5 Fashion and Beauty Faves for Holiday/Winter 2012
I believe it was Yves Saint Laurent who said, 'Fashions fade, style is eternal'. You only need to look at a few photos of 80's fashion to know that this is totally true! While fads and trends come and go, there are always a few key pieces that can carry you through for years to come. These are the items worth spending a few dollars on. For this season, here are 5 fashion and beauty items that I recommend investing in.
1. The Carry All Bag
I love holiday shopping. I love the hustle and bustle, I love trying to find a great deal and I love finding that perfect item for a loved one. I do a lot of running around to different stores during this season. I'm constantly going from one end of the city to the other. To keep up, I need a quality, carry all bag to tote around all my essentials. Whether it's my shopping list, my mobile makeup station or a few snacks to keep me energized, I always have a great large but chic bag on my arm to carry it in.
Pro Tip: A bold coloured bag in a bright colour makes for great contrast against an all neutral outfit. A basic black or tan goes with everything all year round.
1. Michael by Michael Kors Large Fulton Pebbled Leather Satchel (US$328.00)
2. ASOS Leather & Metal Across Body Bag (C$89.48)
3. Zara Bowling Bag with Zips (C$199.00)
4. Browns Tote (C$85.00)
5. CBG Sienna Mini Tote Bag (C$118.00)
6. Modalu Pippa Grab Bag (C$250.00)
2. Cozy Knit Sweater
Picture this: you're sitting around a fire, with a hot cup of tea and maybe even a good book or movie. What's the perfect outfit for this occasion? May I suggest a chunky knit? It's pretty much like wearing a hug. It feels amazingly comfy and for the holiday season, I love to splurge on a luxe fabric like cashmere or even wool. This sweater is definitely going to become your new holiday tradition.
1. Roots Chunky Cable Knit Crew (C$88.00)
2. Joe Fresh Merino Wool Sweater (C$39.00)
3. Free People Shaggy Knit Pullover (C$98.24)
4. J. Crew Farmyard Fair Isle Sweater (C$118.00)
5. Banana Republic Cable-Knit Turtleneck Sweater (C$110.00)
3. Long Lasting Lip Colour
With all the drinking and eating you'll no doubt be doing throughout the holidays, you'll need a long lasting lip colour to keep up! Try a liquid lipstick or lipstain and be sure to use a liner underneath for extra pigment and to keep your lipstick from bleeding out.
Pro Tip: Use lipstick on dry lips and cover lips first in foundation or concealer so that the colour really pops out!
1. Maybelline SuperStay 24 HR Lip Color (C$11.09)
2. Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Liner (C$33.00)
3. Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge (C$27.00)
4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lipstick (C$30.00)
5. Kat Von D Star Kissed Lipstick Set (C$36.00)
4. Statement Accessories
Headed to a party after work? Simply dress up your suit or a LBD with a piece of statement jewelry. Or, spice up your jeans and white tee with a trendy accessory that demands attention like a fun hat, scarf or watch.
1. Aldo 'Frileva' Necklace (C$25.00)
2. Romewe Baroque Print Scarf (US$17.99)
3. Expression Jewelled Necklace (C$18.75, on sale)
4. La Mer Collections Rio Gold Chain Wrap Watch (C$114.35)
5. Jessica Floppy Boho Fedora (C$17.99)
Blush not only brings a healthy, flushed glow to your face, but it also helps define your cheekbones which creates a slimmer face. You'll want to invest in a pigmented blush that goes on smoothly and one that lasts a few hours so you don't need to reapply.
1. Nars Blush (C$32.00)
2. Stila Custom Colour Blush (C$26.00)
3. Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush (C$45.00)
4. Benefit Cosmetics Bella Bamba Blush (C$36.00)
5. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (C$33.00)
Which one of these products would you invest in? Are you currently eyeing something for the season?
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Sweaters are soo cute, but unfortunately I can't wear most of them. They itch me like crazy!
I love a good cozy sweater's in the cold months and I just happen to be on the hunt for a few new sweater this week.
I love blush. I think one of the worst things that happens to my skin during fall and winter season is it gets dull and dead looking. I look extra anemic. Blusher saves the day, gives my face a rosy glow and just makes me look human again.
I love a good knit sweater!
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