Friday Favourites: Weekend Edition

Since I haven’t posted a “favourites” post in over a month, you should grab a glass of wine, your credit card, and a cozy blanket. This is a humdinger.

Favourite Hair Product

Lush Solid Shampoo in Karma Komba 

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I’ve been using Lush shampoo bars for the last 6 months now and don’t plan on switching it up anytime soon. They last forever, require a small rub for the biggest lather, and they smell amazing in the tin and on your hair. This one contains patchouli oil, pine and lemongrass oil (among others) and the Karma fragrance is heavenly. All their shampoo bars leave my hair feeling really clean and soft so unless you hate clean and fragrant hair you have no excuse because they come in like, 20 different scents.

Favourite Skincare Product

L’Occitane Weekend en Provence Almond Discovery Set 

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I got this little set in my stocking for Christmas and was thrilled because my almond supple skin oil was half empty (half empty is enough to give me anxiety). The set contains Almond Shower Oil (which is heavenly in the shower), Almond Milk Concentrate (body lotion for post shower), and Almond Delicious Hands (perfect for a luxurious travel lotion). The smell is divine, definitely something to try if you’re looking for a trial pampering session.

Favourite Scent

Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom 

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I know I’ve mentioned it before but honest to sh*t this smell is one of the softest, elegant, musky and sweet scents I’ve ever worn. Mimosa, spiced cardamom, tonka and sandalwood, powdery heliotrope (which is so intense with each spray) and Damask rose. I cannot emphasize how cozy and dignified this particular scent is. Jo Malone is a scientist. I was gifted it for Christmas and a day hasn’t gone by since I’ve worn it.

Favorite Gift 

Diptyque Holiday Coloured Glass Trio

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I not so subtly hinted to my sister all November long that I would drop to the floor in a dramatic and hugely fraudulent fainting spell if I didn’t welcome this set into my life. She shut me up. This limited edition Diptyque candle trio gives Diptyque cult followers life. Me. It gives me life. The set includes Sapin (pine tree scent with mingling notes of mandarin orange), Liquidamber (amber from a tree with red leaves, mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg and muscovado sugar – which I honestly know nothing about but love), Oliban (woodsy and sweet). I’ll be melting these (I have a handy little candle warmer because there’s no way I’m even remotely comfortable burning 80 dollar candles) all year long. I usually save my muskier and woodsier candles for rainy and overcast days when I’m settled indoors with my pyjamas. The rest are for warmer sunnier days when I’m settled indoors with my pyjamas. (Just keeping it real).

Favourite Wardrobe Item

Wildfox Let’s Stay Home Sweater 

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I was eyeing this cozy sweater since the day it was introduced but it fell off the radar somehow (the shame). How thrilled was I to find it under the tree this year? Thrilled AF. (Sorry) It’s deliciously cozy, easy to style with a pair of jeans or a skirt and can be thrown over pretty much any set of pyjamas for the utmost at-home comfort. And the saying speaks for itself. If people came with a tagline, this would be mine.

Favourite Wishlist Purchase

Aquazzura Wild Thing Sandals

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The Christmas sprites picked me this season and it’s not because I’m their most vocal spokesperson – it’s because I’ve been long-thirsting for these heels right here. I would search my favourite online haunts and never make it to “purchase” because my size was almost always disappointingly sold out. Until now bitches. That last size 37.5 is mine. All mine. Bless you Forward by Elyse Walker. May you always be blessed with abundant stock. The open toe suede fringe, the delicate straps, the 4″ yet comfortable heel. Nothing short of perfection. I’ve never been so pleased with giving away my money. (PS: They’re in limited stock at most online boutiques right now – you’re welcome).

Favorite Pastime

Colouring 

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I’m fully aware that this is a so-called trend these days but I’m been going HAM with colouring since 83. Fine, I just recently picked it up again but it’s always been within me yearning to come out and show ya’ll what fine tipped markers were made for. I picked this gem up at Chapters Indigo (along with The Time Chamber by Daria Song). I try and sneak in some colouring time during my hours allocated to TV each evening, also I find that when I colour during the Hawks games I’m less likely to jump up from the couch threatening bodily harm to the opposing team when something goes awry.

