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 

Weekend “Hipsy” Threads

Both V and I are feeling oh-so-uninspired to write today. A good time to do an outfit post. Weekend threads! But I have a confession… the last outfit I wore today… at work. It’s probably not entirely office appropriate but maybe I just felt like continuing the weekend in some small infinitesimal way. SUE ME.

V said I went from “Hippy to Gypsy” this weekend, so “Hipsy” is the theme here. In honor of my gypsy-ness today – I channeled my girl Stevie Nicks and sang this tune at the top of my lungs on repeat all the way to work. If I had to listen to one song on repeat until the day I die, this would be a big contender.

Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks is an effing fashion icon and music legend. I have a strange obsession with her, and on more than one occasion have found myself doing a google image search of her for no particular reason. Creepy? Maybe.

Long flowing skirts and sleeves, boots, vests, chiffon scarves and a ton of lacey, sheer layers characterize Stevie’s look. Watch for some thread posts in the future inspired by Stevie. Without further adieu, here are the things that are making me happy today, aside from one large mug of coffee.

Thrifted DIY Levi’s Shorts, Geode Slice Necklace ByMisty, Chunky Drape Collar Vest from The Gap, Cotton Spandex Jersey Tank Thong from American Apparel, Thrifted Scarf

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Ecote Embellished Strappy Silky Dress from Urban Outfitters, Necklace from Urban Outfitters, Chunky Knit Vest from Old Navy, Bracelets were a gift from Nepal and thrifted from Nana 🙂

Yes, we work for a footwear company.

Coye Nokes feather embellished T-straps, H&M dress

I’m tempted to open with “Autumn is just around the corner” – but let’s be honest, we still have a bit of July, and all of August, and I’m really not ready to admit that cold weather could be anywhere near us. At all. What I am ready to do is start shopping for Autumn atire – because I’m an online shopping whore. That I can admit. 

If you’re like V and I (Me and V? …Mom!?), you’ve already figured out that the  lovely pastels that you rocked this summer won’t work too well come the fall – not without a bit of styling. I present you with some fall colour trends for 2012 and a little inspiration to help you while you build your autumn wardrobe.  

Source: Pantone Fashion Color Report

Yes, V and I work at a footwear company. With all of the inside industry information I get on a daily basis, I thought it might be nice to focus this post on footwear trends for the upcoming fall season.

Swedish Hasbeens – Boot

Mustard is a popular hue for the fall, especially for your feet. Pair these with a rich brown skirt or pants and a smart, fitted blazer for work.

I can’t spare the love for the men out there. Yea, I know you’re reading this – probably because I demanded it and I’m standing behind you breathing over your shoulder. But that’s neither here nor there. Rich english pub browns, navys, hermes orange, and urban greys light up the fall footwear palette this fall. The penny loafer doesn’t seem like it will go out of style ever, so just get yourself a pair, alright man? please?

Another classic: the Mary Jane. Old school charm and a fresh autumn color palette will dominate the market this fall for ladies…

Braided and woven details on leather boots will look great with a pair of skinny jeans or a cute floral dress.

ALDO ‘Fastrost’ Boot Ecote Tall Braid Boot from UO

Keep in mind glitter and sparkle on your footwear is still totally rad this season dude. Not to mention metallic hardware details and embellishments. Dark shades of blue and navy deepen the “neutral” category as well.

Van Dal Toledo Leather Loafers / Joan High-top Sneakers

I could go on and on, but then you might never come back. Have fun with your footwear this fall. Try out some of these new colours and embellishments in a classic style. Relish in the details. Now is not the time to play it safe.

K

Images c/o Footwear Plus

Where My Moon Goddesses At!?

Mumsy

This is my mom! Hi Mom!
Isn’t she totally gorgeous / mystic-looking?

My latest obsession is all Mom’s fault. We have started this little hobby together – learning about gemstones and minerals and searching out vintage or hand-made gemstone / mineral jewellery. It all started in a little place called Kensington Market in Toronto, Ontario.

Lovely Vendor Lady in Kensingston.

Not only do gemstones and minerals make great, unique pieces of jewellery, they allegedly can be used for the betterment of one’s life or for holistic healing practices. A particular stone absorbs all kind of solar and cosmic energy in it’s creation – which the body then absorbs. Many people believe that gemstones and minerals possess the power to balance one’s life and restore energy.

If you haven’t stopped reading at this point because you think I’m some flakey, hippy head-case, I’ll explain myself a little better. I’m not saying I completely believe this stuff is fact, but it’s not unlike my interest in Astrology (very closely related). It’s sort of fun to play along with these myths. There’s something about it that feels mysterious and ancient and awesome – divinely feminine.

Like Priestesses and Witches and Healers before me, I carry around these little chunks of energy on my neck and it makes me feel empowered! ok!? So who cares if it isn’t real, i’ll take a little placebo in my life any day.

Some of my favourite pieces that Mom and I have collected so far:

Rose Quartz and Carnelian

Rose Quartz and Carnelian purchased from an Indian gentlemen in Kensington.

Pink Quartz is known as the ‘love stone’ as the message it emits is the strong vibration of unconditional love, joy, warmth and healing. Wearing this should enable you to heal old negative emotions such as anger, resentment, fear and jealousy that may result from past experiences. Enhances feelings of love and romance.

Carnelian is a stone of individuality and courage. It is associated with motivation and is used to stimulate career growth. Used to instill confidence and a sense of self, as well as clear and focus the mind.

Rainbow MoonstoneColorless Labradorite, commonly called Rainbow Moonstone (not true moonstone) intensifies Feminine Goddess energy. This stone is said to have a “vibration” that will assist women to recognize and embrace their innate personal power. Now thats my kinda stone!

Larimar

Larimar – named after the discoverer’s daughter, Larissa, and the sea (mar). Brings tranquility of the sea to your mind, helping you view events from a different perspective than what you have already formed.

Below are three new hand-made pieces I am expecting in the mail this afternoon!

Please go check out ByMisty on Etsy – she really has some beautiful, unique pieces of jewellery.

The moral(s) of this story? Have fun with what you wear. Learn as much as you can. Natural is always best. Decorate yourself, you goddess you. 

K