Express Yourself

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Between work and catching up with friends and family, I’ve had no time to get poolside ready since my Nike race.  As I prep for my holiday tomorrow (Independence Day in DC woohoo!) I was so lucky to receive the Dr. Scholl’s Express Pedi Foot Smoother to test out for the blog. I spent the morning giving myself a Big Apple Red pedicure and the Express Pedi smoothed out all of the calluses that I had built up working toward race day.

Following tips from award-winning celebrity manicurist, Leeanne Colley, my feet have transformed from barely beautiful to tender tootsies.

Check out Leeanne’s expert tips on how to get the perfect at-home pedi below and find Dr. Scholl’s Express Pedi Foot Smoother at these locations.

1. For deep cracks in your heels, use your Express Pedi for a few minutes each day. Once most of the dryness is gone, use it 2-3 times per week to maintain smooth skin.

2. Applying little pressure when using your Express Pedi will make for the softest skin and increase battery life.

3. Before applying polish, clean off residue using a lint-free pad & acetone to avoid the fibre cotton balls leave behind. And don’t forget to apply a base coat before you paint away!

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Rosé All Day

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Sweater | Skirt (similar) | Shoes c/o | Purse (similar) | Sunnies

I posted this sweater on Instagram a couple weeks ago and I got such crazy feedback, I wanted to share where to snag it! I paired it with a fun red skirt for some color-blocking action and these Cinderella shoes from Le Chateau. These shoes are so comfy and made me feel like a princess, I absolutely love how the straps are so dainty and wrap around the ankle and bridge of the foot. Makes for such a unique shoe and I simply adore them!

Hope you’re all enjoying you’re week.

Thank you for stopping by, xx!

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Waterfront x Windsor Store

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Dress | Jacket | Booties (similar) | Sunnies | Ring (similar) | Necklace

I have been a huge fan of online stores lately especially because I can snag a ton of great finds at super reasonable prices. Windsor Store has definitely been on the top of my list as I build out my summer wardrobe – though this June rain is not making it feel too summery.

Despite the blah weather I am loving the fact that I’ve been home for a few weeks and able to catch up with friends & family. It’s also itching down to the final weeks before my run and I am getting so nervous! Do you have any last minute training tips? I’m going to be sharing a whole recap of my experience and would love your input!

Have a great week! It’s been quiet around here but be sure to check out my whereabouts via Snapchat + Instagram @LEXNIKO

Photos by @Shaqvel

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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

IMG_1256Happy Thursday!

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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