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FIVE SMALL LEATHER GOODS YOU NEED

13 Mar

A little less than two years ago I made a post stating the five types of bags you need . Today I discuss five SLG’s (small leather goods) as they are referred to in the luxury community that if you have will round out your bags and accessories collection. As always, this is by no means an exhaustive list, just a guide to help you pick your smaller goods. Also, this is my opinion and something I consider a staple you may not ever see the need for or vice versa and that’s okay.

So, first matter of business: “What IS an SLG exactly?” Well, as the name states it is a small leather good and that means anything that is not considered a handbag or luggage; items that are usually smaller than those . Secondly, let’s address the elephant in the room: NO, a “small leather good” doesn’t need to be made of actual leather. It can be made of vegan leather, coated canvas and numerous other fabrics so if you don’t want to use animal based products or can’t fit leather items into your budget right now you can still form your SLG collection.

The last thing I want to mention is something you’ll notice in the pics I’ve used. Everything has colour (primarily pink). Now I am 110% a black bag kind of girl because it goes with everything but I feel that with these smaller items you can really explore colour and patterns even if your larger pieces are more neutral.

So, let’s begin:

  1. COIN PURSE


Coin Pouch by FOSSIL $38 US

A coin purse is perfect for holding small but bulky things that jingle: coins (of course), keys and small cosmetic items like lip balm.

2. CARD HOLDER



Fleming Stud Slim Card Case by Tory Burch in Shell Pink $138 US

This is an absolute MUST for me. A card case holds all those cards we seem to have these days but because its so slim it can fit into even the smallest of bags. I often use a card case instead of a wallet whenever I’m on vacation carrying around smaller bags.

3. POUCH

Stella Logo Pouch in pink by Stella McCartney $365

A pouch, sometimes called a toiletry pouch or clutch is something I consider a cross over item because of it’s versatility. One of these bad girls can be used as an evening bag one day then filled up with cosmetic items and tossed into your handbag the following morning. I have also been known to use pouches as pencil cases or to pack small clothing items when traveling.

FUN FACT: Stella McCartney (design brand whose pouch is featured here) is a Vegetarian brand using Alter-Nappa and Polyurethane to produce their leather like items

4. WALLET

Le Foulonne zip around wallet by Longchamp in pink $295US

I’m sure I don’t need to explain why you need a wallet, lol, but for clarity purposes; a wallet is your home base for smaller accessory pieces. You keep your bills, some coins and all your cards there for everyday use.

5. WRISTLET

Clutch Wristlet by Coach in Fuschia and Pewter $195US

For me, a wristlet is that final piece of the SLG puzzle. I think every single use of a wristlet can be interchanged with one of the other pieces already listed: you can keep cards in it, small cosmetic items, keys etc. But that’s just it, it can be a bit of a work horse serving multiple purposes plus the added benefit of being compact and able to be hooked around the wrist for a true hands free experience.

So those are the SLGs or small accessories I think you need in your collection. Which pieces do you already have and is there anything different you would have chosen?

Thanks for reading an have an awesome day!

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10 ECO-Tips (that will be great on your wallet too)

15 Jan

We all care about the environment (I assume) and would love to do whatever we can to be a bit gentler to our planet. Sometimes, being environmentally friendly can be costly, time consuming and bothersome (still worth it though). However, sometimes it’s actually really easy. Here are some eco-friendly tips I have compiled to help us on our quest to go eco.

1.Wooden toothbrush

This particular tip isn’t necessarily cheaper than purchasing a regular plastic toothbrush but it costs about the same as a good quality regular brush and it’s a super easy swap to make.

2. Menstrual Cup 

For persons who have periods, the paper products widely peddled throughout the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st century do not come cheap and result in waste due to their one time usage. I suspect it will be a long while before we can completely get away from disposable paper products, but this is a good start.


