Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fall Fashion

Fall is by far my favourite season to express my style and try new outfits. The colder weather provides me with the opportunity to layer and accessorize staple pieces in my wardrobe.  The following is one of my go-to fall outfits that is perfect for running to class, Christmas shopping and so much more.

Sweater: Purchased at Forever 21, this sweater is super soft and comfy, the color goes with almost everything I own and can be dressed up or down.

Leggings: Although any pair of black leggings work, this pair purchased from Dynamite has leather detailing down the side, giving the look more detail and edge.

Sunglasses: This pair of sunglasses from GlassesShop are perfect for any fall day. With the time change, I find myself driving to and from my classes right as the sun rises and sets making it hard to see the road, making these glasses a much needed accessory. If you would like your own pair, GlassesShop is offering 50% off of eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded), just use the coupon code GSHOT50 when checking out. http://www.glassesshop.com/

Scarf: Also purchased at Forever 21, this scarf is perfect for any fall outfit and can keep you warm on those cold, brisk fall days.

Vest: This black, light weight, zip-up vest is from Old Navy. It is perfect to throw over any sweater and add layers to your outfit.

Boots: Purchased at Target, these black and brown riding boots add comfort and style to any outfit.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Fall Fashion: Apple Picking

I love fall and all of its fashion opportunities. Its cold enough for a sweater, light jacket or vest, but not cold enough where I need winter boots, hats or mittens!

The following is an outfit I wore apple picking, a perfect fall day (minus the fact that it started snowing as we were about to leave!)

Jacket: I picked up this jacket at Old Navy. It has a removable liner so it if perfect for fall, winter and spring! I absolutely love the color as it goes with everything and it super easy to dress up or down!

Scarf: I purchased this scarf while in Ireland over the summer at a store called Penneys, and it was probably my favourite purchase of the entire trip! I am in love with the colors and it is cozy and warm, perfect for those cold fall days!

Boots: The boots are just your standard pair of brown riding boots, I picked mine up at Aldo! I swear by these boots, they are stylish, comfy and perfect for shopping, school and work!

What are your favourite fall fashions? Leave a comment letting me know!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Baked Sausage Penne

One day while trying to come up with a meal to make for dinner, I discovered this dish while throwing what I had left in the fridge into a casserole. With only 5 ingredients this recipe has become a staple meal in my home and one that everyone seems to enjoy!


  • Penne Noodles
  • Your choice of sausage
  • Tomato Pasta Sauce
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. After your penne noodles are boiled and sausage is baked to your liking, combine HALF of the  noodles, chopped up sausage and pasta sauce into casserole dish.
  3. Mix ingredients until all noodles are covered with sauce and sausage is distributed evenly.
  4. Layer the top with parmesan and cheddar cheese.
  5. Pour the rest of the ingredients into the dish and repeat the processes.
  6. Make sure the final layer of cheese is thick and covers the top of the dish
  7. Bake at 400 degrees until cheese is melted to your liking.

Add Caesar salad and garlic bread to your plate and enjoy!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Summer 2015

I can honestly say that this summer has been the best one yet. Summer 2015 has been filled with memories, experiences and adventures that I will NEVER forget.

My summer started with my family and I heading to beautiful Prince Edward Island to see my brother graduate from college. This moment was special for all of us, as we all knew the hard work and determination Matthew went through to receive his diploma. Very proud big sister moment.

In July I traveled to Maine, New Hampshire and Boston with my cousins (who I consider my sisters) and the trip was a true bonding experience. We saw places of the world we have never been, tried new foods, and literally shopped until we dropped. We have memories that will stay with us forever and resurface every family function and gathering until we die. Alison and Haley, I know you will see this so I would just like to thank you for an amazing trip and who knows, maybe summer 2016 we will conquer new provinces or states!

I had barley finished unpacking from my trip to the States when I was already off on my next adventure. IRELAND for 10 days. A few months ago, one of my good friends moved to Dublin and because I had never been to Europe I decided to travel across the Atlantic Ocean and pay her a visit. Although the trip was filled with delays, missed flights and overall horrible flying experiences, I am forever grateful for Nikki and Tyler and their hospitality.  Ireland was beyond beautiful. Whether I was walking the streets of Dublin or visiting one of the natural wonders of the world (such as the Cliffs of Moher or Giants Causeway), I felt welcomed, at home and truly independent.

