Friday, July 22, 2016

How to Wear Dark Lipstick in the Summer

It's funny how we can back ourselves into corners by following the conventions of "seasons". Brights and pastels for Spring and Summer, darks for Fall and Winter. But why not shake things up a bit? Don't limit your makeup choices just because you feel like it's out of season. Who cares!

I love hot pink lipsticks, corals, oranges and everything else bright in the summer, don't get me wrong, but I thought I'd challenge myself to bring out my "winter" lipstick shades for some face time this summer. I'm wearing one of my favourite deep vampy lipsticks, MUA from Vancouver beauty boutique AnaV Beauty. It goes on creamy and stays in place all night (no re-application needed!).

I love this as a date night look in the summer; pair the dark lip with some easy-to-style black pieces (and sexy little black crop top of course!), and you're good to go.

Lipstick - AnaV Beauty in MUA

Shirt - Forever 21 |  Pants - Zara | Purse - Aldo (thrifted via Value Village) |  Earrings - Nobis & Grey | Heels - Aldo (thrifted)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, July 18, 2016

Deighton Cup: Stepping up Your Fashion Game

For those of you who aren't from Vancouver, the Deighton Cup is our west coast equivalent of the Kentucky Derby, and is pretty much the only opportunity here to wear a BIG hat or fascinator! Naturally, I have to take advantage of that opportunity. I actually own about 6 fascinators - I've always loved chic, eye-catching hats, but other than fashion week, I do find myself longing for a chance to wear them more.

For this year's Deighton Cup, I really wanted to up my fashion game, so Vancouver Vogue collaborated with Maria Curcic Couture Millinery, along with local blogger friends The Urban Umbrella and Legallee Blonde. She has a beautiful selection of unique one of a kind headpieces, and because it might seem a bit pricey to splurge on a hat for a one day event, Maria also offers rentals, which I think is the perfect way to look fab for an event on a budget (and you know me - I'm all about thriftiness)! Of all the designs she offers, I completely fell in love with this gorgeous blue fascinator with pastel blue flowers. I loved how eye-catching it was the shape, and liked the challenge of matching an outfit to the blue colour. In the end, I opted to go with full-out vibrant colour head to toe!

Make sure to check out Bree on The Urban Umbrella and Leeanne on Legallee Blonde as well, so you can see their chic Deighton Cup outfits. I absolutely loved both of their looks - the perfect feminine dresses and hats for a day at the races! Bows also seemed to be a big part of many people's outfits - Leeanne's dress also featured an adorable peek-a-boo bow on the back, as did quite a few other attendees. I firmly believe a bow can only make an outfit better.

It was a lovely day out at the races - we sipped deliciously refreshing libations, people watched (so many amazing outfits!), and caught a few races of course. A big thanks goes out to Sidebuy for inviting us along to join the fabulous fun at the Deighton Cup!

Left to right: Bree of The Urban Umbrella, Leeanne of Legallee Blonde, and myself

Blackberry mojitos served up to race goers: my favourite new drink of summer!

Dress - Rebecca Elizabeth Designs | Hat - rental c/o Maria Curcic Couture Millinery | Necklace - Nobis & Grey | Heels - Call It Spring (thrifted via Value Village) | Purse - Forever 21

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, July 11, 2016

Business in the Front, Party in the Back: The Open Back Shirt

The age-old fashion rule (not that I'm really all about rules in fashion - but bear with me), is if you're showing skin in one area of your outfit, to balance it out by covering up another area. Short skirt? Skip the deep-v neck top and stick to something a bit more demure.

Open back tops like the one I'm wearing here started popping up everywhere over the last year, and they're a great piece to have in your wardrobe. From the front, it's a just a sweet little top, with puffed sleeves and a high collar. But in the back.....a nice crossed open back showing off some skin! You could always wear a top like this with a bandeau underneath to have it peek out the back. Or if you're heading to the beach, a strappy bikini would be perfect underneath too.

If we have a summer anything like last summer (I was sweltering hot the entire time), then shirts like this are going to be your best friend. Just imagine how it'll keep you cool when a breeze comes by!

Shirt - (via Winners) | Pants - Old Navy | Sunglasses - Target | Shoes - Soda (similar) | Hat - H&M | Bag - Chapters Indigo (similar)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sneaking SPF into your Summer Beauty Routine

Being pale and freckled my entire life, I've become quite an expert at finding the least-gross-feeling ways of wearing SPF. After all, if it feels gross and sticky, I'm not likely to wear it...and that means sunburns are in my future. Especially after last summer, when temperatures hit record highs, I started taking a closer look at all the options out there, from skincare to makeup, to see how I could start changing up my summer beauty routine!

Sunscreen for body:
I think it's safe to say that the reason most people hate sunscreen is texture. You buy the cheap stuff, and it feels sticky, greasy, and it just gets even worse when you start sweating. Now, I'm not here to tell you I've found a miracle solution, but I can guarantee you that if you invest is the "derm" brands that are a bit pricier, the texture is waaaay better! I got this High Protection Spray with SPF 50 from Avène (available at London Drugs) a few weeks ago, and have been really happy with it. So far, it's the best sunscreen I've used in my 25 years of being pale!

Sunscreen for face:
You can definitely use a regular sunscreen on your face (although you should make sure to apply with care around your eyes), but I really don't love the feeling. Especially once I start sweating, it certainly isn't keeping my face mattified. A London Drugs Beauty Advisor introduced me to the Lise Watier Sun Smart Universal UV Shield (available at London Drugs) over a year ago, and it has become my absolute go-to for summer! I can't get over how amazing the texture is, and how it doesn't smell the least bit like sunscreen. I actually think it feels better on my skin than most of my face primers! It keeps skin protected with SPF 30, while also keeping it perfectly mattified and prepped for foundation.