The most popular brand I would say is the “Diva Cup” although there are others available. I have a close friend who has used a menstrual cup for over two years. She currently uses the Diva Cup brand and caustions that there is a bit of a learning curve but once you get into the … flow of things (ba-dum bum ching!) it works out fine.

The Diva Cup menstrual cup costs around $38 US which does sound a bit steep but for comparison, a woman can spend around $100 US per year in paper menstrual products while some women report their menstrual cups last 2-3 years.

3. Shorter showers

Or…less showers. I know. I KNOW! This one seems weird and well gross. However, many of us waste a lot of water in the shower just standing there letting it run over our bodies for minutes on end. In fact, many suggest that no shower should last more than 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Shorter showers can save water and save you money on your water bill.

4. Less Laundry

I KNOW! First, I tell you to wash your body less then I tell you to wash your clothing less! Yes, it seems odd but again, we wash a lot of our clothing far too often resulting in faster wear and tear which leads to more clothing being discarded and filling up landfills. Additionally, many persons will wash just a few pieces of clothing at a time. This wastes  a lot water, a lot of electricity and a lot of money. Any clothing that can be re-worn such as jeans, jackets etc. should be and wait until you have a full load before turning on that washing machine.

5. Cloth makeup Remover

Take a stroll to the cosmetics section of any drug store or even a high end makeup counter and you will see every company peddling their disposable makeup removers. A thick piece of tissue impregnated with some cleaning solution usually lavender or lemon scented, requiring that you use one or two a day and repurchase every couple of months. Well… what if I told you that there was a way to remove your makeup without destroying the earth! What if I told you it was super easy and affordable too!

There are plenty of brands out there making makeup removal facecloths that you wash and reuse. Most are made of microfiber which has great propensity to absorb oils and doesn’t scratch. I have been removing my makeup this way exclusively for about 18 months. Right now, I have 5 cloths that I use about 4 times each (I use half of one side at a time) then wash. With this number of cloths, I always have a clean cloth I can grab and I haven’t spent a dime on disposable makeup removers for ages.


6. Reusable bag

This is an oldie but goodie. By now, I hope that we all have a stash of sturdy reusable bags in differing shapes and sizes for all our shopping needs. Whether its one of the woven plastic ones or my personal preference; canvas (more durable and long lasting), you can really cut back on your plastic bag use by including these bags in your repertoire.

7. Reusable food wraps/covers

Cheese wrap by Bees Wrap

This is a new concept to me. There are food wraps made of cloth and infused with bees wax and tree resin. Because of the wax, the cloth is easily folded and molded to the shape of the item it is covering whether that is a piece of cheese, half or a cucumber or the top of a bowl. The wax also makes it somewhat waterproof. The best part is that these cloths are washable hence reusable. Goodbye aluminum foil, cling wrap and wax paper.

I first saw this product when browsing in Sur la Table, a cookware,dinnerware specialty store and the brand I saw there is Bees Wrap but there are a number of companies that offer this type of product.

8. Reusable glass/plastic containers

Another oldie but goodie. Again, instead of wrapping unfinished foods with disposable materials such as foil and plastic wrap, place your edibles in containers for storage. A good quality plastic container can be reused for years and glass is eternal (unless broken)

9. Dish rag/cloth

Instead of a sponge (which depending on your appetite for risk can last you’re a couple weeks or a couple months), a cloth used to wash your dishes can give you years of service. After a few days/weeks change to a new dish rag, then wash and reuse.

Stainless steel Insulated Travel Mug by ZAK

10. Reusable water bottle/mug

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us drink plenty of water/coffee/tea every day. If we were to drink those things while in our own homes we would use a glass or ceramic mug, because we can wash them and reuse them. Well it doesn’t have to be every different when we go out. I have a mug which keeps things either hot or cold for hours at a time and I do NOT leave home without it. I have had everything from coffee to cocktails put into this cup in order to avoid using a disposable one.

These ten tips are easy to incorporate into most lifestyles. They help your pocket and they help reduce your footprint on the planet. Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!

