Each Day is a Page in your Fashion Story

We went on a recent trip to Vegas (believe it or not…) and these are some of my favourite moments and looks of the trip. Going around November through February isn’t my favourite time to go because it’s not really pool weather, and this time we were with my in laws and a lot of my husband’s extended family for his Grandparent’s diamond wedding anniversary. They are all great but it definitely makes for a different and more subdued trip! Plus Ryan was pretty sick with cold/flu the whole time so it was a lot quieter of a trip to Vegas as he was feeling so under weather.

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This is probably more of a summer friendly look but it was new and I love it, I was chilly by the end of the night but it was worth it!

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  • Necklace, top and skirt: Express
  • Shoes: Shi
  • Bag: Louis Vuitton (old)

This is my favourite new top, I’m in love with the long fringe, plus I was comfortable all night.

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We went to dinner at Blue Ribbon Sushi at the Cosmopolitan that night, it was our second time there and it was just as good!

This was my most casual night there, I was super comfy the whole night and it was pretty chilly that night so I was glad I was wearing a sweater. We went to eat at Mon Ami Gabi at Paris, which is one of my favourite restaurants. If you go, make a reservation and show up to it a couple minutes early to wait for a table on the patio – it is totally worth it for the view of the Bellagio fountains all night.  We went for a drink at a lounge at the Cosmopolitan with the whole family and then Ryan was really not feeling well that night so it was early to bed.

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I wore this fab dress for our last night out. We went to FIX at the Bellagio for dinner then to see the Cirque Du Soleil show Zumanity – we really enjoyed it, it’s fun and the theatre is a really small and intimate setting which makes it feel really interactive.

  • Dress: Express (quelle surprise!)
  • Shoes: Aldo (old) similar here

I think this is our last trip to Vegas for a while, as much as we love going there and have so much fun – it is very costly and we are itching to mix it up. We’re trying to plan one big trip before starting to talk about baby plans, so we’re throwing around ideas of Italy, Greece, New Zealand and Hawaii. The second I get back from a trip I want to start planning the next one!

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Sunday Brunch

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love brunch. I’ll use any excuse to go on a brunch date or try a new recipe. It’s my absolute favourite and I hope one day when I’m a Grandma my family still comes over every Sunday for my big brunch extravaganza. This is a really easy and healthy recipe for a veggie frittata, and we thought it turned out really yummy.

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Firstly you’ll need a non stick skillet that is oven safe. I think you’re actually supposed to broil frittatas for the last couple minutes, but I’ll be honest – I don’t know how to use broil on my oven or really what that even means so don’t worry if your pan is not broiler safe.

8 large eggs, one medium red pepper, half a red onion, 1/3 cup of milk, 2 cups packed baby spinach, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper, dried basil, 1/2 cup of feta cheese (that’s really an estimation, i just sprinkled the feta in – use however little or lots you please). If you’re not into red pepper or spinach, put in any veggies you like, this recipe is flexible.

Preheat your oven to 350. Take a large bowl and crack 8 eggs into it, then pour 1/3 cup of milk in (I used 2%), whisk it with salt and pepper. Set aside.

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Warm the olive oil in your skillet over medium heat. I sliced the pepper and onion into really slim slices and sauteed them for about 7 minutes, then threw the spinach in there, and stirred every few minutes until it was wilted.

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Spread your veggies out so you’ll have an even mixture throughout the frittata, exactly like the picture above. Take your egg mixture and pour it on top. Do not stir. Then I sprinkled the feta on top of that. Let it sit for about 4 minutes, until the sides start to firm up. This has all been over medium heat.

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Right before I put it in the oven I sprinkled dried basil over the whole thing. Then baked for 20 minutes.

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So simple! I think the only thing I would change is maybe more spinach, but I am a spinach freak, I literally eat a spinach salad for lunch everyday. The whole thing is your own vegetable preferences. I served it with turkey bacon and mixed berries. It would be good with salsa too.

Ryan and I had our first true date night since our wedding last night. We have been out with friends and to the movies and other casual things, but this was our first actual date. We’re always looking for new restaurants to try so last night we went to Bistro Saisons in the Oliver area of Edmonton. They are all about using locally raised and farmed ingredients and it was delicious. It turns out it is where the old 4th and Vine restaurant was and that is where we went on our first date, so that was kind of special for us. I was happy to get out of scrubs and dress up a bit.

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Sunglasses: D&G

Shoes: Fendi (no longer available)

Shirt: Express

Shorts: Express (no longer available)

Dog: Heaven!

Be careful when buying shorts at Express. I tried the grey ones on (the ones I’m wearing here), and they were good so I grabbed another pair in a khaki colour in the same size without trying and they are way too tight. Unwearable. Sads.

I really can’t get on board with my hair. Cut it? Back to blonde? Grow it? Leave it alone and stop complaining? Spoiled brat problems.

I’m off to the gym, enjoy the long weekend!

