February 26, 2015

bring it home - Whole Foods

No one wants to see a grumpy blogger on their screen. Today's location was rather spontaneous - Whole Foods. With temperatures continuing to be in the minus zone, the last thing I want to do is shoot outside. Sorry my cyber flâneurs, but being a fashion blogger in the winter is not an ideal practise for me. I get cold really easily, my apartment needs to be at least 27 ° Celsius and even in the summer, I'm the crazy lady that carries around a cardigan. Professional fashion bloggers will tell you indoor lighting is a no no, but hey, I'm cold and I enjoy feeling the tips of my fingers. So indoor shooting it is. Where? My favourite locale. Whole Foods. 

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bijuleni, Whole Foods. Calvin Klein, T&J Designs, jewelry, Winners. winnerfabfind, Forever21, Zara,Zara Heels, turquoise blouse

bijuleni, Whole Foods. Calvin Klein, T&J Designs, jewelry, Winners. winnerfabfind, Forever21, Zara,Zara Heels, turquoise blouse

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Shirt: Calvin Klein, Cardigan: Winners (old), Jeans: Forever21, Heels: Zara, Necklace: T&JDesigns, Purse: Material Girl 

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Travel Diary - Meteora, Greece


Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, the most popular destinations when travelling to Greece. But there are some other less popular destinations within Greece that are definitely worth exploring. First up is Meteora. Situated in Northern Greece near the town of Kalampaka, Meteora is one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece. Monastery after monastery, six in total to be exact, your day of touring will be overtaken with spiritual adrenaline and the desire to elevate your connection to the higher power of the unknown. The rock pinnacles, I believe were created 60 million years ago. Essentially Meteora are a residual mass of sandstone. Their creation has something to do with fluvial erosions and earthquakes, but don't take my word for it. I would love to share specifics of its history, but I am afraid that is a little research project you will have to take on your own, since I am no history expert.

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The sandstone peaks are incredible. Even though spectacular in pictures, the feeling you get when you see them in person is sublime.  


Monastery Rousanou
Outlook from the Monastery of Holy Trinity

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The monasteries are actually built on the rock pinnacles which can go up to 1800ft high, that is equivalent to a 166 story condo. So if you're afraid of heights like I am, this is a challenge you will be glad you put yourself through and conquered. Meteora does that to you.
Monastery of Great Meteoron, in order to reach the top where the monastery is build, you have to walk through a series of  tunnels dug inside the rock.  In the past, monks used ladders and ropes to climb up and down. 
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View from Monastery of Great Meteoron 

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Town of Kalampaka


Monastery of Varlaam in the background 
Has anyone else been here? This place had been on my top 10 list of places to go, would anyone else consider to visit?
Stay tuned for more Travel Thursdays my cyber flanuers! 

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February 25, 2015

My Holy Grail - Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation Review



I used Clinique foundation throughout my teen years, but about four years ago switched over to Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place foundation. Double Wear is now my holy grail foundation. Even though I want to urge every girl to buy it, I always recommend using a sample first. We all have different skin types, and even though this foundation does miracles for me, it may not for you. With that said, my skin is sensitive, semi oily in the summertime and very dry in the winter.


Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 is a liquid foundation with 15-hour staying power. This semi-matte formula gives the skin a flawless finish all day, while maintaining fresh and natural-looking. The foundation does not smudge or rub off on clothes. Available in 24 shades.

Quick Overview

PROS
Full coverage but looks natural and is lightweight 
Fully covers spots, scars, pigmentation problems, etc.
Great for oily/acne prone skins•A tiny bit goes a long way
breathable and feels light
Can be easily applied with fingers or brush 
Foundation has an SPF10 (ideal for preserving your skin from sun damage)
 Provides medium to heavy coverage
Coverage lasts +19 hours

CONS
Needs a good makeup remover. The foundation is water-resistant (which is also a pro).
 Pricey if you're on a budget



Application 
Foundation can be applied with a foundation brush, sponge or just fingers.I apply the foundation on my face with my fingers, so if you are using a brush/sponge you may or may not need a bit more. Blending is phenomenal since the foundation does not set quickly and the matte finish is a great element.

Consistency
It's a very creamy foundation and a bit on the heavy side. Some reviews claim that this foundation effort to blend this foundaiton but I perosnally found the foundation to blend effortlessly.   

Another thing that I do not agree with most of the beauty reviews that are out there about the foundation is that because it has SPF 15 it is not camera or flash friendly. I haven't come across any such issues. If anything my skin looks extremely matte in pictures.

Coverage

Very pigmented and buildable coverage. Covers all blemishes with one layer of foundation. Another plus is that the foundation does not come off when you cry. Yes, I shed a tear once in a while, but even for those uncontrollable tear bursts, the foundation will still be there. In place. Like your marathon of tears never happened. You can also have a power nap or a long nap, if you want to. Wake up 4-6 hours later and your little Estée Lauder foundation face will still be intact. I have never reapplied my makeup after naps.


