Month: February 2012

Manicure of the week: April

For spring 2012, Chanel offered us the Harmonie de Printemps, a trio of pretty creme polishes consisting of April, May and June. Based on my first glimpses of April (a rich berry colour) online, I wasn’t sure if I was going to get it. I’ve been fascinated by glitters and holo’s for the last little while, and April seemed a little … meh. I am so glad that I changed my mind; April is anything but boring. Photos simply cannot capture how amazing it is. The glossy finish is out of this world – it will have you staring at your nails non-stop. It’s also a very pretty, classic colour.
The application is a Chanel dream – almost a one-coater. I also got fantastic wear from April without any need for top coat. Did I mention the glass-like finish? It’s almost as if it comes with its own built-in top coat. 

Enough raves. On to the outfit. Inspired by the rich colour of April, I pulled out my Laundry bow blouse – a cornucopia of warm colours, perfect for spring. [A girl can dream, right?] In a moment of inspiration, I also dug out a Missoni skirt I bought almost a year ago, and never wore. It was a steal of a deal, but somehow I never quite figured out how to pair it. I quite like this combo, though. What do you think?

I quite like how the print of the blouse complements the delicate ribbon detail on the skirt. So pretty!

Happy Friday!

The 10/10 challenge: Cat

As a lovely bonus to last month’s posts on the 10/10 challenge, my West coast correspondent (and former Edmonton resident) Cat has decided to join the fun – and share the results with us!
Here are her 10 items:

Black Blazer (Mexx)
Jeggings (Jacob) 
Jeans (Mavi)
Purple Cardigan (Jacob)
Fuschia Blouse (Jacob)
Black Skirt (Jacob) 
Blue & Green Blouse (Smart Set)
Pink Patterned Blouse (RW & Co)
Cobalt Blue Dress (RW & Co)
Grey-Blue Dress (“Fun” item) (Smoking Lily)

Her colour palette was also blue/purple/black, not dissimilar from mine – but I love how different the results are! This is one of the main reasons why I love to peek into other women’s closets (hey, it’s not as kinky as it sounds!). Variety is the spice of style. Having said that, next time I’m in Vancouver, I am going to have to visit Cat and permanently “borrow” her pink blouse and those amazing patterned tights – yowza!

You may have noticed an extra special “guest” sneaking into some of Cat’s photos … her puppy, Kaysa! A dog after my own heart … who loves shoes!

Manicure of the week: Quartz

The third polish in last summer Illusions d’Ombre line-up, Quartz was the “quiet” one of the bunch, lacking the immediate “ooh-ahh” factor of Peridot and Graphite. A soft metallic taupe-y/toffee colour with hidden shimmer, it’s actually quite the stealth stunner. Of the three, it’s the most wearable because it’s a lovely neutral. It probably works best on darker complexions than mine, but that hasn’t stopped me from loving it.
My only quibble with Quartz is that it is a little bit on the sheer side, so to achieve full opacity without too many clean-up issues, three thin coats are best. That’s usually one coat too many for this impatient gal, but I’m always happy to make an exception for Quartz. I have also had good results layering one coat of Quartz over Particuliere, which is the perfect base for it, as it is itself opaque in one coat.

For my inspired-by outfit, I wanted something soft and girly … and non-wintery. I think midi skirts are still lingering in the latest runway collections, which is good news for the Talbots skirt I picked up last year. Because of the length, it can be a bit tricky to wear; it needs a top that, at a minimum, gives a well-defined waist – the sleeker the better, to offset the volume of the skirt (which is not only long, but also fairly voluminous, and made of a wool blend). This Banana Republic top is not super sleek, but it does draw it at the waist, and is made of a very lightweight silk – a perfect counterbalance for the skirt. High heels are also a must; luckily, my Sam Edelman platforms are just the ticket.
For the finishing touch, a little love …
Happy Friday!