Jul 28, 2014

My Ombré Experience at Oskar on Scollard

In the heart of Yorkville filled with men in suits and women with shopping bags, there lies a beautiful hair studio called Oskar on Scollard (68 Scollard, Toronto). The moment I walked in I was immediately drawn to the colour palette, unique furniture and chandeliers on the ceiling. I knew that I'd love it here.

The team at Oskar on Scollard had kindly asked me to come in and try some of the services they offer. I had a consultation with Ethan who is the salon manager and senior hair stylist. He suggested that I keep my length the way it is and get a trim to get rid of the split ends, and bangs to shape my face. I've been trying to grow my hair long for the wedding coming up in October, so this seemed like a great opportunity to simply freshen up my locks a little.

Once we decided on the right cut for my hair, I consulted with the senior hair colourist. Darren noticed that I had been growing out my highlights and recommended that I keep a similar colour and just blend it more and brighten it up a notch for summer. He also suggested replicating the colour in a subtle way on my bangs.

I wasn't really allowed to look at my hair until both Darren and Ethan completed the entire look. Usually when I'm getting my hair done, the stylist will give me a stack of magazines to browse while they do their thing, but Kim, who is owner at Oskar on Scollard, came by entertained me the entire time with hilarious stories.

Here is what I looked like once they were done with me:

Incredible or what?! I couldn't be more happier with my first real ombré experience. I was also really struggling with what I should do to my hair while it grows, but this is just so easy to maintain until then.

Here is a collage of the different ways I've been styling my hair since I got the new 'do:

While I love to straighten and curl my hair, I find that even just letting it air dry naturally gives the ombré a really nice effect. This also means using less heat on my hair which leads to healthier locks!

Huge thank you to the entire team at Oskar on Scollard for fixing me up and getting my truly ready for summer. I highly recommend them for all your hair needs!

Jul 23, 2014

eLUXE Summer 2014 Lookbook

Jul 16, 2014

Our Love Shoot

With less than 90 days left to the wedding, the excitement (and nervousness) is really starting to build up. For the longest time we didn't bother with an engagement shoot, thinking it wasn't something we desperately needed. Our engagement ceremony in Pakistan was more extravagant than we thought and got some great photos to share from it. However, a few friends suggested we do one for memories and just for the "fun of it", so we gave it a shot!

We finally took the time recently to do the engagement shoot and we are both SO happy that we actually went through with it. It was nice to spend a beautiful morning together doing what we love to do and having it all captured for us. For those of you iffy about engagement shoots, I highly recommend you do it! Think of a story or theme in your mind and it will make the process a lot easier and more enjoyable.

Jul 3, 2014

Celebrate the Summer with LUSH Cosmetics (+ giveaway)

Ever since I first discovered LUSH back in grade 12 I have been in love with their fresh, handmade products. From the bath bombs to shower scrubs and luxurious hair treatments, there isn't anything I'm not confident in trying.

I'm excited to hear that LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics will be opening it's 200th store at one of my favourite spots in Toronto, Yorkdale Shopping Centre! The store will open doors to public on Friday, July 11, 2014 and I am SO honoured to be hosting the grand opening with three of my close blogger friends: Elaine Atkins (Toronto Beauty Reviews), Jenny Jovanic (Crazy Style Love) and Deanne Castro (My Fash Avenue).

Come and say hi to us on July 11 at the new LUSH store at Yorkdale!
I will specifically be there between 5:30-8:30 p.m. ET but you can drop by any time that day as there will be lots of prizes, giveaways and gifts with purchase.