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MY EXPERIENCE WITH UNDER EYE FILLER //

Tuesday, 29 August 2017



Just over one week ago, I did something that I have been thinking about and wanting to do for some time now - I got under eye filler. My under eye lines and discolouration have always been a big issue for me and have always been a major source of self consciousness. And the thing is, it's not like this is something new, I have always had eye bags. I remember going to the doctor when I was little and him asking my mother if I was there for my eye bags.. that day has stuck with me ever since and that was when I was about 6 or 7. Since then, I have tried pretty much everything to hide them - expensive eye creams, roll on treatments, concealers, you name it. Finally a couple years ago, after doing some research, I found out there was such thing as under eye filler that helps with correcting this issue. I had gone for a consultation last year to have this done but at the end of the day I chickened out. I recently visited The Vanity Lab for a microderm abrasion treatment, and decided to bring up the issue again with them. After talking with Dr. Jalali he was super informative, and was able to answer all of my questions and concerns, so I felt comfortable enough to go ahead.

BEFORE/AFTER

When I posted on instagram stories the day of the treatment, I could not believe how many messages I got from women who are suffering from the same thing. Whether it was dark circles or deep tear troughs, question after question came rolling in. It was crazy yet almost comforting knowing I'm not the only one and it makes me so happy to be able to share my experience and bring a bit of light to an otherwise shadowed topic. I wanted to share with you some of the most frequently asked questions I received and if there is anything I've missed or if there are any other questions I can answer please feel free to shoot me an email and I would be more than happy to help!


1. WHERE DID YOU GO?
I went to the Vanity Lab in Yaletown, Vancouver which I would highly recommend. Dr. Jalali is all about keeping things natural and highlighting your natural beauty. He was also super informative and ensured I was comfortable and confident going ahead with the procedure.

2. DID IT HURT?
No! Dr. Jalali applies a topical numbing cream to where the initial prick will happen, you will feel the tiniest pinch initially. He then uses not a needle but a thin titanium cannula to go through the initial hole and fill the area. It definitely does not hurt, it's just a little strange knowing there's a tube inside your face!

3. WHAT KIND OF INJECTABLE DID THEY USE?
They use a filler called Teosyal which is a bit of a more expensive option however it is the smoothest you can get and the best option for such a sensitive area like the under eye. 

4. HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
It can last anywhere from 7-9 months depending on how fast your body metabolizes the filler. For example, people that work out often, their bodies will metabolize the product a bit faster. So no problems here! lol

5. WILL IT ALSO HELP WITH DISCOLOURATION?
Yes! I noticed an immediate difference, but for some even darker circles they will fade overtime. 

6. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Depending on how much filler is needed you can purchase half a vile or a full vile. Half a vile is $349 plus tax, and a full vile is $649 plus tax. I did a full vile but there was a bit left over, so they will keep it in the fridge for me until I come back for my check up and if I need a bit more they will use that. You can also do the full vile and save it for your next treatment. 

7. WILL YOU BRUISE?
No! Right before getting it done I was talking with one of my girlfriends who has experience with lip fillers - she warned me that I will experience some bruising and to cancel plans for that day and the next day. However, I had not one single bruise, I even had people over that night with no problem!

8. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE SERVICE?
1000% yes. Honestly this treatment has changed my life. The way I feel about my skin and the comfort I now feel without wearing makeup is amazing. The day I got it done, I came home and was looking in the mirror and could have cried I was so happy. It is a subtle difference, not a super drastic change, it simply makes me look and feel fresh faced, and beautiful. There's no better way to put it. 

I used to always have to use a photo smoother to smooth my under eyes in photos, but not anymore. The photo below is with absolutely no editing of my under eyes.

I cannot thank The Vanity Lab and Dr. Jalali enough for their amazing service and expertise. 

xx
Tessa

SUEDES + KNITS //

Friday, 25 August 2017






Skirt: c/o Le Château | Sweater: c/o Le Château - ON SALE and I wear it ALL the time | Bag: c/o Le Château | Shoes: c/o Elpidio Trading

The end of summer is so bittersweet isn't it? It's sad that those care-free summer nights and days where you never take your bathing suit off are coming to a close, however, I'm so basic LOL and love everything Fall! Definitely ready to get into all the suedes, knits, and over the knee boots and pump my veins full of PSLs. I recently picked up this stunning suede skirt from Le Château and I know it will become a fall staple - so cute with a slouchy knit tucked in the front. This sweater, also from Le Château just went on sale! I seriously wear mine all the time because I love the feel and the fit. So as bittersweet as it is to see those leaves start to Fall, I'm ready to embrace the Basic B that I am and step into the Autumn season in style. 

xx
Tessa

Thank you to Le Château for partnering on this post. 


