Hello Loves,

From the first day I met my gorgeous friend Amy we chatted travel. I had just got back from Bali and she was on her way. With tales of wanderlust filling our daily conversations, we made a pack to go on vacation together at least once a year. So when the opportunity for me to travel to Miami and bring a friend came about, we jumped on it! This was going to be a FUN long weekend!

Dressed more so for the unpredictable Canadian weather we just left, we arrived to the hot and humid climate of Miami. Automatically my hair puffed up to resemble Monica from Friends (you know the Jamaica episode)… but that didn’t faze us… we were in MIAMI BABY! We hopped in an UBER and sped off to our first staycation, the amazing Marriott Stanton.

Location:

The location of Marriott Stanton South Beach couldn’t get any better. I had already filled my Instagram saved files with locations I wanted to take pictures at and food I wanted to eat. Funny enough we were in walking distance from everything I had saved! The famous Instagrammable Big Pink was just around the corner, and the beach… well we were on it!

Staff:

We were greeted into this wonderful hotel by some pretty incredible staff. Boy did they make us laugh and feel comfortable right from the outset. They were also full of amazing recommendations of places to eat, drink and see… which was useful as Amy is kind of a picky eater being a gluten free vegan (although she says she’s real easy going… all she needs is a bowl of guac).

Room:

Our home for the next two nights was perfect. Bright, big enough for the two of us and our overflowing luggage, comfortable and offered the most incredible view of the ocean. This room was so inviting and the beds were worthy of an award for comfort that we found ourselves quite often ready to go to bed at 9pm! I know our husbands already told us we are lame, but hey who wouldn’t want to lay in a cloud?!

Amenities:

This ocean front haven offers… a spa, fitness center, and a heated outdoor pool so enjoyable that Amy and myself spent a total of 8 hours in!! Yes we looked like little shriveled up raisins when we left but boy did we have fun.

Food:

Marriott Stanton offers a variety of culinary delights. For a romantic evening of beachfront views and seafood delights head to Deco Blue, need a break from swimming for the past 8 hours? (haha) grab a drink or snack from The Spot, or do you fancy a little spice in your life?… Then Lolo’s Surf Cantina is the place to be. We actually spent our last evening on the patio of Lolo’s, under the night sky and their twinkly string lights. We enjoyed delicious food, fun drinks and incredible conversations. If you get the chance to go, be sure to say Hi to the amazing Manager Matthew.

Marriott Stanton has it all, location, food, fun, and affordability.

To book your stay at Marriott Stanton CLICK HERE

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xoxo Fil

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Hello Loves!

Can you believe that in less than 1 month it will be Canada Day??!! Where is this year racing off to! Although, I have no plans as of yet for this monumental Canada 150, I currently have a date with friends re-runs and an endless tub of Kawartha black thunder ice cream… sad I know… but I do have an outfit planned that I am pretty happy about.

When it comes to my Canada Day style, I don’t exactly rock a maple leaf… but as a proud Canadian immigrant I am honored to sport the patriotic colours of red and white (Canadian flag colours…duh!). This year I decided to check out the pages of Amazon.ca to find my patriotic apparel, and found so much I just had to share it with you! Your going to have such a hard time narrowing your cart down, which is totally OK because with their 2 day prime shipping you can leave it to the last minute (something I truly guilty of).

Although, you won’t find me camping or even glamping this Canada day, I am most likely to be at some kind of bar, Amazon.ca has a huge selection of apparel perfect for any kind of celebration. Check out some of my top affordable finds not only perfect for Canada Day but the entirety of summer here…

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Dress: Walant Shoes: Adidas Sunglasses: Ray Ban Belt: TopShop

 

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From left to right

Simplee Romper| Urban CoCo |Meaneor | Walant | Fubovd | Meaneor Women | Shinekoo | Allegra| YipGrace

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Dress: Walant Shoes: Adidas Sunglasses: Ray Ban Belt: TopShop

xoxo Fil

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Hello Loves!

In the summer I love to be outdoors, and by outdoors I mean in my 20×20 back garden. During those sunny days you will find Sameer and I on our deck, (which just to boast Sameer made with his own hands) eating a delicious breakfast, enjoying a mid day glass of wine, or watching the stars at night. Actually cute story, Sameer and I used to go to the park at night in high school just to watch the stars together, which is how he got the nickname Starla and where my obsession with stars began.

