Valentine’s & Galentine’s GIVEAWAYS

_DSC9003_2Ladies & Gentleman, Boys & Girls, I have the MOST WONDERFUL NEWS FOR YOU!

Today, for 48 hours, I am hosting a contest with 5…that’s right, FIVE…chances to win!

With gifts from Artemano, GEOX, Miraj Hammam Spa, Kerastase and Sanuk, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post below about why you love Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day.

Leave your comment and scroll down to learn more about all the prizes I have to giveaway. I’ve outlined them all in individual posts, so make sure you review all five! With Valentine’s Day coming up, I am feeling the love and I want to spread it to you and yours.

It is SO simple: why do you love love day? Maybe its your amore, maybe it’s the candy and chocolates or maybe it’s the mystery of who you’re going to meet on Cupid’s luckiest day! Whatever you fancy just let me know in a comment on this post below.

PS: extra chance to win if you tag your Valentine/Galentine on my latest Instagram photo here.

Okay that’s all for me on this post but do not forget…comment on this post below and extra chance to win by leaving a comment on my Instagram here.


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WIN: $200 Gift Card to Artemano

bedroom 2DSC_8399 ambiance 4 tv unitArtemano specializes in modern and contemporary exotic solid wood furniture and home décor, but it is more than just furniture to us. With stores in Montreal, Laval, Brossard, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Heartland and Vaughan, our roots are in Canada, but our inspiration took shape in faraway lands.

From the Rosewood and Mango wood of India to the Suar and Teak of Thailand to the recycled woods of Indonesia; ranging from repurposed railway tracks to reclaimed planks of wood from old fishing boats. We LOVE wood. And we love that each and every unique piece has a story to tell.

We share these stories.

With love.


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WIN: A pair of GEOX Shoes (Winner’s Choice)


GEOX’s mission is to create stylish products that enhance your daily life, through technical innovations that offer enhanced breathability, durability and protection from the elements. GEOX offers style and comfort, all day, all your life.

You can win any pair of shoes from their collections (so not just the three options above)!

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WIN: Hammam and Gommage Treatment at Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie

_DSC0248_DSC0366 _DSC0349 _DSC0325At the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie (at the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto) you will be pampered with a signature Hammam and Gommage treatment.

This steam & body exfoliation is part of the authentic traditions of the Middle East. De-stress between a private high intensity & low mist steam chamber, the Hammam will cleanse your body while stimulating your senses and imagination. Lay relaxed on Jerusalem gold marble as you experience an invigorating full body Gommage (exfoliation) using eucalyptus infused black Moroccan soap. This experience is considered to be the ultimate detoxification treatment.


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WIN: Kerastase Power Couple + Reflections Collection


With sensual textures, distinctive fragrances and the most exceptional formulas, Kérastase offers a collection of home-care ranges to meet the needs of every hair type. Our nourishing active ingredients immediately deliver visible results that leave the hair in immaculate condition, with exceptional texture and shine.

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WIN: Pair of Sanuk Shoes (Winner’s Choice)

BIANCAPRINTS_1011492_FLAMEMAGENTA_0KATSPHYNXLUXE_SWF11148_DARKCHARCOAL_0YOGACLEOPATRA_1012154_ROSEGOLD_0CASABARCOFUNK_SMF11192_WHITEAMAZONTROPIC_0Sanuk makes creatively inspired and distinctively designed footwear for the global outdoor community. Taking its name from the Thai word for fun, the brand is best known for its Sidewalk Surfers. These closed-toe sandals are often referred to as “Not-A-Shoes” for their patented construction, which allows your feet to bend and flex in natural comfort.

You can win your choice of any pair from Sanuk’s collections (not just the four featured above)!


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App Love: Matrix Color Lounge

Processed with VSCOcam with a8 presetAs you know because I’ve been rambling about it for a few weeks now, I am stuck in a serious hair rut! I love my color but as the seasons change, I get that major itch to switch it up. And you know I’m not one to rush out for a lob or bob so my tastes typically turn to color style.

So when my friends at Matrix asked me to test out their new Matrix Color Lounge app, I was delighted because it offered a chance to test out some new color options before taking the plunge in any direction.

And no one said it better than Robert Santana, of the Matrix Global Design Team, “Hair Color gives me the opportunity to transform and create a whole new you. It enables a new lifestyle, attitude and empowerment that creates feeling that she or he could be and look the way they always dreamt they would look like.”

