Tuesday, 7 May 2019


Lash Lift

Happy May, friends! The days are getting a little longer, the temperature is getting a little bit warmer and I couldn’t be any happier for it! I’m ready for you, Spring!

A while back, I wrote about my experience with lash extensions. Today, I wanted to share with you guys my experience with a Lash Lift & Tint in an Oakville spa. This is a new service that I had been hearing about everywhere! I mean, who doesn’t want longer, curlier lashes so I was excited to be invited by InStyle Nails & Boutique in Oakville, to visit their beautiful salon to try out the procedure. InStyle Nails & Boutique Oakville offers a variety of high-end nail services, as well as waxing, biogel, facials, eyelash lifts and extensions, makeup and permanent makeup.

Because it was my first time trying Lash Lift, Judit, owner and a Certified Lash Lift Technician went over each step, letting me know what she was doing and what I could expect at each step. I found this so helpful because I really had no idea what was happening as my eyes were closed during the entire process. Having her tell me each step as she went was not only informative, but it also helped make me comfortable during the process!

Now I’m sharing with you what I learned...

What is a Lash Lift?

A lash lift is like a perm for your lashes! Lash lifts set the shape of your natural lashes using a chemical solution. It gives your lashes an amazing shape and curl.

Before the Lash Lift

Because you can customize your results your Lash consultant will first ask you questions about the style of lashes you would like, whether or not you wear mascara everyday, etc. Based on your answers, your technician will pick a curl size for your eye shape.

Process

To begin the process, your lashes are cleansed to make sure there is no make up residue left on your lashes.

Lower lashes are then glued down to a shield so they don’t interfere with the top lashes during the process. A silicone pad is applied and lashes are glued to the pad. This will ensure the shape and lift height for the curl!

The perming solution is then applied.

"The perm solution acts as a softener by opening up the cuticles in the lashes and making them pliable." Judit explained. A second solution is then applied which will set the lashes.

Judit then used a collagen treatment and finished with a tint, to make the lashes even darker, really making them pop. This is optional but I found it really made an impact as the finishing touch!

The whole process took about an hour, start to finish, and let me tell you, it was an hour well spent!

Highlights of a Lash Lift
- Makeup takes only a couple of minutes because your face already looks done-up upon waking. In fact, I didn’t use mascara for the entire week after having the Lash Lift done as I found I didn’t need it, only opting to wear it for special engagements/events!

- What’s not to love about this process? You get the semi-permanent lift and curl of extensions while keeping your natural lashes damage-free.

- Lash Lifts last six to eight weeks.

- Avoid getting your lashes wet in the first 24 hours after a Lash Lift, in order to make that curl last.

- Lash Lifts are SO low maintenance! While lash extensions requires you to be more careful when washing your face, sleeping on them, etc, there really is no maintenance with a Lash Lift!

I absolutely loved it and would definitely do it again!

Thank you to InStyle Nails and Boutique for having me. If you're in the Oakville area, I highly recommend their salon - not only is the space is beautiful but the owner, Judit and staff are friendly and so knowledgeable.

xo,

Desirée


Three weeks post Last Lift: w/o mascara






Tuesday, 2 April 2019

If you're anything like me, you're probably done with all things winter and are starting to look ahead into warmer, longer days! Because winter weather does quite the number on our skin, I always up my moisturizing routine for the colder months. Now that we've entered April, I'm looking into products that will help prepare my skin for the warmer temperatures.

Dewy, soft skin and a little highlighter can go a long way but honestly, it really starts with your diet. Everything that you put in your body will have an impact on your skin. Staying hydrated, cutting back on sugar and artificial flavours and eating healthy fats are key. 

Now that we've mentioned diet, let's move on to products.

MOISTURIZERS
I cannot leave the house in the morning without moisturizer. With that being said, I have tried quite a few and have landed on a few favourites that I come back to time again and again. I'm currently using the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. It is very rich in texture, which I love, but some may find it a bit too heavy for Spring. I will continue using it for a few more weeks and then switch to a lighter texture.

EXFOLIANT 
There are several exfoliants that I have tried, but so far, the Dermalogica exfoliator is my favourite. It's gentle enough and makes my skin feel so smooth! Use it twice a week for baby smooth skin!

SELF-TANNERS
Coming out of hibernation now that it's Spring and in need of a little boost? A little self-tanner as part of your skincare routine will go a long way.


     
SERUMS
In the past year, I have added serums to my skincare routine and have tried a few. I'm dying to try the Drunk Elephant Vitamin C Serum as I've read great reviews about it! I'll keep you guys posted. When using serums, make sure to use them twice daily, after your cleanser and toner. 


