Stripes and Chanel

Vertical striped dress and Chanel flap bag

Vertical striped dress and Chanel flap bag

White French Riviera Chanel Flap bag

Vertical striped dress and White French Riviera Chanel Flap bag

 I have been sitting on this dress (not literally!) since I purchased it during a trip to England in 2010.
Now that bold, vertical stripes are en vogue, I can't wait to put it to work.

Dress (Primark old, but love this one and this one) bag (Chanel French Riviera flap bag), pumps (The Bay), bracelets (The Bay and Chanel)

Perfect stack: A step-by-step guide to layering bracelets

Hermes bangle, Vita Fede Titan, Eddie Borgo studded bracelet, Salvatore Ferragamo wrap bracelet, Vita Fede Mini Titan
Seriously stacked bracelets are having a big fashion moment. On blogs, in magazines and spotted on the hottest celebrities, if there's one accessories trend to try, it may just be this one.
But sometimes, getting the right pieces together to create that perfect layered style can be harder than it looks.
If you're feeling a little lost, take a look at this step-by-step guide to help get you stylishly stacked. 


Let's get started.
Hermes enamel cuff
Start off with a statement cuff or bangle. 
Hermes bangle, Vita Fede Titan,
 Then, shift shapes with something irregular such as a chain, twisted bangle or -- in this case -- a hinged Vita Fede Titan bracelet
Because my first piece was silver toned and the remainder of my pieces are going to be gold, I chose to break them up with a bi-coloured piece. 
Continuity, or at least an easy transition piece, can be key to creating the perfect stack. 
Next, go for a piece that is slimmer than the others you've used so far. The change in size keeps the stack from looking like a prison shackle, while also allowing for a bigger piece to come next.
 I chose to mix up the texture of the stack with a studded bracelet by Eddie Borgo
No arm candy can be complete without a leather wrap bracelet, and this black and gold Salvatore Ferragamo is made extra special by the delicate bow. 
Leaving the leather cuff last can create a harsh cutoff at your wrist, so I chose to finish the stack with a slim statement bracelet in a bright gold for a final feminine touch. 

Hope this helps ... and Happy Stacking! 

Furla Diamante Tote: A quick review


Orange Furla Diamante Tote

Put a little orange in your life with this carryall tote from Furla. 

Neon green and deep purple

Neon Zara jacket, jewel toned Joe fresh silk tank and a Celine Mini Luggage

Neon Zara jacket, jewel toned Joe fresh silk tank and a Celine Mini Luggage

Neon Zara jacket, jewel toned Joe fresh silk tank and a Celine Mini Luggage

Nothing says spring quite like neon and jewel tones. 

Jacket and sandals (Zara), tank (Joe Fresh), pants (The Bay), earrings (Forever 21), handbag (Celine)


Going grey with a Loeffler Randall Rider bag

xZara pants,Joe Fresh silk blouse, Vera Wang vest,Loeffler Randall Rider bag

Zara pants,Joe Fresh silk blouse, Vera Wang vest,Loeffler Randall Rider bag

Zara pants,Joe Fresh silk blouse, Vera Wang vest,Loeffler Randall Rider bag

Zara pants,Joe Fresh silk blouse, Vera Wang vest,Loeffler Randall Rider bag



Going grey can be fun ... as long as we're talking about fashion and not about hair.

Pants (Zara), silk blouse (Joe Fresh), vest (Vera Vera Wang), bag (Loeffler Randall Rider)

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask: A quick review

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask


Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask
What it is: A creamy, moisturizing night mask that works overnight to replenish hydration lost during daily activities and skin cleansing. 

Beauty bonus: This oil-free lotion can easily be added to the end of your nightly beauty routine -- no changes to your existing regime required. Also, the easy to squeeze tube makes for a mess-free (and hygienic!) alternative to traditional moisturizer pots. 

Beauty bummer: While the medium-weight lotion was great for my oil-prone skin, it may be too light for those in need of some serious moisture. 

Overall: As someone who has oily, acne-prone skin, I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about trying a moisture mask. But, feeling somewhat brave (and tired of my dry winter skin) I decided to set aside my fears of waking up with gigantic zits and applied a dime-sized amount of the mask to my face -- concentrating on my forehead and cheeks. 
In the morning I was pleasantly surprised to find my skin smooth, moisturized and free of any additional blemishes. The moisture-rich, scent-free cream left my skin feeling hydrated, happy and not at all oily. Mission accomplished. 

Would recommend? YES!

Price: $38 CAD


Mint maxi dress and Ferragamo snakeskin



Ok, I'll admit it's not warm enough right now to wear this outfit for more than five minutes ... but this mint maxi and laid-back vest have me dreaming of spring.

Maxi dress (Forever 21), vest (Forever 21), headband (Forever 21), bag (Salvatore Ferragamo), sandals (Aldo) 

Revlon Grow Luscious by Fabulash mascara: A quick review


Revlon Grow Luscious by Fabulash mascara
What it is: A mascara that boosts volume and strengthens lashes with each application. 

Beauty bonus: The promise of thicker, more voluminous lashes is too good to pass up. Plus, the applicator wand is AMAZING! Ophthalmologist tested. Washes off easily with soap and water. 

Beauty bummer: If you're expecting to wake up with Kim Kardashian-esque lashes after a month of using this mascara -- you're in for a disappointment. 

