Wednesday, December 25, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Kingsley was so excited about Christmas and Santa this year that I had a permanent smile on my face. I've always loved Christmas but it's so much fun seeing the holiday through his little eyes. I hope Santa brought all of you everything on your list ;-)




Wednesday, December 11, 2013

THE NEW FACE OF CHANEL

I don't know about you but my Instagram feed exploded last night with pictures from the Chanel Dallas event (which looked unbelievably fun and cool BTW). Just about every fashionista 'it' girl was in attendance to see the fantastic Chanel meets Wild West collection. It was announced at the event that Kristen Stewart will be the new face of Chanel Metiers d'Art Paris-Dallas Collection.The campaign will be shot by Karl Lagerfeld and released in May 2014. Stewart is probably one of the last people I would ever have picked to be the face of Chanel but I guess that's what Karl was going for here. It'll be interesting to see the how the campaign turns out. 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING - NOTHING BUT MAKEUP

I was downtown for meetings yesterday and a group of us decided to pop into Holt's to check out the Black Friday sales. Unfortunately, the sales in Canada are nothing compared to the sales in the US. There were five of us shopping and despite having the best of intentions (we all really wanted to buy something), Amanda and I were the only ones who left with anything (makeup, of course) and it wasn't on sale. Buying makeup is always a perfect pick-me-up and I'm very excited about these new purchases. Here's a peak at what we picked up. 
After seeing this Lisa Eldridge video featuring the CHANEL Limited Edition Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette in Charming, I had to pick it up. It's from the newest Holiday collection and is so pretty and such a great useable palette. I love the luxe look of the quilted pattern and the colours are all great basics. 

I also picked up another item from the Holiday Collection, CHANEL Rouge Allure Lipstick in Radieuse #217. It's such a pretty light pink with a hint of blue. I have a serious weakness for pretty pale pink lipsticks like this. When I tried this colour on, Jess and Amanda both said it looked great but I probably already had something similar at home... I'm nothing if not predictable! While that's true, I couldn't help myself. The colour is fantastic and I love the feel and texture of this lipstick. It's very moisturizing and glides on so smoothly. 
Amanda was on the hunt for a deep plum lipstick but ended up buying a fantastic gloss from Chanel instead. She picked up the CHANEL Lévres Scintillantes Glossimer in Crushed Cherry #176. It's a new colour from Chanel and is such a deep, rich purple. It's such a modern colour and is a great alternative to red for the holidays. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BELLE SPOTLIGHT: NOVEMBER BEAUTY WISH LIST

1. HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING PALETTE: This is a limited edition palette that looks amazing! It features state-of-the-art technology high-tech, soft-focus finishing powder to recreate the most exquisitely flattering types of light.The powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powder claims to deliver multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer and lit from within (sign me up). I've been hearing so many great things about Hourglass products lately that I really need to try some of their products out. 
2. DERMALOGICA DAILY RESURFACER: Jess is a fan of the Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer. It's a daily leave-on exfoliating treatment designed to brighten and tone the skin. You know what a fan I am of Dermalogica products so I'm definitely adding this to my must-try list. 
3. HOURGLASS OPAQUE ROUGE LIQUID LIPSTICKAmanda bought this and has raved about it! She has Raven and Ballet which both look beautiful. It's described as a richly pigmented and smooth matte lip colour that delivers 14 hours of continuous wear without flaking or dryness. Hello - it sounds perfect for holiday parties! 
4. PUR MINERALS MINERAL MAKEUP FOUNDATION: Coralie has been using this 4 in 1 pressed powder mineral makeup with SPF 15 for the last few months and is a big fan! Her skin has been looking fantastic so I wouldn't hesitate to try any of the products she recommends. 
5. GIVENCHY LE ROUGE: This is a recommendation from Jordana. She has a few colours from this lipstick line and recently bought me the vibrant fuchsia. The packaging is uber-stylish and is encased in a leather case. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

STYLE SPOTLIGHT: DIANE KRUGER AND JOSHUA JACKSON

Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson went to the Chanel Little Black Jacket event in Brazil earlier this week and they looked as great as they always do (seriously, they're flawless). You know I have a slight obsession with these two! Diane is wearing Chanel (of course) and is stunning. I'm not crazy about the shoes but the dress is amazing. 

