Beauty

My Favourite Perfume

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Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

I was gifted this perfume for Christmas back in high school, and have been wearing it ever since! I think it is truly a challenge to find the perfume that works just right for you, as everyone’s body is different, and the aromas will react differently with your body chemistry. After much trial and error with numerous different perfumes, I finally found the one!

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Longevity

How long a perfume stays on your body depends on the perfume concentration and your body chemistry, and is different for everyone. For me personally, the aromas stay on my skin for approximately three days. If I were to spray it onto fabric, for example a pillow, the smell lasts a couple of weeks. For added longevity, it is recommended that you layer the fragrance with other products from the same line: Coco Mademoiselle Foaming Shower Gel | Coco Mademoiselle Moisturizing Body Lotion | Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Body Cream | Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil Spray

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Fragrance Notes

In the Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum, the top note is Sicillian Orange, the middle notes are May Rose and Grasse Jasmine, and the base notes are Patchouli and Vetiver. Overall, it has a strong sensual character, but is still fresh and not overbearing.

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Eau de Toilette vs. Eau de Parfum vs. Parfum

Eau de Toilette is the least concentrated fragrance of any perfume, ranging from 5-15%. The aromas tend to be lighter and more subtle.

Eau de Parfum is more concentrated, ranging from 15-20%. The fragrance is more saturated and the notes take longer to develop, making it keep it scent longer.

Lastly, Parfum is the most concentrated perfume, coming in at 20-30%. This is the strongest scent, for which you only need a very small amount. The rule of thumb is, the higher the concentration, the stronger the saturation of fragrance and the longer it lasts.

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Fashion

Timeless Capsule Wardrobe: Sweaters

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Cotton Cardigan

A great piece for layering over a blouse or shirt. Having a cotton cardigan with a finer weave creates a sleek and professional look, perfect for the office, but can also be worn in a more casual outfit. Here are some links to shop: Comme des Garçons Play| Vince | Tory Burch

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Chunky Knit Cardigan

 A really good alternative to a classic cotton cardigan, however with thicker strands for added warmth, texture, and comfort. Predominately worn during the Fall and Winter, it is an easy piece to wear for layering over a camisole or blouse, and under a coat. Here are some links to shop: Wilfred | Design Lab Lord & Taylor | Polo Ralph Lauren

Chunky Knit Sweater

This item is literally all I wear during the Winter. It is comfortable and can is a great layering piece to keep warm. Chunky knitwear is a fun garment, since it comes in so many different colours and weaves. For an elegant and luxurious look, try neutral colours and natural fibres. More on that HERE. Here are some links to shop: Canada Goose | The Group by Babaton | Dior

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Cashmere Sweater

Cashmere is a fine, soft wool that originates from the Kashmir goat. It is one of my favourite natural fibre for clothing, read all about why HERE. Cashmere makes for elegant sweaters that are so versatile in use. They can be dressed up, dressed down, and even styled for an office-look. Here are some links to shop: Victoria Beckham | Vince | Polo Ralph Lauren

Fashion

OOTD: Brown Leather Details

Shop this look: Dynamite blouse (out of season; similar here) | Kensie jeans (oos) | Michael Kors bag (oos; other colours) | Guess belt | Aldo booties (oos; other colours) | Walmart sunglasses

This was my school look today; very easy to style and follows my outfit formula. Click HERE to read all about it! It is finally starting to feel like Spring and I can finally wear something other than winter boots, so I have brought out my most-worn, and SUPER comfortable, ankle booties. If you have been following me for a while, or have read some of my other OOTD posts, you know very well that I like to match my metallics and leathers. Since my booties are brown leather, I paired them with my brown leather tote and brown leather belt. All the metallics are gold-toned, as seen by my bag, belt buckle, sunglasses, and by the buttons on my blouse. Speaking of which, I have been wearing this blouse for over seven years now, and it is still going strong! It is a classic piece and with how frequently I wear it, has definitely paid off.

On a side note, I am in the homestretch of my third year at university, with finals coming up in the next few weeks. I apologize in advance if the amount of content I publish will diminish, but rest assured, it is only temporary until school is less of a rush. I have 13 assignments due in a 14-day period. Wish me luck.

xox

Beauty · Money Saving Tips

Money Saving Beauty Tips and Tricks

As much as I love beauty products and playing around with makeup, it is not the cheapest of pass times. Over the years, I have developed a few beauty tips and tricks that not only save time but money as well; both of which are precious to a university student on a budget.

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Use lotion as makeup remover. I usually remove most of my makeup in the shower with soap and water. However, when I get out of my shower, there always tends to be makeup left over around my eye area, since I do not like scrubbing soap too close to my eyes. So, I apply lotion all over my face, and with a Q-tip, I clean any residue from around my eyes. Not only is my face fresh and clean, but moisturized as well! Any lotion works for this, but my favourite is THIS ONE.

Use body soap/shampoo instead of shaving cream. Having to buy shaving cream is a waste of time and money. Not only do I have to look for an extra product, but I am paying for something that can exclusively only be used for shaving. Replacing it with soap or shampoo serves the same purpose: to create a slippery texture on your skin so that the razor will glide and catch the hairs. Conditioner can be used as well, but I find conditioner too expensive and precious to waste on hair removal.

