Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lip Care 101 and the end of "Blogvember"

With winter shortly approaching - it's been raining non stop the past couple of days, that misting freezing rain that could turn to snow if it were just 1 degree colder. With all of that happening, proper lip care has become essential. Some of my absolute favourite products (some new, some old) of the moment have been these:


1. Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm 
This product is great and a fantastic dupe for the Fresh Sugar Lip Balm (the original one, not the tinted one, obviously). They smell the same and glide on smoothly, perfect for little boosts of moisture throughout the day. I got mine at Rexall for $8 here in Canada, and it is also available online on Amazon for slightly more but still half the price of the Fresh one. They also make a more concentrated version in the pot that I will purchase later on in the winter once I use up my MAC Lip Conditioners.

2. Fresh Sugar Lip Polish lip scrub
I got a little sample pot of this from my friend and it's a really nice lip scrub. The full size is a bit larger and costs a whopping $22.50. I am a lip scrub novice so I can't tell you how this stacks up against Lush or other brand offerings, but I can tell you that I did try to make my own sugar/honey/olive oil lip scrub at home before and it was an epic fail. I mean, my lips felt nice but this is definitely more nourishing and less messy. I do like the fact that after you scrub and wipe away the product, the lips are left moisturized as well - soft and supple.
It's a bit of a splurge but would make a nice Christmas present for a girlfriend or stocking stuffer for mom :) Who doesn't wan't a little treat this time of the year? You can find this at Sephora.

3. Eucerin Aquaphor the good ol' remedy
Tried and tested, this is basically a thicker version of vaseline meaning that it contains nothing that actually puts hydration back into the lips. What it does do, however, is lock in moisture and make the lips feel super smooth and look glossy. I like to apply this at night on top of my lip conditioner in order to seal in the moisture and let the conditioner sink in and do the hydrating work. You can find this at most drugstores.

4. Laura Mercier Lip Silk before bed magic
This is what I have been applying before bed (followed by Aquaphor) every night and my lips have never felt better. It's quite thick and not nearly as luxurious as I thought it would be but it definitely does the job. It doesn't smell like anything nor does it add any glossiness/colour to the lips. It coats them and sinks right in. Perfect for before bed!

5. MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner "Feelin' Good" everyday perfection
This is what I use in the morning on most days. These are permanent at MAC but this colour was limited edition from ages ago and I'm almost out of it. On one hand I want to finish this up because God knows for how long it's been lurking (I only tend to reach for this in the fall/winter) but on the other hand I'm sad because all the permanent ones don't have as nice of a nude colour as this does. This is not only a very moisturizing, non-sticky and slightly glossy lip treatment but it also offers the prefect subltle "makes lips one shade lighter type of nude" colour. It also contains an SPF of 15. Love it.


Anyway, today is the last day of November, meaning my little "Blogvember" challenge is complete.
I hope you had as much fun reading the posts as I did writing them.

Take care, keep those lip balms on hand during the upcoming winter months, and I am cooking up a new challenge for the month of December so stay tuned :)

xox

Sandra

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What's in my bag?

I've been carrying around this massive silver tote for the past month. Juggling a busy school schedule with the semester coming to an end, and going home and then to work and then home again, I needed a bag big enough to tote random things like an extra sweater or my lunch, as required.

Shall we take a peek?


roomy and soft faux leather tote - was actually a gift with purchase from Saks Fifth Avenue
The contents:


1. the book I'm currently reading (When God Was A Rabbit... it's good but it's taking me a while to like the main character/narrator for some reason)
2. hair clip... I like to call her THE CLAW
3. my Michael Buble Christmas CD... lol
4. NUXE Reve De Miel lip balm
5. my iPhone
8. my "back-up" wallet since my wallet got stolen last month
9. (red) day planner, a Canadian Tire receipt (for car oil, so exciting), a coupon, a paycheck
10. Clif Peanut Butter Crunch protein bar - so good! I always have one with me on the go.
11. gum
12. Boscia blotting sheets

Ta da!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

In and Out, November 28: fur vests and Christmas?

