Training with Vi

Last January I experienced a pretty bad knee injury and I had to take a break from working out.  Needless to say, a year later it has been a pretty slow go getting back into the swing of things.  I am not the best at motivating myself and have always found that personal trainers and bootcamps have been the key to my success.  I have a bootcamp that I love but unfortunately the class schedule no longer coincides with mine or my husbands work schedule or our weekly family commitments.  This is why I am so excited that I discovered the Vi Trainer! Vi is a digital trainer that works as your customized and personal running coach.  She that will train you towards your fitness goals, whether they be walking, jogging or marathon running!

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You can download the Vi Trainer directly to your phone and she delivers a personalized workout plan to meet your fitness goals!  Vi coaches you through your customized run and delivers real-time audio guided coaching.  It is literally like having a personal trainer to keep you motivated throughout your workout. She senses when you start to struggle and gives you motivation!  She even compares your workout to previous jogs or runs and adjusts her guidance accordingly.  You literally plug-in your running goals and at your fingertips the Vi Trainer makes sure you stay on track.

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With the Vi Trainer at my fingertips I actually have no excuse not to exercise now.  I don’t have to follow a class schedule and have a customized running plan based on my fitness level.  Click the following link if you would like to download Vi and try the app for a free 14 day trial: Train with Vi!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

My Every day Skin Care Routine

Today I am rounding up my favourite skin care products that I use on a daily basis.  I am waiting on a couple of my favourite face washes to be shipped so I was unable to photograph them, but I will still list them 🙂  Once I entered my 30’s I truly realized how important it was to start to take care of my skin.  My Mama has beautiful, youthful skin so I am praying that I will be blessed with this from her, but just in case… I have started to take some preventative measures!

Favourite Cleansers:

Favourite cleansers

I have a few different cleansers that I like to use because they have different purposes IMO.  I love the Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 and Tula Purifying cleansers because they are both fantastic at removing my makeup and leave my skin feeling super clean, without drying it out.  The Rodan + Fields Unblemish Acne Sulfur Wash is truly amazing! I swear by it for breakouts.  If I notice my skin starting to breakout at all, I use this one and it clears it up super fast!  There are two other cleaners that I love by Rodan + Fields but I am currently out of them.  I also use the Redifine daily cleansing mask and the Reverse deep exfoliating wash (not pictured).  If you have been wanting to try Rodan + Fields but are unsure of which regime of their products would be best for your skin type, you HAVE to contact by girlfriend Terri Lynn Abbey! She was the one introduced me to the line and she is BEYOND knowledgeable and not pushy at all. The products are truly wonderful. You can get in touch with her or explore the products they offer HERE.

 

Favourite Toner:

Favourite toner

I have tried a multitude of different toners and my current favourite is this Thayers Rose Petal with Aloe Vera one.  It is alcohol free and smells amazing.  I find a lot of toners can be over priced. This one is budget friendly and leaves my skin feeling super fresh and soft!

 

Favourite Serums:

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I am absolutely obsessed with these products from the Abnormal Beauty Company.  I recently just discovered this store when I was in New York city… only to realize it was a Toronto company and there were a couple of local stores here in Vancouver… LOL! I have since made a few trips in to stock up on more.  Their products are cruelty free, gluten-free, vegan and incredibly well priced! I cannot recommend them enough.  These three are the ones I am currently using on a daily basis. Poor Flush is the first product after my toner.  A quick spritz on my cheeks to clear out any congestion in my pores.  Next I apply a few drops of the Marine Hyraluronics over my entire face.  This has a super lightweight  (water) feel to it and my skin just drinks it up for extra hydration and gives it a really glowy feel. I use both of these morning and night.  In the evening as a third step I have been using the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion. I was looking to introduce Retinol into my skin care and it was recommended to me I start with this product.  This serum is supposed to help reduce wrinkles and the signs of agin without being as harsh as retinol. I smooth a couple drops over my face in the evening.  I have only been using it for a few weeks, but so far I have been loving it.  My skin feels incredibly smooth.

