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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Year In Review | 2015

2015 Year in Review: OOTD at Experimental Farm in Ottawa

I went back and forth as to whether I wanted to do a 2015 wrap-up post, but I suppose the "do it" side won out, since here we are. My hesitation didn't come from the proliferation of this type of post at this time of year, but rather my inherent instinct to be a private person. I've had a tough year. Some good things happened, but mostly it was difficult and trying. Without getting too deep into it, here's a look back at my 2015...


Places I Went

1) Florida. In January I went to Florida with my family for almost three weeks. It was warm and toasty and glorious. We brought my dog Sadie with us, and it was one of my favourite trips ever. 

2015 In Review: OOTD in Pass A Grille Florida in January

2) St. John's, Newfoundland. I took an incredibly impulsive and wonderful trip to Newfoundland in May to visit/meet some YouTubers I had become friends with (ON THE INTERNET!). You can see more of my travel photos here

2015 In Review: Signal Hill in St. John's Newfoundland

3) Toronto. Not that Toronto is exactly exotic, but I hadn't been in a while, so when I had the opportunity to go at the end of October, I was so there. I ate great food, shopped a whole lot, and just generally felt really great. 

People I Met

1) The Newfoundland squad! Ashlee, Samantha, Chelsi, Kadie, and Hannah. I loved meeting these amazing girls! 

2) Other Ottawa bloggers! I attended an event hosted by the lovely Grace from 613style.com in March and met a whole bunch of people in the Ottawa blogging scene. More recently, I met up with Katie from YOW City Style for a street-style fashion shoot, which was absolutely amazing. 

OOTD shot by YOW City Style of @xochloegordon
Photo by Katie Hession

3) YOU! It's still a rarity, but when someone comes up to me while I'm out and about and tells me they watch my YouTube videos, or read my blog, it just makes my day. I think I'm mostly over being really awkward when this happens, so if you do see me, please come say hello! 

Things I Did

1) I upgraded my camera situation. Not that my camera situation was all that bad to begin with, but you know me. Always room for improvement. First, I upgraded my Nikon D5100 to the D7200. Then, I upgraded my phone, from the Samsung Galaxy S3 to the S6 - the camera is the bomb dot com, actually. Then, last week (!!!), I bought a compact system/mirrorless camera on Boxing Day. A Panasonic Lumix GF7. I got an amazing deal, and now I have something between my phone and DSLR for on the go photos and videos. Woohoo!

2015 In Review: New mirrorless camera by Lumix

2) I bought some bags. Are you shocked? No? I think the real shocker here is that I actually bought a LV branded strap for my pre-loved pochettes. As I said in a previous post, I am a sucker. But gosh do I ever love that strap. I have to say, I have no bag regrets this year.  

2015 In Review: my new bags

3) I went blonde. Oh boy, did I ever. This was not even on my radar in the first half of the year. Then I went for another ombre. Then I wanted more. And more. So then it happened. Blonde. Platinum blonde. Grey blonde. It's actually a bit purple right now. I'm obsessed. 

4) I signed with an agency. I am currently represented by the Made In agency, a Canadian firm that represents a wide array of bloggers and vloggers. It's new, and has been a bit bumpy at times, but I think it will be fun :) 

5) I went back to school. This was scary. A lot of things contributed to this decision, including a really crappy summer job, and an overwhelming sense of "YOLO" due to a close family member's ongoing fight with cancer. I've gone back to school for an MA, and while I may regularly complain about term papers and classes on Twitter, the fact that it's an MA is all the detail you're going to get about what I'm studying. I'm really, really enjoying it, but since blogging is only a hobby for me, I do want to keep this type of thing as private as possible. 

6) I started seeing a therapist. This is perhaps the most important of all the things I did in 2015, so I saved it for last. I have struggled with generalized anxiety disorder and depression since my late teens (with a hint of social anxiety at the beginning), and this year I finally sought help. This came on the heels of two major health episodes related to my anxiety over the past year and a half, one of which landed me in the ER. While our sessions are done now - I've been released, like a dove - I saw my therapist for much of the year. I have come out the other side feeling like a completely different human being, like I know myself so much better. This isn't to say I'm "cured", but now I'm equipped with coping skills that work for me. Perhaps I'll do a longer post or video on my own mental health story, but for now, I just wanted you all to know that I'm doing ok :)

I'll finish with a big THANK YOU to all of you for being so patient and kind with me. I love blogging and making videos, and your positivity keeps me motivated. 

xo Chloë


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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

All About This Coat | OOTD + Hair Reveal

Hello. It's me. 