So having a functional and pretty back garden is a priority for us. When given the opportunity to attend an event for Canadian Tire, where I not only got to wine and dine some of my best friends, but also check out what’s new to their fabulous Canvas collection, I jumped at it. The evening was full of delicious treats, DIY succulents, incredible furniture and never ending giggles. With all the fabulous 2017 Canvas collection on display, Sameer and I created an extensive wish list to help create our dream oasis.

The day after the event we jetted off to Mexico, however while sat on the gorgeous golden sands we were still chatting about our garden. After a loooong hard decision, we finally agreed on some key pieces that would bring our haven together. The biggest and most important piece was a stunning Canadian Tire concrete fire table. From chilly days to evenings entertaining our nearest and dearest we will be gathered around this magnificent piece. It truly is the heart of the home.

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All Canadian Tire

Fire Table| Planter | Tray| Bowl| Cushions| Blanket

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Hello Loves!

You may or may not know that I just got back from Mexico. Sameer (@playingwithapparelmen) and I decided to spontaneously fly back to where we were wed, for a little getaway. We also decided that due to the HUGE demand from you guys, we would do a couple of reviews on places to stay in the Playa Del Carmen area.

You have probably seen my previous post on my fav all inclusive location to stay, but I have never stayed in a ‘normal’ hotel while in Mexico. This is why we decided to end magnificent trip with a brief stay at The Thompson, Playa Del Carmen. As most all inclusives force you to stay for 7 days at a time (some reason it ends up more expensive if you go for less time!), which can be hard to get that time off, The Thompson is a perfect place to stay for a quick getaway.

LOCATION

The Thompson, Playa Del Carmen is conveniently located in the heart Playa on the famous bustling 5th Avenida. Steps away from incredible restaurants, never ending shopping, sun and sand. We spent our evenings sat in one of the many restaurants watching the world go by.

HOTEL

This relatively new location actually has two hotels within the city. The classic Thompson hotel and their Beach House, sat on the gorgeous Playa shores. We stayed in the Thompson hotel, however as a guest you are welcome to use the facilities of the Beach House. The Thompson hotel boasts two incredible restaurants, room service, in room spa and the most impressive rooftop infinity pool I have ever laid my eyes on.

ROOM

We stayed in the luxury king room, which had perfect people watching views of 5th Avenida. Our room was bright and spacious with a lovely terrace which housed a comfortable day bed. They also offered free wifi… which obviously was a god sent.

FOOD

The Thompson, Playa Del Carmen has three amazing restaurants. Cinco and Catch located at the main hotel and C-Grill located at the Beach House. We had the opportunity to try all of these restaurants and were BLOWN away by how delicious everything we tried was. May I recommend the ceviche… it changes everyday based on what fish the chef wants to use that day! Also head over to the Beach House bar at 6pm for a complimentary tequila tasting, not only is it free booze (haha) but every question you did or didn’t have about this local drink will be answered.

 

BOOK YOUR STAY AT THOMPSON, PLAYA DEL CARMEN

HERE

The Thompson, Playa Del Carmen offered us the most incredible mini getaway. We will most definitely be back!

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Dress: Topshop (similar) Bag: Tuck Shop Trading Co. Shoes: Sole Society Bikini: Zaful

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Hello Loves!

We’ve heard of cat lady, or even dog ladies, although I am a fan of a fluffy friend… I am a proud self announced bag lady. Oooo bags *drool. If I could spend my entire life savings on bags (I already have… shhh), I totally would. I mean if you have a cross body strap… it’s your lucky day, your coming home with me. A bag can completely change a look… add a fab Zac Posen Eartha Iconic Top Handle Mini (phew that’s a lot of words) to your comfy gym pants and t-shirt combo, and you have instantly gone from slob to Gigi Hadid. Who doesn’t want to be Gigi Hadid?

It’s that simple… the power of a great look all comes down to a fabulous bag. Spring/Summer is the best time to experiment with your wardrobe, adding colours here and there. So why not start with a bag. I have rounded up just a couple of my must have SS17 drool worthy bags, all available on my beloved Amazon.ca.

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Bag: Scarleton Jacket: Allsaints (similar) Jeans: Fidelity Denim Shirt Free People Shoes: Cougar Belt: TopShop

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Vanity Saddle | Colour Chic Satchel | Sea U Later | Eartha Iconic | Annemarie Tote | Sofia Clutch | Mini Mac | Eartha Iconic | Shutter Camera Bag

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Bag: Scarleton Jacket: Allsaints (similar) Jeans: Fidelity Denim Shirt Free People Shoes: Cougar Belt: TopShop

xoxo Fil

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