Feeling Romantic?

posted on: January 31, 2013

Feeling Romantic?


Salvatore Ferragamo spaghetti strap dress, 2,110 CAD / Little Mistress short dress, 87 CAD / Monki knit top, 41 CAD / Dorothy Perkins , 69 CAD / Witchery , 26 CAD / Metal jewelry, 3.01 CAD / Oasis sequin scarf, 32 CAD / Ray-Ban ray ban eyewear, 495 CAD / NYC Art, New York City Photography, Central Park Bow Bridge..., 30 CAD

February is upon us, which calls for soft pink hues with gold accents, chick flick marathons, and justifiable chocolate binges!

Repeat Offender

posted on: January 29, 2013

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Scarf from Oak and Fort // Sweater from Bella Couture // Second Yoga Jeans // Steve Madden Boots // Zara Bag // Forever 21 Ring // Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch // Warby Parker Linwood Glasses in Violet Magnolia

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This was actually my uniform for a week.  An entire week, everywhere I went, I was wearing this exact outfit.  It's just irresistibly cozy and easy to throw on.   Plus I just can't get enough of this scarf...or as I like to call it: the adult bib.  Seriously, how is it that scarves manage to catch everything?  I find all sorts of goodies from popcorn and crumbs, to bobby pins and chocolate in my scarf.  Just a great collector of things, those scarves!


Photos by Jen Tam

Ohhh you know. A little of this, a little of that.

posted on: January 28, 2013

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Things that are currently awesome:

Anything and everything Style Common related.  We're onto something great, my friends.

That Adam and I officially booked our flights to England and France.  Hello, Paris outfit planning!

This smoothie recipe.  I've replaced my morning coffee with a smoothie and the gym, its been fantastic.

Having Girls HBO, Suits, and Downton Abbey all back on the tele.  Although, don't even get me started on last night's episode of Downton, I'm still traumatized.

This adorable photoshoot by Stephanie Sterjovski.  Has me longing for a romantic Valentines Day...and a cupcake.

The fact that I'm already in my pjs and ready to snuggle up to a good book.

Happy Monday xo 

Stripes and Bows

posted on: January 25, 2013

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Striped Jacket from The Gap // Blouse from Forever 21 // Pants from Muse Social Fashion House // 
Shoes thrifted // Hair and Makeup by Kahlia Adams

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This particular hairstyle is a favourite of mine, as it's so different from anything I'd normally style myself.  Kahlia and I will collaborate on a tutorial soon to show you how we got this killer braided crown. We actually have a few hair tutorials on the way, so there's that to look forward to ;)   I'm off to finish up at the office here.  It's a little difficult to get work done on a sunny Friday afternoon!  Hope you all have a weekend of fun ahead xo

Lise Watier Spring {Beauty} Preview

posted on: January 24, 2013

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You might remember the Lise Watier Pastel Power Party that Kahlia and I went to last month.  A little preview of LW's spring goodies, and I mean, what better way to fight the winter blahs then to give them a try?  We loved using the romantic pastels in a very under-done look, which is clearly a trend after what we saw at the Golden Globes.

{Get The Look}
Lise Watier Pink Power for highlight and blush
Lise Watier Pastel Power quartet on eyes
Lise Watier Eye Shine Pencil in Vert - a personal favourite of mine

Other products used include Estee lauder BB Cream in Medium, Mac select cover up, Mac mineralize pressed powder in medium on t zone, Guerlain bronzer, L'Oreal voluminour mascara, and Mac lipglass in underage.

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Have a beauty or makeup question?  Any how-to's or tutorials you'd like to see?  
Tweet @KahliaMakeup or book an appointment with her at kahliaadams.com!

Fur Realz

posted on: January 21, 2013

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Sheer Polka Dot Blouse from H&M // BB Dakota Fur Vest from ModCloth // Black Silk 
Shorts from Aritzia // Pearl Bib Necklace from The Bay // 'Joust' Booties from Dolce Vita // Structured Bag and Bowler Hat from Urban Outfitters // Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch

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{Photos by Melissa}

If freezing temperatures aren't a reason to pull sheer blouses and silk shorts out of the closet, then my goodness, I don't know what is?!  At least we've also had a healthy dose of winter sunshine, so I've been able to get some wear out of my favourite sunglasses.  Have you ever ordered prescription sunnies online?  Any recommendations?  I've been super ghetto and wearing my glasses underneath my sunglasses while driving.  Which, works fine for the road, but it's not so pretty when I step out of the vehicle and am sporting double eyewear.  Just call me six-eyes!

Nights in Playa

posted on: January 17, 2013

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We walked the long resort hallways in pursuit of the lobby, where Tessa and Adam undoubtedly waited for us (thanks to me, we're almost always late or just on time for any dates).  It was three years ago now that we started this tradition, and once again we were leaving the resort for an evening.  The four of us hopped in a cab and were well on our way into town.  Driving in Mexico is always an adventure, in every sense of the word.  Speed bumps are upside down, rules of the road seem to be a mere suggestion, heavily armed police check-points are extremely common...and that's just the highway!  Once you get closer to town, it's a glimpse of what life is likefor the locals that really transports you, as though a point of passage into their world.  We paid our driver and made some sort of loose deal with him that he'd be back to pick us up at 10, though we knew this was an unlikely arrangement as we were all on vacation time.

