My Collaboration with “Team Insane” Clothing!

Good morning my beauts, and welcome to my blogging channel if you are new! Welcome and I am so pleased and blessed to have you stop by! I know what some of you guys are wondering, “where the hell have I been?!“. I just started my new job as a daycare teacher about a week ago, and have been focusing on that, trying to divide my time and spread it out evenly. I want to take the time to thank the companies I have recently been collaborating with for their patience and understanding, you guys are awesome and I apologize for the delay and wait! The past two weeks have been so hectic for me, trying to organize my room since I moved back home with my mom in our old town. I have to say, it’s quite the change from the big city of Hamilton that’s for sure! I absolutely love it here though, it’s so peaceful and quiet, love it. Recently I found a wonderful and rad company on Instagram called “Team Insane” Clothing. Their Instagram Page grabbed my attention right away and I had to reach out to them! They were more than happy to do a collaboration with me, and I was super excited! I could not wait to receive my package in the mail! Right away I loved how simple their clothing was, but it was stylish and fashionable at the same time.  The companies’ mission is to provide the highest quality designs and materials in innovative varieties at the best value.

“Staying Dedicated. Staying Passionate. Staying Insane”

I received three beautiful shirts in the mail which I absolutely adore.  I received two t-shirts, one in the colour grey and one in black as well as a tank top in the colour grey. What I adore about all of these shirts is you can style them with so many different outfits. For this photoshoot, I wanted a more grungy feel for the look, so I simply paired the shirts with a pair of ripped shorts and some converse. I have also worn these shirts to the gym as well, and have gotten so many compliments on them! The first shirt I am going to show you beauts is the “Insane Flowy Side Slit Tank” in the colour grey which retails for $24.99 but is on sale for $13.99 right now which is amazing! Guys… GUYS I can not express how comfortable this tank is, I wear it everywhere and I mean everywhere. It is so breezy, stylish and comfortable all at the same time. What I love about this tank is that if you want to choose another colour or style for the logo simply let the company know in the checkout notes, as there are other colours to choose from.

The next item I have to show you guys and rave about are the two shirts called, “Women’s Relaxed Insane Jersey Short Sleeve”, which retails for $18.99 on sale now for $12.99, again another great deal! I got mine in the colour black and grey. I love neutral colours as they are easier to style and match with other pieces of clothing. Again, another extremely comfortable top to wear, love it. Can I just say I love the font of the logo as well, it looks wicked! Love it.

I want to personally take the time to thank Team Insane Clothing for allowing me to collaborate with such a rad and insane company,  you guys are amazing and wonderful to work with. I absolutely love my shirts and love wearing them, I highly recommend checking out their Instagram page at “@teaminsane415“, and check out their website at http://www.teaminsaneapparel.com.  Their shirts are so comfortable and stylish at the same time! Come spread some love over on their site, and also be sure to follow my other social media sites to stay updated with my latest blog posts as well. I hope you beauts enjoyed this blog post and take care! Much love xo.

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My Review and Thoughts on Trying “Toned Tea” for Myself!

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Hello my beauts, and welcome to my channel if you are new! Hi my name is Alyssa and I am 24 years old from Hamilton Ontario, and I am a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. I have been blogging for a few years now and absolutely enjoy what I do as a hobby, hoping to pursue it further one day. I absolutely love collaborating with different companies around the world. I enjoy meeting new individuals online and love creating new friendships as well. I recently am collaborating with a wonderful company called, “Toned Tea”,  which is 100% Natural Detox Tea, and for all my vegan friends out there, this product is vegan, allergen-free, soy-free, and non-GMO. Right away I am a tea lover, always have been my entire life, and even have my beautiful “tea shirt” to represent my strong loving!  I was drawn to this company because well first off, I love tea, secondly who doesn’t want to be fit, healthy and have a rocking body for the summer?! I know I do!  I was super excited to work with this beautiful company, and was more than stoked to receive my package in the mail!

Of course, when I work with companies, I want to be completely honest and have honest reviews for my viewers. I am an open book, and love to share awesome information with you guys, especially if I find new awesome companies and new products. I did a bit of research on the product and found nothing but great reviews and information that I have to share with you beauts! First off,  there is an “AM tea package“, and a “PM tea package”. In both packages, there are different ingredients that I am going to share with you guys. When you think tea, you think just boring tea am I right? Well, my friends, this isn’t just ordinary tea, in fact, there are so many beneficial ingredients in both packages!

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In the AM package, the ingredients are:

Green Mate- which is an appetite suppressant, natural energy, helps improve digestion, helps improve your metabolism, and helps reduce blood sugar levels.

Matcha- which boots lipolysis, as well as blocks adipogenesis which is the formation of fat cells in the belly. This ingredient is also an anti-oxidant.

Lemongrass- which helps to flush out toxins, anti-inflammatory, helps to aid in gum health as well as a liver and bladder cleanse.

