Friday, 24 October 2014

White Midi Skirt for Fall

 TGIF! My Friday is quickly getting away from me and I have so many things to do! We're heading over to the island for my cousin's wedding and I'm so excited. I get to do her makeup for the big day, so right after this, I've got to take inventory and then run out to pick up the extra odds and ends that I don't have. I kind of miss doing wedding makeup (especially since I've had my own makeup done so much lately and am always so critical of it) and I'm so excited to make her look stunning on her wedding day. I've been practicing different looks on myself as well and it's making me want to be a bit more adventurous with my own makeup. I've been doing the same ultra natural look with a cat eye for the last year or so and I think it's time to switch it up a bit. I'll do some more videos on them as well so that you can see how I do it.

We took these photos on a super windy day down by the water. We've been having some crazy windstorms lately and I sort of love it. The sound of the wind and the leaves blowing everywhere make it really feel like fall. The thing that ruins it is when the rain starts up. I don't like that part too much. My hat did almost blow off a few times, but we were lucky to catch enough in-between moments where I don't look like I'm about to be swept away. And yes, like I said earlier this week -- I've have become particularly obsessed with turtlenecks at the moment. Don't know how long this will last, but they sure are keeping me warm! It's the perfect way to get away with bare legs for a little while longer. And it also turns out to be the perfect way to transition a white midi skirt for fall! I'm so happy to get a bit more wear out of this skirt. I wasn't at all ready to put it away just yet.

I hope you have an amazing weekend! xoxo

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Fall Basics

 Having your go-to basics is so important and is such a time saver whenever you feel like you have nothing to wear. I used to feel as though I wasn't putting in enough effort if my outfits weren't "interesting" enough, but sometimes the basics are all you need to look your best. On Sunday, Ollie and I were going to visit some friends and see there new little baby girl and I knew I wanted to be comfortable in something that was fuss-free. I threw on my black turtleneck, skinny jeans and a tan leather jacket. I felt that the leopard boots add that little something extra to the look and these particular ones are surprisingly so comfortable. The great thing is that this look could easily be dressed up by switching out the boots for some fun heels -- making the look perfect for a dinner date or drinks with the girls!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Cozy Fall Wishlist

1. Jerome Dreyfuss Bag // 2. Tibi Leona Mules // 3. Opening Ceremony Striped Fur Sweater // 4. Ash Sneakers // 5. Whistles Coat // 6. 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag // 7. Tibi Sweater // 8. Deadly Ponies Bag // 9. Belle by Sigerson Morrison Shearling Boots

Now that the fall weather has taken full effect with its non-stop rain and blasting wind, all I want to wear are cozy fuzzy items that I can snuggle up in. I love that the fur trend has spread into accessories this year, with tons of options for bags and boots in addition to the already amazing selection of sweaters and coats. Above are some of my favorites from Shopbop -- I'm especially obsessed with the Jerome Dreyfuss bag and Tibi Mules. You can also see their entire list of "Fall's Coziest" here. If you're anything like me, you'll want it all!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Just Add Leather

Vancouver Style Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a plaid Zara Skirt, Topshop black leather jacket, Sam Edelman buckle boots, and a Kate Spade Black Bag
 This Monday didn't turn out too bad at all! I'm usually not a fan of this particular day, but sometimes life will surprise you. This week looks like it will be a busy one, but hopefully that means lots of good things will come from it.

These photos were taken on Saturday, which was one of the coldest days this fall so far. It almost was too cold for bare legs and it scared the crap out of me. Luckily, the next day warmed right up and it's been great ever since! Just a little scare is all. So I can happily wear miniskirts and booties for a little longer.
Vancouver Style Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a plaid Zara Skirt, Topshop black leather jacket, Sam Edelman buckle boots, and a Kate Spade Black Bag
Vancouver Style Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a plaid Zara Skirt, Topshop black leather jacket, Sam Edelman buckle boots, and a Kate Spade Black Bag
Since it was so cold, I decided to bundle up on top to keep myself warm. I have pulled out the turtlenecks and as you will see in my next few posts, I've become a little obsessed. 
Vancouver Style Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a plaid Zara Skirt, Topshop black leather jacket, Sam Edelman buckle boots, and a Kate Spade Black Bag
Vancouver Style Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a plaid Zara Skirt, Topshop black leather jacket, Sam Edelman buckle boots, and a Kate Spade Black Bag
I have to admit, I find turtlenecks a little uncomfortable and am constantly pulling them away from my neck because I feel as though I'm choking, but I just love how warm they keep me so I continue to wear them. Plus, I seem to get used to it after a month or so.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Rainy Day Comfort

