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Weekend Shop: Turtleneck sweaters

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Sure, turtlenecks are super on-trend right now (Hello, nod to the '90s!). But thankfully, they're also super functional.

This winter I've been living in my turtleneck sweaters. Whether cashmere and fitted, loose and wool or cropped and a poly-blend — I've steadily curated a collection of these high-necked sweaters that serve to keep me warm, and stylish.

Searching for a turtleneck for your closet? Check out a few of my favourite picks below.

Happy shopping — and thank you for stopping by!

NARS Sarah Moon Collection: A quick review

NARS Sarah Moon Collection: A quick review

What it is: The covetable holiday beauty collection from NARS cosmetics sees them partner with famous French photographer Sarah Moon. #swoon

Beauty bonus: The colours in this entire collection are completely wearable. No unfortunate shades to write off here!

Beauty bummer: Honestly? None.

Overall: From the packaging to the products inside, this collection is an absolute holiday treat.

We love the eye shadow palettes — which offered a wide variety of shades and even offerings in duo and quad-hue options. But the star of this collection (for us at least!), was hands-down the amazing lip colours.

We've found a new obsession in the Moon Matte lipsticks. The twist-up styles go on smooth and full-coverage — without feeling waxy or weighty.

While we unfortunately didn't get our hands on the AH-MAZING Metropolis coffret of Audacious lipsticks (our absolute faves from NARS!), we would recommend checking them out as the selection and value for the set are off the charts.

Would recommend? Umm, yes!
Price: $25 to $125
Where to buy: Hudson's Bay; Sephora


All grey

Le Chateau mock neck sweater and shawl collar wrap coat covet and acquire Babaton Jimmy pant aritzia

Le Chateau mock neck sweater and shawl collar wrap coat covet and acquire Babaton Jimmy pant aritzia

Le Chateau mock neck sweater and shawl collar wrap coat covet and acquire Babaton Jimmy pant aritzia

Le Chateau mock neck sweater and shawl collar wrap coat covet and acquire Babaton Jimmy pant aritzia

Le Chateau mock neck sweater and shawl collar wrap coat covet and acquire Babaton Jimmy pant aritzia

Le Chateau mock neck sweater and shawl collar wrap coat covet and acquire Babaton Jimmy pant aritzia

Movado museum watch

OK ... we're now a few days in to December and IT'S FREEZING!

Like, it's taking all my willpower to not just throw on a chunky knit, jeans, boots and a cozy coat. Every day. :P

But, thankfully, this wool coat is super warm — and stylish. #winwin Bonus points for the fact it's a cool shade of grey, so it pairs well with most other hues and enables me to wear my fave trend on repeat: monochrome.

 I'll definitely be wearing it a ton in the coming months. Consider yourself forewarned ...

Happy Monday and thank you for stopping by!

Top and coat: Le Chateau | Pants: Aritzia | Shoes: Vans


CHANEL Beauty Collection Libre Synthetic de CHANEL: A quick review

CHANEL Beauty Holiday 2016: A quick review

What it is: A beauty release from the iconic French brand CHANEL for winter that features rich reds, bold metallics and shocking pinks.

Beauty bonus: As is usual with CHANEL products, the packaging and the formulas are on point.

Beauty bummer: The colour selection is a bit '80s ... and also a tad surprising for winter. (Hot pinks?!) 

Overall: This collection packs a punch thanks to various hues of pink, orange and red. It's safe to say it's not your average cold-weather collection.

We love the lip colours — especially the two Rouge Allure Luminous Intense lipsticks in Ultraberry (a brown-tinged raspberry) and Ultrarose (a super-saturated rose). The formulas feature almond oil and green tea for a hit of lip-smoothing moisture that helps colour last.

We were also big fans of the soft pink (Pink Rubber) and silver (Liquid Mirror) Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colours, which we'll gladly welcome into our winter rotation that's currently stuck at barely-there nudes and full-on black polishes.

