Thursday, December 27, 2012

BELLE SPOTLIGHT: SUN KISSED

We just had our first snow storm and it already has me dreaming of sunny weather. Since I wear SPF everyday of the year, I always fake any colour I have (which isn't much) with bronzer. NARS' Laguna is a universally flattering colour and has been my go-to favourite for a very long time. I've also heard great things about the Guerlain bronzers and they come in a variety of different colours. I've been wanting to try them for a while so I'm excited to see if they live up to the hype. You'll also notice that I've added a bright pink blush to this post as well. I always add a touch of blush on top of my bronzer. It gives your makeup depth and creates a more natural look. 

1. NARS Laguna Bronzer / 2. Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in Blonde 01 (this is available in stores but not online for some reason. Here's a similar version from Guerlain and Emilio Pucci / 3. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder 00 / 4. Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink.

I'd love to hear if you have any bronzers that you love as well! Tell me what your go-to favourites are.

Monday, December 24, 2012

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! I've been a bit radio silent the last few weeks because it's been so busy with work and getting all of my Christmas shopping done. I've really been looking forward to having some down time but so far it's off to a rocky start because Kingsley's been sick. He's never been this sick before so it's been a really rough few days. I'm hoping he'll feel well enough to enjoy the festivities today/tomorrow. He's been so excited for Santa! 

I hope all of you have (and had) a wonderful Christmas, Chrismukkah, Hanukkah, etc! 
xoxo

Sunday, December 23, 2012

BELLE SPOTLIGHT: LUSCIOUS LIPS

Now that it's cold, I find I'm constantly reaching towards my lip balms to keep my lips hydrated. Despite having a few tried and true basics, I'm always on the hunt for a great new balm or moisturizing gloss. Here are my current favourites for keeping my lips hydrated and luscious: 

1. VASELINE - this is the original lip balm and you can really never go wrong when your lips need extreme moisture.
2. DIOR CRÉME DE ROSE SMOOTHING PLUMPING LIP BALM - MY NEWEST FIND: I've heard a lot of great things about this product but only tried it for the first time a few days ago. Needless to say, I was instantly addicted. It makes your lips incredibly soft and smells heavenly.
3. ROSEBUD SALVE IN A TUBE - this is very similar in texture to Vaseline but has a much nicer smell. I like the Strawberry scent best but all of the Rosebud Salves are great.
4. KIEHL'S LIP BALM #1 MANGO - this has been my go-to balm for years. I have one in the car, in my purse, at the office and a few of them in my bedside table at all times. I always have one at my fingertips for when my lips need instant moisture.
5. CLARINS INSTANT LIGHT NATURAL LIP PERFECTOR - I've written about this a number of times but it's still a favourite. It gives just a hint of colour, feels great on your lips and is a fantastic balm/gloss combo.
6. DIOR ADDICT LIP POLISH - this gives a touch of colour and makes your lips super glossy. 

What are your favourite products for keeping your lips hydrated and luscious?

Monday, December 17, 2012

TODDLER HOLIDAY STYLE

I know I'm biased but I have to say Kingsley looked incredibly stylish in his holiday suit on Saturday night. He was dressed head-to-toe in Crew Cuts from J. Crew. Here's a breakdown of his look: 
1. LUDLOW SUIT JACKET; 2. PLAQUE BELT; 3. LUDLOW PANT; 4. SECRET WASH SHIRT IN GINGHAM 5. KIDS CLASSIC WING TIPS; 6. NO-SLIP BEAR CLAW SOCKS; 7. BUFFALO CHECK TIE

Sunday, December 16, 2012

MY WEEK & WEEKEND

Outfit Snapshot #1: Zara blouse, Gap pants, Chanel flats; Outfit Snapshot #2: Joie Sweater, Gap Pants, Tory Burch Flats {similar}; Joie Sweater details; Macarons from Nadege

