Monday, July 6, 2015

Vancouver Vogue x Nobis & Grey

Statement jewellery is something I just can't style an outfit without! I have been a huge fan of local jewellery brand Nobis & Grey since I met them at the Richmond Night Market last year, so of course I jumped at the chance to style their brand new summer collection with Vancouver fashion bloggers Rosalia of Style Love, Bree of The Urban Umbrella, and Leeanne of Legallee Blonde.

We all have very different styles, so it was great to see what rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets everyone picked out to compliment their individual looks. Make sure you stop by their blogs too to get some style inspiration!

For the first of my two looks, I picked pieces from Nobis & Grey's summer collection that matched by Grecian-inspired BCBG Max Azria dress that I thrifted a while back. I don't have a lot in the way of hair accessories, so I just had to try the leaf bobby pin pair, which we used to pin my twisted hair back with. I personally find that gold looks much better on me than silver, so I styled my bracelets, rings and earrings all in gold- in fact, many of the items I chose are gold plated stainless steel! My other absolute favourite accessory is the metallic temporary tattoos: these are the best! So much fun, they show up really well (even on my skin), and they last a good 3 days.

If you're in Vancouver, make sure to check out Nobis & Grey at the Richmond Night Market this summer, and say hello to owners Christian and Grace!

Dress - BCBG Max Azria (thrifted via Salvation Army) | Belt - vintage | Heels - Vince Camuto | Ring c/o - Nobis & Grey | Bracelet c/o - Nobis & Grey | Earrings c/o - Nobis & Grey | Hair Pins c/o - Nobis & Grey | Temporary Tattoos c/o - Nobis & Grey

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Floral Symphony Soirée: Grandi's Atelier & Freywille

After so many seasons of attending Vancouver Fashion Week, it's been wonderful to see local talents such as Grandy produce such stunning collections season after season. I recently had the opportunity to see a collaboration between Grandi's Atelier and jewellery brand Freywille at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver; as always, Grandy's couture designs stunned, as did the timeless pieces of Freywille.

Grandi's Atelier has always embodied femininity, poise, and elegance; I admire the way Grandy's designs fit the models as if they were made just for them. One of my favourites from the runway, the black and white dress on the far right below, would be my dream choice for a summer black tie affair!

The Freywille jewellery is made of a precious fire enamel, an unrivalled manufacturing technique that takes a whopping 80 procedural steps to complete! Pieces from their Floral Symphony collection were styled with each of the outfits, which included necklaces, earrings and bracelets from several designs within the Floral Symphony collection. My personal favourite was the Bouquet of Dreams design (you'll see it below), which features a myriad of bright and soft colours, swirled together.

It was a wonderful evening, saluting summer, sipping cocktails, enjoying delicious food, admiring beautiful dresses and gazing at gorgeous jewellery!

(Right) With model my favourite Grandi's Atelier gown!

Photography by Max C Yeoh

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Thursday, June 25, 2015

#LDBeauty Event 2015

Among the beauty community in Vancouver, #LDBeauty is the most highly anticipated event of the year! And for good reason. London Drugs beauty vendors gather under one glamorous roof to give bloggers and media a sneak peek at their brand new fall 2015 products. And let me tell you, this fall will bring a whole pile of revolutionary and must-have beauty products you'll want to add to your daily regimen!

Follow along to see the best new beauty products for fall, from makeup to skincare, hair and gadgets:

New in Makeup:

I've got my work cut out for me! Lots of new eye palettes to try out, and lipsticks galore. The NYX high voltage lipstick are actually already in store, and I'm loving their bold colour pay-off. Vibrant lipsticks are my favourite! Revlon also freshened up our lips at the event with their newest Ultra HD Lip Lacquer. I tried the shade Tourmaline, nice hot pink that wasn't at all sticky!

