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Current Covets: Crossbody bags

I'm a sucker for a great crossbody bag.

But there are a few things that make a bag better than others. I'm a fan of luxe leather, a usable size (not too big, not too small) and a comfortable chain length — to name a few.

While this Gucci Arabesque bag undoubtedly fits the bill on all three of these criteria, I couldn't help myself from looking around to see what else is out there this season.

Take a look at a few of my favourite new crossbody bags below!

Happy Friday — and even happier shopping.


Revlon Professional Equave Instant Beauty detangling sprays: A quick review

 Revlon Professional Equave Instant Beauty sprays: A quick review

What it is: A collection of salon-quality detangling and conditioning leave-in hair sprays.

Targeted to fix common hair types including those lusting after volume, perfect blonde and extra hydration. Plus, two formula for kids!

Beauty bonus: These spritzes smell AH-mazing!

Beauty bummer: Literally, none.

Overall: These sprays are literally the best. No joke. 

We tried all of the available types and were amazed at how great these spritzes made our hair feel.

Dry locks? Instantly moisturized. Easily knotted hair? A few spritzes give way to smooth sailing with a brush.

And the best part? They don't leave hair feeling weighed down or sticky after use.

Would recommend: 100% yes! Our fave was the Hydra Nutritive Detangling Conditioner is one of our favourite new beauty releases.

Price: $12.95 (kids); $17.45 (all others)
Where to get it: Chatters; Trade Secrets

CHANEL: Coco Cuba

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Coco Cuba tshirt levis wedgie jeans vancouver fashion blogger faux fur jacket outfit.

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CHANEL Jumbo classic Levi's wedgie jeans foothills

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Coco Cuba tshirt levis wedgie jeans vancouver fashion blogger faux fur jacket outfit.

Coco Cuba tshirt levis wedgie jeans vancouver fashion blogger faux fur jacket outfit.

It's no secret that I love CHANEL.

I've shown my affection for the brand many times on C&A ... and I don't see that changing any time soon.

To me, the French fashion maison represents the epitome of luxury. From their exquisite handbags, to their ready-to-wear and haute couture collections (which I will likely never be able to afford), there's just something about CHANEL.

I remember when I was younger, I dreamt of owning one of their handbags. And through a lot of hard work, and sacrifice on the part of my pennies, I'm proud to say I now own a few — including this Jumbo Classic Flap bag.

The brand's Cruise 2017 Cuba collection is one of my favourite releases to date (with the exception of the Paris/Dallas collection, which is my favourite EVER!). I loved the colours, the fun and — of course — the fashions of this release. This T-shirt obviously included.

Now, if I could only get my hands on one of the latest bags. :P

Happy Monday and thank you for stopping by!

Shirt: CHANEL | Jeans: Levi's | Faux fur jacket: Vintage (similar here) | Boots: Zara
Bag: CHANEL 

How to wear brocade ankle boots

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Le Chateau wool robe coat vancouver fashion blogger levi's 501 ct jeans cute winter outfit idea

Le Chateau wool robe coat vancouver fashion blogger levi's 501 ct jeans cute winter outfit idea

When I first bought these boots, I kind of struggled with how to wear them.

Should I try to go monochrome in order to make the the focus? Should I dress them up? Should I dress them down?

All the options left me feeling a bit confused — and were a contributing factor to why I didn't find myself wearing these brocade beauties on the regular.

But I think I've discovered the key to wearing busy boots like these ones. Just pretend they're your favourite sneakers.

What I mean by that is, dress them down with cool denim and a cozy sweater and it's a combination that is basically a fashion failsafe. And now that I've figured it out, I'll be wearing them on repeat. ;)

Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by!

Boots: Aldo (love these) | Jeans: Levi's | Coat: Le Chateau (on sale!) |
Bag: Gucci | Sweater: Aritzia (super-affordable version here!


How to wear an oversized hoodie

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Helmut Lang denim jacket

Oversized hoodie sweatshirt outfit idea red Champion hoodie Celine Nano bag vancouver fashion blogger

Oversized hoodie sweatshirt outfit idea red Champion hoodie Celine Nano bag vancouver fashion blogger

Oversized hoodie sweatshirt outfit idea red Champion hoodie Celine Nano bag vancouver fashion blogger

Oversized hoodie sweatshirt outfit idea red Champion hoodie Celine Nano bag vancouver fashion blogger

Oversized hoodie sweatshirt outfit idea red Champion hoodie Celine Nano bag vancouver fashion blogger

Oversized hoodie sweatshirt outfit idea red Champion hoodie Celine Nano bag vancouver fashion blogger

I legit haven't worn a hoodie since, umm, well ... probably high school. 

