31 August 2012

Fall Colours #2!

Hey Girlies!

This is going to be the second instalment of my fall colours-inspired outfit posts! I hope you are enjoying them so far, as I have been enjoying putting the outfits together.

I have two more outfits for you today - both are pretty casual, and I am loving their laid-back vibes!

Here's the first one:

This outfit is super casual, and I am loving it! I have been finding myself gravitating toward larger, loose-fitting tops and jeggings or leggings a lot lately - they're just so comfortable after I get out of my work clothes!

I dressed this up with a frilly, pinkish toned leather jacket, and kept the jewelry pretty plain. I didn't want to go way over the top with the jewelry when I had already used 4 of our available colours. I used:

Rose Smoke (Jacket)
Olympic Blue (Jeggings)
Titanium (Shoes)
Tangerine Tango (Purse)

How did I get away with the four colours? In this case, the rose colour acts as a pseudo-neutral, meaning that it takes on the characteristics of a neutral, even though it is pink.

The next outfit I have for you is...

This outfit is another one that I am loving. It is equal parts girly and borrowed-from-the-boys. I am obsessed with floral leggings right now, they're so cute! BUT you do have to be careful - they can border on looking like something out of your closet from when you were 6, if you don't pair them with grown-up pieces. I would never recommend pairing these leggings with a frilly dress, but a casual, over-sized tee is just the thing to save you from an overdose of little-girl. I added a pair of booties that are kind of army-inspired, but kept the jacket a feminine shape. The green in the pants is echoed in the bag, which helps tie everything together.

I used the following colours in this outfit:

French Roast (T-Shirt & Boots)
Ultramarine Green (Bag & Pants)

I think I am going to try and incorporate some of that bright pink into our next post, as I haven't yet found anywhere to use it!

Hope you are all having a fantastic day!


- A.

24 August 2012

Fall Colours #1!

Hello Darlings!

Remember in my last post I said I was going to do a whole run of posts about fall colours? Consider that promise, kept - at least for now. ;-)

A Fall colour refresher course - here is what I am working from:

I've got 2 outfit ideas for you that, I think, are fairly dressy. That said, I would still wear them on a day-to-day basis, because I think they're adorable.

The first is as follows:

I am in love with the vintage-y vibe of the lace dress and cloche hat - the military-inspired jacket pulls on another fall trend, so you get a bit of a fall fashion double-whammy. I love the unexpected punch that the glitter loafers give, too. I kept the bag classic - I love the satchel style, and the earrings add an unexpected splash of colour. Particularly if you leave your hair down under the hat, the earrings will poke out once in a while, quite literally giving you a pop of colour.

The colours I used here are the beautiful Olympic Blue, Ultramarine Green, and Rose Smoke. They make a gorgeous colour combination - especially since the rose can be used as a pseudo-neutral. I kept the majority of the rest of the outfit neutral to allow the colours to play off of one another in the best way possible.

The second outfit I have for you is still girlie, but not so vintage-y. I kept this one a lot more modern for those of you who are not into lace and over-the-top feminine detailing.

In this case, I pulled from the peplum trend for the top, which is also in Olympic Blue. I live in Canada, which means it gets cold - we needed a cardigan here, because short sleeves just will not cut it. I chose a cute fitted cardigan in Honey Gold - the blue and gold go nicely together, and each helps the other stand out. I went with another satchel-style bag - I think I may have an obsession - and kept the jewelry pretty simple. The shoes, however, are not simple. I chose Union Jack-inspired flats to pull some of the blue down into the outfit a bit more. I've also had newly discovered relatives from the UK come to town (Hello Gordon & Kathy if you are ever reading this!), so I think this may have influenced my decision slightly.

I am so excited to come up with round two of these colour-inspired outfit posts! I had a ton of fun with this one, and I hope you all have fun reading it!

Let me know what you think in the comments?


- A.

21 August 2012

FALL-ing in Love with Autumn!

Hi Girls!

I know it's only August, but I can already feel my brain gravitating toward the autumn. I love fall fashion, so I am always excited close to labour day! This fall, seeing as how I have all of you lovelies reading about my love of all things fall things, I have decided to do a series of posts into the fall about the Pantone Fall Fashion Colours of 2012.

The colours look like this:

Photo Cred: Pantone

I would just like to take a second to enthuse about how pleased I am to see COLOURS in the fall colour report! I'm so pumped for this fall!

So, here's my thought - because of the amount of colour to choose from this fall, I am going to show you how to centre outfits around these shades. Sometimes I will mix them together, and sometimes I will just let one stand on its own.

I look forward to creating all of this for you, and I totally hope that you are as excited as I am!


13 August 2012


Hey girls!

So, as most of you know (or... maybe you don't?), I have spent the last 7-8 months of my young adult life working full-time. I work in an office, and, to that end, I sit in a cubicle.

