Thursday, March 29, 2012

What I've Been Reading: March 2012

Question of the month (from Andi): If you could have one celebrity's (person, actress, model etc.) wardrobe, whose would it be and why?

My answer would be Nicky Hilton - have you seen her closet?
Image Source: The Coveteur
And her Balenciaga bag/Alexander McQueen scarf collection?
Image Source: The Coveteur
She always has the best bags:
Celine Luggage Tote, Celine Nano Luggage, Balenciaga City
And simple understated outfits:

Whose wardrobe would you choose?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Recent purchases:

Finally found an iPhone cover that I love - cupcakes, good quality, lots of pink - what's not to love? The case is made by HAPPYMORI, and I got mine on eBay.
Received my L'Occitane order - they had a special email offer: spend $35 and get free shipping PLUS a "Best of L'Occitane" set. I purchased the Rose perfume and lotion (bottom left) the rest are all freebies - super generous, huh?

I'm on a major accessories kick at the moment - along with the JoeFRESH necklace I blogged about last week, I also picked up this mint green J Crew necklace. It's the perfect layering necklace for spring.
Some more sparklies - bought this Shamballa-type crystal ball bracelet and purple evil-eye bracelet yesterday. While I was attracted by their appearance, they each have symbolic meanings which I'd like to research further.
Quick pic from our grocery run - we'll be taking the kids on their first trip to Asia soon, so we've been stocking up on medication - hopefully we won't need any of it :-)

Have you purchased anything special this week?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Pics from my Phone

Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace dupe from JoeFRESH at Loblaws for CAD$19. First saw Veronika's etsy-version here and Katherine's original here. May have to go back for the turquoise version.

My next wishlist item - LV Damier Ebene Neverfull in the PM size - it's so tiny I love it! It's about the size of a speedy but no zip and you can put it on your shoulder. I  wanted to take a pic of me wearing it but the sweet salesguy didn't understand and posed with it instead LOL!

Whole Foods carries Butter LONDON nailpolishes! I love it when I can sneak *MY* shopping in with a grocery run!

My first FRANKEN-polish (yes - that's what they're called!). Turning my Sally Hansen I Pink I Can into something more wearable - ignore the clumsy application. Just kept mixing in darker shades until it turned a deep pink color.

Cookies I've baked for my kiddies' class parties...who knew decorating cookies could be so much fun? 

What's your next wishlist item?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Shopping, Sushi and Sewing

Between my dentist appointment (not fun) and Beauty Blogger event hosted by BlushPretty (fun!) I had a couple of hours to spare downtown - so I went shopping at Winners (Canada's version of TJ Maxx/Marshall's). I don't usually buy clothes at Winners because you really have to go through the racks to find items and it can be overwhelming - but they had a lovely stock of spring items out today, so I'm glad I had time to spare.
Crochet lace dress - (ignore the jeans LOL) I can't resist lace - I think I'll wear this with leggings and sandals.
What I loved about this MAXSTUDIO shirt: the color, the attached camisole, the material. What I didn't love: the flouncy sleeves and elasticated bottom - VERY unflattering for my body type. Didn't purchase.
 Another ALMOST from MAXSTUDIO. Loved the lace material, the cream color and the sleeves. Didn't love the elasticated waist or inappropriately placed crochet flowers (thankfully you can't see them in this pic...but they were in the chest area). Didn't purchase.
Was entranced by the gorgeous mint - finally a warm-toned version of this season's hottest shade. In this picture I'm wearing the medium, but I was able to find the smaller version and purchased it instead.
By the way - I'm LOVING the F21 necklace I'm wearing in these pics - I first saw it on Lilly and was finally able to track it down - I'm seriously thinking of purchasing a back-up version - it goes with EVERYTHING!
After shopping, I had just enough time for some sushi with hubby before heading to the blogger event. It was SO good that I ate a bite (or 3) before I remembered to take a pic!

Now on to the blogging event - I was invited to attend a 2-hour beginner's sewing class at The Sewing Studio along with Elaine from TOBeautyReviews, Arianne from Glitter Geek and Anjali from Rock that Look. Look at what I made - a brush roll!
I have not touched a sewing machine since 7th grade - and yet somehow I made this brush roll ALL BY MYSELF! From threading the bobbin, threading the machine, adjusting the stitches, pinning, adding velcro - we learned it all in 2 hours! I can't get over how simple and easy Becky and Stephanie made it for mother has been trying to teach me for YEARS, but it never made sense until today (sorry Mom - I love you!).
More photos from the event. Image Source: twitter #beautybloggerslovesewing
I have  a special interest in learning to sew - because I'm still working on my Design Project and am itching to make my own cushion I have the confidence to try!
We were sent home with a very generous goody bag containing sewing supplies - I must confess I'm not familiar with a lot of them - although my son claims one of them is a pizza cutter and my daughter thinks another is a playdough tool (note to self: hide new sewing supplies before the kids wake up!). Thank you so much BlushPretty for inviting me to this event! And if you're in the Toronto area and want to learn sewing - contact The Sewing Studio (416-901-0758).

