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International Giveaway & 2 Year Blogiversary!


Happy Monday and hope you all enjoyed your weekend! It’s been snowing on and off all week here so when I look out my window it’s more like a January winter wonderland than a pretty spring scene. Hence I haven’t taken any outfit picks recently so instead of a glam outfit for my 2 year blogiversary, I’m ‘keeping it real’ with some everyday life lately and an international giveaway.

My actual 2 year anniversary was on Saturday (April 9) and not sure why but it kind of feels like I have been doing this longer than that, in a good way though. Maybe it’s because sharing my personal style and random life just feels like an extension of me.  It’s both a blessing and honour to still be around and I cannot thank all of you (bloggers & non-bloggers) enough for continuing to support me! I feel lucky to be doing something with fashion and it’s definitely been a fun outlet to express my creativity.  To show my thanks I’m excited to be hosting my first solo giveaway below so be sure to enter and also share this post so that others will have a chance to enter.

In terms of everyday life this is what it looks like in Toronto and area these days, ughh…snow, snow please do go away.

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FASHION

I recently ordered a Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag from Shopbop and am so in love.  It’s such a chic piece, the colour is classic and neutral so it will go with anything but the studs and side-tassel detail give it some modern edge. This was courtesy of Shopbop from a previous working partnership I was in with them for several months.  The best part is that this gorgeous bag (it comes in other colours) is now on sale and for a quality designer bag it’s a steal. Rebecca Minkoff is another one of my fave bag designers.

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 BAKING

As you know I have a sweet tooth and am always on the hunt for yummy, simple recipes.  I stumbled upon this Old-fashioned Sour Cream Crumb Cake and had to try it out.  I love a good coffee cake, it’s one of the first things I look for when I go to a cafe.  This one sounded heavenly and after making it I can confirm it really is! I know it’s easy to pick up one of these cakes at the grocery store but take it from me this recipe was quite easy to make and it so much better than those store bought ones that are loaded with artificial ingredients.  This was light, moist, the cinnamon flavour was perfect and not too sweet.

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MOVIES

I think I’ve mentioned before I’m a movie buff and with the bad weather it’s perfect timing to watch some good flicks. My hubby and I also do our best to have “movie nights” on Friday when the girls go to sleep.  We rarely get date nights as of late so we make this our date night at home.  These are a few we’ve recently watched and both really enjoyed:

Movies

If you are a Ryan Gosling fan like me Drive is a must-see, it’s such a unique take on the mobster genre and is based on this driver’s experience working in the underworld.  There is a powerful love story line and it also has an amazing soundtrack with an 80’s inspired vibe.

Sisters is hilarious, period. It’s definitely the funniest movie I have seen in a while.  I adore Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and they are perfect in this role together as middle-age sisters who are planning a big party reminiscent of their high-school days.

The Big Short has a stellar cast of actors from Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt.  The movie is based on the fascinating true story of how eccentric hedge fund manager Michael Burry (Bale) discovers in 2005 that the U.S. housing market is extremely unstable predicting the market collapse in 2007.

Now make sure to enter the giveaway before you leave:)

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TERMS & CONDITIONS: Giveaway ends Tuesday April 19 at 12AM EST. Giveaway is open internationally to individuals over the age of 18 and you must have a PayPal account to receive the $40USD prize. The winner will be verified to ensure that he/she has followed/liked one or all of the above social media, if not the winner will be disqualified and a new one will be chosen. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Facebook, Instagram and Bloglovin are in no way associated with this giveaway.  By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone.  I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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57 Comments

  • Reply Tara

    Yum! That coffee cake looks amazing. Oh, and I love the bag you got. Happy 2 years of blogging!

    April 11, 2016 at 5:48 am
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks so much Tara!

      April 12, 2016 at 8:44 am
  • Reply Andrea Nine

    So fun!! Happy Blogiversary to a class act, true beauty and all around sweetheart!! I would love slice of that coffee cake with my morning coffee. yum!! Yay for your RM bag!!! Happy Monday gorgeous!!

