New Year’s Eve Sparkle | UO Liquid Gold Lookbook

New Year’s is one of my favourite events of the year! Any chance to wear a shimmering dress, sign me up! If you’re like me, you are already planning your New Year’s outfit! That’s why I was so excited to get a sneak peek at Urban Outfitters newest lookbook, Liquid Gold. How cute are these dresses and skirt? There are so many lovely sparkly, shimmering, sequined and metallic pieces to choose from! You WILL stand out at your New Years party in one of these stunning looks! Below are a few of my favourites from the lookbook.

Photography by Stefan Heinrichs | Featuring model Kristine Froseth

Liquid Gold Lookbook

^Kimchi Blue Sadie Deep-V Sequin Tank Dress^Liquid Gold Lookbook

^Oh My Kimono – Sleeve Dress^

Liquid Gold Lookbook

^Ecote Beaded Mini Dress^

Liquid Gold Lookbook

^Ecote Beaded Mini Dress^

Love Sadie Sequin Mini Dress^Love Sadie Sequin Mini Skirt^

Casetify Giveaway

I’m excited to announce I’m giving away a Casetify phone case! Using the Casetify site or app, you can use your Facebook and Instagram photos to create a personailized phone case, or create your own design. I chose the Abstraction Outline White Transparent designed by Project M. I am in love with the simple, minimal design.

I’m so happy with the look of it and it shipped so quickly, I would recommend it as a great gift idea! There are so many options to choose from on the site! The cool thing about Casetify is that you can also design your own cases, including making a personalized photo case which would make a sweet gift for anyone on your list!

Abstract Lines Phone CaseCasetify iPhone case

^My case c/o Casetify!^

Win Your Own Casetify Phone Case!

I’ve partnered with Casetify to give away a case to a lucky winner who will get to pick from one

of the beautiful cases or design their own dream phone case!

To Enter:

Leave a comment in the blog comments section below saying:

“I want to win a Casetify Phone Case from Lovelyisms!”

The winner will be randomly selected on December 31st, 2014

Good luck!

xo

 

Below are a few of my favourite designs! (Click the image to view on Instagram)

Girl You're A Boss Phone Case

White Marble Phone Case

Instagram Photo Phone Case

Gold Glitter Phone Case

Hello Script Phone Case

Go on, give them a good present this year! (Or be naughty and get yourself one!)

Save 15%  with this Promo Code: MELANIE15

(Promo Code Expires: 12/31/2014)

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Do the Bright Thing

I am getting back into running and sticking to my workout plan which I talked about in my Aloha, Beach Body post. I’ve been trying to set mini goals for myself because it can be overwhelming to have one big goal that seems like it will take forever to reach. Little mini goals along the way pump me up and keep me motivated, so my first goal was to get more fruit into my diet. I’ve shared a recipe for a kickass smoothie below!

As another way to stay motivated, I got a new pair of workout shoes. Before this purchase, I had the same runners since highschool! Isn’t that insane!? I just never really cared to get new ones because they never appealed to me style wise, but then I saw these shoes and I fell in love. A gal needs stylish workout basics to stay motivated, ya know?

Nike Free TR4^^My Nike Free Tr 4s^^

I have already used them once at GoodLife Fitness on a treadmill run and while doing some weight training. They were so nice to workout in! They are so light and airy, you almost don’t feel like you are wearing shoes. Since winter has unofficially arrived, I’m pretty sure that’s the only place I will be using them because while I admire people that run all year round, the freezing cold workouts will never be my thing and it’s so much nicer to work out inside in the warmth of the gym!

Nike Free TR 4 Crosstrainers

Let’s get back to that recipe!

I am not a morning person, therefore breakfast is normally something I skip during the week. I know, I know – not good! But to make up for it, I do pretty big breakfasts on the weekends. Buuut, usually those are greasy breakfasts, so that usually leads to a spontaneous trip to buy a ton of fruit right after. Today, was one of those days I felt like I needed to eat fruit ASAP to get some vitamins! Here’s what I made:

purple blueberry smoothie

Blueberry Honey Vanilla Smoothie Recipe

  • 2 cups blueberries (freeze or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey

I whizzed all the ingredients together in my blender for about a minute and then poured it into a glass. Making smoothies is honestly so easy there is no reason I shouldn’t be able to do this every morning, especially since eating colourfully is so key to getting plenty of vitamins.

