Friday, February 27, 2015

What's In My Bag?

“what A few weeks ago my friend Courtney (of Cupcakes & Cateyes) tagged me to do a What's In My Bag post so I'm finally getting around to it! I've actually been meaning to do one of these for such a long time so I'm glad I'm doing it now! I always find it interesting to see what other people keep in their handbags, so hopefully this is somewhat interesting for you!

First off, let's talk about my bag! I got this handbag on ASOS a couple of years ago and it's been the bag I've used most often since then! I love the colour of it and the cute scalloped edge detail. It's also the perfect size, not too big and overwhelming, but still big enough to fit everything I need inside. It also has a nice long adjustable strap so I can wear it crossbody too! Since it is a couple of years old now it's no longer on the website, but there are some similar style bags here. Now, onto what I keep inside!

First is my new Kate Spade York Street Neda wallet. I ordered this online shortly after Christmas when there was a sale on the Kate Spade website and I am so in love with it. I've wanted a Kate Spade wallet for quite some time, so when I saw this on sale for such a great price I had to get it! It's originally $158 and on sale I got it for around $56 (plus shipping and duty fees). If you know me at all too you know how big of a fan I am of black and white stripes and gold accents, and this wallet has both! It also has so many pockets inside so it stays nice and organized and everything has a place.

One item that I can't imagine not having now is my Boostcase. This is a battery charging case for my iPhone and it holds an extra 150% battery. Whenever I know I'll be out all day without access to an outlet to plug in my phone charger, I make sure this is fully charged and put it in my bag. I have used it so many times and I love that it'll bring my dead phone right back up to 100% and then some when I need it! I also keep my iPhone 5s on me at all times of course, and right now I'm using a wooden and rose gold case I got on sale at Urban Outfitters (similar)!

A few daily essentials I like to keep on hand are an eos lip balm, Bath & Body Works PocketBac hand sanitizer, sunglasses (Forever 21, old), a pen (how cute is that lipstick pen from The Lip Bar?!), a pack of 5 gum, and a couple of band aids (because you never know when you or someone else might need one!). I also currently have a pair of gloves in my bag at all times since it's freezing cold out! These are the kind that allow you to use your touchscreen when wearing them too!

As far as beauty products, I try and keep that to a minimum. I don't really touch up my makeup during the day, besides my lip product and occasionally blotting when I get oily. I like to keep whatever lip product I'm wearing that day in my bag. On this particular day, I had 3 in my bag (which is still a quite low number of lip products for me to have in there if I'm being honest). I have the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Marvelous Mauve, MAC Faux Lipstick, and a mini size of Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita. All 3 of these are quite wearable shades! I usually keep MAC Faux in my bag at all times though since it is my go-to nude! I also keep a Revlon ColorStay Concealer, Maybelline Fit Me powder, and ELF Shine Eraser blotting papers for complexion touch-ups.

And that's everything I keep in my bag! I do switch from handbag to handbag fairly often and when I do I usually transfer most or all of these items. I've been thinking of doing a video or post on my handbag collection so if that's something you'd like to see let me know!

What essentials do you keep in your handbag?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Current Wishlist | H&M

Probably my favourite store to shop at is H&M. I'd say around 50% (or more) of my current wardrobe is from there! I love a lot of the items they sell there and I find them to be very reasonably priced. I thought today I'd share a few items that are currently on my H&M wishlist! I realize my picks are very monochromatic, but that's what I like!

What are your favourite places to shop?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snapshots | The Artist Project

“snapshotsLast Sunday, my friend Abby and I went to The Artist Project - a contemporary art fair - in Toronto. She was given 2 tickets by the studio she's currently interning at and she invited me to go along with her! I had never previously heard about The Artist Project but if it was a free ticket and something involving art in Toronto then I was definitely in. The show ended up being much larger and busier than I had anticipated, with 250 artists there sharing their work in booths set up throughout the building. I really enjoyed the show and I definitely plan on going again next year! Now I'll share with you some of my favourite works and artists of the show!
 “snapshots I was really drawn to the intricate line work in James Smyyth's pieces. I particularly enjoyed this piece with an alien-looking pin up girl in a crowded city. I really like that he incorporated metallic gold with the flat black, white, and green palette.
 “snapshotsOne of the booths I had the most fun viewing was the one of Paper Bag Beers. Their work was so unique compared to everything else at the show and had a really cool acidic colour scheme and some quirky pieces. Their booth was complete with a neon sign saying their name "Paper Bag Beers", as well as a "Scumland" banner.
This artists was possibly my favourite of the day - Andy Kittmer. I really loved his unique portraits. I loved his use of geometric and floral elements in his art.
One of the more fun booths Abby and I visited was Anna Church's booth. She had an amazing series of bison portraits portrayed as hipsters. She also had a project she was doing where you took a selfie with the hipster bison, and she printed the selfies out and will be using them for another artwork! I can't wait to see what she does with them and I'm glad that Abby and I got to be a part of it!
 “snapshotsRamona Nordal had some really gorgeous portrait paintings. I loved her use of non-traditional colour palettes. The work on the right was one of a few paintings in the monochromatic palette with metallic gold stripes and a neon orange outline, and they really caught my eye!
 “snapshotsAnother one of my favourite artists of the day was Kelly Grace. Her work was very vintage inspired and I absolutely loved these mini portraits she did of vintage-styled people doing their hair/makeup/etc.! I especially enjoyed the one to the right up there as I could relate to her winged liner ;)!

