beauty products 101

beauty 101

If you’re like me, you’ve spent countless hours browsing through Sephora and asking friends what is their secret; what beauty products are their go-to’s. I’ve narrowed down some of my favorites over the last year or so and thought I’d share them with you!

1. Earth Science Naturals – Azulene Eye Cream
2. Kiehl’s – Midnight Recovery Concentrate
3. Earth Science Naturals – Almond-Aloe Moisturizer (with SPF 15!)
4. Jack Black – Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser with Aloe & Sage
5. Smashbox – Full Exposure mascara
6. Clinique – Even Better Makeup SPF 15
7. Lancolm – Star Bronzer in Solitaire Shimmer
8. Lancolm – Blush Subtle in Tangerine Tine
9. Joe Fresh – nail polish (3 for $10!) in Lavender, Mango & Tomato
10. Fresh – Cannabis Santal Eau de Parfume
11. Fekkai – Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo
12. Mason Pearson – Mixed Bristle brush
13. L’Oreal – Elnett Satin Strong hold for colour treated hair
14. lebel & crowe – see Emily Lebel for the best hair cut you’ll ever get!

I hope that you like them as much as I do! xx

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home-grown: junction flea market

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I’m really trying to put more of a home-grown spin on here at the a&o. So how perfect is this? Every second Sunday of the month, and starting tomorrow, The Junction Flea!

junction flea
I’ll be there to check it out. We’re on the hunt for a wooden crate for a new project and I think this is just the place to find it! xx

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textures + textiles

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I always seem to be drawn to textures and textiles when ever I am looking for inspiration. The gals at the Block Shop { image two } are creating beautiful block dyed scarves and that lace in the first, used in Marissa Webbs Spring/Summer ’13 collection, is so delicately beautiful. It’s hand spun and hand woven from genuine natural Indian cotton. In addition to hand weaving the base fabric, fabric artisans hand embroider and hand cut eyelets – perfect! Happy Sunday xx

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easy tiger

tiger

Obviously, tigers are all the rage. They are everywhere from clothing, to jewelery, to home accessories! For a quick { inexpensive } fix I picked up this Zara Tiger-Print Blouse that I am in love with. And, if you’re up for spending a bit more, you could always splurge on an iconic Kenzo Tiger Embroidery Sweatshirt { well actually you probably can’t because they are eternally sold out ! } Or, for something in between, be inspired by the above. xx

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what to wear no.05

at the library


Wouldn’t it be nice to imagine days spent lazing around the library in a big leather club chair; reading your favourite books, sipping on a coffee, making endless lists…? I wish!

Snowed in over the weekend, I did just finish up one of my new favorites { a major tearjerker } The Fault In Our Stars. SUCH an amazing book. I highly recommend this young-adult love story. In fact, I highly recommend anything by author John Green. xx


statement sweater: animals and more

With fall in full swing it’s time to expand your sweater collection. And what better place to start than with a statement sweater. I’ll feature a few different styles { three to be exact } in the statement sweater department. The first being intarsia, which might conjure up cozy images of hot-apple-cider-being-sipped-fireside-in-a-cabin. Well, these throwback knit tops with the graphics woven into the sweater—in the past usually snowflakes or some type of kitschy wildlife—are bank in a big way!

1. Markus Lupfer – Smacker lips sweater
2. Jil Sander – Whale intarsia camel and wool-blend sweater
3. C Wonder – Bunny Hop intarsia sweater
4. J. Crew – French Hen sweater
5. Joie – Eloise intarsia sweater

TGIF! xx

socially conscious textiles

Proud Mary creates sustainable relationships with global textile artisans to create their beautiful line of ethnic-modern home and personal accessories. Their gorgeous new Fall Collection is now available and includes pillows, totes, clutches, and rugs all hand made in Guatemala. Love it!

