Friday, February 26, 2010

Beauty Fridays: Everything Is Coming Up Rainbows


Jac at Derek Lam S/S 2010 RTW

The rainbow eye from Derek Lam's S/S 2010 runway is definitely going to be one of the boldest summer beauty trends. Similar to the Donna Karan white eyeliner look, this look is extreme so 'proceed with caution'.

Inspirations for the collection were colours and shapes inspired by nostalgia for Americana amusement resorts. To compliment the collection, NARS' lead make-up artist, Tom Pecheux, created a carnival for the eyes or what he referred to as "Coney Island chic."

Aminata Niaria at Derek Lam S/S 2010 RTW

To create the look, Pecheux used several NARS Duo Eyeshadows. Along the lower lash line, he used the emerald side of 'Misfit'. Then, he dusted the 'Violet' side of 'Jolie Poupee' on the eyelids and applied the darker side to the crease. Pecheux highlighted the inner corners of the eyes using a highlighter. To finish it off, he dusted the burnt orange side of 'Mediteranee' along the brow line.

NARS Misfit eyeshadow duo, $38 CAD

NARS Méditerranée eyeshadow duo,$38 CAD

NARS Jolie Poupée eyeshadow duo, $38 CAD


Don't forget to blend where the colours meet, otherwise you will end up with a clown tranny look.

Nars is available at Sephora.

www.narscosmetics.com
www.dereklam.com

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Shoe Wednesdays: Aldo 'Chasten' Jazz Brogues

I have been drooling over Repetto's classic jazz shoe for ages now. My fiancé has them and I'm a little jealous. At over $300 they are almost the same price as beautiful designer pumps which is why it is so hard for me to justify spending that much. Thankfully, there are many respectable lookalikes to satisfy my jazz craving like 'Chasten' by Aldo. It's cute, it's leather, it's cheap!


$65 CAD at Aldo (also available in black).

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bridal Love: LANVIN Blanche

Lanvin Resort 2010

I didn't know it existed and now that I do, there is no turning back: LANVIN Blanche, the fashion house's petite bridal collection. Casual and cute, LANVIN Blanche is not couture but a small selection of gowns, cocktail dresses, separates and accessories. And of course, it is designed by my absolute favourite designer and imaginary BFF, Alber Elbaz.

It's undeniably Lanvin. And while most of cannot afford a Lanvin dress on a regular basis, a special occasion like one's wedding is surely worthy of a little splurge. The shorter dresses or separates can live long happy lives well after the wedding.

Ostrich feather-trimmed georgette gown, $6,720 US
Tiered silk-gazar dress, $4,960 US

Satin-trimmed ruffle sleeve T-shirt, $680 US
Silk-blend tiered skirt, $3,240 US


Strapless silk-charmeuse gown, $2,895 US

The accessories are beyond pretty. Lanvin's signature pompoms and chains are sure to make a fashionista bride a happy one.


Silk-satin drawstring pochette, $770 US

Pouchette Oulala Mariage satin clutch, $1,090 US
Pompom-embellished waist belt, $465 US

Rose pendant necklace, $2,070 US

Chain pompom necklace, $995 US

Will I be wearing something Lanvin on my wedding day? You bet!

Available on www.net-a-porter.com.

View the complete Lanvin Resort 2010 collection on style.com.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Item of the Week: James Perse Short Sleeve Button Front



I've been reorganizing and cleaning out my closet for the past few days and it seems like almost everything I own has ruffles and bows (no kidding). They are beautiful statement pieces but not very versatile for day-to-day wear. What I seem to be missing in my wardrobe are basics like this summer button-down shirt by James Perse. It looks so light and airy and much more chic than a basic tee.


Beautiful simple construction. It's also available in white and black.

$189 CAD at James Perse pop-up store in Vancouver (2717 Granville St).
$165 US at www.jamesperse.com.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Assad Mounser S/S 2010 Collection


Space Oddity necklace, $495 US

Back in October, I wrote about an up-and-coming jewelry designer Assad Mounser. The post remains among my most popular ones. It's no surprise: this stuff is gorgeous!

