Month: November 2013

Manicure of the Week: Chanel Rose Moire

Chanel Rose Moire was released as part of the Rouge Allure Moire collection, along with Rouge Moire (previously shown here). This was a colour a lot of polish junkies were somewhat skeptical about, and with good reason: it is a bit of an “old lady” polish. A shimmering pinkish beige with a pearlized finish, Rose Moire doesn’t exactly scream “avant-garde”. But it is a pretty colour; it reminds me of pink champagne.

Chanel Rose Moire
Chanel Rose Moire – natural light

Apart from the pearlized finish, which may not be for everyone, I think this could be a flattering neutral polish for a lot of skin tones, mine included.

Chanel Rose Moire
Chanel Rose Moire – low light

Rose Moire is also a bit of a chameleon; while it’s not a duochrome, it does look more beige at times, and more pink at other times. The pink, almost lavender, shimmer comes out more under strong light.

Chanel Rose Moire
Chanel Rose Moire – camera flash

The application was fine; a bit brush-strokey, but that is to be expected given the finish. I used two coats for the photos above.

For my inspired outfit, I decided to de-“old lady”-ify (totally a word!) Rose Moire; I paired some “grown-up” pieces (a wool pencil skirt and elegant pumps) with a couple of “fun” pieces (polka dot sweater and statement necklace).

Chanel Rose Moire
Skirt, J. Crew Factory; sweater, Old Navy; shoes, Jimmy Choo (thrifted)

The blue-green and grey colour palette also complemented the pale pink tones of Rose Moire.

Chanel Rose Moire
Chanel Rose Moire

I added some red lipstick for extra effect – it’s amazing what an impact that can make on its own.

Chanel Rose Moire
Necklace, Plaid Giraffe (gift)

Although it’s a little bit on the casual side, I think this would be a nice outfit for a Thursday at the office. I’ll have to make a mental note of it for next year.

Chanel Rose Moire
Chanel Rose Moire

What do you think of Chanel Rose Moire?

 

Weekend Shortlist

Happy Friday, y’all! This has been a no good, very un-fun week for me, so apart from making up new words to describe my discontent, I didn’t really feel like doing much. Blergh! Let’s just move on to the weekend, shall we? Here are my picks for the week:

J. Crew Factory Emery Flats

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J. Crew Factory Emery Flats

The colour is called Festival Blue, which seems so random; one more reason to love these shoes. Other reasons? An elegant, slightly rounded pointy toe, and that damn adorable oversized bow. How many reasons does one need for loving a pair of shoes? I’ll let you in on a little secret, and tell you that my closet is now a little more festive than before. Wink wink.

Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC

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Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC (aka Morning After Clutch)

I hope you’re proud of me; I am finally breaking away from my bag-style mould, and gravitating towards different looks. I love the detailing on this bag, as well as the conspicuous absence of visible logos.

weekend shortlist
Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC

It comes in a bajillion gorgeous colours, and can be worn in one of 3 ways by adjusting the strap – cross-body, on the shoulder, or as a clutch. For a designer bag, the price point is not too frightening; the Mini MAC runs a little over $200 at retail, and can be found for less online (including eBay, of course). I ain’t gonna lie – this is going on my must-have list, like, now. The only difficulty will be picking a colour; I want all of them!

weekend shortlist
Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC
weekend shortlist
Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC

Marc Jacobs Techno Wingman Wristlet

I love my LV Sarah wallet, and it has held up incredibly well through almost 3 years of daily abuse wear.

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Louis Vuitton Sarah wallet (Bleu Nuit)

But it is a bit on the large size, especially when compared with some of the smaller bags I tend to wear these days as a SAHM. So I’ve been casually looking for a new wallet for some time. For a while, I was really digging this one:

weekend shortlist
Kate Spade Gold Coast Lacey wallet

But it’s just as bulky as my current wallet, which kinda defeats the purpose of this whole exercise. And then I saw this one:

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Techno Wingman wristlet

It’s actually a wristlet, but a very streamlined one. It has only a few card slots, no room for extra receipts and junk (I have a hoarding problem I need to be saved from), and space for my iPhone – perfection! Last time I checked, it was on sale on the Nordstrom website for under $100 (in gold or pink hologram only). Ladies, we have a winner!

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Shortlist

Happy Friday, everyone! Here are this week’s picks for the shortlist:

Equipment Blouse

Equipment Blouse
Equipment Blouse

I’m looking for a soft, silky blouse for layering, and have heard good things about this brand. The downside is cost, not surprisingly; these blouses run $200+, although they can be found for less on eBay. One reason I’m reluctant to buy one online is fit; I’m not sure how flattering the large front pockets will be given my post-baby cleavage. I’m concerned that they might make me look extra top-heavy, so I would prefer to wait and find a similar style that I can try in person.

J. Crew Jeweled Collared Oxford Shell

J. Crew Rhinestone Oxford Shell
J. Crew Rhinestone Oxford Shell

Speaking of shirts I want in my closet, like, yesterday, this J. Crew Oxford shell is lovely, isn’t it? Of course, it costs a bajilion dollars (actually $114), but I think it would be so versatile as part of my work wardrobe. No rush on buying this, obviously, but you can bet that it’s going on my eBay stalking list.

Issa Dress

Issa Dress
Issa Dress

Issa is the label famous for Duchess Kate’s engagement announcement dress, and recently got even more exposure on this side of the pond through a collaboration with Banana Republic. I was disappointed with the quality of the BR pieces, but I did get a chance a while ago to try on regular Issa dresses at Holt’s – they’re quite nice (that’s an understatement). This particular dress caught my eye on Outnet because of the gorgeous colour. But even on sale, it’s still considerably over $200. Alas, not in the budget! If I had a slew of weddings to attend in the near future, though, I could probably talk myself into buying it. So, friends, start getting married, please! [Edited: y’all get a reprieve – the dress seems to be sold out now. Close call.]

Coloured Slim Cords

The Gap Ruby Wine Skinny Cords
The Gap Ruby Wine Skinny Cords

I’m currently facing a bit of a dilemma. As you know, I hate pants. I also have almost no pants that fit at the moment. But it’s cooooold! Since I don’t spend my days at the office anymore, wearing skirts and dresses all the time is impractical. Which means I have to make peace with pants … and find some well-fitting ones, stat. For once, it’s not dress pants I’m after. I need casual pants, but something a step up from yoga pants or leggings. Cords are everywhere this fall, and I’m really drawn to the brightly coloured ones, like these from The Gap. The key will be finding a pair that not only comes in my preferred style (slim cut, cropped) but also in a material that is soft and comfortable (I find that some cords can feel a bit stiff). Challenge accepted!

Essie Winter 2013 Collection

Essie Winter 2013 collection
Essie Winter 2013 collection

I haven’t been wowed by any of the winter nail polish collections released (or previewed) so far, with the exception of the Essie one. There are a few colours that I’m dying to try out, including Sable Collar (dusty burgundy), Parka Perfect (blue-grey), and Toggle to the Top (sparkly red). I haven’t seen these polishes in local drugstores yet, but luckily Nail Polish Canada already carries the collection (and now offers free Canadian shipping on all orders). Hmm, which one to try first?

Have a great weekend!!