Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday's Meme


Definitely a shopping one for me. I'm too purdy to go to jail.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday's Faux Paw


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This should be an obvious one but in the last week I have seen two women fall prey to this faux paw. When you don't pay attention, your otherwise gorgeous outfit gets taken down a few pegs. I'm talking about the dreaded run in your nylons/tights/pantyhose - whatever you are calling them nowadays. Check your outfit in front of a full length mirror before you leave your house each day. Once you get into this habit, you will most likely notice other things out of place before you have someone like me point it out to you. Throw some clear nail polish in your purse to stop runs before they are visible - hairspray works in a pinch and carry a spare pair in case the damage is visible. It's always a good idea to check your nylons throughout the day as nasty snags can turn into a run when adjusting them after a washroom break. A quick spin in front of the washroom mirror should do it.  If you find that all of this is too much work, then go without nylons. Trust me it looks better than a set of train tracks running down your leg screaming out for my one poo rating.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Five Pieces Ten Outfits!

I don't know about you, but this gal loves to look good AND save money. What better way to save money than to buy five pieces you can get ten outfits out of? I decided to create this look from Reitmans as they have a lot of cute, reasonably priced items. And as usual I am not being paid to endorse anyone or anything. Here's the breakdown:

Teal Cardigan $30  Printed Blouse $30  White Blouse $23  Teal Pants $30  Blue Jeans $23 
 Now here's all the combinations:
And you can also unbutton the white blouse and wear it as a cardigan to create these looks:
Ten Outfits = $136 Not bad. Not bad at all.
I hope this gives you an idea of how to create many different looks from the same pieces. And I didn't even use any shoes, jewellery, belts, or scarves. Imagine the possibilities. To the mall!!
Joelle
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday's Meme

Last night I watched the Lyrid meteor shower from 2am to 4:30am with Tim. I am sooooooo exhausted today! To quote Roger Murtaugh, "I'm too old for this s**t." I'm taking a cue from How I Met Your Mother, and adding staying up that late to my Murtaugh List.

Time for a cranky meme courtesy of Tard (aka Grumpy Cat). I made it myself based on someone else's way too wordy meme which you can find here.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday's Faux Paw

Today's faux paw I write on behalf of Joelle who had to sit through an entire Mass gasping for air. Why do you ask? Well it wasn't the incense (although she was incensed), it was the person in front of her that decided it was a good idea to have a bath - in perfume! I am a dog, so I can smell things way better than a human but yet I am not allowed to attend Mass so I am relying on Joelle's story of this event. What truly matters here is that no one should wear too much perfume/cologne. How much is too much? Here are some rules for wearing perfume for women and cologne for men:

1. Do not wear an evening scent during the day. An evening scent is stronger and more powerful than a daytime scent which is lighter and more office appropriate. If your favourite evening scent has a light eau de toilette/cologne version, it might be appropriate for daytime.

2. Women: apply perfume before you get dressed. Hold the bottle six inches away from yourself and spray one spray on each wrist and on the neck. Alternatively you can spray one spray into the air and walk through it. Do not spray perfume onto your clothes because it will be scent overload and could possibly ruin your clothes. Men: spray cologne on your hands and apply to neck, ears, and chest. Or spray one spray directly on neck, ears, and chest. Use a maximum of three sprays.

3. Be intimate with fragrance. Fragrance is not supposed to overwhelm, it's supposed to be subtle. Marian Bendeth fragrance expert and owner of Sixth Sense has said, “People further than an inch away from you shouldn’t be able to smell your perfume. If you’re applying more than a spritz because you can’t smell it yourself anymore, it’s time to introduce your nose to something else."

If you don't comply to the above, I give you this rating:

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Celebrity Style For Less

I'm still saddened by Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. Tim and I will continue to pray and send love to all affected by this senseless act of violence.