IN


- Bath and Body Works Candles! Currently enamoured with the Marshmallow Fireside and Merry Mistletoe scents... they are 2 for $30 right now in Canada and plenty of $10 off coupons around so check those two out if you're in the mood for some new candles :)

- this photo of the "winter fair" that was set up in my hometown of Sibiu, Romania on the weekend. This is in the main square of the town and seeing it pop up on Facebook this morning just made my heart warm. It looks like a picture from a fairytale. I moved to Canada when I was 12 and I have since gone back to visit as much as I could, but only during the summer. This just brought back memories of my Christmases growing up and going carolling with my friends from grade school, things like that... so lovely.


- Christmas in general. My sweet, wonderful co-worker heard me mumbling something about how much I loved Michael Buble's Christmas carol renditions and she surprised me by getting me his new Christmas album. SO GOOD! I'm getting myself an advent calendar this week, lighting my candles and getting into the festive spirit!

- [faux] fur vests. I have 2 that I rotate, one is silvery gray with leopard-ish black spots, one is a warm beige/brown mix. They were both totally random steals - the gray one from Winners last year for about $40, the brown one from Value Village (!! scored it for $6 taxes included when I was there searching for Halloween costumes in '09). I wear them during the day over sweaters or plain T-shirts as well as at night accessorized with some bold jewelry or a belt, or over a feminine sheer blouse for a fun play with textures. If you are on the lookout for something similar, check this one out at Forever21!

someone pass me the blotting sheets because clearly I misplaced them lol


OUT


- this gross "Orange Pekoe" tea that I bought in bulk for the Tassimo hoping it was good. It's not. It tastes like poison. Trying to finish up the package so I can never repurchase it again.

- MAC Collections... "in honour of black friday we have re-issued our black lipstick!" ... have they totally missed the plot? Stop releasing 423984723892 new things/repromotes every week and focus on creating quality textures and innovative products. End rant.

- lipgloss hoarding. Makeup hoarding in general, but for some reason lipgloss is the main one I get mad at myself for because I rarely use it nowadays. Must use up some before they get stale - there's nothing more I hate than wasting money on a product that I don't use up - not because I don't love it but just because I'm lazy. You all know I enjoy using up my products rather than collecting them and it's time to focus on lipglosses, perhaps it will be a project in the making for December... stay tuned!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Slow Hands

I guess this can be a "hands of the day" post - title inspired by Interpol's song with the same title...
If you are like me, part of the "when in doubt, wear all black" brigade, then what better way to jazz up than with some metal and good nailpolish?


I busted out some of my favourite silver rings that I've collected from various trips back to the homeland (Romania, in case you were wondering ^_^ ), and a mix of bracelets - my current favourite combination of Pandora silver bracelet & 1 charm with the Tiffany's silver bead bracelet and my studded silver Forever21 bracelet to add a bit of edge.


As for my nails, I painted alternating nails with either Barry M Raspberry (the lighter colour) or Essie Angora Cardi. I've never done this before but I quite like how it turned out. Fun for the weekend.

Take care,

Sandra

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The prettiest thing I ever did see - Laura Mercier Illuminator

What more could I ask for to cheer up a gloomy day than the most gorgeous piece of makeup I've seen all season?

When I opened up the package I so generously received from Laura Mercier's PR I am certain I heard the angels singing when I took a glimpse at this little container... the Laura Mercier Holiday 2011 Illuminator.

motion blur action for dramatic effect...

look. at. this. gorgerousness!!!!

I am well aware that "gorgeousness" isn't a word but if it was, this picture would be next to it the the dictionary. I tried hunting this down every since Tali blogged about it but every counter I hit was sold out -- so imagine my joy when I opened the package and saw this baby.
It just became available online at Sephora (LINK) but it is limited edition so don't hesitate. 
The texture of this is so smooth and refined. Almost too beautiful to touch but I stuck my paw in it anyway :)


A refined rose gold highlighting powder. I am planning on using this as eyeshadow too. The texture is definitely on par with Dior Amber Diamond but obviously darker and more rosy. 
You can build it up as eyeshadow or even to enhance the colour and dimension of an already rosy blush... or you can sheer it out on the cheekbones for a candle-lit glow.


I don't fall for highlighters often but when I do - it's gotta be amazing.
Next on the list is the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel liquid illuminator but I am going to need a tan for that - so it's on the summer list.

