Little in Paradise

IMG_6479Last Friday I experienced what I think may be every girl’s dream…lunch with an amazing group of cute boys, gushing over life, love and beauty products, at Toronto’s Miracle10 Skincare Bar. The lovely guys of Bachelor in Paradise were in town for TIFF and stopped by for a little facial treatment, some sushi bites and to chat all about what else? Love.

They were seriously so sweet…I was genuinely surprised as I would assume the mobs of fangirls would get to your head at some point, but they were so down to earth, funny and basically tons of fun! It was cool to get the inside scoop on the latest Bachelor season (umm paradise was not so glamorous) and just to see how much they got along and have created a Bachelor family.

At the end of the day all these boys wanted was someone who was funny, fit & healthy and just as happy to chill couch bound at home, as to get dolled up for the red carpet. It was great to hear they still believe in love and I have no doubt when the time is right these guys will find it!

They were even kind enough to snap some pics for my girlfriends, who were extremely sad they couldn’t be there…but hey that’s how it goes ladies, and I guess it was my lucky day because I received the final rose :) .

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Happy Friday! I’m off of an adventure for a little R&R but blog will be running as per usual next week! Be sure to follow my little weekend jaunt via Instagram @LEXNIKO.

Hope y’all have an amazing weekend!
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MaskerAide

IMG_6654.PNGI have literally discovered the most amazing beauty product and I cannot wait to tell y’all about it.

These MaskerAide facial sheet masks are a LIFE SAVER! After TIFF I was completely run down and the first day I had to relax back at home I tested one out and my oh my was I in love. Now (I honestly cannot believe I’m posting the photo below) these are definitely not the most flattering of beauty products but let’s get real; which facial mask is?

Either way, I relaxed in my dewy facial sheet for 20 minutes, then washed and cleaned my skin to a smooth and rejuvenated feeling. It was literally night & day and I am in love ~ I am not kidding, my skin feels amazing, I’m still in shock days later!

My skin is still smoother and softer than it’s been in a really long time and I was so relieved to note that as someone with extremely sensitive, problem skin, I did not experience any irritation, breakouts or dryness. These sheets are a miracle in a mask and I cannot wait for you to try them for yourselves.

Learn more about the MaskerAide facial sheet masks and please, enjoy a good shock & a laugh via the photo below!

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Lover of Life

_DSC1313Sometimes you meet people who you just instantly connect with. That was the case when I first met Nicola of Makara Jewelry. It was so simple, we grabbed a quick coffee at Colette and ended up chatting for an hour at rapid speed (again, a women of my own heart, she could talk, talk talk)!

I was so surprised when we were getting ready to leave when she handed me this beautiful custom made necklace; just as a thank you for getting together to chat. I couldn’t wait to style it and it’s so stunning I paired it with a simple grey jersey dress and these Le Chateau booties, I can’t seem to take off (check them out on Instagram here, here and here).

Nicola is truly a lover of life and I can’t wait to see her labor of love continue to grow! Check out more of her pieces here and stay tuned for some fun stuff we’re working on for the blog!_DSC1326_DSC1373_DSC1301_DSC1345_DSC1339Outfit Details: Dress | Shoes c/o | Bracelets | Ring | Necklace c/o Makara Jewelry

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3 Moves to a Better Body

SS1_5788I know I keep harping on it, but after this past weekend’s craziness I am totes looking forward to a chill week where my number one priority is relaxing and working out!

I recently teamed up with Eva Redpath of Equinox Toronto, to go through a few moves I can do at home or at the gym to ensure I’m getting a great total body workout. I love Eva, she’s a fitness fashionista but she’s also pretty freaking great at helping women achieve a healthy, feminine figure. I’m totally obsessed with the Glider she uses in the video below, it’s become a major go-to for my workouts (but as she mentions in the video below, all you need is a towel to substitute).

In my latest YouTube video, she takes me through 3 Moves to a Better Body and I love adding in this easy-to-follow workout after a quick cardio day at the gym.

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For those of you who asked, my workout gear is from Lululemon but I just received these sweet new cross trainers from Puma and I am loving them as my new workout footwear.
SS1_5782 SS1_5798SS1_5773massive thank you to Eva, Mark and Equinox Toronto, for having me and showing me some brilliant better body moves the past couple weeks.

If you ever have any fitness questions please email me @ imalittle(dot)blog(at)gmail(dot)com or leave a comment on my Instagram @LEXNIKO

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Tropical

_DSC1438Well it was a whirlwind weekend full of TIFF and birthday events! I am happy to report I spent Sunday afternoon curled up on the couch watching football and rom coms (could those two be more different lol). I am so exhausted but I am thrilled I snapped these shots last weekend to share on the blog.

