February 11, 2019

Valentines Day lookbook 2019

Valentines Day is right around the corner and I am so excited to finally share my Lookbook with you guys !  Valentines Day has always been one of my favourite holidays, I'm a huge romantic so the idea of celebrating love is obviously something I'm very drawn to. It also holds a very special place in my heart because its the day my grandparents started dating. They had the most amazing relationship and they constantly showed me that true love does exist. This year especially will be even more meaningful since we unfortunately lost both of my grandparents in the past 2 months.  But I'm comforted knowing they're together and won't have to spend a Valentines Day apart. For this post I am showing you 3 different looks that are perfect for valentines day !  Of course all looks feature red... I know its cliche but red is my favourite colour to wear so here we are.
The first look is a but more formal with a mid length tulle skirt and a black polka dot mesh top. But of course the main part of the outfit is the coat!  I recently got this burgundy coat from Zara and it already feels like a staple in my wardrobe! I added a beaded headband and some gold heart shaped earrings because.. its Valentines Day... the whole holiday is cheese so just give into it and enjoy it lol. This outfit is great for any occasion or activity (Except maybe mini golfing ? Although I don't care I would still wear it lol)  I would recommend this outfit if your evening includes walking, especially if you live in a city are are walking to a restaurant or movie or whatever activity.  I don't know why I always romanticize walking on dates, You always see people in movies go on dates and then they walk the person home, which unless you live in a city doesn't really happen very often because you would just drive.....Petition to include more leisurely walks on dates!
The second look is my favourite of the 3!  Its a bit more casual but can definitely be worn to Dinner. Since the look is a but more youthful with the suspenders and ribbon in the hair I would probably recommend this outfit for a more fun activity.... like mini golfing lol (Switch out the shoes accordingly... I'd still wear the heels tho.. but whatever makes you more comfortable!) This would also be perfect if you want to do a more "1950's" style Valentines Date and go to a movie and a cute Diner! Fingers crossed you walk by a photo booth! 
The third look is the the simplest of the bunch, but it might be the most romantic. It's this mid length Burgundy Dress from Zara, it has these beautiful white cuffs on the sleeves and a white collar, it  gives it a more vintage 1940s feel.  The "skirt" portion of this dress has pleats so its moves beautifully when you spin, making it the perfect dress for Valentines Day. To complete the look I added this heart shaped locket that I got at an antique market in the fall, it quickly became one of my favourite necklaces ! I hope you guys like these looks, let me know which look is your favourite in the comments below! and if you want to see these looks in motion make sure to check out the video below!

February 07, 2019

Bésame Lipstick Review

I'm so happy to finally share my review for these lipsticks ! I've actually been wanting to try Bésame cosmetics for a really long time, not only for their vintage inspiration and accuracy but also because every review I've seen has been incredible! And.. I'm going to be honest.... these lipsticks exceeded my expectations! The colours are lovely (I'll go into detail for each colour later in this post) and they don't dry out your lips. I've noticed lately that a lot of lipsticks are very drying, maybe its due to the current popularity of matte lipsticks. If they are not matte then they are super glossy and disappear after a short amount of time. I had been on the hunt for some new classic to add to add to my collection and I think I found a winner. But before we get more into each individual lipsticks I wanted to talk about Bésame as a company first. It is a company based out of southern California and specializes in reproducing classic luxury makeup from the 1920's, 30's, 40's and 50's. As you guys know I am very inspired by vintage fashion and films so naturally I was very drawn to their products. Another thing I wanted to mention is that Bésame is completely cruelty free and does not test on animals! A lot of their products are also vegan, with the exception of classic lipsticks and mascara which use beeswax for texture. If you are interested or you would like more information here is the link to there FAQ. 

