Lipstick frenzy!

I am currently obsessed with lipsticks that are everything but nude or red. I think heavy color on the lips makes you look sophisticated without the need to wear a lot of makeup on the eyes. So my go to makeup look these days is simple : a bold lipstick, a bit of blush and mascara.

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Top: Left photo lime crime lipstick in charmed (5$). Top: Right photo maybelline in coral crush #515 (8$). Bottom: Left photo lime crime liquid lipstick in squash (5$). Bottom: Right photo colourpop liquid lipstick in matte trap (6$).

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Boyfriend inspired outfits!

A fun way to change up your wardrobe is to pick a few things in your boyfriend’s closet. This is what I did in this article. The pieces are obviously too large, but I actually like that style. I styled everything with a very pink lipstick to make it more feminine.

Camo jacket

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Camo jacket from my boyfriend, green skirt from H&M (15$), black top from Dynamite (2 for 15$), choker flower necklace from Ardene (3 for 15$) and light pink lipstick #710 from Maybelline (7.99$).

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Chili and slow cooker!

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My chili recipe with basmati rice and cheese.

I share with you my chili recipe, entirely made with cheap and tasty ingredients. Chili is a good choice for a nice meal that isn’t expensive to make. I do mine in a slow cooker I think it tastes better, but you could also do it on the oven in a pan.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of diced tomatoes (796ml)
  • 1 box of tomato paste (156 ml)
  • 2 cups of tomato juice or vegetable juice
  • 2 boxes of red beans (you can mix with one of black beans too)
  • 2 cups of chopped carrots
  • 1/2 big spanish onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tb of italian spices
  • 2 tb of chili spices
  • sriracha sauce to the taste

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Let the kimonos do the job!

If there is one piece of clothing that looks effortless and chic it’s the kimono. When I don’t know what to wear I always add a kimono to my outfit and it does the job. I share with you 4 types of kimonos and ways to wear them and of course always on a budget.

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Fringe kimono from Winners (25$), sport’s bra from La Vie en Rose (5$), leggings from American Apparel (60$) and pink bracelet from Old Navy (5$).

 

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Jacket it up!

For this one I decided to show you how easy and cheap it is to throw a jacket on your outfit to make it look expensive and complete. When I don’t know what to wear or when my outfit looks totally flat I pick a jacket in my closet and a few accessories and I suddenly look more dressed!

For every look I dressed a plain black t-shirt dress so you can see the difference.

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Left: Black t-shirt dress from Ardene (15$). Right: Sleeveless jacket, navy blue with shite stripe from Okeysi (20$), choker necklace from Ardene (3 for 15$) and red lipstick from Kate Von D in color Stiletto.

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Value’s village finds!

Gold t-shirt from Value's village (3.99$), brown necklace from Value's village (1.99), jeans from H&M (25$) and olive liquid lipstick «trouble» from lime crime (5.99$).
Gold t-shirt from Value’s village (3.99$), brown necklace from Value’s village (1.99), jeans from H&M (25$) and olive liquid lipstick «trouble» from lime crime (5.99$).

Value’s village is always my go-to store when I want to find new clothes, but still don’t want to break my budget. This month, I found numerous items that are pretty original and fun to wear. I share with you my favorites!

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Dumpster diving : clean, safe and economic.

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Dumpster diving is super in right now because it has been demystify. A couple of years ago, anyone who saw someone dive into a garbage automatically assumed that it was an homeless person looking for a few pieces of food. I started doing dumpster diving one year ago after some of my friends found crazy amounts of fresh food totally untouched in the groceries’ stores garbages.

How to properly do dumpster diving!

