The Fairmont Royal York, Toronto: A must if you’re in town

I recently went to Toronto for a couple of days and I stayed at The Fairmont Royal York as I have several times in the past. The Fairmont is a beautiful hotel with Gothic Revival styling and beautifully intricate work throughout, I mean you feel like royalty walking into it and are surrounded by luxury. The hotel opened June 11, 1929 and has been a staple in Toronto and its skyline ever since.

Make sure you get my good side

What time is it?

Time to check-in

I arrived into Toronto in the morning coming into Billy Bishop Airport, also known as the Porter Airport. Originally, only Porter flu into the city center airport but in recent years Air Canada has joined them, however to most people I know, it is known as the Porter Airport. Porter offers a free shuttle service from the island straight to The Fairmont so it is the best way to get there directly and the cheapest.

Upon arriving to the hotel I proceeded to the President’s Club line to see if my room happened to be ready for me, as I was early I wasn’t expecting it to be ready yet however I figured that I would check as you never know. In case you aren’t aware The Fairmont has a wonderful free program that guests can sign up for that gives them some benefits such as their own line to check-in and check-out, as well as free wifi. I approached the desk and was told that unfortunately my room wasn’t ready yet however I had been upgraded to a larger newly renovated room. I had some business to attend to so I wasn’t concerned over the inability to get to my room right away. I checked-in and mentioned that I would be back later to grab my room key. I headed over to the bell desk to have them hold my bags, which they happily did and proceeded to my meeting.

After I had concluded my business I headed to EPIC restaurant that is located in the hotel to grab some lunch. The wait staff are extremely nice and I ordered the daily salad which was a prawn, quinoa, and greens salad with a lemon dressing, it was delicious!

So yummy!

After a leisurely lunch I headed back to the desk to grab my keys, they were ready and I headed up to my room. Upon opening the door and walking into the suite I noticed that there were two double beds which I thought was odd as I had reserved a king so I headed back to the desk to see what had happened. The attendant at the desk was very sweet and asked me to have a seat and she would look into it. After a few minutes the manager come out and let me know that he was very sorry about the mix up but they unfortunately did not have any rooms left with a king but asked if there was anything that he could do to make it up to me. I said that was okay given that I was alone, if I hadn’t been than that would have been a different thing, so I proceeded back to my room to get settled in. My room was equipped with a foyer, a seating area that contained a sofa, two chairs and end table, a desk area, 2 double beds, a large closet and a bathroom complete with a tub.

Ready for bed

Have a seat….and a glass of wine

I changed into some workout gear and headed to the gym, bringing along my swim suit to hit up the pool after a run. The gym area is well equipped with treadmills, elipicals, stationary bikes and weight equipment. The treadmills are connected and provided you with an individual tv right in front of you alongside your stats. While I was there it was quite busy and as such I was unable to grab photos, sorry all.

After going for a 30min run, I headed back to the change room to put on my swim suit. In the change room they have beautiful wood lockers complete with keys for you to take with you while you are out enjoying the pool, additionally there is a steam room, a sauna and showers. They also have this really neat machine that you can pop your wet swim suit into after and wring the water right out of it leaving it only slightly damp.

The pool is a 15m long rectangular indoor pool that is only 1.3 meters deep but it is perfect to get some laps in. While I was completely my laps a staff member came out and asked everyone if they would like a bottle of water, which was just so nice to have such service and attentiveness. I did a handful of laps and then headed for the hot tub which was lovely; after which I popped back in the pool for a quick moment and then it was off to the sauna. The sauna is small and quant but can hold 4-5 people comfortably, possibly more if you want to get a little closer to one another and again it was heavenly laying there (I was alone) and just soaking in the heat, I wish I could have stayed longer but I had a dinner engagement and had to leave after a mere 15min visit.

Photo courtesy of The Fairmont’s website

One of the fantastic things about The Fairmont is that it is connected to the Path. The Path is a fantastic, if not occasionally confusing, underground pathway that leads throughout various areas of downtown. You can easily go from The Fairmont to the Eaton’s Centre without ever going outside, which in bad weather is fantastic to be able to leave your coat behind.

After coming back from dinner with my friend I was getting ready for bed and the manager called me to see if everything was okay with my room and if there was anything that he could do for me. I let him know that all was good and continued to get ready for bed, all the while being quite impressed with the care to check in.

