Dark Rose Cigarette

October 31, 2016

Pastels & Pastries Fall Style- Topshop cigarette pant, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote

One of my favourite ways to dress is business casual. I love juxtaposing a structured piece with a comfy, casual, cool element and these cigarette pants from Topshop are exactly the structured piece I am referring to. I can wear them to work, out for dinner and out on a sunny, casual Sunday afternoon. I love the ankle cut, but the dark rose colour is what sold me on this pair from Topshop. I can't seem to get enough of this colour this season (you saw my pleated skirt in the same tone here)! It's become an addiction! And, pairing it with grey accents really makes the colour pop. 

It's getting cold around here and these high neck sweaters are becoming my go-to. They keep you toasty, while not making you feel claustrophobic like your typical, tight-fitting turtleneck tends to. Especially since the temperature in my office is set to arctic zone! We headed out last Sunday for a typical day of errands, but I felt so much more sophisticated in high-heeled booties and the cigarette pant, and I've already worn over the outfit more times than I'd like to admit since. Hey, when you're obsessed, you're obsessed! 

What's your favourite kind of style? Comfy casual? Girly and feminine? Do you  sport business casual outside the office? Do share! 

What I'm Wearing
Zara black booties (similar)



Pastels & Pastries Fall Style- Topshop cigarette pant, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote

Pastels & Pastries Fall Style- Topshop cigarette pant, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote



Pastels & Pastries Fall Style- Topshop cigarette pant, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote

Pastels & Pastries Fall Style- Topshop cigarette pant, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote

Hawaii Packing Guide: Beauty

October 28, 2016

Packing for Hawaii- beauty products

For those of you who may not know--, I've been keeping a secret! I am headed to Vancouver for work in a few weeks and subsequently after that, I'm headed to Hawaii! Brandon and I have always wanted to visit the tropical, majestic islands and we just had to jump at this opportunity. Since I'll be so close for work (half way), we figured it was now or never. Brandon will be joining me in Vancouver for the last night of my work trip and the next day we fly into Honolulu. It really doesn't feel real because of all the planning I'm doing for work, but slowly but surely it's coming into realization.

One thing that I am always sure to research is the destination's climate. Having a proper skincare and makeup routine that harmonizes with the climate is essential to keep your skin/body/hair hydrated and feeling fresh. For Hawaii, I know my routine will include plenty of SPF, light, minimal and dewy make-up and coconut oil infused hydration. While I know this list is far from final, I've rounded up some of the essentials that I know I'll be bringing along. Let's run through the essentials, shall we?

Hawaii beauty- masks, highlight, spf, tint

1. NYX- SWEET CHEEKS BLUSH PALETTE PROFESSIONAL MAKE UP - I just love the colours in this blush pallet. The pigmented pinks and corals will be perfect for the nights that I want to get all dolled up and have a real shimmery glow! I often blend the top two on the left together, which act as a highlighter, and this pairs perfectly with a swipe of my nude lipstick. 

2. Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint SPF 30 - This moisturizer contains SPF 30 but is also has a perfecting tint to it. The SPF is all natural which I love, and it really helps blur and hide imperfections. If you want a little bit of coverage at the beach, but want to feel light, it's a tropical vacation essential.

3. Saje Arrive Revived Jet Lag & Travel Mist - This mister is packed with eucalyptus and lemon and is key to restore alertness and reduce drowsiness. I don't even reserve it just for travels; I use it all the time for early mornings when I am in a hazy fog or need an afternoon boost. Shake, mist, and breath-- that's all it takes!

4. Benefit Dandelion Dew - I love a good baby pink glow after a bronzing. Benefit's Dandelion Dew is perfect since it's texture is so light, and looks so natural and radiant. 

5. Benefit the POREfessional: instant wipeout masks - I know I'll be spending time at the beach, which always makes my skin feel clogged. These masks exfoliate and clean pores to leave your feeling fresh. I'm all about that, especially when I know walking and exploring will be on the agenda.

6. Dermalogica Protection Sport SPF 50 - Water resistant, and SPF 50. It's Hawaii, need I say more? 

7. OGX Anti-Gravity + Hydration O2 Shampoo & Conditioner  - I have super fine hair, so I'm always looking for that extra lift to keep from falling flat. This duo is infused with cloudberries which work to create volume and fullness. I like that the scent is light and fresh. Bouncy, moisturized hair? Yes, please! 

** You also can't forget to pack some good, light reads! Apparently, I'm feeling the female empowerment lately! I'll be bringing along on these two: 
Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History 
You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

Let me know if there are any products I am totally missing out on! Also, if you have any travel recommendations for Hawaii (or even Vancouver), please let me know! We're talking activities, restaurants, sights... I want to hear it all! 

