A Coachella Inspired Summer Wardrobe

Billabong Rapid Waves Dress

I was forced to take it easy this weekend because I had LASIK surgery on Thursday. That meant I couldn’t do anything very exciting this weekend, so I spent most of it online shopping. Probably not the smartest thing to do when you are supposed to rest your eyes, but I couldn’t spend a lot of time outside so this is what I was left with.

So pretty much everyone was doing something more exciting than me over the last few days, especially those people at Coachella this weekend. Seeing all of the photos inspired some of my summer wardrobe purchases. A few of my favourite picks are below!

Forever 21 Regency Remixed Paisley Kimono

Forever 21 Regency Remixed Paisley Kimono

Day Dreamer Strappy Sandals

Forever 21 Day Dreamer Strappy Sandals

Forever 21 Chain Fringe Necklace

Forever 21 Chain Fringe Necklace

Zara Suede Dolly Bag with Fringe

Zara Suede Dolly Bag with Fringe

Roxy Perfect Days Dress

Roxy Perfect Days Dress

Roxy Mariana Sandals

Roxy Mariana Sandals

Mango Embroidered Paisley Dress

Mango Embroidered Paisley Dress

Talula Lapinski Dress

Talula Lapinski Dress

Talula Atami Vest

Talula Atami Vest

Wilfred Montrouge Shorts

Wilfred Montrouge Shorts

Billabong Rapid Waves Dress

Billabong Rapid Waves Dress

Billabong Softly Spoken Top

Billabong Softly Spoken Top

Forever 21 Wistful Wonder Peasant Dress

Forever 21 Wistful Wonder Peasant Dress

Alexander Wang x H&M Collaboration

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H&M’s latest collaboration has been announced!

At Coachella this weekend H&M announced that their next designer collaboration will be with Alexander Wang. On November 6th, 2014 the Alexander Wang x H&M Collection will be in 250 stores worldwide and online.

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The collection will feature both apparel and accessories for men and women, and it’s actually the first time am American designer teams up with H&M for a collaboration.

It feels like November 6th is very far away! A collaboration is always exciting from H&M, but I feel like its going to be a long time before it gets here!

Where to Shop – Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm!

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I am a total Etsy addict. I literally have items in my shopping cart at this very moment waiting for me to pull the trigger. Why am I waiting you may be asking? Because I have already made two purchases this week on Etsy, and it’s only Wednesday.

Lucky for someone like me, I have the chance to shop items in person at the Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm. On Saturday, April 26th from 1pm – 6pm you can shop selected designers featured on Etsy. They include:

· Avril Loreti
· Paper Parade Co.
· Bookhou at Home
· Smith Handmade
· FitzyDesign
· Pilo
· CSFootprints
· The Made & Found
· Crown Flora

The event is being curated by Emma Reddington, blogger of The Marion House Book and home editor of Chatelaine magazine.

The afternoon will include arts, crafts and other goods from local Etsy designers.

You can join in the conversation and see what’s available or show off your purchases (or check out purchases your are missing if you are on the fence about going – that will teach you!) at @westelm, @etsyCA, #weloveetsy. You can also check-out West Elm’s blog, Front & Main for more information.

West Elm is located at 109 Atlantic Avenue, Liberty Village, Toronto

Happy Shopping!

Final Day to Enter the Liana Marie Necklace Giveaway!

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Just a reminder that today is the final day to enter this contest!

Up for grabs is a Liana Marie Necklace from her Spring 2014 line. The necklace is called the Kensington Beaded Brass Necklace, and it retails for $88!

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Here’s how you can enter:

1. Like sparkleshinylove on Facebook AND share this post to your timeline

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2. Repost the contest announcement found on sparkleshinylove’s Instagram account and tag @sparkleshinylove and @lianamarieto

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3. Head over to my Pinterest here and re-pin this post from my sparkleshinylove board to one of your Pinterest boards

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4. Comment below this post or the original post on the Liana Marie line on where you would wear this awesome Liana Marie necklace if you won.