With spring still trying to happen for us here in the Canadian prairies, I thought I'd do a sunny Celebrity Style For Less entry as I haven't done one in such a long time. All prices are in Canadian dollars.

Emmy Rossum 

  Purse $30  Skirt $22  Blouse $35  Shoes $90
Or if you want to shell out $75 plus shipping for what looks like her original skirt you can find it here.



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Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday's Faux Paw

I'm going to get right to the point and say that today's faux paw is dirty - dirty, greasy hair that is. When I see a woman who is nicely dressed with beautiful make-up on but her hair is stringy, limp, and greasy it kind of destroys the overall look. I'm not saying everyone has to wash their hair each and every day if they don't need to, I'm asking that you use some common sense. When you wake up, brush your hair and you see signs that the grease fairy dropped by while you were sleeping, then wash your hair. Please don't assume your hair is going to get less dirty looking somehow as the day progresses. If you find you lead a busy life and don't always have time for a morning shampoo, then invest in a good dry shampoo for the odd day you don't have time. A dry shampoo should not be a substitute for a good bubbly shampooing on a regular basis. If you find that the rest of your hair is drying out too much then use a tiny bit of serum just on the ends of your hair.



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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Want or need? Yep it's a want!

Today I'd like to chat about the wants that are on my radar as spring approaches. My don't want is what's happening right now - I'm totally ill with a staph infection as I write this. My husband is a bus driver and has this nasty habit of bringing home his work with him. Germs anyone?

So here's what I am longing for at this moment in no particular order:


Nautical Striped Blazer
This is from Cleo but at $78.00 it's a bit pricey for me at this time. The nautical theme seems to always be big each Spring so this is right on trend.


Taxi-Cab Yellow Bubble Necklace
I tend to be a bold statement kind of girl so this is right up my alley. This necklace can also work well for people that want that pop of colour instead of buying yellow jeans. J Crew started the bubble necklace trend, but you can now find generic ones everywhere on eBay ranging in price from $7 to $20


White Jeans
These are not an earth-shattering item as they have been around for many seasons now. Yet I still dream of finding the right pair. Prices vary in denim from $20 to $500, but I'd like to find a $40 pair that fit. Too much to ask? We'll see...


This Jacket
I love green oh so very much. I don't care if this is just a trend being that emerald green has been named colour of the year by Pantone, for if I had this leather jacket I would wear it far and wide. (Danier $199)

This Top
What I like about it that it can go with lots of other pieces because of the white/yellow/turquoise/royal pattern and it's great for layering. (Reitmans $30)

So, what's on your list?
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Friday, April 05, 2013

Friday's Faux Paw

I see this faux paw often and it's a shame as it's really something easy to not do. I'm talking about women over forty wearing frosted/shiny/sparkly/glittery eye shadow. When you're in your twenties you can pretty much get away with any type of eye shadow. As women get older, it's best to use only matte eye shadow because it stays on better, and it won't amplify every wrinkle making you look older than you actually are. If you find that you have wrinkly eye lids before you are forty, the same rule applies. If you insist on using a frosted eye shadow, only apply it on your brow bone as a highlighter because there usually aren't many wrinkles there. Over forty and blessed with wrinkle-free lids? Then hats off to you! Please write Joelle and let her know your secret because she'd love to talk to you. If this is indeed the case, then go for a frosted or satin shadow, but do skip the outright sparkly glittery options unless you are modelling, acting, pole-dancing, or rockstarring. Yes I just made up a word.

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Five Products I Never Will Buy Again

First off a shout out to my Mom who is celebrating her birthday today. Happy Birthday, Mothernan!

Last Wednesday I discussed my five favourite products and now I will tell you of the products that I wouldn't waste money on.

