Beauty Review: PAT MCGRATH LABS Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation

Since Pat McGrath starting dropping hints about her foundation, I was AMPED!  As a fan of her work and makeup I knew this foundation would be amazing. I am here to report that this foundation is gorgeous, it’s lightweight, and will give you an amazing glow.

I was able to try out this out at Sephora while in Vegas this past week. I had missed my makeup makeover appointment, but I was able to get a 15 minute skin-mini makeover. During this session my skin was prepped and I was colour matched. Luckily the brand representative was present and gave me some tips on how to match my colour and how to apply the foundation. For some context I have normal skin with a shiny T-zone. My foundation colour for Fenty Beauty is 430 and Cocoa in Huda Beauty.

Notes from brand rep:

Pre-foundation: when trying to find your colour put a bit on your forehead, cheek, and chest to find your best match. I’m colour Deep 31,  Deep 32 was too orangey-red and Deep 30 was giving a grey tinge.  

  1. This is a water based foundation and you should not mix with non-water based products as it will cause the foundation to separate

  2. If you use a water based moisturizer you can avoid the primer

  3. Auntie Pat applies the foundation starting from the centre of the face moving outward

I took my sample back to the hotel room and applied it a bit later and OMG! It looks fabulous, see the pictures below:

Before the club: Other than the eye makeup I’m only wearing foundation - no powder, blush, bronzer or highlight.

 
After Travis Scott performed: Chillin by the pool

After Travis Scott performed: Chillin by the pool

I applied the foundation with my fingers (I didn’t pack any foundation on this trip but that's another post). Las Vegas is HOT-hot (42 degrees celsius) and this foundation didn’t move. Rolled up to the Travis Scott show at Marquee, got sucked into the crowd and had to fight my way out, and finally chilled by the pool for another 2 hours by the pool and this foundation was locked in.

 

I would definitely recommend this foundation. The price tag is steeper than your average foundation, it’s listed on Sephora at $90.00CAD, the Primer is $80.00CAD and the setting powder is listed at $80.00CAD. In total if you buy the 3 products together in what Pat McGrath calls the Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection The System you’re spending $250.00CAD. You can find some savings if you buy The System directly from Pat McGrath’s website for $205.00CAD and it’s free shipping and no duties to Canada. You pay $93.00CAD for just the foundation on her site so you save $3.00CAD if you only want to buy the foundation from Sephora. If you want the setting powder its $75.00CAD on Pat McGrath’s site so there is a $5.00 savings there. 

Have any of you tried this foundation yet? What do you think? Were you able to find your colour?



Its not hot but sometimes it’s sunny

Is it summer in Toronto? It’s 10 degrees celsius and cold enough where even my tights couldn’t save me! I’m really wondering what kind of summer we’re going to have? Shorts - no, short dresses - definitely not, swimming - in what lake? The only saving grace we have is that while it's not hot it will definitely be sunny! Which means we can always wear our sunglasses (I mean it's sunny in the dead of winter too).

This season anything goes when it comes to sunglasses, do you want a Grace Jones-esque cat-eye, the tiny nose percher, or are you feeling the FENTY hater blockers? I’m enjoying the variety of sunglasses in different shapes and styles this season and this variety makes me feel like buying a pair for every mood. Sunglasses are a great accessory whether they are from Forever21 or Celine and they make me feel like it's summer even if the weather isn’t cooperating.

Here are some of my favourite styles (click on the pictures for the links):



Pre winter storage: These boots were made for walking

Post Cleaning :)

Post Cleaning :)

In my last post I spoke about how to care for your sweaters before you store them for the season and this week is speaking about boots. I find boots to be a lot easier to manage than sweaters because you normally only have two or three types of materials used in the construction of the boot. You can have leather, synthetic leather, nylon and suede or a blend of all four materials. Leather and nylon boots can be cleaned in the same way to some extent whereas suede is a little bit more labour intensive.

