Festival Survival Kit + Giveaway

posted on: July 29, 2015


Though we skipped Coachella this year, I'm really pumped to be heading to Squamish Valley Music Festival next week with Alexandra of To Vogue Or Bust!  Love dressing up in boho chic outfits and enjoying some of my favourite acts perform outdoors, i.e. Of Monsters and Men, Drake, ASAP Rocky (my hip hop heart), Odesza, Alabama Shakes, etc. Alex and I are going authentic hippie and taking a stab at camping at Squamish which will be a bit of an adventure in itself.  Let's just say that it has been years since I've been camping and I've certainly never been without an experienced outdoorsy type.  Our snapchats are sure to be hilarious as we try to get through the weekend.  Besides your usual requirements for an overnight stay in the elements, I've got an awesome giveaway for all your summer festival needs.  See below for the juicy details!

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Enter to WIN a Johnson & Johnson Inc. Festival Survival Kit (a $200 value!)

There's always that last minute trip to the drug store before a music festival and we want to help you out with those necessities!   We're talking a giant prize pack worth approximately $200 CAD in Johnson & Johnson Inc. Music Festival essentials.  From AVEENO® Sunscreen to protect from the sun’s harmful UV rays during those daytime performances, to BAND-AID® Brand Bandages to keep your feet in tiptop dancing shape.  Even things like a BENADRYL® Itch Stick for those of us who get eaten alive by mosquitos, LISTERINE® Pocket Paks (genius), and so much more!  To enter, simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below (Terms and Conditions can be found too).  Don't forget to hop on over to Alexandra's giveaway for another chance to WIN! Good luck :)

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This post was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Inc.

Petal To The Metal

posted on: July 22, 2015


The Details // Photos by Alexandra
Blouse, Barefoot Contessa
Blush Skirt, Club Monaco / similar
Pumps, Ted Baker
Sunglasses, Le Chateau / similar
Cross Body Bag, Rachel Roy / similar
Intense Wind, c/o Vancouver

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My God, I love you guys.  I always feel a hint of nervousness (and by hint I mean I question my instincts 1000 times, pace around the room, press publish and hold my breath) every time I publish something really personal like yesterday's post.  You are all nothing short of amazing and you've definitely inspired me to continue sharing these thoughts, questions, and struggles I'm experiencing as they happen.  I'll try to think of this blog as a nest of trust in a tree of understanding*. Amongst all the smoke and mirrors on social media, I often forget that we're ALL just kind of stumbling through life!

On a less therapeutic note, we HAVE to talk about this outfit.  It's rare that I get dressed and feel like declaring my love for it from the mountaintops!  I can confidently say that this is one of my favourite looks I've put together in quite a long time.  Most definitely a true reflection of my girly side!

I'm pretty excited to be knocking a ton of crap off the to-do list today and getting a major mid-week party as a reward.  Will first spend my evening mingling on a yacht (best event location ever?) and then I'm off to see Shakey Graves at The Commodore!  It's guaranteed to be a good night and I'm wishing you all the same.  Thank you again for the support, you're the best xo

*A classic quote from Old School, in case you didn't catch that.

The Wedding Planner (not starring J.Lo)

posted on: July 21, 2015

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Don't be confused by these photos!  We are NOT married yet (the big day is August 15th).  Adam and I posed as bride and groom for Christie Graham's Wedding Photography Workshop.  All images are by Christie, and you can view the rest of them here.

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Workshop: Christie Graham Workshop
Florals: Botany and Co 
Paper goods: Fox and Flourish 
Bride’s dress Boutique: Frocks 
Bride’s dress designer: Leanne Marshall 
Makeup: Makep by Atefeh 
Groom’s suit: Indochino 
Wedding bands boutique: Cavalier
Engagement ring designer: Foe and Dear 
Ribbon: Silk and Willow 

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I've been completely immersed in the wedding because time is ticking away and I'm pretty swamped.  Navigating my way through these last 3.5 weeks though, and this party planning will all be over soon.  As we approach this big day, I thought it was important to remind everyone that it's not all about pretty florals and looking good in photographs.  It's a really f*cking scary thing to be getting married.  I couldn't really figure out how to share this with you though, until I read this very brief journal entry I wrote a few months ago.  It's not the most concise piece of writing, as I never intended for anyone to read it, but it certainly touches on a few of my biggest relationship fears.  I've transcribed it word for word below.

