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5.27.2020

Pink jogger sets you need - #JOGGERSETCHALLENGE Week 2

Hello ladies! I hope everyone is well and safe. Sorry, this article took longer than usual because of an IT bug but here it is. So last week, it was all about pink jogger sets. I'm telling you, jogger sets have becoming quite the rarity. Here is my little roundup of the current pink jogger sets on the market, first up are the small businesses, then you can find items from other stores:

https://senseofindependence.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/neon-lounge-set
https://www.trendsavvy.com/ca/product/honeydew-intimates/honeydew-intimates-mornin-gear-french-terry-sweatshirt-in-taffy/108051/
https://www.shopdanascott.com/collections/all-clothing/products/cozy-crew-sweatshirt-confetti
https://www.adidas.ca/en/pink-women-clothing

Enjoy xxx
5.17.2020

Blue jogger sets you need - #JOGGERSETCHALLENGE Week 1


Hello ladies! I hope everyone is well and taking care of themselves during this weird time. If you've been following me on Instagram, (if you don't, you should @lapiz_of_luxury) I've been posting all of of my jogger outfits of the day since the beginning of this confinement as dressing up makes me happy in the morning and gives me energy for my work day. After thinking about it and having sooo many discussions with many of you by messages, I decided I wanted us to do something together all about our joint love for joggers.

Enter the #JOGGERSETCHALLENGE - Each week, I launch a jogger set colour we need to research for, mainly on small businesses websites and at the end of the week, I share all of the links we've collectively found on here!

#JOGGERSETCHALLENGE WEEK 1 - Baby Blue Jogger set

This week, it was all about the Baby Blue Jogger set and I think I started this with a harder one, here is what we all collectively found, we did not find many small businesses this week but I still added the links to bigger stores, if ever you wanted to shop. Trendsavvy is one of my favourite places to shop and is a small business here in Montreal, so go check them out!

https://www.trendsavvy.com/ca/product/honeydew-intimates/honeydew-intimates-easy-rider-french-terry-romper-in-castaway/108058/

https://www.trendsavvy.com/ca/product/honeydew-intimates/honeydew-intimates-easy-rider-french-terry-pants-in-castaway/108060/

https://www.peace-collective.com/collections/sweat-suits/products/home-is-toronto-sweatpant-royal


3.28.2020

The top loungewear you need

Usually, around November, I start getting very drawn to anything that is remotely related to loungewear, my ultimate favourite is a matching set, a good jogging pant and sweatshirt go a log way.  Since then, I've been sharing with you on a weekly basis links to all of my favourite joggers. After many requests, I decided to round everything up here. On a side note, I am blessed to be working for a fashion company and as you know sweatsuits or jogging suits have become very much part of the street style movement. My colleagues can clearly vouch that I'm usually wearing a matching jogging suit on Fridays ;) Now, more than ever given our current situation of working from home, spending every hour of every day in our household, jogging suits and I have really become one. Here are my top picks of loungewear pieces, sweatshirts, matching sets, you name it! 



You can also visit some other of my favourites such as DailyStoryclothing, TrendSavvy and Aritzia.

Let me know if you decide to join me in the world of jogging sets and if you do, please tag your #jotd jogging of the day!

Stay safe!
xxx
2.24.2020

Top 5 things you need to know about retinol


In the last couple of months, I’ve been very open with you about my skin care journey. From June 2018 to July 2019, my skin was at its very best. I even went to not wearing an inch of makeup on my face for a year, which was beyond amazing. My skin was in very good condition, with very, very small imperfections such as old acne scars. Come August 2019, and my skin situation came crashing down. Stress took over my life and my skin was one of the main victims. I desperately wanted to take this matter into my own hands and properly alter my skincare routine by incorporating new products. 