I don't like my cubicle. It's a reddish-tan desk with icky greige (grey/beige) carpeted walls. On its own, it's a nasty looking mess. I'm sure a lot of you are in the same position, so I have devised some ways for all of us to cute-up our workspaces.

I started by finding some colourful and adorable wallpapers for my computer. I used wallpaperswide.net to find the ones I use, and my coworkers compliment me on them pretty frequently. I change my wallpaper up a lot, which I also find helps.

The next thing I did, was I found myself a really cute bag (or... bags) that I use to take my things back and forth to work in. I generally leave my bag on my desk, and, because of its pretty pastel pink colour, helps to bring some more life into my space.

I found some other examples of pretty, yet office-appropriate bags for you to take inspiration from. They are from an assortment of places, and the prices vary - you can find cute laptop bags at Wal-Mart, too - they don't all have to be Coach or another luxury brand.

The next thing I did was bring in photographs of my friends and family so that I am surrounded by people who make me happy at work (other than my co-workers, of course!). This allows me to feel more positive, particularly when I am feeling stressed out.

I just stuck mine to the wall of my cubicle, but I also think it's a cute idea to bring in some pretty and colourful picture frames that fit your personal taste. T-Pins are not everyone's cup of tea!

Last but not least, I would suggest bringing in some of your own office supplies and storage. Don't go crazy about this - most offices will supply you with some storage, but you might want to consider adding in a few things here and there that, again, fit your style and make you happy! I love things that are floral, and nature-inspired. I also seem to have a thing for owls.

Cute pens and pencils will also help - you can use their cuteness to influence your mood, which will influence your work!

When my office is finished its renovations, I will be following through with my own advice! You can also use these tips for your desk at home, if you are still in school - I know I always used cute school supplies while I was doing school - they really do make me feel better, particularly when I'm bored!

What do you think? Will you be using any of these tips for your work or your school work?


- A.

25 July 2012

Lace-y Love

Hey girls!

As given in evidence by this blog, I totally LOVE girlie things... as if you didn't already know that! As a result, I totally adore lace. I don't think that lace is just for summer, or just for winter. The two outfits I am about to present to you can be worn now, when it's hotter than hot, and later, with some extra layers and whatnot so you don't freeze to death! (For goodness sake, please do not become my reader-cicles!!)

The first look is as follows:

This look is VERY vintage-inspired. It may have something to do with my current obsession with historical fiction novels... but that is a post for later. This is now. The dress is entirely a beautiful cream/blush toned lace, so I tried to centre the accessories around it. I used a cute 1920's inspired cloche hat with a pretty flower detail, and the vintage cameo ring and oxford booties to keep that vintage vibe going. I threw it off just a bit by using the modern flower ring, bib necklace, and studded bag. The ring and necklace keep you from being overly "Downton Abbey," and the studded bag adds some necessary edge - you won't look like you're playing dress-up in your Granny's closet when you add these accessories.

It is super easy to warm this outfit up for the cooler months that are coming (can you believe how quick this summer has gone by?) by adding some dark, opaque tights, and a cardigan, blazer, or even a leather jacket.

The second outfit I've come up with for you girls is a lot more casual than the first. I love the lace tank, which you can (sort of) see has a cute keyhole detail in the back. Because lace can look a bit fussy, I tried to find some less-fussy accessories to tone the whole thing down.

I kept it a bit girlie with the earrings and pearl bracelet, but the slightly distressed jeans, studded shoes, and stacked friendship-type bracelets keep the outfit cute and casual. I also love the scalloped hem on the top - the bit of jeans and skin peeking through is a bit sexy, too.

To winterize this outfit, simply add a jacket on top. You could even swap the loafers for some boots if it's really cold.

I hope this post encourages you to try out some lace next time you get dressed! I love lace, and as you can see, it doesn't have to be stuffy and really frou-frou girlie - you can toughen it up significantly if you add just the right accessories.

Let me know what you think!

Hope you're all having a great day.


- A.

22 July 2012

Polish A-Haul-ic

Hey girls! 

Today's post is going to discuss something that may disturb you greatly. The subject? Addiction.

I have an addiction... to nail polish. It's kind of bad.

This, I give you in evidence. It is my most recent nail polish haul.

I went in to Sephora with one of my best friends the other day, and I came away with the following Nails Inc. products... all but one of which were on sale for $5 - $7. I have wanted to try out Nails Inc. products for some time, and I figured that there is no better way to test them out than while they are on sale. So far, I have only tried out the palest pink one, but I am smitten already! At $11.50, they are $1.50 more than OPI products are (before the evil HST is applied), but their application is smooth, and the colours are touted to be totally opaque and true-to-bottle colour in 2 coats. So far, the promise is kept! We'll see with the more colours I try, though.

Here's what I picked up:

Maddox Street, Warwick Avenue, Foubert's Place, Hampstead Gardens,
Brouton Street, Old Park Lane

Hackney (Crackle), Islington (Crackle), Farringdon (Crackle),
Clapham (Crackle), Gatwick (Matte)

Sweets Way (from the new "Sprinkles" line!)

