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Sunday, June 15, 2014

OOTD: The Aritzia Combo | Dress + Sweater

I wish the weather would just make up its mind - hot or not. I went out today with the impression that it would be sunny and in the low 20s - Siri, I'm giving you major side-eye here - so naturally I wore a dress and some sandals. As you do on a Saturday in June. 

Of course, it ended up raining and being absolutely freezing. I put on a brave face for these photos but my gosh, was it ever cold. I even dutifully slapped on some SPF 50 in hopes that it would inspire Mother Nature to get her act together, but it was not to be. 

OOTD ft. Aritzia Yasmin dress, Community Ionic Cape, my navy Zara bag, and Sam Edelman GiGi sandals

The outfit is mostly Aritzia, and while not purchased at the same time, I bought the dress and the cape/sweater to wear together. A bit of an obscure choice on first glance, but for some reason I'm extremely attracted to the long sweater + dress combination. It just works for me. Maybe it's the fact that a big schlubby sweater adds a bit more of a casual edge to a dress that could easily swing a bit too "nighttime"... It could also be that the sweater is just so comfy, I would honestly like to wear it with every outfit, every day. 

OOTD ft. Aritzia Yasmin dress, Community Ionic Cape, my navy Zara bag, and Sam Edelman GiGi sandals

As you can see, I'm still carting around this navy suede Zara bag from this winter's sale. It's honestly one of my best, if not the best, Zara purchases ever. I do feel a bit guilty carrying it so often, as I have some much more expensive bags that would like to see some more daylight, but I just love the versatility of this bag, and the fact that it was only $80 - if it happens to get messed up, not a huge deal. I can't really say the same for my Speedy or my Pashli. Seriously though, I do need to get over my fear/phobia of carrying my expensive handbags in public. It's so irrational and completely ridiculous. 

Back to this dress for a second. See what I did there? Back? Get it...? Check out the super cool back on this dress. I think Aritzia also does a dress where the cut-out is in the front, but I am 100% all about a chic back cut-out. That way, it's covered with the sweater when I'm keeping it casual, and then I can do the big reveal when the sweater comes off. Genius. 

OOTD ft. Aritzia Yasmin dress, Community Ionic Cape, my navy Zara bag, and Sam Edelman GiGi sandals

On a mostly unrelated note, I spent some time and money at MAC the other day. I had seen a Youtube beauty vlogger use a MAC mascara in a tutorial and was super impressed with the result, so I went in to buy it. Only, I grabbed the wrong one... of course. I used this one today and it's still lovely, but isn't that just a bugger?! She used the In Extreme 3D type, and I have just the regular one. Maybe next time I'll get it right. I also finally broke down and got myself another 217 brush. I use the 217 for almost everything on my eyes, leaving it perpetually dirty. Now I'll be able to stress a bit less, and use one for light colours and one for dark. 

MAC haul 217 in extreme dimension lash mascara brush

Outfit stuff - 

Dress - Aritzia http://bit.ly/TXDrgM

Cape/Sweater - Aritzia http://bit.ly/1sfgGUT
Sandals - Sam Edelman
Bag - Zara
Necklace - Maje

I do have some beauty posts coming up for you guys... I have some new goodies I've been playing around with - some blushes in particular - but my goodness is it ever difficult to get a decent face picture these days. I don't know what the matter is. It's just not happening. 

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend! I've been having insane hours at work these past few weeks - a sad but real excuse for my lack of posts and videos - so it's been nice to dress in something other than workwear and be able to sleep a bit. If you are interested in my workwear though, I have been posting some OOTDs on my Instagram (@xochloegordon) and plan on doing a OOTW video when I next get the chance. 

See you guys again soon!

xo Chloë

Sunday, June 1, 2014

MAC Alluring Aquatic Haul

To be completely honest, I hadn't planned on getting anything from MAC's Alluring Aquatic collection. Temptalia did some nice swatches and reviews, and I found the water droplet packaging to be very attractive, but it wasn't on my "must do" list... until I visited a MAC counter during my trip to Toronto and played around with the products a bit! I came away with two products - and had to restrain myself from grabbing a few more of the eyeshadows - and I'm now very pleased to be the owner of some of the collection... especially since it seemed to sell out everywhere!

MAC Alluring Aquatic Silver Sun Goddess of the Sea Review Swatch

After much hemming and hawing over the eyeshadows, I came away with the Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Silver Sun. Deciding on the lipstick was much easier, a no-brainer really - Cremesheen Lipstick in Goddess of the Sea. The other lipsticks were far too warm and beige for my pale self, and didn't fare as well in Temptalia's reviews. This lipstick, while not really a "summer" shade, drew me in immediately. It's pinky-purple, creamy, and perfect. Straight from the tube, it's crazy intense and nearly full-on purple. After some blotting it works itself down into an incredibly wearable violet.

MAC Alluring Aquatic Silver Sun Goddess of the Sea Review Swatch
Silver Sun dry (L) and wet (R)

I've been wearing these two products nearly every day this week, especially the eyeshadow. It pairs beautifully with MAC's Vex, and any midtone taupey brown I can grab for my crease. It doesn't take a lot of work to get a nice colour, and it's incredibly easy to blend, even with the shimmer. It's also really interesting because dry, it's a very nice and shimmery wash of "dirty seafoam"... but when it's applied wet, it's crazy opaque and takes on a whole new life.

MAC Alluring Aquatic Silver Sun Goddess of the Sea Review Swatch

MAC Alluring Aquatic Silver Sun Goddess of the Sea Review Swatch

Did you pick up anything from the MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection? I almost took the Fathoms Deep eyeshadow home with me as well, but my budget wouldn't allow for it. Have I missed out? 

xo Chloë

p.s. this packaging, though. MAC's best in ages, I think.
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