I found this 424 Fifth coat on sale and I just love it! It’s perfect for this endless summer weather we’ve been having (the night’s are getting cooler) and I loved dressing it casually with a little Canadian Tuxedo action and nude pumps. It is easily one of my favorite looks I’ve put together in a while and completely represents my everyday style.

Which of my looks has been your favorite lately? Would love for you to comment and share!

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Feet First

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They’re from the PUMAxAlexander McQueen Black Label collection and I am so in love with them! They are the perfect casual item to have in my closet as we transition from summer to fall and while I’m sporting them with a simple shorts & tee combo, I cannot wait to rock these kicks with ripped jeans or leather leggings and a statement, print mix jacket.

Beyond being so comfy, my favorite part has to be the detail of the black swallow birds. I am not a major bird person but I did some research on swallows a while back and they symbolize honor, dignity, respect and trust. Apparently it’s quite a common tattoo to get in the UK. I just love wearing items that have a little subtle meaning behind them and what better way to honor the legendary Alexander McQueen than with some beautiful British symbolism?
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#LoveMyHood+Bench. Canada

Bench.Hood.ContestWhat better way to follow up a birthday celebration than with a sweet little contest for you! I’m super excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with Bench. Canada to launch the #LoveMyHood campaign!

All you have to do is Follow @BenchCanada and post pictures of your favourite city view on Instagram with the hashtags #LoveMyHood and #BenchHood. You’ll be automatically entered to win round-trip flights for you and a friend to your favourite city in Canada along with a $500 Bench. gift card!

The contest is open to Canadian residents only and runs through until September 30th!Bench.Hood.Contest1

I can’t wait to join my fellow blogger friends across Canada and post my favorite city shot, rocking my Bench. Canada style! Be sure to follow along on my Instagram @LEXNIKO to see how I sport my city style!Bench.Hood.Contest2

*This content is sponsored by Bench. Canada
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One Year Older!

_DSC1539Today is my birthday!!!

While we all stress about getting older, I seriously am obsessed with birthdays and so today is no exception. This has been one heck of a year and I am fully ready for a fresh start.  It was by far the year of the most ups and downs in my entire life, but baby we’ve made it to see a new age and I cannot wait to see what’s in store!_DSC1548 _DSC1560

Despite the roller coaster ride, I’m so happy to note that with all of the drama, difficulties and stress, I was consistently surrounded by the best family, friends and support system in you: my readers! This blog provides such an amazing outlet to place focus and fun in to my life and I am so thankful for each and every one of you who reads on a daily basis. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You’ve gotten me through so much more than you’ll ever know!_DSC1525 _DSC1566

 Today I celebrate life and will forever recognize that the good will always, always outweigh the bad. And that’s thanks in large part to y’all!

So thank you for the birthday wishes and the out pour of love, blessings and support. I have given my life to God and the Universe and I am completely taken aback by how that has been returned to me tenfold. I encourage you all to continue to live your life to the fullest; you only get one and so why not make it the best it can possibly be?!_DSC1536 _DSC1549

Here’s to another year of ups, downs and the strength and support to get through whatever is thrown your way! I’ll be celebrating with friends & family this evening and then it’s time to kick off the Toronto International Film Festival tomorrow!

Be sure to follow my birthday and TIFF festivities on Instagram @LEXNIKO!_DSC1576 _DSC1565Photos by Brooke Elliott

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Can’t Touch This

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Even though it’s the beginning of September, summer does not want to quit! I think we had one of the hottest days of the year yesterday and thank goodness, because I have a few more summer looks I still wanted to shoot.

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This Lubica harem jumper is perfect for a hot summer night out.  Sporting this to dinner with friends with a funky pair of patterned heels, is a mayjah heatwave no brainer for me. This jumper blends comfort and style and that is my fashion motto through and through. It makes such a splash all on it’s own that I just added simple black and white details and my go-to summer beach waves.

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While I am itching for fall, I can’t complain about the warm weather sticking around a little while longer. Before we know it, it’ll be polar vortex time and I ask your forgiveness already for all the complaining I know I’ll do!

It’s a short week and tomorrow is my birthday!!! Be sure to follow along for all my birthday festivities on Instagram @LEXNIKO.

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Happy September!

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I cannot believe it’s already September 1st! Fall is by far my favorite season and I am happy to report that my birthday is in two days! My girlfriends treated me to a spa day at the Four Seasons Toronto and yesterday we stumbled upon this gorgeous floral wall. It played backdrop to a beautiful wedding and the couple was nice enough to let us snap some impromptu photos with it.

We quickly took these on my phone and I wish I had my camera because it was such a lovely setting. So there’s my first lesson of fall, always bring my camera everywhere I go, it’s going to be a season of beauty and I must be ready to capture it all in a moments notice!

Be sure to follow along on my Instagram page to stay tuned to all of my birthday and fall festivities!
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