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Monica Scaglione

A little bit of Mon.

Mon’s Picks: Affordable designer bags

In the market for a designer cross body or shoulder bag?

Buying designer brands doesn’t mean you have o break your bank. Here are a few of my picks for affordable designer bags:

#1 GG Marmont Matelassé Mini BagBecause everything Italian should be in red

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#2 Prada Metallic Saffiano Leather Camera Bag Metallic  finish to go with everything 

#3 Saint Laurent Monogram Leather Tassel Blogger Pouch- Black for a classic everyday look

#4 Louis Vuitton Nano Noe Monogram Canvas- LV print matches any outfit

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Which bag would you save up for?

Fall in love with YOURSELF.

Society often plays up holidays like Valentine’s Day as something larger than they actually are.

The idea behind Valentine’s Day is quite sweet, however we often lose sight of the true meaning.

L.O.V.E.

To love your friends, to love your family, and to also love YOURSELF.

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Self-love is the most important kind of love. You must love yourself first before you are able to love someone else.

You define yourself.

This is something that was difficult for me to understand growing up. I always thought I needed someone to validate that they loved me in order for me to feel good about myself.

The pressure to be happy in a romantic relationship is so severe nowadays. What’s sad is that there is no encouragement modern society to focus on yourself and love YOU.

It took me a few relationships to realize this, but you have to love who you are in and out before extending your heart to others.
That is why I’m asking you to fall in love with yourself this Valentine’s Day.

Do what makes YOU happy. Buy yourself a donut, a “be mine” cookie or a bottle of rosé. Send yourself flowers, chocolate covered strawberries or a balloon bouquet.

Go to the gym, play hooky for the day to explore your city, whatever it takes this Valentine’s Day; you don’t need someone else to show you love.

You need to show YOURSELF love.

Galentine’s Day Plans?

February 14th is a few days away and everyone has L.O.V.E. on their mind.

Does Valentine’s Day only have to be for couples? Heck no.

Scrap the V for a G and you’ve got yourself a holiday: Galentine’s Day. 

I’m currently in a relationship but I think it’s important to celebrate love not just with your significant other, but everyone around you. Even though the way we act on February 14th should be how we act every other day of the year, it’s a cute holiday to make the people in your life feel a little bit sweeter.

So what should you and your gals do to celebrate your love for each other? Check out my list:

  1. GALS TIME @ WINE O’CLOCK– Everyone bring their favourite bottle of wine (red only of course) to one of your houses and have yourself a wine and cheese night.
  2. MEET FOR SWEETS– Bakery crawl: gather a few of your gf’s and head to 5 of your favourite bakeries in the city because there are tons of yummy specials on this LOVEly day.
  3. “BE MINE SOIREE”– Invite your girlfriends over for a pink & red filled dinner & be sure to have a great playlist filled with female artists who rock our world.
  4. GRL POWER LADY DATE- You and your bestie hit the gym for a great workout to remind yourselves how much you love who you are inside and out.
  5. JAR OF LOVE- Have a nice coffee date equipped with sticky pads. Write 3 things you’re thankful for, for each of your girlfriends sitting at the table. Go around in a circle and take your turns reading them out from the jar.

This cute “Galentine’s Day” checklist from Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls site is perfect to include in your festivities…

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Other cute ideas for your sweet get togethers are XO balloons, a heart wall for a cute photog session, pink champagne is a must and TONS and TONS of chocolate.

Whoever you love, show them on Feb. 14th.

 

Start with a statement

Out with simple jewelry and in with the bold.

It’s time for pearls & gold.

I recently dug up a few hidden gems from my mother’s costume jewelry collection and I am obsessed!

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Of course, when you’re heading out for a formal event, these earrings can spice up any simple outfit, but don’t think jewels are only for going out in.

In my opinion, pairing a chunky sweater with a bold chandelier earring can complete a whole outfit as seen here from the Purse Blog:

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Accessories are key to adding a bit of your personality to your wardrobe. Pull back your hair in a messy bun, throw on your favourite pair of jeans and finish the outfit off with a statement piece of your choice.

“Follow me”

In 2017, when you meet someone for the first time, it seems so natural to follow them on Instagram, send them a Twitter request or add them on Facebook and/or Snapchat hours, sometimes even minutes after an interaction.

Communication has escalated tremendously since the evolution of the online world.

In order to live a reality offline, one must develop a presence online, including organizations.

Developing a presence online means creating an identity. An identity which has connections to others.

In terms of businesses and organizations, many think having a presence online simply means having a website. Social media sites differ from websites because of the level of interaction between followers and organization users.

