November 11, 2018

Dermaplaning Everything You Need To Know

Bijuleni - Dermaplaning Everything You Need To Know - What is it? Benefits of Dermaplaning, My treatment, experience and would I do it again.
I had my dermaplaning appointment at Mix Beauty Lab in Toronto last week and I am so over-flooded with information, I had to share a post about it. It was my first time at Mix Beauty Lab and  doing dermaplaning, but had heard great things about their services and their customized foundation and lipstick creations, so I decided to give it a try.

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November 6, 2018

What To Wear To Your Bridal Shower

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Bijuleni - What To Wear To Your Bridal Shower - Chicwhish white lace dress
When I picked up this dress I thought it was the most beautiful off-white lace dress I have ever seen. The first thing that came in my mind, was that this is the perfect dress to wear to my bridal shower, except I am not engaged. Nevertheless, Christmas is around the corner, and it is one of the most proffered times for loved ones to get engaged. I can confirm I am not getting engaged, but a lot of you probably will, so I thought I would put together a mini guide for all the brides to be out there what to wear to your bridal shower. Wedding planning can be stressful, but choosing your outfits for all your wedding related parties should be fun. Read below my guide to what to wear to your bridal shower. 
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November 1, 2018

How to Wear Your Cardigan in a Stylish Way

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Bijuleni - How to Wear Your Cardigan in a Stylish Way - Chicwish Pink Cardigan

Fall is defined by the coziness and comfort of cardigans. I love wearing cardigans in the Fall, and chances are so does the rest of the world. But, just because cardigans are the synonym for comfort, it doesn't mean that you have to look frumpy when you were it. There are tons of different cardigan designs out there depending on what your mood is and what is the occasion you are wearing your cardi for. Here is my guide to help you style your cardigan to look glam and put together. 

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October 29, 2018

What To Wear To a Fall Engagement Party as a Guest

What To Wear To a Fall Engagement Party as a Guest - Chicwish gradient pleated midi tulle dress

What To Wear To a Fall Engagement Party as a Guest - Chicwish gradient pleated midi tulle dress

What To Wear To a Fall Engagement Party as a Guest - Chicwish gradient pleated midi tulle dress

Turns out, many of you struggle when it comes to what to wear to a formal engagement party. Dressing for an engagement party doesn't have to be as overwhelming as you think. I put together a guideline to help you with figuring out what to wear when dressing for your next engagement party.
Here are some things to consider. 

Where is the Engagement Party Taking Place

Typically engagement parties take place at the family's house and are more casual similar to bridal showers. But not in all cases. I have been to a few engagement parties that took place in a more formal setting and my most recent engagement party was also at a venue. Venue engagement parties tend to be more formal and much fancier than an at house party. Depending where the party is will help you decide is you should wear something casual or formal. But keep in mind, even if the party takes place at a house that doesn't mean you should show up in jeans or that the party is not going to be formal. Dress a little bit fancy or make an effort to look polished regardless of where the engagement party is happening. If you want to opt for something simple you can do that, just make sure to jazz your outfit with some flashy yet elegant accessories that will make you stand out. 
What To Wear To a Fall Engagement Party as a Guest - Chicwish gradient pleated midi tulle dress

What To Wear To a Fall Engagement Party as a Guest - Chicwish gradient pleated midi tulle dress

Look At The Invitation

Usually if there is a strict dress code like if it is a black and tie event, it will be stated in the invitation. Take a look at the invitation and if it is unclear you can also ask the bride or the groom ahead of time. to determine how formal the event is. There is nothing worst than showing up at an event under-dressed.

Don’t Wear White! 