THE TRUTH ABOUT HAIR EXTENSIONS //

Sunday, 20 August 2017







This past week I visited Brush Salon to give my hair a little jeuge-jeuge. Usually when I'm shooting blog content or when I'm going out I add clip in hair extensions to give my hair a bit of extra volume and length. I had been thinking a lot lately around getting something a bit more permanent to save me that extra step in getting ready each day. I of course went to my forever go-to salon Brush to have this done because they are the absolute best and always know what's best for my hair. When I first had them put in my IG DM was flooded with questions from women wanting to know more so I wanted to put together a little FAQ and sort of debunk any hair extension myths for anyone interested in getting them done! Also, if you are planning on taking the leap into the fabulous world of long luscious locks, I would highly recommend going to Brush as I always do - they take hair very seriously and will only do what is best for you, plus they use the absolute best products to ensure you are well taken care of.


1. WHAT KIND OF EXTENSIONS DID YOU GET?

These are tape-in extensions. There are quite a few different kinds of extensions but tape-ins are supposed to be the best option and allow for no damage to the natural hair. I had always heard of tape-in extensions, but I never realized that they were straight up TAPED IN. It was bizarre to find that out! They legit peel the hair off a sticker and tape it into your head! Having the hair on a strip allows the stress of brushing/pulling to be on a long strip of hair vs. say when you get clamped in hair extensions where it's clamped to such a small section you can risk pulling it right out. 

2. HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?

These will last anywhere from 6-8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows. The hair itself will last up to a year with proper care, you would just need to have them re-taped about every 6-8 weeks.

3. ARE THEY DAMAGING?

No. This is one of the BIGGEST myths of hair extensions - even for myself. I always thought I needed to stay far far away because my natural hair is a bit damaged as it is and I never wanted to risk any further damage from getting hair extensions. Now, don't get me wrong, when I was younger, my older sister got sort of a glue/clamp hybrid type hair extension done, and yes, those were damaging as they are straight up glued onto little sections of your hair!!! I remember her pulling little chunks out as they came loose/broke off - YIKES!! However, again, these are tape-ins - they are the best on the market and with proper care will not damage your natural locks. 

4. ARE THEY HEAVY?

There's obviously and definitely some extra weight back there that takes some getting used to. That being said they never actually feel 'heavy' or that they're pulling or weighing me down.

5. CAN YOU STILL WEAR YOUR HAIR UP?

Yes! The tape is invisible and flexible - they've also hidden them so well I have no problems doing the most adorable high ponies! That's actually been my go-to hair style since getting them done - so cute with all those locks!

6. HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?

The set I got was 16" long which was definitely long enough for me! The 16" were $875, you can also get 12" or I believe 18" but I'm not too sure on the pricing of those. I think I could have almost done with the 12" to make it a bit more budget friendly. 

Also, after the 8 weeks when it's time to have them re-taped this costs around $200.

Honestly, it seems like a big number at first, but if you think about it, it's just the initial cost of the hair and that will last you a year or maybe more and then the re-tape fee is even less than a usual salon visit. It's definitely a treat-yo-self type situation but I definitely think it is worth it. Put a little away every week so you can go all out - you won't regret it.

xx
Tessa

5 WAYS TO CREATE AN INSPIRING SPACE //

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GladeAtmosphere #CollectiveBias

Many of you know that I recently aquired a new office space, before that, I worked from home every day. Now, I go into the office maybe 2-3 times a week and the rest of my days are again spent working from home. Having a home office can be a blessing and a curse - you’re in the same space all day and all night, and mainly by yourself. It can be difficult to keep motivated and inspired. I wanted to share with you five ways I’ve learned to keep my space fresh and inspiring when I’m working from home.

5 WAYS TO CREATE AN INSPIRING SPACE

1. Keep your space clutter free and organized.
There’s nothing that gives me more stress and anxiety than a clutter-filled and disorganized space. Keeping not only my work space but my home in general organized and with as little ‘things’ as possible allows me to have a fresh and relaxed environment, free to let my creativity flow!

2. Inspiration boards.
No not Pinterest, I’m talking good old fashioned magazine clippings, fabric swatches, inspirational quotes, things that make your heart happy. Pick up a cork board and start creating an inspiring pin board that makes you want to jump right in. Hang it somewhere you’ll see it everyday for a constant reminder of your personal brand and what inspires you.

