Monday, October 27, 2014

Jewel Toned

I'm really excited about this post, because I haven't worn earrings in years!  I am allergic to most metals,  so wearing earrings has always been more painful than fun.  I took my earrings out years ago, and have never looked back… until now!
As it turns out, clip on earrings have gotten so much better over the years!  The ones I am wearing, actually have screw-on backs, so you can tighten or loosen them to whatever feels comfortable.  These earrings were handmade by Rachel from ColorfulWay (via Etsy) and I love how she can customize any pair of earrings from her shop into a pair of clip-ons for us non-pierced girls!
So what do you think?  Would you be willing to give clip-on earrings a try?  If you do, make sure to check out Rachel's shop this month because right now 20% of all her sales are going towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation!  Also, make sure to use the coupon code "Jen10" (until 11/30) to get 10% off your own purchase as well!  Everybody wins ;)

Earrings - c/o ColorfulWay via Etsy.  Emerald dress - Forever 21.  Polka dot tights - Victorias Secret.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Viva Las Vegas

Last week was my 25th birthday, and to celebrate, we took a trip to Las Vegas.  Okay… well maybe we really went to Vegas because my husband wanted to see the Red Bull Air Races, but hey, it all worked out in the end!  

Now, when thinking of Vegas most people think of crazy nights of drinking and gambling, but you can still have some good clean fun in Vegas too!  I thought I would share a few highlights from my trip, as well as a few tips on how to save money if you are planning to take your own trip to Sin City!

4 tips for saving money in Las Vegas1. Go for a hike
We went on two separate hiking trips in Red Rock Canyon, and normally, I can't say I enjoy hiking much (I mean, really… it's basically just walking uphill in the scorching sun trying not to step on scorpions or rattlesnakes).  But Red Rock Canyon was amazing!  Instead of just walking uphill, there were tons of opportunities to free climb up large boulders, turning our hiking trip into an adventure!  

2. See a show 
If you are in Vegas you absolutely need to see a Cirque Du Soleil show!  I have seen more of their shows than I remember, but this time around we got to see their show Zarkana.  It was amazing, but if you only have time for one show, I would definitely recommend their show "O" as an absolute must see!
We found about Tickets for Tonight while we were in Vegas and it is a great way to find discounted tickets if you aren't fussy about where you are sitting or what show you want to see.  If you have the flexibility, definitely check out their site for day-of discounts on Cirque du Soleil and tons of other Vegas shows.

3. Have a Spa day
One of my best vacation tips is to check local daily deal sites before you leave on your vacation (i.e. Groupon).  We were able to get an amazing deal at a gorgeous spa in Las Vegas for half the price!  Make sure you read the fine print however… when we checked in, we found out we were required to pay a $60 gratuity on top of the Groupon price!

4. Relax in a Condo
It's nice to be able to get away from the hustle and bustle of the strip, and renting a condo was perfect for our family.  Also, eating out 3 times a day gets old really fast, but luckily our condo had a full kitchen.  Not only did we save money on food, but we were able to cook a healthy full breakfast in the mornings before we went about our day.

Well that's it for my cheap & clean Vegas tips!  What do you think?  Are there any other inexpensive Vegas experiences I missed out on?  Let me know in the comments below! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tuxedo Blazer & Soft Ruffles

Happy Thanksgiving!  …and Happy Columbus Day to all my American friends!

Black patent pumps - Spring Shoes. Tuxedo Blazer - Forever 21 (similar here).  Crossbody bag - Michael Kors Fulton.  Pink layered dress - Shout Clothing (local).  Infinity ring - Old Navy.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The "no-makeup" makeup look!

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share my basic everyday makeup routine and a few of my favourite products for creating a "no-makeup" makeup look.  This is the perfect look for when you don't want a full face of makeup but just want to enhance your natural beauty.  The best part about this makeup look is it literally only takes me 3 minutes!

All of these products are ones I personally use on a daily basis, and I love how they are all very forgiving to apply.  Most of these products are moisturizing and are actually good for your skin, plus all these products are super easy to take off at the end of the day… no scrubbing or harsh makeup removers needed!

Step 1: Tinted moisturizer!
My current fave: Smashbox Sheer Focus.
It breaks my heart that this tinted moisturizer has been discontinued because I love it's lightweight moisturizing feel.  I still have a 1/4 of the bottle left until I'm stuck finding a replacement but I don't know if anything will live up to this product… seriously, if you can find this product, snatch it up while you can! To apply, I like using my Sigma round kabuki brush to make sure it is well blended.