Originally, I had more from the "Sprinkles" line picked up, but I decided against them, as at the time, I wasn't even sure I'd care for the brand. So far, though, I am obsessed. They wear better than my OPI or Essie polishes do, most of the time, and the packaging is totally adorable. I love the little silvertone lid!

As value for money goes, the quality is amazing, but the size of the bottle is smaller - meaning it does not hold as much. Here's how one bottle of Nails Inc. stacks up against the competition in my collection:

I sat one bottle of each brand of polish up side by side, and I took note of how many millilitres were in each bottle. The lineup is as follows:

I'll start on the left and work across.

China Glaze: 14 mL for $6 - $8
Sephora by OPI: 15 mL for about $12
Essie: 13.5 mL for $8 - $10
NARS: 15 mL for $24
Nails Inc.: 10 mL for $11.50
Orly: 18 mL for about $10
Zoya: 15 mL for $10
OPI: 15 mL for $10

Obviously you pay a wee bit more for the Nails Inc. Colours than more common brands like OPI or Essie, but what you lack in volume, I think, is made up in quality. When I get paid next, I will definitely be going back to my local Sephora and pick up more of these adorable (and amazing!) little polishes!

If you know of any great discount sites I can get them from, please leave me a comment - I am always up for saving money on things like this!!

Hope you're all having an amazing day!


- A.

2 July 2012

Inspired By... Ballet!

Hi Lovelies!

Recently, OPI released a collection of Nail polishes inspired by the New York City Ballet. I thought to myself, "self, if OPI can release a collection inspired by ballet, why can't I inspire my wardrobe to go with it?" And really, there was no logical reason I could think of to explain why not - so we're going to go with it!

I have readied for you, two possible outfits that are inspired by ballet. That said, bear in mind the following: I hear you. Ballet dancers are, generally, tall, lanky human beings who tend to wear clothes like a hanger might. However, that does not mean that you can't be inspired by their style - ballet-inspired does not mean "ballerinas only!" I really think that the silhouettes created by these outfits would be universally flattering. I would wear them, as a curvier girl, so you can too! :-)

The first outfit is the more relaxed of the two: 

Leggings and a long, slouchy, one-shouldered top will provide balance between your top and bottom half. It is important, however, to remember the following: Leggings are NOT pants. They will never be pants. Please do not wear leggings as pants! You really, honestly, need a long top to make sure that you are not showing too much.

I stuck to flats for this outfit (and the next) because they are equal parts cute and comfortable. If you are not a flats girl, I would stick to a low heel. I also kept the accessories to a more feminine theme - Pinky tones and flowers, but without being over-the-top. I used a pretty big bag here, because the whole concept of the outfit was inspired by what I have seen girls wearing as they go to and from rehearsals. The giant bag will hold everything, from books for class, to (were you a dancer) your toe shoes! It has a useful cross-body strap, too, just in case you carry a lot of very heavy items with you.

The second outfit is a bit less casual than the first:

I love the bodysuit tucked into trouser-style jeans. It brings out a great 70's inspired look, and keeps the line of the overall outfit very sleek. I, again, went with flats for this outfit, but I amped them up a bit by choosing a pair that are beaded at the toes, rather than being plain. Flats with a pair of jeans like these demand that they be appropriately tailored. You can easily ruin a really cute outfit by having ratty hems on your jeans. Your local tailor is your friend, in this case. 

I added some interest to the outfit by putting in one of my favourite classic feminine patterns - the polka dot! I used an exaggerated polka dot bag, and contrasted that with a band of miniature polka dots around the fedora. I kept the rest of the accessories quite light to not interfere with the patterns. 

Both of these outfits work because of the balance - tighter tops with flared out bottoms, and vice-versa. If you are in doubt, remember that - if both top and bottom are too much one way or the other, you could wind up creating a look that you don't want. (If you think your pants and top are too baggy together, remember the Olsen twins!! Say no to bag lady!!)

Would you wear ballet-inspired pieces like these?

Enjoy the rest of your day or night!

- A.

29 June 2012

How To... Wear A LOT of Colour!

Hello Ladies!

So far this summer, it has been... well... a bit obnoxious. The weather has been a lot like a yo-yo - although lately it has certainly been on the hot side! Not that I am complaining, I have been loving all this sun (you should see the tan on me!), but the humidity is something I could do without.

Although the tropical heat and humidity of summer tends to bring out the frizz in your hair, I also find it brings out something else - colour, and lots of it! One of this summer's hottest trends (see what I did there? Summer.. HOT trends??... okay, moving to the point now) has been colour blocking. Although it's really simple to go out and purchase an already colour blocked top, or dress, it may be a lot more fun to shop your closet - and to style things you already own! That way, you can just enjoy the air conditioning in the mall, and not worry about fitting room lineups! 

