Love For Plaid

I have to say, I love all the 70’s vibes I’m seeing for this season! Give me all the plaid in the world, especially the grandpa kind! Let’s not forget the most iconic moments of my childhood also included plaid : That 70’s Show, Clueless and Britney Spears Hit Me Baby One More Time!
Plaid can be worn in so many different ways..skirt, pants, top or even as a statement piece like a vest or boots! I was particularly drawn to these pants because of the pretty little ruffle details on the pocket. It was love at first sight!
I love that pattern reflects all the fall colours, making it easy to style. I have worn these pants to work, dinner dates and events! I paired it with a mustard sweater for work and threw on a burgundy bag as my statement piece. For events I paired it with a white top and as for date night I threw on a sexy cami!

I kept the nude booties with each of the outfits and used the purse as a statement piece. I love how versatile these pants are and pairing them with anything mustard is easy and always a BIG yes! I have linked everything below, however the pants are a bit of a different colour.

Also, if you’re looking for a cute little place to go visit as the leaves change colour, definitely take a road trip to Niagara on the lake! I can’t express how beautiful it is there during this time of the year!

Always Remember: It’s not about brand, it’s about style!
Niki
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Dresses and Booties

What I love most about fall is being able to continue wearing summer dresses by layering them. My favourite combination has to be dresses and booties! I love how booties elongate your legs while giving you the flirty look with a dress.
A dress can easily be layered with a leather jacket (bad ass), jean jacket, or a long cardigan. Throw on a pair of booties and you’re ready for day time or date night!

What I also like about wearing dresses is you can still pull the spring/summer colours as long as your layers are darker. Wearing a scarf also makes it more “fall vibes”. This dress has to be my favourite to transition from summer to fall. I love the tiered ruffle details as it is very flattering. The colour of the dress is also versatile for spring to summer to fall! (It does come in other colour too though!) I have linked it here.
Don’t be afraid to try maxi dresses with a cropped jacket either! Midi and short dresses work best but I also personally like maxi dresses. So don’t put away those dresses yet as they can be layered so many different ways!
                     
Always Remember: It’s not about brand, it’s about style!
Niki
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Creative Project

This began as a creative project for me to be behind the camera for once. My best friend always wanted to do a shoot at Rattle Snake Point and I finally convinced her to let me some pictures of her. However, as soon as I saw her outfits, my alter ego decided to wake up. I’ve always been into the moody, edgy fashion but since my theme is more bright and pretty, that side of me has been hidden for a while. Little did I know, this day would become more meaningful than expected.
Couple of months ago I ended my relationship and although I’ve been private about it, I decided to share my story because it’s the past that pushes us to grow. I learned many things about myself throughout the last 4 years, but I started to notice that a little bit of me was lost and I was no longer growing with that person anymore. I wasn’t happy and I had to learn to put myself first, which is something I need to improve on. The surprising part was how happy and free I felt after.. did I also feel guilty? I absolutely did and it was killing me to know someone else was hurting because of me, but I knew I could no longer be a good partner if I wasn’t in it 100%.
Taking pictures up high with the big rocks surrounding me, brought out the Niki that has been hidden for the last few years. Although these pictures are not my typical Instagram pictures, I have to say I’m ready to bring a bit of edgy and moodiness to the blog. This also represents my take on life as I want to focus on growing my blog and putting myself first. I’m going to use this time to live my best life and not care about the little details or what the future holds but to live in the moment and enjoy it before the wrinkles starts to kick in haha.

                    Always Remember: It’s not about brand, it’s about style!

Niki
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Andrew’s Scenic Acres

Andrew’s Scenic Acres has to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. Their flower field is so fresh and you have a variety of options to create a beautiful bouquet of your own!
I would suggest bringing your own clippers as theirs wasn’t cutting the flowers properly and a vase or water bottle to put the flowers in later! My flowers almost died in the car because I didn’t bring anything to put them in, so that’s definitely my most important advice!

As for your outfit, go for something white or colourful (red, yellow, orange) as it will pop against the flowers. I’ve linked my exact dress here. Also wearing a darker dress will make the fields stand out. Just like this picture of my best friend and I.
The entry fee is $5 and each stem of flower is 0.80 cents. So make sure you pick the best ones! I have to say I had the best time and the staff was very helpful and kind. I would definitely recommend visiting them!

