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Friday, July 29, 2011

My Five: Make-Up Obsessions

This week I chose to do my own "My Five" post, partially because I wanted to share with you my make-up obsessions, and partially because while I was away I forgot to draw a name to determine the next My Five writer...ooops!

My Five Make-Up Obsessions

1. Bright Lipsticks
Estee Lauder Spiced Coral: The perfect light coral
 L'Oreal Paris Always Apricot: The perfect coral if you're unsure about trying coral lips
 L'Oreal Paris Blazing Sangria: The perfect muted red if you're unsure about trying red lips
Rimmel Lasting Finish Alarm: The perfect "Alarming" red

2. Concealer
Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry Skin SPF 15: I mix two colors so that I can have the perfect match no matter how tanned (or pale) I am.  This stuff does not budge off my face until I wash it, and feels light and fresh all day.
Benefit Some Kind-a Gorgeous Perfect Match:  I've just started using this, and absolutely love it.  I use it on the days when I have less to hide.  This concealer only comes in 3 shades (I got medium) but it matches my skin perfectly!

3. Primer
Smashbox Photofinish Color Correcting: I love how silky it leaves my skin, and how all sign of redness disappear when I use it.

4. Eyeliner
Physicians Formula Eye Booster: The fine felt tip on this eyeliner makes it so easy to apply.  It also claims to make your lashes grow longer...and it just might be working!

5. Mascara
Covergirl Lash Blast:  Thick lashes instantly, I LOVE this stuff!
L'Oreal Paris Voluminous:  Thicker longer lashes in one swipe...LOVE

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Lot of Love

Top- TJ Maxx
Necklace- Self Made
Belt- TJ Maxx
Jeans- Buffalo via Liquidation World $3
Shoes- Carlos
Bangles- Dollar Store

I absolutely love how this outfit turned out. 

I love how the necklace and belt both don't match the top, but in my opinion look fabulous with it!

I love how these jeans make my legs look so much longer.

I love how this top is so confortable and easy to wear.

Yes, my list of loves could go on and on!

PS.  This weekend I'm heading to Edmonton to hang out with Brianna...aside from shopping West-Ed and Whyte Ave where else should we check out?

PPS.  Happy Birthday Megan!!  Love ya lots!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Hairy Situation

Blouse- Ross
Necklace- Joe Fresh
Skirt- Self Made
Shoes- Nine West

I think it's time for a funny story!

I was getting tired of my hair being yellow, I was washing it every other days with "purple shampoo" to tone out the yellow, but it wasn't working so well.
On a whim I went to the grocery store and picked up some Amonia Free hair dye that lasts 28 shampoos.  I was choosing between two shades, "Medium Blond" and "Dark Blond"...on the box it said, "When you're choosing between 2 shades it's best to go with the lighter shade".  What did I do?  Go for the dark one of course.
I dyed my hair at my in-laws house that night (it was the last day of our vacation).  After rinsing out the dye I blow dried my hair, and to my horror I noticed that I had missed a spot...and another spot...and another spot....A WHOLE LOT OF SPOTS!!  And on top of that the colour was much darker than I had hoped. 
I happened to have some "Go Blonder" Spray in my bag (that lightens your hair when used with heat) I started separating small chunks of hair (my attenpt at creating highlight out of the missed spots) and liberally sprayed them with the "Go Blonder", then I blasted them with the hair dryer, and finally finished off with the straightening iron.
When I finally emerged from the bathroom and rejoined my Hubby, mother in-law and father in-law in the living room no one said a word to me about my hair.  They all sat there in silence sneaking glances in my direction.  
You know your hair must look horrible when everyone knows you just dyed you hair, but no one wants to comment on it!!!
The next day we headed back home on our 13hr drive, so there wasn't a chance for me to pick anything up to "fix" my mistake.  During our drive I searched "natural ways to remove dye from hair" on my iPhone.  That night when we arrived home I immediately put on a hair mask containing olive oil (google told me to), then I washed my hair with half shampoo, half baking soda (google also told me that one), and finally I conditioned my hair with my "Go Blonder" conditioner (I figured that should help too..haha).

These pictures were taken the next day.  

The next day (after these pictures were taken) I washed my hair with anti-dandruff shampoo (google told me to), and now my hair is finally looking half decent.

