Fashion Friday – Oct 16th

Hey folks, can you believe the weather? What a gorgeous week in October! At this rate, we will definitely still be snow free by Halloween, which is always my cut-off for calling it a beautiful fall.

I definitely took advantage of this fair weather with my Fashion Friday post although the wind blew my hair and blazer all over the place, as you can see! I’m also very pleased that this week’s post includes three items bought at locally-owned stores. As I get older, supporting entrepreneurs and shopping local has become more and more important to me. I also love showcasing the amazing shopping we have right here in Winnipeg.

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Blazer: Louise Bourgeois Black Label from The Style Bar

Blouse: Saie from The Style Bar

Jeans: Henry and Belle from October Boutique

Boots: Clarks

Necklace: Chapters (no longer available)

As you can see from the last few Fashion Friday posts, I mix and match items in my closet to come up with new combinations. I feel one great new piece can change up your wardrobe so you don’t need to buy a whole new closet each season. That’s how I feel about the blouse from The Style Bar. I love the muted floral pattern in neutral colours and the back is so fun with it’s peek-a-boo opening and large bow. It’s my favourite shirt for this season!

As my public service announcement, I urge you to get out and vote on Monday. So many people (especially young people) don’t vote and it is so important for everyone to exercise their democratic right to pick the government that leads our great nation. If you feel you don’t know who to vote for, educate yourself. Head over to Elections Canada and input your postal code. The website will tell you which candidates are running in your area. Google them and the leaders of the parties and see which platform aligns with your views on how you would like to see Canada progress as a country. Then, on Oct 19th, mark an ‘X’ next to your choice on the ballot. I promise, it feels pretty great!

Happy Shopping!

Fall Luxe Box 2015

It’s Luxe Box time again! I was considering cancelling this subscription and saving some money but both the products and the value of the box is still great so I think I’m going to continue with it for awhile. Here’s what I received this month:

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Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil, 1.13 g, value $13

Water resistant pencil suitable for the most sensitive eye area. It is the perfect solution for your eyebrows and is call Universal Eyebrow Pencil for a reason as it is one colour to suit all skin tones. It is soft enough and will make it easy for you to create a perfect shape.

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This eyebrow pencil has a great gel-like formula and helps brows stay in place while filling them in. I really like it. That being said, it is a shade or two too dark for me. I think I’ll end up giving it to my mom. I checked their website to see if they sold any more colours. They don’t…  Anyways, while this product didn’t work out for me, I would be willing to try more of their makeup products in future.

So Susan Rose Quartet Lip and Cheek Cream, 4 g, value $12

A richly-pigmented, hydrating lip and cheek pomade that delivers 12 hours of continuous wear with dryness, creasing or smudging. 

I’ve gotten other So Susan products that I totally love but I have a hard time believing I am going to use this. The brush looks cheesy, the colours look over-saturated and nothing like anything I would put on my cheeks. My lips are still super dry and not accepting anything except Vaseline and Blistex so I can’t try them out on there. This is going in my give away pile.

Eyeko Hydrogel Eye Patch,  3g, value $4.50

Our botanically infused eye patches instantly brighten and revive eyes for a wide-awake look. Concentrated anti-stress and anti-fatigue ingredients treat the delicate eye area visibly diminishing dark shadows and puffiness leaving skin hydrated and firm. 

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My daughter laughed her head off when she saw me walking around the house like this. While I haven’t really noticed any difference in the moisture in my under eye area, this was kind of fun. This also might be a great product for when you have a fever or a hangover.

OSIS+ Session Label Dust It Flex Fragranced Mattifying Powder, 10g, value $25

The first mattifying frangranced powder for smashing texture and incredible root volume with lava rock for flexible hold and grip that lasts non-stop. 

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I love dry shampoo. I’ve probably mentioned that once or six times. I got this one in my Flare box last year and loved it. I am excited to get it again.

Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream, 60 mL, value $7

This miracle material hand cream is packed frill of goodness with shea butter, coconut oil and aloe vera, to smooth, nourish and rejuvenate hands and cuticles. Rich and never greasy, this beautiful blend leaves your hands super smooth, superbly soft and perfectly pretty.

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This hand lotion was greasy when I initially put it on. But it absorbed quickly and then my hands were soft for awhile after. The smell is nice and the sample is a half decent size. I think I will take this to work for use at my desk.

pur~delicate gentle soy milk cleanser and makeup remover, 30 mL, value $6.55

A mild soap-free, on-foaming cleanser that respects the delicate nature of your skin. Leaves your face touchable and silky soft, without a trace of impurity. 

