Thursday, February 18, 2010

the true north strong and free

vancouver is a sea of red, white, grey and black. everyone's in olympic gear. it's so refreshing to see the canadian flag on the street - in clothing and in windows - and not just on the walls of every molson-drinking canadian male's freshman dorm room.

here are a few great pieces to show some canadian pride ... in style.


photo credits/where to buy: 1 - 3 - hudson's bay company / 4 - 6 - aritzia / 7 - hudson's bay company / 8 - marc by marc jacobs @ holt renfrew / 9 - alexander mcqueen @ holt renfrew /10 - lululemon / 11 - hudson's bay company / 12 - lululemon

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

february floral

move over zac efron. step aside seth cohen. i have a new crush ... on some sweet florals at target. i usually fall head over heels for every designer collaboration at target, whether clothing, accessories or housewares. next month target will launch their collaboration with liberty of london. check out the teaser site online and a few of the goods below (i'm already obsessed with the bike!):

this collection reminds me of the william morris collection at the V&;A museum, available online and in various museum & gift shops (check out my adorable reusable water bottle):

and since we're talking florals, i can't help but mention these amazing valentino designs for spring 2010:

download these gorgeous liberty of london for target desktop wallpapers and more on the target website:

now if only target would stick with their british kick and collaborate with cath kidston i'd be a happy girl :-)

i can't believe i mentioned zac efron & adam brody and almost didn't provide anything for your viewing pleasure. you're welcome.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

be kind to your face

not too long ago, while enjoying a facial, my favourite semi-regular indulgence, my skoah "personal skin care trainer" informed me that some of my make-up was clogging my pores. gasp! what could be the culprit? she told me that i was likely using a product that contains talc, and that's what was doing the damage.

back home, i found the main offender: l'oreal paris bare naturale. i got it free from work, and it provided lasting coverage without looking like i was wearing anything. too bad it supplemented the "good" minerals with talc, a "bad" mineral filler found in many cosmetics. i also had to toss/give away my paul & joe compact foundation and my du-wop revolotion face. it was a sad, sad day for my make-up drawer. but i was able to give away some of the offenders to friends.

here are a few tips on mineral make-up...

how do i know if my make-up contains talc?
like me, you're not completely remedial - it's not that easy. most of today's pretty packaging doesn't include ingredients, and who keeps the box? try going online and searching the non-active ingredients. if you can't find it there, call the 1-800 number or your local cosmetics counter. note: talc is also called magnesium silicate.

should i believe the mineral infomercial hype?
i try not to base my buying decisions on late-night programs hosted by leeza gibbons, but that's why there's a money-back guarantee, right? according to the calgary herald, what makes mineral foundation so different from the foundation most women wear is what's not in it - no pore-clogging talc or oils, no parabens, no FD & C dye and no alcohol. the minerals included are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide - anti-inflammatories and natural sunscreens - and iron oxide.

cake: better in my mouth than on my face
mineral foundation often looks cakey. don't put on too much - use a full brush. if you need to, spritz on a light mist of evian spray or alcohol-free toner to eliminate the cake after application or pat a tissue all over your face.

try before you buy
remember 14-year-old orange face girl with the line along her chin? whenever she hugged the boys, their shirts changed colour. wow, memories. every high school had one. don't be her. never buy base make-up without wearing it for the day. that way you can check out the colour match in various lights AND see if it agrees with your skin. just walk away ... it'll still be at the store tomorrow. also, there's no shame in crossing the street to the other department store to see if they agree on the shade the last salesperson put on you.

my personal motto: keep it clean, y'all
don't forget to wash your brushes once a month. you can either buy a proper liquid cleaner or use a gentle shampoo from home.

some talc-free alternatives
*vintage beauty blog post

Thursday, February 11, 2010

ribbons in the sky

i'm obsessed!
vectorial elevation, sunset beach, vancouver

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

a little red satin just in time for v-day

amalgamation: [noun] the action, process or result of combining or uniting.

remember when you used to put a definition into your essays, as though your teacher didn't know what something meant? i mean really ... what we were doing other than adding to the word count? oh and i can only assume you did this too, otherwise i probably sound like i was a total moron with a poor grasp on writing. the moral of the story - and the definition - is that i'm moving the ol' beauty blog over here. seriously ... why get lost trying to find me all over the internet (almost as though you were looking ... all 10 of you)? so let's call this post "vintage" or "recycled" because that doesn't sound as bad as "used".

lip trick/tip...
toss that long-last lipstick. not only is it drying, but it probably doesn't last all day. what's the fuss about reapplying, anyway? go for a moisturizing lipstick - especially at this time of year. look for words like "satin," "cream" or "shine" on the tube.

steal - maybelline new york "moisture extreme" $4.50 USD website
splurge - stila "spf 20 shine lip colour" $22 USD website

if you must go matte, apply a generous amount of balm first, apply the lipstick and then top it with some clear, unsticky gloss. mmmouah!

a few favourites...

fragrance :: "l de lolita lempicka"
oriental parfum with notes of bitter orange, cinnamon, immortal flower, vanilla, precious woods, solar notes and musks. for the nights you feel a little musky. wait, that came out wrong. do over: for the nights you feel a little mysterious. and it has such pretty beachy packaging! website

cheeks :: cargo beachblush
i use this product as both bronzer & blush. it's the perfect winter/fair-skinned pick-me-up. website

gloss :: philosophy very emollient lip balm in "kiss me pink"
yummy peppermint taste and smooth consistency. my sister makes fun of me because this is my "treadmill gloss". but you need something on hand when you're exercising. it's not worth breaking your rhythm over dry lips. website

when you google "lipstick" this is what comes up. good times living in 2010.

Monday, February 8, 2010

music monday #2

my weekend: two baby showers in two days.

no games were played, but cupcakes were consumed and va%$#as were discussed. my woman clock started overheating over tiny onesies like my car in a border lineup, but it cooled right down over talk of uh, stretching, uh, somewhere? and one woman's story of walking around in just an unhooked breast-feeding bra and underwear for weeks on end. one adorable thing we did at shower #1 was each write a note to future baby T to be opened on her birthday for the next 19 years. i got age fifteen, and i may or may not have mentioned flying cars and the song "fifteen" by taylor swift. i mean, t-swizzle's got some good advice. that joe jonas did a number on her. ok but seriously, taylor swift aside...

here are this week's 10 music picks
devil town // son of your father
tony lucca // elton john

the walls are coming down // fears
fanfarlo // zach williams

hello hurricane // don't stop believin'
switchfoot // glee

west coast // the chain
coconut records // ingrid michaelson

fifth tambourine // hallelujah, i love her so
castledoor // ray charles

*all songs available on itunes