Flowy Tunics

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Dress (old, similar) | Shoes |Bag (similar here, here) | Sunnies

 I had to pull out this dress from last season during my weekend a couple weeks back. It was just the perfect tunic to pair with these amazing retro platforms from Le Chateau.

I don’t know about you but I am loving the recent refresh of the 90s trend and now the 70s and 80s are making a comeback with flare jeans, flatforms and platforms. I seriously live for the resurgence of killer trends so I attack the opportunity to style items like these shoes with open arms (and dancing toes)!

When I was in high school, my girlfriend was tall and had beautiful strawberry blonde hair. People would call us Jackie and Donna (from That 70s Show) and when I saw these shoes, I thought of this dress and had to do a little throwback.

I’m pumped to style a few new looks for spring and I have a lot of really fun stuff coming soon!

Stay tuned and here’s the beginning of May! Let’s hope the sun is here to stay, xx!

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GIVEAWAY Kérastase L’incroyable Blowdry

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Contest time for my little loves!

I’ve teamed up with my friends at Kérastase Canada for a giveaway that’ll have your hair flipping.

Now that spring and summer are upon us it’s time to ensure that your hair is stronger than ever and that means finding products that work under the warmer, often dryer conditions. I definitely notice a difference in my hair between winter and warmer months and so I am careful to pick products that I trust year round or that are reliable during those seasonal changes.

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I don’t like to wash my hair every day, I find that it dries it out and tends to leave it lifeless and lacking volume at the roots. Which is why I really enjoyed my first spin with L’incroyable Blowdry from Kérastase. It is a long-wear hold heat lotion that not only helps me keep my blow dry for more than one day but also gives me a smooth shape that frames my face and allows me go from sleek to wavy without looking fried, greasy or worn.

I am excited to host a little giveaway with Kérastase to give away this product to one of my beautiful readers. I want you to get set for summer with the perfect hair that is long-lasting and helps you stand out whether it’s day one, two or three of your look.

Simply leave a comment below to enter and follow me on Instagram @lexniko and leave a comment for an additional second and third entry!

Good luck littles!

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Agency One Sample Sale

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It’s spring which means it’s time for a wardrobe revamp! I recently visited the Agency One Sample Sale which is going on at 445 Adelaide St West in Toronto until April 28th. Featuring items from Philip Lim 3.1, Alexander Wang and Dries Van Noten as just a few goodies you can find. 

The sample sale has so much left and even though there’s just one more day I highly recommend you check out the sale in the Livsstil space here in the city. I loved scouring through the samples and even looking at the just-in items in the Livsstil space.

Let me know if you find any big steals and what you’re doing to prep for spring!

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Technicolor Dreamcoat

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Sometimes I just see an item and immediately envision an outfit in my mind. I have been loving these flares I snagged a couple months ago from Risque Clothing and when I saw this amazing multicolor coat I knew they’d look perfect together.

I’m in the market for some new spring jackets so this one definitely fit the bill as I add more color back into my wardrobe. I really, really want a silk bomber and an embellished jacket like this one, so I need to do some digging to find one that I can wear on repeat. I’ve rounded up my favorites with HM and I’ll be on the hunt for new styles so stay tuned.

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Since I spent my Sunday reorganizing my closet/spring cleaning, there is certainly some space for new items to find a home.

Is there anything you’re jonesin’ for this spring?!

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parfait pair with iögo

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Sometimes it is so hard to keep healthy throughout the week. For me in particular, by the time Friday hits I’m ready to bust out the egg and bacon sandwiches and have a pizza party by noon! I have tried really hard in 2016 to eat right and exercise but I admittedly have started flaking on starting my day with a good breakfast. We’re almost halfway through the year and it’s been going well but it is honestly so hard to plan and prep week after week. Life gets in the way so I’ve been looking for new ways to make my morning bite a little bit easier so getting a kick start on my day is actually manageable.

That’s why I was delighted when I discovered iögo yogurt big pouches because the new format makes it quick and painless to start my morning right. The squirt and serve format makes it really easy to create a healthy parfait for my morning meal. I know it might seem silly, like what’s the difference between a traditional yogurt package and a pouch? But it’s actually so much faster to pour my portion into a cup or twist the cap back on and go. I also was able to bring a couple pouches to work – because they travel so easily and I wasn’t worried about spilling anything in my bag! Now if I don’t have time to make breakfast before I’m out the door, I have zero excuses to get a nutritious breakfast in at work. It’s made committing to healthy eating that much easier and it saves dollars in my pocket because I’m not running to any restaurants for a breakfast sandwich.

Beyond it being really simple, the flavors are delicious – I’ve tried iögo original in vanilla and strawberry and really want to test out the probo (probiotics added) and Greek styles that come with the new big pouch format too. While I’ve been whipping up easy parfaits with mixed berries and granola, you can make a simple dessert with some sweet waffle cookies (pictured above) or pour a serving into your blender with fruit, almond butter and spinach for a yummy and healthy smoothie.

At the end of the day, I’m committed to eating right and working toward feeling healthy in 2016. If I can find fun or fast ways to make that goal less challenging then I’m excited about sharing it with you!

Let me know if you have any time savers or life hacks that help you stay healthy, I’d love to hear them!

*This post was in partnership with iögo. All opinions are my own. Thank you as always for supporting sponsored content!

