Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Diner en Blanc 2016

Another Diner en Blanc has come and gone in Vancouver, and it was a magical evening! If you aren't sure what this whole Diner en Blanc thing is all about, you can check out my earlier post here, or my post from last year's event, which was my first time attending. But to give you a very quick rundown, it's a giant al fresco picnic where you dine with thousands of other locals, who bring their entire dining set-up and meal with them, all dressed in white. The venue remains a secret until the very last moment, when your assigned group makes their way to the special spot!

The secret venue ended up being a plot of land near Telus World of Science, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It would have been ideal if we'd been on a piece of land that wasn't basically a parking lot, but to be fair, it's pretty hard to find an open space in Vancouver to seat 6,000 people. Yep you read that right: 6,000 people! The organizers did a fantastic job of making the most of the space they had, and had stages for music and performers, a lounge area with a view of Science World, a faux-grass area for croquet, and lots more.

For my own Diner en Blanc outfit, I ended up making a few adjustments since I posted my 'what to wear' blog post here. To add a bit of colour and fun to the outfit, I added a ethereal floral headband as an accessory. As I said I would, I brought a pair of white heels along to change into once we arrived, but with all the craziness of setting up our tables, and wandering around people watching, I actually ended up wearing my white flats the whole night. Seeing as how I was sitting half the night, and it was dark for the rest, it didn't matter much at all, not wearing my heels!

Leeanne of Legallee Blonde joined me as my date, and together we prepared a lovely dinner of watermelon salad, quinoa salad, pesto asparagus pasta, and chocolate mousse for dessert. The bottle of wine didn't hurt, either. It's a good thing every table received a bottle of water too, because we were having a bit of a heat wave in Vancouver last week! We had a wonderful time, eating, drinking and making friends with our tablemates beside us. Then of course, there was a chunk of time after dinner to meander around the venue and do some people watching. Between the beautiful and creative table displays (which people brought and set-up themselves), to the stylish and outlandish outfits (er, costumes), it's quite a sight to be seen! One of my favourite parts of the whole evening though, is when all 6,000 guests light a sparkler - it really is so magical to see them all lit up at once, and makes such a lovely send-off.

Have you attended a Diner en Blanc event in your city? What was your experience like?

Dress - via Ross Dress for Less | Headband - Forever 21 (similar) | Earrings - Nobis & Grey | Shoes - Aldo

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Friday, August 19, 2016

Beauty Tips: 6 Ways To Look More Awake

Let me preface this by saying that I am not a morning person. If I need to be up in the morning, I will sleep in as much as possible before whipping myself together and running out the door. So over the years, I've curated a collection of my favourite products for making me look wide-eyed and awake in the nick of time!

Here are my 6 tips to look more awake:

1. Reduce dark spots around the eyes
Part of my evening skincare routine includes applying Racinne's Youth Power Serum around the eye area to help combat the signs of aging, and reduce puffiness and dark spots. The serum is packed with highly concentrated anti-aging peptides and antioxidants from fruit and plant extracts. I use the smooth applicator to apply a small amount around the eye socket, and then use my ring finger to dab the serum along the eye socket and upwards towards my brow line. It feels so luxurious! I love that it helps to reduce the dark spots, especially since I have quite a few dark freckles on top of the bags under my eyes that I want to keep at bay. Good skincare is a great start!

2. Conceal
My favourite concealer is Emani's HD Corrective Concealer (available at London Drugs). All it takes is a little under each eye in a triangle shape to help cover up the bags that are inevitably under my tired eyes. The fair shade is perfect for my skintone, and I've never had any issues with creasing. I finish up by applying my Missha BB Cream over top.

3. Give Your Skin a Glow
I find that a nice glow on the skin makes your skin look perkier! I like to apply the Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick (available at London Drugs) right along the top of my cheekbones. Then I'll use my fingers to dab it in. It gives a gorgeous sheen that looks natural!

4. Highlight Your Brows
My tried and true way to look more awake has always been to apply NYX's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (available at London Drugs) just below my brows. A lot of people just use a highlighter, but I find the bright white highlights the brow much better, and seems to make my eyes pop better. I draw a line along the brow line underneath the brow, and then use my finger to blend it in.

5. Brighten the Corners of the Eyes
Everyone knows that adding some highlighter to the inner corner of your eyes helps to brighten up the eye area and make you look more awake. The question is: which highlighter do you use? I love Youngblood's Eye-Illuminating Duo Pencil (available at London Drugs). It has a matte pencil on one end, and a shimmer pencil on the other. The shimmer pencil is super pretty and is easy to apply to the inner corner of the eyes. The nude pink shimmer shade is gorgeous!

6. Lengthen & Tint Lashes
To make your eyes as open and bright as possible, long lashes are a must! The thing is, I'm blonde, which means the tips of my lashes are blonde too. Mascara obviously solves that problem, but I'd prefer if they actually looked longer even when I wasn't wearing mascara. That way, I'd look more awake even when I roll out of bed! I've been wearing Rimmel's new Volume Colourist Mascara (available at London Drugs) for the last couple weeks, and I love how the tips of my lashes have now been tinted black! I still rock the full mascara look to look the most awake, but it's great that even when I remove my mascara, I still look bright-eyed!

Now you can hit the snooze button, whip together this wide-eyed look and race out the door!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Thursday, August 18, 2016

How to Dress When It's Crazy Hot Out

In light of the heat wave that's about to hit Vancouver, I thought I'd share one of my beat-the-heat outfits! The key is light, stretchy fabrics that aren't tight under the arms (and ideally, a white open back for optimal breeze). I went a little nuts last year and actually bought 3 dresses that fit that checklist from Tobi for a steal. This dress is my favourite though: I've always been a fan of Grecian styles. I thought I'd play up the grecian style with gold accessories too, plus the gold leaf bobby pins keep the hair back out of my face, which is key in a heat wave!

