Yesterday I decided to take my friend to Forget Me Not Café. I kept telling her that she just HAD to try the Nutella lattes. Yesterday also happened to be extremely hot so we asked for our lattes iced. I not only love how our lattes came in cute little mason jars but this café has charm. It’s small and cozy and the wooden tables add to the rustic look of the place. This is the perfect place to go to in the summer but the multiple rooms and cozy niches make for a great study space during the school year.
Begins on Rush Lane
On our way back to Union Station we decided to walk on Queen Street West. My friend has never seen Graffiti Alley so we decided to stop there. I have been there before but I didn’t realize how much more there is to it! This is a frequent spot for fun photo opportunities.
There are many walls filled with artistic graffiti but my favourite wall would have to be this one for obvious food related reasons:
Now that the weather is changing I feel like my skin care routine is changing too. Warmer temperatures call for new ways to keep your skin healthy and hydrated for summer. Here are some of the products I use to ensure that my makeup lasts longer and doesn’t leave my skin feeling drier than the desert.
This moisturizer goes on smoothly and can outlast the heat. It also works as a base for makeup. I sometimes apply it on top of my cheekbone highlight to create a dewy glow. It is oil-free so it doesn’t cause you to breakout like some moisturizers do.
I recommend using eye cream instead of a regular moisturizer under your eyes. regular moisturizer will create a layer under your eye and not fully absorb into your skin. This might look funny once you apply concealer or any other makeup afterwards. I know this from personal experience!
I usually use the deep cleansing pore strips but for warmer weather, this mask leaves your skin feeling cool and tingly. I love how you don’t need to wait 10 minutes for it to dry like other masks. All you have to do is massage it into your skin for about a minute and wash it off. It’s perfect if you’re someone who is constantly on the go!
Instead of using self-tanner, I use Jergens Natural Glow because it’s easy to apply just like a regular daily moisturizer. I use the one that that includes a firming daily moisturizer and I can definitely see the difference. After applying this cream I recommend waiting several minutes before covering the area so it can set in. Bonus: It smells good too!
In the summer it’s easy for your makeup to look caked on especially if you’re using a powder foundation. BB Cream is a great way to give you a light and effortless look. It’s almost like a moisturizer with a little bit of coverage. This BB Cream in particular is very light and almost feels like you’re wearing no makeup at all. If you absolutely can’t live without your foundation it also works as a good base.
For more information on any of these products, click the pink hyperlinks to be redirected to their websites.
This look is ultimately inspired by my pink Wellesley bag from Kate Spade. I went with neutral colours to allow the bag to be the focal point of the outfit which also complimented my soft pink bralette perfectly.
These cigarette trousers from Topshop are extremely comfortable. On a spring day when it’s still too chilly to wear a dress, these pants are perfect. They also provide some contrast to all of the soft colours going on in this look.
For accessories I opted for this long, gold necklace from Forever 21. I feel like long necklaces are a better choice for when you are wearing low-cut tops. At first, I was hesitant to pair it with my silver watch but it didn’t turn out bad at all. I often see people mixing and matching their gold and silver pieces, and companies like Michael Kors are even selling two-toned watches.
I recently got these shoes from Steve Madden for my birthday and I am in love with them! I own another pair of suede heels and they usually begin to hurt after wearing them for a long time but not these ones. They are versatile and you can easily dress them up or down. For a more casual look, I would pair them with cuffed jeans.
Location: 19 Horticultural Ave., Toronto (off of Gerrard Street East between Jarvis Street and Sherbourne Street)
Allan Gardens Conservatory is a beautiful gem within the city. I recently went there for the first time expecting it to be small but I was wrong. When you first walk in the dome-shaped greenhouse there is an abundance of exotic plants and light shining through the glass from every angle imaginable. There is a little bench in the centre where you can look up at the dome, which doubles as a great photo opportunity.
To be honest, I thought the dome-shaped room was it. I wasn’t expecting it to get much bigger than a few more sections but each room had another doorway leading to more flowers of different kinds. Although, a couple of sections were blocked off due to maintenance.
My favourite section featured cacti in unique shapes and sizes. One section had a small pond with fish which was surrounded by colourful plants and flowers. I even noticed a couple of people that entered the conservatory to sketch the scenery.
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Whether you’re taking pictures, going on a date, or wanting to see some greenery within the city, this place would make for the perfect afternoon.