Monday, June 29, 2015

The Body Politik Wax Bar: A quick review

The Body Politik Wax Bar in Vancouver: A quick review

What is it: The Body Politik Wax Bar is a no-fuss waxing space for men and women that will get you sleek for summer — or maintain your meticulous (hair) landscaping — from top to toes. 

Beauty bonus: We love the all-inclusive attitude of this wax bar!  The shop's owner, Carmen Perez, caters to everyone — "big bodies, little bodies, cis bodies, trans bodies, battle-scarred or airbrush-perfect: Every body is beautiful. Every body is deserving of care," according to her website. #love

Plus, she uses luxe I Love My Muff products to soothe skin, so your seriously smooth post-treatment.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pleated midi skirt

Pleated midi skirt outfit Forever 21

This outfit post is a bit of a #FlashbackFriday as I shot it while on holiday in Palm Springs earlier this year.

I don't know what stopped me from posting it right after I arrived home from my trip, but what I do know is that this look basically started my love affair with pleated skirts.

Truth be told, I have long loved the uber-feminine style, but add in a midi length, and I will pretty much take one in every colour. But ... what DON'T I do that with?! Lol. Don't answer that.

Happy Friday and thank you so much for stopping by!

Skirt: Forever 21 | Top: Sirens | Bag: Mansur Gavriel | Sandals: MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar pair here) | Sunglasses: Ray Ban 62mm | Jewelry: Cartier, Tiffany and Co.

Aleesha Harris Vancouver fashion

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Shoe love: Sanuk Yoga Mat Primo

Sanuk Yoga Mat Primo review

I can't resist a good summer sandal.

Add in a sole that is as cushy and comfortable as a yoga mat (maybe because it actually IS one!), and I'm sold.

Cue: the Sanuk Yoga Mat Primo sandal.

Available in a few neutral shades and sporting eye-catching animal print on the inside, these sandals are as comfortable as they are fun. Trust me, I wore them during a weekend of exploring San Francisco — on foot — and my feet couldn't have been happier.

(Full disclosure: The canvas-lined strap did rub a bit the first few wears)

Now all I need to do is get myself the other colours. :P

Happy Wednesday and thank you for stopping by.

Sandals c/o Sanuk Canada

Monday, June 22, 2015

Sun Bum SPF 30 Original Spray Sunscreen and Cool Down Original Spray After Care: A quick review

Sun Bum SPF 30 Original Spray Sunscreen and Cool Down After Care: A quick review
What it is: A vegan-friendly, animal-testing free and easy-to-use aerosol spray sun care formulated with Vitamin E to nourish and protect skin from damaging summer rays. 

Beauty bonus: The UVA/UVB protecting sunscreen is a dry-touch spray formulated with antioxidants to prevent skin damage from free radicals.  And the SMELL? Like a fruit-filled vacation. #yum

Beauty bummer: Watch out with the Cool Down as having a heavy hand left us with greasy skin. 

Overall: This sunscreen is a winner in our books. 

Easy to use and very effective, we tested it out in the direct noon sun for a good few hours. 

Without a burn in sight (thank you, sunscreen!), we tried out the cucumber and aloe aftercare spray. 

While we had high hopes for a spray that could hydrate without the sticky feel of aloe, it was not as quick-absorbing as we had hoped. But another shot is warranted because the idea of and affordable after-sun product is genius! 

Would I recommend? Yes!

Price: $19.99 for the sunscreen and $16.49 for the Cool Down 
Where to buy: Shoppers Drug Mart 

—Review by Covet and Acquire beauty editor Kirsten Harris

Friday, June 19, 2015

Back to basics

Mackage for Aritzia leather jacket how to wear in summer

Black and white are non-stop staples in my wardrobe — not that this comes as any surprise.

And despite the rising temperature, I've found myself sticking to my go-to leather jackets.

Paired with a silky tank and a midi pencil skirt, a classic leather topper can be both on-season for the warming temps and on-trend. Just the way I like it.

In addition to proving my love for all things leather and black-white, it also showcases my recent ambitions to pare my wardrobe down to key pieces that I can wear with everything.

From key jewelry items such as a watch, rings and bracelets, to a great, go-with-everything bag, I've been trying to save and spend on items that will last me a lifetime, versus spending on pieces that will end up in the donation pile at the end of the season.

Not sure how I'm doing with this goal, but looking at these pics makes me think I'm on the right track. :)

Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by!

Jacket: Mackage for Aritzia | Tank: Zara | Skirt: Joe Fresh | Bag: Mansur Gavriel (now accepting pre-orders!!) | Shoes: Vans | Accessories: DYPT, Movado, Tiffany and Co. Atlas and Poppy Finch

Mansur Gavriel bucket bag

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Benefit Brow Bar: A quick review

Benefit Brow Bar Vancouver Canada a quick review

What it is: A full-service brow bar at select Sephora and Benefit locations including Vancouver. The petite treatment bar offers brow waxing, brow tinting and lip waxing — as well as various combinations of these services.