SPF
No matter what your skincare routine is, you absolutely need to be using SPF daily. Most days, I only use a CC cream that includes an SPF. You can find an SPF that works well with your skincare routine already; whether it's a moisturizer + SPF, or on it's own...just make sure not to skip this step. I have added a few SPF favourites below.

MAKE UP
Some of these are irresistible due to their pretty packaging alone! I'm currently using the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer (I've linked it below). You can add it to your foundation or use it alone. I use it over my moisturizer for a dewy look. I love how natural it is without it being overpowering. I've heard great things about the Hourglass Ambiant Lighting, so I will definitely be trying that one next!

I hope you have found this helpful! Leave me a comment below letting me know which skincare products are your absolute must-haves!

xo

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Coat and Tights: Aritzia

I've never been a fan of the winter months, especially here in Canada where winters seem to drag on forever. I used to feel that once November rolled around, style would have to take a back seat until the temperatures would begin climbing again in the spring. However, with time I began learning that winter can actually make you look more put-together, polished and chic all while keeping you warm.

I began learning not only about staying warm in the winter but doing it without looking like you're walking around wearing a sleeping bag. With so many options, you don't have to sacrifice style in the cold, it's just about finding the right pieces.

Choosing the Right Materials

Sometimes it's easier to get into a slump with your outfits during winter months but with winter, it also means we have more materials and textures to play with. Wool, knits, leather, suede and an endless possibilities in textures and colours. Play with different textures and colours and see what you're drawn to before pulling an outfit together.

Here are a few of my go-to's during the winter months that'll make you look chic, regardless how cold it gets.



Tailored Wool Coat: A wool coat pulls your whole look together. I find most people have a weakness when it comes to clothing, and coats are mine. If you're just starting out building your wardrobe, I'd recommend starting with a camel wool coat. The colour not only goes well with every print and colour in your wardrobe, in my opinion, camel makes everything look more expensive. The higher the wool content, the warmer the coat. I recommend looking for a wool content more than 60% to keep you toasty.

Coats: Banana Republic, Zara, Ann Taylor, Le Chateau, Banana Republic Heritage Hat: H&M Bag: Banana Republic Booties: Gap, Nordstrom 



Parkas: If you live in colder cities, you know that you can't get through winter with just a wool coat...that's where the parka comes in. Although the puffer coats are having their moment right now, I personally just don't find them warm enough due to their length; I'm always freezing! They're the perfect go-to for weekends; just add a beanie and you're good to go.



OTK Boots: Date night but too cold for dress and heels? Then the otk boot is your best option. Get a pair in a neutral shade that you can wear with dresses, jeans, pants and mini skirts. Make sure you use a leather/suede protecting spray before you take them out for the first time. This will help keeping them clean and they'll last you longer.



Coat: Banana Republic Boots: Stuart Weitzman 

Accessories

By adding more accessories to your rotation, you can change the look of your wool coats and puffers/parkas. Pick neutral colours to begin with in order for it to work with as many coats in your wardrobe, making it easier to interchange. Now that it's end of January, there are so many great winter finds on major sale. Take advantage of these sales and choose higher quality pieces that you'll be able to use for many years.

Coat: Ann Taylor Scarf: Zara Shoes: Nine West 

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Shirt: Madewell - Jeans: H&M Bedding: HomeSense 

With the hustle and bustle of every day life, I love coming home to my little family and to the home Marco and I have built together. This year, we've done tons to re-do room by room in our house, from painting our entire place, to new curtain panels around our place, to new beds and furniture. Little by little, we are adding pieces we love and creating a cozy and warm atmosphere where our kids can grow up, where we can entertain friends and family and of course, cozy up on Netflix nights.



In 2018, we definitely focused on our home and it's been so much fun shopping with Marco, taking pictures of things we love for inspo, looking at colour palettes and textures and finally deciding on pieces we'll be able to enjoy for years to come. We are far from being done but that's what I love about setting up your own place, it's like a marathon, taking your time to find each piece.

Here are some of my tips:

Have a Pinterest Board: What I found helpful was having a Pinterest (find my board here) and adding to it for inspo each time something stands out to you.

What if you don't know what style you like for your home? Once you begin adding to your folder, you can step back and look at all of you've found and definitely pick up on what your style is!

Take Pictures: When we're out and about, I always take pictures to later use as reference. Anything from the piece itself to textures and colour.

I've rounded up a few of my favourite things for the home. Some of these pieces are currently ones I love and some that are still on my wish list.

xo,

Desiree




Wednesday, 14 November 2018




If you've been following me a while, you may have already noticed my love for Aritiza pieces. I mean, what's not to love? Their versatile pieces, the colours and textures and their love for minimalism is the way to my heart.