Suede Boots

  1. I recommend using lukewarm water and 1 to 3 drops of dish soap detergent.

  2. Then dip a rag or a cloth into the water (water and soap) and rub small circles into the boot.

  3. Once you no longer see the white marks from the salt leave boots to air dry.

Leather Boots

  1. With the same solution dampen your cloth/rag. DO NOT SOAK WITH WATER, damp means it should be halfway to dry.

  2. Lightly wipe the boot down, do not leave the rag resting on boot.

  3. There shouldn’t be any excess water on the boot once you’ve wiped down the boot, take a dry cloth/rag and wipe away any excess water.

Mixed Material & Pleather - I would repeat the steps for the Suede boots but use the last step in the leather boots.


See my video below, on how to clean your boots. FYI if you are given specific directions on how to care for your boots please follow those directions.

I’ve had the leather boots for over 10 years and the Uggs for the last 3 years.





Sweaters and the tale of fabrics: bye-bye winter sweaters

I touched on the transitioning between winter and spring clothing this week on instagram this week. Before you start being productive and packing your things away we need to start with cleaning these items first. To preserve your clothing you want to clean them prior to packing them away. When deodorant, sweat, stains, etc. linger on your clothing and sweaters in particular they damage the fabric itself and can lead to holes, thinning, and discolouration.

Sweaters and the tale of fabrics

Wool - is notorious for shrinking whether it be 20% or 100% of the makeup of your sweater. I would advise you Dry clean any wool sweater that you love. Even on gentle/delicates cycle you run the risk that it shrinks a little bit.

Cashmere - no argument if it is a 100% cashmere sweater definitely dry clean if you want it last you for a long time. If the sweater is a cashmere and cotton blend (20% Cashmere and 80% cotton) I would advise you to wash it in the gentle/delicates cycle. Regardless of the blend definitely line dry.

photo by: Dan Gold

photo by: Dan Gold

Merino Wool - this can be washed in the gentle/delicates cycle unless the tag says otherwise. There are merino wool pullovers sold by athletic brands that may allow you to wash in the regular cycle. When in doubt gentle/delicates cycle and hang dry

Cotton - this really varies based on the company, read the tag. If you’ve cut out the tag I would wash as regular and cold water, and tumble dry. If you want to be extra cautious line dry.

Blends - polyester, acrylic, etc. honestly always wash cold and tumble dry low.  (I would say you should stay away from blends but we can talk about this another time.

When in doubt, hand wash or machine wash on delicates and line dry.

Also here is a guide to some of the images you’ll find on your clothing tags:

Clothing tag icon legend (this is not exhaustive).

Clothing tag icon legend (this is not exhaustive).

 

Fun Spring Trends - for your whimsical self

This spring has been pretty dull and wet - a standard in terms of weather but in fashion it’s been full of colour and fun! I am loving a number of things but the main stand outs at the moment are the spectrum of colour, skirts, platform sneakers, and fun nails.

Skirts

I am partial to a pleated skirt with a fun pattern or multiple colours. They are a great way to add some fun and depth to your outfits. Also, I really like the flow of a pleated skirts; when you walk it adds a whimsical vibe especially if there is a breeze. A knit skirt is a nice touch for texture and comfort. Knit skirts can also create an optical illusion and provide a great silhouette to any shape.

A rainbow of colours

I’m really enjoying the resurgence of colour in everyone’s wardrobe - from neutrals to tie die it’s nice to see the variety in people’s wardrobes and in their expression of self! An easy way to add colour to your overall look is painting your nails in a fun print or a rainbow with each nail being a different colour.

Platform sneakers

I tend to land on the streamlined classic sneaker end of the spectrum but these platform sneakers are definitely turning my head. Maybe it’s a Baby Spice throwback or I just like the extra height that I get without wearing heels, either way these are fun and comfortable. Bonus points when they are an Oxford platform - RIP my pair from Zara that I had to get rid of.

These are just a few of my favourite spring trends but my advice to anyone reading this is to be brave and have some fun!






Hair Accessories: Hair pins and clips

Hair Pins by  The Loved One

Hair Pins by The Loved One

When Solange released the album art for A Seat At The Table with her wearing all of those roller hair pins it sparked a hair trend with everyone and their grandmother wearing tons of hair pins. Since then, we seen a revival of hair accessories across the Spectrum from velvet scrunchies to padded headbands.

