2019 GOALS…this will be my best year yet!

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Some people think New Year’s resolutions are cliche.  I have never really been one for resolutions to be honest but I always make new goals each year.   I love fresh new starts and what better way to start a new year by making some rewarding goals.  I find this time of year very exciting and motivating.  At the end of each year I take some time to reflect.   I think about everything I have accomplished and the lessons I have learned.  Then I think about new goals and how to make the new upcoming year even better.  I like to have goals that will help enhance my life in all areas.  Mind,  body and soul!    I write them down and think about why they are my goals and what I need to do to reach them.

MIND

This year I am going to read more.  I watch way too much TV.   I LOVE reality shows,(don’t judge).  As fun as this is,  I know it does nothing for my mind.  Curling up with a great book is the perfect way to escape from every day stress.  I am also taking some courses on U Demy.   For those who have never heard of U Demy,  it is an online platform that has over 45,000 courses!   They average around $25 each and they have every course imaginable.  From photography,  sports,  public speaking, acting, modeling to writing.  Basically everything you could ever want to learn is available on U Demy.  https://www.udemy.com/

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BODY 

I have been working out almost my whole adult life.  It is something that I do regularly and I can’t see this ever changing.  Living a healthy lifestyle is part of my every day life.  It’s so important to change your workouts and push yourself to new limits.  I have been lifting weights for years now and I feel I really need to change things up.  I started doing yoga last week but with resistance bands.  I am loving it and I think my body is truly thanking me.  I sit at a desk for eight hours at a time and that is incredibly hard on your body.  My goal is to stay toned but to be leaner.  To maximize this goal I will be eating way more greens in 2019.   I want this to be my fittest and healthiest year yet!

SOUL

I wrote my very first blog nine months ago.   Writing about fashion,  beauty and self care is something that I am passionate about and passion is great for the soul!   My goal in 2019 is to start writing for a local clothing store.   This goal really excites me because this is something I never saw myself doing a few years ago, so it goes to show you that you never know where your journey will take you.  In order to accomplish this,  I need to build a larger audience.   My main focus is to get more people to follow my blog.  So keep sharing and following my blog,  I really appreciate every one of you!

I live a very healthy, adventurous and happy life.  I know that I am blessed and I am grateful every day for all my blessings.  I also know that I have such an amazing life because I continue to learn and grow.  I really hope I have inspired you all to think about what you want in 2019 and take action to make sure you reach your goals or resolutions.  Remember no goal is too small or too big.   Let’s make this year our best year yet!!!

Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M

Stay fabulous!

AGING…..and what I do to prevent it!

Aging is a part of life and I completely get that but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.  Here are some easy anti aging tips that you might want to start doing ASAP.

 

Drinking water,  exercising regularly and getting enough sleep are things you can easily do to have your skin looking as refreshed and youthful as possible.  Drinking plenty of water through out the day will keep your skin hydrated.  Hydrated skin will look younger and have a natural glow.   I have a pitcher of cucumber water in my fridge at all times to make sure I drink enough water.  Exercise increases your blood flow,  which helps keep your skin vital and nourishes your skin cells.  When you are sleeping your body’s hydration re balances.  If you do not get enough sleep your water will not be balanced which leads to puffy eyes and dark circles and more visible lines and wrinkles can appear.   These three easy tips make a wonderful recipe to having younger looking skin.

Moisturizing every day and night is a must!  I don’t just moisturize my face either.  I moisturize my whole body,  from head to toe.  Don’t forget your neck,  back of your hands,  knees and eyelids!  When moisturizing your face, always massage in an upward circular motion.   I have recently started a new weekly regime and I am really noticing a difference in my skin!  My skin feels much softer and looks much brighter!   Once a week I use a micro needle roller on my face,  followed by Vitamin C serum and lastly,  I apply some medicinal cream.   This is taking it to a whole new level!  The roller makes tiny little holes that allows the serum to penetrate and absorb deeper into the skin which allows for a more powerful result.    Vitamin C is the latest craze for your skin because it is not only necessary for collagen production and maintenance but it is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in your skin.  The CBD oil in the medicinal cream really helps fade your fine lines while leaving your skin incredibly hydrated.  I get this all natural cream from a local company in the city called Ouulo.