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Easy Washi Tape DIYs

October 26, 2016

Washi tape DIY- picture frames wooden spoons, holiday, gifting


I'm pretty much obsessed with washi tape. It's one of the most simple ways you can elevate any craft, project or item you have lying around the house, and you don't even need to dirty your hands or paintbrushes! It's so versatile and now there are so many fun patterns and colours to choose from that it has become a staple in my crafting corner. I love how the simplest addition of a strip of tape can really make something once boring, into a beautiful piece of art! With the Holidays quickly approaching I always get into a sort of DIY kind of mood, and this year is no exception. I had some basic wooden frames and wooden spoons lying around the house and I thought a little washi tape would certainly spruce them up and make them more fun! This DIY requires no instructions and literally takes 2 minutes. Go wild!

Washi tape DIY- picture frames wooden spoons, holiday, gifting

Materials:
Washi Tape (Walmart, Target)
Frame (IKEA)
Wooden Spoon

I'm so excited to cover more frames with washi tape. Why didn't I think of this before? They will make the cutest, budget-friendly gifts for anyone this Holiday season, don't you think? And as for the wooden spoons... a little extra care when washing is all it takes to keep the tape intact (hi, tongue twister- lol)!

Will you try any of these DIY washi tape wonders?

Check out these other frames DIYs:
Boho Frame (Urban Outfitters look-a-like)
Glam Gold Frame

Washi tape DIY- picture frames wooden spoons, holiday, gifting

Washi tape DIY- picture frames wooden spoons, holiday, gifting

Washi tape DIY- picture frames wooden spoons, holiday, giftingWashi tape DIY- picture frames wooden spoons, holiday, gifting






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Olive Vest & Blush

October 24, 2016

Fall Style

Are you in total fall mode yet? Have you broken out the tartan, knits and booties? I am slowly adjusting to the new season, testing out pairings of new (to me) colour combinations (like mustard and navy). If you are looking for a new colour combination to try out this fall, it's olive and blush. I laugh writing that because olives and the colour blush are two of my favourite things--  seriously, I used to eat bowls of olives growing up! (weirdo... I know) In all seriousness, I wish more of these photos turned out because it was such a perfect, fall-esque day. The air was chilly, the apple tree was both sheltering me from the minuscule drops of rain coming out from the overcast, dreary sky, and apples were dropping off the tree's limbs by the minute. But I feel like we all have those days when you just don't feel great but push through it and force a smile. This apple tree is now gone and so are those "not-so-great" feelings I was experiencing that day. What I'm left with is the reminder that every day brings with it new sentiments and new ideas. Just like the idea to pair olive and blush together. A striped top adds to the androgynous tone of the outfit, but the pop of colours emitting from the bag and pink lip offer up and ounce of femininity to the outfit. 

These flats have become go-to for fall. I've been getting compliments on them left, right and centre and all are shocked to discover their source. It's Target! They bridge the gap between comfort and chic and pair well with everything from dresses to jeans. The vest is another key piece for fall. Perfect for layering over short sleeves, long sleeves and light sweaters and they offer up just the right amount of warmth for a cool day! 

Any different styles or colours your revelling in for fall? Fill me in!

What I'm Wearing

Pastels & Pastries fall style: Green long vest, Target ballet flats, Kate Spade blush Maise bag,

Pastels & Pastries fall style: Green long vest, Target ballet flats, Kate Spade blush Maise bag,

Pastels & Pastries fall style: Green long vest, Target ballet flats, Kate Spade blush Maise bag,

Pastels & Pastries fall style: Green long vest, Target ballet flats, Kate Spade blush Maise bag,


Playfully Pink

October 21, 2016


Pastels & Pastries - Playful in Pink for fall style , RW & CO sleeveless blouse, faux leather mini skirt, GEOX Lover Loafer in burgundy Kate Spade bag
You know I'm a fan of having fun with pink all year round and to me this outfit definitely screams fun. Or maybe it's just the pink wall? Either way I was clearly having a ball taking these pictures. Do you have a colour or piece of clothing that just makes you happy? I swear I light up at the sight of any shade of blush!  A few weeks back we headed out for a casual day outing while the sun was shining. I did have to sport a sweater at times, but it still felt like the perfect day.  I love the added necktie on this blouse, and to make the outfit more fall appropriate I paired the blush pink with my burgundy GEOX Lover Loafers. They burgundy colour plays nicely with the burgundy stripes in the blouse, too. 

What piece of clothing just makes you want to jump around for joy? Is it a shade of colour? A special bag? Let me know!

