Fresh Start

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I am the type of person that when I discover someone or something amazing, I have this unavoidable voice in my head telling me I have to connect with it. This is exactly what happened when I came across up and coming Toronto photographer Shaquel via Instagram. He is such a talented city photographer, who is unbelievable at capturing our beautiful cityscape and when he told me he wanted to learn more about lifestyle photography, I just knew we had to work together.

We headed to the Financial District on a Saturday and it was amazing how it was virtually empty. I work in this area and never had I seen it so quiet. It was amazing to shoot between the skyscrapers and buildings; I truly haven’t felt so small in this city in a long time. It was the perfect day for someone looking for a way to take this little blog to the next level; so inspiring and refreshing to work with someone who is on the cusp on great things. I’m hoping some of that magic rubs off, xx!

Photos by Shaquel.

Top (similar) | Pants | Pumps (similar) | Cross Body Handbag | Sunnies

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Keep It Simple

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Since I’ve been running and working out a ton in preparation for my Toronto Nike Women’s 15K race (check it out via Instagram @lexniko), I have been obsessed with my Simple Skincare products.  From the cleansing micellar water to the facial wipes, these gentle products have been saving my skin from make-up, sweat and everything in between.

I love how pure these products are and the brand has inspired me to share my 5 Favorite Ways to Keep It Simple. From day-to-day to my beauty and style regime, here are a few of my simple tips.

1. I make my bed every day.

I know this may seem like a strange simplicity, but there is nothing sweeter than coming home after a long day (or night out) and getting in to a freshly made bed.

2. When in a styling dilemma I always reach for a black blazer with slouchy sleeves.

Have you ever had those nights where you hate everything in your closet? You’re going to be late for a dinner date or work meeting and can’t find anything to wear. Throwing on a slouchy black blazer over jeans and a t-shirt or a little black dress adds an simple edge to an otherwise easy look that’s always a hit.

3. Always wash your face before you work out.

I am guilty of not always following this one, which is why lately I’ve loved Simple Skincare’s Facial Wipes. There is nothing worse than makeup seeping in to your skin when you sweat, which is why I fully encourage you stocking your gym bag with the proper skincare regime.

4. Find the perfect white buttondown.

The best item you can have in your closet is a white buttondown. I love this one here. It is the perfect item to style from day-to-night and is easy to style with multiple bottoms when you travel.

5. Kiss my pup every darn day, tell my parents I love them and pray.

Ok, ok, I know there are a few tidbits in one bullet but these are my after-work/nightly routines that just make going to bed feel great. I love my pup and I love my family and I think they all deserve to hear how special they are every day. I read daily devotionals and prayer each morning and night and I just think it’s an incredible way to set the tone for the day and thank the Lord for all of my blessing every night.

What are your favorite ways to keep it simple? I’d love to hear!

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Set Up

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It’s Monday and I’m back from such a fun weekend in Miami – check out a few snaps from the weekend via Instagram @LEXNIKO

I’m burnt to a crisp but happy to be home with the pup and my comfy bed. I am also happy to share this look with you as it’s one I’ve had for a while but a girlfriend told me that I never actually blogged it. I love skirt sets and this striped look with these OTK boots always get me a compliment or two.

It’s a busy week but I’ll try to sneak another outfit post in should this weather even comply (why so much rain?)!

Have a great week, thank you for stopping by xx!

 

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My Beauty Faves

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Hey guys!

I wanted to share a few beauty products that I am currently loving. These are everything from my daily makeup routine to a couple favorite face masks and hair products. And I can’t tie it up without sharing my signature scent, Hypnotic Poison by Dior. I’ve been wearing it for what seems to be a lifetime and it’s such a delicious scent I just can’t switch it up.

I’m heading to Miami tomorrow and I seriously cannot wait for some R & R and sunshine! Be sure to follow along over on Instagram and Snapchat @LEXNIKO.

Do you have any beauty items you just can’t live without?

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Missguided Mauve

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Dress | Clutch (similar) | Shoes (similar) | Sunnies | Bracelet | Ring

I am currently loving my latest online discovery, Missguided. One of my favorite things about blogging is scouting fellow bloggers for inspiration and finding new gems that I can share with you! So when I started seeing this site tagged by some of my favorite bloggers I knew I was about to find something really good.

