BLT Salad Recipe

BLT Salad Recipe

Hello Loves!

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here within the pages of Exquisitely Chic but back in August I started Weight Watchers again. Several years ago I was on weight watchers and did rather well. I managed to bring myself down to 165lbs. Then I moved and stopped working out which led to me gaining back all the weight I lost (and then some).

So far in my new journey I’ve lost 18lbs (that’s with a month of being very, very off track). I’m almost down to the weight I was when I started Weight Watchers the first time.

What I love about the weight watchers system is how simple it is to follow. You still need willpower to avoid bags of chips, desserts and fast food but you have the option to indulge in these things every once and a while. Calculating points is simple with the tools they provide you (especially if you have the online tools); it’s not like calculating macro’s or calories and counting those which can be tedious.

One thing about me is that I hate to eat the same thing every day. I need to mix up my meals so I don’t get bored and indulge in other ways (delicious restaurant food is a weakness).

Amazing BLT Salad Recipe

One of my Weight Watchers buddies shared this recipe the other day with our little group and I just had to make it – and Zoë from Writing Whimsy recommended I do some weight loss/food posts so I decided to photograph the finished product and share the salad recipe (which is super simple btw and only 9 WW pts per serving)!  Continue reading

Mary Kay Sweet Shoppe Body Gift Set

Mary Kay 2015 Gift Sets

Good Morning Loves!

That time of year is coming. It’s my favourite time of year – filled with the smell of cinnamon and pine. The air is fresh and there’s music everywhere! Yes, I’m talking about Christmas! I think my favourite holiday season was the one I spent in Ottawa. Walking downtown and through the malls during the holiday season is pure magic. As much as I hate the cold and the snow, the holidays really aren’t the same without it.

With the holidays comes gifts. I adore giving gifts. It makes me feel good and I like coming up with new ideas or finding that one awesome gift for someone I love! A company that’s always been fantastic for gift sets has always been Mary Kay. They manage to come up with the perfect little pre-packaged gifts for every holiday, not just Christmas.

This year they’ve come up with some super sweet (pun totally intended) 2015 holiday gift sets that are sure to fill the lady in your life (or yourself) with cheer! These products were sent to me to feature for the upcoming season. All opinions are my own.

Mary Kay Sweet Shoppe Body Gift Set

Limited-Edition Mary Kay® Cream & Sugar Gift Set ($30)

This set includes a chocolate scented body scrub and a marshmallow scented whipped body lotion.
I love the cute little package for this set. It’s brightly coloured and would make a fantastic gift on its own, or a cute addition to a gift basket.
The chocolate body scrub smells like very sweet chocolate frosting, and the marshmallow body whip smells like sweet sunscreen, if that makes sense… You can definitely smell marshmallow but it mixes with the lotion in an intriguing way. It’s not a bad smell, but I haven’t quite smelled anything exactly like it before.

Mary Kay Sweet Shoppe Gift Sets

Limited-Edition Mary Kay® Body Lotion & Lip Balm Gift Sets ($18)

These adorable little sets each include a body lotion (73ml) and a lip balm each in matching scents. Mary Kay has been known to have some amazing lip balms, I love all the lip balms I’ve ever gotten from this company. They come in squeeze tubes, so they’re super creamy and great for your lips.
I believe my favourite of the three scents was apple and pear, though they all smell sweet and a little fruity (sugar and spice has more spice undertones). These little gifts would make fantastic stocking stuffers or secret santa gifts!

Mary Kay True Original Hair and Body Wash

Limited-Edition True Original® Hair and Body Wash ($20)

If you’re looking for something to add to his stocking this season, Mary Kay has released a limited edition men’s hair and body wash. It pairs perfectly with the True Original cologne spray which has hints of lemon, Fuji apple and amber. The scent is clean and polished.

Overall Mary Kay is doing a fantastic job this season with some adorable little gifts that take minimal effort. You wouldn’t even need to wrap these cuties! Just tie a ribbon around it and top it with a bow!