The 5 Types of bag you need

22 Oct

Have you ever found yourself desperately trying to find the perfect bag for a situation? Despite having countless bag? 

I feel you. 

This is a bag basics guide to the 5 Types of bag you should have. It is not an exhaustive list (OF COURSE),  as one can never have too many bags, however if you have these 5 types of bag you will find you always have a bag for every occasion.

 THE TOTE

The tote bag is an everyday catch-all type of bag. It is the definition of versatility going from work bag to shopping bag to travel bag. Totes are often open or may have a zippered top like this one. Whatever you choose, it will serve many purposes.

THE CROSSBODY

For a hands free day, a crossbody is the bag to go with. Crossbody bags generally vary from very small to medium sized and they work great for exploring while on vacation, going out to a movie or a casual day of shopping.

THE BACKPACK

To be honest, you’re either a backpack person or you aren’t. If you’re not, it’s likely you haven’t found the right backpack for you. Backpacks are another stylish way to go hands free but carry more stuff. These bags are great for people who are spending time with children, useful for vacation and even work.

THE CLUTCH

A clutch is a must have being great for evenings out and brunch. I personally recommend getting one that comes with a detachable chain so it can also be used as a super compact crossbody for hands free fun!

THE STRUCTURED BAG

Again, you either like structured bags or you don’t. However, a good sized  (medium) structured bag can serve many purposes. It’s great for work, as an everyday bag if you’re running around doing errands and it’s compact and polished enough to go from day to evening.  
So… do I have more than five bags? Heck yeah ! But , these five bags fit all my needs and I make selections about new bags based on the functions these serve.

Have an awesome day!

Pack with me

24 Sep

WHAT: Girls (mostly) trip

WHERE: Vegas baby!

WHEN: Sometime in the near Future

Hello and welcome to ‘Packing with me.” I will soon be taking a trip to Las Vegas and I thought I would share a few of my must-haves.

Clockwise from bottom

Flip-flops- These cute nude tones jelly ones with bows let your feet stay comfy while looking super cute.

Crossbody– This recent acquisition (as if I needed another crossbody) is by Ann Kline, a great contemporary designer. I love the structured box shape, the (faux) alligator skin finish and (faux) antique gold hardware. This will work great for all my exciting handsfree activities!

Hair Moisturizer– Do NOT leave home without your go-to hair product. This Coconut infused Whole Blends by Garnier keeps my thick, curly, unruly tresses in order. Of course, to avoid checked baggage I will be placing some of it in a travel appropriate (less than 3 fl Oz/ 100mL) bottle.

Way-Cool shades- That’s what I’ve decided to call these trendy sunglasses. The cat eye frame and super reflective finish have been popular recently and who doesn’t want to look trendy when on vacay. This is not my regular pair of sunnies, these are a much cheaper pair so just in case things get “way-crazy” and they are destroyed/lost I’ll still have my regular pair.

Bright red Lipstick– I chose this slightly cool toned brilliant red by Loreal “Frieda’s Red “. Red is my personal favourite lip colour so of course I want to have a nice turned up red on my lips while I’m turning things up in Vegas. If red isn’t your thing go for a nice bright pink/orange/coral. 

Sunscreen– Whatever your age, ethnicity, skin type etc, do not step outside without loading up on sunscreen. UV rays don’t discriminate. This is actually a daily moisturiser by Ceruve and contains hydrating cerumide but also contains SPF 30.

Fragrance– I am a huge believer in minis, whether you buy them or make your own by transferring products into smaller containers. My mother gave me this little sampler set of Atilier fragrances for my birthday and I think they are perfect for this trip. With scents ranging from blood orange to white musk, there is no occasion where I won’t find something just right.

Blazer– You really can’t go wrong with a blazer,  particularly this oversized fit black one from H+M. A nice blazer can keep you warm on your flight, dress up a nightime outfit and add dimension to daytime dress. DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT ONE!