Favorite Makeup Product

Anastasia Illuminator in Starlight

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I kept forgetting that Macy’s carried Anastasia’s full makeup line (most of the time) so this time there was no way I was going to walk past without stopping in to check for her insanely popular highlighters. I chose this shade (an iridescent white gold) because, let’s be honest – I have pretty much every other shade possible. This was a little brighter than the rest, a little more YouTube guru, and a lot more Khloe Kardashian – AKA – this glow is not from within (even though the site boasts that it’s meant to give off that result). I’m going to do a full review but I will say for now that this shade is nice for adding a real sheen, like full on glamazon glow. You can be heavy handed (like me without natural light during application) or go easy with a fan brush (to add a bit of radiance). 

Favourite Treat

Soft Peaks Ice Cream

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I know it’s the dead of Winter but I rarely get a chance to indulge in Soft Peaks ice cream. Although, I can hardly call it indulging since it’s organic, all natural, low in fat and calories, with just a tiny little smudge of sweetness. When I dive face first into their churning tub – that’s when we can call it indulging.

Happy Weekend

xo

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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas: Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Junkie

Makeup is one of the easiest, fool proof presents you can gift – as long as you have some semblance as to what the giftee is into. Giving someone porcelain coloured foundation when they have an olive skin tone is just plain and utter stupidity. That’s where this guide comes in. Stay away from the every day, “I need to run into Sephora to replace my concealer” type products and steer towards one of a kind, treat yourself, pampering type goods. You’ll be her next favourite beauty supplier, next to Sephora.

*Each image will take you to a clickable, shop-able link. 

Happy Shopping

Sephora Collection Precious Metals Anti-Bacterial Brush Set

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Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

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Sephora Favorites Lash Stash

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Temptu Starter Airbrush Kit

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Glo Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device 

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Slip for beauty sleep Slipsilk Pillowcase

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

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T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand

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Wildfox Eau de Parfum Set

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Sigma Beauty Travel Brush Set

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Philosophy Glowing Days Ahead Set

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Sigma Spa 2X Brush Cleaning Glove

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Kiehl’s Night Time Essentials

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Laura Mercier In the Glow Highlighting Trio

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Yves Saint Laurent Kiss & Love Edition Touche’ Eclat

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Jo Malone Christmas Cracker

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Laura Mercier Limited Edition Le Petit Souffle Body Cremes

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Oribe’ Gold Lust Collection

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Fig & Yarrow Facial Care Kit 

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Glamglow Youth Luxe Set

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Cle’ de Peau Collection Bal Masque Nail Lacquer Trio

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Estee’ Lauder Diamond Nights Powder Compact

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Diptyque Colored Glass Candle Trio

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L’Occitane Advent Calendar

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CosmoCube Posh Makeup Organizer

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 Fred Segal The Blend Custom Fragrance Blending Kit

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Serge Normant The Glamour Girl’s Hair Set

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Voluspa Brance Vermeil Home Ambience Diffuser

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Bobbi Brown Basic Brush Collection

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Guerlain Meterorites Perles de Neiges 

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Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

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Diptyque Soothing Lip Balm

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Rouge Louboutin Silky Satin Lip Colour

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Friday Favorites: Weekend Edition

Favorite Purchase

Along with the rest of the fashion obsessed world – I’m in love with the mini bag. The nano. The tiny tote. Whatever. I want to pinch it’s leathery cheeks and kiss it’s little handles. I recently added to this collection of little midget bags with a Balenciaga Giant 12 Red Mini City bag. Or Lil Red, as I like to call it. Hand stitched handles, a removable strap, top zip closure with gold metal hardware. This is my favorite style Balenciaga handbag – the leather is durable and insanely soft but it still retains its shape because of the firm outer frame. And it’s red. I didn’t match it to the season whatsoever.

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Favorite Product

I recently went browsing for a good leave – in conditioner type styling product. Sideways rain, misty rain, fat droplets of rain…neither are welcome but they invite themselves up anyway. The girls @ Obadiah Salon in Bellevue have instilled in me, a love for Oribe’. This leave-in conditioner is luxe (for the price and the brand – I’d expect nothing less). It’s light and moisturizing yet dissolves quickly – almost like a serum. I find that creams feel a little heavier but this stuff is airy and smooth. It really tamed my dry curls and although I’m a little stingy on the application, a little is all you need to make it happen. The added heat protection, and glossy shine is awesome so I can now justify the price. I went with the smaller tube as a trial but will definitely upgrade to a larger size now that I know the benefits are legit.

