Tuesday, April 9, 2019
If you have been following me for some time you know I LOVE the holidays, so of course I decorated my condo for Easter. Out of all the holidays I have the least amount of Easter decor, so I headed out to one of my favourite stores for decorations - Michael's and picked up some new pieces for my place.
Bows are from Michael's. I just took some string and tied them to my stools.
Little bunnies are from Dollarama. I made this cake and literally threw mini eggs all over the cake. The cake stand is from Party City.
The egg is from Michael's. It actually comes in a giant egg you can break apart into three eggs. Vase was from the Hallmark store.
I found this egg wreath while thrift shopping but I found a similar one at Michael's.
Stools are from Structube. I bought the 30' bar stools.
Both pillows are from Michael's and my white fluffy throws are from Homesense.
My plant behind the couch is from Ikea and it is called bird of paradise.
I will be posting a lot this month of my home and decor over on my Instagram @syd.hoff make sure to check them out!!
Sunday, March 17, 2019
I always get a ton of questions about my bathing suits and where I get them from. Whenever I mention that the majority of them are from Shein everyone wants to know more about the brand and if they are a trustworthy company. Shein is a brand from China that ships worldwide. Everyone is always skeptical of the brand because of the large selection and cheap prices. I don't believe all reviews for the website are wonderful if you were to look them up online but here is my honest review...
I've truly never had any crazy issues with Shein. I order a lot from them. Yes, I love how cheap the prices are but I also love the fun selection they have for everything. My love for the website started with bathing suits. I was wanting bold, fun, colourful bathing suits and I thought most bathing suits online were so boring. When I stumbled on Shein I wanted every bathing suit.
Bathing Suit: Shein
When it comes to bathing suits I think the quality is great. Don't expect next level quality, but I think it's totally comparable to most brands. I have well over 10 bathing suits from them and I've never had issues. I've also never had issues washing any item either. I even wore a full piece white bathing suit thinking it may go see through when I got it wet..but it passed the test!!
The fit is the only thing that can be a little tricky. I love to read reviews for each item because people will give their honest opinion and let you know if the product fits big, small or true to size. I still order my regular size small and for the most part everything has been fine. My last order of bathing suits I did decide to order medium because I did notice some smalls were a little tight (they still fit) but I wanted to be super comfy and medium was great. If you are tall lady like me (I'm about 5'9 - 5'10) most of the dresses and skirts are going to be way too short. I try to stay away from skirts and dresses.
I think within the last year Shein has majorly stepped up their game with everything. When I first started ordering from them my packages would honestly take a month to arrive. Now I find them totally comparable to most brands. I believe my last shipment took 11-12 days. If you want something for a trip I would still give yourself some extra time just incase. Most of my orders have been under $100 and I get regular shipping and I've never had to pay Canadian duties. However, my last order was over $100 with express shipping and I did have to pay $30 in duties. I wasn't sure if it was the price or the express shipping that was the reason for duties, but just be aware of that!
I believe those are the majority of questions I get asked. If you have any other questions feel free to comment below or private message me on Instagram at @syd.hoff
Monday, March 11, 2019
Earlier this month my sisters, mom and I went on a little vacation to Boca Grande Florida. Devon and I were getting a little sad about the crazy winter weather Toronto was having and we needed to go somewhere warm. Devon searched hidden gems in Florida and Boca Grande popped up. I had never heard of Boca Grande Florida but it looked so quaint and tropical. When we arrived we realized it's definitely not a tourist spot. The majority of people are retired and wealthy. It was so quiet and everyone was SO nice. After 5pm most places in the town close up, so if you are wanting to party at night this isn't the place for you. However, my sisters and mom loved that even more!
As you can see from the photos above the beaches are beautiful. There are tons of public beach access spots all along the main strip.
As I mentioned this isn't a very touristy spot so there weren't many hotels to choose from. The building I'm standing in front of is the main place to stay. Unfortunately we booked so last minute this was completely booked but its so adorable inside and out. The Gasparilla Inn has the cutest decor and they own many restaurants throughout the town like Pink Elephant and The Inn Bakery which we went to every morning.
The coffee and ham&brie sandwich on a croissant was DELICIOUS.
