Lust of the Week: Aritzia Wilfred Telegraph Trench Coat



While researching for last week's winter coats post, I came across this beautiful kimono-style trench coat from Aritzia. A gorgeous purple-grey, this drapey coat has a light, airy feel thanks to its crepe material that makes it a great casual alternative to a blazer. This coat is entirely inappropriate as an outdoor coat, but with its resemblance to a stylish bathrobe, I could certainly see myself wearing this outfit with some leather leggings, a colorful skirt, or a sequined dress. Buy from Aritzia for $295.



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The Coats to Wear for Winter 2013

I was talking to Sheila recently and her hunt for a new winter coat and it got me thinking about whether I could indulge in a new coat myself, so I went online to see what was out there.

Both of us agree that having at least a couple coats to rotate throughout the winter is a good idea as it keeps your coats lasting longer. Right now, I have a sweater coat, a Zara utility jacket and 2 leather jackets to get me through the fall, but once the thermostat drops to less than 10 degrees, then it's time to pull out the winter coats. I currently own 2 winter coats: an emerald green Zara duffle coat and a T. Babaton camel coat. I usually reserve my T. Babaton coat for nicer occasions so that I can keep its smooth wool pristine, so most days I end up wearing my Zara duffle. As a result of wearing it almost everyday last year, the wool has begun to pill quite a bit, so now I'm considering whether to buy another everyday coat to replace the old parka I have from high school (yes, my things last that long!).

Of course, I first checked out my go-to coat stores: Zara and Aritzia. I've had good experiences with both of these stores' coats. The quality and price point line up pretty well and you'll find at both stores a wide variety of classic and trendy styles. Aritzia will lean towards the higher end with its plethora of wool and cashmere options, so if you're looking for a more casual coat, I'd recommend dropping by Zara. Here are a few options I found from both stores:



My first pick was this parka with faux leather sleeves. I love the mix of tough leather with the utilitarian cut of this jacket; it just gives off such a downtown feel to this piece. The quilted pattern of the faux leather also gives a cozy visual effect that offsets the gold hardware. Anything leather is super trendy right now and this jacket would be really fun to mix up in different ways, like say with a sweater dress.



Again on the casual side of things, is this Zara quilted coat. This coat comes in dark olive and black, but in my opinion, the coat only really works in olive. In black, this coat looks boring and ordinary, but in green, the quilted stitching really stands out. There's nothing too fancy about this coat, but that doesn't mean it's not a worthy purchase. This coat would go well with any outfit and the hood offers shelter from the wind and rain - always an advantage in rainy Vancouver.



Now, onto the more fancy coats! My last Zara find (I swear) is this stunning long, red coat. I've always had a fantasy of owning a bright red coat, so of course I instantly fell in love with this cherry red number. The color is really the star of the show with this coat and the design wisely is kept very minimalist so as not to compete. A simple zipper, some gathering at the shoulders and discreet pockets are about the only adornments. Too bad this coat is not made of wool, but rather is a mix of polyester, viscose and cotton, making it probably more appropriate for fall than winter.



If you want real warmth though, without sacrificing yourself to a down parka, then you'll have to branch into a higher price bracket to buy wool. I love wool coats and when choosing my wool coats I will obsess over details like button holes and collar sizes to choose the right one. I've never bought a coat from Banana Republic, but this heather gray coat looks just too darling to pass up. Made of 60% wool, this coat is full of feminine details, from its slightly puffy sleeves, to the flared A-line hem and its cute bow belt.



If cutesy isn't your style though, then check out my last pick, this classic wool military coat from Aritzia. Double breasted, with a matching belt and high collar, you cannot get more a more quintessential wool coat. The only thing I'm not a fan of with this one is its plain metallic buttons; I feel Aritzia missed a chance to really make this coat pop with some cool, crested buttons, but then if they did, they would probably up the price another $20 per button! I love coats with high collars as they serve as great protectors against the wind. Whether the collar is flipped up or down, this coat is just lovely and what's also nice is that even without the belt, it still maintains a slim shape.


So would you buy any of these coats? 
What are your go-to stores for winter coats?

Don't forget to check out my guide to fall footwear too!



