Friday, October 24, 2014

Spooky Home

I've raved a million times already since I started this blog on how Halloween is my favourite holiday. This October, I've finally taken down the Christmas decorations from last year(I know, I know, I have totally adopted the "crazy writer"/"écrivaine folle" style in my apartment, and you haven't yet seen the candles!) to decorate my home with skulls and bats and ravens. I purchased about thirty-one of the latter from Dollar Tree, and have affixed them here and there, freaking out my guests since they do look very real. I typically avoid the orange/purple/green, which I find too kitschy, and stick to a strictly black and occasionally bone palette that fits my interior perfectly. 
Here are some of my favourite finds for a spooky Halloween home: 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sea Of Coats

I have to admit I have yet to pick my it-coat of the season. The choices are too many, and it is difficult to find something versatile. Until I make up my mind, here's a selection of some favourite winter coats of mine:

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bathroom Edition: 10 items to kick your bathroom decor up a notch

7. Hamper, $79.99
8. Glass canisters, $7.99-$9.99

As I currently live in a rental, I can only soak in my bathtub and fantasize on the day I'll be doing the same in a preferably much-bigger (you can't blame me, I'm 5'8/1,74m) claw-foot basin in a home of my own, preferably with a lover (or two... Joking!). I may have designed my perfect bathroom in my head, (and mine will absolutely be à la française, where the toilets are in a separate room... It just makes sense!), but until then, I rely on inexpensive yet stylish items to personalise and take the look of my current bathroom up a notch. 
Rather than stick to basic bath linen, and drugstore-bought soaps that look like eyesore, I look for pieces that are interesting, stylish and inexpensive. My bathroom colour scheme is neutrals (gray, white, cream) with touches of lavender, but I know I can update it at any moment when the envy strikes. I tuck away unsightly plastic containers and only display beauty products that have great packaging. I also like to replace plastic with metal when possible, and to go for darker-coloured materials. 

*This post is not sponsored by World Market, and I am not affiliated with them. I simply happen to all the great products they have to offer! 
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beauty On The Go: 10 Essentials I Like to Carry

Since my middle-school days, I have been always carrying with me beauty products of some sort for touch-ups while I was out. Depending on the time and occasion, the load has varied from a simple lip balm to a huge make-up bag filled till its seams were bursting. Thankfully, my current on-the-go beauty bag contains no more than these few items:

1. Estee Lauder Double-Wear Stay-in-Place Powder foundation: this Estee Lauder gem has been a favourite of mine for three years now, as it it lightweight and non-drying, but still perfectly evens out my less-than-perfect complexion by hiding redness and the occasional pimple. The sponge and built-in mirror are perfect for touch-ups throughout the day. 

2. Benefit Boi-ing Concealer: This is also another favourite, and I use it not only to cover blemishes, but also for dark under-eye circles that appear after an exhaustingly long day where I have not nearly gotten much sleep. A small swipe of concealer and they are gone.

3. Benetint: The ever-classic lip and cheek stain. I love its versatility, which is a must when you are limited in terms of space in your make-up bag. 

4. L'Occitane Shea Butter and Rose Hand Cream: Many of you know I'm obsessed with the smell of roses, so this shouldn't come off as a surprise! I love to slather my hands with moisturizer throughout the day, after washing them, or before putting on a pair of gloves in the cold weather. 

5. L'Occitane Rose et Reines Intense Eau De Toilette Roll-On: Again with the rose! I like that the roll-on doesn't allow excessive spraying of fragrance, but just a hint to refresh the scent throughout the day. 

6. Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Pencil: Not only I love the texture of this eye-liner pencil, but I like the fact that I can take my make-up from day to night just by drawing a line on my upper eyelid and smudging it with my finger. 

7. Burt's Bees Red Dahlia Tinted Lip Balm: When I wear a full red lip, I take the lipstick I used with me for touch-ups. The rest of the time, I like a tinted lip balm that gives a touch of colour and keeps my lips moisturized. 

8. Refreshing wipes: Just in case!

9. Hair Elastics: For when I'll want to have my hair out of my face; it's always preferable to using a pen as a bun holder, or resorting to intricate braiding/twisting/knotting that damages my hair and makes me look crazy (and yes, I've still done that many times because I'm the forgetful type!)

10. Make-up bag: Well, it's still better than having all your make-up thrown randomly into your tote bag, and when your crush asks you for a lighter for her cigarette, you end up taking out all of your beauty products to find it, risking to pass for a high-maintenance diva in front of her. (This particular incident happened to me... Just yesterday. Thank goodness there were no tampons involved.)

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Rhapsody In Black


I was walking in the forest with Her on a damp Friday afternoon. Mesmerized by her beauty and effortless charm, by that faint touch of South-Western French accent as she spoke. We reached the subject of favourite colours, and she revealed to me that hers was black, followed closely by purple. 

Black Swan. Black Death. Black Night. Black Magic. Black Cats.

Inspiration is a gift that manifests itself under many different outlets. After we parted that day, the colour black had taken a whole new meaning for me, as it was now associated with one so dear to my heart. And I saw it in my mind - a stage costume adapted for everyday life. A tutu, heavy with rhinestones and embroidery, a masterpiece of tulle, paired with a cashmere shirt. All black from head to toe, aside from the sparkle of a bejeweled clutch and the glimpse of red soles. A flattering silhouette in a colour ideal for the season, that still holds some of the romanticism that can be found in classical ballet costumes, such as Giselle or Swan Lake. A princess with an edge. 

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