Please note that the following two outfits are not for the faint of heart. If you are only testing out colour blocking, and not yet ready for the whole-hog, there are a number of excellent pieces on the market to test drive (I'll feature those later on!). These two outfits are truly meant for those of you ready to close your eyes and jump in at the deep end of the pool. 

The first is for one of those extra-hot summer days, where you want something that will look cute, and help keep you cool:

I love tank tops in summer, particularly those that have thick straps - I find them more classy and versatile than those with the spaghetti straps, and they allow for the all-important bra. 

I also adore pink and yellow together - the colour combination is unexpected, as most people pair hot pink with greens or blues, and I find the touches of turquoise pop very nicely as accent shades. 

Please note that it's best not to exceed more than 2-3 colours in outfits like these - otherwise you risk looking like Rainbow Bright's younger sister.

All of the accessories in this outfit are interchangeable - you don't have to wear sneakers, you could do flip-flops instead, but I think the sneakers add a laid-back and funky vibe to the overall outfit. Wedges would also work if you were going on a daytime date. Shoes can have a lot of influence on an outfit - just changing your shoes can change the whole tone! (hmmm... idea post for later?? Yes, I do think so!)

Anyhow, I think this outfit is super-cute, and fun for summer days.

The next outfit, is for days (or evenings) when the weather turns a bit cooler, but you still want to wear colour in your outfit.

I love sheer tops like this for summer - they're so feminine and pretty! The lilac colour on this, and the lack of collar make it super unique. Obviously, due to the fact that it's sheer, you're going to want a white or nude cami/tank top underneath.

I really like lilac and minty green together. The mint is really on-trend this season, which makes the overall outfit really, really trendy.

I decided to tone down the outfit by keeping the accessories (minus the shoes, which are the same lilac colour as the top, and... believe it or not, as cute as they are, they are Crocs!!) really neutral. I went with the softer cream and brown to stop the neutrals from being so stark.

I think that although this outfit is still really casual, that it would be good for a non-fancy night out with friends, or another casual date.

It's really fun to wear tropical-heat inspired colours in the summer - they can show off your tan, and give off the vibe that you're really fun and confident!

As with all things, though, to rock an outfit successfully, you have to have confidence! Your best accessory is always a smile.

If you have ideas for other posts on my blog (I am trying to get more posts up, more often this summer!)

I hope you are all having an amazing summer, and that you are really enjoying this heat!


- A.

27 June 2012


Hey Darlings!

This is just a quick haul of some drugstore products I picked up on a recent Wal-Mart trip.

There have been a lot of really excellent new products released recently, and I was really excited to pick some of them up to try!

This is a look an overview of what I bought. The the lipstick in the orange tube is by Revlon, the cream shadow and mascara are by Maybelline, and the lipgloss and dark packaged lipstick are by Rimmel London. 

The mascara that I bought is the new Maybelline Mega Plush Volum' Express. I bought it in the shade Blackest Black (as I do with all of my mascaras), but I was not able to pick up the waterproof version. My Wal-Mart was sadly sold out! 

The formula of the mascara is supposed to be thickening, and more of a gel consistency than normal mascara. So far, it's not my favourite, but I certainly don't hate it.

I like that the brush is really wiggly at the base. It's useful for getting all of your lashes from the root to tip. I find it's a bit clumpy on my lashes sometimes, but I haven't used it enough to really pass judgement.

I'll do another post later on to give you my full review, I swear. 

The next thing I picked up was the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze (#25)

I have a few of these shadows already, and I had been on the hunt for Bad to the Bronze since - most everywhere I had looked was sold completely out! I have really been loving warm tones on my eyes this summer so far - they really bring the gold fleck out. (My eyes are a very odd shade of brown that can sometimes look green, and other times yellow, depending on the day and time)

I was so pleased to find this, and I am really enjoying it. :-) These shadows work amazingly on their own, and under other shadows!

Next, I bought 3 Lip products:

The first, is this Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Fruiti.  Honestly, I think these lip butters were massively over-hyped. I like the colour of this, but I wouldn't say it's particularly nourishing or hydrating. Honestly, it feels like any other lipstick I own, and I find to make sure my lips are really hydrated, I have to put a lip balm underneath it. I'll be having a solid think before I purchase any more of these. I'm not in love with this at the minute, as pretty as it is.

Next, are two lip products from Rimmel London - a lipgloss from their Vinyl Gloss line, and a lipstick from their Moisture Renew line.

The gloss is in the shade Fashion Fanatic, and is not sticky, and a really pretty coral colour. I'm liking this, as I have enjoyed products in this range before. I will, as promised, do an individual review on each of these, after I have had a chance to use them for a bit longer.

The lipstick is another from a line I have enjoyed previously. I am enjoying corals on the lips this summer, so I chose the shade 600 - Soft Coral.

And finally, the moment you have all been waiting for... swatches!

Clockwise from Top left: Lipstick in Soft Coral, Lipgloss in Fashion Fanatic, Cream Shadow in Bad to the Bronze, Lip Butter in Tutti Fruiti.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

If you have any product recommendations for me, leave them in the comments below! :-)


- A.

24 June 2012

Inspired By: Ice Cream!

Hi Girls!

Today's post is going to be the beginnings of something I'd like to try with this blog - outfits inspired by summery things. Today, it's ice cream. The following are two looks I put together based on two different ice cream flavours - because what's a warm spring/summer day without ice cream?

Let's jump right in! 

Flavour Inspiration: Strawberry

I love pink, and strawberry is one of my all-time favourite ice cream flavours. It makes me feel like I'm being less un-healthy when I eat it, because sometimes you find bits of actual strawberry right in the ice cream (Strawberry is a fruit - fruit is good for you, therefore, strawberries in ice cream cancel out the "bad" of the ice cream. Win--win!).

I put this outfit together because when I think of strawberry ice cream, I think of pink, and things that are really girly. So, this is what I came up with. It's equal parts girly and vintage-inspired, while still being just casual enough for daily life. 

Flavour Inspiration: Mint Chip

One of my brother's favourite ice cream flavours is mint chip - personally, I am more fond of the colour than the flavour, despite my love of mint and chocolate together (this is why I love my EOS lip balm in Sweet Mint so much - it smells and tastes like an Andes chocolate - yum!) This outfit is a bit more nautically inspired - the top has sailboats on it, which is what brings me the nautical trend. I tried to keep the accessories fairly neutral and natural-looking, because I did also hit on the bright pants trend, the colour of which is echoed in the bag. I like this one a lot - it's really an outfit I'd try for this summer - it's more out-of-my-box than the other was.

I hope you enjoyed this post!! I will be trying more of these "Inspired By" posts soon, I think. 



13 May 2012

Trend to Try - Peplum

Hi Girls!

So - before I start this post, I have two confessions to make. The first, is that despite my writing a post about how to wear something that follows the peplum trend, I own no peplum. I have looked at peplum, and am now writing this on the subject, but currently have none in my wardrobe. The second confession is that I doubled-up on trends in this post - peplum and colour-blocking. Both are good for spring. I like colour, so colour-blocking is almost second-nature to me at this point. I apologize in advance if it is too much for your tender eyeballs. 

So - peplum. This was a huge trend on the runways this past spring. 

Photo Cred

Now, because peplum is a trend, I want to go ahead with a disclaimer that highlights the fact that just because this is a trend, does not necessarily mean that it is going to work on your body type. As much as I think that peplum in particular can translate well between body types, you have to wear what makes you comfortable, and what you think looks good on you.

Peplum is a really, really girly concept. It's frilly, and it highlights how tiny your natural waist is. Because of this, it can work well on curvier girls (like myself), because it will highlight your enviable hourglass shape, however, on those of you with thinner, or more boyish body types, it can also create the illusion of curves that may or may not be present. 

Peplum also comes in 3 major forms: the top, the dress, and the skirt. The peplum dress is probably the most commonly seen variety. It has been seen on numerous celebrities recently, and may be the easiest to translate into your wardrobe. We're going to look at all three.

The first way I played with was through a top:

I actually think I like the peplum top best of all of the peplums. Pencil skirts make me batty, so I like that you can do peplum and pants here! To avoid looking too stuffy, and to throw in a little colour-blocking, I pulled in a contrasting bright blue cardigan to go with my yellow top. Because Jeans are a pseudo-neutral, and I already went with two super-bright things on top, I kept the rest of the accessories fairly simple, and neutral. Flat shoes and an army-inspired bag keep the outfit from being too over-the-top girly, while the ring pulls a little feminine touch back in.

The second way I played with this is in a dress:

This is one look that I feel like could work from office to a night out. I like that the knee-length of the dress and the blazer keep the whole thing classy and work appropriate - to go from office to party, you would just have to change to black pumps, ditch the blazer, change to dangly earrings, and swap the tote for a clutch. That's not entirely unreasonable, I don't think. you could also dress it down by changing to flats and a cardigan instead. It's actually a very versatile piece, considering that it is so trendy. The solid colour helps in that regard, for sure.

The third (and final!) way that I experimented with the peplum trend is in skirt-form.

I tried to keep this outfit way more casual than the first two - I envision this for a day out with friends, or even a casual daytime date. The pattern on the top is really playful (I love the palm trees with the Peter Pan collar!) but is still in a neutral colour palette, which really pops the green of the skirt - I also contrasted the green with an orange bag, just because I think using one colour in an outfit is super boring! From these two colours, I kept the rest of the outfit consistent - the bracelets have shades of orange and green in them, and the earrings match almost perfectly. I know a lot of you are probably screaming in your heads at me for pairing a skirt with these tennis shoes, but I quite like it. They're comfortable, and very different - it would be really typical to wear ballet flats, but because we already have an atypical colour palette and print on the top, I figured "why not?" Fashion is supposed to be fun, after all!

So, will you try the peplum trend? I feel like, after posting this, I should hit my local mall and try and find some for myself!