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Your face has more contact with your pillowcase than any other fabric.   This is why I only sleep on a silk pillowcase.  The silk gives your face a healthy glow and keeps your face looking refreshed.  Silk hydrates your skin by keeping moisture close to your skin.

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Wearing sunscreen is the first and best way to help fight premature aging from the sun.  Using a sunscreen daily,  even in the winter can help protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

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Wearing sunglasses will not only prevent sun damage but will also keep you from  squinting which causes crow’s feet.   So not only can sunglasses be part of your stylish outfit but they are protecting your eyes as well.

Sleeping with your make up on might be one of the worst things you can do for your face.  I know we are all guilty of this.   I keep face wipes by my bed for those times I am just too tired to get up and wash my face.   The most important tip I can give you is to wash your face every night and to moisturize right after!  This should be one tip you never skip.  I add face wash to a silicone pore cleansing pad when I wash my face.   The tiny bristles on the top of the pad massage debris out of clogged pores, while the larger bumps exfoliate and overall soften the skin.

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I hope I have inspired you to take better care of your skin and you add these tips to your your daily routine.

Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M

Stay fabulous!

 

 

Pregnant? How to keep it cute!

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Having a baby or being a Mother has never been something that I have wanted to do BUT if I ever was pregnant best believe I would want to look beautiful and feel the best that I could!   Your body goes through so many changes at this time and your emotions are all over the place.   Some women glow during their pregnancy and others struggle with it and have a more challenging pregnancy.

The first trimester is usually spent trying to wear clothes to hide the small baby bump and little bit of weight gain as most people do not like to announce their pregnancy till the second trimester.  During this time avoid any tight or clingy clothes.   Wrap shirts and dresses, a-line skirts and empire waist shirts are ideal.

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Your second trimester should be all about comfort but still stylish.   A good tip is to buy a few pieces that will grow with you since you will feel like you are getting bigger every few weeks and you are not trying to break the bank.   Dresses and jumpsuits are perfect for this time in your pregnancy.  Some women refuse to wear maternity clothes and think they will wear regular clothes throughout their pregnancy.  Maternity clothes are very stylish these days though and they are incredibly comfortable.  I highly suggest getting a few maternity pants and dresses that you will be able to wear throughout your pregnancy.

 

Third trimester you might start to feel huge and uncomfortable so you want to avoid anything with buttons, zippers or elastic waistbands.  This is when maxi dresses come in.  If at this point it’s winter then you can throw a sweater on over top of the dress and feel cozy yet stylish.   Never forget that if you are feeling a bit frumpy and need a pick me up to your outfit that accessories and shoes can go a long way.

 

There are lots of ways to keep it cute in the office while pregnant too!   A pair of cute shoes,  a blazer and some leggings is the perfect look.   If you happen to be pregnant during the holiday season then don’t worry there are lots of beautiful dresses that you can wear to keep you in the festive season.

 

Don’t feel like you have to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe.   That can obviously be quite costly.   I would suggest doing some second hand shopping,  borrowing clothes from your friends or even wearing some of your partner’s clothes!  Don’t be timid of patterns,  stripes and colour!  Also, don’t be afraid to show off your curves,  embrace this special time in your life and love how beautiful you look!

Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M

Stay fabulous!

 

 

What are you passionate about? Do that!

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I know most people have heard of Arbonne and know how wonderful and natural their products are.   Arbonne is an international multi-level marketing company.  It specializes in the manufacture and distribution of health and skincare products.  Arbonne transforms lives through pure botanically based ingredients.

I am going to be completely honest and say when I first heard about Arbonne I was a bit put off because some are quite aggressive about it and how it’s sold.  I felt like this till recently when my friend, Jess Fullarton started selling it and I flat out asked her why she was doing it.  I loved her answer and how passionate she was about it.