Au cours des derniers mois, j'ai souvent abordé le sujet de mon parcours en matière de soins de la peau. De juin 2018 à juillet 2019, ma peau était à son meilleur. Pendant près d’un an, j’ai réussi à ne pas porter une touche de maquillage, ce qui était un super exploit. Ma peau était en très bon état, avec de très, très petites imperfections comme des vieilles cicatrices d'acné. En août 2019, ma situation cutanée s'est effondrée. Le stress a envahi ma vie et ma peau a été l'une des principales victimes. Je voulais désespérément prendre ce problème en main et modifier correctement ma routine de soins en intégrant de nouveaux produits.


Over the past years, I had always read that retinol was an amazing ingredient to use to reduce the appearance of acne scars but for a long time I was scared to use retinol because of all the stories and myths around this ingredient. Two months ago, after my research, I started using the new Olay Retinol24 Moisturizer and I asked you via my Instagram Stories if you had any questions regarding retinol, so here all the information I gathered to answer your questions and tell you all about the top 5 things you need to know about retinol: 

Au cours des dernières années, j’ai fait beaucoup de recherches et j'avais toujours lu que le rétinol était un ingrédient incroyable pour réduire l'apparence des cicatrices d'acné, mais pendant longtemps j'ai eu une peur envers l’utilisation du rétinol, probablement dû à toutes les histoires et mythes autour de cet ingrédient. Il y a deux mois, après mes recherches, j'ai commencé à utiliser le nouvel hydratant pour le visage Olay Retinol24 et je vous ai demandé via mes Stories Instagram si vous aviez des questions concernant le rétinol, alors voici toutes les informations que j'ai rassemblées pour répondre à vos questions sous forme des top 5 choses que vous devez savoir sur le rétinol:


1. What is retinol? Qu'est-ce que le rétinol?

Retinol is a form of vitamin A that will brighten and smooth skin while fading signs of damage, like scars, sunspots and wrinkles. 

Le rétinol est une forme de vitamine A qui éclaircit et lisse la peau tout en atténuant les signes de dommages, comme les cicatrices, les tâches pigmentaires et les rides.


2. What does retinol do to your skin? Que fait le rétinol pour la peau? 

Retinol works by encouraging your skin cells to turn over faster than they would normally, making way for new skin. It’s sort of a ‘spring cleaning’ for your skin: out with the old, in with the new. Retinol will stimulate the production of collagen and leave your skin looking brighter and smoother. 

Le rétinol agit en encourageant les cellules de votre peau à se régénérer plus rapidement qu'elles ne le feraient normalement, laissant la place à une nouvelle peau. C’est en quelque sorte un « nettoyage de printemps » pour votre peau: on se débarrasse de l’ancien et on fait place au nouveau. Le rétinol stimule la production de collagène et laisse votre peau plus lumineuse et plus lisse. 


3. What can retinol do for me? Que peut faire le rétinol pour moi?

If you want your skin to look brighter and smoother, you should definitely try retinol. When I started using Olay Retinol24, I noticed that my skin’s texture was improved. I really noticed a difference after 10 days of using it, my skin was a lot smoother and brighter. After 3 weeks, I also noticed that the appearance of my acne scars and dark spots was reduced. 

Si vous voulez que votre peau soit plus lumineuse et plus lisse, vous devez absolument essayer le rétinol. Lorsque j’ai commencé à utiliser Olay Retinol24, j’ai remarqué que la texture de ma peau s’était nettement améliorée. Après 10 jours d'utilisation, j'ai vraiment remarqué une différence, ma peau était beaucoup plus lisse et plus lumineuse. Après 3 semaines, j'ai également remarqué que l'apparence de mes cicatrices d'acné et de mes tâches pigmentaires était réduite.


4. Is it true that retinol dries out your skin? Est-il vrai que le rétinol assèche la peau?

Most retinol products will dry out your skin. However, during my research I discovered that Olay’s Retinol24 formula not only hydrates your skin but it also improves your skin’s ability to hold onto that moisture. Why you may ask? Well the Olay Retinol24 products contain vitamin B3, which is known to help moisturize your skin and improve its resiliency and ability to hold onto moisture. After using it for many weeks now, I have not experienced any irritation or redness. 

