Monday, 14 March 2016

Makeup Monday: NeoStrata xToronto Fashion Week

This post is dedicated to my fellow Canadians! Happy Toronto Fashion Week! 

As you may remember, I had the pleasure of attending my first Toronto Fashion Week (TFW) in October. Now it's time for Spring FW to commence! As a recent guest and spectator of TFW, I would like to draw attention to the detail and organization involved in the event, and admire the transformation of the venue at David Pecaut Square. It is pretty evident that planning such a large scale event, takes the involvement and dedication of so many individuals and corporations. Many of these corporations are Canadian themselves, just like the fashion on the runway (love it!).

One component of a successful event, is the involvement of promoters and sponsors who help make the week possible. Not only do the sponsors seem to provide the financial support, but they are also involved in the fun. I noticed that most of the sponsors have booths in the main pavilion at (David Pecaut Square) and are super engaging with the attendees. If you are to attend Fashion Week (this week), make sure to stop by the booths. From my research, it appears that the sponsors remain consistent in back-to-back seasons.

One of my favourite Canadian skincare brands, NeoStrata is a TFW sponsor (so fun!). NeoStrata had a booth in the main pavilion in October (hint: there will also be a booth this week, so make sure to pop by if you're around, and score some sweet deluxe samples!). Say hello to the team, and feel free to mention that you read my blog post!

To celebrate Toronto Fashion Week, NeoStrata is offering an exclusive gift with purchase to all Canadians. The promotion is available at all Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada, until supplies last. All you have to do is spend $45 on NeoStrata products at Shoppers Drug Mart, to receive your gift valued at $49! The gift with purchase includes the Skin Resurfacing Duo and Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Lotion. If you're curious to check out my NeoStrata review (including the Skin Resurfacing Duo), you can check out my previous blog post here.
NeoStrata is also offering my readers a chance to win a gift basket valued at $250 - which will include: Skin Resurfacing Duo, Night Repair Cream, SecureWhite Brightening Serum, SecureWhite Anti Dark Circle Complex and Wrinkle Repair Moisturizing CC Cream. More information on this soon, make sure you are following my Instagram and Twitter to remain informed about this contest!

Happy Fashion Week! Stay fashionable, and have fun! 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Beauty Review: Sara's Sweetheart Soaps

To kickstart February (this winter has flown by, am I right?), I have decided to talk about something that is pretty important to me. In this capitalist money-making, power hungry world, how often do you stop to think about the 'little guy'? The small business. 

I have discussed the perks of shopping local in the past (found here), but what about shopping locally within small businesses? A few years ago, I worked for a small business in the retail industry and what I observed is that every sale counts, big or small. Every sale, and more importantly, every customer is significant and meaningful to the business owner (or at least they should be). Revenue is generated by purchases, and people make purchases. What you may not realize is that these sales not only have the ability to keep the business running, but offer business-owners the ability to live.

I wanted to collaborate with Sara McIntyre, a law clerk, who is also an independent retailer based in Toronto after meeting her on Bunz (check it out!). Sara drew me in with her unique passion and talent for designing soaps and candles (especially girly ones!). Sara has an Etsy shop where she sells her handmade custom soaps and novelty candles, which you can find here. Sara ships anywhere in Canada, and offers pickup in Toronto! Best of all, if you mention that you found Sara through me, you will receive a FREE 4-piece sweetheart soap set (as seen below) with any purchase! These are the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your significant other, friend or even yourself! They are adorable, affordable and Erica Exposed approved
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One of my New Years Resolutions is to take better care of myself. This task is 100% customizable, depending on your needs. For me, it means, spending less time worrying and more time relaxing. Lately, I've felt that every day is Groundhog Day, so I wanted to change up my routine a bit, and indulge in a bubble bath. It was nice to lounge in the tub, lathering myself up with these *adorable* soaps. I couldn't be more thrilled with how they turned out (Sara added some extra messages for me).
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All products are made with bath and body safe essential or fragrance oils - or can be made scent free. I personally found that the soaps didn't have a strong scent, rather they were very natural. 
Scents: Green-Sugar, Pink-Fruit Punch, Purple-Grapefruit
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This month, I will be showcasing some of my favourite local small/independent businesses in Toronto! Aside: The above also speaks the same about independent businesses that offer services, as services are also products! I can't wait to show off my next independent retailer collaboration. 
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Friday, 1 January 2016