It was Romeo's company party on Saturday night. Kingsley looked so handsome in his suit and had such a good time! He was a dancing machine. I'm going to post on Kingsley's holiday outfit soon. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

MY WEEK & WEEKEND

It was another busy but fun week filled with family time and parties. Here are some of my snapshots:
TOP - Outfit Snapshot: J. Crew top, Gap pants, Cole Haan shoes {similar}, Kingsley enjoying a smoothie at the mall; MIDDLE - Kingsley at school painting, my Dad's lobster risotto, Kingsley decorating a gingerbread cookie; BOTTOM - Mia & Alexa celebrated their 2nd birthday's with Cookies with Santa. It was such a fun party!  

It was the High Road holiday party on Thursday night and it was another crazy party! This is a compilation of some of my favourite snapshots from the night (yes, AJ does a mean air guitar and it looks like red lips are the popular lipstick choice this year. I'm happy I forced myself to go bold ;-).  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

BELLE SPOTLIGHT: THE PERFECT RED LIPSTICK

I have always loved the look of red lipstick but whenever I attempt to wear it I feel like it's too much. I'm determined to get over my red lipstick fear this holiday season and find the perfect red lipstick for my holiday makeup look. So far I've picked up three red NARS lipsticks that alternate from a bright bold red to a deep burgundy. My main goal is to get a deep, dramatic red (I want a blue red rather than an orange red and would love to try a dark oxblood shade). I haven't tried Tom Ford's Black Orchid yet but I've heard that it's a universally flattering aubergine (I really want to pick it up). I've also picked up Dior's Universal Contour Lipliner which has no colour but lines the lips to prevent bleeding. When going with such a dramatic lip I'm going to keep the rest of my makeup neutral with bronzer and my go-to champagne eyeshadow. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

GIVEAWAY: TWO OF MY FAVOURITES WINNER

Congratulations to Kelly for winning the Stila Kitten Smudge Crayon Waterproof Eyeshadow + Primer + Base and Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. Please check your email later for details on how to get your prize.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - BABIES/TODDLERS

Instead of a Toddler Style post today, I've pulled together a Holiday Gift Guide for babies and toddlers.   On Cherry Pie Twins, Samantha has done a fun post on dressing Mia & Alex for their photos with Santa (you can see Kingsley's outfit for his Santa photos here and here). 
1. BASHFUL BUNNY (AKA BUBBA) $19
2. LEAP PAD2 $110
9. CONVERSE $27

If you have any great gift ideas for the babies/toddlers in your life, I'd love to hear about them!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

MY WEEK & WEEKEND

Outfit Snapshot: Banana Republic sweater, Gap pants, Nine West loafers {old} 

Outfit details: J. Crew necklace 

Lobster dinner (on a weekday - LOL) 

 Sushi at Wabora on Friday night

Christmas roll (yummy)

Saturday morning with House & Home and David's tea 

Kingsley had Groover, Elmo and Cookie Monster climbing our tree 

We went to the mall on Sunday and picked up some Kernels popcorn for Kingsley. He loves popcorn!

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - FOR THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE

4. IPOD MINI $329 - $659

Friday, November 30, 2012

STYLE SPOTLIGHT - CLÉMENCE POÉSY

Today is Clémence Poésy's birthday so I thought I'd post photos of some of her best looks. Clémence is the epitome of french chic and has such a cool, effortless style. Love her!








Photos: French Vogue

Thursday, November 29, 2012

CURRENTLY OBSESSED

I am in love with Joie's cashmere sweaters right now. They have cute brown elbow patches that transform the sweaters from normal to fantastic. I bought the solid cashmere sweater in navy during the Bloomingdale's Cyber Monday sale. It's a perfect sweater for winter that's stylish and cozy.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BELLE SPOTLIGHT: HOLIDAY MAKEUP


I'm always looking for ways to glam up my makeup during the holidays and when I saw this photo on Pinterest, I knew I'd have to recreate the look. A cat eye is my go-to makeup look and adding a touch of glitter on a neutral eye is perfect for holiday parties. It's a look that's easy to create and adds a lot of  glamour. 

