WHAT’S IN YOUR CARRY ON?…..and why it’s important.

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I was flying home from Vegas the other night with a short layover in Toronto.  There is always a chance your flight may be delayed or cancelled, especially in the winter.  Sure enough, I received an email the day of my flight.  My flight from Toronto to Ottawa was delayed seven hours because of a snowstorm.  I immediately repacked my carry on.   If I was going to be delayed that long I wanted to make sure I was prepared.  Good thing I did because that flight was later cancelled.  I spent 12 hours camping out in the airport.  Just me and my carry on.

What to pack in your carry on to make your life easier for any delay or long layover.

Change of clothes.   Make sure to pack a fresh pair of socks and underwear.   I also like to have an extra sweater, or a comfy hoodie tucked away.   Some airports are so cold as well as the planes themselves.  Comfortable and clean clothes are a game changer to have in your carry on.


Skin care.   The air inside the cabin feels like it sucks the life out of your skin.   I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep your skin hydrated.  Make sure you have lip balm, serum, moisturizer and eye drops with you.   I prefer to use a moisturizer stick because it is not a liquid.   I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand traveling with a zip lock bag packed to the brim with liquids.  The less liquids the better.  I am obsessed with my Acure moisturizing stick and my Ulta Beauty eye brightening stick.  I bought these at Ulta but they have sticks similar at Whole Foods and Shopper’s for us Canadians.  Your skin will thank you for this.



Drinking lots of water is a must.  I must have spent close to $20 in water alone the 12 hours I was stuck in the airport.  I suggest having an empty water container with you so you can fill it up at the water stations.   No sense paying for overpriced water.

Toiletries!   I was silly and didn’t think to add my toothbrush to my carry on.  I had to buy a very overpriced toothbrush and toothpaste because there was no way I was going to walk around with funky breath for 12 hours.   Deodorant is also mandatory.  Having these toiletries in your carry on can save you from buying them in the airport and of course from smelling.


Make up. If you are like me and you like to look your best at all times, then make up is always a good idea.  I added my concealer and mascara to my liquid zip lock bag.   Concealer can work magic when it comes to hiding the bags under your eyes.  Also,  who doesn’t look better in a fresh coat of mascara?  I took it a step further and added my highlighter stick.   A highlighter is one of my must haves to give my skin a dewy fresh glow.

Now that your carry on is packed and ready to go, make sure you are comfy!

Comfy shoes

Comfortable shoes and clothes! Nothing worse than getting blisters on your feet from uncomfortable shoes.   Comfy shoes are key while flying.  Some airports are so big and there is usually a lot of walking between terminals and gates so make sure your shoes are comfy and light.

Hope everyone is feeling more prepared for their next flight.  At least I know you will be comfy, warm, clean and fabulous next time you are in the airport!

Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M

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I am inspired to inspire others….MORE THAN EVER!


It has been two weeks since the passing of Kobe Bryant.   For two weeks I have mourned the death of a man I did not know or even really follow closely.  During these two weeks I have watched every video of him that has popped up on my news feed.  I cried during his tribute before the Lakers game from beginning to end.  I now have a clear understanding of the man that Kobe Bryant was.   He inspired so many people around the world and had such a positive impact on millions of people.   He truly was great in every way.  He has inspired men to be better fathers.  He has inspired athletes to play harder and train harder.  He has inspired people to follow their dreams and never give up.  He has inspired people to love each other harder and to live life to the fullest every day because it can all be over in a flash.


His passing has really made me take a closer look at my life.  He has motivated me to keep inspiring others.  I first started blogging because I am passionate about all things to do with fashion and beauty.  I was surprised when I started receiving messages from friends and family that my blogs and posts were inspiring.  This made me extremely happy and proud.  I am a very positive person and I want to inspire people to feel great about themselves and motivate them to live their best life.  I know I will never touch as many lives as Kobe did, but I can damn well try my hardest to inspire as many people as possible.  I think we should all inspire others.  What are you great at?  Use that greatness to help inspire others.  Let’s raise each other up and live our best lives possible!


Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M

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pH balance is the new buzz word for a reason!


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Dermatologists agree that pH levels are so important for our overall skin heath.  So, what exactly is pH balance and why is it so important for our skin?

The pH is a numeric scale that indicates how acidic or alkaline something is.   The pH scale of 1 to 14… 7 is neutral… below 7 is acidic and anything above 7 is alkaline.  Normal skin’s pH is between 4.8 to 6 and our skin should be slightly acidic.

Our skin’s acid mantle protects our skin from environmental factors that lead to aging and skin irritation.  Basically, acid mantle is our skin’s protective layer.  That barrier helps keep moisture in and bacteria out.  If your pH balance is off and it’s too alkaline then you skin may appear red or flaky and become irritated.  If your skin is too acidic that may increase your chances to have a more severe skin condition such as acne or eczema.   THIS…is why it’s so important to maintain a normal pH balance for your skin.

So how do we maintain our skin’s normal pH balance?

  • Use a pH balanced acid free toner.
  • Use a natural sunscreen.
  • Use natural pH balanced skin care products.
  • Eliminate soaps and harsh cleansers.
  • Wash your face with warm water, not hot.
  • Do not scrub your face with a rough washcloth.
  • Use topical antioxidants that strengthen your skin cells.  Such as Vitamin C.
  • Eat a healthy diet with lots of leafy greens that are filled with lots of antioxidants.