Part of my dive into the hair accessories trend is - jewelled hair pins and clips. Hair Pins and clips are a great way to dress up a look, they are easy to apply and work well in multiple types of hair. With wedding season around the corner, I definitely consider them to be a great accessory. Personally I used gorgeous hair pins to style my short hair on my wedding day and they looked amazing.

The pins below are great for everyday looks and the pearl clip I think would be your go-to to add an elegant touch to a little black dress or jeans.

I have linked to the stores that I bought the pins from but you can also check out Urban Outfitters or Amazon!



Beauty Bonus 1: Costco has a skincare section you need to raid!

This week I stumbled upon something EXCITING! Costco is selling mid to high-end skincare for 15%-60% less than Sephora, Amazon, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Saks Fifth Ave. You can purchase these items on Costco.ca without a Costco membership.

Any of the items at Sephora that have a savings of 20% or more are a really good deal, as Sephora only has it’s 20% off sale twice a year. The items highlighted in green are an extra good deal and if you like the Sisley products listed they are a highway robbery if you buy them through Costco.

I’m not going elaborate on this to death, rather see the list of the available products and the savings below:

P.S. I think the skincare products that Costco.ca has in-stock change regularly, so a month or two from now some of these items may not be available. I will confirm in a couple of days!

Chau!

***Cover Photo credit: Photo by Audrey M Jackson on Unsplash

Style Diary 2: EXTRA AF - Feathered Vest

“See my vest, see my vest, Made from real gorilla chest” - Mr. Burns

Do you have that one item that you bought because you just couldn’t get over how extra it was? For me my EXTRA AF item is my Pello Bello Silver Grey Vest, I bought it on sale and on a whim at Saks a randomly. I love the texture of the feathers, the pockets can hold my iPhone 8 plus, and it's surprisingly warm.  

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I’ve worn this vest on numerous occasions since I’ve bought it, I would say the trick to wearing your Extra AF item is not caring about the occasion - you wear it because you love it!

I paired this vest with oversized Diane Von Furstenberg Silk Pyjama Top (I bought the top with the purpose of wearing it out - not to bed), Uniqlo jeans distressed jeans with unfinished hem, and my go-to Frank and Oak heeled ankle boots.

 

See outfit details below (click on images to shop the look):



Friday Style tip: cropped wide-legged cotton pants

It’s Friday and I am here with a style tip to take you into the weekend. For those of us who work in a corporate setting Fridays are normally “casual Friday” -  a day that leads to a lot of pondering on what you can wear and why your closet sucks. One thing that has been irking me lately is I only have one pair of non-ripped jeans that I can wear to work, and lately I haven’t been loving that pair of jeans, so I had been looking for an alternative. I landed on some wide legged cropped cotton pants which is a style that has been trending over the last year.

Here are 3 reasons why you should consider adding these pants to your casual Friday rotation:

  1. You can wear a dress shirt or a t-shirt add a blazer and you’re ready for any last minute client meetings.

  2. Heels, flats, or sneakers are no problem - go with your mood.

  3. Comfortable, these pants are meant to be comfortable


Bonus points: these pants should work with everyone’s wardrobe and can/should be worn outside of work too!


Have a great Friday and weekend!






Style Diary 1: Wearing Neon to work

Neon Chartreuse (the colour between neon green and yellow)

Neon has been trending over the past 3 years and I’m not sure who started it but as someone who isn’t quick to jump on trends, I decided to try neon out this past month. If any of you are familiar with my blog or instagram page you know that I’m a huge fan of Aritzia, while shopping their winter sale for sweaters, I scooped up this sweater (Wilfred Free-Isabelli Sweater- Waffle-knit crewneck sweater) in neon chartreuse to try it out. Functionally, I love this sweater because its soft and warm, which really saved me for the last couple of month when it was -20 Celsius.  Now to the best part, yes I have actually worn this sweater to my corporate job (multiple times - it was really cold!). Unless you work in a company that is a very strict/formal dress code the only thing you have to fear is standing out. I will say glowing like a highlighter will garner attention because you’re literally a beacon but otherwise I’m perfectly in the parameters of my companies policy.

