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I have a tendency to wait until the very last possible minute to wash my clothes, which sometimes poses as a problem but usually just tests my creativity to make something out of nothing.  I was fresh out of pants, so I reached for these denim cutoffs, sheer tights, a mesh shirt and went from there.  The shorts and mesh shirt on their own felt a tad, dare I say, “trailer trash-esque” so I threw on this velvet jacket to add some visual weight and elevate the whole look.  

Mesh top: H&M / Jacket: Value Village / Shorts: American Eagle / Boots: Aldo

How To: Wear Dark & “Crazy” Lip Colours

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Over the past couple of years, I’ve taken a liking to lipstick more than any other type of makeup.  These are my personal tips, tricks and advice to people wanting to branch out and wear those colours that you don’t think you can “pull off”.

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#1. Keep the rest of your makeup simple
If you’re just beginning to experiment with bold lipstick colours, it’s a lot easier when the rest of your makeup is kept simple and isn’t competing with your lips.  Stick with a clean face, maybe a hint of blush or bronzer to bring some colour into your face, a few good coats of mascara and neutral coloured eye shadows.  

#2. Try, try, again
When I tried red lipstick for the first time, I hated it.  Since every lipstick is made differently with different finishes and tones, you’re going to have to experiment and try different colours and brands to see what works best for you!  When I started, the drugstore was my best friend.  Though there’s not as wide a colour range as Sephora or MAC, it allowed me to try lots of different colours and not feel guilty for spending a lot of money.

#3.  If you love it, wear it
This is the most important rule and something I can’t emphasize enough.  I realize not everyone is going to like my green or blue lips, but that’s ok, because they’re not the ones having to wear it, I am.  Be confident in your choices and you’d be surprised how many people won’t question it.  More than not, when I wear a lip colour other than the normal neutral pink or red, people always comment and end their compliment with, “but I could never pull it off.”  Here’s the secret-you can pull off anything you want to!  A black/purple lip might take some getting use to but if you love it then you should do whatever makes you happy.

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     Annabelle kohl eyeliner in Green as base w/ Revon lipstick in Black Cherry on top
     MAC lipliner in Nightmoth w/ MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 lipstick in the middle
     Revlon lipstick in Black Cherry

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     Mac lipliner in Nightmoth
     Mac lipliner in Nightmoth w/ Revlon lipstick in Black Cherry
     Annabelle kohl eyeliner in Green

Black Velvet

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 These photos and the ones from my previous post make me laugh when I remember the events that lead up to this shoot.  The night before while getting ready for bed, I unknowingly only placed one contact lens in the case leaving me without a left eye lens the following morning when I was getting ready to shoot.  Long story short, doing my makeup was a struggle that involved very small brush strokes and stopping every 5 minutes to get Lane to check my face and assure me that my eyebrows looked the same and that my lipstick was actually on my lips.

Anyways, this is an outfit I’ve been wanting to post here for a while.  I picked up this velvet button down from Value Village a couple months ago and aside from the slightly outrageous price for a VV item, it’s been the perfect addition to my closet.  I think this is suppose to actually be a dress but I love the way it looks unbuttoned and layered over all black pieces.  The velvet jacket, having more of a luxe feel, creates a nice contrast with the casual and loose fitting top and bottom.  And if no one has noticed yet, this top is the same one I wore in my last post.  I’ve said it a million times but in case you’re not catching my drift, versatility is key.

velvet button down: Value Village / top: Value Village / pants: Joe Fresh / shoes: Aldo / necklace: Aldo

The Classics

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All of these pieces embody everything that I love, mashed into one outfit and they’re all pieces that work interchangeably with almost everything in my closet.  I was on my way to Lane’s house so we could shoot and had only planned on bringing one outfit (which will be posted soon), and this is what I threw on right before he picked me up.  Needless to say, this outfit also made the cut.  Thanks to the lovely Canadian weather (note the sarcasm) that is right around the corner/basically here, I decided we should throw one more outfit into the mix before it too late and too cold.

