Monday, March 31, 2014


I've written about my obsession with Lisa Eldridge's makeup tutorials in the past. Her website is a black hole for me! When I go onto it, the next thing I know hours will have passed and I'll have watched 10 tutorials on makeup application. It's addicting because Lisa makes everything look SO EASY. When she posted this video on How To Wear Bronzer Beautifully I was obsessed. I already had a few of the products she used so I decided to try and recreate the look. Here's what I used:

Thursday, March 27, 2014


I recently went into Zara to buy Kingsley some new jeans. When they didn't have his size the sales girl told me they were available online so I could get them shipped to the nearest store free of charge or if I spent $50 the shipping would be free. I decided to order a few things (it was the first time I've ordered from the new Zara Canada online store) and I was REALLY impressed. I placed my order on a Saturday night and the Monday was a holiday. The package was delivered first thing on Tuesday morning. I couldn't believe how quickly it arrived and it was in the cutest Zara box. I have since ordered from them another two times and I will definitely be ordering online from them again! I got some adorable things for Kingsley (and for the LO we're expecting in June).

Here's what I bought for Kingsley: 

Here are the things I ordered for baby: 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


DH and I are expecting a new addition to our family in June. Kingsley is going to be a big brother and all of us are really excited for the baby to arrive. Being fashionable while dressing for two can be a challenge though. I have to say, I'm impressed that so many retailers are coming out with maternity lines. There's definitely a lot more options than when I was pregnant with Kingsley a few years ago (hello J. Crew!). I thought I'd pull together a list of my essentials for pregnancy fashion.

In terms of brands, I think Isabella Oliver and the GAP are my go-to for ordering things online but when I was pregnant with Kingsley, I went to NY pretty early on and made a trip to A Pea In The Pod with Jordana. You can order online from them now but I haven't gotten anything from them this time around.

1. BELLY BAND: This is my top essential mainly because I hate maternity clothes. I bought the Belly Band when I was pregnant with Kingsley and I'm using it this time around too. A Pea In The Pod has it listed as a Tummy Tube now. It allows you to continue wearing your regular clothes (with the button undone and zipper down of course) but keeps your pants up and covers everything so they don't actually look undone. This was great for me because I hate the feel of most maternity pants with their thick elastic bands. It's thin and I fold mine so it covers my pants but not my stomach. I also find that most maternity pants are made a lot bigger and less fitted than normal pants and are usually really unflattering. This really comes down to personal preference though. I don't like the feeling of a thick elastic over my stomach but I know other people who started wearing maternity clothes as soon as possible because they hated the feeling of wearing their normal clothes.

In terms of the maternity pants that are worth the investment, I'd recommend J. Crew's Maternity Toothpick Jean (although I had to order down in these because they stretched out), J. Crew's Maternity Minnie Pant, GAP Maternity Slim Cropped Trouser (again order down in these because the fit is huge despite what the reviews say online) and the J Brand Mama J Rail Maternity Jeans.

2. CUTE TANKS AND TOPS: The one thing I have stocked up on this time around are pregnancy Ts and tanks. I'm not sure how but with Kingsley, I only purchased one real maternity top (it seems crazy now). It was the Ruched Maternity Tank Top from Isabella Oliver. Aside from that, I just bought long tank tops from Aritzia in a size larger than I normally wore and it worked. This time around I've invested in a few more tops and I'm glad I did. Here are a few of the ones I've picked up: Isabella Oliver The Scoop Maternity Top in Black and Grey, GAP Pure Body Long Sleeve T in black, white and grey, GAP Pure Body Tank in black, white and grey. I'm also planning to order the GAP Striped Curved Hem T.
3. BLAZERS: I haven't purchased any maternity-specific blazers however blazers are a huge part of my pregnancy wardrobe. They do a good job of 'disguising' the bump early on and then help to add some style to your outfits. I've been wearing all of my staple blazers from Zara, Theory and Smythe throughout this pregnancy and just ordered the Smythe Spring Cross Over Blazer (which I've been obsessed with since I saw the Spring 2014 Smythe lookbook). I obviously won't be able to do up any of the buttons now but can wear it open until post-baby.

4. DRESSES: I bought two basic maternity dresses when I was pregnant with Kingsley and they were great staples. This time around I haven't been wearing them as much but they're still great to have. Isabella Oliver has the best (and most stylish) maternity dresses IMO. I have the Ruched Tank Maternity Dress but the Ruched T Shirt Maternity Dress and the Ruched Midi Maternity Dress are great staples too. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


1. CHANEL LES 4 OMBRES in Tissé Mademoiselle: I really love this new palette. The colours are very wearable and the texture is fantastic. You really can't go wrong with a neutral Chanel eyeshadow palette like this one. I can't find it online but it's available at most department stores now.
2. YSL LONG-WEAR CREAM EYELINER: For a more precise line, a cream eyeliner pot like this one let's you layer the colour to get the right thickness. I've used the Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in the past but I have this one on my must-try list.
3. HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING BLUSH in Radiant Magenta: Everyone has been talking about these blushes. It's a combination of Hourglass' famous Ambient Lighting Powder and Blush. It sounds intriguing but I think I need to try one of the Ambient Lighting Powders before picking this one up.
4. YSL Volupté Sheer Candy Balm in Tasty Raspberry: This is my new favourite product! I'm obsessed with it! I also have the Grapefruit and they're as hydrating as a balm but give just a touch of colour. They're a must-buy.
5. CHANEL Hydra Beauty Lip Balm: This is a new product that was released last month. It has a barely-there scent and is ultra moisturizing. The texture reminds me of my favourite Dior Créme de Rose but I'd say it hydrates longer and provides a touch more moisture (although it's $50 vs $29 for the Dior).
6. BENEFIT Posietint: Amanda has been raving about this and loves it. She says it provides the perfect flush and petal-pink colour. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Chanel has launched an updated series of their Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow palettes with a completely new formulation and new colour combinations that are so chic they're based on its signature tweed fabric. There are eight variations and the new palettes have a lightweight texture that is extremely smooth, pigmented and long lasting. I love the idea that these palettes were created to mimic the colours of Chanel's famous tweeds and the new textures are really fantastic. 

Here are the new colour combos (I'm sure you can guess which of the neutrals I picked up):

Images: CHANEL

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