This adorable mauve dress is perfect for a spring night on the town and I love how it pairs with neutrals. I set it with my Fendi clutch and these gorgeous Le Chateau shoes for a simple look that makes a statement. I am so happy the weather finally caught up and spring has arrived! I can’t wait to share more looks with you now that it’s the perfect weather to shoot.

Have a great week and thank you for stopping by xx!

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No Sweat

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Bathing Suit | Hat | Beach Cover | Sandals

I am SO excited to head on holiday this Thursday and I’ve added a few things to my vacation wardrobe just in time. I was really upset I didn’t bite the bullet and head to Coachella this weekend but that’s ok because I spent my Saturday doing a little shopping and found this amazing beach cover from the HM x Coachella collection.

I can’t wait to rock this outfit on the beach and I know packing will be no sweat this time around. I will also most certainly be packing Dove’s new Dry Spray Antiperspirant. It’s been a fab addition to my daily routine and dries instantly with no residue on my clothes. For vacation mode, when I’m rotating looks constantly, this is a must-have for my suitcase and I love the new scents Dove has rolled out.

Hope you’re all enjoying your Sunday! And remember, a Sunday well spent brings a week of content xx!

This post was sponsored by Dove Canada, all opinions are my own.

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Colgate Loves Your Smile

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I have been using this Colgate Enamel Health Whitening toothpaste for a few weeks now and I have to say, it’s made an incredible difference in my smile. I take huge pride in my teeth and when I find something I love I have to share.

I try to follow the rules of tooth and gum care by brushing for 2 minutes day & night and flossing regularly and after meals. I know I am a little crazy but hey I have yet to have a cavity, so I cannot complain!

Do you have your one quirky thing like my crazy choppers routine?

Leave a comment and share, and follow all my quirky adventures on Instagram and Snapchat @LEXNIKO!

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ShopBop BIG SALE

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Denim Skirt: Rag + Bone |  Tan Dress: Ronny Kobo | Bucket Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Ring: MIRLO | Zebra Sandals: Sam Edelman | White Dress: A.L.C. | Tassel Necklace: Ben-Amun | Wedge Bootie: Vic Matie | Marble Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff | Fringe Dress: 5th & Mercer | Leather Skirt: Alice + Olivia | Wrap Bracelet: Tory Burch

Guys, it’s my civic duty as an online shopaholic to notify you of ShopBop’s BIG SALE that’s beginning today! I’m so excited to share a few of my favorite finds from the sale and offer a promotion code SPRING25 to save 25% off your entire order!

Sale begins TODAY, April 7th 7:00 am ET and ends April 9th 11:59 PM PT for Shopbop and if your guy is interested the dets for him are April 7th 7:00 am ETApril 11th 11:59 PM PST for East Dane.
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Stylelab MTL


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Guys I finally have a sweet update from my little jaunt to Montreal for the StyleLab event! It’s always a highlight of my winter and such a great way to see my blogging buddies and check out the latest in Canadian retail and more specifically, fur.

We had the sweetest gal to help us model looks (this chicky is 15 isn’t she gorgeous?!) and I am still dying over this pink chinchilla bomber we created her look around. Make sure you take a peek at the video below to learn more about my inspiration and thoughts around the entire event…and while you do please ignore my disgusting shiny face, it was NOT camera ready!

You can always catch me and what I’m doing by following along via Snapchat and Instagram by following the handle @LEXNIKO.StyleLab2015_0104

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Stoopin’

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Sweater: Old (similar)| Leggings: Nasty Gal (similar) | Bag: Furla (similar) | Sneakers: New Balance | Sunnies: House of Harlow 1960 | Hat: Target

This is a lovely Monday for me! I spent my Sunday spring cleaning, getting some work done and then relaxing with some of my favorite shows. I am seriously addicted to Scandal (find me on Snapchat @lexniko and you’ll see) and I actually did not want to leave the house longer than I had to yesterday to catch up on the fourth season.

I also felt really accomplished cleaning up after a long series of travels. I admittedly had not cleaned my room up in a long time! I was literally unpacking and repacking into a different suitcase and so it’s been nice to be at home for a while. This week World Mastercard Fashion Week kicks off, so I’m excited to attend a few shows in between workouts, work life and continuing to enjoy this time at home.

Keep up with everywhere I’m going on Instagram @LEXNIKO.

Happy Monday, xx!

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