Use a men’s razor for a closer and smoother shave. Men’s razors are designed for coarser and thicker hair removal, and shave much better than a women’s razor. They still have the same features, including the lubricating strip, finer and thinner blades for less tug and pull, and a rotating axis to get those hard to reach places (ex: behind the knees). Even better, they are cheaper too!

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Use bronzer as a substitute for eyeshadow. Bronzer is a highly pigmented product that comes in different finishes, such as matte, shimmer, frost, pearl, and cream. Since it is used on the face for contouring and is a product that is meant to be blended, it can alternatively be used as eyeshadow for the eye lids. It creates such a deep warm colour and blends really well. Not only am I saving time looking for eye shadows, but I am also putting money into a single multi-purpose product.

Use lotion instead of a face primer. Being on a tight budget, I could never justify spending so much money on a primer that you would not even see on my skin. However, I knew I needed some kind of base for my makeup to stay on properly. Lotion not only moisturizes your skin, but helps the makeup to stick to your face for a longer-lasting look. My whole life I thought I was the only one who did this, but I found out this year that James Charles (amazing makeup artist!) does this too! Again, I use THIS lotion.

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Use shampoo to clean makeup brushes. Shampoo is meant to remove excess oils and grim from your hair, while still be gentle as to not irritate the skin. It also helps with hair luster and manageability. The best makeup brushes are made with natural hair, as they move freely, allowing you to pick up enough product and blend it in nicely. They create a better application and are more durable than synthetic brushes. Cleaning them with shampoo will give those hairs the same benefits as with your own hair, and still really removes any excess makeup from them, leaving them squeaky clean!

Buy in bulk. Definitely my favourite method of saving money. I typically only make purchases if the item is on sale. If I know it is a product I will be using long-term or is one that I really like, I will buy a larger quantity of that discount item. It may seem like  more work and you will for sure use up more storage, but you end up saving a lot of money in the long run. Moreover, if you are shopping online, buying in bulk almost always qualifies you for free shipping! It is a win-win!

 

Fashion

Timeless Capsule Wardrobe- Coats, Jackets, & Blazers

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OOTD: Black and Camel Luxe

Wool Coat

This coat is definitely an essential fashion staple. It can be during Fall through Spring, styled with different accessories for unique looks. Its classic cut goes with everything; whether you are wearing a dress, skirts, dress pants, or jeans, you will always be fashionable. The wool material provides a certain standard or quality and warmth not found with acrylic or polyester. Pea coats come in a variety of colours, however purchasing one in a neutral colour looks more expensive (due to natural fibres being neutral in colour) and is much more versatile. Here are some links to shop: Givenchy | Max Mara | Dolce & Gabbana

Trench Coat

Trench coats are loose, belted, double-breasted raincoats in a military style. They are very practical during Fall and Spring, to provide a little warmth against the wind and to stay dry in the rain. Trench coats can be effortlessly styled with all outfits. They come in a variety or colours, however once again I recommend purchasing one in a neutral colour for it to come into further use. Here are some links to shop: Saint Laurent | Burberry | Ted Baker London

Military Jacket

Military jackets, also known as officer’s jackets, are a suit-type jacket of who’s style originate from British militia uniforms. Iconically known for the double-breasted front and gold buttons, this jacket also comes in a variety of colours and cuts, sometimes with further gold ornamentation along the sleeves, shoulders, and collar. Here are some links to shop: Ralph Lauren | Saint Laurent | Saint Laurent

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OOTD: Black & Cream

Tweed Jacket

Brought to life by Chanel, this iconic jacket emirates elegance and class. Gabrielle Chanel revolutionized women’s fashion in the 1920s and 1930s, inspired by menswear. Back then, women were constricted to corsets and thus could not move comfortable. She began to wear her beau’s clothes, and quickly noticed the suppleness and comfort of his clothes. To this day, the tweed jacket still recognized as the archetypal Chanel look. Here are some links to shop: Karl Lagerfeld | Chanel | Rebecca Taylor

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OOTD: Luxurious Black

Black Blazer

Owning a black blazer is almost just as important as owning undergarments; it is a essential piece of clothing in this modern world. It can be styled for casual, business, and formal wear; the possibilities are endless. There are numerous cuts and details, so find one that speaks to you! Here are some links to shop: Saint Laurent | Balmain | FRAME

Lifestyle

Minimalist French Style Bedroom Decor

I believe that the decor that makes up a bedroom has to be one’s sanctuary and has to reflect that person’s character. I have always liked a more minimalist and clutter-free decor, with a touch of romantic ornamentation. In my bedroom, it is not done in a suffocating manner, but rather in the little details of the main pieces of furniture. For example, the lamp and mirror are decorated with an intricate design that is subtle but luxurious. My bed frame is adorned with bay leaves, and the bed posts have detailed wood work.  This creates a classic, château decor style that never goes out of style. To personalize it further, I have added a couple features that emanate French Parisian style, as inspired by my Parisian Glam Room Decor post. When I wrote this post last year, this is what I had in mind for my bedroom. This particular style is seen by:

  • Decorative boxes. They are my go-to storage solution that double as accent pieces throughout the room. I purchase mine at Michael’s Craft Store, where you can find so many different colour palettes and designs for your own personal taste.
  • Chair. Mine is of Louis XV influence, with a rounded seat back, featuring a curved wood frame and carved decorations. In addition, the chair legs are curved in an ‘s’ shape for added romance and sensuality. The seat is also covered in a brocade-patterned fabric, which further adds elegance and luxury to the room.
  • Rococo mirror. An elaborate ornamental style of motifs, flowers, and leaves. Since it is all in the same metal tone, it is subtle, but exudes a luxurious, romantic flair.
  • Fluffy pillow. This was one of my Christmas presents this year, one of which I was so eager to add to my room! This one is made from natural wool, and was actually purchased at Costco for a really affordable price. I like how the fibres are not all equal and perfect; the voluminous curly strands, each unique, adds amusement, comfort, and repose to the room. Also, notice the pink tone; it is not a stuffy candy pink. It is more of a light pink with peach undertones, almost a very light salmon pink. In french decor, this pink tone is what is more often used. It looks natural rather than artificial and fake.
  •  Writing desk. Just like with the bed, the wood work is very unique and beautiful, without being too overbearing. It is a classic piece that can be used for almost any room, such as a male bedroom, office, library, or hallway. Instead of being a very bold and attention-seeking piece, it shows quality, and the finer details add embellishment to the room.
  • Painting. Keeping with the pink tones, the painting adds that individualized touch that would otherwise be missing from the space. It is of personal preference, so find something that speaks to you!

Aside from these, the rest of the room is in light tones as to maximize the brightness and airiness. The walls are painted with an off-white French blue. The bed cover, sheets, and curtains are all white, as to create that sleek look. I find that with all the embellished details of the furniture, adding a colourful and patterned bedspread and window treatments would be too intense. In addition, the handmade wooden bookshelf is painted in a light cream colour; I believe that if it were painted pure white, it would look cheaper and would resemble plastic instead of solid wood.

As for my shoe shelves, I have a built-in closet organizer, which was a Christmas gift from two years ago. This is the one I have installed, and cannot image my life without it. I am very keen on being organized, and I definitely like this system for a smaller closet space!

Fashion

Timeless Capsule Wardrobe Series

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Welcome back! I have decided to introduce a new mini-series to my blog: the Timeless Capsule Wardrobe. It has been a long-time coming, so I am excited to finally be sharing it with you all.

As you know, I am currently in university and am living the life of a broke student 😦 My reality involves working 30+ hour weeks to be able to pay for school out-of-pocket as I go. My goal is to avoid student loans in order to graduate debt-free. It is doable, however it is challenging and takes great discipline in order to maintain a tight budget.

Unfortunately, as much as I love fashion and beauty, I do not have the funds to afford all the luxuries that I desire. Therefore, when shopping, my philosophy is putting more money towards one item with high quality that I know will last me a long time. I am not a fan of fast-fashion; buying multiple cheap clothing items of low quality that do not last long. You might get a couple of wears out of them before having to purchase a whole new item once again. This shopping mentality not only exhausts your money, but also your time. Time that could be spent at your job working and making more money (increasing your cash inflow), instead of spending more money (increasing your cash outflow).

With that in mind, I have chosen a few items that I find every wardrobe needs, but that create a variety of timeless outfits. The whole point of a capsule wardrobe is to exploit as many different outfit combinations with a select number of clothing items. The trick is to buy neutral pieces that can alternate well with each other.

Every week, I will be posting a continuation of this series, focusing on a certain type of clothing item. First one to come will be about coats, jackets, and blazers. Stay tuned!

Fashion

Accessorizing Your Look With Jewelry

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Guess crystal hinged rhinestone bangle | Guess twisted metal cuff

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Guess vera lion gold-tone bracelet

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black chandelier earrings oos; similar here

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Melanie Lyne crystal studded metal hinge bangle

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Guess crystal hinged rhinestone bangle

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pink Biwa pearl bracelet (handmade gift); similar here

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Roots watch oos; similar here | silver bracelet (handmade from Greece); similar here

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Melanie Lyne crystal studded metal hinge bangle

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black chandelier earrings oos; similar here

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Melanie Lyne crystal studded metal hinge bangle

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Melanie Lyne crystal studded metal hinge bangle

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Melanie Lyne crystal studded metal hinge bangle

 

Fashion · Money Saving Tips

Shopbop Sale Favourites

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Sale Guide

Use code GOBIG19 for:

15% off $200+

20% off $500+

25% off $800+

1. Acne Studio Velocity Shearling Moto Jacket

2. Valentina Shah Amanda Blazer

3. Astr the Label Brooklyn Jacket

4. Lioness Palermo Jacket

5. Soia & Kyo Brit Jacket

6. Ray-Ban Classic Mirror Aviators

7. Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Sandals

8. Mackage Lucille Leather Skirt