The next morning I headed to my conference that was in the building and spent the day going from conference area to conference area. The breakfast, lunch and breaks provided delicious eats. Although I had to pass on the salad after only a few bites as it turned out to have some allergens in it that I don’t normally encounter while out and had a slight reaction to so darn no salad for me. At the end of the day I returned to my room to change before heading out for dinner to find a very nice staff member trying to get a hold of me in order to deliver me a bottle of wine, compliments of the manager for the room mix up situation. I was totally shocked, I obviously was not expecting this at all; I greatly appreciated the thought and gesture and of course the delicious wine.

The following day I woke up and began to pack all of my things and get prepared for the last day of my conference. As check out wasn’t until noon, I left my things in the room ready to go and headed back to the conference. Between sessions I returned to my room to grab things and checked out, then leaving my bags with the bell desk for the remainder of the day.

I left that afternoon by the Porter Shuttle located at the side of the hotel and began my journey home.

The Fairmont Royal York is a beautiful hotel that impresses me every time I go there and leaves me looking forward to me next trip back. If you have never stayed with them before I highly recommend that you do and see for yourself how caring the staff are, how luxurious every space is and how relaxed you will feel after your stay.

Happy Traveling!

sam

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What yoga mat are you using?

For all of the yoga enthusiasts or active people who use a yoga mat as part of your fitness routine this is a brief review for you.

I have a few different yoga mats that I have acquired over the years and each of them never really satisfied my needs. They were all too thin, or in the end too thick, moved around a lot and due to the thinness caused my knees to be sore after any pose that required kneeling.

One day I was out shopping and came across a sporting store and decided I was going to check it out. I went to their yoga section and found this bright yellow yoga mat. It was a Lolë Glow Mat and it felt fantastic between my fingers. At the time I wasn’t thinking of buying another mat and it was $40 so I just admired it and moved on.

A couple of months later I was doing some yoga and thought about how my knees were getting a bit sore. I had done plenty of yoga in between seeing the mat and this day, but I just hadn’t really thought much of it. This day was different, I remembered that yellow mat and after my practice looked it up. I went to the Lolë site and found out that it is a 6mm mat with reportedly great grip and PVC free. I decided I was going to buy it the next time I was in the area of the sporting store. I was disappointed to find that when I went to the store again they didn’t have any of the Lolë Glow Mat left, so I went home and back to the Lolë site and realized shipping was free all the time, no limit, so I ordered the mat.

Ready for a close up?

Upon receiving my new mat within a few days I immediately unboxed it and rolled it out, sat down and then kneeled. It was heaven! The bounce back in the mat is amazing, it is 6mm, but that doesn’t just compress to nothing when you use it. The Lolë Glow Mat has such great grip as well, even if you are doing hot yoga and you are getting sweaty this mat will do a decent job of keeping you in place.

Yoga on the go

The bright yellow is not only joyful to look at and gives you energy, but if practicing outside under a beautiful sun it doesn’t get hot like a darker coloured mat might which is a major plus.

The great outdoors

I had never come across such a great mat before, I have recommended to all of my friends and they agree it is an excellent mat. Since then Lolë has also come out with a 7mm mat as well, however I haven’t checked it out to compare it against the Glow Mat. Currently, the Lolë Glow Mat goes for $39 on their website.

I love my mat and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great mat that doesn’t break the bank.

sam

So pleasantly surprised!

I recently decided that I needed to replace some key pieces of my wardrobe and thankfully la Vie en Rose was having their Friends and Family sale a couple of weekends ago so I figured now is as good as time as any.

I wasn’t able to make it into a local store so I decided to order online. Now let’s context this a little, I love to shop online but only if the shipping is free and I can return easily either by mail and/or in store and at no extra cost. These things are important to me because I can find it difficult to find clothes that are cut right for my body; I mean who doesn’t have issues at least sometimes finding the right fit.

So I place my order (and get my free shipping) and wait for it to arrive. Now I have ordered online from la Vie en Rose in the past and it has always arrived in a standard bubble mailer like most clothing does, but when I received this order it was such a difference and a pleasant surprise.

My order arrived in a simple brown box with clean font saying la Vie en Rose and a single piece of tape holding it closed and the packing slip along the same edge.

Simple Box

Upon opening the box I was greeted by lovely thick tissue that was held closed with a thank you for shopping with us sticker. It was so pretty, like Christmas Day opening a beautifully wrapped gift.

A little Thank You

I open the tissue to find my invoice in a glossy black envelope and a return label underneath, upon removing these my purchases all lined up and in pristine condition.

So luxurious!