  • Facebook groups: There is actually a lot of facebook groups dedicated to dumpster diving in a bunch of cities. There is one in mine and people who works in the groceries stores write on these groups when they just threw food in the garbage and what they threw. That way people who are interested can go right away and get the food.
  • Plastic frenzy: A lot of the food that is thrown away is actually totally covered by plastic and/or a box. You already know how companies wrap their products with many layers of plastic. So, it’s absolutely clean and hygienic to pick it up and cook it yourself.
  • Manage the expiration date: A lot of the apprehension behind dumpster diving is the following question: If the grocerie store thinks this product is no longer good for the customers why could I still eat it? Well, for many reasons. First, because these companies have very high standards of quality to respect, but it doesn’t mean that the food is dangerous to consume. Normally, you can still eat the product 3 days after the expiration date. Of course, I wouldn’t eat meat from a dumpster or a product that looks funny or smells weird. Use your judgment.
  • Choose the time you go to the groceries stores: Because it’s still not orthodox to go through the dumpsters you should choose your timing carefully. I personnally prefer to go after the closing time. But, if I receive a message on a facebook group I go right away since the food will be fresher and you are sure that you don’t have to search through the entire garbage, it will be just at the top.

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The key is to accessorize!

If you are craving for new clothes, but you don’t have the money for it here is my suggestion: don’t spend money stupidly and just buy yourself a few accessories.

You can create a whole lot of new outfits just by changing the way you wear your clothes and by adding a different accessory. If you go buy let’s say 3 new outfits you will spend at least 80$, but if you go buy yourself 4 accessories it will cost you 20$ and you will feel like you renewed your wardrobe.

Here are my examples of what you can do!

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Silky scarf and bracelet.

A scarf transforms the most casual outfits into a fancy one. A brown scarf with white clothes pops out pretty nicely. Big bracelets look expensive, but they aren’t necessarily. You can add them with almost every outfits.

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The best free apps to prepare your trip!

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Gogobot.

Since I had my first Ipod touch and then my first Iphone,  I really enjoyed using them as my primary tools to prepare for my travels. I tried a lot of different apps to get ready to leave and to find the best spots at my destination. I made this list for you of my favorite free apps that will make your life easier before you leave.

1- Gogobot

Gogobot is a platform where you create your own profile choosing your preferences as a traveler. For example, I chose: budget, backpackers, outdoors enthusiast, history and local. That way when you search for informations and activities in a particular city Gogobot will match you with the activities corresponding to your preferences.

All the informations that the app contains is coming directly from the users who visited  a destination. For example, I went to the Chicago’s aquarium, so I could add my own photo of the place, put my own comment and rate it.  When you search for a particular activity or place you will see all the comments, photos and rating of everyone who went.

There is also the possibility to create a wish list for your next trip in which you can add the activities, hotels and restaurants you would like to visit. Gogobot is now affiliated with hotels.com, so you can book an hotel directly on the app.

One of my favorite feature on this app is your profile on which you have your own world’s map and you can see every places you visited (the places you commented on). It’s pretty cool.

  • Pros: Easy to use, nice look, a lot of contents, you can meet people, gives you an overall idea of the things to do for a given destination.
  • Cons: Some less popular destinations have less content or sometimes none, point system that encourages some people to do a lot of ratings and comments with no value to get more points.

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Switch ‘n bitch and clothing exchange

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Jeans top from the clothing exchange, grey pants from Forever 21 (26$), earings from Value’s Village (3.99$) and hat from beach shop in LA (12$). 

Clothing exchange

My experience

Last week I went to a clothing exchange event with one of my friend. She heard of this event on a Facebook group filled with people from Montreal interested in tradings. On the group, a girl proposed an evening of clothes swapping at her appartment. We both went. We each brought clothes that we didn’t wear anymore, but that were still nice looking. I brought 19 pieces. At the girl’s place we were about 12 random women from 16 to 40 years old all strangers to eachother. We divided all the clothes in big piles for every sizes (from XS to XL). Six girls at a time we would go through the piles and choose one item, try it on and if we liked it we kept it and let another person sort through the piles and so on. 

The only rule was to get as much pieces as you brought. Since I brought 19 pieces I technically could pick 19, but I only found 7 items I liked. 

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Black sweater from the clothing exchange, shorts from Urban Outfitters (60$), necklaces from Ardene (10$). 

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