BEST OF 2018 | Products I recommend

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Well hello to the first post of 2019! I’ve been doing some deep digging the past few weeks to consolidate a list of my best purchases from the past year. Whether you want to call this yearly favourites, most used items or just stuff I made my everyday more pleasant – here are twelve things that rocked my 2018.

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I also want to pop in a special – thank you – to everyone who followed me over to this new blog platform. It’s scary to rebrand yourself after so many years on the internet and while I’m sure I lost some subscribers in the transition, this new identity feels so much more authentic and fitting. I hope you’ll enjoy it as well.

Chat soon,

G

FOSSIL | Rachel Satchel – the just enough bag!

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A little trendy, a little sophisticated and a whole lot of fun – this Fossil handbag has snagged me more compliments than anything else I’ve ever carried and I definitely think you all need one in your life. Meet the Rachel Satchel, similar to the previously released Sydney and might I add distractingly akin to the the shape of the Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 in size this bag has been my steady companion on days I don’t need to carry my work bag. 
FYI | I’m still trying to find the best format for a handbag post between filming a video and being able to show you detailed closeups, additionally I’m also trying to accommodate for those who have time to watch a full video versus those who just want a quick break down so, let me know if this format works out for you!
THE FULL REVIEW
THE QUICKIE
Size: 10″ x 7″ x 5″ 
(LV Speedy 25: 9.8″ x 7.4″ x 5.9″) 
Price at time of purchase: $188 CAD (tax included) 
How long I’ve owned it: 6 months
Materials: Coated PVC (outside), cotton twill lining
Details: Detachable crossbody strap, front and back slip pockets, interior zip pocket & 2 slip pockets
WHAT I LOVE
  • Easy to carry size that doesn’t overwhelm my 5’2 frame
  • Fits my small iPad pro with keyboard cover and still have room for everything else
  • PVC outer keeps clean and is water-resistant
  • Placement of cross body D-rings is well balanced and doesn’t pull on the bag body 
  • Duo tagged zipper opens all the way down yet is gusseted so things don’t fall out
  • PVC version is super lightweight
  • The zipper is smooth and slides easily every time
THINGS TO NOTE
  • Carrying handles are not removable (had someone ask!)
  • Handles are not large enough to use as shoulder bag under the arm
  • There needs to be a belt loop to keep the tail of the cross body strap in place when you have it on the shortest setting
  • I would love to see a key fob in future versions
THE FINAL VERDICT

I would absolutely buy this bag again in a heartbeat as it’s served so functionally in my life and make me smile every time I look at it. The fact that the bag was PVC didn’t distract from the overall beauty of the bag which I had initially worried about but now I love it as it is – the PVC versions also gives Fossil lots of creative play with prints that is hard to do with leathers. While I did compare this to the LV Speedy 25, I wouldn’t say this is a step down alternative as this absolutely has its own charm and is worth owning in multiples if it works for your lifestyle.

Chat soon,

Foundation Collection : 15 and counting… + video

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There’s no other way to say this. I am unashamedly a foundation collector and have no real reason to justify this weird addiction to this single makeup product. Regardless of what good things I may be using or claiming to have a found a favourite, the immediate attraction when a brand new drop hits the new arrivals page is like nature’s calling. On the flip side, this means I actually have a collection video to show you because the average person certainly doesn’t own 15 foundations…and counting.
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…and of course just in case you’re looking for more skin tone matches, I have a few other brand colours listed under the My Stats tab at the top of the page. Over the years I’ve used a fair share of both drugstore and high end offerings but sometimes you just have to admit that drugstore shades are far and lacking. If you’re also a self proclaimed foundation collector, I’d love to know your favourites for your skin type!

Happy Sunday,

Work It | Comfort Shoes for Everyday

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Work wear has become a bit of my recent obsession – hey, when you spend 40 hours a week in the zone, it’s probably a good idea to think about what you wear while hustling. While most of us would love to dress like we walked out of a Vogue magazine, practicality always wins in the end for me especially when it comes to footwear. As I’m in the process of overhauling my shoe closet to more comfort footwear choices, I thought I’d share with you some of my current favourites.

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  • BLONDO | Elvina Waterproof Boots 
  • ROCKPORT | T-Strap Pumps 
  • HUSH PUPPIES | Odessa Evaro Sneakers 
  • CLARKS | Faye Mary-Jane (LE) 
  • GH BASS | Evelyn Oxfords

Now while heel height isn’t necessarily the singular measurement of comfort, being a bit more thoughtful about the heel type, support and structural details can go a long way if you’re going to be in a shoe all day. Other brands worth a second look include Naturalizer, Earth, Vionic and Geox just to name a few. Now with spring just around the corner, I’m more than excited to browse the warm weather options!

Happy Shoe Shopping,

2018 Sewing Plans

Well hello there 2018! I’m super excited to bring you my sewing plans for this upcoming year and this time, I’ve decided to streamline my thoughts into focus areas rather than dictate specific project plans. The latter I found, as I attempted to do the #2017MakeNine series, became too constricting and didn’t reflect my mood changes throughout the year. As one commenter in my video noted; hobbies should be fun, relaxing and certainly not cause stress or feel like a creative burden. With that as my guide, I intend to let projects flow as the year progresses and have set looser guidelines to guide my year. Should you want to keep track of my progress through the months, you can find the finner details in the sewing tab at the top of the page – I’ll be looking forward to ticking all the boxes!
Happy Sewing,

My 1st Bullet Journal + Video

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Starting a bullet journal took me completely by surprise. Although I’ve watched quite a few videos here and there, the practicality of having to set up and create my own notebook seem like a black hole for closeted perfectionists like myself. Yet having recently become disatisfied with my 3rd planner this year, I decided maybe yellow is the way to go.