Completing one of these 4 ways to enter will gain you one entry, and if want to do more than one you can. You can earn up to 4 entries if you complete all of these 4 steps!

The contest closes on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at midnight. A random draw will be held (there’s an app for that!) the next day, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 on the blog.

In the meantime, you can visit the Liana Marie website by clicking here, or visit her on Facebook here, or you can find her on Instagram @lianamarieto, and on Pinterest as LianamarieTO.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Greenhouse Juice Co.

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There are a lot of things I don’t seem to have time for now that I have a child. Things like matching socks, and making sure I eat enough fruits and vegetables seem to take a back seat for me lately.

I’m pretty sure getting a handle on having my socks match will never happen, but I’ve found another way to make sure I stay healthy with my intake of fruits and vegetables.

Greenhouse Juice Co. is located in Toronto, and is a raw, organic cold-pressed juice company. They have a collection if juices, nut milks, waters, boosters and smoothies made fresh daily. All of their ingredients are certified organic, and they locally source their produce whenever possible. According to them, one of their single 500 ml bottles contains up to twelve servings of organic fruits and vegetables.

I paid a visit to Greenhouse Juice Co. this week. The setup there is great – they have an open kitchen so you can see them actually making their juices with fresh products. There is a wall with all of the juices on the menu and their ingredients so you know what you are buying. There is also a fridge stocked with freshly made juices for you to grab and go.

My first question for them was, what the heck does cold pressing mean?

Cold pressing means using hydraulic pressure to extract juice from plants without denaturing enzymes or breaking down nutrients with high levels of heat or oxygen.

This means that each fruit and vegetable used keeps their health-giving properties intact, and whats produced is a live juice that stays great for 72 hours.

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Upon my arrival I was able to try 13 different juices and waters that are part of the Greenhouse Juice Co. menu.

As I mentioned before, I find myself very busy for the most part so I tend to eat quick and easy. My intake of fruits and vegetables are not really a part of my “To Do” list for the day. Not only could you taste the freshness from the juices I tried at Greenhouse Juice Co., but they are just such an easy way to stay healthy!

Some of my favourites included:

East of Eden – Romaine, Kale, Celery, Apple and Lemon
Gold Rush – Pineapple, Cucumber, Lemon and Ginger
Rabbit Run – Apple, Carrot, and Ginger

They even have some options for kids as well! Obviously all of the juices could be considered kid-friendly, but four stand out as kid favourites.

Their almond milk was absolutely to die for. It is made up of Almonds, Alkaline Water, Vanilla Bean, Dates, Coconut Oil, and Himalayan Salt. It’s pretty amazing! Green Milk is another great kid-friendly option, with Almond Milk, Spinach and Maple Syrup. It’s yummy enought to get your kid to drink their spinach without them knowing they are doing it. Pink Milk is made up of Almond Milk, Beet, and Maple Syrup, and it’s amazing colour will give your kid a pink moustache instead of a milk one. Finally, their Apple Juice is a pure as it gets. It’s just apples – nothing else. It was the best apple juice I’ve ever had!

I thought their waters were pretty amazing as well. I really loved their Chia Seed Hydrator. It has Alkaline Water, Chia Seeds, Maple Syrup and Lemon. I can get bored of my water sometimes, but I loved the taste of the Chia Seeds!

I decided to take a few bottles home with me to try over the weekend. One of them was Wake Up. It’s like a morning mimosa, but with a kick. It has Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, and Liquid Cayenne. Yep – Liquid Cayenne. It’s pretty amazing, and yes it will wake you up! I also brought home Green Milk, and their own Almond Milk as well. I think I’m actually addicted to their Almond Milk. It’s so fresh it’s unbelievable, and the Himalayan Salt is my favourite part. I used the Green Milk to supplement my lunch since I obviously didn’t have time to eat anything you would consider healthy. It was so easy to just open the fridge and be able to grab and go with any of the products I brought home!

