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

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Leo Awards Gifting Lounge: Presented by Eco Fashion Week

Every girl needs a glamorous night out every once in a while! I was very grateful to have been invited to attend the Leo Awards' Gifting Lounge for the first time this year, and had a wonderful time all dressed up for the annual celebration of BC Film and Television. The awards ceremony was held at the historic Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, the perfect venue to hold such an elegant affair. This year's ceremony included industry influencers such as Carmen Moore, Michael Eklund and host Christopher Heyerdahl. If you're a Hell on Wheels fan, you'll know Heyerdahl as "the Swede", and he is fantastic in the role!

The gifting lounge was hosted by Eco Fashion Week and presented by Value Village, so all the products featured in the lounge were either locally made and/or eco-friendly, to fit their sustainable and eco-conscious mantra. It was great to see so many 'green' brands under one roof, especially fashion brands Value Village, Mine & Yours, and Turnabout. As an avid thrifter, I love to see consignment and thrifting being showcased at such a high profile event, encouraging people to give it a try for themselves. With the average person throwing away 68 pounds of clothing ever year, it's more important than ever that we recycle and re-use fashions.

With style blogger Rosalia of Style Love

With style blogger Rosalia of Style Love & President/Founder of Eco Fashion Week Myriam Laroche

In addition to fashion, there were all kinds of other local treasures to be found in the gifting lounge, from Salt Spring Island Candle Co. candles and hand crafted jewelry brand Hart + Stone, both made on Salt Spring Island, to Vancouver-based all-natural Thera Wise ointments and hand made natural soaps from PUKAlily. Nature's Path and Santevia introduced guests to healthy lifestyle products, a perfect fit for a BC-focused event. If you're a coffee lover, both milano Coffee and Smell This! Aromatherapy both featured indulgent and aromatic gifts, from bourbon coffee beans to coffee body scrub. I'm not even a coffee drinker, and I couldn't stop sniffing them! Other products featured in the lounge included coconut chips from be, David's Tea coupons, luxurious creams and gift certificates from Black 2 Blond SalonLa Biosthetique, and even some little flower seeds from Strathcona 1890.

Make sure you're following Vancouver Vogue on Instagram,  because I'll be posting more about the gifting lounge products as I try them out!

Samples of La Biosthetique's Forme-Actif cell-active repair hand care, and gift certificates from Mine & Yours, Value Village, & David's Tea

Santevia: mineralized alkaline water bottles (available at London Drugs)

My first knuckle ring! From Salt Spring Island-based Hart + Stone. And lovely smelling goat milk soap bars from Pukalily

Luxury consignment goodies from Mine and Yours, Aromatic coffee sugar scrub from Smell This! Aromatherapy

Rich 'bourbon' coffee beans from milano, yummy Nature's Path Qi'a superfood bars, and Thera Wise vaporizing rub & acne ointment

Left to right: Helen Siwak of THECloset, Dominique Hanke of Hanke Style & Hive Mind Millinery, Rosalia of Style Love

Dress - Betty Be Good | Heels - Army & Navy | Hairband - Icing by Claire's | Earrings - Nobis & Grey

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

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