My last thought is that if I was attending the Little Black Jacket event, I'd probably wear a LBJ but that's beside the point... 

Photo: Because I'm Famous

Thursday, October 10, 2013

CURRENTLY OBSESSED: ANINE BING


It seems like just about every celebrity, blogger and fashionista around has been spotted out and about wearing an Anine Bing leather jacket. I'm obsessed with them (especially this one and this one). It's the perfect combination of biker chic and bohemian cool. 

I also follow Anine on Instagram and I love her style and her adorable family - she's one seriously talented Mama. 

Sincerely Jules wearing the Anine Bing leather jacket

Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere wearing an Anine Bing leather jacket

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

STYLE ICON: CAROLYN BESSETTE KENNEDY

It's hard to believe how many years have passed since the tragic death of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. Carolyn and John were as close to royalty as you can get in America and she's still at the top of my list of Style Icons. I remember being obsessed with her style (and of course her hair) and looking back it's funny how many of her looks are still timeless and classic despite how much time has gone by. Given how atrocious the fashion was in the 90s, that's really saying something. Here's a look back at some of Carolyn's most memorable looks and some of the top style and beauty tips we can take away from CBKs effortless style. 


BEAUTY TIP #1: LESS IS MORE - When it comes to beauty, CBK lived by the 'less is more' philosophy. Her barely-there makeup focused on showing off her great skin. I'd say foundation or tinted moisturizer, a brow pencil, mascara and red lipstick made up the majority of her makeup routine. 

BEAUTY TIP #2: RED LIPS DRESS UP ANY LOOK - As much as anything else, red lips have to be one of CBKs most defining style statements. She always kept the rest of her makeup very clean and made the red lipstick the focal point. 

A style retrospective on CBK wouldn't be complete without the iconic wedding photo. This dress single-handedly created a wedding style revolution.

BEAUTY TIP #3: A BUN IS EFFORTLESS - CBK had gorgeous long hair but the majority of the time, she'd pull it back into a chic effortless bun. I almost always wear my hair down but there really is something to be said for how sweeping your hair into a bun can instantly transform a look. 

STYLE TIP #1: EMBRACE NEUTRALS - you'll notice that Carolyn stuck to black, white, tan and brown a lot. 



STYLE TIP #2: YOU ALWAYS NEED A LITTLE BLACK DRESS - CBK was famous for her love of the LBD. She stuck to classic shapes and beautiful detailing but always reinforced the fact that you can never go wrong with a LBD. 

STYLE TIP #3: THE IMPORTANCE OF BASICS - You can never go wrong with basics. CBK was the Queen of leveraging classic wardrobe staples - i.e. the classic v-neck, a crisp white dress shirt, a pencil skirt. She would wear a white men's dress shirt with a long skirt to a charity event and it looked flawless. 


STYLE TIP #4: ALL BLACK IS VERY CHIC. CBK wore all black a lot. I always say that black is my confidence colour. I just feel good in all black and it was a look that CBK embraced a lot. 


STYLE TIP #5: SELECT STATEMENT PIECES - While CBK was famous for her love of style basics and neutral colours, she also bought some great statement pieces. While basics are really important, it's always good to have one or two statement pieces in your wardrobe that really stand out. I think these should usually be coats or blazers but that's just my opinion ;-) 

BTW - This red Prada coat is probably one of my favourite coats of all-time. It's pretty crazy how much this one coat stands out for me despite how many years have passed. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

STYLE SPOTLIGHT: OLIVIA PALERMO

Olivia Palermo has been at Paris Fashion Week looking as stylish as ever. I love that she's dressed so simply but still looks so chic. The mix of skinny jeans, ivory shirt/blazer and red sandals work really well together.  