Rosehip Peel- which is vitamin C as well as an anti-oxidant.

Rooibos- which inhibits the formation of new fat cells.

Ginger- helps to aid in digestion as well as improves gut integrity.

Cardamom-  helps improve blood circulation and aids in digestion.

Oolong- helps dissolve triglycerides.

Black Pepper- increases metabolism and absorption.

Goji Berry- helps to detoxify the liver and stabilizes blood sugar.

Chamomile- helps to regulate sugar levels and is an anti-inflammatory.

Rose Petals- Vitamin C,  fights digestive tract infection, also helps to reestablish normal bacterial population of the intestines.

Basil-  which is an antioxidant, as well as helps to combat stress.

In the “PM Package” the ingredients are as followed:

Tumeric- which is an anti-inflammatory, and helps to promote heart health.

Clove- which is an antioxidant and helps to promote liver health. Also helps to promote blood circulation, aids in digestion, and helps with headaches.

Cinnamon- which is an antioxidant, aids in metabolism,  helps to increase energy levels and lowers blood sugar levels.

Raspberry Leaf-  helps to detoxify soy from the body, reduces nausea, helps with leg cramps,  and boosts the immune system.

Lemongrass- helps flush out toxins, helps with liver and bladder cleanse.

Ginger- aids in digestion,  helps to improve gut integrity, as well as improves blood sugar levels.

I wanted to let you beauts know exactly what was in the two packages as I would always like to know what goes into my body, what it’s helping and what not. I also wanted to explain all the benefits for you guys as well, as sometimes I have no idea the benefits of some of these ingredients. I even learned a lot myself, looking on the website and finding out all the ingredients. I love knowing all the benefits as well, and was so shocked at how many wonderful ingredients, healthy ones might I add, were in this tea!  The ingredients are just the start! Toned Tea has so many amazing benefits that I need to share with you beauts!

Benefits of Toned Tea 

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There are so many amazing benefits that are included in the Toned Tea that I wanted to share with you beauts! As a lot of you may know I am always a tired individual and rarely have little to no energy all day every day… it sucks so much! I am always on the hunt for products that help aid in energy and help increase energy levels. That is one thing that grabbed my attention right away when reading about this product! Also, I am an individual who is literally always bloated all the time, I don’t understand!  As soon as I saw that one of the benefits of this tea was to help reduce bloating, I was all over it!  This tea also helps release toxins, speeds up your metabolism and helps to control your appetite (what I need!). The Toned Tea is laxative-free as well! So many amazing benefits that I could not wait to get my hands on this product.

How to get the Best Results 

It is super crucial and important to follow these tips and tricks when drinking your AM and PM Toned Tea.  You want to ensure that you drink your AM tea as soon as you wake up, preferably 16 oz. When drinking your PM tea,  you can drink it on your way home from work or as soon as you get home ranging the time around 5-8 pm, again 16 oz. It is also important to remain on a healthy diet as well when drinking your Toned Tea. Making better food choices helps out tremendously. I often went on Pinterest to help look up healthier choices and drank a lot more water throughout the day as well. There are so many healthy dinners and snack recipes on there that taste absolutely amazing, you would be super surprised! Eating healthier and choosing a better diet helps to quicken the results, which is what everyone wants!  When it comes to exercising and working out, it is recommended to workout 4 times per week. Again, there are tons of different workout routines on Pinterest which are amazing even fun for that matter! I usually go to the gym a couple times a week, do some machines and free weights, as well as a bit of cardio.

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My Personal Results on Toned Tea

I was more than excited to receive my package in the mail! I received two packages of tea, the AM and PM packages which were a fair size! I was also given such a cute little leaf infuser which was absolutely adorable and such a nice touch! I am not going to lie, I was hesitant as to how good the tea was going to taste and I was blown away! Both the AM and PM tea tastes amazing, and both have a unique flavour to them, which is extremely enjoyable. I am always a girl to add sugar to my tea, but actually drank my tea how it was without adding any extra flavour to it. If you feel the need to, you can add some honey to your tea which is a healthier alternative to add some sweetness to it. I usually drank my AM tea around 9 am, which is when I wake up and then would have my breakfast after.  I drank a lot of water throughout the day, often carrying a cute water bottle around with me (makes me want to actually drink water, which is hard for me).  Sometimes I even find adding a lemon to the water tastes better and makes it more enjoyable. You can purchase really cheap water bottles at Urban Planet, which is where I got mine.  I also incorporated exercise into my daily routine as well, trying to aim around an hour and an hour and a half. I noticed my energy levels right away starting to increase which is what I needed and was highly looking forward to. I felt like I could accomplish more in my day which was amazing and I was not just a slug all day laying on the couch! I looked forward to having my two teas each day which was great, it was not a chore to me whatsoever. I slowly started to notice I was not as hungry as I always am, and trust me…I am ALWAYS hungry. So this was amazing and a complete bonus! There were some days in which I would just keep eating and eating… it was terrible!

