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I started noticing dark spots on my cheeks a few years ago. At first, I thought I was just getting darker, bigger freckles and didn’t pay them much mind but when they didn’t naturally lighten up during the winter like my freckles do, I figured I better contact my derm. Turns out I’d been spending too much time in the sun (oops!) and not being diligent in re-applying sunscreen. (I’m now an SPF proselytizer.)

Dark spots can appear on your face for different reasons like hormonal imbalances, too much sun exposure, skin disorders, acne scars and even liver damage. Be sure to consult with your doctor and/or dermatologist if you’re experiencing dark spots to ensure the best course of action is taken address your specific concerns.

Thankfully, there’s lots of remedies to remove, or at least reduce, the appearance of dark spots including DIY masks and medical treatments. Advances in beauty products for specific skincare concerns such as dark spots have come a long way. The following are my recommendations of products I’ve personally used, and have seen results from, as well as ones I’m wanting to try. 

My favourite for two reasons: 1. You don’t have to wash it off and 2. Works on fine lines AND stubborn hyperpigmentation.
Highly potent. Reduces the look of pores and leaves skin feeling smooth and looking radiant. Use at night and be sure to wear SPF as skin becomes extra sensitive to UV rays.
In a clinical trial, subjects saw a 97% visible reduction in dark spots and hyperpigmentation and 87% visible reduction in post-acne marks
An overnight treatment that helps visually minimize discoloration from age spots or sun damage

Let me know if you give any of these a try!

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Curious about upping your anti-aging game but not sure where to start? This blog post covers the basics of non-invasive cosmetic procedures like Botox to take your beauty regime beyond the bottle.

I had the opportunity to chat with Registered Nurse and Advanced Cosmetic Nurse Injector Rochele Carpio on Instagram Live and the following are excerpts from our conversation.

Kyla: Who is an ideal candidate for non-invasive cosmetic procedures?

Rochele: They fall into one of three different categories: someone who wants to either prevent, enhance or decrease the signs of aging. The ideal candidate for these type of cosmetic procedures vary in age and are healthy and able to get the treatment(s).

Kyla: Let’s start with what is probably the most popular procedure: Botox. What is it and how does it work?

Rochele: Botox is a toxin that prevents muscle contraction. It’s used on the face on areas like frown lines between eyebrows wrinkles on the forehead and and crows feet by eyes. Botox treats dynamic lines, which are formed when you move your face, and prevents those lines from getting deeper. It’s important for age prevention and lasts about 3-4 months.

Kyla: Botox and Juvederm are both used to treat wrinkles but how are they different?

Rochele: While Botox treats dynamic lines, Juvederm treats static lines, which are lines that are already on your face without you moving the muscle. Juverderm is a filler for areas that require volume that’s been lost such as in the lips or cheeks. The elasticity in our skin as we age becomes crepey, loose and saggy so Juvederm restores hydration and plumpness. Depending on the area treated, results can last 8-12 months.

Kyla: Another service you offer is PRP. I understand there’s 2 different PRP procedures – one for your face and one for your hair, which I’ve had. So let’s start with PRP for your face.

Rochele: PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. We centrifuge the plasma and use a microneedling pen to inject the plasma into the skin. PRP is used to stimulate collagen production which is what decreases as we age. It’s a natural way to improve the skin’s texture, improve the appearance of sun spots, acne scarring, and prevents fine lines from forming. Start with 3 treatments one month apart.

Kyla: What about PRP for your hair?

Rochele: PRP for the hair stimulates the hair follicles. More treatments are needed for PRP hair restoration than PRP for the face. I recommend starting with a minimum of 4 or 5 treatments spaced about a month apart and get that follicle stimulation and then assess.

Kyla: You also offer Belkyra. What is that for?

Rochele: Belkyra addressed the fat under the chin known as ‘the double chin.’ Simply put, Belkyra is a chemical that kills fat.

Kyla: For someone interested in any of these services, about how much would they be looking at?