Check back for my next fitness post for more fitness fashion and to find out if I decide juicing is for me and try to get more colour into my diet!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Bohemian Vibes

Today I made a stop in Urban Outfitters and fell in love with this flowy white top. I paired it with a pair of ripped light denim Neuw Razor Blue Skinny Jeans for a fully boho look. I ended up liking the top so much I bought it… Now I might need to go back to grab the jeans to complete the look! My pic is a bit blurry…I’ll take that as a sign it’s time for the new iPhone.

boho inspired outfit^^Bohemian Vibes^^

>>Shop The Look<< Neuw Razor Blue Skinny JeansFor more on Bohemian Style, check out my guide.

The Man Bun

A while ago I wrote about the Undercut. Recently, I’ve fallen for another hair style – the man bun. This men’s hairstyle should only be attempted by a certain type of man that can take it from looking lazy to looking chic.

It is not an easy look to pull off, but when done right H.E.L.L.O. There is something so rugged and masculine about a man with long hair that can make a casual bun look artful.

This look may not be for everyone, but personally I am a big fan. Here are some of my favourite looks…

Man bun hairstyle^^Pairing a beard and a man bun? The chicest.

hair bun men's hairstyleNot even man’s best friend is immune to the powers of the man bun. Beware: The man bun may make everyone want to go on car rides with you.

Man bun hair^^Just perfect.

Of course, great style and a man bun bring a man to demigod status immediately. Zeus totally had a man bun, amirite?

Do you like long hair styles on men? Would you try this look? I think it takes really daring man to try this and do it confidently. Are you brave enough for a man bun?

Say More With Less | Daniel Wellington Watches

The Classic Sheffield

{My Classic Sheffield Watch c/o Daniel Wellington watches.}

For a while now, I’ve been coming across Daniel Wellington watches on Pinterest. I was drawn to the minimal details and simplicity of the design and fell in LOVE.

Daniel Wellington Watch

{The Classic Sheffield Watch}

>>Shop the look<<

I wear my Classic Sheffield all the time. The black leather strap, white face and rose gold finish are so  simple, but it really makes a big statement. (I’ve had so many compliments on it!) It was really tough to choose between the black or brown strap, but I chose black since I am a sucker for anything black and white and I’m glad I did because I can wear it with just about anything. It’s my favourite accessory in rotation right now. Someone also mentioned to me that upside down, DW spells MD which is kind of perfect since those are my initials!

Daniel Wellington Watch

Daniel Wellington Watch{The Classic Bristol Lady Watch} 

>>Shop the look<<

If you are in love with this watch as much as I am, you can get %15 off all products at danielwellington.com/us until October 31st using the discount code: “melaniexeinalem”

Daniel Wellington offers worldwide shipping so the promo code can be applied wherever you live!

Follow @danielwellingtonwatches on their Instagram account or on Facebook for more gorgeous shots of their watches.

melaniexeinalem is now lovelyisms

melaniexeinalem becomes lovelyisms

I’ve been toying with the idea of changing my blog name for a while now. The original name, “melaniexeinalem” was a mouthful, so I’ve decided that from now on it will go by the name “Lovelyisms”

Please bear with me as I make the transition, but for now enjoy the new header makeover and stay tuned for a new post coming soon… Thanks for reading!

-Melanie xox

Aloha, Beach Body

Something that I haven’t mentioned before on the blog is that I am engaged. My fiancé Josh popped the question in Australia at Thala Beach Lodge at a romantic picnic on the beach. I could only picture exotic places when deciding on a wedding location, so we set our hearts on Hawaii and are now in the midst of planning a destination wedding. The date has not been set yet, and there is still a lot to do, but we’re trying to take our time and enjoy the process. An engagement in Oz
One big thing I managed to check off my to do list so far was to find a dress. At my very first dress appointment at Kleinfeld’s  I found the dress. After celebration champagne, the seamstress came in and took my measurements for ordering the dress. She told me that I was between sizes and she recommended for my frame that I go with the size smaller. I trusted her and went with the size down but now TALK ABOUT PRESSURE. Like most brides I was already planning to do some more work outs to tone up before the wedding date, but now I have a real reason to do it – so I’ll actually be able to fit into my dress!

