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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Luxurious Lips | Tom Ford Lipstick Splurging

After much deliberation, my lipstick collection has a fancy new addition: Tom Ford. Times two. While my Nordstrom doesn't carry the full makeup line, there's a sneaky little lipstick display that immediately caught my eye on my first stroll up and down the beauty aisles. I did some careful research after a preliminary swatchfest - because let's be real, these babies are not cheap - and narrowed down my must-haves to these two.

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Pussycat and Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in Bare

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Pussycat, and Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in Bare. Completely different and completely luxurious. Perhaps it's a bit soon to declare my everlasting love for these lipsticks, but they're both beautiful. Pussycat is a plum-tinged pink that pulls delightfully cool on me. I hesitate to call it a true matte, because it doesn't feel or look dry. It feels more satiny on my lips, but the finish is really beautiful and the colour applies evenly and smoothly. Oddly enough it's a colour I didn't already have in my collection, so I think it's going to be in high rotation! It's subtle enough for everyday, but has enough impact to feel a bit special. 

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Pussycat

Bare is an interesting one. I was immediately drawn to it in the display, and had pretty much decided on it right away. It's a sheer shimmery beige that adds just the right amount of "nude" to my lips to actually have nude lips while still looking alive. It's a much sheerer formula than the matte, much like my beloved Chanel Rouge Coco Shine. They're definitely not the same product, but their overall purpose - a balm-like product with a sheer colour - is essentially the same. It's definitely not for everybody, especially at this price point, but it's been my everyday "throw it in my bag" lip colour so that has to be a good sign, right?

Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in Bare

I can't see myself splurging on Tom Ford again in the near future, but I'm thrilled with these picks and I will cherish them until their very last breaths... My goodness that sounds dramatic, but when you're paying $55 for a lipstick (!!!) things can get a bit weird. 

Next on my makeup haulage list are some cheek products from the oft-overlooked Clinique. There are some new additions to the Pop blush line, which I love, and I swatched the Chubby Stick highlighter the other day at Sephora and I might be obsessed... My blush collection is getting a bit out of hand, but what can I say, I love it!

xo Chloë

Monday, March 16, 2015

Shiny Things & Nordstrom Love

If you've been to the mall (or on the internet, really) within the past month or so, you probably will have noticed a huge increase in shiny things making the rounds. It would seem that iridescent and pearlized accessories are going to be major this spring. To my fellow fashion magpies - THIS IS NOT A DRILL! I repeat: THIS IS NOT A DRILL! 

Loeffler Randall Mini Rider bag and Lock Clutch - both in a beautiful iridescent finish

Rebecca Minkoff Love bags in black, pink, and opal.

Fair warning that this post may contain a gross amount of fawning over Nordstrom, which recently opened in Ottawa. They're not paying me for this, I'm just incredibly obsessed with the store. It's intense. #fashiongirlproblems

A recent stroll through Nordstrom led me to the handbags, where both Rebecca Minkoff and Loeffler Randall proceeded to taunt and torture me with their iridescent bags. I must have stood in front of those LR bags for ages, just staring at their beauty. I'll be honest with you though: as much as I love looking at these bags, I don't think I would ever buy one at this price point ($300+). First of all, while I take good care of my bags, I am the kind of person who wears the same bag over and over again (see: Alexander Wang Rocco). While the leather quality was fine, especially on the Loeffler Randall bags, these poor beauties would not survive my rigorous wear. Second of all, well, they're a tad too trendy to shell out that kind of cash. I'm currently looking for a less expensive alternative, but I fear for this particular trend, quality does come with a price...

Enter a more practical option to express my love for everything shiny: the iridescent double-pearl earring from BaubleBar, which is also sold at Nordstorm (YAAASSSSS)!

BaubleBar double pearl earrings with iridescence from Nordstrom

BaubleBar double pearl earrings with iridescence from Nordstrom

You all know I love the double pearl trend and have quite a few pairs already, but this pair just hit it out of the park for me. Classic pearl with a twist - does it get any better? 

So if you're looking for me this spring, I'll just be over here with my fabulous earrings, occasionally visiting the shiny bags at my new mothership that is Nordstrom. I actually love the shapes of those bags, so maybe sometime I will be splurgey and buy a more practical version. A lot of my spring fashion budget and planning is currently centring around whether or not I can get my hands on a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag when they go back on sale this week. Think of me on the 19th...

Links and stuff -

Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody Bag (link!)
Loeffler Randall Iridescent Mini Rider Bag (link!)
Loeffler Randall Pearl Lock Clutch (link!)
BaubleBar Double Pearl (can't find these online?!)

What are some of your favourite spring trends? What will you be spending your money on this spring?

xo Chloë


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sartorial Stalwarts | OOTD

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? -- This week, it's supposed to go above zero. Consistently. As in, snow-meltingly consistently. As in, perhaps new OOTD shots will be taken outside, rather than my careful timing and rationing of my OOTDs from Florida in January. Happy March, everyone! We've almost made it! 

OOTD ft. Aritzia Daria leggings, Rag & Bone boots, Alexander Wang bag, and Aritzia blanket scarf.

Are you sick of these leggings yet? Because I'm not. In fact, I wore them to a blogger event a couple of weeks ago and felt so fabulous in them that I made a mental note to wear them even more often. They're actually perfect. I've had them for months now, and I can safely and accurately make this assertion. They go with everything, and I've even been so bold as to not wear fully bum-covering tops with them and I've still been fine. I usually drape on my Aritzia blanket scarf for some extra security just in case, but I have yet to feel overexposed. 

OOTD ft. Aritzia Daria leggings, Rag & Bone boots, Alexander Wang bag, and Aritzia blanket scarf.

OOTD ft. Aritzia Daria leggings, Rag & Bone boots, Alexander Wang bag, and Aritzia blanket scarf.

It's kind of odd to be seeing this outfit in front of such a tropical background, as I've worn it - or variations on it - quite a few times in this cold weather. I think all-black outfits suit Canadian winter much better than the sunshine of the South, but what can I say, I'm a lover of neutrals and black! I'm also loving the Sadie photobombs here though, as she's currently cooped up inside due to the cold. She's definitely a warm-weather dog! 

The rest of this outfit - well, you've seen it all before. My Alexander Wang bag, which still has yet to leave my side... if I'm being honest, this has been the hands-down best handbag purchase I've ever made. Not that I regret my other designer bags, but this one... I carry it everywhere. It's heavy as all get out, but so worth it. And these boots (still with socks, sorry) will be so perfect in the warmer weather. Nordstrom has recently opened in Ottawa (YASSSSS) and they have a selection of Rag & Bone shoes and clothing. My first ever purchase - on opening day, no less - was a clothing item by them that you'll see a bit later, and I'm certain it will pair perfectly with these boots. 

Outfit stuff - 
Leggings - Aritzia Wilfred Free Daria (link!)
Boots - Rag & Bone Noelle (link!)
Scarf - Aritzia Diamond Mosaic Blanket Scarf (link!)
Blazer - H&M (similar here)
Camisole - Le Chateau (link!)
Bag - Alexander Wang Rocco (similar here)
Watch - Michael Kors (link!)
Glasses - Warby Parker (style no longer available, but see other styles here)

What are some of your all-time favourite purchases? 

xo Chloë

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lunch & Haircut | In The Wild

Blog series are fun, right? Not that this is going to be a serious thing, but I thought I would give an "out and about" type post series a try. I really enjoy reading what some of my favourite bloggers have been up to outside the narrow confines of the beauty and fashion world, so here I am to throw my hat into the ring with "In The Wild". Not totally sold on this title, but I think it's cheeky enough for a little try. 

This past Saturday I finally (finally!) got a much-needed trim at my hair salon. My ends were totally fried and rather unsightly, so off they came. I swear I could hear my hair sigh in relief as the clippings hit the floor. I'm in the process of growing my hair out to all one length, and my stylist thinks by my next appointment I'll be there - fingers crossed! Now if only my bangs would hurry up and grow!

