Update on The Folgers Morning Tour (+ giveaway!)

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Have you been following the Folgers Morning Tour in Toronto? For the past few weeks, they've been going around the city promoting the new Mocha Swirl k-cup packs and giving away complimentary coffee. I was lucky enough to drop in twice... once at Yonge/Dundas with Maria (Beauty and a Bite) and the very next day when it was parked right next to my office!

We received these really cute Folgers jackets and they're SO warm. I also love that Folgers' colour is red, it makes me feel pretty. :)

Since the idea of the Folgers Morning Tour is to introduce the new Mocha Swirl, naturally I just had to try it. If you like chocolate and coffee, this is the perfect blend for you. It still has the scent and main flavour of coffee, but there is a surprising hint of mocha. I was afraid it would be overbearing but it's actually so subtle that I really enjoyed it.

Now for the exciting part...

As part of the campaign, Folgers sent me my very own Keurig machine along with various k-cup flavours and cute kitchen accessories! As much as I love coffee, I simply never had time to make it in the morning before going to work, but now it's just SO easy. The Keurig machine is a beautiful shade of red, simple to use and very tiny. All you have to do is put in a k-cup and you'll have fresh coffee within seconds.


Folgers has also kindly offered to give one lucky reader a prize pack worth $150! Here is what you'll get:
  • Mini-red Keurig coffee machine (just like mine!)
  • Assorted selection of Folgers Gourmet Selections k-cups packs including the new Mocha Swirl
  • Folgers branded mug
  • Premium sugar & creamer set (trust me, it's super cute)
To be eligible, you must fill out the Rafflecopter widget below and comment on this blog post telling me what your morning routine is like! For extra entries, you can do the following and indicate you did them in the Rafflecopter widget.
  • Follow @summerxskin on Twitter
  • Become a fan of SummerxSkin on Facebook
  • Tweet: " Hey @SummerxSkin, I love coffee - I want to win the Folgers prize pack! #FolgersMorningTour. http://bit.ly/Ii7I3n "
  • This contest is open to Canadian residents only and ends on Saturday, December 7 at 11:59 p.m.
Good luck!

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Insta-Monday: #SparkSessions!!

Monday, November 18, 2013
I've been talking about Spark Sessions for month (online and offline), and I can't even express how amazing it was to see our little project come to life in a big, bold way!

This is a quick run-down but I'll be doing a more lengthy one soon with lots of photos and details. :)

Listed from top to bottom, left to right:
  1. Group photo of the Spark Sessions Executive Committee (l-r): Nicole (Dainty Girl), me, Melissa (The Domestic Peach), Anjali (Rock That Look), Deanne (My Fash Avenue), Elaine (Toronto Beauty Reviews), Marissa (Chic Darling) and Jenny (Crazy Style Love).
  2. Our opening keynote speaker was Jeanne Beker! She had a very inspirational speech and answered so many great questions from the audience.
  3. I moderated a couple of panels throughout the weekend, one of them being about my favourite topic: Branding, Blogging and Social Media! Our speakers were Sheryl Bhagga, Crystal Gibson and Nicole Wilson.
  4. James was at the conference all day and night with the team! He was such a great helper and did everything he was asked. :)
  5. Our closing keynote speaker was Elaine Lui a.k.a. Lainey Gossip! She is just so awesome and funny... it was a fantastic way to end the conference.
Stay tuned for more posts this week! I've got lots to share. Connect with me through Instagram and Twitter as well!

Hint of Pink (+ giveaway)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

(Photos by James)

Outfit Details: Skirt (c/o Dynamite), Pumps (c/o Nine West), Top (thrifted), Clutch (c/o Smart Set), Necklace (c/o Shop for Jayu), Bracelets + Earrings (various)

I've really been enjoying putting black & white together with pops of colour (see here, here and here). So much so that I even took out this peplum top that I thrifted years ago, and wanted to add a more contemporary touch. The hint of pink on my clutch definitely stands out but isn't over-empowering the rest of the look.

How could you not love the dazzling necklace that I'm wearing? Shop for Jayu, one of my favourite boutiques in Toronto, kindly gifted the Beaulah necklace to me a while back and it has currently become my go-to necklaces when I want to make an outfit look glamorous!

One thing I truly admire about Shop for Jayu is how on-trend they are when it comes to bringing in new pieces and collections. Spikes and studs were huge during the past few seasons, and Shop for Jayu had all kinds of options so everyone would be able to find a piece they like. I've been noticing more silver in the market lately, it look great with warm colours and works well with leather and mixed media, that is why I went ahead with this gorgeous "Beaulah" necklace in silver (it also comes in gold).


Since the holidays are coming up, Shop for Jayu has offered one lucky reader a chance to win the Beaulah necklace! Enter to WIN the Shop for Jayu necklace, and you can choose whether you want it in silver or gold.

To be eligible, you must fill out the Rafflecopter widget below and comment on this blog post telling me how you'd style this necklace! For extra entries, you can do the following and indicate you did them in the Rafflecopter widget.
  • Follower @summerxskin on Twitter
  • Follow @ShopforJayu on Twitter
  • Become a fan of SummerxSkin on Facebook
  • Become a fan of Shop for Jayu on Facebook
  • Tweet: "Hey @SummerxSkin, I want to win the @ShopforJayu Beaulah necklace. It's perfect for the holidays! http://bit.ly/184nxVV" You can tweet this once a day, every day.
  • This contest is open to Canadian residents only and ends on Wednesday, November 20 at 11:59 p.m.