I also noticed right away that the bloating was decreasing slowly which felt amazing, making me feel more amazing and satisfied with my body.  It was not too hard to make healthier diet choices as well, as it was fun to experiment with different food recipes.  I was not only starting to feel better but I am slowly noticing slight changes in my appearance as well. I am very happy that I am seeing results and will continue to drink my Toned Tea AM and PM every day.  You can purchase the Toned Tea Detox and use my special discount code “muchlove20” for 20% off your order which is amazing!

“The teas taste amazing, honestly such a beautiful and unique taste. I actually crave them every day!”

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I highly highly recommend checking out the Toned Tea website at http://www.tonedtea.com! You beauts can find different reviews and the products there. Also, I recommend following “Tonedtea” on Instagram, the company is always posting positive vibes/pictures and information about their products for you beauts. I am absolutely loving my Toned Tea and was so fortunate to be able to collaborate with such a beautiful company whose products I adore. For all you tea lovers out there you will love the AM and PM teas. I find they taste so calming and refreshing, for sure the highlight of my day. Stay tuned in the future for result pictures and updates on the Toned Tea. I would love to hear if you beauts tried out the tea for yourself, send me a message! Be sure to use my special discount code muchlove20 for 20% off your order! You don’t want to miss out! Also be sure to follow me on all my social media sites for more blog posts in the near future! Take care and much love xo.

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Hearts and Tarts; just a girl with a love for baking and things tarts!

Music- The Archies- Sugar Sugar

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Hello my beauts and welcome to my channel! Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it a ton, means a lot to me! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day so far, I know I am! What has everyone been up to lately? Honestly, I have been catching up on some blog posts lately and have been busy getting ready for a new job that I will be starting at the beginning of July. I will be a daycare teacher, so I am very excited about that, and I will be moving back home again!  I am excited for this new chapter in my life and I am nervous a bit to start! I know that I will enjoy this a lot, and I am excited to see where this journey goes! You can do anything you set your mind to,  and if you work hard and want to accomplish your dreams you certainly can! Speaking of chasing your dreams, and working hard, I have one certain individual that comes to mind when I think of all of this. I have known this individual throughout high school and she was always a sweet girl. Although I did not know her on a personal level, she always had an absolutely rocking style and had great hair! We are talking all sorts of colours, absolutely love it. This beautiful kind soul is Sam Auton, and I have followed Sam for quite some time over Instagram, always admiring her cooking posts! Honestly, I am not the greatest cook in the world myself, so I always admire when someone else can cook well! Who knows, maybe it will inspire me one day! Not only is Sam full of amazing hair colours, tattoos galore, and is a wonderful chef, she is a mom to a handsome boy and decided to create her own business recently. I don’t know about you beauts, but when someone I know starts their own business I am over the moon happy for them! It’s not easy. Especially if you have a hectic schedule! Sam recently started her own business called, “Hearts and Tarts” (love the name, it’s so catchy!), and is doing quite well so far!

I knew I had to reach out to Sam in regards to her new business she started up! I was super happy when she agreed to collaborate with me on a blog post! Sam is a 25-year-old, who is the mom of an amazing 5-year-old boy. She is also an avid sports fan as well! Cooking and baking have always been a huge part of her life ever since she could remember!  Sam states, “I love new and challenging adventures when it comes to my cooking“. I absolutely love this, and if it were me, the pan would already go flying across the room… that is how much patience I have when it comes to cooking, so I really respect her for that! I wanted to jump right in and start asking Sam the questions we are dying to know about her history when it comes to cooking and baking! Right away I was curious as to how long she had started cooking and baking. Sam explains, “I’ve been baking since I was a little girl, whether it was with my mom or my grandma I loved to bake ever since I can remember. Cooking came a little bit later in life once I started working in restaurants at 15. I always had a curiosity for food, and always wanted to learn more”.

“…I dyed my hair! It’s pretty crazy but I’m absolutely LOVING it. It’s super bright, and fun and it makes me insanely happy”- Sam Auton

Another question that I was very curious about was I wanted to know if it was self-taught or if Sam had taken any classes at all? Sam attended George Brown for the Culinary Management Program which was a two-year program.  Sam states, “it taught me a lot being in that program. It’s more French-based learning but was able to learn a lot of other types of food and cuisine as well. It was a lot of fun and hard work. I had an externship at Trump Hotel which gave me a lot of experience in the high-end culinary world and helps me really finesse my skills that I was able to bring with me to any job I’ve been at”.  That’s awesome Sam, way to go! You are doing so well for yourself! It really helps when you enjoy what you are doing in life, and are satisfied with your job! There is nothing like going to a job and dreading it, it makes your day go by so slow and just…. you hate it!