I mean wow! I felt so special and lovely opening that package, it wasn’t at all what I expected to receive (I mean my order was correct and I was expecting that 😊, lol). Such care was taken to put that together.

la Vie en Rose has certainly up’ed their game when it comes to client service. I mean why shouldn’t you feel fabulous when you open a box of bras, lingerie, or p.j’s!

If you aren’t familiar with what la Vie en Rose has to offer I highly recommend you take a look, they have great selection and have a great swimwear and athletic wear lines. My go to bra is their magnetic front closure bra. It is super comfortable, has a clean front that can be worn with any fabric over top, goes on with a snap 😉, has I feel the right amount of padding and can be converted super easily into a racer back.

I hope you enjoy shopping and the fantastic feeling of opening your pretty package soon!

sam

Live Out Loud Everyday = Lolë

 

Lolë is a Montreal based activewear company that was founded in 2002. Lolë’ stands for Live Out Loud Everyday and personally I think that is a pretty good motto to live by.

Lolë’s Ottawa location at the Rideau Center opened as part of the new Rideau Center expansion project and it was a small, quaint little store that housed many of the styles they have been known for. This location however was only temporary and before they had gotten their feet wet it was time to move on, or was it? They determined that it just hadn’t been enough time in the Ottawa area so they decided to take the opportunity to open a much larger pop-up shop in a space that became available on the third floor of the same expanded area of the Rideau Center.

At the moment the plan is for Lolë to stay with us here in Ottawa until April of next year, this pop-up shop is a great opportunity for them to test the waters in the area and see if our community is receptive to the brand, and so far we are and Lolë thinks that when they re-evaluate in the new year they will likely be staying with us. Hurray!

The opening celebrations on Tuesday night were just that a celebration of their arrival and a chance for the locals to get to know them.

Welcome!

I have to say that I was expecting something a little different from the event, as registration was required, along with the details speaking to a mini yoga session in their fantastic space and more I was surprised to find that no one asked to see my ticket and that it wasn’t a closed event for those that had registered. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any yoga happening and I have to say with all of the staff that came up from Montreal I thought there would be someone speaking to the brand and what they are all about, welcoming people to the event and so forth. Nevertheless, there was great music, delicious eats, great selections, and staff were super helpful and happily paired items together for you, so a great time was had by all!

The store is beautifully laid out with walls displaying product in a cohesive manner and specific to particular types of clothing. There are plenty of displays as well that feature the clothing so that customers can easily see what it will look like before they go to try it on. Like the bra wall see along the back here. They feature bras from light support all the way through to high impact so you are sure to find the right amount of hold for whatever activity you are doing.

The Bra Wall

If you are looking for a new bathing suit for this summer, never fear Lolë has you covered with their wide selection of suits.

Bathing Suit Anyone?

This location also hosts yoga classes in their special little space that is tucked away behind the bra wall. In this space you will see a posting of what classes are coming up, if you aren’t nearby to check them out just take a peak on their Facebook page to find out when the next class is up!

Practice Space

If you are waiting for class to start, want to shop but have to keep the little ones occupied, Lolë has you covered there too. They have installed this beautiful little house in the middle of their space, where people can wait and talk and kids can play.

Come on in!

A little greenery perhaps

A few of the things I tried on included their new yoga jeans that are as advertised, very flexible and easy to wear with 4 -way stretch. They are not supposed to leave you with any saggy bits after the first hour like most jeans with stretch tend to do. The jeans are available in multiple colours, light, medium and dark washes, as well as khaki and the colour of the season – blush. I also tried on some great sweaters that were extremely comfy, the fabric is so soft you just want to stay in it all day! This grey sweater also comes in black!

Grey Drawstring Sweater and Dark wash Yoga Jeans

High/Low Sweater and Dark wash Yoga Jeans

One of my favorite items though was a rain poncho! It comes in a brilliant blue, a khaki and classic black. It has a hood and pockets to store what you need and then at the end of the day packs neatly into a nice little bag. One of the key features I found with this poncho is the unique drawstring that is located on the inside of the front which allows you to create some definition for your shape should you wish. The brilliant blue is definitely my favorite colour for a dreary day!

Best Poncho Ever!

I also discussed with them the quality of their products and what customers can expect from the mats that have recently been on sale at Costco with comparison to those in the stores and they assure me that while these mats are made for Costco specifically that they stand by the quality and assure it to be that of all Lolë products. I know this may seem like a random question, but I asked this because I feel it’s important for brands to ensure that even when they are approaching different markets with regards to price points that it is important they ensure the same level of quality consumers have grown to love, otherwise you can end up diluting your brand and people lose confidence in what you have to offer and that is really a shame, so I am very happy to hear that Lolë takes this seriously.

