Monday, October 26, 2009

Italy Roundup and FOTD

Hello everyone!
Ever since I returned from my trip to Italy, I've been swamped with school work (midterms, lab reports, and all that good stuff). Now that things are finally settling down, I found some time for this post :)
I am bummed that we had pretty chilly weather in Italy, half of the clothes I packed were unusable and I stuck with a Jeans/long shirt/cardigan combination pretty much throughout the journey. I had to buy a winter coat (black, puffy and boring, from Zara) because it was so cold in the evening.
I did a lot of window shopping - meaning I walked through stores drooling at the displays but did not leave with a single thing. I was pretty proud of myself - until I arrived in Rome - on the street perpendicular to the Spanish Steps, to be exact. It was loaded with beautiful boutiques and even more beautiful people shopping in them. Everyone around me looked so nice and polished, I got inspired by a few outfits, bit the bullet and walked into Louis Vuitton:

I am wearing pretty much the same clothes from my Florence outfit post - sadly these were the warmest clothes I brought with me, complete with coat stolen from my boyfriend :)

Done and done. I purchased the Damier Speedy 30!
Some say it's too masculine, some say brown & black is a fashion faux pas - but I really like it. What scored major points for me (as opposed to the Monogram version) is that the leather of the handles is treated. The Monogram and Damier Azure versions leave the leather untreated so with time and the oils of your hands it gradually (and unevenly) darkens. I don't trust the oils in my hands to do a nice job, so I'm sticking to the dark brown leather handle.
I also like the fact that it's less "in your face" Vuitton. Mind you, a Monogram pochette accessories would be cute to get in the future, but on a larger handbag I prefer it to be more subdued.

I feel strange owning it now, considering it's my first handbag splurge and I'm not even that big a fan of Louis Vuitton. The Speedy is the only handbag from their classic line that I love.
I haven't taken it out much, but when I do, I will love to show it to you in all its glory.
One downer is that, as you can see from the picture, they gave it to me all folded up in the bag. It had these fold marks for a few days afterwards which was pretty annoying.

Enough Louis Vuitton blabber, on to today's FACE:

Face: Chanel Mat Lumiere Foundation(#30), Bobbi Brown Colour Corrector in Light Peach (used under the eyes), Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder, NARS Laguna Bronzer, NARS Mounia Blush

Eyes: MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study, Estee Lauder Spiced Peach Quad (the light gold shade), MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, GOSH Eyeliner in Bananas on the waterline, Helena Rubinstein eyeshadow in Night Flicker on the bottom lash line, Chanel Inimitable mascara in Noir Obscur (1 coat)

Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte #7 "Lingerie Pink", MAC Dazzleglass in Baby Sparks

I really love Mat Lumiere foundation. As you can see, it's not really that matte. It's a natural finish and it contains powders that keep oils at bay throughout the day. It oxidizes on me a little, but with a minor touch up of Laura Mercier translucent powder, it's all good again.

Have a great week and I'll catch you later... hopefully this weekend I will do a fun Halloween post if my costume turns out internet-worthy haha :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Yesterday's (rainy) Outfit Of The Day...

Greetings from Florence, everyone!

So far I am having a lovely time here in Italy. Amazing food, architecture and rich history all around. Yesterday was spent walking around the city and getting completely lost in all the little corners. One downside, however - it seems that I have brought the Canadian cold weather because before I arrived it was hot and sunny, and yesterday it rained all day and cooled everything down :(

Nonetheless, the rain never stopped me! Here is what I wore:

Blazer - Neiman Marcus outlet

Long sleeved shirt - Banana Republic

Necklace - street vendor in Niagara Falls (a gift from mom)

Bag - Zara

Jeans - Miss Sixty

Flats - Prada

Umbrella - 5 Euro ripoff from a street vendor. It broke after one day :(

Have a great week, everyone.
I am off to bed to rest my legs after another day of serious walking...

Monday, October 5, 2009

A little bit of this, a little bit of that...

