Thursday, 20 November 2014

Big Cozy Sweater Dress

 All I want to wear lately is the biggest coziest items I can find. The fact that I have been sick for over a week now doesn't help much either, but I think it's the cold weather more than anything. I bought this sweater dress from H&M without trying it on and was a bit surprised at just how oversized it was. But once I had it on, it was way too comfortable to take off and it is now my very favorite thing to wear.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

VIDEO TUTORIAL: 12 Steps to a Flawless Foundation Base


I hope you guys are enjoying the makeup tutorials as much as I am! They really are so much fun and it's renewing my obsession with all things beauty. This video is a bit of a "pre-makeup" video that shows some tricks I've picked up along the way to create a flawless foundation base. Once you have done these steps, you would go on to do the rest of your makeup. Think of it as the way to create your blank canvas on which you can begin your artwork :)

I hope you enjoy it and please let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to see in the future!



Products Used:

Coconut Oil
Tetley Green Tea
EOS Lip Balm
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
Smashbox Hydrating Under Eye Primer
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Santa Fe
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard
MAC Concealer Pencil in NC15/NW20
Marcelle Face Powder

Monday, 17 November 2014

Exploring in my Hunters


I hope you had an amazing weekend! I was still pretty sick, so I had quite the lazy one. No adventures like last weekend when we took these photos! But my body was calling for a rest and I was happy to give it one. Lots of movies, take-away pizza and pjs. I wouldn't have gotten out of my pjs at all if I hadn't had to pick up packages and take a couple of photos, but I made the sacrifice for these two brief moments.

These photos were actually from last weekend when Ollie and I were being tourists in our own city. I hadn't posted them yet because of my aforementioned lazy/sickness, but they make me happy just looking at them. Next weekend we'll be heading up to Squamish for a fun day with the Wild & Heart girls so hopefully there will be time for some more exploring then.
On this day, we went exploring around the trails in Stanley Park. There is so much to see and we came across this overgrown and swampy lake. 
Even though it wasn't raining, I'm glad I wore my Hunters so that we could go places we usually wouldn't dare to walk.
It was so freezing so a million layers were required. I had a total of 4 layers on top and 2 pairs of socks in my boots. It totally worked to keep the chill off.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Blanket Scarf

 The very best thing about fall is the cozy scarves and sweaters. My new obsession is the blanket scarf and I can't believe that I am allowed to wear a warm and soft blanket around in public and it's socially acceptable. Seriously, why haven't we done this before now?
I took this cozy piece of heaven to White Rock during our weekend as tourists in our own city and it was the perfect layer of warmth for this sunny day.
I can't get over how gorgeous the sun is reflecting off the water like this. I could have stood and admired it all day. This was about as high as the sun got all day and it seriously is blinding bu oh so pretty.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Pink Frost

 Well, I'm definitely sick now and I have a feeling these photos are the culprit. It was freeezing yesterday and this is how I decided to go outside... I honestly wasn't expecting it, but it dropped from about 15 degrees to 1 degree in one day. How was I to know? Anyways, I've been moping around and feeling sorry for myself all day so hopefully I get over this soon. But isn't this outfit super cute? I'm glad I snuck in some photos of it before I pull out the parkas for the long haul.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Staycation

 Sorry about my short hiatus! Ollie and I decided to take advantage of the Tuesday holiday and make a super long weekend out of it. We were originally going to head out of town for a mini-break, but instead decided to be tourists in our own town and get out to some places we don't normally go. These photos were taken in beautiful White Rock and we seriously couldn't have asked for better weather. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and was actually warm enough to sit out on the patio without heat lamps. Such a change from today, which was also beautiful, but soooo freezing cold. I actually think I may have now caught a cold from taking photos outside today. Not positive yet, but I think it will be an early night and hopefully I'll wake up feeling recharged. Fingers crossed!
This sweater is the first item that I believe I have ever bought in this color. I had originally described it as mustard, but a stranger told me it was a beautiful yellow sunset and I like that description much more. Especially since we had such a beautiful yellow sunset on that day and it really was the same! Check out the last photo :)
This beautiful scarf is from Aritzia a couple of years ago and is one item that I always get plenty of use out of every year. I think scarves might just be one of those items I never get sick of. 

Friday, 7 November 2014

Makeup Tutorial: Pretty and Polished Date Night Look

Personal Style blogger Alison Hutchinson gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to recreate this date night makeup
Seriously, isn't makeup amazing? All you need to do is look at a before and after to see the transformation. These photos weren't Photoshopped at all so that you can see a true before and after.

After hearing your feedback from the last couple of videos, I wanted to do another full makeup that you can recreate for yourself. This is a look that I would wear out on a date with Ollie -- focusing mainly on creating striking eyes (they are the windows to the soul after-all). I really hope you like it and please let me know if there are any other tutorials you would like to see!


Ollie and I filmed this video last weekend on a really dark and gloomy day so we had a few lighting issues (since we rely on the natural daylight). We tried to fix it as best we could, but you will notice a couple of glitches in the light. I hope you don't mind! You will definitely still be able to see the makeup perfectly and get a comprehensive step-by-step on how to achieve it. Below are the products that I used:

Skin
Quo Complexion Correcting Primer (similar from Stila)
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
MAC Blush in Harmony (contouring)
Smashbox Bronzer in Sunkissed Matte
MAC Blush in Dainty
Benefit What's Up Soft Focus Highlighter

Eyes
Mac Eyeshadows in Orb, Omega, Espresso, Mulch, Sketch
Laura Mercier Creme Eyeliner in Noir
MAC Concealer Pencil in NC15
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Sephora Eyelashes

Lips
MAC Lip Pencil in Dervish
Smashbox Lip Gloss in Disco Rose

I hope you have an amazing weekend!
xoxox