(Sorry).

But I think I do need to confirm that it is indeed me, given my completely new head. My blonde head. My very blonde head. The giveaway that it is indeed me is this long Zara coat that has basically become a part of my body over the past couple of months. This warm winter weather in Canada has prolonged my cute coat-wearing time, so here it is. 

OOTD featuring a long Zara coat, Zara leggings, Zara booties, and a Romwe sweater. Louis Vuitton Pochette crossbody.

OOTD featuring a long Zara coat, Zara leggings, Zara booties, and a Romwe sweater. Louis Vuitton Pochette crossbody.

So much of this outfit is Zara, and I don't even mind. Zara's that one place where you can go if you have nothing good in your closet anymore, and they're like "I got u". These "shaping" leggings from there? Amazing. $35, and amazing. I want to wear them every day. Except for the weird indent the front seam leaves in my leg after I take them off. My only complaint. Also, these boots. You've seen them before. They're my ride or dies. I recently bought another similar pair from this year's Zara A/W collection (these are last year) with a slightly higher block heel and they are equally as bomb. As for this sweater, it's not Zara, but Romwe, an online retailer based out of Asia. I was seduced by their Black Friday selection and got this and another sweater, and a striped dress. All of it fit and all was fine quality, but the shipping ended up being quite expensive, and I had to pay duty and brokerage fees (50% of my total!) because they ship with DHL. I was not amused, and will not be shopping with Romwe again. As an avid online shopper, a little part of me dies every time I pay duty. And I'm not quick to forget it. 


OOTD featuring a long Zara coat, Zara leggings, Zara booties, and a Romwe sweater. Louis Vuitton Pochette crossbody.

OOTD featuring a long Zara coat, Zara leggings, Zara booties, and a Romwe sweater. Louis Vuitton Pochette crossbody.

You may also have noticed that I did what I swore I would never do, and bought a strap to go with my Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessoires. From the Louis Vuitton boutique. I am a sucker. There's a bit of a story behind how and why I ended up caving and getting it, but I will save that for another time. But I actually love it so much - I've been carrying my pochette as a crossbody on the regular, and it's such a space saver. As you can see in the photos, I've become quite partial to wearing it under my coat. I think I saw another blogger doing that on Instagram a while back, and I thought I would try it out. It's life-changing, I swear. No awkwardly struggling to take your purse and coat off after coming in from outside, adequate protection from the elements, an unexpected touch of chic. Obviously the bag has to be small enough, but I've also been doing it with my Gucci Disco bag with the same sartorially spectacular results. I'm a convert. 

Outfit stuff - 

Coat - Zara (this season)
Leggings - Zara (this season)
Boots - Zara (last season, but similar here)
Sweater - Romwe (link!)
Purse - Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessoires in Damier Ebene (link!) + Louis Vuitton Strap (link!)
Rings - various, including Jennifer Zeuner, and some local shops 

Hope you all have a happy and restful holiday season :)

xo Chloë
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sendtiment Cardbox | Instagram This

You know how some things just kind of... Instagram themselves (in your brain) when you look at them? Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about. I see you. I see all of you. That's why I am shamelessly adding this beauty of a subscription box to the long list of things I have definitely dream-Instagrammed. And real-life Instagrammed. 

Is Instagrammed a real word yet? Please be working on that. 

Let me introduce you to Cardbox, by the Toronto-based company Sendtiment. It's a monthly subscription box filled with a carefully curated collection of greeting cards and what they call "social stationery", all designed and produced by local artists. Cool, right? I admit I had to do a quick Google of what "social stationery" is - turns out it includes anything from notepads to gift tags, both of which were included in this edition of Cardbox! Score!

Cardbox by Sendtiment subscription greeting card and social stationery box
Cardbox by Sendtiment subscription greeting card and social stationery box
Cardbox by Sendtiment subscription greeting card and social stationery box
Cardbox by Sendtiment subscription greeting card and social stationery box

I have to say, I am particularly partial to the unicorn and pizza cards. They speak to me on a - what do they call it? - basic level? Elemental level? Cellular level? Personal level? Something like that. To be honest, they're almost too amazing to use. Whoever the lucky recipients end up being, I will make sure to let them know how special they are. Over and over again. I will remind them constantly of that unicorn card I sent them all those years ago. 