Enroute to the Great Barrier Reef^^View from our Quicksilver Cruises tour in Australia heading out to the Great Barrier Reef^^

Aside from fitting into my wedding dress, I really feel like I owe it to myself to treat my body better. Part of my plan to get fit is to start going to the gym more often at GoodLife Fitness. It’s not easy for me to make the effort to get to the gym at first, but once I start going often, it becomes addictive. My biggest goal is to slim down a size or two and tone up so that I won’t feel nervous when it’s time to hit the beach in Hawaii! Of course my first logical step when I decided to hit the gym again was to go out and get a new workout outfit!

GoodLife Fitness Ambassador^^Shirt: Run: Swiftly Tech Racerback by Lululemon | Pants: Studiolux Capri by Under Armour^^

Wish me luck as I try to stick to my fitness plan and try out the yoga class at GoodLife Fitness this week! And stay tuned as I share my progress and share my favourite smoothie recipe in an upcoming post!

This post is written in partnership with GoodLife Fitness as part of the GoodLife Fitness Ambassador Program. 

My Life in Pixels // July

July flew by! I wish I had taken more photos but this is all I captured on my iPhone.
Gooderham and Worts BuildingThe month started with a busy work schedule including a photo shoot in the Distillery District.
Balzac's Coffee Roasters TorontoThere was a quick stop to Balzac’s Coffee Roasters before the shoot – hello, most gorgeous coffee shop EVER. (That chandelier!!….)Gooderham Flat Iron BuildingThis month I also did a little weekend trip to the St. Lawrence market to grab some cheese and had to stop to snap a pic of this dreamy flat iron building.
Flat Iron BuildingI am dying to know what it looks like inside, and especially dying to have a seat in one of those beautiful corner windows.Old Mill Inn and SpaJuly also featured a massage at the Old Mill Inn and Spa for my birthday (a sweet present from Josh). I injured my knee (don’t ask how, I have no clue), and I haven’t been able to wear heels for a few weeks because of my knee pain (only thing I can wear that doesn’t hurt are flip flops), and the masseur was able to make the pain stop for a few hours which was the best gift I could have asked for! (Can’t wait until my knee is better so I can wear heels again though!)
#girlbossThis amazing book arrived all the way from Ottawa from my bestie for my birthday. She knows me so well! I read it cover to cover in one sitting (which is saying a lot for someone like me that can take a few months to finish one book!). Sophia – you’re a babe! Everybody – read this book!
NYC birthday cupcakesThe highlight of my month was my surprise birthday party. Josh planned out a double date night that served as a cover for coming back to our place afterwards, where the surprise happened. It was a New York themed birthday complete with subway stop signs and Broadway musical posters posted around the apartment, a signature drink (Manhattan’s of course), and little cut-out Statue of Liberty cupcake toppers that were so adorable! (Which he made himself! – how cute is that!?). After a few of those Manhattan’s I forgot to take photos – which may have been a good thing! Thank you Josh for making my birthday so special! xo

July, you have always been my favourite month, and this month was no exception!

My Life in Pixels // June

June was a great start to summer so far!
Lake Rosseau We were invited to visit a friend’s gorgeous family cottage in Muskoka at Lake Rosseau. It was so beautiful there!
Dock life at Lake Rosseau
Beautiful Lake RosseauIf I could live on a lake or ocean, I would be on a boat everyday. It’s so nice to float around with the sound of waves lapping against the sides of the boat.
TV on the Radio play Toronto This month we also went to a TV on the Radio concert.  Their set was amazing. I was with a group of people that were big fans too so that made the show even more fun. This was my first time seeing them live so I was totally pumped. If you’ve ever listened to TV on the Radio, you know that their sound is hard to pin down. They are sort of a meld of indie, electronic, art pop. I started listening to them back in college, so hearing them play live was brought back memories of walking through campus at Western blaring ‘Young Liars’ and ‘Staring at the Sun.’I hope next time they are here they play a longer show!

Hey June, you’ve been fun!