Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Dressed-Up Outfit with Shorts? Yes it's Possible!

Full disclosure: I am not the biggest fan of shorts. Sure, if I was 6 feet tall and had super long legs, I probably would be, but I've just never felt shorts have really done my legs any favours. But, I must say, if there's one style of shorts I'm more likely to be's shorts with a scallop hem! Why? Because they're just so adorable! I thrifted these ones from Value Village, but I've linked up a few pairs of similar ones at the end of this post. And they also look a lot dressier than your average everyday pair of shorts. So I thought today I'd put together a classy shorts outfit with this new pair of not-my-enemy shorts.

I wouldn't normally wear heels with shorts, as I don't like the look of jean shorts with heels...but with a dressier pair of shorts, I think they can work well. Especially if they're in a nude-type colour, like the light pink ones I'm wearing here. They help to mitigate my main issue with shorts by elongating the look of my legs.

To balance out the look, I recommend going with a looser fitting top - in this case, a floral Kimono blouse from SheIn. While these shorts are skin tight at least, they're still obviously fitted, and show off plenty of leg, so I like to balance that out. This kimono top is super cute, and only $9!!!

And just like that! I'm ready for Happy Hour drinks on a fancier patio. What do you think? Can shorts ever be considered 'dressy' in your book? I'm not saying they'll pass for a cocktail-attire wedding, but I think they can go a lot further than the beach or bar!

Top - c/o SheIn | Shorts - TopShop (thrifted via Value Village), similar | Heels - Target

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Universally Flattering Summer Romper

If you had asked me how I felt about wearing rompers out in public a year ago, I would've said that's a hard 'no'. But apparently 2018 is the year of the romper for me! You may have caught this red crochet romper I wore here, and now I'm sharing a new favourite: this floral bell-sleeved romper from Tobi.

I'm really excited to show you this particular romper, because I genuinely believe it's a style that's universally flattering! Here's why:

  1. The wrap around-style neckline is flattering on bigger as well as smaller chests. The tie around the waist (more on that below) makes it easy to pull the neckline tighter for a smaller chest, or leave as-is if you need more room.
  2. The tie waist means you can adjust how much you want to cinch the waist.
  3. The shorts are flowy and loose, which I think look far more flattering than tight shorts (those just aren't as forgiving!). The little ruffle trim doesn't hurt either - it's so cute!!
  4. The long, bell-sleeves keep the clothing-to-skin ratio even (show some skin on bottom, cover up a bit on top - or vice versa).
  5. We all know black is a universally flattering colour: that's why I love that the base of this floral print is black!

If you want a full-out flattering look, it also helps to match your shoes to your skintone. I am totally obsessed with these light pink heels from Target (similar). They're pretty close to my skintone, so they really give my legs an elongated look (and at 5'5", I don't mind a little added height!).

Is there a piece of clothing in your closet that you think would be universally flattering? I'd love to hear what it is - share in the comments below!

Romper - c/o Tobi | Heels - Target (similar)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Refreshing Your Wardrobe (The Affordable Way)

I don't like to break the bank when refreshing my wardrobe, so there's two main ways I avoid splurging: thrift shopping, and keeping an eye out online for great deals. One of the shops I always keep an eye out for online is Tobi. I've snagged some fantastic deals on their site in the past (they often have 50% off sales), and I'm was always impressed when they arrived in the mail. This Tobi off-the-shoulder dress, for instance, was originally $78, but is actually 50% off right now (!!), at $39! For that price, I was really impressed by the quality. And aren't those bell sleeves and the front tie tassels so fun? Quick styling tip: I recommend using some fashion tape, on the front closure, just to ensure everything stays put.

I've always been a bit iffy on white dresses - I'm not going to lie. A big reason for that is I'm basically white as a ghost myself. It just doesn't seem that exciting to pair white with white - HA! But....after getting my very first sunless tan from Vita Liberata (more on that this Friday - stay tuned!), I was feeling even better about my decision to pick this Tobi off-the-shoulder dress! This has actually become my favourite new dress for the summer, and I'll likely be wearing it for Diner en Blanc this year as well!

My sandals are thrifted from Value Village - another way that I easily refresh my wardrobe without breaking the bank. I was in need of a wedge sandal that was low enough to walk in for longer distances. This pair was just worn in enough to be suuuuper comfy, but still in great looking condition. That's another reason why I love buying thrifted items: I feel like if that item has clearly stood the test of time until now, chances are it will hold up well after I buy it. It's a bit more reassuring honestly, compared to when I buy new. And at $5.99, they were a killer deal! If you need a couple new pairs of summer shoes, it's definitely worth checking out the aisles of your local thrift store first, before hitting the mall.

Dress - c/o Tobi | Hat - Forever 21 | Necklace - c/o Nobis & Grey | Heels - thrifted via Value Village

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

This Summer is All About the Bodysuit

While they're incredibly impractical for bathroom breaks...I can't help but get on the bodysuit bandwagon right now. They're absolutely everywhere right now, and come in literally every colour and style imaginable. Isn't this SheIn lace crochet bodysuit just the sweetest? There's a lot going on here - with the crochet, plunge front, low back, and bell sleeves, but somehow I think it all works together.

