November 28th, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: for the Fashionista

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: for the Fashionista | Sara du Jour

It’s not too late to do all your holiday shopping online! You can scoop up great Black Friday deals and still have everything delivered in time for Christmas. Here’s my final holiday gift guide for the year – designed to thrill the fashionista you know. Put the stars in her eyes with one of these dazzling holiday gift ideas, from shoes, to bags, jewelry, and more.

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November 26th, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: for the Homebody

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: for the Homebody | Sara du Jour

I am a self-professed homebody. There are few things I like better than sleeping in and enjoying a lovely day at home, cozied up in pajamas with a cup of tea and Netflix. Or maybe taking a nice, relaxing bath with spa products and a scented candle burning. Admit it, all of that sounds ideal. Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for a homebody, or simply want to pick up a few nice goodies for yourself this December, here’s a holiday gift guide with all my favourite picks to unwind and pamper. Continue Reading →

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November 24th, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: for the Gentleman

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: for the Gentleman | Sara du Jour

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the boys! Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for a boyfriend, a best friend, your dad, or that suave uncle you have, this holiday gift guide should be sure to satisfy all the modern gentlemen in your life. Make him feel like 007 himself with one of these oh-so-masculine gifts. Continue Reading →

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November 22nd, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: for the Beauty Lover

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: for the Beauty Lover | Sara du Jour

As a beauty lover myself, this holiday gift guide was a lot of fun to put together. I tried to not just include actual makeup products, but also beauty tools and other goodies to pamper the beauty lover in your life with. Personally, I’d be thrilled to unwrap any of these at Christmas! Continue Reading →

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November 21st, 2015

Book Review: Down the Rabbit Hole

Book Review: Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison | Sara du Jour

Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, is not so much Holly Madison’s memoir as it is her PR stunt.

I decided to give this (audio)book a try after virtually *every* vlogger I follow had read and liked it. I never religiously watched The Girls Next Door (a reality show Holly Madison starred in during the early 2000s, as one of three of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends at the time), but I did watch it for about a year in university. I would be up very late each night working on projects for school, and I liked to have something on tv in the background for company while I worked. At that time, reruns of this show were on every night around 2 or 3 am. I found it mindlessly entertaining, and Holly, Bridget, and Kendra likeable personalities.  Continue Reading →

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November 19th, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: for the Tech Lover

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: for the Tech Lover | Sara du Jour

Have a friend, family member, or coworker who loves to dress up their gadgets with chic accessories? This holiday gift guide for the tech lover in your life has you covered. With everything from stylish headphones to cases, speakers, and cables, any of the presents on this list will make sure you stay on Santa’s nice list for next year. Continue Reading →

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November 18th, 2015

Scarlet & Julia – Stila and Lavanila Haul

Scarlet & Julia Beauty Haul | Sara du Jour
A little while ago, Scarlet & Julia reached out to me to ask if I’d be interested in trying out their online beauty boutique. Eagerly, I said ‘yes please!’ (to quote Amy Poehler), and a few days later, a very special black box arrived in the mail for me. Continue Reading →

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November 17th, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: for the Hostess

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: for the Hostess | Sara du Jour

The holidays are coming up sooner than you’d think! Soon it’ll be Christmas, and if, like me, you prefer to shop online for thoughtful, personalized gifts, it’s time to start hunting! I’ll be posting a series of holiday gift guides to help you along. Here’s the first, designed to please the hostess with the mostess in your life. Maybe she’s your mom, maybe she’s your best friend – whoever she is, she always loves the sound of glasses clinking and laughter at her table.  Continue Reading →

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November 15th, 2015

10 Tips to Be an Online Shopping Pro

As you have probably gathered from the abundance of haul posts here on my blog, I kind of like online shopping. In fact, I do so much online shopping, I consider myself a bit of a pro on the subject. Practice makes perfect, right?

Through talking with friends about the subject, I came to realize that some of the online shopping tips I’ve gathered aren’t exactly common knowledge. So why not share them with all of you? Continue Reading →

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November 12th, 2015

My Acne-Fighting Skincare Routine

My Acne Fighting Skincare Routine (Morning & Night) | Sara du Jour
I’ve struggled with my skin for years. I have sensitive skin that is acne prone – leaning more towards the dry side but that can also get oily in my T-zone. Harsh acne fighting regimens like Proactive did nothing but burn like hell and turn my skin into the Sahara desert – a state which happened after only a couple of uses and took a long time to recover from.

This means I have to be really careful about the skincare products I use. Continue Reading →


November 6th, 2015

YourTea Haul and Review

YourTea Haul & Review | Sara du Jour
I’ve talked about YourTea briefly in my September/October favourites post. I discovered them last month, and the first time I ordered from them, I tried Tiny Tea (their original product and bestseller) plus Skin Magic Tea and Sleep Tea. This time around, I ordered more Tiny Tea (my absolute favourite – more on that later) and also ventured into one of their café teas: Apple Nut Crumble. Continue Reading →


November 1st, 2015

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Halloween Costume

Audrey Hepburn (Holly Golightly) Breakfast at Tiffany's Halloween Costume | Sara du Jour
Halloween is one of the holidays I look forward to most each year. While many people like to embrace all things spooky and dark, I pretty much just love the excuse to dress up as one of my favourite characters. So, maybe that’s not quite the essence of Halloween, but… Continue Reading →

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October 30th, 2015

Book Review: Not That Kind of Girl

Book Review: Not That Kind of Girl | Sara du Jour

Perhaps it is because I read this book after reading Alan Cumming’s excellent memoir, Not My Father’s Son, that Lena Dunham’s memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, appears in such harsh contrast to me.

I was eager to pick up this book upon its release and started reading it soon after. It was not a quick read, not because it was excessively long, but because it felt excessively long for what it was. If you’re a reader, you know the feeling of forcing yourself through a book though it feels like wading through molasses. Anyway, for the sake of writing a fair review, I did it. Continue Reading →

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October 26th, 2015

Forever 21 Accessories Haul

Forever 21 Accessories Haul | Sara du Jour
Forever 21 Canada (my bae, as we all know) has had so many cute things on its site lately. With the holidays fast approaching, I picked out a few accessories to help me sparkle. I just bought these items recently, and all but one item are still on the site as I write this post. So if you see something here that you absolutely must have, hurry up and grab it before it goes! Here’s what I got. Continue Reading →

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October 24th, 2015

4 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas

4 Easy Halloween Costume Ideas | Sara du Jour

With Halloween exactly one week away, I thought I’d give you 4 easy last-minute costume ideas, in the form of costumes I’ve done for Halloween and costume parties over the past few years. All of these costume can be made out of clothes you might already have in your closet. Add in a few choice accessories, and you have a Halloween costume!  Continue Reading →


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