Céline Phantom: A quick handbag review

Céline Phantom review

Let's face it, Celine bags don't come cheap. Get all the details of the iconic Phantom style before you by it, to ... you know, make sure it's the right one for you.


Going green: Showing a little Céline Phantom love with an all-black outfit

HM Midi dress and Celine Phantom

Want to know one of the best things about having sisters? Sharing clothes and accessories.  

Not only do I feel blessed beyond belief to have two of the best sisters a girl could ever ask for -- but they both happen to have immaculate fashion sense. Case in point: This stunning green Céline Phantom handbag.

It's my middle sister's latest acquisition -- so when I asked her if I could photograph it for an upcoming (and long overdue!) bag review (Stay tuned, there are some VERY interesting revelations to be had!) -- I couldn't help taking it for a lengthier spin.



Flash frame aviators


Green Celine Phantom and Rosegold snakeskin booties


green flash frame aviator sunglasses


Green Celine Phantom and Rosegold snakeskin booties


Green Celine Phantom and Rosegold snakeskin booties
Dear You, Pretty Things Vancouver jewelry



Bag: Céline | Dress: H&M | Coat: Aritzia | Shoes: Rosegold | Sunglasses: Material Girl | Necklaces: Dear You, Pretty Things | Hat: Ardene

Local love: OhKuol Jewelry from Etsy Canada

OhKuol Jewelry citrine ring

When the Etsy Canada team reached out to me about talking all things Etsy on Covet and Acquire, I was ecstatic.  Not only have I been a longtime fan of the online marketplace, I also happened to know which Canadian jewelry brand I wanted to promote. 

Enter OhKuol. 

I have a serious love for gemstone jewelry -- especially amethyst and citrine -- and it just so happens that the duo behind the Vancouver-based line OhKuol Jewelry have a dynamite selection of pieces featuring these delicious stones. 

I ordered this teardrop citrine ring with gold vermeil last week, it arrived a few days later ... and I literally haven't taken it off since. 

I'm already planning my next purchase -- (Princess Pink Quartz ring, I've got my eye on you!)

If you haven't checked out their Etsy Canada shop yet, I highly suggest you do it -- NOW! 

Click here to shop OhKuol Jewelry on Etsy Canada.  (Psst ... they're having a bonus 15% for Valentine's Day!) 


Seeing spots: Joe Fresh leopard-print silk blouse and Jones New York pencil skirt

Joe Fresh Silk blouse and Prada Bordeaux Saffiano Lux Tote
I've said it before and I will say it again -- I love leopard print. I really do believe it's the new neutral. 

Whether it's because I feel a little wild when I wear it, or because it makes me think of fabulous Italian women lounging around in their Dolce and Gabbana -- I can't get enough of this print (or is it colour?).

From handbags to harem pants, I seem to have a little bit of everything in leopard print, including this fab silk blouse from Joe Fresh. And the added bonus? It's currently on sale


Joe Fresh Silk blouse and Prada Bordeaux Saffiano Lux Tote


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Prada Saffiano Lux Tote Bordeaux 
Joe Fresh Leopard Blouse and Jones New York pencil skirt outfit 
Joe Fresh Leopard and H&M Coat


Prada Saffiano Lux Tote Bordeaux
Coat: H&M (last seen here) | Blouse: Joe Fresh | Skirt: Jones New York c/o | Heels: Christian Louboutin | Bag: Prada | Arm candy: Michael Kors, Vita Fede and J.Crew

Classic cool: Helmut Lang Sonar Wool Jacket and Jeffrey Campbell 'Everly' boots

 Helmut Lang Sonar Wool Jacket and Jeffrey Campbell 'Everly' boots

You know when you first see an item and fall madly in love with it -- only to check the price tag and fall swiftly out of love?

That's exactly what happened between this Helmut Lang jacket and I. I wasn't prepared to pay full price, but was sure it would never last long enough  in-store to make it to the sale rack. 

How wrong I was! 

I picked up this coat for almost 50% off just before Christmas (I know you're not supposed to be shopping for yourself during that time but I seriously couldn't believe my luck!).

Then, during the post-holiday sale period, this jacket began popping up in the sale sections of many websites. 

I don't get it? Did I miss something? What's not to love about a soft, slouchy wool coat with biker details including an oversized collar and belt!? I still don't understand why people don't love this piece as much as I do -- and frankly -- I don't think I want to. 

 Helmut Lang Sonar Wool Jacket and Jeffrey Campbell 'Everly' bootsHelmut Lang Sonar Wool Jacket

Kohl's Smoky Quartz ring


 Helmut Lang Sonar Wool Jacket and Jeffrey Campbell 'Everly' boots


Jeffrey Campbell 'Everly' boots
Jacket: Helmut Lang | Tank: French Connection | Jeans: Old Navy | Boots: Jeffrey Campbell | Bag: Celine | Jewelry: Michael Kors, Vita Fede, Alden Rae c/o Shut Up I Love This and Tiffany & Co. 

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GIVEAWAY: Win a $500 prize package from StylePixi -- a fab new fashion app!

StylePixi $500 giveaway

I don't promote many contests - but when I do - it's because I think they're worth a second look! 

Vancouver/New York-based style app StylePixi is giving away a $500 prize package to one lucky winner! 

I don't know about you ... but I could do with $500-worth of free duds.

The StylePixi crew has teamed up with a slew of stellar Vancouver retailers including Oak+Fort, Nicole Bridger and Holly Boutique for this contest, so you know there is going to be some lust-worthy loot involved. 

And the best part? It's free to enter and the contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States!

For more information and to ENTER, click here

Learn more about StylePixi and check out my StylePixi Stylist bio here!

