Barrington Orr, You Make Me Smile

Growing up in northern Ontario isn’t an inspiring place when it comes to fashion. I would wander the halls in my Roxy T-shirt (gross), and bootcut jeans (even worse), in a daze just hoping that my mom would take me to Toronto to get me clothes I actually wanted to wear. Northern folk don’t tend to give two shits as to the look of a garment, as long as it’s warm, functional, and of ok quality. That’s when it happened, a beacon of light! I met my dear friend J, whom was dressed in the latest, and had a flare for making you feel good, as long as he liked you.

Isn’t J a doll?

Since those dark high school years, him and I have gotten even closer, and he’s gone on to make somewhat of a name for himself in the fashion world. I trust that you’ve all heard, if not frequently read his blog Barrington Orr. Though he’s modest about it, his site is really a glimpse into his beautiful mind, with a keen eye for style, a flair for the dramatic, and with a click of a button, you’re hooked. After his tireless hours working with his talented team, he’s getting much recognition, and has been invited to several fashion shows with backstage passes, and I’m hoping catering. Having spoken with him over the past couple of weeks, him and I are in cahoots to bring all of you something that is sorely needed in our lives. He’s thought up a brilliant device that tbh, no one else has really thought to customize. Ah! I can’t tell anybody what it is, but this man has found a hole in the market, and he plans on filling it…errm, yep. Filling it.

Enough of my flattery and banter, go and see for yourself. He will be one of the greats, and I’m so glad that he’s a close friend. Check out his daily posts, contests, and pics over at barringtonorr.com. I promise you’ll become one of his 6000 + readers, and that number is growing every day.

xo V

Advertisements

We’ve Been Hibernating!!

twobird9sl3

My limbs are stiff, my skin is dry, but by golly, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! Sorry, we’ve been successfully hibernating all winter, and haven’t popped our heads far enough out of our chunky turtlenecks, to really take a good look around. It seems at this time of year, that the days drag, the nights are too short, and that the world will never defrost from this terrible Popsicle, that we deem winter. Isn’t it a bitch? Anywho, K and I have been trying to work our way out of the funk, by looking at…drum roll…SPRING SHOES!! Ta daaaahhh!! The colors are so brilliant, the lines are delicate, and our thoughts of wearing no socks soon, make our hearts warm with excitement. 

ZSEY137_OUT_LGK just sent me this link from our wonderful friends at Modcloth.com, and I fell in love instantly. Looks like the thick half wedged heel, will be the new silhouette this year, hopefully clearing out those god forsaken chunky wedges, that somehow made a comeback from the trash that was 90’s fashion. Terrible. My mom actually handed me a pair, that my 50 year old aunt wore in the 90’s, with the original Le Chateau box, and I almost blew chunks. It made me sick that this was being recycled into today’s much more informed society:
originalI literally googled “Terrible 90’s wedges”. Let’s not go back here people. Last summer, this made me weep. How far would it go? Are we going to bring back snap bracelets, that are weapons btw, butterfly hair clips, and…gag…Lisa Frank? Heavens to Betsy, did people even shower or brush their teeth back then?! No…no they did not. I think I witnessed more armpit hair, than one small child should. The memory haunts me still.

Back to what I was actually talking about! Shoes! Look at all the great ones that we’ve stumbled upon!

DNA12919

ChelseaCrew5-300x243

Chelsea Crew nik nak heels in green

Long story short, classic lady like lines are coming back, and clunky hooves are out. Modcloth.com is chock full of beautiful styles for spring, so we highly suggest you get your bad-retro self together, and invest in some timeless pieces. Isn’t it also wonderful that risk of injury and spinal issues goes down, with the height of the heel? Cheers to being able to walk around in comfort, without sacrificing style this season! And cheers to K and I for showing our faces after some long winter months!

P.s. I know that I am now obsessed with my new discovery, of the very talented Chelsea Crew. Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity!

Smoother Than A Dude With A Mustache

Image

Wow. It’s been a while hasn’t it? Well hi! I’m back, I’m salty today, so this little post better cheer me up. Pinterest, as mentioned previously, has peaked my interest with it’s DIY section as of late, and you can say that K and I have gone a little bit squirrely trying EVERYTHING. Or so we think, because, well frankly, we’re slightly vain. In the best possible way of course. 

So out of all of these wonderful DIY that we’ve been experimenting with, one seems to be standing out a bunch, well a couple do, but this one especially, is a small almost daily luxury. I’ve made my own scrub!! And now that I know the basic formula for making any scrub, I’m going to make more, and gift them! Hello cheap DIY *Christmas! (*Christmas is that holiday that used to be called Christmas, but now it’s just the Holidays…pfft) Anywho, so this would be the recipe that K and I have made, passed around, and use on ourselves almost daily. I have a ton of friends who have torn through 4 cups worth, and come back pleading for more…ahem Stiney! I love that girl. 