What I'm Wearing
Forever 21 faux leather mini (similar)
Pastels & Pastries - Playful in Pink for fall style , RW & CO sleeveless blouse, faux leather mini skirt, GEOX Lover Loafer in burgundy Kate Spade bagPastels & Pastries - Playful in Pink for fall style , RW & CO sleeveless blouse, faux leather mini skirt, GEOX Lover Loafer in burgundy Kate Spade bag


Pastels & Pastries - Playful in Pink for fall style , RW & CO sleeveless blouse, faux leather mini skirt, GEOX Lover Loafer in burgundy Kate Spade bag

Pastels & Pastries - Playful in Pink for fall style , RW & CO sleeveless blouse, faux leather mini skirt, GEOX Lover Loafer in burgundy Kate Spade bag

Satin Midi

October 17, 2016

Pastels & Pastries Fall fashion, Pink on pink, midi skirt and knit sweater, Sophie Hulme tote

I love that fall allows for the pairing of midi skirts and bulky sweaters. This Sunday may have been gloomy and rainy, but that didn’t stop me from sporting one of my favourite colour combinations— pink-on-pink. I love playing with different shades like salmon and blush, and seeing how the unexpected can really come together. Not to mention just the mere sight of the colours can brighten my mood! I picked up both these pieces at Topshop and instantly fell in love. Also, satin and knit? Another unlikely combo that totally works! I love that the skirt has sort of a glam, electric feel, but can totally work in a rustic, casual way with the turtleneck. I paired the pink-on-pink with black booties and my favourite charcoal Sophie Hulme bag. I love how pink contrasts with charcoal grey and black. It adds some glamour and rigidness to what would have otherwise been a total feminine, delicate look paired with say heels and a clutch. Also, adding in some different textures and a bit of structure can completely change the look of an outfit depending on where you're headed.

Building on the outfit with a pair of black booties delivered the perfect, casual brunch outfit. Which is exactly where this outfit took me… Ufficio to be exact! I got together with some of the lovely ladies (La Petite Noob,  BijuleniSomething About ThatWishbone and Clover) for delicious food, great and relatable conversation this weekend in the most gorgeous space. I love when restaurants are accommodating and I couldn’t say more good things about Ufficio. Check them out if you get a chance! 

What's your take on mixing the unexpected together? Pink on pink? Satin and knit? Would you do it? Let me know!

What I'm Wearing

Pastels & Pastries Fall fashion, Pink on pink, midi skirt and knit sweater, Sophie Hulme tote
Pastels & Pastries Fall fashion, Pink on pink, midi skirt and knit sweater, Sophie Hulme tote

Pastels & Pastries Fall fashion, Pink on pink, midi skirt and knit sweater, Sophie Hulme tote

Pastels & Pastries Fall fashion, Pink on pink, midi skirt and knit sweater, Sophie Hulme tote


Thanks to La Petite Noob for taking these snaps!


The Girls VS Beware That Girl

October 14, 2016

The Girls by Emma Cline vs Beware that Girl by Theresa Totten


It feels so good to be reading again. I don't know about you, but I'll go through stints where I am a total book worm, then I'll go through phases where I'll leave one untouched for months. We have ourselves a battle of the "girls" right here. My latest reads were the "The Girls" by Emma Cline, then immediately after that I jumped into "Beware that Girl" by Theresa Toten. Both stories are thrillers centered around a group of girls, but in totally different time frames and cities. Since they have both been hot topics in the literary world as of late, I figured it would be fun to break down each book and let you decide which one sparks your interest more. One definitely did for me!

The Girls by Emma Cline vs Beware that Girl by Theresa Totten

The Girls-- If you liked The Virgin Suicides you'll be quick to jump to read this one. Let me set the stage for you: Northern California, summertime, the 60's. The book follows, Evie, a young girl who is coming of age and ends up getting mixed up with a cult that lives hidden in the hills on a ranch. Evie comes across this group of girls and is completely enamored, and from there the story gets a little crazy. A little bit of drugs, a little bit of seduction and a little bit of violence. It's definitely a thriller, but I found it quite slow to really take off. I was constantly putting it down at first and trying to force myself to get through the first bit. However, it's no doubt that Emma is a great writer, she is very poetic. The book is dark, a little melancholy and it sure has a thrilling end!

Beware That Girl-- Think Gossip Girl meets Gone Girl. Theresa Toten was able to capture my interests a bit more in this one. The story takes place in current time on the Upper East Side, so immediately I was ready to dive in. To put it simple-- we have Kate, a girl with many secrets, looking to do whatever it takes to get into Yale. Whether that means getting close to "the haves" of the school, or working at a Chinese Market 7 days a week, she'll do it. I love that Kate is super smart and that her past unfolds as you get into the story. Things take a wicked turn when a certain someone comes into the picture. The story gets twisted pretty fast and the suspense will have you flipping the pages.

Overall? I found Beware That Girl to be more enthralling, thrilling and enjoyable. Must be my affliction to that NYC beat! It's definitely a lighter read, but I found it to be more suspenseful and fast-paced. Let me know if you'll read either book, or if you have already. Or if you hate that I just posted a book review on here! - lol