How do you glam up your holiday makeup routine?

Photo: Pinterest

Monday, November 26, 2012

TODDLER STYLE - HOLIDAY PHOTOS

La Dauphine and Cherry Pie Twins will be posting photos of our fashionable toddlers to our Instagram accounts with the hashtag #mytoddlerhasstyle. If you have a fashionable little one (whether they are infants, toddlers, preschoolers or big kids), we want you to join us! Share on Tuesday's by taking a photo and including the hashtag #mytoddlerhasstyle. 

You can find us on Instagram at @ladauphinestyle and @lovingyouischerrypie
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This week in our toddler style posts we're talking about styling toddlers for holiday photos. Samantha has posted her top 5 tips for styling toddlers for holiday photo shoots. I've decided to post on a few different style 'looks' for your little one's holiday photos. My biggest tip is to stay true to your little one's style. Dressing them up in a suit when they're a super casual kid just won't work. They'll look their best if they're comfortable and like what they're wearing. I've pulled together looks for The Little Man, The Hipster and The Cool Kid. BTW - Mia and Alexa's holiday outfit was unbelievably adorable!


Sunday, November 25, 2012

GIVEAWAY: TWO OF MY FAVOURITES

I recently received a Stila Kitten Smudge Crayon Waterproof Eye Primer + Shadow + Base as a gift from Jordana (she knows me so well). Kitten is one of my all-time favourite eye shadow colours and the crayon creates the perfect base. It can be used on its own or layered with other shadows. Since I purchased this recently and they last FOREVER, I've decided to offer it as a giveaway for one of my lovely readers. And I've paired it with another one of my favourites - the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. Check out my review of the Clarins gloss here. It doubles as a balm/gloss and smells yummy. 

To enter you simply have to: 

- Leave a comment on my blog along with your name/email

Additional entries: become a follower of La Dauphine Style on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram, follow La Dauphine Style via "Google Friend Connect" at the right or add La Dauphine Style on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. This is worth 5 extra entries for a total of 6 chances to win.  

This giveaway will end on Sunday, December 2nd at 11:59 p.m. The winner will be selected via random number generator and will be announced on Monday, December 3rd. Good luck!

MY WEEK & WEEKEND

Outfit Snapshot #1: Zara blazer, Club Monaco blouse, Theory pants and Kate Spade shoes 

Outfit Snapshot #2: 3.1 Phillip Lim leather ruffle jacket {similar}, Banana Republic sweater, Gap pants and Tory Burch flats 

It was Julie's birthday on Friday so I did a little shopping :-)

Kingsley loved the Christmas decorations at my in-laws 

Look at that silly smile! LOL 

On Sunday morning we went to go visit Santa 

Kingsley & Santa 

Kingsley loved telling Santa about his wish list 

The 'official' portrait 

I had Danna's bridal shower on Sunday afternoon which was a lot of fun. When I got home we put up the Christmas tree.  

My little helper

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

WHAT'S IN MY BAG - GUEST EDITION

The latest edition of What's In My Bag is by Keri. She has an AMAZING green Phillip Lim 3.1 Pashli Messenger bag that carries a surprising amount of stuff ;-) Enjoy! 

What's In My Bag - Guest Edition: Keri

What's in my green Phillip Lim 3.1 Pashli Messenger (aka my new love and obsession):
1. Blistex SPF 15 lip conditioner (I don't know how many I have of these kicking around...I have one for the car, bedside table, washroom and I find one in every two coats I wear)

2. Swiss Natural multivitamin (one a day keeps the doc away)

3. Tortoise shell hair clip (for getting down to business)


5. Cat eye sunnies (My favourite Kensington Market find from this summer)

6. J. Crew Power Mate Plus portable backup battery (just got this gem today but it has already become an essential)

7. Calvin Klein wallet (aka My card holder...all other content is fluff)

8. Lipstick/ Gloss: MAC 'So chaud' (in my opinion the BEST rouge for brunettes), Revlon 'Coral Reef' gloss (remnants of the summer months) and MAC 'Viva Glam Cyndi (Lauper that is)

