Monday, March 19, 2018

70's & 90's Comeback Trends to Try

I'm not usually one for bringing back trends unless they're from the 60's or earlier...but today, I make two exceptions to that rule.

I've become pretty fond of the cabbie hat trend - a throwback to the 90's, and I'll admit, I had a few of them back in high school. I like how this version has more texture to it compared to the plain ones I had back then: metal buttons, braided rope, and faux leather. I've been wearing mine a lot lately. With winter behind us for the most part, I don't want to wear toques and winter hats anymore, but on windy days, it's still pretty cold. This cabbie hat has been a good compromise to keep my ears warm during the in-between season.

Suede skirts, first big in the 70's, have also now made a comeback. These have been back in for a while now, but it wasn't until I saw this one at Value Village that I thought I'd give it a try. As I said - winter is finally dwindling, so I've been more willing to wear skirts without tights again. Not without boots...but hey, I call it progress. A tan suede skirt is easier to style than you might think, too. I know it may not seem like the easiest colour to match, but it looks great with all-black, or would look equally good with wine.

An extra styling tip: I like to layer my gold Nobis & Grey bangles over top of my turtleneck sleeves. It makes them really pop!

What do you think? Would you give one of these trends a try too?

Hat - H&M | Scarf - thrifted via Salvation Army (similar) | Shirt - thrifted via Salvation Army (similar) | Bracelets - c/o Nobis & Grey | Skirt - Zara (via Value Village) (similar) | Boots - Target (similar)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, March 12, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Style

Red and green have always been my favourite colours. And with Valentine's and St. Patrick's Day practically back-to-back, I'm a pretty happy camper when it comes to outfit styling this time of year.

I've had this green plaid dress for a few years now, and it's still one of my favourites. It's the perfect way to wear some green on St. Patrick's Day, without feeling like you're doing a super cheesy St. Paddy's outfit. But I suppose the giant bow is a bit cheesy...but cheesy cute right?? If you're looking to snatch up this dress, you better do it quick - according to Chicwish's website, there's only two left!! The best part? The fabric is so nice and thick, that I don't need to wear a jacket on top.

The only issue with having your favourite colours being both green and red, is that I often run the risk of wearing 'Christmas colours'. But sometimes I just say "the hell with it" and do it anyways! This little red purse just pops so nicely against the dark green tartan. And I think that's what helps keep this outfit from looking too Christmasy - dark green seems to be less problematic than bright green in that respect.

Anyhow, I hope you all have a festive St. Patrick's Day, decked out in your best green attire!

Dress - Chicwish | Purse - Forever 21 (similar) | Bracelet - gift | Boots - Tommy Hilfiger (thrifted via Salvation Army)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Bell Sleeves are Here to Stay!

With the exception of trying to cook or wash dishes while wearing them, I am really starting to love the bell sleeve trend. They have such a nice feminine flair, and really jazz up any kind of top.

This bell sleeve top from SheIn is extra sweet, with little crochet inserts mid-sleeve and detailing on the trim of the sleeves. How cute! And it's only $15!! As you probably know quite well by now, I have a not-so-small obsession with plaid, so that's also part of the reason I fell in love with this particular bell-sleeved top. I know it's not exactly a spring wardrobe item though, so I plan on getting plenty of use out of it now, before the season changes (and judging by the fact that we got a huge dump of snow in Vancouver this past week, I think it's safe to stay winter is sticking around).

I'm actually surprised this navy coat hasn't graced the blog until now. I thrifted it at the end of last season, and let me tell you, it is hands-down one of the most exciting thrift finds for me. Not because it's expensive, but because I have been hoping to find this exact style of coat for a couple years now, and couldn't believe I managed to thrift it for $5.99! I wasn't hunting for it, but it was one of those things I'd kept in the back of my mind. Just goes to show, you never know when you're going to find that gem you've been looking for!

