Blue Jeans, White Shirt

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This is my new favourite go-to outfit and I think I love it so much because these jeans were my mother’s jeans in the early 1990s! I paired them with this incredibly soft cashmere sweater I found at Value Village (thrifted is always best), as well as with some neutral accessories. These boots always remind me of Stevie Nicks.
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Jeans: vintage / Sweater: Lord and Taylor thrifted from Value Village / Shoes: Aldo shoes / Purse: Matt and Nat / Lipstick: BITE beauty
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– Tiara

Natural Facial Skincare Products

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A few months ago I made the switch over to all natural products. I can give most of the credit as to why to the Toxicology class I took in university last term. Every day my jaw would drop to the floor, as I learnt more shocking and horrific facts about what we do to the world we live in today. I realized that if I am a being from nature and a part of nature, why am I smearing lotions and potions full of chemicals and toxins onto my skin hoping for a miracle? Humans evolved from the earth, and we will return into it – that is a natural environment that certainly does not include parabens, synthetic colours or phthalates, to name a few. Also, I was learning just how damaging these products are to the environment – and that enough was a reason for change.

The products I have here today are what I use on my face every day and/or night. I swear by these products, they all smell so incredible and they are much more friendly to the environment and my skin. I have recently had to make a dietary switch over to an Autoimmune Paleo AIP diet due to allergies and finding natural products that are free of allergens is actually a lot easier than I thought. Also, I had always struggled with severe cystic acne and eczema, and no matter how many different creams, or washes or medications I used on my face, my face remained dry and full of stubborn acne. Since I switched over to all natural products I very rarely get cystic acne, and my skin glows!

Skincare that doesn’t cost the earth

Things to look for: when purchasing natural products, I try to only support companies that package their products in glass containers. This is because glass containers are 100% recyclable, and glass can be continually recycled into more glass, maintaining high quality. Creating plastic items, on the other hand, releases toxic emissions into the air, and recycled plastic loses its quality and so new plastic must always be made. Plastic pollution is also devastating to the environment. Also, plastic containers are well known for leaching harmful chemicals (from which they are composed of) into the product they store, which is then absorbed into our skin. Really try to reduce consumption of plastic items, and recycle everything possible!

A lot of these natural products are GMO free! While there is a lot of controversy on GMO’s, I am personally glad to avoid them. Here is a well written article on GMOs for you to read.

I was able to find a lot of amazing natural skincare products at Dad’s Organic Market in Saskatoon, and surprisingly at Winners as well. However I really want to take the time to talk about an incredible company here in Saskatoon that is really taking sustainably sourced products to the next level –  Green Tree Beauty will plant a tree for every product sold. You can purchase products from them online, or at Alchemy Clothing & Salon here in Saskatoon. They source natural, sustainable and cruelty-free cosmetics with a goal of being kinder to the environment and to others. Definitely a company I feel happy about supporting!

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Viva Organics Aromatherapy Facial Toner

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty
  • Made in Canada
  • Free of: paraben, phylates, gluten, GMO, artificial fragrances, perfumes and colourant. Is hypoallergenic and cruelty-free.

I use this product as a toner, right after I wash my face. I spray it on and let it dry before adding another product on top of it. This toner brightens skin, and balances pH, and helps with controlling acne.

Viva Organics Concentrated Antioxidant Serum 

  • Purchased from Green Tree Beauty
  • Made in Canada
  • Free of: paraben, phylates, gluten, GMO, artificial fragrances, perfumes and colourant. Is hypoallergenic and cruelty-free

I immediately smooth on a pump of this after the toner onto my face and neck. This is a great product which adds a highly beneficial layer to my skincare regime. This serum helps to reduce scars and fine lines, and definitely makes my skin more radiant. It is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and organic compounds, which help my skin to repair itself and look its best.

Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream

  • Purchased from Dad’s Organic Market (or here)
  • Made in New Zealand
  • Free of all the nasties – vegetarian society approved

This is an incredible day-time moisturizer. A little goes a long way with this moisturizing product! My skin is dry, and yet very oily and this moisturizer makes my skin feel comfortable! It has an incredible fresh scent, and this company will continue to be one of my favourites due to their high quality products.

Sukin Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream 

  • Purchased from Dad’s Organic Market (or here)
  • Made in Australia
  • 100% vegan & cruelty free
  • 100% Carbon Neutral
  • Grey Water Safe
  • Free of: Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Synthetic fragrances, animal derivatives, harsh detergents, propylene glycol, artificial colours, triethanoamine, mineral oils, EDTA and parabens.

First of all, this cream smells like sugar cookies – I want to eat it. Second of all, how amazing is this sustainable company? This is a very moisturizing cream as kakadu plum, rose hip oil and pomegranate work together to combat early signs of aging and dryness. There is a lot of product here that will also go a long way!

Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen 

  • Purchased from Dad’s Organic Market (or here)
  • Made in Canada
  • 100% Natural
  • Free of: any chemicals, including PEG, BHT, artificial fragrance and colors, DEA, TEA, urea, and propylene glycol. This product is hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and noncomedogenic.

