Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Faux Paw

We've finally had three nice sunny days in a row. Everything was going great until I saw it. I thought it was a huge bug, but on closer inspection it was a human female wearing oversized sunglasses. I speak for many guys (and gals too) that huge, round shades make you look silly -  not fashionable. Just because J-Lo, Paris Hilton, Nicole Ritchie, and others wear them and look awful, I guess regular women think it's a good idea. So are you going to be married three times, drive the wrong way down a free-way, and make a sex tape for everyone to see too? I didn't think so. So then ditch the buggy sunnies! It's not cool to look like a giant bug, unless you are one.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

My Finds At A Recent Second Hand Event

On Saturday I had the privilege of attending loved. - a fashion bargain event which raised money for iHuman here in Edmonton. Here is everything that I bought:
What I bought - The navy top, the ring, the clutch, and the hat. 
What is cool - The clutch is actually made out of newspaper and has an article about WAL-MART on the inside!

What I bought - The dress and the necklace.
What is cool - The necklace has a photo of Norma Jeane who later became Marilyn Monroe.

What I bought - The cardigan and both necklaces.
What's cool - My Boston Terrier Cooper modelling for her first time ever. Doesn't she look pretty in the other necklace I bought?

And now for what's super cool - all of this for $15! WOO-HOO!!!!!!!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Faux Paw

Today's faux paw can make you look 10+ years older than you are now. I'm talking about wearing too much make up. It's unfortunate but when you get older, your skin starts to wrinkle - especially around the eyes. Also it loses colour and elasticity. If you wear too much make up or even a bit of make up in the wrong places, it can settle into the wrinkles making them more noticeable. And who wants that? Plus wearing darker and intense make up can make skin that's losing colour already look washed out making you appear older and tired. Not a good look.

So what can a woman do to look her age and even younger?

  1. Skip the powder. Powder tends to settle into your fine lines and wrinkles, making them more noticeable. Older skin doesn't produce as much oil as younger skin. Plus a matte face looks older than a dewy fresh face.
  2. Mascara on the upper lashes only. As we get older, dark under eye circles become more noticeable as well as those dreaded crows feet. Also mascara on the lower lashes can smudge and flake off more easily. If you are trying to draw attention away from those areas, then just put mascara on the upper lashes only.
  3. Purchase under-eye concealer which doesn't settle into wrinkles and skip the powder which can also settle into fine lines.
  4. No shiny eye shadow. It will amplify every wrinkle on your lids making you look older. Plus it can flake off more easily settling into the fine lines under your eyes making them more noticeable.
  5. Wear less make up. The term less is more truly applies here. “Less make up is more youthful,” says make up artist and Cover Girl Pro Paul Venoit. “But it doesn't mean no make up. Foundation in particular helps gives the complexion a fresher finish.” Gravitate towards eye shadow in natural colours like browns, and plums. Swear off dark matte lipstick and instead opt for creamy formulas with a satiny finish. And use gloss, since shine makes lips look fuller.
If you still decide you want to look like you're about to star in Cirque De Soleil, know that I will be judging you with this rating:

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Inspiration Is Everywhere: Seven Things That Inspire Me

Writing a blog takes a a lot of work. Sometimes I find that I'm uninspired when it comes time to post an entry. Then I just look to my muses and I find the inspiration that I'm searching for. Here in no particular order are the people, places, and things that inspire me the most these days:

Amber's Blog Canadian Fashionista
I have started following this fellow fashion blogger because she posts a new outfit everyday and I really love her style. She's also a good person who runs a charity called DASH in remembrance of her best friend who passed away. Check her out and I'm certain you'll be hooked as well.
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I am truly inspired by autumn. Crisp air, apple cider, going for walks, changing leaves, textured fabrics, fires in our burn pit outside, football games, no mosquitos, and nice weather. I love it so much I got married on a gorgeous autumn day almost 5 years ago. 

Marilyn Monroe
Yes she is many people's inspiration and lately she has been mine as well, but not just for her looks, talent, or style. She had a tragic upbringing, mental illness, self-doubt and tried to rise above it all. I admire that and I admire her.

As a newbie to Pinterest I am so addicted. I get so much inspiration from the many pins I see day-to-day. I even have our blog as one of my boards there. If you want to follow me click here.

My Husband Tim
Always strong, always there for me, always sporting a classic style, he's easy on the eyes too! In the nine years we've known each other, he inspires me everyday to be a better person, makes a mean green juice, supports me, makes me laugh, helps me to get healthy, to strive for my dreams, and get shit stuff done. (The photo below: Tim's in his transit operator uniform with my co-blogger, Zeke when he was a baby.)

