Fashion

OOTD: Parisian

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Shop this look: Karl Lagerfeld Paris blouse (out of season; similar here) | Kensie denim (similar here) | Sam Edelman heels | Calvin Klein denim jacket (similar here) | Lauren Ralph Lauren scarf (oos; similar here) | Danier bag (oos; similar here) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Gold bracelet & earring set from Spain | Chanel sunglasses

A classic black and white look that will never go out of style! Even though it is a monotone outfit, there are numerous feminine touches that create its charm; the lace collar, the detailed buttons, the dainty gold jewelry and the silk scarf on the handle of the bag.

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OOTD: Karl

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Shop this look: Karl Lagerfeld Paris blouse (out of season; similar here) | Kensie denim (similar here) | Karl Lagerfeld Paris bag (oos; similar here) | Coach loafers (oos; similar here+ on sale!) | Melanie Lyne bracelet | Guess twisted metal cuff (David Yurman dupe!) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Gold bracelet & earring set from Spain

A classically-styled outfit perfect for Summer! Elegantly fashioned in all white and accessorized with black tones. This look is very Parisian-inspired and is a dressed-down version of what could be worn to the office; the blouse could be worn tucked into a black pencil skirt or the loafers could be worn as an alternative to heels.

I just wanted to say a few words in the memory of Karl Lagerfeld. He has been one of my favourite designers and I have always loved his pieces. He was such a fabulous source of inspiration and has brought so much to the world of fashion. May he rest in peace.

Fashion

4 Ways To Wear A Silk Scarf

Silk scarves are a great way to accessorize an outfit. In recent fashion, in addition to being worn around the neck, they have been styled on handbags, wrists, in hairdos, and worn as belts. These trends originate from the French woman’s love of wearing scarves on a daily basis from which stemmed a need to functionally carry them around after being worn. Storing a scarf inside a purse might not always be the best option; the bag might be too small or you might not want to get makeup and lipstick stains on your scarf. The French woman has developed different methods of carrying around her silk scarves in a practical manner that over time have become a fashion trend in its own.

There are a few reasons why silk makes for the best of scarves:

  • silk will not make you overheat and will act as a wind-breaker. Even in Summer, they are worn during car rides in a convertible or on a boat ride.
  • silk will hold its shape and hardly ever wrinkles. It can be shoved at the bottom of a bag and still look good once taken out.

 Below are different ways to wear a silk scarf.

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With A Ponytail – When you are on the go, it is super easy to throw your hair into a ponytail and to tie your scarf around it. Can be worn as a bow or just tied into a simple knot on a high or low ponytail. It is a great way to accessorize an outfit or to glam up a simple hairdo, and accomplishes the goal of getting the silk scarf out of the way after it has been worn.

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In A Bow On A Handbag  Everyone knows how to tie a bow. This method works on all handbags and takes hardly any time! It is a great way of stowing your silk scarf and definitely makes your handbag look chic.

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Tied Around The Neck In A Simple Knot – By wrapping the silk scarf around once and knotting it prevents it from being chunky around the neck. It is more easily achieved with a skinny or slim scarf. Letting it drape down is not only part of the simplicity of the look but also adds fluidity to an outfit.

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Wrapped Around The Handle Of A Bag – An alternative to tying the silk scarf in a bow. It may look complex, but in actuality takes minimal time to achieve such a luxurious result.

Outfit details: RW&Co blouse (out of season; similar here) | American Eagle denim (oos; similar here) | Lauren Ralph Lauren scarf (oos; similar here)| Danier bag (oos; similar here)  | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Gold bracelet & earring set from Spain | Guess twisted metal cuff (David Yurman dupe!)

Beauty

Major Review of Tanning Products

As much as I love being out in the sun, I do not always have the time or opportunity to sunbath, nor is it safe when doing so for long periods of time. Self-tanner has become a necessity in my Spring & Summer beauty routines. Over the years, I have tried numerous brands and types of self-tanner and have put them to the test. Working in a pool all summer and being constantly exposed to chlorinated water, I only use the best of the best. 

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Preparation

Before even thinking of applying any self-tanner, I jump in the shower and shave and exfoliate my skin. Once finished, I dry my skin and apply lotion all over. I find this helps to keep your skin moisturized and also helps to create a flawless application of the product. Make sure all the skin is dry and that your wet hair is secured in a towel. Any drops of water will create a white streak in the application.

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Application

I have tried many ways of applying self-tanner: hands, nitrile medical gloves, and tanning mitts. I swear by my St Tropez tanning mitts and usually keep using them until they rip, which is probably after 10-12 full-body applications. Every other method leaves streaks and does not evenly apply the product to the skin. For elbows, hands, ankles, knees, and feet, I only use the remaining product that is one my mitt, or else these areas will be really dark. I also apply self-tanner on my face. Some people find that is is too drying, however I find it does not do anything harmful to my skin. Once the product is applied, I let my body dry fully (drying time varies from product to product) and put on my pyjamas. I do not come into contact with any water at all until the next day. 

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Maintenance

For some self-tanners, a shower the next morning is required to rinse off any excess product. Otherwise, the application will streak when in contact with water. I just stand under the shower head until the water draining has no more colour, and then I know I am good to go. Moreover, I make sure to moisturize every single day. Being exposed to so much chlorine, I have to reapply every 2 days, but I am a special case. If you are not in the same boat, I would reapply every 4 days, or as needed.

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Below, I have ranked most of the self-tanners I have used from least to most  favourite. Enjoy!

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#10: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Luminous Bronzer in medium

Price: $14.61

Application: The product is very liquid and sticky. Had a lot of glitter to it. Application was streaky. Took a long time to dry. Morning-after shower is required.