I’m sure you’re thinking, yes your brave and you stood out but how can I possible work neon into my work clothes? What does neon chartreuse match with? I’ve pulled together 3 looks with my neon sweater that you can wear to the office (if permitted).

Neon & Black Pants - Bonus points if you pair this with a non-black shoe. Everyone should have a pair of black pants (if you don’t please email me), this is an easy look and very comfortable for a day in the office and with a colourful shoe transitions well into an evening look.

Neon & Tan High-Waisted Pencil Skirt -  At first glance, these two colours shouldn’t work together. I personally like the contrast of the two pieces and the colour of the skirt falls into the neutral category which tones down the brightness. It creates a unique look paired with comfortable black stacked heel ankle boots. The boots aren’t too high so you can comfortable get from meeting to meeting without feeling your feet go numb.

Neon & Navy Wide Legged Pants -  Blue and Yellow work well together, using different tones of both colours make it easy to pair the sweater and pants together. Personally, I like wide-leg pants for work because you can wear them with flats and heels and look cute in both.

The moral of the story is that you can wear neon to work! If you have something in your closet right now or you were eyeing an item, try it out!

P.S. I wasn’t joking about the black pants, if you don’t have any please email me - you’re clearly in dire need of a closet rehab!



The battle of the period undies: Thinx vs Knixwear

Thinx Period-Proof Underwear vs. Knixwear Leak-Proof Undies

Lately, I’ve noticed there are a number of new companies selling organic tampons and pads as an alternative to Kotex, OB, Always (feminine products that are laden with a number of chemicals; including bleach). With this topic trending, I wanted to throw in two other alternative period options - period undies and the two brands that I personally use; Thinx Period-Proof and Knix Leak-Proof Undies.

I would like to preface this with this review will be categorized as #ThingsIBoughtFromPodcastAds

Image via Knixwear Instagram page

Image via Knixwear Instagram page

I’ve been using Thinx, a US brand for the last 3 years and I will say that they have underwear for everyday of your period. They have 4 different Period-Proof underwear types with different cuts that you use depending on the heaviness of the flow. Knixwear is a Canadian brand that sells 4 styles of Leak-Proof underwear that I decided to try out while buying one of their bras (the bra didn’t work out).


One thing I want to emphasize is that using period underwear is different and than what we’re used to using tampons and pads. *gross alert* When I first started using the Thinx underwear I would described it as free flowing. We are so programmed to be afraid of leaking that the idea of letting yourself leak into your underwear on purpose is quite jarring.

The Breakdown


Underwear construction

As per the Thinx website, “Our washable, reusable undies absorb your period and are a more sustainable solution than single-use disposable products.  Every pair of THINX is made with our signature 4-layer technology for ultimate protection.

  1. Moisture-wicking cotton - A natural fiber closest to your skin for added softness and breathability.

  2. Odor-trapping lining - Neutralizes odors and fights the growth of bad bacteria.

  3. Super-absorbent fabric - Hold up to 2 regular tampons’ worth, so you never feel too *moist*.

  4. Leak-resistant barrier - So you stay fresh ‘n’ dry, even when you feel blah and crampy.”

The Knixwear website describes its undies as “Period panties look and feel like normal panties but they have a built in super-absorbent pad with leak resistant backing to prevent any period or other moisture leaks. Plus ours are seamless for max for comfort you. Suitable for heavy flows too.”

Image via Thinx website

Image via Thinx website

Flow

Thinx has underwear for everyday of your flow. As I’ve used their heaviest flow undies to their lightest flow underwear, you won’t be disappointed by the literal coverage you get with these underwear. My favourite thing about the high waisted heavy flow underwear is that, on the first day of my flow I’ll wear them to bed and I don’t have to worry about leaking through my pjs and onto the sheets. They literally got your whole butt covered!

