Thursday, 23 April 2015

Summer Cravings

Summer Outfit

I haven't done one of these in a while! I wonder why I ever gave up putting style boards together - it's so much fun. I spent most of today daydreaming about my summer wardrobe, not that we'll ever get summer in Canada. It actually snowed this week and it was -1 degrees when I went to work this morning. So if I ever get to buy any of these, I'll probably end up wearing them around the house. Sigh! What are you looking forward to wearing this summer?

Summer Outfit

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Saturday, 11 April 2015

First Day of Spring

spring preppy layered outfit idea

It finally got warm enough for me to wonder outside of the house for my OOTDs. I'm excited about having a fenced backyard all to myself where I can take pictures, prance around, shoot videos and pretend to be a unicorn without anyone watching.

spring preppy layered outfit idea

spring preppy layered outfit idea

Today's outfit is all about my new cardigan which I snagged for $19.99 from Urban Outfitters. I bought a size up (medium) for extra comfiness (is that a word?). I layered it with my trusty shirt dress and paired it with a pair of thigh highs which I never pull over my knees because they squeeze my legs into a weird sausage shape. Does that ever happen to you or do you have perfect model-like thin firm un-sausagy thighs? I topped it all off with saddle shoes and a pair of wayfarers. What outfits are you guys rocking this weekend?

spring preppy layered outfit idea


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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

Last week I received a sample of OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum to try out and review. I got really excited about this opportunity because my favourite beauty regimen is comprised of applying a lemon juice and baking soda mask to my skin once a week and I often wondered if I could find an equivalent of that in a bottle.

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

The OZ Naturals serum is a highly concentrated anti aging cocktail of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, amino blend, vitamin E and ferulic acid.

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

I've been using the serum for about 5 days now every night before bed, followed by my usual moisturiser. The changes I am noticing are not miraculous by all means (I'm too old to believe in the tooth fairy anymore), but noteworthy nonetheless. My skin looks brighter and my complexion feels more uniform. I haven't noticed any change in my fine expression wrinkles, but it might be too soon to speak on the matter (I will update you in another week or so). Here is my list of pros and cons.

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

Pros:

- Fast delivery - I received my sample in 2 days.
- Light, non fat formula that absorbs rapidly into the skin - great for any skin type.
- No perfume - my skin does not react well to strong perfume in cosmetic products and I am happy the creators of the serum decided against such an addition.
- Brightens skin - complexion looks more uniform after a few days of use.
- Great addition to anti aging beauty regime.
- Cruelty free, vegan and 72% organic product.

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

Cons:

- I would have liked this product more if it were 100% organic. I'm at that point in my life when I am starting to take into consideration all of the chemical compounds that I come in contact with and wonder about the long time exposure effects.
- A 30ml bottle will set you back $27 - that is almost 1$ per ml. I really like this product, but I am yet to discover the miraculous effects other bloggers have mentioned, which would justify me spending that much every month.

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review

The bottom line. I'm a firm believer that cosmetic products can visibly improve the quality of your skin, however, I would never expect anything that I put on my face to "take the years off". If you are not tight on your budget and looking for a more transparent source of vitamin C and other beneficial anti-aging compounds to add to your beauty routine, the OZ Naturals Serum is a great option.

Have you tried this serum yet? Share your experience in the comment section below.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

P.S. I was sent a free sample of the OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum in exchange for a review. All thoughts expressed in this post are my own.


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Firmoo Glasses Review

Firmoo Glasses Review

New Firmoo glasses are here! Yay! Also, I chopped off my hair because it was getting absolutely insane and I couldn't handle it anymore. But back to the glasses.

I went all out this time and chose this daring orange retro looking frame, which is actually much lighter than I thought it will be. I plan to wear them with red lips and 50s inspired outfits this summer - can't wait! Here is my list of pros and cons:

Firmoo Glasses Review

Pros:

- The price is amazing! I have received this sample for free, but if I were to buy them myself, I wouldn't think twice about it. My Ray Ban frames cost me around $200. Compared to that, $13 seem like a walk in the park.
- The frame is light and comfortable to wear.
- The glasses come with a hard case (which the people in customs completely wrecked when they opened my parcel) and a very nice fabric case.
- Firmoo got my prescription spot on.
- They get delivered incredibly fast! Mine were here in about 4 days.
- The anti-scratch layer which is going to be a life saver for me.

Firmoo Glasses Review

Cons:

- My sample came without an anti-reflective layer, which I highly recommend you opt for, especially if you sit in front of the computer all day. It also helps neutralize those nasty glares from any other source of light (for example light from the window when you're trying to shoot a Youtube video hehe).




You can also check out the Youtube video I made wearing them. I'm still trying to get a hang of this whole video stuff so don't laugh too hard please.

Have a brilliant day!