“Follow me” has a new connotation. 

Following someone or an organization on social media sites means witnessing a play-by-play of their life through a screen.

Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram allow for feedback options by commenting, liking, following back etc.

Social media makes for more personal connections between a user (organization or person) and their followers.

As Lovejoy and Saxton state, “These sites are free and have built-in interactivity. Any organization big or small can create a site and start building a network of friends and followers with whom they are in almost real-time contact.”

Recently on my feed, I’ve noticed how retail stores connect with their clients online.

Take for example The Store on Queen in Toronto.

I follow this account because I’m interested in their product selection.

From following their account on Instagram not only do I see their product base but I also have built a personal connection with the staff, without knowing who they are or ever actually going into the store to meet them.

Do I know the owners’ names? No.

I know that the blonde owner calls the other owner “hubby” and that knowledge was gathered strictly through their Instagram captions. From their Instagram posts I also feel like I know both their personalities.

The blonde is outspoken, has a very vibrant personality, whereas the other owner is a little more reserved.

Their Instagram account @thestoreonqueen in my opinion represents an organization that has a great social media presence online.

They connect with their followers on a daily basis. By constantly generating new content and users can interact with their organization and gain a sense of trust with their business.

Traditional business strategies still exist, like Lovejoy and Saxton say, “new media have certainly not replaced more traditional communication technologies in the workplace, the digital continues to crowd out the analogue.”

However, a social media presence online is necessary for people and organizations in order to obtain future growth.

 

Get your butt back to the gym

We’ve all been through it before.

Taking a break from the gym and finding it next to impossible to get back into routine.

With busy schedules over the holidays, it’s hard to find time to work out. Not only is your schedule and routine thrown off over the holidays, but your eating habits and sleeping patterns are also turned upside down.

This month, take control of your life and your body again and get back into routine to start 2017 off on a right note!

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Here are 5 steps to get your help get your butt back to the gym:

  1. Look at your schedule and be realistic—analyze your week and pencil in days you are going to go to the gym. Don’t be unrealistic. If you know you’re jammed pack one day with work, use it as your rest day and make up for it on the weekend.
  2. Create a new workout plan—sometimes when you do the same exercise plan over and over again, it’s hard to find motivation to go to the gym everyday. New exercises will help you stay motivated.
  3. Swag yourself out—treat yourself with new workout clothes. It’s amazing what new leggings will do for you and your motivation. Think of workout clothes as an investment, stuff that you use every day.
  4. A new look on “gym-ing”—working out every day doesn’t just help you physically, it also helps you mentally. Exercising helps you release your stress and organize your day.
  5. Get a workout buddy—there’s no better partner than a squat partner! Find a friend who has a similar schedule and plan to workout together.

Whatever helps you get back into routine, DO IT. Your time is now.

How to Grow Your Hair in 21 Days

We have all had a bad haircut that we instantly regret…the thought of growing your hair for months afterwards is most definitely cringe worry.

Stress no more because I have the solution: prenatal vitamins.

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You might think I’m crazy but they work and no, they will not get you pregnant! I have tried absolutely everything to grow my hair. I’ve even gone as far as not blow drying, straightening or curling my hair for 4 months straight, and prenatal vitamins have been my only success story.

Prenatal vitamins are a good, all-around vitamin for your body. Depending on the brand, the vitamins’ ingredients can vary. However, most prenatal vitamins contain folic acid and iron.

On top of the prenatal vitamins you can also take silica supplements which help your hair, skin and nails. The more, the merrier.

I took silica for 4 months and personally didn’t notice much hair growth. I did however notice my hair getting slightly thicker and shinier.

The biggest difference for me was when I started taking the prenatal. Within a few weeks my hair grew an inch or more and was much thicker.

Fret no more! Take your vitamins + have luscious locks within a few months.

Kim K. back on Social Media

The #selfie queen, Kim Kardashian, is back on social media after disappearing online right after her Paris jewelry attack a few months ago.

Kim’s disappearance from social media raises a good question for all of us: should we or should we not reveal our family and personal details online?

Kim Kardashian’s posts since being back on social media have been very intimate, giving viewers a look into her personal family life at home.

This photo along with many more photos of Kim with her children, North & Saint, are very different posts than what Kardashian was posting previously.

Personally, I try and leave out as much as I can about my family on my social media accounts. It’s different sharing something about yourself, but sharing something about relatives who don’t have social media or give consent to share certain details is not right in my opinion.

Do you share intimate family moments online? 

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