Winners Summer Dress Finds Under $30

Now that summer has arrived, it’s time to bring out all of the cute summer dresses. Summer brings BBQ’s, outdoor parties and weddings; and I found three cute and VERY affordable dresses at Winners that are perfect for all of these occasions.

The Green Dress

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This beauty was only $29.99 and it’s gorgeous. It’s so simple but the detail on the sleeves, neckline and pockets adds so much to it. I love this shade of green and it’s perfect for an outdoor summer wedding. Did I mention the pockets? I love when dresses have pockets.

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The Red Dress

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I am not one to wear red often but this one caught my eye and I loved the fit of it.  I like that you can wear this both dressy and casual. I have it paired with these cute espadrilles (also from Winners) for a more formal look, and this one was $24.99. Slap on your favourite red lipstick and you’re good to go. 🙂

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Cute, right?

The Maxi Romper

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Technically this is a romper but I am categorizing it as a dress find because it’s a maxi too. This one I wasn’t too sure about when I saw it on the hanger, but after trying it on, I loved it! I love the big pink flowers against the black material and it’s actually really comfortable. This really steps up the romper game and was only $29.99.

I love the flow of it and again it can be worn both casual or more formal with a cute pair of heels and your favourite purse or clutch.

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It’s so stinkin’ cute! I love these kinds of finds from Winners, and each under $30!

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Happy Shopping!

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The Atelier Part 1

On June 14 I attended The Atelier conference with a good friend and fellow boss babe. I decided I would split this post into two, because my mind is exploding with inspiration, and there is simply too much to cram into one post.

When my friend first approached me about going I wasn’t too sure. Networking is definitely out of my comfort zone; and to be honest, any social function where I don’t know many people gives me some anxiety. Then I thought, how am I going to grow pink & blue and my experiences if I say no to things like this? I then had a look at what the day was going to entail and decided to say YES!

So, the day before we both worked a full day and headed west for the two hour drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake. We arrived at our hotel, and were blown away by all of the fresh flowers inside the hotel, and the gardens outside of the hotel. The next morning we took a stroll through the gardens before the shuttle arrived.

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We hopped on the shuttle for the short trip to Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery. A lot of the people on the shuttle knew each other and I already felt out of my comfort zone. I did my best to push the anxiety aside and remembered what this day was about and made a promise to introduce myself to at least one person I didn’t know (and I totally did!).

When I first stepped off the shuttle bus and looked around, my first thought was WOW. There were women smiling and laughing everywhere, beautiful women in dresses, pant suits, you name it. Looking so confident and excited for the day ahead. That moment in itself was inspiring.

We signed in, grabbed our badges and headed right for the photo wall. It was fairly early and the line was short so we took our opportunity.

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We then headed to the coffee truck to fuel ourselves for the day. It was an adorable set-up and the coffee was delicious. (I have to say, I was pretty good with keeping up with IG stories for the day but later realized I didn’t take a lot of pictures for my blog posts.) Fail.

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A massive tent was set up, lined with tables and chairs to seat 300 eager women. Each setting had water, a notebook, the agenda for the day and an essential oil gift from Saje. Each table was lined with different centrepieces that were beautiful. Gorgeous light fixtures hung from the ceiling of the tent, and the stage featured wicker chairs for the panel members. It was absolutely beautiful.

We chose our seats and then headed over for our free head shot which we received by email less than 24 hours later! Impressive!

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We were given breakfast, snacks on both the morning and afternoon breaks, a delicious lunch and of course a Happy Hour, courtesy of the winery. It was all fantastic.

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The day was packed with female entrepreneurs, boss babes, motivators and GOALS. Seriously. I found myself thinking “WOW” more than once. Not the “oh I wish I could be her” type of wow, but the “you go girl” type of wow.

We walked away with a bouquet of flowers, a small tree (to plant at home) and an awesome swag bag overflowing with goodies.

