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!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mini floral crown diy

Last week I shared an outfit post where I wore a unique diy mini floral crown.  I promised I would share how I made it, so here is a quick and fun tutorial for you all to try!

1. Get your supplies! You will need some wire (I used some inexpensive aluminium wire I picked up at a local hardware store), floral tape and a variety of flowers and foliage. Make sure to grab a mix of small, medium and large flowers as well as some greenery

2. Measure the crown of your head and cut a piece of wire 1" bigger than the measured circumference. Twist the ends of the wires together or fold into loops to later attach ribbon as a closure.

3. Optionally, you can secure short pieces of wire to the stems of smaller flowers with floral tape. This will give them a bit more stability.

4. Starting in the centre with the biggest flower, begin stretching floral tape around each bloom onto the wire. Continue adding smaller flowers and greens until the crown is as full as you would like. Keep trying the crown on as you go and reposition flowers as needed.

5. Tie a piece of ribbon through the loops you created earlier.  Your crown is now ready to wear, or you can save it for another day by spraying it with a bit of water and placing it in a plastic bag, storing it in your refrigerator.

Monday, September 8, 2014

How to wear joggers!

High waisted jogger pants are both stylish and super comfy. You just need to make sure to pair them with the right top & accessories, or else you may risk looking like you are wearing pyjamas!  It took me a lot of trial & error (basically trying on every shirt in my closet to see what worked) but I have figured out a few tips and tricks on how to wear the trend!

How to wear jogging pant.

Here's three types of shirts that work well with jogger pants:

1. A button up blouse.  Classic & simple, the button up blouse gives your outfit a polished look.
2. A slim, embellished tee.  Pretty much anything goes here as long as you pick a fitted tee in a complimentary colour.  If you choose at patterned tee, make sure to pick one with a pattern of a different scale than the pattern in your pants.  (I also loved wearing my pants with a simple striped tee!)
3. A silk tank.  Paring the joggers with a silk tank is my favourite combination.  The simplicity of the top balanced the business of the bottoms, while the shirt's fabric kept the look elegant.

I thought I would also share my tips on how NOT to wear them.  Don't make these jogger pant mistakes:

Mistake 1: Wearing them with flats! Joggers definitely need to be worn with high heels! Not only do taller shoes balance the width of the pant but it also keeps them from looking too casual.
Mistake 2: Pairing them with a loose top! You don't need your top to be skin tight, but make sure your top has some shape, otherwise you venture again into pyjama territory.  Also, make sure you tuck your shirt in (or at least the front of it) to define your waistline!
Mistake 3: Wearing an oversized pair! You need to make sure you find a pair of joggers that fits properly. You will want them to be loose through the hips while skimming the rest of your curves.

Ps. I purchased my leopard print jogger pants at Smart Set, but sadly this pair is no longer available.  You can purchase a similar pair from Necessary Clothing ($18) or, I also love this fun print from Urban Outfitters ($49)