3. Put what you love and what you’re working on front and centre.
For me, being a clothing designer, I keep a clothing rack next to my desk so I can hang any pieces I’m working on, or just pieces that I love and that inspire me. If I’m working on blog content, I will hang any new pieces I’ve acquired to keep them top of mind when content planning. Having these items front and centre help me to stay focused and motivated on my latest projects.

4. Post your weekly/monthly/yearly goals.
It’s so important to have what you want and where you’re going top of mind. I like to write out my goals, whether it’s something I’m working on for the week, the month, or the year, and post it somewhere I will see it everyday - for me that’s my desktop, but you could post it on a mirror or wherever will help to keep it top of mind.

5. Pick up a fresh inviting scent.
There’s just something about working away with a candle burning that I just love! It makes my space feel that much more inviting and cozy. I picked up a couple new scents from The Atmosphere Collection™ Fine Home Fragrance by Glade® - N°1 Enraptured – Jasmine and Cedarwood and N°2 Bright – Sweet Pea and Pear. They both smell amazing and allow me to switch up my scent depending on my mood, the Jasmine and Cedarwood is enchanting and perfect for hubby, whereas the Sweet Pea and Pear is perfectly sweet and gorgeous on a spring/summer day. You can also save $1.00 when you buy any one Glade® Atmosphere Collection™ product at any Kroger stores so it’s the perfect time to refresh your space with a new scent!

xx
Tessa



LOVELY IN LACE //

Tuesday, 15 August 2017















I am SO excited about these gorgeous new playsuits from my line - MACCS the label. You can check out the white HERE, and the black HERE. I really wanted to make a lace playsuit and I loved the idea of having a fully covered chest and an adorable cap sleeve. This piece was definitely a labour of love but it turned out exactly as I wanted. 

Fashion is such a seemingly glamorous industry - people don't usually realize what goes on behind the scenes to create the pieces you see and wear. I wanted to share a bit of insight into my design process and the steps I make to create a new MACCS the label piece. 

Usually when I'm wanting to create a piece it's because of exactly that.. I want it! I've either had an idea in my head or pulled inspiration from pieces/items I've seen in my travels. If I have a rough idea as to what I want, I will start to pin images of colours, prints, details - anything I can to help pull the idea together. If I can't find images of what I'm wanting I will roughly sketch it out. For this particular piece, of course I had seen tons and tons of lace playsuits, however, I wanted one that was sexy yet slightly reserved, something girls could wear to bridal showers, brunches, date nights etc. Back when I was getting married and had my bridal shower, I no joke wanted something exactly like this and couldn't find it anywhere. I remember wanting something feminine and fun with a cap sleeve and I knew I wanted it to be a playsuit - so this is essentially that dream coming to fruition.

Once I have all my ideas and details together, I will send everything over to my manufacturer - they are pretty good at taking my direction and running with it and will often come back with questions to solidify the first sample. Once the first sample it made, it gets sent to me for inspection and revision. For this particular piece, we went through probably five different samples, because we couldn't quite get the fit right. My good friend Brit recently joined my team and now helps with design and sales, we would have meetings at Cactus Club and I would bring the new lace playsuit sample and we would pin and make alterations in the Cactus Club bathroom lol! With every new sample there was a new adjustment and everytime we thought we had it, we didn't. Finally, after almost pulling all my air out, we were able to get the fit we wanted and the piece went into production. 

One thing I've learned in this industry is that things take FOREVER. Something you think is going to have a super quick turnaround ends up taking weeks and weeks longer. This piece was scheduled to come out in March, and here we are, better late than never right?! What's nice about most of our pieces is that they can transition from season to season so this piece will be great on it's own for the end of summer, add a cardi and boots for fall, and wear it for holiday parties in winter!

MACCS is definitely not like many other fashion lines, and we for sure break most of the 'rules' when it comes to putting a line together. Instead of having pieces planned over a year in advance and putting together huge collections, we make pieces as the season goes along, one, two, or three pieces at a time. This is a big no no in the industry, however I find it works for us, because this way we can continuously offer fresh pieces to our stockists, also I don't stress myself out with trying to get inspired for something years ahead. I find when I create a piece, I'm so incredibly excited about it and it's awesome to be able to launch it right away.

I hope you guys love the new playsuit! As always, feel free to email me with any questions.

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xx
Tessa

HOW I COMBAT TIRED SKIN //

Friday, 11 August 2017


Let me start by saying I am SO late to the skin care game. I have to admit I'm sort of the worst when it comes to skincare (may or may not have fallen asleep with my makeup on a time or two.. or ten). Lately I've been feeling like my skin always looks super tired and dry from the summer heat. I also have combination skin so it can be tricky sometimes to find the right products to give me the healthy fresh skin and glow I'm looking for.