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Blog and the (Van)City Event Recap | #blogvancity

It's been about a week now since the first annual Blog and the (Van)City event for fashion and beauty bloggers and I am very proud to say that the event was a roaring success! After just 2 and a half months of planning and on a bare bones budget, Sheila, Angela and I managed to pull it off! We had over 20 bloggers in attendance from around Vancouver as well as brand representatives from London Drugs, Lush, Nail Polish Canada and PR firms, Hawksworth Communications and Fashion Capsule present.

The morning of the event was all a blur to me as we rushed around Metrotown picking up the food and drinks for the event. My duty was to run and pick up 2 giant trays from Sushi Garden. For whatever reason, everyone I passed kept staring at me! What, had nobody ever seen a girl in a dress carrying 2 giant party trays? After purchasing the food, we rushed upstairs to get our venue ready. The venue was a large classroom basically and was a blank slate of tables and chairs. Thank goodness we had help, thanks to Sarah and Jenelle! I'm not sure how we would have gotten the projector, food, decor, registration and gift bag station ready without them. As it was, we had the shocker of our lives when people started arriving 15 minutes early!! Let me tell you, arriving early never happens in Vancouver!

Finally though, everyone was inside, chatting and noshing away on our snacks. With a few (loud) pops of sparking juice bottle corks, the event was officially on. The main part of the afternoon was given to the discussion panel. Everyone on the panel did an amazing job and I think everyone, including myself and the other panelists, all learned something from each other.

Some tidbits from the panel:

  • Bloggers: Always be professional and accountable for what you do. If you receive products, review them or at least give a shout-out. Not following up IS noticed by brands and WILL result in you being removed from their list.
  • Number of followers isn't everything, but it is an easy metric that brands use to evaluate your blog. However, if you look like you have an engaged, loyal following, then that means more than having 1000s of followers.
  • A good rule of thumb for a deadline to post a product review upon receiving the product: 1 month
  • Mention the brands you talk about in your posts when you tweet your post on Twitter
  • Everyone needs Twitter
  • Say "London Drugs", not "available at local drugstores" - this simple mention will get brand's attention
  • Brands: don't be afraid to state your expectations to bloggers. And always be open to receiving unfavorable reviews
  • Bloggers: don't be afraid to give bad reviews! A bad review is still publicity and smart brands will take it as the feedback that it is
After the panel, guests were free to mingle and fill their goody bags with the items we received from our sponsors, Revlon, Almay, Marcelle, Annabelle and Jukebox Print. As well, our venue sponsor, Metropolis at Metrotown and Lush sponsored our door prizes: a special prize pack from Lush and a $50 gift card to Metropolis at Metrotown!

After all the hard work we had put into the event, I was so grateful for the positive feedback everyone gave. It seems like a unanimous agreement that there will be a second Blog and the (Van)city next year!

Thank you so much to our venue sponsor, Metropolis at Metrotown and our event sponsors, Revlon, Almay, Marcelle, Annabelle and Jukebox Print. Also, a huge thank you to our event panelists,  Cynnamon Schreinert, Media Representative for London Drugs and Bard on the Beach; Brandi Halls, Director of Brand Communications at Lush Cosmetics; Sarah Murray of Fashion Capsule PR and Alison of Alison*Elle

So until next year, I suggest you check out my Must Reads section to find links to all the lovely bloggers who attended and check out all these photos from the event!


Getting free hand massages at the Lush station!



Our panelists! From left to right: Cynnamon, Brandi, Sarah, Alison, me 








Jenelle of Kitten on the Catwalk 


Our massive goody bag station!





All photos taken by Mimi Dejene


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Lust of the Week: Alexander Wang Prisma Skeletal Clutch



I'm not sure why this is called the Prisma Skeletal clutch as there's really nothing skeletal about it. To me, the sleek angles, gold plated corners and discreet lines of this clutch all say sophisticated, elegant and artistic. Made with durable cowhide and at just the right size to hold your daily essentials, this clutch is perfect for your weekend lunches with the girls, discreet enough to bring to the office and dressy enough to wear to an event. Make it yours via Shopbop for $584.39.




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Buy or Ditch: Lush Cosmetic's Honey I Washed the Kids Soap review



The Product
If your body is a temple, then why not keep your temple as clean and pristine as new fallen snow? I love to relax by taking a long, hot shower, but in order to do so and not have my skin dry out, I always use the richest moisturizers I can find. When Lush offered to send me some of their best selling Honey I Washed the Kids soap, there was no way I could pass it down.

