Sorry about the absence — I’m just getting back into it after a busy time of exams, a birthday, moving and job hunts. I swear, I’ve said so many times that I’m basically a nomad at this point, moving my entire life from one place to the next.
Without further ado, here are a few fun links from around the web!
A really cool map that shows us what each country’s favourite book is!
For all of those who bought Pemberton tickets and can’t get a refund! WayHome is letting you trade your ticket in for a GA WayHome ticket until June 30th! Find out more info here.
The blouse that just about EVERY beauty blogger owns right now.
So accurate for anyone that loves snacking! I laughed out loud. The grape, cracker and pint of ice cream ones are too funny.
This interview on a couple’s love story is so cute and honest. My favourite part was: Interviewer: “were you O-N on or did it take a minute?” Taylor to Sam/Interviewer: “I think it took a minute — wait were you on?”
It’s getting to our favourite time of year here in Canada, the much needed and highly anticipated break to give us all a little bit of a breather. While many are heading off on grad trip and far away places in Europe, my best friend and I are headed down south to Florida for a week and we couldn’t be more excited (we’ve been counting down for weeks now)! However, it’s a little bit of a different feel this time around as we realize that this break marks the half way mark of our LAST undergraduate semester ever. Crazy, right?!
Well, in preparation for the break I am providing you with some of the things that have been on my radar lately.
Obsessed with this “round fleck” style for a new pair of sunnies! Also loving this new updated version of Ray Ban’s clubmaster style sunnies!
Somehow I destroyed my runners and I’m now in the market for a new pair. Luckily I’m heading down to Florida so am hoping to score a pair down there, but recently I’ve been eyeing the Ultra Boosts! Still determining if I can switch my loyalty though.
This dress reminds me of something that Julie Delpy would wear in Before Sunrise!
I had the “gimme some lip” set from Sephora and LOVED it. They recently came out with a nude set that I’ve been dying to try!
I’ve always wanted a wishbone necklace and this dainty little silver one is adorable!
These sandals are super simple and adorable! I love this kind of style because it’s easy to dress up or down, and the blush is such a nice change of pace! I also adore these tassel sandals, although they are a bit pricey!
Lilly Pulitzer + S’well? Sign me up! You have to go scouting for these new S’well bottles, but here’s some more information here. The collection is so pretty and summery, it almost transports you forward a couple of months!
On a more winterized note, these winter boots are lovely! Super sleek looking but definitely functional; I find it so hard to score a fashionable pair of winter boots that doesn’t make you look like you’re wearing blocks on your feet. Also into these ones.
For ages, I’ve been searching for a new sophisticated scent to bring into my everyday rotation. Now I would have to say that my signature scent is Burberry Brit, a unique blend of pear and lime top notes which are then enveloped by vanilla, amber and tonka bean. It’s been my everyday winter scent for years now and is one of my favourites for those sultry nights out on the town. Although I love the scent, I’ve always wanted one of those scents that just screams Parisian chic. Not in a Chanel no. 5 kind of way, but more in an “I’m a Parisian woman who strolls along the beaches of Juan les Pins on the reg” kind of way.
When I received Folle de Joie years ago in a Birchbox I instantly fell in love. It was THAT scent that I’d been looking for all of these years. However, for some reason I could never bring myself to splurge on it despite it’s antique Parisian look and floral notes. Much to my dismay Joie ended up discontinuing the scent. I thought to myself, on to another three year journey to find that kind of scent again.
During reading week I walked into Holt Renfew to have a little look around and found myself in the perfume section. I smelt all of the Jo Malone scents to find that I loved a couple, but found that as lovely as they were, they weren’t the floral Parisian scent that I’d been looking for forever. On a whim I explored the Diptyque booth to find that they had recently collaborated with Antoinette Poisson, a creator and restorer of domino paper in creating a Valentine’s Day collection. The collection spotlights two scents in both candle, room spray, solid perfume and Eau de Toilette form: Eau Dominotée and Eau Rose.
I proceeded to smell both and LOVED them. Finally, I had found the scents that checked every box for me in that Parisian scent category. Many sniffs and coffee beans later, I decided on the Eau Rose scent which has notes of Rose Damascena, Rose Centifolia, Lychee, Ambroxan and finished with notes of honey and cedar. To be honest, you can’t really pick up on the Lychee and I’m not sure what Ambroxan is (if anyone knows, let me know!). It’s a wonderful scent that’s not too rosey but floral enough to really capture that Parisian woman feel. The beautiful design of the box (which was handpainted!) is just a plus.