The pot of black eyeliner had us rethinking the idea of "precision lines" thanks to a super-fine baby brush for application. It gets so close to the lash line, it's almost unbelievable! While we did find it took a few practice sweeps to master, once we got it down, the effect was eye-opening. Literally!

Would recommend? Yes and no. The collection has a few stars — mainly the Calligraphie de CHANEL Longwear Intense Cream Eyeliner and the Rouge Allure lip colours — but we weren't thrilled with the appearance of the hues in the eye shadow palette (which we didn't get a chance to try).
Price: $32-$70
Where to get it: Hudson's Bay, Holt Renfrew

Quo Holiday Sets 2016: A quick review

Quo Holiday Sets 2016: A quick review

What it is: The Shoppers Drug Mart-exclusive Quo brand delivers beauty gifts at all price points this season.

From contour palettes to fun party poppers, it can be a very merry (makeup) Christmas for everyone on your list.

Beauty bonus: The Luxury Lipstick Wardrobe ($30) is our pick of the release. Why? Well, aside from loving the selection of shades (and the affordable price!) we love when a gift set features full-sized products. It feels so much more special!

Beauty bummer: These sets may not suffice for a true makeup pro. But they're great for everyone else!

Overall: Good value and comprehensive collections of products and tools are the biggest benefits of the Quo Holiday 2016 gift sets.

From little stocking stuffer blending sponges (very cute) to full-on giant eye, lip and cheek palettes, there is a gift for everyone — at every price point. The holiday sets also feature nice touches such as full-sized mirrors in palettes, for a touch of added glam.
  
Would recommend? For impressive gifts at an affordable price, absolutely!
Price: $3-$100
Where to buy: Shoppers Drug Mart

Benefit Holiday Girl gift sets: A quick review

Benefit Cosmetics Holiday 2016 gift sets Girl-a-Rama and Gals Just Wanna Have Fun a quick review

Benefit Cosmetics Holiday 2016 gift sets Girl-a-Rama and Gals Just Wanna Have Fun a quick review


What it is: Benefit's holiday collections are filled with cult classics and new favourites. Housed in collectable tins, boxes or an advent calendar (love!), these limited-edition sets are sure to be a hit under the Christmas tree.

Beauty bonus: The two gift sets we got — the Girl-a-Rama and Gals Just Wanna Have Fun kits — offered a complete face, except for foundation. Eyes, lips and cheeks are covered!

Beauty bummer: The eye shadows and blushes are not removable from the tins, making them a little difficult to grab for on-the-go use.

Overall: We love holiday sets! 'Tis the season to pick up staple brands and make new discoveries — while getting a great discount and product variety in one pack. And this season's sets from Benefit are no exception.

Our one caveat with these two tins? We personally always pick up sets with full-sized products, so if your shopping list includes a Benefit babe (ehem, like us!), skip the minis and grab a full-sized product. But if you're buying for a Benefit newbie, these are great introductions to the brand.

Would recommend? Yes! They're a perfect gift for a new or continuing Benefit fan — especially thanks to the super cute tins!
Price: Girl-a-Rama, $45; Gals Just Wanna Have Fun, $58.
Where to buy: Sephora

#FallforRobson

Aleesha Harris Robson Street Vancouver fashion blogger Aritzia Wilfred Free Coat Levi's Wedgie Jeans cute winter outfit

Aleesha Harris Robson Street Vancouver fashion blogger Aritzia Wilfred Free Coat Levi's Wedgie Jeans cute winter outfit

Aleesha Harris Robson Street Vancouver fashion blogger Aritzia Wilfred Free Coat Levi's Wedgie Jeans cute winter outfit

Loeffler Randall Rider Bag

Aleesha Harris Robson Street Vancouver fashion blogger Aritzia Wilfred Free Coat Levi's Wedgie Jeans cute winter outfit

Aleesha Harris Robson Street Vancouver fashion blogger Aritzia Wilfred Free Coat Levi's Wedgie Jeans cute winter outfit

Aleesha Harris Robson Street Vancouver fashion blogger Aritzia Wilfred Free Coat Levi's Wedgie Jeans cute winter outfit

When the Robson Street team first approached me to be a part of their #FallforRobson campaign I was super excited.