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While I was there, this busy little shop had many of their customers dropping off empty bottles. Greenhouse Juice Co. keeps track of the number of bottles returned by their customers, and has an incentive program where you can earn free juice. There were also many customers picking up orders they made over the phone which seemed very convenient!

They also offer smoothies made on the spot (I tried Rococoa, and it had Almond Milk, Banana, Almknd Butter, Cacao, Dates, Maca, Coconut Oil, and Vanilla extract), and health boosters which may be added to any drink, or taken as is as a quick hit of health.

If you are interested in a cleanse, they provide all of the 8 juices you would need for your daily cleanse, along with a pre-cleanse consultation if you require one at the outset. The cost of one day of their cleanse is $65.

Prices for the Boosters, Juices, Waters and Smoothies range from $2 to $18, while the average cost is about $7 or $8 for most of what is on the menu.

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Greenhouse Juice Co. Is located at 5 Macpherson Avenue, Toronto
Hours are Monday to Friday: 7:30 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm
You can visit them on Facebook here, or Instagram here.

fashiontruck Canada

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It’s hard to imagine something this amazing! I get excited when I see a food truck. To hear about something called fashiontruck Canada? Amazing!

fashiontruck Canada is a cashless fashion mobile retail experience – basically they bring the retailer to you. How much more convenient can it get?

fashiontruck canada is a new retail concept from two Torontonians – Emily Dobbie, owner of Vocado fashion boutiques, and stylist Ashley Barber. The truck only accepts electronic payments to ensure fast transactions with their customers.

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This summer you will see fashiontruck at festivals, concerts and events in Toronto now and across Canada this summer.

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On the truck you will find a mix of women’s clothing and accessories, all priced under $100.

fashiontruck Canada had just teamed up with MasterCard Canada, and MasterCard cardholders will also receive a 20% discount when they make a purchase with their MasterCard at fashiontruck canada.

Today you can find the truck parked at 171 East Liberty Street in Liberty Village, Toronto. Check their Facebook page for more updates!

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For more details visit www.fashiontruckcanada.com or here on Facebook

Images courtesy of fashiontruck Canada/FB

What to Do – Million Meals Movement

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If you are looking for something to do on Friday, May 23rd then I’ve got some good news for you – I’ve found something not only fun for you to do, but it’s for a great cause as well!

At the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts the Inaugural Million Meals Movement is happening, featuring performances by Simple Plan, MAGIC!, Alyssa Reid & Kardinal Offishall.

The proceeds will benefit the ONEXONE and Simple Plan Foundations, and the movement will kick start the community-based initiative and journey of eventually packing one million meals for children in need across North America.

After packaging meals at INK Entertainment venue Kool Haus, the day will cap off with a star-studded concert produced by Live Nation.

The Million Meals Movement hopes to not only alleviate hunger across North America, but also spread lesser-known facts: just $1 can provide a child with a healthy breakfast, which positively impacts learning, creativity, test grades, and even attendance.

For more information on the Million Meals Movement, visit: www.millionmeals.ca

Tickets start at $49.50 and are available now at www.ticketmaster.ca. To donate to Million Meals Movement go to: www.icangowithout.com

Liana Marie Jewelry Line + Necklace Giveaway!

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I met designer Liana Soper at World Mastercard Fashion Week in Toronto a couple weeks ago. There was no chance of me passing her by, because I was immediately drawn to her designs!

I’m a bit of a jewelry addict. I love buying costume jewellery, but that sort of stuff comes and goes with different trends, and doesn’t tend to last long without breaking or tarnishing. My favourite jewelry buys are from independent designers who make quality pieces, and you know that there is some serious love put into each design. It’s also comforting to know that on a night out you aren’t going to run into 5 other people with the same necklace on (hello H&M?).

Liana describes her designs for Liana Marie as whimsical and evocative, and she often uses vintage pieces and chain in her work.