I wanted to share with you a couple things I've found that have helped me in my fight to prevent tired skin. 

1. H20
A seemingly obvious one.. lots and lots of water! I recently picked up a blender bottle and challenged myself to drink three of them a day. I have been doing this for about a week now and I'm positive this is one of the reasons my skin is feeling as hydrated and fresh as it is. Aside from skin, water is just working wonders overall, my body feels cleansed and I feel more energized. 

2. A great sunscreen
Again on the topic of being the worst at taking care of my skin, I only recently became adamant at putting on sunscreen every single day. Even if it's not super sunny, those rays will get you. The sun combined with the summer heat can make your skin feel super tough and dry. I would suggest investing in a great sunscreen to help combat any early aging and give you that fresh faced feeling - I picked up this sunscreen from The Vanity Lab the other day and it is perfect - super luxurious formula and it is also a primer and skin tint all in one. 

3. Argan Oil 
I recently started using the Josie Maran Argan Oil as a way to moisturize and combat any areas prone to oil (oil to fight oil who knew?!). I love the formula - makes my skin feel super hydrated. It's also great for summer, sometimes when I want a bare face for the day I'll just put my argan oil on and it gives me such a gorgeous summer glow. 

4. Regular facial treatments
Remember when I said I was late to the skincare game? Can you believe that I have NEVER had a facial treatment?! That is until this past week. I was so excited when The Vanity Lab reached out to offer me my first ever facial treatment.

A few days ago I received their microderm treatment which was nice because it wasn't painful or invasive yet gave my skin the perfect refresh and glow I was wanting. They use a little exfoliating tool (made with crushed diamonds - helloooo!) to buff and remove any dead skin before applying a light peel and a super hydrating facial mask to finish. I'm not lying when I say I have been staring at my skin all week! It has felt super hydrated, fresh, and perfectly dewy ever since! The only issue is that now I'm addicted ;) I believe they recommend a once a month treatment - the perfect little treat to refresh and get ready for a new month!

xx
Tessa

5 WAYS TO JUMPSTART YOUR 'BACK TO SCHOOL' SEASON //

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #samsungtargettech #CollectiveBias












Even though I am not going 'back to school', it is always at this time of year that we start to refresh and refocus. Summer is over and it's time to get down to business! I know a lot of you know but for any fresh readers, I am not only a blogger but also an entrepreneur with my own fashion line - fall is crazy busy with the launch of a new collection and prepping for holiday. It's super important for me to keep organized especially when I'm on the go. With the new Samsung Galaxy S8 I can stay organized and on top of my day - with features like the advanced calendar, I'm able to coordinate my day and have my phone sync with me to know what I need when I need it. I can keep track of my schedule and get sent reminders for anything and everything - from meetings, to posting content. The S8 also has an expandable memory - hello never having storage issues! The expandable memory is such a lifesaver and timesaver - I can snap and post instantly without having to delete apps/photos first which is super important being an influencer and entrepreneur. I am always snapping pics everywhere I go and let me tell you - this camera is insane!! It has the worlds first infinity screen and will take your best selfie ever (the 8+ also has an even more expansive screen!). With the S8 you can also charge your phone wirelessly - I mean.. it doesn't get better than never having to ask your bartender to plug your phone in again! Now is also the perfect time to treat yourself to new tech because Target is giving you a $200 GC for every GS8 and GS8+ purchase! You can find more info as well as keep track of any future promotional updates for the S8/S8+ purchase HERE .

5 WAYS TO JUMPSTART YOUR 'BACK TO SCHOOL' SEASON

1. Clean and organize your space.
From home to office, clear out the clutter, and make space for fresh ideas and outlooks. 

2. Set goals.
Write them out, and post them where you will see them everyday. What do you want to accomplish this season/year? Set out ten minutes to evaluate where you are and where you want to be by next summer. Both personally, and in school/business. 

3. Refresh your work space.
Pick up something new! There's something about picking up something new that get's me excited and motivated to get organized and down to business. Whether it's gorgeous new stationary, a cool desk lamp, or the new Samsung Galaxy S8 - pick up something that will help to motivate you to stay focused and organized. 

4. Create a schedule.
 I don't know about you, but schedules are my best friend! When I create and stick to a schedule I accomplish much more in the day. Map out gym days, work days, personal days etc. - you will feel much more accomplished by the end of the day.

5. Set a reward.
The best part of reaching a goal is the reward right?! Aside from self appreciation and pride of course, you've worked hard all season/year - it's time to treat yo' self!! Book a vacation, a staycation, a dinner out - whatever will motivate you to keep going towards your goals.