When I first purchased these jeans, I mostly wanted them because of the light wash colour.  I thought it would be nice for the summer and warmer weather, but they’ve proven to be more versatile than I originally thought.  They’re my go to jeans and I wish I had bought them in other colours when I had the chance because I feel like a crazy person wearing them days on end.  Maybe I’m one of the only people who notices when others wear certain pieces repeatedly.  Maybe??  Probably not.  But hey, I’m just a girl who loves her denim..specifically these ones.

jacket: H&M / jeans: American Eagle / denim shirt: Value Village / boots: Aldo

 

Must Have Monday: Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes

Starting today, I’ll be posting about a “Must Have” item every Monday that I always find myself reaching for, whether it be fashion, beauty or lifestyle related.  Today, I’m sharing my favourite neutral eye shadow palettes and why I love them.  The great thing about buying a palette is that they always come with a great range of shades, most come with various finishes (matte, shimmer, etc) and you can create so many different looks.
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Naked 3 by Urban Decay
This was my first real eyeshadow purchase and first ever Sephora purchase.  The rose-hued shades make my hazel eyes pop so much and even as a beginner, the colours were a breeze to blend.  Depending on your preferences and eye colour, the Naked or Naked 2 palette might be better suited for you, but there are such great things said about all of these that I don’t think you can go wrong.  The only problem I had with this palette is that some of the eyeshadow pans became unglued from the case so I had to use super glue to re stick them.  Check out Naked 3 here

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Naked Basics by Urban Decay
Looking for something even more neutral, Naked Basics caught my eye.  I love how this palette is completely matte (aside from the very subtle shimmer in the lightest colour “Venus”).  It doesn’t really matter what look I’m doing, I usually start with the colour “W.O.S” as a base and go from there.  I also use the colour “Faint” to define my eyebrows along the arch and tail after I’ve gone in with my usual brow powder.  It really helps give them some depth.  This would be a really great palette to pick up if you’re looking for something to use everyday and especially if you travel!  Check out Naked Basics here

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Being a girl who has a serious soft spot for drugstore makeup, you can imagine my excitement when I heard that Maybelline would be coming out with a neutral based palette.  If you’re not wanting to spend the money on the two above, this is a great alternative.  I’d definitely recommend using an eyeshadow primer of your choice before applying these shadows though.  I’ve found the colours tend to fade a bit throughout the day and don’t have the same lasting power as Urban Decay’s, but you’re paying a fraction of the price!  Check out Maybelline The Nudes here

Hope this helps anyone who’s in the market for a neutral eyeshadow palette or just curious on what products I use!  Since I use all of these daily, I’m going to be putting together my favourite looks created by using them and sharing within the next couple of weeks. 

Wildest Dreams

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This title has absolutely nothing to do with the actual post what so ever.  I’ve just been really obsessed with Taylor Swift’s new album and referencing it on the regular has become a way of life.

I’ll be honest.  Sometimes I can be a tad lazy when it comes to getting dressed and there are times I’ve worn the same shirt (or a shirt very similar) and jeans two or three days in a row.  But!  You would never know because of how I accessorize and I’ll add things to the outfit that make it look completely different.  It’s all about making the most out of what you have.  I’m more of a casual dresser, but I don’t like looking “casual” if that makes any sense.  So what I like to do is mix my more casual pieces like this flannel, with a cool pair of boots, a wide brimmed hat and a statement necklace.  When you break it down, I’m in the most comfortable outfit ever, but the heel, necklace and hat dress it up a bit.

Also, if you’re into makeup, it’s a great way to accessorize too!  I recently bought a blue lip pencil and it instantly gives any outfit that “cool factor.”  I absolutely love a good statement lip, especially in Fall and Winter when everything is a little drab outside.  You don’t have to go as far as blue, but even wearing a bold pink or punchy red will add to your outfit.

T-Shirt: Walmart / Shirt: Gap Body / Jeans: American Eagle / Boots: Aldo / Hat: Aldo / Necklace: Aldo

Project Village Collab

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About a month ago, the lovely people at Project Village contacted me about a collaboration and after hearing about their brand and point of view I couldn’t wait to jump on board!  Project Village is a new social enterprise bracelet company that employs and empowers underprivileged women in Toronto.  Each bracelet is handmade and part of the profits from each bracelet sold go directly into support programs for these women to break the cycle of poverty.