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fall style: military jackets

I am crushing big time on this trend and seeing it everywhere! Military style jackets just seem to go with any look; from a white tee to a party dress! How would you wear it?? xx

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Joie de vivre

Joie always remains one of my favorite brands. Pieces that are casual – but can be dressed up – classic, and comfy. I was recently on their site checking out their new fall items and I was falling in love with most of them! Especially those day dreaming flats. You might not want to pass up the huntley tote, ranana dress, or adoni fur vest either! I love the definition of the Joie girl too;

Our Joie girl loves her Sundays—flea markets, champagne brunches, morning hikes, gallery exhibits—and being chic and relaxed in Joie the whole time.

Eep, how totally perfect! It looks like I’ll just be day-dreaming about those shoes for now ; )

xx

what to wear no.04

what to wear no.4


While the heat keeps going strong my mind is already moving on to a crisp cool autumn. Most likely because it happens to be my favorite season and my favorite wardrobe! As soon as it cools down, this look is a must try … that is if I can finally get the Zoe Karssen sweatshirt online, it’s always sold out!


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atlas assortment no.10

It feels like it’s been a while! I am just home from an exciting/exhausting week in Vegas for work, and looking forward to a nice relaxing Sunday afternoon. I was able to spend yesterday getting pedi’s, shopping, and dining @ Grand Electric with my sisters which was such a lovely treat! Gosh, I have also been on a bit of a shopping streak lately so better to just browse and window-shop atlas assortments for me right now ; )

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that’s one lovely blog


As I mentioned the other day, the lovely Yasmin of the Hermit Homewares blog nominated me for a One Lovely Blog Award! How amazingly exciting & flattering – eep! Her beautiful blog is very inspiring and filled with beautiful houseware goodies that I am sure everyone will enjoy takeing a peek at it. So, now it’s my turn to keep up the tradition. The Award Rules are as follows;

*Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
*Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.
*Nominate up to fifteen or so bloggers you admire.
*Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them.

Random Facts about Me:
01. I am absolutely terrified of things that fly, including moths, butterflies, dragonflies, birds etc…
02. My favorite food is hummus; on crackers, potato chips, tortilla chips, a spoon, what ever.
03. I love Excel. If a list needs to be made, if anything needs to be organized… Excel!
04. I believe my little Pug Buddha is the world’s cutest dog. He went blind 2.5 years ago and he is still so brave (while still being incredibly stubborn).
05. I was a vegetarian for about 16 years until recently { in December } I decided to scrap that idea and now chicken and steak are my favs.
06. I love stripes. Seriously, most of my closet looks the same to the untrained eye. Der says all of my striped shirts look identical – and I will probably bring home another one within the next month – but to me they are all unique ; )
07. I love surprising ppl with little notes and gifts. In the mail or in person. Just something small to make someone smile!

Blogs I Love: (In no particular order!)
01. Black Eiffel – My go to for music inspiration, amongst other things. Be sure to check out Rachel’s Music Monday post, when else, every Monday!
02. Smitten Kitchen – FOOD! Delish recipes dreamed up in a 42 square foot circa-1935 half-galley kitchen. I love the photography on this delightful foodie blog.
03. The Alternative Wife – Ethereal inspiration. Think pastels, pink, and lace all with a hazy glow.
04. Emma Dime – I am obsessed with the design, layout, and everything of Emma’s blog. So gorgeous, and always inspirational. I think she loves font as much as I do to!
05. Odessa May Society – Crushin’ hard on this beautiful blog with inspired housewares, décor, design, and a hit of fashion every now and then.
06. Pennyweight – Fashion, décor, music, you name it!
07. Lark & Linen – fellow Torontonian, Jacqueline Clarke, of Lark & Linen is always a go-to.
08. The Reno Project(s) – looking for home décor advice, look no further!
09. Elephantine – making beautiful jewelry and a beautiful blog.
10. Atlantic-Pacific – If I could have one persons closet… Blair Eadie has impeccable taste and a unique style that I love.

Thanks y’all! xx

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