 Three of the four Knixwear Leak-Proof undies claim to hold two tampons (the bikini, boyshort, and high rise styles) while the thong style holds 1 teaspoon of blood.  I tried the bikini style undie on my heavy day and I definitely had a leak. Whereas the thong is perfect for light days and I didn’t experience any leaks. I would advise you use both underwear for your light days and if you spot pre and post period.

Cuts

Thinx has two underwear styles per flow type for their Period-Proof underwear, which means they have 6 different styles: High Waist, Hiphugger, Boyshort, Sport, Cheeky, and Thong. As I have ⅚ styles (excluding the thong), I would suggest the High Waist and Hiphugger for your heaviest days (this follows the website guid) and the Boyshort and Sport cuts for you medium days (I didn’t like the boyshort for my heavy day) and finally the Cheeky and Thong for your light days (as suggested by the website). I find all 5 of my undies to be very comfortable during my period.

Knix has 4 styles of Leak-Proof undies the bikini, thong, highrise, and boyshort. I only have the bikini and thong which I find to be really comfortable and sleek.


Overall

I would say that the Knix Leak-Proof underwear are just that, Leak-Proof but not full period underwear. Meaning, I would pair them with a Diva cup or tampon. I will say they aren’t as thick as the Thinx underwear but closer to your regular seamless underwear that you would normally buy. Which is great for your light days or pre/post period spotting. I would say that if you wanted to wear these undies under something figure-hugging you would be perfectly fine. Thinx underwear are true Period-Proof underwear and a great alternative to pads and tampons. I’ve had my Thinx underwear for 3 years and have thrown them into the washing machine after every period and I haven’t experienced any rips or unravelling. Both underwear are great quality and will cover different parts of your cycle. Further, using these underwear decreases the amount of disposable feminine products and are sustainable options.




*Cover Photo by Drew Roberts on Unsplash

Beauty Experience: Bite Beauty Lip Lab

If you live in Toronto and hangout on Queen Street West, I’m sure you’ve walked by the Bite Beauty Lip Lab numerous times. I was always curious and this curiosity came to fruition this month.

As a lipstick lover who is friends’ with another lipstick lover, I was struggling to figure out what to get her for Christmas. We both spent too much at Sephora last year but what do you get for a makeup/beauty lover who already has everything they want at the moment (this is always a short moment). I figured an experience would be the best way to go and our shared love for lipstick lead me to Bite Beauty Lip Lab on January 6.

I chose the Bespoke service where you create 2 custom lip colours. The process is pretty straight forward, you sit with one of the Bite Beauty’s Colour Artists they ask you what colour you have in mind. Once you’ve decide on a colour the Colour Artist will mix the lip pigments, until you find your colour of choice. I created two different shades, a nude in the sheer finish and a raspberry-orange in a matte finish, it took about 3 or 4 pigment mixes to find each of these colours.

My 2 Bespoke Lipsticks

My 2 Bespoke Lipsticks

The colourful jars are the lipstick pigments that the Colour Artist mixes together to create your bespoke lipstick and the tiny jars with liquid in them are scents that you can choose to add to your lipstick as well.

The colourful jars are the lipstick pigments that the Colour Artist mixes together to create your bespoke lipstick and the tiny jars with liquid in them are scents that you can choose to add to your lipstick as well.

Rating: 💄💄💄💄💄(for experience and product)

If you want to make your own lip colour I would highly suggest this service! Austen was our Colour Artist and he was great. Very knowledgable about what looks good on your skin tone but also narrowing down to the colour you desire. Further, I hadn’t used Bite Beauty lip products other than their agave lip balm. Can I say that the formulas are amazing! The matte was very moisturizing and not drying, while the sheer formula still have great colour payoff and is fairly long-wearing. Also have you ever chosen a scent for you lipstick? I had never noticed any of my other lipsticks have a obvious scent. For my raspberry-orange colour I chose the citrus scent because I plan to wear this colour out summer 2019. I believe I selected wild-berry for my nude colour scent.