When did you first notice you wanted to get into the food industry? “I knew I wanted to get into the food industry full time when I was about 18. My family had always told me I should be a chef, and it wasn’t actually till I was at McMaster University that I really realized what I wanted to do. After one year at McMaster, I made the jump to George Brown and never looked back. It’s a tough and gruelling industry but can be really rewarding at the time”. I highly agree that it can be a very rewarding career path for sure! I am so happy and proud of you that you found your calling!

One thing that’s pretty neat about Sam that I think you beauts should know about is that she loves her food tattoos which I think is honestly so amazing and unique! I wanted to know a bit more about what kinds of food tattoos she has, and what inspired her to get them! Sam explains, “over the years I have gotten quite a few food tattoos. Some are just silly (like my grilled cheese and avocado) and others were based on family. My favourite food tattoo is my butter tart. My grandma was a big inspiration to me through many aspects of my life, but baking and cooking were the ones that really stuck. She was famous in our family for her butter tarts, and the last thing I was able to make her before she passed away was butter tarts that were her recipe. She told me they were perfect and that has always stuck with me as the biggest compliment of my career. She, unfortunately, didn’t make it to when I started culinary school, but I know she would have been proud of me. I have a few other silly food tattoos like my “lettuce turnip the beets” tattoo and a pineapple and some other small ones (also I have a hotdog which I’m pretty stoked about)”.  I love this Sam, I think your grandma would be so proud of you and how far you have come! I mean look at you, now starting your own business, that is such an accomplishment! I love all the other food tattoos you shared, I think that is so unique and different, they suit you so much!

I know all you beauts are dying to know how her business, “Hearts and Tarts” came to be! Sam explains, “the inspiration came from entering a buttertart competition that I was in a week or so ago. Everyone who taste-tested my tarts told me they were great and some told me I should start selling them. Baking is something I’ve always been told I’m a natural at and I wanted to pursue it more as I’m mainly focusing on cooking at the moment”.  I love this, and I am dying to taste some of the tarts myself! I am waiting for a special occasion to come up then I will purchase some! The pictures look absolutely amazing! Yum! If you beauts would like to place an order for yourselves, the best way would be through either Facebook Messenger, the direct messenger on Instagram, or you can also email Sam at heartsandtarts18@gmail.com. You can also call or text Sam, as her number is located on both her Facebook and Instagram page. Her Facebook can be reached at ” http://www.facebook.com/heartsandtarts” and her Instagram page can be reached at “@heartsandtartss”. 

“It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, just put your head down and get through it”- Words of advice from Sam’s mom

Sam is currently running her own business, “Hearts and Tarts” through her own home. If the business grows over the next year or two, she would consider investing in a storefront if everything was in order. Sam is always available to deliver and pickup is an option as well! That’s great Sam,  I think that is a perfect idea and I think that is very smart thinking! You have a plan and that’s all that matters.

Who are your biggest supporters?My whole family is behind me in this. They’ve always been my biggest supporters. My son thinks it’s fantastic (I think more so because he can taste test them all, who wouldn’t be excited about that?) And also my boyfriend and his family. They’ve been exceptional at giving me support (and extra taste testers when I need them to be)”. That is so fun, I absolutely love that! I know your son would enjoy that so much, best mom of the year right there! Love it! Another question that I was dying to know was what kind of tarts Sam made! Sam states, “I know this will sound vague, but any kind you can dream of, I can make. Anything from plain butter tarts, to chocolate chip banana bread, PB&J tarts and cookie tarts, to carrot cake, key lime pie, red velvet. If you can dream it, I can make it. I cater to dietary needs as well. My son has a severe nut allergy so I can cater to nut allergies, gluten-free, and even vegan (which you can thank my vegan mom for). I try to pride myself on making people as happy as possible, and if that means catering to specific needs, I’m going to do my absolute best at doing so”.  I absolutely love this, and I love how you are so set on catering to people’s needs, I find that so important and I think that is so respectable.  That’s amazing that you can make literally any kind of tart, that sounds delicious! I am going to have to think of one and let you know! YUM! I know carrot cake sounds absolutely unreal, and so does chocolate chip banana bread!

I then went in and asked Sam some more personal questions! A lot of people start businesses or enjoy doing a certain thing from inspiration around them. Inspiration helps so much whether it be an object or even a person.  Sam expresses, “my biggest inspirations for cooking would have to be Graham Elliot. I watched him growing up, I’ve met him and he’s fantastic. He has the best personality for a chef that I’ve seen. He makes it fun while instilling in people to work hard and give it their all, push the limits on creativity because cooking is supposed to be fun. For baking, my grandma. May sound cheesy but I always remember watching her or helping her bake as a kid, and those are some of my favourite memories with her”.  Awh this is amazing Sam, not cheesy one bit! I think that that is absolutely beautiful and I think family inspires us so much. I know she is one proud grandma that is for sure!

