Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pearls & Tweed

Pink Tartan top, J.Crew skirt, Christian Louboutin shoes, Chanel bag

Pearls and tweed are musts in my wardrobe and I simply can't get enough of the feminine looks created by these classic staples. While I love to accessorize, sometimes I just don't have the time to do so before running out the door. That's what makes this Pink Tartan top every busy girl's dream - the pretty pearl and mesh embellished neckline acts as necklace! The technical jersey fabric and boxy cut makes the top easy and comfortable to wear. I paired it here with a classic pink tweed skirt from J.Crew, simple pumps and a small purse with a pop of colour. I've loved embracing the need to look polished in Business School, which means this West Coast girl won't be wearing yoga pants to class anytime soon!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Christian Louboutin Nail Polish

Nudes Collection: "Madame Est Nue" & "Tutulle"

"Madame Est Nue"

Whether you're already a Louboutin shoe-lover, the Christian Louboutin nail polish collection is one to be admired. Inspired by the Ballerina Ultima, the tallest heel ever created by Louboutin, the 30 colors in three different categories Pops, Nudes and Noirs come in beautifully crafted bottles. What I love most is that the dramatic 8-inch stiletto cap makes nail painting an artistic experience!

It's tempting to get more than a few of these gorgeous colours, especially the classic Louboutin Red, but I had to keep in mind that these have been deemed the most expensive nail polish ever created. I was hesitant to take the plunge but recently picked up two nude colours (Tutulle and Madame Est Nue) - one as a gift to a friend and one for myself.

Product Review: I found the formula to be comparable to the high quality of the Deborah Lippman and Marc Jacobs line - smooth, fast drying, and no air bubbles provided you don't put on too thick of a coat. I also love the high shine finish, which means no top coat necessary. Is it worth the price tag? I would say it depends on how you look at it. As a collector's item, it's a beautiful piece of "art" to be displayed and treasured. As a nail polish, you can get similar colours and quality at less than half the price if you're just looking for a new colour for your weekend manicure.

Available at Holt Renfrew ($58) in Canada, Sephora and Nordstrom ($50) in the US.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

5 years of Blogging

Red Nail Polish: Marc Jacobs 

Beauty Favourites: Deborah Lippmann, Chanel, YSL, LACC Beauty

Lavender Top: Three of Something

I'll be the first to admit that I had no idea what I was doing when I first started blogging in 2009, and I never thought I would still be writing 5 years later. Having always joked about having a "closet full of nothing", I decided to use it as the name of the blog and start sharing my passion for all things fashion in this new medium. I can't emphasize enough how great a creative outlet it is and I've really enjoyed this unique opportunity to meet and work with amazing people behind great brands in the fashion and beauty industry. With the blog now covering not only fashion and personal style, but also beauty, lifestyle and travel experiences, I love that I can share more of my passions and introduce some great brands I'm lucky to work with. And who knows, maybe post-MBA I'll be able to combine my passion for business and fashion in my career choice.

I'm incredibly grateful to everyone who has read the blog, followed me on Instragram and supported me throughout the years. It's so rewarding to know that my posts, whether on the blog or on Instagram, can play a small part in brightening up someone's day and inspiring them in some way. As a first year MBA student who is about to be buried under finance, accounting, statistics and strategy course-load this semester, it will be hard to find time to blog frequently. But at the same time, this creative outlet is more valuable than ever to my well-being! On those long school days, I'll remember what I've always believed in: dream big, work hard and soon all the dots will connect.