Dora

P.S. I received a complimentary pair of glasses from Firmoo in exchange for a review. All thoughts expressed in this post are completely my own.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Blue Pleated ASOS Skirt

blue Asos wrap skirt

It might be hard for people in Europe who are now enjoying plus 10 temperatures and sunny skies to believe that we still have to throw on two sweaters and a winter coat just to take the trash out, but let me just clear up the mix-up right away and reveal our best kept secret: Spring is just a figure of speech in Canada. That's right, we use it to fool our European relatives into coming to visit us in April when we're just about ready to snap after 6 months of winter.

blue Asos wrap skirt

It's been dark, cold and snowing all last week and this morning here in Kingston, so I'll just go ahead and use that as an excuse for my blurry pictures today. Seriously, though - it's so hard to keep still with the long exposure my camera needs to take a decent picture.

blue Asos wrap skirt


This blue ASOS skirt finally arrived (I was afraid it got lost in the mail) and it's much better than I thought. I forsee getting a lot of wear out of it this "spring". Love the way it moves when I walk and that it doesn't feel too tight on my waist. Have you been doing any spring shopping lately? Do share!

blue Asos wrap skirt


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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

#bdibNA Twitter Chat

bdibNa twitter chat


Here's some awesome news! Some of you might know that I have been hosting the EST version of the #bdib Twitter chats every Monday at 8pm (if you'd like some more details on that you can check out my previous post here).

We (me and Gemma from Touch of Belle) are in the process of launching a new chat Twitter page and new tag specific to the EST chat. The big launch will be April 13th! Don't forget to follow @adropofindigo, @touchofbelle and the new page @bdibNA for all the details and the announcements.

Take a look at the new page here and let me know what you think about the design.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Grammarly Premium Account Review


grammarly premum account review

After writing my previous post on the popular Chrome extension (you can check it out here), someone from the Grammarly team got in touch with me and offered me a three month complimentary premium account to test out (which I couldn't wait to do!). Many of you might be wondering if the premium account is worth the money or not, so I'm hoping this post might be able to answer some of your questions on the matter.

I'll start with a little outline of what I am actually using Grammarly for. These last few days I've been working on a massive online content editing project as well as my usual blogging routine (that I'm finally beginning to get back into). I've found Grammarly to be a life saver in both cases, especially since time is not always on my side when proofreading. I found it to be mostly accurate in pointing out spelling errors and grammar issues that I could have easily missed otherwise. I also love that every signaled issue comes with a little explanation note which I often found informative.

Did I use a lot of the perks that come with the premium account in my work? I sure did. Would I buy the premium package? I am not sure. Don't get me wrong, I love Grammarly, but if I personally had to pay for the premium account, I am not sure it would be a choice I would make strictly taking into consideration the needs I have from a text editor at the moment. However, based on the experience I had using it, I do see how professional writers, bloggers and schools could really benefit from the upgrade.

My only complaint about the Grammarly premium version is that it doesn't come with support for iWorks (or maybe I can't figure out how to set it up?), since that is the area where I feel it would have a lot of applicability for my work. I wonder if any other Mac owners might feel the same on the subject?

Here's a comprehensive list of the perks the premium account (Monthly - $29.95; Quarterly - $59.95; Annual - $139.95) comes with:

- Checks for 150+ additional points of grammar
- Provides vocabulary enhancement suggestions
- Detects plagiarism and provides citation suggestions
- Comes with Microsoft Office Add-In, enabling you to use Grammarly inside Word Outlook
- Specialty checking for different document types: academic, technical, creative, etc.

Have any of you tried the premium Grammarly version? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

Have a brilliant day!
Dora

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Chase for the Perfect Rain Boots

columbia rain boots review

Kingston, Ontario mainly has three seasons: buried in snow season when you're stuck under 5 layers of clothes and wearing -30 degrees resistant footwear, wet and slushy season when you practically live in your rain boots and warm and extremely moist season when your feet will literally cook in anything other than flip flops. You might notice a tendency for a lot of rubber - let's just call this... Lake Ontario chic if you will.

columbia rain boots review


It just so happens that we're right down smack in the middle of wet slushy season and my three year old rubber boots decided that it was about time to die on me. I had only spent $17 on them, but I loved them and for some reason thought of them as indestructible. Proven terribly wrong on that account, I was on the hunt for a new pair which meant a week of coming home with my feet soaked. I wanted something neutral and affordable that will hopefully work for another 3 years, but somehow all of the merchants in town decided that bright or expensive rubber boots is the big trend this year.

columbia rain boots review

Today I ran across this Columbia pair and it was love at first sight. Even though the price was a bit higher than I wanted to pay for a pair of rubber shoes ($41), I liked that it didn't feel like my feet were swimming in them and that they had cushioned insoles. They also come with this "omni-heat" reflective layer that is supposed to keep everything nice and toasty during cold days. I can't wait to give them a go this week and see how they work out!

What is your go to spring footwear? Is it drier where you live?

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Have a brilliant day!
Dora

All opinions stated here are my own. I haven't received any compensation from Columbia for this post.