Are you a fan of highlighting powders? Highlighters in general? I don't think they're a necessity but every once in a while a little gem pops up - akin to this one or the Dior Amber Diamond - and it's a beautiful treat for any collection.

xo

Sandra


Friday, November 25, 2011

Pandora lovin'

After months and months of deliberation (well not really, it was more like "man these things are so stupid" turned into "OMG NEED ONE NOW!11!!~*~") I finally bought myself a Pandora bracelet and I am mildly obsessed with it.
I would have loved to get the solid gold one but at $1400 a piece, that was not happening so I settled to what I think is the best fit for me - the solid silver. 
I don't know what made me change my mind and start loving these bracelets, it might be the fact that my good friend always wears hers and she leaves it only about 1/4 full so there's a lot of movement and fluidity. I personally don't like the look of them completely full of charms but anyway, I got the silver because I figure if I want to add gold, I can buy gold charms, if I want to switch it up and do solid silver and a particular colour stone - I can simply just add those types of charms.

Here she is (paired with my beloved Tiffany & Co. bead bracelet):


I call the charm the "squiggle mess", I was having a really bad day - a mess, if you will - so I figured it would be an appropriate first charm. It's silver coiled up with a hint of gold. All of Pandora's gold is solid 14K or 18K (which would explain the astronomical price of the gold version of this bracelet).

I really love it and I am excited to play with more of the charms. I think maybe a Christmas one would be cute for the season *big cheesy grin*

Happy weekend!!
xx

Sandra

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bear in the woods

Except that by bear I mean my furry vest and by woods I mean some landscaping.
I found this faux fur vest at a thrift store a few years ago for the bargain price of $6. It has since become a go-to piece during this time of year.


I also got a new MAC lipstick - a perfect warm red called Lady Bug. It's a lustre finish, making it super easy to apply.
Today is a busy day so I'm going to keep the rambling at a minimum - here's what I wore:



bear hug!





Outfit details:
vest - thrifted
top - Guess
scarf - Zara
jeans - 7 for all mankind "Gwenevere" 
flats - French Sole
sunglasses - Chanel (classic cat eye model)
ring - House of Harlow (it's on sale now yay)
bracelet - Pandora
Hope you're having a beautiful thursday!

xo

Sandra


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

I mentioned this product quite briefly in a few videos and a blog post here and there but I never really summed up my feelings about it so I figured it was a good topic for today's post.
I received this months ago from Liz Earle (not the Liz herself haha but a very kind PR representative) and I have been showing it a lot of love. I am quite new to the world of tinted moisturizer - the only other one I have and use being Dior HydraLife. They are quite different from each other!


I got the second shade, Beige - there were only 3 options. For reference I range from NC 25, 30, 35 throughout the seasons and was able to work with this throughout. It has a very sheer coverage but you can build it up if you use it with a brush to buff it in. I prefer applying it with my fingers though and just use a bit of concealer on any areas of concern. If you would like to see how it looks on a finished face of makeup check this previous FOTD post of mine.


It blends in easily but feels rather thick and greasy as you apply it. The Dior one glides on smoothly like a gel. It looks proper greasy when you first put it on which really freaked me out at first - the last thing my already oily skin needs is some more greasy looking action, let me tell you! Here's how it looks on the back of my hand after blending:


It evened out the skin tone perfectly. The coverage is really nice for me for lazy days. It also has an SPF of 15. Now, this glowy greasy finish does calm down a bit after about 5 minutes of letting it set but it definitely needs powdering. I am happy to report that with powdering, it lasts the entire day. No joke this lasted on my oily skin for a good 8 hours without me feeling like a greaseball. That is really great and my favourite feature of this product.

My only complaint? The smell. It smells weird, like rust and... sunflower oil... if that makes any sense. I don't know why, but it lingers on the skin for a while, too. Colour match isn't really that big of a deal since it is so sheer - sheer skin tint is an apt name for it - it will blend in easily and give you an even complexion.
If you have access to this brand and are curious, I definitely say it's worth a try. I'm amazed at the staying power given how glowy it looks when it's applied. The only problem is that I can't seem to find it on the website today... it used to be featured on the home page and now it's gone! Hmm... maybe they're putting some perfume in the formula ;)

Anyway, I hope this helps, I had gotten a few requests for a more in depth review of this before.

