Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HEART LAKE CONSERVATION AREA

Can you guys believe we had snow yesterday? I can't wait for some warmer days and for all this snow to melt. I wanted to share some photos we took this week at this beautiful Conservation Park and lake, located in the northern part of Brampton, Ontario, Canada. You can find numerous activities and amenities like hiking, running trails, boat rental, 14 picnic sites located throughout the park an outdoor pool and splash pad... it's such a peaceful place to go for a walk. Heart Lake gets its name from its very distinct heart like shape.

Claudia

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

ONE BLOUSE TWO LOOKS

Blouse: persunmall.com, Skirt: Forever21, Pants: Suzy Shier, Sunglasses: www.firmoo.com, Watch: Michael Kors, Handbag and Belt: Guess, Necklace: Juicy Couture, Pearl Bracelet: Local jewelry store in Pico Azores, Black Shoes: Steve Madden, Burgundy Shoes: Michael Kors
 
 I am loving this super cute blouse and there is so many different combinations you can do. I also like to pair it with one of my favorite jeans for a more casual look.
Thank you so much PersunMall for this beautiful addition to my closet.
Don't forget to visit their website and Facebook page:
 
Take care everyone!
Claudia
 

Monday, April 07, 2014

TREAT YOURSELF WITH BUETEAFUL PREMIUM TEA

 Let's talk about tea today. If you know me well you know I am a big tea lover. I can never go a day without it, one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one at night to help me relax after a busy day.
I recently was contacted by a lovely lady name Sari, who happens to be the owner of  Bueteaful Premium Tea, a Canadian tea company based in New Brunswick. Normally, I don't do many reviews here, unless I truly believe it will benefit my lovely readers and followers and that it is something I am passionate about. After doing some research about  http://bueteaful.com, I was eager to try them. When I received the teas, the first thing I noticed was how beautiful the individual packages were, secondly I enjoyed their fresh and natural scent and last but not least after trying the various teas I was very impressed with the taste and quality of all of them.
Quick fun fact:
Did you know that tea was first introduced to Portuguese priests and merchants in China during the 16th century, at which time it was termed chá " Portuguese word for tea". Catherine of Braganza, wife of King Charles II of England, took the tea habit to Great Britain around 1660, but tea was not widely consumed in Britain until the 18th century, and remained expensive until the latter part of that period.
 
Isn't the packaging just adorable? I love it!
My favorite teas from http://bueteaful.com/

Organic Coconut Mint Green Tea
This amazing tea is so delicious, it is blended with coconut and peppermint.
 
Organic Rooibos Masala Chai
 Rooibos Chai is caffeine-free with organic rooibos blended with traditional Indian Masala spices.
 
Organic Immune Booster
 This is a great tea to drink during the cold and flu season, to help build up your immune system. A zingy, spicy, warming blend to keep you going.
 
Organic Strawberry White
This tea is a fragrant blend of white tea, rosehips, safflowers and strawberry essence, with a fruity and sweet taste.  The smell of this tea is so fruity and delicious. Apparently this great tea is not only good hot but also delicious when served cold. I will for sure try it cold when the summer arrives.
 
All images belong to http://bueteaful.com
 
I really do hope you enjoyed this post. If you love tea you got to try these delicious 100% organic, high quality teas.
Don't forget, check out http://bueteaful.com and their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Bueteaful. You will fall in love with their teas.
I would like to thank the wonderful owner of Bueteaful Premium Teas, Mrs Sari, for the beautiful package of delicious teas, I am truly in love with them all.
You will soon hear from me again!
 
Take care everyone! 
Claudia

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

CRUELTY FREE MAKEUP

Images belong to PETA and The Leaping Bunny

Hi ladies, let's talk about makeup today. If you've been following me for a while you probably already know I love animals and I am completely against testing on our furry friends.
Did you know that animal testing is not required for cosmetics, but over one million animals are still subjected to experimentation every year?
When it comes to cosmetics, testing on animals is absolutely unacceptable to me, no animal should have to suffer for the vanity of humans. Finding cruelty free makeup brands can be a bit challenging and takes a lot of research, so I've complied a few cruelty free brands for all of you animal lovers. If you have any questions regarding this post or simply wonder whether your makeup is cruelty free or not, don't be shy to leave a comment here or email me, I will do my very best to answer.
 
My cruelty free makeup list
Lush
Obsessive Compulsive
SpaRitual
Mineral Fusion
Tarte
The Body Shop
Deborah Lippmann
Furless Cosmetics
Bonne Bell
Jane
Wet ‘n Wild
Milani
Nuance by Salma Hayek
Pacifica
PurMinerals
Napoleon Perdis
Flower Beauty Cosmetics by Drew Barrymore
Kiss My Face
NYX
E.L.F.
Hard Candy
Physicians Formula
Urban Decay
Too Faced
 
 Happy cruelty free shopping!
Claudia

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SANTA MARIA, CUBA

So my parents went to Cuba a couple of months ago to escape the freezing cold and they stayed at the beautiful hotel Melia Cayo Santa Maria. With the continuous cold weather in Toronto it's really nice to see these warm photos. Have you ever been to Cuba? I went many times over the years when I worked for an airline and traveled often. Cuba was definitely one of my favorite spots in the Caribbean. Can't wait to go back again.
A special thanks to my parents for sharing their lovely warm photos with us.
Now let pray that the weather gets better soon.  
Take care everyone!
 
Claudia

Thursday, March 20, 2014

WHEN BEAUTY IS NOT CRUELTY FREE...

Nails: Ardene 
I love doing my nails and red is always a classic. I have a few shades of red in my collection and I loved this one but unfortunately I recently discovered Ardene is not a cruelty free brand, so I'm just finishing what I have left. It's a shame brands still insist on testing on innocent animals for the sake of fashion and beauty.  There are now many amazing cruelty free brands that are worth checking. If you didn't see my post about my 10 favorite cruelty nail polish brands check it out here:
 
Claudia
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