Not only do I love their clothing but also, their spaces for its aesthetics. Each space is unique and styled a bit differently. From art to furniture, I love that each store has their own design, while carrying that same Aritzia-feel we all love. 

When Wilfred and Babaton (two of my favourite lines Aritzia carries) opened its boutiques, I was so excited as we now have wider range to chose from.  

I've rounded up a few of my favourite pieces from Aritzia for the season. Hopefully it will give you some Fall and Winter Inspo. 

Let's start with coats because they're my favourite.

Coats, Jackets and Blazers: 

I absolutely despise being cold; I'm definitely a coat and jacket girl. Even in the Summertime, I usually have a light coat in the car just in case! One thing I love about Aritzia is that they label their clothes with 'designer notes' and what my eyes will always go to first is the type of weather each coat is for. Being in Toronto, I need to know that my coats can handle the cold weather so having what temperature the coat is made for is definitely helpful. Something that is also important to me is how clothing is made and this parka is made with responsibly sourced goose down. 

Because most of you guys already know me well, I'm a sucker for wool coats. I have quite a few in different colours, styles and fits. If I could, I would get them ALL but here are a few of my top picks.

I have also added the Grete coat to this Fall edit because it's so cozy. I was looking for a teddy bear coat but wanted one that I could dress up as well if needed to. I found the Grete coat and found that it was a good mix of both worlds. It's a cozy coat but in a neutral colour and more polished cut. It was hard to pick the colour as they are all SO good. I ended up picking up the Bone colour because I feel it gives me the most versatility; although the other colours were hard to pass up!

For work, I have a couple of structured blazers but this past month, I added the Chevalier jacket to my work wardrobe. Not only is it great for as work wear, it wears well and looks chic with a pair of skinny jeans and heels for a date night. It's such a versatile piece, I love it that you can wear it beyond the 9 to 5.




Left to right:
Babaton Oskar Parka - Stedman Wool Coat - Wilfred Brenna Wool Coat  - Wilfred Grete Jacket 

Wilfred Chevalier Jacket in Cairo

Pants & Skirts: 

I fell in love with these pants (Wilfred Jallade) the moment I saw them, The difficult part was deciding on what colour to get as they have so many different variations; in colour, length and material. I ended up going with the dark grey ones and I absolutely love them. I always get so many compliments on them! I highly recommend them. For my girls who live in colder cities, they also come in a wool and cashmere blend to keep you toasty. 


The Daria Pant: These leggings are so smooth they feel like butter! I wasn't sure about getting these at first because other than a leather jacket, I haven't done any other type of vegan leather. I think I can tone them down though with the right sweater and coat. They are machine-washable and so comfortable.



Wilfred Essonne Skirt: If you're looking for the perfect Winter skirt, look no further. The Essonne skirt is the warmest mini skirt. Its made from Italian flannel which is a blend of wool and cashmere. I love the structure of this skirt. I usually wear this skirt with my OTK boots, making it a warm alternative to wearing pants in the colder months. I have it in charcoal but it comes in five colours/patterns.

       


Sweaters:

Wilfred Isabelli Sweater: I've always loved waffle-stich so when I saw this cozy sweater, it was a no brainer for me. It's such a warm sweater, making it perfect for winters in Canada and it comes in 8 gorgeous colours.

The Montpellier Sweater/ Sweater Dress:

Either one you go with, it'll be the one you reach for in your closet, over and over again. Shop it here.



Accessories:

And of course, how can I leave two of the coziest pieces, the blanket scarf and the beanie. Even if you live in warmer cities, these pieces are perfect for milder Winters. The only difficult part will be picking out which one you like best...the Mosaic scarf is available in 24 different colours this season!

Mosaic Scarf in Birch/Grey  

Rowan Beanie 

Let me know what your favourite Aritzia pieces are!

xo,

Desirée 

Friday, 9 November 2018

Wearing: Coatigan and Skinny Jeans: Banana Republic - Adidas: Aritzia  - Bracelet: Daniel Wellington


Hey November!

So Fall seems to have hit Toronto fast and furious this year. The colours on the trees have peaked and it never fails to amaze me at how beautiful it is. It's kind of like the first snowfall of each year - it's beautiful each time.

If you've been following me on Instagram for a while, you've noticed how much I love Summer (you thought I was going to say Fall, right?). Nope, I'm a Summer girl at heart and that will never change but if there's one thing I absolutely love about Fall, is the fashion. From textures to rich colours, I honestly think there's nothing like Fall fashion. So instead of focusing on the fact that days are shorter and it now feels like bedtime by 5pm, I'd rather look at the brighter side of things and enjoy the sweeter things that this beautiful season also brings us!