Now if you are curious about the Eau Dominotée Eau de Toilette, it’s scented with rose, foliage and hints of patchouli to create a sophisticated and multi-purpose scent. Protip: you can put a capful of the scent into your laundry to make your laundry smell sophisticated and to transport you right to Paris! I think it’s so cool that this scent is multi-purpose.
With the new year comes everyone’s inkling to incite change into their lives. Whether it’s to work out more (cue the new years resolutioners), be kinder, eat more healthily or try shopping less (ahem..) most people make at least one goal to complete in the new year.
Now I try not to make new years resolutions, because why only make a change with the beginning of a new year? Why not right away?
For most girls I know, their hair is an important part of their identity. As the years have gone by I’ve placed increasingly less importance on my hair and accepted something my mother has always said: “it’s just hair”. For years I have been wanting to embrace change and move from the side bang to the front bang, but never have I been gutsy enough to do it.
While in Calgary over the break I had the opportunity to get an appointment with my favourite stylist at Hedkandi Salon. With the haircut quoted as being a little bit more pricey than I usually opt for, I decided to make my cut worth it and take the new year by the reigns. The combination of a student budget and an itch to try something new urged me to go for the bang look I always wanted and I can’t say I’m disappointed in the slightest.
So a tip for all of you out there who desire to make a hair change but are too nervous to do so, like my mother said, “it’s just hair”. Now is as good a time as any to make that cut and enter the new year with a bang!
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a lipstick girl, whether it’s a new bullet, liquid lipstick or new glossy tube of lip gloss. I’m extremely guilty for carrying around a minimum of 6 lip products in every bag (quite seriously, I may have a problem). We all have those lipsticks that we reach for, those cult favourites that get us through every season. Today I’m sharing with you those lipsticks that are always hidden away in my purse, coat or backpack during the fall and winter seasons!
1. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in #78 Interlude
I was gifted this lipstick ages ago, but continue to love it just as much as I did when I first saw it. This shade is the perfect little pop of colour, particularly if you don’t want to make a bold statement with your lip. It’s a bit of a warm-toned pinky peach coloured lippie with great colour payoff. I especially love this formula because of its hydrating ability, but because of this the formula doesn’t last as long on the lips. The glossy finish makes it pretty and feminine!!!
2. Maybelline Color Sensational in Warm Me Up
This is one of my go-to everyday lipsticks, primarily because of it’s colour payoff and “your lips but better” effect that it has. I love it because I can effortlessly swipe it on in a rush without it going anywhere. Although it’s looks like a deep pinky-mauve in the stick, it’s much more neutral on the lips (however, it is important to keep in mind that I have darker lips). The shade has some shine, but not too much that you look like you’re dazzling! I would characterize it as a demi-matte finish.
3. Revlon Super Lustrous Crème in Rose Velvet
I’ve kept this shade in my lipstick collection since I first started wearing lip products. The formula is perfect because it’s somewhat shiny and also hydrating — very creamy! I do have to touch up with this colour, but it’s worth it with the level of hydration that it gives. I would characterize this shade as one of those 70s/90s lipsticks that is a mix of reds, pinks and browns. This one gets used through not only the Fall and Winter seasons, but also Spring and Summer.
4. Maybelline Color Sensational in #660 Touch of Spice
Touch of Spice was my first discovery in Maybelline’s Color Sensational line and I can’t say I was disappointed. The moment I tested the lipstick, I fell in love. It’s a deeper shade than the others mentioned, but it’s so rich and pigmented. Additionally, the formula for these lipsticks are AMAZING due to their hydrating and creamy qualities. This is a shade from the matte collection and the packaging is absolutely beautiful boasting a lightly mattified lilac-y lid.
5. L’Oréal Colour Riche Collection Exclusive in #610 Eva’s Nude
Last year when I was going through a winter funk I ended up buying this lipstick on a whim. At first, I wasn’t really too impressed with it, but I think that I never really gave it a chance. I brought it back out of hiding and have been alternating between this and Maybelline’s Warm Me Up on those days when I need to quickly be out the door. It’s more visibly lustrous, but it’s a fun alternative to an everyday matte lipstick. The packaging is chic and clean. About the shade, it’s a bit of a peachy-mauve tone with some lustre to it giving it a satin finish. Extremely wearable!!!