I'm tired right now, so let's skip the yap and get to the crap:


1. L'Oreal Healthy Look Creme Gloss Color
Yes I colour my hair. I have grey hair and I don't like it. I thought I'd try this new product because it has no ammonia in it and I had heard good things about it. I bought 5R Medium Red Brown. First off I hated the smell of it - a gaggy floral smell. When applying it, it was runny and dripped everywhere. Then when I washed it out, I was in for the final treat - my hair was unevenly coloured (striping anyone?) and it was maroon coloured in spots which looked like nothing in the vicinity of what was on the box. I am really good at colouring my hair and I can honestly say that I have never had something like this happen to me. After being miserable, I took solace in the fact that it says it washes out after 28 shampoos. No, no it does not. Finally I had enough and took a huge chance and coloured over it with the product I usually use (Clairol Nice N' Easy 111 Medium Auburn). Thank goodness it worked out and I got my hair colour back without any further distress. Never gain.

2. Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara
It's the first mascara I bought with the big brush. It is also the first mascara I threw out. I've learned that I hate huge mascara brushes. At first I thought I'd get used to it but after several weeks of getting mascara into my contacts, I realized life is too short for such nonsense. I also considered using a different brush with it but was not impressed with its clumpiness or wear-ability - it flaked once again into my poor contacts. Moral of the story: I don't need a big cumbersome brush to get awesome lashes and have no clue as to what the purpose of one would be. Marketing perhaps?


3. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
Makeup Remover Towelettes that don't remove make-up? Sign me up! This product makes as much sense as buying glue that doesn't stick. Yeah if you rub the heck out of your poor eyelashes ripping them out in the process and hurting your eyes it eventually does remove most of the mascara. I think that's reason enough for this to stay in the store. 

4. Sunrider Kandesn Cleansing Cream 
For those not familiar with Sunrider products (www.sunrider.com), they specialize in food grade herbal medicines which are truly fabulous and life changing. However I am not sure as to why they felt they should market cosmetics but they went ahead and did so. Luckily I had this given to me, because at $29.80 for 2.3 ounces I would have wanted my money back. It smells bad, it is greasy and reminds me of the Ponds Cold Cream used decades ago before people knew about proper skincare (and yes sadly they still make that stuff). It also doesn't remove make-up properly and when I tried to wash it off my skin, it left a greasy, gross mess. I had to rewash my face with my regular skin cleaner and the Kandesn Cleansing Cream still left a greasy film on my skin. Yuck! I don't care that it's all natural - so is hemlock and arsenic and I'm not putting any of that on my skin either.

5. Sinful Colors Clear Coat

Couldn't find a photo. (This is a first!)

Bought this because I love Sinful Colors Nail Polish and have written about it previously on my blog. I normally use Nicole by OPI Top Coat but I wanted to save some money and tried this instead. Big mistake! After spending time on my manicure, I put on Sinful Colors Clear Coat and it dissolved my nail polish! I tried to take it back to London Drugs and they don't do that sort of thing any more. I tried to write the company about my bad experience and their online form doesn't work for someone from Canada (even though you can choose "Canada" as your country) because it tells me my zip code is wrong. Newsflash For The Sinful Colors Web Designer: In Canada we have postal codes not zip codes. Then I tried to email their sales department and never heard back from them. Great product, great company. I used to love them but now I will buy elsewhere.

And that is all for now! Hope I helped you to save your money for the good stuff.

Joelle
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Monday, April 01, 2013

Monday's Meme

Happy April Fools' Day and Easter Monday! Zeke and I have decided to start a new feature on our blog making it's d├ębut today. We had originally called our blog Clothes But Not Quite as a commentary on what people don't know about dressing well and we also wanted to include make-up, hair, health, and other non-clothing topics. But actually the main reason we named our blog that was because we wanted to leave it open so as to not stifle our creativity and continue to grow and evolve.

So may we present to you Monday Memes. This entry will just be a photo, quote, or sentence etc. - something short and sweet. It will be like the Twitter part of our blog which may or may not have to do with fashion and may be funny, profound, sad, just plain stupid or all of the above. And it might not be a meme, but we needed to call this section something.

Joelle & Zeke


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