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Tenth Anniversary Celebration at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue

It’s been a while since hubby and I had been on a kid-free vacation, so last weekend I decided to surprise him with a night away in Bellevue, Washington to celebrate our TENTH anniversary. We typically don’t celebrate our wedding anniversary, as much as we do our dating anniversary (14.5 years sounds a lot more important than 10, no?), but I figured this one was too important to miss ūüėČ

We used to visit this city frequently a few years ago and instantly fell in love. It’s almost like a home away from home for us – we’re fairly familiar with the city, but there’s always something new to discover.

When it came to start planning this “impromptu” weekend away, I knew we had to stay at our favourite Bellevue hotel – the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Not only do we always feel at home at the Hyatt Regency, but it’s location is extremely convenient and houses all the amenities we could ever need. From the Regency Club, to its close proximity to shopping at The Bellevue Collection via connecting sky bridges, to its nightlife (there’s a lounge/club INSIDE the hotel + a slew of hip restaurants within walking distance), to its…well…convenient 24/7 restaurant that’s perfect for those late night eats (we still can’t believe that we JUST discovered this gem!).

Our day started off late as it normally does. Luckily, my amazing mother-in-law suggested the kids sleep over the night before, so all hubby and I had to do was sleep in (!), get ready and make our way across the border. It had been so long since we’ve been away (2.5 years to be exact!), which is insane for former frequent “border crossers” such as us.

Not much was planned except dinner reservations at a restaurant we fell in love with years ago – which turned out to be a bust (it must be under new ownership or something, and is not affiliated with the hotel, in case you were wondering) – but, as always, we made the best of it and just winged the entire night. I find that we always have the most fun when nothing is planned! We walked to The Bellevue Collection and shopped for a bit, and then ended up at Earls for late-night drinks after dinner. Everything is within walking distance to the hotel and, as an added bonus, parking is free on Friday & Saturday nights!

The night ended up back at the hotel where we popped another bottle of champagne (thanks to QFC + our late night Uber driver). Actually, back to Uber…it was our FIRST time taking an Uber haha. I should have documented the whole experience on my IG stories because it was abso-freakin-hilarious. We had no idea what we were doing…we crossed the street a few times and the driver couldn’t find us (hmm, I wonder why LOL). Then we got dinged for a “late” charge? Apparently the driver went to the hotel and not to where we actually were. Oops.

After a couple drinks, we made our way to Suite – a lounge inside the hotel – and danced the night away. We didn’t have any responsibilities the next day, so why not?!

The next morning was spent at Eques – the best brunch spot in Bellevue, in my opinion. Every time we’ve dined here, it’s been exquisite. They offer a full breakfast buffet, but I prefer to order off of their menu. You really can’t go wrong with root beer float waffles (it’s SO good), tiramisu pancakes or a crab benedict. I had every single one of the above (and maybe more, haha) and I can honestly say nothing ever disappoints at Eques. Their smoothies are also to die for and if you’re celebrating an anniversary like us, mention it to your server and they’ll whip up a special anniversary smoothie from their “secret menu” (pssst…it may just taste a lot like blackberry lemonade this summer ;)).

Before you head out, make sure you take a photo with the giant “30” in the lobby to help celebrate the Hyatt Regency Bellevue’s 30th anniversary from now until the end of May! Post the photo to your Instagram page with the hashtag #HRBelle30 + #sweepstakes. For full contest details, visit @hyattregencybellevue on IG.

Are you planning on staying at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in the near future? I’d love to hear about your experience or past experiences in the comments below!

xo, kristina

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Find Your New Home at The Residences at Willoughby Town Centre

Whether you’re a young couple looking for your first home or an empty nester looking to downsize, finding an affordable home in the Lower Mainland is no easy feat. I personally know of more and more couples and families venturing out to the Fraser Valley in search of their dream home with convenient amenities at their doorstep.

Look no further! Enter The Residences at Willoughby Town Centre – a collection of boutique-style, low-rise condo units located in Willoughby’s most walkable neighbourhood.

