Thursday, January 29, 2015

Why being a fashion blogger in the winter sucks

Grey jacket c/o Lovely Wholesale / Geo print sweater c/o Lovely Wholesale / Red plaid scarf from Forever 21 / Blue beanie from Aldo

Being a fashion blogger in Canada during the winter is horrible. I don't care what other people pretend to say, it's horrible.

If you don't live in a condo with a fancy lobby or have a whimsical-looking room, you're forced to go outside to keep up with the content while saying crap like, "It's only -10 degrees outside...that's doable!" If you look really closely, you can see my hand starting to turn blue. But I didn't get frostbite while taking these photos, so it was a good day.

On an average day with the windchill, it feels like -20. So no, I don't prance around in skirts with my jacket open. But when I spend most of my days cycling through sweaters and warm pants, I sort of look forward to these where I can dress up a bit, even for 10 minutes.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter skincare tips


Tis the season of being stupidly cold, frizzy hair, and dry skin. Can you tell that I'm not a winter person? But while I'm curling up at home from the cold, I've been taking time to get into better skin care routines. I hide indoors all winter long, I don't necessarily have to look like I hide in a cave all day.

Everyday routines 

Chapped hands and dry, flaky lips? No thanks. This is a huge no when it comes to your beauty regimen. Make sure that you use alcohol-free solutions on both your hands and lips. While they may seem worlds apart, the skin on your hands and lips are very similar. They are both delicate, and the skin is thinner on these body parts. Alcohol-free salves are the best way of preventing chaps and sores. After all, you don’t want to ditch lipstick, just because it’s winter.

Okay, so these may not be the coolest fashion accessory in the land. But, if you want to make sure that your hands and feet are a dream, it’s vital that you sleep in moisturizing socks and mittens. Your feet can take a pounding in the winter. Socks, tough boots and heels can cause cracks in your heels. So, get your moisturizing socks on to make sure that your toes are pretty and perky.

For a more skin-deep treatment that will go beyond the outer layer of your skin, try Revitol Phytoceramides. The harsh elements can cause damage to all of the layers of skin. You can beat the impact of fine lines and aging that severe weather can bring. It’s not just the sun that you have to be wary of. Many people slather themselves in SPF in the summer, but forget about the impact of winter. So, make sure that you are smoothing your skin with a thick, creamy moisturizer. Not only will your skin be more supple, but a thicker cream will work into all of the layers of skin.

Occasional skin treats 

I've recently become a big fan of using honey mixed with a bit of sugar to create the perfect, holistic scrub. It really works to make my skin glow, but I'll admit it's a challenge trying not to eat honey off my face.

You can also steal some inspiration from Cleopatra by bathing in milk. But, before you start adding dairy to your bath, there are some more contemporary milk-based solutions you can use. Opt for a bubble bath that has at least 12% lactic acid (the ingredient found in milk) for great exfoliating properties.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hair inspiration and trends for 2015


Planning your hairstyles can be daunting. But, in 2015 there is going to be some fantastic alternative hair styles that everyone is going to love. Whether you have short hair or tumbling locks, you can achieve these amazing styles in an instant. In 2014, we all seemed to have overly complicated hairstyles and colours. Thank god for 2015. Now, hair is going to be much more laid back and chic. Perfect!

Casual Braids

Braids are the perfect laidback, ultra cool look. They are perfect for festival season and for hitting the mall with your friends. But, this year, over styling and complicated braids is a huge no-no. It’s all about adding simple braids to your hair. Keep your hair tousled and soft. Use a Remington curling wand for beach-inspired waves. Then, add a handful of skinny braids throughout your hair. It’s the ultimate way to style your hair in a no-nonsense way. It’s an amazing hair style. But, it's ultra-easy to achieve at home. Even hair novices can covet this rocking look.

Garlands

Please stop walking around with floral crowns like it's Coachella every day. If you want to remain chic and bang on trend for 2015, it’s all about using simple garlands and adornments to your hair. Accessorizing your hair is a simple and easy way to remain fashionable. What’s more, you don’t have to spend a fortune on accessories either. Add a simple flower to a low, messy bun. The key to keeping this look ‘indie’ is to make sure that your hair is not overly brushed and sleek. A messy side bun looks perfect with a simple silk scarf or flower adornment. It’s maximum chic without the fuss.



Crimping

Crimping has become something a hot trend this winter. It’s a great look too. But, the key to bringing this trend bang up to date is to crimp sections of the hair. Opt for a high ponytail and crimp every other section. Add salt spray and backcombing to keep this look fresh. It’s the perfect hairstyle for nights out with the girls.