I also love that a "menu" of what's in the box is included. It's a nice little touch that gives more information about the artists and the items, since everything is different each month. This box contained items from the Sea + Lake Paper Co., a Canadian stationery company I had previously never heard of, but now I am a huge fan! 


Cardbox by Sendtiment subscription greeting card and social stationery box
Cardbox by Sendtiment subscription greeting card and social stationery box
Cardbox by Sendtiment subscription greeting card and social stationery box

Cardbox can be ordered as a one-off, or in 6-month or 12-month subscriptions. At first glance, the price made me inhale a bit sharply, but when you consider that it easily costs $5 for an average, generic greeting card at the store, and that Cardbox is filled with at least $35-$50 worth of adorable pieces... well.. it sure makes a lot more sense! 

Cute as this is, I can't imagine being able to keep up with a monthly delivery of greeting cards - but that's just me being awful at correspondence. If you're a dedicated card-sender (or would like to be), or have a group of friends or family who would want to go sharesies on a subscription, I can totally see this being a really cool thing to get into! I think a one-off box (only $20!) would also be a really cool Secret Santa gift or little birthday gift - I loved getting this in the mail, so I can safely assume I would also be stoked to receive it as a gift!

For more info and to check out their subscription rates, you can visit cardbox.ca :)

xo Chloë

Disclosure: Cardbox sent a box to me for review consideration. As you can see, it's pretty damn cute. 
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I ♥︎ Cleansing Balms | Beauty Talk

It's no secret that I love skincare. I adore it. My skin hates me, but I love it, so I'm very gentle and I'm very careful with it. 

But there has always been something about cleansing balms that both intrigued me and intimidated me. Is slathering grease (essentially) all over my face really an effective cleansing method? Will this break me out? What if this actually works?

Fast forward to the end of this story: turns out, I really like cleansing balms. 
REN's No.1 Purity Cleaning Balm and The Body Shop's Camomile Cleansing Butter

My two main squeezes - if we can call them that - are the REN Rosa Centifolia No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm and the Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. Balm, butter - it's all a pot of grease in the end! 

The REN balm is considerably more expensive than the Body Shop butter - $60 CDN vs $16 CDN - and honestly not different enough to warrant owning both in my opinion. Both are absolutely lovely, but I really only need one. 

REN's No.1 Purity Cleaning Balm and The Body Shop's Camomile Cleansing Butter

REN is slightly thicker - and stays thicker - than the Body Shop. It feels wonderful on my skin, emulsifies and cleanses beautifully, but I will say that it burns like a b*tch if you get it in your eyes. The Body Shop version melts down a bit more as you massage it into your face, a bit like vegetable shortening. I know, weird comparison, but it's grease. 

Shea butter figures high on the ingredient list for both options, as well as a variety of oils and other emollients. Full ingredient lists can be viewed through the links I've posted above! Overall, the REN balm has a heavier feeling to it than the Body Shop butter, but neither have caused any breakouts for me!

I use both of these as a first cleanse in the evening, sometimes throwing in a little facial massage, then wiping everything off afterward with a wet facecloth. Balms and butters are fantastic for removing makeup, but I find they need to be followed with a lighter cleansing milk in order to ensure all remaining residue is removed. 

Have you tried cleansing balms or butters? What do you think?

xo Chloë

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Coming Soon: Topshop in Ottawa!

My dear readers, the day has almost arrived. Topshop will be (finally!) touching down in Ottawa, and I couldn't be happier! I first discovered the glory of Topshop while on exchange in the UK in high school, and was devastated when its eventual Canadian locations turned out to be limited to Toronto and other larger cities... until now! 

It was announced in May that a Topshop would be part of the Hudson's Bay renovations, and after pestering their social media for a few days, they came back to me with a solid date for their pop-up shop at the Rideau Centre: October 8! The full store is set to open by the end of November, but gosh I'm quite certain I can do some damage at a pop-up location in the mean time!

In celebration of this sartorial development, below are some of my fall picks I'm hoping to check out!


