Monday, March 20, 2017

Nordstrom Warehouse Sale with Style Democracy:What I Scored!

Well, there's a first time for everything! Today, I shopped my very first designer warehouse sale. And you know what? I can totally understand why people go nuts for these events! I was invited by Style Democracy to shop Vancouver's Nordstrom Warehouse Sale today during their VIP preview today, and pretty quickly figured out the ins and outs of shopping efficiently and successfully at this kind of sale (which is obviously very different than a trip to your local mall). Keep reading and I'll share my tips for having the best shopping experience, and I'll also show you what items I walked away with!

But first of all, the important details:

What: Nordstrom Warehouse Sale - shop your favourite Nordstrom designers and labels for up to 80% off!
When: March 21-26th, 11am-9pm on weekdays, 10am-6pm on the weekend
Where: Queensborough Landing Shopping Centre, 805 Boyd St. Westminster, BC (in the former Best Buy location)

Here are my top tips if you're planning to check out the sale this week:

1. Dress to make things easy to try on
I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of being able to try things on or not, but I was happy to see they had two large areas blocked off with curtains and mirrors inside for changing. Keep in mind though, it's still not individual change rooms, so if you're not a huge fan of getting down to your skivvies in front of other people, you may want to wearing leggings and a tank top to make it easier to try things on over top of your clothes.

2. Choose your footwear wisely
While my shopping buddy Leeanne from LegalLeeBlonde managed to power through the sale like a champ in her heels, flats definitely will be easier on your feet if you're planning top shop for a few hours. Also, wearing flats with no socks, as opposed to sneakers and socks, will make it easier to quickly try shoes on.

3. Not sure if it'll fit? Just grab it.
This kind of goes without saying. In a situation where there is a limited amount of merchandise and a whole ton of other fashionistas vying for the same things you are, you don't want to feel regret for not grabbing that pair of Badgley Mischka's. You can always put them back later if you decide they're not a winner.

4. Take photos of the pricing charts for easy calculating
Usually when I shop, I like to take a look at the price tag while I'm trying something on, so I can take the price into consideration (I'm sure most people do). Because the pricing is based on the charts hanging around the warehouse, rather than what's on the item's sticker, you'll want to take a photo of the pricing charts so you can easily check to see what your items cost. You can get a peek at the prices of some items in this Facebook Post.

Now onto the fun part: what I found! I am absolutely over the moon with what I snagged at the sale. I don't ever splurge on higher end items for myself (unless thrifting them counts), so it was really exciting to add a few special new items to my wardrobe:

Kate Spade Floral Purse: Original price - $558.00, Warehouse price - $149.99
(shop it here on Kate Spade's website)
Ted Baker London Floral Pumps: Original price - $289.95, Warehouse price - $79.99
Adelyn Rae Dress: Original price - $118.00 , Warehouse price - $59.99

As a huge fan of Kate Spade, I totally fell in love with this floral Kate Spade purse, which I found in their high end designer section. They had quite a few of them in stock; I saw a number of people getting them rung in at the cashier. You may be able to still get one for yourself! And those Ted Baker heels? O. M. G. There are little rose gold bow details on the back, rose gold on the sole, and the floral print is so gorgeous. The style reaches up the back of the ankle a little higher than your usual heels, which looks really cool! They had a lot of these heels too, spread out over the shoe sizes.

Let me know what you find at the sale if you do check it out!

PS. Don't judge the wrinkles in the dress, we shot this literally right after the sale so I could show you ASAP!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclaimer: Style Democracy provided me with a gift card to shop the Nordstrom Warehouse Sale. As always, all opinions are my own.

Monday, March 13, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Style

Green is one of my favourite colours to wear, so needless to say, when St. Patrick's Day rolls around, there's certainly enough in my closet to choose from! Rather than showing you a 'going out' outfit for St. Patrick's Day though, I thought I would share with you a casual yet cute look that you can wear during the day - maybe to work for casual Friday, since St. Paddy's Day falls on a Friday this year!

I thought this green sweater with elbow patches was super cute when I picked it out while thrifting at Value Village a while back. It's a nice casual way to wear some green on St. Patrick's Day, especially since it's still not that warm here. I didn't want to go overboard with the green (because I very easily could...), so the only other pop of green is my green plaid loafers from Sole Society. I thought the plaid would be quite fitting for the occasion.

This year, I'm planning on whipping together a few St. Paddy's Day treats for Friday night with my girl friends: these Lucky Charm Marshmallow Rice Krispies by The Baking Chocolatess, and these Magically Delicious Shamrock Shakes from XOXO Bella. YUM! And then we'll be heading out to celebrate somewhere nearby with beers. The fact that it falls on a Friday this year I'm sure means there are going to be a whole lot of shenanigans happening around town!

What are your plans for St. Patrick's Day?