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Liana’s designs are sold in many different stores across Toronto, Hamilton, Oakville, and Collingwood, and she also has an Etsy store as well if you need a quick fix! You can find her store here

Here are some images from her upcoming Fall 2014 line. Her pieces for this collection were inspired by the period drama “Downton Abbey”.

Jana-Winston

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Jana-Lady Rose

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Jana-Cornelia

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Jana-Jennie

The amazing news is that we are giving away one of her necklaces from her Spring 2014 line!

The necklace is called the Kensington Beaded Brass Necklace, and it retails for $88!

Here are a few shots of the necklace up for grabs!

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And how do you win you are probably asking? Well, we are being very nice and have multiple ways for you to enter and win!

Here’s how you can enter:

1. Like sparkleshinylove on Facebook AND share this post to your timeline

or

2. Repost the contest announcement found on sparkleshinylove’s Instagram account and tag @sparkleshinylove and @lianamarieto

or

3. Head over to my Pinterest here and re-pin this post from my sparkleshinylove board to one of your Pinterest boards

or

4. Comment below this post on where you would wear this awesome Liana Marie necklace if you won.

Completing one of these 4 ways to enter will gain you one entry, and if want to do more than one you can. You can earn up to 4 entries if you complete all of these 4 steps!

The contest closes on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at midnight. A random draw will be held (there’s an app for that!) the next day, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 on the blog.

In the meantime, you can visit the Liana Marie website by clicking here, or visit her on Facebook here, or you can find her on Instagram @lianamarieto, and on Pinterest as LianamarieTO.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

The blossom lounge x bkr Beauty Water Challenge

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I made it! It wasn’t easy, and there were times that I slipped, but I finally made it to the end of my challenge.

I’ve posted a few times regarding this challenge, but just to refresh you, the challenge was to drink 5 bottles of water per day from my fancy little bkr bottle provided by blossom lounge.

To recap, my previous posts are here and here

Seems easy right? Well for a non-committal water drinker like myself, this challenge started off as painful. I really had to keep my bottle with me at all times, or I would find myself at 9:00pm with 4 bottles to go!

The bottle is super light weight so I could easily throw it into my purse, yoga bag or gym bag and it didn’t feel like a heavy burden.

As I moved through the challenge it got a little easier every day. The bathroom breaks didn’t seem to lesson until the 3 week mark, but when they did it seemed like the challenge had made a real difference in my life. Having the water bottle with me at all times started to feel natural. After the first couple of weeks I changed up my meal time routine as well and had water with my breakfast, lunch and dinner instead of making myself another drink.

I have to admit that it took me a while, but drinking water started to feel less like a challenge and more like something I naturally did.

Another big difference was how I felt when I didn’t drink enough water! Before the challenge I hardly drank water at all, and it didn’t seem bother me. Once I got into this challenge I felt very dehydrated when I didn’t drink water often enough. That told me what a big part of my life my water intake had become, and how dehydrated I really was before all of this started!

I took a photo of me before the challenge started, mid-way through the challenge, and at the end of the challenge to see if there was a change in my skin. I was really skeptical about this because I had always heard that water made a huge difference in a persons complexion, but I didn’t know this to be true.

I was pretty surprised to see a difference in my skin! My face really seemed to have a lot more colour to it, and overall I looked much more awake and hydrated. I looked and felt a lot healthier than I expected! The results were strong enough that I’m definitely going to continue drinking water at this pace. The good news is that it won’t seem so much like a challenge anymore.

It’s hard to explain what a difference drinking this much water has done for me – you really need to try it yourself! I was always skeptical about the results people said that drinking water would do for them health-wise and beauty-wise until I tried it myself. I think the results would definitely vary from person to person, but the results could only be positive with this type of challenge!

My “before” photo
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My progress photo

Fresh face (minus my mascara - I can never get that off!), one week after the challenge started

Fresh face (minus my mascara – I can never get that off!), one week after the challenge started

My “after” photo
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