Category — beauty
I woke up super-early on Saturday morning, even though the night before warranted a proper sleep-in until noon. But I had a singular purpose in mind and that was to do all my holiday shopping before the madness descended on the mall. And I can dutifully report, “Success!”
Here are some of my tried and true ways to keep your sanity and give them what they want, what they reallyx2 want this holiday season:
- Make a list & check it twice – Now that I’m older and wiser, I have no time for diddly dadlling. I create a short list of the presents I need to buy and the shops I need to go to get them. Pick up the easy items you know first (like a specific book) and leave more time for the difficult (that perfect holiday sweater). Even if you don’t get everything in one shot, at least you will leave with a sense of accomplishment.
- Wear lightweight clothing – Even if it’s bone-chill cold outside, shopping is a calorie-burning exercise. I tend to feel overheated and irritable if I pack on the layers while maneuvering many bags.
Remember, to give how you live. I don’t think it’s about how grandiose the gift but the intention. Getting someone something they would never think to get for themselves is always a crowd-pleaser. And sometimes you don’t need to buy presents. Perhaps organizing a holiday brunch or dinner is plenty to spend time with close friends and family. The best part of the holidays is celebrating.
December 1, 2013 No Comments
Little French cafés are so mignon (cute, dainty), non? Today, me and A went for petit déjeuner (breakfast) at the most darling patisserie housed in a Victoria row house. The food was deliciously French and so were the waiters. It’s the kind of place where they serve you lattes with the foam shaped in a heart. And where you say no béchamel and you end up saying yes to brioche and crepes with nutella. I can’t divulge its name for fear of it becoming too popular. Sorry darlings. Some secrets have to stay in my hair. We had a very French afternoon punctuated by flirty girlish giggling. Those are the days my friend!
If you don’t know much about my French muse Catherine Deneuve, I insist you really must read on Parisian Bombshell Chic: Catherine Deneuve. Trust.
November 3, 2013 No Comments
Sometimes if you venture outside of your comfort zone, you will be generously rewarded. As a west end girl, it’s highly uncommon for me to venture north of Bloor. I make rare exceptions for veryx3 good friends. But I’ve been in a hair slump since my hairstylist T’s (aka My Perfect Man) sudden city departure for higher education. My bangs were a hot mess and the state of my tresses were more shabby than chic. baha!
So I was mentally auditioning hairstylists to see if they could fill the void, or at least trim the split ends that T left behind. The Alcorn (1222 Yonge St) is a boutique salon in the chi-chi neighbourhood of Rosedale (near Summerhill station). The salon is refreshingly low-key, bright white on white décor with fashion photography. The staff was extremely friendly and professional. There was a mix of clientele – Bergdorf Blondes getting touch ups, privileged teens getting their hair blown out and a micro fashionistah just chilling. My stylist R had reallyx3 good hair of the Olivia Palermo variety.
If you arrive early, check out the cute boutique across the street The Cloakroom (1177 Yonge St.) They have a nice assortment of contemporary brands including my faves – BB Dakota and One Teaspoon. But you might buy something by accident…like this girl I know.
October 28, 2013 No Comments
I have always been a big fan of Nail Art — what better conversation starters than the mini canvases on your fingertips? But I am very particular about what looks I love versus looks that I think are best suited for editorial or the Nicki Minaj’s of the world. These days, there are many options to DIY (do-it-yourself) your nails. Instead of taking the weekly trip to salon, save some cash-dollahs by staying home on a Friday night, doing your nails whilst watching Never Been Kissed. Plus, if your nails are wet, you can’t eat that bag of chips in the cupboard. Beautiful nails, zero calories!
Here are my Top Fall Nail Trends:
- A Striking Solid – Nail art doesn’t have to be over the top to have a high ROC. Sometimes a very unusual colour can illicit ooh’s and ahhh’s. Right now, I love colours that look like Pantone swatches from ELLE Decor. The other day, I was getting my nails done and I chose Essie’s Glamour Purse (an almond taupe shade) and the woman beside me felt necessary to comment, “The colour looks like it’s fading into her skintone.” Puh-lease, you don’t know. Insert eye roll.
- Black Tips French Manicure – A MAJOR trend to ignite the runways, this one is very easy to adapt to real life. All you have to do is take a classic manicure and making it edgier by using black polish striper to finish the tips. To create an even more daring contrast, you can use a trendy colour (such as a vampy burgundy, a metallic or a tawny shade) as your base coat. Ooh la, you are so September Vogue right now!
