The Duchess of Cambridge’s Canadian Looks Two of Kate Middleton's Looks from Her Recent Trip to Canada


Most recently, Prince William and his entire family including the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte visited Canada. The Duchess did not disappoint with her impeccable taste in clothing and her personal style.  Below are two collages of outfits from her style playbook from the trip.

Kate Middleton Canada Trip

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For the family’s arrival in Canada, Kate was in a blue ensemble, which consisted of a Jenny Packham dress. The Duchess accessorized with a Sylvia Fletcher for Lock and Company hat that showcased a maple leaf motif, along with her Nina hard-sided clutch from LK Bennett and Gianvito Rossi signature suede pumps. Quite notably, she wore the Queen’s platinum and diamond maple leaf brooch, worn by Kate during the 2011 tour, and the tanzanite earrings believed to be by G. Collins & Sons. 

The Duchess looks stunning.  Her outfit is a perfect choice for kicking off her Canadian visit.  Jenny Packham continues to be a staple in the Duchess’s wardrobe and for good reason.  With outfits that look and fit as well as this, the designer should continue to be a go-to for the Duchess.

Kate Middleton Canada Alexander McQueen

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For the first full day of the tour, Kate wore a red and white Alexander McQueen dress, based on a Resort 2017 design. She carried a new handbag from the Bow Embellished Suede Shoulder Bag by Miu Miu. The Duchess also wore a new pair of heels, the Russell and Bromley PinPoint. Kate’s earrings were actually a pair loaned to her by the Queen, also worn at least once by Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

I adore this look largely because I love Alexander McQueen.  Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen has done an amazing job dressing the Duchess for her many appearances and this is no exception.


Essential Oils and Why They Work What Essential Oils Can Do For Your Skin!

Essential Oils

Essential Oils

Essential oils can play a vital role in your beauty routine if you know their benefits.  Personally, at different times, I use three of the essential oils and then I also use a blended oil by L’oreal when my skin is feeling particularly parched (like right now!).  It’s important to differentiate between the essential oils so that you will know which ones to use either all over or at different locations on your face.

1.     Argan Oil


Argan oil contains antioxidants, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids.  It’s full of the stuff we need to look our best!  Also, don’t worry about clogged pores.  It balances and neutralizes your natural oil production.  Because of this, it actually helps with acne and blemishes.  It’s also especially gentle on people with sensitive skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.

It’s also an anti-aging serum because it protects the skin’s elasticity.  And, the great news is that it is light enough to be used as a daily moisturizer and hydrating enough to be used as an overnight treatment.  With all these benefits, Argan oil is truly a miracle oil!

2.     Rosehip Oil

Rosehip OIl
What do the Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Miranda Kerr all have in common? Reportedly, they use rosehip oil to keep their skin smooth and blemish-free.

Rosehip oil’s anti-aging properties come from antioxidants and the oil’s ability to penetrate into deeper layers of the skin.  Vitamins A and C stimulate collagen production as well.  Rosehip oil also protects you from age spots which can be loathsome.  The antioxidants combat free radicals that cause sun damage.  Vitamin A, combined with the oil’s essential fatty acids, can help improve skin tone, texture, and pigmentation.

3.     Vitamin C Oil

Vitamin C Oil

Vitamin C oil does most of what argan oil and rosehip oil does, it just does it all-in-one.  The other two are great for specific, targeted troublesome areas, but Vitamin C oil will treat everything!  I find it great to have all three so that I can use them according to my skin’s needs of the moment.  For example, if I’m worried about my skin tone or sun damage, I would use rosehip oil.  If I wanted to treat acne or combat anti-aging effects, I would use the argan oil, but for a generalized treatment of my face and neck, I would use Vitamin C oil.

Vitamin C oil is a very effective antioxidant and fights free radicals that cause aging.  It also inhibits melanin production.  Melanin can lead to age spots which nobody wants!  It also increases the production of collagen which is great for the face and neck.

4.     L’oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal

Loreal Glow Renewal

L’oreal’s Glow Renewal is comprised of a unique blend of eight essential oils.  These oils restore skin’s youthful glow and deeply nourish and replenish dull, dry skin.  It’s non-greasy and absorbs quickly for all-day hydration.  I’ve found all these to be true as I use this product when my skin is dry and needs extra nourishment.  It’s definitely perfect for that!

Here are the eight essential oils:

  • English Lavender
  • Rosemary Leaf
  • Geranium
  • Orange Peel
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Rose Flower
  • Lavandin
  • Marjoram Leaf

Betsey Johnson Handbags Beautifully Crafted Handbags by the Prolific Designer

Betsey Johnson Handbag Pink Bow

Among the plethora of products that prolific designer Betsey Johnson offers that includes jewelry, accessories, home goods, shoes, and apparel, she also designs handbags which are my personal favorite.  Whenever I carry a Betsey Johnson handbag, I always get compliments because they are designed to garner attention (and that’s why I love it!).

