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Two to try from Make Up For Ever and Smashbox
It's been a while since I last came across any makeup bits that had me doing mental cartwheels— save for the discovery of my now-favourite liquid lipstick— but these two have recently earned themselves favourite status, so I figured it was time to show and tell. Who knows, maybe one of these (or let's be real, both) will end up on your must-have lists as well... here goes.

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation— This is the most interesting foundation I've tried in a long time; the consistency truly is water-like, but the coverage is anything but. It glides on and easily blends into the skin for a nice sheer, but totally buildable coverage, and it has a dewy finish that wears really well throughout the day. Oh, and did I mention that it's formulated to hydrate and improve your skin's elasticity? Yeah, true story. It's what I've been reaching for most days, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. Also of note, this foundation is suitable for all skin types and is available in 20 shades for $54 CAD a pop. All in all, totally worth a try if you're feeling spendy.

Smashbox Indecent Exposure Mascara— If you're a fan of long, fluttery lashes, look no further than this one from Smashbox ($28 CAD). The effect this slim brush gives is ridiculous, and I'm always amazed by how long my lashes look after applying it, but if you're after volume, this one might not be for you— just a heads up. Another thing to be aware of is that the wand handle is velvet (random, I know), so if that texture gives you the no feeling then this mascara is also probably a no-go. Otherwise, I say it's infinitely worth a try (*hundred per cent emoji*). xx


Photo by Adventures in Fashion

Current Makeup Favourites

Thursday, September 22, 2016
H&M fall style
Jumpsuit + faux suede jacket c/o H&M | sunnies- Celine | bag- Chloe 'Faye' | flats- Aquazzura | necklace c/o Maria Black
H&M fall style
Chloe
Attention Canadian fashion enthusiasts: The Kit just dropped their style and beauty magazine— Compact— nationally, and to celebrate, they partnered with H&M across the country to party down. From east to west, major Canadian cities are now being represented in the glossy, including Edmonton, whose monthly contributors include Sandy from The Pretty Secrets, Alyssa from Ordinary People and yours truly. So last week we all put our shopping-party shoes on and donned our finest from H&M's latest collection to celebrate The Kit Compact's launch in style. This is what I wore.
H&M fall style
H&M fall style
{ Currently *obsessed* with this faux suede jacket from H&M's fall offerings— I've worn it more times than I care to admit! }
H&M fall style
H&M fall style
If you want to check out The Kit Compact (because really, why wouldn't you?!), you can read their September issue here, and if you're interested in picking up a free copy of your own, here's a guide for tracking one down in your city... Happy reading! xx 
H&M fall style
H&M fall style
Photos by Anton Atienza

H&M x The Kit Compact

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Festival Season: Folk Fest
Look 1: Jacket- Zara | tank- Forever 21 | jeans c/o Topshop | booties- Zara | bag- vintage | sunnies- Ray-Ban c/o Shopbop | necklace c/o Maria Black
Festival Season: Folk Fest
Festival Season: Folk Fest
Festival Season: Folk Fest
Festival Season: Folk Fest
One of my favourite festivals to check out each season is the Edmonton Folk Music Festival— it's always a great combination of amazing music and people watching, all while bumping into practically everyone you know in the city. It's pretty much the greatest. This year I went with my boo Anton, and we had no shortage of fun together... don't let that sassy pout of his below fool you, we were all giggles all weekend long!
Festival Season: Folk Fest
Festival Season: Folk Fest
Passenger (above) was one of my favourite acts to catch this year, along with Kaleo and The Tallest Man On Earth— so. damn. good.
Festival Season: Folk Fest
Festival Season: Folk Fest
Festival Season: Folk Fest
{ The Tallest Man On Earth's Kristian Matsson killing it on stage }
Festival Season: Folk Fest
Look 2: Bodysuit, jeans + belt- Forever 21 | sneakers c/o DKNY (current collection) | sunnies- Ray-Ban | backpack- Milly c/o Shopbop (new version)

Anton and I kept it pretty casual all weekend long, opting for lots of denim, breezy tops and comfy footwear— we were all about comfort this year, which probably factored into why we had such a great time. After all, there's nothing worse than being uncomfortable during a festival, ammiright?  Now let's just hope we have the good sense to remember that again next year... xx
Festival Season: Folk Fest
Photos by Team AiF

Festival Season

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Vogue VIP subscription service
Vogue Magazine enthusiasts rejoice— there's a new subscription service on the block, and this one is every bit as fabulous as the magazine itself... and exclusive. I mean come on, it is Vogue we're talking about here. Would you expect anything less? 
Vogue VIP subscription service
The membership comes with a year-long subscription to the fashion tome, plus a ridiculous amount of extras— the welcome box itself is worth an Instagram (#VogueVIP, if you please), and comes complete with copies of the September and 2015 Met Gala issues,  a limited-edition Clare V. clutch (ummm, hello!), special partner offers from Rent the Runway, Dry Bar and FarFetch, and even a hand-written note from Anna Wintour herself. Yeah, it's pretty damn awesome. Oh, and did I mention that it includes a six-month subscription for one lucky friend? Get ready to become real popular.
Vogue VIP subscription service
If you're as big of a Vogue addict as I am, be sure to snag a Vogue VIP membership of your own—  the clutch itself is worth it alone! xx
Vogue VIP subscription service
Photos by Team AiF

#VogueVIP

Friday, September 9, 2016
Velvet for Fall
Velvet tank- Zara (recent) | jeans- Forever 21 | satin bomber jacket- Topshop | bag- A.P.C. (similar) | sunnies- Celine | booties- Sigerson Morrison c/o Shopbop (more options) | necklace c/o Maria Black
Velvet for Fall
Velvet for Fall
Velvet for Fall
Velvet for Fall
One of the hottest trends for fall is undoubtedly velvet, with no shortage of tops, dresses and jackets to choose from hitting stores in the most delicious of colour palates... and you know what? I'm a very, very happy girl. Any excuse to wear the fabric is fine by me, partially because it reminds me of being a kid in the 90s, but also because there's nothing more satisfying to touch than velvet. And although this season's influences seem to be a little more Renaissance than Married With Children, what with all the bell sleeves, ruffles and full-length silhouettes out there, I'm still a fan... so you can imagine my delight when I came across this beauty of a tank at Zara recently. It's the perfect transitional piece because you can throw it on and go during warm-weather days (yes, we still have those), but the texture really lends itself to layering under cozy knits and jackets when things cool down a bit. Either way, the key word with this piece (and the fabric itself, really) is versatility... Long live velvet! xx


Photos by Anton Atienza

Velvet Crush

Thursday, September 8, 2016