10 Favourite Nail Colours

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One thing I’m sure most of us ladies have in common, is our love for a perfect manicure and pedicure. As much as I love getting an updated colour every couple of weeks, life doesn’t always allow for that. Sometimes I don’t have time to make it out of town that week (I’m currently living in a small town and the most convenient place to get a mani is about half an hour away). Or I simply have too many expenses that week that prevents me from being able to treat myself. That’s why, when I find a colour that I absolutely love, I usually buy it. I do this because on the weeks that I can’t get them done at a salon, I can simply do them myself. And if I have the option to go to the salon, I can always bring my favourite colour with me.

That brings me to the topic of this weeks post: my top ten favourite nail colours.

As you will notice, I’m a huge Essie fan. I find that Essie nail polish stays on for long periods of time, compared to other leading brands, and they’re consistently up to date with trending colours. If you’re on the hunt for a specific colour, definitely check out their website, essie.com. They provide a full colour guide with their lightest hues to their darkest, and everything in between. I’ve created a roundup of all of my go-to colours. Although this frequently changes by season, these colours have always been my constant staples.

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Forever Yummy

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Chillato

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After School Boy Blazer

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Mint Candy Apple, Fiji, and Bikini So Tiny

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In The Lobby

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Tart Deco

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Bell-Bottom Blues

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Sand Topez

GIFT IDEA: Chic Stationary

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I am a huge fan of surprising others with gifts, whether its their birthday, mothers day, Christmas or just a simple ‘I appreciate you’ gift. I find so much satisfaction in watching others light up with excitement.

However, I’m as guilty as the next girl when it comes to making that last minute dash to the mall. Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to spend searching for that perfect gift! So, if you’re in a bind and need a gift thats both thoughtful and exciting to receive, here is a suggestion that is a personal go-to: CHIC STATIONARY.

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Chic Stationary is currently a huge trend, and fairly easy to find. Additionally, who doesn’t love a pair of beautiful gold scissors to match their perfect gold stapler, and an equally perfect planner? It’s not a common purchase that one would buy themselves and they can give their office a little face lift, all thanks to your gift of goodies.

My moms Birthday was on August 5th. I was in the process of driving back from Florida and made a little pit-stop at Target. I found everything I needed to whip up a super cute basket of stationary. My mom is very business oriented and spends much of her days stuck in the office, so she was very excited and appreciative of this gift. I even added a matching picture frame with a photo of the two of us, which gave it a personal touch.

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Find all items at Target.com, or check out your local Marshalls or Homesense.

 

 

 

Dolly’s Top 3 Summer Reads

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As of lately I’ve been focusing on personal development and self-improvement. Reading has become part of my daily routine and has been beneficial in more ways then one.

For starters, it has been a huge stress reducer. No matter how much stress your facing in your daily life, reading transports you to other realms, distracts you and keeps you in the present moment. It has been my number one mechanism for relieving tension, and allowing me to relax.

Additionally, everything you read fills your head with new bits of information. Knowledge is one thing that can never be taken from you, and can only bring life improvements. It’s also been proven that reading spiritual books can lower blood pressure and bring a immense sense of calm, while reading self-help books has been shown to help people dealing with certain mood disorders and mild mental illnesses.

A few benefits that I have personally noticed since I’ve been digging into the books consist of a wider vocabulary, a reduction in stress, and improved focus. Not to mention, I now look forward to sitting in waiting rooms, long commutes, or any period of time that I would normally dread, as it gives me a chance to read and relax.

So far, the top three books I’ve read this summer are “You are a Badass”, by Jen Sincero, “Pretty Happy”, by Kate Hudson, and “Mastering Your Mean Girl” by Melissa Ambrosini. If you’re in the market for a few great books, I highly suggest these.

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1. You are a Badass, by Jen Sincero

You are a Badass, is all about identifying and changing the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want. It consists of a very amusing how-to guide on creating the life you want, and how to “make some damn money already”.

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2. Pretty Happy, by Kate Hudson

In Pretty Happy, Kate Hudson talks about the four pillars that ultimately lead to an overall happy life: cultivate an intuitive relationship with your body, eat well, awaken your body, and the miracle of mindfulness. She stands by the saying, “You don’t have to be perfect. Pretty happy is pretty great”.

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3. Mastering Your Mean Girl, by Melissa Ambrosini

In Mastering Your Mean Girl, Melissa Ambrosini tells you her life story and how she’s managed to create a life beyond her wildest dreams. She provides amazing advice on how to overcome that sneaky voice in your head that is constantly telling you you’re not enough- your ‘mean girl’.