 

90's Vibes

Last week I served you a red monochromatic look for a work holiday party. That look is for those of us who don’t mind standing out at work events. This week I’m bringing you something cute and sassy that will have you sashaying into the party and maybe onto the dance floor for a little one-two-step. As always, I aim to put together work looks that anyone can wear and feel amazing in!

90's Vibe Work Xmas Party look

This holiday looks is pretty simple - the two elements that give it the holiday vibes are the headband that is crown-like and the sparkly tights. I love the billowy sleeves on the Rebecca Minkoff blouse and knitted pattern around the arms and at the top. The black skirt I bought in Paris and it’s been my fun/party since I bought it. Now the tights and headband I bought from Urban Outfitters and they a really the icing on the holiday fruit cake. Headbands have also been really big this year and let's be frank, they’ve been been around since forever so definitely try one out this holiday season. If you live in a cooler climate you definitely wear stocking/nylons in the winter time. Why not make this seasonal mainstay apart of your holiday look? These tights are really sparkly, fun, and will keep your legs a little warmer.  Finally, the ankle boots with a bit of a heel give this look a bit of a 90’s girl vibe but are practical and easy to wear throughout the day.

Happy Work Partying! If you want to put this look together see links below:





Lady in Red

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December is finally here and I’m ready for all things Christmas!

*If you follow my Instastories you know I’ve been drinking all of the Starbucks holiday drinks since they came out.





Not only is it time for delicious Starbucks drinks but it's PARTY TIME!


This year I have 3 work holiday parties! That’s right 3 parties which, require 3 different outfits that will get me through the work day to the work party. I’ll be showcasing 3 different work-safe holiday looks over the coming weeks. This week, I’m sharing Lady in Red.

 

I love a monochromatic look and had been looking for the perfect moment to pull this off.


Why do I love this look for a work holiday party? Other than the shoes (which I love!), You’re wearing dress pants and a dress shirt, which are comfortable work clothes. The pants and top aren’t the same shade of red which I feel softens the overall effect. Another great thing about this look is, you can throw on a black blazer throughout the day for meetings. Shoe wise, you can wear flats during the day and change into your heels for the party or, stay in the heels the whole day to get the full effect of this killer look!  

Lastly and most importantly - this look works for everyone!


I would definitely suggest you look through your closet and see if you have pieces in the same colour scheme and match them up. Luckily for me all of these pieces were already in my closet.


See what I did there? I shopped my closet, like the “responsible” adult I am (and you are too ;) ).


*If you’re in the holiday spending mood click on images below to recreate the look:

Happy Work Partying!









How to have a perfect matte lip

I am a lover of lipstick especially a good matte formula. The key to having a perfect matte lip is 95% lip care and 5% product. 

A small investment in lip care = a perfect matte lip


The main issue is with dry lips is, if your lips are dry when you apply a lipstick or gloss it goes on patchy which ruins the look. There are two solutions to this dilemma - 1. drink more water and stay hydrated and 2. exfoliate.

I do both and here are my 3 favourite lip care products for exfoliation and moisture:


1. Island joy Cuban lemon lip scrub - Certified organic, this products smells delicious and tastes good (if you accidentally ingest it -wink wink). Its also made in Toronto! This scrub makes my lips baby soft and smells good enough to eat (but don’t eat it).

Island Joy Cuban Lemon lip scrub $20 CAD

Island Joy Cuban Lemon lip scrub $20 CAD

2. Sephora Collection lip scrub - Do you find that your lips are in dire of exfoliation but you’ve already left the house on your way to work/travel/visit bae? This Sephora Collection lips scrub is packaged as your regular lip balm! You apply it like you would a lip balm and rub your lips together and VOILA! Smooth lips for your matte lippy, lipgloss, and kissing your bae.

Sephora Collection Honey lip Scrub $8 CAD

Sephora Collection Honey lip Scrub $8 CAD

3. Vaseline jelly - Good old fashion Vaseline jelly, what I love about vaseline is that you can buy it anywhere. In a pinch you can use it to moisturize your whole body but I mainly use it a lip moisturizer when it gets cold. I slather this stuff all over my lips at night and I even have a jar at my desk. Its cheap and does the job what else can you ask for?