I've rounded up a few of my favourite styles and products that I've been loving this Fall. Everything from my favourite moisturizer to my favourite teddy bear coat, and everything in between!


Moisturizer:

If there's one thing that I can't live without is face moisturizer. It doesn't matter if it's a no makeup day or a BB cream kind of day, moisturizer is a must. If you live in colder cities like Toronto, it's usually necessary to switch to richer cream for the Fall and Winter months. During the summer months, I use Biotherm Aquasource and then switch to the richer, Estee Lauder Hydrationist. It goes on smoothly and I love that it keeps my skin hydrated all day.


Lips:

I'm a pretty low maintenance girl when it comes to makeup so a lip stain is right up my alley when I want an extra pop of colour. These are three of my top picks for the Fall. The three of them can be found at Sephora.


Teddy Bear Coats:

Whether you're looking for a long or short one, a pink or camel tone teddy bear coat, you can find them everywhere this season. Not only does this offer you lots of choices in colour and styles but also different price points! I've seen them as low as $15 and as high as a couple of hundred...so if you're just trying out this trend, there's no need to spend a ton on one if you aren't yet sure you love it! Other great stores for teddy bear coats: Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap, JCrew, and Banana Republic. Currently in my closet: the Aritzia Grete coat and Topshop teddy bear coat.

OTK Boots:

I have two go-to pairs that I absolutely love. My favourite ones are the Stuart Weitzman highland boots. I have shared in the past that I wish I had gotten the lowlands as I think I would get more use out of them because I'm more of a flat shoes kinda girl but nonetheless, I adore these boots. If you're interested in making the investment on these beautiful boots, read my review here before you do!



Saje Diffuser + Oils

This one has been on my wish list forever and this week, I finally purchased the Aroma Om from Saje. There's nothing like coming home to a cozy atmosphere in the Fall and this diffuser makes your place smell amazing. I started off with the scent 'Goddess' because I wanted a great, everyday scent for my home but as we enter the holiday season, I think I'll also begin using the Peppermint Twist. I love scents but I'm the type of person that prefers cleaner and fresher scents rather than stronger, floral ones so I'll keep you guys posted!


                   Saje Om Diffuser                                       Saje Goddess Oil                      Saje Sugar Plum Fairy Oil   



Stay cozy!

xo,

Desirée

Saturday, 21 July 2018



I went to purchase some decor accents today and I was taken aback at the fact that Thanksgiving decor had already made its way onto the shelves. Can we just take a moment and soak in the Summer? I mean, it's only mid-July! I may be biased here as my favourite season is Summer so I'm in no hurry for pumpkin spiced-anything right now. I'd rather bask in the warm sun, the long summer days, gelato, fresh cut grass, iced coffees and the list goes on and on. Toronto has been having an amazing Summer so far and it's been a hot one. With that in mind, I've put together a list of a few of my favourite pieces for the season. If you're looking to add some Summer staples to your wardrobe, here are the best of the season!




Mustard Yellow: 

In case you've missed it, yellow is everywhere this year and I imagine it will transition right into Fall so get those mustard coloured pieces in your wardrobe now! Yellow is usually a difficult colour to pull off but somehow, the richer hues have made an impact on the fashion industry and can be found on most brands. I usually like to stick to classic pieces but I did incorporate this trend with a crepe-like shirt from Zara. It's lightweight and the cut is so flattering. It also comes in white and black for those who'd rather opt for the neutrals. 


The IT bag "Rattan:" 

Round, bucket, totes, backpacks....basically every shape and size you could imagine. These cute bags can take you from the beach to a day of shopping. I've rounded up a few of my faves below and they all start at about $50. When I'm not using my bags, I stuff them with the paper that they came with so they maintain their shape. I also stand them up on a shelf in my closet to




The Button-Down Dress: 

You've probably already seen a version of this dress everyday this Summer and that's because they are simple, airy and so dreamy. The white linen ones from Zara are by far my favourites of the season and come under $80. 



Paperbag Shorts:

Definitely one of my favourite trends at the moment. It's hard not to continue adding more to my wardrobe! Wear with a body suit or a top that you can tuck into them to showcase the cute paperbag detailing.









Floral Print Midi Dress: 

The romantic floral midi dresses are back this season and although they can be found in every imaginable colour, the sunny yellow ones are the ones that seem to be favouring! Here are a few of my favourite picks from Asos.

 

The Ruffle Wrap Dress:

It's hard not to get addicted to this cute silhouette and they are so flattering. Find these dreamy dresses in every colour and print. Topshop has some of my favourite wrap dresses this Summer.