C215 Red Velvet 
I'm starting with my favourite out of the three lipsticks I tried out, Red velvet is a reproduction from 1946, and as the website states its an every day red! it captures the decade perfectly and I can totally picture a woman with curly pinned hair and this exact shade of lipstick.  It's an incredible shade of red with neutral undertones so it will be flattering on most skin types! I also found it to be really moisturizing on the lips, as well as the formula felt slightly "heavy" (In a god way) I'm not sure how else to describe it, but you knew that lipstick wasn't disappearing any time soon. Of course as most cream lipsticks there is some colour transfer and fading while eating, which I expected, but there was a beautiful tint that remained. If you are looking to try out their lipsticks this is the one I would recommend [link] 

C225 Blood Red
This shade was a bit of a risk for me... I don't normally wear dark lipsticks mainly because I'm so pale so I end up looking slightly like Wednesday Addams. But I figured I would give it a shot and try out this Vampy shade. This Lipstick is a replica from the 1922, I can totally imagine a flapper wearing this at a Speakeasy or even a fabulous lounge. During the 1920's women began exploring a bit more with their hair (Cutting it short) and that translated to makeup as well. Thin brows and dark lips, this lipstick captures that perfectly. I will note that this lipstick has warm undertones (a bit pink) but would still look beautiful on a huge range of skin tones. Similar to red velvet^ it had that same "heavy" feeling I mentioned when you wearing it as a full coverage lipstick. Which if I'm going to be honest I'm not sure how often I would wear it like that seeing as its so dark. The good thing is that you can also wear it as a stain if you simply dab it on your lips, making it more wearable for every day. [Link]

C202 Wild Orchid
last but not least is Wild Orchid, this is a replica from 1952! These plum-y/magenta tones were used a lot in advertising and fashion magazines in the early 1950's, it was a bit more unique than a classic red which caught peoples attention. I would say it has a slight iridescent look to it and I will admit if you like classic and "neutral"  lipsticks this might not be the colour for you. But if you like colours that are a bit more unique and different than I definitely recommend this shade to you ! It's very high coverage and moisturizing on the lips so you can wear it every day knowing your lips will look beautiful while being moisturized. I personally find this to be more of a summer shade so I'm excited for the warmer weather so that I can rock this colour! I might take a page out of the early 1950's and match my nail colour to my lipstick ! [Link]

Something I wanted to quickly touch on is application. I've almost kept thing simple and simply applied lipstick directly from the tube, no lipliner, just lipstick. While I'm still not at the point where I outline my lips with prior to every lipstick application I had started to apply my lipstick with a lipbrush. But I always had the problem of applying with lipstick nicely with a brush at home and then having to do quick touch ups while I'm out for the day. I found the perfect solution.... Bésame has a travel lip brush ! and look at the stunning packaging ! The bristles are of course made from Faux Fur and can be cleaned with water and soap! [Link]

I hope you guys liked this review, have you tried Bésame lipsticks before or any their other products? I'm really curious about the cake mascara!  I this its so interesting and would love the experience of being able to apply my mascara like they did in the 1920's!  Definitely added to my wishlist ! If you want to see one of these lipsticks in action I actually used in my Last minute valentines day makeup look which you can watch below. Let me know your thoughts in the comments ! 

February 01, 2019

Get to Know Me - 10 Facts

It has been so cold here in Toronto that I've barely been able to leave my house. I've felt so unaccomplished not being able to post on here and sharing my outfits with you guys. They are saying it will be a bit warmer next week so fingers crossed the weather stays at a decent temperature. Since I've been trapped inside my house I thought I would share some facts about me so that you get to know me a bit getter!
1. My favourite movies are Funny Face and Grease. Funny face is iconic for anyone who loves fashion or photography! and Grease is one of my moms favourite movies so i've watched it over 100 times throughout my childhood, its always been a running joke in my house that someone is always watching Grease. 
2. I LOVE chips haha its usually my snack of choice and I will usually choose it over anything. My faves are Doritos and sour cream and onion ruffles.
3. I've never died my hair. When I was in high school me and a bunch of girls bleached some strands on the inside of our hair in cosmetology class. That way when you put my hair up you would see them but when your hair was down they were less noticeable. At the time it was a LOOK but looking back on it our cosmetology teacher was right we all looked like skunks lol
4. My Birthday is June 1st. It's the perfect day because its far away from all the other holidays and the weather is warm without it being too hot. I also share a birthday with Marilyn Monroe.
5. I've never felt "at home" in this time period. To the point of tears...  I've always dreamed of living in the 50's-60's but I'd be fine with anything below the 1970's. I don't know we live in such a strange time with all these technological advances which, in my opinion, complicate things rather than facilitate our lives.  I could talk about this topic forever but i'll spare you my rant lol 