Do you have your eye on anything from Topshop for fall? I love how reasonable their prices are, for such fun and stylish pieces. Can you tell I'm excited?! I'll be there bright and early on October 8! 

xo Chloë
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Monday, September 7, 2015

Fall Wishlist Update

You may remember a few posts ago, I mused on what should/could become some new additions to my fall wardrobe. Well, I have a bit of an update to report - an addition to the list, and something that has been checked off. 

The addition: suede over-the-knee boots. I read an article on Who What Wear about the Saint Laurent Babies boots and instantly fell in love. Well, not with the price tag. So my quest has begun to find reasonably priced dupes, and right now my eye is on the Steve Madden Gorgeous boots that are now on pre-order on their site. I'm a bit wary of the height of the heel, so I think I'll try to track these down in-store for a try-on. There's also a version by Zara, but I don't think they go quite "over" the knee as much as I would like... ah the struggle of not wanting to spend $1000+ on a pair of boots...

The AllSaints Addison jacket is still tops on my list. Again, something that requires a try-on, so I'm hoping to make my way to their store at Toronto's Yorkdale shopping centre in the near future. I know, it's a long way to go for a jacket... but a nice Toronto trip is always a good idea :)

As for that striped dress... it's more to demonstrate my ideal outfit using the two pieces I'm currently lusting after the most. It's Valentino and stupid expensive, but so adorable. 

So the item I have crossed off my list: high waisted black pants. Unsurprisingly, I found my perfect pair at Aritzia. The Gustav pant is amazing. 


OOTD ft. Aritzia's Gustav high waisted trouser

OOTD ft. Aritzia's Gustav high waisted trouser

This whole pant obsession is thanks to a little movie I saw called Begin Again with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo (<3). Her pants and outfits were always on point, especially a look featuring a high waisted loose trouser such as this. I had to replicate it. 

Have you managed to check anything off your fall wishlist yet? I find myself adding more and more with every September issue magazine I flip through... and all these Labour Day sales sure aren't helping things! 

xo Chloë


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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Late Summer Stripes | OOTD

Oh hi, it's me in stripes again! Try and contain your surprise. In case you're new, I'm a bit of a stripes fanatic. It's serious. 

Since summer is winding down (sob!) I wanted to share a decidedly "late summer" OOTD - short shorts and a loose long-sleeved top. This is my jam. 

OOTD with Aritzia high waisted denim shorts, striped Zara top, vintage Coach bag, Warby Parker Crossfield glasses, and Daniel Wellington watch

I surprised myself by loving these shorts so much this summer. I thought I was too old to be prancing around in high-waisted denim shorts, but here I am. Granted, I was doing a whole lot of manual labour at our new cottage this summer, so pretty shorts would not have survived. Denim was my best friend in summer 2015. For further proof, see my extensive collection of overalls...

OOTD with Aritzia high waisted denim shorts, striped Zara top, vintage Coach bag, Warby Parker Crossfield glasses, and Daniel Wellington watch

OOTD with Aritzia high waisted denim shorts, striped Zara top, vintage Coach bag, Warby Parker Crossfield glasses, and Daniel Wellington watch

You're also seeing a peek here of my new hair - sort of. I've gone back to ombre, but it's much more serious this time. These shots were taken before my second round at the salon, so there is a strong brassiness to my ends that (thankfully) doesn't exist anymore. If you follow me on Instagram (or ever look at the widget at the top of this page!) you'll have a better idea of what my hair situation currently is. 

Stuff - 

Shirt - Zara, really old
Shorts - Aritzia (no longer available)
Sandals - H&M
Watch - Daniel Wellington (link!)
Bag - Coach (vintage)
Sunglasses - Warby Parker (link!)

Can you believe it's September already? What are you most looking forward to about fall?

xo Chloë
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Zara Tie-Up Leather Ballerinas | Shoe Review

It took me three tries to get these from Zara - three times, I signed up for the "notify me when available" option when these were inevitably sold out. Twice, they sold out again in mere hours. Third time really is a charm, I suppose. 

Zara nude tie up leather ballerina flats, Aquazzura Christy dupes.

There are both pros and cons to these beauties, and I thought I'd share in the event that you happen to be stalking these online (as I did). You can find them here, by the way.