Those were just a few of the many amazingly talented artists whose work I got to see! Abby also did a post sharing some of her favourite artists and pieces from the day which you should go check out here!

Do you have any favourites from the pieces I showed above? What kind of art do you enjoy?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Portrait Illustration Commissions

“portrait I feel like there's a big part of me that I don't share too often on my blog, and that is that I'm a graphic designer and illustrator! I graduated from college last spring for Graphic Design and I've been freelancing since then. I'm currently trying to work my way up to being able to freelance as my full-time job! Right now my current favourite thing to do is create portrait illustrations! I've done some for some bloggers and YouTubers and I really enjoy making them! I made the illustration below of Essie Button and she very kindly shared it on her Instagram and Twitter, which helped give me a fair bit of exposure! I like including small illustrations of items relevant to the person surrounding them so you learn a little more about the person illustrated through the portrait.
I just thought I'd make a post about this since it is what I spend a fair amount of my time doing. If any of you are interested in having a portrait illustration done, or just want some design work done in general either for your blog or anything else, feel free to email me at for a quote! You can also see more of my design work on my website! I'm thinking of doing a giveaway of some sort where the winner would win a custom portrait illustration by me, possibly when I hit a follower milestone! If that's something you'd be interested, let me know below!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Colourpop Haul + Review

“colourpop “colourpop “colourpop I recently made an order from Colourpop and I thought I'd share what I picked up! I already own 2 of their Lippie Stix which I received as gifts, so I had to get a few more, especially at only $5 each! The shades I got (swatched L to R above) are Lumiere, Brink, Clique, and Heart On. Lumiere is a cool matte mauve shade. Brink is a warm taupe pink matte. Clique is a vivid orange red matte. Heart On is a bright matte magenta. In my order I also got a couple of their Super Shock Shadows since I've heard such great things about them. I got the shades Desert (a light warm brown with a satin finish) and La La (a rose gold shimmer). So far I love everything I got! The Lippie Stix are super pigmented and long wearing, and also quite comfortable for a matte lipstick. The Super Shock Shadows are nice and creamy and wear beautifully for 8+ hours. If you haven't checked out Colourpop by now I'd highly recommend you do!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe

“chocolate “chocolate Lately I've been really into making smoothies. They're so quick and easy to make and they're so tasty! Today I thought I'd share with you my current favourite smoothie recipe. It only takes a few ingredients and a couple of minutes to put together and it's absolutely delicious.

All you need for this smoothie is:
  • 1 frozen banana (I freeze mine the night before, and I cut it into about 6 small pieces before freezing)
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (any brand is fine. you could even try almond butter, Nutella, or other spreads!)
  • 1 cup of chocolate almond milk (you can add a little extra if you like the consistency to be less thick)
Then you just blend it together and serve! If you don't have time to freeze bananas you can use unfrozen ones and add a few ice cubes to make it cold and give it a thicker consistency, but I prefer just to use frozen bananas! You can also half this recipe for a snack, or make it this way for breakfast! This smoothie is so sweet and delicious, and will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth!

What are your favourite kinds of smoothies to make? Any suggestions as to what I should try?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

6 Pink Picks for Valentine's Day (All Under $15!)

“valentine Valentine's Day is just a few days away! I've never been a fan of the holiday, but it is a nice excuse to pamper yourself a little bit and have some treats! This year I thought I'd share a few of my favourite (and affordable) items that'll make you feel and look great this Valentine's Day.

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub / Use this deliciously sweet lip scrub to make your lips super soft and free of any dry flakes. Follow up with a lip balm and your lips will have never felt smoother!

Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Candy Nude / This shade is anything but nude. It's a mid-toned pink with a matte finish, so it'll last all day long. If you're a fan of the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils but not a fan of the price tag on them, give these a try!

Julep Maddy Nail Polish / This is one of my favourite pink nail polishes. It's a beautiful raspberry magenta with a very subtle sheen to it. This polish also applies opaque in only 1 coat and lasts for days!

NYX Blush in Peach / I've been a fan of this blush for quite some time. It's a beautiful matte pinky-peach that gives the cheeks such a natural flush. NYX blushes are all fantastic, especially given the affordable price!

I Love... Strawberries & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Creme / There's no time like Valentine's Day to treat yourself to a nice bubble bath! You can use this to enjoy a sweet smelling bath and be left with soft, smooth skin - which is especially nice in this dry winter weather.

Herbal Essences Cleansing Conditioner / This product has become a staple for me. It keeps my hair clean in between shampoos, and also leaves it soft and shiny. This also makes your hair smell amazing! I really enjoy that the bottle has a pump too!

What are your plans for this Valentine's Day?