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I used this to take off my makeup and it was fine. I mean, it did what is was supposed to do but not in a way that made me excited about it. I can’t see myself purchasing this again.

Ciate London Nail Lacquer in Couture Noir, 13.5 mL, value $15

The formula is amazingly pigmented, long lasting and available in a range of finishes whilst formulated to be easy to apply.

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Ciate Couture Noir over Julep Cally

I haven’t every tried Ciate before but I was very impressed with the shine in this glitter topper. It didn’t really need a coat of Seche Vite but I needed the manicure to last three days for sure, so I added one anyways. The price tag for Ciate polish is a little steep but I will probably pick up another colour in the future.

Not on the card but also included was the Tresemme Perfectly Undone Wave Creation Sea Foam. I don’t have curly hair anymore but I will try this when I’ve left my hair to dry overnight and I have major bedhead.

This quarter’s box had five full sized products and three samples and was worth $85. If you are thinking about signing up for Luxe Box, I’d love if you would use my referral link here. Try any of these products? Which is your favourite? Happy Shopping!

Fashion Friday – Oct 2

While it was still above-average temps for fall, it still felt time to pull out my tights and heavier jacket for Fashion Friday.

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Dress – Ricki’s

Jacket – Danier Leather

Shoes – Sam and Libby [brand no longer available in Canada]

Tights – American Apparel

Necklace – Melanie Lyne

As you can see, I am still wearing florals and intend to wear some floral even through winter. How do you feel about florals year-round? Happy Shopping

Totally Random Friday – Aug 8th

Hi party peoples! Sorry for my complete and utter absence lately. I mean, no Instagram, no Twitter, no posts, nothing! It was only supposed to be for the August long weekend and then I got this terrible head cold, complete with fever, that I have been fighting since Sunday night. I mean, UGH!! I actually called my dear friend, Deanna to come and get my daughter on Tuesday because I couldn’t deal with anything, never mind a rambunctious toddler. Then on Wednesday I escaped to my mom’s for copious amounts of sympathy, help changing diapers and hanging out by the pool. It was lovely. Anyways, I’m home now and my cold has been down-graded to runny-nose/stuffiness and coughing fits punctuated by sneezing. It’s been so great (NOT!). I can’t decide whether it was good that I was on vacation anyways so I didn’t have to use sick time or stinky that I was on vacation anyways cuz then I’m sick on vacation! Oh well, on to the news of the week (as I see it anyways).

1. Banana Republic has unveiled their new fall looks. This season looks a little edgier in terms of more leather looks and less colour. Their new Creative Director, Marissa Webb, hints that this collection is a change in the direction of Banana Republic’s lines in her quote on their homepage:

It’s a new day at Banana Republic, with an all new style rich in contrasts – smooth with textured, modern with classic, short with long. This is our take one ‘hi-lo’ styling and it’s the shape of things to come.

Okay, so I’ve only been a BR customer for a year, since I went back to work after mat leave. And while this collection looks really great and there are some pieces I’m excited about, the mixing of textures has been around for quite a few seasons. Maybe she’s implying that BR is just reinventing this trend? (Or to be more harsh, maybe they’ve just figured it out??) What do you think? Anyways, here’s a couple of pieces that I love.

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Can you say gorgeous? Especially those faux-leather Sloan skinny pants. I clearly need a pair of those in my closet!

Item number 2 is also Banana Republic related. They also release their collab with Roland Mouret this week. The collection looks great but the sneak-peek photos they’ve released over the past few days are on the creepy side….

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Well, at least the collection looks amazing, right?

3. For those of you here in Winnipeg, the semi-annual St. Vital Centre Shoe Sale starts next Wednesday, August 13th. This year retailers participating include: Call it Spring, Hudson’s Bay, Le Chateau, Naturalizer, Quarks, Soft Moc, Spareparts, and Urban Trail. Head over to find great deals on shoes all over the mall. 

4. Sample Killah by Kalyn Lord was a success this year. I got rid of 33 samples and won a prize! I’m super pumped about the perfume Kalyn is sending me. Read about the complete wrap-up including other prize winners here.

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5. Charlie Brown is getting some love from OPI by releasing a collection of four polishes: two creams and two glitter-type toppers. Photos courtesy of Julie at SwatchandReview.com. Head here to read her complete review and see all her swatches.

Fall is coming my lovelies! Hopefully next week I’ll be able to put together some interesting pieces for you to feast your eyes on. Until then, Happy Shopping!