Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Covergirl's Katy Kat Matte Lipstick Review: My Favourite New Matte Lipstick

This girl loves a good matte lipstick. I know not everyone is on the same page as me, though. A lot of people hate the dryness that usually comes along with matte lipsticks, and I don't blame them! So when I heard Covergirl had partnered with Katy Perry to create Katy Kat Matte, a collection of highly pigmented and moisturizing demi-matte lipsticks, I thought "I need to give these a try"! Maybe they'll be the perfect solution for those who don't like the dryness of regular matte lipsticks.

I think they really nailed it on this formula. I tried the shades Coral Cat and Magenta Minx, and they have a slightly less mattifying texture when compared to my other matte lipsticks, which means my lips were left far more moisturized than usual. I was relieved that the matte texture wasn't abandoned completely though. They are still far more matte than any of my satin lipsticks.

While there are also some more crazy colours in the collection, like Perry Panther (black) and Cosmo Kitty (purple), I am totally in love with Coral Kat and Magenta Minx. They're the perfect pink and orange shades to go with my summer outfits. You know I'm all about bright pops of colour this time of year!

What do you think? Would these make you want to give matte lipsticks a try? You can find them at drugstores in North America, including London Drugs!

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Coral Cat 

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Magenta Minx

Happy Styling!

~ Britta

Monday, May 23, 2016

Chapters Spring Preview

Chapters Indigo might actually be one of my favourite stores of all time. Disclaimer: I'm no bookworm. It's all about the home d├ęcor and the adorable stationary for me. And I seriously can't get enough of it. I am in Chapters an awful lot...whether it's for a birthday gift, or just to peruse their selection of Kate Spade for the millionth time.

So of course, when a whole new collection of goodies launches for Spring, you know where to find me! I now feel like my whole apartment needs a revamp, and I have some serious patio envy for anyone who has space for a patio set and a BBQ. You'll see what I mean when you see the adorable patio drink sets and pitcher below...

For those of you who haven't explored Chapters in a while, they also have a perfectly curated collection of stylish items like purses, scarves, wallets and more. If pretty florals are your jam, your going to love their Spring collection. I think their floral scarf would be the perfect accessory to an all-white Spring outfit!

Possibly my favourite table in Chapters! Black, white, and Parisian-inspired!

If I had a patio....I don't think I could have resisted any of this!

Stripes and florals: love the combo!

Tiny ice cream cones from la glace! I want to do this at home.

This whole collection embodies west coast style to a T!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, May 16, 2016

How to Layer in Spring: The Longline Vest

I have to start by saying that I am truly shocked that I have found a button-down blouse that I actually enjoy wearing outside of the office. I feel like this is a once in a life time experience for me, finding this perfect shirt. It was thrifted from Value Village, and while the label claimed it was a "boyfriend" fit, for me, it just felt like it fit nicely but not snug. I seriously can't believe I don't want to peel it off like any other work blouse the second I get home!! That little extra bit of room really makes it that much more confortable. I love that it's a little longer than normal button-downs too, which I think is what lends to its more laid-back style when worn un-tucked. 

But what to wear it with? I've had this longline vest from Forever 21 in my closet every since Vancouver Fashion Week a couple seasons ago, and I've gotta say, it's become one of my favourite pieces for layering in the spring/summer months. It's certainly not the kind of layering for if you're cold and want to cover up, but rather to help add a bit more intrigue to your outfit. After all, wearing a button-down not tucked in isn't exactly ground breaking when it comes to styling, but slip on this mid-length vest and now we've got a variety of lengths and cuts going on here. Want to see how else you can style it? Check out my posts here, here, and here for more options.

Why not give spring layering a try?

Shirt - Talula (thrifted via Value Village) | Vest - Forever 21 (similar) | Sunglasses - Target | Necklace - Stella & Dot | Bracelet - c/o Nobis & Grey | Jeans - Urban Planet | Shoes - Converse

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Comfiest Shoes You'll Wear This Summer

As I said in my recent post here, olive is a great transitional colour for Spring and Summer. And it just so turns out that I have quite a bit of it in my closet! Maxi dresses like this one are also a great way to transition slowly into the warmer weather, as they look Summer-ready, but still offer a bit more coverage for those chilly evenings.

I've noticed I've been wearing a lot more flats recently as part of my Spring outfits. Part of me still loves wearing heels, but the practicality of living in downtown Vancouver and wanting to walk everywhere has made me reassess my footwear choices a bit. Plus, especially when you're wearing a maxi dress, I feel like there's no point wearing heels because no one's going to see them anyway! Might as well be comfy.

Well I've been a huge fan of Bearpaw, ever since falling in love with their cute winter Kayla boots a couple of years ago, so when I had the chance to take their Miley sandals for a spin, I was more than thrilled! Having never tried anything other than their boots before though, I wasn't sure what to expect, but let me tell you, they are so insanely comfy! The soles are so soft, I can see these being fantastic shoes to take when you're travelling to keep your feet happy on long walks. But for now, they'll also be perfect for roaming around Vancouver! 