The morals of the story are:

-Listen to the advice printed on the hair dye box.
-Do not dye your hair at night, because if you mess up no stores are open!
-Make sure you massage/apply the dye thoroughly through all you hair!
-Google and iPhones are amazing
-No one's going to say anything if you're having a bad hair day, but they're certainly thinking it!**

Now I really hope that I don't run into my hair dresser for at least a few weeks....that could be a little embarrassing!!

**Corrine I'm talking about you too...I saw all those sideways glances at BPs the other night!!! hehe

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vacation Uniform

Blouse- Self Made
Necklace- Thrifted
Belt- Moms from long ago
Skirt- Joe Fresh
Shoes- Nine West

Red is not a colour that I wear it's very strange when I purchase fabric that is mostly red to make something for myself, but I fell in love with the print, and now I'm actually quite obsessed with this shirt.  Infact I wore it at least half of the days I was on vacation!

When I wasn't wearing this top I was usually wearing the turquoise blouse I had made the same style as I pretty much wore the same thing every day!

Monday, July 25, 2011

No Hair Dryer in Sight

Blouse- Ross $3
Necklace- Self Made
Jeans- Buffalo via Liquidation World $3
Shoes- Nine West

We are finally back home after a great two weeks spent in Southern BC and the Northern USA.
I found these jeans at Liquidation World in Cranbrook for $3...they are by Buffalo, and their suggested retail price was $108...I'm going to call that a steal of a deal!!

I realize my hair is absolutely horrible in these pictures...this is what happens when you go for a run just before going out for dinner, having a shower...and realizing that there isn't a hair dryer to be found...

Friday, July 22, 2011

Briannas "My Five": Reasons Being a girl Rules!!

Hi, This is Bri from Shoes Are My Muse.  This year I graduated with a diploma in Fashion Apparel Technology and got a sewing job at a historical park, which I'm absolutely loving!  I started my blog after enjoying reading so many other peoples blogs, and thinking it would be a great creative outlet for my sewing projects and daily outfits.
Why Being A Girl Rules!!!!

1.    Shoes!

Although guys shoes have certainly come a long way, as far as I'm concerned they definitely get the short end of the stick when it comes to footwear choices! Seriously, girl shoes are brilliant no matter which angle you look at it, wedges, stillettos, feathers, jewels, studs, we get it all…..

2.    Girls Night

There's nothing better than going out with my lady friends, having some cocktails, and then going to check out the latest movie or dance the night away.

3.    Birthdays

When it comes to birthdays and the guys I know, a simple lets go for a beer, seems to suffice for them. I on the other hand typically think of something crazy and fun to do and make my friends do every year! I think being a girl helps me get away with this. Birthdays like convincing everyone to dress up for my 70's themed birthday party and going to the roller dome to bask in the dance music, disco balls and stinky roller skates.

(Can you spot Natasha and her Hubby Brody in this picture?)

4.    Undies

Boring cotton briefs? I think not! As girls it doesn't matter if we're lounging in the house in sweats and the beau's t-shirt or out in a new body conscious dress, it's the goods underneath that make every girl feel like a bad ass!

5.    Retail Therapy

Bad day = shopping, its as simple as that. Not to mention that as a girl I enjoy shopping as a recreational sport, enjoying the buzz and excitement that new fashions give me. Shopping is not a mission, not an in and out as if it's a timed event kind of deal, which I have tried to explain to my beau countless times…..

(Brianna left, Natasha right)

I hope you've enjoyed My Five


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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kassandra's 5 Summer Essentials

Hello everyone. My name is Kassandra. I am so happy to be guest blogging for Natasha today, as she is off having a wonderful vacation ( very jealous ). I blog over at Kastles, and I am going to be sharing with you my top 5 summer essential items.

1.) Nude Heels.

Nude heels are a great way to elongate your legs. They are also a great neutral and go with everything.

2.) Straw Fedora.

These hats are great for when you have a bad hair day, or to add some detail to an outfit.

3.) Denim shorts.

Denim shorts are versatile, and comfy. I have been wearing mine over and over again, dressed up or down.

4.) A Maxi dress.

The maxi dress is comfortable, and so easy to wear. It is also great because you can wear it as a maxi skirt by throwing a top on over it.

5.) A clutch.

Clutches are chic, and can add such a statement to any outfit.

Thanks for reading! I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Learn a Little More

I was absolutely thrilled to be Profiled by Katy over on her blog Modly chic this week.  If you want to learn a little more about me please check out the interview here!!