BB Cream with SPF:
Next step for me after applying the Lise Watier Sun Smart is a BB Cream. I've searched for a long time before finding a BB Cream that actually matched my skin tone, and was so happy to find a match in their M Perfect Cover line (available online at Missha Canada and H Mart). I'm No. 13 for your reference. The BB Cream has an SPF of 42, although it actually isn't approved in Canada. When I purchased it at my local H Mart, it came with a little sticker stuck over the SPF label on the bottle. I've heard that Canadian requirements for SPF are really strict, and a lot of companies opt to not go through all the hoops to be able to label their products with SPF in Canada.

Lip Balm with SPF:
I lived most of my life without ever burning my lips in the sun, so I just never really bothered to protect them. But when I went to Texas last year, I got one of the worst burns I've ever had, head to toe, and even my lips burned. It was not a pleasant experience, let me tell you. Ever since that, I keep a stick of lip balm with SPF in my purse all the times! RoC's Soleil Protexion Plus Lip Balm (available at London Drugs and drugstores) has SPF 30, and keeps my lips nice and soft.

Tinted Lip Balm with SPF:
I don't like the idea of sacrificing colour in my makeup routine just because I need to wear SPF. On days when I want a tinted lip balm, I reach for my L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Balm (available at London Drugs and drugstores). I have the shade Caring Coral, and it's the perfect touch of pink/orange colour that's packed with moisture and shine. I love how it looks with a fresh-faced summer look! Mascara, a dab of creamy coral blush, a swipe of this lip balm, and I'm good to go! The most important feature though, of course, is the SPF 15.

With the exception of a whole truckload more freckles, I intend to come out of summer with my skin looking the same as before, thanks to these SPF favourites! No wrinkly, leathery skin in my future, no thank you.

If you've got some SPF favourites, let me know in the comments! I'm always searching for the latest and greatest.

Sunscreen - Avene High Protection Spray | BB Cream - Missha M Perfect Cover | Facial Sunscreen - Lise Watier Sun Smart | Lip Balm - RoC Soleil Protexion | Tinted Lip Balm - L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Balm

T-Shirt - (similar) | Jeans - Urban Planet | Sandals - thrifted | Towel - c/o Chapters

Happy Styling!

~ Britta

Monday, July 4, 2016

Why Everyone Should Have 1 'WOW' Dress in Their Closet

It's easy to justify your way out of buying a beautiful, dramatic formal dress when you don't have a prom or wedding or gala in sight. I know the rule of thumb when buying something is to always think of at least three ways you can wear it, but sometimes it's not always about practicality.

I bought this dress a few years ago, with the intention of wearing it to Vancouver Fashion Week. It was bold - perfect for the occasion, but to be honest I had no idea when I'd every where it again. It has become a surprising go-to over the years, though. Whenever I feel like I need something a bit above and beyond a cocktail dress, it's perfect. Something different. And it makes me feel special too - like when I played dress-up as princess when I was a kid! And everyone wants to feel special like that every once in a while, right? No matter what you're dressing up in. The whole I idea is to have something bold and fun you can go to in your closet when you want to spice things up.

This dress even got some good use at Halloween last year, and most recently I had the chance to wear it to a white dress code event in Vancouver called "The White Effect", which is the photos you'll see below. (Pretending to be a model for the evening ain't so bad - although I felt awkward as hell!)

My one recommendation in this whole "buy the impractical fancy dress" idea? Make sure it's in a neutral colour like white and black. You'll likely get a whole lot more wear out of it if you do decide to pick a neutral colour. But remember, the whole point is to have something you feel great in, so if you want to throw that recommendation out the window and go for colours and patterns, then go for it!

Photography by Cyrus Wu

Dress - Asos | Earrings - H&M

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Designer Spotlight: Vancouver's Hetki Designs

This post isn't the usual street style or event post you're used to seeing here on Vancouver Vogue, but it really does fall under the mantra of VV when it comes to eco-friendly, sustainable fashion. I thought it was important to share with you this amazing local brand: Hetki Designs. Plus, what makes this even more exciting, is that the designer of Hetki Designs, Kate Schreiner has been a follower of Vancouver Vogue since its early days! Turns out, we actually went to the same high school as well - Kate in Grade 8, and I in my graduating year. Many of you have heard my stories of my locker being stuffed full of high heels - Kate saw it first hand!

Now a graduate of Kwantlen's fashion design and technology program, Kate has launched her very own clothing line, and it's all about slow fashion. Rather than feeding the fast fashion trend frenzy, Hetki Designs aims to provide classic, timeless styles with a taste of trendiness that are meant to last years rather than months. They're investment pieces.

As a reader of VV, you all know that thrift shopping is my way of easing my demand for fast fashion and supporting more sustainable shopping measures. Now that I get older though, I've also started to look to brands like Hetki Designs for curated staple pieces I can add to my wardrobe for the long haul. I had a chance to see some of Kate's designs in person at a fashion preview event in Vancouver - see below for a closer look!

Photography - Linus Wong
Hair & Makeup - Maliha Artistry
Styling - Jessica Chauhan & Kate Schreiner

With Kate at her design preview at Portside Pub in Gastown, Vancouver

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta
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