Photos: 1 / 2 ABACA Press

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

EMMYS: BEST DRESSED 2013

The award show season is starting and I have to say I was really disappointed by the fashion turnout last night at the Emmys. There was a lot of boring on the red carpet. Despite the lack of any real fashion statements, here are a few of my favourites from the night:

KATE MARA was by far the best dressed of the night for me. She wore J. Mendel and looked stunning in the long sleeved dress with the dramatic slit.

ROSE BYRNE looked stunning in a pale pink Calvin Klein top and skirt. 

CLAIRE DANES' Armani Prive dress was beautiful. I loved the dress. My only complaint was that she looked SO skinny and the dress was not very flattering in the chest department... Also, her hair was atrocious. ATROCIOUS. Overall, the dress was a winner though. 

EMILIA CLARKE wore a pale blue Donna Karan dress with a futuristic silver belt. Her makeup was a little too dramatic but she really does look beautiful. 

KERRY WASHINGTON wore an ethereal Marchesa gown. She looked flawless as usual. I heard a lot of complaints about this dress but I think she wears it well. It's definitely not my favourite look from her however she can really do no wrong. 

KRISTEN CONNOLLY wore a chevron print Nicholas Oakwell with bell sleeves and a flared skirt. Paired with her makeup, the look was uber-stylish and stood out against a lot of boring looks (which was impressive given I have no idea what show she's on). 

Photos: 1 Getty Images / 2 Getty Images / 3 Wire Images / 4 AP Images / 5 Getty Images / 6 Getty Images

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

GRACE

I finally picked up a copy of Grace Coddington's memoir Grace. I loved seeing a glimpse into her creative process and the dynamic between her and Anna Wintour in The September Issue. I can't wait to read the book. Has anyone else already ready it? 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

BELLE SPOTLIGHT: SEPTEMBER BEAUTY WISH LIST

1. LA MER MOISTURIZING SOFT CREAM: There really is a reason why La Mer is such a cult classic. I've been using the Soft Cream (which is a lighter version of the classic cream) and it's wonderful. My skin has really never felt better! 
2. SMASHBOX FADE TO BLACK PHOTO OP EYE SHADOW PALETTE: This new palette has a great range of wearable colours. 
3. MAC MINERALIZE SKINFINISH in SOFT AND GENTLE: I bought this highlighter on the weekend and I love it. It gives my skin such a soft and luminous glow.
4. GUERLAIN 'METEORITES' PEARLS: I've had this on my wish-list forever. I've heard a lot of great things about it and it's always on all of the beauty editors must-have list. I really need to pick one up one of these days. 
5. KERASTASE BAIN DE FORCE SHAMPOO and CIMENT ANTI-USURE CONDITIONER: I picked up this shampoo and conditioner last week and I love it! My hair feels incredible but it doesn't weigh it down. 
6. YVES SAINT LAURENT SHOCKING BOLD FELT-TIP EYELINER PEN: This is my go-to pen for creating a cat-eye. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

PRETTY IN PINK

I am somewhat obsessed with this pink Valentino coat. It's such a statement piece. I love the soft pink colour, detailed shoulders and bow neckline. I'm currently lusting after a number of coats for Winter and this is at the top of my list! 

eLuxe posted this photo on Instagram of two of its staffers wearing the coat. It's SO cute!