I have long been among the crowds of shoppers on "Canada's Runway" (I still remember what a big deal it was to bus downtown from White Rock just to shop on Robson in high school!), and I continue to consider it a must-shop destination today.

But, to be honest, I had assumed I would be one person in a crowd of local influencers the team had approached. Oh, how wrong I was. As it turns out, I'm one of just a few lucky "up-and-coming" locals they decided to feature.

Needless to say, once I heard how small the batch of Vancouverites featured in the #FallforRobson campaign was, I was speechless (not to mention honoured!).

I met up with the RS team one grey Saturday and we shot the video and audio in less than two hours. It was such a surreal experience — and one I won't soon forget. Check out the video below:


Being a part of this campaign was unreal — and amazing. Thank you to the amazing Robson Street team for the photos, video — and most of all — the opportunity to be a part of #FallforRobson!

Watch time

Medium Watch Company gold fashion watch vancouver blogger Gap wool car coat

Medium Watch Company gold fashion watch vancouver blogger Gap wool car coat

Medium Watch Company gold fashion watch vancouver blogger Gap wool car coat

Medium Watch Company gold fashion watch vancouver blogger Gap wool car coat Blacksmith Bakery

Medium Watch Company gold fashion watch vancouver blogger Gap wool car coat

Medium Watch Company gold fashion watch vancouver blogger Gap wool car coat

Medium Watch Company gold fashion watch vancouver blogger Gap wool car coat

Medium Watch Company gold fashion watch vancouver blogger Gap wool car coat

I'm all about adding classic pieces to my wardrobe rather than trend-focused ones. And this look includes so many style staples there's almost too many to count.

From the camel car coat and dark denim jeans, to this this amazingly chic gold watch from the Canadian brand Medium Watch Co. , I'm happy to say it embodies my efforts to opt for more timeless items that will last me for years.

That idea of longevity is what initially drew me to this lightweight, gold-tone watch. From the simple band to the just-large-enough-face, it's a piece that I know I will get a TON of wear out of.

Especially because I'm still super old-school and refuse to give up my watch ... even though I often check my smartphone for the time. ;)

Happy Wednesday and thank you for stopping by!

Watch: Medium Watch Co. c/o | Coat: Gap | Jeans: Dish c/o | Bag: Chanel | Sweater: Joe Fresh


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Kérastase Holiday Hair Contest

Kerastase PAris Holiday Hair Contest win free products and salon services for a year


Kérastase haircare is having an EPIC holiday contest — and I want YOU to be one of the winners! 

The free contest will see 10 lucky winners taking home one of the luxury haircare brand's holiday product gift packs, plus a year of complementary in-salon services. Can you even imagine?! 

To enter, visit the My Holiday Hair website and take a quick haircare quiz. It's really quick to fill out and doesn't cost you a thing to take part, and you'll receive product recommendations at the end based upon your responses. It's kind of a win-win. 

We all know how costly getting our hair done can get, so having that covered for a year would be ah-mazing

Enter the Kérastase Holiday Hair Contest HERE. Good luck! 

And don't forget, Kérastase also has great gift boxes on offer this holiday season for all those beauty fans on your shopping list (I know I want one)! 

Oh, and read my reviews of Kérastase products here, here and here. :) 

Weekend Shop: Over-the-knee boots

Geox suede over the knee suede boots

There are two MAJOR reasons why this is the perfect time to shop for over-the-knee boots:

1) It's getting freaking cold outside!

2) It's almost Cyber Week!

You don't have to live in the States to take advantage of Cyber Week deals — especially not for us Canadians because many retailers here even get in on the action.

So, with those two things in mind, I've rounded up a few of my favourite over-the-knee boots that will ensure you're stepping out in high style this winter — while maybe even saving a few bucks, too. #winwin

Happy shopping!


