Protecting my skin with Neutrogena

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! The weather here was absolutely beautiful and we pretty much spent the entire time outside 🙂 The kids had a blast having a giant water fight with their friends in our neighbourhood and we spent the rest of the time playing at the beach! It was the perfect opportunity to put the new Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen with SPF 50 I was given by Neutrogena Canada to the test.

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Sun protection has always been on my radar, but recently I underwent fraxel laser treatment on my face for fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and the removal of sun spots.  Protecting my skin has become a huge priority! I was naive in not realizing that even on overcast days I should be diligent in applying my sunscreen, not just the super sunny ones.

Neutrogena at the beach

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I absolutely love this Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen with SPF 50! I found it to be lovely and lightweight, yet completely hydrating, without leaving my skin feeling greasy underneath my everyday makeup. The coverage was excellent and I cannot say enough good things about it.  If you are looking for superior sun protection, I would highly encourage you to give this product a try 🙂 I am grateful I had the opportunity to try this new Neutrogena Sunscreen as it will definitely be my go to for incredible broad spectrum UVA/ UVB protection!

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I hope you all got a chance to get out there and safely soak up some sunshine!!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

* This was a sponsored post by Neutrogena Canada, but as always all opinions are my own!

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Instagram Outfits

I realized that I haven’t done a fashion roundup in a while, so this is going to be a bigger one!  Here are a handful of the outfits I have worn on my Instagram lately.  Please feel free to leave me a message in the comments if you have any questions about sizing! I hope you all had a lovely weekend… mine was nutty!  But nutty in the best way of course 🙂  Have a great week… fingers crossed for more of that gorgeous Spring sunshine we have been blessed with as of late!

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Pineapple Doormat // Pink Block Heels

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Green Floral Dress // Nude Patent Heels

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Crochet Insert Midi Dress // Fascinator // High Block Heels

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Suede Ankle Boots

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Striped Sweatshirt Dress // Studded Square Sunglasses // Leopard Sneakers

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Eyelet Smock Blouse // Leggings // Nude Patent Heels

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Striped Blouse // Pink Pencil Skirt// Tassel Earrings // Leopard slides are old, similar HERE

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One Piece Bathing Suit // Straw Fedora

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Polka Dot Knot Front Dress // Marbled Square Sunglasses // Espadrille Slides

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Straw Hat // Jersey Tank // Striped A-Line Skirt

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Striped Cold Shoulder Dress // Leather Sandals

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Striped Crop Jumpsuit // Espadrille Slides

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Polka Dot Smock Dress

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Olive Jumpsuit // Wedges

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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Spotted: the cutest polka dots!

If you have ever seen my Instagram, you will know that I am a huge lover of polka dots! They are so cute and will never go out of style.  I always think this print has such a playful and retro vibe to them 🙂  I have a strong suspicion my Spring wardrobe might be accumulating a few more spots this season…. LOL!

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My: Knot Front Polka Dot Midi

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My: Black Polka Dot Dress

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My: Polka Dot Blouse

I have rounded up a bunch of the cutest polka dots for Spring and as always, they are all under $100 (most of them are under $50.00!)

Polka Dots

One. Pleated Scarf // Two. Faux Ruffled Wrap // Three. Cami Dress // Four. Flounced Dress// Five. Wide Leg Trousers // Six. Long Sleeveless Dress // Seven. Romper // Eight. Earrings // Nine. Calf Length Wrap Skirt // Ten. Sleeveless Jumpsuit // Eleven. Cold Shoulder Lace Hem Dress // Twelve. Wedge Sandals // Thirteen. Ruffle Wrap Dress

 

Which piece is your favourite? I would love to chat with any fellow polka dot lovers in the comments!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Chambray & Laser Cut Skirt

This chambray shirt is one of my favourite and most versatile items in my closet.  It is so easy to dress up or down.  I love to throw it on with a pair of leggings when I’m home with the kids or pair it with jeans for a cute “Canadian tuxedo” kind of look 😉  One of my go to ways to wear it though, is tucked into various skirts.  I’ve worn it with dressier minis, tulle ballet type skirts, colourful pleated midis and I love it with this white laser cut skirt.

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Denim Shirt // White Skirt (sold out) similar HERE & HERE // Tassel Earrings // similar Purse

Such an effortless and fun look!  I have owned a handful of different chambray shirts and this one is by far my favourite.  It is long enough to wear with leggings, actually stays tucked in place with pants or skirts and looks really cute knotted at the waist as well.  The lightweight material is also perfect for throwing on overtop of a sundress during the Spring or Summer as well!

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Trend I am Loving: Palm Leaf Print!

Palm leaf print was one of my favourite trends form last year and I am so happy to see that it is going to be super popular again this year! There is something so happy about these bold leaves… they always gives me that sunshine, vacation feeling 🙂

This dress was one of my favourites from last year and lucky for you it has been restocked for Spring!