For those unfamiliar with Lush, it's a British beauty company that's famous for their handmade, natural soaps, bath and beauty products. My first memory of Lush was their soaps that looked like fudge and this delectable smelling soap follows in those footsteps with its resemblance to dulce de leche. Known for its deliciously sweet scent of honey, toffee and refreshing orange, this soap is designed to protect and envelop your body in moisture.

The Guts

  • Honey water - emollient and antibacterial
  • Rapeseed and coconut oil - natural moisturizers and a tallow substitute to form the soap
This soap also contains in smaller amounts: sweet wild orange oil, bergamot, aloe vera, gardenia and lemon.


Price and Packaging
For a 100g bar, you'll pay $7.95. It's a little smaller and definitely pricier than your average soap, but is your regular shelf soap handmade and organic? I think not.

Effectiveness
The best thing about this soap is the fragrance. Handmade soaps always have the most amazing fragrance and this one does not disappoint. When you first inhale, the smell of caramel and honey hits your senses and washes away all else. Then, you get hit with this refreshing citrus undertone of orange and lemon. This soap is the perfect combination of a dessert-like scent that you'd use to relax at night and tangy citrus smells that wake you up in the morning. I almost didn't want to use it as a soap, but rather as an air freshener, it smelled that good!

This soap doesn't foam as much as conventional soaps, but it cleans and rinses easily and leaves a slight scent. Although many reviews noted a tightening of the skin post-shower, I didn't notice this myself; rather I found this soap to leave my skin nicely soft and smooth.

The one thing I don't like about this soap is the hard "caramel" part on the top. At first I was charmed by its resemblance to one of my favourite desserts, but soon I found this topping to be nearly impossible to use in the shower. After a couple weeks of use, my soap is slowly becoming tapered towards the soap end, while the topping remains untouched. I'm not sure why the soap is this way and I've tried just using the topping against my skin, to no effect. Overall though, I quite liked this product and I think I'll be putting more Lush soaps on my wishlist in the future!

Verdict
Buy



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Buy or Ditch: Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss review



The Product
For awhile now I've noticed that my collection of lip glosses has been quite neglected. I don't think I'm the only one to think this, but in recent years it feels as if lip gloss has taken a bit of a backseat to its maturer sister. Lipstick was just so much more exciting and edgy with its deep, rich colors and the new formulas much more moisturizing than our mother's lipsticks - who could resist?

Then, after a few years of lipstick mania, when everyone began to get a little over lipstick, makeup companies burst out with tons of new lip balm/lipstick crayon hybrids to delight us and for the last couple seasons it's been all about those. Starting this year though, it feels like things are finally coming back full circle to glosses as brands like Revlon release new twists on this classic staple.

Revlon's Super Lustrous lip gloss is just one such example of the new, improved lip gloss. Moisturizing, shiny, plumping and non-sticky, this lip gloss seems to have it all, plus it's available in 12 different shades! Sadly, I do not own all 12, so for today's review, I am trying on Berry Allure.

The Guts

  • Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate - this mouthful of a sentence is actually an emollient, which retains moisture in lips
  • Crambe oil - a natural plant-based ingredient that also helps retain moisture
  • Avocado oil - moisturizer
  • Hyaluronic acid - moisture retainer

Price and Packaging
A standard 0.13 fl. oz tube will cost you $7.99 via Ulta, or if you're from BC, it costs $9.99 at London Drugs. 

Effectiveness
Usually, I like to use lip gloss as a finishing touch on top of lipstick, so I tend to go for lighter nude tones, but I like the idea of just slipping on a coat of something that provides shine and color with the ease of a lip balm. Often, I do touch-ups on the run and lipstick is something you should never ever apply without a steady hand and a mirror, so it's a bit inconvenient for my rushing around.

The chemists at Revlon must have heard my prayers for my ideal lip gloss product because the results with the Berry Allure are quite amazing. In the tube, the color looks very magenta and raspberry, but in reality, this gloss comes out as more of a fuchsia pink that is very pretty. I didn't need to pile the gloss on to get any color - one swipe was enough - and I got hours of non-sticky, glossy, color.  And yes, I said non-sticky. Take note MAC Lipglass! It's possible to do lip gloss without feeling like you're wearing liquid rubber on your lips! The Super Lustrous felt soft, even slippery on and I found myself absentmindedly rubbing my lips together all the time as I just love that moist lip feeling; and even with my doing that, I didn't notice any less wear time!



