Monday, August 30, 2010

Item of the Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs Bronte Lace Dress

I'm feeling extra girly so I'm warning you: the blog is going to be all lace, bows and flowers this week. Please forgive me, it happens every once in a while. I'll go a whole week wearing dresses, skirts and heels. Pretty weird for the perpetual pant-loving tomboy that I am. In situations like this, I usually go on a shopping spree buying all the girliest things I can find: full-skirts (got one yesterday), kitten heels (almost got yesterday), super feminine underwear (getting today) and many other things that will eventually end up being very lonely and underused in my closet. Which is exactly why I should not be looking at a dress like this, but I can't help it: the amount of lace alone is giving me the shivers (the good kind). I want, I want.

$760 US at Net-a-Porter.

PS. The Bronte lace top is lovely too.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Secrets of a Beauty Insider: Joyce Poon

If you live in Vancouver, you may be familiar with Noir Lash Lounge. In just one short year Noir has secured its place as one of Vancouver's premier go-to beauty spots by offering those that are...well, lash-challenged a semi-permanent alternative to falsies. I've even heard of a couple of celebrities checking out Noir while filming in Vancouver. Noir is the brainchild of Joyce Poon, a long time beauty enthusiast and brilliant business woman. This pint-sized entrepreneur is always meticulously put-together, so much so that I want to know what her secrets are (other than lashes, of course). I also managed to snag one of her engagement photos just to show you how flawless Joyce really is (and, may I add, her now-husband is quite a catch too).

Photographed by Hong Photography

Kate Beckinsale – she is so naturally flawless and pulled together.

I have a “morning” cleanser (skoah Gel Kleanser), and I use Shiseido Men Cleansing Foam for night - it does a great job of lightly exfoliating and taking makeup off. It’s quite similar to their Deep Cleansing Foam which I used to use, but well… this was lying around! I also have different day and night creams, but both are Philosophy’s Hope in A Jar – one with SPF the other, without. For long days, I’ll add a primer (Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer Light) under my makeup.
skoah Gel Kleanser ($25 CAD at skoah)

Shiseido Men Cleansing Foam ($21 CAD at the Bay)

Philosophy 'Hope in a Jar' ($49 CAD at BeautyMark)

Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer Light ($44 CAD at Sephora)

SKIN 911
Everyone’s definition of an “emergency” is different. Let’s just say when it’s time for an “intervention” I get a facial to unclog the pores and get a “fresh start”. For a REAL skin emergency, I’m off to my dermatologist. Improper self-treatment may lead to permanent scarring, so I’d rather leave it to the professionals, either my esthetician or dermatologist.

1. Bare Minerals – never went back to liquid foundation ever again;

bare Minerals ($31 CAD at Sephora)

2. NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Pandora’s Box – full of pigment, great lasting power and versatility. I mix it with other colors all the time, but this alone takes my look from day to night instantly;

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Pandora’s Box ($38 CAD at Sephora)

3. Benefit boi-ing (industrial strength concealer) – doesn’t travel or crease under my eyes and the color matches my skin tone so well;

Benefit boi-ing ($26 CAD at Sephora)

4. NARS Blush in Orgasm – nothing has replicated this glow. It’s been a staple in my makeup for over 5 years now;
NARS Blush in 'Orgasm" ($29 CAD at Sephora)

5. Smith’s Lip Balm in Minted Rose – I buy these in multiples and stash them all over the place. I especially like the minty kick it's got!

Smith’s Lip Balm in Minted Rose ($8 CAD at BeautyMark)

Love Bumble & Bumble Styling Crème.

Bumble & Bumble Styling Crème

Sturdy fine-tooth comb for backcombing when your hair needs that little bit of oomph.

Escada Moon Sparkle for now, but I’ll be switching it up to another Escada tropical scent.

Escada Moon Sparkle

Essie – I love how smooth it applies and they really do have the PERFECT sheer pink for the perfect French mani.

Essie 'Mademoiselle' - the perfect sheer pink ($12 CAD at BeautyMark)

La Mer products – yes, once upon a time I faithfully used the crème. On the upside, they really will last you FOREVER and the gift sets are great. (See, I’m still justifying.)

Lash extensions – but it’s no secret. I really do wear less makeup with them on and some days, if I’m in a rush, I’ll do without makeup completely and know that I’ll still look presentable.

