Monday, August 26, 2013

I know exactly who you could be

P1220623
Joie Trudy dress (similar here), H&M necklace, Balenciaga RH Mini PomPon in Coquelicot

Thursday, August 22, 2013

You've carried on so long, you couldn't stop if you tried it

P1220607

P1220603
Boohoo Zara crop top, Forever21 paisley pants, Brandy Melville cardigan, Zara pumps, Balenciaga RH Mini PomPon in Coquelicot, Forever21 chain necklace, Forever21 bow belt


My love my Balenciaga continues with the acquisition of this lovely bag. I was able to score this pre-loved past season colour at a fantastic price and I couldn't be happier! Balenciaga is known for their reds, and I consider myself very lucky that I was able to find and own a bag in their famous Coquelicot shade.

Don't forget, today is the last day to join my current Essie Sleek Stick Nail Stickers giveaway!

Some more gratuitous shots of my new baby:

pompon

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I know you're out of my league but that won't scare me away

I've been doing my own gel manicures at home (I swear by the Red Carpet Manicure system!) for the past year, so when I saw that one of the items in my Summer Luxe Box were nail stickers, I was super excited to change up my nail game. The Essie Sleek Stick nail stickers in 'Embrace the Lace' were neutral enough to wear to the office, but still super fun looking.

P1220441

I've had previous experience with the Sally Hansen nail stickers, so I was pretty confident of my abilities beforehand.


P1220443

Included in the package are 18 nail applique strips, 1 cuticle stick, 1 file/buffer, and an instruction sheet. I also brought a small pair of scissors to use just in case I had to trim some of the nail applique strips to fit.

The instructions are pretty clear. You start off by matching all of yours nails with the best fitting nail strip. I did run in to a bit of a snafoo here, though. My index, middle, and ring finger are extremely similar in size, but there were only two strips that seemed to fit properly. I thought I could use my small nail scissors to trim a larger strip down to the correct size, but the way that they are packaged made it very difficult, and I ended up abandoning the idea. In order to cut a strip down, I would have had to peel it off of the clear backing, which meant I would end up freehanding the trim.


nails

Once you find the best fit, you peel the applique off the clear backing and try to apply it as close to the cuticle as you can. You can gently pull on the strip while you're smoothing it down to get rid of any air bubbles. The best technique that I found was to actually line up the sticker to the side of your nail, rather than your cuticle. That way, you don't get any weird gaps at the sides because you didn't centre the sticker properly. This part was actually pretty hard for me. The shape of the sticker didn't match up to the shape of my nails, so sometimes these gaps were unavoidable. If you make a mistake, don't worry! It was actually very easy to remove the sticker and try again.

Once you get the best fit, you pull the excess over the edge of your nail and use your file to get rid of the extra bit. I like to use the buffer side afterwards and rub it all over my nail to really make sure that the sticker is on tight. I also used the cuticle stick to smooth the bubbled edges down as best as I could.


P1220452

The end result was not as fabulous as I thought it would be! It was sloppier than I had anticipated. It was actually very difficult to smooth it over the edge of my nail, hence all the bumps that you can see. Once you run the buffer over your nails, I suggest you leave the stickers alone. I was playing around and peeled off a sticker after I was done to see if I could reapply it.. and while I could, it definitely wasn't as sticky as the first time.

The nail stickers lasted about a week on me. They probably would've lasted longer if I had done a better job applying them.. my hair kept getting caught under the bubbly/ragged edges. These were actually very easy to remove, too! You can peel off the entire sticker in one go. It does leave a bit of glue residue behind, but you can easily wipe that away with some rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover.

While I did like the design, I don't think I would purchase the Essie Sleek Stick again. The application was just too difficult, especially when I compare it to my experience with the Sally Hansen nail strips.. but that doesn't mean I don't want you to have your own opinion! 

I'm giving away one set of Essie Sleek Stick nail stickers in 'Show Me Your Stuff.' This giveaway is open internationally and will run until August 23rd, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below!

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I've got that summertime, summertime sadness

P1220528

P1220521

P1220525
J. Crew cardigan, The Limited lace dress, Le Chateau bow pumps, Forever21 bow belt (similar here), Balenciaga RH City

Can someone please tell me where all our summer weather went?!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Blind me baby with your neon lights

P1220539

P1220535
Zara neoprene top, Lucca Couture scallop shorts (similar here), Zara kitten heels, House of Harlow Labradorite Sunburst earrings

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

If loving you had a price I would pay my life for you

P1220544

P1220542
H&M denim button up, Boohoo Zara crop top, Brandy Melville Lily skirt, Dolce Vita Archer sandals, Balenciaga RH City in Black

PN says he prefers the more 'natural' look, but I feel naked without a tube of bright lipstick!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Who wants that perfect love story any way

Like I mentioned in this post, Boohoo is a well-known UK retailer of fast fashion that has recently launched it's Canadian website. I attended their launch party last month, and as a part of their goody bag, they generously included a $60 credit to their website. Browsing their stock can be quite overwhelming as they get tons of new products daily, but their filtering options are easy to use and are extremely helpful.


boohoo2
Julia Box Pleat Sleeveless Dress in Mustard
Size UK6
Chest: 15 inches/38 cm
Waist: 13 inches/33 cm
Length: 32.5 inches/82.5 cm

As you can see, the Julia dress was just a very bad fit overall. It was very tight across the chest and I found the armholes to be quite small. The waist of the dress fell closer towards my hips which gave me the illusion of a really long, awkward torso. The skirt portion was limp and bore little resemblance to the full skirt in the product photo. Despite being a polyester/elastane blend, the zipperless dress was quite difficult to get in and out of, and I thought the plastic black belt it came with cheapened the look of the dress.

boohoo1
Zara Slash Neck Crop Top in Black and White
Size UK6
Chest: 12 inches/30.5 cm
Waist: 11 inches/28 cm
Length: 13 inches/33 cm

Katty Scuba Box Pleat Skirt in Berry
Size UK6
Waist: 12 inches/30.5 cm
Length: 16 inches/41 cm

I had been searching for the perfect crop top for quite some time now, and it was surprising how difficult it was to find one that fit me the way I wanted it to. These crop tops are made of viscose and elastane, so they are quite stretchy and very breathable. I do like the way that they fit and the fact that the bottom portion actually lies flat against my stomach. However, because the material is so thin, it can get sheer when stretched out. With the black version, even a nude bra is visible under certain lighting. I haven't experienced that problem with the white top, though. This problem might be solved if you size up, but that is just a suggestion.

I was most excited for the Katty skirt, and it certainly did live up to my expectations. It has an elastic waistband that sits at my natural waist comfortably. Again, there is no zipper on this polyester/elastane blend skirt, which seems to be a common theme in Boohoo clothes. There are no complaints here though, as the skirt is easy to get in to and just as full as the product photo shows it to be. The only downside is that the back can get a bit rumpled when you sit on it for too long.

Like any online retailer, there are definite hits and misses. One thing I have to commend Boohoo on is their fast shipping and handling time! I placed my order on a Thursday, it was processed on the Friday, and delivered from the UK on Tuesday. Another huge bonus is that shipping is free, and you can expect to not pay any additional customs/duties charges. That, combined with frequent coupon codes (use code CAD25 now to get 25% off your entire order!) means that Boohoo has made it on to my list of online retailers that I frequent almost daily!