Verdict
Buy!



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The Booties to Wear for Fall 2013

The greatest thing about Fall in my opinion is the footwear. As much as I love cozy sweaters, leggings, and cute coats, it's the shoes that really get me excited for the season. Ankle boots, or booties, in particular get my shopping mojo going. I own about 5 pairs of ankle boots, all in varying colors and styles and I'm always on the hunt for more. Although traditional knee-length boots can be worn with pants and skirts just like booties, I still feel that booties are more wearable year round and tend to be easier to wear since you don't have to worry about the width of your calves to wear them.

When choosing booties, always be sure to consider these ___ things:

  • heel height - are you getting these for pure height + sex appeal or are you intending these to be worn everyday and for walking longer than a block?
  • shoe height - where does the shoe cut off your leg? The higher up your leg, the more likely your legs will look stubby.
  • color and style - sure those dominatrix-style booties look really hot and edgy, but does it fit into your wardrobe of cat sweaters and bow blouses?
  • material - if you live in a rainy climate like me, then suede booties can only be worn during the transitional seasons when it's not raining 24/7

I definitely recommend that everyone have at least 2 different colored booties in their closet: 1 black and 1 cognac/brown. Black is a no-brainer as black goes with everything, but brown is also a very versatile color and looks lovely in Fall against the crisp red leaves.

Here are my top picks for the hottest booties this season:


Black + lace-up = classic. These boots from H&M have a little bit of grunge feel to them, which is perfect for all the 90s throwbacks going on in fashion right now.


Like everyone else, I'm in love with Rachel Comey boots; they can do no wrong it seems in the boot department. I first spotted these on Pinterest with some patterned tights and wooly socks peeking over the top and it was instant love. Sadly, these puppies are sold out right now online. Tragic.


I've always loved the shape of a cowboy boot and these ones have just the right amount of country in them. These are the types of boots that you could wear everywhere with almost anything. You could even wear them in summer with floral dresses or cut-offs! 


Last, but not least, are these beautiful DVF leather and suede booties. While its 4.25" heel doesn't exactly scream "walkable," these booties definitely would make an entrance. Whether you're wearing a pair of skin-tight jeans and a tee with tousled hair and red lips, or a sexy red dress and smoky eyes, these boots will be the perfect finish to make everyone look your way.


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What's For Dinner: Pan-fried pork with Garlic Chili Tofu and Steamed Chinese Eggplant



It's been a long while since I did a Foodie Adventures post! I guess I haven't been making anything interesting lately, but I thought I'd post this recent dinner that I made for Mr. Artist and I. It was my second time making Chinese eggplant, a.k.a aubergine. I've only recently become enamored with this purple vegetable. My mom rarely made eggplant at home, so it was only once I started eating over at Mr. Artist's house that I became introduced to this delicious plant.

Eggplant can be made in a variety of ways, but a common way to eat it in Chinese cooking is by steaming. Steaming eggplant is a very quick and healthy way to eat it and the resulting soft texture makes eggplant perfect for soaking up any variety of sauce you can think of.

This particular dish probably took me about 45 minutes to make and was enough to serve 2 with lunch leftovers.

To make this dish, you'll need:

  • 4 medium Chinese eggplants, chopped into finger length pieces - be sure to use the long, thin eggplants, not the gourd shaped ones
  • 1/2 pack of medium-firm tofu, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pack of pork loin, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 2 stalks of green onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp basil (preferably fresh)
  • 1 tsp cilantro (preferably fresh)
  • 1 tbsp Chinese garlic chili paste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce, to taste
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil

Wash and chop the eggplants. In a large bowl, submerge the eggplant in generously salted water. Put aside for 5 minutes. The salt will help the eggplant absorb the sauce and will also prevent it from changing color.

In a wide, flat bowl, combine the cornstarch, basil, and cilantro. Add in a pinch each of salt and pepper and stir the dry mixture to combine; this mixture will be the dry breading for the pork. In a medium-high heat pan, add 1 tbsp oil then take a piece of pork at a time and cover it with the cornstarch mixture before adding to the pan. Cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 5-10 minutes.