Available through participating Independent Beauty Consultants only. Limited quantities available while supplies last. Offer expires February 15th, 2016.

Top 5 Tips to STOP Biting Your Nails

You’re a nail biter….

It’s okay. I get it. I used to be a huge nail biter and I still struggle with biting and picking at my cuticles in weak moments.

If you’re reading this I assume you don’t have pristine nails. They’re likely chewed back well beyond the free edge. They’re rough, peeling and you probably hide them quite often.

I’m here to help – with 5 tips that are sure to get you to stop biting your nails!

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Get Regular Manicures

For me, this was the one tip that helped the most. When I started school I was getting manicures once a week (and I was trained to do them myself). Why did this make me stop biting? Well, for one, I wanted my nails to look awesome; there’s no greater motivator than that. Secondly, I wanted them to grow! You can’t exactly make headway with length if you keep biting them off. Third, they were being maintained regularly – which is the key to having nice nails.
A Little Extra: If you can’t afford to have your nails professionally done weekly or bi-weekly check out THIS VIDEO by MmeBonHeur on YouTube for a DIY manicure (it’s in french but this is exactly how I would do it). 😉

Carry Nail Tools With You

Mandatory nail tools to have accessible all the time: nail clippers and a nail file. Get a good nail file that suits your nail type. You can find ones with different grits at the drug store. Try to find one with a finer grit for smoothing over rough edges.
Every time you get a split, break or they get too long for you to handle, cut ’em and file ’em.
Pro Tip: Use the clippers to take off length and the file to shorten, never use a file to remove length.

Use Bitter Polish

This may work for some of you, though extreme biters find they get used to the taste. Orly makes a great No Bite polish you can find HERE.
Essentially you paint your nails with this bitter polish and it tastes so awful you don’t want to put your fingers in your mouth at all.
Pro Tip: Use the bitter polish once you’ve knocked the nail biting habit to stop biting the skin around your nails.

Tie A String Around Your Finger

It’s that old adage to tie a string around your finger in a bow to remember something. With this, you’re trying to remember that you made a promise to yourself that you wouldn’t bite your nails. It’s not a miracle cure, but sometimes if you have enough willpower and something to snap you out of it every time you try, it’s enough.

For Extreme Circumstances

Wear Gloves

If you are hard up for a surefire way to knock the habit. Wear gloves. Latex, vinyl, cotton, a pair of those pretty silk ones you wear to fancy events – pretend to be super wealthy and too good for germs for a bit. They say it takes 21 days to knock a habit, wear gloves for that long and try to go without them for a bit. If you need to repeat the cycle until you no longer feel the urge.

Irresistible Me Hair Extensions Review

Good morning lovelies!

As I’m sure you’re well aware, not too long ago I chopped off all my hair. I love my short hair but I get so sick of a single hair style and I often need a change. That’s why I went from bright red hair to a gorgeous cherry coke shade within just a few months.

Cherry Coke Hair

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Repair Summer Hair Damage – Guest Post

Good morning lovelies! Summer is drawing to a close, which is disappointing, and sad. Thankfully, here at Exquisitely Chic HQ we also love fall. Watch for posts featuring fall decor! 😉

Hopefully you’ve all lived to the fullest this summer. Gotten out in the sun (with SPF of course), enjoyed some bbq’s, swimming, camping and maybe even some summer sports. Of course, these activities can wreak havoc on your hair. Amy is here to tell us how we can repair summer hair damage!

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Mary Kay Fall 2015 Releases!


Hello lovlies!

I’ve got treats for you today! Mary Kay has introduced some new fall products and the lineup is awesome! I am so impressed with these products. Good job Mary Kay! Let’s take a look at the Mary Kay fall 2015 releases!

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How to Look Effortlessly Chic



Good morning loves! If you’re anything like me, you wake up in the morning and have feel like you need your own personal stylist. Clothes, hair… I think the only thing I have going for me is my awesome makeup skillz.