Touch Ups
Most of the time I don't touch up if I'm going out somewhere after work which is amazing.  The foundation will give you a long lasting flawless look that requires hardly any touch ups. 

Bonus Tip
My rule of thumb is never touch your face throughout the day, and I mean NEVER! That is also an additional reason as to why my Double Wear does not rub off until I finally wash my face at night.   
If you are on a budget the foundation is a bit pricey. I buy mine from the The Bay and the cost is $44 +tax. Don't say no just yet. You only need to apply small amounts of the foundation even for full coverage if you have acne prone skin. If you use foundation every single day, like I do, the foundation bottle will last you approximately 3- 4 months. 

Lasting Power 
They really are not lying when they say this is a 12 hour long lasting foundation. I apply my foundation at 7am and don't take it off until I go to bed which is usually around 1am (my days are excruciatingly long). Even after so many hours, my makeup is still flawless. Two dubs on my index finger are enough for each cheek and to also use for the forehead, lip area and chin. If you add more it will still look natural, but there is no need. You are just wasting make up. 

To sum it all up, if you want a long lasting foundation that is perfect for oily/acne prone skin and has excellent coverage, I highly recommend Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place. You will not regret using it!
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February 17, 2015

dame de chignon

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My other current obsession is Ann Taylor. Discovered the store a couple of months ago, and not sure why I had never stepped foot into that store before. Probably because I find everything I need at Winners? But fear not Ann, you will be seeing me again.

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Jacket: Ann Taylor, Dress: Winners, Boots: Ann Taylor (buy here) , Purse: Calvin Klein, Ring and Earrings: Aldo, Sunglasses: Paul Smith (Winners) 


Bonjour my cyber flaneurs.
You should know my obsession with Winners by now. Yes, once again here it is my #winnersfabfind. I love love this little black dress. The white collar, the scalloped trim, perfection! It is very unlikely for me not to try something on before I purchase it, I also have a personal no return policy because a) I am always 100% certain of my purchases and b) I spot imperfections before the purchase. I was so excited about this dress, that I grabbed a medium when I thought I was grabbing the small size, and of course this happens the one time I decide not to try something on. Lesson learned. I did not return the dress due to my no return policy, but I don't mind that it fits a little bit looser than it should. I like wearing my clothing loose so it worked out perfectly.

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February 11, 2015

Oversized Tangerine Wool Coat








Remember this little dreamy tangerine coat of mine? It's back and this time I paired it with my Chantilly Crème  hue wool dress from Old Navy. I got the dress last year and even though it's an oldie, it's definitely a goodie. I don't shop at Old Navy that often because their clothes just don't fit right on me. But there is the rare exception. I do like the way this dress fits and those little ruffles at the bottom are a Victorian dream.


Coat: Winners, Dress:Old Navy, Shoes: J.Crew, Necklace: Accessorize, Purse: Burberry, Ring: Forever21


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February 9, 2015

blushing heart

Happy Monday! It is here. The week of love and what I am most excited about is all the heart shaped candies, chocolates and cupcakes. And the romance, I hope it is in everyone's lives all throughout the year and not just on Valentine's day. We will be seeing a lot of red and pink hues this week, so I am sharing with you my favourite blush blouse.

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Blouse: Forever21, Faux Fur Vest: Target, Jeans: Rachel Roy, Boots: Winners, Earrings: Accessorize, Pretzel Bracelet: Kate Spade, Heart Bracelet: IndigoChapters, Multicoloured Bracelet: gift from Morocco, Watch: Michael Kors, Rings: Aldo, Purse: Calvin Klein 
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February 2, 2015

Share the Love - Valentine's Day Giveaway 2015

The month of || l o v e ||  is here. Hearts are a little bit overrated during this month, so I decided to take a different direction and bring polka dots into your life. To celebrate the arrival of February, I am giving away all of my favourite polka dot home office organization accessories from Chapters Indigo. I am grateful to have finally started my blog after so many years, and wanted to share the love with this giveaway. Enter below for your chance to win! If you feel that you never win anything, well this is your opportunity! Take a chance and you could be the lucky winner of the items below. Giveaway ends February 8th at 11:59am. Giveaway is open to all residents around the world, because everyone deserves a chance for something beautiful. 
1. Office Accessory Set - White and Gold: includes 90 paper clips, 60 push pins, and 6 binder clips
2. File Folders - White and Gold Polka Dots: set of 3 11.5" x 9.5" 
3. Pencil Pouch, Hello Polka Dot: Large
4. Kate Spade Gold Polka Dot Spiral Notebook: 8" x 6"
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