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My palm leaf print dress HERE

If this is a look that you are loving as well, I have rounded up a bunch of more reasonable palm pieces below:

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One. Cuffed T-Shirt // Two. Knot Front Swimsuit // Three. Frilled Sleeve T-Dress //  Four. Strapless Jumpsuit // Five. Pencil Dress // Six. Polka Dot Pants // Seven. Button Front Dress // Eight. Earrings //Nine. Leggings // Ten. Beach Tunic // Eleven. Shirts // Twelve. Backpack // Thirteen. Fit & Flare Dress // Fourteen. Bell Sleeve Blouse // Fifteen. Bandeau & Shorts Set // Sixteen. Watch

 

If a head to toe leaf print maxi is a bit too bold for your comfort level, start with a cute palm t-shirt (number one above is only $6.00!) and denim shorts with sandals! It is such a fun print for Spring and Summer 🙂 What do you think of this trend? I would love to chat in the comments below.

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Pretty in Pink!

Hello friends! I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  We are currently soaking up the sunshine in Maui, but I couldn’t wait to share this adorable dress with you 🙂  Pastel pink and delicate lace?! Two of my very favourite elements of Spring fashion 🙂 Added bonus, it was an absolute steal.  Can there ever be too much pink in your wardrobe?! I have a feeling this one is going to sell out fast.

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Pink Lace Dress // Pink Block Heels // Ball Drop Earrings

 

Wishing you all a great week and I apologize in advance for the vacation overload of photos on my Instagram  😉

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

My Experience with Laser Eye Surgery

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Twenty five years of glasses!

I have been wanting laser eye surgery for what seems like forever.  For the last twenty-five years I have been wearing glasses and contact lenses.  After almost losing my contacts in the ocean during our last trip to Maui, I decided perhaps I could muster up the courage to finally have it done! My husband had a handful of coworkers who had all had the procedure done and were super happy with their results.  I booked a complimentary consult at the London Eye Centre in New Westminster, B.C.  This is where his friends had all had their surgeries performed. I don’t know about you, but I always feel more comfortable choosing a place to go based on referrals from people who I know. At my consult they explained the procedure to me and determined that I would be a candidate.  I appreciated that there was absolutely no pressure to book after my consult.

I took all of the information home and decided that I would go for the no touch PRK surgery.  “PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) is a method of refractive laser surgery to correct myopia(nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism to eliminate dependency on glasses or contact lenses.” (Explanation courtesy of the London Eye Centre website.)  To be honest, the though of anything actually cutting or touching my eye was too much for me to stomach, so I knew this no touch method would be the one for me, even though they explained the recovery would take a few more days.  Being as I already have light-sensitive eyes, I decided to wait until the Fall when the days were a bit darker to have my surgery done, as it was explained to me that I would have increased light sensitivity while my eyes healed.  For three days before the procedure I was not allowed to wear my contacts… thankfully I have been collecting cute glasses over the years… LOL!

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Am I the only one who sometimes planned my outfits around my frames?!
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These turquoise frames were a favourite!

The morning of my surgery I was super nervous… it is my eyes after all! It didn’t really matter how many people told me what an easy procedure it was and that I had nothing to worry about, I was a basket of nerves!  It was also ended up being one of the sunniest day in November of course…

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Arriving at the appointment for my laser eye surgery!

My entire appointment was just over an hour.  Once I was taken into the operatory, my eyes were numbed with eye drops.  A tiny ring was placed around my eye and they explained not to force my eyes closed or the machine would shut itself off.  The procedure itself was honestly less than two minutes each eye.  It actually felt very quick and was not nearly as scary as I had built it up in my mind.  I felt nothing and just stared at a flashing light and listened to a clapping sound.  After the surgery, a bandage contact lens was placed on my eye.  This was actually the most irritating part for me personally, as the opening of my eyes are tiny.  They then gave me a super stylish pair of wrap around sunglasses (haha!) and sent me on my way!

My parents were kind enough to take my babies for a sleepover that first night so that I could just come home to rest and let my husband take care of me for a couple of days.  When they initially offered, I was trying to be super mom and kept arguing that I would be ok to look after them. I am SO GLAD I took them up on their offer! I am not going to lie, the first two days of recovery were not fun. I had been sent home with numbing drops for my eyes and a prescription for pain medication.  I like to think my pain tolerance is pretty decent (I have had babies after all!) but I definitely needed both of these for the first few days.  I basically slept the first 24 hours away.  I stayed in a dark room as my eyes were crazy light-sensitive, woke up to use my antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops and then went back to sleep as it hurt too much to have my eyes open.  I also felt like the front of my forehead was going to split open from pain… but thankfully that only lasted the first day!  The next day I was able to get out of bed to move around my dimly lit house and I was amazed that I could already see!

