Travel Tricks – Evening Outfits and Make-up Routine

There is no question that beach vacations are super fun and relaxing. Soaking up the warm sun all day. The natural sea salt water curls. The mid day Piña Colada. After spending most of the day in a soggy bikini and sticky from sunscreen, I like to dress up for dinner and night-time entertainment (and more Piña Coladas). Here are a few outfit of the night pictures from the week.

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Now you are probably wondering about my beauty and hair routine. I didn’t pack any of my hot tools for the week, so my hair care was simple. My hair was just washed and air-dried, and I added a spritz of Living Proof Instant Texture Mist (Oh Sephora samples, how I Love you). This texture mist was great for adding extra wave and body. For beauty I tried to keep it to the basics, as gross but true, the evening humidity tended to sweat it off.

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Products used:

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser, Nars Creamy Concealer, Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, Naked Basics Pallette (for Brows and Eyeshadow), Anastasia Brow Wiz, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, Clinique Chubby Stick Contour, Nars Contour Blush, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara, MAC Lipstick in Plumful.

Let me know some of your favourite summer make-up products!

Until next time,

Sarah x

Summer Clothing Haul

Who else is shocked that it’s already June?  Don’t be confused, I’m certainly not complaining about the warm-ish weather! In fact, I’m eagerly pulling out summer clothing pieces! With the changing temperature comes the seasonal wardrobe cleanout. Nothing is more satisfying than digging through the closet to get rid of worn out and out of style pieces. Plus who doesn’t love when everything looks pretty and folded in its place. So you might be wondering, how long does the organized and clutter free oasis last? Not very long. I typically use this as my excuse to go shopping and replace everything! Here are a few of the pieces I purchased over the past couple weeks.

Shorts and Rompers: I’m so glad soft shorts are a trend. Super comfortable, super versatile, and super flirty.  I’m equally a fan of the romper! The cute patterns are always what sell me. Aside from the whole tricky bathroom situation (Ladies, you know what I’m talking about) they are the perfect summer staple. Both pieces are trendy and unique plus you can usually find relatively inexpensive pieces. The shorts are from Banana Republic and the Romper and Denim shorts are both American Eagle.

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Tops: I feel like crop tops look cute on everyone else but me. Because of its structured and not too fitted shape, this blush pink one from Aritzia doesn’t leave me feeling self-conscious. I love the shape and dressy yet causal feel of it. I tend to get chilly during summer evenings so I like to have a go to sweater to throw on. This one from Banana Republic is chic and cozy. Who doesn’t love shirt with a sassy saying.

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Dresses and Skirts:  One of my favourite things to buy, my closet can speak for itself when it comes to dresses. I kept things simple with a stripe tank top dress from Joe Fresh. It’s definitely a “throw on and out the door” dress but could also be used as a beach cover-up. As for the Artizia skirt , I actually have it in the dress version.  I loved it so much I had to stock up and get the skirt. Again super versatile, very a classic look and is figure flattering.

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Hope some of my pieces inspire your summer wardrobe shopping. Let me know some of your favourite places to shop!

Until next time,

Sarah x

Weekend Update: Happy Spring and Easter Weekend

Happy Spring Friends!

It is officially spring, although it is still quite chilly where I am (Thanks, never-ending Canadian winters!) After a brutal winter, I’m craving bright colours, light and flowy spring outfits and a whole lot of sunshine. This past weekend was Easter and I thought I would share some of the fun events and the seasonal inspiration I used for this festive spring weekend.

My favourite place for a quick burst of colour is the nails. This weekend I opted for Essie’s Sittin’ Pretty. I have worn this shade numerous times since I featured it in my L’Oreal Haul a few weeks back. The light purple shade is bright, perfect for spring and gets tons of compliments.

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The beauty lover’s equivalent to spring cleaning? A spring haircut! I have always felt comfortable and confident with long, layered hair. I decided a healthy cut was needed as my dry and winter damaged hair was weighing me down. I took the not so deep plunge and opted for the long bob and popped in a few mocha brown highlights for  dimension. This cut has been showing up everywhere recently! It feels so great, is super low maintenance and I think it gives me a fun new look to play with this summer.

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Nothing gets me more excited than cute baked goods. While scouring Pinterest, I stumbled across a recipe for these cute Easter Egg Cake Pops and I had to try them out. Aside from forming the batter into the shape of an egg, these cuties follow the standard instructions for regular cake pops. It’s super fun to decorate them with tons of spring colour sprinkles to make unique patterns. Be warned these cuties took a lot of time and I nearly threw in the towel so pack your patience when trying them out!

dsc02334Finally a quick “What I wore” for a family Easter dinner. I paired this Wilfred tank with black leggings and Michael Kors flats.

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And there you have it! Some of my spring and Easter Inspirations. I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and are getting your spring on! Let me know some of your inspirations.

Until next time,

Sarah x

And the award goes to…

I’m the girl who loves the Oscars. Hollywood’s biggest night they call it. The movies, the red carpet glam, the opening monologue…I love it all.

Every year, I do my best to try to see as many of the best picture nominations as I can. This year I made it to 4 out of 8; The Theory of Everything, Imitation Game, American Sniper, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. My favourite you ask? The Theory of Everything. Not only was this a touching story of the life of scientist Steven Hawking, but the acting by leading man Eddie Redmayne was superb! He was also my stand out pick for the guys on the red carpet this season.

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But alas as this is a beauty blog and I am a beauty addict, my truly favourite part of the evening are the red carpet looks. Here are some of my favourite gowns from last night’s awards.

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Rosamund Pike: Can we all agree how amazing Gone Girl was? I’ve always wondered if red gowns on red carpets are too much. This one however is stunning. The rosettes and slit up the front give it a standout and modern edge. I also love the cinching at the waist that shows off the amazing fit on her figure. I don’t think I’ve had any complaints towards the looks Rosamund Pike has worn this season.

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 Jamie Chung: I will admit, I don’t know who you are or what you acted in but the dress was on point. I spotted this dress from a bloggers tweet and I fell in love. I’m a sucker for a sheer nude ball gown dress with a sparkly overlay. Navy is also one of my favourite colours to see on the red carpet so this one gets five stars in my books.

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Jennifer Lopez: JLo I don’t know why you were at the Oscars but you killed it.  I told you I loved the sheer nude ball gown with a sparkly overlay. From head to toe this consistency of the nude colour is amazing.  I love the volume and plunging neckline on this dress as well. If I had to pick one winner for the night in the dress category, it would be this one. This is definitely not a Jenny from the block look.

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Anna Kendrick: This is another girl who always pulls knock out looks. The dress is standout with the peachy colour, the shape and the blingy neckline that draws you to the cute cut out. I want this dress. But I think what I love most about Anna Kendrick here is her make-up. It complements her look perfectly without being overpowering. Definitely a makeup look I want to recreate this spring.

There were so many other amazing dresses and looks but these were by far my favourite. Which dresses were your favourites? I wish I could get all dolled up for a red carpet event and wear one of these dresses. *sigh. A girl can dream I guess!

Until next time,

Sarah x

The Beginning

Welcome to this new adventure!

My name is Sarah.

The title, if you can’t tell, blends my name with the word ‘Serendipity’. By definition, serendipity is the finding of pleasant things which are not being searched for. I believe it is the little things that make life so magical. It’s things like stumbling across a news article that makes you smile, an unexpected and kind email from a co-worker, or even finding a bargain in a store that you love. Serendipity can be right around the corner.

I started this blog as a creative outlet but also to pass along the things I love. So follow along as I share the serendipity I find.

Until next time,

Sarah x