Thankfully, Sophia Smith contacted me to write this post on being effortlessly chic. Hallelujah!!!! Maybe I can put some of her tips on how to be effortlessly chic to work!

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Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ Review

Good morning lovelies!

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I’m very excited for this week as our new furniture for our living room is coming in. There’s nothing quite like redecorating to give you a boost!

Speaking of a boost, what about giving our lashes a boost? A friend of mine is a Younique presenter and she asked if I’d give their new Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ a go and I have to say I was a little hesitant. I wasn’t a big fan of the original formula, I found that it made lashes look really spider-y and too much.

I like my lashes to look long, and natural. I want people to question whether or not they’re my natural lashes or if I’m wearing false lashes. Then be super surprised when they find out they are indeed my natural lashes.

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Odylique First Impressions

Hello Loves!

***Read this whole post for a special offer from Odylique!***

I was recently contact by Odylique to try out their skincare line and help celebrate their launch in North America!

Odylique is a UK-based company that has been working in natural skin care for over 30 years. I’ve spent a lot of time on their website and I am very impressed with wide variety of products and their story.

Margaret has a background in herbal medicine and aromatherapy. She has allergy-prone skin and a family history of eczema. Desperate to find a healthy alternative to many of the products out there she decided to create her own line of natural skincare products that are highly effective.

As an added bonus their products are made without lanolin, wheat, dairy and soya derivatives, salicylic acid, peanut oil, common allergen tree nut oils, and more…

You can read more about their company HERE.

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Dresses for Wedding Season!

Hey Lovelies!

Wedding season is still in full swing, and with all the weddings going on this year, I think we’re soon going to run out of clothes to wear!

Fear not! Today I’m sharing with you an awesome website that features tons of customizable dresses for wedding season!

eShakti is a custom clothing website that allows you to not only give them your specific measurements and have the clothing fit perfectly, but you can also adjust the length of dresses and sleeves, the type of sleeve, the type of skirt. Really, it gives you so many options for getting the perfect piece!

Not long ago eShakti contacted me to offer me the opportunity to order one of their pieces and go through the customization process. I chose the Marilyn Dress in navy blue (59.95 plus taxes and shipping).eShakti Marily Dress

The dress is comfortable and fits well. The bust area might have been a little loose, but I heard that the measurements fit small so I measured large. To be quite honest, if I had sent my exact measurements it would have been been a perfect fit.

This dress would be especially cute with a crinoline or tutu under it. I might just have to make my own to give it some OOMPH.

The options for this dress are as follows: Varying lengths (mini, above the knee, knee length and calf length), pockets or no pockets (I chose pockets, because who doesn’t love pockets)?

eShakti Favourite Dresses

Above are a few of my other favourites. From left to right:

Gold Trim Floral Lace Sheath Dress ($89.95):
This gold trim floral lace sheath dress is absolutely beautiful. The details are charming and the lace for the inset cap sleeve is adorable. I’d likely only change the length of this dress to above the knee, because my bum would definitely show if I bent over, but otherwise it’s cute! It reminds me of the dress I wore to my rehearsal dinner.

Anchor Embellished Colourblock Dress ($43.95):
How adorable is this navy & white colour block dress? That anchor really sold me. The only thing I would do to this dress is switch up the neckline for a bucket neckline. It’s perfect with the neckline shown but I personally prefer to have more of my neck/chest showing – I find it makes me look slimmer. I’m actually really, really tempted to buy this one.

Embellished Waist Ruched Tulle Gown – Bridal ($499.95):
Okay, if I was going to get married again, possibly on a beach or something I’d buy this dress. I’d widen/deepen the v-neck on it and that would be the only thing I’d have different. This dress is beyond perfect for the bride on a budget (or one that truly loves finding great stuff for a steal of a price)!

What do you think loves? Which one has your heart?