Horseback Riding in the Fall

September 28, 2016

I very distinctly remember my first horseback riding experience. I was around eleven years old and my best friend at the time took us to a local farm to go horseback riding for her birthday. In theory it sounded like the coolest idea ever but in reality (for me anyway) it was not. As soon as I got up on the horse I had a bit of a meltdown. We’re talking red-in-the-face screaming and I’m pretty sure there were a few tears shed. I probably ruined my poor friends birthday but eventually I did collect myself and was able to go on the ride. Flash forward a year later and I begged my mom to take me horseback riding for my birthday too.

It has been years since the thought of horseback riding has crossed my mind, but when Simple Skincare approached me about heading out on an adventure to #TestTheWater, horseback riding was the first thing that popped into my mind. Horseback riding in Ontario in the fall sounded like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, so last Wednesday Jamie and I hopped in the car and drove about an hour and a half outside of the city to Niagara. The farm that we ended up choosing housed almost 50 horses which was an incredible sight to see. We also booked a private tour where we were treated to a customized ride that included the most scenic trail and views of Lake Erie. We were even able to ride along the beach and walk into the water with our horses, which was probably the most memorable experience of the day.

Once we were at the mid-way point of our horseback ride, we sat down to a romantic private picnic. We situated ourselves on a cliff overlooking the quarry from Lake Erie. It was truly an incredible experience and one that I will not soon forget. After we finished our lunch, which included fresh fruit and veggies, cheese and crackers and some sparking grape juice…sans alcohol (safety first, folks) we cleaned up using the Simple Skincare Micellar wipes. I usually use the wipes for my face (more on that later) but they worked out extremely well in this situation for a quick clean up.

After our picnic we headed back through the trail with our horses (my horses name was Daytona) and made our way back to the farm. We had such an amazing, albeit long day that included lots of car time and admittedly by the time we arrived home I was feeling pretty gross and exhausted. As soon as I stepped through the door and after giving Milo some love I headed directly upstairs to remove my makeup and wash my face.

Before cleansing I always use Simple Skincare Micellar wipes because they gently remove all of the makeup and debris that my skin has collected during the day (especially this particular day). The wipes never ever irritate my sensitive skin, which is so important considering my skin is red and irritated 99% of the time. Dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic Simple Skincare wipes are also packed with the purest, skin-loving ingredients and multi vitamins that make my skin feel instantly hydrated and refreshed after every use. For me, It’s so crucial to use skincare products that not only work wonders but ones that I know I can trust, and Simple Skincare has become such an integral part of my makeup removing routine.

We had such a great time experiencing horseback riding in Ontario and though I have gone horseback riding before it had been forever so it was nice to try something a bit out of my comfort zone. 
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Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes are available at drug, mass and grocery stores nationwide. Suggested retail price/size: $7.97-10.99 (25 wipes)

Thank you to Simple Skincare for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own.

Etsy Field Trip

September 27, 2016

Press events aren’t something that I’d ever intended to cover here on the blog and still aren’t something that I write about frequently (the last time was here). But when Etsy invites you on a field trip to a secret location for the day, bringing my camera + extra batteries was the first thing on my to-pack list. Etsy has been a company that I’ve long admired for the mere fact that anyone can sell on the platform, making it such an incredible tool for creatives to share and sell their work. I love that I can find anything and everything on Etsy including but not limited to home decor, bath and body, vintage finds and sooo much more. Needless to say with such an incredibly diverse and creative company I knew that hopping on a school bus to anywhere would make for a very memorable trip. Keep reading to see where Etsy took myself and some other talented local bloggers for the day to become immersed in all things Etsy.
I arrived at The Drake Hotel bright and early last Tuesday to a big yellow school bus awaiting me. I hopped on the bus and was immediately greeted with a care package that included an apple (how kindergarden-esque), water and an itinerary for the day. Our itinerary looked pretty impressive which I will get into later but I finally found out that we were heading to Belcroft Estates which by the sounds of it was going to be beautiful. During our ride we played trivia and a game where we each received a question like “what was your most memorable part of summer” and had to answer them in a fun, creative way.
When the school bus pulled up to Belcroft Estates I was overjoyed. I love me a beautiful farm and Belcroft estates was completely dreamy. The group of us stepped off the bus and walked towards what looks like a picnic set up for breakfast. Once we arrived we found the cutest set up of blankets, pillows and picnic baskets full of yogurt parfaits, Kitten and the Bear jam and scones and even mimosas. We all sat under the beautiful weeping willow for a while until we headed to our next activity.
{The prettiest set up for our breakfast complete with the best Kitten and the Bear jam + scones (the I also incidentally had that past weekend…whoops!}
{Melissa matching the beautiful blooms that we were gifted from Minim Designs.}
After breakfast we walked over to an event tent that was set up for a woodworking class. I was so busy creating my DIY that I forgot to snap photos but if you follow my blog/Instagram you would have seen the mirror I made with the very talented duo JBplusDG last week. While I worked on my mirror I kept hydrated with the delicious TAXI  juice from Dose which is a blend of pineapple, apple, lime and mint and it was SOOO good!
Once our mirrors were complete, us blogger pals formed 4 groups of 3 (I was with Gaby and Natalie) and headed on a scavenger hunt. I haven’t done a scavenger hunt (except for Easter eggs) since I was a kid and the whole experience felt very nostalgic. By the end of the hunt we were sure we had won but we didn’t get our Canon photos printed quickly enough! Oh well, it was a ton of fun anyway. 
The scavenger hunt had us all feeling pretty hungry by the end of it and luckily the last stop of the hunt lead us through a secret garden to the most beautiful lunch set up.
{Blooms by Minim Designs.}
I’m pretty sure that a table setting can’t get much dreamier than this (a ceiling of floating roses!?). Etsy truly went all out for this lunch and we were all very thankful for the delicious food after running around for clues. 
The last stop of the day had me sooo excited because it was with Julie from Province Apothecary. I’ve featured this line many times on the blog so to be able to listen to Julie chat about the Province Apothecary brand and her passion for all natural skincare was inspiring. I also had the chance to create my own blend of essential oils which was such a fun experience. 
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Sequins Shimmy

September 26, 2016

For the most part my closet consists of basic pieces that go together easily and veer on the side of function over fashion. Every once in a while however, a piece strikes a chord with me and I go a little nuts for it. This fringe sequins skirt from J.Crew was one of those lust worthy pieces. With its gold meets army green sequins, fringe tassels that sway with me as I move, and the classic pencil skirt shape…this skirt is a dream come true. Normally with a skirt like this one would think to go the more dressy route, but I felt it best paired down with a basic grey t-shirt and flat mules for a cool, street style inspired look.
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What I’m Wearing: Skirt; J.Crew (similar) // T-shirt; Rag & Bone (similar) // Mules; Nine West (similar) // Bag; Loeffler Randall (here) // Sunglasses; Celine c/o Smartbuy Glasses (here)

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