 I hope you've had an amazing weekend! Mine went far too fast and I feel like I didn't get nearly as much relax time as I would have liked. But who am I to complain? The weather was awesome, I had an amazing date night and got to meet up with a few friends that I haven't seen in a while. If I could get just one more sleep-in, life would be perfect :)

Ollie and I took these photos on Friday when I went to meet up with him for lunch. That day was absolutely miserable with non-stop pouring rain, so we found an undercover area to sneak in a couple of photos. I was running around all day, from a fitting, to the shops and then meetings -- it was a full day but a productive one so I wanted to be super comfortable. Also, I never feel like dressing up when it is pouring rain, so slouchy jeans, a loose striped tee, military jacket and comfortable booties were what got me through it. I don't know what it is about the rain, but it takes away all desire to wear anything that isn't super cozy and comfortable. Luckily, it has since cleared up so I have got my inspiration back once again!
I just rediscovered this military jacket in my closet last week and am so excited! I love this style and completely forgot that I had it. Hopefully I'll get some good wear out of it before it gets too cold!
These Jeans have the perfect amount of slouch to them and they are my go-tos when I just want to be relaxed and comfortable. They are meant to be skinny jeans, but the ultra soft denim made them perfect in a couple sized up as a slim bf style.
These boots may not have been the best choice for a day of running around in the pouring rain, but I don't think I ruined them so all's good. I think I just might have to pull out the Hunters soon!

I was wearing:

Urban Outfitters Coat & Shirt
Rish & Skinny Jeans

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Changing Leaves

Vancouver Style Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a plaid Zara top, topshop black leather moto jacket, faded black Zara jeans, leopard print Rebecca Minkoff bag, and black topshop ankle boots
 This look is almost like a Throw Back Thursday! When we were at Stanley Park and Ollie was taking the camera out, we both had a flashback to when I was wearing pretty much this exact same look last fall. Must be a good one! Lol!

The leaves are finally changing in Vancouver (does it seem a little later to anyone else?) and one of the best places to capture the transition is in beautiful Stanley Park. We always seem to get the coldest day imaginable whenever we go there, but it never lets us down. It is just too gorgeous.
Vancouver Style Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a plaid Zara top, topshop black leather moto jacket, faded black Zara jeans, leopard print Rebecca Minkoff bag, and black topshop ankle boots
Vancouver Style Blogger, Alison Hutchinson, is wearing a plaid Zara top, topshop black leather moto jacket, faded black Zara jeans, leopard print Rebecca Minkoff bag, and black topshop ankle boots

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Cheekbone Contouring

It has been absolute ages and ages since our last video, so we thought it was about time to make a new one!

One of the questions I get asked the most is how to create amazing cheekbones, so I thought it would be fun to do a step-by-step on what I do every day to achieve the look of great cheekbones, while still looking nice and natural. You can go all out and do some serious definition for a night out or an editorial photoshoot. But on a day-to-day basis, we all need something that looks like it could easily be a god-given feature. Nobody needs to know that we use our makeup tricks to look this way!

As you can see from the before and after, the effect is a subtle one, but these techniques do a great job at defining your bone structure, while brightening up the rest of the face. These images are not edited at all, so they give the true result.

I hope you like the video. I would love to hear your thoughts!


Let me know if you have any other videos you would like to see. I find the makeup ones a lot of fun because I used to be a makeup artist and it allows me to bring it back into my life. But any ideas that you have, I would love to hear them!

Below are the brushes I used for this tutorial. MAC is an awesome place to get any makeup brush you could possibly ever need. I've accumulated quite a few over the years, but these are my go-tos for contouring. Most of the aren't used for their intended purpose, but I've found this is what works best for me. Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks so much for visiting!
xoxox