Monday, June 29, 2015

Get Active With Ricki's New Active Collection.

Top & Bottom Ricki's Active Collection  |  Shoes Sketchers

This may sound totally silly, but sometimes the best way to get me motivated to workout is getting into some really cute workout gear. I have to admit, I'm not someone who enjoys going to the gym, however, I do love to stay active in other ways. I absolutely love exploring our city and finding some amazing spots to hike as we have tons here in Toronto. I also love hot yoga (yes, even in the summer), and just going for walks/runs whenever I can. 

When you live an active lifestyle, one must always have the perfect activewear for such activities. I'm wearing the new Ricki's Active Collection that just hit stores across Canada and is available online. They have an amazing selection of activewear that's very affordable! All their pieces also feature great performance details like four way stretch, moisture wicking, and little hidden pockets for those iPods. 

Check them out and let me know what you think, because I am loving the comfort and style of the collection!

Photography: Ravelle Arianne

Thank you to Ricki's for sponsoring this post.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

9 Things To Do More Of This Summer.

Happy first day of summer! 

I figured this would be the perfect post for today. Every summer I make a list of things I'd like to do more of. I don't always accomplish everything on that list, however, I try to, and usually get pretty close to checking off a lot of those things. Here are 9 things I'd like to do more of this summer:

1. Read in the park.

Reading in general is great. It's great to fit in some reading if you are a commuter and get a chance to read on the bus/train on your way to work. I unfortunately, am a driver, and never get a chance to read on my way to work. But what better place to read than a park? Take some alone time, find a nearby, quiet park and get in some reading. 

2. Drink more tea. 

I know we all love our coffee in the morning, but make the switch to tea. It's healthier. Sometimes just a cup of hot water, lots of lemon, and a little bit of honey makes a great tea!

3. Exercise more. 

We all want to be fit, but do nothing about it. Go for more runs, do more yoga, and get moving! I am not really someone who enjoys going to the gym, but I do love hot yoga. And, on those hot summer days, you can do yoga in the park, on your own!

4. Cook more.

Cooking has never been my strong suit, however over the past year I have really forced myself to get into the kitchen, and learn how to cook. I have to say, I actually enjoying cooking these days. Once you start getting familiar with ingredients and which ones go well together, you start to actually love cooking! I have an entire book of amazing dishes that I know how to cook well. This summer I hope to add many more dishes to that book!

5. Dress up. 

Well, you don't have to tell me twice! I'm always finding an excuse to dress up. But, if you aren't someone who normally does, do it! There's no better feeling that putting on a fabulous dress, heels, and hitting up a great lunch spot with your girlfriends, boyfriend, husband etc. 

6. Make refreshing drinks.

There are SO many amazing recipes for these refreshing drinks out there! I made one with cucumbers, blueberries, and mint! It was amazing. For those that get bored of drinking plain water, this is the perfect way to get your intake of water! Here are some recipes you can try. 

7. Go for more walks. 

There's nothing like having some quality 'me' time in a quiet park. I absolutely love taking in the beauty of our Toronto parks. We have so many beautiful parks here in Toronto. 

8. Buy from local Farmers' Market. 

Fresh fruits and veggies? Count me in! There are so many amazing Farmers' Market's that open up for the summer. If you haven't been, go! They sell such great products. You can find everything from fruits, jams, syrups, juices, etc. 

9. Spend more time with loved ones. 

This may seem very obvious, but many of us don't make enough time for the ones we love. We can get so caught up with work that we forget to spend quality time with loved ones without having to check our phone for emails, etc. Do more of that this summer!

I have many more things on my list, however, I felt that these nine needed to be shared with my readers. What's on your list? Share them with me in the comments, or on twitter @marquiskim. 

Photography by: Ravelle Arianne

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Boho Chic.

Dress Forever 21  |  Caftan Ayaso Boutique  |  Sandals Winners  |  Bracelet Aldo Accessories  |  Necklace Forever 21

I cannot begin to tell you how much fun it was, shooting in this gorgeous Bohemian caftan from Ayaso Boutique! One of my favourite things to do in the summer is mix and match outfits to create something fabulous! I took a simple, cotton, mini dress and added the caftan over it for that wow-factor. I threw on some accessories to add to the boho-chic look and found a pair of sandals that my shoe-store-of-a-closet seemed to have, which tied the outfit together, perfectly! 