Just like her debut Fall 2009 collection, Spring 2010 is breathtaking and unique. The play of different textures and shapes create idiosyncratic style that sits on the edge of classic elegance and rock & roll.

Moonage Daydream collar, $395 US

Stardust Ego collar, $350 US

Pretty Things necklace, $295 US

Ziggy Voodoo bracelet, $225 US

Ziggy Voodoo bracelet (black), $225 US


I love that all the names are David Bowie songs. He inspires us all, doesn't he?

View the complete collection at www.assadmounser.com.

Available at LUISAVIAROMA.COM

Beauty Fridays: LINACARE Transforming Face Cream


Linacare Transforming Face Cream, $58 CAD

My number one 'can't live without' beauty item is LINACARE Transforming Face Cream. After years of struggling to find a perfect cream due to combination skin, enlarged pores (damn you family genetics!), eczema, and occasional breakouts - I found it!

I've been using Linacare for over two years now and it has made dramatic improvements. My pores are smaller, skin is more even (no dry spots) and have few to no breakouts. Moreover, a couple of fine lines that worried me (like the faint scowl line on my forehead) has become fainter over time. Life-changing!

Originally developed in Vancouver by Dr. Henry Fung, a medical doctor and a Harvard trained research scientist and pharmacologist, in 1991, Linacare was developed into a cosmetic line in 2003. Since then, Linacare has been a skin secret of many beauty professionals and a go-to product for fabulous spas like the Absolute Spa.



LINACARE's products are all scientifically advanced and non-medicated. They are hypoallergenic, lanolin free, non-comedogenic and non-greasy.

For oily skin, use LINACARE Light. It has a great amount of moisture but it won't make your skin appear too shiny or greasy.

Available in Vancouver at BeautyMark.
Online at www.linacare.com.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Shoe Wednesdays: Tracey Neuls Criss Cross Strap Sandal


I've recently come to terms with the fact that I have expensive taste. Even though I'm not a big designer label fanatic, I somehow always end up fawning over things that are $300 and up. It's accidental, I swear.

British designer Tracey Neuls has built a reputation for innovative contemporary shoe designs with a unique signature style. There is always a beautiful play of form, colour, and texture.

I love this sandal for its colour combination, criss-cross buckle and the moulded heel with the sexy long seam down the centre. Pretty and feminine.

$660 CAD at Gravity Pope.

Visit Tracy Neuls at www.tn29.com.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Look Forward to the Past 'Vancouver Tee'

Look Forward to the Past 'Vancouver tee', $29 CAD

Can't get enough of Vancouver but getting tired of Olympic gear? In need of a cool souvenir or display of local pride that doesn't feature a silly moose on it? I suggest this Vancouver tee by artist Randy Laybourne. It's the city as Vancouverites know it, complete with local icons like the Harbour Centre, BC Place, mountains, trees, totem poles, seagulls, raccoons and an occasional rat beaver.

Available at Walrus, EIO (kids), and BeautyMark.

Visit Randy Laybourne at www.lookforwardtothepast.com.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Item of the Week: Sonia Rykiel for H&M Stripey Jumper


A while ago I posted the Sonia Rykiel for H&M lookbook. I think the collection is exciting, colourful and fun. I love comfy summer knits!

I can never resist the French Riviera sailor chic (reminds me of one of my fav Brigitte Bardot photos), and this black and white stripey jumper (love that word) is calling my name.

I'll be lining up on Saturday, February 20th. You?

$29.95 CAD at selected H&Ms.

View the complete Sonia Rykiel collection at h&m.com.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Beauty Fridays: I LOVE MY MUFF


Perhaps the funnest beauty product to come up in the last little while is Vancouver's own I LOVE MY MUFF. That's right, you heard right: finally a product specifically designed for our muffs! It only makes sense - we have a product for every other part of our body.

"I had a need. I sought a solution. It wasn't there. I created my own. From one woman to another. Love yourself, love your muff." - Ritz Clinging, founder and creator

I Love My Muff is comprised of four essential products: clean wash, pure spray, soft lotion and fresh wipes (for muff on the go!). They come in two different lines: blue (botanical scent) and green (fruity flowery scent). I Love My Muff contains all natural ingredients because your muff deserves the best natural lifestyle too.

