Embroidered Elegance


Now, I don’t need to tell any of you that fashion is having a little love affair with the 70s right now – all you need to do is walk into any store (especially Forever 21) and it’s like walking onto the set of That 70’s Show. High-waisted flared pants, cropped blouses and peasant tops are everywhere, all in a nostalgic palette of mustard, cognac, royal blue, and emerald. I am starting to get a bit sick of all of the 70s references to be honest (blasphemy, I know) and I just want to walk into a store and find a pair of pants that are neither high-waisted, nor flared, and I want to do so with ease. That being said, one micro-trend that has emerged from under the 1970s umbrella is embroidery, and I gotta tell you, I’m super on board. From Stella McCartney and Christopher Kane to L.F Markey, high-profile fashion brands have been making their love for this textile trend very clear. What I love about embroidery this season is that it is not as overtly feminine as one might think. Sweet flowers and delicate birds are still present, but so are candy skulls, love hearts, and Asian-inspired Koi fish. Trust me, this isn’t your granny’s needlework.

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1 // White Koi Fish Embroidered Sheer Gauze Bomber Jacket

Bomber jackets are huge right now and for good reason. They are casual yet chic with an urban feel that is always effortless. This sporty staple is given a luxe update with silky white fabric and exotic Koi fish.

2 // TALL Velvet Embroidered Bomber Jacket

What do you get when you combine a sporty bomber jacket with decadent velvet and dainty embroidered flowers? Perfection. This show stopping piece would make any outfit look insta-worthy and is casual enough for day but luxe enough for night. 

3 // Anself Women’s Ethnic Embroidered Clutch/Wallet

If you’re anything like me, you get bored of carrying around the same bag for more than two weeks. This little embroidered beauty doubles as a wallet and clutch. This works for me because when I need a break from carrying it around, I can tuck it in another bag and use it as a wallet. The colourful pattern is cheerful and will lend an exotic flare to the simplest of outfits.

4 // Black Floral Embroidered A-Line Denim Skirt

This is probably my favorite piece in this list. The A-line silhouette helps to enhance my small waist while minimizing my curvier hips. The denim fabric is a classic choice and the stylized 60s-esque floral motif adds just the right amount of femininity.

5 // Bloom Beauty Heeled Smoking Slippers

Smoking slippers are one of my favorite footwear trends of the season. Their vintage vibe is reminiscent of centuries past when people dressed for every occasion, whether they were sitting down for tea, going out to lunch, or sitting down to indulge with a glass of brandy and a cigar. This embroidered pair is given a feminine update with a low heel (still perfectly wearable for everyday) and intricate, colourful flowers. I’d pair these sweet little shoes with everything, from an elegant little black dress to a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and an oversized pinstriped button down. 

6 // Yoins Lapel Striped Floral Embroidered Button Down

If there’s one item of clothing that is considered a standard staple in everyone’s wardrobe, it is the button down shirt. I have more than a few in my own closet but all too often they can look very rigid and office-like. The slightly oversized silhouette and embroidered detail on this piece gives it a little extra interest while still being subtle and appropriate for work. 

7 // Max&Co. Cotton Sweatshirt with Embroidery in Burgandy

I’ll be honest, I rarely wear sweatshirts unless I’m camping. My own style tends to be a little more formal and girly so even when I dress down, I like my outfit to feel polished. This embroidered sweatshirt ticks all the boxes for me in terms of being comfy and casual but still elevated. The rich Merlot hue screams fall and the delicate floral motif gives it a whimsical, romantic feel that I love. This is one sweatshirt that I could see myself wearing on the regular and not just when I’m in the woods by a campfire.

How do you feel about fashion’s recent love affair with embroidery? Do you have a favorite piece? Let me know in the comments!