Overall: Does this mascara provide falsie-like lashes without the, ehem, false lashes? No. But it does do a good job of trying. The mascara comes out of the tube without clumps and applies easily. The applicator brush is one of the best I've encountered with a broad cluster of bristles that work to get as many lashes as possible during application. After two coats lashes appear prominent and more full. Doesn't leave lashes crispy and doesn't flake off. 
After nearly a month of use my lashes didn't appear much longer, but they definitely felt more voluminous. 

Would recommend? YES!

Price: $9.99 CAD
Available at: London Drugs and other beauty retailers

Coral & red

Floral blouse, coral sweater, red J brand jeans, Chanel flap handbag, statement necklace, Zara suede boots.

Floral blouse, coral sweater, red J brand jeans, Chanel flap handbag, statement necklace, Zara suede boots.

I love looks that feature super saturated colours. 
Pairing coral and red makes an undoubtedly bold statement, but matching or neutral accessories work to keep the outgoing message at a satisfying hum rather than an overwhelming roar.
Blouse and sweater (Forever 21, old but love this blouse), boots (Zara, old but similar here), pants (J Brand), bag (Chanel)

Silver brocade skirt and silk blouse

J Crew blazer, Joe Fresh blouse, Forever 21 brocade skirt, Ela clutch, Alexis Bittar bangles and Jessica Simpson heels.

J Crew blazer, Joe Fresh blouse, Forever 21 brocade skirt, Ela clutch, Alexis Bittar bangles and Jessica Simpson heels.

J Crew blazer, Joe Fresh blouse, Forever 21 brocade skirt, Ela clutch, Alexis Bittar bangles and Jessica Simpson heels.

J Crew blazer, Joe Fresh blouse, Forever 21 brocade skirt, Ela clutch, Alexis Bittar bangles and Jessica Simpson heels.

Blazer (J.Crew), blouse (Joe Fresh), brocade skirt (Forever 21), clutch (Ela), bangles (Alexis Bittar),  watch (Michael Kors), heels (Jessica Simpson)

Joie jogging pants and white leather

Joie jogging pants, Club Monaco silk tank, Zara lambskin jacket, Ela clutch.

Joie jogging pants, Club Monaco silk tank, Zara lambskin jacket, Ela clutch.

Joie jogging pants, Club Monaco silk tank, Zara lambskin jacket, Ela clutch.
Pants (Joie, sold out but LOVE these ones), tank (Club Monaco), jacket (Zara, old), pumps (Expression at The Bay), clutch (Ela Handbags), 
necklace (Forever 21)



Floral blazer in an orange and yellow hue

Floral Zara blazer, silk Joe Fresh tank, Forever 21 skirt, Ela Editor's Pouch and Topshop heels


Floral Zara blazer, silk Joe Fresh tank, Forever 21 skirt, Ela Editor's Pouch and Topshop heels

Floral Zara blazer, silk Joe Fresh tank, Forever 21 skirt, Ela Editor's Pouch and Topshop heels

Floral Zara blazer, silk Joe Fresh tank, Forever 21 skirt, Ela Editor's Pouch and Topshop heels
Blazer (Zara), silk tank (Joe Fresh), skirt (Forever 21,old but love this one and this one), clutch (Ela), heels (Topshop)

Leather studs and Louis Vuitton

Studded leather Zara jacket, white jeans, geometric print sandals and a damier Louis Vuitton Speedy


Studded leather Zara jacket, white jeans, geometric print sandals and a damier Louis Vuitton Speedy

Studded leather Zara jacket, white jeans, geometric print sandals and a damier Louis Vuitton Speedy
The continuing leather trend on the runways is having a wonderful trickle-down effect for those of us shopping at the high street stores. 
Skins in every colour are available at almost any price for those looking to jump on the bandwagon. 

  Jacket, shirt and shoes (Zara), jeans (Forever 21), sunglasses (Aldo, old. Similar here) handbag (Louis Vuitton Speedy 30)

Ombre nail tutorial: Easy as 1, 2, 3


ombre nail tutorial

Ultimate travel outfit: The perfect look for a long-haul flight

Black maxi dress, jean jacket and a Louis Vuitton Keep All.

Black maxi dress, jean jacket and a Louis Vuitton Keep All.

Black maxi dress, jean jacket and a Louis Vuitton Keep All.
Nothing says, "I'm a seasoned traveller," like a well-planned airplane outfit.
A failsafe look such as a maxi dress and cropped jacket, coupled with a comfy-chic gladiator sandal and a timeless carryall is a solid foundation for travel to almost any destination.

Jacket and dress (Forever 21), glasses and sandals (Aldo,old), bag (Louis Vuitton Keepall)

Polka dots: Super-sized spots in black and white

Polka dot blouse, J brand jodphurs, Zara colorblock heels and a Celine Mini Luggage bag.
Polka dot blouse, J brand jodphurs, Zara colorblock heels and a Celine Mini Luggage bag.
Polka dot blouse, J brand jodphurs, Zara colorblock heels and a Celine Mini Luggage bag.
Extra-large polka dots are super fun and flirty (not to mention on-trend!) in black and white.

Blouse (Forever 21), pants (J Brand, old), bag (Celine), shoes (Zara)

Track pants and leopard: Taking sporty to a stylish new level

Track pants, a leopard detailed blouse, Coach clutch and Stuart Weitzman gold heels.
Gold collar and a leopard detailed blouseTrack pants, a leopard detailed blouse, Coach clutch and Stuart Weitzman gold heels.
Track pants are back ... and they're nothing like those old Adidas 3-Stripes of your middle school days.
Thankfully.

Blouse and pants (Forever 21), shoes (Stuart Weitzman, old), portfolio (Coach), necklace (The Bay), bracelets (Salvatore Ferragamo and Vita Fede)

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