With the first floor of the building housing 15 commercial units and an additional commercial building that will showcase a restaurant and office space, you will literally have the world at your fingertips (do you even need to leave your home now, ever?). Floors 2-4 of The Residences will consist of 91 open-concept 1 to 2 bedroom homes ranging from 526 to 1,101 square feet with many amenities, including:

  • Parking – 1 stall for 1 bedroom homes and 2 stalls for 2 bedroom homes
  • Storage – all homes
  • Appliances – standard with an appliance upgrade package option
  • Completion – approximately Spring/Summer 2021
  • Rentals / pets allowed
  • Amenities – guest suite, rooftop patio entertaining space and amenity room

While we (myself & the kids) were practically drooling over the showroom of one of the larger floorpans at The Residences, we all fell in love with the open floor plan, spacious bedrooms and living space, roomy patio (with an included gas hook-up for those BBQ parties!) and hidden features within the kitchen, including the hood fan. Oh and let’s not forget about the his and hers walk-in closet in the master bedroom. I think that space might actually be big enough for both mine and hubby’s ever expanding wardrobes, haha!

Each home comes with a choice of two modern designer colours schemes – Modern (surprise!) or Traditional. My personal choice would probably to lean towards more of the Traditional colour palette – I tend to gravitate towards the lighter tones paired with wood-like finishes.

Now imagine living in a neighbourhood where you can conveniently walk to the grocery store to pick up ingredients for your dinner or enjoy a night out on the town – without actually having to leave further than a two-ish block radius from your home. If that’s not winning, I’m not sure what is!

After viewing the showroom, we took made our way down to the Shops at Willoughby Town Centre. I found the cutest boutique, Wildflower’s Style & Co., which carried a number of vegan and natural clothing, accessories and beauty lines including one of my faves, K’Pure Naturals. The kids, of course, ventured into a local candy store and we all ended up eating sushi across the street.

For more information, details and answers to frequently asked questions, contact The Residences at Willoughby Town Centre sales team at info@beehere.ca.

Kristina xo

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Lily & Roo – A Toxic-Free Kitsilano Nail Salon

It’s really true when they say the stars align. ¬†Hubby had recently watched a documentary on Netflix about the dangers of toxic chemicals and fragrances in household products we use on a daily basis (something I’ve been telling him for years, but it really takes someone other than me to verify these things LOL). ¬†It then catapulted me into a mission: ¬†to eliminate ALL products that contain toxic chemicals and/or the words “fragrance” and ¬†“perfume”.

Fast forward to a few days later to when Lily & Roo reached out to me. ¬†Like I said, the stars aligned. ¬†Keep reading to find out how…

A couple weekends ago, I had the opportunity to treat my daughter to a mani/pedi at the most darling nail salon, Lily & Roo.  Located in the heart of the Kitsilano neighbourhood in Vancouver, Lily & Roo provides a haven for clients of all ages while focusing on providing treatments with ethically sourced products that are non-toxic, vegan and cruelty-free.

Zo√ę was literally SO stoked for this appointment. ¬†The night before ended with “I cannot WAIT until tomorrow, mama!” and the morning of started with “EEEEKKKKKK!!! ¬†We’re getting our nails done today, I’m so exciiiiiiiitttttteeeeeeed!!”.

The main reason I waited until Zo√ę was six to get her first mani/pedi was because, before Lily & Roo, I hadn’t found a nail salon that was safe enough for my little one. ¬†I didn’t want her breathing in the toxic chemicals and tried limit her exposure to nail polish as much as I could. ¬†Thankfully, I can now say that Lily & Roo will be our go-to salon for our girls days ūüôā

As we entered the Instagrammable salon, we were greeted by smiles all over – from the salon owner, Chole, to her staff and her customers. ¬†Zo√ę walked straight to the nail polish wall and selected ten shades of pink (surprise, surprise!).

