Monday, May 28, 2012

In the same boat with the same old paddle



Unbranded blouse (make your own using collar tips from here or here), Wilfred Striped Starboard shorts, Unbranded sandals (similar here), Marc by Marc Jacobs Kitty St. James Baladine shoulder bag

The weather has been exceptional as of late, which means I've been in a pretty good mood for the past few days, despite being covered in flea bites (yes, that's right, flea!). Nothing gets me in higher spirits than driving with all the windows down and feeling the sun on my thighs!

What are you looking forward to this summer?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Somewhere far along this road he lost his soul

Last week, Loose Button held its first public event, Spring Trends 2012 featuring Chanel Guertin as their guest speaker. Within minutes of arriving at the Dermalogica headquarters, the place was packed with Luxe Box members and other Beauty Influencers. The night promised to be huge, with plenty of food and wine for everyone!

Upon arrival, guests were encouraged to walk around and visit the booths that were set up by the other sponsors.  New products were being launched, and we all got a chance to test them out! There were also a handful of Dermalogica workers available to provide us with a skin analysis. They basically 'mapped' our problem areas on our face and gave us a list of products that would help, and all the products were readily available for us to purchase if we wanted to. They were pretty great about not pressuring us to leave the event with a Dermalogica product, which was a huge plus. Nobody likes a pushy sales associate!

The Dermalogica set-up for our skin analysis.

Cupcakes from Made With Love by Tiffany. I've been a follower of her blog for a while, and it was a nice surprise to see her cupcakes there!

A larger than life bottle of Valentino's newest fragrance, Valentina.

Benefit's super cute booth background for their new Ultra Plush Gloss.

With so many people attending the event, it was no surprise that the line-up for the skin analyses was long.. so long that Holly took pity on us (the last people in line) and mapped our faces right in front of the Dermalogica product wall.

Holly was so amazingly thorough that she wasn't able to finish all three of us before the main event started: Chantel Guertin, beauty expert at The Kit, would be presenting us with her top 10 summer beauty trends. One of my favourite trends that she brought up was 'luxe lashes.' A great tip that she mentioned, which I am guilty of forgetting to do, is to layer your mascaras. You'll be hard-pressed to find a single mascara that can lengthen, thicken, AND volumize, all at the same time. To get your best lashes, you should be layering two different mascaras that can give you all three results! 

Another trend that she mentioned was 'flawless, glowing skin.' B.B. creams have already been huge among the Asian community, but the range of colours that they come in have been extremely disappointing. Now that other cosmetic companies are picking up on this fast-growing trend, more and more shades are being introduced to accommodate people of varying skin tones. 

This is what happens when you arrive late; the last seats available were the ones in the very back!

I can't believe it's been just over a year since Loose Button sent out their first Luxe Box. I loved their mini-display of their ever-changing box design.. it just served as evidence of their growth as a company and a team.

Being the generous people that they are, Loose Button also arranged for us to leave with a very large goody bag. They sure do know how to throw a party! You could barely hear yourself over the buzz of the crowd. The Loose Button team did an fantastic job organizing this event, and I'm glad I was invited to be a part of their celebration!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

For a chance at loving you I'd take it all away



Unbranded blouse, Sugar Lips Apparel skirt (c/o), American Apparel leather belt, Unbranded flats (similar here), DIY bracelets, Unbranded satchel (similar here and here)

When I first saw the Easter Sunday skirt on Sugar Lips Apparel , I immediately knew it was the piece that I wanted to review. This skirt is great for colour blocking first-timers -- it takes all the work out of it! I did notice that the lowest colour block portion is actually a dove gray rather than the mint green that is portrayed on the website. The skirt measures 13 inches at the waist and 17 inches in length. It originally sat lower on my hips than what I usually like, but the problem is easily fixed with the addition of a belt. While the skirt is 100% polyester, it is fully lined and on the slinkier side, which means it hangs off the hips in just the right way. I went the neutrals route in this outfit post, but I can't wait to pair this skirt with more vibrant tops!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I just thought maybe we could find new ways to fall apart



Unbranded drape blazer (similar here), Unbranded scallop top (similar here), Topshop Leigh jeans, Unbranded jewelry (similar to spiked bracelet here, here, and here; similar to skull bracelet here, and here; similar to claw bracelet here; similar to necklace here and here)

I know I've been a terrible blogger as of late! I was away for two weeks at the beginning of the month and I thought I would be able to blog a bit while I was in Hong Kong, but I was a fool to think I'd have enough spare time! To make up for some lost time, I quickly snapped some photos of the outfit that I wore out tonight to the Loose Button Spring Trends 2012 event. The photos from the actual event will be saved for another post!

I was originally going to wear a pair of blue trousers that I had worn to work earlier on today, but I decided at the last minute to change in to these pair of jeans. It made the outfit a bit more fun, as well as more in line with the theme of the event.  It also meant that I had an item (other than my shoes, which were the Kyelie wedges from Payless) in my outfit that wasn't purchased in Hong Kong!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Tell me that you'll never break my pretty little heart

Just a few snapshots of my first week in Asia:

1. Sipunculid worm in jelly, a Xiamen delicacy. One of those things that you have to try once, and then never again!
2.  Gulangyu Island. 
3. The first half of our dimsum order.
4. Two new bracelets for $3.
5. Street meat.
6. Hong Kong Park.
7. Asian liquor that can double as decoraton.
8. I really have no clue how you're supposed to drive within the lines.
9. Snake soup. Tastes like chicken!

Each day has been jam packed with activities and I'm beyond exhausted every day, but it's been a real blast this past week. PN and I have barely gotten any time to ourselves, but I think that even if we did, we'd probably just fall asleep right away! I've been relying on random wi-fi access to keep connected, so if you'd like more frequent updates, you can follow me on instagram @xJOLE.