Tuesday, 1 September 2015

4 Reasons I Can't Wait For Fall

It's coming up to labour day weekend, and that means the unofficial end to summer. While I'll be shedding a tear for the warm summer weather, I can't wait to get back into my favourite season for fashion. Styles and trends come and go throughout the years, but here are some of the style pieces I can always rely on to transition me into the cooler weather.

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Hats are some of my favourite accessories for transitioning into fall. Even if the weather isn't exactly cooporating with your cooler weather style choices, hats can easily be added to your summer styles to bring the look straight into fall.
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Scarves are an absolute staple in my wardrobe for the cooler months. While I may not have a ton of pattern in my wardrobe, I love using patterned scarves to add the finishing touch to my outfits. Silk scarves to chunky knits, there is a style and weight for every type of environment.
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Classic coats are always something to get excited about. They can instantly dress up or dress down your entire look depending on the style. To me, spending a little bit more to invest in a great quality coat will never steer you wrong!

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I was hesitant about vests last year when I bought this quilted version, but it turned out to be one of my most used pieces of the season. Whether or not quilted puffer styles are your taste, there are tons of different vest styles that instantly add texture and wamth to whatever you've got going on underneath.

What pieces are you excited to bring back into your clothing rotation for fall?
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Thursday, 27 August 2015

5 Hacks For Busy Mornings

The end of summer is always a busy time, whether it's getting ready for back to school or having to leave the house earlier to beat that back to school traffic, I'm sure we've all had a couple of those mornings where you just can't seem to get it together. Here are five ways you can help your morning routine run a little bit smoother - even in a rush.

1. Put your dry shampoo in the night before.  We all know dry shampoo is my bff, but not just for using on greasy haired mornings! If you don't think you'll want to/have time to shower in the morning, apply dry shampoo liberally to your roots and let it work it's magic overnight to soak up all the excess oils. In the morning just run a brush or your fingers through to work in any left behind, and you're out the door!
2. Do you skincare routine first. Washing/moisturizing your face as soon as you get out of bed not only helps wake you up instantly, it also gives your products a bit of time to sink before you go to apply your makeup.

3. We've all heard it before, but pick out your outfit the night before and try it on. This has made the biggest difference in my mornings, because it helps you both streamline the process of getting dressed AND stop leaving your closet looking like it's been hit by a tornado. Make sure you try on your outfit and know how it looks so you don't need to change pieces out while you're in a rush!

4. Invest in a couple of multitasking products that will not only get you more bang for your buck, but also in less time!
5.  Lastly, cut down on clutter and have an organization system for your products. The last thing you want to do on a busy morning is waste time hunting through your bathroom or vanity for your favourite products. Get rid of things you don't use and set up a system so you know where everything is when you start your routine. That could mean separating your products by category or keeping a little bag with the bare-minimum essentials - whatever works for you! 

Do you have any tips for mornings you're running late?
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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Metallic Midnight | Summer Makeup

I thought I'd switch things up a bit and start the week out with a makeup look I fell in love with while playing around with some products for my my next Colour Story post - any guesses which colour is coming down the pipeline? The combination of the foiled rose gold and midnight blue were a match made in heaven, perfect for the last of the summer nights. Linking up the The Makeup Mix-Up!

EYES | After laying down a primer, I patted L'Oreal Amber Rush all over the lid for a foiled effect. To deepen up the outer corner I feathered a little bit of MAC Bronze in towards the outer third of the eye. To blend I used my trusty UD Naked.

For liner, I used an angled brush and the L'Oreal Silkisimme liner in Plum to create a sharp wing and line the upper waterline, then blended NYX Morocco (no longer sold, but this colour is almost identical) over top to bring out more dimension of the blue-purple tones. Top it off with curled lashes and tons of Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara and you're done!

FACE | The rest of my makeup includes:
Loreal Infalliable Foundation mixed with Garnier BB Cream for Combo Skin
Maybelline Age Rewind Brightener
Revlon Nearly Naked Powder
NYX Micro Brow in Taupe
NARS Laguna Bronzer
Tarte Exposed Blush

LIPS | NARS Dolce Vita Lipstick

The overall effect is subtle enough to not look overdone, but definitely catches the light and draws attention to the eyes. I think deep blue liner might be my new favourite thing! Have you ever tried an indigo liner? I'm on the lookout for a liquid version next!
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