NYC Expert Last Nail Color in "Red me the news": A quick review


NYC Expert Last Nail Color in "Red me the news": A quick review

What it is: NYC Expert Last Nail Color is a nail polish formula claiming to make nails 50% stronger and last up to 7 days. 

Beauty bonus: Even with no topcoat, this nail polish maintained a high shine finish. 

Beauty bummer: By day 4, our digits were showing the wear and tear of every day. 

Overall: This product is a great value for the money. 

While it didn't last the full 7 days it claimed to be able to, it did withstand the daily wear-and-tear pretty well. At about $3 a bottle, a few mani color choices won't break the bank. 

Would I recommend: Yes 

Price: Approximately $3 

Where to buy: Drugstores and mass retailers nationwide 

Girl on Fire: All red in a BCBGMAXAZRIA boyfriend blazer and Old Navy Diva pants

Red BCBG Andres Cutaway blazer and Old Navy Diva pants

A predominantly red outfit gets me every time. 

I mean, you can't wear this bold, attention-commanding colour without feeling like a total boss. Try it. I dare you to see if I'm wrong on this one. 

And going head-to-toe in this hue takes it to a whole other echelon of cool I can barely handle it ... I hope you like it too. 

BCBG Andres Cutaway blazer
BCBG Andres Cutaway blazerRed BCBG Andres Cutaway blazer and Old Navy Diva pants
Red BCBG Andres Cutaway blazer and Old Navy Diva pants


Red BCBG Andres Cutaway blazer and Old Navy Diva pants


Chanel In The Business Flap handbag


Red Old Navy Diva pants and Zara heels
Blazer: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Top: Forever 21 (old) | Pants: Old Navy | Heels: Zara (old) | Bag: Chanel | Bracelets (R): Charming Charlie (c/o) | Stack (L): Michael Kors, J.Crew,Vita Fede

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Style staples: Helmut Lang turtleneck sweater and Isabel Marant blazer

Helmut Lang turtleneck sweater and Isabel Marant blazer.

Turtlenecks are kind of my jam right now. I seriously can't seem to get enough of them. 

But, as I discussed in a previous post, finding one that has just the right amount of a cool-chic factor can be a bit challenging. 

This sleeveless version -- from my fave brand Helmut Lang -- is a perfect example of a turtleneck gone totally right. In my eyes, it can do no wrong. 




Helmut Lang turtleneck sweater and Isabel Marant blazer.


Forever 21 tuxedo pants


Helmut Lang turtleneck sweater and Isabel Marant blazer.


Helmut Lang turtleneck sweater and Isabel Marant blazer.



Helmut Lang turtleneck sweater and Isabel Marant blazer. Blazer: Isabel Marant for H&M | Sweater: Helmut Lang | Tuxedo pants: Forever 21 | Heels: Christian Louboutin | Bag: Prada | Jewelry: Michael Kors, Vita Fede, Tiffany & Co. 

Kiehl's Tea Tree Oil Shampoo: A quick review


Kiehl's Tea Tree Oil Shampoo review

What it is: Kiehl's Tea Tree Shampoo is made for normal to oily scalps. Formulated with natural ingredients like Cinchona, Ivy, and Lavender to soothe and invigorate the scalp, it has mild surfactants that will not dry or strip the hair or scalp of their natural oils. 

Beauty Bonus: The shampoo has a pleasant and fresh tea-tree scent that, when used, has notes of mint. It leaves your hair and scalp feeling light, clean and refreshed without an overly woodsy smell. 

Beauty Bummer: At 250 mL, the bottle is quite small if you plan on using it daily and/or have long hair. Also, if you are the type of person who loves suds while soaping up -- you won't get them here. 

Overall: I loved this product. As someone who uses shampoo on an almost-daily basis, when using the tea tree oil shampoo, I could extend the time between washes without sacrificing style. 

My hair was light, bouncy and fresh.  


Would I recommend: Yes
Price: $25.50 

Style staple: Camel wool coat from H&M

Camel wool coat from H&M

Do me a favor and look past my Anne Hathaway-circa-The Princess Diaries hair and focus on the camel coat for a second. 

I first saw this coat on one of my favourite fellow Vancouver bloggers, Jill Lansky of The August Diaries, and I instantly coveted it. 

Though I attempted to show restraint -- and not be a copycat -- I knew I would eventually acquire it ... and sure enough, here it is. 

I don't regret the purchase. Not even for an instant. 

A classic camel coat in a frou-frou-free design never goes out of style. And as long as I can hold it together (it is only H&M, after all) I foresee myself getting a tonne of wear out of this topper for years to come. 
Camel wool coat from H&M

Camel wool coat from H&M

Camel wool coat from H&M


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Ice queen: Royal blue Anne Klein sequin sweater and tulle midi skirt

Anne Klein sequin sweater

There's something about wearing royal blue in the winter months that makes me feel like an ice princess. Add in a full tulle midi skirt and a few sequins and I'm elevated to queen status (in my mind)

Winter dressing can be such a chore -- so whenever I get the chance to don a bold, bright colour like this sweater's rich royal I totally carpe that clothing item and wear it. 

PS: I'm happy to report that I'm still head over heels in love with my DIY tulle skirt


Anne Klein sequin sweater


Anne Klein sequin sweater


Full tulle midi skirt



Anne Klein sequin sweater


Anne Klein sequin sweater


Anne Klein sequin sweater Sweater: Anne Klein c/o | Skirt: DIY last seen here (love this one and this one!) | Heels: Hudson's Bay | Clutch: The Gap | Arm Candy: Michael Kors, Charming Charlie c/o, Vita Fede and J.Crew

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