La plupart des produits à base de rétinol assèchent la peau. Cependant, au cours de mes recherches, j'ai découvert que la formule Retinol24 d'Olay hydrate non seulement la peau, mais améliore également la capacité de la peau à retenir cette hydratation. Pourquoi vous vous demander? Et bien, les produits Olay Retinol24 contiennent de la vitamine B3, qui est connue pour aider à hydrater votre peau et améliorer sa résilience et sa capacité à retenir l'humidité. Après l'avoir utilisé pendant plusieurs semaines maintenant, je n'ai ressenti aucune irritation ou rougeur. 


5. When do I use retinol? Quand dois-je utiliser du rétinol?

It is very important to use retinol only during your nighttime routine as retinol is photosensitive and can breakdown with the sun. 

Il est très important d'utiliser le rétinol uniquement pendant votre routine du soir, car le rétinol est photosensible et peut se décomposer avec le soleil.


6. How often should I use retinol? À quelle fréquence dois-je utiliser le rétinol?

A misconception is that you can only use retinol once or twice a week because it will be too irritating to your skin. It really depends on the formula, but I have found that Olay’s new Retinol24 products are gentle enough to use everyday. 

Une idée fausse est que vous ne pouvez utiliser le rétinol qu'une ou deux fois par semaine, car il sera trop irritant pour votre peau. Cela dépend vraiment de la formule, mais j’ai découvert que les nouveaux produits Retinol24 d’Olay sont suffisamment doux pour être utilisés tous les jours.


I hope all of this information helps you have a better understanding of retinol. Looking back at my skin journey, I can now say that I’ve learned a lot about retinol and how it can improve my skin’s appearance, but I also need to learn how to manage my stress, because stress can have a direct impact on your skin and its appearance. 

J'espère que toute cette information vous aidera à mieux comprendre le rétinol. En repensant à mon parcours cutané, je peux maintenant dire que j'ai beaucoup appris sur le rétinol et comment il peut participer à améliorer l'apparence de ma peau, mais je dois aussi apprendre à gérer mon stress, car le stress peut avoir un impact direct sur votre la peau et son apparence.


Do not hesitate if you have any other questions about retinol in general and retinol products!
N'hésitez pas si vous avez d'autres questions sur le rétinol en général et les produits à base de rétinol!

The Olay Retinol24 collection is available as a Night Moisturizer, a Night Serum and a Night Eye Cream. Go to Olay.ca for more details!
La collection Olay Retinol24 est disponible en hydratant de nuit, en sérum de nuit et en crème pour les yeux de nuit. Visitez Olay.ca pour plus de détails!

1.03.2020

Top 5 winter fashion must-haves

I have a love/hate relationship with winter for the following reasons. I absolutely adore the fashion that comes with the winter season because it's all about the layering, however, as a Canadian we have to deal with the freezing cold, the inches of snow, the slush, the not wanting to leave the house/hibernation and so much more. This winter, to brighten up my mood because let's be honest with winter comes zero sun, I decided I wanted to incline my wardrobe towards winter whites and a palette of nude colors. Being Canadian ain't no joke. But all smiles now, let's talk fashion and the 5 fashion must-haves to stay cute this winter! 
Enjoy the shopping xxx

1. The Winter Whites
Coat - Knit - Jeans H&M | Sneakers Adidas | Bag Gucci

2. The Knit Dress
Dress H&M | Booties Mango


3. The Knee-High boots
Knit H&M | Dress American Eagle | Boots Aldo

4. The combat boots
Coat Quartz co | Jeans H&M | Bag Prada | Boots Dr.Martens



5. The jogger set
Coat Zara | Jogging set Dailystoryclothing

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