Friday, September 25, 2009

Confession:


I've never been able to put a pair of false lashes on myself.

...... UNTIL NOW!

*cue angels singing*

After numerous thrown away pairs of MAC lashes, drugstore lashes, etc., on this lovely friday afternoon I finally managed to stick a pair of false lashes onto my eyelids.
They are MAC #43 lashes and they are perfect :)


The only downside is that they are limited edition (from the Flirt with Fall collection), so I may have to snatch a couple more pairs before I sink back into the world of false lash disability.

Just wanted to share that with you all, I am so excited about this event... haha

xo

In & Out: VIII

So sorry for the lack of posts this week, I've been doing the school-work-sleep routine, with moderate twitter action in between.

It's been quite a busy week so it's time for an IN & OUT post:

IN

- Bobbi Brown creamy concealer. It's almost running out and I hate that I can't get it in my city or online, so I will have to drive to the USA (~45 minutes) for another pot. I like it THAT much. (Plus, it's also a great excuse to browse around stores that my lame local mall doesn't have :)
I don't want to try anything else... although maybe the Benefit Erase Paste seems to have a similar consistency... has anyone tried both by any chance? Only downer is that Benefit comes in 3 shades, and Bobbi Brown comes in about 20.

- Drinking 2 L of water a day... even though I'm constantly running to the bathroom

- Kandee's Costume Makeup tutorials. So good and so much fun to watch! What a lovely, creative woman. Her videos are always uplifting.

- only getting one thing from Style Black, and it's not even make-up (it's the volcanic ash exfoliator). I'm holding up well, this is the first thing I bought out of the 4 latest collections MAC has put up. I may Back 2 Mac for a Dazzleglass Creme but that will have to be done when I go to the American mall with a freestanding MAC store.

- Harper's Bazaar magazine. I think it's slowly beginning to be my favourite. I've been buying Elle, Haper's and Vogue for the past few months and I always seem to lean to Harper's to re-read. Mostly because they feature an awesome style under $500 section that's a little bit more reachable than the $3000+ outfits featured in the latest Vogue editorial. I love high fashion, but I also enjoy it more when magazines mix and match.
I also really love Harper's Buy/Keep/Store page featured in every month, with tips on what key items to update your closet with and what to stow away for the next season.
I really wish I could have better access to French and Italian Vogue, I am really unimpressed with the American version...

OUT

- acne from stress. Leave my face already!

- GOSH velvet touch primer. Oil control capabilities = zero. Makes foundation application smoother so I guess I'll finish it up, but I don't love it.

- Heidi Montag. No reason needed.

- homework piling up... speaking of which, I have to get my butt off to school and catch up on some work.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Mine will consist of studying and working shifts starting at 7 AM all weekend. Boo.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

!!! Olivia Palermo

While I find her antics (most likely fake) on The City extremely annoying, I cannot deny her awesome style and the beautifully put together outfits.
She's not too over the top, never trashy, never over-sexy... just a perfect, classy "leave something to the imagination" style of dressing that I admire and that I prefer for myself.

After seeing a recent post in one of my favourite celebrity-type outfit blogs, La Dauphine, it inspired me to write this entry and present some of my favourite outfits that I've seen Olivia photographed in. I'd wear any of these in a heartbeat, and perhaps I'll even try to emulate a similar look on a future outing and post the outcome :) ... if I ever find the battered brick-sized family digital camera again... haha. Now, without further ado, here are my choices - note the colour palette that I pretty much live by :)


The vest is from a previous Kate Moss for Topshop season, I believe, and I would have never thought to pair it with a fringe top, but it somehow works and looks cool. Bold statement necklace with a splash of colour is stunning, as well!


Next up is a menswear-inspired outfit. She sports this type of outfit quite often, and I think it's fabulous. I love the bow at the neck for a feminine touch, and the grey vest.


Belt over vest - neat effect! I also like how she managed to blend in silver and gold, which seems to be quite popular nowadays.


Meh, don't care much for Whitney Port's outfit choices even though this one isn't as painful to see as some of the other things she's worn in the past. But eye on the prize, here - again, a cool idea from Olivia's outfit - to pair a blouse with loose, flowing sleeves under a shorter-sleeved jacket.


This one is another menswear-inspired look, and probably my favourite one. The YSL Tribute pumps, the big Hermes bag, her nail colour, her jewelry, and of course the feminine white blouse & tailored blazer... an outfit that could span generations - I can see both myself and my mother wearing something like this :)

Alright, now it is time that I stop admiring and get to work.

What is your fashion inspiration?

Friday, September 11, 2009

In & Out: VII

IN

- Ritter Sport chocolate. So many varieties, so delicious.

- OPI Nailpolish in "Can You Tapas This?" from the new Spain collection. It's a deep, dark blood red (think deoxygenated blood, if you're a science nerd like me haha), great texture, no streaks. Went opaque in one coat, but I added a second coat for more darkness.