Result: Bronzy colour a little on the orange side. Finish is slightly glowy. Streaky. 

Would I purchase again? No

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#9: Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer

Price: $10.48

Application: Applies like a lotion. Smells really good. White in colour so it is difficult to see where the product will be tinting the skin. I used a mitt to avoid staining my hands.

Result: Added a slight tint to my skin. Not dark enough to make a significant difference.

Would I purchase again? No

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#8: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Tinted Self Tanning Lotion in medium

Price: $14.98

Application: The product is somewhat liquid and very sticky. Had a little bit of glitter to it. Application was streaky. Took a long time to dry. Morning-after shower is required.

Result: Bronzy colour a little on the orange side.  Streaky.

Would I purchase again? No

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#7: Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse in deep bronze

Price: $10.48

Application: A very liquid orange mousse. Smells like butter. Does NOT dry in 60 seconds as promoted. Morning-after shower is required.

Result: A tan look going more on orange. Almost no difference from the light tones.

Would I purchase again? No

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#6: Just Nutritive Sunless Tanning Lotion in dark tones

Price: $38.71

Application: A buttery lotion that has no colour. Smells like coffee beans. Hard to apply since you cannot see where the product is being absorbed due to lack of colour.

Result: A moisturizing bronze colour more on the orange side. If not careful during application, will be streaky.

Would I purchase again? No

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#5: St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse in classic

Price: $54.00

Application: Product is a dark green mousse. Is very fast drying, so work in small sections with a circular motion. Very little smell. Morning-after shower is required.

Result: A lightly-bonzed look going on orange with hardly any streaks. Great for transitioning from Winter to Spring or to start self-tanning for the season, but too light for Summer. However, at this price, it is not worth buying just for a transition shade for me. A little on the dry side, so moisturizer is a must.

Would I purchase again? No

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#4: Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse in light bronze

Price: $13.06

Application: A very liquid orange mousse. Smells like butter. Does NOT dry in 60 seconds as promoted. Morning-after shower is required.

Result: A tan look going more on orange. Great for transitioning from Winter to Spring or to start self-tanning for the season, but too light for Summer.

Would I purchase again? Yes (for Spring only)

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#3: St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse in dark

Price: $58.00

Application: Product is a dark green mousse. Is very fast drying, so work in small sections with a circular motion. Very little smell. Morning-after shower is required.

Result: A bronzed look with hardly any streaks. A little on the dry side, so moisturizer is a must. 

Would I purchase again? Yes

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#2: St. Moriz Tanning Mousse in dark

Price: $19.97

Application: Dark brown mousse. No odor. Dries really fast on application, so work in small sections to avoid streaks. Morning-after shower is required.

Result: A bronzy look going more on brown than orange. Even application with no  streaks. Left my skin super soft.

Would I purchase again? Yes!

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#1: St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse in extra dark

Price: $56.00

Application:  Product is a dark green mousse. Is very fast drying, so work in small sections with a circular motion. Very little smell. Morning-after shower is required.

Result: A deep bronzed look with hardly any streaks. A little on the dry side, so moisturizer is a must. 

Would I purchase again? Yes!

Self Tanners I would like to try next:

Fashion

OOTD: Printed

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Shop this look: Zara blouse | Kensie jeans (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Converse sneakers (oos; similar here) | Guess belt | Zara bag | Aldo medallion (oos; similar here) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Guess twisted metal cuff (David Yurman dupe!)

I am loving how casual, yet chic this outfit is! Using a pair of jeans and white sneakers is definitely the way to go when dressing down a blouse or a more attention-grabbing top. I would totally wear this for travelling or even for a day at school. It is functional and comfortable yet is still super stylish!

Happy Monday!

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OOTD: Sporty Tweed

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Shop this look: Karl Lagerfeld Paris tweed jacket (on sale!) | Kirkland Signature men’s tee | Kensie jeans (oos; similar here + on sale!) | Guess belt | Halifornia hat | Aldo medallion (oos; similar here) | Converse sneakers (oos; similar here) | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here)

I love the mix of high-end and athletic this outfit presents. When I first got this jacket, I never thought to style it in such a casual manner. After I got thinking, I wanted to experiment and see, and I really love the resulting look. It is super stylish but relaxed enough to actually get things done in the day. This could also be a great look for travel. Moreover, I love wearing baseball caps and I really appreciate how I can incorporate them into a chic outfit such as this.

Have a lovely weekend!

Fashion

OOTD: White Tee

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Shop this look: Kirkland Signature white tee | Zara leggings (out of season; similar here) | Zara bag | Melanie Lyne bracelet | Aldo medallion (oos; similar here) | Swarovski studs | Ava & Aiden rings (similar here) | Converse sneakers (oos; similar here)

A very casual and comfortable athleisure look. Perfect for running errands, going to the gym, or just wanting to have a relaxed day at home. I like taking these active-looking outfits and sprucing them up with jewelry and a nice bag to make them a bit more glamorous and feminine.

The day I shot this outfit, I also talked about men’s tees on my IG stories. Just to recap that conversation, men’s shirts are a lot better quality, with a thicker material that is not see-through and does not stretch, for a way better price! The one I am wearing comes in a pack of four for $20 at Costco! That comes to $5 a piece, which is an AMAZING deal!

Quick life update: I apologize for not being so active on my blog or IG lately; I have been SUPER busy!!! I have officially left the nest and spread my wings. After a lot of back and forth and after finding time between shifts, I have FINALLY moved into my very first apartment! There is still much to do, boxes to unpack, and things to buy however it is progressing bit by bit. It is a pretty big adjustment, however I am excited to be completely settled in!