Caftans are the perfect way to add something fun to some of the pieces in your wardrobe that we wear over and over again. I know I love to change it up, and I don't necessarily mean going out and buying a whole other outfit! Mix and matching pieces are the perfect way to switch things up. 

Ayaso Boutique just launched their #AsSheSmiled collection, full of amazing kimonos, wraps, and caftans. Check them out! 

Photography Ravelle Arianne

Thank you to Ayaso Boutique for sponsoring this post.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Perfect Chopped Salad.

Salads are a great way to add some health into your lifestyle. We can all get a bit out of hand when it comes to healthy eating. It can be time consuming and expensive. I know with my crazy lifestyle, it's sometimes just easier to grab some fast food, or on a really busy day, end up having a coffee for lunch! We need to make sure we are feeding our bodies. Not just feeding them, but also feeding them the good stuff. 

This amazing chopped salad was super fast and easy, and not to mention, healthy! 

What you need:
  • Your favourite greens. Ie. Lettuce, Spinach, Arugula, Kale
  • Protein. I used chicken. You can even substitute meat for chickpeas
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber 
  • Olives
  • 1 Bell pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Cheese. I used Jalapeno Havarti cheese. Mmm, my fave!

Start by chopping up your greens. I used a mixture of spinach and arugula. Kale goes really well with a chopped salad as well. Chop them up as small as you'd like. Add them to your bowl. 

Chop up all the veggies you want to add in. The veggies mentioned above are the ones I added in my salad. Of course, you can add pretty much anything you like to this salad!

My absolute favourite garnish on pretty much everything, is cilantro! I know many people aren't a fan of this, but I love it, and therefore it goes in this salad as well. Chop it up finely, and add to the bowl. 

If you are going to add meat to your salad, I recommend prepping this before you begin chopping up your veggies. I used two skinless, boneless, chicken breasts. Add your seasonings as you would like, and bake the chicken for 30 minutes. Once it's cooled down, add to the bowl, or serve separately on the side. 

Lastly, I added the jalapeno Havarti cheese. Grate which ever cheese you like and add on top of the salad. 

Mix everything well, and add your favourite dressing to the salad. I prefer a poppy seed, or Asian sesame-seed dressing. You can even just add some olive oil and lemon for a more natural tasting chopped salad. 

And there you have it! An easy, delicious, and healthy meal! 

For more on fashion, beauty, travel, and lifestyle, follow me on Instagram @kimberleymarquisblog and on Twitter @marquiskim. 

Do you have some amazing recipes you want to share with me? I'd love to try them out! Comment and let me know! 

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Crop Tops + Ripped Denim.

Top Abercrombie & Fitch  |  Jeans Zara  |  Shoes Sam Edelman  |  Sunnies Aldo Accessories  |  Leopard Bracelet Chapters

Taking a super casual outfit and dressing it up with a pair of sassy heels, is something that comes very naturally to me. I do love my heels...with everything! This outfit combo is perfect for a (warm) night out to a concert or some weekend festivities with the gals. Of course, you can dress this down for a more relaxed and casual look by taking off some of the bling I've got on and swapping the heels for flats.

Warm weather is right around the corner. I can feel it and therefore I'm pulling out all my summer clothing! Who's with me? 

Photography: Ravelle Arianne

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Life Lately.

Summer is just around the corner and I couldn't be more excited. I'm a sucker for hot weather; the hotter, the better. I love taking in the beauty of our city with walks, runs, hikes, and just exploring whenever I can. Of course, instead of just taking it all in, I have to stop and photograph everything. I need to learn to just put away the phone and take in all the beauty.

Here's what life has been looking like, lately...

High Park -- One of my favourite parks in the city. If you can ever get there on a weekday afternoon, I highly recommend it! It's quiet and really just breathtaking.

So I have this thing with sunsets...

Gorgeous afternoon on Lakeshore.

Sneak peak of a shoot that's coming soon!

Having some behind the scenes photo shoot fun with my photographer. Always so much fun shooting with a bff.

Plant shopping - It's a must now that it's warmer out! And these Gerbera Daisies are just too beautiful!

Another shoot with my girl! Stay tuned, so many outfits!

Dark Horse Espresso Cafe. Yum.

When it hits the high 20 degree weather, you'll never find me indoors. 

Catching the beautiful sunset and skyline of Toronto! What a beauty!

And on those rainy days, I stay in, with my laptop, magazines, notebook, and of course some blooming florals, and just enjoy some me-time.

My obsession with sunsets continue...

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