So here we go! This one is a morning caffeine shot for your skin. The coffee in the scrub acts as an antioxidant, which tightens your skin, and apparently helps reduce the look of cellulite. I don’t have any (sorry), so I don’t know if that’s true, but this stuff really helps to tone and hydrate, and it feels like the most satisfying all over scratch of your life. You’ll feel like you’re in a spa, but you’ll open your eyes, and realize that you’re just at the stupid gym, and you probably shouldn’t be moaning with pleasure in the shower….guilty. Red faced….

Recipe!

1 cup Sugar (can be cane, brown, white, raw)

1/4 cup Carrier Oil (Aka olive, baby oil, almond oil, safflower oil) *I use baby oil with vitamin e and aloe

5tbsp Coffee Grounds

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 tsp Almond Extract

pinch Lime Juice as a preservative

Mix it all together, it should be crumbly, stick it in a water proof jar and voila! Little ingrown hair bumps behind your legs? No? Well gone. Behind your arms? Gone! Smoother than a wet harp seal, ladies and gentlemen! They’re smooth right? Sure!  I win! 

Love you! 

V xo

Matching Your Lips to Your Face!

As the autumn weather approaches, I’m not only thinking of wardrobe changes, but of the changes I’ll be making to my beauty routine as well. Bold lip colours are a F/W classic, especially paired with those flushed rosy cheeks from the cold! A bold red lip will instantly freshen up your look, and paired with a nude eye – it’s quick and easy.

Drew Barrymore rockin the subtle eye

and fire engine red lips.

Fall Beauty Looks from Elle

When you’re on the hunt for a bold, red lipstick make sure to consider the undertones in your skin. I am definitely guilty of going to the makeup counter, picking out a red that seems truly red – only to put it on and it looks fuschia, brown, orange etc!

Follow these rules to finding your perfect shade of red:

If your skin has pink undertones: Red lipsticks with coral undertones work best.

If your skin has yellow undertones: Red lipsticks with blue undertones work best.

If your skin has olive or dark undertones: Deep burgundy tones will look best, and keep you from looking like a clown!

These are some basic guidelines – but make sure you try a whole bunch of shades – because they aren’t set in stone. It is also about bright vs. dark and picking shades that aren’t too bold/bright for  your face/ eye make up. Just remember – don’t pair a bold eye with a bold lip.  Clown movies and bad 80’s makeup scared us enough as kids – nobody needs to relive “it” (pun certainly intended).

xo K

Homemade Lemon Oatmeal Body Butter Bars

Use these bars at the end of your shower to moisturize and soften your skin! Rub on, rinse off and towel dry! Bars without oatmeal can be used as massage bars out of the shower.

What You Will Need (Yield: 4 Bars) 
Mold (I used a cupcake tin/cupcake wrappers)
Pyrex or Heat-Safe Dish / Pot of Water
Spoon / Measuring Spoons
2 oz Shea Butter
2 oz Coconut Oil
2.5 oz Beeswax
Oatmeal (optional)
Essential Oil (optional)

1. Place beeswax in a Pyrex or heat-safe dish in a small amount of boiling water

2. Melt beeswax slowly over low heat, being careful not to burn the wax

3. Spoon out Shea Butter and Coconut oil and add it to the dish with the beeswax to melt

4. Carefully boil down the ingredients until you have a clear viscous liquid. It is important not to burn the oils and natural butters because once past their smoke point, the natural benefits from these ingredients are lost.

5. Lay out your cupcake molds and if you would like oatmeal – sprinkle ground oats into the bottom of each cup.

6. Remove mixture from heat and pour equally into molds

7. If you would like to add Essential Oil at this point for scent/ added benefits put one drop into each mold while they are still in their liquid form. I used Lemon Essential Oil for a citrus scent.

8. Set aside to harden and remove from molds when the bars are solid at room temperature

Enjoy! xo K 

Inspired #OOTD’s

Grey oxford brogues from Aldo

Moon/Lapis Lazuli Earrings from Urban Outfitters

Thrifted denim dress from Bungalow, Kensington Market

Inspiration: Baby Blue Pontiac Firebird 🙂

Felucca Lace deck shoes from Sebago

T-shirt c/o Dan Griffin

Lace/Denim Cut-offs from American Eagle Outfitters

Inspiration: Dan Griffin

Brown Messenger Bag from Urban Outfitters

Thrifted Guess High-waisted Jeans

Thrifted Blue Pussybow Blouse from Flattery

Venetian Glass Ring gift from Mom 😉

xo K