Rochele: These are luxury treatments. Expect to spend a couple hundred to up to a thousand dollars. Remember, these are non-invasive medical procedures so there are risks so they should be administered by a medical health professional that is educated and who knows what to do if something were to happen. You only have one face you’ve got to take care of it. Botox is sold by the unit at about $8 to $12 per unit. Filler, such as Juvederm, is sold by the syringe at about $400 to $600, PRP is about $400 to $500 a treatment and Balkryra is about $800 to $1000 per treatment. Consider these treatments an investment in yourself. It’s OK to get these things done if it makes you feel good about yourself.

Kyla: What’s the best way to get in touch with you if anyone has any more questions or wants to book with you?

Rochele: Feel free to slip into my DMs on Instagram @rnrc.aethetics

Hair Care


Are your strands straight, wavy, curly, or coily?


The first step in getting to know your hair is understanding its classification. Hair falls into one of four types: 1 for straight hair, 2 for wavy hair, 3 for curly hair and 4 for coily hair. Then, it’s also grouped into one of three-letter groups that determine your hair pattern. For example, someone with straight, fine hair would be classified as 1A and someone with straight hair with a light wave would be classified as 1C.

My hair is 3B and 3C because it’s a combination of medium-tight curls and ringlets with tighter, more condensed curls at my roots.


Once you’ve figured out your hair type, it’s really important to know about your hair porosity level as this also helps determine the best kinds of products for your hair and what ingredients you should avoid.

Hair porosity has to do with how your hair strands absorb moisture. If you have high porosity hair, you have lots of hair pores that are open and willing to soak up moisture easily but it also leaves the hair quickly. If you have low porosity hair, well, it’s the opposite. Your hair has a low number of pores so it struggles to absorb moisture. Some have a normal porosity level so hair moisture is evenly balanced.

To figure out what kind of hair porosity you have, take a strand of hair that’s clean and free of any products. Put it in a glass of water and see if it floats, sinks and stays in the middle. If it sinks, you have high porosity hair. If it floats to the top, you have low porosity hair. If it stays in the middle, you have a normal porosity level.


Mindfully touch your hair. How does it feel? How about your scalp? Your ends? Your roots? If it feels brittle, you have split ends, breakage excess shedding, and/or it just looks dull, your hair is definitely damaged. This can be caused from being dehydrated, lack of, or too much protein (in your diet or hair products), too much colouring, chemicals or heat styling.

Restoring your hair to a healthy state takes time. While not all damage can be repaired with products (sometimes it just has to grow out and be cut off), there are ways to help your hair such as ensuring you’re drinking enough water, eating balanced meals and taking vitamins. Hair treatments such as masks and oils can also help depending on your hair type, porosity level and type of damage.

Getting to know your hair is an important first step in hair care. I hope this blog post has helped you on your hair care journey!



I fell in love with La Mer years ago. It was a serendipitous moment at the mall when I happened to stop at the La Mer counter inside Holt Renfew at Yorkdale Mall to admire the simple, yet pretty packaging when I was offered a sample of their hand cream, The Hand Treatment. The top of my right hand was instantly hydrated – my dry, cracked skin healed, like never before, and I was instantly hooked.

La Mer The Hand Treatment

The woman at the counter said, “Now you must see what it can do for your face,” and held up their first, and most beloved product, Crème de la Mer. She walked me through the benefits: soothing moisture, helps heal dryness and visibly softens lines and wrinkles. How to apply: Warm it for a few seconds between the fingers until it becomes translucent, then press gently into the skin. And the ingredients, which include their Miracle Broth, made from kelp full of self-regenerating powers, harvested off of Vancouver Island. I left the mall that day with more than I had expected and excited to incorporate my new moisturizer into my morning and nighttime routines.

La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

Since then, I’ve tried almost all of La Mer’s line. In addition to their moisturizing cream ( I use the Crème de la Mer in the fall and winter and the moisturizing soft cream in the spring and summer), The Eye Balm Intense, which comes with a cooling applicator, is always part of my routine and reduces puffiness, hydrates, conditions and visibly softens lines, wrinkles and other signs of tired eyes.

La Mer The Eye Balm Intense

Last summer, I tried their Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid for the first time and it was a game-changer. Lightweight and filled with additional benefits like combating dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles, this sunscreen works on all types of skin and all tones. I was thrilled it didn’t leave any white residue on my dark skin like many other sunscreens have in the past. I wear this on my bare face and under makeup all year long. What’s also great is a little goes a long way.