I used the Blue line which left me fresh, soft and sweet-smelling (a combination of lavender, sage, and a hint of coconut).

I Love My Muff clean wash, $18 CAD


I Love My Muff pure spray, $18 CAD


I Love My Muff soft lotion, $18 CAD


I Love My Muff fresh wipes, $22 CAD (for 25)

I Love My Muff kits, $38 CAD

It's Valentine's Day: take care of your muff!

In Vancouver at BeautyMark.
Online at www.ilovemymuff.com.

More exciting news:

I have one I Love My Muff maintenance kit to give away! Click here to enter the I LOVE MY MUFF GIVEAWAY!

I LOVE MY MUFF GIVEAWAY


Exciting giveaway by the freshest, most exciting product for women: I LOVE MY MUFF!

The kit contains ten fresh wipes, as well as 2oz bottles of each of the following: the clean wash, pure spray and soft lotion.

$38 value

Comment below until February 21th to win! Tell me how much you love your muff (keep it PG rated!) or, if you're shy, email me.

Make sure you leave a way I can contact you (email, blogger/wordpress/twitter ID).

Don't be shy!

P.S. Congratulations Amanda Barnes for winning this amazing kit! Your muff will love you for it!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Goodbye McQueen


Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow by David LaChapelle, 1996


I don't consider myself an expert on Alexander McQueen nor am I in any way qualified to write any kind of eulogy worthy of the great designer. But I do want to share a couple of sentiments.

His death came as a shock to me this morning. Perhaps it was because his clothes suggested a certain toughness, a sense of being untouchable. A sense of melancholy and hopeless romanticism was also apparent but it was often served with a side of humour. It was the two sides of McQueen combined that produced some of the most intriguing moments in fashion. I will never forget looking at some of his early work - often modeled by his muse and mentor, the late Isabella Blow (who I adored) - in shock, awe and excitement. The power of art is the ability to provoke an emotion. McQueen gave us many emotions, albeit often conflicting ones, and that was his legacy.

Tim Blanks says it much more eloquently:

"The news that Alexander McQueen has killed himself is particularly devastating because it always felt to me like he’d be the last man standing. He was restless, but so pragmatic with it I assumed he had what it took to endure the extreme situations he placed himself in. He was also an arch romantic with a pessimistic streak. It produced some of the most beautiful, shocking images in the history of fashion, but it’s a state of mind that can lead to endless disappointments. The death of McQueen’s mother last week would have validated his pessimism. It would undoubtedly have taken away his most vital support. It’s awful to imagine him trying—and failing—to cope, and one can only hope that, if he was looking for peace, he found it. For everyone left behind, there will eventually be consolation, however scant right now, in a body of work whose power will never die." - Tim Blanks

CHANEL Spring 2010 Couture



Sugary pastels and gleams of silver floated down the runway at the Chanel Spring 2010 presentation. From classic Chanel suits to cocoon-like coats to draped gowns, Karl Lagerfeld created a collection that would make every little girl go green with envy.

When I was a little girl, I cringed at the sight of black, navy and brown. And I'm glad to know that somewhere inside Karl Lagerfeld's mind was the same sentiment (for this season, at least):

"It's the first time in my whole career I've done a collection without black or navy. There's not one gold button."

The silver pearl-encrusted shoes reminds me a little of Cinderella's lustrous glass slippers (which I so wanted), much more than they remind me of a futuristic Barbarella. Karl might agree: don't you know that he hates the word 'futurism'?

"I hate that! I don't believe in avant-garde clothes for a future that will never happen. Fashion is always now."

Chanel is the art of pretty.



Did you know that Karl owns 70 iPods? Yes, he does. So it's no surprise that Chanel fans can now download an official Chanel iPhone application. It's amazing!


Download CHANEL for iPhone now!

View the complete CHANEL Spring 2010 Couture collection on www.style.com.

*images courtesy of Chanel