What to Wear to The Farmer’s Market


Today I was walking to school (I am gradually finishing my Marketing Management degree, one evening class at a time), and I couldn’t help but be enthralled by the beauty of today (not to be cheesy). It was sunny but cold, which is my favorite kind of weather, and all of the trees that surrounded the campus were coloured with patches of red, gold, orange, and yellow. There is something about fall that really puts me in a good mood, regardless of what else is going on in my life. I am really looking forward to fall fully setting in and I fully intend to spend every minute soaking up the joys of the season. What does that mean for me? A trip to the farmer’s market. Nothing says ‘fall has arrived’ more than perusing aisles of fresh produce and spices before returning home to make a cozy dinner (something in the crockpot for sure) filled with fresh, in-season ingredients. Now, what to wear to the market? Something comfy and casual with a bohemian feel. Shopping amongst aisles of dirty vegetables doesn’t call for anything expensive or high-maintenance (nothing that needs to be dry-cleaned), but I am a firm believer in dressing up for every occasion. Is it necessary? No. But it makes life a lot more fun. You look good, you feel good, you know what I’m saying? Here’s what I would wear.

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1 // Hat – Halogen Floppy Wool Hat

A floppy hat is pretty much a fall wardrobe necessity. I love this rich cranberry colour, which is a refreshing switch from classic black or brown, but still works as a neutral. It also adds a sense of mystery and romance to even the simplest of ensembles.

2 // Dress – Retro Floral Chiffon Maxi Dress

Sure, jeans and a tee would be more appropriate for the farmer’s market, but a floaty maxi dress is just so pretty and looks rustically chic when paired with a pair of distressed leather ankle-booties.

3 // Scarf – No Chill Chunky Knit Infinity Scarf

It’s that awkward time of year where it’s not necessarily cold enough for a jacket, but not warm enough to forego all outerwear. Enter, this ultra-cozy chunky scarf. I love infinity scarves because they are so easy to just toss on when running out of the door.

4 // Tote – Totes Y’all Vanderbilt Tote

This bag is a bit expensive for a market bag, I’ll admit it, but I instantly fell in love with the slogan. Why? I say ‘totes’ so frequently that it is both shocking and embarrassing. Logically, I wouldn’t really recommending spending so much money on a bag that will likely just get dirty, but I am also impractical and ridiculous, and I love it. It is also roomy and durable enough to carry all of your essentials. Say no to plastic bags in style.

5 // Boots – H Shoes by Hudson Leather Brogue Chelsea Boots

Comfy yet cute, the flat ankle boot is a must this time of year. I have never been the type of girl to wear runners or slip-ons and so I pretty much live in ankle boots in the fall. They also lend a ‘fall’ vibe to dresses that would normally be reserved for summer.

6 // Vest – Levi’s Sleeveless Jacket

Keep warm AND show off your outfit with this kitschy vest from Levi’s. This blue denim number has a vintage charm that is very on-trend, and the shearling is just the right touch to set off the floral print of the dress. I love vests and intend to add a whole bunch to my wardrobe this season.

7 // Earrings – Lucifer Vir Honestus Maple Wood Disc Earrings

I am not usually one to wear wooden jewelry but I loved this minimalist style. It’s sleek and elegant with a bohemian feel that works so well for fall. Love.





Fall Beauty Trends I Love

Just in case I haven’t reiterated it enough, fall is by far my favorite season. I love fall fashion – boots, sweaters, scarves, hats. I love the coziness of it, the smells, flavors, and changing leaves. I also really enjoy experimenting with my makeup during the fall. This is the season where I feel like I can be more dramatic with my beauty choices. Merlot stained lips, shimmering eyeshadow, and sultry smoky eyes are my go-to looks this time of year, but I do like to play around and keep things interesting. After scouring through magazines, runway reviews (it is New York Fashion Week after all!), and blogs, these are the five beauty trends that I can’t wait to try this season


Regal and radiant is the name of the game. Inspired by the classic beauties of Hollywood’s hay-day, a flawless complexion, ruby red lips, and defined peepers are paramount to achieving this timeless glamour. I wear red lipstick all the time in the fall and winter because it instantly makes my face look brighter and it lends a sense of elegance to even the most casual ensembles.

1 // Givenchy Beauty – Women’s Le Rouge Lipstick in Wonderwoman Red

2 // M.A.C – Rebeleyes Liquid Eye Liner

3 // L’Oreal Paris – True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in Light Ivory


A beautiful, luminous complexion is something that never goes out of style, but it has been taken a notch further this season with the introduction of ‘glotions’. Moisturizer always makes skin look healthier and glowy, but these lotions enhance this dewiness even further with light-reflecting particles that make one’s skin look lit from within. Dab on a bit of highlighter for extra impact and some shimmery eyeshadow and you are all ready to shine bright like a diamond.

1 // Dr. Dennis Gross – Alpha Beta Glotion 5-ounce Lotion

2 // Urban Decay – Afterglow 8-hour Powder Highlighter

3 // Jouer – Peach Powder Eye Shadow


It seems that we all have been borrowing inspiration from the 90s when it comes to fashion and beauty. High-waisted mom jeans, crop tops, chokers are only a few examples that come to mind (I recently pierced my navel, and that is definitely a throwback to the 90s. I can almost feel my future-self rolling my eyes at my present-self but right now I love it). The decade has also inspired beauty trends – case in point, brown lipstick. I actually love it and find it to be surprisingly flattering against all skin-tones. This season I intend to take this shade even further with complementary shadows, bronzers, and blushes that emulate the colours of the falling leaves.

1 // Bobbi Brown – Lip Colour in Cocoa

2 // NATURAL – Mixed Colour Pressed Bronzing Powder

3 // Chantecaille – 24 Hour Waterproof Eyeliner in Oolong


A little silver and gold never hurt no one. This season, metallics are having a major moment and I am all for it. I have an Urban Decay Naked Palette that is filled with metallic shades that I cannot wait to use. A little goes a long way when it comes to metallics and they can be subtle and office-appropriate if they are applied with a light hand. I would pair a shimmery, metallic eyeshadow with thick, feathery lashes and a nude lip. Another alternative would be to rock a metallic mouth with just a sheer wash of shimmer over your eyelids, and a smudge of eyeliner.

1 // Dior – Diorshow Lash Extension Effect Volume Mascara

2 // Nars – Hardwired Eyeshadow in Gold Lamé

3 // Clinique – Pop Lip Colour Primer in Nude Pop


A magenta mouth is the easiest way to make your face look vibrant and polished even if you are wearing no other makeup. It looks great with a tan and pops against a fair complexion as well, making it a great shade to help you transition from fall to winter. While I normally wear bright lipstick with a slick of liquid liner and mascara, it looks incredibly chic with a smooth, even complexion and minimal eye makeup. If you feel like your eyes need a little extra definition, fill in your brows just a touch – it does wonders.

1 // Yves Saint Laurent – Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Fuchsia Pink 19

2 // Bobbi Brown – Brow Kit

3 // Nars – All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Gobi

What are your favorite beauty trends for fall? Let me know in the comments!



Mad Tea Party

I recently watched the movie Marie Antoinette (starring Kirsten Dunst) and was incredibly inspired by the over the top decadence of the set, costumes, and food (piles and piles of pastel pastries and ornate sugary confections). Fall is just around the corner and while autumn hues are typically considered to be darker colours (mustard, merlot, emerald, cobalt, cognac), I love the idea of transitioning my pastel summer dresses and accessories into the upcoming season. I have never been someone who believes in following the trends or any kind of fashion rules and as far as I am concerned, there is no reason we all can’t wear powdery pink, mint green, and periwinkle blue well into winter. Let us all eat cake.


1 // Ditzy Floral – Lorraine Tea Dress

2 // Miss Etoile – Teapot With Eyes

3 // Melonhopper – Strawberry Pie Sheer Blouse

4 // Olympia Le Tan Tea Party Headband

5 // Chloe – Lauren Scalloped Leather Pumps

6 // Tea Lovers Watch  

  7 // Lucy Loves Neko – Eat Me Necklace 



Top 6 Lip Plumpers

I remember in the early 2000s everyone was chasing after a plumper pout. From lip injections to liner, it seemed like everyone was trying to get the Angelina Jolie look. Flash forward to 2016 and everyone is trying to emulate Kylie Jenner with copious amounts of lip liner and matte lipstick. Another temporary alternative to painful and expensive lip injections is plumping lip glosses. Do they really work or are they just lip glosses that tingle? I have tried many lip plumping glosses over the years and below are my six favorites.

1 // DuWop Lip Venom

This one is very expensive for its size (these tubes last me about three months) but it does work. I like that it is a clear formula, it’s not too shiny, and it makes my lips look full, naturally pink (it enhances my own lip colour), with just a touch of shine. Are the results dramatic? No. I don’t suddenly morph into Rosie Huntington-Whiteley when I use this gloss but the results are noticeable. Plus I enjoy the tingling sensation and the root beer-esquire scent.

2 // Fusion Beauty Lip Gloss

At around $40 a tube, these glosses are hella expensive. That being said, the collagen rich formula is hydrating, silky, and non-sticky. The colours are also vibrant and gorgeous. As far as its plumping abilities go, it’s effects are subtle but visible. It gives a just-finished-making-out, slightly swollen effect.

3 // Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker

This gloss is my all-time favorite. It is pretty sticky (wearing this with my hair down in windy weather is pretty much a no-no) but it gives me the best, most bee-stung results. It tingles a lot, to the point where I feel like my lips are vibrating, but I am left with full, pouty, rosy lips. Bonus: it smells like chocolate and lasts for ages. 

4 // Too Faced Lip Injection

This plumping serum promises to make one’s lips fuller with long term effects after prolonged use. While I don’t necessarily feel that this has made my lips genuinely fuller, it definitely gives me a plumper pout after I apply it. It makes my lips tingle, almost uncomfortably so, but it also makes my lips red in a just bitten kind of way. 

5 // Smashbox O-Plump

I really love this gloss and it is my second favorite on this list. It has a silky texture, gives just a hint of shine and creates a soft, subtle, natural looking pout. I love the colour it gives my lips as well. It goes on clear and then transforms into the prettiest, rose pink ever. This is a great gloss period, but it also creates results that are noticeable and beautiful. 

6 // NYX Pump It Up Lip Plumper

I love NYX products, I really do. This plumping gloss is no exception. It’s results are not dramatic and it won’t give you lips that are noticeably bigger but it will make your lips look more pillowy, soft, and hydrated. It also gives just the right amount of shine. I like to layer it over my lipsticks and I find that the combination of my lipstick with this gloss makes my lips look fuller. This is a nice lip gloss overall but if you’re expecting to look like Angelina Jolie, this isn’t going to give you the trout pout you are looking for. It is a nice product though and one that I would recommend if you are looking for an effect that is more subtle.

Have you tried any of these plumping glosses? Are there any out there that you love and I should try? Let me know in the comments!



Hydrating Lemon Sugar Scrub DIY

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One of my favorite steps in my skincare routine is exfoliating. There is something that is so satisfying about sloughing off all of the dead skin, oil, and dirt that has accumulated on my complexion at the end of the day. My skin is very sensitive though, and so I have to be careful about the exfoliants I use (anytime a product contains crushed shells of any kind – case in point, the walnut shells in St. Ives Apricot scrub, my face freaks out). Lately I’ve taken to making my own face scrubs as opposed to buying them and I find that they work just as well and are a lot gentler on the skin. This lemon scrub is my favorite as it is very hydrating but balances the oil production in my skin with astringent lemon juice. It also smells like lemon merengue pie and takes five minutes to make. In fact, you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now. Here’s how it’s done. 

Things You’ll Need

  • 1 Cup – Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup – Course Sea Salt
  • Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil (enough to get a fluffy, snow-like consistency)
  • 1 tsp – Almond Oil
  • 1 Vitamin E Capsule
  • 1 tsp – Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tbsp – Lemon Juice

Put the sugar and salt in a small bowl and gradually add the oils until you get the consistency you want for your scrub (I like mine to be light and fluffy). Next, split open a vitamin E capsule and stir it into your mixture. Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice and stir until everything is completely mixed. Store in a mason jar or air-tight container. You don’t have to keep it in the fridge as it keeps pretty well for a few weeks, but I do like the feeling of using this mask on my face when it is nice and cold.

To Use: Massage onto damp skin in circular motions. Rinse off with cold water and pat dry. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer or facial oil.

So there you have it, easy peasy. I really love this scrub and find that it is gentle enough to use every other day (and my skin is very sensitive). The oils hydrate and protect your skin’s natural barrier while the lemon juice tones and brightens the skin. For those of you that may try it, let me know how you feel about the results!




Fall Favorites

I’ll be honest. I’m done with summer. I’m ready for cozy clothes, pumpkin spiced bullshit and boots. I’m sooo ready for boots right now. My wardrobe is completely void of fall clothes right now and I am in desperate need of a shopping trip. I like to go shopping with a list so that I don’t go too crazy and end up with at least the fundamentals. With this in mind, here are the eight necessities on my shopping list.

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1 // August Hats – Marley Marled Newsboy Hat

As I mentioned before, I am completely obsessed with the styles of the early 2000s right now and so a Britney-inspired newsboy cap is definitely something I want to wear this Fall (even if my friends and boyfriend have told me that it is extremely geeky). This grey plaid version will look totes adorbs with a chunky sweater and ripped jeans or a sweet blouse and suede skirt.

2 // Crazy Women’s High Waisted Skinny Leather Biker Trousers

I have more than enough plain black pants and I love this edgy leather update. It’s sexy yet polished and will be more than warm enough for Vancouver’s chilly fall days. And with a pair of spike-heeled boots? Money.

3 // SheIn – Off The Shoulder Cross Wrap Sweater in Grey

Taking the off-the-shoulder trend one step further, this wrapped sweater is sophisticated and super flattering (it camouflages a food baby like nothing else). I fully intend to snap this bad boy up in a handful of different colours. This wrapped sweater is going to be on constant rotation in my wardrobe this season.

4 // Soaked In Luxury – Suede A-Line Skirt

Suede is the perfect fabric for fall. It’s rustic appearance mimics the colours and textures of autumn. It’s a throwback to the 70s (an era that is huge in fashion right now) but is still completely modern. It’s exactly what I want to wear to the flea market with chunky socks, leather lace-up boots, and a floral chiffon blouse.

5 // Hollister – Textured Boyfriend Cardigan

The boyfriend cardigan is a fall staple without question. It’s one of those pieces that you can throw on while running out of the house with a cup of coffee in hand. It’s just the right amount of dishevelled. Throw it on with a pair of boyfriend jeans and a plain white tee and you’re good to go.

6 // Byredo Parfums – Tree House Candle

My addiction to candles is out of control and I already have a few favorites (my Gastown candle from Vancouver Candle Co and the Speak Easy Candle from Modern Alchemy) but this woodsy beauty from Byredo Parfums is one that I am definitely going to have to add to my collection. With notes of sandalwood, cedar, and bamboo, this candle is reminiscent of crisp coniferous trees and sweet smelling fallen leaves – all of the best smells of fall.

7 // Henri Bendel – West 57th Backpack

I’m sick and tired of lugging around my purse and laptop bag but I am not the kind of girl to carry a canvas backpack around as if I’ve just come back from a hiking trip. This sleek leather version from Henri Bendel is polished and chic. I also love leather backpacks in maroon and tan, but you can’t go wrong with classic black. For the first time since the 7th grade I have been proud to carry a backpack.

8 // Cherish – Block Heel Suede Ankle Booties in Grey

Because at the end of the day, it’s really all about the bootie. These slouchy suede beauties from Cherish are a bit high but the chunky heel balances them out. I love black boots and most of my boots are black but the grey is refreshing change. The suede is probably not the wisest choice to wear in Raincouver, but I honestly can’t resist. The little bow adds just a touch of femininity without being overly girly.

What are your fall wardrobe necessities? Let me know in the comments!