Seeing green

Joe Fresh turtleneck sweater Wilfred Allant pants Vancouver fashion blogger outfit

I'm typically not a huge fan of green as I feel that I usually look like a version of The Hulk in it.

But, if you know me at all, you know I love monochrome looks, so when I realized I had two olive green items in my wardrobe that happened to pair quite nicely together — I knew I had to style them.

And this is the result.

I will keep this one short and sweet as I'm sure you, like me, are getting ready for the New Year celebrations. (Happy New Years in advance!)

Happy Wednesday and thank you for stopping by!

Sweater: Joe Fresh | Pants: Aritzia | Coat: HM | Shoes: Vans | Bracelet: Leah Alexandra



Joe Fresh turtleneck sweater Wilfred Allant pants Vancouver fashion blogger outfit

Benefit They're Real! Tinted Primer: A quick review

Benefit They're Real! Tinted Primer: A quick review

What it is: A tinted primer that we paired with Benefit's fan favourite mascara (each sold separately), to get defined, lengthened lashes. Each product is infused with vitamin B5 — which means this duo conditions lashes as well as boosting their length. 
Beauty bonus: Adding tint to the primer? Genius! We had to put a couple coats on, but it can be used as a mascara for a nice, natural look. 
Beauty bummer: In an increasingly complex beauty routine, this primer represents yet another step.
Overall: This primer is definitely worth a try. 
The primer separates lashes nicely giving the mascara a little bit of grip to build length. Used with the mascara, which already has a cult following,lashes definitely looked longer and more look-at-me. 

The mascara leaves lashes clump free and super defined while the tinted primer (again, genius!) is a perfect product for getting those 'is she or isn't she wearing mascara?' lashes. 

We were happy with the overall result of both products.
Would recommend? If you have a fav volume mascara, use this primer with it to build length. If length is what you're looking for this combo of primer and Benefit They're Real mascara is on point. 
Price: $31 each
Where to buy: Sephora 
—Review by Covet and Acquire beauty editor Kirsten

Boxing Day

Bench Sizzle Zip Thru parka Vancouver fashion blogger Covet and Acquire

Christmas is one of my favourite holidays — but Boxing Day is a whole other celebration for me altogether.

My sisters and I make a sporting day of it by getting up super early (umm, like 5 a.m. early!) and heading downtown Vancouver to shop the early bird sales.

We almost always have our sights set on certain items and we move through the mall and stores efficiently. It's serious business. Like ... we don't play around.

So this year, I will be keeping the chill away as I traipse from store to store with this Bench parka.

I wore it during a recent outing in the woods to clear my head (no, not for the Boxing Day mayhem, I promise!) and was impressed with how warm and cozy it was — while still looking stylish.

But back to today's shopping shenanigans ...

Let's just say I'm on a mission! (And p.s., the entire Bench store is on sale 50 percent off today. Some exclusions apply, but I definitely suggest you check it out!) 

Wish me luck.

Happy Boxing Day, and even happier shopping!

Parka: Bench c/o
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Happy holidays


Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year.

I love that the holiday season is a time full of family and friends, relaxing — and getting dressed up, of course.

And I had the opportunity to do just that with a few fellow bloggers during a recent holiday brunch.

Oz and Tarah from the Style x Beauty Department hosted myself, Lyndi from The Style Calling, Cee from Coco & Vera and vlogger Trina for a fun, holiday-themed get together shot by the talented fashion photographer Matthew Burditt with the beauty bases covered by two talented ladies, Erin Klassen (hair) and  Katie Elwood (makeup).

The results, in my completely biased opinion, were stunning.

I was a bit stressed about deciding what to wear for the shoot. I mean, what do you put on when you're set to pose with a group of fashion girls? Hello, style stress.

But I knew I was set when I spotted this grey sweater dress and faux fur shawl from Le Chateau.

The midi length of the dress lends a decidedly modern feel to a winter wardrobe classic, while the fur wrap adds a touch of glam.

I added on gold-tone baubles and glitter heels for an extra touch of holiday sparkle.

Because who doesn't love a little extra glitz during the holidays? I know I do.

Merry Christmas and thank, as always, for stopping by.

See the full shoot on the lifestyle site Best Friends for Frosting. And check out a video of the shoot by Trina here

 Dress, faux fur stole, heels, bracelet, rings: Le Chateau 

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Grey + White

Gap cashmere sweater, white overalls, grey wool coat, Adidas superstars Vancouver fashion blogger

I'm all about wearing white in winter. And not winter white, either.

I love how crisp it looks in the season's often harsh glare. It's so photographable — of course.

As per usual, I'm back pairing colour families, so it should come as no surprise that I opted for a look that's all white and grey. I think it makes this coat (which I got at HM at the end of last season for $20) and these overalls (which I scored for $20) look a whole lot more expensive.

But perhaps it's the subtle luxury of a cashmere sweater from Gap that really ups the ante.