6. I have a strong belief in Ghosts and the Paranormal. I've actually had my own experiences, when I was a child, my house in Peru was haunted we had a priest come in and everything. Once we sold the house no one ever moved in and it's been vacant ever since... it remains empty.
7. I am a city person,  going to an all inclusive on the beach sounds so bring to me. A weekend at the beach is my max. I would rather explore a new city and go to museums and see old architecture.
8. When I graduated high school it dawned on me that I would never be the "new girl" and have some amazing "new school" experience. I think I watch too many movies lol... I still think about it sometimes. 
9. I'm a hopeless Romantic, I love love! Nowadays people are so afraid to show that they are in love and I don't understand why. If you are in love show the world! People act embarrassed or don't want to seem like they care too much. it's so strange because everyone wants their significant other to do these romantic gestures and to make them feel like the most important person in the world, yet they wont do that themselves. How can you expect something from someone when you yourself don't do it? we live in a weird time. 
10.  I'm not a foodie. Food doesn't really excite me tbh lol, I eat it to survive. Obviously there are foods I like and some I dislike but I don't think about food throughout the day, if anything its an inconvenience to stop what I'm doing to eat a meal. 

I hope you guys like these super random facts about me haha, tell me something about yourself in the comments below !  I would love to get to know you guys more ! :) 

January 09, 2019

Cream and Beige

First outfit post of 2019 ! I always forget that winter technically starts at the end of December, meaning the worst months are ahead. But to be honest I can deal with the cold its the snow I can't handle. You can always add more layers if you are cold but the snow limits what shoes you can wear. So far we've bene really lucky and its been fairly mild (I didn't even wear socks with my shoes yesterday). For this outfit I am wearing this this cream coloured double breasted jacket (Link here!) and it is from Shein its the perfect jacket when you want to wear lighter tones but its winter! Just so you know I'm not sure if I've mentioned it but you can use the code Q1carol10 to get 10% off the Canadian Shein website ! (Send me pictures if you buy anything I want to see your outfits!!!) I wore this thick knit turtleneck sweater that kept me nice and cozy, this sweater is from Forever 21 and its perfect for walking around the city OR any upcoming ski trip you have coming up! As for pants I wore these straight leg printed pants from H&M that I've had for a few years, they are seriously the most comfortable pair of pants I own! For a little pazzaz I grabbed this faux fur shawl and draped it over my shoulder and of course no winter outfit is complete without a hat! Let me know what you guys think of this look in the comments below 
January 05, 2019

2018 Favourite Posts

2018 Was a strange year for me, the first half was a amazing !  Filled with fun projects and opportunities and just a great time all around. The second half was a little more difficult in my personal life, which made it difficult to post content sometimes. However on the second half since I wasn't able to post as often I focused on creating some more creative content and focused a lot more on the photography aspect of it. I thought I would do a roundup of my favourite posts of 2018!

My favourite look from January is Jukebox baby (Link here) Had such a great time shooting at Sonic Boom, a record store in the city.

For my favourite post from February, I chose Red and Audrey (Link here) it was one of the first posts of the year that I shot myself which allows for more time being spent on working on the photos and gives me an opportunity to get the photos I want to create.

March was a bit of a warmer month so we got a little glimpse of Spring, My favourite post was Gingham and red (Link here). You can never go wrong with wearing red, blue and white!

 April I pulled out this Orange look for Orange Coat (Link here). Orange is such an underrated (And sometimes looked down on) colour, but I personally LOVE it!

With the flowers blooming in May it inspired this 1950's inspired look ! Green floral dress (Link here) might be one of my favourite looks of the year! 