Another great thing that I found out was that the Lolë White Tour is coming to Ottawa this year!!!!  If you have never been to the White Tour, I recommend you check it out. It is a yoga event, hosted by Lolë where all participants and instructors wear white and engage in practice together. The goal is to symbolize peace and come together in our yoga practice. I went to the On the Road White Tour in Gatineau last year and really enjoyed the session and the sense of community. So I am really excited they are finally bringing the tour to Ottawa, I have asked them every year for the last few to come here so I am very excited that it is!! Stay tuned for tickets to go on sale because they will go fast, I only hope I can get mine before they are all gone! You don’t want to miss it!

Overall, I really enjoyed myself at this event, I got to take a look at some great new items and meet some new people. I hope that Lolë continues to see positivity from the Ottawa area and decides to stay with us, it is so important to support our fellow Canadians and if you can’t make it to the store yourself Lolë offers free shipping and returns on everything through their online store and it usually arrives in a flash!

I hope you go visit the new location soon!

Stay tuned for my upcoming review on my Lolë Glow mat!

sam

What is it about Birthdays?

I recently celebrated my birthday and I thought I would share my thoughts on birthdays.

Most people hate their birthday because it means they are a year older and something about that makes you think about all that you haven’t accomplished in your life and I will admit that I am equally at fault for doing this, especially lately. On top of this we don’t take the time to celebrate what we have and who we are.  This I feel is a habit that we need to break.

For me it is so important to celebrate the birthdays of the people in my life and here is why. I am grateful for all of the beautiful people in my life and I love to celebrate the day they were born because if they had never been born I wouldn’t have them in my life, so to celebrate them is to be grateful for them.

For myself I never work on my birthday and I never plan to because it is a day for me to have all to myself to do with as I please. I try to reflect on the good and all of the things I am grateful for and I am so very thankful to my family and friends who honour me with their birthday wishes and for making me feel special. Like what my friend did at the office (photo below) or what my girlfriend who is currently in Ireland did, arranging for a gift card at one of the local spas for me!

Decorated!

Of course that also means I have to remember that not everyone feels the same way and puts the same importance on birthdays and not to be sad about those who forget too.

A birthday is a special gift and every year you get another is an opportunity to be thankful and cease the day (as my boss would say ;))!

I hope you take the opportunity to celebrate those in your life and to celebrate yourself too! Happy Birthday to every one of you! 🎉

sam

So Valentine’s Day ❤

It’s that time of year again, Valentine’s Day and I have to say I’m not the biggest fan of what it has become. I’m not saying this to sound bitter or jealous, I love love ❤️, it’s really about the fact that it has become over the top and an excuse for less than stellar expressions of care the rest of the year for some people.

I’m going to sound ridiculously old now, way beyond my years, but back in the day it used to be about the little things, some flowers and chocolate maybe and a nice dinner together or for some just some quality time set aside to enjoy each other’s company. Don’t get me wrong it has always been a commercial holiday, has been from the beginning in my opinion. Now though it’s about expensive jewelry and companies advertise for cars and vacations and well frankly what don’t they advise you buy for that special someone?

I believe that if you care for and love someone then you should show them every day, not just when you are told to, when it’s expected of you. It doesn’t always have to be something big, it can be making their morning coffee or starting the car or making dinner. Small actions that have a big impact by simply making their day a little brighter.

Valentine’s Day puts so much pressure on people to get the perfect gift, be romantic and out do each other. It has become more about the things rather than the love. Let’s face it the world really could use more love.

So this Valentine’s Day remember to think about the person and people you love and how you can bring the spirit of the day to them every day through the little things you do to show you care. Don’t take for granted that love and don’t waste any opportunity to let people know you care.

To all of the people I love, you are in my heart every single day!!!

I hope you all make your days filled with love and kindness. Happy Valentine’s Day ❤

sam

Passengers – A Quick Review

Happy 2017 All!!

How did you spend your New Year’s Eve? Well I went and enjoyed a movie and dinner and then blissfully returned home to my pjs and the TV. I love all of the celebrations but would really rather not have the trip home afterwards in the wee hours of the morning. So that’s what I do and I love it, a night with those I love in pjs 😊.