Hope you're all having a great week so far!
xo

Sandra

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pocket Tee love

From a shopping perspective, my trip to Toronto was very tame. I picked up one of the perfumes I mentioned in an earlier post - Tom Ford Violet Blonde and I am in love. A sexy sophisticated fragrance that perfect for a cold winter afternoon. It's a beautiful floral scent.

Now, what better purchase to make along with a complex sexy fragrance than the simplest of wardrobe staples: a pocket tee!

I treated myself with another T by Alexander Wang t-shirt. The other ones I have are the "muscle" model, this is the "classic" tee with pocket and I love it, in the colour Aubergine. You can find it online here :)

I also fell in love with a Canada Goose coat but that's another $625 story that I will not be starting at this moment. Toronto seems to be obsessed with Canada Goose coats. I thought they were so stupid until I tried The Chosen One on at Intermix. Don't knock it til you try it, they say, and they're right. Apologies for my doubts, CG.

Anyways, back to the T-shirt!


I thought the aubergine colour would be a nice subtle change from the grey/black/white and perfect for fall. I bought my first T by AW shirt back in 2009 and it's still just as soft and as flattering as when I first bought it. I've since worn it to bed, I've worn it with jeans, with shorts, leggings, with bandage skirts and blazers, cardigans - you name it! I like spending more on wardrobe staples such as these that I always feel great in.

I also put it on to show you how it looks! They have a loose fit. My other ones with shorter/no sleeves are S but I got this one in XS because I wanted a tighter fit around the arms:

obligatory mirror pose... yep I need a tripod
It's also long enough to be legging-approved! Yay!

Any wardrobe items you don't mind investing in?

xo

Sandra

Monday, November 21, 2011

Weekend snapshots

I was away on the weekend, as most of you know.
It was a much needed weekend off (they are hard to come by when you have 2 jobs) and I decided to head on over to Toronto and see some friends. I live about 4 hours away and it's always a pleasure to visit. It's one of my favourite cities in the world; full of character and life. It very well might be where I move once I am done school :)

Anyways, I just bought a new photo collage making app on my iPhone (I am quite enamoured with cellphone photos at the moment) - it's called Diptic and what better way to test it out than to show you a few snapshots of my weekend:

the beautiful Yorkville area, and my friend's fantastic view



a surprisingly delicious dinner at Real Sports Bar & Grill - apparently the world's largest... it was insane and the Leafs were playing that night!

I hope you all had a great weekend as well... bring on Monday!

xo

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Nom nom nom, guacamole!

This is rather random but today I wanted to share one of my absolute faaaaavourite simple delicious healthy snacks with you. It could also pass as a quick light lunch.
It's the guacamole I make for myself. Simple and so good!

For a single serving all you need is:
- 1 ripe avocado (average size... give it a little squeeze to see if it's ripe enough. If it's a bit soft then it's good to go! If it's super stiff, let it out on the counter top overnight to ripen some more).
- 1 small green onion or 1/4 white onion, minced
- the juice of 1/2 a lime
- 1 clove garlic, crushed/pressed
- pinch of salt
- pinch of cayenne pepper for a little kick


Cut the avocado in half, if it's the right ripeness the seed in the middle should slide right out. Scoop out the yummy insides with a fork and gently puree it in a bowl with the fork. Add in the onions, garlic, salt, lime and cayenne and mix away.


Layer on a slice of bread *homemade bread, lightly toasted - for me* or 2, depending on your preference. I like to just pile it on a single slice.

Enjoy!

I've been obsessed with this all week. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Not in the mood

I hate packing for short trips.
It always makes me really irritated and I end up being in a bad mood during and after. Case in point my poor attempt at packing for my weekend trip to Toronto this weekend.
For longer trips, 2 weeks+  I always seem to wing it just fine, but the weekend trips always leave me dissatisfied.
Closet bursting with clothes yet I always have a hard time... and what do I end up doing? Reach for the same 5-6 items that I know are foolproof, which is nice and all but I end up looking the same every time I'm supposed to enjoy all these special new places. Leather leggings? Check. That one gray loose muscle T-shirt that I've worn so much it has holes in it? Check. Black blazer? Check... you get the point. This only means one thing - that I need to do some serious closet cleaning. It's also not helping that it's borderline winter outside and I always find it near impossible to look chic when every time the wind blows my eye starts twitching and/or watering.