We ended up finding only one hotel available at The Boca Grande Resort and it was wonderful. I wouldn't really call it a resort exactly but it was very cute, clean and everyone was friendly. It was definitely further from the beach and town but we rented golf carts and had such a fun time carting around everywhere. In fact everyone there has golf carts. They even have designated golf cart paths that make getting around super simple. Beside our hotel there was a shop called Kappy's Market. It had everything from Florida merchandise to food to golf cart rentals. It was very convenient to walk over and rent a golf cart for the weekend.
The Loose Caboose was another favourite restaurant of ours. This is located in the heart of the small town. Everyone working there was so kind. The food wasn't fancy at all but tasted amazing.
Our very favourite spot we went to almost every night was South Beach Bar and Grill. We would head there to drink on the beach and watch the sunset. After sunset we would head inside and get food which was so so delicious!
Make sure to check out my Instagram for other photos and a highlight of my stories @syd.hoff.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
I'm setting off to Florida next week and thought I would share with you what I have in my plane toiletry bag.
I like this hand cream for traveling because its lighter than most of my hand creams. I don't want my hands to be super greasy when I'm on a plane but it still does the job and keeps them moisturized.
Whenever I fly I notice my skin gets pretty dry so I will be applying this mask before I take off. It's so refreshing and moisturizing.
We have a very early flight so I will definitely be applying this after I apply the Jet Lag Mask. This is the perfect morning eye cream to refresh your eyes and wake you up.
I recently got this but it truly is super moisturizing and perfect for the plane. I also love to add this to my cuticles because they are very dry right now.
I can't travel anywhere without a hair tie or scrunchie. I'm really liking scrunchies lately because they don't hurt my hair like most hair elastics.
6. Hair Clips
I always like to get my hair out of my face when I'm applying any products to my face. Hair clips are a necessity when travelling.
The only other thing I may add to my toiletry bag is some hand wipes. I never touch my face without washing my hands and it can be annoying going to the bathroom on the plane so hand wipes are amazing.
Friday, February 1, 2019
Sunday, January 27, 2019
I have been so happy with my skincare routine lately that I had to share all the products I'm using right now. I've truly never been happier with my skin. And considering it's the middle of the winter I'm shocked my skin is looking so amazing.
I start off by removing my makeup with Bioderma micellar water for sensitive skin (using cotton pads). It cleanses and removes my makeup so well. It's so soothing on my skin and really helps diminish any redness on my skin. It also cleanses my skin enough that I don't need any additional cleanser. I buy this product at Shoppers Drug Mart.
The next step is using Biologique Recherche Lotion P50T toner. This exfoliates, moisturizes and reconditions my skin. If I were to recommend one product from my skincare routine I would recommend this. It's truly a game changer. My skin instantly looks smooth, my pores are smaller, any redness is gone and moisturized. It really is a miracle product. I apply this product with a cotton pad and use this about 4-5 times a week. I bought this product at One 2 One Studio.
My next step is applying two drops of SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum. I personally think this firms my skin and brightens. I love how this feels a bit thicker and really helps moisturize my skin. I was very lucky to get this gifted to me so I had no idea the price until a few weeks in. This is definitely a more expensive product but I personally think its worth every penny.
The last step is using two drops of the Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil. I'm not even using a moisturizer right now which is super rare for me, especially in the middle of the winter. This combination of products are moisturizing enough and all I need. I love this oil. I personally think the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum and the Indie Lee Oil is a winning combo. The Squalane oil is a lighter oil and feels wonderful when you apply. I will sometimes use one drop of this oil on my face before applying my makeup. I bought this at The Detox Market.
When I finish applying my oil I love using this Rose Quartz Facial Roller maybe 4-5 times a week. Does it actually do anything to my face? I have no idea. But I really like how it feels on my face. Throw it in the refrigerator for a little bit and it will feel so cool and refreshing on your face. I bought this at The Detox Market.
If I get the random breakout I really love applying Philosophy Clear Days Ahead acne spot treatment. I apply this to any spots on my face right before I go to bed and I always notice an improvement in any pimples the next morning. I bought this at Sephora.
The Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask is the newest product in my routine and at first I was totally skeptical of it. You probably have seen this on Instagram and its totally blown up and I think every influencer uses this. I wasn't sure if it was going to be worth the hype but I had to try it. It totally is! This is so moisturizing and rich and wonderful. I use this when I get out of the shower and sometimes before I apply my makeup. I bought this at Sephora.
Although I am very happy with the products I'm using right now I'm always on the hunt for something new. What are some of your favourite skincare products!?