6 May 2012

What's In My Bag?

Hi Girls!

Okay, so obviously I win the prize for most inconsistent blogger ever. But, I'm trying. Obviously the April Photo-A-Day thing was a huge fail, but I hope you all enjoyed it while it lasted! Today, I have for you a new post - I used to LOVE the InStyle Blog's "What's in Her Purse" feature - probably because I'm a nosy person and I love to see what other girls keep in their bags. The "What's in My Purse" Videos are also my favourites to watch on YouTube as well. 

So, because my web provider will no longer allow me to upload videos to YouTube, I will be doing mine blog-style. 

To begin, I would like to introduce you all to Tommy. 

Tommy is my new bag-bff. I purchased him at Winners at a discount - I cannot pass up a good discount! (No, really… It's a legitimate problem) Anyway, Tommy is a white Tommy Hilfiger Shoulder Tote - I have been carrying this bag EVERYWHERE - to work, after work, the whole business. As much as I love  my tiny bags, sometimes you just need a bag that will hold your entire life in it. I like my giant bag. 

This is what is in my giant bag on a regular basis - sometimes I take a few things out and leave them at home, but this is most often what the contents of my bag look like:

Obviously, being as how the bag is huge, there's a lot of stuff in there. I do carry it back and forth to work, so that's where some of the "my whole life is in my bag" things come from. I am going to go through and list everything that is in my bag - starting on the far left, and just going around to the opposite side.

1. Reuseable Water Bottle
2. 5 Cobalt Gum (it's Peppermint)
3. Bath & Body Works Hawaii Coconut Body Lotion
4. A Watch
5. A travel pack of tissues from Shopper's Drug Mart
6. My agenda
7. iPod Nano 16Gb & headphones
8. My house keys with a small USB Flash Drive and a Mini Hand Sanitizer from Bath & Body Works
9. An EOS Lip Balm in Sweet Mint
10. My little makeup bag (I'm going to go through that specifically for you)
11. Bath & Body Works Hawaii Coconut Body Spray (my FAVOURITE Summer Scent!!)
12. A pack of bobby pins from the dollar store
13. My phone (A Blackberry Torch 9800)
14. A travel hairbrush 
15. My little wallet/card case (I try not to carry a huge wallet to work - I'd rather not risk it getting lost)
16. Pens
17. A little bottle of tylenol
18. My sunglasses
19. My regular glasses

And that's it! Obviously there's a lot of stuff in there - and it can be heavy sometimes (like when my water bottle isn't totally empty). 

I do keep a small makeup bag in my purse for touch-ups, because my makeup very rarely lasts for the full day - I put it on at about 6:30 in the morning, and it doesn't come off until after 11 at night most nights. I don't think it matters how long the company says the product will last - no makeup can last 17 hours without touch-ups.

So, this is what's in my makeup bag:

1. Lip glosses from NARS - 3 of these are the "Larger than Life" glosses, which are basically liquid lipstick, and the fourth is just a regular gloss in Ophelia (my absolute favourite)
2. Nail Clippers
3. Tiny hair elastics
4. Random loose bobby pins
5. A Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in 01 (Black)
6. A sample of Mac's Zoom Lash 
7. 2 Goody Spin Pins
8. A NARS concealer in Vanilla
9. A mini powder brush and eyebrow/eyelash comb
10. A little swiss-army-ish nail file (it's also a little knife and a bottle-opener)
11. Some regular hair-ties of the non-slip variety
12. Mac Prep + Prime Pressed Powder
13. Maybelline Babylips in Quenched
14. A Swarovski Crystal encrusted Hello Kitty mirror
15. 3 Band-Aids

Again, a lot of stuff in a small space. But, a necessary evil for a girly-girl such as myself!

So, that is the run-down of everything that is currently in my purse. As I said, sometimes things get taken out, or even added in, depending on the event - but that's the basics. 

I hope you are all having a great day or night, depending when you read this, and I shall blog at you again soon!



11 April 2012

April Photo-A-Day Days 9 - 11

Hey Darlings!

Back to this Photo-A-Day thing I've got going on - 3 more days to give you today, and then we'll be all caught up!

April 9: Younger You

This is probably my favourite picture of the small version of me. My Dad's holding me, and my Mom took the picture. I really look happy in the picture, and it makes me smile when I see it. So, this is what I looked like when I was small! Much cuter than now :P (joking!!)!!

April 10: Cold
This day, the only "cold" I could think of was these ice cube trays in my freezer. They're cold - mainly because they live in a freezer and have ice in them.

April 11: Where You Ate Breakfast

Well, this is a picture of a desk. It is not my desk, obviously. But, my desk is where I ate breakfast today. I usually wind up eating my breakfast at my desk, because I'm up early in the morning, and I don't find I like to eat right when I get up. So, this is not only my workspace, but also my dining area as well.

I know this was a quick post, but I don't have too much to say about this set of pictures. Hopefully the next one or two will be more talk-inspiring!!

I hope you are all having an awesome day or night, and I shall talk to you very soon!



10 April 2012

A Conversation - Written by Ashley Judd

Hello Darlings!

I love this woman. This is her response to suggestions that she has gained weight/had plastic surgery on her face. What she says is 135% truth, and should be read by every single woman in this world, and probably also by every single man. We have to have pride in ourselves, and in each other, as women. We have to stand up for ourselves against these kinds of views. A size 8 does not mean you are overweight, nor does a size 12 or 14 make you obese. You are the only person who should dictate whether or not you feel beautiful - not the media, not other people, just you. You are the only person whose thoughts about you really, truly matter.

Please read this, and please learn from it, and walk a little taller tomorrow because of it. Love yourself, and love your girlfriends, because it is the only way to stop the madness that is the way that modern society views its women. It has to change - for us, for our daughters, and for our granddaughters. This is a good start, but it has to go on from this essay.

The Conversation

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The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted.
As an actor and woman who, at times, avails herself of the media, I am painfully aware of both the conversation about women’s bodies, and it frequently migrates to my own body. I know this, even though my personal practice is to ignore what is written about me. I do not, for example, read interviews I do with news outlets. I hold that it is none of my business what people think of me. I arrived at this belief after first, when I began working as an actor eighteen years ago, reading everything. I evolved into selecting only the “good” pieces to read. Over time, I matured into the understanding that good and bad are equally fanciful interpretations. I do not want to give my power, my self-esteem, or my autonomy, to any person, place, or thing outside myself. I thus abstain from all media about myself. The only thing that matters is how I feel about myself, my personal integrity, and my relationship with my Creator. Of course, it’s wonderful to be held in esteem and fond regard by family, friends, and community, but a central part of my spiritual practice is letting go of otheration. And casting one’s lot with the public is dangerous and self-destructive, and I value myself too much to do that.
However, the recent speculation and accusations about the unusual fullness of my face in March, 2012, feels different., and my colleagues and friends encouraged me to know what was being said. Consequently, I choose to address it because the conversation was pointedly nasty, gendered and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a greater or lesser degree, endure every day, in ways both outrageous and subtle. The assault on our body image, the hyper-sexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about.
A brief analysis demonstrates that the following “conclusions” were all made on the exact same day, March 20, 2012, about the exact same woman (me), looking the exact same way, based on the exact same television appearance. The following examples are real, and come from a variety of (so-called!) legitimate news outlets (such as HuffPo, MSNBC, etc), tabloid press, and social media:
One: When I am sick for a over a month and on medication (multiple rounds of steroids), the accusation is that because my face looks puffy, I have “clearly had work done,” with otherwise credible reporters with great bravo “identifying” precisely the procedures I allegedly have had done.
Two: When my skin is nearly flawless, and at age 43, I do not yet have visible wrinkles that can be seen on television, I have had “work done,” with media outlets bolstered by consulting with plastic surgeons I have never met who “conclude” what procedures I have “clearly” had. (Notice that this is a “back-handed compliment,” too – I look so good! It simply cannot possibly be real!)
Three: When my 2012 face looks different than it did when I filmed “Double Jeopardy” in 1998, I am accused of having “messed up” my face (polite language here, the “F” word is being used more often), with a passionate lament that “Ashley has lost her familiar beauty audiences loved her for.”
Four: When I have gained weight, going from my usual size two/four to a six/eight after a lazy six months of not exercising, and that weight gain shows in my face and arms, I am a “cow” and a “pig” and I “better watch out” because my husband “is looking for his second wife.” (Did you catch how this one engenders competition and fear between women? And suggests that my husband values me based only my physical appearance? Classic sexism. We won’t even address how extraordinary it is that a size eight would be heckled as “fat.”)
Five: In perhaps the coup de grace, when I am acting in a dramatic scene in “Missing, the plot stating I am emotionally distressed, have been awake and on the run for days, viewers remarks ranged from “What the f*&^ did she do to her face?” to cautionary gloating, “Ladies, look at the work!” Footage from “Missing” obviously dates prior to March 2012, and the remarks about how I look while playing a character powerfully illustrate the contagious and vicious nature of the conversation. The accusations and lies, introduced to the public, now apply to me as a woman across space and time; to me as any woman and to me as every woman.
That women are joining in the ongoing disassembling of my appearance is salient. Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it. This abnormal obsession with women’s faces and bodies has become so normal that we (I include myself at times – I absolutely fall for it still) have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly. We are unable at times to indentify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women.
A case on point is that this conversation was initially promulgated largely by women; a sad and disturbing fact. (That they are professional friends of mine, and know my character and values, is an additional betrayal.)
News outlets with whom I do serious work, such as publishing Op-Eds about preventing HIV, empowering poor youth worldwide, and conflict mineral mining in Democratic Republic of Congo, all ran this “story” without checking with my office first for verification, or offering me the dignity of the opportunity to comment. It’s an indictment of them, that they would even consider the content printable, and that they, too, without using time honored journalistic standards, would perpetuate with un-edifying delight such blatantly gendered, ageists, and mean-spirited content.
I hope the sharing of my thoughts can generate a new conversation: Why was a puffy face cause for such a conversation in the first place? How, and why, did people participate? If not in the conversation about me, in parallel ones about women in your sphere? What is the gloating about? What is the condemnation about? What is the self-righteous alleged “all knowing” stance of the media about? How does this symbolize constraints on girls and women, and encroach on our right to be simply as we are, at any given moment? How can we as individuals in our private lives make adjustments that support us in shedding unconscious actions, internalized beliefs, and fears about our worthiness, that perpetuate such meanness? What can we do as families, as groups of friends? Is what girls and women can do different from what boys and men can do? What does this have to do with how women are treated in the workplace?
I ask especially how we can leverage strong female to female alliances to confront and change that there is no winning here as women. It doesn’t actually matter if we are aging naturally, or resorting to surgical assistance. We experience brutal criticism. The dialogue is constructed so that our bodies are a source of speculation, ridicule, and invalidation, as if they belong to others – and in my case, to the actual public. (I am also aware that inevitably some will comment that because I am a creative person, I have abdicated my right to a distinction between my public and private selves, an additional, albeit related, track of highly distorted thinking that will have to be addressed at another time).
If this conversation about me is going to be had, I will do my part to insist that is a feminist one, because it has been misogynist from the start. Who makes the fantastic leap from being sick, or gaining some weight over the winter, to a conclusion of plastic surgery? Our culture, that’s who. The insanity has to stop, because as focused on me as it appears to have been, it is about all girls and women. In fact, it’s about boys and men, too, who are equally objectified and ridiculed, according to hetereonormative definitions of masculinity that deny the full and dynamic range of their personhood. It affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self image, how we show up our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings. Join in – and help change – The Conversation.