This sunscreen is the best sunscreen I’ve ever used. It has a natural tint to it so it does not have that gross white residue that a lot of sunscreens leave behind. It does not clog up my skin, and it is also not greasy at all! It is water resistant and I mix it with my daily moisturizer then apply to my face and neck.

Andalou Naturals Purple Carrot Luminous Night Cream

  • Purchased from Dad’s Organic Market (or here)
  • Made in the USA
  • Vegan & Cruelty Free
  • Uses Non-GMO, certified organic and fair trade ingredients
  • 98% Nature Derived

I use this cream every night. It is very rich and has a pleasant fruity smell. This stuff ensures my eczema is never here to stay, and I wake up with super clear, bright and glowing skin. This cream is very rich in antioxidants, and helps defend against UV damage, hyper pigmentation and premature aging.

Northlore Rosehip Seed Oil

This oil is my go-to product. I use it under all of my creams, night and day. This oil has multiple uses: as a cleanser or as a moisturizer. This product saves my skin from the typical Saskatchewan climate. I find that layering these products has really benefitted my skin. 1 drop is enough to smooth over my face for the day time (as I don’t want to use too much under my makeup) and 3-4 drops is enough for my face and my neck for bedtime.

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That sums up the products that I use on my face! Thank you for reading, and I hope to see you on the greener side!

– Tiara

Stepping Back in Time

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This is the last of the outfits that I put together for the Sasktel blog. This long vest is a favourite statement piece of mine – I love the little cross stitches. I am mixing textures with the vest and a mesh Laurie Brown shirt. My favourite part about this outfit however is the shoes. These shoes were my great aunt’s in the 1930s. So thankful that we share the same shoe size! Thank you Nicole Romanoff for your wonderful photography!
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Shirt: Laurie Brown / Skirt: Aritzia / Vest: Winners / Scarf: Lulu Lemon / Purse: Steve Madden (similar) / Shoes: Vintage
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– Tiara

She Shines

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Even though almost everything I wear is black, I do have an affinity for sparkly accessories & I think I found the perfect sparkle! Hillberg and Berk Sparkle Ball earrings are my new favourite! Hillberg and Berk is an internationally recognized Canadian company. What do I love more than these beautiful earrings – the empowerment of women. Hillberg and Berk gives back to organizations that support women, and that is very close to my heart. Make spirits bright this Christmas and holiday season with H&B Sparkle Ball Earrings!
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Earrings: Hillberg and Berk / Mascara: Benefit / Lipstick: Nars / Brows: Anastasia BH  / Eyeshadow: Stila / Foundation: Zuzu Luxe
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– Tiara

She Wore Blue Velvet

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Have you ever seen anything as beautiful as this blue velvet coat? I’m obsessed. This is part of a series of outfits I put together for my feature on the Sasktel blog. Winter style does not have to be boring with bold and unique jackets! When styling a striking jacket, stick to a monochrome outfit so it doesn’t look too busy and to allow your jacket to pop! Thank you Nicole Romanoff for your photography!
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Jacket: vintage (Better Off Duds) / Sweater: Guess / Boots: Call it Spring / Necklace: vintage / purse: vintage
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– Tiara

The Wooden Watch

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I cannot believe it is December already, Christmas is right around the corner! If you are still looking for the perfect gift, you’ve come to the right place – tis the season for looking good, am I right? JORD‘s wooden watches are the perfect unique and timeless gift to give this season! JORD watches are created with sustainability in mind, even using reclaimed furniture as the main source of wood! Live trees are not harvested! You can even choose to personalize your watch with custom sizing and engravings! I have the Reece watch, which is made with zebra wood and maple. I am excited to be able to help you with gift giving this year, or purchasing one for yourself (I don’t blame you!) as you can enter here to receive a discount on a watch! Happy shopping!
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watch: JORD / blazer: Laurie Brown / top: Aritzia (similar) / jacket: Aritzia (similar) / Necklace: Artifacts World / leggings: Lulu Lemon (similar) / shoes: Last Shoes
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You can find JORD watches here, you can find my watch here, and enter the contest for a $25 coupon code here! [expires 2/28/2017]

– Tiara

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{This post was sponsored by JORD wood watches}

Midnight Blue

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Here is another one of the outfits I put together for my feature on the Sasktel blog. I am notorious for wearing black outfits – I accessorize to keep them interesting! This leather jacket is probably one of the best purchases I’ve made! I’m keeping it local with incorporating designs from Laurie Brown & Hunt of Hounds, both located in Canada. Thank you to Nicole Romanoff  for your photography!
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Jacket: Zara / Top: Laurie Brown / Turtle Neck: Jacqueline de Yong / Jeans: Nudie Jeans / Boots: Kenneth Cole (similar) / Necklace: vintage / Belt: B-Low the Belt / Rings: Hunt of Hounds / Purse: Steve Madden
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– Tiara