Even though this just an engagement party and not the wedding, do not wear white.That is the bride’s colour for all wedding related events - engagement party,  bridal shower, wedding etc. Whatever you do, don't wear white. Also, stay away from other traditionally-bridal colors, like champagne or blush.
If you want a more subtle colour dress go for pastel hues that fall outside of those colours. 
What To Wear To a Fall Engagement Party as a Guest - Chicwish gradient pleated midi tulle dress

What To Wear To a Fall Engagement Party as a Guest - Chicwish gradient pleated midi tulle dress

What To Wear To a Fall Engagement Party as a Guest - Chicwish gradient pleated midi tulle dress

Cocktail Attire for The Win

When in doubt wear a cocktail dress. I love dresses and especially a good cocktail dress regardless of the occasion. I got the prettiest romantic gradient pleated mesh tulle cocktail dress from Chicwish, and I am so in love with it. I actually wore this dress to my friend's engagement party and I got so many compliments on it. Her engagement was at a venue and a formal event,  The tulle and ruffle detailing of the dress added the elegant element to it, making it the perfect dress for any occassion, especially for an engagement party. This dress checks off all the must have guidelines for what to wear as a guest at an engagement party. I got a size medium, I would recommend going a size down, from your regular size. It definitely runs big, mostly because of the elastic band around the waist there is definitely lots of room to move around even if you get a smaller size. 

Would you wear this dress at an engagement party?

Photography: Laura Clarke Photography


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Guide to Santorini from a Greek




Is Santorini as magical as everyone says? No. It is better. I have been 3 times and would go again and again. Everytime I discover something new about it. Its beauty is rough yet polished and divine. Santorini has a special place in my heart for some unknown reason. 

Getting There
I can't stress enough how important it is to pre-book tickets. It is not the end of the world if you do not, but it will make your travel less stressful and one less expense you have to worry about it during your travel. You can either get to Santorini by ferry or by airplane from Athens. As someone that has traveled back and forth between Greece and Canada (11 hour flight) my recommendation is to always stay a couple of days in Athens to recover from jet lag before you jet off to your islands. Two days in Athens, then take the ferry to Santorini from Pireaus Port and then from Santorini fly back to Athens. This is the best combo you can have. For ferries, I always pre-book with Super Fast Ferries. It is faster than other ferries, not by much, but I'll take 5 hours instead of a 7 hour ferry ride. I usually get the Air Seats, although when we went last summer to Santorini, we ended up sitting on the deck which is usually Economy class.In Economy class you find a spot, you take it. Air Seats are numbered. I actually liked sitting in Economy class, being outside and enjoying the sun sipping on my frappe, but it is not meant for napping (chairs are plastic). So if you want to nap, go for the Air Seats which are much more comfy. If you are on a budget go for Blue Fast Ferries which is more affordable (about 37 euros round trip each person), but it's slower. 

Flying back from Santorini. Aegean Airlines is the airline we used to fly back to Athens. Flights are not frequent and they book really quickly. I would recommend you book your flights within Greece asap! The flight to Athens from Santorini is 45 minutes and for two people it costs around $450. It may seem like a large sum considering the ferry is only $126 for two people but it is worth it.


When To Go
Stop thinking Greece is a tropical destination with sunny weather all year around. Everyone always assumes this. Greece has seasons. Please do not plan to go to Santorini in October. You will be faced with fall weather and you will not be able to swim or enjoy summer like weather. A visit to Santorini is ideal between end of May to mid September. I have always gone to Greece in July and early September, although I would love to go back in Spring to experience the island in a different season.

How Long to Stay
It is up to your discretion how long you want to stay in Santorini. I have stayed there for 3 nights and I have also stayed there 5 nights. If you have a limited time in Greece I say ideally you want to spend between 3-4 nights if you really want to get to know the island. If you just want to come, take pictures, see the epic sunset in Oia and leave then 2 nights should also be sufficient. 

Where To Stay
Santorini is a gem when it comes to accommodations. An expensive gem. Book early! I cannot stress how important this is. Especially if you are on a budget you want to ensure you book early to get a good value hotel for your money. If you wait too long your option will be either the 1 Star Hotels or the $1000 per night hotels. If you want to get a sunset worthy hotel you will have to pay for it $$$$$. Caldera view hotels range from $400 to $1000 a night. I absolutely loved the hotel we stayed at and I would definitely recommend to anyone who is willing to spend a little bit more. You can read more about our stay at Agali Houses in Thirostefani.



How To Get Around
We rented a car in Santorini. Scooters are dangerous, do not rent one. Locals will also tell you that it is not safe. Santorini has cliffs everywhere with the narrowest streets ever. If you are staying in Thira. the bus system is amazing and takes you to all the beaches you will need to go as well as Oia, but it does get crowded especially the one that goes to Oia. Kamiran and I rented a car since we wanted to be on our own schedule. ATVs are also safer than scooters. If you do rent a car and you decide to drive to Oia go at least 3 hours in advance, otherwise you may not be able to find parking.You could also walk from Thira to Oia but that's a 3 hour hike so not ideal.