Anyway one small thing that I am happy with, however, is fitting all my jewelry, belt, skincare, brushes and makeup into my cute cosmetic organizer.


For skincare I brought Liz Earle cleanse and polish cleanser and cloth. Skincare - a little sample of La Roche Posay Effaclar M and Effaclar K. A quad I made of MAC shadows including Charcoal Brown which I use for my eyebrows, Brule, Wedge and Print... all rather matte shades to go with the 2 "shimmery" shadows I brought for nights out: Le Metier De Beaute "Corinthian" and Armani Eyes To Kill Intense #15. Shu Uemura gel liner, a primer, Dior bronzer, 1 blush and shock horror it's not Tarte Exposed... it's NARS Mounia. Foundation (Bourjois Healthy Mix serum), concealer (Laura Mercier secret camouflage) and powder (Chanel Mat Lumiere)... all we need is a little mascara and brow gel!

It's still overkill but I'd rather be safe than sorry. In the summer I'm a lot better but in Fall/Winter I am so indecisive it hurts!

Hope your weekend is going well :)

Are you a better packer than I am? I hope so.
xo

Friday, November 18, 2011

Chanel Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner - the 12 hr test

I am an avid fan of black eyeliner in all its forms - smudgy kohl liners, gel/cream liners, sharp liquid liners... you name it, I have tried it!
They each can give a different effect. I prefer to do subtle winged eyeliner with a liquid felt-tip pen, thicker more intense lines with a gel & brush, smudging smoky lines with a soft kohl pencil...
One category that I have been lacking in, however, has been the bottom lash line/waterline area.
The soft kohl liners that smudge so well on the top lash line tend to migrate on me really badly and by the end of the day I've got myself a one-way ticket on the Panda Eye train. I've tried gel liner on the waterline and while it does stay on well, it's still a pain to apply and can't really be carried around for re-touching.

It was time for something new and I had tried the entire MAC eyeliner arsenal at this point. Upon LisaLisaD1's recommendation I turned to Chanel. I know she has a lot of similar problems with eyeliner/mascara transferring so I figured her advice would be good to take. I purchased the Chanel Youx Waterproof Eyeliner in nr. 10 "Ebene", a basic black.


It's in a plastic, twist-up casing and it has a little sharpener at the end (similar to the MAC Greasepaint sticks) which you can use to keep the tip sharp at all times.

I went to town and applied it in the morning:


Application was very smooth - not as easy to glide as an Urban Decay 24/7 liner (which I wasn't crazy about, didn't last on me) or a Milani Liquif'eye pencil, but that's to expect from a waterproof liner with a harder consistency. Within a few swipes I was able to get the perfect coverage of black.
It also took a few swipes to get it to show on the waterline yet it still wasn't an intense black - MAC Feline Kohl Power is amazing on the waterline but as soon as I apply it on the skin underneath it migrates even if I set it with a black shadow. It's fine for a dramatic smoky smudged look but not for anything subtle. 
*Note, I also didn't use any powder to set concealer under the eyes.

12 hours later, I checked on the situation:


We've got some fading on the waterline which is to be expected. It's been 12 hours with absolutely no re-touching so I'd say it's pretty darn good! We also have a bit of smudging towards the outer corner but it's not nearly as bad as the liners I was using in the past. I'm pretty happy with its performance so far and I'd like to try another colour, maybe a brown, next. The true test will be in the summer so I'll be sure to keep you updated if I repurchase it.

Do you have any go-to liners for the bottom lash line? Or are you blessed with little transfer/panda eye problems?

:)

PS: I'm leaving for Toronto later today and won't be around on the weekend. I have a couple of posts scheduled to go up while I'm gone. I hope you all have a great weekend! 

xo

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Like Christmas came early :)

Exciting things were happening on my doorstep this week! I open the door one rainy morning and to my surprise, two lovely packages were at my feet.
Both addressed to me, from the UK. I did a happy dance up the stairs with them in my arms.
One was from a lovely subscriber that I have been chatting with on YouTube for the past month or so - not sure if she reads my blog as well but her name is Lindsey and she is lovely. She doesn't do videos but she sent me a few little things to try which look wonderful and you'll surely see them popping around in future posts. Thank you so much, Lindsey!!

