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

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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!

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Black Black Leopard

 I hope you had an amazing weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! Ollie and I took it easy for the weekend, which was nice because it was a super gloomy and cold one. It really felt like fall yesterday and I'm afraid the temperature change has now happened. Time to bring out the winter coats! Since it was so dreary out, Ollie and I decided to make a couple of make-up tutorials, which I cant wait to show you! I've always wanted to get into making videos and hopefully I will be able to come up with enough ideas to create some fun content!
Like I said before, now that fall has hit, I'm super drawn to anything animal print. I love it with an all-black look as a way to have a pop of color -- even a neutral one.
This jumpsuit has always been my go-to as the easiest thing to throw on and look like you made an effort. I wore this look out to dinner with Ollie last week and I always feel confident in it. 

Friday, 10 October 2014


 TGIF! I can't believe I'm still getting away with bare legs! This fall has been the best that I can remember. Maybe I have a short memory, but I swear it is always freezing by now. And since it has been so gorgeous, I have been able to go and meet up with Ollie for a nice walk at lunch -- something that always had to be reserved for weekends and holidays in the past. Today is not one of those days, but it is going to be a long weekend so that makes up for it! It is Thanksgiving in Canada and we usually go to spend it with my family, but this year we have too much work to do so we will be staying here. I'm trying to come up with some local adventures to do, so if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them!
Even though it has been so gorgeous, I've started some light layering already. It's nice to have the option to take the jacket off if it gets too warm, but the shade is still so chilly that the leather comes in handy.
I am obviously getting in as much skirts with booties as I can. Always my favorite combo and I'm still on the hunt for a new pair of black boots! These ones have definitely seen better days.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Inspiration: My Calvins

 Cuties in undies alert! Calvin Klein has been doing a major throwback to my ultimate fav 90's style -- the Calvin Klein underwear waistband. I definitely sported this look and so wanted to be Kate Moss from those iconic ads, so I for one am loving the huge push that they have been doing on social media.

Right now, Shopbop is offering 25% off CK Underwear until October 13th, so I thought I would show you some of my favs that I've seen over the last few months. I hope you like them!!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

How to do the Oversized Sweater Trend (Casual)

The oversized sweater is a huge trend for fall and one that I am personally very happy about. It can be a little daunting though because you can easily become lost in all the fabric or worse, it can add a bunch of unwanted bulk to your frame. I would like to do this trend in two parts: Casual and Dressed-Up. You can really go either way with this trend and I absolutely love both of them when done right. In this post, we'll focus on the casual style.

I've really been loving this laid back style lately. I always want to reach for something oversized and cozy on top to give the carefree feeling. It must be the freedom I'm feeling after having to wear corporate clothes for so long -- having the option to choose my clothes based on that day's feeling is such a nice thing.
One of the key things to look for in an oversized sweater is to make sure that it hangs properly on your body. This one has an open weave and the fabric is quite weighty, so the sweater literally falls over your body.  The material hangs straight down from the shoulders, showing the lines of your arms, rather than adding width to your sides. This is important because it won't add any bulk to your frame.
Free people makes the ultimate in slouchy sweaters. They are oversized, but because of the material they hang exactly the way you want them to.