Vaseline Jelly $1.99 CAD

Vaseline Jelly $1.99 CAD

Houndstooth fit for fall

One reason that I absolutely love houndstooth is that it never goes out of style. For as long as I can remember it’s always been popular.

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*A little side note - the same day I wore this skirt to work another manager was wearing her “old” (that’s how she referred to it) houndstooth blazer and it matched my skirt perfectly*

My goal when it comes to dressing for work is style that is a no-brainer. This iteration of a stylish no-brainer is my favourite red silk blouse from Équipement (I’ve had this blouse for a while) and this midi length houndstooth skirt I recently bought from Zara.

My 3 favourite things about this skirt :

  1. The timeless pattern

  2. The length - For work, I prefer skirts to be knee length or midi. In a professional setting shorter hemlines are always risky and not worth the embarrassment of someone commenting on the length of your skirt.

  3. It’s easy to style with various tops to get you through the fall/winter

*And it’s only $79.99 at Zara (a steal in my opinion)

For some extra style points add some cute shades and a leather jacket to this look and you’ll be feeling like a BOSS!

Shop my look below:

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Parisian attitude and a look

I’m so excited it’s finally Fall! I won’t lie I was over the summer humidity but not sunshine and being able to go outside with wet hair and flip flops. Now that Fall is finally here we get to have Fall fashion - lots of layering, cozy sweaters, and tights.

To kick off the new season, I’ve put together the cutest outfit that is perfect for work and after hours.

I’m giving you Parisian swag and european lewks (half of this outfit was bought in Europe - but can easily be replicated without a eurotrip price tag).

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I bought this lovely V-neck Wool dress with a ruffled hem in London at Oliver and Bonas. I knew as soon as I saw it that I needed to add to my wardrobe. The dress is a great length, an a-line cut, and it’s sleeveless so it’s great for layering. 

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The dress shirt is from Pink Tartan a Canadian brand. This is one of my favourite shirts - it was a splurge purchase from a couple years  ago but totally worth it. The cut and fit are perfect and it has some really nice details like the grosgrain trim around the cuffs and collar, and the pink stitching in the buttonhole on the cuffs. The yellow belt was a pop of colour that I bought from Uniqlo - if thrifting is up your alley then you could definitely thrift a colourful belt.

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“Raspberry Beret,the kind you buy at a second hand store” - lyric by Prince. This beret isn’t raspberry but a lovely mustard I picked up at the Notting Hill market for £8. It’s super cute but also something you can buy anywhere. It was my first purchase on my London trip this fall so it’s a special mustard beret.

I’m also wearing tights which I have a love and hate relationship with. Either I’m super irritated or slightly annoyed while wearing them. Last year I bought Wolford tights in 20 denier and honestly they are the most comfortable tights I’ve ever had. My shoes are super old as I don’t remember where or when I bought them but the best thing about this outfit is you can wear whatever shoes you like; flats, oxfords, heels, booties etc.  

Finally, I got my yellow coat on my first Euro trip in 2015. Boo (my husband) and I left warm Barcelona for cool and wet Amsterdam. With the change in temperature I got a cold and didn’t have a coat. I spent the next day searching for a coat and stumbled upon a random boutique downtown and when I saw the colour and the lining I was sold!

Me in Delft, Netherlands

Me in Delft, Netherlands

What do you think? I’m pretty sure anyone can pull off this look. I think the hardest part about pulling this look together is finding the dress for layering so, I’ve found 3 alternative options below to the Oliver Bonas dress I bought.

Happy Layering!

Bye-who? Byredo fragrances to die for..

La Selection Nomade 

La Selection Nomade 

As per my usual routine, I was mid-email listening to The Naked Beauty Podcast, when the host  Brooke Devard, mentioned this fragrance Witch Hazel by Byredo. I had never heard of the brand, it obviously sounded pretty bougie but the host described the scent and sounded delicious. Off to Saks I went later that week and I can say that while Witch Hazel is what brought me to the store I left with a different trio that is just heavenly. 