In case you're looking for a couple more great dress options, check out this hot pink one, and this pastel one here too. These will all be in heavy rotation here for the next week!

Dress - Tobi | Earrings - c/o Nobis & Grey | Hair pins - c/o Nobis & Grey | Sandals - thrifted via Value Village

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tips for Dressing for Diner en Blanc

Diner en Blanc Vancouver is approaching quickly, on August 18th, and since this is my second time in attendance, I thought I'd share my tips for dressing for the event. If you haven't heard about it before, Diner en Blanc is an al fresco dining event that happens in a variety of cities worldwide, with a dress code and decor of all-white. Diners tote along their own chairs, tables, and dining pieces (and meals if they choose not to purchase) and converge on a secret location which is only revealed moments before the event!

I know a lot of people can find the event to be rather expensive considering you bring everything yourself, including your food, and pay for the opportunity. But I personally just loved the whole idea and the atmosphere, so I was more than happy to pay for the experience. I especially loved the live french music last year, that serenaded us as we ate amongst the thousands of other diners in attendance. It's quite a sight to be seen if you have the chance to attend.

If you were lucky enough to receive an invitation this year (or knew a fabulous person who is bringing you along), then here are a few things that might help while picking out your DEB outfit:

  1. Wear all white, head to toe! It's funny because it wasn't until I started to dig up some options for what to wear this year, that I realized that not everything in my closet that I thought was white was true white. The event calls for a true white dress code, as creams and off-whites tend to stand out and look quite dirty amongst the rest of the attendees in white. So make sure, before you walk out the door the day-of, that each item you're wearing is really a true white!
  2. Pick clothes you'll be comfortable in. I loved the dress I wore last year, but it was quite heavy, I was sweating, and well, I was hiking up the top all night. Not exactly ideal, especially on a hot day when you're trucking around your dining supplies. This year, I'm opting for a light cotton dress that's easy to move around in, and breathes easily. Keep it simple and jazz it up with accessories, that way you'll be comfortable all night.
  3. Focus on accessories. As I mentioned in #2, it's better to keep your clothing simple, and accessorize. I'm going to wear my favourite white earrings from Nobis & Grey, but anything in white, gold or silver will do. Statement pieces are perfect! Even add a hat or fascinator in white if you have one.
  4. Wear comfortable flats. You may end up doing a bit of walking to reach the venue, and remember you're carrying all of your dining necessities too, so comfortable footwear that's easy to walk in is key. Of course, you know me, I'll bring a pair of white heels along to change into once we arrive at the secret location. I didn't have a pair of white wedges, but wedges would honestly be your best bet if you have them. Don't have white shoes? I'd recommend hitting up your local thrift store or Value Village to find a cheap pair! No point spending a lot on a pair of shoes you'll only wear once.
  5. Bring a light sweater. I'm on the hunt for one right now. As soon as the sun goes down at the event, it can get pretty chilly, so it's best to have a layer your can throw over top. I'll be stopping by Value Village to find a cheap white sweater that I can toss in my bag!
  6. Have fun with your makeup! There's one thing that doesn't have to be styled in white: your makeup! Spice things up with a bright lip - orange and pink are favourites of mine. In the photos below, I'm wearing NYX Cosmetics' Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp (from London Drugs). It also doesn't need re-applying (in my experience), so you won't need to touch up throughout the night.
And most of all, enjoy the experience once you're there! There really isn't anything else like it. And hey - if you haven't been able to score an invite yet, why not host a little all-white soiree on your own, with your sweetie or best friends?

Dress - (via Ross Dress for Less) | Earrings - c/o Nobis & Grey | Flats - Aldo | Heels - Shoe Warehouse

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Best Blushes For Summer

I love adding more colour to my cheeks during the summer months. That flushed look suits the summer heat, and I love changing it up depending on my mood: from bronzer/blush, to bright pink, to coral or creamy orange. I've picked out my favourites to share with you today! And best of all: you can find them at your local London Drugs drugstore (because I'm not big on breaking the bank when it comes to beauty).

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder ($4.99 at London Drugs):

How perfect is it that the blush and bronzer come in the same handy compact? The blush is a nice soft pink tone, that pairs so nicely with the warmed-toned bronzer. When I wear bronzer, I like to take it easy on the blush, and these two are just perfectly suited together. And at just under $5, you can't go wrong!

Revlon Cream Blush in Coral Reef ($5.99 at London Drugs):

I got inspired to try a cream blush after working on this beauty tutorial for London Drugs earlier this summer. In the video, blogger Brittany of Life Set Sail shows you the perfect technique for applying creamy blush for a naturally flushed: by dabbing with your fingers from the apple of the cheek along the cheekbone and up the temple. I use that application with this blush, and I just love the coral shade of this Revlon Cream Blush.

NYX Ombre Blush in Sweet Spring (in-store at London Drugs):

This is an exciting new launch at London Drugs! If I'm looking for a bigger punch of colour, this is the one I've been reaching for. The NYX Ombre Blush has a perfectly paired gradient of two shades, in this case a lighter and brighter pink.

Cargo Cosmetics Blush in Laguna ($26.00 at London Drugs):

When I first looked at buying this blush, I worried it was just far too bright - that it would look clownish on. Little did I know it would become my all-time favourite summer blush! Just remember to dab off a bit after picking up the powder on your brush. Then apply to the apples of your cheeks for a nice dose of orange colour.

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

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