Sweater - unknown (thrifted via Value Village) | Necklace - Nobis & Grey | Purse - Florence Leather Market | Jeans - (via Winners) | Shoes - Sole Society

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, March 6, 2017

Canadian Style: The Great Outdoors

I'm not a very outdoorsy person usually, but on occasion, I enjoy exploring what our amazing country has to offer. After all, there is an incredible amount of natural beauty at our doorstep, particularly when it comes to the Rocky Mountains. We were in Canmore, Alberta last weekend for a wedding, and took a couple of short hours to do a bit of sightseeing in Banff and Canmore while we were there. It was quite cold compared to what we're used to in Vancouver, but the sun was shining, so we didn't mind all too much.

We did a short walk down the main drag in Banff, and then took a short drive to see the beautiful view from Bow Falls. It was so great to take in the crisp, fresh air (I'm usually stuck behind a desk all day at home). You could hear the rushing water from Bow Falls, even though most of it was frozen over. It was a stunning view, with the mountains in the background. Such a quintessential Canadian experience!

I bundled up for our outing in one of my coziest cashmere turtlenecks that I thrifted a few years back, and layered one of my favourite outerwear pieces, a Cabin Fervor Poncho from Modcloth with a faux fur trim neckline. For accessories, nothing could be more fitting than my BEL Jewelry Boutique's Antique Bronze Antler necklace - I've developed a bit of an obsession with antler jewelry during the winter season. I think it looks so perfect with cozy sweaters and makes me think of winter cabin getaways. It's also very fitting with West Coast style in Canada: it's all about the great outdoors. Their jewelry is all handcrafted in Red Deer, Alberta, so I thought it was a perfect place to wear this special piece!

If you're ever in Banff, I also highly recommend grabbing a drink at the Fairmont Banff Springs. We didn't have time for a visit there on this trip, but I've been before, and it has a fantastic view of the Bow Falls below!

Have you visited Banff before?

Poncho - Modcloth (similar, similar) | Sweater - Mount Cashmere (thrifted via Salvation Army) | Necklace - BEL Jewelry Boutique | Jeans - Winners | Boots - Bearpaw (similar)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, February 27, 2017

How to Style OTK (Over-The-Knee) Boots

I want to start off by saying that obviously, you can style OTK (Over-The-Knee) boots however you like. There really is no wrong way to do it, it's all personal preference. I'm just here to show you how I personally like to style them, to be my most confident in them!

Because of their thigh-high style, I find OTK boots give off an over-the-top feel to most outfits. If you feel the same way, but want to rock them on any given afternoon, I recommend styling them a certain way so that you don't feel like you're rocking a 'going to the club' vibe. Because let's be honest, I'm basically never 'going to the club'.

I like to pair my OTK boots with a dress that is slightly conservative, to balance out the boots. Long sleeves are a plus, although that's because it's still winter! And I also feel more comfortable in a dress which isn't skin tight. Something with at least a bit of room around the thighs is best, as I think it contrasts the boots nicely. You'll want a dress which has a hemline a few inches higher than the top of the boots obviously - no point covering up the style of the boots! I love throwing this poncho over top to finish it off. A casual look, with a nice silhouette.

My only complaint about this whole OTK boots trend: I can't make these boots stay up when walking for extended periods!! They do alright when I have them tied pretty tight, but after a few blocks of walking, they do tend to slide down a bit. If anyone has a sneaky hack for this I'd LOVE to hear it!! I really do love the look of these boots, so I'll likely take them to a tailor to see if there's anything they can do to make them stay up a bit better. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below!

Poncho - Winners | Dress - Zara (thrifted via Value Village) | Earrings - H&M | Boots - Miss Smart Boutique

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Friday, February 24, 2017

Teeez Cosmetics: Trendy Lipsticks I LOVE

Looking at my lipstick stand (because yes, I have a lipstick stand, and it's overflowing), I realize I have a slight lipstick obsession. It's such an easy way to boost my mood with a little colour. Matte lipsticks have been one of my all time favourite styles for years now, but as wonderful as they are, I must say, it's been refreshing to see glosses and creamier lipsticks start to take over the beauty scene once again after years of hiatus.

I first introduced you to Teeez Cosmetics a couple of weeks ago, when I tried a few of their newest launches, including highlighter, eyeshadow and eyeliner. Today, I'm taking their hydrating and creamy lipsticks for a test drive! And believe me, my lips couldn't be happier. Keep reading below to check them out...

Eve's Ready to Wear Lipstick in Awesome Orchid

Oh, I've been waiting for a lipstick like this for a long time! Especially lately, when my lips have been far more dry than usual (thanks, winter), an ultra moisturizing lipstick is very much welcomed. It has quite a nice subtle shine to it too, which is a nice change of pace after years of just my matte lipsticks - not that I'm knocking them! Keep an eye out for this one in future Instagram posts, as I think it's going to get lots of face time as Spring comes around. Such a sweet pink shade!

Material Girl Lipstick in Tainted Love

THIS lipstick is for the true fashionista. The packaging alone is something you want to Instagram, and you certainly don't mind pulling out of your purse. I can go on and on about the packaging of Teeez Cosmetics products in general, but this lipstick specifically is fantastic! Sure, the square shape may not be super practical, but I couldn't care less: it's a statement piece, and the rose gold detailing is the perfect added detail. Now, the actual lipstick itself is a beautiful bold shade. It's a deep vintage red, and the formula is smooth, thick and oh SO creamy. I love my matte lipsticks, but this hydrating lipstick definitely gives my lips a whole lot more TLC. It feels great on my lips!

