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.  

Thursday, August 1, 2013

STYLE SPOTLIGHT: AMANDA SEYFRIED

Amanda Seyfried wore an unbelievable pink and white Balmain skirt suit in NY yesterday. I am so in LOVE with this look. The top alone is to die for but combined with the fun swing skirt it's perfection. 

Photo: Pinterest
 

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