Check our their website www.projectvillage.ca to see the full collection of bracelets, both men’s and women’s.  I went with options on the more neutral side, as I mostly wear black and white anyways.  The styles I chose were Black Jane, Big Mama Pearl and Pearl Strati.  Check our PV’s insta too – instagram.com/pro_village

Jacket: H&M / Shirt: DIY Jersey / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Aldo / Hat: Aldo / Bracelets: Project Village

 Note: I was sent these bracelets from Project Village and this is a sponsered post, but all opinons expressed are my own.

 

Must Haves for Fall, Pt. 3: Statement Necklaces

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Statement necklaces are my absolute go to item to dress up a simple t-shirt and/or to add interest to my outfits.  I only added silver options, mostly because I am partial to silver over gold and find that silvers tend to be a bit more versatile (in my opinion).  Starting from the left top row,

“FILAWIA” Necklace – Aldo,  $25
Lexie Chain and Spike Necklace – Boohoo, $35
Gwen Rope Perspex Necklace – MissGuided, $17.08
Warehouse Rope & Diamante Necklace – ASOS, $47.01
Chain & Rhinestone Necklace – Forever 21, $22.90
Gunmetal Beaded Statement Necklace – Rare London, $26.97
Marquiese Rhinestone Statement Necklace – Forever 21, $29.90
Rhinestone Necklace – Zara, $49.90
Mixed Stone Necklace – Zara, $29.90

 

Must Haves For Fall, PT. 2: Button Downs

BUTTONDOWNS_final blog headerBUTTONDOWNS_final_no titlesWelcome back to pt.2 of this series!  Today we’re talking button downs.  I wanted to include a good mix of colours, textures and styles as lately I’m trying to experiment a little bit with wearing different colours.  It has been a bit of a struggle, but I like the challenge.  These kinds of shirts are great for layering and they look great with anything from skirts to boyfriend jeans.  If you’d like your outfit to look more polished, reach for something with a good crisp fabric and a classic shape.  If you’re looking to be a little more casual, reach for a flannel or something very flowy and loose.  The shirt you pair with your outfit can completely change the vibe and feeling so have fun with different shapes and how you wear them!

Onto the shirts, starting top row, left to right

BDG Christine Checkered Shirt – Urban Outfitters, $59
Kimchi Blue Sarah Button Down – Urban Outfitters, $44
1969 Western Tencel Denim Shirt – Gap, $59.95
Denim Sleeve White Shirt – Pixie Market, $56
JOA Collar Sheer Dress Shirt – Daily Look, $47.99
Miranda Shirt Dress – Daily Look, $54.99
Super Soft Plaid BF Shirt – Garage, $36.90
Pop Boutique Check Shirt – ASOS,  $53.25
Short Sleeve Casual Shirt – ASOS, $68.13
Glamorous Oversize Checked Shirt – ASOS, $59.64

After this series of posts is finished, I’ve been thinking about taking my list of items from my own closet and showing different ways of styling them to give you some more ideas.  What do you guys think!

 

 

Must Haves for Fall, Pt. 1: Ankle Boots

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ANKLEBOOTS_final no titlesI searched stores and online to find my favourite picks for the top 5 items (I think) everyone should have in their closet for Fall/Winter.  I decided to spread out this post into 5 parts, starting with ankle boots!  Starting from the top row, left to right.

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Lace Up Cut-Out Booties – Daily Look, $44.99  

High Heel Ankle Boot With Zip – Zara, $35.99

GABBA Ankle Boot – Aldo, *sale* $109.98

New Look Ariel Cut Out Ankle Boots – ASOS, $63.88

HEAVY METAL//

Pertora Monk Boots – Topshop, *sale* $145

All Dressed Up Chelsea Ankle Boot – ASOS, $89.46

Billy Croc Buckle Boots – Topshop, $83

Bootie with Chains – Zara, $129

LOW CUT CLASSICS//

Silence + Noise Treaded Leather Ankle Boot – Urban Outfitters, $89

JuJu Black Chelsea Jelly Ankle Boots – ASOS, $53.25

Eadaoin Hibou Boots – Little Burgundy, *sale* $129.98

AFYLLA Ankle Boot – Aldo, $120

What do you think!  Which pair is your favourite??