Coat - Zara (thrifted from Salvation Army) | Shirt - c/o SheIn | Pants - Zara (similar) | Purse - Target | Shoes - NastyGal (similar)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, February 19, 2018

On Wednesday February 28th, We Wear Pink...for Pink Shirt Day!

I know this won't come as a shocking statement to most: the internet is not always a kind place. I'm sure you or someone you know has likely experienced some sort of negativity online: harassment, rumour spreading, having your personal life exposed, or even receiving threats.

As a blogger, I'm hyper-aware of how people can cruel online. Anonymity definitely seems to make it easy. But, let's not get all down and dreary. The fact is, we may not be able to control what people say online, but we can control how it affects us, and how we react to it (if at all).

Pink Shirt Day falls on February 28th this year. If you haven't heard of it before, Pink Shirt Day is all about making a collective statement against bullying - originally started by 2 students in Nova Scotia who wore pink in solidarity after a fellow student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. For 2018, the message for Pink Shirt Day is: 'Nice Needs No Filter', which encourages us to take a stand against cyberbullying.

To show your support, you can buy your official Pink Shirt Day t-shirt at London Drugs (the exclusive retailer of the shirts), and the net proceeds will be distributed through the CKNW Orphan's Fund, in support of youth anti-bullying programs in BC and throughout Western Canada, including the Boys & Girls Clubs across BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. And then of course, you'll want to wear your official pink shirt on February 28th to stand with the rest of us against cyberbullying!

Let's encourage everyone, no matter what age they are, to think twice before posting something negative online. Instead, let's use the internet to spread kindness! Because nice needs no filter.

Inspired to join us? I've got some Pink Shirt Day style inspiration for you below, with fellow blogger Leeanne of LegalLee Blonde! You can head over to her blog to see the details for her Pink Shirt Day outfit.

We hope you'll join us in wearing an official Pink Shirt Day tee on February 28th to show you stand up to cyberbullying!

Pink Shirt Day shirt - London Drugs | Skirt - Asos | Zara (thrifted via Salvation Army)
Lipstick - NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Pink Lust (via London Drugs)

[Photography by Ricardo Mendes]

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Friday, February 16, 2018

Rose Gold / Rose Blonde Hair Tutorial

I have definitely played around with hair colour way more in the last year than I have in my entire life! Why? Because temporary hair colours have gotten way better. I used to be pretty hesitant when a product claimed to be 'temporary', because with blonde hair, it never seems to be as temporary as it should be. But with L'Oreal's Colorista Spray 1-Day Colours, they really are!! You may have already seen my beauty video with London Drugs on the Pantone Colour of the Year Ultra Violet, where I used the Purple Colorista Spray. After using that one, I was so excited to try more colours.

So...when I caught wind that rose gold hair (also known as rose blonde hair) was going to be a big trend for 2018, I immediately knew I wanted to use the Colorista Spray in Rose Gold in a new video with London Drugs. Watch the video below to see how it turned out (spoiler alert: you're doing to want to run out and buy 10 cans!! Although it only took one and a bit for this look.).

I find with these sprays, they look better on hair that's curled, so I used the brand new Conair Infiniti Pro Meta e Meta to add some loose waves to the look. I am a huge fan of the Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret from years ago, so I was super keen to give this newer model a try. This one has both the capabilities of a curling iron and a flat iron in one, which is really cool. But really, I was most interested in the curling function. I'm glad to say, it's much improved over the earlier model. No more catching my hair! I still totally love the Curl Secret, but of course it's nice that the Meta e Meta improved on that. I find it's not as temperamental; if I put a bit too much or too little hair in, it still comes out curled.

If you're wondering in the video why I spray my hair with colour first before curling it, instead of the other way around, it's because I like to brush through the colour in order to blend it in better. If I curl my hair first, then I end up just brushing out the curls.

Anyway, watch the video to see the whole how-to! And when you're ready to give it a try? You can find everything you need for the look at London Drugs.

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclaimer: This video was sponsored by London Drugs. As always, opinions are my own!
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