Going to see a movie is tradition and this year was no different. Passengers was this years choice; it depicts a tale of human civilization migrating out amongst the stars to another earth and while the journey is long everyone is in hypersleep for it and something goes wrong along the way. The movie stars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as the main characters and really the only characters for most of the movie.

I actually really enjoyed this movie, I was interested in seeing it because the idea of humans going out amongst the stars and exploring intrigues me but I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. The scenery was breathtaking, I mean space and all of those stars, it’s incredible. The story was very interesting and rolled out at a good pace and kept you involved as well and while I don’t want to spoil anything, it was refeshing not having a big bad guy or some kind of nefarious plot twist. Both Chris and Jennifer played their roles very well and had great on screen chemistry with one another.

The theater playing the movie had the recliner seats and I have to say this was amazing!! It was nice and comfy and being able to prop my legs up was great. One minor downside is that if you are short like me you can only recline so far otherwise the railing along the aisle will interfere with the screen if you recline too far back.

Overall, I would recommend this movie as I really did enjoy it and I think you will too.

Happy movie watching!

sam

Another year passed, a new one on the horizon

2016 is almost gone, just mere hours away from its finale and I have to admit I’m not sure how I feel about this past year and what I look to in the year to come.

This year has had its ups and downs and I suppose a general feeling of longing or feeling out of phase. I just wonder sometimes where I belong, as I imagine  most people do.

I have more hobbies than I have the time or the money to do, which makes me a little sad only because I wish I had more of both so that I could just always be creative. I am very thankful for the skills and abilities that I have.

I have had the misfortune over the years of being hit twice and as a result have lost the level of physical fitness I once had when I used to kickbox and getting back into shape has been a challenge and it drives me nuts not being there yet.

I do feel fortunate for the people in my life and the things I have. I have to say that I am not really one for resolutions because I think they are just a mechanism to eventually make us feel bad about ourselves because we didn’t keep them. We all have good intentions making them but in the end we have to be honest with ourselves and determine what we want and figure out what changes we need to make in to order to realize what we desire; this however is far easier said than done!

Overall, there are so many things I want to change and there never seems to be enough time to do it all, but this year I am really hoping I can pull it all together. At least I hope I can, I’ve decided to run my first 5k this fall so I better get into shape and I’d like to dedicate more time to my creative outlets (including this blog) and try as I might to find my place in all of this.

If you are feeling the same don’t worry you are not alone. I hope that everyone takes the time to be grateful for what they have and even though things may not be where you want them to be that tomorrow is another day and a new year is on the horizon. The past is the past and every day is a new opportunity.

Be safe and have fun in your celebrations 🎉  ringing in the new year.

Happy New Year!!!!

sam

A S’Well Review

Okay, so the title is a lame play on words but I just couldn’t help myself!

So as you guessed it, this is a review on the S’Well bottle. What’s a S’Well bottle you ask, well let me fill you in.

Have you ever gone out for any number of activities and brought along water for later but when you go to drink it later it’s just not cold anymore, or even worse it’s hot, blah!

While I’m really not one for water because let’s face it, it’s boring and yes you can add any number of things to it to spice it up, but you still need just good old fashion H2O everyday. The problem is I usually like to bring water with me when I am out and about but unless I go to the effort to pack bottles with ice packs in a cooler for the car, the water is going to get pretty warm, pretty fast. When this happens I tend to head to Starbucks (literally one of my favorite places 😊) for some ice water but when a Starbucks is not near then what?

I recently began the search for a water bottle that would be capable of keeping my water ice cold, not sweat all over my bag or hands and not leak. I started to research and came across S’Well. S’Well is a company that is striving to eliminate plastic bottles from use and help the planet by doing so. S’Well is also doing more than just preventing the use of disposable plastic bottles, they donate proceeds from every bottle purchased to charities too! They are a company trying to make a difference.

A S’Well bottle boasts to keep your colds cold for 24 hours and hots hot for 12 hours. So I decided to take the plunge and buy one. These are not cheap bottles though, the cheapest place I found them was Teavana. It was $35 (plus tax of course), compared to any other reseller (such as Chapters, Terra 20 and others) being $40-$45 for the 17oz size. Plus added bonus, Teavana is owned by Starbucks so you can use your registered Starbucks card to pay for the bottle and earn stars!!!!! How awesome is that!!! Now there aren’t as many of the amazing colour choices at Teavana but I’ll take the savings.

So as mentioned there are a ton of colour options available and there are three different sizes, 9oz, 17oz and 25oz. I went with the 17oz because I felt that the 9oz would be too small and debated the 25oz but when I saw it, I realized that it was too big to carry around. That being said I would love to have a 9oz for when I want to bring something else to drink as well, or cream for the office and the 25oz would be perfect to bring to keep in the car to refill my 17oz on a long day or to share with others.