Statement Necklace- Or statement earrings, or statement arm cuff. Point is, a jewellery piece (or two or three) that can really pop and elevate your looks.

Thank you for letting me share some of my travel essentials. Hopefully you see some inspiration for your next trip and have an awesome day!

(Drugstore) Makeup brush Essentials

10 Sep

So you have your Drugstore makeup collection. Great. What are you going to put it in with? Drugstore brushes of course! This is a guide to the basic brushes you need and all affordable drugstore options. It is not exhaustive by any means but if you have these brushes you will be able to create almost any makeup look you want.


FACE

(l-r : Real Techniques Stipple brush, Real Techniques contour brush, Moda large face brush [comes in set of four], Real Techniques buffing brush, Real Techniques fan brush)

Stipple brush– This is excellent for blending out liquid or stick foundation. It tends to give an even finish.

Fluffy face brush– This works for application of powder products to the cheeks i.e blush/bronzer/highlight.

Flat, dense Face brush– Excellent for blending out liquid or stick foundation as well as for application of face powders.

Buffing brush– This thick, dense slightly rounded brush is the right tools for blending out blush/highlight/contour/bronzer as well as applying all over setting powder. (Kabuki brush which tends to have a flatter top can do the same)

Fan brush– This is perfect for applying a narrow amount of product e.g highlighter over the cheekbone or along the nose.

EYES

(top: e.l.f flat, shadow, crease brushes, bottom l-r: Real techniques slanted brow brush, Real techniques base shadow brush, Real techniques crease brush, Real techniques accent brush) 




Flat thin brush– This type of brush is useful in applying highlight to the brow bone,  for applying concealer if sculpting the eyebrows and for applying eyeshadow to line the upper or lower lids.

Dense rounded brush– Perfect for packing on eyeshadow especially all over the lid.

Dense brush– This type of brush works well when applying product to the outer corner of the eye and it allows for easy blending.

Angled flat brush– The angle referenced here is the angle in the bristles not so much the handle although that helps. This is the ideal type of brush to use when filling in brows with pomade or powder.

Fluffy brush– This is an all purpose eye shadow brush great for adding colour in the crease but can also pack on product on the lid or blend.

Dense fluffy brush– Another all purpose brush but this one can apply colour all over the eye and can also be useful in blending.

Small rounded brush– This is the brush you use to get into small spaces like adding a pop of colour on the inner corner, smudging out the lower lash line or even to add highlight to the brow bone.

 
I hope this guide is useful for anyone trying to expand their brush Collection. Are there any must-have brushes that I left out? Let me know and have an awesome day!

Cheap Trend- Patches

23 Jul

Hello 

Today I am exploring the trend that has taken 2017 by storm…patches. Like most current trends, patches aren’t new by any means but they have definitely made a big splash recently adorning everything from caps to bags to shoes.

Bag by Anya Hindmarch, Boots by Shop Deco and hat from Forever 21

One of my favourite looks with this trend is on denim jackets so I decided to DIY my own.  Due to the massive popularity of patches,  they are now widely available in craft stores, book stores, trendy clothing stores… you name it. And, they are often quite cheap.

I resurrected a cropped light wash denim jacket from my past and decided to give it a 2017 update with some patches. 

WHAT YOU NEED

1. Denim jacket

2. Patches

The jacket

The patches




WHAT TO DO

1) Lay the patches out on the jacket and play around with the arrangement. 

Lay out patches


2) Read the instructions for the patches CAREFULLY! Most patches can be stuck or sewn on but some can’t be stuck (I learnt this the hard way). Additionally, if you stick rather than sew, the garment can’t be washed so bear that in mind. I chose to stick mine on because I hope to recycle the jacket again.

Follow patch instructions


3) Apply the patches– If you’re sticking them on it won’t take very long but if you’re sewing it will obviously take longer.

Then you’re done!