Whatever it is ... I'm digging it.

Happy Monday and thank you for stopping by.

Sweater: Gap c/o | Overalls and coat: HM (similar here and here) | Bag: Coach (old) |
Shoes: Adidas Superstar | Rings: Le Chateau c/o | Watch: Movado

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Fashion girl's guide to holiday gifting







I'm big on Christmas shopping. So much so that I'm usually have my gift list all wrapped up by November — no joke.

But no matter how far in advance I try to plan, I always seem to have one or two gifts left to the last minute ... and they're often for my fellow fashion-loving folks.



So with that in mind, I've put together a quick gift guide for fashion girls (and guys!). Most of these items are ones I already have — and would therefore readily endorse — but there are also a few things that are just straight-up on my X-mas wish list ... ehem, like the two Chloe bags.

So without further ado, here are my 10 top gift ideas for the fashion girl.

#ThanksToYou

Vancouver blogger Aritzia Babaton Silvano cardigan coat and snake print Auxilary Bega handbag

The word cozy doesn't even begin to cover this sweater.

From its oversized shape to its thick knit fabric, it's basically a stylish alternative to wearing one's favourite duvet outside of the house. Haha, could you imagine?!

I have a lot to be thankful for this year — from friends and family, to blog matters, career accomplishments and new acquisitions — it has been a year full of lots of ups (and a few downs) and for that I'm very thankful.

That's why I'm happy to take part in Aritzia's #ThanksToYou campaign, which aims to show appreciation for the Vancouver retailer's fan base. See the full campaign on Insta here.

And most of all, I'm thankful for you — my readers! Without you, none of this would be possible.

So, #ThanksToYou. From me.

Happy Wednesday and thank you for stopping by!t

Cardigan and handbag: Aritzia

#ThankstoYou Vancouver blogger Aritzia Babaton Silvano cardigan coat and snake print Auxilary Bega handbag

Lush Cosmetics Magical Moringa Moisturizer: A quick review

Lush Cosmetics Magical Moringa Moisturizer: A quick review

What it is: A solid-form moisturizer that "magically" melts on skin. Infused with fair-trade and ethically sourced cocoa, Moringa and Shea butters, as well as rose hip and argan oils to beautifully moisturize and mattifying skin.

Beauty bonus: The mattifying effect is hands-down amazing. Our faces felt like a velvety rose petal after application!

Beauty bummer: The consistency is quite hard in the container. Digging in, we applied a bit more than we expected.

Overall: We weren't sure what we were getting ourselves into when we found this little pot. But what a gem it is!

While this petite pot consists of a blend of oils and butters, our skin did not have a hint of a greasy feel thanks to the silky corn flour.

We found this product was an excellent primer for makeup — bb cream stayed put all day and our face didn't feel overly product-laden.

It is light to moderately scented with ylang-ylang, vetiver and sandalwood oils, lending it more to the essential oil, earthy side of scents.

We were actually blown away by this product and would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a hydrating base or mattifying, standalone moisturizer.
Would recommend? Yes!
Price: $24.95
Where to buy: Lush Cosmetics 

Kérastase Paris Fusio-Dose: A quick review

Kerastase Paris Fusio Dose review Vancouver
Getting my hair done by Kerastase Paris pro James V. at Suki's in Vancouver.
What it is: A collection of specialty in-salon hair treatments — including concentrates and boosters — targeted for specific hair concerns including dullness, frizz, nutrition and more.

Beauty bonus: These salon add-ons can be quickly added to your usual service — literally during the shampoo process. Hello, streamlined salon visit! 

Beauty bummer: The frizz-taming treatment I tested on my curly hair didn't quite deliver the four shampoos-worth of sleekness that was promised, but rather lasted through two washes.
Kerastase Paris Fusio Dose review Vancouver
Overall: I don't always love how lengthy salon services can be, so when I find a hair-boosting service that can be integrated seamlessly into my existing chair time — I'm in!

I enjoyed this treatment, the products smelled divine, and I loved that the revamped product line includes four concentrates and five boosters, each targeting a different hair concern, that can be mixed and matched depending on your hair's needs.

I've been a huge fan of the Kérastase Discipline range (read my review of the line here!), so I would definitely request that booster again!

After the service, my frizz-prone hair looked about 100 times less unruly, and it felt soft and smooth post-treatment for more than two weeks.

Would recommend: Yes, as a special treat during a salon visit — but I would definitely try a new combinations of concentrates and booster treatments to target a few of my other hair problems such as the Concentre Vita-Ciment and Booster Nutrition for, yep you guessed it, a triple boost of nutrition.
Available at: Suki's and other Kerastase salons
Price: Varies by salon
Kerastase Paris Fusio Dose review Vancouver
A personalized portrait by Vancouver artist Michelle Yu! 

Kerastase Paris Fusio Dose review Vancouver
Of course I had to take a selfie of my new hair! :P

Vest dressed

Topshop sleeveless coat navy blue and black fashion blogger Vancouver

Winter is my favourite season to dress for because I absolutely adore coats.

