OCTOBER 2014 BEAUTY FAVORITES

happy november 1st, my loves! i thought that i’d share my top beauty favorites for the month of october! i love the rich, deep colours that fall brings.october beauty favourites

1. this nars blush in “outlaw” is my #1 beauty pick for october. the photo doesn’t do the shade justice. even though i have cool undertones, the gold shimmer and rosy colouring is natural looking on my skin, giving my cheeks the perfect flushed look. the blush itself stays put all day and the colour is so deep and rich for fall.

2. lush’s mask of magnaminty. this mask has done wonders for my skin, and although it is a deep-cleansing mask, it’s not drying. plus, this mask is such a treat to apply; i simply put my feet up, sip some tea and after 10 minutes, gently remove. this mask leaves my face tingling and cool, and is fun to do with friends during a girl’s night in!

3. jergens natural glow is my glow-to (hehe) all year round. keep in mind, this moisturizer is not quite a self-tanner, but it does the job to keep my limbs from looking like casper. plus, jergens has changed up the formula recently and the smell is much improved.. no funky tanning cream odour.

4. this nars dual-intensity eyeshadow in “andromeda” is my current favourite. the colour is so pigmented and it looks amazing when placed just below the brow bone. i also pop some in the corners of my eyes & cupid’s bow to add some extra pizazz.

5. mom and i were shopping around for nail polish the other day and we came across this essie gem… the colour is “penny talk” and that’s basically what it looks like – a very shiny penny! this colour is a nice alternative to the vampy dark shades that are always popular this time of year. added bonus – the polish is super pigmented so you can get away with applying just one coat.

6. i always found the baby lips lip balm by maybelline to be very drying, so i stopped buying them. however, when i saw this new formula, i thought i’d try it again. i’m now a huge fan. the baby lips dr. rescue lip balm is moisturizing and cooling, with a hint of eucalyptus. i’ve only tried the clear shade, but there are six tinted balms available as well!

7. i’ve been watching a lot of youtube makeup tutorials lately. like, a lot. and these anastasia beverly hills palettes have been getting a ton of airtime. i went to sephora to see what the fuss was about. this tamanna palette is definitely worth the fuss. the shadows are so pigmented and the majority of colours are appropriate for every day wear.

8. last but certainly not least – this nyx jumbo lipstick pencil in “pecan”. this is the perfect shade for fall, especially if you want to try a toned down version of the infamous kylie jenner lip. the product is creamy, the colour is rich, and it lasts SO long! for $4, it’s a steal.

i want to know – what are your beauty must-haves?

xo LB.

cross-body baby.

Happy Monday, my loves!

I thought I’d fill you in on my new bag obsession – the cross-body bag. I have always used bigger purses with short straps, which I awkwardly carry on my forearm. I’m beginning to think I may one day end up with carpal tunnel, and so I’ve started looking around for more practical – but stylish – bag options. crossbody bag love

1. I first discovered GiGi New York while looking to buy my boyfriend a good quality monogrammed leather card holder. Of course, after the order was placed, I spent some time browsing the website and fell in love with their Madison Crossbody Bag. This gorgeous bag is big enough to hold the essentials, and has a convenient cross-body strap, leaving your hands free to roam, whether shopping for clothes, doing errands or running after your children! I love the option to personalize the bag with a monogram. I had the card holder monogrammed and was very impressed with the end result; the quality of the initials and the overall product was on point.
2. I came across this Madewell bag while on the card holder search (obviously I have trouble keeping to the task at hand). I like the size and the classic shape of this beauty. I’m not a fan of extra pockets and zippers, so the sleek design immediately drew me in. Plus, up until TODAY, October 20th, Madewell is offering complimentary monogramming, which is a definite bonus. I guess I have a thing for initials.
3. I first spotted this bad boy on YouTube, during one of Gigi Gorgeous’  clothing hauls a few weeks ago (she was showing off her new Gucci bag in the teal colour). The patent leather and chain-link strap take the cross-body trend from day to night, but boy, is it cute. Plus, I love me some tassels.
4. This Céline bag is perfection. It is also drastically out of my price range. Nevertheless, the long, thin strap, streamlined leather zip pouch and small, simple logo makes this bag THE cross-body of all cross-bodies.
Thank you for reading! I hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead.
xo LB.

sweater weather.

good morning, my darlings! today, i’m talking about about one of my favorite fall staples – the classic cozy sweater. i love the versatility of such a simple piece, and i always have a few sweaters on rotation for each season. the fun really happens once autumn hits; layering is essential for warmth, and accessorizing is a must for style purposes!

sweater weather

 

there are so many ways to wear a classic knit sweater (i love this one from uniqlo, but you can find something similar almost anywhere). continue reading for some tips to looking polished, while staying toasty.

[OFFICE]

i would recommend a light-weight sweater for the office (i.e. cashmere, a light cable knit, etc). try to stay away from a chunky knit; the volume and texture can come off as too casual in a corporate setting. you can either wear the sweater on its own, or layer with a crisp white collared shirt underneath. complete the look with a long, delicate pendant necklace.