The Half and Half

This low maintenance hairstyle is perfect for busy girls on the go. Simply take the upper half section of your hair and clip from your head. Leave the under section of your hair to flow freely. Keep the centre parting straight, so that this look can be maintained easily. Add a cute clip or some simple bobby pins. Simple, tousled curls can dress this hair style up for a night out.

The Bold and the Beautiful

Okay, so it's not all about calmer styles this year. Bold colours are perfect for those that want to unleash their inner rock chick. Pastel tones look fabulous on blonde hair. Lilacs, blues and greens are all funky. If you want a semi-permanent solution, hair chalks are perfect for achieving mermaid hair.

Images via Brit+Co, Fashion Face Place, Designs Next


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Food over fashion

Forget fashion, I've been all about food this month. And last month. I've been trying to think of some kind of fashion-related post, but honestly, I'm just gonna stop fighting it and go off topic. My recent weeks have been filled with chocolate and desserts, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm usually a stickler for keeping up with personal brand image and good pictures and such, but hey, most brands take a break from the serious stuff every now and then.

I'm not on instagram because I can't stand waiting to take an organized picture of food before I eat it. No, I don't want to stack macarons or take a photo of my lipstick stain on a Starbucks cup. The only reason why I could wait to eat these chocolates is because I ate cereal by the handful straight out of the box beforehand.

At my office Christmas party, I won $1000 by eating 6 desserts in under 15 minutes. It was honestly one of my greatest accomplishments. Getting paid to eat cake? Um, yes please. So here's a picture. And remember, I never said I was a glamorous eater.


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas wishlist


Gifts are stressful. Running around in crowded malls, giving the side-eye to slow walkers, trying to figure out what to get everyone, not being able to get the right size...I could go on. Which is why I'm considerate and thoughtful enough to put together this neat list so you don't have go through that mad panic.

1. A white sweater: None of this cream or off-white junk. White. Pure white.
2. Sweaters with texture: Cable knits, lace, a hint of metallic, whatever!
3. V-neck sweaters: And shirts in general in this lovely cranberry-burgundy colour. None of that burgundy-purple junk.
4. Draped blouse: It's kind of hard to see in the picture, but I've been looking for a layered top for a while. I enjoy that look of the inherent flowiness of the layers.
5. Floral t-shirt: All the dressiness of florals with the casual contrast of a tee.
6. This structured bag: This exact one. Or its twin in black.

I've even included a few smaller items for those stocking stuffers!

7-8. Statement necklaces: Collared bib necklaces with nice touches of colour, and even a bit of sparkle.
9-10. Simple necklaces: Going big or going minimalist with necklaces this year. I don't have enough simple jewelry that I can wear with the new V-necks that I'm going to get this year.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Denim darling

Jeans from Liu Jo / Black sweater from Forever 21 / Green plaid scarf from TJ Maxx 

Let me preface this post by saying that I hate wearing jeans. On a cold winter day, after dragging myself out of the coziness of bed, the last thing I want to do is squish myself into stiff, uncomfortable jeans. 

I received this pair of Liu Jo jeans from their contest on twitter. Admittedly, I wanted these jeans mostly out of curiosity. When these Liu Jo jeans are from Italy and retail at over $100, how do they compare to my cheap denim? Now, they're not amazingly comfortable, but I do notice a difference in the fit. They don't sag in awkward places and they're not so tight that they cut off circulation in others. It's a perfect fit everywhere. And I also really like how they're on trend with the whole "distressed denim" look, but while still remaining subtle and tasteful. So if I absolutely have to wear jeans this season, it's going to be this pair. 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Giveaway & tips for breaking into a fashion career

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ANN INC. for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Only a few months ago, I was a new grad looking for a job. I was fortunate to find a job that I love relatively quickly. But the pain and struggles of job searching are still really fresh, which is why I'm happy to this guide on what worked for my job hunt.


1. Know What You Want

I'm not telling you to know exactly what you want. Have an idea of what industry you want and what you want to do there. If you said, "I want to be in fashion", it's a start, but where in fashion? Are you a designer? Better with customer service? Do you want to work behind the scenes? Would you want to analyze sales numbers? Or create marketing campaigns? All this is just the tip of the iceberg. This way, you have a better idea of which direction to search. 

Don't quite know yet? Why not check out a career resource site like http://www.anncareers.com/corporate. Their job listing tool is easy to use and lists both corporate and store jobs available. Did you know that you could be a R&D Coordinator in Fabrics? Or a Digital User Experience Manager? Yeah, you've got options!