Pros:
  • They're true to size. I'm always a 39 at Zara, and these were no different.
  • The price is right, for leather, at $70 CDN. The leather is lovely, and makes the shoe conform better to your foot (which is definitely a plus in such close-fitting shoes). 
  • They're adorable on, and so covetable right now. I've had so many people stop me to ask where my shoes are from!
  • Lovely dupes of the Aquazzura Christy flats. 
Cons:
  • Ouch. I'm not sure if it's just me, but these did a lot of rubbing and blistering my first few wears. Even after slathering the insides with Vaseline (as usual), I came away with both a bloody toe and a rubbed raw toe. I also experienced rubbing on the back of my ankle. Every time I wear them is an improvement, but my lesson here is to make sure you've worn these in a bit before relying on them for an extended period of time.
  • The leather is a tad delicate. I scuffed both toes on my first outing, and it's not as though I'm new to the pointy toe flat circus. I was able to glue the scuffed part of the leather back on, but the toes just don't look the same now.
  • Only available in this nude colour at Zara. There's another lace up option, but it's not this exact style. I've been trying to acquire the Topshop version of these for a while now - in either black or snakeskin, I'm not picky - because nude isn't exactly my go-to when it comes to shoes. But I'm making do, obviously. 
  • They're confusing to tie. Do I want a weird bow at the front or the back? Which way do I wrap the cord around my ankle? One of life's dilemmas. 
Zara nude tie up leather ballerina flats, Aquazzura Christy dupes.

Zara nude tie up leather ballerina flats, Aquazzura Christy dupes.

Zara nude tie up leather ballerina flats, Aquazzura Christy dupes.

Pros and cons considered, these shoes are still cute as hell and I highly recommend giving them a try if you're able to. Fingers crossed I can get my hands on the Topshop ones - we're getting a Topshop here in Ottawa in October, so I'm hoping they will still be stocked then. I'm a bit wary of ordering them online from the Topshop website (and they're not available at all on The Bay's online shop!) as it's all in Pounds Sterling, and the shipping is a bit of a bomb too. #CanadianProblems, you feel me?

xo Chloë

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fall Wishlist | Fashion & Accessories

It kind of pains me to accept that summer is almost over, but with cooler weather comes the opportunity for some (wait for it) "justifiable" shopping. Holes in the wardrobe that need filling, and all that. Granted, not all of the below items are necessities, but if I only ever bought necessities I would definitely not be in the business of running a fashion blog...
Fall shopping wishlist ft. Acne, Allsaints, Aritzia, Chloe, Aquazzura, Levi's, etc.

First on my wishlist are these Acne booties. I have a Zara version and am obsessed - I can only imagine how beautiful and luxurious these babies would be. The other pair of shoes I'm coveting are the Aquazzura Belgravia or Christy flats. Again, I have a Zara version but I'm convinced the real thing is infinitely better. 

Outerwear is always a struggle for me. It gets so cold so quickly here in Canada that there's hardly time for cute coats and jackets before it's time to pull out the Canada Goose parka. This Allsaints Addison leather jacket would be perfect for both the spring and autumn transition. 

For layering, I'm loving an oversized cardigan or poncho. This one is from Aritzia, and is an updated version of the Ionic Cape I already own from them (and love). It would be great over these Levi's boyfriend jeans - a style I have yet to find my perfect pair of. 

Another fall outfit I'm looking forward to is high-waisted black trousers and a black and white striped top. You all know I'm a lover of neutrals, so this is not a surprise. 

The final item on my wishlist? The small Chloe Drew bag. It's absolutely gorgeous, but I simply cannot justify the price right now. I can still dream, though! 

What's on your fall wishlist? Can you believe it's almost September? Bananas!

xo Chloë



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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Summer Layers, Zara Sale | OOTD

I feel like I may have a bit more than usual to chat about here - I hope you'll stick with me :)

I'll get to the outfit first... it's actually a thin sweater layered over a dress, and I'm really digging the faux drop-waist look it has created. I don't typically like this style on me, but I feel like it works here. Maybe it's the whole-lotta-leg going on? While I'm not entirely sure what led me to try this layering, I have to say I'm glad I did! 

OOTD ft. Zara dress under an Aritzia sweater, Zara heels, Forever 21 bag, and Warby Parker aviators
OOTD ft. Zara dress under an Aritzia sweater, Zara heels, Forever 21 bag, and Warby Parker aviators

Okay, so we definitely have to talk about this bag. It's Forever 21 and looks almost identical to the Chloe Drew bag. This fact and my purchase of this bag are no coincidence. I'm a little obsessed with the Drew, but it's way outside my price range at the moment. So, I'm making do! 

