Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Favorite F/W 2014-15 Trends

My favorite trends are the ones where you can shop your closet. I love the classic pieces that always come back into style. I am not shelling out $3,000 for a coat that looks like Big Bird just because it is the "in" thing. Nope, not happening! Here are my favorite trends coming up. I'd love to hear what trend you are looking forward to rockin' this upcoming season!

Fashionable Heart | F/W 2014-15 Trends
1. Fair Isle Sweater (via Net-a-Porter) - I love Fair Isle sweaters! The pattern always looks good.

2. Sneakers (via Net-a-Porter) - Yes, comfy shoes for the win!

3. Shearling (via River Island) - You can choose to go all out or have it on accessories.

4. 60s Mod (via Forever 21) - So flattering, especially in dresses!

5. Gold (via Tiffany & Co.) - Hardware on your accessories, gold sweater, whatever. It's a hot color right now.

6. Fun Caps or Shirts (via Nelly) - Novelty prints and sayings are still popping up. Keep those graphic shirts out!

7. Chunky Knits (via Piperlime) - Is there any better feeling on a cold day than cozying up in a knitted sweater or scarf?!

Friday, September 12, 2014

My Day Has "Apparently" Been Made

This kid, you guys. This kid. He's perfect. If he doesn't grow up to be a comedian, he will have missed his calling in life. I was laughing until there were tears in my eyes! I hope Ellen has him on more often, because this was pure gold.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Date Night: Don Mills VIP Cineplex Theatre

When I first heard that a theatre was opening at the Shops at Don Mills, I was ecstatic. It is one of my favorite places to shop. It's a fully outdoor mall and there is such a variation of stores and restaurants offered. So the VIP Cinemas just opened up and I knew that I had to go! Many of the blog posts on this have involved bloggers having been invited to events to celebrate the opening. I was not invited to these and went with my own Scene points and money. I just want to give my GTA (general Toronto area) readers a heads up on this glorious place!

Fashionable Heart | Shops at Don Mills VIP Cineplex
 Keep reading to hear more of my experience, see the in-seat menu, and more. Pictures were taken with my phone, so nothing special. It was date night, so you know... ;)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy 7th Birthday, Fashionable Heart!

Wow! I started this blog on September 7, 2007. I originally just wanted something to do during the day, something that would get my mind off of my grandmother who had just died, and just a little place to write about whatever I wanted. I wasn't sure how long I would keep at it and to be honest, I certainly didn't think I'd still be here this far down the road.

But I love this site and I love blogging. I still enjoy taking the pictures, reviewing products, and sharing a little about my life. And although it is often cringeworthy, I enjoy looking back and seeing things I've done or bought and seeing how this blog has grown. It's all about growing with your blog and never making it something that you don't love!

I'm especially lucky because this blog and my subsequent social media accounts has really brought some special people and opportunities into my life. When I moved to Canada in 2004, I became the "new girl" for the first time and had very few friends to call my own up here. Coming from a small city where everyone knows everyone, this was crippling for me to deal with for a very long time. Fast forward to now and I have made a few friends in this city that I would not have known had I not started blogging and putting myself out there a bit on social media.

I put all that I can into this blog. Sometimes my updates slow down when life catches up to me, but that is bound to happen. I'm always thinking of new ideas and what to share on here. I still try to comment on other blogs and respond to comments on my own. I also never want you to think that I am "too big for my britches" and if I ever come off that way, give me a virtual slap. Please keep it virtual, though. I have sensitive skin! ;)

Thank you to all of my readers who have been here since day one and those that just popped in for the first time. The fact that you visit my blog and read things I say and see pictures that I take...well, I can't put it fully in words just how much it means to me. I wish I could give you all a hug or high-five (if you're not a hug person).

Here's to seven years of memories and to making even more!