2. Be Realistic and Know Your Worth

Yes, the job search is going to suck a bit. And maybe you need a part-time retail job to weather the storm in the meantime. But you don't have to settle for an absolutely horrible job just because people say you have to "pay your dues" as a stepping stone to a great career. Look at your options. If you can work hard, collaborate with others, and have a great attitude, you deserve to be in a respectful and enjoyable environment with like-minded people. With a simple Google search, you can find plenty of information on what past and current employees have to say about their experiences at a company. Or take it from the experts - in this case, ANN INC. is the only fashion retailer to receive a Gallup Great Workplace Award. I'd say that's a pretty good indicator that it's a great option to strive for.


2. Research

Sometimes, the answer is right in front of you if you look for it. A company mission statement or philosophy can tell you a lot about what kind of person they're looking for and if you'd enjoy the environment. When you already know what a company wants, it's a lot easier to tailor your resume and go into an interview with confidence.



For example, even a quick glance at ANN INC's website tells us that they value confidence, passion, leadership, and bringing forward employees that can help women to feel their best. With such a strong focus on people, there's also good potential that you'd be in a comfortable environment with potential to move up. ANN INC also frequently updates their Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with job alerts, tips, and style inspiration so you can stay in the know.

Are you ANN INC.’s next must-have? Start a career with ANN INC. today!

To help kickstart your fashion career, ANN INC is offering you a $25 gift card to its stores (Ann Taylor, The Loft, Lou & Grey). Don't forget that making a great first impression is also important, which is a lot easier when you feel great inside and outside. Just follow the Rafflecopter below to enter! *Open to US citizens only.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Giveaway: Win eyewear of any style


Let me cut to the chase. My vision is getting terrible and I'm starting to see the reality that I'll need to wear glasses all the time. The only comfort I have is that glasses are more socially acceptable nowadays and that I can pick out a nice pair for everyday use. When I went to see my optometrist to try on some new frames, he pretty much laughed at me for owning a pair that didn't really suit me. So when your optometrist laughs at you, you know it's time to update to a trendier pair. Don't be me...get better glasses.

In the spirit, I'm giving away a free pair of Firmoo glasses. Lots of styles to choose from, and even an option to try the glasses onto a custom photo of yourself to ease your worries of getting a pair online. Even if you already own a pair, I like the idea of having a spare pair to keep around. And of course, it's a great opportunity to experiment with a new look.

The giveaway will run until November 18, then I'll contact the winner, who will have until the end of this month to pick out a new pair. Good luck!
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cherry top

Chevron sweater / Faux leather backpack from Target / Beige skirt from TJ Maxx / Red beanie from Charlotte Russe

I've had the same standard black Jansport backpack since Gr.10. Yeah, you know the one. It got me through high school, university, and college. That's 8 years of schooling with the same backpack. I remember once in university, I ran into a friend on campus at the library. He looked at my backpack and said, "Huh. I didn't think you were a backpack kind of a person. I thought you use like, a big purse to hold stuff." I kind of took offense to that. Sure, I might be a fashion person, but I value my education and posture more than I value an oversized tote. I would know because I tried the whole oversized tote bag thing, but it was no where near as functional as a backpack. 

It's a bit ironic that within the first few months of officially being done with school, I got a new backpack. It definitely doesn't hold as much as my good ol' trusty one, but it does hurt my shoulders less than a tote. Is an adult backpack an oxymoron? Because I'm liking this fashion and function thing. 


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Modern 90's

Long wool coat / Navy striped shirt from Gap / Floral dress from Sheinside / Tall boots from Le Chateau

90's nostalgia is a weird concept to me. I don't know about you, but I was a 90s kid. And as an 8 year old, I really didn't give a hoot about what was in style during that decade. It was just a few years ago, and still now, that I'm discovering shows from the 90's. And in the same way, I'm just starting to discover fashions that were popular in the 90s. I'm not re-discovering them, nor do they make me feel nostalgic. Instead of going full 90's today, I grabbed one item from the past and mixed it with a more modern look. Complete with boxy shoulder pads, this jacket has been hanging around at home for a while. I thought that it looked drab and unfitted (like a lot of items from the 90s), but paired with a straight dress and a belted t-shirt, it adds a more fitted silhouette to the look. So I guess if we're pulling out a fashion dictionary, this would fall under "90s-inspired". But to me, I call it "too cheap to buy a new coat so I found an old one that I wouldn't normally wear and made it prettier".

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