I had to go for a 24 hour, 3 day and 5 day surgery post op. After my 5 day post op I was cleared to drive and returned to work.  I hadn’t realized that after this procedure your eyes actually overcorrect initially. I was unable to read my computer screen clearly and had to buy myself a pair of “cheater” glasses.  This is opposite to what my vision used to be.  I was always nearsighted and it was objects in the distance I had a problem seeing clearly.  I wore the cheaters at work for a couple of weeks post surgery and haven’t needed them since.

It has now almost been five months since my laser eye surgery and I am amazed how perfectly I can see!  It still feels funny climbing into bed at night without taking my contacts out first. We are heading back to Maui in a week and I cannot wait to go swimming in the ocean and actually put my face under the water and see!!!

Lastly, this is not a sponsored post in any way. I simply wanted to share my experience for anyone who has been considering having laser eye surgery performed.  I am so thrilled that I decided to have my vision corrected and now I only wish I hadn’t waited so long 🙂 Please feel free to directly message me or comment below if you have any questions regarding this procedure. It is honestly one of the best things I have ever done for myself!

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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The Prettiest Pastels!

I absolutely love Springtime in Vancouver!  It is also probably my favourite season for fashion.  The cherry blossom trees are starting to bloom and they make the streets around where we live look absolutely gorgeous.  Everything just looks so refreshed 🙂  I have been loving these clear and sunny days as of late.

There are so many gorgeous pastels out for Spring right now! I love the soft neutrals and all of the lace that I have been seeing. It takes a lot of self-control for me to not buy every beautiful floral dress or delicate skirt that I see.  I may have gone a little overboard collaging the items below, but I absolutely adore all of these colours!

 

Pretty Pastel Clothing

 

One. Blossom Silk Skinny Scarf //  Two. Purple Pleated Blouse //  Three. Scalloped Lace Top //  Four. Pink Embroidered Pleated Scarf //  Five. Floral Dress //  Six. Pink Lace Dress // Seven. Pinstripe Wrap Dress //  Eight. Lavender Button Dress //  Nine. Floral Cold Shoulder Top //  Ten. Pink Ball Drop Earrings //  Eleven. Bow-Tie Slides //  Twelve. Lace Romper //  Thirteen. Mesh Ruffle Detail Dress //  Fourteen. Mint Distressed Jeans // Fifteen. Floral-Print Belt //  Sixteen. Violet Crossbody Bag //  Seventeen. Adorned Drop Earrings //  Eighteen. Lace Midi Dress //  Nineteen. Blue Block Heel

 

I hope that I have been able to help you refresh your wardrobe for this Spring!

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Instagram outfits

Happy Monday everyone! Today I am doing a roundup of some of my Instagram outfits! A few of these items are super versatile for transitioning from Winter to Spring.  The ruffled culottes will look super cute with a tank and some wedges once the temperature warms up around here!  I am completely obsessed with these new blush pink slides… last I checked all sizes were still in stock and they are a STEAL!  Under each photo is the direct link to shop if you wanted to add any of these items to your wardrobe as well!

Happy shopping 😉

 

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Ruffle Knit Sweater Dress (fits large, size down) // Tall Boots

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Polka Dot Dress // Ankle Boots

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Black Turtleneck // Frilled Waist Gingham Pants

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Pink Ruffled Top // Black Distressed Jeans // Black Mules

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Tassel Earrings // Striped Turtleneck // Black Pants // Leopard Loafers- old, similar HERE

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Black Turtleneck// Culotte Pants with Ruffled Straps

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Ball Drop Earrings // Levis Sweatshirt // Jeans- sold out, similar HERE // Floral Heels

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Pink Faux Coat // Polka Dot Blouse // Handbag // Black Distressed Jeans

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Yellow Striped Midi Dress // Leopard Loafers- old, similar HERE

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Powder Pink Slip on Loafers

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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Grey Tulle Dress

Until I started my blog, I had no idea how many fun mural walls we had here in Vancouver!  I saw this gorgeous one on the corner of South Granville and West 13th Avenue and thought it would be the perfect backdrop to show off this adorable grey knit and tulle dress I had hanging in my closet.  Who doesn’t love tulle? I always feel like I am channelling my inner Carrie Bradshaw when I wear it… LOL!

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Tulle Dress

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Grey tulle dress

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Tulle Dress // Tassel Earrings // Block Heels // Similar Leopard Clutch

 

Is this not the perfect dress for Spring? It is called the Tranquil Thoughts dress and I found it on a flash sale from VICI (one of my new favourite online sites!) They have the cutest and most reasonably priced clothing. I have been super pleased with everything that I have purchase 🙂

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx