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Designer Spotlight | Gentle Fawn 

When it comes to comfy, casual wardrobe staples, it’s pretty hard to compete with Gentle Fawn. This Vancouver-based label was launched thirteen years ago by Daniel and Carla Fogg. Their inspiration? An antique collection of ceramic fawns – hence, the brand’s adorable name and logo. Since then Gentle Fawn has grown into a celebrated line of high-quality basics and is now sold in more than 600 shops across North America.

What defines this Canadian brand’s aesthetic is a commitment to creating pieces that are flattering and effortless. Gentle Fawn is always easy to wear, whether you need a flowy sundress for a summer barbecue (one that is roomy enough to let you indulge without displaying your food baby) or a crisp blazer for your dream job interview. Nothing is overtly trendy and if you are looking for fads, you won’t find them in a Gentle Fawn collection. Instead, look to this lovely label for beautiful fabrics, forgiving silhouettes, and simple staples that are made interesting with subtle details, like a sheer lace back or asymmetrical hemline.

Gentle Fawn has been one of my favorite Canadian brands for years and every season I say the same thing – “I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.”

Scroll on for a few of my favorite pieces from their latest collection!
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GENTLE FAWN PICKS

1 // Brooke Top

2 // Berkley Dress

3 // Annelise Dress

4 // Huxley Pants

5 // Seneca Romper

6 // Kirin Komono

7 // Dixon Coat

8 // Tavi Cardigan

xoxo,

Alicia

Block Party

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Hey you. Yeah, you. t’s time to get out of neutral. Because you know what goes best with bright colours? Other bright colours. Embrace your inner Lisa Frank and go colour crazy. Fuchsia and lemon? Yes! Tangerine and turquoise? Why the heck not? Colour blocking is a styling technique that can instantly hit refresh on your entire wardrobe. You know that pink top that you always wear with those safe (aka snooze-worthy) black trousers? Well it looks like new when you pair it with a lime green mini! I don’t know about you Dorothy, but I’m read to leave Kansas and pop into technicolor.
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COLOUR BLOCK PICKS

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1 // Etro – Colour Block Skirt

2 // JURREKO – Newschool Aquatic & Anise Green Satchel

3 // Paul Smith – Colour Block Constantina Heeled Sandals

4 // John Lewis – Toolally Fan Colour Block Drop Earrings

5 // Diesel – Ribbed Colour Block Dress

6 // Nars – Limited Edition Duo Eye Shadow in Chiang Mai

7 // Mara Hoffman – Colour Block Bikini Top

8 // MAX & Co. – Geometric Colour Block Sunglasses

xoxo,

Alicia

Embroidery x Denim


Embroidered denim is having a major moment right now. But before you go ahead and scoff, this isn’t the kind of embroidery your granny stitches onto handkerchiefs. Instead, the coolest motifs of the season are anything but prim and proper. Sure, the usual florals are there (classics are classics for a reason), but so are edgy evil eyes, emojis, snakes, tigers, and cheeky slogans. Whether you prefer skinnies or flares, one thing we can all agree on is that embroidery and denim are a match made in fashion heaven. This trend isn’t limited to jeans, however, and intricately stitched designs are popping up on denim dresses, skirts, bags, and shoes. So it’s official: embroidery and denim are this seasons It pairing. Let’s hope they stay together forever.
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EMBROIDERY X DENIM PICKS

1 // House of Holland – Embroidered Denim Crop Top

2 // Go Jane – Folk Tale Embroidered Denim Clutch

3 // Miss Selfridge – Floral Embroidered Denim Skirt

4 // WearAll – Diana Floral Embroidered Belted Denim Shirt Dress

5 // Maje – Embroidered Denim Jacket

6 // Rose Gal – Floral Embroidered High Rise Denim Shorts

7 // Soludos – Embroidered Denim Avocado Sneakers

xoxo,

Alicia

Fragrance Friday | Nirvana Bourbon by Elizabeth & James


NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Nirvana Bourbon by Elizabeth and James

NOTES | Vanilla Bourbon, Tuberose, Oakwood

VIBE | Smoky, Sultry, Mysterious, Edgy, Simplistic

Released in August of 2016, Nirvana Bourbon and Nirvana Rose are the two newest fragrances to come from the Olsen twin’s fashion empire Elizabeth and James. Much like their predecessors, Nirvana White and Black, these two scents have already become extremely popular and have garnered rave reviews on various websites, including my perfume bible, Fragrantica. I have to say, they are both worth the hype. For the sake of keeping things simple though, I will only be reviewing Bourbon today.

What I have always loved about Elizabeth and James scents is that they are always incredibly simple with only a few notes making up their composition. Most fragrances have upwards of twelve and it’s not unusual to see fragrances with close to thirty. Bourbon lets its three notes speak for themselves. So what are the three main elements of this sultry scent? Vanilla bourbon, tuberose, and oakwood. I don’t think more perfect notes could have been chosen. Let me tell you why.

Right off the bat, Bourbon smells like, well, bourbon. It has that smoky almost leathery aroma of fine scotch that I love (although I hate the taste). If you detest whiskey though, do not immediately cast this perfume aside as the boozey note is combined with a sweet hint of vanilla and is resting on a very feminine tuberose heart. The tuberose is sweet yet animalic. You can smell everything at once and it is this very intoxicating slightly woody, slightly floral, whisky-laden oriental. It almost smells unisex but the tuberose gives it this explicitly feminine floral quality. It’s sexy AF. 

In terms of when to wear it, Bourbon is best suited for fall. Still, I don’t follow rules like that and am wearing it now, smack dab in the middle of May. I highly recommend this perfume to anyone who loves woody and oriental scents. Also, (obviously) anyone who loves whiskey. It’s perfect for night or an intimate occasion. This scent may be distinct but it stays pretty close to the skin so you could probably get away with wearing it to a more formal occasion. The whiskey note is prominent but you won’t smell like you’ve been swigging Jameson on the floor of a bar, so don’t worry about that! It’s stylish, sophisticated and unusual. Three traits that are pretty much synonymous with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. 

Final verdict: I absolutely love this scent. If you get a chance, give Bourbon a try – you’ll be hooked!

Have you tried this scent? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

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May Beauty Picks

This month I have been all about stepping out of my comfort zone. Nude lipsticks and bold metallics have been all over my radar lately and I am happy to say that I have found a few favorites that are now on regular rotation in my beauty routine. After all, playing it safe everyday gets pretty dull, even when it comes to something as simple as makeup! So with that in mind, here are my top five beauty finds this May, from the holy grail for curly hair to your eyebrows’ new best friend.

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1 // Renpure – Coconut Mint Curly Cleansing Conditioner

I’m sure I’ve reiterated it a million times, but curly hair needs plenty of hydration in order to be healthy and manageable. This cleansing conditioner totally fits the bill and quenches my parch strands with oodles of extra virgin coconut oil. It’s also completely free of sulfates and other nasties that are often found in shampoo, so it doesn’t strip my hair of its much needed natural oils.

2 // Pixi by Petra – Endless Silky Eye Pen in Opal Overcoat

This shimmery pale gold liner gives me a well rested look instantly. It also glides on easily and lasts all day (fading eyeliners is my biggest pet peeve). It looks great on its own or layered over a darker colour.  Weird but true, this also makes my lips look really full when I use it as a lip liner. Simply use it around your natural lip line and then blend before putting on your lipstick. Angelina lips in an instant!

3 // Mellow – Creamy Matte Lipstick in Nude

Nudes are tricky for me. It’s not easy to find the right shade as most either wash out my fair complexion or make my lips look like they are coated in a too dark foundation. This has subtle mauve undertones which gives it just the right amount of colour. It’s natural looking and very flattering, giving me that no-makeup-makeup look that is so hard to achieve. The formula is also very rich and creamy which is rare for a matte lipstick. It honestly feels like a balm!

4 // Benefit – Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel

This is kind of a magic wand. Seriously. Beautiful defined brows have a way of framing your entire face and making you look polished even if you don’t have any other makeup on. This gel formula has microfibers which adhere to your skin and brow hairs, making your brows look fuller in a subtle and natural way. If you shy away from eyebrow pencils and powders, give this gem a try!

5 // Naked Cosmetics – Metallic Eye Shadow in Heavy Metal

I love rose gold. All rose gold things are alright with me. I recently received this shadow in an Ipsy Glam Bag and it is one of my favorite products I have ever gotten. It’s highly pigmented, vivid, and it shimmers like crazy. It’s not a shadow that I would wear everyday, but it’s perfect for a night out when I want to shine bright like a diamond.

What is your holy grail of beauty products? You know, that one product that you can’t live without? Let’s talk beauty.

xoxo,

Alicia

6 Home Decor Must Haves

When it comes to decorating, often it’s the little details that truly elevate a space. My own style is eclectic and I look for pieces that compliment each other but aren’t too matchy-matchy. So with that in mind, here are a few items that have recently come onto my decorating radar. From a candle that captures the feel of a lazy spring morning to the most stunning pair of bookends I have ever clapped eyes on, these are the six pieces that I straight up need in my home, like yesterday. 

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1 // Maison Margiela – MMM Lazy Sunday Morning Candle

Is there anything better than waking up at noon on Sunday with the sunshine streaming through your window and the smell of spring flowers and freshly cut grass wafting through the air? No. But this candle is almost as good, with gorgeous notes of aldehydes, lily of the valley, rose, orange flower, pear, and ambrette seed.

2 // Wilko – Ceramic 3D Flower Vase

This pretty periwinkle case looks like something Marie Antoinette would have had adorning her dresser! It’s just the thing to display your fresh from the farmer’s market blooms. It also reminds me of an antique cameo.

3 // Copper Magnetic Desk Set

Sleek + chic + practical + pretty = this glorious rose gold desk set. Keep one on your coffee table to store bits and bobs, in the bathroom to stash away your makeup, and in the office to keep your pens neat and tidy. Basically, keep one in every room of your place.

4 // Bluebellgray – Camilla Pom Pom Cushion 

I am all about pom-poms these days and this funky pillow is covered in flowers which takes it from a like to a love for me (P.S. I also flowers). It’s just the thing to add some colour and cheer to a room full of pared-down neutrals.

5 // AllModern – Abhishek 29″ Table Lamp

From its space-age geometric shape to its bright lemon hue, there’s nothing about this lamp that I don’t love. It’s fun and functional with just a touch of playful quirkiness. Win-win-win.

6 // Jayson Home – Gold Rock Bookend

I have never owned bookends in my life but I think it’s time that I did. I love marble and I love gold. Smack the two together and suddenly I need whatever said object is. These are gorgeous and are like little pieces of art in their own right. Use them to dress up your bookshelf, coffee table, or dresser. Or wherever you darn well please! They would honestly look lovely anywhere.

How would you describe your personal decorating style? What’s your favorite of these pieces? Let’s chat more in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

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Designer Spotlight | Caron Callahan

If you’re looking for a line of clothing that combines cool-girl minimalism with classic lines and just a touch of avant-garde flare, look no further that this New York designer who has been a favorite of mine for ages. The story behind her line is as intriguing as the clothes themselves. Caron Callahan launched her eponymous label after graduating from the Gallatin School of NYU. As a new graduate, this Brooklyn-based creative began to truly hone her skills while working at Barneys New York for their private label division. After cutting her teeth there, she began working with Tracy Feith as his design assistant. It was while she was working with Tracy that Caron began to fall in love with the constant creativity and multifaceted nature of running a small, independent fashion line. Before she launched her label, she took some time to travel the world, throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. The designer’s passion for travel is evident in her designs which celebrate comfort, function, and culture. Caron Callahan is a great line to look to for wardrobe staples – those pieces you wear over and over again and never get tired of because the fit and quality is always perfection. Her pieces are always easy to wear and luxurious in their simplicity. Why? The focus is always on quality fit, beautiful fabrics, and impeccable construction. Whether you are looking for a perfectly flowy gauze dress or a pair of menswear inspired trousers, her collections are always timeless and refined. Caron Callahan is truly a designer that will stand the test of time and from season to season, this Brooklyn darling just keeps getting better. Scroll on for my favourite pieces from this amazing designer.

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CARON CALLAHAN PICKS

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1 // Mali Jumpsuit | Peach Japanese Gauze

2 // Christine Jumpsuit | Yellow Stripe

3 // Dover Pants | Camel Canvas

4 // Uma Dress | Indian Jacquard Gauze

5 // Chelsea Dress | Blue Gingham

6 // Flora Dress | Faded Indigo Denim

7 // Gwyn Pant | Faded Indigo Denim

8 // Krasner Jacket | Peach Twill

xoxo,

Alicia

All photos via Caron Callahan.

Lime Light

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Let’s just take a minute to appreciate the boldest and brightest shade of green. Lime is loud and boisterous. It may seem difficult to pull off but even if you’re hesitant to wear such a bright colour, juicy pops of this citrus hue instantly breathe life and excitement into an outfit. Go all out or take it one step at a time with accessories and home decor pieces. Subtle is so last season and it is time to step out of the boring neutral shadows and into the lime light.

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LIME BUYS

1 // Tarte – Clay Pot Waterproof Shadow Liner in Lime Green 

2 // Celestina – Pre-owned Lime Green Shagreen Clutch

3 // Trouva – Neon Green Rhino Statue

4 // Philosophy – Señorita Margarita 3 in 1 Shampoo Shower Gel

5 // Fine & Candy – Lime Set of 12 Pencils

6 // L’Agent by Agent Provocateur – Bea Embroidered Tulle Underwired Bra

7 // Aaron Basha – Yellow Gold, Diamond & Lime Green Enamel Airplane Charm

8 // A by Amara – Palm Leaf Pillow 

xoxo,

Alicia

5 Style Trends I’m Loving This Spring

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I’m not a super trendy girl when it comes to my own personal sense of style. I’m often inspired by the glamorous editorials I see in magazines and the cool girl looks I see in streetstyle shots. Still, overall I lean more towards classic pieces and figure flattering silhouettes that I know will make me look and feel polished and put together. Despite all of this, I find myself being drawn towards bolder, in-your-face pieces this spring. And there are a ton of trends to choose from this season. Crochet and embroidery, 70s-inspired bell bottoms and penchant for suede, norm-core Birkenstocks and mom jeans. There’s a lot going on. So after sifting through all of the most instagrammed looks of the season, these are my five favorite trends that spring has to offer.


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1 // Button Back Shirts

I love the idea of challenging fashion rules with something as simple as button placement. Button back shirts are still the staple we all know in love but with a dishevelled, IDGAF update that feels effortlessly cool. Take it one step further and don’t button the back of your shirt completely to show a sexy slice of skin.

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2 // Off The Shoulder Tops

It seems that everyone’s into giving the cold shoulder lately. Literally. I’ve always loved off the shoulder and one shoulder tops and so I was thrilled to see them making a comeback. They are flirty but demure and I love the idea of showing skin in unexpected ways. My favourite thing to wear them with are flowy a-line skirts and vintage-inspired bell bottoms.

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3 // Button Down Mini

The 70s are back again in the form of bell bottoms, maxi dresses, crochet, and embroidery. Another reference to the grooviest decade of the 20th century? Button down skirts in earthy shades of olive, cognac, and russet. Bonus points if the skirt happens to be suede, corduroy, or woven out of hemp. I love this look and I think it’s the perfect combination of sweet and sexy. It’s also versatile and is a piece that could transition from spring and summer, straight into fall.

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4 // Pom-Pom Accessories

It seems that fashion as of late is all about getting crafty with embroidery, crochet, and macrame being some of the hottest fabrics of the season. Another embellishment that you will surely remember from kindergarten craft time is the playful pom-pom. It’s given a chic update when it adorns hemlines, handbags, straw baskets and shoes. It’s a little tacky but in a playful way that feels very nostalgic and optimistic.

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5 // Mixed Prints

I have to admit, I’ve always been a little hesitant to mix prints. Even though I love how it looks when other people do it, it just seemed so easy for mixed prints to look more bag lady than bold. The secret to keeping this look cool instead of crazy? Mix two or three prints, but no more than that. For example, pair a striped top with a floral skirt, but keep your accessories relatively simple. If you’re new to fashion mixology, it is also helpful to keep your prints the same size i.e. polka dots with paisley or gingham with stripes. Still, rules are meant to be broken and we should never be afraid to take a risk and express ourselves through what we wear. So don’t be shy and go ahead and mix it up!

Which of these trends is your favorite? Let’s chat in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

Fragrance Friday | Couture Couture by Juicy Couture


NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Couture Couture by Juicy Couture

NOTES | Mandarin Orange, African Orange Flower, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Plum, Amber, Vanilla, Sandalwood

VIBE | Playful, Exuberant, Flirty, Youthful, Stylish, Uninhibited 

I am pretty late to hop on the Juicy Couture perfume train, but after smelling Couture Couture and Peace, Love, and Juicy Couture, I completely understand why the line is as popular as it is. The bottles are fabulous (they’re always decked out to the maximum and completely over the top) and the juice is divine and unique. After trying a few, Couture, Couture is my favourite of the bunch by far. If you’re looking for a fun, sultry, day-to-night perfume, this is one you are going to want to try. 

Couture, Couture is a glittering white floral with juicy citrus and plum notes, which add a lively, fruity feel to the scent. The amber, vanilla and woods in the base don’t stand out too much but they do add a lovely creaminess to the white bouquet. Although this scent is fairly multifaceted, the notes that really take centre stage are the orange blossom, jasmine, and plum. It is very much a white floral perfume but the plum has a very grape-like smell that pairs beautifully with the orange blossom, a flower that has always smelled a bit fruity to me.  There’s something about this scent that reminds me of something I have smelled before as a child but I can’t put my finger on. The dark plum accord also reminds me of the juicy Concord grapes my grandpa used to grow which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I wear it.

Although it’s a very girly perfume, don’t mistake it for being prim and proper. It’s got a sexy edge because of the amber, vanilla and plum. The grapefruit and orange in the top give it a bit of a kick from the get go as well. This is a sparkling, head turning scent that lasts all day, from the moment you put it on in the morning to well into the evening. Like a true couture gown, Couture, Couture is a perfume you wear when you want to grab people’s attention and make a stunning entrance.

xoxo,

Alicia

Love For Lemons

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There are a ton of reasons to love lemons. They make drinks taste better, they smell lovely, and they can even be arranged into beautiful centerpieces. One thing you might not know is how fantastic these vitamin-C packed fruits are for your skin and hair. Their naturally astringent properties make them an excellent natural solution for battling blemishes and oily skin. They are chock full of vitamin C and antioxidants which help to keep skin bright, youthful, and glowy. Lemon juice has also been used for centuries to give hair natural highlights. This citrus fruit is a serious overachiever. One might even say it’s the Beyonce of the fruit world.  If you’re not yet convinced, then you need to give one of these 7 beauty gems a try.

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1 // Bliss – Lemon + Sage Body Butter

Not only does this ultra-rich body cream smell delicious, it’s also incredibly hydrating and nourishing with antioxidants like vitamin A and E. Unlike a lot of moisturizers out there, this baby will keep your skin silky soft all day. Although you will probably want to reapply because of the uplifting, sunshine-in-a-bottle scent.

2 // Mod Bath and Body – Lemon Cupcake Whipped Sugar Scrub

I’m all about baths and this sugar scrub makes tub time even more indulgent. The sugar base naturally sloughs away dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and smelling like lemon cake. Say yes to dessert.

3 // Jack Black – Lemon & Shea Butter Intense Therapy SPF 25 Lip Balm

Chapped lips don’t stand a chance against this heavy duty lip balm. It goes on light but absorbs quickly, replenishing your parched lips with a surge of moisture and SPF protection. I love the non-greasy formula and the fact that it smells like lemonade.

4 // Mullein & Sparrow – Lemon Rose Face Wash

From the minimalistic bottle to the luxe formula, there’s nothing about this cleanser that I don’t love. Astringent lemon cuts through oil and grime while rose soothes your skin and calms redness. Tough yet gentle, consider this the good cop, bad cop duo for your skin.

5 // EOS – Active Protection SPF Lemon Lip Balm

People, myself included, often forget about their lips when they are applying sunscreen. There are few things that hurt more than a burned, blistering pout. This sweet smelling lip balm hydrates with shea butter and jojoba oil and protects with SPF 15. Multitasking beauty products are where it’s at.

6 // Tom Ford – Fleur De Portofino Eau De Parfum

Spritz on this floral fragrance and escape on a olfactory vacation to the Mediterranean. Sparkling Sicilian lemon and bergamot open the spectacle, before softening into a opulent white floral bouquet with a touch of sticky honey and vanilla to make the flowers in the heart all the more soft and sweet. A gorgeous, feminine fragrance that is perfect for spring.

7 // Tony Moly – I’m Real Brightening Lemon Sheet Mask

Sure, you’ll look like Jason from Friday the 13th,  but this sheet mask will make your skin look and feel radiant in a matter of minutes. Forget a coffee, this lemon-infused mask will make your complexion look instantly fresh and wide awake. You know what they say – when life gives you lemons, rub them on your face.

Have you tried any of these products? Are there any that I should add to the list? Let me know in the comments! 

xoxo,

Alicia

Gingham Style

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Gingham is one of my favourite patterns this spring. It feels very country casual and lends a flirtatious vibe to any outfit. It’s girl next door meets farmer chic in the best possible way. It may be a bold print but it is also surprisingly versatile. You can go all out and mix different coloured checks from top to bottom or dip your baby toe in this trend with shoes and accessories. From a picnic by the lake to a board meeting at the office, you can work this trend anytime and anywhere. Scroll on for a few of the million ways that you can go gingham.


1 // The Picnic – Vintage Inspired Blue Check Gingham Sunglasses

2 // Alexandre Birman – Clarita Gingham Canvas Sunglasses

3 // Edie Parker – Jane Gingham Straw Basket Crossbody Bag

4 // J. Crew – Gingham Bow Ponytail Holder

5 // Solid and Striped – The Anne-Marie Gingham One-Piece Swimsuit

6 // PrettyLittleThing – Lorinda Gingham Frill Hem Shorts

7 // Kayu – Gingham Envelope Clutch

8 // Zaful – Gingham Check Cold Shoulder Blouse

9 // Betsey Johnson – Ann Flats

xoxo,

Alicia

Neon Lights


No matter how much we all love our neutrals, sometimes a splash of bright, in-your-face colour is totally necessary. From vibrant tangerine and hot pink to highlighter yellow, flashy neon hues are a fool-proof way to breathe some renewed excitement into even the most humdrum of wardrobes. Too shy to go crazy with colour? Start slow with a bright pair of earrings, some lime green shoes or a swipe of lavender lipstick. As for me, I’m ready to embrace every shade in the rainbow. Afterall, in a world that often feels a bit beige and blah, sometimes you just need a hit of neon! 


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1 // Humble Chic – NY Hula Fringe Tassels

2 // Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – Neon Yellow Cosmetic Glitter

3 // Sophia Webster – Darla Mules 

4 // Linda Farrow X Matthew Williamson Neon Orange Cat Eye Sunglasses

5 // Christopher Kane – Lace Trimmed Neon Tulle Skirt

6 // BK – Fluorescent Neon Pure Candy Colour Luminous Nail Polish

7 // Venessa Arizaga – Neon Rainbow Road Earrings 

8 // Marni – Colour Block Leather Clutch

9 // SunnyLife – Large Pineapple Neon Light

Xoxo,

Alicia

Five Fragrant Twists on the French 75

Aside from the Dirty Martini, the French 75 is one of my favourite cocktails of all time. It’s classic, fitting for all occasions, and always makes me feel a bit glamorous (apparently it is supermodel Kate Moss’s favourite cocktail as well, and we all know her taste is impeccable). While the classic recipe of gin, champagne, lemon juice and sugar is hard to beat, these 5 versions sound absolutely delectable. From herbaceous lavender to sugary cotton candy, these creative recipes have me counting the minutes until cocktail hour.

1 // Elderflower French 75

Fragrant floral notes of elderflower enhance the crisp flavour of the gin and add a pretty elegance to this classic drink.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz Champagne
  • 1 tsp Granulated Sugar

2 // Blackberry French 75

Freshly picked blackberries add a little extra sweetness and a gorgeous violet hue to this party perfect bevvy.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • ½ Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Blackberries
  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 oz Champagne
  • Blackberries and Lemon Peel (Garnish)

3 // Cotton Candy French 75

Because if you can add cotton candy to something why wouldn’t you? A puff of spun sugar dissolves instantly in the champagne and gives the drink an insta-worthy blush hue.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 1 tsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Gin
  • Champagne
  • Cotton Candy

4 // Lavender French 75

The only thing that can make a French 75 more elegant is a few sprigs of fragrant lavender. A pinch of lavender sugar adds a touch of perfumed sweetness.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lavender Simple Syrup
  • Champagne
  • Lemon Twist
LAVENDER SIMPLE SYRUP 
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Lavender Sugar (or Plain Granulated Sugar)
  • 1/8 tsp Lavender Extract

5 // Meyer Lemon and Cognac French 75

If you’re someone who likes their drinks to have a bit of a kick, than replacing gin with cognac will likely be your jam (I only like whiskey in a French 75). A squeeze of tangy Meyer lemon makes this sparkling cocktail all the more refreshing.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • 1 oz Meyer Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 2 oz Cognac or Brandy
  • 1 tbsp Agave or Sugar Syrup, or Honey
  • Ice
  • 6 oz Champagne

Which one of these recipes would you like to try? Do you have any special French 75 recipes of your own? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

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Fragrance Friday | Fantasy In Bloom

NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Fantasy in Bloom by Britney Spears

NOTES | Berries, Green Mandarin, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Tuberose, Jasmine, Osmanthus, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Amber

VIBE | Airy, Romantic, Feminine, Whimsical, Dreamy, Joyful

Okay, so first things first, here’s a little tid bit about me. If there are two things in this world that excite me like nothing else, they are Britney Spears and perfume. Put the two together and suddenly I am in a state of mental pandemonium. I remember the day I found out that Britney was releasing Fantasy In Bloom. It was early January and I honestly felt like Christmas had come again. I have every Britney Spears perfume (it’s my not-so-guilty-guilty pleasure) and so I obviously knew that I was going to get my hands on this bad boy. I haven’t been able to find it anywhere in Vancouver but I ordered mine online. There ain’t no mountain high or valley low enough to keep me from purchasing a Britney Spears scent. 

Anyway, after I finally snagged a bottle (which is adorable, by the way) came the moment of truth. And the truth is that as soon as I sprayed Fantasy In Bloom, I fell in love with it. It’s not at all what I expected. Because of its name, I was expecting a very opulent white floral fragrance with the tuberose and jasmine in the heart taking centre stage and squashing out any whisper of cherry blossom. That being said, this perfume really does centre almost entirely around the cherry blossom with just a kiss of vanilla and red berries. The inspiration for the fragrance was a lush garden in spring, and I think Fantasy In Bloom really does capture that. It has that airy, lightly floral scent that you smell outside when spring first arrives. It’s a gorgeous fragrance for women of all ages and it’s perfect for casual daytime wear.