The other box was from my swap with the beautiful Vivianna (you can check out her blog here and her YouTube channel here) she's so nice and so much fun to watch and we have very similar taste in makeup/skincare aaand reality television characters. She wanted a couple things from here, I wanted a couple of things from there and it just worked out.
This was my first proper swap so you can imagine the fun and excitement. I loved shopping for her and I hope she gets my package soon! Canada Post moves at snail speed but the snail got sent via Air Mail so it better get there safely haha...
As we kept tweeting about our swap back and forth I got a lot of feedback from readers saying they'd like to see what I got so I figured I should do a post on it :)

Anyways, so we each sent our requested items and of course I couldn't help adding some more of my favourites and I see that she did the same. I kind of squealed when I opened the box. I asked for a Barry M nail paint, Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (since we don't carry the original in Canada) and a tube of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish.


Not only did she get me what I requested (and LOVE) but she also threw in some amazing items that I've always secretly wanted to try. This truly is the "best of the best" of Superdrug! Thank you so much, Vivianna <3
I've already attacked the lipstick she got me - it's in my school bag, the Sleek natural palette is great and the Collection 2000 concealer is so good too! The Cobalt Blue nail polish is on my nails and I can't wait to try everything else.

Hope you're all having a great day!
xox

Sandra

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The studded loafer obsession continues... OOTD and FOTD

Last night some friends from work and I went out for dinner and of course I had to take my new shoes for a ride. Although they have silver studs I had no problem wearing gold accessories... it's all in the mix!

Here's what I wore:


top - from a boutique on Mill St. in Tempe, AZ. The brand is "Audrey 3+1" 
My favourite part of it is the back:



jeans - 7 For All Mankind "Roxanne"
bracelet - no brand
watch - Michael Kors Gold Overzised Runway watch
shoes - DV Dolce Vita (from Nordstrom)



Makeup/Details:



Face: Bourjous Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (#53. smells amazing, light coverage but lasts so well), Tarte Exposed blush, Dior Sunshine Bronzer
Eyes: Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in "Illusoire", lots of black eyeliner - Milani Liquif'eye, MUFE Smoky Lash mascara
Lips: MAC Creme D'Nude lipstick, NARS Turkish Delight lipgloss

Keeping it rather brief today. I have to finish a paper due later today so I'm scrambling to add the finishing touches.
xo

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Tuesday dose of droolworthy items

Currently obsessed with these few items, which I'm observing from afar because a) they are way out of reach financially, b) I have no clue who makes them or c) the dreaded "sold out" phenomenon.

But looking at them makes me feel inspired and happy nonetheless so I feel like it's only right for me to share them with you :)

Exhibit A:
I saw this on a random tumblr, of course I have no idea who it is, where it originates from (like most things on tumblr) but this shirt and the way she styled it took my breath away. It's so interesting. I love the rough texture of the denim and the shoulder patches with the softness of the feminine silk print backing. Any ideas on who designs the shirt? Love.


Exhibit B:
I blame this on Tamara Ecclestone's cringeworthy (but captivating at the same time) new reality show aptly titled "Billion $$ Girl" - she's always rocking 3 Cartier Love bracelets, one in each colour and they are beautiful pieces of jewelry.
Considering they start at around $3000 without any diamonds, I'm terrified to even dare think of how much a diamond one would cost... but gorgeous pieces nonetheless. One day, Sandra, one day!


Exhibit C:
I've been drooling over these on various sites (Saks Fifth Avenue, Luisaviaroma and Net-a-porter carried them), they're sets of rings by Maison Martin Margiela and they are meant to be worn one on each finger. They come plated in gold, rose gold and white gold and they're perfect. They're sold out and I hope they become re-stocked sometime in the next couple of months because they're a heavy contender for my annual "nice Christmas present to myself". Who needs boyfriends for the holidays, really? ;)

Note: I have also spotted these on Rosie from Made in Chelsea. She's a questionable character on the show but she has great style.

Hope you're having a great day!