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By the way, how does someone like J.Lo get away with changing her name from Jennifer Lopez like that?  And Puff Daddy/P.Diddy got away with it too.  Didn't they date at some point?  It somehow feels like a larger conspiracy here...

Well, we're exactly 2.5 months away from the wedding and I wanted to bottle up exactly how I feel right now.  The only way that I know how to do this is, of course, writing.  I'm LOVING the decorating process, as well as designing the invitations.  This only solidifies the fact that I want to create.  I want to use my hands.  To be an artist and master of a craft.  I'm living with my head in the clouds, but it's my favourite place to be.

In a larger sense, a wedding and marriage sounds like a completely overwhelming concept.  And ultimately, I feel young.  I feel far too young to be conquering anything so grown up.  Maybe Adam and I feel a need to comply with being 'adult' in more of a traditional sense, but I do worry that we'll one day fall into that ugly place of idle. A couple that is stuck.  Already, I feel a sense of identity crisis.  I've always been Alicia Quan.  Then suddenly, after a 15 minute ceremony, I'll be declared a Winnett.  Just like that.  Who exactly Alicia Winnett is, I don't know?  And it's all too much to try and figure out right now.  Maybe that's a place where many people go wrong in marriage.  They think that place cards and bridesmaids dresses are more important an issue than
"Who am I going to be after we say I do?"

Party Time, Excellent

posted on: July 18, 2015


The Details // Photos by Alexandra
Crop 'Manzanita Tank' Top, Aritzia
Printed Skirt, Joe Fresh
Blue 'Reni' Clutch, Ted Baker
Bracelet J.Crew
'Neevo' Court Shoes, Ted Baker
Hair by TRiM Hair Salon

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A party is a GREAT excuse to get all dolled up.  It's that little bit of motivation to spend extra time on your hair, apply that dramatic winged eyeliner, and rock a sexy pair of high heels.  That is all the easy part.  It's the outfit that I agonize over!  Take this particular evening for example.  The invitation was from Nordstrom (yes, THE Nordstrom who is coming to Vancouver in September *insert excited squeal here*), which right off the bat tells me it's going to be a fashion forward evening.  Then, I read that the night is a Pre-Gala, which just so happens to be something I've not particularly heard of.  Assuming people wouldn't be as dressed up as the gala itself, I opted for cocktail party chic.  Oh, and did I mention that the plan was to party hop to a swanky backyard soiree afterward?  The look required for the evening really had to have it all.  No pressure!

Keeping that bank account happy, I shopped my own wardrobe.  This brought me to a crop top/skirt combination in a simple colour palette, which keeps that trendy aspect that I knew the fashion crowd would expect.  I have my go-to flared midi party skirt that honestly saves me year round (gotta love those purchases, amiright?) which, if you're also an hourglass shape, is a piece that I cannot recommend enough!  Throw on some sparkly jewelry and those heels I was talking about et voila.  Magic.  Especially considering that I threw this all together in minutes.  It was a big step up from my everyday attire and somehow all came out of my own closet!

Have you had a recent event that you weren't sure how to dress for?  What'd you end up going with?

Charlotte Tilbury At Holt Renfrew

posted on: July 14, 2015


Charlotte Tilbury is a makeup artist to the stars and a woman after my own heart!  The British beauty mogul has a lust-worthy line of cosmetics, which is finally available here in Canada, exclusively at Holt Renfrew.  Makeup addicts of the true north strong and free, rejoice!

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Thanks to Bethany for helping me with these snaps!

What's not to love?!  The Charlotte Tilbury line is thoughtful and well curated.  She's taken our makeup essentials to the next level and made a line of cosmetics that will inevitably leave you wanting every single item, right down to the makeup bag.  What I adore about the product so far is that she takes that oh-so-coveted celebrity look and translates it to everyday (you know, for us regular folk).  If you're looking to start off with something light, I highly recommend this K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Velvet Underground.  The pop of pink makes a statement and is a great addition to any makeup bag.  For a camera-ready glow, I've been applying the Supermodel Body Shimmer on my arms and d├ęcolletage and va-va-voom!  It's really fun and quickly become a summer favourite.

So what are you waiting for?  Head on over to Holt Renfrew and find out why Charlotte Tilbury has such a loyal cult following.  Oh, and while you're at it, don't forget to share which of her products you're currently loving!

P.S. Not here in Vancouver?  No problem, I've got links to the product below.  Also, thank you to team Charlotte Tilbury for making this post possible xx

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