You have to be odd
to be number one.
Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Nutcracker

A very simple ballerina-inspired outfit I put together to watch the National Ballet of Canada's Nutcracker last December.

This outfit is elegant with a classic silhouette. It's flattering, sweet, very demure. And it's a wonderful option to wear in the winter because of the long sleeves on the dress. This look is perfect for occasions that call for a semi-formal dress code. I've worn it out a few times already and I'm still not sick of it - not sure I will ever be!

As I already mentioned, I took some inspiration from the National Ballet and chose this dress from H&M to be the centerpiece. It's easily one of my favourites because of so many reasons. Firstly, it's the prettiest pale pink colour! It fits amazingly and I think it flatters my body shape really well. I really love how the material has some weight to it so that it stays straight down but is flowy at the same time. I also adore the long sleeves on this and think it just makes it look a bit more classy and conservative. This dress is so versatile - it can be business, casual, semi-formal depending on how you style it. Ready for the cherry on top? It was less that $20. How bargainous!

This outfit to me is the ballerina dream - pink, gold, and a little sparkle! Fun fact: I started formal ballet school as soon as I could walk, but stopped around the age of 13. Totally regretting quitting. Ballet is so graceful and pretty and such a sight, I wish I had continued on with it.

NOW - I'm just going to say what everyone is thinking - why are my legs two shades darker than my face? It was a chilly winter day and unfortunately my old skating tights (which obviously do not match my skin perfectly) were the only skin-coloured tights I had at the moment....I had hoped to go bare-legged but wimped out when I stepped outside. So please no comments about that, I know I should have gotten proper ones! I tried to colour-balance the photos as much as I could but it is still slightly noticeable. If you did not notice it, ignore this! 

I hope you thoroughly enjoyed this post, I would love to know your thoughts on it so leave your comments below, and I will see you soon!

Gifted from Korea trench coat | Wilfred scarf | H&M dress | Steve Madden heels | H&M hair accessory | Forever21 bracelet | Tiffany & Co. necklace | DIY earrings | Michael Kors bag | OPI Step Right Up, Pirouette My Whistle



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Saturday, February 23, 2013

MAC Gingerly

If you're beauty-obsessed like I am, you've probably experienced these phases of loving different types of makeup - lipstick, eyeshadow, foundation, mascara..... Well, I am currently in a massive blush phase, and have been since last summer. Sounds really basic but I didn't realize how much of a difference blush can make in bringing life and colour to your complexion. Since then, I've been building up my blush collection like a hoarder, I tell you.

The latest addition to my blush collection is MAC Gingerly, an au naturel shade. Until I had purchased this, I noticed that all the blushes I owned were peaches and pinks - very spring. I still had a $20 MAC gift card to spend so I got to the store I went straight for the blushes in search for something more wintry. I think I was envisioning something in the plum or burgundy family but when the makeup artist applied this on my cheeks, something about it really appealed to me. I'm sure you're all familiar with the your-lips-but-better phenomenon and if you read my blog post from 3 days ago you'll know how much I love said phenomenon. Well, Gingerly on me is your-cheeks-but-better. I see it as another take on the natural cheek because this isn't the colour I get when I flush, rather it's the colour my cheeks are every other time. Its effect is so subtle it's barely noticeable, but it has a way of bringing life to the face.

When I was trying it on in store, I had Fleur Power blush on the apples of my cheeks so the artist used Gingerly more like a contour and blended it into my coral blush. I fell in love with the combination because of how seamlessly it blended in with my skin tone. I'll probably be wearing those two together a lot in the spring. But this blush is also suitable for the current season because it looks just as lovely applied onto the apple of the cheeks and blended up the cheekbones, like I have it on in the photo below. It's hard to see when swatched but although the blush is mostly brown, it does have a slight rosy tinge to it that I feel shows up when applied.

This is as subtle as blush gets, barely there! I highly recommend Gingerly if you want that your-cheeks-but-better look. ;)




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Thursday, February 7, 2013

OPI We'll Always Have Paris

2 coats, no flash


Winter is in full swing and I am loving the oxblood everything that comes with it. I thought it was about time I talked about this nail polish considering it is literally the only one I have used since the beginning of the holidays. This beautiful, rich, deep burgundy is a classic, well-loved shade from OPI called We'll Always Have Paris.

This polish has one of the best formulations I have ever used - smooth, creamy, opaque colour in just 2 coats. And it finishes with that glossy shine! Personally, what makes this a star in my books is the fact that it is such a deep colour but it does not appear black on the nails like many other dark polishes tend to. It is just the perfect shade for winter and I think it looks lovely against the snow. Ou, now I am thinking of a very chic version of Snow White....

What is your favourite winter nail polish? I would be thrilled if you left a comment down below!



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