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Festive Holiday Lookbook 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ahh! It's only 10 more days until Christmas Eve which is the beginning of celebrations for most people. I always spend Christmas Eve with my mom's side of the family and then Christmas Day with my dad's side. Even though I am at someone's house, I always like to dress festive for the holidays (or at least I try to). Whether it be a simple look or a full out holiday outfit, I know I can count on having fun when I pick out my Christmas outfits so hopefully you find inspiration in the following looks.

OUTFIT 1:

The first outfit is a very old dress from Forever 21 that I still had in my closet. I actually wore it for Christmas 2012! I decided to change up the look a bit by tying a red sash around the waist (thank you Carolina for letting me borrow it!). To add some glam to the outfit, I threw on my faux fur coat that I got from Blue Vanilla last year! The pop of red lips and sash made the overall outfit look extremely festive but is also very simple to put together!

Outfit Details
Dress - Forever21 (old)
Coat - Blue Vanilla
Shoes - Aldo

OUTFIT 2:

Again, I went through my closet to look for any items that I could put together. I found another dress (from Winners) that had a very simple silhouette. I decided to layer a white long sleeve shirt underneath for extra warm and to accessorize it with a detachable collar. I'm sure I've mentioned it before how detachable collars are one of my favourite accessories because it's so easy to make your outfit look very put together. To add some more texture to the outfit, I wore these patterned tights from the Bethany Mota x Aeropostale collection (SUPER old, I know).

Outfit Details
Dress - Winners (old)
Shirt - Dynamite
Collar - ASOS
Tights - Aeropostale
Shoes - Le Chateau

OUTFIT 3:

Finally, I thought I'd put more of a casual outfit together. There are definitely those days where I don't want to try too hard but I still want to look put together. You can never go wrong with a sweater and jeans! So for this look, I wore a red tiered ruffled sweater from SheIn. It makes such a statement but it is annoying to wear when you put a coat on top. Of course, adding a statement necklace is one of the easiest things for me to do so I opted for this rainbow one from Bauble Bar.

Outfit Details
Sweater - SheIn
Pants - Hollister
Shoes - Le Chateau
Necklace - BaubleBar (old)

Which holiday outfit would you wear? Let me know in the comments below :)

Winter Fashion Favourites

Monday, December 11, 2017
Every winter, I eventually end up having a different 'uniform'; it's usually my go-to outfit that I will probably wear weekly. I will admit, I try my best to come up with different outfits during the winter but when you're dealing with -15, even -30 degrees, you pretty much forget all of that. On a regular basis, I have my fashion favourites like many of you do as well. This year, I thought I'd share this year's fashion favourites.

1. Topshop Faux Fur Pom Pom Beanie


Beanies are my favourite type of hat to wear in the winter because it covers my ears at the same time. I definitely feel the warmest when I have a beanie on and then earmuffs on top of that. I mentioned it in my recent haul video that I struggle finding hats that fit my oddly shaped head so this one from Topshop fits perfectly! They always release these types of beanies in a variety of colours so you're bound to find one you like.

2. MUJI Wool Scarf


Last year, I was fortunate to go to the MUJI Fall/Winter preview where I ended up learning more about MUJI and their history. I always love learning about the history of a company whenever I go to an event. I'm so intrigued and it always has my full attention. Part of what they gifted us was this wool scarf. It's actually a 2-way stole but I always wear it as a scarf. It's 100% wool and it's neutral colour is just an additional reason why I wear it every day.

3. Indigo Faux Fur Earmuffs


Considering I go out to shoot for my blog and I tend to stick to outdoor locations, the winter is no exception. I am fully dedicated to getting the best photos (even if that means I have to take my coat off for a bit). With that being said, wearing a beanie is not ideal since my hair will get extremely messy when I take it off. To compensate, I always have earmuffs. Faux fur ones are much warmer than you'd think so since I needed to replace my pair from last year, these ones from Indigo are amazing and incredibly warm!

4. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Boots

 
Converse is a brand that I've loved since I was a kid. I remember when it was the 'it' thing to own a black pair of Chuck Taylors. I never stopped loving the brand though. Recently, they released their Chuck Taylor All Star boots for females (they already released it for men the year before). When I was introduced to them at their event, they mentioned how it's their first waterproof boot. They are also have a double lining and the same Nike Lunarlon insole for extra comfort. They ended up being the warmest boots I own so they've been a go-to of mine since my feet are ALWAYS cold. 

