Let’s Talk Eyelash Extensions!

Beauty

with Outlash Beauty Boutique

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Hello Lovelies! Today we are talking eyelash extensions :) I had the pleasure of being invited to Outlash Beauty Boutique to get my eyelashes done. It is the cutest boutique in the beautiful Inglewood area, and I had the absolute best time – thanks ladies!! Although this is not my first time getting them, I am so glad I did, again! This time around I was able to get the Silk 2D/3D lashes, done by the lovely Claire Mayo. With this set, it is a perfect blend of two-to-one and three-to-one silk lashes to your own. It gives you the extra volume that you need, plus the perfect curl.

Outlash was founded by Jessica Lapuz and started out as a creative outlet. After a whirlwind adventure of travel, doing lashes gave her the freedom as well as the relaxation that she needed. Jessica loves making women feel more confident in who they are, which is AMAZING! That is the absolute best feeling ever, seeing women blossom into the beautiful people they are, inside and out.

For me, getting lashes is a real treat. I love anything that enhances your already beautiful features! It really makes your eyes come alive, and it’s definitely great for always being picture ready :) The key to lasting lashes definitely lies in the application, and of course in how well you take care of your lashes afterwards. Remember that for the first 24 hours, water is a no-go! So make sure you plan your day accordingly. I am a little hardcore with my eyelash care, including my big buggy sleeping mask, brushing my lashes, and washing them with LashWash – but I wouldn’t have it any other way. You absolutely have to care for your lashes to get the most out of them and keep them looking beautiful!

Are you thinking about getting lashes? Well I am SUPER excited to give you lovelies a discount code!! Use the code “carli15” to get an amazing 15% off your next service at Outlash <3

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Simons Calgary Grand Opening Tour

Fashion, Outfits

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Hello Lovelies! It’s been a weeks since the grand opening of Simons here in Calgary, so I thought I’d share a few snapshots I took while on the VIP pre-opening tour. Oh what fun!! The store is amazing and is spread out over five floors – ah-MAZING! I got to tour with one of my blogger babes, Andréa Margarita from Bad Peace – check out her blog here! As well as the lovely Courtney Brown from DearEverything – you can check her out here, and don’t forget to stop by her YouTube channel for a fun video of the event!

Simons is a family owned retailer that was originally started in Quebec City! I was lucky enough to be invited to tour the store and be shown around by the CEO Peter Simons & his brother Richard Simons, VP of Merchandising. It was so great to hear their story of how the business has been passed down through the generations and their incredible goals for the future. The store itself is beautiful; we were welcomed by the full team as well as their women’s buyer! After the tour and meeting the artists, we were served drinks and appetizers, as well as some amazing samples from The Chocolate Lab. If you haven’t yet, you have to check them out!!

I took a few shots of some of my favorite outfits, and definitely fell in love with the yellow Levi sweatshirt. Oh, and did a mention the men’s section?! So awesome! I don’t know about you, but the men’s section is always one of my favorite things in a store. I die for all their things, and so desperately wish my hubby would let me buy all his clothes for him.. But he’s more of a shopper than I am, so I can’t take the fun away from him! It’s so great to have them right here in Calgary now, and I cannot wait to see all the new goodies that come out for the summer time season. They have such a great collection of brands, from Matt & May, to Nike, to Vera Moda, North Face, you name it! And then they also have their own Simons brand, and exclusive designer sections for both the women and men’s lines as well. Hope you enjoy my little capture of the event, and be sure to check out the video as well! <3

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Napa Valley Wine Tasting at Willow Park Wines

Food, Lifestyle

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Hello Lovelies! Today on the blog I’m sharing our amazing time at the Napa Valley Wine Tasting with Willow Park Wines & Spirits here in Calgary. We had such a great time, and learned more than I even thought was possible. It was a special connoisseur event led by their Fine Wine Director, Peter Smolarz, who highlighted some of the Napa Valley regions’ best wines. Peter also discussed the different vintages for collectors to know, along with key wineries to watch! Check out our experience on the vlog here.