I just love this trend.  I think it’s so great that you can inject your own personality into your fashion and it’s super fun, easy and affordable. This could work great on a backpack or a pair of denim shorts or whatever you like. 

Hopefully you find some inspiration from this post and hoping you have an awesome day!

A few Spring things

12 Mar

A few Spring things

Happy spring! So even though the Spring Equinox isn’t until March 20th,  today is the day where clocks spring forward, so technically it’s spring right. I should also add that I do not live in a temperate climate so technically these seasons aren’t experienced where I am but it doesn’t stop me from totally getting excited about this time of year.

I decided to do a post sharing some things I have been recently enjoying and plan to continue doing so into the upcoming spring season. The items aren’t spring themed, just happen to be living them right now.


MAKEUP


Sweet Peach palette by Too Faced

This palette is a re-release from Too Faced, originally being a limited edition but now added to the right permanent line and massively expanded to include highlighters, blush and lip colours. This was a surprise favourite for me because initially I was unimpressed. Quite a few beauty bloggers/vloggers expressed disappointment with the palette and I was genuinely turned off. I actually walked into Sephora to purchase an entirely different palette a few weeks ago and just glanced over at this one. I switched the colours and I was hooked. 

Packaging

The packaging is the standard Too Faced metal palette that closes magnetically. It is ombre peach coloured with raised peaches across it. This actually makes it a bit difficult to stack with other flat palettes.

Product 

This palette costs $49 US and it contains 18 shadows each 0.95g .There are 5 matte shares all in neutral colours that I think can work for any skin tone. The rest of the palette is comprised of satiny and shimmers in corals, coppers and purples as well as an olive shade and a shimmery black shade.

Impression

For me, I love this palette. I can create complete looks with it alone including a completely neutral look (but why would you want to with all these awesome shades) 

Moda Makeup Brushes

Moda face brushes

By now most of us who have an interest in makeup would have heard of the Artis makeup brushes. For those who haven’t , it’s a set of flat head high end makeup brushes. These brushes made their rounds in the beauty community last year but for many of us regular folk the price was just too high. Then came the dupes.There are more than a few companies who have fashioned their version of the Artis makeup face brushes charging a pretty penny for them too. Then came Moda. This brand has been steadily making a name for itself as a brightly coloured, affordable, decent quality drugstore makeup tools line. I first knew of this brand of face brushes through Emmy Noel, one of my favourite beauty YouTubers. She gave them her stamp of approval and that was all I needed to hear. This set of four brushes goes for around $15 US at Walmart and is by far the cheapest I have seen any of these brushes yet.

Style

These are paddle head brushes compared to your typical makeup brushes with very densely packed fires. The colour is awesome resembling a cross between oil slick and mermaid skin on the handles and unicorn hair for  the bristles. Honestly I was sold on the appearance alone.
Function

The largest brush is meant for foundation (liquid or creme). The second size is meant for blush and bronzer.  The third one is for contouring and the fourth and smallest is meant for concealer. Obviously you can use the  however you like. I find myself getting the most use out of the two larger ones. I appreciate applying my foundation with something different to a sponge. I also find I use less product when I use this brush to apply. The blush brush is the perfect size for blush application.

If you are interested in this style of makeup brushes but can’t or won’t splurge on the more expensive version, definitely give these a go.

Colour Switch


Color Switch by Vera Mona

This little tin here was a true game changer for me. A colour switch allows you to reuse the same makeup brushes in the same time frame i.e while creating the same look. I was going crazy trying to create a cute look and realising I didn’t quite have enough brushes to do it with. If I used my brush cleaner, the brush got wet and wouldn’t dry out in time.

Until

I got

Color Switch

This invention is genius. It is essentially a circular chunk of very  porous, hard sponge not unlike that found in aquarium filters. You rub the brush in circles to get off product. You can use both sides and wash it when it gets particularly dirty.