 

Favourite Moisturizers:

Favourite moisturizers

I have three moisturizers that I love.  Rodan + Fields Soothe Replenishing Cream is incredibly moisturizing  and reduces any redness in my skin.  I love the Natural Moisturizing Factors from the Abnormal Beauty Company as well! I actually grabbed this when I was in the store because it was $5.80… WHAT?!?! It is seriously amazing. Non greasy and leaves my skin feeling super smooth.  I also cannot say enough about the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream.  This is the priciest of my moisturizers but it is really wonderful.  It feels almost whipped going onto your skin and the idea behind it is supposed to be like a protein shot for your skin. It leaves my skin feeling strong and vibrant.  It is really fantastic as well.

Skincare routine

Derma Roller & Serum

Every few nights I add in this Rodan + Fields Derma- Roller and renewing serum to my routine.  My biggest issue has always been my skins texture. The roller helps with lines and wrinkles, tone and texture and to keep my skin’s surface feeling smoother.

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A couple of times a week I use this Rodan + Fields Micro-Dermabrasion Paste for a really thorough exfoliation.  My skin is so ridiculously shiny after a good scrub with these!

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There you have it! I have not received any compensation to endorse any of these products.  These are my honest to goodness actual opinions and I have been really happy with all of them 🙂

If you have any favourite products to recommend, let me know in the comments section. I would love to try them.

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

My 10 Favourite Designer Dupes on Amazon!

 

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend 🙂  This was such fun post for me to write. If you are someone who loves designer items but not the price tag that comes along with them, then this will be a must read!  I have rounded up my Top 10 favourite Amazon dupes!  Some of them are so good that it’s tricky to spot the difference between the original inspirational item and the Amazon dupe.

1. Manolo Blahnik- Hangisi Satin Pumps $995.00, Hangisi Satin Flats $995.00

DUPESatin Diamonds Heels $49.99, Rhinestone Satin Flats $49.99

2. Chloe- Faye Leather & Suede Bag $1950.00

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DUPE Crossbody Shoulder Purse Chain Link Bag $84.99

 

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3. Gucci- GG Leather Belt $450.00

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DUPERetro Vintage Black Belt $17.99, Gold Buckle Brown Leather $29.98

 

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4.  Gucci- Princetown Leather Slipper $820.00

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DUPEOxford Flat Shoe Loafer $15.99

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5. David Yurman Bracelets $2100.00 + $595.00

 

 

DUPECable Wire Vintage Bracelet $16.99, Cable Wire Antique Bracelet $16.99 

 

6. Chloe- Round Sunglasses $396.00

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DUPEDouble Circle Oversized Round Sunglasses $9.99

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7. Gucci- GG Maramont Matelasse Shoulder Bag $1980.00

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DUPECrossbody Latice Leather Purse $39.99

 

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8. Valentino- Rockstud Cage Sandals $1045.00, Rockstud Leather Sling Sandals $1075.00, Rockstud Cage Leather Flats $995.00

 

DUPESStudded Strappy Block Heels $79.98, Studded Strappy Pumps High Heels T-Strap $52.99Metal Studs Strappy Buckle Pointy Toe Flats $49.99

 

 

9. Saint Laurent- Heart Shaped Sunglasses $420.00

 

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DUPE- Heart Sunglasses Vintage Cat Eye $9.99

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10. Louis Vuitton- Neverfull Handbag $1400.00

 

 

DUPECanvas Neverfull Tote Bag $118.00

 

 

Do you have any Amazon favourites that I’m missing? Let me know in the comments!