From belted trenches to full-on dusters, I'm completely hooked on stylish toppers.

That's why I love this navy blue vest coat from Topshop. It's chic enough for work, and even looks great when layered under a longer coat for those extra chilly days.

I'm actually really excited to wear it with distressed boyfriend jeans, ankle boots and a cashmere sweater too. Not that I don't love it dressed up with a simple black turtleneck and trousers.

I mean, who ever said navy blue and black shouldn't be worn together, anyway?

Happy Wednesday and thank you for stopping by!

Vest: Topshop c/o (on sale!) | Sweater: Le Chateau c/o | Pants: Theory | Shoes: Vans | Bag: Aritzia | Jewelry: Michael Kors c/o, Tiffany and Co. and Movado



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Birchbox December 2015 selections: A quick review

Birchbox December 2015 selections: A quick review

What it is: A box of deluxe samples that are curated by the Birchbox team or hand-picked by you to basically ensure you never again have beauty buyer's remorse!

Basically, it's like receiving a customized, monthly delivery of just-for-you samples of luxe beauty products. (What's not to love!?) 

Our December delivery contained a Kate Spade Live Colorfully fragrance, LOC lip colour, Juara hand lotion, Amika dry shampoo and a Sunday Riley facial treatment. (pictured below)

Beauty bonus: For our first box, we loved the variety of products. We also appreciated the range of price points on the offerings, which ensures that if we loved it once the sample is done, odds are we can afford to buy the full-sized version.

Beauty bummer: The fragrance sample didn't totally fit our scent profile — while we loved the floral and vanilla fragrance, we prefer something a little more earthy for the winter months.

Overall: We are excited to be test-driving Birchbox beauty deliveries for a few months.

The idea of receiving new goodies each month is one we can ascribe — or subscribe to, so we're looking forward to seeing what exactly comes in the mail.

The highlights in this month's box were the LOC lip pencil and the Sunday Riley facial treatment.

The intense lip colour was uber smooth to apply, feeling very balm-like and leaving lips hydrated without the drying effect of some matte lipsticks. And the facial treatment was scented with zingy citrus, leaving skin feeling refreshed and smooth.

Would recommend? The subscription service is a fun gift for the makeup obsessed or novice on your holiday gift list. Or ... we're fans of the whole #treatyoself thing, so we're all about buying our own subscription too. :P

After all, who doesn't love getting a pretty package filled with beauty products in the mail every month?

We especially love the fact that full-sized products are available for purchase online. So if you loved the mini size, you can easily upgrade to the big version without any hassle.

Price: A subscription is $14.95 per month ($10 + $4.95 shipping and handling) or $100 per year.

The price of the full-sized products featured in our December Birchbox include Amika Perk Up dry shampoo, $26.50; Juara Coconut Illipe hand and nail balm, $26; Kate Spade Live Colorfully, $90-$115; LOC Vibrant matte lipstick in Glam Life, $10; Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment, $110.
Where to buy: Birchbox.ca

—Review by Covet and Acquire beauty editor Kirsten Harris

Holiday spirit(s)

Casamigos Tequila Blanco recipe Blackberry Mule

Like pretty much everyone else, I love a good holiday cocktail.

But this year, I wanted to try shaking up my drinks menu a little bit (pun intended, of course!).

I taste-tested this Casamigos cocktail (recipe below) recently at The Keg restaurant in Yaletown and I was hooked.

Tequila mingling with the blackberry notes and crisp ginger beer? I think I might have a new signature drink.

The Keg Blackberry Mule

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila
1/2 oz Margarita mix
1/2 oz Cassis
5 Blackberries
2 oz Ginger beer

To prepare:
Add the Casamigos Tequila,  margarita mix, Cassis and ginger beer in a cocktail shaker. Shake well with ice and strain into a tall rocks glass. Top with ginger beer.

Learn more about The Keg's Casamigos drinks here and find more delicious Casamigos cocktail recipes here.

Cheers!

Waffle knit

Bench Establish sweater Vancouver blogger fall work outfit Aritzia

It's official: sweater weather is here to stay.

And I'm all about double-duty knits for winter. You know what I'm talking about — the type that can be dressed up for the office or worn with your comfiest boyfriend jeans on the weekend and still look equally as good.

Case in point: this waffle knit, winter white version from Bench Canada.

Paired with cigar-hued trousers and leopard loafers, it's a perfect piece for the 9-to-5 grind. And then fast forward to the weekend and I'd happily pair it with my favourite black skinnies, Frye Chelsea boots, an oversized coat and a cosy toque.

Not that I've thought about it or anything. (Of course I have!)

Happy Wednesday and thank you, as always, for stopping by!

Sweater: Bench c/o | Pants: Aritzia | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: Aritzia | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Jewelry: Movado, Tiffany and Co. and Leah Alexandra 

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