Summer Essentials

The Canada long weekend is upon us and I am heading to the cottage! I can’t wait, sunny or not, it will be refreshing to escape the city. Nothing beats some sun, swim, sand by day and sunsets, bon fires, star gazing by night. Hitting the beach means keeping things simple, packing light, and drowning yourself in a book or two. Here are some of my essentials. Nothing out of the ordinary, just your basic essentials. Shades, sunscreen, surf spray, bikini, books and good tunes. I am half way through each of these reads, so I am hoping to get through them all this weekend, will keep you posted with my review in my book club section.

The main purpose of today’s post is to share my favourite SPF products this year. Again, huge thanks to The Cure for educating and supplying me with some great product for the summer. Seriously guys, you have to check out this shop – be warned you will not leave empty handed. 🙂 Summer Essentials


John Masters Suncare Natural Mineral Sunscreen – A certified organic, vegan, mineral sunscreen that is light and non-greasy. Antioxidant-rich organic green tea extract gives skin an anti-aging boost, aloe calms skin, and jojoba and shea butter moisturize and help balance skin’s oil production. This sunscreen is free of paragons, phthalates, fragrances, and nano particles. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but in my opinion worth every cent to ensure healthy protection for your beautiful face.  Also, note that a little bit goes a LONG way with this one.

Sun Bum SPF 30 -This high quality product is 100% vegan, hypoallergenic, photostable,  and rich in Vitamin E, which helps neutralize free radicals, preventing premature skin aging. This sunscreen is broad spectrum UVA/UVB Protection / Parsol® 1789, paraben free, PABA free, and oil free. I love that this lotion is non-greasy which is key for every day wear. And a major point to note with Sun Bum, is that this sunscreen is tested and approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Most importantly, be sure to protect your skin and when looking for sunscreen, do your research, consult with someone you trust and find what works best for you.

Happy long weekend! xx


Illesteva pushes the norm in eyewear, with a indie chic feel that is classic and contemporary. Not to mention their new eco-friendly line is ultra hip! Founded in 2010, Illesteva is handmade in Italy and France amongst top designers in luxury eyewear. Even though they are the new kids in town, their styles are bang on with the top of the top and their new initiative with “getting in touch with nature” has given them a competitive edge.

Keeping things fashion-forward and the environment in mind, Illesteva just launched their first ever line of eco-friendly sunglasses. Repurposed from cellulose acetate flake and plasticizers derived from organic and sustainable resources, this line is 100% biodegradable, and still holds to a high quality standard. This collection incorporates a full line of top-selling styles with hot frame/lens combinations.

For my Toronto friends, go check out Zane for a new pair of shades.

Women's Leonard Half/Half, Blue Mirror

Women’s Leonard Half/Half, Blue Mirror

Women's Leonard ii, Spider Stripes

Women’s Leonard ii, Spider Stripes

Women's Frieda, Dark Green, Red Mirror

Women’s Frieda, Dark Green, Red Mirror Lens

Men's Capri Tortoise

Men’s Capri, Tortoise

Men's Le Steel,  Bronze

Men’s Le Steel, Bronze

Grab your Shades. xx