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Instagram Outfit Roundup

Happy Monday everyone! I wanted to do a recap of my Instagram outfits over the last couple weeks. You can simply click on the picture below and it will give you a direct link to the item.  If something has sold out I have tried to link a comparable article.  I hope you all have a wonderful week 🙂

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Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

 

What to Wear this Valentines Day

Valentines Day may be a cheesy Hallmark holiday, but it sure is fun to dress the part 😉  I personally love to celebrate anything and Valentines is no exception.  There are so many heart print items of clothing to choose from, all different price points.  I have tried to gather a few of the more reasonably priced articles to shop from if you are looking for something fun and festive to wear this February 14th (or the week leading up to it like myself!) Whether you are heading out for a romantic dinner with your sweetheart, a “Galentines” get together with the ladies, or curling up on the couch with a Moscow mule watching something cheesy, I have covered your bases for you in the wardrobe department… LOL!

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One. Heart Sunglasses // Two. Heart Print Blouse // Three. Two Tone Heart Sweater // Four. Multiple Mini Heart Print Sweater // Five. Red Floral Jumpsuit // Six. Patterned Flounce Dress // Seven. Lace Midi Dress // Eight. High Neck Heart Print Sweater //  Nine. Heart Print Skinny Scarf // Ten. Stripes + Hearts Shirtdress // Eleven. Letter + Heart Print Sweater // Twelve. Heart Print Skirt // Thirteen. Heart Earrings

 

I hope you have a wonderful time this Valentines Day however you choose to celebrate it 🙂

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

The Benefits of Collagen

A few months ago I started supplementing collagen into my diet.  Collagen is one of the most important structural proteins in our bodies, but as we age we slowly start losing it.  I was curious to see if all of the amazing potential health benefits I had been hearing could actually be true. I have to say I am really pleased with the results I have been noticing.  My hair feels thicker and shinier, my nails seem to be growing stronger and I swear my skin has more of a glow to it.

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The Benefits of Collagen:

(Information is quoted directly from the Vital Proteins website which is where I get my collagen)

“Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and helps give structure to our hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons in our body. Thanks to collagen, we’re better able to move, bend and stretch. Collagen is also behind helping hair shine, skin glow and nails stay strong.

As we age, and the more stress we put on our body, the greater the impact on collagen production. Getting collagen in a balanced diet can help our bodies regenerate what’s been lost of broken down.

Collagen is a protein made up of amino-acids: glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine, all of which help our body’s connective tissue, skin, hair, nails, as well as gut health stay as healthy as possible.

Collagen protein is different than whey and casein protein because of these high levels of amino acids. Muscular growth, joint health and an overall glowing appearance can be partially attributed to the amino acid blend in collagen that can’t be found anywhere else.”

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

How to Take Collagen:

I have been using the Vital Proteins unflavored Collagen Peptides above.  I add a scoop into my regular coffee every morning and another one into my afternoon smoothie.  The serving suggestion is 1-2 scoops a day.  It completely blends in and you can’t even notice anything has been added.  There are also recipes on the Vital Proteins website if you are looking for additional ways to add collagen into your daily diet.  Not only does collagen have amazing benefits for your hair, skin, nails and bones, but it is also an easily digested source of protein.

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Along with the majority of the general public I am sure, one of the goals I set for myself in 2019 was to try to maintain a healthier lifestyle.  I injured myself last January and am currently waiting for knee surgery for a torn meniscus.  Due to this injury I have been letting my fitness slide a bit and of course I completely overindulged in all things decadent over the holidays!  I am slowly beginning to introduce low impact exercise back into my daily routine and eat cleaner.  These Collagen Peptides are gluten free, dairy free, sugar-free, Whole30 approved, and paleo friendly so they fall right into line with what I am trying to stick to. I have also heard that an additional benefit of collagen is increased muscle recovery and joint health.  As I am just starting to slowly workout again, I will have to wait and see if I notice any improvement in these regards.

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Collagen benefits

I feel like it is important to mention I am in no way a dietician or health expert!  I am simply sharing my personal experience and how pleased I have been with the results.  I would love to hear about your experience with collagen if you are also supplementing with it!

 

Shop this post:

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides // Initial Necklace // Turquoise Sweater 

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe!