*Disclaimer - no matter who much I love a perfume, I always buy the travel size or rollerball if its available. I like being able to bring the scent with me but I like to change up my scents somewhat frequently. 

The trio includes the 3 fragrances at 12ml each for $110. I LOVE THIS TRIO! They smell delicious and each one has a unique scent. Bal D'Afrique smells like a wildflowers with a hint of musk, Blanche smells like fresh laundry, and Gypsy Water is a light floral smell.  I've listed out the breakdown for each fragrance below but I think my description is more succinct.

Bal D'Afrique, Top: African Marigold, Bergamot, Bucchu, Lemon, Neroli - Heart: Cyclamen, Jasmine Petals, Violet - Base: Black Amber, Moroccan Cedarwood, Musk, Vetiver  

Blanche, Top: Aldehyde, Pink Pepper, White Rose - Heart: Neroli Peony, Violet - Base: Woods, Musk, Sandalwood

Gypsy Water, Top: Bergamot, Juniper Barries, Lemon, Pepper - Heart: Incense, ORris, Pine Needle - Base: Amber, Sandlewood, Vanilla 

This definitely falls into the category of "Things I've bought from a Podcast".

Looking for a dress for yet another Wedding? Try Renting

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      Most of us love dressing up once in awhile, but there are several constraints that have developed in our lives that has made this a little bit more of a challenge - social media. Social media has made it almost impossible to wear the same outfit twice. Now that isn’t to say that  you can’t put your styling skills to use but if you’re like me who likes to buy things that are bright and colourful maybe you’ll get two wears out of that fabulous dress you bought. Cost is another factor that has been a stumbling block from time immemorial, can I just say that the prices for clothing have gone up across the board. Zara, H&M, Aritzia, Club Monaco they have lovely things but it's getting to the point that buying certain items for one wear isn’t cost effective. Also the time old situation of someone showing up to the same event wearing the same dress (and looking better than you *shock and horror*)

    In comes dress rentals. I have heard about renting clothes before but didn’t really know if it was something that I could access. A lot of dress rental websites are based in the US and as a Canadian that is really annoying for obvious reasons - shipping and duties. Enter Fitzroy Boutique, I have been a loyal follower of their store for the last couple of years. They’ve always sold some amazing clothes and accessories so when they decided to start dress rentals I was excited. I recently had need for an outfit as I have a wedding I’m attending last November. It was a great experience!  

     How does it work? Well you have two options you can check out their website and order your outfit on their or go in store. I use the website to check out if there were any outfits that I was intrigued to try on. I headed to their boutique 1227 Dundas Street West, 2nd Floor, no appointment is necessary. They carry numerous outfits in XS - L and some plus sizes, you can go through the racks organized by size and grab whatever you like and head to the change rooms. Can I say that I loved their change rooms! They are bright and well lit thanks to some large windows and the lighting fixtures in the space. They have heels that you can use while trying on clothes and you can buy some accessories as well. You get to play dress up, if you find a outfit you’d like to rent the rental price is on the tag attached to the outfit. You can rent items for 4 or 8 days. The time for rental includes the day you pick up and return the dress. In this case I needed the jumpsuit for Saturday November 18th, so I picked up the dress on Friday and returned it on Monday.  I believe there is a $20/day late fee for every day the dress is late. As well there is a $5 insurance fee that you can choose to pay for. This covers any reasonable damage that may occur on the outfit. I got the insurance because I would rather not worry about it. They dry-clean all of the outfits before and after use. If you have any questions please call the boutique Julie was a great help to me while there trying on clothes and getting me through the process.

    My verdict, I have another wedding to attend this July and I’ll definitely be heading back to the boutique to find an outfit. While you could be spending up to $100 on a rental in my mind it's still a great deal, you get a new outfit and you don't have to worry about it gathering dust in your closet when you realize you can’t wear it again for whatever reason. Another plus is you can spend your time on buying some cute accessories (shoes, bag, jewellery, etc.)

Update: They now have bag rentals, so you can find a matching clutch as well! 

*Reposted from November last fall