It’s hard for us to measure our pH balance ourselves but a dermatologist can help if you have any sort of skin conditions.  If you have normal healthy skin, then more than likely you have a normal pH balance.   Your skin and face are the first thing people see so take care of it and make sure to smile and feel beautiful!

Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M

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ENHANCING MY LIFE….one word at a time. (Part 2)


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Some of you might remember in July, I wrote a blog about enhancing my life.  As promised here is part two.

In January, I was at a conference called Your Best Year Ever.   It really inspired me to focus on all areas of my life and I realized how important it is to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle.   It was then, that I decided to have a word of the month and for that month I would focus on that aspect of my life and improve it as much as possible.  Here we are, already in December and looking back, I feel completely satisfied that I lived each month, each day fully and completely.  I feel like 2019 was a huge success for me.



I chose peace because I wanted to be at peace with a few things that happened to me.  At first, I thought I needed to be at peace with the people who did these things.  When in fact I realized I need to be at peace with myself, not them.  I was blaming myself for allowing these things to happen.  I had to remind myself that everything happens for a reason and you need to learn from that experience and let it go.  That is when I truly felt at peace.  It was a very calming feeling and it felt great!  That is exactly what I was looking for.



I consider myself to be an open-minded person but there is always room for improvement and growth.  I traveled to Jordan in September and what better time to learn how to be more open to new cultures, religion, customs and food than in the Middle East.  I really embraced the culture and the country, more than I ever thought possible.  It was a magical vacation and I will never forget my experiences and the wonderful people I met.  I can’t even describe how I felt when I arrived home a few weeks later.  I know it was from my extreme openness that allowed me to enjoy this life changing vacation.



This one might seem selfish but for the whole month of October I didn’t do anything that didn’t bring me joy.   If someone asked me to do something or go somewhere and I knew I wouldn’t feel joy doing it, I simply said no.  No excuses either, just a simple sorry I can’t.   Honestly, it felt great.  So great that I will continue to live this way.   Life is too short.  I want to have a joyous life!



This month I wanted to work on my generosity.  I am usually quite generous but there are several times when I don’t have money on me to help the many people, I see on the streets every day.  I live downtown so I see many people in need every day.  I made sure I always had a couple of dollars on me every time I left the house.  If I saw someone on the other side of the street, I would cross to give them money.  I was now actually seeking them out.  One day I forgot to grab some change before leaving the house, so I went to Tim Hortons and bought some gift cards to hand out.  Those are always a hit.  It’s a win win when you are generous because it brings me joy to help people.




I wanted to close out my fabulous year with a powerful word.   I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my faith in God.  He has kept me safe several times and helped me through so many life situations.   He continues to bless me.   I know that God and religion isn’t every one’s thing but it’s my blog and my word!  This month and every month moving forward I want to talk to Him more and ask for his guidance and continue to learn how to be a better person through Him.  Every day when I am done work I read a page from Joyce Meyer’s daily inspirations.   Several times I have thought wow,  this is exactly what I needed to hear today!  This is God speaking to me and guiding me through life.  I love this book so much that I downloaded the app so I can continue to read it daily when I travel.


I am going to continue to have a word of the month and live my life to the fullest.  I hope everyone is ready for 2020 because it’s going to be extraordinary!


Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M

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SETTING MYSELF UP FOR EXCELLENCE…..by breaking this bad habit.

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In January I wrote a blog, listing my 2019 goals and one of them was to spend less time on my phone.  I started off strong.  I was spending less time on social media during the day which led to more productivity.   My problem was at night.  I found myself stuck to my phone for hours at a time, between texting and social media.  What a complete distraction and waste of my valuable time!   I found myself watching TV and scrolling through Instagram at the same time.  Realizing I missed an important part of the drama TV show I was watching and having to rewind it.   Ridiculous.   My phone was consuming me.  I know I am not alone on this.   Finally, I said, enough is enough.  I now turn my phone off during the week around 8:30 pm.

The old me…..

Alarm goes off at 6:00 am.   I reach for my phone beside my bed and turn it off. Automatically I check my Facebook and Instagram.  Just like that I am instantly immersed in other people’s lives.  I am not even out of bed yet and I am on Facebook looking to see what other people are saying and doing.  Then on Instagram seeing people’s perfect bodies and their luxurious lifestyles.  Without even know it comparing my life to theirs.   How is that going to set myself up for excellence?  Lying in bed looking at other people’s lives?  Comparing myself to them?  Why doesn’t my booty look like hers?  How do I get my booty like hers?  Best believe it’s not by lying in bed scrolling through Instagram!

The new me……

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Alarm goes off at 6:00 am.   I hop out of bed, feeling refreshed from my solid eight hours sleep.  Brush my teeth, get dressed and walk down the street to the Marriott.   During my short walk there I plan out my day.  What do I want to accomplish that day and what do I need to do to make sure it gets done?  For the next 30 minutes I burn 330 calories swimming laps.  During my swim, I say my affirmations, I list all the things I am grateful for and I pray for my friends and family that I know need a little shout out to God.   This is multitasking at its finest.  After my swim, I sit in the sauna for five minutes.  I like to think that I meditate in those five minutes, but I am basically just enjoying the heat and how great I feel.  I am home by 7:30 am.  I make myself a protein shake and walk Mocha for 30 minutes.  Have you noticed my phone is still off?  I don’t turn it on till I sit down with my coffee almost 12 hours later.   I have already done some much in the two hours I have been awake and I am confident I just set myself up to have an excellent day!

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Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M

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