February 21, 2017

DIY | LIP SCRUB & LIQUID LIPSTICK SWATCHES


Liquid lipsticks have officially finally become my lip product of choice for doing my makeup when I'm going out or just in the mood for a little bit of colour. I just love the longevity of liquid lipsticks and the matte look for winter. What I don't love so much is how chapped my lips get after wearing them so here is an easy DIY to have a super delicious lip scrub on hand to get rid of dry flaky lips and say hello to a luscious pout. I have been guilty of licking this off my lips instead of wiping it off, but it tastes soooooo good!

DIY TIME | 15 mins or less

DIY COST | $-$$

What you'll need:
  • A small cosmetics container
  • coconut oil (solid, 1 tbsp)
  • honey (1 tbsp)
  • granular sugar (2 tbsp)



Steps:
  1. Take a mixing container and put in your sugar, coconut oil and honey
  2. Mix well 
  3. Pot into the small cosmetics container and scrub away!

From left to right: Lolita by Kat Von D, Celebrity Skin by Jeffree Star, Leo by Jeffree Star, Unicorn Blood by Jeffree Star and Smashbox's Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bawse


My top 3 picks for Liquid Lipsticks:

My favourite brand by far for liquid lipsticks are the Velour Liquid Lipsticks by Jeffree Star. I know there is a lot of talk around Jeffree Star as a person, but I stand by his products, they are THE best liquid lipsticks I have tried. I own three shades, Celebrity Skin, Leo and Unicorn Blood. Unicorn Blood is by far my favourite of the bunch. Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks aren't sold here in Canada, I have ordered them from his website and Beautylish, both came super quickly and were packaged quite nicely.  They have a sweet scent to them, candy like and dry down super quick. They are extremely lightweight and do not feel extremely drying, also they have crazy lasting power even through food and drink.

Another favourite is Smashbox's Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bawse. This colour in particular was created with Lilly Singh and it is a bright red which would look fantastic on any skin tone. The formula is a mousse-like and extremely creamy so it doesn't feel drying on the lips. Doesn't wear as well as Jeffree Star but still lasts a decent amount of time and layers up beautifully without flaking or cracking. Definitely the most comfortable out of the bunch.

Lastly, I enjoy the cult classic Lolita from Kat Von D. It's a lovely pinkish nude shade that goes well for everyday makeup looks. I find that the longevity of the colour is the worst out of the other liquid lipsticks I've mentioned above but fades away the nicest, sometimes leaving behind a faint stain so it's not super noticeable when it has worn away. I also like to apply this one by dabbing a little on top the lips and rubbing it in with a finger for light colour all over the lips without having the full matte lip look.

If you guys have other liquid lipstick recommendations please leave them down below! As you can see I'm into the nudes and deep reds, not really a pink gal but I'm game for anything!

February 14, 2017

DIY | OFF SHOULDER FEATHER DRESS




Valentine's day gives the excuse to any girl to get something new into her wardrobe. This off-the-shoulder feather dress is a perfect wow piece for the occasion and I first saw it done here. Granted the online dress cost way too much I decided to try the DIY route and was able to replicate a similar thing at a much more cost effective price.

DIY TIME: 30 mins or less

DIY COST: $-$$



What you'll need:
  • Strapless black dress (mine is an old one from H&M) similar here
  • Feather Boa*
*I wanted bigger feathers so I opted for an ostrich boa, but for those of you who want something a little less in your face, I recommend getting just a marabou boa, it has shorter feathers.

Steps:
  1. Make sure your feather boa is long enough to wrap around your torso and arms
  2. Start tacking your feather boa at the back of the dress, if your dress is a pull over dress with no zipper and made of a knit material (aka stretchy), stretch out the material as you tack down the boa along the top edge.
  3. Continue tacking along small stitches here and there until you get about one or two inches from where your arm would hit the side of the dress if you were to have it on and arms casually by your side.
  4. Leave approximately 10-12inches of the feather boa out, and around 3-4inches on the dress before continuing to tack down the boa along the front of the dress.
  5. Tack the rest of the boa along the front of the dress and repeat step 4 to fit in the other  arm.
  6. Continue tacking the rest of the boa along the top of the dress until you reach the back, trim and just make sure the ends are well blended together
I particularly like the base dress I used for this one, because it is so form fitting it easily can be folded or covered with a skirt so that the dress turns into a top and its a super fun way to get a 2 in 1 with your DIY! #stylehack

February 7, 2017

INSPO | BASIC WHITES AND TIES






Last year, the off the shoulder trend was a huge hit for spring and summer and this year I don't think the trends will stray very far. I've been particularly drawn to sleeve details and ties mixed with a structured material. These images have me wishing for warmer weather to bring on the whites and brights. I can't wait until I can shake my shoulders in the sun with these fun designs. It really elevates the basic white poplin shirt with something a little bit more girly and fun, yet still edgy and a bit disheveled... but in a good way.

Images from harper & harley and Pinterest

January 31, 2017

INSPO | JANUARY THINGS

Things I have been looking at this month...


Images from HYPEBAE
1. FRE Customs Flower Bomb sneakers: LOVE these! Planning on doing a similar DIY but probably closer to the Gucci ones. I did order the applique embroidered flower patches shown in these images so we shall see what is to come!

Image from here: Coveteur
Left: Vogue Runway Chanel Resort 2017; Right: Instagram FriendinFashion
2. Chanel Slides: these are both super cute and with a tropical vacation planned, I've been in summer mode, more details later on that vacation!



