Thursday, April 17, 2014

day to night: dvf lorraine dress

in a previous post, i gushed all over this diane von furstenberg lorraine dress. i may have also declared obsessed status on instagram. i had written in that post that i thought wearing this dress alone without a blazer or long cardigan to the office would not be appropriate for the office. i thought i would post some pictures to take this dress from day to night. it's pretty amazing how a blazer and different shoes can transform an outfit! joining tara's what i wore to work link up.


dress: diane von furstenberg lorraine dress, herehere. similar herehereherehere. blazer: l'wren scott for banana republic, old. similar here. "day look" shoes: manolo blahnik bb pumps, here. similar herehere. "night look" shoes: zara. similar here.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

travel: packing make-up

we just got back from a vacation in blissful mexico and i'm feeling relaxed and zen. (okay, i'm 3 days back from holidays but the zen is still holding!) our family needed that week together to regroup and recharge. we're back and in full gear for spring except it is still snowing so i don't think mother nature got the memo yet. i travel a lot, and really try to keep things at a minimum to make things easier - especially with make up. i packed bobbi brown's CC cream with 35 SPF. this is a new product from bobbi brown and i really really enjoy it in terms of wear and coverage. it is a bit thicker than tinted moisturiser, but it really does even out my colouring (redness on the cheeks are the bane of my existence). the 35 SPF was perfect too. 

my other two basic items are the bobbi brown pot rouge for lips and cheeks in pale pink and hibiscus. this is an extremely versatile product: it works beautifully as a blush but also with a bit of balm, a perfect lip gloss with a hint of colour. you can apply it directly with your (clean) fingers. because i don't want it too dirty, i apply this on my cheeks first, then take a generous amount for the lips. no double dipping!

along with my naked 3 palette, all i had to pack was 2 brushes: my trusty MAC 130 short duo fibre brush for the CC cream (i could also use my fingers if i wanted) and 239 eye shading brush. i have with these products a lot of variety for many different looks without having to pack my entire make up collection. if you don't have a palette like naked 3, i think any form of palette or even a quad or two would work as well. so that sums up my bare minimum make up when i pack lightly! what do you bring in terms of make up when you travel?
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

joanna pop design: making me a cool illustration

i love unique and personalized things: something that belongs to just me. i first saw joanna pop's fashion artwork through elaine and was amazed at her artistic talent. then i read that she's also canadian! yay canuck love. hehe. she and i worked on two pieces that i am simply simply over the moon about. i think she captured these looks perfectly. i have sketched a bit back in the day but i'm by no means artistic. i'm so so happy with these! 

you can see her work through her site, and order too through etsy. she's a joy to work with - i cannot be effusive enough about how wonderful this all was!   

 both outfits are among my favourites: anthropologie snowrose skirt, and dvf lorraine dress.

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