Drain the eggplant and arrange into a steamer. Steam the eggplant for 10 minutes or until the texture is soft enough for a fork to easily poke through.

Once finished, put on a wok to medium-high heat. Add the remaining cooking oil and the garlic. Stir for 30 seconds and then toss in the eggplant and tofu. Add soy sauce, garlic chili paste and stir to coat. Cook for another 2 minutes. Garnish with the green onion and serve alongside the pork and steamed rice.

Enjoy!

If you have any yummy eggplant recipes you'd like to share, email them to me at mizzjblog@gmail.com or link to them in the comments!



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Lust of the Week: Jason Wu Gathered Ponte Dress from Outnet



When I first saw this Jason Wu number on sale at the Outnet, I immediately knew this had to be my next LOTW. If I were a high-powered NYC executive, I would surely be wearing something like this. Sleek, classy, fashion-forward and sophisticated, this silk blend dress encapsulates a certain kind of style. Are you lusting for this too?


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Buy or Ditch: Avene Rich Skin Recovery Cream review



The Product
 Avene Rich Skin Recovery Cream is a night cream designed to soothe, moisturize and repair even the driest and most sensitive of skins. This French brand is known for their rich, luxurious formulas that protect and repair skin damaged by harsh treatments, skin conditions and environmental damage.

The Guts
The major ingredients in this cream are:

  • Avene thermal spring water - all Avene products are based around the Avene thermal spring water sourced from the south of France. Rich in silica and trace elements, this thermal water is naturally non-irritating and doesn't contain harmful free radicals. 
  • Paraffinum liquidum - a.k.a mineral oil, this ingredient acts to provide a barrier over your skin that locks moisture in
  • Squalane - similar to mineral oil, this natural lipid boots your skin's ability to retain moisture


Price & Packaging
For a 40 mL bottle, you will have to pay anywhere around $25-35. I think the price is well worth the value you get from this product as it took me months to use up this bottle.

The packaging is your standard squeeze tube, but with a twist. When you squeeze this tube, rather than have the product come out straight from the tube onto your finger, the product is pushed through the tube into an exterior chamber that then dispenses product onto your finger. This extra chamber/tube on top of the regular tube provides a layer of protection that prevents bacteria from getting into the cream. This system also allows Avene to not include a lot of preservatives in their product, which can irritate skin.

While I found this to be an innovative way to preserve the product's cleanliness, I also found it extremely annoying as you had to provide extra pressure to get any product. As the tube ran lower, my irritation grew higher as I had to squeeze harder and harder to get even a dot of cream out, even though I knew there was tons left in the tube.

Effectiveness
The product instructions state that you could apply this cream day and night, but I wouldn't recommend that unless you have super dry skin. My normal-dry skin drank this up in the evenings, but I think it would be too heavy for use during the day.

The cream is lightly scented and absorbs quickly, although it does leave a slightly sticky feeling on your face, sort of like how your skin feels after a facial. The morning after though, my skin felt super soft, silky and even a bit plumper!

Verdict
Buy




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Goodbye summer, it was nice knowing you

September 1 rolled around and just like that, summer's sunshine and warm breezes left. It was back to school and fall weather again. This summer wasn't the most exciting as I didn't go anywhere, but it was certainly life-changing.

At the end of May, I gave up my downtown condo living lifestyle to move into my first home with Mr. Artist. Certainly the biggest purchase yet of our lives, we were pretty unprepared for how stressful purchasing a home was, but now after a couple months, I can certainly say how amazing it is to make a home together. Our house happens to be on this really adorable tree-lined street where everyone seems to have a dog and/or 1.5 kids. Our neighbors even have a community watch and host block parties! Nearby there are lots of parks to take Ecko in and he was SUPER excited to be in a new home. The first couple days he ran non-stop around the house and the yard sniffing everywhere and exploring until he would eventually collapse from excitement.




Besides setting up our home (which takes A LOT of work), I managed to fit in a weekend trip to Portland, Oregon. I'd heard a lot of good things about Portland, but mainly how hipster it was and I was not disappointed. It was certainly very hipster as evidenced by the fact that I could talk about our in-house aquaponics set with a random stranger and not be greeted with a "aqua-what?" Everyone in Portland was super nice and with no sales tax, I kinda went to town buying up makeup, beauty products and clothes. I also learned that Cheesecake Factory is not at all like how it's portrayed on Big Bang Theory and that donuts are definitely worth waiting in line for an hour when they are smothered in peanut butter, chocolate and oreos.