PS: we're halfway done through Blogvember... woohoo!
xo

Monday, November 14, 2011

2 OOTDs are better than one

This weekend was the usual work routine, sprinkled with a bit of catching up with friends, new and old :)

It was a very casual weekend, I finished a book - the Carrie Diaries by Candice Bushnell, a quick light girly read because we all need one of those from time to time, they cleanse the brain haha - aaaaand I took two poorly lit outfit of the day photos with my cell phone in random mirrors since I didn't feel like carrying Big Bertha around (that's what I call my DSLR). 




Outfit #1:
black tank - T by Alexander Wang
black cashmere cardigan - Winners
jeans - 7 for all mankind
loafers - DV Dolce Vita
scarf - Zara

and, the extreme lazy option (which is also similar to what I've been wearing to class... rolling out of bed at 7am... I don't get too creative):


Outfit #2:
sweater dress - Winners
cardigan - eBay, it doesn't even have a brand
belt - J Crew
thick knit leggings - Winners
cream suede boots - Winners

Winners FTW in this one. If you are unfamiliar with the store, it's a discount department store similar to TJ Maxx/Marshalls in the US. You have to be patient but there are tons of great finds :)

Enjoy your Monday!
I am looking forward to Gossip Girl, and stalking Made in Chelsea links all across the interwebz tomorrow morning.
xo

Sunday, November 13, 2011

F/W 2011 Fragrance Wishlist

I treat myself to a new fragrance every fall/winter - last year I was enamoured by the sexy freshness of Tom Ford For Men, this year I have let my list get a bit too long...

I like a lot of different types of perfumes - I have favourites in the floral, musky and fresh/citrus families. I find perfume another way of expressing an emotion, a look, an idea.
Simply put, new fragrance makes me happy.

Here's my list of fragrances I'm obsessed with at the moment (obsessed being defined as... I stalk the bottles at each counter I see them displayed on, and spray without hesitation).

1. Elie Saab Le Parfum, aka orange blossom & jasmine goodness.

2. Thierry Mugler Alien
Another dose of jasmine goodness, with a touch of vanilla (amongst other things) at dry down. This is funny because I absolutely hated this scent when it first came out, and I hate the bottle too, but this summer I became in love with it after using my friend's on a night out. It smelled really really good on me, and that made me happy. Still hate the bottle though.

3. Tom Ford Violet Blonde
A decadent blent of iris and (again) jasmine sambac. What is happening to me? I used to be the anti-jasmine and now I can't get enough. It's a more subtle and feminine fragrance as opposed to Tom Ford's other offerings - if Black Orchid was a tight black leather body-con dress, Violet Blonde is a crisp ivory shift dress. Does that make any sense? It smells a bit powdery at first *and I hate powdery scents* but as it dries down it just becomes beautiful. Great lasting power as well. I just wish the bottle was more inventive. This looks almost identical to my Tom Ford For Men bottle.



Are you a perfume junkie/hoarder like me? Have you had any experience with either of the perfumes I mentioned above?
I hope to walk away with at least one of them this fall/winter, I'll be content in my little jasmine wonderland. 

Also, while I'm on the subject, how do you store your perfumes? I currently have them on top of my dresser (away from direct sunlight but still in plain view) on a tray but I fear that it might turn some scents - my old bottle of Armani Code eau de parfum is looking suspicious.

Your opinion, as always, is very welcomed.
xox

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Short and simple


Today I am going to work for most of the day, then try and spend the rest of the weekend recuperating brain cells lost to school work and bad sleeping habits throughout the week.

So I decided to keep the post short and sweet -

The first thing is these adorable studded black suede loafers. Purchased from Nordstrom in their trusty "half yearly sale". I almost bought these full priced at my friend's boutique last month but she only had them in a nude colour which wasn't really what I was looking for. I'm now glad I didn't because I wanted them in black and they were on sale, happy days! You can still find them here if you're interested. They're no Christian Louboutin Rollerballs but I love them just the same ;)

DV Dolce Vita "Wink" loafers

A more random favourite is my snack of choice. Used to be bananas and Nutella but since there's been a banana shortage at my residence I've had to settle for the next best thing, half a teaspoon of organic smooth peanut butter, half a teaspoon of Nutella... heaven!

nom nom nom
Hope your weekend is lovely!
xo


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