I absolutely love and appreciate everything that Katy does to bring bloggers together, because not only does she profile bloggers, but she also hosts FBFF, which is my favourite blog feature to read!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Why I Love Thrifted and Self Made Fashion: By Danie

Hello, I'm Danie and I've made my blogging home over at No Guilt Fashion. I'm a part-time stay at home mom, part-time dance teacher, stretching myself stylistically well on a budget.

My post today is inspired by one of Natasha's own posts. She mentions how she has been adding a lot of self-made pieces to her wardrobe. Of course, that means they have also made their way into her blog posts too. It made her question herself and you (her dear readers).
"The fact that I make so much of my clothes made me wonder if that keeps some people from wanting to read my blog.  I don't really know how to explain myself...but I know that people read/look at fashion blogs for different reasons....and some of these people might only be interested in looking at outfits that include items that they can go to the mall and buy."
Here is her own answer for reading style blogs.
"For myself I look at many blogs to be inspired by silhouettes, colour combinations, texture and print I'm hoping that it doesn't matter than many of the items I wear can't be bought at the mall, but the overall idea behind my outfits can be used as an inspiration."
This point of view was echoed in the comment section by many of her readers, including myself.  
I love thrifted and self-made fashion, because, it sets you apart from the rest of the style pack.
I was talking with another one of my blogging friends on Twitter, about blogs that focus entirely on one store. We agreed that not only do these types of blogs feature clothing that is completely out of most people's price range. They end up looking more like walking advertisements for the store they chose to feature than having an organic style. Now, don't take me wrong. Many of these stores/brands have wonderful pieces, and the bloggers look great. However, I just feel that for most people it is not realistic for them to do this.
This same thing can be said for those that shop at the mall. We've all seen it happen, blogger after blogger snags the same popular piece of clothing. The "It" item of the month. Now these items are often styled differently by each person, and I think that is great. I love seeing new ways to style my wardrobe. I'm constantly being inspired by other bloggers, and I believe that is one of the wonderful things about this community. However, I don't go out of my way to buy these pieces that seem to be "Must Haves". Instead, I add the pieces I like to my list, and next time I'm headed out to thrift stores I keep my eye open for items that are similar to these pieces. Sometimes, you have to broaden your horizons a bit to see how you could alter or adjust pieces to reflect your goal.
I usually feel really good about myself in thrifted pieces. Not only am I helping items find a new home, and at a bargain price that is kind to my wallet, I am usually wearing something that not everybody else is. This is an even bigger of a thrill when wearing something self-made. Unless you have the energy to make one of your new creations for all of your friends too; you are always wearing a one of a kind item. I don't personally have a lot of talent for making things myself. I actually don't even have a sewing machine, but I may be getting my mother in-law's sewing machine. I may be teaching myself to sew, and creating a few unique pieces for myself soon. Instead, I've made lots of little adjustments to things I already have, or thrift. For an example, I really wanted a pair of brightly colored shorts to wear this summer. I didn't find any while thrifting, but I did find this pair of khaki Bermuda shorts that I dyed and cuffed to fit my desire.
Why do you like shopping at thrift stores? Do you have the talent to make self-made fashion? Is your wardrobe filled with these bargain treasures?
Thanks for reading my guest post today. Please take a second to visit me at No Guilt Fashion.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Blog Lazy

Blouse- Self Made
Necklace- Present from Bri
Skirt- Joe Fresh
Sandals- NineWest

Right now we are on Vacation in Southern BC visiting friends and family.  I've been a bit "blog lazy" and keep "forgetting" to take outfit pictures....but when I purchased this skirt yesterday I was motivated to get dressed "blogworthy".

I have a feeling I will get lots of use out of this skirt...I can see it working well in all four seasons.

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments lately.  Sorry I haven't been able to visit as many blogs lately....I am on Vacation afterall!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Summer Dressing: One Layer at a Time

Hello, Required 2 Be Inspired readers! I'm Lisa from The Coastal Chicster here guest posting while Natasha's away. I live in Virginia Beach, and my blog is all about my life and style on the mid-Atlantic coast. This summer, I've made it a sort of unwritten goal for myself to master the art of warm-weather layering, and I've noticed a vast improvement in my ability to put together outfits with more depth and detail than I was doing last year when I first started posting outfit photos.
Today, I'd like to share with you some of my go-to layering pieces and tricks for this season. Most of these pieces are pretty trendy, so I got them on the cheap to mix and match with higher end items in my wardrobe.

Safari and Lace

safari & lace

These are two trends I was extremely hesitant to try, but I've managed to find a suitable balance pairing a rugged safari vest with delicate lace at reasonable prices. I've also created this combination by pairing a cargo vest with a white eyelet dress, as well as a white eyelet corset top with loose-fitting cargo capri pants.

White and Brights

white & bright

This is a pretty standard combination for me -- I simply love a fresh, white jacket or cardigan layered over a bright dress in the summer. I usually have to replace my favorite jackets every few years (because I tend to wear them out over time), and this year I managed to find two that I love very much. I tend to wear the cropped one over maxi dresses and full skirted dresses. I often pair the Bermuda jacket with shorts, jeans, and slimmer cut, shorter dresses and skirts.

Floral, Chambray and Khaki

ditsy floral

I think these two outfits are my most successful attempts at summer layering thus far. However, as I said, I live in Virginia Beach. It's not very often a day cool enough to pull this off comes along. But when they do, I know what I'm wearing -- a pretty floral button-down under a fitted utility jacket, or better yet, this sleeveless trench. I'll admit, it took me about three hours of trying on outfits in my room to figure out how to wear this thing, but I think I've got it down to a science now. =)

Cropped Crochet and Old Dresses

lace update

Of all my summer layering pieces, this is definitely the most versatile. It's enabled me to update the look of so many old dresses I've had hanging in the back of my closet, and I've had so much fun wearing some of them. The Hawaiian dress above was a gift from my mom circa 2001, and the top is just kind of outdated. This cropped top hides the part of the dress I don't like anymore and shows off the pretty, flaired, mid-length skirt that I love. The pink dress came from a clothing swap, and even though it's strapless, this crochet top enables me to wear it to work without feeling overexposed.
So, there you have it. Those are my summer layering pieces that I'll be remixing with my wardrobe for the next few months. And if I could choose just one more to add to the mix, it would definitely be this vest from LOFT. (But, I think I've got enough.)
I hope you enjoyed my post, and I hope you'll stop by The Coastal Chicster sometime and say hi! Have a great summer!

Friday, July 15, 2011

My Five by Sherylee

Hi, this is Sherylee from Cherry In The City, back in 2003 I graduated with a certificate in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and worked quite a few years in retail. When my husband and I had our first daughter, I decided that I would like to stay home with her. I started to miss working in retail and this blog became an outlet for me to still feel connected to retail and fashion and all those things I loved!  I'm a big believer in that it's not "who" you wear, but "how" you wear your clothes!

My Five:

1.      My Family, my husband and I have two adorable girls!
2.      That feeling you get when somebody compliments you on something you're wearing and it was something you paid $3.00 for! I love that! The belt for example cost me $0.25 second hand!

3.      Shoe shopping….can it get any better?!

4.      Renovating "Junk"! Here's a little Before/After of a vintage telephone table that I renovated!
5.     I double up my mascara, I use lengthening mascara followed by a volumizing mascara to get the ultimate lashes!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer Mama Style: By Elizabeth

While I'm away enjoying the sunny weather with family and friends I have a few guest posts lined up for you to enjoy!

summer mama style

Hi there, Required 2 Be Inspired readers! I'm Elizabeth, and I blog over at Law Mama. Yep, I have a law degree and I'm a stay-at-home-mom. I like to think I'm overqualified, but the truth is that my kid gets the better of me on a daily basis. The knowing rules of evidence aren't very helpful against a toddler!

To keep my 19-month-old occupied, we've been spending a lot of time at the park - and truth be told, I see a lot of yoga pants and sloppy hoodies there. I started the blog to help me fight the frump, and this is one of my favorite outfit formulas for being comfortable yet stylish while chasing after a toddler. Yes, moms, it can be done, and I implore you to give it a try!
I started with a simple grey v-neck t-shirt, some comfy jean shorts, and a pair of comfortable shoes. From there, I just added some great accessories. A colorful scarf and a light jacket if it's cool enough (it usually is in the San Francisco Bay Area), a hat to keep the sun off (and maybe cover that unwashed hair), plus some glasses (I'm a blindy mcblinderson and can't get far without either glasses or contacts). Throw on a cute Navajo inspired bangle, grab your trusty diaper bag and you're good to go. And if you swap out the glasses for sunglasses, no one will even notice if you're not wearing make-up.
There you go, my go-to formula for getting out the house looking presentable without expending too much effort.