The entire experience was incredibly blissful. ¬†My heart was exploding with pride watching Zo√ę experience her first mani/pedi like a pro. ¬†She opted for a multi-coloured look while I went for a neutral 9-free gel polish (my first gel experience!). ¬†I was hesitant to try gel at first, but you can’t really go wrong with polish that will last up to three weeks! ¬†Plus to finish off our polished looks (see what I did there?!), we selected matching nail art for a few of our fingers.

All of Lily & Roo’s polishes are vegan, 9-free and cruelty-free. ¬†As for gel removal, they’ll gently file the surface of the nail so that acetone use is minimized. ¬†For those who prefer to veto acetone all together, they offer a peel-off base coat option that can easily be removed in the comfort of your own home. ¬†If that sounds pretty amazing to you, you’ll want to keep on reading…!!

GIVEAWAY

We would LOVE for you to experience a mother/daughter date at Lily & Roo complete with a mani + pedi for both of you (or bring a friend, your own mom – it’s up to you!). ¬†Simply head over to my Instagram account @theswanksocial for entry details:

  • follow @theswanksocial + @lilyandroovancouver
  • tag a friend in the comments. ¬†Each tag is one entry.
  • BONUS: ¬†share the entry photo in your stories and tag both of our accounts

The giveaway is in no way sponsored or affiliated with Instagram.  All opinions in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions or views of Lily & Roo.

xo,

kristina

Disclosure: ¬†All opinions in this review remain my own and do not reflect the opinions or views of Lily & Roo and/or their¬†affiliates. ¬†I received a complimentary gel mani/pedi treatment and Zo√ę received a girls mani/pedi in order to complete this review.

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Time for a Little Self-Care

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coquitlam centre_fresh for spring beauty_kerastase_the swank socialcoquitlam centre_fresh for spring_kiehls_the swank social blogcoquitlam centre_fresh for spring beauty_marc jacobs decadence While the rest of Vancouver waits patiently for the rain to stop and for the return of the sun, I’m over here prepping my skin for a major Spring refresh!

We all know how harsh the cold winter weather can be on our skin. ¬†For me, my cheeks and hands get extremely dry, and every year I seem to try product after product after product. ¬†I’ll share some of the products that have worked for me in another post, because I think it’s important that we give¬†your skin the TLC it deserves right now!

Self-Care Saturday

  • WHEN: ¬†Saturday, April 14, 2018 from¬†12 – 4pm
  • WHERE: ¬†Coquitlam Centre (Event Central Level 2 between Gap and Luluemon)
  • WHAT TO EXPECT: ¬†Join Coquitlam Centre for an afternoon focused on self-care, wellness and refreshing your skin for Spring with beauty and skin care experts including local bloggers and influencers, Gelsea Mae and Bree Aylwin, as well as TV and media personalities, Mary Zilba and Fiona Forbes. ¬†Visit the #FreshForSpring Care Stations featuring select Coquitlam Centre retailers, all while sipping on DAVIDs TEA, indulging in Purdy’s Chocolates and entering to win over $3,500 in amazing door prizes.
  • #FRESHFORSPRING BEAUTY BOX: ¬†From April 2 to April 14, enter to win 1 of 5 #FreshForSpring Beauty Boxes ($350+ value) filled with everything you need to refresh your skin for Spring!

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Love what you see?  Win your very own #FreshForSpring Beauty Box right here!  Coquitlam Centre is generously giving one of my supporters a #FreshForSpring Beauty Box worth over $350!  To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below.  Giveaway is open to Vancouver / Lower Mainland residents 18 years and older only, and ends Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9pm PST.

Disclosure:  All opinions in this post remain my own and do not reflect the opinions or views of Coquitlam Centre and/or their affiliates.  We received a #FreshForSpring Beauty Box and a form of compensation in order to complete this post.

Product photography:  Janelle Sacccucci

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The GLOWrious Effect

What does being GLOWrious mean to me?

It means a lot of things, but the one thing it means to me at this point in my life is self-care. ¬†As in taking care of myself¬†before I take care of others. ¬†Not saying that my family and my kids don’t come before me (believe me, I make sure our lives are in order and everyone¬†is¬†taken care of lol!).