My only complaint about this scent is that it doesn’t last very long (only a couple of hours) and it does not project very far at all. For some people this may be a plus, and it does lend itself to being a good office scent because it’s not overpowering. I like my perfume to not take over a room, but to at least make its presence known. I don’t mind reapplying this but I do wish it was a teensy bit stronger. This is not a deal-breaking flaw however, and overall Fantasy In Bloom is a very feminine and romantic scent with sweet notes of cherry blossom, berries, osmanthus, tuberose, amber, and vanilla.  It’s just the thing to perk me up and instantly transports me to a garden full of sweet scented blooms.

xoxo,

Alicia

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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It can be tricky to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift. After all, how do you find a gift that is truly worthy of the woman who literally gave you everything? When it comes to this special day, my rule of thumb is to look for indulgent items gifts that she wouldn’t normally get herself – case in point, a luxury bubble bath or a special piece of jewelry. Practicality isn’t a part of the equation here, it’s all about pampering and treating your mom to something special, whether it’s a carefully chosen item or a luxurious experience. Here are a few options that I came up.

1 // Tiffany & Co. – Heart Tag Bracelet

Show a little bit of sparkly love with this sweet charm bracelet. After all, any occasion is made special with a touch of Tiffany blue!

2 // Diptyque – Violette Candle

Sure, this candle is a bit of a splurge but your mama is worth every penny and more. And so is this sweet, powdery aroma of violet, iris, and cedar.

3 // Uma Oils – Absolute Anti-Aging Body Oil

The only thing that can make a hot bath more indulgent? This luxurious body oil. Scented with neroli, rose, and sandalwood, it smells absolutely divine.

4 // Rosanna – ‘Dear Mom I Love You’ Porcelain Coffee Mug

Sweeten up her morning coffee with this cute coffee cup! The white and gold colour combo is almost as lovely as the sentiment.

5 // Tory Burch – Garden Party Silk Square Scarf

Silk scarves instantly add class and polish to an outfit. Whether she prefers to wear it around her neck (classic), in her hair, or tied around the handle of her handbag, she is sure to adore this springy floral print.

6 // Skoah – Hydradew Face Mask

Though it feels lighter than air, this deeply hydrating mask is packed with moisturizing super ingredients like hyaluronic acid, sea kelp, and algae. It’s like a spa appointment in a jar.

7 // Coco – Earl Grey Tea & Bergamot Dark Chocolate

Much like flowers, chocolate is a classic choice when it comes to a Mother’s Day gift. That being said, this gourmet bar is anything but a cliche, and is so chic that it’s almost sad to eat it! The elegant earl grey tea and bergamot flavor is just far too good to resist.

xoxo,

Alicia

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In The Jungle

The single perk of the non-stop rain we have been enduring in Vancouver for the past six months is that now everything is gorgeously green. From dark olive to emerald, my surroundings are like a mosaic of different shades of green. Even though summer is still a couple of months away, the sun is finally shining and it has me daydreaming of hot days and vacations in exotic places. The other day I found myself watching episodes of Gilligan’s Island and it completely inspired me. I had never really watched the show beforehand (although my parents love it) and everything from the clothes to the beauty of the landscape made me fantasize about what it would be like if I lived on an undiscovered tropical island. In reality I would obviously hate it (I enjoy the many amenities of living in the city) but the untouched beauty of the jungles and lush greenery is giving me a serious case of wanderlust. While my boyfriend and I have been talking about traveling somewhere exotic and adventurous (Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam are a few of the places we have discussed), in the mean time I will be using fashion to satisfy my travel bug. Opulent leafy prints and batik patterns are absolutely gorgeous for spring and summer and evoke images of wild jungles and tropical paradises. Until I can hop on a plane, these beautiful pieces will have to do.

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JUNGLE BUYS

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1 // Marc Jacobs – Tropical Strass Palm Tree Studs

2 // Vans – Black Tropical Leaves Authentic Sneaker

3 // Mango – Leaves Lapel Clutch

4 // Vila Vista Cushion

5 // Komodo – Lulue Tropical Tencel Shirt

6 // Miguelina – Pamela Printed Cotton Voile Wide Leg Pants

7 // Adriana Degreas – Bonsai Green Ginkgo Swimsuit

8 // Les Nereides – Chimera Plant Fuchsia & Blue Flower with Leaves Clip Earrings

9 // Casetify – Tropical Plant Leaves and Bananas iPhone 7 Case

10 // Tropical Monstera Leaves Pattern Serving Tray

xoxo,

Alicia