Always Remember: It’s not about brand, it’s about style!

Niki
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Beauty Bioscience: GloPRO®

There’s been a lot of buzz around microneedling and its benefits for glowing and youthful skin. I recently got the opportunity to collaborate with TSC to try the GloPRO® LIP Edition microneedling tool bundle! If you’re not familiar with TSC, they are a Canadian retailer focusing on fashion, beauty and home. You can visit their website here. They offer brand names with daily specials! One of their beauty brand is “Beauty Bioscience” which is the creator of GloPRO®. Beauty Bioscience has been featured in Vogue, Allure and The New York Times for their beauty products.
 It is Beauty Bioscience’s one year anniversary at TSC and to celebrate, they are offering a limited edition GloPRO® LIP edition Microneedling Regeneration Tool bundle (linked here). The offer goes live at 10 PM EST on Friday August 24th!
So, if you’re wondering.. what is microneedling? It is a tool that has tiny little needles which stimulates the skin to use its own collagen for glowing skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines. The GloPRO®LIP edition microneedling tool bundle includes an additional head to be used around the lips.

My First Impression
The video of me trying the GloPRO® for the first time is saved on my Instagram Highlights linked here. The process was not painful and I only felt it the most on my forehead. Afterwards my face was a bit red but went away after I put on my serum and moisturizer. I ended up going out for coffee 10 minutes after, and my friend commented on how my skin is glowing and I was shocked to hear that! She also had no idea that I just used the GloPRO®! So I was very impressed after my first try.
How to Use ItI began by washing my face using the PH balancing cleanser by Beauty Bioscience. I like that it clears off most of my make up without irritating my eyes. I wear contacts so I’m always conscious of my cleansers and make up removers.
Next, I used the GloPRO®  skin prep pads. They are similar to a toner to remove any remaining make up while prepping the skin.
Then I used the regular Microtip attachment head to go over my face, and used the Lip attachment for my lip and chin area. You are to go over the desired areas in different directions (vertical, horizontal and diagonal) repeating it 3-4 times.
Once I was all done, I put my serum on followed by my moisturizers.
Two Weeks Update
 I have used the GloPRO® for two weeks now, 4 times all together. What I noticed the most is how my skin feels the next day. It feels so soft and I can definitely see the glow. I also noticed the fine lines on my forehead are more filled in and less noticeable than before. I am going to continue to use it for another 3 weeks and write a 1 month update on this blog post.

Don’t forget that the lip attachment is a special edition and available through TSC, I have linked it here. If you have any other questions, don’t be shy to email me or message me on Instagram! I love hearing from my followers.

Always Remember: It’s not about brand, it’s about style!

Niki
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*This post has been created in sponsorship with TSC, however the opinions expressed and results are my own and not those of TSC*

 

 

 

 

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Bubblegum Shoes

With fall around the corner, I know everyone is excited to get started on fall fashion. One essential staple in everyone’s closet should be a comfortable pair of flats. Maria (The_pinkbrunette) and I both received the most comfortable flats from BubbleGum Shoes. This is my third pair from them and they do NOT disappoint! From their sneakers to sandals, I knew I would also love their flats.
The little cross detail in the front makes it so classy and easy to match. It is the perfect staple for everyday or the weekends. While I am wearing the colour beige, Maria went for the nude which is more of a light pink colour. They are both neutrals which makes it easy to match with any outfit. They are also so versatile and can be worn during spring and summer too!
The jelly material makes them durable and comfortable to wear. I have linked the 3 I already own down below.You can also use my code “StyleNotBrand” and save 10% off your purchase!

Always Remember: It’s not about brand, it’s about style!

Niki

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Sun Flower Fields

I have to say, I was taken back more by this place than the lavender fields. I always found sunflowers so beautiful and not only for their bright yellow colours, but also because they represent “friendship”. When you’re in a sea of them, it’s hard not to feel their beauty and all that they represent.
However, not everyone is able to be respectful of nature and all it has to offer. Boggle Seed farm has been shut down until further notice due to the chaos it has caused by visitors. When I found that out, I was outright disappointed in humanity. We are already taking so much away from our beautiful planet… is there anything we can admire without destruction?
I think this was a wake up lesson for me and many bloggers out there and our roles as influencers. We are not here just to share beautiful places but to encourage everyone to also be respectful of nature.
Although there are other sunflower fields (Davis Feed and Farm) I encourage all of us to remember to be kind to nature and really take in the beauty!
Also, we can’t forget about some fashion tips: Wear a dress. It’s just so beautiful with all the sunflowers and wear colours that compliment yellow like red,white, orange, or pink! A straw hat is always a cute final touch as well! 
I have linked some red dresses below if you’re planning on going next year!