Meet 17oz  S'Well

Meet 17oz S’Well

This was such a good purchase! I have had this bottle for a couple of months now and I am addicted to it. I have left it in the car, done yoga on the hill where the bottle is almost too hot to touch but the water inside is still ice cold!! It really does last too, for hours and hours. I use this bottle everyday now, it is my number one go to.

Never leave home without it!!!           I mean it!

Never leave home without it!!! I mean it!

Now to be fair I have not tried anything hot in this bottle because I purchased it solely for water, so I don’t want to put anything else in it but water and I can’t think of when I would need to bring just hot water somewhere. So I can’t verify whether the claims for 12 hours hot are accurate, I can imagine they would be though given the success of the cold. It is easy to clean too, you will just need a little longer bottle brush that’s all. Also, important to note that if you have a large ice cube tray then your ice cubes are going to be just a tad too big, but never fear you can just grab a stick ice cube tray and pop them in or fill your tray half full and volia. I bought a Soda Stream stick tray, it actually comes with two trays and was only $5, not too bad in my mind. The size of the mouth is perfect for drinking from, not too big or small so the ice cube matter really isn’t a problem.

A look inside

A look inside

I have decided that I really would love the 9oz for carrying other drinks to go with my lunch or cream for coffee at the office, another 17oz to carry hot liquids (like an afternoon coffee) and a 25oz to have for the car for those long days where you are going to drink more than 17oz.

Due to my ravings about how much I love my S’Well bottle a couple of my friends have also now purchased their very own bottle and are now part of a S’Well community.

If you are looking for a great water bottle that really does keep your drink cold then you’ll feel S’Well with this purchase!!! Definitely a recommended product.

Happy hydration!!

sam

It doesn’t have to be expensive!

There is no doubt that I have a love/hate relationship with shopping. I love getting something new, getting it home, washing it and wearing it as soon as possible to show it off. Yes, it has to be washed! One of my biggest things is never wearing clothing that hasn’t been washed. Let’s face it clothing is put together in a factory with dust and all flying around, fabric is dyed and extra dye is always there for even a couple of washes and don’t even get me started about people who try clothes on commando! I’m not putting all of that against my skin straight out, sorry not happening. So as much as I can’t wait to wear something, it’s getting washed first, lol!

I hate having trouble finding something that fits me properly and well a lot of times the price. I don’t have a straight flat body type, and well let’s face it no one has the same body type. Everyone has some trouble finding clothes that fit properly but I find it extremely frustrating sometimes and I don’t believe it always has to be expensive to be fantastic.

This outfit of the day has pieces that can be used in so many different ways. I have pictured an office look here, because well it’s my day to day.

Office Looks

Office Looks

This is an amazing blazer from Reitmans and their Willow and Thread collection. It is a beautiful cream with that interesting neck like. Now I had my eye on this blazer from the moment it came out but I waited because it was priced at $95.00 and even though it’s a classic piece I was not prepared to spend that. This paid off so much for me! I went in a couple of weeks ago and it was on sale and there was a sale on the sale!! So this little baby was only $28 with taxes! How amazing is that?!? I was feeling the rush of a great find for the rest of the day! This blazer can be paired with a gorgeous skirt, a dress, any number of pant styles and even class up a pair of jeans.

The navy shirt is a sleeveless loose fitting number from Old Navy that ran me about $15 which can be paired with anything, so you will get your money out of it over and over again. This is also a clean staple piece.

Okay so the pants took me by surprise. I have only been a Costco member for a few months and I was just casually walking through and came across these great skinny dress pants. I actually came across these the same day as the blazer and as soon as I saw them I knew they would go beautifully together as they have the cream in them that pull them to the blazer. These were only $20! These can also be paired with a great cream t-shirt and sneakers and look far more casual with a little kick.

The heels are actually my old faithfuls that I actually got as a gift from some girlfriends, thanks ladies! They are so comfortable and can be paired in so many different ways, they are classics.

I have the most amazing friends because all of the jewelry in the photo have been gifts too. They are are classic pieces that have incredible flexibility, simple and clean lines and they go with everything.

I just love finding great deals like these because the better the deal on a quality piece I can get, the more pieces I can buy for the same budget and who doesn’t love that!!

Always keep an eye out for those deals and keep feeling beautiful!

sam