Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chapters Indigo Christmas in August Preview

I had just started to wrap my head around the fact that fall is around the corner...and now Chapters has me looking forward to Christmas already!

Chapters Indigo hosted their Christmas preview last week, giving us a sneak peek at all the plaid and gilded goodies we can expect to see in stores closer to the holiday season. All set up in the penthouse suite of the Loden Hotel in Vancouver, Chapters turned it into a winter wonderland (even in the crazy summer heat we're feeling). 

I had a feeling their gilded cocktail glasses would make a comeback year, and they didn't disappoint! They'll make the perfect addition to any chic bar cart and will be perfect for entertaining during the holiday season. Speaking of entertaining, they're launching the sweetest collection of tea pots and tea mugs, perfect for cozying up with tea with friends, or to take on the go. This tea lover is going to have a very long wishlist!

The food/drink section of Chapters has always been a favourite of mine, and from what we saw, this season will bring some fun new favourites that I'll just have to try. Bacon caramels and eggnog pancake mix, yes please!

And then of course, there's the winter fashion collection...and I can't get enough of it! There's a set of beautiful super soft plaid scarves that I am now obsessing over, and a camel wrap cape that would be oh-so-chic over cozy winter sweaters. Plus, the matching socks and hot water bottle covers are just way too cute.

Some of these products will be in Chapters Indigo stores as soon as October 5th, so keep your eyes peeled!

These gilded glasses are the perfect addition to any holiday party...and a must-have for my bar cart!

Bacon caramels? I'll take 10!

Because I can never get enough plaid! Already putting that plaid pillow on my décor wishlist

This comfy, cozy poncho comes in red, black and camel - the latter is my favourite! And super soft <3

 For those cold days cuddled up in bed, this sweater water bottle is the cutest!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Friday, August 21, 2015

Thrift Shop Day with Value Village

This Monday, August 17th was Thrift Shop Day - a chance for us to celebrate the awesome sustainable shopping experience of thrifting! And you know I'm a thrifting fanatic...

We started off our Thrift Shop Day celebrations with a little pampering at a special eco-friendly beauty salon in downtown Vancouver, E-Style Beauty Spa. They use natural and health conscious products, which made for the perfect spot to get pampered with Value Village and Eco Fashion Week

Value Village also created a very special art installation at Robson Square in Vancouver to for the special day, showing passer-by what 280 pounds of clothing looks like. Why 280 pounds? That's the average amount of clothing each family throws away each year. But Value Village is hoping to inspire people to break that statistic! You can help save all those pounds of clothing from going to our landfills by donating them to your local Value Village and shopping thrift.

If you've never been thrifting before, it can definitely be a little overwhelming at first; there is a LOT of clothing and searching to be done, but when you find that perfect find, it's all worth it! You'll love the treasure hunt. Plus, you'll know you're supporting local charities and protecting the environment by donating and buying donated goods!

Novus TV & BC Living reporter Natalie Langston & Eco Fashion Week founder Myriam LaRoche recording some Periscope coverage of the art installation

Celebrating in my thrifted outfit:

Dress - Zara (thrifted), Shoes - Mei Xi (thrifted), Purse - (thrifted)

And of course, it wouldn't be a full thrifting celebration without some Value Village goodies! Carefully curated in VV red, I am positively in love with their reusable shopping bags and heart sunnies <3 Also, candle lovers take note: this candle from Rewined is made from a recycled wine bottle! They're cut by hand and filled with premium natural soy wax, and given the most wonderful scent- this one in mimosa (how sweet!). This is honesty one of the best smelling candles I own- now I want to try their champagne scented candle too! In the spirit of reusing, you can also recycle the candle when it's all done.

Good luck with your thrifting adventures,

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, August 17, 2015

Fall 2015 Fashion Inspiration

I came to a bit of a sad revelation while browsing Pinterest the other day... I realized I had subconsciously started to pin fall clothes to my Fall/Winter Inspiration board. Is it really that time of year already??

It's funny, because I used to be 100% a summer fashion gal, but over the last few years, I've changed my tune, and have now come to love the layers, chunky knits and cozy scarves that come with fall weather. Below, I've collected some of my favourite fall outfit inspiration that I will definitely be drawing from when shopping for fall fashions and switching over my closet from summer to fall/winter.

Must-haves on my list for fall are suede booties, more blanket scarves (you can never have enough!), waterproof boots, and a camel coat. Ok, really, I'm dreaming of everything on the inspiration board below... What's on your wishlist?

Left to right, top to bottom: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What to Wear in a Heat Wave

We've been experiencing one heat wave after another this summer, and unlike the babes from the beaches of California, I don't handle the sun and heat all that well, so I've had to make some adjustments to my summer apparel to keep cool.