My current "realistic" dream bag is the Gucci Soho Disco bag in navy. I've been stalking it online, but would really love to try it on in a store. I was able to try on the Chloe Drew at Nordstrom before they all sold out, and it cemented my love.

OOTD ft. Zara dress under an Aritzia sweater, Zara heels, Forever 21 bag, and Warby Parker aviators
OOTD ft. Zara dress under an Aritzia sweater, Zara heels, Forever 21 bag, and Warby Parker aviators

Shoes. I'm always a sucker for a Zara sale, and this summer was no different. These heels were pretty cheap and just spoke to me. They're surprisingly not horrific comfort-wise, which is a major bonus. I mean, I won't be running marathons in them but they're not bad. 

My final point here is about my hair - I have it in a blunt all-one-length deal right now, and I'm loving it. I'm going in for a colour (!!!!) next week, and I'm thinking of going lighter. Champagne balayage sort of thing. I may change my mind between now and then, but for now that's the plan!

OOTD ft. Zara dress under an Aritzia sweater, Zara heels, Forever 21 bag, and Warby Parker aviators
OOTD ft. Zara dress under an Aritzia sweater, Zara heels, Forever 21 bag, and Warby Parker aviators

Outfit --

Dress - Zara (spring)
Sweater - Aritzia (old)
Shoes - Zara (this summer's sale)
Bag - Forever 21 (no longer online, similar here)
Watch - Daniel Wellington (link!)
Sunglasses - Warby Parker (link!)


xo Chloë


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Monday, July 20, 2015

90s Throwback | OOTD

Another day, another outfit. Can you tell I'm going through a parking lot phase? And a 90s phase? I am now the proud owner of two pairs of overalls (with another pair from ASOS in the mail) and a bunch of croppy tank tops, so I think it's official. To be fair, I was born in the 80s, so at least this is legit. I'm a real 90s kid.

90s inspired OOTD ft. Forever 21 top and denim skirt, Zara block heel sandals, Mansur Gavriel bag, and Warby Parker sunglasses.

Also a little shoutout to my long scraggly hair. I've since had it chopped quite a bit, so it's a bit weird to see myself with such a mane. I'm currently rocking a longish all-one-length cut while waiting for my bangs to fully grow out. It feels like it's taking ages, but I will persevere! 

Back to this outfit - a denim skater skirt and a boxy sweater top. I'm obsessed. The skirt is bordering on a tad short for someone of my advanced age of 25 (hah!) but I say if it feels good, do it. 

90s inspired OOTD ft. Forever 21 top and denim skirt, Zara block heel sandals, Mansur Gavriel bag, and Warby Parker sunglasses.
90s inspired OOTD ft. Forever 21 top and denim skirt, Zara block heel sandals, Mansur Gavriel bag, and Warby Parker sunglasses.
90s inspired OOTD ft. Forever 21 top and denim skirt, Zara block heel sandals, Mansur Gavriel bag, and Warby Parker sunglasses.

A little hello to my Mansur Gavriel bag is in order here - it's been enjoying a little vacation in my closet for the past little while. I realized that I had been carrying it every.damn.day and didn't want to wear it out, so I pulled some other bags into the fold. I also prefer smaller crossbodies in the summer, so the timing worked out perfectly. 

Also a hello to matching my shoes to my skirt. Can that be a thing? Like matching your lipstick to your dress?

90s inspired OOTD ft. Forever 21 top and denim skirt, Zara block heel sandals, Mansur Gavriel bag, and Warby Parker sunglasses.
90s inspired OOTD ft. Forever 21 top and denim skirt, Zara block heel sandals, Mansur Gavriel bag, and Warby Parker sunglasses.
90s inspired OOTD ft. Forever 21 top and denim skirt, Zara block heel sandals, Mansur Gavriel bag, and Warby Parker sunglasses.