While some may have strong opinions about self-care or may feel that some of the things in this post come across as selfish, I’m a strong believer that if I take care of myself, it means the relationships I cherish the most in my life will be healthy, positive and fulfilling because I feel healthy, positive and fulfilled.

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How I stay GLOWrious:

never neglect yourself 

I made a conscious promise to myself that no matter what happens once my kids entered my life, I would never neglect myself. ¬†This means taking uninterrupted showers once a day, doing my hair and my makeup in the mornings, and scheduling regular beauty maintenance appointments (a girl’s gotta look good!). ¬†Now, I’m not going to lie – the showers and getting myself ready happen on a daily basis, but the beauty appointments? ¬†They do get pushed onto the back burner if life gets too busy!

                                                                                                                         spend time with your partner

A healthy relationship with your partner or significant other will do wonders for your surrounding relationships. ¬†My husband and I have always showed affection in front of our children, we always converse with a very sarcastic sense of humour (something the kids definitely picked up on), we laugh 1,000 times a day and we (sometimes reluctantly) talk about the trials and tribulations of our lives. ¬†You know, the things we’re ashamed of and things we want to change to personally better ourselves and our relationship. ¬†Marriage, and relationships in general, take a lot of work!

I often complain about how tired I am and my 18 year old step-daughter told me it was because I don’t got to bed early enough because I watch tv with my husband until late. ¬†She’s probably right, but here’s the thing: ¬†it’s¬†our thing. ¬†An hour or two of alone time after the kids go to bed is healthy for us to wind down, de-stress, cuddle on the couch while binge watching The Crown,¬†and reflecting on the day and the world around us. ¬†It may look silly or boring to the kids, but they’ll be eating their words one day when they get to where we are!

feed your soul

I’m not sure about you, but I feel like I literally grew up on burgers, frozen food and pre-packaged foods. ¬†It’s definitely a North American thing, but it’s not a thing in our household. ¬†I live for home cooked meals and it’s probably because of the influence from hubby and my mother-in-law. ¬†The fact that you know what you’re putting in your food is¬†gold. ¬†And it makes you feel good!¬†¬†I love experimenting with foods from different cultures and incorporating the dishes in our home, but I don’t love cooking (isn’t that the way it always is?!). ¬†Luckily, we have some balance in the kitchen where hubby will cook a majority of the time (blessed!). ¬†So, it’s basically a fair 70/30 split and I win, haha!

                                                                beauty sleep

I’d feel more GLOWrious every day if I actually got more than 4-5 hours of sleep a night. ¬†I know that. ¬†So, it’s my ongoing goal to go to bed a bit earlier, manage my time better and get that beauty sleep!

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So now you know how I stay GLOWrious each and every day! ¬†It’s always a work in progress and is never as simple as it sounds. ¬†I have to constantly work at these aspects of my life and remind myself that consistency really is key. ¬†After all, if you’re happy and glowing on the inside, you can bet you’ll see that contagious GLOWrious glow come out on the outside!

What Does GLOWrious Mean to YOU?

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Shop the exclusive #iamGLOWrious apparel line at Project Skin MD, snap a pic and share what glowing means to you on social media. ¬†For every photo tagged with #iamGLOWrious, Project Skin MD will generously donate $1 to BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre.

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post, but I did receive an #iamGLOWrious tee from Project Skin MD with the intention of fully supporting their GLOWrious cause.  The opinions and views in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinion or views of Project Skin MD and/or their affiliates.

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Time Will Tell

To be completely honest, I’ve literally written and edited this post at least five times. ¬†I should insert a disclosure that states that I’m not really sure what the essence of this post is, but that it’s well intentioned, haha!¬† It’s also not a sponsored post (although I did get a free watch from Daniel Wellington¬†insert smiley face emoji here).

Basically the title of this post has never had a more profound impact on me than it does now.