Milani Lip Color Remover

In this day and age where long wear matte lipsticks are a dime a dozen,  this little tube is a saving grace. It is the colour and consistency of a petroleum jelly lip gloss. This thing really works! Just put it on and remove using a bit of tissue and the lip color comes right off.

SKIN AND BODY CARE

Elf Hydrating Bubble Mask

E.l.f mask



While other drugstore brands are busy expanding their makeup line, e.l.f has done that and is now making a foray into affordable skin care. So far I’ve seen facial cleansers, masks, day and night time moisturizers. I picked this one up because I’ve been curious about bubble masks but didn’t want to buy an expensive one only to hate it. I don’t hate this. I have feelings opposite to hate for this. 

Packaging

The packaging with this skin care line is a real winner. It is in a pale aqua cylindrical tub set into frosted translucent hard glass making it look rather luxe. The product comes through a hole in the top via a pumping motion.

Product

The mask comes out as a clear almost greasy substance with a mild you citrus scent. Upon touching moist skin it becomes white and foamy but it takes about two minutes before it truly bubbles. Bubble masks feel weird. Lol. The sensation is tingly and feels as if I poured a Sprite onto my face. After use my face felt clean but not dry which is what the product promised.


Philosophy Pink Marshmallow Buttercream shower gel

Shower gel

Philosophy makes intensely scented bath and body products. Whatever the scent is on the bottle is EXACTLY what it smells like.This can be used as shower gel, bubble bath or shampoo. It lathers well and leaves a gentle lingering scent on your skin. What I love about Philosophy products like this is that they print actual recipes on the front of the bottles to go along with the fragrance. I picked this one up from T.J Maxx and paid about $4 which is about half of the original price  (according to T.J. Maxx)


Body Shop Italian Summer Figure Body Cream


Cream

Yes, I am featuring a summer fig cream in a spring favourites post. This was another T.J.Maxx (my favourite off-price retail store) find and it was a good one. I paid $5US for mine but you can get it from The Body Shop for about $10. This cream comes in the traditional Body shop cream container and the graphics are clean and simple as with most body shop products. It smells delicious. It is rich and a little sweet with a fresh almost grassy undertone. It’s the type of scent that makes you constantly sniff your hands (or foot or whatever body part you put it on). The consistency of the cream is soft and whipped and extremely moisturizing.


FRAGRANCE

Elizabeth and James Nirvana rollerballs 

Rollerballs



Elizabeth and James is a line owned by the prolific business savvy Olsen twins: Mary-Kate and Ashley.  The names come from two of their younger siblings and the Nirvana fragrances have become more and more popular. 

I previously used the Nirvana White as a fragrance sampler set I got from Sephora about a year ago. Since then I’ve been hooked. The Nirvana line now has four fragrances: E&J Nirvana White, E&J Nirvana Black, E&J Nirvana Rose and E&J Nirvana Bourbon.

These fragrances have something for everyone occasion. The White has a clean fresh daytime scent. Black is darker and more musky and great for evening to night. Rose is light and romantic and almost powdery, fantastic for day wear or a date night. Bourbon is my favorite. It does somewhat embody the essence of Bourbon. It has depth and a bit of sweetness. I prefer this for nighttime but it can work in the day as well.

 I purchased this set of four rollerballs from Sephora for $28 which is a bit of a bargain for rollerballs these days. I am into buying sample or travel sizes of items because it allows me to test something before committing to a full size as well as giving an opportunity to try many things at once.


BBW Tomato Vine Candle

Candle

This candle smells diVINE!  (get it?) Bath and body Works continues to grow their candle line exploring more sophisticated scents. This is one of those and what a great job they did. This candle smells earthy, green and a little bit tart. It is very fragrant and throws fairly well. This works well being burnt in the mid morning to early afternoon as well as a fragrant backdrop for an after dinner glass of wine.

Those are my spring favourites. Maybe something I featured is a favourite of yours or maybe you’ll want to test out some for yourself. Have an awesome day!

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