“If you’re going to get into this industry, be prepared for the tough days…”

Cooking and baking isn’t easy, especially going into the industry. Sam has a few tips, pointers and advice for individuals who are wanting to start their own business or want to work in the food industry. Sam explains, “if you’re going to get into this industry, be prepared for the tough days. Cooking can be fun, but it’s a lot of hard work. Put in the work because it will eventually pay off. Whether it be opening a restaurant of your own, a food truck, a cookbook, a promotion at work, it will all pay off. If you want to start your own business, make sure you have support. Whether it be family or friends (or hell, even both) you need support. Days are going to be long and hard and it’ll test you, but at the end of the day, you CAN and WILL get through it. Don’t give up because it can be insanely rewarding”.   I love this and appreciate you sharing your advice on both of these subject matters, I think it really helps individuals who are interested in wanting to pursue this career path that’s for sure. Even individuals who want to create their own business, it’s not easy. I love your advice and thank you so much for sharing! I think this will help out a bunch of people that’s for sure.

You’ll always come out the other side. When I’m having a really busy day at work and orders keep coming in, to keep myself composed, I know that if I put my head down and get through it, eventually it will be over, even if the end isn’t in your sights”- Sam Auton

The most famous question that I actually love to ask everyone who I am interviewing is where do they see themselves 5 years from now. I always find everyone’s answers so interesting and unique, there is not one bad answer and I literally respect everyone’s opinions and thoughts! Sam states, “in 5 years from now, I’ll be 30. I’ve reached all the goals I’ve set for myself up to this point and I don’t plan on stopping. By the time I’m 30, I would love to have my own food truck up and running. That’s my ultimate goal for the next 5 years is how I’m going to end up reaching that goal. Ever since my son was born, I wanted him to grow up seeing that no matter the circumstance that was thrown my way, at the end of the day, I still achieved my goals. He’s my biggest inspiration for everything in my life”.  I think you are on your way to success and have already succeeded so much in your life Sam! I know your boy is probably so proud of his hardworking momma! I know I am very proud of you and all your accomplishments. Once you have that food truck up and running in the future I will be there grabbing some food that’s for sure! I want to personally take the time to thank Sam Auton for collaborating with me on this blog post, you’re amazing! I wish you nothing but the best for you, your family and your future endeavours. I know you are going far, and I am for sure going to get my hands on some of those tarts that’s for sure. I know everyone is super proud of you and your accomplishments. I am so happy about your new business and can not wait to see where it goes! If everyone could go and spread some love on her pages, on Facebook and Instagram that would be wonderful! Give her a quick like and follow! I hope your business takes off for you, and it was a pleasure collabing with you! I hope you beauts enjoyed this blog post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Be sure to subscribe to my channel if you beauts would like to see upcoming blog posts in the near future! Take care and much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “Zen Healing Gems”

Goodmorning my beauts, and welcome to my lovely channel! I hope you all are having a fabulous start to your weekend so far! I know I am so happy it’s the weekend and always enjoy my Fridays and Saturdays! Any big plans for the weekend?  I am currently going to be hanging out with the boyfriend and his family. I will be taking some more pictures for upcoming blog posts in the near future as well. I am so blessed to have a boyfriend that loves taking my pictures, it’s like I have my own personal photographer which is amazing. He is so good at it too, loves experimenting with different angles, and I am so blessed. He is awesome.  I am really excited about this collaboration that I am involved with presently. I have honestly been into healing gems, gems that help with anxiety or even energy as well. I found an amazing company on Instagram called, “Zen Healing Gems“, and reached out to them, inquiring if they would like to collaborate with me on a blog post. I spoke to the founder of the company, Kayla, and inquired about the potential collaboration. She was very pleasant to speak to, very kind, and welcoming as well. You can actually learn a lot from someone over messaging!   Kayla was more than happy to collaborate on a blog post with me, and I was super excited. Her work is amazing, and I was super excited to write a blog post on her and her company.

I got to know a little bit more about Kayla and her company. Kayla lives with her fiance and her doggy in Lancaster, PA. She is an old soul and a free spirit, she loves music, yoga, crystals, dancing, essential oils, icecream, burritos, her puppy, and getting outdoors. She really likes tattoos, and personally has six herself which is amazing. Every one of her tattoos are special to her and has their own meaning. Kayla also loves making jewlery as it is very therapeutic to her, as well as healing for her. Working wih crysals creates positive vibes and cleanses her space. In the next year, Kayla would like to travel more and build her business by doing more events/shows and creating more sales on her etsy shop.  Kayla has been running her business, “Zen Healing Gems” for two years. She sttarted making jewlery a little over three years ago and two years ago was when she knew she wanted to make a business out of it. Kayla was very passionate about creating and loved the idea of carrying the crystals with you as a wearable art. Kayla makes the jewlery by herself, enjoying every second of it!