Avoid Tours
I did the Volcano Tour the first time I visited Santorini, just because I thought it was the thing to do. My recommendation would be to skip the Volcano Tour. If you want to occupy your day with something do it since it is nicely planned out, but you are not missing much. However, if you want to get a view of the entire caldera from afar then doing the volcano tour will give you that view because it is situated across from the town.



Avoiding Tourists
If you are a person that is not fond of tourists I would say Santorini is not for you. Between May and September Santorini is packed with tourists. I personally, I have been to Santorini during high season but never felt that the island was over packed with tourists. My bestie on the other hand who I went to Santorini with a couple years ago who doesn't like tourists, said that there was too many of them. If you would prefer less traffic go early September when most crowds have cleared. August by far will be the busiest month because that is also when Greeks take their summer vacay.

Families Traveling to Santorini
Santorini is not a stroller friendly island. Please spare yourself if you have a baby and do not go to Santorini. I have seen tons of moms with their strollers and they are struggling to push the stroller on the cobblestone paths. Also, please bring flats. This is not an island you want to be wearing heels and wedges.

Visit a Winery 
Santorini has a long wine-making history. Due to its volcanic soil, warm and dry climate; Santorini is perfect for wine-making. It is known for specialty wine like Mezzo, Vinsanto, and Nychteri. We had two wineries on our radar to go to. Santo Wines and Venetsanos Winery. We ended up going to Venetsanos and we loved it.We did a wine tasting and paired it with a charcuterie board and a couple of dips. It was a windy evening, but the sunset was incredible. You get a panoramic view of the entire island. It was one of the most romantic evenings I ever had. Another great option is Santo Wines Winery, but I have heard the view is not as wide.






Food with a View
No matter where you are in Santorini, chances are you will be able to enjoy a meal with a view. In terms of authentic Greek food I would say for the most part all of the food yo will order will be authentic Greek. Some must try foods in Greece/Santorini are: Moussaka, Pastitsio, fava beans, Greek Salad or Choriatiki (non of the lettuce Greek Salad nonsense), Ntomatokeftedes, Dolmadakia, Saganaki, Tiropita, Spanakopita, tzatziki dip, Yemista, Gyro (duh! lol. You are no Greek if you don't eat Gyro. Desserts to try: Galaktoboureko, Kantaifi, Halva, Ravani, Loukoumades, Kok.


Scenic Caldera Strolls
Walking along the caldera is my favourite thing to do in Santorini. Grab a coffee, wear a hat if it is morning, lather on the sunscreen and start walking along the caldera to explore the Grecian beauty the island hides. Overlooking the volcano, the cliffs have such a majestic landscape it is unreal. It gets to me everytime. I would also hike to Skaros Rock. I haven't had the chance to do it yet because it is quite a hike and I always seem to forget to bring extra sunscreen with me. 



The Epic Donkey Ride!

Best Spots to Watch The Sunset
It is hard to pin point only one spot that the best for watching the sunset. Our hotel was situated in Firostefani but we had a beautiful view of the sunset from our suite's terrace. Oia is probably your best bet when it comes to watching the Sunset and it is one of the most photographed villages in Greece if you are not staying at a hotel that is on the caldera. But, Oia is also extremely crowded, so again go well in advance to get a good spot. I also recommended going to a restaurant that is situated on the caldera and watching the sunset from there while you are eating. Oia has tons of little cute taverns hanging at the edge of the cliffs. Venetsanos Winery also has a spectacular view of the sunset but the sunset does appear a little further in distance than it would if you were to watch it in Oia.I was also recommended by a local to go to Profitis Ilias. A little monetary high up on a mountain that overseas the island. It is on my list of things to do next time I go to Santorini.




Beaches
If you are looking for an island with breath taking beaches, Santorini is not the one. Even though all of the beaches are nice, and there is by no means anything wrong with them I personally do not believe they capture the clear blue water beauty of the Mediterranean sea. This is due to the volcanic eruption. The sand is little black,red and white pebbles, and the water is a navy blue. if you are looking for turquoise waters I would go elsewhere like Zakinthos, Lefkada, Milos, Crete to name a few.