If you're looking for a way to change up your eye look for a night out, L'Oreal's new Miss Manga Rock is a mascara that actually means to clump your lashes- in order to give you an overloaded lash look with a soft spiked finish. You can see on the poster below how it looks.

If you haven't heard of or tried Emani Cosmetics you really must! The whole line is vegan friendly, and includes a whole list of extracts that are great for your skin: Emani's founder Michelle Doan would know, she's suffered from cystic acne most of her life, and developed the line of cosmetics specifically for women with super sensitive skin. Their Perfect 10 Primer Serum is seriously the best primer you'll ever try.

Left to right: Annabelle Smokey Nudes (soon at London Drugs), L'Oreal Colour Riche La Palette Nude

New in Skincare:

I've already started my completely revamped cleansing routine, using the Silk'n SonicCleanPlus brush, and Neostrata Acne Clear collection (coming soon to London Drugs), and it feels good to finally have a proper adult way of cleaning my face. I say adult, because up until now, I've pretty much just used whatever face wash was on sale...needless to say, it's been a big upgrade!

I'm also looking forward to trying out Jergens' Moisturizer for Wet Skin; I've never been one to put tons of moisturizer on, but after test it at the LDBeauty event, I think it'll be the perfect way to keep my skin refreshed after all the sun exposure this summer.

If I do decide I need a little more colour this summer (and let's be honest, I've pretty much given up all hope in that department), the St. Tropez folks recommend trying the St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan, since it's more subtle and easier to build a tan over time. Plus, application would be way easier in the shower, especially for someone like myself who has no idea what they're doing...

Left to right: Neostrata Acne Clear Clarifying Gel Cleanser, Clarifying Solution, Glycolic Renewal (soon at London Drugs) & StriVectin Intensive Illuminating Serum

New in Hair:

There are some really cool new things coming out for hair in Fall 2015! I am by far the most excited for the Remington T|Studio PROtect Straightener, which actually allow you to fill it with either water to create steam, or they also have special Macadamia Hair Conditioning Treatment that you can add to the straightener so you can condition your hair while you straighten your hair!

If your looking for a quick way to braid your hair, or are just not braiding inclined, then the Infiniti Pro by Conair Quick Twist (coming soon to London Drugs) is going to be your new best friend. I've never been able to accomplish a waterfall braid, and as the Conair girls demonstrated, it's pretty darn easy to do with the Quick Twist!

AND we can't forget the brand new Infiniti Pro by Conair Ultimate Brush. I've had a chance to see this brush in action here, and let me tell you, for anyone who has ever has issues with static or frizz, this is a life saver! Plus, it's wireless, so it's perfect for taking with you on the go, from the gym, to camping, or travelling.

Remington T|Studio PROtect Straightener, Macadamian Hair Conditioning Treatment (both coming soon to London Drugs)

Infiniti Pro by Conair Quick Twist (coming soon to London Drugs), Infiniti Pro by Conair Ultimate Brush

New in Gadgets:

These two products were just so cool they needed their own category. On the left below, is Prestige's yet-to-be-released and patent-pending Brow Perfection Tool. Have you ever seen anything like it?? I can't wait to try this when it's available at London Drugs!

Tweezerman also showcased a handy little tool at the event that will be coming your way at London Drugs soon. The Tweezerman Smooth Finish Facial Hair Remover is a super easy and painless (believe me, we tested it on my arm hair) way to remove unwanted hair. 

Prestige Brow Perfection Tool, Tweezerman Smooth Finish Facial Hair Remover (both coming soon to London Drugs)

Media guests finding out how to get a gradual tan with the St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan (coming soon to London Drugs)

Revlon's collection of Ultra HD Lipsticks (wax free!), and Ultra HD Lip Lacquers

Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Matte Eye Pencil being applied to Tarah Kostenko of StylexBeautyDept: nice way to define a bright eye!

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in beautiful glossy neutral shade being applied to Shayna Wiwierski of A Pop of Colour

Trying out L'Oreal's new Makeup Genius App

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

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