The best sugar cookies

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I figured it would be fitting to share my Mom’s delicious sugar cookie recipe today 🙂  I don’t only use this recipe at Christmas time, it is also my go to for baking throughout the year. This recipe makes the PERFECT sugar cookies!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg yolk, slightly beaten

3 tbsp. milk

1/2 tsp.vanilla

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Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

Cream butter, add the sugar and mix

Add the egg yolk, mix well

Add dry ingredients alternately with milk

Add the vanilla

Chill your dough thoroughly

Roll 1/4 inch thick

Bake  at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes

Wait for the cookies to completely cool before you ice them

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Enjoy!!!

I hope that you all have the most wonderful Christmas with your loved ones.  I am SO excited to wake up tomorrow morning with my little loves!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

New Years Eve Outift Inspiration!

I love New Years Eve! Quite honestly, I love any occasion to get dressed up 🙂  I mean, I suppose I could wear sequins to the office on a Wednesday morning, but I might get some funny looks! That is why choosing outfits for NYE is always so much fun.  Whatever your plans may be… a quiet evening in at home, dinner at a swanky restaurant, or my personal favourite way to spend it is a gathering at a friend’s house for an evening full of laughter and champagne!  I have rounded up a bunch of affordable and fun outfit ideas.  I am like a magnet to sparkle… LOL!

 

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One. Moonlight Drop Earring // Two. Glitter Block Heel // Three. Faux Fur Jacket // Four. Glittery Jumpsuit // Five. Embellished Sweater // Six. Knotted Sequin Skirt // Seven. Ruched Front Dress // Eight. Faux Patent Leather Leggings // Nine. Off the Shoulder Jumpsuit // Ten. Velour dress with Beads // Eleven. Sequin Box Clutch // Twelve. Sequin Jacket // Thirteen. Molten Metal Drop Earrings // Fourteen. Mary Jane Mule

 

Wishing you all the best for a safe and happy New Years!  All the very best for 2019 🙂

Thank you for reading!

Shannon x

Whitening Sensitive teeth at home!

I was so excited when Smile Brilliant reached out to ask me if I would like to try their at home teeth whitening kit.  A person’s smile is one of the first things I notice when I meet them. I personally went through 3+ years of orthodontics and previous whitening treatment for my own smile!  This being said, if you know me at all, you will also know that I am a HUGE coffee lover. Well, coffee and sparkling white teeth do not necessarily go hand in hand! I have whitened my teeth in the past but my smile was definitely in need of a bit of a pick me up 😉

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The Smile Brilliant whitening system allows you to make custom whitening trays from home with professional results.  My kit included the materials to make the mold for my custom whitening tray, along with three tubes of 22% whitening gel and three tubes of Desensitizing gel. I ordered the T3 Sensitive System for light stains as I have previously whitened and noticed tooth sensitivity in the past.  Each syringe of whitening gel allowed me four applications of whitening.  I only used two tubes to whiten both my upper and lower teeth so I have ample left for touch ups in the future.  You just use enough to cover your teeth with a thin layer and not too much or it just squeezes out of the tray and is wasted.

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I was actually pleasantly surprised as I was preparing myself for crazy sensitive teeth.  I definitely noticed a little bit but not so much that I had to take a break in between whitening sessions.

How to make your impressions:

To fabricate your custom teeth whitening trays, all you have to do is mix one of the catalyst pastes with one of the base pastes to create a solid coloured putty which you then place into the blue impression tray. The kit includes 3 of each (1 extra in case you make an error!)

Place the blue tray in your mouth making sure you are pushing your teeth evenly into the putty and it is covering all of your teeth and flows over your gum line. Leave the tray in your mouth for 3 minutes. (I have a pretty strong gag reflex and I was absolutely OK taking my impressions!) Use the from tab and carefully remove the tray from your mouth without wiggling. Check to make sure you can clearly see the impression of your teeth in the material.

Let your impression set for 30 minutes and then rinse them under cold water.  One they have hardened, simply place them in the included pre-paid envelope and mail them back!