We arrived to the usual Playa chaos.  A strange mix of tourists and locals, young and old, and of course, the occasional illegal wild animal.  A few stores piqued our interest along the way, but our big mission was to our usual restaurant of choice - La Parilla.  We snagged a patio spot and enjoyed chips and salsa, tacos, enchiladas, and margaritas over great conversation.  It was then time to walk it off and roam the streets of Playa del Carmen in search for some more drinks.  We stumbled upon an old favourite of mine and Adam's, a bar called ula gula.  Complete with live music and THE most delicious cocktails, it was there that we sat together content, observing a world that is so alive at night, rich in Mexican culture and extreme(ly awesome) people watching.  We honestly could have stayed right there for hours, but it was back to the resort for us.  It's always best to leave while you're still having fun, wouldn't you agree?

Resort Wear 2013: Day to Night

posted on: January 14, 2013

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Day: Forever 21 Top // Red Bardot Shorts // Michael Kors Bag // DSW Beaded Sandals // Cinder and Sage Hair Comb // Marc Jacobs Watch // Assorted H&M Bangles

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Night: Earrings c/o Olivia Solie // Black Dress from WildDoll // Michael Kors Bag // DSW Beaded Sandals // Marc Jacobs Watch 

A once hated task, I now quite enjoy packing.  I'm sure much of that is thanks to blogging, as chronicling looks can really only improve one's ability to outfit plan in a pinch.  It's especially exciting to pack a bag in freezing temperatures when you're headed to sun and sand.  Sigh, I already forget what it's like to step outside and be hit with a suffocating blanket of heat and tropical breeze.  The only thing that greets me when I open the front door these days is the freaky neighbourhood cat (who was for some reason, shaved completely except for its head and paws) and a feeling that can only be compared to venturing inside of a freezer.  I would know what that's like because you better believe I worked at McDonald's back in the day!  Where was I?  Right, the outfits.  On a vacation, I'm all about taking the minimum and being able to remix.  Staples, such as these neutral flat sandals and Michael Kors tote bag are a must bring!  It's so fun to get dressed up every evening at the resort.  Very Downton Abbey-style costume changes and I dig it.

Beauty How-To: Winged Eyeliner

posted on: January 11, 2013

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I love wearing winged eyeliner.  I sometimes do a more subtle version for daytime, and a thick, dramatic wing for a night on the town!  The trouble, however, is that when friends ask how I get the look, I'm completely unable to explain it.  That's why I was so curious to find out how makeup artist Kahlia Adams suggested we all achieve the perfect winged liner.

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Start by drawing a guide with a white eye pencil, following the lower lash line.

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Draw a line across the upper lid on the lash line and above the white pencil line, using an angle brush and some black eyeliner. Shadow is easier to remove and control then a gel or liquid liner . You can make sure your proportions are correct before using the less forgiving medium.

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Then take a pen eyeliner (we used a Skinny Marker by NYX) and start just outside the tear duct till the end of the lash line on both sides. Flip the pen around so the skinniest part was at the tip of the wing and follow the guideline. You can build the line up do its as thick and dramatic as you want. 

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Use a wet Q-Tip to remove your white line, et voila!

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Have a beauty or makeup question?  Any how-to's or tutorials you'd like to see?  
Tweet @KahliaMakeup or book an appointment with her at kahliaadams.com!

The True North Strong + Free

posted on: January 10, 2013

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Vintage Denim Blouse from Brooklyn // Striped Sweater from Club Monaco // Assorted Jewellery from Forever 21 and H&M // Gold Chain Bfrend Bracelet // Striped Bag from The Bay // Makeup by Kahlia Adams

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{Photos by Alexandra}

Like finding treasure at the end of the rainbow, these forgotten outfit pics from last month were hiding in an obscure folder on my computer.  And since I'm still sifting through over a thousand vacation pics, it's a nice surprise to not have to worry about them for another day.  So, before I inundate you with obnoxious beach photos, please feast your eyes on this go-to casual look.  Featuring stripes layered on top of a Canadian Tuxedo, paired with a patriotic Bay striped bag. You know, just paying homage to my country ;)


Out Of Office

posted on: January 7, 2013

Packing for the beach  View from the sky

Wish You Were Here  Ladies

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Hola amigos!

I am writing to you from paradise, aka the Mayan Riviera in Mexico.  It's the very last day of our beautiful vacation and I'm sad to soon be back to the daily grind.  This has been such a great start to the year.  Sun and sand, poolside drinks, healthy meals, and a little r and r.  I just hope 2013 has also been good to you so far!

*For those who have been asking, the polka dot one-piece bathing suit is from ModCloth

{Inspiration} Anna Karenina

posted on: January 4, 2013

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Inspiration: Anna Karenina by Michela Byl

McQ by Alexander McQueen velvet dress, 5,905 CAD // Dolce&Gabbana embroidery dress, 4,900 CAD // Ruffle coat, 140 CAD // Dolce&Gabbana high heel pumps, 1,490 CAD // Burberry suede handbag, 1,475 CAD // DANNIJO chain necklace, 440 CAD // Bangle jewelry, 310 CAD // Banana Republic flower earrings, 35 CAD // Fake fur hat, 26 CAD // Coach scarf, 690 CAD


Shiny + New

posted on: January 3, 2013

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Silk Dress and Chunky Knit Snood from Oak+Fort Vancouver // Faux Leather Jacket from Le Chateau (old) // Dolce Vita 'Joust' Booties // Bag from Zara

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{Photos by Michela Byl}