Fatshion Friday: Little Black Dress {Plus Casual Holiday Wear}

I want to introduce this post by saying Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a memorable and safe New Years Eve. Today, is the first day of the new year; the first day in your proverbial 366 (leap year!) book.  I do have to say, 2015 was both and overwhelming and exciting year for me. This weekend, I will be sharing some of my 2016 resolutions and why I chose them. Most of my resolutions have to do with personal growth, but a few are more practical and applicable. One of my main resolutions is to produce more and consistent content on Erica Exposed.  

Over the last few weeks, I have been sharing some of my favourite casual holiday looks. I decided to opt for a more 'casual' style this season due to the amount of travel and work I was doing around the holidays. This December, I decided to start dress in layers to accommodate my various transportation methods (walking/transit) and the bizarre Toronto weather. Christmas Eve, we hit +13 degrees C (waaaay above seasonal temperatures), and Christmas Day was surprisingly nice as well. 
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On Christmas Day, I got dressed up in my new LBD from Carmakoma that I recently picked up at local boutique, Primaala, here in Toronto. I kept with a monochromatic black colour scheme, and added a few iridescent accents. I even decided to add some pops of colour to my lips and with my bag. Red of course... it was Christmas! 

I am obsessed with the fit of all LAB|27 products, an exclusive line within Carmakoma. The LAB|27 line are your basics. Tons of solids (mostly blacks), simple silhouettes that are comfy and classic. I own quite a few LAB|27 items, and in my closet they are definitely my go-to's. I knew that I had to snag this LBD, which is no longer on sale at Carmakoma, but is still available at Primaala! 
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[outfit details]
Dress: Lab|27 for Carmakoma via Primaala
Waterfall Vest: Evans
Booties: Penningtons
Necklace: Handmade by Jessica
Clutch: Gift
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Friday, 18 December 2015

Fatshion Friday: Yule Log {Plus Casual Holiday Wear}

On Fridays, we wear plaid. During the holiday season, that is. I have put together a new casual outfit to wear during the holiday season. I purchased this fabulous vest from Old Navy last week for only $20! I was nervous about the fit, so I decided only to only order the plaid. There is also a chambray-esque vest that I wish I purchased in addition to this, but unfortunately I did not. I picked up my typical size in the vest, because I knew it was a thin material. Usually, I have to size up in bulkier vests because they are so tight in the chest area. Fortunately, this vest fits like a DREAM. It is both lightweight and cozy, locking in that extra warmth needed during the long winter months.
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I opted for the plaid because of the black accents, and how perfect the red is for Christmas. I own a lot of black in my closet (so chic!) so it was really a no-brainer about which colour to pick. I would say that this outfit is perfect for the long trip back to your hometown, whether you're heading home from college/work/another town by plane/train/bus or car! I actually think that this outfit would be an amazing airport outfit (think: comfort, versatility, layers). Thankfully, I won't have to travel across the country, or even across the province. Of course, I'll still have to endure a couple of hours on a bus and then likely a lot of time in the car this holiday season. Somehow in Canada, we seem to have dodged the snow this year (although it is still very cold!). Likely, I'll end up slipping this on before I head home to see my family on Christmas Eve! 
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[outfit details]
Long Sleeve Top: LAB|27 by Carmakoma via Hey Gorgeous
Vest: Old Navy
Jeggings: Walmart (available here)
Sneakers: c/o Torrid (available here)
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Happy Holidays to all! Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! Don't forget to visit the blog on Christmas Day (next Friday) if you want to see what I wore to Christmas with the family! 

Friday, 11 December 2015

Fatshion Friday: Grandpa Sweater {Plus Casual Holiday Wear}

Last week, I decided to reveal my first "Casual Holiday Look" on the blog, which is one of my favourite comfy-casual outfits. This week, I've been getting a bit more into the Holiday spirit, and although I was a bit late this year, I finally set up the tree! I scored a pre-lit little guy from Factory Direct on Black Friday for $10 and I'm in love. 