Below are two handbags by Betsey Johnson that I recently purchased from Saks Fifth Avenue.  One has a giant pink bow on it which always get some stares and the other has plenty of fringe which is totally on trend right now.  I have only carried them a couple of times, but I’ve noticed that the leather is so soft and supple and the straps fit easily over my shoulder without falling off.  In short, these handbags are awesome!


Betsey Johnson Handbag Pink Bow

Betsey Johnson Handbag with Fringe

Fall Colors: Burgundy + Navy Combine These Colors for Fall & Winter


I am a big fan of the show Style Code Live which is hosted by Rachel Smith and Frankie Grande.  The show airs on weekdays at 9pm ET.  It blends fashion and beauty with great tips, tricks, and advice from the hosts and experts alike.

One of the recent trends that was featured on the show were the fall colors that are on point this year.  These colors perfectly go together: Burgundy and Navy.  I have created a collage below demonstrating how beautifully these colors can blend into one outfit.  I’ve also added another fall trend: velvet!  It’s definitely here to stay for the fall and winter months and possible beyond. Enjoy!

Burgundy & Navy

Nicholas off shoulder dress

Wilbur Gussie man bag
$150 –

Serpui evening purse

Anne Klein watch
$79 –

Bright Crystal by Versace Perfume by Versace

Bright Crystal by Versace

Bright Crystal by Versace

Because I haven’t blogged about some of the great perfume that I have in a good while, I thought that I would showcase this one called Bright Crystal by Versace.  I can wear this perfume daily because it is has a very light kind of a scent.  It’s very easy on the nose as it doesn’t overwhelm you.


Fall’s LBD (Little Black Dress) How to Update Your LBD Wardrobe This Fall


Now that it’s the fall season, you’re probably taking inventory of your closet and wondering what you need to update.  I always try to update my LBD (Little Black Dress) each year just to keep it on trend.  This results in me having multiple LBDs, but that’s okay, right?

The collage below shows several examples of LBDs for the season as well as ideas for shoe pairings.  I hope that your find inspiration for your new LBD for the season!


Little Black Dresses on Trend for Fall

Spice Up Your Business Style with Statement Pieces (Guest Post) Written by: Sophia Smith

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Guest Post Featured Image

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Every businesswoman should try to create a unique and fashionable style with various statement pieces of clothing that make her unique. An everlasting elegance always looks great in a business environment so, blouses, blazers, trousers and pumps are definitely timeless pieces every woman must have in her wardrobe. Even though these clothes appear formal and serious, they can look stylish if matched with statement jewellery or other fashionable accessories.


A classic white shirt is an essential part of every business attire. Whether you work in fashion industry, publishing, or a law company, a white shirt can be a part of your business outfit. When matched with a black skirt and black pumps it gives out the feeling of a true professional.

Aside from classic white, silk blouses in neutral colours like black, beige and blush pink make the perfect part of business outfit. Tuck them in your black pants, add a pair of beige pumps and you’re ready for another day at the office.


Black cigarette pants are a vital part of business style. They look fashionable, professional and above all elegant. Black, navy or white are the perfect colours that can be matched with blouses in various hues. Add a blazer, and a pointy toe pump with an open heal for the ultimate business apparel.

Guest Post Trousers

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Additionally, Capri pants that go just slightly above the ankle are the chic alternative to jeans and they look amazing when you match them with t-strap Rockstud pumps, an elegant blouse and a classy blazer.


A black blazer that fits you perfectly is one of the ultimate pieces a woman must own in her closet. You cannot imagine a job interview without a timeless blazer, a white shirt and elegant gray skirt. It’s timeless piece of clothing that you can easily combine with trousers, skirts and dresses.

Guest Post Blazers

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Cardigans are a great alternative to blazers, and are also the appropriate and desirable part of business outfit. They go perfectly with dresses because, unlike blazers, cardigans provide the perfect balance for the serious office dress with its casual look. Therefore, invest in high-quality ladies’ cardigans, pull up the sleeves and match it with a black dress, nude pumps, and add a couple of bangle bracelets.


Pumps are definitely the most appropriate office footwear. Whether you choose suede, leather, patent or patterned, you can’t go wrong with pumps. Pointy toe, open heel, rounded toe or t-strap, they are perfect for combining with every wardrobe.

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The best way to spice up the business outfit is to add a statement earrings or a ring, like the one spotted on 7 Charming Sisters. A large necklace in combination with a plain white shirt will look fantastic. Bangle bracelets would perfectly embellish a business outfit. If you’d like a pair of earrings to go with the bracelets, make sure they’re small and delicate so that you don’t look too flashy.

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Additionally, women are great admirers of bags, so nothing will make the outfit look serious and elegant as a stylish bag would. An elegant patent belt, matched with patent pumps will look very chic. A silk scarf can be a great addition to the business outfit as well. Especially if you match a pair of pants, a classy blouse, a blazer and finish it with a stylish silk scarf.


