Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentine's Outfit Inspiration

I know that Valentine's Day is met with mixed feelings. Not everyone is a fan of the commercialism and the idea of dedicating a whole day to couples sharing their love. But you know me, I'll never say no to an opportunity to dress up! Whether you're planning to spend it with your other half, or with the best of friends, use Valentine's as an opportunity to feel even more fabulous than usual! That little black dress that's been sitting in the back of your closet, always just a little too risqué for an event? Dust it off and rock it!

I found this super affordable dress at Simons during my first walk through of the new store at Park Royal after it opened. Actually, everything was insanely affordable, but this particular LBD stood out. I tried it on, and knew it belonged in my closet! It has just the right amount of sexiness with the cut-outs and sheer skirt, without showing off more than I was willing to.

For Valentine's I liked the idea of wearing black with only a hit of dusty pink, as opposed to full-on red or pink. Plus, I thought it would be cute to add some kisses and hugs in the form of my xoxo bracelet and necklace from Nobis & Grey - subtle, but I love that it fits the theme.

More Valentine's Day outfit inspiration is on the way, so stay tuned!

Dress - Icone (via Simons) | Jacket - TCEC (via Betty Be Good) | Necklace & Bracelet - Nobis & Grey | Heels - 369 Cat (via Value Village)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Life of an Instagrammer

If you're on Instagram (and really, who isn't these days), you're familiar with the seemingly perfect flatlays and curated lives of fashion bloggers. But let's be honest, that's not always real life. It can be fun to dress up in fun outfits, do photoshoots, and eat aesthetically perfect food, but there's usually a lot that doesn't get captured in that little Instagram square.

Fellow blogger buddy Samantha of OTISamantha wrote and directed our first YouTube short, to give a peek into the real life of an Instagrammer, featuring yours truly, as well as bloggers Aurora and Miranda of Style By Fire, and Anna of Num in My Tum! The sad part is, we actually did almost every single one of the things in the video, non-ironically, in between scenes without even realizing it. Once we were done taking photos of the Juice Truck smoothies? Yes, we all had to take a photo of them for our Instagram. Did I have to change in a car for another take? Yes, yes I did. Like I said, real life of an Istagrammer!

Some out-takes from our day of filming:

Left: Fashion on the top, comfy on the bottom
Right: When someone has to borrow your shoes, Anna's gloves will keep your toesies warm!

Stay tuned for more fun blogger videos, happy styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, January 25, 2016

Look of the Week: Tan Waterfall Coat

I haven't been feeling much like dressing up lately, with this cold refusing to subside, so I've been resorting to super cozy jackets and low-heeled ankle boots when I feel the need to look presentable! Doesn't sound so bad, does it? This faux-suede waterfall jacket from Winners is insanely soft inside (seriously, my whole family was petting it yesterday), so it's an obvious choice if I have to actually get out of my pjs.

And these ankle boots? Just enough height to make them more exciting than flats, but still super easy to walk in. If you're going to invest in one pair of fashionable boots for next season, these mushroom/olive suede ankle boots from The Bay are a great choice. They're sold out now, but I've linked to similar ones below. Just don't wear them when you're driving a standard car, it will wear out the back of the heels. Such a sad moment when I realized what had happened...learn from my mistakes, folks!

Coat - Me Jane (via Winners) | Shirt - Brody Myles (via Winners) | Hat - Winners | Necklace - Nobis & Grey | Jeans - Urban Planet | Boots - Style & Co. (via The Bay, similar)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Skincare Review: Bioderma's Sensibio Line

I've been reviewing Bioderma's 3 skincare lines over the last couple of weeks, and today I finish it off with taking a test run of their Sensibio line for sensitive skin! I've never thought of my skin as particularly sensitive, but with my super pale skin, I must admit, it can be easy for my skin to redden if it gets aggravated. The Sensibio line features Bioderma's Toléridine patent, which inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory molecules, making skin less reactive (buh-bye redndess!).

Below, I take a closer look at some of their popular Sensibio products, including their micellar solution, Sensibio H20Sensibio 3-in-1 cleansing milk, and Sensibio Tolerance cream.

If you're looking for a makeup remover that wipes away makeup, dirt and impurities easily, but also doesn't irritate your skin or eyes, this Sensibio H20 micelle solution is perfect. The solution has no noticeable scent, and a non-oily texture, which is an absolute must for me. The best part? Because it's a micelle solution, it cleanses as well as removes makeup - so if I'm feeling particularly lazy, I don't need to use a separate cleanser afterwards.

This was my first time using a cleansing milk, and to be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect! As opposed to the micelle solution, the Sensibio 3 in 1 Milk has a thicker, creamy texture, and it seemed a little strange that something with that texture wouldn't need to be rinsed off afterwards. I gave it a shot: I put a few drops on a cotton pad, wiped my eye makeup, and it all came off in a few easy swipes! The coolest thing was that as I swiped, the white milky texture turned transparent, and left no residue behind at all. This girl is now a fan of cleansing milks!

After using a variety of skincare products for acne-prone skin for months now, it was definitely a breath of fresh air to use a cream so light weight and soothing! The Sensibio Tolerance+ cream aims to neutralize cutaneous hypersensitivity, so the formulation is great for intolerant or allergic skin. What I thought was particular interesting about Tolerance+ is that it claims to increase the skin's tolerance level. As I mentioned earlier, I don't have super sensitive skin, but I have noticed that the redness in my face has decreased since I started using Tolerance+ a few weeks ago.