Hello, lovely readers!

Today was a relatively exciting day - the family digital camera has resurfaced once again in the midst of the renovation going on at my house. So the "outfit of the day" pictures from two weeks ago that I never got to post were ripe for the picking. Without further ado, here they are:

The Occasion: a friend's birthday party at a cottage about an hour away north. Chilly evening, BBQ, live music, that sort of thing. It was fun, although I was wrapped in two blankets by the end of dinner since I underestimated the wind power at a cottage near a lake.

So let's start form top to bottom, shall we :)

black sequin headband you can barely see - Express

silver necklace that I jumbled up into a knot - Schustermann & Borenstein (Munich, Germany)

jacket - Miss Sixty

t-shirt with cool "ripped" print - Zara

black clutch - Aldo

jeans - Miss Sixty

weird claw-like hands - Unknown

shoes - Winners (a discount department store similar to TJ Maxx/TK Maxx)

So that was 2 weeks ago. Now since then, I've been good and saving most of my earnings for my upcoming vacation (saturday!!), but a few things caught my eye here and there and I ran out of some essentials, so here are the "new kids":

Laura Mercier translucent loose powder
Chanel Mat Lumiere foundation in 30 "Cendre" Intensity 1.5
Chanel Inimitable mascara in "Noir Obscur"
MAC Kohl Power eyeliner pencil in Feline
MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
Bare Minerals matte foundation in Medium

House of Harlow black leather & gold necklace

I also bought Bobbi Brown Colour Corrector in "Light Peach", which I forgot to show. BB's Creamy Concealer is my HG concealer, but sometimes I don't need that much coverage under the eyes so I decided to give the colour corrector a try. Same excellent moisturizing formula as the concealer and great finish. Very happy with the purchase.

So far I've tried everything except for the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, here are the thoughts:

Bare Minerals matte is awesome - stays put all day, not cakey, feels light. Coverage quite comparable to MAC's Studio Fix Powder. Doesn't make me itch like the original Bare Minerals formula did.

Laura Mercier powder - makes my pores and excess shine disappear :) I dust it lightly over my T-zone on days when I feel extra oily.

Feline Kohl Power - love. I totally jumped on the bandwagon on this one, and I am so happy that I did. It's a great intense black liner for smudging or increased definition along the lashline/waterline.

Chanel Inimitable mascara - I bought the new "intense black" shade from the Noir Obscur collection and it's very comparable to my other love, YSL Faux Cils. Doesn't smell as nice, but considering I have to drive to the USA and wait in line at the border for YSL, I don't mind finding something comparable here at home within reach :) L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black is another favourite of mine, but it smudges and makes a mess around my eyes on longer days.
What I like about both the Chanel and YSL is that they don't make my lashes rock solid and clumpy.

Mat Lumiere - will talk about it more after some more experimentation. I finished my Dior Nude today, which I was using to mix with Pro Lumiere to get the right colour.
So as a spur of the moment decision I tried Mat Lumiere in a shade ligher - 30 Cendre 1.5 (I was 40 Beige 2.0 in Pro in the summer) - and I LOVED it on. Perfect colour match and the finish is not a bland, flat matte. It's more of a satin finish, close to the finish my skin naturally has. Photos to come... I hope it photographs nicely!

As for the necklace, I ordered it online from Revolve, of course. I love them and their customer service. They ship within a week most of the time (given that things don't get held up at customs). It's a cute necklace and is also available in a black resin material. I like the non-shiny finish of the leather for myself and couldn't justify dishing out an extra $100 for resin. Expect to see it in a future outfit post.

Ok, rambling has reached a maximum. Have a great week, guys!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Late Night Shoe-Induced Heart Attack...

Courtesy of Rock & Republic...
they even have a little spike at the end!!
Suede, 5", hidden platform.

Is it bad that I'm secretly hoping I don't find too much stuff in Italy so I can come home and afford to buy these? haha

Good night


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