Images from Spell Designs
3. GypseaLust: Lauren Bullen has the most incredible Instagram feed of a dream life of every millennial out there with wanderlust. Though this isn't the first time I've stumbled upon her as I have been an avid follower of her adventures for a while; the dreary winter months have me definitely frequenting her and Jack's pages for some travel inspo. Be sure to check her feed out and her blog (which I did only find out about recently)!

Image from A Thought for Food
4. Poke Bowls: I love fish and I love food bowls; I think this would be a yummy lunch to pack for work! Feels like a deconstructed sushi bowl in a way which is making me hungry just thinking about. This recipe is on the list of to try for me!

Image from Design Boom
5. Moleskine Creative Cloud: I received this as a Christmas gift and I'm super excited to give this a try! As a designer, I think it can be super useful eliminating a step in the process of going from hard copy to digital! Will post a review on this soon!

January 24, 2017

WANDER | OTTAWA 2017 WINTER 150th


After the new resolution determination wears down and the excitement around ringing in the New Year dies, we're left reminded that it's still extremely cold and dreary outside. Though the days may be getting marginally longer, it will be a long time before shorts and sandals will be seen in Canada. These pasty legs will be well hidden under jeans and leggings. As depressing as that sounds, there's a tonne to get excited about for the next few cold months. Being Canada's 150th Birthday, a tonne of celebrations are headed our way so strap on those winter boots, put on some mitts, its time to go outside people! Here is a list of some must sees and dos these next few winter months!

Winterlude - Ottawa's winter festival where you can see ice and snow sculptures, eat Beavertails (my fave is the Killaloe Sunrise), hot cocoa and skate on the Rideau Canal. This year is extra special so there are added events and a closing ceremony. It's a tradition to go each year for me and my family so hopefully I'll be seeing you guys there!

Red Bull Crashed Ice - Happening this March, you too can witness extremely brave people barreling down an ice obstacle. Literally picture downhill skiing but replace the hill with an ice track and those skis with skates. Scary right? But extremely bad-ass!

Mont Tremblant - Not a far drive from the Capital, it provides some of the best skiing and snowboarding on the East Coast of Canada! Rent out a cottage and spend a weekend here with friends or family. Click here and here to see my past trip to Mont Tremblant! If you're not up for the trip to Tremblant or are just starting out skiing or snowboarding, there are a tonne of hills closer and less intimidating like Camp Fortune, Cascade and Edelweiss to just name a few

Ice Skating Trial - About an hour's drive from Ottawa you can skate in a forest! A fun date or family event were you can enjoy nature and get some exercise at the same time!

Le Nordik Spa - If you're in the mood for some R&R this is the place for you. I personally love it in the winter because everything is extremely pretty with frozen waterfalls, and snow covered trees. Especially great to go with the girls or a special someone! Be sure to check out Le Nordik's weekly deals for some great priced packages.

NHL Game - Lastly, why not take in one of the sports Canada dominates in? Catch an NHL game and get lost in the sport. GO SENS GO! Tickets start as cheap as $20.

Also to note if you are planning on travelling around in Canada this year, you can visit ALL parks for FREE! Yes, I said free. As part of Canada's 150th anniversary, Parks Canada is giving out free passes, all you have to do is request one online from here and it'll show up in your mail box! Happy travels!


January 17, 2017

NAILS | 5 EASY NAIL ART HACKS







All these fancy tools everywhere may make you feel like you can't achieve some boss ass nails without the help of said tools, but let me in on a secret.. you can have awesome nail art with things found around the house! Before I got hardcore into nail art and invested money in getting brushes, foils, powders, dotting tools... I too just used the basics and got creative. Basically a toothpick was my best friend on Mani-Mondays. Continue reading for 5 super easy nail art DIYs that are so easy you won't be able to not try them out!

Things you will need!
  • bobby pin
  • eye-shadow applicator (sponge tip)
  • sandwich bag
  • toothpick
  • tape
Throughout this tutorial I used Coconut Cove by Essie and Halcyon by Cirque (you can view my review on this amazing rose gold polish here)

Pro Tip: Practice, practice, practice! It'll help you build up a steady hand so you can execute some pretty awesome designs on both hands!


1. Bobby pin as a dotting tool


2. Eyeshadow applicator for quick mess free gradients!


3. Create nail decals on a sandwich bag and apply to nails! Apply the nail polish quite thickly and let it dry to about 90%, its best to have it still pliable and not crumbly.


4. Use a toothpick to draw nail designs.


5. Use tape to make crisp lines and shapes. TIP: Do one nail at a time and peel off the tape after painting over it to keep clean edges.

Good luck on your nail art!

January 10, 2017

DIY | 3.1 PHILLIP LIM BOOTS




I had originally wanted to post this DIY  3.1 Phillip Lim boots last year but never got around to capturing it so please forgive me if the boots look a bit worn down, I couldn't resist wearing them. The original boots are no longer available and was exclusively made for men's, but I think girls could totally rock the twisted rope look. Seeing as I would never be able to afford the real deal and I probably wouldn't fit into the men's sizing due to tiny feet I did what I do best, and made it myself! This is probably the first time my knot tying skills from those good old Girl Guide days have finally become useful once more!

Original Boots: retailed at $660


TIME | 30mins - 1hour

COST | $ (Fairly inexpensive if you already have a pair of boots to start with)



Supplies:

  • Combat boots
  • Black Paracord x2 (Approx 5m each) 








Steps:

  1. Lace and tie knots as shown in the images. It's okay if it's not the same or you make a mistake, the overall look is a more strappy rugged feel, so aim for that and don't worry about perfection
  2. Repeat the same thing you did to Boot 1, but mirrored.

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