This treatment features Neurocontrol, which reduces the hyperexcitability of the skin's nerve fibres and regulates the biological mechanisms responsible for the intolerance: tightness and discomfort gone!

If you're travelling, the mini bottles of Bioderma's micelle solution are adorable! But let's be honest, for day-to-day, I need that giant 500ml bottle.

Overall verdict: Give it a try!

I thought the texture of the Sensibio 3-in-1 Cleansing Milk was really intriguing, and very effective! I would definitely buy this once my micellar solutions run out, as I found it just as effective. Bioderma actually also has makeup remover wipes (always super handy), but while other people I know love them, they didn't seem to remove my eye makeup much at all.

The Tolerance+ cream is also going to stay in my cabinet for when my skin is in need of a little TLC. I loved the lightweight formula, and when my skin seems irritated, it's great to know I have a cream on hand to keep it under control.

If you're in Canada, you can purchase Bioderma products via London Drugs.

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclaimer: Products were provided by Bioderma for review. Opinions are my own.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Minimalist Style: The Classic Camel Coat

You've probably noticed that my style isn't exactly what you'd call 'minimalist' most of the time. I do love black and white, but colour is always an important part of my outfits, and I love embellishments and eye-catching details.

As I get older though, I do find myself looking for more classic pieces to add to my wardrobe, that I know I'll be able to wear for years to come. One of the items I searched long and hard for this season was a camel-coloured coat: something that would look great with all kinds of basics. I found this perfect one from Shop Maccs, and I love the structural cut.

In the spirit of classic styles, I thought I'd give the whole minimalist look a try; I decided to style the coat with solid black, classic pumps, and a simple and delicate Y-necklace. Usually I'm not a fan of delicate jewellery, but I found that with a minimalist outfit, I actually really liked how it looked! Of course, I still had to infuse a little of my usual style back into the mix, with an awesome Nobis & Grey ear cuff and a bold red lip.

Are you a fan of minimalist style? What classic fashion item is a must-have in your wardrobe?

Outfit: Coat - Shop Maccs | Turtleneck - thrifted | Ear Cuff - Nobis & Grey | Necklace - Aldo (similar) | Pants - H&M (thrifted) | Heels - Aldo (thrifted)

Beauty: Eyeliner - Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner | Mascara - Rimmel Super Curler (via London Drugs) | Lipstick - Rimmel The Only 1 in Best of the Best (via London Drugs) | Foundation - Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in No. 13

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Skincare Review: Bioderma's Hydrabio Line

Anyone else fighting the dry skin fight this winter too? Never has it been as big of an issue as this season! Which is why I was all for trying out a line of skincare whose primary focus is hydrating the skin - this girl can use all the help she can get!

 Bioderma's Hydrabio skincare line features the Aquagenium patent, which stimulates the skin's cellular capacities and reactivates its natural hydration process. Keep on reading to get a closer look at the Hydrabio H20 micellar solution and Hydrabio Sérum and see what they can do!

I'm already a big fan of Bioderma's Sébium micellar solution, which is for oily, blemished skin. Same as the Sébium H20, the Hydrabio H20 takes off all my makeup with ease, and is very gentle on the skin. Even my eyeliner that has my Urban Decay Eye Potion underneath comes off in a swipe! I also love the fact that with a micellar solution, it's a cleanser all-in-one, so if I skip a full face wash, no guilt!

Now this right here, is going on my skincare favourites of all-time list! The Bioderma Hydrabio Sérum has become an essential in my winter skincare routine, and seems to be the only thing that really stops my skin from drying out. Without it, my foundation tends to dry out by lunch. With the serum underneath, my foundation looks great all day! I also recommend mixing the serum right into your foundation for an extra boost of hydration.

Here's what the consistency of the serum looks like when first applied to the skin. It's a clear, slightly watery consistency.

Here is what the serum looks like when lightly blended into the skin. Leave it for a few seconds, and skin feels instantly fresh and hydrated!

Overall verdict: Give it a try!

Micellar solutions are the only makeup remover I use now, and the Bioderma H2O is a great one. But my absolute favourite from the Hydrabio line is their Sérum. I would definitely purchase this when the bottle runs out to keep my dry skin under control during the winter months.

If you're in Canada, you can purchase Bioderma products via London Drugs.

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclaimer: Products were provided by Bioderma for review. Opinions are my own.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Winter Outfit Inspiration: Cozy Poncho

I almost made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday without buying anything...until I somehow stumbled upon a coat and this poncho on Modcloth...and well, I lost my will power. But I'm so happy I did, because I absolutely love this Cabin Fervor Poncho! And it's gotten quite a few compliments too. It's like wearing a nice, cozy blanket everywhere you go. Especially with a nice cozy cable knit sweater underneath, it was perfect for a chilly afternoon.

Blanket scarves, capes, and ponchos are definitely the name of my style game this season! Have you tried any of these styles yet? They're part of my super easy winter uniform: cape/poncho/blanket, plus sweater, jeans and ankle boots. 

Poncho - Modcloth | Sweater - Dex (thrifted via Salvation Army) | Necklace - Nobis & Grey | Jean - Urban Planet | Boots - Jules & James (via Zellers)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta
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