After getting over my jet lag and not being home even a week, I was off to Yarmouth, a small town in Nova Scotia to help them open up their new Winners store (TJ Maxx for my American readers). I was able to go with my best friend Courtney and it was one of the best weekends of my summer. I absolutely love Yarmouth as I have a cottage not far and have been going their for the past 21 summers. It always feels like home, the people are beyond friendly, I am able to get out of the big city and I was able to see Courtney's family who I adore and love spending time with.

After being home for only a few days and having time off of work because I put in extra hours when traveling to open the new store, I decided to travel back down to Yarmouth with my cousin Haley and spend some time at my cottage. With no cell reception, TV, or wifi, we are forced outside to truly enjoy nature and do some of our favorite summer past times, four-wheeling, kayaking, swimming and fishing!

This brings me up to now, where I only have a few days left of summer as I start back at University on September 9th. Summer 2015 you have blown all expectations of what a great summer should be and I know next summer will be almost impossible to beat! I have grown so much and I would like to thank you for all of my opportunities, memories and the best four months of my life.

Leave a comment letting me know what you did this summer!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Currently I am...

Currently I am...

Anticipating: A mini vacation to PEI for my brothers graduation!
Craving: Pasta, Caesar Salad and Garlic Bread.
Feeling: In a bit of a rut, uninspired, and hating my new hair cut.
Unsure about: How to be consistent with my blogging when feeling distant and unmotivated.
Happy about: The fact that I am able to travel to new places this summer. Boston and Ireland here I come!
Listening to: Anything country, perfect summer playlist!
Missing: My friend Nikki, Ireland is too far from Nova Scotia.
Appreciating: All of the wonderful people that have been placed in my life and the opportunities I have been given.
Irritated by: People who don't drive properly, was almost in two separate accidents this week.
Proud of: My brother for graduating college, I wish him all the best in job hunting!
Wearing: Under Armour pullover, yoga pants.
Lusting after: New makeup brushes, paint job for my car.
Determined to:  Find the motivation to start blogging more.
Jealous of: My cousins Alison and Haley, they are smart, beautiful and everything I want to be in a person, xo.
Avoiding: finishing one of my many draft posts, laundry and cleaning my car.
Admiring: This beautiful local wedding I found online.
Regretting: Cutting my hair so short, anyone have any hair growing tips?
Reading: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen.

What are you currently up to!?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Favourites

What a month April has been, it felt as though it was never going to end! Between final exams, finishing yet another year of University and starting back to work full time it has been a busy few weeks!

The following are a few products that I have been loving during the month of April, enjoy!

  • Victoria's Secret Red Plum & Freesia Luminous Lotion
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
  • NYX Butter Lipstick 'BLS17'
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
  • Cailyn Just Mineral Eye Polish 'Orchid'
  • Nude Eyeshadow Palette
Other Favourites:
  • Shows: Teen Wolf,  Supernatural, Younger
  • Movies: The Longest Ride, Love Rosie, Harry Potter Series
  • Songs: See You Again, One Last Time, Somebody
I would love to know what products you have been loving lately!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Beauty Haul

This past month I have been trying extremely hard to limit my spending and this includes beauty products. I have only bought four beauty related products this month which is a huge accomplishment as I could easily double that in just one week. The following are the four pieces I picked up, enjoy!

  • Bath & Body Works 'Sweet Pea' Shower Gel
  • Herbal Essences 'Totally Twisted' Curl Scrunching Gel
  • Bath & Body Works 'Warm Vanilla Sugar' Shower Gel
  • Love & Beauty NUDE Eyeshadow Palette
What beauty products have you been loving lately? What is your favourite Bath & Body Works shower gel? Let me know in the comments! xo

Sunday, April 12, 2015

10 Travel Hacks

It's no secret that traveling can be stressful and overwhelming. With these few simple tips, tricks, and hacks hopefully your adventure will go a little more smoothly!