If you're thinking of treating yourself to a new lipstick (I won't judge if you already have 100), then check out Teeez Cosmetics at Hudson's Bay!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, February 20, 2017

Cozy Neutrals

It seems crazy now, that just a couple of short weeks ago, it was still snowing in Vancouver. I think most Vancouverites have pretty much had it with the snow, but to be honest, there's a part of me that still revels in it. It's just so pretty as it falls, and I love how quiet the city gets with less cars and people out. I was also totally OK with the snowfall, because it gave me a chance to wear my new oh-so-cozy sweater from Kensie that I thrifted from Value Village a few weeks ago! It's not a colour or print I usually go for, but when I saw it, it definitely made me think of cozying up in front of a fire at a cabin in the woods. I love the size too: everyone should have at least one oversized sweater or cardigan in their wardrobe. It's such an easy piece to throw over a tank or t-shirt, and instantly you're looking effortlessly chic and cozy. Needless to say, I've been wearing it around the house a lot lately too!

What have you found at the thrift store lately? Share your finds in the comments below!

Cardigan - Kensie (thrifted via Value Village) | Hat - similar | Jeans - Urban Planet | Boots - Style & Co. (similar) | Purse - Aldo (thrifted via Value Village)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Friday, February 17, 2017

My Morning Routine for Better Skin

I've written about skincare a few times on VV before, but today I thought I would update you on my current routine, and specifically talk about what I have been doing to keep my skin clear and healthy looking this winter.

For pretty much all of my teenage years, and even my early 20's, I always struggled with breakouts. I tried every product imaginable, but even if they did clear up my breakouts, then I was plagued with dry skin. Especially in the winter, when sky is already dry. It was hard to strike a balance, and all I wanted was to get healthy looking skin. I'm now realizing, in the second half of my twenties, what the key elements to healthy skin are, and that it's important to have a few key elements in my daily routine. Keep reading below to see what they are!

Drink more water!

I feel kind of silly that I didn't really think more about this when I was younger. I tried so many products on the market to get clear healthy skin, but I never really realized that just drinking more water could help my skin so much! As a teenager, I always opted to drink milk over water, which means I was never getting enough water in my system. I'm willing to admit it, I don't like 'boring' water. First world problems, I know. But seriously I have only ever really liked sparkling water.

Last year, I decided to treat myself and bought a SodaStream at London Drugs and it seriously changed everything! I started drinking way more water, because I actually liked the taste. It seems crazy looking back now, but my skin seems to be SO much clearer now that I've been drinking all that water.

Use a Copper Water Bottle

Every night, I put sparkling water from my SodaStream into my copper water bottle from Copper H2O (they're a Vancouver-based company!), and I leave it in the fridge overnight. Ready for drinking in the morning! Rather than drinking from a glass, this way I have a better idea of how much water I've had so far that day, and how much more I should drink. I try to drink about 2-3 litres a day.

The bottle is made of 100% pure copper, and copper is naturally antibacterial, which is super handy. Have I mentioned I get sick really easily? Yeah, so this is a big plus, especially during cold season. Water stored in a copper water bottle will also become natural alkaline, which helps to balance your body's pH levels (especially if you digest too many acidic foods/liquids) and can help with digestion. Apparently it neutralizes acid in the bloodstream, which leads to increased oxygen levels and improved energy and metabolism too (according to Shape), which is a nice added bonus!

Let's be honest though, I mostly like using this water bottle because it's pretty chic looking, so I'm more likely to take it with me on the go. After all, as I mentioned in the section above this, more water drinking = better, clearer skin!

Exfoliate the Skin

To make sure my pores don't get clogged, I like to use an exfoliating cleanser every other day. A long time favourite of mine is the St. Ives Apricot Scrub. I absolutely love the smell of this stuff, and I like that it uses 100% natural exfoliants rather than micro beads (which will be banned in Canada, effective 2018). It easily sloughs away the dead skin cells, revealing super soft skin underneath!

Apply a Glycolic Acid Cream

Glycolic acid is my skin's best friend. It helps to exfoliate the skin, which keeps my pores from clogging in between using my St. Ives scrub. I've been using this NeoStrata Glycolic Renewal lotion for two years now, and I literally use it every single day, morning and night. They have a 5% glycolic formula, and a 10% formula, which you can work your way up to after regular use.

Apply an SPF

Healthy skin needs protection. I know in the winter we don't think about it as much, but it's still important to protect ourselves from the sun's harmful rays. I'm very picky about my SPF creams, as I hate the typical sunscreen smell, and its usual greasy texture. I've been using Racinne's SPF 25 Ultimate Aqua Blanc Protective Lotion and it's a dream. I use it over top of my Glycolic Renewal, before applying my makeup (my BB cream also has SPF). I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty excited to see how my skin turns out like in the long run, years from now. Applying SPF now is going to pay off big time when it comes to healthy skin later in life!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Copper H2O water bottle to review in this post. As always, opinions are my own.

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