In my "younger" years (lol!) I was all about oversized hoodies featuring skateboard brands — not to mention those snap-front coach's jackets. In an oversized fit, of course.

But, while I can't say I've entirely missed the dressed-down look, I am pleasantly surprised by how much I like the results of adding an oversized style back to my closet now.

I'll be honest, it's not a piece that's going to make its way into my daily wardrobe rotation because it's WAY too casual for work, but I can seriously see myself sporting it on the regular when I'm not on the clock.

Are you loving the oversized look?

Happy Wednesday and thank you for stopping by.

Sweater: Champion | Jeans: Topshop | Bag: Celine | Jacket: Helmut Lang | Boots: Le Chateau



R+Co Texturizing Cactus Shampoo: A quick review

R+Co Texturizing Cactus Shampoo: A quick review

What it is: A sulfate, paraben, petrolatum and mineral oil-free (whew!) shampoo from a collective of hair care industry experts that work to bring products that are treatment-oriented and target hair and scalp health.

Diatomaceous earth is the magic ingredient in the texturizing formula to give grip to hair.

Beauty bonus: The scent is unique and subtle. It's not sweet or overpowering at all.

Beauty bummer: This shampoo doesn't mess around when it says to expect grit (you read that right). We followed the directions and skipped our conditioner. Post-use we felt like we had been out in the blowing, sandy desert with tangly, unmanageably stiff tresses.

Overall: This shampoo definitely delivers on texture, we're just not sure it works for our type of hair.

We tested it on fine hair and found that hair definitely felt texturized but also unmanageable and frizzy. We couldn't get a comb through wet hair,  so we to spritz on a leave-in conditioner, and it still didn't tame our tresses.

On the plus side, hair feels thicker and more voluminous due to the texture.

Bottom line: if you have a specific style in mind that needs a little bit of help staying, this shampoo can help you achieve it without massive amounts of hairspray or waiting days without washing.

Would recommend? Yes, for a very specific textured look. But for everyday? We'll stick to using with a conditioner.
Price: $24
Where to buy: Select Salons

Winter (black +) blues

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Le Chateau wool robe coat levi's 501 CT vancouver fashion blogger winter outfit idea gucci dionysus bag

Le Chateau wool robe coat levi's 501 CT vancouver fashion blogger winter outfit idea gucci dionysus bag

Le Chateau wool robe coat levi's 501 CT vancouver fashion blogger winter outfit idea gucci dionysus bag

Le Chateau wool robe coat levi's 501 CT vancouver fashion blogger winter outfit idea gucci dionysus bag

Le Chateau wool robe coat levi's 501 CT vancouver fashion blogger winter outfit idea gucci dionysus bag
The recent wintery weather in Vancouver has presented an interesting issue for me: what do I wear that’s warm and simultaneously stylish?

While I’m surely stepping out in a puffy parka and toque on the worst of days, there are others where I’m trying my hardest to accomplish the above task.

This look is an example of that.

I paired my go-to jeans with my new favorite wool robe coat, added some ankle boots and a cutout top (scarf definitely required when not in front of the camera!) — and ta-da! A winter-appropriate look that is a few steps above a simple jeans-and-sweater combination.

So, a bit of an upgrade from what I wear every other day of the week. ;)

Happy Wednesday and thank you for stopping by.

Coat: Le Chateau | Jeans: Levi’s | Top: H&M (similar here) | Boots: Aldo | Bag: Gucci
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NYE 2017

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New Years Eve outfit 2017 Le Chateau sparkle mock neck turtleneck vancouver blogger.

New Years Eve outfit 2017 Le Chateau sparkle mock neck turtleneck vancouver blogger.

New Years Eve outfit 2017 Le Chateau sparkle mock neck turtleneck vancouver blogger.

New Years Eve outfit 2017 Le Chateau sparkle mock neck turtleneck vancouver blogger.