I received two bracelets in the mail from Kayla and they are absolutely stunning. I love healing crystals and love learning about the healing behind the gems. The one bracelet is Sodalite, which is deeply connected to the heat, and creates a calming effect which makes inner peace easier to attain. The black crystal in both the bracelets is Black Onyx which is great for grounding and protection as well as wards of negative energy. The bright blue bracelet is Imperial Jasper,  which has amazing healing  and protection energies as well as reduces fears and insecurities. I love learning about this kind of stuff, it is so fascinating to me and I adore it. Healing crystals and gems are new to me, so I love learning new information. I picked out these two bracelets because I loved the look and colour, I was drawn to them!

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You can get ahold of Kayla if you would like to order something by messaging her on her Instagram at “zen_healing_gems”. You can also check out her etsy store as well which is located in her bio on Instagram. Also you can message her on Facebook or through email as well. Kayla absolutely loves doing custom orders as some of her favourite pieces have come from custom orders! This is amazing.  Highly highly recommend checking out Kayla and her beautiful company. Be sure to come spread some love on her social media sites and check out her etsy shop, it’s adorable! I want to personally take the time to thank Kayla and her company Zen Healing Gems for allowing me to collaborate with such a beautiful company. She is so talented and really knows what she is doing which is fantastic.  I wish you nothing but the best Kayla on your future endeavors! You were wonderful and so amazing to work with. Be sure to follow my social media sites to stay updated with the latest blog posts in the near future! Take care and much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “Smith and Tailor”

Good morning my beauts and welcome to my channel if you are new! My name is Alyssa and I have been blogging for several years now, I am a beauty, lifestyle and fashion blogger. I love doing reviews and modelling clothes for different companies and brands. I have met so many beautiful and intelligent individuals while collaborating, it’s amazing! I have always included women’s fashion on my blogging channel but one day it just hit me! I thought to myself, ” why not I incorporate men’s fashion” into my blogging channel?! I am dating this amazing man, Dayten Pottruff, who certainly has model material and quality in my eyes, and he would be the perfect candidate to model men’s wear and fashion! Dayten works at a bank and always has to dress formally for his job, wearing suits and ties. I mean come on… who doesn’t love a man in a suit… am I, right ladies?! I sat down with Dayten one day and discussed him potentially being featured on my blogging channel and modelling clothing. He was more than happy to and super excited!

We began searching on Instagram for men’s wear and companies and came across this gorgeous company. They were even from Hamilton Ontario and I was over the moon about that! I love promoting brands in my hometown! Love love love it! I then sent a detailed message to this company called, “Smith and Tailor” suggesting a potential collaboration involving myself and my boyfriend Dayten. We spoke to a beautiful soul whose name was Kathryn Dieroff, the Designer and Goldsmith of Smith and Tailor. She was so lovely and friendly to speak to, and we chatted back and forth about the potential opportunity. Kathryn had never done something like this before and wanted to meet in person to discuss. Dayten and I were more than happy to meet with Kathryn and met her at her studio in downtown Hamilton. She was so down to earth, funny, and overall an amazing person to be around. I was even more excited to collaborate with her and her beautiful company. Kathryn agreed to the collaboration with the both of us! We chose two ties for Dayten to model from her collection, and let’s just say… they are absolutely stunning. Kathryn is a firm believer of products that stick out, are unique and grab your attention. That is exactly what she incorporates and shows in her designs and work. She is a very talented individual and has been successful over the years. I know you beauts are dying to know a bit more about herself and the company Smith and Tailor right?

Kathryn is a hardworking individual who has returned to Hamilton Ontario, her hometown and brought her talent and creativity with her. Kathryn opened a retail jewellery store in Toronto that was super successful, raising to be the top ten jewellery stores in Toronto according to Now Magazine, BlogTO, as well as Toronto life. Kathryn handcrafts custom wedding and engagement rings, as well as creates a collection of unique handmade heirloom jewellery and designs. She also makes a textile collection for men and women! She has run her own business since 1999. Smith and Tailor was launched in 2017 and was created for her luxury jewellery and textile lines.

Kathryn states, “my life has always been about creating. I sewed my first skirt when I was six, we had a darkroom in our home and I began developing my own prints when I was 10. I learned woodworking from my dad, crochet from my grandma, music and art from my grandfather. My journey toward jewellery began in the first week of my first year of University. A friend in my dorm had taken a lost wax casting course and lent me some wax and tools to carve a ring.

Four years, and one Bachelor’s degree later, I returned to jewellery at George Brown college for the three-year Jewellery Arts and Design program. Following that, I began an apprenticeship with a Master Goldsmith and Gemsetter who tutored us for 18 months in platinum fabrication, hand engraving, and pavé setting. We were required to find our own clients, and work for free so that we could work in the most expensive materials our clients could afford. I looked for work but kept finding more clients, and my business has been running steadily since 1999. 

