The great thing about living in Toronto is that although we’re meant to have four seasons, we really only get two: winter, and summer. That being said, there is the ever so slight time in the year where we actually get to experience the sweater weather time that is autumn. The idea of “Falling Into Autumn” means not only the season of summer changing into fall, but the literal fall of quickly dropping into autumn weather towards the almost winter months ahead. So for 2017, here are my essentials to make the transition a little bit easier ✨
Nobody is really ready for fall without their favourite what I like to call “one season” accessories. All these simple little knacks can usually all be found for under $40, and because they are rather inexpensive, they tend to only last through the one fall season.
I have serious commitment issues when it comes to not only choosing the things I wear, but also about spending money on them. The reason I like buying such cheap things for the fall is that first, that I’m never worried about loosing them or damaging them. Second, I never need to worry about getting bored, because autumn will usually be over before that happens.
All of mine usually come from Forever 21. The reason being that not only were each pair under $10, but they also have so many colours and styles for each outfit and mood you may be in. This way you can easily switch things up without breaking the bank. These are great because having these in the summer can transition to the fall so easily… so if you had cute sunnies from the summer you can match then with so many fall outfits.
Dresses are the best thing about any season because they look like you’ve put so much of an effort into your look, when in reality its easier than having to dress up and actually put on pants. They look cute, they’re super comfortable, and they’re perfect when you have little to no time.
Purple 3/4 Length Flowy Dress: Forever 21, $39.99
Black Halter Dress: Garage, $39.99
BOOTIES: (in both pictures above)
These super comfy heeled booties (also from Forever 21) were an easy purchase for this year. I snatched these for $39.99
Everyone wants that summertime glow from their “no makeup” makeup look. My biggest deal with makeup in the summer is how fast (and how often) my skin is changing colour as the weather gets warmer. Finding inexpensive foundations that I can easily swap out and move onto the next one can sometimes be a challenge, but here are my favourites at the moment:
Foundation: Covergirl Clean Matte in Soft Honey: $12.99
Concealer: NYX Studio Photogenic Concealer in Fair: $4.99
NYX Matte Finsh Setting Spray: $8.00
Lip Colour: MAC Lipstick in the shade Velvet Teddy: $34.00 + NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Dusty Mauve: $7.00
Eyebrows: Anastasia Dip Brow in Taupe, Sephora: $23
It’s no secret that when the summer weather gets hot and humid, nobody wants to spend an hour in the bathroom straightening their hair, only to have it frizz when you step outside. It’s that time again to just embrace the waves and curls and take them for what they are. Since waves can still frizz out of control, these are some of the products I like most the help out with that.
OIL OF MOROCCO ARGAN OIL DRY STYLING OIL – $9.72
OIL OF MOROCCO ARGAN OIL 3 DAY SMOOTH PERFECT BLOW DRY CREAM – $18.52
DREAM WAVES BEACH SPRAY – $12.99
- The dry oil makes my hair shiny, which keeps it looking extremely healthy even in the heat that dries out hair in summer.
- The cream helps with keeping the frizz down. It stops the little flyaway hairs from going crazy and having a mind of their own.
- This is by far the best beach waves product/spray I’ve ever come across. The waves look so natural, but still so perfectly sculpted at the same time. The only downside I found with this spray was that it would make my hair feel really dry and crunchy. Using the two other marc Anthony oils before using the spray eliminated that feeling.
How often are you enjoying your backyard oasis, but could desperately go for a glass of iced coffee? The problem is, nobody wants to make coffee many hours before (or even the night before), then refrigerate it, only to enjoy later. My coffee making obsession for the summer now comes from this fun hourglass looking device. The best of the best in less than 10 minutes, because you can brew double strength coffee in just minutes and enjoy over ice immediately. The only thing: having to grind the coffee yourself right before brewing. This is perfect for those who have the patience, and for those who are willing to do whatever it takes for the perfect balanced coffee flavour.
For those of you that are more into the “set it and forget it” mindset, I recommend this second option. Starbucks offers a Cold Brew ice coffee, available in most of their retail stores for as little as $9.99. You can brew the coffee cold overnight in your fridge with minimal effort, and will be ready for you within about 12 hours. A longer process, yes, but less effort when you’re in need of coffee asap.
Okay lets be real here: EVERYONE needs a summer reads list. I can’t go anywhere without bringing a book, at the slight chance that I get even a few moments to read. My faves for the summer (in no particular order)
- 13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher
“that’s why you did it. You wanted your world to collapse around you. You wanted everything to get as dark as possible.”
- The Princess Saves Herself In This One – Amanda Lovelace
“once upon a time, the princess rose from the ashes her dragon lovers made of her & crowned herself the mother-fucking queen of herself. – how’s that for a happily ever after?”
- Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
“every time you
tell your daughter
you yell at her
out of love
you teach her to confuse
anger with kindness
which seems like a good idea
till she grows up to
trust men who hurt her
cause they look so much
- The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
“Intentions always look better on paper than in reality.”