Tuesday, May 3, 2016

2016 Met Gala Best Dressed

I'll be honest and say I didn't know where they would go with "Manus X Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" as a theme. Like was Gaga going to show up in a dress made of just iPhones? Was C-3PO going to show up in a tuxedo? I just was not sure what to expect with such a broad theme. I definitely got it with some celebs, but scratched my head on a few others that I just didn't get the theme vibe from at all. It was really hard to narrow it down and I loved many other looks. Here are some of my favorites from last night. I'd love to hear who you thought got the theme right!

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Claire Danes in Zac Posen - Yes, holy yes. THE BEST. Not only is it gorgeous, but it lights up. Amazing!
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Gaga in Versace - Ok, the iPhone dress didn't happen. But old-style Gaga showed up and it worked perfectly.
Kendall Jenner in Versace - I love the intricate blue and white pattern.
Jourdan Dunn in Balmain - The gray gradient in her hair is a nice touch. Love that accessories weren't needed.
Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler - I don't usually like tiered dresses, but this is beautiful and delicate.
Kerry Washington in Marc Jacobs - I can't wait to see what else she wears during this pregnancy. Love the black lace and the purple hair!
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I felt like I needed to separate these into their own category, because they are couples! I don't know if you know this about me, but I am hardcore obsessed with The Weeknd. I love Abel and Bella together and thank goodness I love what they wore, because it gives me a chance to validly share this picture. ;)

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger and Zayn Malik in Versace - I love the front draping on the dress. And C-3PO didn't show up, but I kind of feel like he partially did with the metal arms that Zayn sported.
Bella Hadid and The Weeknd in Givenchy - I love that they both wore Givenchy. Bella's thigh high shoes were on point and made that slit stand out from the crowd.

*images from Getty

Friday, April 29, 2016

April Favorites

Almost May! Almost time to see if these snow and rain showers that April brought will finally bring those May flowers. I'm most excited about the cherry blossoms! The blossoming period kept getting pushed back, but it is supposed to happen early May. I'm hoping I can get out and go see them this year. It's definitely more chilly than last year at this time!

Here are my favorites from this month. A few new faves and a few old ones! I would love to hear what you are loving lately. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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  • Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette - This palette is capable of so many different looks!
  • NYC Expert Last Lipstick in Traffic Jam - Such a fun red for the warm weather...when it gets here.
  • Essie Good to Go Top Coat - My fave top coat. Dries fast, lasts ages, and shines.
  • Looky Brow Fibers - Review coming soon, but they are so easy to use!
  • Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black perfume - My favorite perfume for nights out. Very sensual.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New York Color Expert Last Lipstick in Traffic Jam

So you know how I was talking about my spring playlist in my last post? Well dang, I sure should have waited until Lemonade came out. I've had that album on repeat. It is pure fire. Have you listened to it yet? I think this is my favorite solo album by Beyoncé! Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and Adele have put out some of the best material these past few months. I already want more from each of them! Sooooo good.

Now to what this post is actually about. I got this New York Color Expert Last lipstick in Traffic Jam from Kerri. And here are my thoughts and swatches!

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First off, Traffic Jam is a gorgeous true red and goes on opaque with one swipe over the lips. NYC promises up to six hours of color and they delivered on that promise. The formula does not have a bad taste or smell and is soft, so the bullet is easy to nick. But honestly, I cannot come up with a true con for this lipstick.

At $1.99 US, this is one that you can get multiple shades of and not have buyer's remorse. For the quality that you are getting, that price is a steal!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Spring Playlist - Current Favorites

I thought I would share the songs that are getting me through spring...on endless repeats. I am the type of person who falls hard for a song and plays it a gazillion times until I am tired of it. And in some cases, I just never get tired of it. Speaking of songs I never get tired of, When Doves Cry is on that list.

I was really shocked by Prince's death yesterday. I was never a big fan, but When Doves Cry was number one on the charts when I was born and I have always felt connected to it. Maybe that sounds weird, but songs resonate with you for different reasons and I always had a bond with this one- like he wrote it just for my ears to hear. So I'll be listening to that song a few times today and jamming my little heart out. Thank you, Prince.

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I listen to a little bit of anything and everything, so feel free to share some songs you are loving right now. They can be old or new and any genre. If Spotify or YouTube has it, I'll be sure to give it a listen. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Stila Lip Glaze in Wildberry

Stila is not a brand that I own a lot of. I have a few lip glazes and an eyeshadow duo, but I think that is it. I remember in high school wanting their All Over Shimmer in that original packaging that had the stars on the cap. I did not even know what the product really did at the time, I just knew I wanted it after seeing it in Seventeen and Teen magazines. I never did get it and they've since changed the packaging. Bummer.

I got this lip glaze in Wildberry and another in Strawberry Cream (swatch coming soon) from Kerri. I have a few Stila lip glazes in my collection and I definitely think there are pros and cons, which I will be sharing. While Wildberry is not currently offered, here are the ones that Sephora has in stock right now. With that said, you might have luck finding this shade and others at your local Winners, TJ (or TK, if in the UK) Maxx, etc.

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I like the click pen applicator to an extent. It always feels like you have to click until your fingers ache for that first bit of product to finally come through only for it to come gushing out. The brush makes for an easy application.
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In the swatches above, the middle is Wildberry with nothing on my lips. The right shows it plain and layered over my Rimmel London Kate #17 lipstick. You can layer this just like a normal gloss. Some of the shades available have better color payoff. This one is rather sheer, so if you want color with this one, you may want to go the layering route. It definitely adds shine.