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Chez Lisgar

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Photos via: http://www.eldiephotography.com/

Eldie Photography 2015

Eldie Photography 2015

Eldie Photography 2015

Eldie Photography 2015

A few weeks back I had the most wonderful opportunity to dine with the lovely ladies from Chez Lisgar.

If you haven’t heard, Chez Lisgar is the unique dining experience in the city, where roomies Nadya and Sarah host complete strangers (aka ME) in their condo for a gourmet dinner and all they ask in return is you supply the wine, beer or booze.

I was equally nervous and intrigued when I first connected with the girls but curiosity got the best of me and I decided to just go for it. And I am S O happy I did because it was one of the most interesting nights. To be candid, both Nadya and Sarah are funny as heck, twenty-somethings, who have embraced this opportunity with full bravado. There is no holding back once you walk in Chez Lisgar…you’re going to drink wine, discuss everything from US politics to Bumble and probably fall off your chair laughing (hello all the the wine) at some point.

We dined on delectable pesto risotto with a poached egg and cheese biscuits but what was the most surprising was the ease in conversation and the instant connection created by the idea of not knowing one another. While I have been trying to put it into words, I can say with all sincerity I had one of the most refreshing, candid and honest conversations I’ve had in a long time and I think it is in major part due to the fact that we were all meeting under the same pretence of unknown.

You really have no idea what to expect and that’s why I believe Chez Lisgar is so interesting. Beyond the delicious dishes provided, the ambiance and environment is incredibly intriguing; you’re taken out of your comfort zone and delivered into such a relaxed space, yet it’s oddly a world away from your typical Friday night.

If you have a chance to dine with the girls then I highly suggest you do (reservations can be made here). I am still dreaming about the buttery risotto and I have heard that each meal is different but equally brag-worthy. I’d dine with the Lisgar ladies whether they were making a gourmet feast or picking up McDonalds, it was just that fun, I cannot wait to go back!

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Take Aim with Michael Hill

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Patterned Bangle | Arrow Bracelet

There’s nothing I love more than a dainty gold piece of jewelry. I cannot get enough and though I’m a huge advocate of more is more when it comes to arm stacks, sometimes the simplicity of an effortless gold piece just takes the cake.

I love these Michael Hill items I styled with a trendy off the shoulder day dress. This look screams day date at the farmer’s market or a casual post-brunch stroll on a sunny afternoon.

I am particularly fond of the arrow bracelet as it is such a symbol of focus and aim. With 2016 being such a big year for my goals, it’s a gentle reminder to stay the course and it will all work out as planned.

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Hope you’re having a great week! Thanks for your patience while we got the blog back up and running. I’ll go into more detail on that later this week.

*This post was in partnership with Michael Hill. Thank you as always for supporting sponsored content.

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Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

Guys!!! It’s one of my favorite times of year…the Shopbop Friends & Family sale begins today, April 5th, and runs through Thursday, April 7th at 11:59 PST.
I’ve created a round-up of some items I am most excited for since I’ve been wanderlusting extremely hard. I am so into the global eclectic vibes for spring/summer so I’ve made some picks around that trend. I am itching for light white dresses, tassels and tweed bags and wedge espadrilles. You can shop the looks by scrolling over each item or use the carousel below.
The Shopbop Friends and Family sale is 25% off full price and sale items using the code: INTHEFAM
Happy Shopping, xx!
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Cheap Thrills

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I got this dress a couple years ago from one of my fave online stores. It was super inexpensive and I have lent it to friends and it has actually stood the test of time! It’s made me realize that with proper research you can actually find cheap & cheerful thrills if you’re on a budget. I’ve rounded up three of my personal spring/summer must-have items that I look to purchase less expensive, trendier items each year. I focus on dresses that can go from work to après drinks, rompers that travel well and my seasonal favorite, SILK BOMBER JACKETS!

I’m excited to research trends for spring 2016 and pull together a similar post, but for now I hope you enjoy my picks below!

Let me know if there’s anything else you want to see for spring/summer with a comment below or via Instagram @LEXNIKO

Dresses

Rompers

Bomber Jackets

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fitspo with forever 21

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I have been getting a ton of feedback on my body (luckily positive) and I am so thankful to each and every one of you for your comments! I wanted to share the few simple changes that I’ve made that have allowed me to actually make improvements in my body. To give context, after I ran my 15k and half marathon last year I was severely injured and I couldn’t continue running long distances…I could barely walk in heels! I switched up my workouts to focus on strength training over cardio and I have found it has really had an impact.

I workout about 4-5 times a week depending on my schedule. I have been using the Nike Training Club app and I love the workouts since there are a number of options depending on how much time you have. My current favorites are the Abs and Arms and Tabata Toned Workout so I would love to hear what you think of them if you test them out. As I get more advanced, I’ll add my own spin on things like introducing weights or stacking more than one workout from the app for a total body workout.

I have been loving this HIIT workout I discovered on Somewhere, Lately. I do this about 3 times a week and find that it is working really well! I’m getting back in to running, slowly but surely and this has been a great way to get my cardio in without damaging my feet any further.

I choose to eat pretty clean Monday through Friday and prepare my lunches and dinner in advanced. I don’t restrict myself on weekends because I am not trying to be a supermodel or anything. And I try to restrict my alcohol intake though lately there has been much to celebrate so I have to keep it in check because there are so many wasted calories in wine (but it is so delicious)!

I will do another post on what I eat and I snapchat my meal prep frequently (find me @lexniko). But for now I hope these simple little tips help your workout. If you have any questions on workout style or fitting it in, please leave me a comment below or send me an email!

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