    April 11, 2016 at 6:39 am
    • Reply Marta

      You are so sweet Andrea!! Thanks so much!

      April 12, 2016 at 8:45 am
  • Reply Jill

    Happy Blogversary! I’m so glad to have met you through blogging and can’t wait to see what this year will bring! That coffee cake looks delicious and I love your new bag! Thank you for the giveaway!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

    April 11, 2016 at 7:01 am
    • Reply Marta

      So glad we met Jill & thank you so very much for all of your support!! I’m grateful for the friendship we have built.

      April 12, 2016 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Kathrine Eldridge

    Happy Bloganniversary! Such a great giveaway! That coffee cake looks amazing and I loved the Big Short. Such a good movie! Have a wonderful week Marta!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    April 11, 2016 at 7:14 am
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks Kathrine & hope you have an amazing week too!

      April 12, 2016 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Leah

    Happy blogiversary! That coffee cake looks so amazing!!

    xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com

    April 11, 2016 at 8:45 am
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks Leah! The cake is so yummy you should try it!

      April 12, 2016 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Shannon

    Happy 2 years!! So exciting! That cake looks amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

    April 11, 2016 at 8:50 am
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks Shannon:)

      April 12, 2016 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Deena Simair Simair

    Happy Blogging! I can’t believe all the snow you guys have!

    April 11, 2016 at 9:04 am
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks Deena! I know it’s been crazy weather!

      April 12, 2016 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Cara

    The coffee cake looks delicious! Happy Blogiversary! 🙂

    April 11, 2016 at 9:05 am
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks Cara:)

      April 12, 2016 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Amy Arnold

    Congrats on your anniversay! Loving the new blog layout too. I have to confess to you that I bought that same purse in pink during the Shopbop sale too. Two bags! Whoops… thankfully I had a credit. That cake looks so yummy!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    April 11, 2016 at 10:31 am
    • Reply Marta

      Haha, I don’t blame you for getting this purse I’m pretty obsessed with it!! It’s so pretty in the pink too. Thanks so much Amy Ann! 🙂

      April 12, 2016 at 8:54 am
  • Reply paul

    congrats on 2 years, eating a good cake is always a plus yours looks great

    April 11, 2016 at 10:38 am
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks very much Paul:)

      April 12, 2016 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Vanessa

    Happy 2 Year Blog Anniversary! I am so proud of you, and I am so glad we connected!! I have a sweet tooth too BTW. Wishing you many more successful blog years, and I’m sending you a BIG HUG! Love you!!!
    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

    April 11, 2016 at 11:16 am
    • Reply Marta

      Aww thanks very much my sweet friend Vanessa!! Love you too:)

      April 12, 2016 at 8:55 am
  • Reply Nina

    Love this bag and the cake looks so yummy.
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

    April 11, 2016 at 11:52 am
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks Nina!

      April 12, 2016 at 8:56 am
  • Reply Rachel Dinh

    Happy 2 Years my stylish friend!

    http://www.racheldinh.com

    April 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks Rachel!

      April 12, 2016 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Caramella

    Congrats to you and your blog! That crumble cake looks so yummy!

    http://hungrycaramella.blogspot.it/

    April 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks Caramella!

      April 12, 2016 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Shauna

    Congrats on the big anniversary! It goes so fast, doesn’t it? Thanks for the great giveaway too! XO

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

    April 11, 2016 at 2:37 pm
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks Shauna & you’re very welcome!

      April 12, 2016 at 8:59 am
  • Reply molly

    Happy anniversary! So exciting 🙂

    XO
    Molly
    http://www.trendychickadee.com

    April 11, 2016 at 4:03 pm
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks Molly:)

      April 12, 2016 at 8:59 am
  • Reply Darcy

    Happy blogiversary!!
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

    April 11, 2016 at 4:58 pm
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks Darcy:)

      April 12, 2016 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Susan Jeffries

    Congrats on your anniversary Marta! You’ve consistently been one of my favorite bloggers. Love your bag and I laughed through the entire Sisters movie too:) blessings! Susan

    April 11, 2016 at 5:41 pm
    • Reply Marta

      Aww thanks so much Susan!! I really appreciate you stopping by and commenting, I’ve missed your blog & so glad to have met you!

