My Winter Essentials

Where I live in Canada, it gets cold... really cold!

In this post, I just want to share with you my winter essentials to survive the real winter.

1) LIP BALM

Currently I am using this lip butter from Herbivore Botanicals in Rose. I absolutely love this lip balm because it it moisturizing but it doesn't look shiny. 

 Herbivore Botanicals - Rose Lip Butter

Herbivore Botanicals - Rose Lip Butter

 

2) HAND LOTION

I know that this is technically not a hand lotion, but the container isn't too big for me to carry around so currently this is what I am using as an all around moisturizer, including my hands!

 100 Percent Pure - Mangosteen Whipped Body Butter

100 Percent Pure - Mangosteen Whipped Body Butter

 

Before I started caring about the ingredients in the products I used, I LOVED this hand cream. This was by far one of the best hand creams I've used! I still have almost 3/4 of the tube left but unfortunately I chose to stop using it due to the toxic chemicals used in this product. If you are not into green beauty then definitely give this thing a try!

 The Body Shop - Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop - Hemp Hand Protector

3) GLOVES

I have a pair of North Face gloves (watch the video if you want to see mine) similar to these ones. I got mine around a year or two ago so they do not sell them anymore, however, these one above are actually better.  Not only do these gloves have grips on them like mine, they are also touch screen compatible!  I personally wear my gloves when I snowboard underneath of a thicker glove just so when I strap myself in I don't have to do it bare skin.  Aside from snowboarding, I also wear them when I drive since they have grips on them.

 The North Face - Women's E-TIP Gloves

The North Face - Women's E-TIP Gloves

 

This pair below I still do not understand how they work. They are leather gloves that are phone compatible. Usually with leather gloves, they have a different tech compatible fabric that are sewn on to the index and thumb. These gloves however, do not have any of that! They look like regular ole leather gloves that work on touch screens... ALL FIVE FINGERS! 

 Danier Leather - Bromely Gloves

Danier Leather - Bromely Gloves

4) SCARVES

The first scarf I am going to show you is more for aesthetics, however it is very warm.  My faux fur scarf (watch the video to see mine) is actually pretty warm but it is super fashionable and can amp up any outfit.

 Badgley Mischka - Faux Fur Infinity Scarf

Badgley Mischka - Faux Fur Infinity Scarf

 

This is my most worn scarf this past year. It is such a soft, cozy, versatile scarf. It is warm but not too thick, it is actually the perfect scarf if you have a very warm winter coat. This scarf can be worn all year round AND be worn in 7 different ways including a cardigan!

 Lululemon - Vinyasa Scarf *rulu*

Lululemon - Vinyasa Scarf *rulu*

 

You can never go wrong with a blanket scarf for the winter. Blanket scarfs are perfect for adding another warm layer to your outfit but they are also great as a BLANKET of course! :) 

 Wilfred - Diamond Mosaic Blanket Scarf

Wilfred - Diamond Mosaic Blanket Scarf

5) SOCKS

Thick socks are an essential for me during the winter. Your body may be warm but if your feet are ice cold it's uncomfortable. This pair below from Roots are super cozy but you can definitely find cheaper alternatives! :)

 Roots - Cabin Socks

Roots - Cabin Socks

6) BOOTS

During my 4 years of undergrad at Western University, I did not own a pair of good boots. Now that I have a pair, I honestly have no idea how I survived without any! Invest in a pair of good winter boots if it snows where you live. My Sorel boots are the perfect pair for me, they aren't too clunky, they are still fashionable and are super warm. I absolutely love them and highly recommend them!

 Sorel - Winter Fancy Lace II Boot

Sorel - Winter Fancy Lace II Boot

 

7) WINTER COAT

Just like my boots, I did not have a good winter jacket when I lived in London, ON.  Stop purchasing $50 jackets that are only slightly warm, INVEST in a real winter coat if you experience a Canadian winter like I do.  After much research, I decided not to go for the typical Canada Goose that everyone seems to have these days, I purchased myself a Nobis jacket. I love everything about my coat and love how it does not look too bulky on my body. To hear more about why I love this coat and see how it looks on me, watch the video of below :)

 NOBIS - Abby

NOBIS - Abby

Welcome to My Blog!