Humungous milkshakes at Cheesecake Factory






Lastly, another highlight of my summer was going to the Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z concert! While seeing Jay-Z is definitely must-have, I must admit I was more excited for some sexy-back JT and I was not disappointed. I can summarize JT and Jay-Z's performance with one word: PRO-FESSIONAL. Smooth, always on point and adept at hyping up the crowd, these guys had everyone on their feet, throwing diamonds in the air.




So that was my summer - how was yours?



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Lust of the Week: Milk the Goat's Malibu Pinup Bikini



Is it too late to be talking about bathing suits? Never, in my opinion. The end of summer just means making your workout plan for next summer and buying an aspirational swimsuit like this one from California brand, Milk the Goat. Bright punchy yellow and oh-so-sexy, this is definitely my kind of suit. The high-cut legs give you length, while the plunging back shows off your sexy side. Why go for a boring bikini when you can peek-a-boo like this? My favourite part of this suit though is the front, which reveals a very thin plunging slit, but is otherwise very covered up. The "scrunch" in the fabric also provides some fun vertical details and make it a more relaxing fit so you don't need to worry about sucking in your stomach while you're lying on your blanket like the goddess that you are. Purchase online via Milk the Goat.



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Club Monaco Debuts Higher-end "Collection"



Somewhere between couture runways and high-street bargain racks are the rising ranks of mid-priced contemporary fashion lines. Hardly affordable, yet still attainable, these mid-line collections offer quality designs in luxurious fabrics for the discerning masses who grow weary of the endless cycles of fast fashion.

Club Monaco is something I would consider to be in the higher end of affordable fashion. Although I hardly buy anything there full price, I do have a soft spot for their effortless take on classic style and am always haunting their sale racks. You can imagine then my curiosity when I heard that Club Monaco had recently debuted a higher end version of their regular line, simply called the Collection. The majority of Collection features that classic Club Monaco style only with higher end fabrics, like cashmere, silk, calf hair and Italian leathers. Prices range from $98 and up and features primarily fall essentials, like warm coats, slim-cut trousers, sweaters and sheathes. Below are some of my favourites from the Collection. You can browse the whole range of items online and in stores.



This Italian leather and wool dress is hands-down my favourite of the collection. This is covered-up sexiness at its finest. This dress hugs your curves and is just short enough to show off your legs, but its covered back and modest v-neck ensure you could still wear this to a work function with the right jacket and shoes.



Every woman needs a good pair of slim wool pants for their office wardrobe, although now that I say this, I realize I don't have any! These are available in both camel and black, but I favour the former for its slightly more casual look. I think these would be great in transition seasons since the cropped leg offers you the versatility to wear these with sandals and flats unlike full-length pants which may be too long for anything but heels.



As you know, I've been a little obsessed with leather leggings. These ones offer the luxuriously supple look of leather along with the forgiving comfort of an elastic waist, which is a big plus since leather can be rather unforgiving.



Last, but not least, is this beautiful red wool coat. I've always dreamed of having a red wool coat and this slightly blazer-like take on a wool coat is so modern and wonderful. Looking at this coat makes the sadness of putting away my summer clothes feel a little less intense.


Will you be buying anything from this new "Collection"?


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Blog and the (Van)city (#blogvancity): A Fashion and Beauty Blogger Mini-Conference | Vancouver | Sept. 14. 2013



I am super excited to announce the first annual Blog and the (Van)city fashion and beauty blogger mini-conference in Vancouver!! Together with my dear friends Sheila and Angela, we decided to create this annual event to bring together bloggers to learn from one another and to meet other bloggers like themselves.

One of the greatest motivators that keeps me blogging is the connections I've made with other bloggers in the city and beyond. Finding a group of bloggers that have become my friends in real life is truly one of the most rewarding experiences ever and this event aims to help other bloggers become real life friends as well.

The second goal of this mini-conference is to focus on the struggles of non-professional bloggers. There's a lot of attention made to those who want to become pro, or those who are pro, but what about the majority of us who dedicate countless hours for no pay? Well we've brought together a panel of PR experts and local bloggers to help answer your questions like:

  • How to maintain a regular blogging schedule while maintaining a job or school
  • How to get your blog noticed
  • How to grow your followers via social media
  • How to work with brands

We also want to hear about your experiences too, so don't feel shy to share!