I loved testing out funky styles on the app, like vibrate purples and reds but ultimately settled on a darker, more rich brown as I’ve been craving that all over color for a different dimension than what I had with balayage. That’s not to say that I won’t be back to a few highlights here and there in the next couple months, but there’s something about a rich, even color that just looks natural, healthy and fabulous. And I think in the pursuit of 2016’s transformation goals, that’s what I’m looking for!

What do you think of my above color?

Should I take the plunge and go for it?

Let me know and download the Matrix Color Lounge app here: iPhone and Android and tag me @lexniko and @MatrixCanada with the hashtag #MatrixColorLounge to share your look!

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Furget Me Not






DSC_8938DSC_8899DSC_8961Vest | Shirt | Pants | Boots | Sunnies | Bag | Pouf

A little Valentine’s Day inspiration for a casual evening out. I’m not one to go super fancy for Valentine’s Day so this would be the perfect Furget Me Not look for a relaxed dinner and drinks.

This fur vest adds a little something extra to an otherwise simple look but I think it gives just the right hint of femininity to make it complete. This one is from Forever 21 and I got it in a medium. I was hoping for a small but I really think the length of this size looks great, plus I have been sporting it over my leather jacket during this milder winter and it definitely falls better because of the bigger size.

Of course I also had to tie in my little grey pouf on my purse to tie everything together and I love how the two shades of grey complement one another.

What are your Valentine’s Day plans? I actually have a full day of shooting and then it will be time to celebrate…with what, I cannot wait to find out, xx!

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Shu Uemura Art of Hair

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Guys, I recently went back on the blog and realized that I’m missing my love affair with my insanely long hair. Now much to my friends’ amusement (or lack thereof) I have decided that I really want to grow my hair longer for the summer and truly embrace those boho, festival vibes once again.

But it’s not any foolproof plan that helps my hair grow. An improved diet with lots of healthy fats, genetics provide luck on my side and the big tip: less wear & tear by easing up on the blow dryer and straightening iron. It really helps when I allow my hair to air dry vs. blow dry because it slows down the damage and stops those annoying split ends.

I’ve recently tested out the Shu Uemura hair collection and it’s helped me maintain my natural locks in the easiest way yet. I am actually obsessed with this one product, the Wonder Worker. I spritz it in my hair after I use this shampoo and conditioner and I actually can just let my hair naturally dry without worry of frizz. I can honestly say I haven’t found a product that worked better with my natural hair than this one and I’m urging you all to test it out if your hair is similar to mine (fine but full, wavy with frizz and no firm curl).

Let me know if you try this out and what you think! And share your beauty faves by sounding off in the comments below, xx!

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Major Key: Valentine’s Day Fashion

Pretty young woman in the red dress and heart sunglasses havingWhen you want to celebrate the holiday with your wardrobe, there’s a careful balance between looking festive and classy, and ridiculously overdone. And with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, there’s no time like the present to differentiate between the two sides. Before you decide to don a full-on Cupid costume complete with feathered wings and set of bow and arrows, take a look at a few of these tips that can help you avoid looking cheesy.

Embrace Subtlety

For starters, less is more when it comes to outright examples of the holidays. In other words, keep your winged-angel memorabilia to a minimum. One of two accessories should do the trick. For something fun, try a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses. Their cute, flirty frames are perfect for representing the symbol of the holiday, yet you can still feel confident wearing them other days of the year. If you’re not into sunglasses, you could opt for one or two pieces of heart-shaped jewelry instead.

Mind Your Colors

Sticking to classic Valentine’s Day colours (red, pink, and white) is the easiest way to represent the holiday without looking overdone. If you take a look at this dress collection featuring different designers, you can get a good idea of the current trends. Buying something in fashion now allows your outfit to pull double duty as a festive ensemble and a fashionable piece you can continue to wear after the holiday is over. Consider the upcoming temperature changes in your area, and make your purchase accordingly.

Sometimes Less is More

You might be tempted to go big and fluffy with your clothes choices to exude the inner girly-ness you feel on the 14th, but try and reign it in a little bit. Remember, Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year. Since you probably won’t be headed to the office, you can feel free to look as sexy as you want. Why not throw caution to the wind and sport a festive outfit like Kylie Jenner? In a seductive, red tube dress like that, you’ll certainly turn your guy’s head and maybe a few others throughout the night.

If the dress is a bit too bold for you, throw a simple black sweater over top and cinch it at the waist with a thin belt.

Stick to one or two of these ideas and leave the bow and arrow at home this year. Let’s be honest, the chance you help someone fall in love is minimal to the chance of shooting someone’s eye out. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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