  5. Zara Wool Knit Sweater 

 
Zara knitwear always has my heart...this particular sweater is my absolute favourite sweater. I am huge on re-wearing and re-styling but you can't tell with this sweater because it's barely on my blog. My boyfriend actually saw me wear it a bunch the minute it started getting cold in Toronto and said, "You really love that sweater don't you?" Guilty as charged.

Holiday Partywear Lookbook 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

How's everyone been doing? It's been crazy busy for me. I feel like I'm constantly shooting, filming and editing, and then it repeats! I'm slowly working on expanding my blog (which I'm super excited to show you another beauty post next week!) and coming up with different types of posts for you guys. I love my styling posts but it does get harder when you post so many outfits all the time (especially when you're not shopping 24/7). Anyways, I have a bunch of holiday inspo in store for you so I'm happy to start sharing it :)

Now that it's December, I can finally post more about the holidays without people saying "It's so far away still" and such. The holidays are my favourite; seeing the Christmas decor and lights absolutely everywhere is so magical. I don't understand why people wouldn't be excited for this time of year. Of course I can't start off the season on my blog without releasing a lookbook! As you can tell by the title, this mini lookbook is for all of those who are going to holiday parties!

OUTFIT 1: DOUBLE STATEMENT

You can never go wrong with a dress for a party! They're the classic go-to outfit because you can just throw it on and you're out the door. Although the dress is a statement on it's own, I decided to pair it with my bomber jacket from Zara to add more of a statement. As for shoes, I tied the whole look together by adding gold and black sandals I got from Zara as well. I'm not a heels person so much so most of the shoes I own have a block heel which I think are perfect for parties because you'll be on your feet for most of the night!

Outfit Details
Dress - H&M (old)
Jacket - Zara (old)
Bag - Topshop (old)

OUTFIT 2: DARK YET FESTIVE

There's so many people who love wearing all black outfits or mainly have a minimalistic wardrobe. I, for one, am not that person. I usually go for grey versus black because I feel like it's so dark. This outfit, I mixed different textures by having the scuba material paired with a plumetis blouse. This gave off a very classy and elegant look. Since I went for an all black look, I decided to have a velvet bag for a pop of texture and colour!

Outfit Details
Shirt - Zara (old)
Romper - ASOS (old)
Shoes - Zara (old)
Bag - Topshop (old)

OUTFIT: POPS OF COLOUR

Last but not least, I had to include an outfit with more colour! This gorgeous sequinned sweater is from Zara's newest collection (and a gift from my lovely boyfriend). I paired it with a patent skirt as well as these amazing bejewelled tights! The jewels on it matched perfectly with the sweater so I was excited to pair the two. To add some more edge to the outfit, I opted for the coolest flats I own which has sick stud details!

Outfit Details
Sweater - Zara
Skirt - Forever 21
Tights - Zara
Shoes - ASOS (old)

Which party look matched your style the most? Let me know in the comments below :)

Keeping Your Hair Healthy For Winter (ft. Rob Pizzuti)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Hello everyone! I hope you're having a great week. I'm so excited to share with you this beauty post in collaboration with the one and only Rob Pizzuti. If you've been on my blog for a while, you'd know I've previously worked with Rob and Pai Shau on beauty posts which I will link at the end of this post. To give some background, I've been using Pai Shau hair products for over a year now and I'm always excited to try their new products out so when I was offered to try some different products during this hair transformation, I couldn't refuse.
I absolutely loved the shades of brown and beige-y gold tones in my hair before but it was time for a change! Instead of going blonder (which is probably something I will do in the spring/summer), we went for a melted chocolate brown look. Of course, going lighter than your natural hair is a struggle for a lot of dark haired people but yet again, Rob was able to make sure that my hair stayed healthy using Pai Shau.
THE COLOURING PROCESS

Part 1: Instead of adding Pai Shau Biphasic Infusion in my hair as a pre-treatment (which I highly recommend to do on a regular basis), we switched it up and added the Biphasic into the dye mix. This was able to lock in the moisture as we lifted out my natural dark hair. Considering the Biphasic Infusion is oil free and grease free, it can be mixed into any lightener or colour!

If you haven't noticed, Rob doesn't solely use aluminum foil (or any at all) whenever he dyes it. He uses saran wrap in order to make it easier to view the colouring process.