Dress - Zara (thrifted via Salvation Army) | Earrings - c/o Nobis & Grey | Belt - my mom's! | Sunglasses - Target | Sandals - c/o Bearpaw

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, May 2, 2016

Nautical-Inspired Office Outfit

I went a little nuts with buying wide leg pants of which was this cute pair of sailor-inspired pants from Forever 21! I also get a bit nautical crazy this time of year, so anything with anchors and gold buttons tends to pique my interest. But other than the obvious beach-appropriate nautical outfits, I wanted to try styling a work outfit that still incorporated some sailor style.

Here are some key elements I like to include in any of my nautical-inspired looks, whether it be for the beach, or for the office:
  1. The foundation: every great nautical outfit starts with something navy!
  2. Gold accessories: from statement necklaces to earrings or a watch
  3. White accents: a crisp blazer or purse
  4. Orange accents: not a must, but a pop of bright orange pairs nicely with the navy
  5. Brown sunglasses: brown matches the gold, white and navy beautifully

Believe me, as the weather gets even nicer, you're bound to see a whole lot more nautical style here on Vancouver Vogue!

Shirt - Talula (thrifted via Value Village) | Necklace - Nobis & Grey | Pants - Forever 21 | Watch - Fossil | Heels - thrifted via Value Village | Purse - JustFab

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Eco Fashion Week: Thrift Style Challenge

I've really grown very fond of Eco Fashion Week over the last few years. At first, I wasn't sure if it was the right place for me - I mean, this blog isn't about greening our planet, it's a fashion blog, and I never considered myself as eco-conscious as maybe I should be... But after I attended my first season a few years ago, I realized that there are so many ways to help the planet that aren't all hippy and hemp - if you know what I mean.

My absolute favourite show at Eco Fashion Week is the Thrift Style Challenge, presented by Value Village. That's where I really saw for the first time that thrifting isn't just fun (because I definitely already knew that!) but it's a way of decreasing our consumption of textiles. The more we thrift shop and buy others' used clothes, the less demand we are putting on the clothing industry! And that means less of a footprint we're leaving behind. Sounds pretty great, right?

The 3 stylists this year, Jason Pillay, Nadia Albano, and Nathalie Rees did a fabulous job of showcasing how thrifted clothes can look just as chic as new clothes - an important stigma that I think needs to be broken! There are still lots of people out there who think thrifted clothes is all grandpa sweaters and out-of-date styles (none of you though, since you see all kinds of amazing thrifted finds here on Vancouver Vogue!).

Keep reading below to see the 3 Thrift Style collections, as well as the eco-friendly and locally made design I rocked at Eco Fashion Week from designer Theresa Chen!

Nadia Albano:

What a chic collection! Very feminine, somewhat ethereal, and so perfect for Spring! I loved how Nadia showed the uniqueness of Value Village finds (that grecian dress!), while also showcasing how wearable they can be. I always hope that these Thrift Chic challenges inspire everyday people to thrift shop, and I think this definitely hit the mark!

Nathalie Rees:

I think it is just amazing how Nathalie was able re-create what looks like a perfectly curated Spring collection for a mainstream store! And guess what, it's all thrifted! Everything looks straight off a store rack, which I think is great. This collection slayed any preconceptions that thrifted clothes are old and frumpy, that's for sure! 

[ photos by Peter Jensen Photography ]

Jason Pillay

For anyone who thinks that Value Village is just full of old 80's clothes (perfect for your tight and bright parties, no less), this collection may not dispel those assumptions. BUT... I must say that Jason did a fabulous job of rocking those 80's trends in a way that was definitely worthy of a runway. Not bad for an all-thrifted collection, hey? Jason even managed to incorporate some very on-trend pieces, like the wide-leg pants.

[ photos by Peter Jensen Photography ]

Now of course, because this is Eco Fashion Week we're talking about, an eco-friendly outfit is a must! Wonderful local designer Theresa Chen offered to outfit Vicki of Style By Fire and I for the evening, and I couldn't have been more thrilled. I have been a huge fan of Theresa's designs, ever since I covered her collection at Vancouver Fashion Week about 12 seasons ago! I chose a piece that is on the more avant-garde side, and I must say, I was a little sheepish about the -ahem- hemline at first, but Theresa and Vicki gave me the courage to rock the hell out of it. I ended up absolutely loving it! And doesn't Vicki's red dress look amazing too? She looks fantastic in the colour and the cut, and would you believe it - it's all one piece with no zipper! Comfy.

[ photo by Gianluca Cescon ]

Dress - Theresa Chen | Necklace - Nobis & Grey | Earrings - c/o Nobis & Grey | Shoes - thrifted via Value Village

Well that's it for the Thrift Style Challenge! Next, I'll show you my favourites from the awe-inspiring 81 Pound Challenge, presented by Value Village. And let me tell you, much like the Thrift Style Challenge, it did not disappoint!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

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