Thursday, December 14, 2017

What to Wear to Your Office Holiday Party

Holiday office party outfits can be tough to style. You want to stand out, you want to look festive...but you also don't want to look like a Christmas tree. Or like you're headed to a club. Fine lines.

When I spotted this velvet 2-piece Calvin Klein outfit at Saks Off Fifth while in Phoenix, AZ, I totally fell in love. It took me all of 5 minutes to snatch it off the rack, scurry off to the change room, confirm its amazingness, and rush to the cash. I had been looking for something velvet to wear for the holidays (it's pretty much the #1 trending style this season), and I knew this would fit the bill. Even better? It wasn't the usual party dress. The matching pants to the velvet blazer have a stripe of velvet down the side, which I think make them look like fashionable tuxedo pants. How cool! Of course, it is the holidays, so I added some sparkly details in the form of these adorable gold Betsey Johnson heels and Kate Spade glitter purse.

If you're not in the mood for a party dress, or want to tame things down just a bit for your holiday office party, then a velvet blazer and pants are a chic alternative. If you want to amp up the drama just a bit, go sans-shirt and add a long, hanging necklace to match the plunging neckline.

I decided to wear this ensemble to an event last week at OMEGA's boutique at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. In Vancouver, it's always hard to tell if people are going to really dress up, or go casual, so I figured this velvet blazer and pants would be a good middle ground. I also knew that the incredible photographer Dennis Gocer of The Collective You would be there snapping portraits of guests, so I wanted to wear something relatively simple and chic, to match his black and white photography style. See the photos yourself below! Big thanks go out to OMEGA for the fabulous event, from the lovely portraits, to the gourmet handmade popsicles (pure genius, Chef Will Lee of Notch 8!), sparkling wine, and lots of sparkly accessories to try on!

Behind the scenes of that The Collective You portrait (can you spot the fan??)

Trying on OMEGA shades with Leeanne of LegalLee Blonde

Jacket - Calvin Klein | Pants - Calvin Klein | Shoes - Betsey Johnson | Purse - Kate Spade | Necklace - c/o Everly | Bracelet - c/o Nobis & Grey

Happy Holiday Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, December 4, 2017

Monochrome Grey Winter Outfit

Here's one of the easiest trends to master this winter: the monochromatic look! No worries about trying to match prints & colours here. Just stick to one or two shades as best you can.

I picked up these pants out at Zara a while back, and I have been dying to wear them casually, with my pair of Stan Smith Sneakers. There's something about the juxtaposition between businesswear and laidback style that I love. Plus, it's a whole lot comfier that regular businesswear (no starchy button-down and high heels here!). The sweater was an awesome find from Winners - I've been looking for ways to incorporate the bell-sleeve trend, and the bows on this were a total added bonus.

This monochrome look can really apply to any kind of outfit. In fact, matching holiday outfits is also a big trend. Think matching your coat to your dress. That would usually be a bit of a faux pas (although, honestly I'm not one for be-all-end-all fashion rules), but now it's definitely a winning look.

What colour would you wear head to toe?

Coat - Zara (similar) | Sweater - Winners | Pants - Zara (similar) | Shoes - Adidas Stan Smith

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, November 20, 2017

Fall Fashion in Los Angeles

Hello from Phoenix Arizona! The bf and I are on a much-deserved vacation here right now. We started off in LA last week, and took in all the sights there before driving over to Phoenix.

I’ve been to LA a few times now, and always love visiting Hollywood, Santa Monica and Venice Beach while I’m there. We took one afternoon to walk from Santa Monica to Venice Beach and back – a nice sunny walk along the water. We finished off the day on the Santa Monica pier, which is always an entertaining spot. I love stopping along the beach right before you reach the pier, where you get a great view of both the beach and the whole pier.

I ended up doing the whole walk (14,000 steps in fact!) in my new Denver Hayes Veronica Western Ankle Boots from Mark’s (seen first in this post), which held up so well. It was about an hour walk total, and even with the low heel, my feet weren’t at all sore after we got back to the hotel that evening. The cushioned sole had a lot to do with that. I was so impressed!