Suede + sparkles

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small Gucci Dionysus bag Suede jacket Mackage Aritzia Zara sparkle boots Santa Fe travel outfit Vancouver fashion blogger

small Gucci Dionysus bag Suede jacket Mackage Aritzia Zara sparkle boots Santa Fe travel outfit Vancouver fashion blogger

small Gucci Dionysus bag Suede jacket Mackage Aritzia Zara sparkle boots Santa Fe travel outfit Vancouver fashion blogger

Zara shiny sock ankle boots vancouver fashion blogger outfit

I've always struggled with adding prints into my wardrobe, preferring instead to wear solid colours — and even better — monochrome looks.

This look is no exception. But while it boasts all solid shades, I tried to incorporate new textures into the look that I don't usually wear such as suede and, yes, sparkles.

I'm obsessed with these sparkly sock boots from Zara. While they're a tad garish at first glance, they're SUPER comfortable, and surprisingly versatile. Plus, I've received FAR more compliments on them than I have on my pricier pairs. ;)

Now if only I could make myself forget that Zara just released them in pink and black neoprene. Swoon! Would you wear sparkly boots?

Happy Wednesday and thank you for stopping by!

Boots: Zara | Jacket: Mackage | Jeans: Gap | Bag: Gucci 

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Polish: A quick review

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Polish: A quick review

What it is: A nail polish infused with Argan oil to nourish nails while providing a colourful pop to your mani (or pedi!).

Beauty bonus: We tried a shimmery shade called Therapewter, which went on a bit sheer with one coat. We were into the versatility of being able to decide how saturated the colour was without looking streaky.

Beauty bummer: Don't skip the top coat: it was quite fragile, chipping with minimal wear.

Overall: Ok, so we now know that a big brush, along with a super-cool shade, are things we really like when picking a polish. And this collection provides both.

We really enjoyed how smoothly this polish applied and the large brush made the process of painting go so much faster.

While we didn't notice much in the way of immediate benefit from the Argan infusion, we're hopeful for long-term results.

Where to buy: London Drugs, Walmart
Price: $10.97

Travel diary: Mykonos

MYKONOS greece travel guide vancouver travel blogger Covet and Acquire

MYKONOS greece travel guide vancouver travel blogger Covet and Acquire

MYKONOS greece travel guide vancouver travel blogger Covet and Acquire

MYKONOS greece travel guide vancouver travel blogger Covet and Acquire

MYKONOS greece travel guide vancouver travel blogger Covet and Acquire

MYKONOS greece travel guide vancouver travel blogger Covet and Acquire

MYKONOS greece travel guide vancouver travel blogger Covet and Acquire

MYKONOS greece travel guide vancouver travel blogger Covet and Acquire

MYKONOS greece travel guide vancouver travel blogger Covet and Acquire

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MYKONOS greece travel guide vancouver travel blogger Covet and Acquire

MYKONOS greece travel guide vancouver travel blogger Covet and Acquire

If there's one word to describe Mykonos, Greece, it's majestic.

From the crystal-clear waters, to the abundance of eye-catching colours around every turn, the small island's main village boasts much of the charming architecture and Insta-worthy photo opps as oh-so-popular Santorini — but it's made better by one main thing: smaller crowds.

Although it's sure to be abuzz in the height of tourist season, I found this village to be charming and easily accessible when I visited in late May.

I only had a half-day here (oh, how I wish I'd had longer!), but I still got a good sense of what Mykonos has to offer.

I recommend getting a little lost in the maze of tiny alleyways and weaving your way in and out of the countless shops and cafes. It's a great place to snap up textiles and jewelry — although I did find much of it was made in Turkey due to it's proximity. And I recommend trying the fried feta coated in sesame seeds — delish!

After you're done wandering the village (and especially after you've eaten that fried cheese! ;)) take a small hike up to the top of the hill and look down at the village, beach and ocean beyond. It's a breathtaking vantage point, I promise!

Check out what I wore during my time in Mykonos here. And be sure to check back here for more Covet & Acquire Travel Guides.

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