- Operation WHITER TEETH! I've finally resurrected my forgotten electric tooth brush (new brush head and everything) and purchased some Crest White Strips Advance, and I'm hoping to see results. With the upcoming dark lipsticks of fall, you have to have nice white teeth, right? :)

- The scents of the new D&G perfumes. They came out with 6 new ones, all in pretty boring bottles with numbers in their names, but oh man, they smell divine. I've smelt 3 so far and loved them, so I'm sure the other 3 are fantastic as well. So far, "La Lune" was my favourite one. I'm really thinking of buying it. So nice!

- learning new recipes to cook (from mom). Gotta prepare for adulthood, you know...

OUT

- tooth sensitivity :( ... with those Crest Whitestrips comes some sharp pain, and I'm not loving it so much. Hopefully by tomorrow it's not as bad.

- my entire department at work decided to book Halloween off. It will be interesting to see who gets the day off haha... I suppose some girls just don't understand the purpose of "there are 6 numbered lines on the time book-off sheet, thus only 6 girls are allowed to book the day off". The small space in the time book-off sheet is filled with random scribbles of literally EVERYONE in the department asking for the day off. I don't know what's worse, the fact that so many people are desperately into Halloween or that ME, who was 3rd on the list, will end up having to work because of some other person's stupidity. GRR!! *Disclaimer* I'm not even into Halloween, I booked the day off because I'm going to a concert that night! Sigh...

That's about it. Nothing more to complain about, other than True Blood ends this week so that's a bummer. I suppose I'll have the start of a new Gossip Girl season to tie me over :)

Have a great weekend, everyone! I will hopefully get back into the swing of things and do a cute little outfit post tomorrow, I'm attending an engagement party and I think I have an outfit in mind for it. Stay tuned!

Take care of yourselves, and each other... hahaha (you know it's time to go to bed when you start quoting Jerry Springer)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Constructivist, for the win!


I've been lazy lately, and with great results!

Putting MAC's Constructivist Paint Pot to work has proven to make me quite happy. I love the way it adds richness and dimension to any look with minimal effort. In the picture above I paired it with Naked Lunch eyeshadow (also by MAC) and a touch of a dark brown matte eyeshadow from an Estee Lauder quad.
Eyeliner was omitted, and YSL Faux Cils mascara was used on the lashes.
A mixture of GOSH Darling lipstick and Baby Sparks dazzleglass on the lips.

How do you wear Constructivist?

The consequences...

Since I have just planned another vacation, it means I have to buckle down and save save save! Some sacrifices have to be made, right? So for me, that means no more shopping for a little while - especially since I just googled Florence vintage shopping and have seen what awaits.

Here is what I'll be sacrificing *prices in Canadian Dollars* :

- repurchasing Studio Fix powder (after 7 years of continuing, loving use, it's time to take a break) This saves me about $30
- the NARS Pleasures of Paris eyeshadow palette (bummer, but I'm sure in a few months it will be forgotten and a new fabulous palette invention will take its place) This saves me about $55
- the Chanel Murano eyeshadow quad (again, I own too much eyeshadow anyways) This saves me about $50
- Laura Mercier's translucent setting powder (I have Blot Powder to finish...) This saves me about $50
- upcoming eyeshadows from the MAC Style Black collection This saves me around $20-$40
- Chanel's Jade nailpolish This saves me about $25

Altogether that's $250 already! Could pay for my hotel in Rome. I'm motivated and focused on loving my current makeup collection and will not make impulse purchases until I run out of an essential component (i.e. foundation). Fingers crossed!

As for clothes shopping sacrifices, bye bye planned over-the-knee boots and white Alexander Wang T-shirt. I think they're worth sacrificing over the awesome unique things I may find on my travels.

Here's to hoping that I can stick to my plan :)
Happy weekend, everyone!


Friday, September 4, 2009

Exciting!


Today my boyfriend and I bought our plane tickets and it's official - we are going to Italy in October! My dad lives in Florence, my boyfriend is italian and I have a fall break from school, so it makes sense, right? I am so excited to spend a week (which is not enough, but it's all I can do) in the country shaped like a boot. I visited Italy before but for a brief weekend - only the region close to the Alps and the lakes in the north...

Happy happy happy day... we will arrive in Milano on October 11th!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I have the best blog readers in the world :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Impulse Online Shopping...

Who could resist these adorable leather gloves?
Red, bows, soft leather... I can picture myself sporting these with a tan coat, my brown leather jacket, my black studded cropped jacket, a black long coat, etc. etc.


I certainly couldn't resist, so I bought these today, courtesy of one of my favourite online shopping sites, Revolve! When they arrive, I will hopefully be as happy as I am now.

Have a great day, everyone :)
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