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While I’m far from figuring out a personalized format for my daily usage, I like the idea of putting to use all my beautiful stationary (that’s been collecting dust on my shelf) and the excuse to gather more washi tape and magazine cut outs. In a strange way, I’m also hoping this experience will force me to let go of some perfectionism and even be a little spontaneous as there’s bound to be little quirks and mistakes when creating anything handmade. I’d love to hear your practical advice about bullet journaling, especially formats and styles that’s worked well for you so type away in the comments!

SEW WHAT NOW | August sewing updates & progress

Well, I think the reality is I simply can’t seem to pre-plan or sew fast enough to wear the things when I need them! Somehow creating a wearable wardrobe is about sewing one season ahead despite it not being the most motivational. My summer progress has been slow but a few new patterns always puts me in a good mood and hey at least I got some fall things ready to go… (I say this as I’m sitting at my chair toasting in the muggy heat and seriously contemplating running cold bath).
Anyone else loving the Chanel fall collection? I might have to do some online shopping to match those gorgeous colour combinations but I haven’t been this wow’d in a while and it’s giving me all kinds of feelings!  How would you wear these colours in your wardrobe?
Happy sewing,

BEAUTY LOOK | Romand Korean Trend Makeup

Feeling pretty hip at the moment as I’ve recently gotten my hands on some very trendy Korean makeup courtesy of W2Beauty. Romand is range of tightly curated products by popular blogger and makeup artist Min Saerom, who’s plain girl transformations attracted a strong fan base. The aim of her range is to be fool proof for the everyday user so they can achieve everything from office wear to date night makeup right at home. You’ll notice that both of Romand’s day and night palettes contain a interesting mix of colours in a variety of finishes that’s not quite your familiar natural brown palette!

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Ever changing curated selection of K-Beauty trend products, straight from Korea and with a focus on up and coming brands. Not every single product will be available from each brand but I feel like its thoughtfully chosen and frequently updated. I like that they carry niche brands that are more well known locally in Korea instead of the big drugstore options. Products came well packaged. Due to current crazy customs situation for Canada, I recommend EMS shipping option – although more expensive, it has tracking and will be much quicker. I’ve had a few things come from Asia via normal shipping and it has been ridiculous. The new beauty chat forum part of the website has just launched so I’m excited to sign up and check that out as well!
Chat soon,

BEAUTY LOOK | SHU x AMBUSH Makeup

With the weather finally hitting up to solid twenties, I’m excited to be in the mood to chat about warm season releases. This season, Shu Uemura, known for their artistic collaborations, have teamed up with Japanese jewelry design duo AMBUSH to release a gold dipped, limited edition set of products. The vibe is independent, urban and edgy. 
My first take on the collection is a more toned down work appropriate version with golden shadow and a majorly glossy lip but as with most Shu products I’ve used, they key to their textures is layering so don’t be afraid to build up the colour to something that’s a little more style. 
PRODUCTS USED
  • SHU | Pore Erase UV Base*
  • MAC | Face & Body Foundation C1
  • SEPHORA | Baked Blush Duo* – “Medium”
  • SHU | Eye Foil Shadow* – dark bronze, yellow gold
  • SHU | Ambush Blush* – “Ambushed” (as shadow)
  • SHU | Soft Gel Pencil* – “Navy Black”
  • SHU | Eyelash curler*
  • SHU | Calligraphy Liquid Liner Pen*
  • COVERGIRL | Total Tease Mascara* WP
  • SHU | Rouge Unlimited Shine Lipstick* – “Ambush Freedom”

SHOP SHU UEMURA | ONLINE / SEPHORA
I’m most looking forward to seeing how the new Eye Foils stand the wear test and especially matched against my beloved Armani Eye Tints as they seem similar at first glance. Who knows, I might even come back with a blue accented gunmetal smokey eye sometime…
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Beauty Look | Photo ready skin with Make Up For Ever

Photo friendly makeup is the tag line of a lot of products out on the market now a days but if you rewind back to the original high definition brand, then we have to give it to Make Up For Ever for bringing the concept to the mass market. Following my last post about the newly relaunched Ultra HD range of products, I thought it’d make most sense to show you everything in action…appropriately, in a video. After all, that’s what this is made for.
One of the things which continues to impress me about the brand is their focus on product education which they take extremely seriously. I was lucky to be invited to their recent education workshop here in Vancouver where I learned a wealth of knowledge not only on the Ultra HD products but also how they can be personalized for my skin type and preferences. At the end of the day, you’re only most likely to use makeup that fits your lifestyle and that you feel comfortable putting on.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD

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SHOP Make Up For Ever | Online, Sephora
While this routine is not something I would invest in every single day, I was surprised by how wonderfully light it felt despite how many products I used. I can see the textures were created to work synergistically with one another because they blend with each other easily and not to mention, as I’m looking through the photos again, they do photograph nicely as well! Since the workshop, I’ve worn variations of this foundation routine on different occasions and I definitely prefer the Ultra HD foundation in conjunction with the priming products versus using it alone. A few of these items will definitely make a reappearance in future videos so make your bets now on the favourites.
Chat soon,