La Mer The SPF 50

Next, I hope to try Genaissance de La Mer, their uber luxe collection made in small batches and designed to accelerate skin’s natural renewal process. Stay tuned for a review coming soon!



Don’t let the Cabin Fever caused by COVID keep you from enjoying some holiday cheer and making merry memories!

Here are five ways to enjoy this festive season in the Toronto Area:

  1. Head downtown Toronto just as the sunsets, grab a hot drink, and meander along Queen West by The Bay and Saks to take in their winter window displays – including a massive masked-up nutcracker!

2. Book ahead to secure a time slot for ice skating in the city. There are 54 rinks to choose from including one at Nathan Phillips Square.

3. Take a day drive east of the city to Pingle’s Farm Market and enjoy their Christmas festivities. Kids can make and take a holiday craft, take a magical walk with Santa’s helpers, have a hot chocolate and take a (socially-distanced) photo with Santa Claus*. *Furbabies are welcome on Dec. 15th.

4. After dusk, head to Bowmanville to admire the Chirstmas Lights displayed on the beautiful homes and properties of the neighbourhood along Old Scugog Road.Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank and leave at designated driveway.

5. Bake Christmas cookies for your neighbours and deliver them (distanced of course!) You may even feel moved to sing them a carol from across the way 🙂



I feel blessed to have besties. Close girlfriends that have been there through the good, the bad and the really really ugly. Friends truly are the family members you get to choose.

So, I’ve rounded up some great gift ideas for your bestie to show her how much you care! I love that these are luxury items on a budget!


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I’m so happy to welcome you to my little corner of the internet! For years I’ve been wanting to start a blog where I could share my love of fashion, beauty, home decor, travel, and more! The pandemic has forced me to slow down and I’m glad that through such a gloomy past 8 months I’m able to make the time to create something positive that I hope will brighten up your day and that you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it! I’ve always been a writer at heart. Since I was young I loved keeping a journal and even had a poem published! After I had all my babies, I went back to school for journalism and communications and freelanced for many years before going back to school for my masters of fashion with a focus on philanthopy and published my thesis. I worked in fashion for a few years and now I mostly focus on managing my household, a social enterprise, and investment properties. This blog is a work of heart where I’ll be sharing my latest finds, adventures, and every day life. Welcome to!

Home Decor


This is definitely my favourite holiday of the year! I love getting the house decorated all cozy for Christmas and ready for that special family time. Holiday décor naturally centres around the family room as that’s where we tend to spend the most time.

This year I’ve gone with a white, gold and silver aesthetic and kept the décor simple and soft. Focusing on four key areas: the couch, coffee table, shelves and mantle, here’s everything you need to get your family room ready for Christmas before you finish it off with a beautiful tree!

Here are my favourite Christmas décor pieces for this room:

Christmas-inspired pillows are perfect for instant holiday vibes. I recommend finding good pillow inserts so you can easily swap them out throughout the year to go with different holidays, seasons, and moods

This year, I bought these custom pillowcases on Etsy and even got an extra one as a gift for my brother and sister-in-law.

Of course, Christmas means extra cozy time on the couch so you’ll want to have a soft blanket to curl up in while you’re watching Christmas movies or sipping apple cider. I found this great throw at Indigo and they also have matching pillowcase covers if you want to get a complete set.

Decorating a coffee table, ottoman or side table is so much fun! I recommend gathering everything onto a tray and playing with different heights of two or more objects such as ornament balls and candles. You can also add twinkly lights to give it even more of a magical feel.

The focus of most living rooms is usually a fireplace or area with shelving so adding decorations here really brings the whole room together. I like to start with a garland or faux snow and build from there by adding a holiday sign, some Christmas trees, little houses, or reindeer decorations, a nativity scene, lights and of course the stockings!

How are you decorating your home for the holidays this year? I’d love to see your pictures! Next week I’ll be sharing how I’m decorating my Christmas tree so please sign up for my weekly newsletter to find out when the post is up!

xo Kyla