- Colour Block Those Digits – This is the most fun nail trend. There are number of easy to follow nail polish tutorials on the web to give you ideas on colour blocking. Similar to the apparel trend, it would be taking 2-3 contrasting nail shades to achieve a Mondrian-effect on your nails. My favourite is taking 2 of the same hue (a light & its darker counterpart) to do a French manicure. There is also the reverse Half-Moon where you use 2 solid colours – very dramatic in black and white!
Cutepolish on YouTube has many easy to follow Nail tutorials – here are my favourite based on the Fall Trends:
- Chevon Nails - This one takes effort so you may only want to do your thumbs or ring finger. Totally Missoni!
- Black Lace Nails - Another MAJOR runway trend. Fun idea: Wear a black lace outfit and do black lace on your nails. It’s another case of life imitating art, imitating life! (micro-macro)
- Half-Moon Manicure - Vintage 1920′s design will be very popular for Fall/Winter as Baz Luhrman’s highly anticipated The Great Gasby will be released in movie theatres inspiring an Art Deco fashion moment
What are your favourite nail trends for Fall? What’s your colour of the moment? Do TELL in the comments!
August 12, 2012 No Comments
Two of my top read posts, EVER of all time is DIY: Sideways Bun, Zero Carbs & Lauren Conrad’s Hair Made Her a Star. I am very lucky because JC gave me a thick, long, shiny mane and I enjoy styling it in different ways depending on the occasion and the outfit. Now that the nights are warm, I like to wear my hair in looks that feel ”done-undone.” Very Serena van der Woodsen meets Lana Del Rey. It’s a sultry look to be sure.
DIY Hairdo: Loose Summer Waves
Step 1. Talk the bottom half of your hair and twist into a low bun at the nape of your neck. Secure with an elastic.
Step 2. Taking 2″ sections from the crown of your head and using a large barrel curling iron, curl from the ends to the top of your head. Hold for 30 seconds for each and pull the curling iron away from your head releasing on the diagonal. Repeat for all the sections of hair around the crown of your head.
Step 3. Release the bun and apply a generous coat of hairspray – I like both Pantene Maximum Hold & Elnett Satin. To define some of the curls, use a tiny dollop of a molding mud like Sebastian Professional, and twist the curls around your fingers. Don’t go crazy on the molding mud though as you still want your hair to be lightweight and non-greasy.
Step 4. You can either take your mane and pull it to your left side so that it cascades down your left shoulder naturally or you can take a few bobby pins and affix them to the nape of your neck for added hold.
Step 5. Hairspray all over again! Hairspray happy. I am. I am.
Wow, you look stunning! You could technically curl all your hair, but the point of this is to be “done-undone.” To have put in some effort without any major try. Now, there’s only one thing to do — get your hair tousled!
June 30, 2012 No Comments
I like to think of myself as a renaissance woman. Inspiration for me is everywhere but I do have an abundance of sources…
On Fashion – Working in the industry, I am constantly surrounded by clothes and accessories. Like a chocoholic in Serendipity. I have many wonderful fashionistah friends who always have their own distinct personal style. Brunch is never just brunch — it’s a lookbook. Reading magazines (my faves are Harper’s Bazaar & Vogue) and fashion blogs will also keep you up to date on how to adapt a trend.
On Beauty – The best resource for beauty is Allure. I learned how to apply makeup from reading the tutorials, collecting books from Kevyn Aucoin and practicing on my friends. I still beg them to let me before we go out; but they willingly oblige because I do a fierce smokey eye. In my early 20′s I visited my first Sephora in Paris. As you can imagine, the clouds parted, the rays of sunshine beamed down and angels sang ‘Alleluia.’ Then I entered, sprayed glitter in my friends’ hair, sampled eyeshadows and played with lipgloss for two hours. A heavenly experience.
To Live Well – As a bohogi, it sounds cliche but I value every experience from having sangria with friends to afternoon walks in the park. I love to travel and experience different cultures, so I constantly look at Conde Nast Traveller and dream of an exotic adventure. I never know how or when I will get there, but I put it out there and make a plan to go. The universe always delivers!
June 24, 2012 No Comments