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Favorite Scent

Jo Malone’s Mimosa & Cardamom is a little cloud of mimosa, spicy, warm cardamom, sandalwood, and Damask rose. Really, there’s not one Jo Malone fragrance that I have turned away from, so I’m not surprised at my love affair with this new scent. It actually reminds me of talcum powder, it’s a soft scent – perfect for the winter months.

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Favorite Read

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson – this book actually left me perplexed but it didn’t keep me from putting it down. It follows the parallel life of a young Denver woman in 1960’s who co-owns a bookshop with her girlfriend. While she’s a simple, single, independent girl in one life, she’s a glam housewife in the other – caring for her husband and triplets. It goes back and forth between each world until she comes to a realization as to which world she actually inhabits. It infiltrated my sleep so it will yours.

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Favorite Photo

Anyone who has a relationship with their bed linens can appreciate this photo by Alyssa Monks. Paintings to be exact. The perfect rumple, the creases in fresh linen, silly sheets and a light, fluffy down duvet. zzzzz.

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Favorite Look

My style muse Maja Wyh is yet to fail me. Even the most ridiculous looking pieces look perfectly paired on this little sprite. Full fauxs, layers, and a Kate Moss/Jagger edge.

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Here are the links to the products/purchases:

Balenciaga

Oribe

Jo Malone

Happy Weekend

xo

Purchased & Reviewed: Jo Malone London

I have a thing for a distinctive and highly unique scent. Jo Malone fragrances are specifically tailored for that desire. Rare and uncommon combinations are what make the line so sought after. It’s like walking past a person and then coming back to ask them what perfume they’re wearing – it’s usually something mixed with something else and then factor in a ton of other outside forces – that’s what they’re wearing. Jo Malone has cultivated just that – and bottled it – and then wrapped it up in a pretty little box for you.

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I purchase all my Jo Malone fragrances at Nordstrom – just because of ease and the sales consultant at my favourite location is eccentric and entertaining and a pleasure to deal with. I had left a month or so ago with a sample given to me by someone working a different counter and I’ve been lusting after it ever since. Only downfall was that it was unlabelled and in the generic Nordstrom vial. First world problem. I know. Anyway – I was pretty confident I knew which scent it was so I took it to her last night and that b*tch waved her hands for a couple seconds and plucked the right bottle out of at least 25 others. I give praise where praise is due – and I bow down.

Vanilla & Anise 

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After smelling and then inhaling and then purchasing English Pear & Cucumber and Wood Sage & Sea Salt I really didn’t think there was another unification of scents that I couldn’t live without. I was gladly mistaken. This combination is amazing – especially if you’re into warmer medleys.

Notes

Top – Star Anise/Middle – Purple Vanilla Orchid/Base – Vanilla Bourbon

 

Description

It’s a sophisticated cologne as most Jo Malone concoctions are but the warmer base adds a nice musky coziness to it. It’s meant to be subtle but I can smell it on myself all day – I don’t axe-shower in it either – so it says a lot of it’s staying power – although you should keep in mind it’s a cologne and not a parfum so it may not linger as long as you’d like. I do a spritz in the morning and one in the afternoon and for me, that’s all I need to sustain it.  It’s light and fresh but as the anise keeps it from getting too cloyingly sweet. Some people say it’s a little spicy but I can’t smell that at all – the warm vanilla bourbon and the anise/orchid is what I pick out when it’s on my skin. I was told, unfortunately, that this one will be discontinued soon (why oh why) but I still chose the smaller bottle because they last me forever. And I’m speaking in terms of years. I’m so pleased to have stumbled upon this specific synthesis of smells. It’s like I was conjuring up this idea of what I wanted in a perfume and still couldn’t quite place my finger on it. Until it was placed in my hands and slowly wafted into my nostrils – all thanks to the knowledgeable consultants werking the beauty and fragrance department.

You can indulge here.