      April 12, 2016 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Emily

    2 years! That’s so exciting! Congratulations:)! That crumb cake looks unbelievably scrumptious. And I’ve been wanting to see Sisters! Those two are such a dynamic duo:)
    Emily
    Darling, Dearest

    April 11, 2016 at 8:27 pm
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks so much Emily!! You have to see Sisters it’s so fun & hysterical:)

      April 12, 2016 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Shaunacey

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!!! I adore that bag… so so so cute… AND I need a cognac crossbody (says me). I think it’s supposed to FINALLY warm up in this weekend!! I’m so done with winter.

    Simply Shaunacey

    April 11, 2016 at 8:49 pm
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks so much Shaunacey!! I seriously love this RM crossbody bag & I really hope our weather will warm up soon, I’m done with winter too.

      April 12, 2016 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Osy osehie

    Happy blogiversary!

    April 12, 2016 at 7:26 am
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks Osy:)

      April 12, 2016 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Alissa Futhey

    Happy blogiversary! That crumb cake looks UHAMAZING!
    The Adored Life

    April 12, 2016 at 7:29 am
    • Reply Marta

      Thanks very much Alissa!

      April 12, 2016 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Happy Blogiversary! What a great year and I have enjoyed coming by your blog.
    Rachel xo

    April 12, 2016 at 7:29 am
    • Reply Marta

      Thank you Rachel:)

      April 12, 2016 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Victoria Fox

    You and I both share the same Blog anniversary’s!!! How about that??? Huge congrats on turning two!!! Mine also just turned two and it is kinda a surreal wow feeling! But in a good way like you said! Big congrats!
    xoxo,Victoria
    http://www.coffeeandablonde.blogspot.com

    April 12, 2016 at 9:13 am
  • Reply tatiana

    Congratulations on your 2 years Blogiversary! It definitely feels that we have been doing this forever, the never ending job lol. Love that cake, looks so delicious. I’m craving it with a coffee 😉

    -Tatiana
    We Shop in Heels

    April 12, 2016 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Ashley

    Yay for 2 years! 🙂 Cheers to many more!

    And that RM bag is a stunner, lady! Good pick!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    April 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Ada

    OMG you guys got so much snow. Congratulations on 2 amazing years of blogging and what a great reward for yourself that stunning saddle bag is. You should style it exactly with those other accessories you featured it with, on the picture.

    I thought Big Short was great and I want to check the other two movies, too.

    Also, please when you get a chance I have e-mailed you about something but haven’t heard back from you. Please and thank you. =)

    April 12, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Sisters was hilarious! My husband and I loved that movie! And the coffee cake looks amazing! I need to try out the recipe!

    April 12, 2016 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Adi

    That cake looks amazing!

    Adi xx
    http://www.fancycorrectitude.com

    April 12, 2016 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Camila

    That cake just made me so hungry and now I am on my way to eat haha, have a nice week!

    MY VOGUE STYLE | http://WWW.MYVOGUESTYLE.COM

    April 12, 2016 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Susan Liberatore

    Entered! And happy blogiversary Marta!!! xox

    April 13, 2016 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Happiness at Mid Life

    Happy blogiversary and loving the new look on the blog!! I saw Sisters last weekend and loved it.

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

    April 15, 2016 at 1:20 am
  • Reply Emily Michelle Schmitz

    That cake looks amazing!!! We are having spring weather here but I do love me some snow!! 😉

    April 16, 2016 at 12:06 am
  • Reply Jennie

    Happy Blogiversary, Marta! Your bag is a great piece and such a versatile color. We recently watched Sisters and The Bog Short and enjoyed them both. Now I think we need to check out Drive per your suggestion. 🙂

    April 17, 2016 at 8:07 pm
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