There you go my flaneurs! Santorini; The island where magic begins and happiness never ends. Hope the guide was useful, super long but I wanted to be as helpful as possible. If there is anything else you want to know let me know below. Happy Travels!
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October 22, 2018

5 Products I use to Maintain My Skin Clear of Acne

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Bijuleni - 5  Products I use to Maintain My Skin Clear of Acne

When it comes to maintaining a clear skin, I am always looking for new products. If you suffer from acne, you know that after a while regardless of what product you use you tend to plateau. This means that you see great results during the first months of using the product, but eventually you hit a plateau where your face is not improving, but it is not getting worse either. This is why I always rotate products and never start using the same product right after the bottle is done. This is what keeps my skin clear, so maybe give it a try if you want to try something new. These are 5 products I am currently using to maintain a clear, acne free skin.

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October 16, 2018

How to Have the Perfect Self-Care Day with XOXO Wines

How to Have the Perfect Self-Care Day with XOXO Wines - Colourful, pink beach picnic with bestie

How to Have the Perfect Self-Care Day with XOXO Wines - Colourful, pink beach picnic with bestie

How to Have the Perfect Self-Care Day with XOXO Wines - Colourful, pink beach picnic with bestie

How to Have the Perfect Self-Care Day with XOXO Wines - Colourful, pink beach picnic with bestie

If you want to take a day to yourself, and be stress free do things that make you feel good. Things that fill your heart with happiness. Whether it’s watching a movie, spending time with your bestie, or going for a walk with your pupster; it is so important you take some time to do things you love. I always find myself caught up in the fast-paced life I am living and forget to take some time to myself to unwind. A couple weeks ago I decided to take a self-care day, and do all the things I love. Here are my tips for your perfect self-care day.
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October 8, 2018

How To Make New Friends as an Adult

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Bijuelni | How To Make New Friends as an Adult - Colourful fall pic nic

Bijuelni | How To Make New Friends as an Adult - Colourful fall pic nic

Some people are content with the friends they have, but I always felt that making new friends is also an important aspect of life. I love my friends whom I have built strong and meaningful friendships with, but I also see a value in making new friends, regardless of your age. For me, it is important to introduce new people in my life, to gain new perspectives and experience the world through a different lens. Depending what stage in your life you are in you will want to meet people that are in the same mind set as you with whom you can share similar experiences. Nevertheless, there are always challenges of making new friends especially when you are older. I am so thankful that in my late 20s I was able to meet some amazing new people through the blogging community, one of them being Kassandra. I have known Kassandra for about a year and half now, but it definitely feels much longer than that. Even though we meet through an industry that is at times very fluff, there is a sense of realness in our friendship; honesty and openness that I love. Kassandra has created a beautiful blog and is also a mommy to be very soon. If you are also expecting definitely check it out her blog for some amazing tips about preparing for the baby.

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October 3, 2018

Pretty Places to Visit In Burlington, Ontario

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Bijuleni - Pretty Places to Visit In Burlington, Ontario - Sunshine Doughnuts
We all want to escape the local scenery and explore different surroundings, but truth is there are tons of cute places to discover around our own radius. Even though I grew up in Oakville, I always thought that our neighboring town, Burlington also had its own charm. Sharing with you my favourite spots in Burlington, Ontario that are worth visiting for both the food, but also for the unique interior design.
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October 1, 2018

How to Decorate Your Living Room for Halloween

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Bijuleni - How to Decorate Your Living Room for Halloween  - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Bijuleni - How to Decorate Your Living Room for Halloween - Coffee Table Decor

When I think of Halloween the colours that instantly come to mind are black and orange. Although the colours can be a bit tacky if done the right way, your Halloween decor can be very tastefully spooktacular. I have not decorated our living room for Halloween, but when I visitied my local HomeSense store a couple of weeks ago, I could not resist. I wanted to keep the decor theme traditional by having a black and orange palette, but also modern to match our personal style. Here are my tips for decorating your living room for Halloween and pulling together a modern spooky look.
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