In Part 2 of this post, I am going to share my favourite panel speakers, inspiring quotes that stayed with me, what I jotted down in my notebook and what I walked away with.

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Stay tuned!

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Summer Quinoa Salad

I am a huge fan of trying out new salads, especially in the summer. I have a few favourites and “go-to’s”, and this one is definitely in the top three. It’s quick, easy, healthy  and tastes even better the next day. It’s anything but a boring salad and your guests will be lined up for seconds.

This recipe is perfect for a picnic, potluck or backyard BBQ.

The recipe yields approximately 8 side salads.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 medium cucumber cut in small pieces
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 orange or yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley (and a few extra sprigs for garnish)
3/4 cup red onion, chopped
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Bring water and quinoa to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes; remove lid and fluff with a fork, then set aside to cool.7A8B5A9F-EC81-4B44-B478-6E57E62268F7
  2. In a large bowl combine the black beans, cucumber, bell peppers, onion and parsley. Set aside. DB9E48B4-0B2A-4CEA-9869-EDF2C2D9B955572A1F01-299C-4465-B3A0-9940D33F0FBC
  3. In a small bowl add olive oil, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, garlic and salt. Whisk until combined. (You will need to whisk it again before pouring it into the salad.) BF104A00-CAEF-4F53-AA6A-51C836B100BF
  4. Add the quinoa to the other ingredients. Pour dressing into the salad and toss the salad until well combined. Place in the refrigerator and allow 15-20 minutes for the flavours to come together. Garnish with parsley.976B1455-A88D-429B-AD95-317E5E2691C5347DADFE-1897-4148-8768-2E27C5E227B6
  5. This salad will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.C06D31E9-8F55-42D4-BE89-B005C4A2D494

How delicious does this look? Mmmmmm.

Enjoy!

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Father’s Day Amazon Gift Guide

Every year I struggle with what to buy my Dad for Father’s Day. What do you buy the guy who has everything? I often resort to buying things related to being a Grandpa and have the kids give it to him. I think I am too old to make him a t-shirt with my handprints on it. Hehe.

I decided I would throw a gift guide together with Amazon finds to help find the perfect gift for your Dad or your partner. Hopefully this sparks some inspiration for you!

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  1. SMRITI 16-Inch Canvas Messenger Bag Laptop Crossbody Shoulder Bag $39.99 – It says it’s black but it is more of a charcoal grey. I actually bought this for the kids Dad for his birthday this year. It measures 15.7 x 12.2 x 4.3 inches and can hold a 15.6″ laptop, iPad/tablet, files, binders, travel mug/water bottle and so much more. I like that it has a separate compartment for your laptop. It features real cowhide leather trims and the front flap has a magnetic closure. It’s the perfect messenger bag and the reviews prove this to be true.
  2. Walnut Wood Wayfarer Sunglasses For Men & Women with Polarized Lenses GOWOOD $49 – I love these because they are Canadian made. Each pair has its own unique wood grain and they have darker lenses and rounded ear pieces for comfort. They are so trendy right now and I love the look of them!
  3. Daniel Wellington Men’s Black Leather Watch $112.19 – I love the classy, simple stylish design of this watch and love the rose gold accents and leather band. It also comes in white. The price point of this watch is also affordable.
  4. Yeti Tundra Cooler, 45 quart $449.99 – This item has the highest price point on this guide; but you’re getting what you pay for. These coolers come in various colours and sizes. This particular size can hold approximately 26 cans (just to give you a visual). It keeps things cold for days and even acts as an extra seat/stool without having to worry about the lid caving in.
  5. DEWALT 20-Volt Max Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Drill Kit $188 – This is a great deal! The regular price is $249.99 and the sale comes just in time for Father’s Day. I am not going to pretend to know anything about tools but this kit looks like a steal! The combo kit includes a Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver and Impact Driver, 2 20-volt MAX lithium-ion battery packs, a charger and a contractor bag

Happy Shopping!
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