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No Safe Shades!!!

Because on the first day of summer, I wanna wear all the brights!   Here’s credits for everything in the vid: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Lavender Jam, $30, Sephora Susana Monaco Philomena Dress, $203, Shopbop Banana Republic Italian Suede Accordion Bag, $215 H&M Textured Skirt, $60 Timex Weekender Fairfield Watch, $95 J. Crew Tie-Waist Romper, $149 Birkenstock sandals, Arizona (pink), $129, and Madrid (yellow), $99, mybirkenstockshop.ca Oscar de la Renta earrings, US $425, Net-A-Porter French Connection Celia Sequinned Dress, $90 (green) and $80 (pink) Stella McCartney The Falabella Mini Bag, US $1055, Net-A-Porter Zara PomPom Sandals, $90 Advertisements

My Greedy Gift Guide

My holiday shopping is all wrapped up, which leaves just enough time to indulge in my own wish list. Hence, the title of this post and a gift guide of five prezzie suggestions. A few lean more towards want than need. A couple are things I already own and love – and therefore never want to run out of. And yes, while these are things I shamelessly admit to lusting after for myself, I guarantee any stylish gal you know wouldn’t be mad to receive them. Happy Holidays! 1. Gimme A Chic Coat! With Mother Nature being on her best behaviour it only seems fair to reward her by stepping out in an eye-catching lightweight coat. I like my outerwear packed to the gills with personality, so this printed one is right up my ally. H&M Pattern Coat, $60       2. Gimme Gorgeous Skin! As a clay mask aficionado I can attest to this being a must-have beauty product. It’s splurgy, for sure. But its ability to suck the gunk out pores while leaving skin super hydrated is worth every penny. If she likes skin care, she’ll …

Slough Call

A key component of my skin care routine strongly disagrees with a certain TLC anthem, because, yes, I DO want some scrubs! I especially want them on my face. At this stage in the age game I can’t imagine trying to keep my mug in top form without exfoliating on a regular basis to encourage dead skin cells to move along, minimize my chief nemeses (aka acne scars and hyperpigmentation, grr) and to achieve something resembling glowing skin. As we head into the bosom of cold weather, which is when I really step up my sloughing game, I thought I’d share my top three faves.  My longest love affair has been with NeoStrata Skin Resurfacing Duo, a two-step crystalline scrub and liquid activator system. It’s my go-to when I want to banish dull skin and basically get a new face. After all these years it never disappoints me, delivering maximum radiance while smoothing skin to baby soft status. Holding steady on the gentler end of the sloughing scale and perfect for daily use, IMO, is Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. The rice-based powder transforms into a paste …

Be a loud mouth!

  Forget about black, orange is the new red…especially when it comes to lipstick. Citrus-tinged reds deliver an equally powerful punch as classic blue-based scarlets, but with a kicky modern tang that elicits instant “I want some!” envy. One of my faves is Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in It Girl, $15.50. It delivers intense, long-lasting pigment that doesn’t dehydrate lips. Using the patented application technique of swiping on a base layer, followed by lightly blotting with a tissue, and applying another ‘top coat’ layer, I find it stays put all day. Have you found an orange-red lip colour you can’t live without? Tell me, please! I’m always looking to add to my collection.            

Welcome to the Wall

  “Put yourself in the way of beauty.” That line from Wild by Cheryl Strayed has stuck with me since not reading the book and seeing the film last winter. It’s uttered by the mom character played by Laura Dern (wasn’t she SO good?!) as she watches a sunrise with her kids. I like sunrises, too, but what I like even more are glossy fashion magazine images. Which brings us to this attempt at beautifying my “home office,” which, let’s face it, is really a glorified nook in my apartment. Eye-popping pics have been imbedded in my head since my pre-teen days when I would devour copies of Sassy, Mademoiselle and Seventeen from cover to cover. And I loved me a collage project. Carefully choosing and clipping out images, preserving their beauty, melding them together with other shots that spoke to me without saying a word. But I didn’t just want to read magazines, I wanted to create them. I had no idea what  that meant at the time, but somehow with a combination of luck and hard work I found my way into that world. I …