Friday, August 16, 2013

OUTFIT SNAPSHOT: WEDDING EDITION

Since we just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary, I thought I'd do an outfit snapshot and talk about what I wore on my wedding and what I'd do differently. 10 years is a long time and I could easily be looking back and cringing over all of our wedding photos. We got married before there were digital cameras and WAY before Pinterest.
I wore a Vera Wang dress which I loved. It was really simple - strapless, mermaid-style and the only real detailing was a long row of buttons down the back. If I was getting married again today, I would probably go with something that had more detail and embellishment but saying that I think the reason I'm not cringing about my wedding dress is because it was so classic. 
I also wore a Very Wang veil. Which was so beautiful and looked amazing in photos but because it was so long people kept stepping on it. I took it off within an hour of being married because my head hurt - LOL. I wish I would have kept it on longer but as you can tell in the photo above it was a hazard. 
The only thing I do regret about my wedding look were my shoes. I special ordered a pair of strappy nude Jimmy Choo's (see above) and they were the most uncomfortable shoes EVER! At the end of the night I had cuts on my feet from the straps and I have never worn the shoes again. I don't even like strappy shoes... I don't know what I was thinking. If I could do it over again, I wouldn't go with strappy or nude and I would definitely make sure they were more comfortable. My dream shoes now would be a colourful, fun pump or peep toe shoe that I would wear again. I definitely regret not having a statement shoe. 
My bridesmaids wore hot pink...which is probably another thing I'd change. The hot pink seems a bit much looking back but I'm happy they weren't completely matchy-matchy. All of their dresses were made in the same fabric but were different shapes and styles. BTW - I really love the picture of Julie and I above. 

One thing I absolutely wouldn't change is my wedding hair. I wore my hair down because that's how I'm most comfortable. I hate having my hair up and I couldn't imagine not looking like myself on my wedding day. It turned out that I had the best hair day EVER on my wedding day. I've been trying to recreate my long wavy locks for the last 10 years - LOL! 
Would anyone else change anything about their wedding look? Although I might go with something different today, I'm happy I went with such a classic dress looking back. And I figure if the only thing I would change is my shoes that's not too bad. 

10 YEARS LATER

It's been 10 years since the blackout which just happens to coincide with our 10 year wedding anniversary. Yes, we got married the weekend of the blackout. Believe it or not, the blackout didn't have much of an impact on our wedding day itself (although all of our friends/family will never forget our anniversary). Aside from having to cancel our rehearsal dinner and having a very small group of people at our rehearsal, the blackout was actually a good thing for us. It was impossible to worry about any of the normal wedding 'details' when the day before there was a chance that we'd have to cancel our wedding. The only thing that mattered was the fact that Romeo and I were getting married and it made us appreciate every minute more than we would have otherwise. 

In addition to the blackout, I found out that I had melanoma a few weeks before our wedding. A week before I saw a plastic surgeon to have the effected area removed. It was such a weird time because all of these bad things seemed to be happening but looking back I think they helped us focus on what was most important - the fact that we were starting our life together. And the fact that there was no one else I'd rather have by my side for the rest of my life. 

Looking back over the last 10 years it's hard to believe how quickly it's gone by. I feel way too young to be married for 10 years! And even though I didn't think it was possible to love him more, once I saw Romeo with Kingsley and I saw how much he loved and cherished him, I knew that what I had felt before paled in comparison to the love I felt watching him as a father. It's gone by quickly but it's been so much fun! I'm looking forward to celebrating our anniversaries for the next 80+ years. 

On a less sappy note, I thought I'd point out that my wedding was the best hair day I've EVER had... 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

SAVING FACE


Even though it's mid-August and summer is almost over it's important to continue to wear sunscreen on a daily basis all year round. I had melanoma when I was 25 so since then I've been extremely diligent in protecting my skin. Not only do I want to protect my skin from skin cancer but I also want to protect my skin from wrinkles.

I've written about EltaMD's UV Clear SPF 46 in the past. It's the best sunscreen I've ever used! I really can't recommend it enough. It combines the broad-spectrum sunscreen protection of zinc oxide with the skin care benefits of Niacinamide to calm and protect sensitive, acne-prone skin. It's so light yet moisturizing, you'd never guess it's a sunscreen and it doesn't have the usual 'sunscreen' scent that usually bothers me so much. It's also never caused a breakout which is extremely rare for my super sensitive skin. Because I love UV Clear so much, I've decided to try a few more products in the EltaMD sunscreen range (they really have something for everyone). 

I've started to use EltaMD UV Sport SPF 50 and EltaMD UV Aero SPF 45 in my daily routine. They're both safe to use on kids and waterproof. The Aero spray goes on white so you can be sure of coverage and then dries clear. They're also fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and noncomedogenic. They protect against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. They are the ultimate in sunscreens!  

