Back In The Big City

I haven’t been in Toronto for two months and I’m not going to lie, I missed the city lifestyle. Hopping on the subway whenever I want, walking to stores in Uptown Yonge and obviously going to my Starbucks.

I came back to TO on Friday to pack up most of my dorm stuff and to see my friends one last time before I go on exchange. I waited a little late to book my train back home, so the best deal I could get was for Tuesday and honestly I’m happy that I have a few days alone here! On Saturday, I met up with my friend Sabrina and we went shopping in Scarborough. It was really nice to catch up seeing as though we haven’t seen each other in so long.

The weather has been absolutely beautiful since I got here, so I’ve tried to take advantage of it as much as possible. On Sunday I took a long walk to Uptown Yonge, which is an area with a bunch of outdoor shopping and restaurants. Let’s just say that I definitely got my shopping fix in which was much needed!

Today, I am finishing packing up what I can from my room and spending more time outside! I’m currently sitting in my Starbucks drinking tea and I couldn’t be happier. I’m coming back to the city Saturday night with Mom, Elle and Ivy because Elle has her final India presentation on Sunday. It’s getting harder saying goodbye to my friends knowing that I won’t be seeing them until September 2019, but I am already super excited to leave for Barbados.

I hope that everyone has a great week and that you’re taking advantage of this beautiful weather!

Love,

Libbey Jean

 

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The Legendary B229a

The Detailing of a Perfect Bride – Photos

A little while ago I was invited to get a backstage look at what it takes to make the perfect bride in the “White Room” at the Water’s Edge event center! Today I am going to be sharing some of my favorite pictures from the shoot taken by Nina Keast Design and Photography. 

If you haven’t read my first post, it is a must read before looking at these pictures! It will give you all the information from venue to makeup, and how you can get in touch with the amazing women who put this shoot together!

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~ljd

The Ultimate Prom Guide

With Prom season just around the corner, I thought I would share some inside info so that your prom will go off without a hitch. Whether this is your first prom or your fourth, I’d like to share some key ideas so you can have fun and also save money!

In 2016, I attended 2 Prom’s in the same week. It was crazy. Two different dresses, makeup looks, different hair styles. I wore a brand new pair of high heels to Prom #1 which I was also supposed to wear to Prom #2 (my high schools prom). After getting pictures, dancing and walking around at Prom #1, my feet were like jello and I could not bring myself to even put a foot in the high heel for Prom #2. This ended up being a great decision (no matter what my mother said). 90% of the girls at Prom #2 bought brand new (expensive) high heels to wear, ended up taking them off as soon as we got to the venue, and have probably never wore them since. I wore my (what people like to call Jesus sandals) and I was perfectly comfortable all night long. If you are wearing a long dress, wear whatever shoes you want, no one will see them.

If you can save money doing your hair yourself, then do it. To spend anywhere from $50- a couple hundred dollars getting your hair done for a few hours, it better be the best hairdo mankind has seen. If you, your mom or anyone else in you family is good at doing hair, then let them do it! There are thousand of tutorials on Pinterest now a days. (If you are doing you hair yourself be sure to do a practice run, and give yourself some extra time on Prom day!)

Makeup is not my forté and most days I just put on a little mascara. This is where I had to call in help from my cousin Elizabeth. Liz just finished her makeup certificate in Toronto and is my go-to for any major event. Not only did Liz do my makeup for Prom #2 but she also helped make my hair dreams come to life! If you want to see more of Liz’s work click here or check out her website!

Finally the dress. My original plan was to wear the same dress to both Prom #1 and #2, but my mm had different ideas. After Ivy got invited to Prom #2, she needed a dress and my mom made me tag along while shopping. Next thing I knew, I was trying on dresses beside Ivy. This was only a few days before Prom #2. If you go Prom dress shopping in the U.S later in the season, all the dresses are on sale as their Prom’s run from April – the end of May. I ended up getting my Prom dress for 70% off which is the only reason I even had two dresses! If you want to save some money, wait last-minute to buy your dress or loan one from a friend or family member! I borrowed a dress from my cousin Elizabeth for Prom #1, which you can see in the pictures below!

Overall, don’t rush into things when it comes to Prom. Doing things yourself such as your hair and nails can save you a lot of money! With college coming up in the fall, you’re going to need every last penny you have!

~ljd

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Prom #1 (Dress borrowed from my cousin!)

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Makeup by Elizabeth Bassett

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Childhood Best Friend Jacob ❤

Coconuts About Cuba

Less than 2 weeks ago I got a call from my Gramma asking if I wanted to go to Cuba with her, my aunts and cousins. Obviously I said yes.

I packed what I had of my summer clothes in Wheatley (most of them are in Toronto in my dorm room) and we got on a plane in Windsor and headed to Cayo Coco, Cuba. We arrived at Meliá Jardines Del Rey Tuesday evening where it was still very hot. I have only been to one all inclusive before (last year in Mazatlan, Mexico), but this resort was a new experience. It was MASSIVE. We were pretty lucky to get rooms in Bungalow 22 which was close to the pool, beach and the lobby.

Wednesday was Casey (my cousin’s) birthday. We spent the entire day by the pool and man was it hot. I have never been anywhere this late in the year and I was not expecting such a difference in temperature, but with a UV index of 11+ it was a new type of heat for me. So needless to say the first day, I fried. After that we all learned to limit our time in the sun and in the shade, with an exception for the last day when we all tried to get as dark as possible before coming home LOL! That night we had a very nice dinner at an a la carte restaurant and the whole restaurant sang happy birthday including a little mariachi band!

The week went by extremely fast, with us spending most of our days at the beach. Normally I do not like swimming in the ocean when I cannot see what could be touching my feet or leg, but in Cuba the water is crystal clear. Throughout the day it seemed to turn even more shades of turquoise and blue that you didn’t even know existed. We made friends with a bartender and he instantly became our cabana boy checking on us at least once every 20 minutes. The beach was definitely our favourite part and I am super excited that I will be living on the same Sea in just a few months in Barbados!

We all had an amazing time and came back 10 shades darker than when we left. We shared a lot of laughs and a lot of new inside jokes will be shared for years to come. Now it’s back to reality except for me. My university is still on strike so I am not doing much until the Golf Course opens up. I have to go up to Toronto soon, to pack up my dorm room and hopefully see my friends one last time before I leave on exchange.

Below are some of my favourite pictures from vacation, hope you enjoy.

Love always,

Libbey Jean