Whats better than a vintage looking white dress filled with detail? Absolutely nothing ! I am obsessed with this dress and I cant wait to wear it again ! June favourite is definitely Vintage feels (Link here)

In July I had the opportunity to visit the HMCS Haida, A boat that participated in World War 2. It was an incredible opportunity so of course this was my favourite post of the year.  Visiting the HMCS Haida (Link here)

At he end of August I went to Spain ! One of my favourite places in the world! So of course this yellow dress had to be mentioned! Yellow Dress in Seville (Link here)

In September it remained warm for most of the month so I had the end the season off with a princess dress, because who doesn't love a good princess dress! This one is form Metisu and its one of my favourite dresses! Lace Princess (link here)

Octobers Look is so GROOVY !  I love it ! This crushed velvet dress paired with a white blouse and white gogo boots is the perfect combination !  Blue Velvet (link here) is also one of my favourite looks !

As a bonus look I wanted to share my halloween costume just because I was really proud of how it turned out ! I did the makeup myself, I'm not a makeup artist but I think it turned out great! if you want to check it out click the link here 

Gahh ! This photo!  I am sooooo happy with how this turned out ! As you may have noticed this because my new profile picture across all social media !  it also inspired the new Logo you see on the top of my blog! Red on Red (link here) might be my favourite post of the year!

Ending the year off with the new years post!  It was so fun to shoot!  My favourite outfit from the lookbook was the matching set!  It's so fun ! and not something you see very often ! if you want to check it out click the link here 

It was a good year overall but I hope 2019 is even better ! If you want to see a bit more of my year make sure to check out the video below (link here) Let me know if you have any Blog post/video requests for this year ! 

December 28, 2018

New Years Lookbook

New Years is just around the corner with only a few days left, so I thought I would bring you some outfit inspiration to ring in the new year! As many of us do, I love wearing sparkly clothes on New Years ! I was lucky enough to find some amazing pieces this year starting with this burgundy sparkly matching set from Forever 21. I Picked it up on Black Friday and I knew it was the perfect piece for New Year. What makes it more exciting is that its  also something I could wear throughout the year. I wore the set with a short burgundy (Faux) fur shawl which I think gave the look a more 1970's feel to it! Another one of my favourite pieces is the silver sequin dress, I picked it up from Zara back in the fall and I've saved it for this time of year because its perfection !!!  I Hope I get more occasions to wear it because its such a showstopper ! I love the way it looks layered over a (short sleeved) turtleneck and  with some white boots! I added some big white circle earrings to give the look a more 1960's vibe! Last but not least there is the fringe dress!  I found this dress at the thrift store for like $13, which for the thrift store its a bit pricey... but I thought it was so much fun that I couldn't pass it up!  For extra warmth I grabbed a big white (Faux) fur shawl and added a pearl necklace for a feminine touch!  I hope you like the looks !  if you want to see them in action check out the video below! And of course I hope you have an amazing new year!!

December 21, 2018

Christmas Lookbook 2018

It's the most wonderful time of the year! and of course our outfits have to be perfect! This year I am sharing three different looks varying from casual to fancy depending on your mood or festive occasion!  Starting with the most dressed up of the three, the red dress. Everyone always saying you need a little black dress in your closet, well the same can be said about a classic red dress. This dress from Metisu is my favourite !  I love the 1950's style silhouette  and the detail draping over the shoulders. It makes me feel like I'm going to the theater or the ballet (OK a little dressed up, but can we all agree that we should wear gowns to these types of performances ?) This dress is also perfect for any big fancy holiday party you might be attending, especially when paired with these heels. I opted for some smaller heels because I think it adds to the vintage vibe of the outfit.
For the second look, you may or may not believe be but this used to be my dress when I was 7!  LOL  it used to be long but I recently had it hemmed so that it would be a bit shorter (for a more 60's vibe.) I layered it over a cream turtleneck from le chateau and added some yellow tights and a matching hat. I also had to incorporate one of my favourite new jewellery pieces! This massive heart shaped locket that I found at an antique market! It's technically a music box so when you open it it plays music.
For the final look I am wearing a colourful green, red and white dress from Shein. It has a sort of  1960's "space-age" feel to it especially when paired with these silver shoes. These shoes are one of my latest purchases, they are from Forever 21 and perfect for this time of year! I also added some red tights to make it a bit more festive.  I hope you guys like these looks, let me know which look is your favourite. 

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