Part 2: Again, Rob did freehand balayage highlighting to create 'lightness' without streaking or the appearance of stripy highlights.


Part 3: Adding a scoop Pai Shau's Supreme Revitalizing Mask with the semi permanent colour created a custom 'tinted' treatment.


Unexpectedly, Jan Vandenbroeck, a stylist at Hair Artisans Salon was kind enough to style my hair at the end of it. After discovering how heavy and thick my hair was, he wanted to help. Jan is the MASTER of thick hair so when that offer was brought up, who can refuse such a thing? He decided to create a lot of movement in my hair by cutting with inverted layers


This technique allowed texture through the bottom without being hollowed out. It created movement that flows and always stays in place! My favourite part, is how much lighter my hair felt!
After the haircut, Jan curled part of my hair. Instead of curling it and adding hairspray, he sprayed Pai Shau's Sublime Hold Hairspray in order to keep it in place.

Considering I have dark hair already, I thought I'd show a comparison photo so you can tell the difference better! The "After" photo was taken in natural light but depending on the lighting, my hair will look different which I like! If you scroll down, you can see what it looks like in bright light.


That is it for today's post! It's weird no longer being a blonde but I've been enjoying this new look the past few weeks. Be sure to check out Pai Shau for other amazing products. If you want to see my review of their products, be sure to click here for more!

A huge thank you to Rob Pizzuti, Pai Shau, Jan Vandenbroeck and Hair Artisans for their amazing work! All of these people are incredibly talented and never fail to impress me with their skill. Their dedication their work is amazing and as someone who struggled finding people you trust to work on their hair, I am very happy with everything they've done for me the past year. It's a huge honour to work with them so be sure to check them out! A video will be posted later on for you to see the whole process in action :)

A Guide To Wearing Pastels During Fall/Winter

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The weather in Toronto is being so on and off this week. Last week there were -10 degree days but this week, it went up to 12 degrees and was super sunny. The effects of climate change is honestly so bizarre. With that being said, I am extremely excited because pretty much all the holiday decor is up in the city and I am ecstatic for all the holiday festivities that I will try to do this season. Also, be sure to follow my Instagram if you want to see everything I'm up to!

As someone who loves wearing earthy tones, wearing lighter colours during the fall/winter doesn't appeal to me as much. It's not that I have anything against lighter colours in the fall/winter, I just tend to gravitate towards a darker colour palette. I do, however, own a some pinks and purples in my closet that are perfect for winter that I thought I'd share as part of my fall to winter transition post.
OUTFIT 1

To start off, I thought I'd share a very casual outfit. Winter tends to call for slouchy and cozy knit sweaters which is why I've found the perfect one from Tobi. Their 'Getting Warmer' sweater has a gorgeous lace up back that elevates the slouchy sweater look. I wore my trusty Twik Embroidered Jeans from Simons to tie, my go-to ankle booties and paired it with a shearling jacket to make it a casual winter outfit. I love that the lace up details don't reveal so much of your back so you can easily layer the sweater with thermal underneath for extra warmth!


Outfit Details
Sweater - Tobi
Pants - Simons
Shoes - Zara (old)

OUTFIT 2

The reason this post came to be was because of how much I wanted to wear this outfit. I've actually worn this outfit before but never shot it for my blog. It was featured in a "Shop my Instagram Outfits" post back in April but I wanted to add a small detail to it, which was this beret from Le Chateau. Adding it gave off the complete Blair Waldorf goes skating vibe and you bet the next time you see it on my social media, I will be on an ice rink.


Outfit Details
Cape - ASOS (old)
Sweater - H&M (old)
Skirt - StyleWe (old)
Shoes - Zara (old)
Hat - Le Chateau (old)

OUTFIT 3

Last but not least is my favourite sweater I've bought this year If you don't know, purple is my absolute favourite colour (specifically the lavender/lilac shade). Another favourite of mine are frills and ruffles so this sweater was a MUST in my closet. To make it a more casual look, I wore it with a denim skirt and white ribbed tights. I tend to go for more casual looks for the winter since there's always a bunch of layers underneath.

Outfit Details
Sweater - Willow & Paige (via ASOS)
Skirt - Levi's (via NEON) (similar)
Boots - Zara (old)
What are your go-to colours to wear during the fall/winter? Let me know in the comments below :)

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Tobi.

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