[prepare to bust out the movie theatre popcorn right about now]

Ever since we’ve entered into the New Year, I feel like I’ve spent hours reflecting on life. ¬†I don’t know if it’s because the kids are getting older or because I’m getting older. ¬†I don’t know if it’s because I’m constantly wondering what I’m doing or where I’m going in life. ¬†Is it because I doubt myself often? ¬†There’s so many questions and I know these questions will be answered over time.

Often times, I end up in a café sipping on that perfect cup of latte and chatting endlessly with friends.  We tend to reflect on our lives and how we got there.  We inspire and encourage each other.  We push each other to do better, to do more.  We also remind each other to relax and take time for ourselves.  To stay true to ourselves.

I guess the reason behind this post is that what you see on social media isn’t real life. ¬†I’m sure you’ve heard this time and time again, but I know we’re all guilty of scrolling through our Instagram feeds and stories, and wishing our lives could be like that other girl who has the “perfect life”. ¬†I’m totally guilty of that on a daily! ¬†It makes me feel completely overwhelmed and (almost) triggers the need to turn my back on social media altogether.

But then I always end up back in this very moment. ¬†I honestly wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for social media and my Instagram/blog community. ¬†I’ve met so many influential individuals and I’ve been honoured to work with so many businesses. ¬†This platform has given me a voice and I’m so thankful for that. ¬†So because of that, I’m going to keep pushing forward and hopefully become more inspired to create content that’ll keep bringing you guys back!

I’m not really sure where this post is going LOL, but if you’re still with me, THANK YOU (HAHA)!! ¬†Thanks for listening to me ramble and thanks for following along. ¬†It means the world to me!

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Speaking of Daniel Wellington, don’t forget to use code THESWANKSOCIAL for 15% off your next DW purchase! ¬†Plus, they have a new website for our Canadian friends with free shipping and a no COD promise. ¬†I’d say that’s a win-win!

Happy shopping, friends!

xo,
kristina

Photos:  Janelle Saccucci

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, but I did receive free product from Daniel Wellington in exchange for Instagram posts.  The opinions and views in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinion or views of Daniel Wellington and/or their affiliates.

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New Years Refresh with Project Skin MD

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What better way to kick off the New Year than with a post-holiday, hello 2018 refresh from Project Skin MD?Project Skin MD lounge

At the beginning of Fall (yes, last year lol!), I had the honour of experiencing the Silk Peel Microdermabrasion Treatment at, in my opinion, the best lifestyle clinic focused purely on skin health and natural beauty. ¬†At 34, I’m still in denial at the thought of “aging” and have always thought that anti-aging creams and regimens would be a thing in the far, far future. ¬†Now, when I look in the mirror, I’m not sure if I should be kicking myself or kick-starting a skin care regimen to preserve what’s left of my youth ūüėČ ¬†Probably the latter…

To be honest, I’ve never been one to be overly obsessed with the latest and greatest in skincare and makeup products. ¬†My skincare routine is literally cleanse, moisturize, cleanse, moisturize. ¬†I typically purchase my cleansers and moisturizers from the local drugstore – a habit that my skin care specialist at Project Skin MD highly recommended against (more on why later on in this post). ¬†As I age, I’m more curious about what products are out there, what procedures are available to me (short of plastic surgery) and what steps I can take to make sure I age gracefully. ¬†Sure genetics seem to be on my side, but I am noticing those famous laugh lines and forehead frown lines (I have this weird habit of squinting my eyes and frowning when I’m in deep concentration – probably as a result of poor vision LOL).

Back to my Project Skin MD experience! ¬†First of all, have you ever been to a boutique clinic where you can tell the owners and their interior designer nailed every little detail of their design and decor – so much so that no matter where you turn, it’s completely Instagrammable? ¬†I mean…

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And then there’s the actual treatment. ¬†Talk about rejuvenating, refreshing and Project Skin’s promise, R&R = Results & Relaxation – all the ‘R’ words!! ¬†The treatment began in the PS Glow Room – a space within Project Skin MD that opened in November 2016, solely dedicated to introductory medical aesthetic services such as medical facials, peels and microdermabrasion.