There were eight of us attending the event, which was set up in the private tasting room. Upon arrival we each received a glass of the Domaine Carneros Brut and explored all the wine region maps. We got to taste six different wines from the Napa Valley region, and they were all perfectly matched with food pairing suggestions. I was so amazed by how delicious the food was! We had grilled salmon with dill, a delicious cheese plate complete with dried figs and grapes, as well as some roast beef and mushroom crostinis – YUM!

It is so incredible all you can learn about a different region just by the wine that is produced and the flavors and aromas that come along with it. Learning more about the Napa Valley region made me want to be there, now! I think it is definitely a must-see trip for us in the future. At the end of the evening we proceeded down to the wine festival where we got to try some of their featured wines, and more amazing food! Such an incredible night! What are some of your favorite wine regions in the world? <3

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Sushi & Sake Night at Azuridge Estate Hotel

Fashion, Food, Travel

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Hello Lovelies! So you probably know by now that I am a huge sushi fan!! Today on the blog I want to share with you the amazing time we had out at Azuridge Estate Hotel for their Sushi & Saki event where we got to try our hand at making our own sushi, and connecting with some incredible people along the way.

The hotel is located a few kilometers outside of Calgary in the Priddis area. It was a beautiful drive, and really felt like a mini vacation away from the city! The hotel is absolutely beautiful, with big bay windows and high ceilings, nestled away in the Alberta foothills that roll out to the Rocky Mountains. Azuridge is surrounded by 13 acres of beautiful forest and is a stunning location for any event. A true home away from home!

To start the night we all got our very own chef hat, because of course, you have to look the part! The staff at Azuridge were so much fun! They showed us how to prep the rice, and what exactly goes into making the perfect sushi rice. Our first attempt was at a California roll, topped with beautiful green roe. Next we had some fun making a selection of nigiris – salmon, tuna, and shrimp! After making as much sushi as we could, we sat down to dinner to enjoy our creations.

To start, we each received a miso soup, which was amazing!! So flavorful, and the ingredients were top notch. Next we each got our own sushi plates, plus some extra made by the hotel sushi master – just in case ours didn’t turn out so well. To drink, we had the option of warm or cold sake and I also opted for a big cup of green tea. After all the sushi was either devoured or packed away in to-go containers, we got a big plate of traditional Japanese desserts for the table. I love trying out new things!

To top it all off, my favorite of the evening, was a delicious scoop of green tea ice cream, served inside of an ice cube. Amazing! At the end of the night we were all treated to the loveliest gift bags with our very own bamboo mat and wasabi. We also got to keep our chef hats, of course! Such an incredible evening, and definitely excited to be back for a good long stay at the hotel. What is your favorite experience from Azuridge? <3

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Morning Glow Yogurt Bowl

Food, Recipes

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Hello lovelies, and happy Monday to you all! As many of you may know, breakfast is one of my favorite meals, ever :D Lately I have been working hard to heal my gut and make it happy again. This meant cutting out dairy, wheat, and even eggs! This is definitely a big change for me, since those are my favorite components of a yummy breakfast!! No more eggs Benny, and no more yummy greek yogurt granola bowls for a while!

Now since I am not so in tune with all the amazing alternatives that a vegan lifestyle has to offer, I really had to do a little digging to reinvent some of my all-time breakfast favorites. Today I want to share my version of a dairy-free, gluten free yogurt bowl option. It’s delicious, nutritious, and there are a few tricks to get a bit of extra protein added to boot!

All you’ll need is your favorite flavor of Daiya greek yogurt alternative, top it with some berries, sliced banana, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries. Next, I added some gluten free PURE Granola – the apricots and seeds flavor! Go ahead and add a little bit of your favorite nut butter as well for a little treat. Finally, I added half a Luna Bar to give the bowl a little extra protein kick. What are you favorite breakfast bowls? <3

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