Oversized, spiky falsies paired with overplucked drawn in “surprised” eyebrows.

Oversized, spiky falsies paired with overplucked drawn in “surprised” eyebrows PLUS the three shades of blond hair.

Can I bring one of the girls at Noir to do my lashes? No, seriously….

Thank you Joyce for your amazing picks!

Visit Joyce at

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lily + Jae is Ready to Pop!

Silk Secret Skirt ($164 CAD); Secret Skirt ($148 CAD)

I had the pleasure of interviewing Lily + Jae's Jude Feller for an article for Vancouver Fashion eZine. You'll have to wait a couple more weeks to read it in its entirety (I'll make sure to post the link) but here is a short excerpt:

"The autumn collection is ready to tackle both the rain and the snow, the city and the country, with a broad selection of blazers, capes, rain coats, wool coats… even a blanket. It's the most high-end collection yet from the label, with quality materials like cashmere, heavy wools and branded British raincoat fabrics, along with meticulous construction and detailing. Lily + Jae devotees will also find familiar signature pieces in silk – skirts, dresses and blouses – both in prints and solids. Autumn shades of taupe, burgundy and slate are mixed with black for an easy mix. A look back to the 90s (and Ralph Lauren in particular) was part of Feller’s inspiration in creating this timeless, classic anthology."

Edie Shirt ($158 CAD); Boy Blazer ($294 CAD)

Olivia Rain Coat ($284 CAD); Cassidy Coat ($398 CAD)

Some big news for Lily + Jae fans: One of a Few will be hosting Lily + Jae Pop Up Shop until December. The shop will include the new collection as well as discounted pieces from previous collections, samples and selected inspirational vintage. The store opens August 26, so hurry down to snag some stylish Lily + Jae attire!

Lily + Jae Pop Up Shop
One of a few
354 Water Street
Vancouver, BC

For those of you outside Vancouver, visit for the complete list of stockists.

Shoe Wednesdays: Castañer "Katia" Clog Bootie

Here is yet another amazing shoe company hailing from Spain. What is up with Spain and shoes? No wonder I want to live there. Castañer shoes date back to 1776, and is one of Spain's leading espadrille makers. Since starting up their current company in 1927, Castañer has collaborated with Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin. Recently, they have branched out beyond the espadrille and their new endeavours are pretty terrific, especially these clog booties. It's a great example of a clog that's nicely reworked into a wearable fall boot, keeping its clog-ness but without being too clog-y (wow, I actually wrote a crazy sentence like this and I'm keeping it).

I know some of you won't like, but I love.

$295 CAD at Gravity Pope.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Assad Mounser F/W 2010 Collection

Abbey Lee Kershaw in Vogue Australia (March 2010)

I've been a fan of Assad Mounser since day one and I'm happy to see her getting so much editorial love lately. Her S/S collection received tremendous reviews and well-deserved hype, and was most stunningly featured on Miss Abbey Lee Kershaw in Vogue Australia. The F/W collection certainly doesn't disappoint, taking cues from iconic women like Cleopatra and Verushka. Yes, there is a multiple century gap between those women, but they both made a mark and influence on 1960s fashion (due to Elizabeth Taylor's over-the-top Cleopatra). The 1960s inspiration is subtle but visible, a sophisticated blend of old world opulence and mod aesthetic.

"Cleopatra" Collar ($395 US)

"Cleopatra" Necklace ($495 US)

"Daybreak" Mega Necklace ($495 US)

"Hall" Cuff White ($275 US)

"Verushka" Collar ($450 US)

"Verushka" Cuff ($275 US)

These is just a small selection from the collection. To view the entire collection, visit

Available at Luisa Via Roma and Charm & Chain.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Item of the Week: Club Monaco "Catherine" Messenger Bag

Confession: I don't own a brown bag. Oh, the shame! I know, I know. Brown bags can sometimes look kind of, well... old. I've been looking for a soft, distressed vintage-y one for years now (and no, I currently cannot afford Mulberry's "Alexa" or Proenza Schouler's PS1). Club Monaco's "Catherine" is certainly a contender for the moment. It appears to be super minimal at first glance but under the flap there are two adorable patch pockets and many compartments (I love compartments!). It's a real charmer in person.