April Photo-A-Day Days 5-8

Hello Lovelies! Long time no post!

Well, I suppose considering that my usual "long time no post" greetings are a month spaced, this isn't actually that long.

As I had announced in my last post, I took a mini-hiatus for the Easter weekend, as I was away from home and therefore not able to post anything. But, now I'm back, and I've got 4 photos from over the weekend for you! (Aren't you so excited!)

Here we go...

April 5: Tiny

At the time when this picture was taken, this peeled Cutie orange was the tiniest thing I had near me at the time. It really is tiny! And cute, which, I suppose is why they call them "Cuties." They taste AMAZING, and I have been taking them in my lunch to work for a while now. They're super easy to peel, too, so that's kind of nice. I'm going to stop rambling on about little bitty oranges now - particularly considering this is a beauty and fashion blog (supposedly).

April 6: Lunch

Lunch on Saturday was eaten at probably the coolest restaurant I've ever been to - Crépes à Go Go in Toronto (check them out on Facebook). The restaurant was quite small in size, but the food (again with the food?!) is big on taste, despite its simplicity. The crépes are also not served in the way that you would traditionally think - there are no plates here. Your order is actually served to you in a paper bag, which the waiter will tear open for you when he hands it to you. I will give a word of warning, though, these crépes are definitely fresh - they are about a thousand degrees when you first touch them, I swear! Anyway, this place also had an in-house made variation on a lemonade. My dining companion and I tentatively ordered a small bottle. They were out of small bottles - so we cringed and ordered the large bottle in it's place. We collectively take our cringe back - the Limonana (that's what this amazing brew is called) was AMAZING! The concoction is a mixture of filtered water, mint juice, lemon juice, and evaporated cane juice. The result is a sort-of lemonade that is equal parts palate cleansing and thirst-quenching. It makes an impeccable dance partner to the crépes served in this little café, and I urge all of you to, if you are in the Toronto area, seek out Chef Véronique and her créperie, and try something. Sit inside or outside, and just watch how the place works. That is totally my favourite part - just sitting there and listening to the staff shout back and forth in French to one another is really fun, and adds an authentic French atmosphere to the café. Anyway, if you're around Toronto, go try it out! Believe me, it's awesome.

April 7: Shadow

This is my cousin's cat. Her name is Shadow. Clever, no?

April 8: Inside Your Wallet

Well, the inside of my wallet isn't that exciting, I'm afraid. I do like the wallet itself, though. It was a major bargain from a Claire's store near me - I think when I bought it it was about $5. It's also silver faux-leather with some type of alligator-ish embossing. I like it. Anyway, it doesn't have a great deal in it, aside from a vast number of membership cards and some change. Oh, and coupons. I am apparently an old lady inside - I can't stop clipping coupons. Thankfully, not so much that I am a candidate for the TLC show "Extreme Couponing." That would be... well... extreme.

Anyway, I need a break from typing all of this - I'll get back to you on days 9 and 10 tomorrow (hopefully). I've been at this big guy for hours!

I hope you are all having a lovely day or night, and I shall speak to you soon!