Monday, April 30, 2012

I'm leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again

Goodbye Toronto! See you in two weeks...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

You shout it out but I can't hear a word you say

Joe Fresh tank (similar here and here), H&M denim button up (similar here), American Apparel corduroy shorts, Dexter Kylie wedges (from Payless), ASOS sheer hearts tights, DIY bracelets
It seems that the closer and closer I get to my departure date (April 30th!), my urge to shop continues to exponentially increase. I've been dying to get my hands on some neon denim, but instead settled for a simple tank that actually doubles as a work-out top. I've been writing and re-writing my packing list in the hopes that I can somehow fit two weeks worth of outfits and toiletries into a simple carry-on. It definitely is as tough as it sounds! 
Any readers have some packing tips and/or advice?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Hold on to this lullaby even when the music's gone


H&M paisley dress

Paisley print has been popping up everywhere this season, and I thought that the trend would pass me by until I came across this dress in H&M. I ended up buying both the coral version and this printed one, but I couldn't justify paying $49.95 for a polyester dress, so the coral ended up going back. Other than the awkward sleeve length, I adore the fit of the dress. I know the look from the front isn't that spectacular, but the flare of the skirt is really apparent from the side view.

If you think that the all over print is a bit too 'loud,' you can definitely turn it into a skirt or a top.  This will probably be my only paisley piece, so I'm glad that it's a versatile one.

1. Forever21 bird-print blouse (similar here), H&M belt
2. Wilfred linen shorts from Aritzia, H&M bow belt (similar here

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

It's a showdown and nobody comes to save you now

Zara dress, H&M blouse, American Apparel belt, Zara flats (not pictured, latest version here)

I love the peter pan collar on this H&M blouse, so much so that I tried to layer it under a dress for work. It looked great from the front, but one thing I didn't notice was that the collar doesn't actually extend all the way around the neck! It's sewn in to the shoulder seams, which made for a weird bulge in the back. I couldn't be bothered to change in to something else, so I left it as is. For $8.99 (with a 20% off coupon), I wasn't going to complain!

Shop H&M's latest Conscious Collection using this coupon for 20% off one item.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I got misty eyes as they said farewell




Zara leather jacket, Joe Fresh blouse, American Apparel riding pant, Dexter Kylie wedges (from Payless), Alexander McQueen silk scarf, DIY bracelets, Balenciaga RH City bag

Every time I wear this scarf I can't help but smile for two reasons. One, because I've been lusting after this beautiful piece for a long time and I can't believe it's finally mine! Second, because PN absolutely hates it, but he still bought it for me anyway as a belated Valentine's/birthday gift because he knew that it was what I really wanted. I'm pretty sure that's the definition of true love!

I'm not sure if you guys are aware, but I always try to provide links to the pieces that I'm wearing whenever I can (you can access this by hovering over the outfit description). I just wanted to let you guys know that I will now be using rewardStyle to link some of my outfits, but only when applicable. I don't receive any commission when you click on the actual link, but I will receive a small one if you purchase the product through my provided link.  Obviously you guys have the option of copying and pasting the product in to Google and search it yourself if you are not comfortable with with this idea. I promise my feelings won't be hurt! I just wanted to disclose this bit of info to you guys because I believe in being honest and upfront, especially because a lot of things can be easily misconstrued in the online blogging community.

To end on a fashion note, I've been pretty obsessed with DIY bracelets lately (so much so that I actually spent an entire Saturday night making them) and the coupons from Michael's aren't helping! Here are some that I have tried, and others that I want to:

5. LifeAnnStyle's chain friendship bracelet

Any other tutorials that I should be trying? I'd love to hear what other DIY tutorials you guys have stumbled across!

Monday, April 9, 2012

No more wasting time, you can't wait for life


I've used my fair share of mascaras, from low-end to high-end, and I've found that the best results come from drug store brands.  When I saw that the Maybelline Voluminous False Lashes mascara was on sale at Shoppers, I quickly grabbed a box of the waterproof formula in 'Blackest Black.'

1. Top left: bare lashes curled. I consider myself to fall in the middle of the spectrum when it comes to my natural lashes. They're not long, but they're not short. Sparse, but not to the point where they're invisible.
2. Top right: one coat. My lashes are definitely darker and longer.
3. Bottom left: two coats. My inner corner lashes have gotten a serious boost.
4. Bottom right: three coats. My lashes are longer AND thicker, without the spidery/clumpy effect that multiple layers of mascara tend to give you.

After an entire day of wear (8+ hours, including volleyball!), my lashes were still curled but there was a bit of smudging on the bottom outer corners.  I've worn the mascara on the bottom lashes as well, but the amount of smudging does not get worse. Of course, the mascara had no chance in the shower and I came out with raccoon eyes. However, most people know that you don't purchase waterproof formulas because you actually believe that they're waterproof; they just tend to hold curls a lot better.

Final verdict? Best $8 I've ever spent!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I wear my heart upon my sleeve like a big deal

Last week, the Loose Button team celebrated their first anniversary by hosting a small meet and greet for some of their Influencers, and I was lucky enough to be invited! I invited my good friend Steph (in the blue dress) to join me. I'll admit that I was a bit nervous about meeting so many new people, so I was glad that they extended the invite to include a guest.

Photo credit to Eva.

Photo take from my iPhone.
Such neat writing! I'm envious.

Photo credit to Valentina.
Four distinct make-up looks.

Photo credit to Eva.

The first thing on the itinerary was a trip to Sephora. Once all the Influencers and their guests had arrived, we were each  handed our own little Sephora gift bags that included a handwritten card, a set of photos, and a gift card. The group headed inside, where two make-up artists gave us a small presentation on Sephora's most popular products, as well as some upcoming Spring trends.  We also got to pick one of the cards that we were given to have replicated on us by the make-up artists!  While we waited for our makeovers, we all took turns browsing the aisles, eager to spend our gift cards.

Photo credit to Loose Button.

Photo credit to Eva
Isn't this such an amazing shot? Too bad I'm not visible!

After sharing our loot, we headed out to the Loose Button head office, conveniently located nearby, for some drinks and treats.

Photo taken from my iPhone.
Way more original than having a name plate!

Photo credit to Eva.
The red velvet cupcakes were from a local cupcake and cake boutique called The Chubby Bunny and were sooo moist.

Photo taken from my iPhone.

Photo credit to Eva.

We got a chance to meet the CMO and co-founder of Loose Button, Aditya Shah. He told us a bit about the history of Loose Button, from when the idea initially formed to how the company is run now. It was interesting to hear about so many other sample boxes that have sprung up recently! We all got a chance to mingle some more and get to know the Loose Button team a bit better.

Photo credit to Loose Button.
Our amazing hosts from L to R: Amy, Eva and Susan .

Photo credit to Eva.
The Influencers and their guests.

It was a fun night, made even greater by our gracious hosts.  It was an amazing opportunity to learn more about an up and coming company, and also a great chance to network and meet some of the other Influencers who have received Luxe Boxes. A huge thank you to to Amy, Eva, and Susan for taking such great care of us and making us feel so comfortable!  I know that planning this event was hard work, but their effort and dedication showed in how seamless the transition was from one location to the next.  If this was a hint as to what's to come with the Loose Button x Dermalogica event, I'm triply excited and can't wait for a date announcement!

You can check out Loose Button's blog here to see more photos from the event.