Fashionable Heart | Happy 7th Birthday!
*Vanilla toffee cupcakes I made this weekend, because I #stressbake.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Blog of the Month: September 2014

Last month, Jennie Bravo was my featured blog. You can read that post and see other past featured blogs under the "blog of the month" label! Being my blog of the month gets you a designated blog post, a sidebar button, and a mention on my Twitter account. The sidebar button stays up all month long. I don't believe in making bloggers pay for advertising and I'd much rather show you blogs that I really enjoy reading. And I hope you end up enjoying them too! :)

Fashionable Heart | September Blog of the Month
This month's blogger is Megan Joy. She's a Canadian gal who recently relocated to California. What a change! She has an adorable pup named Buffy (named for her love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer!). You'll find nail and makeup posts on her blog. I love her and I think you will too. Let her know that I sent you!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August 2014 Favorites

Yay, it's September! That means it is the month of my absolute favorite season- autumn. Bring me all of cardigans, boots, and pumpkin everything. All of it! I have been craving the crisp breezes and sweater weather. I know I'm southern and you're scratching your head, but let me tell you, this girl here was not made for heat and humidity. Give me fall and winter any day. Guess I moved to the right place when I came to the Great White North!

Smashbox Lancome Urban Decay Barry M
Finger Lickin' Lacquer in Ice Wine - Yes, this is my BFF's company but I promise I'm not biased! I get compliments on this color every time I wear it!

Smashbox Blush Rush in Flush - I always come back to this. The glow it creates is so natural.

Barry M Dazzle Dust in 51 (Mushroom) - I love Barry M pigments. This is a beautiful taupe.

Lancome Grandiose Mascara - My newest favorite! The wand and formula = perfection.

Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Stray Dog - My HG eyeliner. I wish it was permanent, but it often comes back in their eyeliner sets!
Urban Decay Barry M Smashbox
What were some of your favorites from this last month? If you did a post on them, let me know!
Fashionable Heart | August 2014 Favorites

Friday, August 29, 2014

InstaFriday!

Here's my monthly Instagram update! I used to do them more often, but I feel like a monthly one suffices. I don't update as often as I should, but I am on the app every single day. I love to follow, comment, and talk on there, so let's connect if we haven't already. You can find me at "wendybanner".

Fashionable Heart | Instagram August 2014
1. I love starting a new candle. This is the last of my summer ones before I get out my fall scents!
2. Such a pretty drink, but I can't have it. (Allergic to citrus.)
3. I'd say Indy was a tad happy at this moment.
Fashionable Heart | Instagram August 2014
4. Jade looking at her new sibling with a bit of disgust.
5. My MIL's garden is always photogenic.
6. It was a downpour that day, but I still managed to have a good hair and makeup day. Did I mention the rain? Kodak moment.
Fashionable Heart | Instagram August 2014
7. Chocolate Chip Cookie Toffee Bars. I want more.
8. I was given two vintage tea cups that belonged to my husband's grandmother. Can't wait to display them!
9. This was National Dog Day. Happy to own a dog again, even if he does drive me crazy most days.

It's a holiday weekend, so I'll see you all again next week. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 Emmys: Best and Worst Dressed

The 66th edition of the Emmy Awards aired last night. Like with all awards shows, I taped them. I feel like that is one of the reasons the PVR was invented. Hello, fast forward button, my best friend forever! One thing that I do not want to fast forward through is the fashion. This year was impressive in that it was hard for me to narrow my best list down to just a few. The dresses were fabulous!

Here is my list for best and worst dressed. And as always, read until the end for the eye candy that I always provide you with. *wink wink*

Fashionable Heart | 2014 Emmy Awards Fashion
Julia Roberts in Elie Saab Couture - Such a fun dress! She very rarely lets me down. Always a pretty woman (see what I did there?).
Julie Bowen in Peter Som - Love this print!
Lucy Liu in Zac Posen - This just looks so gorgeous with her skintone and the gold accessories.
Heidi Klum in Zac Posen - I don't usually like Heidi's choices, but this looks perfect on her.
Fashionable Heart | 2014 Emmy Awards Fashion
Lena Dunham in Giambattista Valli - That look on Lena's face? Yeah, that's my face when seeing this dress.
Sarah Paulson in Armani Privé - I don't hate it, but it does make me think of 80s fashion.
Katherine Heigl in John Hayles - This dress ages her drastically.
Betsey Brandt in Alice + Olivia - And this one is too young. The length is a bit unflattering.
Fashionable Heart | 2014 Emmy Awards Fashion
Matt Bomer in Tom Ford - You're welcome.

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