Month: April 2013

Manicure of the Week: Chanel Kaleidoscope

Chanel Kaleidoscope is an older, long-discontinued polish that I was recently able to grab, for a somewhat reasonable price. Older Chanel polishes tend to increase in value over time (some more than others) – just like most Chanel things – so I got lucky. On eBay, Kaleidoscope routinely sells for over $100, far more than what I paid. Although, as a Chanel collector, I am happy to have added it to my stash, I can’t say that I find the colour so amazing as to justify its current market price. When it comes to pewter-ish shades, I actually prefer the sparklier Graphite, although the two are by no means dupes.

But enough grumbling, here’s a peek at Chanel Kaleidoscope:

Chanel Kaleidoscope

I think the colour is not particularly flattering to my skin tone, which is probably why it doesn’t really make me go “ahh!”. It probably works better on people with less pink undertones in their skin.

Chanel Kaleidoscope
Chanel Kaleidoscope

Because it’s a metallic-y polish, visible brush-strokes can be an issue. I recommend two coats to even things out (maybe three if you’re really nit-picky).

As an aside, I am trying out a new shape and length for my nails – less square, more oval, and longer. This style is making a real comeback, so I can’t claim originality, but I like its slightly retro vibe. I’m tolerating the extra length surprisingly well, and I’m happy to say that my nails don’t end up looking like talons as they grow out.

For my inspired outfit, I decided to go head-to-toe monotone in various shades of putty/oatmeal.That doesn’t sound particularly appealing, but I like the end result. I got the idea from my silk MICHAEL Michael Kors peasant blouse, which matches Kaleidoscope almost perfectly.

Chanel Kaleidoscope
Tone on tone on tone!

I guess oatmeal is not so boring after all:

Chanel Kaleidoscope
Skirt, Valentino R.E.D. (consignment); top, MICHAEL Michael Kors (consignment); jacket, Danier; shoes, Nine West

I have no idea where I’d wear this – “date nights” these days are likely to involve IHOP and a rambunctious toddler, and most evenings involve watching Sportsnet, in my pyjamas, with my “boys” – but I’d like to think that, in some alternate universe, I would totally rock this.

Chanel Kaleidoscope
Monotone doesn’t have to be boring!

What do you think of Chanel Kaleidoscope?

Remix Challenge: Week 30

No joke, this may have been one of my favourite Remix Challenge weeks ever! Minus Tuesday, aka “pants day” (I hate pants!), I loved how every outfit looked, and felt. Just between me and you, that doesn’t always happen. Looking at this week’s photos, though, I realize that I need to remember to apply lipstick a bit more often! [In my defence, by the end of the week I had a proper excuse for looking sickly: I actually was sick. Darn spring cold!]

Monday, April 8, 2013: work

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Dress, Diane von Furstenberg; tank, Tristan; tights, Joe Fresh; shoes, LAUREN Ralph Lauren

This is the Diane von Furstenberg dress I bought last month. Still in love with it. ‘Nuff said. I accessorized the deconstructed-bow pattern with my tiny bow necklace and polka dots (tights) – kinda twee, but I like it.

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Bow necklace, Tiffany.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013: work

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Shirt, Tilley (thrifted); sweater, Charter Club (swapped); shoes, Enzo Angiolini (swapped); necklace, Banana Republic; bag, J. Crew

Pants, yawn! I do love the Liberty-esque pattern on this thrifted Tilley shirt, though. Sadly, the shirt is a little too big for me (and wrinkly, my bad!), so I needed to camouflage that a bit. A sweater did the trick this time.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013: work (sigh!)

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Skirt, BCBG; jacket, Costa Blance; top, H&M; belt, Holt Renfrew; shoes, Jimmy Choo (thrifted); bag, J. Crew

By now, it should be apparent to all that I freakin’ love this BCBG skirt; I wear it almost every week. I found it years ago at Winners, for something like $40, and it may just be one of my best finds ever. Love how it looks paired with this Costa Blanca cropped jacket, a pick from last year’s clothing swap. Here’s a look at the outfit with the jacket undone:

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Peekaboo lace

Thursday, April 11, 2013: work (what else?)

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Skirt, vintage (thrifted); jacket, Anthropologie; tank, Tristan; belt, Holt Renfrew; shoes, Ellen Tracy; necklace, Tiffany

One of my style oddities is my deep affection for all things floral – the more flamboyant, the better. I bought this vintage skirt (at Value Village) because it reminded me of that needlepoint pattern used to upholster every grandma’s couch in the history of  furniture. I’m serious; that was its selling point for me. [When I bought it, the skirt was lower calf-length, and very 19 Kids and Counting-looking, so there was some negatives to overlook.] Anyway, laugh if you must, but I love my old-couch skirt!

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Love me some tapestry!

Friday, April 12, 2013: work (for the weekend!)

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Top, MICHAEL Michael Kors (consignment); wrap, Winners; necklace, Swarovski; shoes, Ellen Tracy; bag, Chanel (consignment)

Casual Friday at work means jeans … which are kind of “yawn” too. Too close to pants! Anyway, I’m not sure what’s up with the flamingo pose, but we’ll blame it on the sunny weather – it makes me kinda giddy. As you can see, my Ellen Tracy flats got a work-out this week: two wears in two days. Sometimes, nothing beats a red shoe!

See you next time!

Vancouver in February

I love to visit Vancouver (although I don’t think I could live there): it’s like a home away from from; all the comforts of home, without the stress. It helps that I have been visiting Vancouver regularly for 5 years now, and know my way around downtown blind-folded. I have favourite places to eat, to relax, to shop, to get a pedicure … what more does a woman need?

Vancouver in February
English Bay, a few blocks off Davie Street – one of my favourite areas in Van.

This was our second family trip to Vancouver, and Luka loved it! The city may just be the antidote (Kryptonite?) to his otherwise inexhaustible energy. An hour’s walk along the Sea Wall, some running around Stanley Park, and he’s down for the (nap) count without a murmur of protest. Here is our intrepid adventurer (and mom), neatly blending in with the landscape.

Vancouver in February
Look up – everything was already in bloom!

We didn’t have the benefit of amazing weather; it was sunny only on the day we arrived, and the day we left. But underneath the drizzle and grey skies, Vancouver in February was still practically tropical for these Albertans. The rain didn’t deter Luka (nothing does, really), so we had to keep up and soldier on.

Vancouver in February
That’s more like the Vancouver I know!

It what is becoming something of a family tradition, we took Luka back to the Aquarium, which he loved even more than the first time (back in May 2012). He was also interested in the fauna around Stanley Park, and we narrowly avoided having him end up with an impromptu bath. Brrr!!

Vancouver in February
The swans in Stanley Park

The mallard ducks were cute too. We were too intimidated to attempt to take pictures of the flocks of geese patrolling Stanley Park.

Vancouver in February
Stanley Park redux

Because we didn’t rent a car, and were hosted by friends in Yaletown, we stuck close to downtown, which suits us fine. We did make a trip to Kits, and though the bus ride tested the limits of everyone’s patience, it was worth it for the lovely family brunch at Aphrodite’s Pies – a cute vegan cafe we, literally, stumbled into.

Vancouver in February
Walking along the Sea Wall

One of my favourite new discoveries was the enjoyable Sea Wall promenade from English Bay to Yaletown – perfect for a leisurely, post-breakfast stroll. [Breakast is always at The Dish, quite simply one of the best things about the West Side.] Love the unexpected glimpses, like this mural underneath Burrad Bridge.

Vancouver in the Spring
Under Burrard Bridge

Till next time, Vancouver!