[WEEKEND]

ease into the “canadian tuxedo” trend: wear your sweater over a light-wash denim shirt, while rocking a dark-wash denim skinny jean. let the tails hang out below the hem of the sweater and pop the collar. i like to pull up my sweater sleeves and show off the cuff if at all possible. you can wear this look with flats, heels or a cute pair of booties. on a cooler day, throw on a scarf! i love accessorizing with scarves. one simple piece can pull the colours in your outfit together in a no-fuss way.

[NIGHT OUT]

time to have fun with this look. first, pull out a plaid or patterned collared shirt and layer under your knit sweater. rock this look with some leather leggings, a skinny jean, or a form-fitting skirt. be creative! next, accessorize. wearing a statement necklace instantly dresses up your outfit. last but not least, throw on a pair of your sexiest heels. voilà! you’re ready for a night on the town.

xo LB.

cold shoulder.

i love my shoulders. i love the way i feel when i am wearing a top that slips down, off of my shoulder, exposing my neckline, but leaving the other, more womanly parts yet to be revealed. there is something so empowering about feeling confident and powerful. these five looks from new york fashion week had me swooning. sexy, understated and classic. this shoulder-baring trend is definitely my current favorite.

what is your favorite body part?

xo LB

“sexiness should not be overt. something shapeless that drapes across your hip, hangs off the shoulder; something that cowls in the front, drapes low in the back, that’s sexy.”

- rachel zoe

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top to bottom: marchesa, rosie assoulin, zac posen, jenny packham, oscar de la renta

 all photos via style.com

saturday vibes.

weekend.
 Rodarte x Starbucks To-Go Mug (Old)

HELLO to all my lovelies! As you have probably noticed, it’s been over a year since my last post. Life got in the way and blogging was put on the back burner. But fear not. I have big plans in motion and I’m full of inspiration.

One of my favourite things to do when putting outfits together is to pair unexpected items with each other. This gorgeous knit polo by J W Anderson has prim & proper potential if worn with some black wool trousers, but ta-da! Paired with these J.Crew boyfriend jeans, the outfit is edgy, fun and seemingly more casual. I have an obsession with mules at the moment. These Cole Haan black cork slides work perfectly with this ensemble and add an element of finesse to the look. And since I haven’t given up on summer yet, I threw some cute tortoise sunnies and a straw tote bag into the mix.

So there you have it.  A perfect outfit for a perfect Saturday afternoon. Try mixing two unexpected items in your wardrobe! Pick something super casual and wear it with something more dressy. You may be surprised with what you come up with.

xo LB

PS. Does anyone remember the collaboration Starbucks did with fashion label Rodarte? I was all over this to-go mug when it was released a few years ago. Today, I filled this bad boy with some ice water & lemon wedges and took it with me on a leisurely stroll. Fashionable and practical!

faves.

hey lovelies! here’s a peek into what i’m obsessing over lately…faves of the moment

1. i’m still not over the baseball hat trend. i love the fact that i can get away with wearing a sporty ball cap with a more dressed up outfit. it’s fun to keep people interested and guessing. i like this stella mccartney one; grey wool is a new take on the typical black, plus the clean lines make the hat look more luxurious.
2. going through a superga obsession at the moment. i have two pairs… but wouldn’t mind having a gold lamé pair to wear with a pencil skirt or summer dress. these things are comfortable, preppy and fun to mix with the unusual.
3. love me anything t by alexander wang, but this sleeveless tank caught my eye as looking especially soft and versatile. my tees are my favourite items in my wardrobe; i get so much use out of them.
4. i have a similar skirt from plum, and i can’t get enough of the bold floral print. so easy to pair with a little wedge and simple t-shirt. dolce & gabbana, $1,005.
5. i’ve been obsessing over this anya hindmarch clutch for a while now. i love the idea of carrying a less structured clutch. plus, the colours are so fun!
6. when i saw these narciso rodriquez wedges featured on TMR, it was love at first sight. my “sole” aches for these beauties. perfect worn with boyfriend jeans and a fun blazer.
7. dannijo, dannijo, dannijo. damn you for being so expensive. anyways, i’m a bracelet girl, so naturally i have my “eye” on this cuff. {i have to stop with the cheesy puns, i know.}
8. this tibi dress took. my. breath. away. i love the colour. i love lobsters. it’s perfection.

grundgified.

i met nick thiessen at a photo shoot earlier this year, and immediately recognized a talent i wanted to work with. when the opportunity came along to style a shoot for him, i didn’t hesitate.

nick is an amazing photographer with an eye for the perfect shot. we had such a good time joining forces to bring back grunge, along with hilary rhoda look-a-like, danielle flasha. i’ve been obsessing over editorials from the 90’s grunge era, and wanted so badly to recreate it. with the help of abbotsford’s seediest backdrops and a steady drizzle of rain, nick took some amazing shots.

all photos courtesy of nick thiessen photography