Ashley MacInnis: The Frenzied Fashionista

Jun
23
2015
Blister Survival Guide 101: The products you need to heal your blisters so you have happy feet.

From time to time, my smarts escape me and I find myself pondering the stupid decision(s) I made. I recently considered my stupidity at great length as I stood on one leg in a public washroom eyeballing a disgusting blister on my right foot as I ran cold water over my tootsies to soothe them and reduce swelling. I felt even more intelligent when a well-dressed, sophisticated looking lady happened upon me in her building’s ladies’ room. Awesome. (Luckily for everyone, I was wearing pants.)

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May
12
2015

Your Ultimate Swimwear Shopping Survival Guide

Wetsuits, Bikinis, Tankinis, Monokinis, Oh My!

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There are few things as uninviting as a swimwear store's changing room, and they are - in no particular order - vaginal steaming, molten hot lava being poured down your back, and being at the Oscars with John Travolta.

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May
04
2015

Quick & Easy Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon

A Hint of Sweet For A Lot of Delicious and Nutritious

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Like many moms juggling work, life, and household duties, I find it hard to carve out the time to make elaborate meals each night. For whatever reason, not even meal planning seems to work for my son and I, so we often end up standing in the kitchen staring into the refrigerator asking one another what we feel like eating. We follow a largely plant-based diet, but we do enjoy fish on a pretty regular basis. One of our favourite recipes? This maple and mustard glazed salmon!

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Apr
20
2015

Luxurious DIY Chocolate Face Mask

Give Your Skin A Yummy Boost With Ingredients In Your Cupboard

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They say that beauty begins in the kitchen, and this mask is no exception! After a long, cold, miserable, hateful winter, my skin feels tired and beaten.

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Apr
10
2015
CONFESSION: I am lazy as all get out in the mornings.
 
It’s not that I don’t like to look nice when I leave the house, because I do, but sometimes mustering the energy to do things like put on pants and brush my hair is just too much to ask. Also: SLEEP.

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Apr
08
2015

PSA: There's No Such Thing as a Perfect "Real" Body

Why Are We Tearing Each Other Down When We Should Be Supporting One Another?

Fashion retailer Lane Bryant launched its #ImNoAngel advertisements on Monday, featuring models Ashley Graham, Marquita Pring, Candice Huffine and more. It’s not hard to see that this campaign is a big ol’ bitch slap in the face of Victoria’s Secret The Perfect Body campaign. In a short video, the models share their ideas of beauty before wrapping it up with “I’m not angel.

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Apr
02
2015

Singer Melanie Doane Dishes Music & Motherhood

She's Coming "Up to the Light" With Her Newest Single

You may know her for Adam's Rib and Still Desire You (if I had a dollar for every time I sang that to my highschool boyfriend's photo...), but Melanie Doane is much more than a chart topper. Between carpooling in her minivan and reading bedtime stories, she's writing songs and helping hundreds of Toronto-area kids connect with music.

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Mar
24
2015

France Seeks to Ban Super-Skinny Fashion Models

New Bill Could Criminalize The Use of Underweight Models, Pro-Eating Disorder Forums

I am applauding France’s health minister, Marisol Touraine, who recently announced she supports plans to criminalize the use of underweight models in high fashion.

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Mar
19
2015

Suzy Shier Launches Plus Size Collection

New Sizes Available in 66 Stores Across Canada This Spring

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In case you haven’t heard, Canadian retailer Suzy Shier has seen the light and added a plus size line to their collection of stylish, trendy pieces simply dubbed Suzy Shier+. And it's awesome.
 
Not surprisingly, word traveled to head office that more and more women are looking for larger sizes in stores and so the company decided it was time to launch a collection this spring to see how it’s received.

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Mar
06
2015

Canadian clothing designer duo Dan and Dean Caten are the recipients of harsh criticism this week, after having been accused of being culturally insensitive and disrespectful to aboriginal culture. And I’ll admit, I get it.