  1. Wear a night moisturizer on long flights, it is extra hydrating and will help your skin in the process.
  2. Infinity scarves are a must have. If you are changing climates or unsure of the temperature of your plane throw on an infinity scarf, they are great for when you are cold and can even be used to block sunlight while taking a nap or needing some shut eye.
  3. Store chargers and power cords in an old sunglass case. You will know exactly where they are while not cluttering your purse or carry-on.
  4. Use a pill container to store and sort your jewelry such as rings, chains and earrings.
  5. Wear your heaviest shoes and coat on the plane, not only will this save room in your luggage but your coat can double as a comfy pillow.
  6. Instead of bringing a blush, brightener or lipstick try a tint such as Benefits 'Benetint' that works as both a lip and cheek stain.
  7. Make sure to pack a spare outfit in your carry on, no one ever thinks their luggage will be lost but it happens. Its better to be safe than sorry.
  8. Wear layers during your flight. Temperature can change in the blink of an eye whether that be outside, in the airports or on your flight. Traveling can be stressful enough, no need to add uncomfortable to the list.
  9. Roll your clothing if you have the opportunity, you would be surprised how much more you will be able to fit or in some cases bring back home with you.
  10. Be prepared for worst case scenarios. I know it is scary to think about but it will be ten times scarier if you had nothing planned in advance.
I would love to know what tips you have for traveling as I plan on doing a lot of it this summer! Leave a comment letting me know!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bloggers Made Me Buy It

Blogs have become apart of my daily life and because of that I have made a few beauty related  purchases after seeing what others are loving or recommending. With so many products and brands out there it is hard to decided what one you should try next. Below are a few 'bloggers made me buy it' purchases that I have fallen in love with. Enjoy!

  • Batiste Dry Shampoo 'Tropical'
  • L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Balm '518 Tender Mauve'
  • Urban Decay Naked Flushed
  • Benefit They're Real Mascara
  • Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream
  • Essie 'Good a Gold' Nail Polish
  • Real Techniques Blush Brush
What beauty products have you purchased after coming across a haul or review from your favourite blogger or youtuber?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Versatile Blogger Award!

I was nominated by the beautiful Brooke of LookBrooke, for the Versatile Blogger Award. Brooke has an amazing blog with content that is filled with love and passion and lots of cute ideas! (She even designed this cute logo!) If you are not following Brooke please, please, please give her blog a follow... I can guarantee that you wont regret it!

As part of being nominated you share 7 facts about yourself then nominate other blogs you think deserve this award!

Seven Facts:
  • I have to take my socks off with my feet every night before I fall asleep. If I'm not wearing socks 9 times out of 10 I will get up and put on a pair.
  • I don't like sushi. It looks delicious but I can't stand the texture.
  • I hate the feeling of wet hair. I will avoid swimming under water at all costs if possible!
  • My favourite flowers are hydrangea's.
  • I ruin every grilled cheese I try to make.
  • I have zero pain tolerance.. paper cuts have made me cry.
  • If everything works out I will be traveling to Ireland in August to visit one of my best friends who recently moved there! (fingers crossed)
I Nominate:
There are so many blogs that I am loving lately but these would have to be my top three (and of course Brooke)!

If you are tagged to do the Versatile Blogger Award please send me a link as I would love to know some facts about yourself and see what blogs you have nominated!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Favourites

March has been such a busy, long and stressful month, I don't think I would have survived without the help of these monthly favourites!

  • Bath & Body Works 'Warm Vanilla Sugar' Body Lotion
  • Britney Spears 'Midnight Fantasy' Perfume
  • Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation
  • Proactiv Refining Mask
  • Milani Nail Polish 'Colorful Coral'
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
  • Real Techniques Blush Brush
Other Favourites:
  • Movies: The Duff, The Killers, John Tucker Must Die, Mortal Instruments
  • Shows: Pretty Little Liars, NCIS New Orleans, Modern Family, Big Bang Theory
  • Music: The Foo Conspiracy, Hunter Hayes, Cody Simpson
I would love to know what beauty products or others that you have loved during the month of March! Leave a comment letting me know or a link to your blog! xo

-Sarah Lillian

Monday, March 9, 2015

What I Know For Sure

Recently I have been pushing myself to take the time to reflect, write down and share with you all lessons these past 21 years have taught me.

  1. Cherish the ones you love, they can be gone in the blink of an eye.
  2. Paradise is not a place, its a state of mind.
  3. Love is the greatest gift you can give.
  4. Don't judge people, everyone has their own stories and struggles.
  5. Be honest with yourself and with others.
  6. Don't talk bad about someone, it only reflects on the person you are.
  7. Respect is not given, it is earned.
  8. Do what makes you happy, not what society or your peers want you to do.
  9. Always be kind, everyone is facing their own battles.
  10. Trust takes a long time to build and can be broken in seconds.
  11. Always go with yourself, never against yourself.
  12. Free yourself from negative people.
  13. Words can hurt just as much as actions.
  14. Give compliments often, it can transform someone's day.
  15. Your heart is your best compass.
  16. Relationships are meant to help you, not hurt you.
  17. Lies only exist if we believe them.
  18. Jealousy and insecurity are ugly and will eat up your own beauty.
  19. Always smile, it can open many opportunities.
  20. Always tell the ones you love that you love them.
  21. Have confidence in yourself.

