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Essentials For This Summer

 

With weeks left of summer, I'm focused on making the most of the remaining sunny days ahead. From beach trips to patio hang-outs, here's my top summer essentials for making the most of our favourite season.

 

ROSE WATER TONER

Fresh Rose Floral Toner

I learned from my recent trip to South Korea that rose water can be used as a toner. I've been using the Mamonde Rosewater toner, however it's not available here in Toronto, so I recommend trying Fresh Rose Floral Toner which is available at Sephora. Rose water is good for all skin types and balances your PH level. 

 

AVENE SPRING WATER SPRAY

 

Avene thermal spring water will be your trusty summer companion, especially if you are traveling, need a post-workout refresher, or like to freshen up your make-up. It comes in a travel size and a regular size, and is available at your nearby drugstore! Pick it up if you have sensitive skin and want to re-hydrate your skin after sun exposure. 

 

BALI BODY TANNING LOTION

Balibody Watermelon Tanning OilI recommend this product because in comparison to other tanning oils I've used, it is not sticky and it smells sooo good! The Watermelon Tanning oil is infused with watermelon and seed oil, and has SPF 6 (so you definitely need to use sunscreen on top of it). It is 100% vegan and made in Australia, but it ships for free to Canada!
Another option is to go for a spray tan, if you are interested, check out our previous post on Seven Things to Know Before Getting A Spray Tan.

 

STAINLESS STEEL STRAWS

Stainless Steel Straws 

As I turn to lighter and healthier fare during the warmer months, smoothies are one of my favourite options for snacking on-the-go. Your smoothie can be good for your body as well as the environment with the use of a metal straw (which I got on Amazon). Many restaurants and bars in Toronto are participating the anti-straw movement, which has heightened our awareness of the need to replace plastic straws with reusable ones! 

 

FENNTESSA SWIMWEAR

If you're on the hunt for comfortable and cute bikinis, Fenntessa swimwear has got you covered. This Vancouver-based line offers a selection of cheeky bottoms and bralette tops in soft fabrications and subtle colours. Sizes go fast, so check out our latest offering in-store.

 

QUAY SUNGLASSES

Australian-based Quay sunglasses are ah-mazing. Trend-setting styles at reasonable price-points make this brand a cult-favourite among celebrities and style influencers. Check out our website for the latest arrivals of Quay sunglasses. 

 

TEXTURE SPRAY

I've been on a hunt for a really good texture spray to keep my permed hair styled for a few days. What's really good about texture spray is that it not only lifts your hair, but it works as a dry shampoo. I recommend Barber & Fritz Fleur de Sol - available at The Cure Apothecary

PILATES

I started my journey with pilates a few months ago and I initially started because of previous injuries. I have never felt so good and relaxed after working out - and that post-workout feel lasted for two days! I've been going to Muse Movement and I absolutely feel better every time I attend a class. If you're thinking about starting pilates, try the reformer class!