The twin brothers are the creative geniuses behind Dsquared2, which debuted its latest women’s line at Milan’s Fashion Week. The fall-winter collection features pants, jackets, dresses and coats that combine tribal “decorations” with Victoria-era designs. Artistically, it’s a beautiful collection, but the name? Not so much.

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Feb
20
2015

The Under Eye Makeup Trick You'll Wish You Knew Sooner

Time To Make Your Lipstick Pull Double Duty

While "researching" my Valentine's Day style post, I stumbled upon a red lipstick that I knew I had to have. I'd owned the same formula in a nude shade already, and it was my most-used, most-loved lip product ever. Naturally, I was going to get it.

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After a weekend of freezing my face off in 50 Shades of Maritime Weather, I'm trying to divert the "blahs" Fifty Shades of Grey left me feeling last night by focusing on what a good sport Mr. Hockey Coach is since he sat through the movie with me and only made a couple of sarcastic remarks... and also stayed awake. In any case, we braved the absolutely horrific roads and hit up the movie I feel as though everyone has been talking about. Was it sexy? To borrow from Ms. Steele: No, sir.

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Feb
09
2015

The colour red is the most emotionally intense colour, even stimulating a faster heartbeat and breathing-rate. It's also the colour of luuuurve. Red is an eyegrabbing shade, and its intensity can be a little overwhelming. The most romantic colour, pink, is less stimulating but still beautiful. And contrary to my what my mother told me once in grade eight, you *can* wear pink and red together.

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Jan
20
2015

5 Signs You May be a Scarfaholic

(As If You Could Ever Have Too Many Scarves!)

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Scarfaholism is best defined as a dependency on or addiction to scarves, and I am definitely living with this condition. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I don’t leave the house without a scarf during the winter, but throughout the spring and fall you can almost always find me with a scarf draped around my neck. I even have “summery” scarves, for days when the weather is a little cooler (or for when I want to jazz up my outfit).

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Jan
13
2015

Jerk of the Hygiene World: Busting Ingrown Hairs

3 Easy Remedies For Those Pesky, Painful Bumps

When I was in university, I first lived in an all-girl’s dormitory, and then moved in with female friends. Prior to moving out of Mom and Dad’s house, I was pretty unaware of the multitude of weird (and icky) beauty practices and blunders that women deal with. One of the "ickier" things I experienced my girlfriends dealing with was ingrown hairs.

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Jan
02
2015

Keep Your Cash (and Style Sense) with Theft Busting Wallet

When Style And Technology Meet, Awesome Things Happen

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If there are two things I can’t live without (aside from my family and coffee), they are easily style and technology. I’m lucky enough to be able to marry two of my loves – style, and (you guessed it!) technology – by writing this here blog and working for an HR tech company. I often come across neat products in my line of work, and this pretty clutch was one such find.

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Dec
30
2014

New Year, New You: Establish Your Signature Style in 2015

An Easy Guide To Creating A Style That Screams YOU!

I’ve been asked a number of times to describe my style and it’s always left me a little stumped. I mean, Do I even have a signature style?  Perhaps this is a question that you’ve been asked (or asked yourself) once or twice. If I had to describe my style, I’d define it as equal parts classic and trendy. I like to play with new shapes, textures, and styles but I never venture into things that don’t feel me.

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Dec
10
2014

3 Ingredient Coconut Snowballs - No Oven Required!

The Easiest Cookies You Didn't Have To Bake

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I really love getting into the kitchen, especially during the holidays. Because we’re really busy between work, preschool, play dates, and writing, my son and I rarely have elaborate meals.

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Dec
03
2014

Easy Party Hair: Think Outside the Bun

3 Simple Solutions For All Your Holiday Hair Dilemmas!

Easy Holiday Hair: From Office Parties to Elegant Soirees

As I desperately cling to the memory of summer and the laissez-faire styles that make me so happy, there is one thing I enjoy about the colder weather: bringing structure and clean lines back into my hairstyles. While summertime is filled with loose, messy ponytails, and flowy fabrics, fall and winter are the perfect time to polish your look and play with thick textures.

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