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xo

Friday Favorites: Weekend Edition

Happy Weekend

xo

Favorite Look

Side Swept Hair

I’ve been shamelessly repeating the side swept do for the past week or so…and I’m not sorry. I love that it looks like you put a lot of time and effort into styling a ‘do but really all I do I curl the ends as usual, Farrah the bangs a little and sweep it all over one shoulder. It’s great for when you want to look done up without wasting your precious makeup minutes. A la Jessica.

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Favorite Product

MAC Soar Lip Pencil

Okay okay. I caved and succumbed to the Kylie lip trend. I hate how you know who I’m talking about without even having to provide a last name. Gross. Anyway, I like the look and although it’s one of her Instapics that sent beauty bloggers and makeup hoarders into a frenzy, it’s the 90’s lip that’s iconic. Cholas everywhere are mean mugging at anyone who says they weren’t the real OG’s but I ain’t scared – I give credit where credit is due and I’m giving credit to the 90’s. I did a little bit of research – (and by research I obviously mean scrolling hashtags) and came up with a nice color combo that’s being thrown around social media…MAC Soar liner and Brave satin lipstick. I have both on here and find that although the liner took some getting used to (I’ve barely ever worn it) the end result is pretty pleasing. It’s like my lips – but better. The line isn’t too harsh plus it lasted all freaking day. Try it.

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Favorite Photo

Pumpkin Patching

Fall is my 2nd favourite time of year. Do you even have to ponder my 1st? I love impromptu photoshoots, the perfectly crisp sunshine, the smell of pumpkin and leaves in the air and – Halloween.  My favourite patch is Bellewood Acres in Bellingham WA. It’s less of a little patch and more of a all encompassing farm with apples, pumpkins, whimsical decor, and amazing food. My sister and I went back a week later for the fries and gin apple cider. We don’t eat fries. We had these twice. The bomb. Oh right – the picture – self taken whilst prancing amongst the pumpkins. The outfit was obviously coordinated and acclimated to a pumpkin patch. I’m wearing Marc Jacobs booties, Paradise Mine denim and Artizia’s Montpellier sweater. Fall approved.

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Favorite Scent

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

I was in Nordstrom picking up the latest Diptyque candle (more on that later) and happened to find myself browsing the Jo Malone counter. It’s like clockwork I tell you. This is one of the newest introductions. Wood Sage & Sea Salt. Wow. Floored. Really nice and subtle, but unique and noticeable – pretty much standard for Jo Malone. A little rugged, a little seaside and a little woodsy. Truly amazing combination – I only picked up a couple samples but this is definitely on my list of scents I can’t be without.

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Favorite Purchase

Madewell Daywalk Plaid Shirtdress

I know flannels are one of the first items that get pulled out of storage when Fall hits and because I have a nice solid collection of shades and styles of button downs I really wanted to delve into different pieces this year. I eyed this on a couple occasions and finally made the purchase a couple weeks ago after trying it on. I’m one of those people that hate trying clothing on in – store. I’d much rather take it home and try it on in the comfort of my own home, own appropriately lit mirrors and lack of 10 pairs of eyes judging staring at me (Artizia I love you but you need to recognize). Anyway, loved it. I was conveniently wearing a pair of matching booties so I was able to bring my visions to life. I purchased it in red buffalo although the blue is a more unique shade…It looked a little shapeless on the hanger but I love the fit. I’m into the oversized look (all day everyday) and find that although it doesn’t hug the curves, it’s not dumpy looking. Can’t wait to wear it.

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Favorite Wish List Item

Louis Vuitton Alma BB Bag

Let me say this – I have been lusting over this bag for a mere 2 weeks or so. I was originally drooling on my screen while perusing the YSL Medium Tassel satchel but have since decided that it’s not the classic bag I’m looking for right now…I then moved onto the Louis online site and lusted after the Vernis collection. I love the monogram but feel that, again – it’s not as classic and easy to wear with everything. Contrary to the all black everything uniform – I do shy away from time to time and although it’s easy to pair a trendy bag with a neutral color palette, it’s hard to pair it with more detailed and trendier wardrobe choices. Enter the Alma BB in dune. I need you in my life. You are everything. You are classic, timeless, and hold my most prized tote-able items. True lust. ** Update – I have something to show you. I repeat – I. Have. Something. To. Show. You.

 

 

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