New Years Eve outfit 2017 Le Chateau sparkle mock neck turtleneck vancouver blogger.
Pants, sweater and boots: Le Chateau

I can't believe it's almost 2017. Like, where did the time go?

While I can acknowledge that this year has been a tough one for many reasons on a global scale — for me — I found it to be personally fulfilling.

I was able to travel for work more than ever before, visiting Paris, L.A., Tokyo and more. My personal style has evolved further, I introduced new verticals to my blog (hello, travel!) I turned 30 and I went on the trip of a lifetime with a few of the people who matter most (my family!).

Sure, there have been some ups and downs, but all in all, I feel it's been a pretty decent year for me. And I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store!

Which brings me to the point of this post ... do you know what you're going to wear for New Year's Eve?

I'm not usually one to wear tons of sparkle, but if there's ever a time to wear glitzy garments, it's NYE. I love this mock-neck top that's a perfect way to dress up simple pants and sleek suede ankle boots.

But, if I'm being completely honest about getting dressed up for NYE, I'd have to admit that one of my favourite parts of going out is the getting ready part. I love to do my makeup and drink some sweet sips while listening to party tunes. It's almost as fun as the whole going out thing. ;)

Happy New Year and thank you — as always — for taking the time to stop by. See you next year!



Friday faves

Horses, CHANEL beauty goodies ... and a cute makeup case to squirrel it all away in — these are certainly a few of my favourite things.

I'm forever looking for a chic travel case that can hold all my makeup goodies, jewelry and whatever else I may need to tote along with me on holiday.

It seems I'm always finding something that's too big or too small. But this case from Poppy & Peonies is just right. I love that it's hard-sided so all my loot inside stays safe during travel. And the cute polka-dot interior doesn't hurt, either.

The brand is Canadian-based and has a whole host of great accessories for fashionistas looking for a great piece at a great price.

While I'm not exactly one to tote around a faux leather bag on the regular, I seek out the durable fabric and vegan-friendly iterations for travel. So, basically what I'm saying is that I'm lusting after all the travel goodies and pouches!

Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by!


Silk ties

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Sweater: H&M | Scarf: Gucci | Jeans: Le Chateau | Shoes: Geox | Bag: Ted Baker

I've legit been wearing this outfit far too often to count lately. 

Why, exactly? Well, I'm finding it to be the perfect mix of casual and chic. Not to mention it's super comfy. 

Plus, it enables me to wear this amazing silk Gucci scarf I recently purchased while in California. 

I'm SO happy neck scarves have made a slight return to fashion (at least in fashion's inner circle, at least­čść). I've amassed a small collection of bandanas and petite scarves throughout the years, so it's going to be a look I'll be happily sporting — for the next little while, at least. 

Happy Wednesday and thank you for stopping by! 



Teeez Cosmetics Fall/Winter 2016/17 new releases: A quick review

Teeez Cosmetics Fall/Winter 2016/17 new releases: A quick review

What it is: From the Dutch-based brand Teeez Cosmetics, comes a new collection full of bold lip colours and versatile eyeshadow palettes.

Changing its package design every season, Teeez is on trend with this release thanks to rose-gold metallic accents. Many of these products are paraben-free and all are not tested on animals.

Beauty bonus: The To Die For eyeshadow quad, which is available in six colour offerings, is very pigmented, applying smoothly and with little fall out.

Beauty bummer: The highlighter is in a creamy, liquid formula. It's billed as a primer and/or highlighter, but we found it a little too shimmery as a primer.

Overall: We like the idea that the packaging is ever-changing — it's something that keeps the brand feeling new and different every season.

While we enjoyed the offerings in this range, the winners for us were the eyeshadow quads and mascara. The formulas for both were very nice to work with.

The mascara gave nice volume to lashes due to the silicone, (very!) short bristle applicator, which distributed product evenly onto lashes.

Meanwhile, the eyeshadow palettes had big colour payoff and were easy to blend and build.

The lipstick, while nice to apply with good tone and boasting a non-drying formula, faded a tad quicker than we expected.

Would recommend? The eyeshadow (and now the mascara) are our MVPs of this release.
Price: To Die For eyeshadow quad, $48; Bulletproof Mascara Curling, $32; Style Addict highlighter, $32; Material Girl lipstick, $29.

Where to buy: Hudson's Bay

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