Summer Shades of Blue

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Hey there! Long time no talk. I apologize for my absence over the past few months, I’ve been going through yet another transition of moving. I’m officially back in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, working at Bigley’s Beach House. Of course theres yet another life story to fill you in on, however, that is a blog post in itself. But I will be publishing it in the near future, so stay tuned! In the meantime, I wanted to jump right into all of the amazing summer fashion!

I came across this dress the other day at Bigley’s, and I couldn’t help but treat myself. This dress is by Cupcakes and Cashmere. The print is absolutely stunning, and the details are incredible. The tassels really set the tone, and the embroidery at the bottom truly makes it a one-of-a-kind. The fabric is so light-weight and perfect for summer. It’s made of 60% viscose and 40% rayon. I’m wearing a size small, however, it does fit a little big, so if you’re interested in purchasing it I would consider going down a size.

The Vince Camuto gladiators that I’m wearing are also from Bigley’s. Their available in two colours, black and mochaccino. My sister-in-law let me borrow her black pair while we were in Florida and I immediately fell in love. Their extremely comfortable and fashion forward. I love how the self-tie lace-up creates a commanding look with shorts, skirts, and even relaxed dresses. Their definitely a great staple gladiator for summer. Oh and they fit true to size!

The Cupcake & Cashmere dress is currently only available in store at Bigley’s, but will be available at bigleyshoes.com within the next two days. Find the Vince Camuto gladiators here.

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The Best Holiday Candles

 For the consistent DDR readers, you are most likely already aware of my obsession with candles. I have candles lit throughout my place at all times. Therefore, you can only imagine how many scents and brands I’ve tested. As I stated in a previous post (best candles for summer), my favorite brand has always been Bath & Body Works.

Bath & Body Works candles are the perfect 3-wick candle. Their made using the highest concentration of fragrance oils, an exclusive blend of vegetable wax and wicks that won’t burn out. They melt consistently and evenly, radiating enough fragrance to fill an entire room. And their topped with a silver, flame extinguishing lid. They burn for approximately 25-45 hours and measure 4” wide x 3.5 “ tall. Plus, their constantly having sales, which makes them very affordable.

I love candles because they have the power to completely change the atmosphere of any room. From holiday parties, to cozy nights around the tree, to baking nights with the girls, candles have a way of setting the tone for any particular event. Not to mention, they’re a perfect gift for any girl!

Today, I’ve put together a round-up of my favorite holiday candles!

  1. Sparkling Icicles: let your holiday party sparkle with this bright fragrance of moss, bergamot, and a finishing touch of citrus.
  2. Winter: (my favorite scent of all) Pine needles, icy mandarin, and winter woods capture the magic of glittering icicles and sparkling snow.
  3. Vanilla Bean Noel: a creamy blend of vanilla bean, rich cocoa, and sweet cream, with a touch of caramel and brown sugar.
  4. Jingle All the Way: currently sold out! However, I’ve linked a similar fav!
  5. Salted Caramel: currently sold out! However, I’ve linked a similar fav!

Gift Guide: The Beauty Guru

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It seems like every girl has a beauty guru bestie in her life (or maybe you are that girl!). She’s always up to speed with the hottest nail colors, she can pull off the bold lips, and she’s the first person you go to for tips on how to get rid of those dark circles under your eyes. You couldn’t live without her expertise. So to show her how much she means to you this holiday season, here are a few fun gift ideas that go beyond a pre-packaged soap set…

  1. Buxom Full-bodied Lipgloss
  2. Glam Glow Youth Mud
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
  4. Butter Nail Polish
  5. Beauty Blender
  6. Go Smile Teeth Whitening Gel
  7. Philosophy Amazing Grace Body Wash
  8. Clarisonic Skin Cleaning System
  9. NARS Blush, Contour, and Lip Palette

 

Holiday Party Look 

 

Considering that it’s December and I’m still enjoying 72 degree weather (22 degrees C), the cozy scarves and heavy trench coats aren’t exactly an option to wear to holiday parties this season. Therefore, I’ve put together a look that is perfect for Florida weather, but can also be worn in colder temperatures, simply by slipping on a pair of tights.

This skirt is by Michael Kors and can be purchased at Bigley Shoes & Clothing. It’s currently the best statement piece that I own. Considering that it really stands out, pairing it with basics is ideal, and adding a ton of accessories isn’t necessary. I’m wearing it with these amazing Michael Kors boots (that I’ve literally been wearing with everything lately!), and a sleek Michael Kors leather jacket, from last season. If these items are a little over your budget check out this jacket from Forever 21 and these Steve Madden boots, which would also work great, at a more affordable price point. This bag is also a great substitute, for only $15!

I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday season so far!