I encourage you all to take a moment and reflect on your own life lessons and share this with your friends, family, co-workers or blog audience. You never know who needs to hear one of these lessons to help get them through their day.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Birthday Post: 21 Facts About Me!

Today is my 21st birthday and to celebrate I thought I would share with you 21 facts you may not know about me. Enjoy!

  1. I was born 8 weeks premature and stayed in the NICU for 5 weeks.
  2. I took my first steps for an oreo cookie.
  3. I enjoy cleaning. I do it to relax.
  4. 8th Grade was one of the best yet worst years of my life.
  5. I love books, movies, you name it where there are spies and romance involved.
  6. One of my greatest fears is having life not turn out how I planned and dreamed of.
  7. My mom is my best friend.
  8. I hate swimming in the ocean.
  9. I have issues trusting people, especially ones I have just met.
  10. Harry Potter was my childhood. Still waiting for my letter from Hogwarts.
  11. I have naturally curly hair and hate it.
  12. My closet is color coordinated.
  13. I live in my pajamas, I swear I own more than actual clothes.
  14. My constant craving is FROYO.
  15. I cannot walk in heels.
  16. Spend most nights reading Harry Styles fan fiction.
  17. Never have had a proper boyfriend.
  18. I have always loved and always will love Cody Simpson.
  19. I hate drinking water.
  20. First celebrity crush was Frankie Muniz.
  21. Would love to meet a pen pal or fellow friend through blogging.
There it is, 21 facts about me. I hope you enjoyed! If you have any questions please leave them down below!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Guest Post: Within Jays Life

One thing I love about blogging is the opportunity to make friends and interact with others from around the world. My guest today lives not only in the same country as me but the same city as well! Blogging has brought us together and I can't wait for you to learn more about her and her blog! Enjoy!
1. Jaylynn, tell us about yourself ...
Hi, I'm Jaylynn, or Jay as most call me. I'm a teen beauty blogger from Canada balancing my time between school, blogging, spending time with friends and family and everything in between.
2. What is the meaning behind your blog name?
My blog name is Within Jays Life. Every since I was little everyone would call me Jay so I thought I would tie that in somehow, and I thought "Jays Life" though that name was already taken so I just added in Within to the beginning. (Though to tell you the truth I really don't like my blog name).
3. Why did you start blogging?
I have been watching YouTube for probably about 3 years now and ever since I discovered beauty and makeup vloggers I've been obsessed with makeup. Then one day one of my best friends showed me how she had started a blog and I jumped at the chance to make one myself, and from then on my life has been consumed of reading blogs, writing and growing my blog and watching YouTube videos. 
4. What is your all time favourite beauty product?
My all time favorite beauty product would have to be the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. If I put anything on before I go out it would have to be mascara. This mascara is amazing. It's great for lengthening and adding volume to the lashes. And the packaging is so cute!!
5. If you could only use one beauty product for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
If I could only use on product for the rest of my life it would be my Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Balm. This is my all time holy grail lip balm. I would choose this because I have such dry skin and lips and especially with my lips they're always dry and when they are it really irritates me, and this helps to keep my lips nice and smooth.
6. What is one goal you hope to accomplish with your blog in 2015?
One goal for my blog that I hope to accomplish in 2015 is to grow my readership and to change my blog layout.
One personal goal I have for 2015 is to volunteer more. I already do volunteer though I would like to volunteer more at places like Soup Kitchens etc....
Thank you so much Sarah for having me on your blog!!!! 
After learning more about Jay and her blog please don't forget to check it out and give her a follow, you wont regret it!
(If you are interested in becoming a guest blogger please feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email.)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

My Everyday Makeup

If I am wearing makeup 7 days a week, I would say that 6 out of those 7 days I have little to no makeup on due to the fact that I have little time to get ready or I am just plain lazy. The following are the few basic products I use on a daily basis. Enjoy!

  • Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer
  • Bye, Bye Under Eye Concealer
  • Maybelline New York Concealer
  • Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush 'Mirage'
  • Revlon Eyelash Curler
  • Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
  • 'The Rocket' Maybelline New York Mascara
  • EOS Lip Balm

If you would like to see a more in depth post of products I use when attending social events or special occasions please let me know in the comments!
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