 I hope that if you do decide to go next year, you remember to take in all the beauty. The flowers only bloom for 2 weeks so make plans ahead of time and try going during the weekday to avoid high traffic!

Always Remember: It’s not about brand, it’s about style!

Niki

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Lavender Farm

Walking into the lavender farm is such a beautiful sight. Let’s start by talking about the beautiful sea of purple you see right as you walk in, it’s truly breath taking. Maria (the_pinkbrunette) and I decided to go together and take some pictures. The best time to go see the lavenders is usually the last 2 weeks of July. That’s when they bloom the best. We went to the one in Milton called “Terre Bleu”.
We were especially excited for the yellow door:
“walk through this door, your worries behind you, your joys are ahead”.
When I saw that sign, I had to take a deep breath. It was something I really needed to hear. I closed my eyes took in all my worries and let go of them after walking through it. I know it may sound crazy, but it was a significant moment for me.
In case you’re thinking of going there and wondering what to wear and what to do, I’m here to help!
Outfit Ideas:
Go with something white, small floral prints, yellow or even light blue. These colours will help yous standout in the fields of lavender! You can also wear a dress or a skirt. It just looks so elegant while the wind is blowing as you’re running down! I have linked some ideas below.

Now as for what to do, I have heard their ice cream and lemonade are all the rage!  Maria and I got so caught up in taking pictures (can you blame us!?) that it totally slipped our minds about going to the shops (oopsiesss hehe). However, this means that next year we will be going there to explore more!

Always Remember: It’s not about brand, it’s about style!

Niki

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Summer Weddings

Summer is meant to be for salty hair, cute sunnies, and of course weddings. I love wearing fun little outfit to weddings rather than a typical dress. It makes you stand out as a guest! I recently teamed up with Maria from “the_pinkbrunette” and Lace and Charm to show you some summer wedding outfit ideas! Lace and charm has a variety of selection which makes it so easy to find something you love.
Recently I’ve come to love jumpsuits as I find them so elegant and not to mention comfy! I decided to wear this lace detailed one as it gives off the soft elegant style. While Maria went for a wrap dresses with a flowy skirt that hugs her in all the right places.
What I love most about Lace and Charm is how they carry different items than you would see at the mall, but they are still at an affordable price!
Maria and I are also giving away a $125 gift card to one of our followers! All you have to do, is follow me (stylenotbrand), Maria (the_pinkbrunette) and Lace and Charm (LaceAndCharm) on instagram. I have linked my jumpsuit here and Maria’s dress here as well.
Goodluck!

Always Remember: It’s not about brand, it’s about style!

Niki

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Dress Rental

I don’t know about you, but every time I have an event (bridal shower, networking, engagement party) I am on a full on panic mode… WHAT DO I WEAR! Then I go through my closet and basically hate on everything or  say to myself, “but I already worn that”. I recently had a chance to work with the boss babes at Fresh Rents and came across a whole new world of renting dresses!
I never really thought about renting a dress, but after looking through their site and seeing all the gorgeous dresses they have to offer.. I knew this was a match made in heaven! What I love about Fresh Rents is their flexibility and how they offer 30 minute free fitting, because let’s be honest not every dress that looks good on the hanger will look good on.
Renting a dress for an event will give you the satisfaction that you have something new and pretty on without the commitment! Also, the prices at Fresh Rents are so affordable that I even used their services for a busy Saturday (brunch, work event, BBQ). I loved that I felt good about my outfit and the next day I didn’t feel guilty about seeing it in my closet knowing I’ll probably never wear it again.
If you’ve never thought about renting a dress, I highly suggest your brows through the Fresh Rents  website, because I’m sure you will find something you’ll love! I also linked all my dresses below. You can use my code, “Niki10” to save 10% on your first rental!

Always Remember: It’s not about brand, it’s about style!

Niki

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