Author BIO:

Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She has a great passion for DIY projects and latest fashion trends. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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Kiss My Face Quick Dry Spray Deodorant + Giveaways Kiss My Face Announces New & Innovative Quick Dry Spray Deodorants

Kiss My Face Quick Dry Deodorant

*While I was supplied these products by Kiss My Face, all opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.

Kiss My Face Quick Dry Deodorant

As seen in the photo above, Kiss My Face is launching new Quick Dry Spray Deodorants, which are naturally effective, aluminum chlorohydrate-free, and air powered spray deodorants!  These new air powered spray deodorants leverage the power of naturally effective ingredients, like Thyme, Green Tea, and Cucumber, to provide plant derived odor protection and antioxidant  benefits in a soothing , cooling spray.

Kiss My Face Quick Dry Deodorant


The brand new Kiss My Face Quick Dry Spray Deodorant is highly recommended by me.  I had never used a spray deodorant before so I was a bit skeptical to switch deodorants to test this product.  However, I was immediately pleased with the switch and glad that I had done it!  The quick dry spray deodorant by Kiss My Face is awesome!  It is super quick drying just as Kiss My Face claims.  You can apply the spray deodorant and put on your clothes immediately after the application without worrying about staining them.  The spray deodorants are also clinically proven to provide 24 hour odor protection.  I found this to be true as well because once I applied the spray deodorant, I saw no need to reapply throughout the day and I live in Florida, where the temperatures reach ninety plus degrees on many of the days that I was testing the products!

If you’re looking for a new deodorant (or even if you’re not), you should consider using Kiss My Face’s Quick Dry Spray Deodorant.  I loved the natural ingredients because it didn’t smell like chemicals.  I used both the sport and cucumber green tea fragrances in my test.  Both scents were very pleasing to the nose.  If I had to choose, I suppose I preferred the cucumber green tea, but that is only because I’ve always had a fondness for cucumbers and their fragrance.  I used the sport fragrance on days when I planned to workout.  The scent was a great motivator and kept any odor from my workouts away. Both fragrances did an excellent job at odor control.  I would highly recommend Kiss My Face’s Quick Dry Spray Deodorant!


Kiss My Face has generously sent me three extra full size quick dry spray deodorants as giveaways to my readers!  Would you like to try this product for yourself?  If so, please do two things: (1) sign up for my newsletter and (2) leave a comment below with your email address.  I will be picking three lucky winners at random by October 15th!

Mermaid Coral Beth Meet Jacksonville Beach's Own Mermaid!

Mermaid Coral Beth

Mermaid Coral Beth

Beth Sullivan is a professional mermaid who has always had the spirit of a mermaid in her heart.  With the mermaid name of Mermaid Coral Beth, she entertains as well as teaches in her recently-found role.

Mermaid Coral Beth

Beth is part of one of the world’s first freelance mermaid organizations called Mermaid Kariel.  It inspires children and creates one-of-a-kind shows for some of the world’s top resorts.  Beth is one of seven mermaids called “Mermaids on a Mission” who provide meaningful shows around the world.

Mermaid Coral Beth

How did Beth get started as a mermaid?  About a year ago, she met Mermaid Kariel though a mutual friend while doing some charity work.  There was instant chemistry as Beth has always been attracted to the mermaid lifestyle and is impassioned about helping others.  What kind of reaction does she get when she tells people that she’s a mermaid?  It’s generally something like, “Oh my goodness! That’s so cool!”

Mermaid Coral Beth

As a resident of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Beth gets to share about her city’s beautiful beaches when she travels.  She speaks of conservation and the importance of keeping beaches clean.  She wants to be seen not only as a entertainer, but also as someone who makes a difference.

Mermaid Coral Beth

A major part of Beth’s message can be found in Mermaid Kariel’s book “The Brave Mermaid”.  The book teaches children to share their talents and has an anti-bullying message.  Beth’s shares this message to children whenever she makes an appearance.

Mermaid Coral Beth

To learn more about Mermaid Coral Beth, view her video here.

Mermaid Coral Beth


R. Riveter: Handcrafted Bags & Purses by Military Spouses After an Appearance on Shark Tank and a Deal with Mark Cuban, the Company Has Grown Exponentially!

R. Riveter Handbag

R. Riveter Handbag

Owned by Military Spouses. Providing portable careers to Military Spouses. Producing quality handbags and purses, hand crafted by Military Spouses. 

What began as two Military Spouses in a small attic, armed with a big idea, one sewing machine and a little bit of canvas, has grown into a bold + achievable mission shared by many: to inspire, engage and empower. The R. Riveter movement captures the humble and courageous spirit of Rosie the Riveter and channels it into every American Handmade purse and handbag they produce.