Next up for winter I think I'm going to try the EltaMD UV Shield SPF 45. It's not waterproof but is lighter than the Sport version and will be good for the colder months (I can't believe I'm saying that already). 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

BELLE SPOTLIGHT: AUGUST BEAUTY WISH LIST


1. JOSIE MARAN WHIPPED ARGAN OIL ULTRA HYDRATING BODY BUTTER: This is a recommendation from Jordana. She raves about the scent and how moisturizing this body butter is.
2. YVES SAINT LAURENT TOUCHE ÉCLAT: After seeing this Into The Gloss video on how to really use Touche Éclat, I need to start pulling this out more and using it as a highlighter.
3. butter LONDON Nail Polish: This polish is "three-free," meaning the polishes are free of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP. They have fantastic colour options and are free of toxins and harmful chemicals - perfect combo!   
4. CHANEL SUBLIMAGE NANOLOTION: This toner/lotion reportedly balances and moisturizes skin with an ideal pH5.5. It contains a rich concentration of active ingredients and has anti-aging benefits. I've heard so many good things about the Sublimage line, I want to try just about everything.   
5. CHANEL SUBLIMAGE LA CRÉME YEUX: This regeneration eye cream is a another Sublimage product on my list. It's also another recommendation from Jordana. She started using it and said she saw an immediate difference.
6. LUSH SCRUMPTIOUS SWEET AND SALTY LIP SCRUB IN POPCORN: This popcorn lip scrub sounds like so much fun (there's also a bubblegum version). A lip scrub can make a really big difference in how well lipstick applies and lasts (especially for really dark and bright colours).
7. CHANEL LE BLUSH CRÉME: This new cream blush series from Chanel looks fantastic. After seeing this Lisa Eldridge post on them, I knew I would need to pick one up. I'm still waiting for them to arrive in Canada but Jordana picked one up in New York this week and she's giving it a raving review. I have Affinité, Inspiration, Fantastic and Revelation on my wish list (way too many - LOL). 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

PRETTY LITTLE LASHES

Today's post is a guest post from Danna. We've had numerous conversations about wanting to try lash extensions and how amazing it would be to wake up looking 'beautiful' - LOL. Imagine not having to put on mascara every day. It would be heavenly! So when Danna decided to get lash extensions, I asked her to do a guest post documenting the experience.
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With reviews that include descriptions like “feel pretty all the time,” I started becoming obsessed with the notion of lash extensions. I couldn’t imagine a world where you’d go to bed feeling glamorous and wake up in the morning looking like you just had a fresh coat of mascara applied. Because I had a series of events to attend (hello wedding season), I convinced my pal Kate to join me in the experiment (even after several mocking comments from some of our girlfriends). Since we were dealing with our eyes, we wanted to make sure we went somewhere professional and reputable to try it out. We decided on MYNC, a cute beauty bar in Yorkville.  

Here's Kate before getting her lash extensions:

After our consultation, I opted for a more natural look. Kate went for a bit more of a va-va-voom look which she described as “doe eyed”.  It’s priced based on how many lashes you want. We both went for the Born Lucky option.

We sat down, and preceded to have individual eyelashes adhered to our lashes.  Going for a more natural look, mine alternated between thicker lashes and thinner ones, with the thicker ones being on the outside of the eye.  Kate went for the longer/thicker lashes – since she wanted a more dramatic look. 

Here’s me during application.


And Kate during her application: 
The application took about 40 minutes, and was not uncomfortable or painful – you basically just have to sit with your eyes closed while these cool patches under your eyes ensure no glue ends up on your skin/lower lashes. 

Once we were done we reviewed a few key rules for maintenance:  basically don’t play with them, don’t put oily things on them, and don’t submerge in water for 48 hours (though you can get them wet).

We we’re both pretty pleased with the results.

Here’s the after:


Kate’s “va va voom” lashes. And as much as people made fun of us for having them done, everyone agreed in the end that they looked great.

The review: So, having lash extensions is super fun, and they really do look great and are pretty easy to care for.  That said, they are expensive – so it’s not something I would want to maintain long term; definitely fun to have for a few months over the summer, though.  
 

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