Spark Sessions in Toronto Next Weekend (+ giveaway)

Monday, November 11, 2013
If you're a fashion or beauty blogger in Toronto, you may have already heard but Spark Sessions is next weekend! On November 16-17, Canada's FIRST and ONLY fashion & beauty blogger conference will take place at The Centre of Social Innovation (720 Bathurst Street).

I'm so happy to be part of an amazing executive team and can't wait for everything to come to life this weekend. We have a great line-up of speakers (including fashion icon Jeanne Beker!) + relevant and informative panels specifically catered to fashion and beauty bloggers.


The team has partnered to give one lucky person a weekend pass to Spark Sessions ($100 value)! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter widget below to be eligible to win.

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Good luck!

Insta-Monday: Designher Kit, Folgers Morning Tour, Dynamite Party & More

Listed from top to bottom, left to right:
  1. Recently attended Designher Kit's launch party; an amazing DIY jewelry-making monthly subscription kit. I was surprised at how easy it was to make a cute spiked bracelet. Check out their Indiegogo campaign!
  2. Got to hang out with Jenny (Crazy Style Love), Elaine (Toronto Beauty Reviews - she was also the co-host), Dara (Designher Co), and Rica (The Office Chic) at the Designher Kit launch party.
  3. Lately I've been having easy-going and relaxing weekends with close friends - dinner, drinks and playing cards!
  4. The chocolate brownie at Canyon Creek is AMAZING. It was devoured quickly by four people.
  5. So excited to partner with Folgers for the #FolgersMorningTour campaign! Read all about it here.
  6. Folgers recently introduced the Mocha Swirl K-Cup packs and it's delightful. I love the combination of coffee and chocolate, so I had no doubt it would be a good mix.
  7. Hosted a fabulous shopping party with Dynamite at Square One last Thursday. More details to come on the blog, but you can read the invite here.
  8. More photos of the Dynamite shopping party! It was amazing seeing some of my followers and friends. :)
The upcoming weeks are absolutely insane and exciting at the same time! Stay in the loop through Instagram and Twitter.

Dynamite's Best Dressed Shopping Party at Square One

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

(Photos by James)

Outfit Details: Dress + Accessories (c/o Dynamite), Bag (Ralph Lauren), Jacket (H&M), Boots (c/o ECCO)

This season has been bittersweet so far. Even though it's been pretty chilly for the past couple of weeks, for the most part we had a really nice, mild autumn. I'm a total advocate of dresses (even in the winter) so I'm really not complaining about the weather too much. Typically I'll throw on pair of tights or a scarf to stay warm no matter what.

Grey isn't always the happiest of colours, so I wanted to wear this dress with contrasting accessories. The burgundy boots complement my bracelets, and the bright brown bag adds brightness to the look. All of these fall colours together have created this rustic feel and I just love it!

I'm so happy I've got to work with Dynamite for the past few weeks - I've been a fan of their clothing since high school and it's still the one store I absolutely have to stop at before leaving the mall. Last week they just introduced online shopping; as dangerous as this is for my wallet, it makes me super happy at the same time.

To celebrate, Dynamite is having a shopping party on Thursday, November 7 in stores across Canada. The objective is to enjoy 25% off your purchase, be gifted with free items and spend some quality time shopping and mingling with fashion bloggers. I'll be stopping by at Square One Shopping Mall from 6:30-9 p.m., JOIN ME! I would absolutely love to meet and hang out with you if you're in the area.

You can follow the #DynamiteBestDressed through that hashtag, as well as Dynamite's official Twitter and Instagram. If you can't make it to Square One, I will also be sharing tidbits of the evening on social media as well.

Hope to see you there! xo

Folgers Morning Tour in Toronto

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you wake up? For me it's definitely COFFEE! Mornings aren't the same without a hot, delicious cup of coffee while getting ready for the day. As the days get shorter, it becomes more difficult to wake up early. A lot of my photos for style and beauty posts are often taken in the mornings as well; caffeine helps me stay alert and look awake.

One of my favourite coffee blends is Folgers; it's easy to make, consistent and tastes great. When I'm feeling extra special, I'll opt for a flavourful blend. I was thrilled when they introduced the new Mocha Swirl K-Cup packs. There are already seven other flavours including one of my favourites, Vanilla Biscotti.

To spread awareness about the new Mocha Swirl K-Cup packs, Folgers has set up a Morning Tour that's open to public in Toronto! Each day from November 5 to December 14, The Folgers Morning Tour will park at a neighbourhood in the GTA and give out complimentary cups of the chocolatey flavour! All other flavours will also be on-site if you aren't a big fan of mocha.

See the full list of #FolgersMorningTour locations here >>

I've partnered with Folgers along with my good friend and blogger Maria (Beauty and a Bite) and we will actually be stopping by during the Folgers Morning Tour a couple of times. We would love it if you could join us and get in on the #FolgersMorningTour!

Look out for us at Yonge & Dundas Square on Wednesday, November 6 at 8 a.m.! We will be there right when it starts. If you miss out on this one, we will again be at Roncesvalles & Wright Ave on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. We are both super excited to be attending together and would absolutely love it if you joined us!

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