Hello my Friends!

Welcome to my blog! :) I've created this space just for you!

This blog is an extension of my YouTube channel and a place for those who have watched my videos and later want to create that DIY, recipe, or look, but don't want to re-watch the video just to get the information on the supplies you need or where I got those shoes from.  I will also be using this blog to add bonus information and details that I forgot to mention in my videos! 

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My Current Favourites!

Hey you guys!

In this video, I want to share with you my current favourites and also show you that I STILL use conventional cosmetics. I spent $ on those products and I plan to use them up instead of tossing them. I know I have been posting a lot of videos about natural products but I am not here to try to convince you to completely transition your entire collection (even though that is MY goal). I want you all to know the amazing products that ARE available and are BETTER for you. At the end of the day, I just want to inspire you to try something new and as I always say, using ONE LESS toxic product is better than NOTHING. However, in this video I will be featuring a couple products that I still do love even though they aren't 100% natural! xx :)


OOTD | Sunset Lover

OOTD sunset lover sarah tran

What I am wearing in this video:

H&M BRIM HAT
FRENCH CONNECTION | Basic Tank
ABERCROMBIE & FITCH | Fringe Kimono
DENIM SHORTS | Purchased in Thailand
KNEE-HIGH SOCKS | Forever 21
BLACK ANKLE BOOTIES | H&M

Unfortunately, the fringe kimono I am wearing in this video got ruined in the wash! :( The fringes completely frayed and I basically had to cut them off and now it's just a sad kimono.

OOTD | Red Riding Hood

Snapbacks and crew necks aren’t in every girls wardrobe, but if you’re like me and it might not be your everyday style but you absolutely love how comfy it is and the feel of it when wearing this combo, then this is for you!

I actually used to wear this style a lot more when I was in high school sporting my hightop Nike’s, sweat pants and fitted hats.  I was a tom boy.  As I graduated and went off to university, I just kept the sweatpants and casual shirts but didn’t wear my hats as often.  In my second year of university, I joined a dance crew where everyone wore this snapback, baggy sweaters and sweatpants combo.  I eventually ended up wearing this outfit everyday and grew to love it even more while dancing.  Yes, I know it’s not the most girly outfit but it is most certainly… badass (and you don’t have to be badass to pull this off)

Moral of this OOTD, if you like a certain style, WEAR IT.  Don’t think just because you are known for wearing dresses that you can’t try something different. DO NOT restrict yourself to one style. Try it all, and wear it all with confidence. Be known for being you and being versatile.

xx

watch my OOTD video :)

2015 SPRING HAUL!

Although I titled this a spring haul, I received some as birthday gifts and the rest was my excuse to buy the items for myself as a birthday present.... so, yea. Enjoy! haha

WHAT I HAULED:
ADIDAS
Shorts - SOLD OUT
Capris - SOLD OUT
"Mountain Clash" Sweater - SOLD OUT right now :(

PANDORA
Eternal Clouds Ring | http://goo.gl/DjIyM6
Silver Ring Basic Band | http://goo.gl/WzLBpQ

GARAGE
Green Jeggings | http://goo.gl/xY5gqq
Khaki Jeggings | http://goo.gl/tKZeoT

ARITZIA
“Burnette” Tank in Bellicent | http://goo.gl/QZ9vnV
“Yasmin Dress” in Black | http://goo.gl/wrxEh7

ZARA
Basic Rib Tee Shirt Tanks | http://goo.gl/wrrl4t
Graphic T-Shirt “Print 1” | http://goo.gl/VeCGJ4
Striped T-Shirt “Ecru/Black” | http://goo.gl/Ntn3X7
Basic Striped Sleeveless Dress | http://goo.gl/EnYZX0
Grey Gathered Side Dress | http://goo.gl/hjIs9N

LULULEMON
High Milage Duffel (available in other colours) | http://goo.gl/686bSO