Can you sew?  Have you purchased any mint clothes this season?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hand creams...I've got plenty

I can't resist purchasing cuticle creams (as seen in my "Cuticle Creams...I've got plenty" post!). I'm similarly obsessed with hand creams - I'm forever trying new ones, hoping to find the magical one that will address all of my hand concerns and leave me with moisturized and plumped skin.
My hand...waving hello?
My hands are not my favorite feature - they're skinny, veiny and have dark knuckles. But I'm not hung up on them either - we have enough bodyparts to worry about (face, neck, hair, etc LOL!) without adding "perfect" hands to the list! Below are mini-reviews of the hand creams that I'm currently using:
  • The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream - ($10 for 1oz) I bought this mainly for the scent - a beautiful natural rose fragrance. It's very light and absorbs easily but is otherwise unremarkable - no prolonged moisturizing or improvement in skin.
  • L'Occitane Shea Hand Cream - ($10 for 1oz)  VERY popular - HG item for many, but just OK for me. Sweet natural scent, leaves my hands soft but nothing more. On the plus side - the size is very convenient for my handbag - this is my second tube.
  • AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream - ($7 for travel size) I don't like silicone-y creams as I feel they only work temporarily by creating a silicone barrier on top of your skin - doesn't improve the underlying skin (still looks dry and wrinkly). This softens hands immediately and leaves them feeling silky - but that's about it. Reminds me of Glysomed.
  • Vaseline Healthy Hand & Nail - ($4 for 3oz) Basic drugstore option - feels lovely when you apply it, but is just a light lotion that absorbs quickly and with no lasting effects or benefits.
  • Fruit & Passion Avocado Hand Butter  - ($8 for 1.4oz) My favorite! Gorgeous natural scent, visible moisturization, adorable packaging (also sold in a tube). Non-greasy but it leaves a tangible barrier that keeps your skin feeling soft - even after washing your hands. I prefer Fruits & Passion products to the Body Shop or Bath & Bodyworks because they seem richer and of better quality.

  • Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream - ($19.50 for 2.3oz) This cult favorite is used for lips, cuticles and any really dry skin. It's VERY greasy and has an unpleasant medicinal smell. I use it overnight and wake up to noticeably moisturized skin. This is the original 8-hour cream, there is a hand cream version too - but I haven't tried it.
  • Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream  - ($5 for 2oz) This one looks and feels like Vaseline jelly (although its main ingredient is glycerin). I think this would be a good staple to keep in your handbag/dashboard in the winter - it immediately improves all dry patches - and is wallet friendly. This cream is my second favorite.
  • Aquaphor - ($9 for 3.5oz) Another Vaseline-like cream - this is a good dupe for the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream at half the price. Another bonus, this version is odorless! They even have similar ingredients (Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Lanolin) but the Aquaphor has Glycerin while the 8-hour cream has Castor Oil and Salicylic Acid.
  • Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve - ($14 for 2.5oz) I've just started using this, but I think it may replace the L'Occitane cream as my handbag staple. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling silky and moisturized.  It is heavy duty but doesn't have the greasy feeling that most hand-salves have.
MY RECOMMENDATIONS: Fruits & Passion Hand Butter is my ultimate favourite - but I would recommend the Kiehls or L'Occitane for your handbag (as they are non-greasy and easy to apply on the go) and the Aquaphor or Neutrogena for REALLY dry winter weather. My budget tip - keep unused face creams and Vaseline in your bedside table drawer - layer the 2 overnight to moisturize and improve the condition of your hands and feet (wear cotton socks & gloves until the product absorbs).

NEXT ON MY LIST TO TRY: Soap & Glory Hand Food (apparently it smells like Coco Mademoiselle perfume!), Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment and this Etsy cream I read about on the Purse Forum. Also want to try Bliss Moisturizing Gloves.

Which is your favorite hand cream - would LOVE to hear your recommendations.

DISCLAIMER: I purchased all these items myself except for the AHAVA cream (was in my glossybox) and the Kiehls salve (was a free gift with purchase).

Thursday, March 1, 2012

What I've Been Reading: Feb 2012

Question of the month: What's your most sentimental jewelry item - share the story behind it:

One of my most-worn jewelry items is this gold-twist bangle with a knot-clasp:
My Grandmother's Bangle with my Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch
This was given to my grandmother on her wedding day - she treasured these bangles (they come in a set of 2) and wore them every day.  On my wedding day, my mother gave me one of the bangles - and I've worn it ever since.

I love how this bangle looks delicate yet is very sturdy. The clasp is joined in a design called "lover's knot" (very wedding appropriate LOL). This goes with most of my accessories since I love wearing gold and rose gold...but I even wore this through my platinum/white gold phase. My sister wears the matching bangle - and my daughter has already claimed MY bangle for "when she grows up"!

Would love to hear about which jewelry pieces hold sentimental value for you in the comments.

Now on to a new monthly feature - posts from some of my favorite bloggers!


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