For my personal preference, I don't really like when products feel heavy on the lips and these can feel heavy and sticky. I also feel like with the amount of product you need and with reapplications, these won't last long for the price. With that said, that is when getting them on sale or at a discount pays off. Often times, Stila is a part of those Black Friday and Boxing Day deals that Sephora has every year.

These can add a nice variation to your collection for layering purposes or if you like sheer washes of color. I don't write these off, because I do like them a bit more in the winter. I think they are a little too thick for my liking in the warmer months.

Have you tried any of the Stila Lip Glazes?

Friday, April 15, 2016

Old Navy Summer Shorts Haul

What happens when the temperatures finally get close to 50F in Toronto? Well, apparently I place an order for shorts. Thinking ahead too quickly? Perhaps. But seeing as I got these for nearly 70% off, I'll chalk this advanced thinking as a win. I love colder temperatures and I actually dread the summer heat, but I am hoping that these cute shorts will make it a little more tolerable for me. Besides, heat here is very rarely anything like heat back home in the south.

Last summer, I was pretty much confined to the indoors aside from appointments at the hospital. If you're new here, I suffered a tibial plateau fracture last June and couldn't put weight on my entire left leg for three months. It felt like the longest summer of my life. I am so grateful for how far I have come and can't wait to get out and about this summer!

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I can get my size in their regular line or the plus line, but I preferred these from the plus collection because the inseam is longer. The regular line versions of each of these pairs have a 3 1/2" inseam versus the 5" inseam on the plus versions. Being a tall girl, I like that extra coverage.

I picked out three different designs of the same shorts, because I could not say no to these fun prints! I grabbed the light blue, reef, and navy blue prints in the mid-rise printed shorts. There are a few different prints in the regular line and in stores. I also bought the mid-rise linen shorts in the navy blue pattern. These are all still on sale for great prices! Can't wait to wear each of them as the warmer weather arrives!

Have you started buying anything for your summer wardrobe?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Wet n Wild Sugar Plum Fairy MegaLast Lipstick

I don't think I have tried a Wet n Wild lipstick since high school. I have other products from the brand, but I honestly cannot recall a lipstick in the past few years. I am not sure why, because I usually like what I try from them. I always get feelings of nostalgia whenever I pick up a Wet n Wild product. They were the "it" brand while I was growing up and my cousin and I always fought over who got to use what when we were getting ready!

I got this product from Kerri and I am really excited to share swatches and my thoughts on it. Here's the Wet n Wild MegaLast lipstick in Sugar Plum Fairy!

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This lipstick is not scented, but it smells a little of chemicals. Nothing too major and I have had lip products that smell far worse. I am not a big fan of the shape, as I find it a little more difficult to apply. It is definitely one that I have to clean up around the edges after application. What I do like about it is how opaque it is in one swipe. And the lasting power is great. They say four hours, but I get about six or eight. My hand stayed stained for a while after swatching it!

For a lipstick that retails for $1.99 US, it is a steal for the quality. Sugar Plum Fairy is a fun berry shade that I think works for any season.
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Have you tried any of the Wet n Wild MegaLast lipsticks?

Friday, April 8, 2016

InstaMonth for March 2016

Do April snowfalls bring May flowers? Just wondering, because I'm pretty sure we've had more snow than rain this month. It doesn't last long because the temperatures have been up and down, which is wreaking havoc on my sinuses. And it keeps pushing back the blooming time of our cherry blossoms. I just want to get out and take pictures of pretty flowers!

Now for the obligatory knee update, as I always do in these posts. I'm still with a cane, but my physiotherapist says that my walking stride is becoming a lot more natural now. It's not easy with a limp. I am still working on bending and straightening, but it continues to be a slow process. You can often find me crying while trying to get through a full circle on my mini stationary bicycle or sitting on the couch with a 15lb. bag of rice on my knee trying to push it down straight. Do I know how to have a good time or what?! Ha!

But I do have less pain when walking and I can bend it a little better when sitting on the couch or a chair. It's still not bending properly so doing high steps is impossible right now, as is going downstairs without going one step at a time. I still need to push off of something to get up. I hit nine months last month and I just have to keep trucking.

Here's what I have been up to this month on my Instagram. Let's follow each other!

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1. And the sky is a hazy shade of winter.
2. The Danish Girl is a worthy read, but I was hoping for more.
3. I am all over taupe right now.
4. Are we following each other on Pinterest? Here's a few of my recent pins.
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5. A few essentials that I packed for my anniversary trip. See what makeup I packed here.
6. Current favorite lip products.
7. Forever a planning type of person.
8. Dempster's released french toast bagels as a limited edition offering. HEAVEN.
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  9. My St. Patrick's Day outfit! Jeans, not pictured, but I assure you that I did wear them. ;)
10. Gamechangers.
11. Classics are always easy.
12. A package from Kerri. Looooove everything. <3
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13. My anniversary gift was my anniversary band (top ring). Read my gushy love letter here and about our trip here.
14. Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Vivacious.
15. This cleanser is amazing!
16. The cutest coworker I could ask for.

I'll be back next week with some exciting makeup swatches and more. Hope you all have a great weekend!

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