$299 CAD at Club Monaco.

PS. My friend informed me that if you are a student, you get 20% everything at Club! All this time I could have been saving money! Had no idea.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Beauty Fridays: Fall's Five Favourite Nail Polishes

In case you haven't noticed, I blog about nail polish a lot! Often, I get just as excited about a new shade of nail polish as I do about a new pair of shoes. As some of you know, nail polishes are often seasonal and every year there are a couple of true standouts that become really crazy popular. Like, remember when Chanel's "Jade" was selling on eBay for hundreds of dollars?

Well, Deborah Lippmann's "Waking Up in Vegas" might just be "it" this year, thanks to Lady Gaga and September's Vanity Fair. It's a gorgeous opaque warm gray with taupe undertones.
Deborah Lippmann "Waking Up in Vegas" ($20 CAD at Holt Renfrew)

Butter's tribute to Alexander McQueen, "All Hail McQueen," is a holographic taupe. Yes, holographic! It has little gold flecks that respond to changes in light. It's out of this world, a true winner for the holiday season!

Butter "All Hail McQueen" ($17 CAD at BeautyMark)

Of course Chanel had to come up with another amazing green for the fall season. I love the "Khaki Vert," a perfect opaque olive green.

CHANEL "Khaki Vert" ($26 CAD at Holt Renfrew)
(*hint: Essie's "Sew Psyched" is almost identical)

Fall is not fall without vampy shades. Essie's "Little Brown Dress" is a perfect black coffee shade with just a hint of redish undertone.

Essie "Little Brown Dress" ($12 CAD, available in September)

Who said turquoise is just for summer? I love this deep cool blue turquoise. It's like the colour of a still winter ocean.

SpaRitual "Dreams Becoming Reality" ($18 CAD, available in September)

These are my top 5 must-haves. Do you have yours yet?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Style Icon: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Some people are just born cool, and they don't get much cooler than Charlotte Gainsbourg. In fact, at the moment when she was conceived, she was probably already cooler than you and I. Of course, she had the major advantage of being conceived by the musical genius Serge Gainsbourg and the ridiculously gorgeous actress/singer Jane Birkin, the coolest couple of the 1960s bar none. Her little sister is the stunning model/actress and face of Vanessa Bruno, Lou Doillon.

Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in the late 1960s.

If you are unfamiliar with Charlotte Gainsbourg, you may have just lost your style cred. She has been a muse of Nicolas Ghesquière and the face of Balenciaga for years. Like her mother, Charlotte inspires others to create iconic works, securing her place as a bona fide style icon.

Charlotte as the face of Balenciaga's Paris.

Far from a glitzy Hollywood star, Charlotte is a natural beauty that possesses the kind of ease and elegance that is only possible of someone that is extremely comfortable in their own skin. She is boyish and yet so feminine at the same time (this is very hard to pull off, trust me). She looks just as chic in a pair of jeans and cowboy boots as she does in Balenciaga and Chanel. Often wearing little to no makeup, it's not that she doesn't care about her appearance, it's that she is that confident. Well, I would be too if I had groundbreaking film directors like Alejandro González Iñárritu and Michel Gondry and legendary musicians like Jarvis Cocker and Beck wanting to work with me while I inspired Balenciaga's new collection and had a long time boyfriend and two beautiful children waiting for me at home. If Balenciaga's new perfume somehow figured out how to bottle her particular brand of insouciance, I'm buying it!

In cowboy boots, jeans and a blazer hanging out in Paris.

In wide-leg jeans and a white blouse.

At the Cannes Film Festival in black skinny pants, polka dot blouse, cream blazer and Balenciaga shoes.

At Chanel Couture (1st row of course) in Balenciaga Grey Raccoon Fur Coat, skinny-slouchy Notify jeans and cowboy boots.

In Balenciaga top and wide-leg black pants.

In Chanel Couture.

In Balenciaga arriving at the Giorgio Armani Couture show.

In Balenciaga with boyfriend Yvan Attal.

In Balenciaga with boyfriend Yvan Attal arriving at the Cannes Film Festival.

In Balenciaga with Nicolas Ghesquière at the MET ball.

In Balenciaga with boyfriend Yvan Attal.