Friday, January 29, 2010

Beauty Fridays: White Eyes at Donna Karan S/S 2010 RTW

Ginta Lapina

There is no better summer colour than white!

White eyeliner is a little on the extreme side, but in combination with minimal make-up and bare lips - it looks beautiful. Make-up artist Pat McGrath applied white eyeliner above the eyes leaving everything else looking natural with just a touch of pink blush.

I think it looks great with all skin colours but definitely proceed-with-caution because it can go terribly wrong for some.

Tao Okamoto

Chanel Iman

Pat McGrath used Cover Girl, but I can't find a Cover Girl white eyeliner so I suggest:

Korres Soft Eyeliner Pencil - White 2S #1072651

Shu Uemura White Eye Light Pencil

MAC Eye Kohl in 'Fascinating'.

It's definitely love it or hate it!

View the rest of Donna Karan looks on

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Shoe Wednesdays: Elizabeth and James 'Mason' Pumps

Summer brights have clearly taken over my blog this week.

I let out a little squeal when I saw these pumps at Holt Renfrew last weekend. And then, all of a sudden: clouds disappeared and the sun begin to shine. In my head, summer began.

Which colour is your favourite?

$395 CAD at Holt Renfrew.
$350 US at ShopBop.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Prints at Play

Alexander McQueen S/S 2010 RTW

Other than neutrals, bold prints were also spilling all over spring runways. Of course there are the usual print masters - Diane Von Furstenberg, Etro, Missoni, Paul Smith, and Emilio Pucci - that showcased their genius talents. But this season almost every designer had at least a half-dozen print garments in their collections.

From alien lizard prints by Alexander McQueen to opt-art Givenchy to tribal Rodarte to abstractions by Versace and Basso & Brooke to florals of Anna Sui and DKNY, prints are perhaps the main theme of the upcoming season.

Givenchy S/S 2010 RTW

Rodarte S/S 2010 RTW

Versace S/S 2010 RTW

Basso & Brooke S/S 2010 RTW

Anna Sui S/S 2010 RTW

H&M 'Garden Collection' S/S 2010
Givenchy S/S 2010 RTW
(optical-print leather 'Nightingale' bag)
Trussardi S/S 2010 RTW
(beaded handbag)

Balenciaga S/S 2010 RTW
Dries Van Noten S/S 2010 RTW

Aurélie Bidermann S/S 2010 RTW

Be bold this spring: invest in at least one print item.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Item of the Week: Club Monaco 'Louise' Silk Shirt Dress

The focus on fuchsia in Club Monaco's Spring 2010 collection made me extra excited for the end of the dreaded winter season. Only a couple more months to go!

I'm also craving bright yellows and turquoises as well, so keep your eyes open for the brightest Shoe Wednesdays ever!

$179 CAD at Club Monaco.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Choo 24:7 Capsule Collection

Jimmy Choo just launched a capsule collection titled Choo 24:7. This is a classic collection that will be continued season through season.
"Choo 24:7 is a new collection we just launched and they are investment pieces that every woman needs to have in her closet. In today's world, I really believe women are looking for shoes that look modern that they can keep going back to, yet that will stand the test of time." - Tamara Mellon.

CHOO 24:7 is the 'perfect shoe wardrobe' with updated versions of Tamara Mellon's favourite styles in a variety of colours, materials and heel heights. Taking the Jimmy Choo woman from day to evening, 7 days a week, this is the definitive assortment of iconic Jimmy Choo shapes: The 'Icons', the 'Perfect Platforms', the 'Perfect Pointy-toe Pump', the 'Perfect Round-toe Pump', the 'Perfect Flat', the 'Perfect Wedge' and the 'Perfect Evening'.

'Perfect' is the right word here. My faves?

Choo 24:7 'The Private'

Yes, I'd love to wear Choo 24:7. No, unfortunately, Choo 24:7 is not any cheaper. Prices start at $400 US.

View the rest of the collection at

Beauty Fridays: Bumble and Bumble 'Deeep' Masque

I have reached that point in my life (almost 30) where I have to colour my hair every 5-6 weeks. Yes, the grays are coming in so fast that colouring has become a monthly (and expensive) necessity. I also happen to have super long hair so putting layers and layers of colour tends to make it a little dry and matte at times. My colourist recommended Bumble and Bumble's 'Deeep' a couple of years ago and I have been using it ever since. It's truly amazing! It completely restores my hair from dull and frizzy to smooth, elastic and shiny in only twenty minutes!

I love this product!

Available at BeautyMark and Moods Hair Salon in Vancouver.
Online at Bumble and Bumble.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pale Tales

Lanvin Spring/Summer 2010 RTW

The spring/summer 2010 is all about nudes, but also pale pinks, lilacs, yellows, blues and greens.
It's definitely a much needed break from black, sequins and studs that have dominated the last couple of seasons. Silhouettes are less restricted and more flow-y. Romance is in the air.

Givenchy Spring/Summer 2010 RTW

Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2010 RTW

Fendi Spring/Summer 2010 RTW

Chanel Spring/Summer 2010 RTW

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2010 RTW

Rag & Bone Spring/Summer 2010 RTW
Phillip Lim Spring/Summer 2010 RTW
('Karolina' snake embossed bag)Mulberry Spring/Summer 2010 RTW
('Bayswater' in pale pink)Camilla Skovgaard Spring/Summer 2010 RTW
Balmain Spring/Summer 2010 RTW

I can't get enough of pale colours. I'm enlivened.

P.S. How pretty is Mulberry's 'Bayswater'? It's like a Birkin's cute little cousin that is confident and good-looking in its own right. I know it's been around for years but I never actually noticed how pretty it was until recently. It's going on my must-have list.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Shoe Wednesdays: Jeffrey Campbell 'Warrior'

This is Jeffrey Campbell's debut on Known for oft-studded, metal-detailed and chunky platform wedge boots, Jeffrey Campbell also creates elegant footwear with more classic and grown-up silhouettes.

'Warrior' caught my eye for it's tough yet elegant feel. I love the slight wedge which makes this a nice all-day walkable shoe (I'm starting to sound like a mom) for the summer.

It reminds me a little bit of Elizabeth and James gladiator shoe from last summer which I didn't end up getting. Oh, the one that got away (I have so many of those)....

Available at Sole Struck for $144.95 US (yes, they ship to Canada).

UPDATE: Available at Urban Outfitters (online only!) for $79.99 US! (thanks Haus of Hybrid for the tip!)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Safari Army

Chloe S/S 2010 RTW

Whether it's a tough military look from Balmain or a much softer safari style from Celine, army greens, browns and khakis are sure to make a splash this spring. I call it 'Safari Army'. Unlike some recent trends, this trend is not a fad but a fashion staple. Everyone should own a cool military-style jacket or a safari-style cape. I particularly like it when it's mixed with a feminine silhouette like an army jacket over a pretty dress, as on the Phillip Lim runway.

Balmain S/S 2010 RTW

Louis Vuitton S/S 2010 RTW

3.1 Phillip Lim S/S 2010 RTW

Boy by Band of Outsiders S/S 2010 RTW

Celine S/S 2010 RTW

3.1 Phillip Lim S/S 2010 RTW
(lambskin 'Adin' purse)

Alexander Wang S/S 2010 RTW
('Diego' bucket bag)

Balmain S/S 2010 RTW