If you read our blog, you have probably seen quite a few of my great finds on ebay. I simply love shopping from my home, getting stuff delivered to my door, and the crazy volume and variety of different items way less than going to a store. I start out looking for something specific but on the way I see other wonderful things I never would have thought of. Try it and you'll get hooked too!

My Friend Angela
We've only known each other since October, but we have fun together shopping (she introduced me to the Caprice Consignment store - the place I got the rainbow shoes), going for walks, attending church, and trying new places to eat. She has tons of energy and has been really supportive and helpful since I've been ill - especially by just listening or driving us around when I've been unable to drive.

Who or what inspires you?
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Monday, June 17, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday's Faux Paw

I know I have said this before but people need to get a good tailor. I am getting so frustrated seeing people wear clothes that simply don't fit. A few days ago a woman was crossing the street and her yoga pants (that's already a no-no see this) were over her shoes and dragging on the ground. I thought the following, "Is she on her way to clown college? Did someone hit her with a shrink ray? Is she borrowing someone else's pants?" Because it's so easy and cheap (around eight dollars) to go to a tailor and get pants hemmed I wonder why there are still people that walk around looking like that. Because I have mentioned getting a tailor many times, I now give this my stinkiest rating:

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Check Out My Haul

Yes lately I have been shopping it up! The "in" thing right now is to show off your haul - as in what you have bought on recent shopping excursions. So here's my haul:

Rainbow Shoes $30 Caprice Consignment
I just had to buy these when my friend showed them to me. They definitely will go with everything. I just can't pass up a double rainbow. What does it mean?!?!?

Necklace $6 Reitmans
Was at Reitmans to buy the multi-coloured blouse but just had to buy this braided two-toned silver necklace. It will look great with anything and was 50% off.

I bought this specifically to wear with my white skirt. I really like wearing black on top and white on the bottom because I'm big on top and tiny on the bottom. Because black makes you look smaller and white makes you look bigger, this combination balances me out.

I bought this to go with the cute pairs of coloured jeans I bought in cobalt blue and in teal. It will also look great with my white capris.

Yellow Polka-Dot Dress $17 Value Village
I bought this dress after searching everywhere for something to wear to my brother's wedding. Leave it to a second hand store to solve my problems.

So I hope my new stash has inspired you. What are you looking to add to your closet?

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Friday, June 07, 2013

Friday's Faux Paw

This is a tricky faux paw to master. It takes some time and energy, being truly honest with yourself and possibly enlisting some professional help. What I'm speaking about is wearing the correct colours for your skin tone, hair colour, and eye colour. If you don't know your correct colours you run the risk of wearing a colour that washes you out, or makes you look older, tired or ill. And who wants that? There are different ways of accomplishing this, but the most popular is finding out your colours by season based on the book Color Me Beautiful by Carole Jackson. If you want to try and figure out what colours look the best on you head here to take a test to find out what season you are and therefore which colours will look their best on you. Colours are usually divided into two categories - warm which has spring and autumn, and cool which has summer and winter. Autumn has the same colours as spring but they are darker and more intense and winter has the same colours as summer but are darker and more intense plus winter includes black and white. It's also super easy to rule out whether or not you're a winter. All you need to do is hold up something black, then hold up something pure white. If you look awful with both, then you aren't a winter because only a person with winter colouring can wear a true black or white. It's okay if colours from both warm seasons autumn and spring look good on you, or colours from both cool seasons winter and summer look good on you. However colours from warm seasons will generally not look good on someone with cool colouring and vice versa. Joelle and I both know our colours. Joelle is a spring who can wear some autumn colours and I am a winter. Master this and you won't receive this rating:

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

A Great Invention

On Saturday my baby brother got married. Up until then my Mom had a minor dilemma. It was minor, but a dilemma nonetheless. You see, my Mom wanted to wear open toes shoes, but she didn't want to wear nylons with them - and neither should any of you if you pay attention to our blog. (Check out Zeke's entry on that topic here.) I told her to go without nylons  but she told me she wouldn't feel comfortable bare-legged as her legs were too white from winter.

So the big day arrived and she told me she was wearing nylons. I was confused as it looked like she wasn't. Then she told me that she bought toeless nylons. I had never even heard of such  thing, but sure enough that's what she was wearing. So I thought if I didn't know about such a thing, then maybe others don't know, so here I am letting you know that they exist and they look awesome!

Here are some brands that make them:

Silkies 65 Degree Control Top Toeless Pantyhose $10

Berkshire Queen Ultra Sheer Control Top Toeless Pantyhose $6

Hanes Silk Reflection Ultra Sheer Toeless Control Top Pantyhose 3-Pack $25

You can hold saying "thank-you" until I get back because I'm off to the store to get me some of these! Finally I will wear my open toed shoes a whole lot more. You're welcome.

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