So why not come out to this fantastic event? Here are all the details:

When: 1:30pm on Saturday, September 14 
Where: Metrotown
Who: Brandi Halls (North American PR and Campaign Director for Lush Cosmetics), Cynnamon Schreinert (Media Rep for London Drugs), Gemma Bishop (Hawksworth PR), Sarah Murray (Fashion Capsule PR), Alison of Alison*Elle and many more!
Why: Meet amazing local bloggers, make connections with the biggest Vancouver PR and brand respresentatives and win fabulous prizes and goody bags from Metrotown, Lush Cosmetics, Almay, Marcelle, Revlon and more!

Click here to request an invite now!


Hope to see you there!



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Lise Watier Fall Makeup 2013 Preview

A couple weeks ago I was thrilled to attend my very first Lise Watier event at the luxurious Loden Hotel in downtown Vancouver. If you've never heard of or tried Lise Watier before, then it's high time you learn more about this great brand. Launched in 1972, this Montreal makeup brand is available primarily in Canada, but also world-wide in countries such as France, Russia and the Philippines. My previous impressions of Lise Watier was that it was aimed towards an older demographic, but lately the brand has revamped itself to include products designed for younger women as well.

The event at the Loden was a veritable who's-who of the fashion set in Vancouver. There was delicious eats, beautiful products to ogle over and even a large ice sculpture of the iconic Neiges perfume.




The classic Neiges perfume is celebrating its 20th anniversary and even 20 years later, this scent is still modern and desirable. Neiges is an extremely light and subtle scent with notes of Hyacinth, Lily of the valley, Rose, Jasmine, Magnolia and Sandalwood - that's a lot of strong florals, but somehow they combine into a fresh, feminine scent that isn't overpowering. I see Neiges not as an appropriate scent for girls, but for women in their 20s and beyond, as it's a sophisticated scent that can really grow with you over a lifetime.

Another new revamp of a current LW product is the Lift & Firm 3D moisturizers.




The old formulation has been discontinued and remixed into this new formula featuring an exclusive peptide complex designed to provide smoother, tighter skin in 89% of testers. The line consists of a rejuvenating day cream, a ultra firming day cream for drier skins and a night cream. Prices range from $62-72 and these creams are intended for more mature skins.

Lastly, for the younger set, Lise Watier is launching a new line of primers called the Base Miracle line.



Within the line there are 2 variations. The pure Base Miracle primer contains vitamins A and C to moisturize and repair skin while its lightweight silicon-based formula mattifies skin and provides a silky-smooth surface for your makeup to adhere to. If you're a no-fuss person, you could throw this in your purse and use this to eliminate shine on your face all day.

The other Base Miracle primers offer the same mattifying and priming features, but are also tinted with a slight shimmer to illuminate your skin. Providing similar benefits as a BB cream (although without SPF), this version comes in 4 different shades: Banane (fair-medium skin with pink undertones), Rose Lilas (olive and Asian skintones), Abricot (medium-dark skintones) and Vert (very pink-red, blotchy skintones).

I was quite surprised that out of all my friends attending this event, I was the only one who didn't receive the Rose Lilas color, considering we are all Asian. I was given the Banane since I had told the MUA at the event that I tend to have a bit of rosy blotchiness on my cheeks. Was this some sort of unintended joke at my lack of Asianness??? lol   I guess I'll have to find out later when I do a full review on this product!

If you're in Canada, you can find the full line of Lise Watier products at your local Shoppers Drug Mart. As well, I received an extra sample of the Something Sweet perfume in my goody bag, so if you would like to win it, leave a comment on this post before Saturday, September 7 to enter!



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Lust of the Week: Lifetime Collective's Adabelle Dress



September is a strange time of year for Vancouver. Weather in Vancouver can be schizophrenic at the best of times, but particularly so at this time of year where it can swing between warm sunshine and muggy showers within a single day. Lately the weather has been overcast, but warm so layering is key. I think a transitional dress like this Adabelle dress from local label Lifetime Collective would be just perfect for right now. The darker colors and this crazy paisley-esque pattern are perfectly balanced by the high collar and demure front buttons. Throw on some ankle boots, a light cardigan and your trusty umbrella and you're good to go.



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