I hate wearing shorts in a heat wave - dresses are more my thing - but my even my cute summer dresses weren't making the cut in this heat. Anything remotely tight wasn't comfortable and made sweating even worse, so I went on the hunt for dresses that were super breathable and free-flowing.

I came across these 3 backless dresses from Tobi, and ordered them all right away!  The left one is for lounging at home, the middle I chose for casual gatherings, and the far right is for a night out. They all fit perfectly and are keeping me calm and cool in this crazy heat! 

Not sure what to wear underneath all these backless dresses? I cannot say enough good things about the strapless/backless Nudi Bra I bought from Ever New at Pacific Centre in Vancouver. The stickiness inside the cups even regenerates once you wash them, so you can re-use it over and over again without the adhesive breaking down! This is seriously the best strapless bra I've ever owned.

How are you handling the heat wave?

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, August 10, 2015

Rainy Summer Outfit

Even though we've had a stellar summer so far, there have been a couple spotty days of rain lately that had given us the opportunity to wear something a little more spring-like again, and it's been a refreshing change!

I love the nautical style from combining this striped navy shift dress and orange drawstring jacket. Navy stripes look great with a nice bright pop of colour like red, yellow, pink or orange. And of course, lots of gold accessories! I will always love my heels, but it's always nice to switch them out for some cute and comfy sneakers (especially these Converse Fancy's, which are my absolute favourite!).

I also plan to get as much wear out of my bright lipsticks during the summer months as I can, so I whipped out my Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Tulip: a beautiful shade of orange that matches nicely with my favourite nail polish of the season, Essie's Sunday Funday nail lacquer. 

Jacket - H&M | Dress - The Gap (thrifted via Value Village) | Shoes - Converse All Star Fancy (similar) | Necklace - Nobis & Grey | Bracelets - c/o Nobis & Grey: XII Bangle & IIX Bangle | Rings - Hart + Stone: Twisted Stacking Ring & Hammered Stacking Ring  | Purse - my mom's!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Beauty Review: Jergens In-Shower Moisturizer

A few bad sun burns later (oops!), so I'm all for a little TLC for my poor skin...

Luckily, at the recent London Drugs Beauty Event, I had a chance to connect with Jergens and find out about their brand new in-shower moisturizer ($9.99 at London Drugs) that locks in moisture when skin is most receptive- when it's wet! It comes in two soothing options : green tea oil or coconut oil. To match the green tea bottle I received, Jergens paired it perfectly with a Organic Silk Dragon Jasmine green tea from David's tea! The tea fanatic in me was thrilled!

Once you'd taken your shower, before drying off, pump some of Jergens' Moisturizer for Wet Skin  into your hand, distribute all over just as you would any other body lotion...and then pat dry with a towel. It absorbs super quick and doesn't feel greasy (which I'm very picky about usually). My skin feels super soft and hydrated, and is especially soothed in those areas that are - ahem - a little red right now thanks to the summer sun.

I can see this being particularly awesome when the cooler whether hits this fall, and dry skin starts to creep in. If you're looking for a new way to keep your skin supple and hydrated, give this one a try!

* Product c/o of Jergens at the London Drugs Beauty Event for review. All opinions are my own!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Aston Hill Tea with British Pacific Properties

British Pacific Properties invited us for an afternoon-tea inspired lunch at the beautiful Aston Hill residences in West Vancouver recently. The event featured yummy delights curated by local food enthusiast Erin Ireland, and speaker & CEO Narges Nirumvala of ExecutiveSpeak, who share inspiring words about female leaders and the challenges and opportunities we face; it was a wonderful way to spend a Friday afternoon!

The view from the patio was absolutely unreal; we could see a stunning view of Vancouver and the water below. And the patio itself, decorated by Taffete Designs, gave the outing a beautiful touch of summer sophistication. I was in love with the white drapes!! I am 100% trying this when I have a patio like day!

For such a lovely, sophistocated afternoon, I opted for a polished high bun, and crop top - pencil skirt combo. If you're wary of the whole crop top trend, or want to wear it in a more modest setting, a high-neck crop top paired with a high waisted skirt is a great option. You won't show off too much tummy, but the contrast of hip-hugging skirt and looser crop top will define your waist nicely. 

British Pacific Properties' Geoff Croll shares his excitement about the new Aston Hill community

Narges Nirumvala inspires the group that "we are limitless"! 

Erin Ireland from It's to Die For with Juno Kim Catering: the creators of the event's delectable eats!

Our limo ride to and from the British Properties...all aboard!

A sparkly little treat from Olive + Piper: their ever-popular Lucy necklace!

Thanks to Sunny Chiu from Dunn PR for many of the photos!

Outfit: Top - Forever 21 | Sunglasses - Target | Necklace - c/o Nobis & Grey | Earrings - c/o Nobis & Grey | Skirt - Thrifted via Salvation Army | Purse - Just Fab | Heels - Darnetta via Just Fab

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta
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