After the lab fabricates them, Smile Brilliant will mail you back your custom whitening trays and you can start brightening your smile! The trays are so easy to use because they are thin and fit snug to your teeth. I personally have three children and not a lot of down time to sit around beautifying myself… LOL! After breakfast in the morning I threw the whitening trays in while I dropped my kids off at school and daycare. I am all about convenience!! You are not supposed to eat or drink for an hour after so Smile Brilliant also suggests whitening before you go to bed.

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How to whiten with your trays:

Brush your teeth with only water first. Place a thin layer of the whitening solution in your tray (1 syringe should last 3-4 applications). Plan the trays in your mouth for 45 minutes to 3 hours depending on the level of staining and how sensitive your teeth are. Rinse the trays out with water after.

Desensitize for 20 minutes if your teeth are feeling sensitive. After you remove your trays you can leave a think layer of the desensitizing gel on your teeth if needed.

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I only ended up whitening for four days until I was happy with my results.  I will not be giving up coffee or red wine anytime soon, so I am thrilled to have found an affordable whitening solution to keep my smile sparking 🙂

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Before & After:

Before & After Teeth Whitening

Im teaming up with Smile Brilliant to give one of you lucky readers your own custom whitening kit for FREE! ($149 value).

You can enter to win by clicking the link below:

www.smilebrilliant.com/g/suburbanstylefiles

They have also been so kind to offer me a 15% off code if any of you, my fabulous followers would like to try Smile Brilliant for yourself! Use code: suburbanstylefiles15

 

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her!

 

Happy Cyber Monday everyone 🙂 Today I am sharing my gift guide for HER! A few of these items I already own and a couple are definitely on my wish list! I always like to get the bulk of my shopping finished early because there are undoubtedly a few last-minute things I always am rushing around for right before Christmas! I am heading to New York at the end of this week (SO EXCITED!) and I am planning on getting a few special gifts there as well. I hope you all have a wonderful week and happy shopping!

 

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One. Mercury Glass Candle
I always think that gorgeous candles are a perfect gift for the tricky to buy for women in my life!
Two. Cable-knit Hat
Can you ever have enough pom-pom toques? I think not!
Three. Girl, Wash Your Face book
Hoping this one shows up in my stocking 😉 I love books that are inspiring yet still hilarious.
Four. Monogram Agate Coaster
So delicate & gorgeous I always love anything initialed when it come to gift giving!
Five. Round Shoulder Bag
Great price, great shape & LEOPARD! need I say more?!
Six. Light Pink Gloves
Packing these babies for NYC! Super soft inside
Seven. Living Proof Fullness + Volume Mini Transformation Kit
I have just recently started using these products and I absolutely love them! Their dry shampoo is also amazing
Eight. AM and PM gift set
Coffee + Wine = two of my greatest loves in life.. LOL!
Nine. Cherry Pajamas
I love getting fun pjs and jogger sets for lounging around the house in the chilly months
Ten. Fleece Bathrobe
Love the knee length of this one. Friends know that friends love cozy things!
Eleven. Bead- appliquéd Captain’s Cap
Please, if anyone knows my husband- tell him this is definitely a gift I would love to unwrap Christmas morning!!
Twelve. Velvet Pom-Pom Slippers
Practical and cute at the same time! Own them in three colours 😉
Thirteen. Lust: Mini MatteTrance Lipstick Trio
I just ordered this set for myself & I cannot wait to get it! The reviews are amazing
Fourteen. Flannel Blanket Scarf
The easiest way to glam up an otherwise ordinary outfit! Also comes in various colour palettes.
Fifteen. Perennially Perfect Resin Gift Set
Bauble Bar always has the most beautiful gift sets. I have these white-flowered ones and get so many compliments on them!
Sixteen. Letter Charm Bamboo Pendant
Have it, love it! Future gift for all of my girls!

 

I hope I was able to help find the perfect gift for the ladies in your life! These gist guides are always so much fun to put together 🙂

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx