2017 was a big year for me. Between the launch of my podcast, “Off the Vine” and starring in my first Broadway Show, “Home for the Holidays”, I can easily say that the past 365 days have felt so surreal.
I wanted to start this new year just taking it all in. Looking back on what I’ve already accomplished and setting my sights on new things. What better place to do that than in Hawaii? I like myself a good deal, which is why I’m obsessed with Hopper. It didn’t take long for the right one to come along, so I brought my team down to Maui and it was exactly what we all needed! There’s nothing like planning the next year, poolside with a few piña colada(s).
We arrived at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and suddenly everything became about leis, mai tais and sunscreen. It was my first time visiting this property and it was absolutely stunning. I’ll for sure be back! Everyone was so welcoming and our room was stocked with red wine (of course), snacks and cookies. Thank you Andaz for making us feel right at home!
We started off the trip poolside with some drinks and went through a very thorough goal setting workbook that made us dig deep. Nothing was off limits and it felt amazing to share my innermost goals and dreams for this year. I have to be honest, this is something that I never used to prioritize, but after what’s felt like a very successful year, I want to keep climbing higher and pushing myself harder.
That evening, we watched the most stunning sunset on the beach while doing a photoshoot with Flytographer. I seriously get so mesmerized by Hawaiian sunsets. There’s nothing like it! Shout out to Bella Bloom Maui for creating the most stunning Haku Lei for me to wear. I didn’t want to take it off.
While in Hawaii, you have to go to a luau…right? How do they move their hips so fast? That Friday, we went down to the Hyatt in Lahaina and caught the Drums of the Pacific Luau. The food was great and the gin and sodas were flowin’. My girls went up on stage and I managed to stay behind…until the very last part of the show where I got called up to swivel and shake in front of the crowd! Ahh, so close!
On Saturday, we woke up early (and I mean early in vacation time) and did a hike. I always try to mix in a bit of exercise on vacation! We strolled through a little town called Paia, where we had a bite to eat, and ended up at Mama’s Fish House, which I highly recommend, for some seriously strong margaritas! Mama’s knows how to pour a stiff one.
At last – Sunday Funday! It was our most relaxing day in Maui. We went on a long beach stroll and had breakfast on the patio. Then, my Booje girls had to pack for their flight home – and I was off on another adventure. Kauai with Shawn!
There’s a lot of things I love about summer but shiny, melted makeup isn’t one of them. Nothing’s worse than leaving the house rocking a fresh face, then coming back with smudged mascara.
Luckily, I have a few tricks that keep my makeup looking fab all day long. Hot weather does not have to equal hot mess! Here are the holy grail products I use to beat the heat.
1) Cleanser | When summer rolls around, I like to swap out my cream-based cleanser for something light that can cut through oil and sweat. Philosophy’s Total Matteness totally does the trick (see what I did there?) It absorbs oil and never leaves my skin feeling dry.
2) Moisturizer | Tinted moisturizer is the way to go when I want to get that dewy summer glow. I’ve tried out a few tinted moisturizers in my day, but Laura Mercier’s is by far my favourite! It has just the right amount of coverage and leaves my skin feeling sooo soft when I take it off.
3) Powder | I don’t always use setting powder, but when I do, it’s Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Basically every big-time beauty guru recommends this powder and let me tell you…the hype IS REAL! It’s ultra-fine and never clumps.
4) Blotting Paper | A dewy glow is one thing, but when people can see their reflections off my forehead, it’s time to bust out the blotting papers. These ones by Tarte are big-time shine busters, plus they’re infused with green tea extract, which soothes my skin.
5) Highlighter | No matter how much I powder and blot my face, my complexion is always going to be a bit shinier in the summer, so I say, “if you can’t beat em’, join em’!” I like to play up the “dewy” look by dabbing some highlighter on my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. Milk Makeup’s highlighter in ‘Lit’ is one of my favs. It melts into my skin and has a super natural finish. What can I say? It’s lit (sorry I had to!)
6) Eyeshadow | When it comes to summer eyeshadow, I keep things simple and usually wear just one shade. Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Shadow doesn’t budge, and you can literally apply it with your fingers! Right now I’m OBSESSED with “Beach Bronze”.
7) Mascara | As much as I love the whole “raccoon eye” look, I love when my mascara stays on my lashes even more. Too Faced’s “Better Than Sex” Waterproof Mascara can survive anything— swimming, sweating, patio snacking. It’s almost better than sex.
8) Lip Balm | What can I say? This tinted balm is the BOMB! It makes my lips feel silky smooth and adds a pop of colour to my look. Sugar Nude by Fresh is my go-to.
9) Makeup Setting Spray | When I need my makeup to stay put all day AND all night, this stuff is my go-to. A couple spritzes, and I can go straight from strolls with Doodle at the dog park to Bellinis with my babes. How are you guys keeping your look cool this summer?
I’m in Vancouver for a few days – and there’s nothing quite like summer in Vancity. It feels like there’s a sandy beach everywhere you look, and I’ll definitely be catching a few rays at some of my fav spots (Kits Beach and Spanish Banks are two of my go-tos.) Kits is surrounded by great spots to grab lunch, and patio cocktails, and Spanish Banks is the perfect place to get my Frisbee on. (I’m terrible at it but it’s fun anyways). Obviously, I never show up to the beach unprepared. Snacks, sunscreen, sunnies — you’d think I was packing for a weekend away…
Anyways, here are a few beach bag essentials I never leave the house without:
Beach Bag | The most important thing? The bag. I’m in love with this Sun N Sand Straw Tote from Swim Outlet. It’s big enough to fit just about anything, and the twisted handle gives it a beachy, boho vibe.
Beach Towel | Rectangle towels are so last year. This ‘Palm Springs’ Round Beach Towel by The Beach People is gigantic and perfect for lounging in the sun. I dare you not to fall asleep! It’s big enough for two!
Cover Up | This summer I’m loving the boho look, so I couldn’t say no to this Gypsy Crochet Cover up from Nordstrom. It’s super comfy and perfect for slipping on over my swimsuit.
Hat | It’s not summer without a straw hat. This Here We Go Panama Hat from Roxy may keep my face out of the sun, but it has me feelin’ hot!
Sunglasses | If it were acceptable to wear shades inside, I would never take these off. They’re ‘The Hamptons’ sunglasses from EyeBuyDirect and they spice up any outfit. Plus, they look fab with a messy bun. At least thats what I tell myself.
Bikini | Sun’s out buns out! This Hippie Hooray Crochet Bikini from Billabong is the ultimate swimsuit. I love rocking the top with a pair of jean shorts and strappy sandals.
Water Bottle | How cute is this S’well Waikiki water bottle? There is nothing worse than warm water on a smoking hot summer day, and this bottle keeps drinks cold ALL day long. Plus…look at it!
Sandals | It’s pretty rare to find sandals that are cute and comfy, but these Stuart Weitzman Corbata Sandals are both comfy and chic— and have just the right amount of bohemian flare.
Lipstick | I always throw a lipstick in my bag. You never know where the day is going to take you and MAC’s ‘Honey Love’ is perfect for any occasion. Post beach drinks here I come!
Sunscreen | Last but NOT least: sunscreen. I never leave the house without lathering up. I’m against wrinkles, and all for protecting your skin. This Sun Bum Sunscreen is a lifesaver for a sun bum like me. It goes on super smooth, smells nice, and you can wear it in the water.
Anything else I absolutely need in my beach bag? Let me know what you don’t leave your house without!
I don’t know about you, but I love a good combat boot in the spring. I know when you hear boots you think about winter, but not me! I try and add a touch of edge to all of my outfits. Whether it be a choker, a chunky belt, a bright lip, sunnies, or a bad ass boot, I like to keep it sassy. So, I decided to give you guys a couple of cute, edgy, easy spring outfit ideas!
One of Shawn’s favorite looks I do (often) is jeans and a tee. I LOVE this basic “Skippy heather grey tee” from Tobi.com paired with One Teaspoon ripped jeans and a simple heel. I also do this same outfit but with their “Cool Girl white jersey knit tee.” I added my go to flannel around the waist because, why not. It’s cool and maybe I’ll get cold later? Got to be prepared with style!
This next one is right up my alley. A crop top. I have dressed this one up for a charity event with dress pants, and in this photo I’ve dressed it down with One Teaspoon jean shorts and a cute black hat. You can’t see, but here’s where I threw in my combat boots. Floral on top and bad ass boots down low. Don’t be afraid to go there!! The top is also from Tobi.com and is called “Smell the Tulips crop top”!
Now, should I have ironed or steamed this next one? Sure, but like I said, I keep it sassy. haha. Ok that’s an excuse, I just don’t iron. Again, I am always gravitating towards a good crop. Now mix that with off the shoulder and lace? SOLD. This is Tobi’s “Haven off shoulder crop”. I love the color as well. I’m a big fan of an olive shade. Since it’s sort of a boho feel, I paired it with my gladiator style sandals. I seriously believe I got these from Payless Shoes. Sounds like something I would do.
I think it’s all about how you put an outfit together. Like I said, a bright lip can spice it up, a booty, accessories, and even a cute bralette! There’s one called “Mojave tent halter” from Tobi, that I put under my body suits. Shows a little knit, and could also be a bathing suit top! Or at least I think so….
What’s your fav spring style? I’m always down for new ideas!
The end of a year always makes me look back and reflect on the last 365 days. 2016 was a great year! Shawn and I explored new cities and started new ventures. I always love the traveling that we get to do and this year was no different! Between Paris and Hawaii, I’d say it was a pretty great year.
I’m almost ready to turn the page on 2016 and see what the next chapter holds. It’s both exciting and a tiny bit daunting, but 2017 is going to be a BIG one! I have some exciting things up my sleeve and I can’t wait to share with all of you.
How are you celebrating the new year? Whether you’re hitting the streets to ring it in or staying cozy at home with loved ones, it’s always fun to dress up for New Year’s Eve – I just love the energy and buzz (and the bubbly) that comes with it!
I’ve pulled together some of my favourite pieces for NYE. If you’re planning to dress up in glitter, or staying home to bang pots and pans, take a peek below. Maybe you’ll find something you love!
DRESSED TO IMPRESS
I’m raising my glass of bubbly and wishing you guys all the very best in 2017!
I’m one of the lucky ones with 20/20 vision, but I’ve always had this thing for glasses. I rock them to change my outfits, not my eyesight! Some people have this infatuation with sky-high heels, but mines always been about frames – I’m nerdy like that. EyeBuyDirect.com sells theirs for such a reasonable price, and slowly my collection has been getting out of hand! The best part is – even if you don’t need a prescription, you can order lenses with digital screen protection and shield your eyes from blue-violet light emitted by digital screens.
I’m drawn to glasses that are refined, fashionable and feminine. But I’m also not afraid to have a little fun and try something with a print or a bolder colour. I’m big on sunglasses and you’ll spot me wearing them when I sneak into a Starbucks or get off an 8-hour flight. Instant glam.
Glasses are my go-to and I’m a fan. I’ve teamed up with EyeBuyDirect.com and curated my very own capsule collection that I’m excited to share with you! If you’re feeling festive, pick up a few and slip them into your friends’ holiday stockings, too. They’re made to order so hurry and place your order today, so that you get it by Christmas! Shipping usually takes 7-14 days, but I can promise you, it is definitely worth the wait.
Just a low key night in Nashville with Beyoncé and Dolly Parton.
I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of such an extravagant and memorable night. Since I was little, I’ve absolutely loved country music so this was a real treat for me! I mean legends of country were strolling through and um…did I already mention Beyoncé?
Last year, Shawn and I walked the red carpet as guests! Our lives were so crazy after coming off the show, and every interview we had asked us, “when’s the date?” It all happened so fast. We found out we were going to the awards only a day or two before, so I grabbed a dress out of my closet (that I previously wore on The Bachelor), called a salon to get my makeup done, and did my own hair. This year…it was different. It was the 50th anniversary for the awards show and that’s a big deal! I teamed up with Sounds Like Nashville and hosted live from the red carpet – things got a little weird! My stylist did a phenomenal job – thanks Lo VonRumpf for helping me make the best dressed list this year! The designer of the gorgeous gown was Hayley Paige. I just loved the sheer lacy black crop top paired with the voluminous organza skirt! Cali Jeffries did my hair and makeup…it lasted all night! I also accessorized with jewelry I had no business wearing – bonheur_jewelry is so stunning. And of course, I need to thank my fiance, Shawn and trainer, Erin Oprea for that “taut tummy”.
We all know my love for wine, so I sipped on a nice pinot grigio, and started my night off right! Speaking of starting my night off right, I got to meet Macy when I walked in. You know, the little girl who’s always on Ellen and who knows all of the presidents? I’ve always loved her and told Shawn that I want our unborn children to be just like her. She was there to host for Ellen. I hope she knows how lucky she is! Ellen is my freakin’ hero and It was such a pleasure to meet Macy.
The fun started right away with A Thousand Horses. I LOVE their song Smoke. My one goal was not to ask typical questions and right off the bat I remember asking them “there’s four of you, why “A Thousand Horses?” And they said they get asked that all the time. DANG IT! But every time I turned around I had someone interesting to talk to and interview. Miss America, Jesse James Decker, Jon Pardy, Cam, Michael Ray, Cassidy Pope, Chase Bryant…the list goes on.
I spiced things up and was that interviewer that played games and made people laugh – I believe I succeeded. Shawn met me after to enjoy the show and legend after legend made for an incredibly historical night – one I won’t forget!! You can watch the video of the behind-the-scenes bloopers and my interviews here!! I felt so in my element and want to do more of this!
Here’s your backstage pass into my night at the CMA’s!
I can’t believe it. Pumpkin spiced latte and sweater season is right around the corner. Feels like just yesterday that Shawn and I road tripped from Nashville to beautiful BC for the summer, entertained by Snapchat and my sweet summer jams (Dierks Bentley, anyone?). While those dog days of summer are winding down, I am looking forward to the fall. I have a thing for fall fashion (and hair styles). Goodbye summer swept hair.
There’s something about a new season that inspires change – a fresh perspective and a hot, new look. I’ve pulled together some of my fav go-to hairstyles that I’ll be rocking in the fall. The TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume line (where you condition first, shampoo second) give me the softness and bounce that every girl wants. Now you know my secret.
Date Night with Shawn: Surfbort Waves
Down in Nashville, the bigger the better (and that also goes for hair). I have a thing for full, voluminous hair that’s still touchable and soft. I’ll pass on that sticky hairspray stuff. I like to use TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume & Softness Hair Maximizer, and then go in with a curling iron. If I need to, I’ll finish it off with some Flexible Finish Hairspray. It gives me a full look, without the crunchy strands. It’s sexy yet still lived-in. I love it.
Morning Strolls with Doodle: Top Knot
Whenever I dash out for a walk with Doodle, I don’t spend time perfecting my hair – I’m still an easy-going Canadian girl at heart. For those kinds of mornings, I wash my hair with TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-wash Conditioner and then Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo (and yes, I do it in that order). The combo gives me lots of volume without the fuss of hairspray and mousse. Then, I’ll blow dry it and gently brush it out. Finally, I gather it together, tie it in a top knot and head out the door. Easy!
Brunch with the Ladies: Low Pony
For brunch with the squad, I like to keep it simple and unfussy. You can’t go wrong with a low pony, parted down the middle. I’ll spray in the TRESemmé Flexible Finish Hairspray to lock my look. I hate seeing my hair fall flat and this stuff keeps it looking cute and casual. I’m all about smooth hair without the stiffness that comes with an ordinary hairspray. This finish spray keeps my hair’s natural movement.
But for the next little bit, I’ll be rocking those beachy, summer waves. Perfectly imperfect and it works (for now).
Music has always been my biggest inspiration. I grew up in the dance studio and was doing pirouettes almost as soon as I could walk. Whenever I’d step on to the dance floor, I’d have this overwhelming feeling of safety. It didn’t matter if it was a ballet class or a hip hop class – I’d still get that feeling. Dance was amazing in that it taught me confidence and creativity. I may get a bit of that from my mama, but dance really took it to a new level!
Since moving to Nashville with Shawn, I’ve really gotten into singing. I’ve been working with a voice coach and a songwriter and I absolutely love it! Nashville is Music City. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium are Downtown and the city is packed with legendary honky-tonks, dive bars and dance halls. When I’m in Nashville, I’m in my element.
Looking back, it only made sense to create a jewelry line that mirrors my love for music. It’s helped me get through tough times, but it’s also been a source of comfort. Music makes me happy and it’s what I turn to when there’s a moment worth celebrating. This is what this collection is about. It’s personal.
I’ve teamed up with Stilnest to design something that’s one-of-a-kind. The necklaces, rings, bracelet and headpiece are made from a high quality 925 sterling silver and are also available in gold or rose gold (my fav!).
Shop my collection and wear it to music festivals, after parties and concerts with friends. Enjoy it. I’ll be doing the same.