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31 days to a prettier 2017 : look cute, be cute

By now, the winter season is possibly taking it’s toll on you; everyone gets hit with a bit of blahs before the end of January and it doesn’t quit until at least the end of February. It might be time for a pick me up!

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Day 24 : January 24

Pick up a bright new makeup bag!

It could be something that you find at The Dollar Store that makes you smile … or it good be one of those cute ones from Sephora with the funny phrases on it. It doesn’t matter just as long as you love it and it makes you smile every time you open it up to start your day. If you’re smiling before you even start your makeup routine, you’re already looking good!

Happy shopping!

TIP : Make sure you choose a bag big enough to house everything you consider a “must have at all times”. Pack it up with all the stuff you would want to have on hand if you had to do your makeup in  the car or at the gym.

HOMEWORK : Before you buy, consider what you love and don’t love about your current makeup bag or storage system.  If you need to keep things separate, only choose a makeup bag that has compartments. If you need to keep tools and brushes in there as well, look at ones that have pockets to hold brushes and a plastic flap over it to keep the rest of the bag clean.

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what to wear : wood watches by jord …

When it comes to my accessories, I often lean towards feminine, delicate and lightweight. Arm candy is often my favourite, and I can be found most days of the week pairing thin bangles with small charm bracelets and the like.

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But then, I’ll often find the need to offset the delicate with something strong. I might wear my arm candy with sweats and a pair of high-tops. Or, a button down denim shirt and a baseball cap. It’s just the way I pair things.

My favourite way to wear delicate versus strong is with my watch. My choice in watches has always been more strong and statement than soft and sweet and you will often find me reaching for a men’s style watch over a women’s one. I like large faces and strong bands, and while I do own a leather one or two, I adore the look of metal links.

So, naturally, when Jord watches, the makers of a series of beautifully crafted wood watches, wanted to send me one, I immediately scoured my options for the biggest, most masculine one. I opted for the Fieldcrest, a midsize watch perfect for days when I feel casual and days when I want to dress it up a bit. Plus, it gave me the look of links but in a different texture than metal. I loved that!

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Made of dark wood and complete with a black face, I wear my Jord slightly loose and I am more akin to wearing watches like bracelets rather than cuffs. I should also add that while I do try to wear a watch most days of the week and actually look at it as often as possible, I am the type of person  who arrives RIGHT on time (or one minute late) as opposed to five minutes early – so keep in mind that for me this watch is all about stylizing my overall look and not necessarily function. I wish I could honestly tell all of you that I’m the most punctual person to never leave you waiting. I’m not.  Ha ha!

So that said – the very beautiful look of a wood watch is so versatile for any look I choose. Like any other watch you may have in your accessories wardrobe, Jord watches can be fitted to size, come in a range of colours (light wood to deep dark wood), and a variety of sizes (they do have a women’s line filled with smaller styles). In addition, the face of your watches come in a variety of colour sad styles which means you can easily choose a watch that suits your personal style preferences.

As mentioned above, I chose a darker style that’s pretty standard : dark wood with a black face. I tend to wear a lot of black, grey and navy in my wardrobe so this pairing made the most sense of me.

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My absolute favourite thing about this watch : it’s super lightweight! So I get all the feel of a strong men’s watch … but the airiness of something as delicate as my gold bangles. Given what we do  at BlushPretty, my arms get a good workout flailing around doing hair and brushing on makeup – I can move around freely without feeling like my watch is getting in the way. You might think, “OMG Steph – it’s just a watch! How can it get in the way?” but the way I have done things in the past, I’ve been known to remove my jewellery halfway through the day.

I’m really impressed with my Jord Watch, and it’s in regular rotation with my outfits. Im really thankful to Jord watches for letting me test one out! Now if only I could be really really really on time … for everything …

Have great weekend everyone!

– stephanie –

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at the studio : featherband

They’re here!

BlushPretty has been a huge fan of Toronto-based
(actually now Ottawa-based but definitely Toronto-born)
brand : FEATHERBAND.

Designer Amanda Wu creates the most gorgeous pieces
ranging from the ultra glamourous  (think Gatsby inspired jewelled bands)
to the most simply spare but eye-catching combs (a feather here, a crystal there).
We’re pretty sure you’re bound to love one …

We invite you to visit us at the studio to see what 2014 brings from Featherband.

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this just in : what i’m loving right now …

It’s pretty easy to tell what styles, products, and pieces I’m loving … you just need to follow me on Instagram.

For example, as a die-hard fan of NARS Cosmetics, I took an hour or two … maybe three … to get comfortable in their Bleecker Street boutique during a recent trip to NYC. I walked away with a small haul: three lip pencils and a soft touch eyeshadow pencil plus some freebie treats from their on-location makeup artist, Joey. While I’m swooning over each colour I chose, I’m in love with the red lippy Joey suggested for me: Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. It’s a true Hollywood glam red. It glided on like silk but stuck like crazy glue and didn’t budge through a whole day of wear.

If you don’t find me in my TOMS, then perhaps you might see me parade around town in a pair of Nike Dunk Sky Hi shoes … I own like three pairs. Sporty enough to be comfortable, sexy enough to wear from day to night. Plus, they add height to my vertically challenged disposition. Yessssss …

I love a good piece of jewellery. It doesn’t have to be the finest gold, the prettiest platinum, or the sexiest silver. I meant, that IS nice, but I love pairing my authentic and vintage gold/silver pieces with $5 finds at random boutiques, street vendors, or vending machines. Okay … well … maybe not the last one – but you understand what I am trying to say, yes? I found that eye-catching skulls+wings piece (above) at Drama Queen by the studio – that store has great pieces at reasonable prices and I always find something that will add some edge to a basic outfit.

And to end, I am not me without a really really great purse. I adore them all from big to little, slouchy to structured.  My recent infatuation is with my new Alexa bag by Kooba – with convertible straps I can make it a cross-body, a shoulder bag, a top handle … annnnnddd … a clutch. And with it’s neutral colour that is neither the standard brown, camel, or black, I can pair it with almost anything in my closet, and any style. Now THAT’S an investment piece, right?

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