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She said, “My first interest in Arbonne was to improve my own health and wellness.  I soon found out how important it is to understand not only what you put into your body, but also on your skin.  Arbonne products had already made a difference in my life, and I wanted to share this discovery with everyone I knew.  If it could help me, I was sure these amazing products could be helpful to others.  Arbonne brings so much light and positivity into my life in many different ways.  Honestly, like I said the products speak for them selves and help me to be my best self.”

The way she said it, with such enthusiasm and how she was simply glowing had me listening.   I am a very passionate person and love hearing stories about people who are doing what they are passionate about.   I told her I would love to try some of their top sellers so I could see for myself.

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One of the first things I tried and LOVED is the gel mask.   I need 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night to be at my best throughout the day and when that doesn’t happen I get bags under my eyes, as we all do.   I highly recommend these to help brighten your eyes and get rid of that tired look because we all know that is not a good look!

Next,  the concealer!  I can not live with out it now.  It goes on so creamy smooth and hides any imperfections and even your fine lines.   I absolutely had to try the mascara because everyone obsesses over it and now I see why.   I love the name too! It’s called, It’s A Long Story.  It never clumps,  makes your lashes so gorgeous and long  and comes off easily!  I am looking forward to trying their glow highlight stick as I am big on contouring.

The products are endless and honestly I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love Arbonne once they try it.   My best friend Tonia is now selling it because she saw how passionate Jess was.  Tonia has put together a list of her favorite things!  If you have any questions please message myself,  Jess Fullarton or Tonia Ingham.

7 Day Cleanse (detoxifying and helps with PMS cramps)
RE9 Advance Prepwork Gel Eye Masks  (for best results keep them in the fridge)
Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads Solution (like getting a Chemical Peel without the chemicals!)
CC Cream (available in numerous colours to match your skin type)
Harmony Blend Essential Oil (can not get enough of this smell)
Shea Butter Moisturizing Lip Balm (great to have under your lipstick for extra moisture)
Rescue & Renew Detox Gelee (amazing for sun burns, hot flashes and over all coolness)
ABC Arbonne Baby Care Set (love how natural and gentle this set is for the kids, the rash cream is also amazing for eczema)
Pure Mint Deodorant (very fresh and all natural)
It’s a Long Story Mascara (great extension and you feel amazing!) 
Makeup Primer (great product to add to your routine and takes away any shine)
Energy Fizz Sticks (perfect for a pre work out treat or afternoon pick me up)

 

Just to be clear,  I do not sell Arbonne myself but I love talking about products I love and use and the passion behind it.   What are you passionate about?  Do that!!

Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M

Stay fabulous!

VAMPIRE FACIAL….. worth it or not?

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As you know I had a Vampire Facial done at the Oxygen Medi Spa downtown Ottawa just over six weeks ago.   I have been taking pictures each week to document my results.   With each week that went by I would see a slight difference.  For those that did not read my initial blog which explained the process,  a Vampire Facial uses your own blood to help promote the healthy activity of your skin cells.  It’s a combination of micro needling while applying your PRP (platelet-rich plasma) into the minute holes from the micro needling.  Your PRP contains high levels of protein and growth factors and when it’s applied to the skin it stimulates cell turnover.

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I was beyond thrilled with my results my first week.   I couldn’t wait to see how I would look week six.   It takes roughly six weeks to see your maximum results because your skin continues to adjust and renew  itself.

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Before I show you my final results;  which I know you are dying to see,  let’s talk about how my face healed after the treatment.  The first day my skin was pretty red,  like I had a wind burn.  Second day the redness had mostly faded but was still slightly there.   Day four and five my skin was dry and flaky.   This only meant my skin was healing.   By day six my skin was back to normal and I was patiently waiting for my results.

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So yes,  with each week I could see my fine lines around my eyes fading!  Which is EXACTLY what I was hoping for!

vampire facial3So,  needless to say I am thrilled with my results and I will decide in the new year if I want a second treatment.  Some people get two or three facials to maximize their results.   I will continue to take excellent care of my skin and will even share my anti aging routine with you in a later blog.  So to answer my question,  YES it was worth it for me.  100% without a doubt worth it!  Please message me if you have any questions about the facial or simply to let me know what you think of my results.

Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M

Stay fabulous!