Along the way, I learned traditional glass enamelling techniques, learned lampworking from a studio-mate, opened a store, started a family, and moved to Hamilton, ON. My mission is to continue to grow as an artist. I want to challenge myself every day to improve, learn, discover something I didn’t know before, but most importantly of all, to make”. 

Dayten and I were super excited to receive the two ties! I can not get over how stunning and gorgeous the two ties are! They are amazing and the design is so beautiful! While looking on the website, it was so hard to just choose two, but there were two in particular that caught both of our attention right away.

The first tie retails for $55.00 in store, and has a beautiful unique design to it. I absolutely love the colours in this tie, and it looked great with Dayten’s taupe dress shirt.

I still can’t get over how unique and stunning this tie looks!

The second tie that Dayten modelled from Smith and Tailor was probably my most favourite out of the two, just because it was just so unique and different from anything I have ever seen! This one is called the “Tickets Tie” and retails for $55.00 in store.

I think this is so classy, unique, fun and screams outgoing. What are your beauts waiting for? I mean come on… these ties are absolutely unreal, and I was so pleased with how the pictures turned out. I highly recommend checking out Smith and Tailor for yourself, you will not be disappointed! There are so many other beautiful designs to choose from! You can check out their website at http://www.smithandtailor.com or their Instagram page at @smithandtailor. You can also contact Kathryn through email at hello@smithandtailor.com.

Come spread some love on her page and give her a follow! I want to personally take the time to thank Kathryn Dieroff for allowing Dayten and I to collaborate with your amazing company. You are an amazing individual from the short time we have met you and wish you nothing but the best for you and your company! Be sure to follow Dayten and I on our social media sites! Dayten can be reached at @dp10nf on Instagram for business inquiries. I hope you beauts enjoyed this blog post and are happy about men’s fashion being a part of the blogging channel! We are excited for more collaborations in the near future! Take care and much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “Sacer and Savive” Clothing

Good morning my beauts, and welcome to my blogging channel! I hope you all had a wonderful and fabulous weekend and are still enjoying your long weekend! I have been just hanging with my family and enjoying the long weekend, seeing my sisters and mom! What have you beauts been up to? I have been doing some collaborations over the weekend but there was one in particular that I was excited about because I was going to include my twin sister in it! Her name is Stefanie for those who do not know that I have a twin sister, you can follow her on Instagram at @stefaniehotrum. I found a company on Instagram called, ” Sacer and Savive” who were from Clarksville Tennessee. I thought their clothing line was absolutely rad and their designs on their shirts were amazing, such detail! They were more than happy to collaborate with me, and I was so excited! The company was so pleasant to speak to, very attentive and really helpful as well! There were so many different designs to choose from on their page, it was hard to choose just one!

“Clothing in Strength and Dignity to live with Purpose”

I finally decided on a design that was amazing and stunning! It involved two skeletons hugging. I thought it was so neat, different, and full of intense detail! I know you beauts are dying to hear about the “Sacer story ” and how the company came to be! The company states, “Sacer began as a creative outlet for me during a dark time in my life. Over time this hobby developed into hand stencilling t-shirts with spray paint in my friend’s barn. We soon introduced it to bands we knew; getting us exposure. My passion for this just kept growing and so did the idea. That’s why we named it Sacer. Sacer means sacred in Latin. It represented our faith and what we stood for. When I transitioned to Nashville the momentum stopped. Once I was ready, I picked up the pieces again to pursue the development of this sacer Idea.

The Sacer idea turned into an experience when I took it on the road; first, stop Vans Warped Tour. This enabled me to get my idea in front of the masses. I knew Sacer meant something to someone more than just me. I began to put a table out in front where people could see and make custom shirts right in full view. I started letting customers pick colours and placements themselves. It was becoming their expression and not just mine. While I was making their shirt I had a moment to talk to them and give them something they were apart of too the Sacer experience.

I didn’t want this to just stop at t-shirts. I added boutique styles and renamed the line Sacer and Savive Clothing. In 2012, I bought a 14′ trailer, introducing my full line of boutiques for infants through adults making a fashion store on wheels. I could now travel to events, making my business unique and accessible. The most important part is making sure the Sacer experience isn’t left out. I offer over 80 hand stencilled customized designs for your one-of-a-kind looks on the spot. Being apart of the creation process gives it a deeper meaning.

I saw this idea as a way to give back. I now work with many youths giving themhands-on experience through the line. I offer classes through the non-profit, I started called ArtLink and host an annual fashion and art show to unite the entire community creatively. I know that for me having a creative outlet was vital for me to overcome obstacles and build my self-esteem and love life again. I now live passionately doing what I love and I want that for others. Because if we aren’t living passionately are we even truly living?

