Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fall 2017 Eyewear Trends

Recently, I've been noticing my sight has gotten pretty bad when it comes to distance. Street signs that used to be clear now just aren't, reading a fast food menu signs has somehow become a challenge... I guess that just comes with age! Luckily, I've seen the silver lining in my new need for distance glasses (I already have reading glasses), and have been embracing eye wear style.

There are a few major trends for Fall 2017 when it comes to eye wear: flat matte, gold accents, thin metal, versatile neutrals and distinct tortoise. I'd always been intrigued by bold, tortoise frames, so I went in search of a pair at Clearly; they have two shops in Vancouver, one in Kitsilano and one in the heart of downtown, but you can also shop them online. I came across this awesome stand-out pair by Derek Cardigan, in the perfect tortoise pattern. The style is 7014. I'm not usually one to mix browns and blacks, but I find this tortoise pattern goes really well with both my brown and black outfits because of the deep shade.

One of my first days wearing the new specs, we headed out to Taves Family Farm in Abbotsford for some full-fledged fall fun (phew that's a lot of f's!)! They have pretty much everything you could imagine: a corn maze, pumpkin patch, apple farm, petting zoo - the works. We managed to get through the corn maze without getting too lost, and all walked away with the perfect pumpkins to carve. I snagged a few super cute mini pumpkins too, that you'll see below. Oh - and can't forget the apple cider! I picked up a couple of jugs of that to mix with spiced whiskey at home. Yum. The best part of the day? Everything was crystal clear, in 20/20 vision. It's actually still pretty crazy to me - I kept taking my glasses on and off, just to see the comparison!

Which fall eye wear trend would you be most excited to try?

Glasses - c/o Clearly | Vest - Aeropostale (similar) | Sweater - Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt - Zara | Bracelet - c/o Nobis & Grey | Purse - thrifted | Jeans - Winners | Boots - Just Fab (similar)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclaimer: The Derek Cardigan glasses were provided to me by Clearly for review in this post. As always, opinions are my own.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Comfortable, Longwear Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours from Rimmel

I know glosses and metallics have taken the reigns big time this year, but I'm still a matte lipstick lover at heart (and likely always will be). When I heard Rimmel London was coming out with a new collection of longwear Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours, I was dying to try them. Especially in the fall, I love wearing deeper, vampy matte lipstick shades, but I've still been searching for a formula that really stays in place. As it happens, Rimmel is promising just that: a formula that is kiss-proof, waterproof, touch-proof, and lasts up to 12 hours of wear. It obviously isn't entirely immune to eating an entire messy burger, but I can attest to its longevity compared to other matte lipstick competitors! If you want your lipstick to stay in place, these should be in your arsenal.

Rimmel recommends you only apply one coat to fill your lips, and don't press your lips together until dry. I kind of scoffed at this at first, but discovered pretty quickly that their advice was definitely sound. I found to get the best, smoothest and most even application, you should apply to either top or bottom lip and completely finish applying before moving onto the other lip. Usually I sort of apply all over, smush my lips together, and then continue applying to both top and bottom, but that really isn't the best way to do it here. Especially since the formula dries quite quickly.

One thing I really appreciated with the darker shades was the shape of the applicator. The applicator has somewhat rigid edges that make lining the lips a whole lot easier than most doe foot applicators. I also found the formula to be extremely comfortable on the lips once it dries down, and they're all extremely pigmented.You all know I'm a huge fan of NYX's Soft Matte Lip Creams, and I've got to say, these Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colours give them a run for their money.

Scroll down below to take a peek at all 14 shades (including my personal favourite, Plum This Show). PS. I apologize for the slight change in lighting among some of the photos - fall is clearly here, because daylight is disappearing on me super fast in the evenings when I'm shooting now. Time for a ring light, Santa!

Latte To Go (shop it here)

Moca (shop it here)

Be My Baby (shop it here)

This was my favourite neutral-y shade of the bunch. I liked the light hint of pink here.

Fire Starter (shop it here)

If you know me, you know I always gravitate to the red lipstick in any collection. This one is a beautiful shade - rich and bright.

Rose & Shine (shop it here)

Pink Blink (shop it here)

Blush (shop it here)

Pink Bliss (shop it here)

Shadow (shop it here)

I thought I should note this one is definitely much more blue than it appears in the tube. I thought it would be a deep charcoal-y grey, but it has some serious blue undertones. Just keep in mind!

Pitch Black (shop it here)

I liked this black lip colour more than I thought I would! Wear it for Halloween, or anytime you're ready to go extra bold.

Blue Iris (shop it here)

I'm oddly drawn to this deep blue shade, although I have no idea when I'll have the opportunity to wear it!

Heartbeat (shop it here)

Plum This Show (shop it here)

Definitely my favourite of the bunch. I love a good wine colour, and this one is spot-on.

Midnight (shop it here)

Looking to find these in your local drugstore? I just spotted the display at my local London Drugs yesterday, so check them out there if you want to see the lip colours in person!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclosure: Rimmel provided the lipsticks in this post for review. As always, opinions here are my own.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Fashionable Fall Cocktail: Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule

With a 500 square foot apartment, there's not a whole lot of room for home decor, but one thing that was a definite requirement when we were moving into this space, was a bar cart. When I found this baby at HomeSense, I was in love. It was exactly what I had been looking for! Ever since, I've been building up our bar cart supplies, curating the perfect glasses and liquors to fill it with.

When it comes to seasonal drinks, I definitely have a soft spot for fall. That's when we usually switch over from chilled white wines to deep reds, and from fun fruity cocktails to those with a bit more spice. I've written about my favourite winter cocktail, Schümli Pflümli before, and today I'm going to show you my new favourite fall cocktail, the Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule!

The great thing about this recipe is that it's super simple - in fact, if you already know the original Moscow Mule recipe, there's not much to change! In the original Moscow Mule recipe, you would use 6 oz ginger beer. Instead, to add some pumpkin flavour, I just switched out half the ginger beer for pumpkin beer (so 3 oz of each beer). If you're not a big fan of ginger beer (like me), the added bonus of this is that the taste of ginger is also tempered a bit. I've also switched out the usual lime wedge garnish, for a stick of cinnamon and some small apple slices to really add that fall flavour.

Of course, most important of all is the iconic copper Moscow Mule mugs! After all, as I mentioned, I've been curating the perfect glasses for my bar cart for some time now. These 100% copper mugs are from Moscow Muled, handcrafted by a local Vancouver business (woohoo!), and the insides are lined with a layer of high-grade nickel. Keep an eye out for that when you're looking for Moscow Mule mugs. It's important to have that layer of nickel because copper is a heavy metal that reacts with acidic fluids (aka cocktails), and if not lined, the acidic fluids in your cocktails will cause a chemical reaction that may mean you end up ingesting too much copper. So make sure you're buying the right mugs!

And I know they're call 'Mosow Mule mugs', but let's be honest, you can put any cold cocktail in them. They're a great mug to used for any chilled cocktail because the copper transmits the icy cold experience directly to your lips and locks in the drink's coolness.

Once you've got your gorgeous copper mugs, it's time to make a cocktail (or two)!

Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule

  1. Add ice to copper Moscow Mule mug
  2. Pour in vodka and lime juice
  3. Pour in ginger beer and pumpkin beer.
  4. Top up with a little club soda (or you can just top up with more ginger & pumpkin beer. I just find the flavours strong so I dilute it a bit.)
  5. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slices

Cheers! xo

~ Britta

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