I initially anticipated the Silk Peel Microdermabrasion Treatment to be slightly painful because of all the stories I used to hear from back in the day about microdermabrasion (they’re all exaggerated!) and the after effects (think red, burnt skin). ¬†This microdermabrasion treatment had¬†none of the above and I can attest to the fact that I felt like my skin had undergone a deep, deep¬†much-needed clean. ¬†Using a diamond treatment tip with vacuum and suction technologies (it feels funny at first, but you’ll get used to it!) to exfoliate and remove dull skin cells from your face, this treatment was unlike any facial I’ve ever experienced. ¬†My skin actually felt CLEAN and refreshed!

And why should only my face feel clean and refreshed? ¬†I’m so excited to partner up with Project Skin MD to give one of my lucky followers/readers a chance to win their very own Silk Peel Microdermabrasion Treatment experience!! ¬†To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below. ¬†Entrants must be 18 years or older and able to attend the Vancouver location of Project Skin MD for their treatment.

Disclosure:  All opinions in this review remain my own and do not reflect the opinions or views of Project Skin MD, PS Glow Room and/or their affiliates.  We received a complimentary Silk Peel Microdermabrasion Treatment in order to complete this review.

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Experience Ayurveda: Bombay Beauty Co. + a Giveaway!

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Every single relationship I’ve made through social media over the past few years has made a tremendous impact in my life and has not only allowed me to explore my creative curiosities, but they’ve also shaped me into the person I am today. ¬†Without the encouragement and support of all of the inspiring women (and men!) that give me that push, whether positive or negative, The Swank Social wouldn’t be where it is today.

So when the CEO of Bombay Brow Bar reached out to me about her new (and absolutely GORGEOUS) concept store located in the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, I was smiling from ear to ear. ¬†You see, Ravy and I first connected¬†years¬†ago – I’m thinking it was around 7-8 years ago – at the time when Bombay Brow Bar was just starting out and my family blog, SwankMama, was taking off. ¬†I remember her being so sweet and thoughtful, but we never had a chance to connect other than through email. ¬†Years flew by, life went on and we added a few kids into the mix, and here we are today!

Ravy recently launched her concept store, Bombay Beauty Co., which is focused around balance and the beauty of Ayurveda. ¬†The story behind Ravy’s newest venture is inspiring yet heartbreaking, but her passion and the reason why she started creating her own line of natural beauty and skin products using the Ayurveda practice, and what later evolved into the space now known as Bombay Beauty Co., is the type of story that inspires me on a daily basis.

As soon as you walk into Bombay Beauty Co., you’ll notice that Ravy has incorporated its sister brand, Bombay Brow Bar, into the design, decor and colour palette. ¬†Think rich marble floors and accents, dramatic curtains and mirrors, and touches of gold sprinkled throughout. ¬†Trust me, as soon as you get over the gorgeousness of it all, you’ll almost forget the real reason you came!

I was treated to their signature Bombay Rose Facial – a therapeutic and luxurious Ayurvidic inspired clay facial experience using Bombay Beauty Co.’s all natural Bombay Rose Signature Collection. ¬†It was seriously the most relaxing facial I’ve ever indulged in. ¬†Not only can you feel the mask gently extracting all of your skin’s impurities, but you’ll be able to relax for the full 40 minute treatment while enjoying a calming hand and head massage. ¬†While there aren’t any physical extractions performed during the facial, my face instantly felt rejuvenated and more nourished (the cold weather is doing a number on my skin!).

Ravy and her team have also created a house line of all-natural Ayurvedic inspired skin care products locally made in Vancouver. ¬†When speaking with Ravy about her inspiration and desire to ensure that her skin care line is accessible by every woman can experience the beauty of Ayurveda at an affordable price. ¬†After all, self-care equals self-confidence and self-love – three of Bombay Beauty Co.’s empowering mantras!

Win a Beauty of Ayurveda Experience!