I really miss living in a big house, where we were able to have a real full-sized Christmas tree. Now, due to apartment-living, it's just not an option. Thankfully, my apartment building loves to decorate the lobby each year. I spent some time this week just taking in the magical decorations downstairs. I decided to play pretend, and indulge in the wonders of nostalgia for an evening. 

What I decided to wear is a casual outfit that I would don to decorate the tree with family or friends. This look sort of screams catalogue to me, but I think it's cute. It reminds me of flipping through the Sears Catalogue each year with my mom before Christmas, an annual Canadian tradition. I love to get cozy in a warm 'Grandpa' sweater, especially around the Holidays. I decided to pair my sweater with collared button-up, from Addition Elle's Summer collection. The collar adds a classic, feminine flare to the sweater, and the pearls sweeten the deal. The button-up is in a chambray material, which is perfect for the contrast of my almost Canadian-tuxedo (double denim combo) - which is a staple outfit for so many Canadians (year round!). A perfect colour combination!
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[outfit details]
Sweater: Old Navy
Sleeveless Blouse: Addition Elle
Jeans: Torrid
Boots: Penningtons
Clutch & Gloves: Old Navy
 Coat: Old Navy
Pearls: Family Heirloom/Vintage
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Monday, 7 December 2015

Holiday Giveaway: NeoStrata Skincare

I recently wrote about a wonderful Canadian skincare brand, NeoStrata. Just in case you missed it, you can check out my NeoStrata review here.I received an overwhelmingly positive response about the products and review, so NeoStrata has graciously sponsored a giveaway for my readers and subscribers!  Two "gift baskets" (3 of the following items in each, a surprise!) will be given away to two lucky individuals that will be*randomly* chosen. Unfortunately, due to company restrictions, this contest is only available to Canadian residents. I apologize for any inconvenience. Stay tuned for additional giveaways on the blog!

All you have to do is enter the contest here by completing at least one of the following tasks:
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  5. Follow NeoStrata Canada on Instagram
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  7. Share this giveaway on your own blog/repost any picture from @ericaexposed Instagram with NeoStrata products in the image (4 BONUS ENTRIES)
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1. Skin Resurfacing Duo
2. Blemish Spot Gel
3. Lash Enhancer Serum
4. Oil Free Gel Cleanser
5. Oil Free Matifying Fluid
6. Moisture Infusion Hydrating Serum



Friday, 4 December 2015

Fatshion Friday: Red December {Plus Casual Holiday Wear}

Now that it's December, its time to start preparing for the holidays! This year, I will be working most of the month, and I am not planning on having much of a vacation or an extended period of time off. That being said, I decided that I wouldn't spend too much time getting "glammed up" before seeing my loved ones, so I would actually have MORE time to spend with them this year. I also don't have many extravagant plans  anyway (no fancy Christmas parties or anything, just casual ones), so it's not really necessary for me. This Holiday Season will be all about casual comfort, while still looking put together. I know that I also have a couple pairs of Holiday PJs under the tree waiting for me (a family tradition), which I am excited to show you!

For the next few weeks before Christmas, I will be putting together some casual, but still Holiday-appropriate plus size looks that you can draw inspiration from. Please let me know what you think!
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I don't know about you, but living up in Canada, I have elected to spend most of my Christmas break (a long weekend) snuggled in something warm, in front of a fireplace with a hot chocolate in hand. In my opinion, this outfit is perfect for the occasion! Wearing a poncho is great when you're spending time curled around the fire and/or tree with your family and friends. Do you know why? No one can steal your 'blanket' from you, so you'll never be cold! Win win.

I think this outfit is a good "Christmas Day" contender. It's simple and casual, with a pop of red (tights and in the poncho). I've also paired it with some "Santa Boots" from Penningtons which adds a cute (and practical) element. Essentially, on Christmas morning, my first priority is comfort. However, I also know there will be a lot of pictures taken so I do want to look nice. I think this strikes the perfect balance!
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[outfit details]
Dress: Penningtons (similar here)
Plaid Wrap: Sears (similar here)
Boots: Penningtons (similar here)
Tights: Addition Elle
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