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
 

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