Today, I thought I'd go for some 'island vibes' with a palm leaf print skirt from SheIn, my all-time-favourite laser cut heels, and this suuuuuuuper cute flamingo clutch I just picked up from Old Navy. It was 40% off - what a steal! Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it's that much on sale anymore, but it's still an affordable find. And who can say no to those adorable little flamingos? If you're in the midst of a flamingo obsession like I am right now, just a heads up, there are string lights at Dollarama right now for $4!! This whole outfit is really a steal, though. The bodysuit is $21, the skirt is only $9, and the clutch is $24: just $54 for all that!

I don't think I'll be travelling far this summer, but luckily Vancouver actually has some palm trees by the beach so I can just pretend I'm on some tropical least for the purposes of this outfit. Are you headed anywhere hot this summer?

Bodysuit - c/o SheIn | Necklace - Stella & Dot | Skirt - c/o SheIn | Purse - Old Navy | Heels - JustFab (similar)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Friday, June 8, 2018

The All-In-One Product to Hydrate Your Whole Body This Summer

As soon as summertime rolls around, I'm always ready to start adding coconut to pretty much everything: from food to beauty! In fact, I had to buy new shampoo and conditioner last week, and I couldn't help but try new brand Inecto (a natural brand I found at London Drugs), which has coconut oil in it. It smells fantastic, and my hair feels great!

Well, as it turns out, just after I picked those up, a package arrived in the mail from Jouviance...with their new Coconut Melting Balm inside! And, since I can never have enough coconut, I was pretty pumped about the coconut candle they sent as well. Yum, it smells as good as the Melting Balm.

The Jouviance Coconut Melting Balm consists of 100% natural coconut oil. In fact, it's made of 50% cold pressed, non-hydrogenated, non deodorized coconut oil, and 50% coconut oil of first pressure and deodorized by steam (it's high quality - that's what I'm getting at, and organic too).

The main benefit to coconut oil is its hydrating properties as an emollient, but it's also anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. But when it comes to dry skin, hair and face this time of year, being out in the sun more, I was definitely most interested in the hydration benefits. But here's why this Melting Balm is really so cool: it's multi-purpose! And who doesn't love that? Here's all the ways it can be used:

Body Moisturizer
All you need is a super small amount to hydrate your entire body with the Melting Balm. My tip: I like to apply my moisturizer on damp skin, after I've shaved, for maximum moisture retention.

The Coconut Melting Balm also helps with your skin's healing process, meaning it's a good bet if you've got a sun burn or other irritation. And I know I'm going to have a sunburn at some point this summer, unfortunately. At least I'll have this at the ready. Also - because it's anti-inflammatory, it works great after shaving (while skin is still damp, as I mentioned above).

Baby Butter
Now this isn't something I was able to test on (no babies in sight here), but Jouviance recommends applying it all over your baby's body by massaging gently into the skin.

Belly Balm
Again, no personal experience on this one, but you can also use the Melting Balm on your belly during pregnancy to reduce skin itching and prevent the appearance of stretch marks. Seems like it's worth a try!

Lip Moisturizer
Now I thought this is one of the coolest uses of the Melting Balm! Often, moisturizers are made for the body, and the body only. So it's great to have one that's safe to use on the lips as well. Jouviance recommends applying to your lips when they're feeling dry, especially after sun exposure. When I read that, I knew I was going to get lots of use out of this stuff! I've been riding my bike in the sun almost daily, and applying this really helps to heal and protect my lips afterwards. Applying it as a lip mask at night also works really well. It's nice and light on the lips, not at all sticky or tacky, so you honestly forget it's there. And then you wake up to perfectly hydrated lips the next morning!

Hydrating Night Mask
This is one of my favourite uses of the Melting Balm. Before bed, take a pea-sized amount, rub between your hands to warm it up, and then apply all over your face. You just leave it on overnight and wash off in the morning. It hydrates so well! Especially on the dry patches on my cheeks right now. At first, I was a bit hesitant to smear the balm all over, for fear of it feeling too oily, but it really does melt right into the skin nicely (they don't call it Melting Balm for nothing!).

Hair Serum
In the summer, my hair usually gets pretty dry and brittle from being in the sun. Especially because my hair is already so thin. You can also apply the Melting Balm to your hair to help hydrate your strands and add shine! I appreciated that they offer directions for both thick and fine hair, because my first thought was 'woah - but this is going to weigh down my hair'! For fine hair, Jouviance suggests you start with a very small amount of Melting Balm, to ensure your hair doesn't get greasy. Erring on the side of caution, I took essentially half a pea-sized amount, and that worked well to hydrate my brittle ends, without making it greasy.

You can also use the Melting Balm as a hair mask before shampooing. Just apply a small amount (I used less than the directed quarter size amount) to your dry hair, avoiding the scalp. Then, you just put your hair in a bun and leave in for half an hour. You can apparently leave it in overnight, too, but I haven't tried that yet. Then you just shampoo and rinse! I actually liked this technique better than the hair serum, as I liked having it soak in over the half hour, but then being able to rinse it out afterwards. My hair felt so soft and not at all brittle afterwards!

And that's all folks! Anyone else on a coconut kick right now? (I ask as I eat my coconut berry smoothie bowl...)

Happy Hydrating! xo

~ Britta

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