9. $5 bill (the ONLY denomination I ever have in my wallet)

10. Mini travel care package... This thing has everything except for the kitchen sink...literally: Emergency Blistex, nail file, tweezers, sewing kit, stain remover, deodorant towelettes, double-sided tape (I know right?) mouth wash, clear nail polish, pins and 4 bandaids... I mean 'you need it, I got it'

11. Some sort of nail polish colour is bound to be floating around. Right now I have Essie's 'Plumberry’ for Fall

12. A piece of costume jewelry (you never know where the day will take you)

13. Two pens (I don't know why but I always have two, one that works, one for good measure) 

I Can't Live Without: Blistex - it doesn't matter what time of year it is, I need my Blis! I'm also obsessed with my iPhone (specifically instagram), I hate to say that a material item has changed my life, but it has seriously made my day-to-day a little bit brighter!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

MY WEEK & WEEKEND

This was another crazy week! During the week, I had book club and went to see the last Twilight instalment (I can't believe it's over). Then I headed to Windsor/Detroit to visit Jordana. We had a weekend full of yoga, shopping and sushi! So yummy! When I got home on Sunday morning we headed to the Santa Claus Parade (which was so much fun). It was a very busy weekend but a lot of fun! I hope everyone else has had a great weekend too!  

Outfit Snapshot #1: EmersonMade jacket (now Emerson Fry), StyleMint tee, J Brand jeans and Tory Burch flats {similar}

 Baby Gap had a 25% off sale and I couldn't help picking up this adorable 'King of Cool' tee for Kingsley

My Baby Gap haul for Kingsley

Outfit Snapshot #2: White House/Black Market sweater, Club Monaco tank {similar}, Theory pants {similar} and Tory Burch flats

One little monkey jumping on the bed! Kingsley was being silly one morning before I left for work. 

It was a bow tie kind of day...

Delicious treats at book club!

More delicious treats...

I went with Samantha to see the final Twilight movie. It was such a fun night. We've gone to see all of the Twilight movies together and had a lot of fun laughing and whispering throughout the movie. Click here for her recap.

Outfit Snapshot #3: Banana Republic sweater, 7 For All Mankind jeans and Tory Burch flats {similar}. 

On our way to Somerset! Our day was filled with yoga, shopping and sushi - the BEST! BTW - Jordana looked amazing in her Balanciaga sunglasses and J. Crew polka dot sweater

Shopping for makeup at the Chanel counter at Saks. Jordana picked up Vitalumiére Aqua foundation, a blush in Pink Explosion and a great gloss

I've been looking for a portable iPhone charger for a while and found these adorable Power iMate Plus chargers at J. Crew. The colours/patterns are so much fun. I know it's silly but I was beyond excited about this purchase!

I picked up a few statement necklaces. The two outside necklaces are from Forever21 (R - Rhinestone Teardrop Necklace; L - Geo Rhinestone Necklace) and the center necklace is the Pearls and Petals necklace from J. Crew (it was 25% off). 

Jordana and I hit target in Detroit. I stocked up on toys for Christmas gifts and some holiday wrapping paper. 

After shopping we went for dinner at Ronin in Royal Oak. 

The tuna tartar was delicious!

Spicy tempura shrimp

Yellowtail sashimi

Salmon on crispy rice and another amazing roll

Tempura vegetable roll

And while I was gone the boys were busy...

Kingsley riding his big 'toys'

And posing with his hot rod

We went down to the Santa Claus Parade when I got home on Sunday morning. It was so cold but Kingsley loved seeing Santa so it was a lot of fun. 

Ear muffs - LOL!

Santa! Kingsley loved the parade and was so excited to see Santa. 
 

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