I want to see this Sacer experience taken to its highest potential and be available coast to coast. This is a simple idea that gets people excited. When I am interacting with someone while making their shirt you see them light up, in turn, I light up. I want to see this idea affect our communities in a positive and creative way. I want to change the mindset of custom clothing; from too expensive and hard to reach to affordable and easy to access”.

I absolutely love the storyline behind the company and think it’s awesome what they are doing. I was super excited to receive my package in the mail, and once it finally came in, it was absolutely stunning. The design was unreal, and you can tell so much time and effort was put into the shirt, not just that one but all of the shirts on the website. I received a shirt called, “Skeleton Hugs T-shirt” which retails for $26.99.  You can customize this shirt just the way you would like, and the company hand stencils it which is amazing and so talented. You also can pick the shirt style and colours. The logo is then placed on the back shoulder of the shirt.

I absolutely loved including my twin sister in this photoshoot, as she absolutely adored the shirt and so did I. I think she was perfect for the modelling session and photoshoot. I think she absolutely rocked this session and I could not be happier with how the photos tuned out! I am beyond excited. I just want to take the time to personally thank Sacer and Savive for allowing me to collaborate with their company,  you guys were awesome and your designs are out of this world, beyond talented. I highly recommend checking out their Instagram page at “@sacerandsavive“, or their clothing website at http://www.sacerandsavive. Come spread some love on their page!! Be sure to also follow my social media sites to say updated with blog posts in the near future. Take care and much love xo.

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My Collaboration with “Most Girls Apparel”

Good morning my beauts, and happy Saturday! I hope you all had a wonderful Friday, and are having a great start to your weekend!  I know I had a great start to my weekend bringing in some wine and hopefully having a little more over the weekend! If one thing is for sure, I absolutely love my wine! Anything from red, white, sparkling, you name it, I love it. I came across this awesome new clothing company over who were looking for influencers and bloggers for their company. I jumped right on this opportunity and messaged the company because I adored their page, website and clothing line so much!  The company who I reached out to is called, “Most Girls Apparel“, and they were more than happy to do a collaboration with me, which I was stoked about. Not going to lie, what caught my attention on their page was the wine sweatshirts, t-shirts and tote bags, they were super adorable. I don’t really own any wine shirts, so I for sure needed to start!

Most Girls Apparel is a sassy and funny clothing line for most girls. The company is like most girls; funny, irreverent, and not at all serious about anything. They make comfy and funny sweatshirts and tees for wearing to work, yoga, playgroup… the list goes on! Overall if your shirt says what you think, you don’t have to talk much and I absolutely love that. While looking at the site, two sweatshirts, in particular, stood out to me and I had to get them! The one is an adorable wine shirt that says, “ red & white & rose & orange & sparkling“, it retails for $55.00, and I absolutely love it to pieces. The caption of the shirts is the best! This one states, “HAHAHA It’s so funny because it’s true: LADIES LOVE WINE. Don’t pretend you don’t like wine because you do. You love that it goes down easy and that you can get kinda buzzed while holding an elegant big old glass of happy juice. Pay homage to all the types of yourfavourite beverage and stay cozy while you sip your troubles away”. Friggen love it.

The other sweatshirt that I adored was called, “Literally like most girls”, and this too retails for $55.00. The caption of this item states, “Has a man ever told you that you’re not like most girls and meant it as a compliment? But then you were like is this guy shading my entire gender whilst simultaneously trying to compliment me? And then you were like screw this guy I’m more like most girls than this idiot and I’m pretty proud of that fact? If any of the above applies to you then this shirt captures that feeling. Literally. You’re like most girls”.

I highly recommend checking out their website and the other clothing pieces and items they have! The company recently released a new shirt that is super cute! This is a sweatshirt called, “Will you accept this rosé?“, and this retails for $55.00 as well. The caption of this one is bomb as well, and states, “If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times. Some puppy-eyed looking square-jawed dudes handing out roses to a bunch of skinny ladies with perfect makeup and fake nails. We love it, we hate it, we love to hate it. But imagine if instead of handing out roses, they handed out bottles of rosé and curled up on the couch to watch reality TV? THAT would be a love journey closer that’s more real than the fantasy suite. For watching everyone’s favourite beautiful people go on fake dates, the WILL YOU ACCEPT THIS ROSÉ sweatshirt is here for you”.

I want to take the time to personally thank Most Girls Apparel for allowing me to collaborate with them! They were so friendly and awesome people to talk to which was fantastic. I absolutely adore their clothing line and I know that you beauts will too! Come spread some love over on their Instagram at @mostgirlsapparel.  Or come visit their website at http://www.mostgirlsapparel.com!  The company has a sale going on for all of May which is 15% off, simply use discount code “HEYGIRL” at checkout! Also be sure to follow my social media sites to stay updated with the latest blog posts and upcoming posts in the near future. Stay positive beauts, and have a wonderful weekend! Take care and much love xo.