays there is going to be this super iconic 50 foot wall tag by Alec Monopoly at the Mondrian Miami a.k.a the hotel y’all know (if you’ve been following) my family (cousins/aunts/uncles/parents/etc.) all have been staying at the last 10 or so years since it’s opened!!! Continue reading for more photos from the event/unveiling!
IT’s been a couple months now since I got my iPhone 7+ and after now really utilizing it and it basically becoming an extension of me, I am confident and ready to share a couple of favourite things about it! First impressions obviously had me at Hello… The overall aesthetic of the Jet Black were very captivating.. It’s a sexy, sleek and seamless shell with a very alluring darkness to it.. I was torn between the matte black and the jet black but then JUST fell in love with the jet black when I saw it!!!
Of course, I went with the + size, because since going + I have never gone back and I also learnt that the + camera’s have better low light sensitivity which basically translates to better night time Instagram and Snapchat posts!!! Another plus of the overall build of the new device is the new sense of speed I feel while using the device.. Flipping between apps and windows has never been more seamless… Then there is battery life and that storage… Apple is REALLY putting me to the test with all 256 of the gigabytes that are available in the new iPhone’s, I really want to time how long I could go before using all the space (probably NEVER LOL!!).. No but in all honesty.. For someone who is one their phone 24/7 having THAT MUCH SPACE really brings a sense of relief because I don’t feel like I will ever have to be traumatized by the “STORAGE FULL” pop-up ever again (or at least for a very long long time!!!)
iPhone’s 3D touch Peak & Pop feature works seamlessly on new 7 devices
WITHOUT A DOUBT… One of my favourite features of the new iPhone 7+ but mainly a feature of the update (that of course is most easily compatible with the most up to date mainframe) has to be the new intelligence of the photo album… Being able to see memories from different places around the world and/or with certain people you are most photographed with are such a treat.. THE ICING ON THE CAKE!?!??! Being able to get as specific as to search specific cities, specific things like “jackets” “boots” etc.. It’s kinda freaky but freaky in all the right ways!
There are so many other fabulous features that are to be detailed and of course still to be discovered!! So of course, please stay tuned as I share more as I learn 🙂 XOJAY
Apple does it yet again! Off the highlight of last-night’s Drake debut for his Apple Music commercial, Apple shares a heartwarming and I say, always needed reminder to ‘Open your heart to everyone’ especially during the Holiday season!! Apple reimagines the modern day Frankenstien who just wants to get in on the holiday action, using his device to share one of his favourite holiday carols.. OMG SO CUTE I CAN’T!!!! Enjoyyyy & happy holiday season!!!
Read a little about this year’s quick & easy Halloween make-up routine!
For Halloween this year I didn’t really do much because…. In all honesty, I had (in my opinion) the most epic costume two years ago and have not been able to top it since so I pretty much feel defeated every year due to the lack of inspiration or idea that could possibly top Michelle Pfeiffer as Cat Woman… That being said, I was on the cusp of LITERALLY not even putting a layer of anything scary on for this years festivities.. BUT.. of course, I couldn’t allow myself to hit that much of a low so I used whatever I had in my drawers and put some faces together, for the Halloween weekend look, I did a more of a cat inspired make up.. On Halloween night I made my attempt at doing a somewhat/kinda pretty glam ghoul skeleton inspired look and quite actually ended up really liking how it turned out.. I ended up using nothing but 2 shades of, Urban Decay’s Naked Palette 3 Eyeshadow, 1 of the colours on the NYX Strobe Of Genius Highlighter Palette and a simple felt tip Guerlian Liquid Eyeliner for the entire face!!! It got the point across but still definitely maintained a pretty vibe which (I guess) made it doable for the night!…
UBER COOL swedish style brand COS, maintains their sleek and minimal design but incorporates a utilitarian chic aspect to it all for their Spring/Summer 2017 collection…. With (for the brand at least) a spectrum of colour ranging from blues and sands to salmons and greens, the Spring Summer 2017 collection features a range of styles.. Personal favourites? I love the blue jackets, the proportions to the shade of blue is perfect, I also love the green jacket above! I think it’s a great layering piece and I can just imagine it with a pair of black leather pants, my favourite boots and a black turtle neck under while I stomp through the Jardin Des Tuileries, in Paris, come January for fashion week!!
ALSO, in other COS related news, the brand has opened it’s third retail location inside of Toronto’s (NOW ICONIC and luxury infested mall) Yorkdale Mall!! I had the pleasure of checking out the store last week and must say it is another beautiful space by the brand!! Can’t wait for many shopping excursions to the mall with COS in mind!
I first discovered this restaurant online about a year and a half ago and was just memorized by the dream like state it left me in and more if anything the dream like state it was! I had really never seen anything quite like this before, it is magnificent to me!! Now some time later I am hitting myself on the head for being to zombified by this beautiful venue that I forgot to share… Here is the luxury dining space by Alain Ducasse in the Paris’ 5 Star luxury hotel, Plaza Athénée… You know that iconic and magical hotel Carrie Bradshaw stayed at in Paris!?!? See some pics of my next MUST-GO spot when I am in Paris next!!! And maybe you are doing what I am doing, but based on how beautiful the venue is I am just assuming that the food is equally as magnificent! I am literally planning my rehearsal wedding dinner here for when I get married.. NOW.. ALL I NEED IS THE GROOM!! LOL!! You know that iconic and magical hotel Carrie Bradshaw stayed at in Paris!?!? See some pics of my next MUST-GO spot when I am in Paris next.
I instantly fell in love with the work of Donald Martiny, upon coming across his work online while scrolling through some of my favourite tumblr’s and websites. I love how he has taken something so practical and overlooked, being the simple stroke of a brush and turned it into it’s own being and work of art, the simple curves and twists that the brushes make evoke emotion and play with light without having to do anything…. As you can imagine a Martiny piece does not come cheap with the general range starting at about £17,000 to upwards….
“Donald Martiny’s work forces us to question the established definitions which form the backbone of our understanding of painting as both a pursuit and a product, and of paint as a medium. In challenging the viewer in these ways, it is not only visually exciting but intellectually invigorating.”
Professor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art