Mirror selfie of my haircut/trim showing my stick straight blowout!

Getting our hair done together is a little outing for my mom and me. She gets her foils, I get a trim and suppress sudden and intense urges to go blonde... You know how it goes. Afterward we make a day of it, go out for lunch and maybe do a bit of shopping. My mother is my #1 enabler when it comes to shopping, so now you all know where I get it from.

Delicious lunch from The Masonry in Perth, ON

Lunch was enormous and entirely too much food, but was also incredibly delicious. Handmade linguine, fresh tomatoes and arugula, all in a beer-based cream sauce. It was perhaps a bit too rich for lunch, but the slight bitterness the beer brought to the sauce was something I had never tasted before and I thoroughly enjoyed it! 

Having a delicious lunch at The Masonry in Perth, after a lovely time at the hair salon

Honestly, I have never had a bad meal at this place - The Masonry in Perth - and it's a charming little spot. Original brick walls, creaky floorboards, lovely service... and wonderful food, of course! 

To walk off our enormous food-babies, we stopped at the Tanger Outlets for a bit of a shop. Shockingly enough, I came away with nothing! There were some lovely spring items in at the Coach Factory, and I came very close to buying a wine-coloured Borough bag, but the imminent restocking of the Mansur Gavriel bucket bags have put all major handbag purchases on hold for me. Priorities, amirite? 

Hope you're all having a great week! I'm thrilled that it's already March (my gosh, how Canadian is that?) so springtime is not that far off. Until then, I'm dreaming of tulips and sunshine... 

xo Chloë

Sunday, March 1, 2015

LUSH Shopping + Thoughts

I uploaded a video to this effect on my YouTube channel last week, but I don't even pretend to delude myself that all of you wonderful people subscribe to me there too so I thought I would blog my LUSH haul for good measure :) My lovely friend Suzy gave me a $50 gift card to LUSH for Christmas and after much hemming and hawing (and list-making, because it's easy to get overwhelmed in there!) I came up with what I think is an excellent haul. 

LUSH haul ft. Ultrabalm, Tea Tree Water, Shine So Bright, and Karma Solid Perfume

On a related note - and this is very relevant - LUSH is now located inside the Rideau Centre in Ottawa. No more missions outside to William St. in -30C weather. This will increase my LUSH purchases exponentially, I am sure. 

This haul is full of things I have never bought before, some that I had never even considered or knew existed. I researched extensively on LUSH.ca and kept a price tally to keep myself in check... and ended up with $50.60 worth of goodies. Pretty impressive, eh? So far my hands-down favourite has been the Ultrabalm ($13.95). It comes with me everywhere and can solve almost any skin problem. It's essentially a pot of grease, but for some reason is a total miracle-worker. 

Karma solid perfume ($10.95) has been something I've had my eye on for a while. I have always liked the scent (patchouli and other incense-type scents) so I thought it was time to have a handy solid version to throw in my purse. It's a cute little tin and is very easy to apply. 

I'm still considering the pros and cons of the other two items. I'm not "on the fence" per se, but I'm still a bit unsure. Shine So Bright ($9.95) smells great and seems to smooth my baby-bangs and cowlicks pretty well. I'm not so sure how well it works on my fried ends, but I've recently had a trim so perhaps its merits will become more apparent now that my hair isn't a complete disaster. As for the Tea Tree Water ($9.95) I just haven't really noticed a difference since I've been using it. I recently tried a sample of the new NARS foundation which seemed to - to put it plainly - eff up all my shit. So perhaps once I'm done cleaning up that mess I will notice the toner a bit more. It certainly is refreshing to use, I will say that :) 

What are some of your favourite LUSH products? Keep in mind I am strictly anti-bath, so raves about bath bombs and fizzy things will go in one ear and come right out the other side ;)

xo Chloë
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