I honestly had a pretty hard time styling outfits for this trip. The concept of wearing fall clothes in the warm LA sun seemed like a bit of a contradiction. I certainly couldn’t wear my fall sweaters, but I also felt like full-on summer clothes weren’t appropriate either. I ended up choosing clothes in fall colours that were looser or shorter sleeved so I wouldn’t overheat. And I know LA can be pretty boho, so for our day in Santa Monica and Venice Beach, I opted to wear my new Uniqlo drape mockneck top in a rusty red colour (that I picked up from the brand new Uniqlo at Metrotown), my high waisted jeans, and my sandy-coloured ankle boots from Mark’s.

Just by chance, while we were in LA, my cousin Christine also happened to be in town, so we were lucky enough to meet up with her for a bit to catch up. I told her about my struggled to style outfits for LA, and she said that’s why she went for ‘winter whites’ for her outfit. I thought it was a perfect fit for the setting!

We spent the rest of our time in LA at Universal Studios, Downtown Disney, and of course Hollywood. It was great to see so many places I hadn’t been to in years, and see how they’ve changed (or haven’t changed).

Shirt - c/o Uniqlo at Metrotown | Jeans - Rachel Roy via Winners (similar) | Purse - Karl Lagerfeld via The Bay (similar) | Boots - c/o Mark's

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Friday, November 10, 2017

No Commitment Hair Colour: Joico Color Butters

It's taken me most of my life to realize my hair is just hair. Up until my mid 20's, I didn't even want to cut my hair anything more than what was needed for a trim. But then I chopped it all off - or at least most of it. And I realized I didn't regret it! It definitely was short, but then hey (shocker) it grew back. Then last Halloween, I took the plunge and used temporary hair colour for the first time. It was terrifying at first - I was so worried about messing it up. But then I realized, so what? It's temporary! That stuff was only meant to last a shampoo or two, so it was definitely low risk.

Fast forward to now, Joico reached out with their 6 new Color Butters for me to try out. They last about 10 shampoos, so they're still pretty much no-commitment hair colour, but more commitment than the stuff I used last Halloween. I was a bit apprehensive, but I was also pretty excited to try something new. Who else gets bored of their hair? I figured this would be a fun (and temporary) way to change things up!

Turns out, these Joico Color Butters are literally the easiest hair colours to apply! I sectioned off my hair, putting most of it on the top of my head, leaving the hair below my ears loose. I had some gloves on-hand, so I pulled those out and put them on. Then just dipped my fingers into the tub (I used the Pink colour), and then ran my fingers over a small chunk of dry hair. You can use it on damp or dry hair, by the way. I went from front to back of my head, only doing sections of the hair pink (leaving sections in between colour-less). The idea was that I just wanted a hint of pink to pop out when I curled my hair. Then I just waited 5 minutes, and then showered! That was it!

I decided I wanted the colour on more of my hair, so I ended up redoing the process 2 more times to add to it. If you want more pastel colour, Joico recommends using their K-Pak Conditioner and mixing it directly with the Color Butters when applying to make the colour more pastel. I just used it in the shower as my normal conditioner, and that still seemed to keep the colour more pastel versus too vibrant. I didn't want to go bright pink, so that worked perfectly.

I actually originally tried the Titanium shade, because I thought that would look pretty cool, but for whatever reason it didn't seem to take. I did a test strand and then waited 5 minutes and washed my hair, but no colour was there after showering. I may try that again some other time, but I'm glad I ended up trying out the pink too because that one was awesome. I've had lots of compliments on it since.

One other thing to mention: the Color Butters themselves are very very conditioning! My hair smelled and felt absolutely amazing after using them. Super soft - way more than after my usual shampoo and conditioner. So definitely no damage like you'd expect from some temporary colours. Joico also says you can use these Color Butters to give your professional hair colour more vibrancy in between visits. That would certainly be handy!

The Colour Butters come in Pink, Titanium, Green, Purple, Red and Blue. What colour would you try?

Shirt - Winners | Earrings - c/o Nobis & Grey | Bracelet - c/o Nobis & Grey

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclaimer: Joico provided the product used in this post for review. As always, opinions are entirely my own.

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