 

 

Date Night

My sister Gillian is a professional make up artist, and uber talented. I know I am biased, but I think her work is on another level. When she was 17 she moved from Edmonton to Vancouver to go to make up school and now she is back in Edmonton (and under my over protective gaze) and works freelance, you can book her through www.makeupbygillianml.wordpress.com

Last night when we were doing this tutorial we were talking about old make up mishaps and how we used to do ourselves up. I used to wear pink eye shadow all over my lid, but only to the crease, then add purple eye liner. Which is weird because now I am very allergic to any pink coloured shadows – my body totally rejected it.  Gilly talked about how she would put gold eyeshadow all over her lid then top that off with gold liquid liner. We were so stylish.

When I went on my first date with my now husband, I was really excited and I guess knew on some level it was going to be something special so I made my sister come over and do my makeup for me. Side note – if you can somehow wrangle a family member into being your personal makeup artist… very beneficial! Today that look is being recreated, or as much as we can remember because that was 4 years ago.

Give good face!

Start with your face clean and mosturized.

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So first we took MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation and cut it with a luminizer, we used Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer. Straight foundation can be heavy, especially in the summer. She used a moist blending sponge to apply, dabbing it all over my face and bringing it down my neck (very important!).

This is the blending sponge we used, you can get it anywhere.

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For highlighting and concealing you want to choose a colour a few shades lighter then your skin but stick to one that matches your undertones. I’m yellow. Green based concealer erases red marks and orange conceals blue discolouration. Gilly swears by Benefit Erase Paste. Gently conceal any red marks and create a V shape under your eyes to conceal dark circles with that same sponge. Now blend baby blend!

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Now for bronzer. I used to be a bronzer freak. I would just take a big brush and bronze the crap out of my face, all over. Then I learned about the “diamond.” You may have heard of the phrase “don’t dirty the diamond” and these are words to live by. You don’t want to bronze all over your face because it’s not natural. You want to keep the bronzer in the natural diamond shape of your face where the sun would hit it. Stay away from the middle of your face because it can look dirty. We’re going to contour the nose and cheekbones anyway, so that will add more colour. So use a small fluffy brush to bronze your diamond, we used NYX Matte Bronzer in medium – stick with matte bronzers. Por Ejemplo……

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Now ladies and gentlemen, the ever important contouring. Choose a colour that is darker than your natural skin tone and in the taupe family. We used MAC Harmony. Using an angled face brush (try MAC 168) apply under your cheekbone, blending as you go – you don’t want it to look like you have a stripe.

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Learning to effectively contour will change your life!

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My, what big ears I have. We also used this colour to contour my nose. Using a fluffy shadow brush Gilly went up and down the sides of my nose, blending out. You want to darken the sides and later highlight the bridge to thin. Blending is really the key here, you don’t want it obvious or you’ll look like Nikki Minaj.

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Now take any old blush brush and focus your blush on the apples of your cheeks, don’t go up your cheekbone because we will highlight here. For highlighter we used Tiki by HardCandy, pop that on your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, centre of your forehead. Your face is ready!

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Look Into my Eyes and You’ll Find Me.

Don’t put any concealer or foundation on your eye lids, use a primer, Gilly recommends Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original and apply it up to the crease.

Using a fluffy shadow brush (try MAC 217), we combined MAC Cork and MAC Brownscript, blend into the crease of the lid and up to the brow bone.

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The light colour on my lash line is from the primer. Now we mixed MAC Mulch with a touch of MAC Espresso on a small fluffy eye brush to add a V into the corner of my eye, once you’ve added that darker V you want to blend like you’ve never blended before!

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Then we filled in the lid with Sephora Golden Girl. I really like the Sephora shadows, they are nice and pigmented and seriously affordable. Gilly then used a dark brown pencil liner to line my lower lash line, and went over that with the Cork colour using MAC brush 228 (a really small, dome shaped brush with round edges) to blend out that line you just made. Finish your eye with a highlighter in your tear ducts and brow bone, we love MAC Nylon, it’s a non-negotiable to have in your collection.

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Of course, add mascara. I have tried lots of mascaras but I always go back to Lancome L’Extreme in black. I don’t know if it’s the brush or the formula or what but I won’t use anything else.

Finally, I’m obsessed with a strong eyebrow. When I see someone with really skinny brows I get sad. They completely define your face, even on the days I don’t wear make up I fill in my brows. I used a lighter colour when I was blond, now I have to use a darker brown and using a small stiff eyebrow brush I follow my natural brow shape. I tweeze those babies frequently to keep some kind of shape, but always, always fill them in to give more depth and colour. If your brows aren’t done, your face isn’t done.

Last but not least add some lip colour. Here we’re using Sephora Ultra Shine Gloss in Golden Scarlet. I’m not much of a lipstick wearer but I probably have over 50 lip glosses. It’s a sickness. Do you remember that Friends episode where Joey said he wore shiny raspberry lip gloss to make his lips irresistable to his dates?  Do that!

Now take me out!

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My husband was actually already asleep by the time this was all done (waa waaa), it takes a while to take pics at every step and record all that you’re doing! But now we can all recreate this look for date night! Good luck and have fun!

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