Outfit stuff:

Skirt - Forever21 (similar here)
Top - Forever21 (and on sale right now here!)
Shoes - Zara (no longer available)
Sunglasses - Warby Parker Crossfield (link!)
Watch - Daniel Wellington (link!)
Bag - Mansur Gavriel (link!)
Bracelet - Nordstrom
Hand chain - Etsy

Are you digging this 90s trend comeback? Some of them are kind of ridiculous, but I'm mostly really into it!

xo Chloë

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Highlighters of the Moment | Beauty Talk

If you've been with me long enough, you'll know I have a soft spot for cheek products - blush and highlight, to be exact. Contour powder, I can take it or leave it to be honest. Lately my true love has been highlighter. I can't get enough. 

My fav highlighters of the moment: Clinique Hefty Highlight Stick, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Poured in Pearl, and Rodial Instaglam Compact.

My top right now? Clinique's Hefty Highlight stick, Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Pearl, and Rodial's Instaglam Compact Deluxe Illuminating Powder. Not exactly budget options (especially the Rodial one, yikes) but their performances really speak for themselves. If you know of any good drugstore highlighters, I would love to hear about them! 

I love these three because they're just different enough from each other that it's worth having them all. Clinique's is a pink toned highlight, and is crazy easy to apply in stick form! Meanwhile, Becca's Pearl is white-pearl and absolutely stunning on the skin, but a total nightmare to apply. The most effective option is the fingers, but I cringe every time, since I know I'm dirtying it even more with every use. The Rodial one strikes a good balance between its beauty (oh boy!) and its user-friendliness (a brush!). It's a light champagne colour that is pretty universal. Powder is always a great option, and this one works great on the eyelids as well. This is what I'm wearing below; it's a great colour, and is very subtle while being luminous and doing its job


Me wearing Rodial's Instaglam on my cheekbones.

As far as value for money goes, if you're on a budget, the Clinique stick will make you happy. If you're down to spend a bit more, Becca has three great formulas with a nice variety of colours to choose from. A happy medium in terms of bang for your buck. Then there's Rodial... I will say upfront that I bought this with Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points, so I basically got this for free. Would I purchase it with my own money? Probably not. But it's beautiful and creamy and luxe and I will certainly enjoy it while it lasts. 

Clinique Chubby Stick Hefty Highlight - link!**
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured - link!**
Rodial Instaglam - link!


xo Chloë
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Off The Grid | OOTD

A while back I saw a photo of Diane Kruger wearing a really cute co-ord set. Who What Wear told me - much to my delight - that it was Forever 21. So off I went... and here I am. 

OOTD ft. Forever 21 Grid Set as seen on Diane Kruger, with my Mansur Gavriel bag, Warby Parker Crossfield sunnies, Aldo shoes, and Daniel Wellington watch.
OOTD ft. Forever 21 Grid Set as seen on Diane Kruger, with my Mansur Gavriel bag, Warby Parker Crossfield sunnies, Aldo shoes, and Daniel Wellington watch.

I bought this without trying it on, and while the in-store experience calmed most of my fears about whether this was even going to work on me, I was still terrified that I would look like I was swimming in fabric. Alas, my fears were unfounded, since I clearly look amazing. As I've mentioned a few times already, Forever 21 has been hitting it out of the park for me lately. Obviously I'm not there for the fringey, under-18 style offerings, but their stock of "old people" stuff has been fab. 


OOTD ft. Forever 21 Grid Set as seen on Diane Kruger, with my Mansur Gavriel bag, Warby Parker Crossfield sunnies, Aldo shoes, and Daniel Wellington watch.
OOTD ft. Forever 21 Grid Set as seen on Diane Kruger, with my Mansur Gavriel bag, Warby Parker Crossfield sunnies, Aldo shoes, and Daniel Wellington watch.
OOTD ft. Forever 21 Grid Set as seen on Diane Kruger, with my Mansur Gavriel bag, Warby Parker Crossfield sunnies, Aldo shoes, and Daniel Wellington watch.
OOTD ft. Forever 21 Grid Set as seen on Diane Kruger, with my Mansur Gavriel bag, Warby Parker Crossfield sunnies, Aldo shoes, and Daniel Wellington watch.

Outfit stuff -

Grid co-ord set by Forever 21 (link)
Shoes by Aldo (link)
Bag by Mansur Gavriel (link)
Crossfield aviators by Warby Parker (link)
Watch by Daniel Wellington (link

Do you have any celeb-inspired outfits? Let me know in the comments :)

xo Chloë

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