Step 2: Powder!
My current fave: Faces Loose Powder
I have been using this brand of powder for some time and I love its lightweight texture for everyday wear.  I tap a little bit of it on a fluffy face brush and sweep it across my t-zone to keep things matte.  It is not particularly long lasting but it works well enough that I don't mind touching it up during the day with a mini compact I keep in my purse.

Step 3: Blush!
My current fave: Benefit Sugarbomb
This blush is such a great natural peachy colour and I love how it has a pretty sheen to highlight your cheekbones without making them unnaturally sparkly.  The blush comes with a small brush, but it is a bit of an awkward oblong shape, so I always use my Sigma F10 blush brush to apply.

Step 4: Eye Shadow!
My current fave: Naked Palette
Now there has been so much said about this palette but it truly is one of the most versatile items in my makeup bag!  For an everyday makeup look I use the colour "naked" across my entire eyelid, then shade the outer corners with a touch of "buck".  The key to keeping the "no-makeup" look is to make sure to blend super well with a clean fluffy brush (I use a M.A.C. 213 brush)

Step 5: Eyeliner!
My current fave: Faces (colours 245 & 244)
For everyday, I like using a pressed powder eyeliner.  It's super easy to apply, it blends well and looks really natural.  I create a thin line along my lashes using an angled eyeliner brush dipped in both the brown and black shades.

Step 6: Lashes!
My current fave: Covergirl Professional Mascara
The first time I wore this mascara, I watched Ps. I love you in theatres and cried my way through most of it.  Once the movie was done, I had completely expected my makeup do be a mess, but to my surprise this mascara stayed exactly where it was supposed to (quite the feat for a non-waterproof mascara!)

Step 7: Tinted lip balm!
My current fave: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
For everyday, I like to wear something moisturizing on my lips, and I love that this balm gives the perfect hint of rosy colour.  This lip balm comes in a larger size as well, but I prefer the mini travel size because it easily slips into a small clutch for when you are on the go.

Monday, September 29, 2014

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

Thanks to one of the most brilliant marketing campaigns by Starbucks, Pumpkin spice lattes are synonymous with fall.  But the standard Starbucks version is lacking one thing… pumpkin!  This year, as reports went out of the #PSL ingredients list, the internet was horrified that their beloved pumpkin lattes were merely a chemical concoction of high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavours.  Luckily, this homemade one-mug version is super easy to make and has no mysterious chemicals or artificial flavours!

Easy one-mug Pumpkin Spice Latte DIY Recipe. #PSL

Easy homemade Pumpkin spice latte
(serves 1)

1 tbsp canned pumpkin
1 tbsp cane sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp of nutmeg
pinch of ginger
1 cup brewed coffee
1/2 cup milk of choice

1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large mug.  Place mixture in microwave and heat for 15 second intervals until mixture begins to caramelize.
2. Pour brewed coffee into mug (I used my Keurig with a Starbucks dark roast pod) and stir to dissolve pumpkin mixture.
3. Warm milk (either with a milk frother, in the microwave or on the stove) and pour into mug.
4. Sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dressed up leather

Ever since Nova (my lovely Samoyed pup) tore a giant hole through my leather jacket, I have been on a hunt for a new one.  After much, much searching I finally found the perfect biker jacket!  I love the asymmetrical zipper and the amazing quilted detail on the shoulders.  I feel like a leather jacket is truly a fall staple… you can dress it up or down!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To build a home… White walls

I've lived in 16 different houses in my life but outside of my current office, none of those homes have had white walls. Now, it's not because I don't like white… I really do love its simplicity and the way it reflects light in a room! But I also love the look of crisp white furniture and I especially love the look of white curtains and the way soft light passes through them. Because of that, I've always been hesitant to paint my walls white, thinking that with all my white curtains and furniture it would just be too much!

But I think I am ready for a change, and after carefully examining hundreds of shades of white in my CIL paint deck I think I have picked the most perfect white for the main living space in my home!  Are you ready for it?  I've decided to paint with "Touch of Grey"- CIL 30BB 72/003.  I love that this white colour has a subtle hint of grey and I think it will look fantastic when contrasted with bright white accents.  I also plan on using "White Mountain"- CIL 50BB 83/020, the lighter tint of that same colour, on several accent walls.

Here is a few of the amazing spaces that convinced me to paint the walls of my new home white!

Also, I wanted to remind you that there is still time to meet me for your own personal paint consultation! Tomorrow (Thursday, September 18th) is my final day for in store visits, and I will be heading to Home Depot Polo Park location! Catch me there anytime between 6-8pm!

Ps. If you don't live in Winnipeg, there may be a chance you can still get a free paint consultation near you! A few other friendly bloggers and designers across Canada will continue to offer paint consults until October 16th so make sure you check out the full schedule on the CIL website!