Bombay Beauty Co. has generously offered to give away TWO Bombay Rose Facials to one of our lucky readers Рone for the winner and one for their BFF!  To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below.  The giveaway is open worldwide to entrants 18 years of age and over.  You must be able to claim your treatments at Bombay Beauty Co. located at 829 West Cordova, Vancouver, BC, Canada (inside the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel).

Disclosure:  All opinions in this review remain my own and do not reflect the opinions or views of Bombay Beauty Co., Bombay Brow Bar and/or their affiliates.  We received a complimentary Bombay Rose Facial in order to complete this review.

Photography:  Janelle Saccucci

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A Winters Dream Holiday Tablescape

It’s already December (how?!) and all I can do is reminisce about a holiday styled shoot I created a few years back with my lovely and very talented friend, Amy from Confetti and Co.!

When I started The Swank Social, it was all about celebrations, confetti and creative collaborations. ¬†It was a fun time and I made so many connections through the work that I did, but it wasn’t fulfilling enough for me. ¬†Plus, I had a personal reason why I decided to go back to work full-time (best decision ever!) and slowly concentrate on growing The Swank Social as a blog during my spare time lifestyle blog. ¬†It only took a year to finally grasp and understand how to balance my time.

Actually, scratch that.

I still don’t know how to balance my time. ¬†I’m almost certain that I’ll never figure that out, but here we are!

Okay, back to the holidays and Christmas.  And back to the days where a crisp, white studio space was extremely hard to come by.  We booked (the now defunct) Sugar Studios for our collaborative shoot and started working our magic:

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While I do miss the days where I got to plan and execute events that were dear to my clients’ hearts, I’m so fortunate to have this social platform that allows me to keep creating, collaborating and styling! ¬†Currently, I’m just trying to let it settle in that it’s almost Christmas!!

xx Kristina

 

Collaborators:

Styling:  The Swank Social and Confetti & Co. | Photography:  Studio 86 Creative Design | Floral Arrangements:  Celsia Floral | Placecard Cookies:  Whisk | Wooden Name Placecards and Balloons:  Confetti & Co. | Custom Menu and Print:  Kardz Kouture | Plates and Table Decor:  The Cross Design | Chairs:  Eclat Decor

Vendors:

Flatware:  West Elm | Glassware, Wooden Chargers and Napkins:  Indigo

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Rooftop High Tea Engagement Surprise

I know you’re thinking that I maybe, possibly planned a surprise engagement but, no, this is even better! ¬†We partnered with Secret Garden Tea Company, Kim Crawford and K’pure Naturals¬†to plan a top secret high tea to celebrate a friend’s recent engagement.

The venue? ¬†A rooftop overlooking the downtown skyline, of course! ¬†While it was just our luck that the air was still filled with smog from the forest fires raging north of our city, we couldn’t have asked for a better setting for our high tea.

First things first – connecting with the amazing Secret Garden Tea Company, who provided a decadent spread of their famous savoury and sweet petite fours from their seasonal high tea menu – complete with their gorgeous tea cups, saucers and tiered trays (and they’re also available for rent!). ¬†The lovely Jam PR¬†team was also on site to assist in the set up of Secret Garden’s high tea to go and to ensure everything went smoothly.

And it’s not a proper high tea without a glass of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc together with a splash of frozen berries for a special twist on a classic favourite:

Although the air was hazy (it looked like something out of a movie!), the surprise was a complete success! ¬†The guest of honour was treated to a gift bag filled with goodies from local natural body care line, K’Pure Naturals, and of course a bottle of Kim Crawford wine.

Our table set up was completed with a small bouquet from Blossom and Vine Floral Co., Smooch lip balms from K’pure Naturals, macarons and a rose gold ‘love’ balloon from North Star Balloons.

Vendors

[Sponsors]¬†High Tea: ¬†The Secret Garden Tea Company | Wine: ¬†Kim Crawford | Swag: ¬†K’pure Naturals

Florals:  Blossom and Vine Floral Co. | Balloon:  North Star Balloons | Photography:  Janelle Saccucci |  Venue:  Rooftop

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