stop and smell the roses.

we’ve talked about my neurotic obsession with eye cream around here before.

we’ve also talked about the beautiful neal’s yard remedies.


and today i get to take both of these magical things and squish them together.

i’m both blessed and cursed with looking like my mom. and while i’m happy she doesn’t have grey hairs, she does have crowfeet (she knows, and will also never read this post, so it’s ok to mention). for this reason i have researched eye cream since the age of 19.

when neal’s yard remedies introduced me to their rose formula hydrating eye cream i was sold. it replenishes to smooth fine lines with rejuvenating wild rose to nourish and strengthen the delicate skin around the eye. these are all the things i’m looking for, and since it is dermatologically tested and made with organic, natural ingredientes it is suitable for sensitive skin – which i have, and everyone probably has around their eyes.

thanks to the lovelies at neal’s yard remedies, i get to share my last birthday gift with you.

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how to enter:

head over to my instagram, find this photo and follow the steps in the comments to enter.

how do you care for your skin?

coutu loves you.

i love supporting local and thanks to market collective, i have discovered a lot of great designers, artists, etc. in the calgary area.

one of these amazing brands is CoutuKitsch.

yup, we’ve talked about them before, but i met Dorian and Kofi while volunteering with market collective a few years ago, and became an instant fan of them (the sweetest couple!) and adored their pieces from first sight.

they have everything from simple to ornate. the sparkle is amazing, and the hand stamped brass pieces are so personal and delicate.

over the last four years, it’s very rare that you’ll see me without their sparkle studs in my ears.
i have them in black as well as silver.

they go with anything. i wear them with jeans and a tee as well as dresses…as well as my workout gear, on runs and hikes because if i’m going to take a sweaty selfie, i’m going to look my cutest. (don’t act surprised by that – it’s like you don’t even know me.)

want to win a pair of coutukitsch sparkle earrings? of course you do!

head over to my instagram and follow the steps in the comments of the photo to enter.

what is your go-to piece of jewelry?

runway to real life.

the first little bit of fall is a time that i love so much: when the leaves first change but the temperature isn’t too cold yet, and you can open all the windows in your apartment to let the breeze roll through. why does it always smell so fresh, too?

i also love fall fashion, where boots and scarves can be fashionable and not just functional.

but i’m so not there yet. in my head it’s still tank top season and i’m having a hard time coming to terms with layers.

for this reason, my wardrobe is not ready for the season change either. enter Marlborough Mall to get me geared up for fall. they wanted to know what my favourite looks of the season will be. after sitting on the runway last month, i got a feel of some trends, and armed with access to more than 100 brand name retail stores, i was ready to create my runway to real life fall look.


dear east village, thank you for having these fantastic all-canadiana box seats. they make the perfect personal runway. love, laura.

i really fell in love with knits at the show. they are comfortable, warm and cozy, but styled in the right way they can still be dressy and dare i say sexy?

i found this knit dress at le chateau and loved the cut and small slit up the side. it’s also a tank, which is great for the beginning of the fall season where you can get 20 degree days and wear it as is, or when it gets cooler, you can pair it with a scarf or moto jacket and look even more adorable.


these gorgeous burgundy booties are from call it spring. the colour screams fall to me, and they are so versatile since they work great with a dress, but would also be amazing with a pair of leather leggings or cuffed skinny jeans. the suede material is so luxurious for fall, too. everything in fall should be so cozy!


i’ve started fall on the right, heeled foot. and now it’s your turn. Marlborough Mall wants to help you freshen up your fall wardrobe with a $25 gift certificate. to win, enter my rafflecopter giveaway below. you have to at least leave a blog comment telling me what your favourite fall trend is this season.
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best life project.

thanks to everyone for the lovely birthday wishes yesterday! it feels pretty good to officially be in my 30s.

i can’t think of a better way to have spent the day. beautiful weather and a bright blue sky were a perfect setting for the first day of my mountain super long weekend adventure.

for quite a while now all i’ve wanted was to spend my 30th birthday hiking, and because i had a pretty long trek in store for me, i brought my favourite friends Vega along for the ride. their #bestlifeproject is everything i love: eating, moving, recharging, connecting, and going on adventures.


i also had my favourite adventure buddy in tow; sister is here for 10 days to enjoy the mountains and celebrate my birthday. she’s kind of the greatest.


would you look at the larches?!

we decided on hiking at lake lousie because there are so many different trails and mountains to choose from. i pushed for the big beehive hike, since my last attempt at it three weeks ago was thwarted by fresh snowfall and thick clouds. it made for stunning photos, but didn’t let me get close to the summit.


sister agreed to my suggestion of forging towards the big beehive summit. mostly because she had to because it was my birthday.

one of the things i like this most about this hike is there are plenty of beautiful pit stops along the way, that your eyes, lungs and legs will all be happy to come across.

they are also great places to have a snack and refuel.


after 2.7 km you run into mirror lake, which has an overwhelming view of the big beehive that would convince almost anyone that it wasn’t possible to summit.

after another 800m, a waterfall and a set of stairs, you come to lake agnes and the tea house. this is a cute place to stop and rest and if you have cash on you, you can purchase something from the tea house. with just a few seats, it’s quite busy, but earlier in the day you’ll run into less people.

DSC_1352the next step is to walk around the back of the lake where the steep switchbacks start taking you to the big beehive summit.

after one and a half switchbacks on labour day weekend i had to pull the plug and turn around since the snow was making the steep trail quite slippery.

not the case this time, the snow had all melted and the summit was in sight after a few exhausting passes.

DSC_1394 my first “real” summit on the afternoon of my 30th birthday! if i wasn’t slightly dehydrated i’m sure i would have cried.

ok, so i actually cried twice on the drive out to the mountains in the morning because i was so excited.


thanks, Vega, for helping me get to the top!

after returning back to lake agnes, you can take a different path to head to the little beehive.


since we had no other plans except for checking in to our hotel and going for dinner at some point, we decided to take the road less traveled (seriously, we only passed two other couples) and complete the beehive pair.

and is it ever worth it – if just for the photos alone!


the best.birthday.ever!

and it gets better: Vega is helping me spread the birthday love, and gifting one s&s reader with a tub of their Protein & Greens powder and a shaker cup!

for your chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below. make sure you at least leave a comment telling me how you fuel your adventures!

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