For The Love of Comfort

July 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

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I seriously can never get over how comfortable Brandy Melville’s clothes are, especially their dresses! If I could have it my way, I’d probably be wearing their dresses everyday, in any which shade of color–they’re THAT comfortable. I’ve waited for a while for the Toronto store opening, having talked about it endlessly to my friends after discovering it in LA. This was the most recent dress that I picked up in the Toronto location on Queen Street West, which I really would recommend to people checking out the location there; the store is very spacious! This dark blue cotton dress (for the lack of a better description, I call it my potato sack) is just so great for those lazy days. Whether I’m out running an errand or just lounging around home, this dress is made for comfort. I also notice that Brandy Melville’s dresses have this kind of heaviness, and maybe for that reason, they keep me quite warm even in chillier weather.

While I do love wearing it for low-key activities, I would most definitely not underestimate its versatility. When I am going out for dinners or evening’s out, I can easily dress it up by wearing a brown belt, booties and jewelry!

In this outfit:
dress // Brandy Melville
booties // H&M

Hope you enjoyed this! Leave a comment if you have any favorite/super comfortable dresses that you love at the moment :)

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-Mich

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

July 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

A few days ago we got nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! We are so honored and can’t thank our nominators, Kelsey of kelseyrexroad8494.wordpress.com and Cecily of cecilylovesbeauty.wordpress.com, enough! We started this blog a little more than a year and a half ago and we’re very proud of what we’ve created. Not only do we get to tap into our creative side, but this is a project that we have so much fun doing!

Rules:

  • Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you
  • List the rules and display the award
  • Share seven facts about yourself (since we’re a team of two, we decided to share eight facts, four from each!)
  • Nominate other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated
  • Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you

Facts:

Since we’re a team of two, we decided to split the fun facts and share with you 4 from each!

1. I am currently obsessed with the new Ed Sheeran CD, X. -M

2. For the month of July, I haven’t been in one time zone for more than a week at a time -N

3. I have a weird desire to use the semicolon whenever I can through any written form of communication; semicolons are cool. -M

4. I’m beyond excited for the release of the H&M x Alexander Wang collection. I’ll definitely be there bright and early! -N

5. The last concert I went to was on Wednesday, to see Run River North. The next concert I want to go to is Bastille’s (crossing fingers!) -M

6. I’ve dressed up as Voldemort for a Harry Potter midnight premier. Yea, I was one of those HP fans… -N

7. Brunch is my favorite meal of the day, hands down. – M

8. My biggest weakness is adorable packaging. Especially things that come in mini sizes! Sephora, I’m looking at you! -N

Nominations:

1. Kelsey // kelseyrexroad8494.wordpress.com

2.  Cecily // cecilylovesbeauty.wordpress.com

3. Alice // scandalice.com

4. Gemma // regallyblonde.com

5. Samantha // littlebeautybuddha.wordpress.com

6. Julia // julialinn.com

7. Carina // softly.nothingspaces.com

8. Lesli & Jacki // sistasfromcali.com

 

From Work to Play

July 24, 2014 § 5 Comments

One of the biggest challenges I faced early on as a working professional was maintaining a closet for both work and play. The term “business casual” might make a lot of us blanch and think of monotonous outfits and dreary closets, but in fact, it can still represent your personal style and taste. Nowadays, when I go shopping, I look at pieces and think of how they can transition from day to night. That way, I don’t have to maintain two separate closets! And on another note, I wouldn’t want to run into any clients or co-workers outside of work dressed like a whole different person!imageMy biggest tip is to invest in blazers that are sleek and professional. More often than not, I’ll be wearing a dress or skirt and blouse combo that I would wear for any occasion, and then layer the outfit with a blazer to pull it together into a professional attire. My blazer I have on the left is a loose light-weight blazer from Bershka (I loved this store – wish they had it in the states!) and the transitional piece is a bright blue dress from Zara. Don’t be afraid to wear bright colors to work; you can easily tone it down with other neutral pieces.

Another important tip to maintaining the work to play is that you need a good pair of work shoes! I like to stick to simple shoes that are acceptable in any environment. As much as I would like to wear strappy sandals, it’s important to dress like you can meet client/work expectations with professionalism and care. My favorite brands for work shoes are Calvin Klein and Cole Haan.

What are some of your guidelines to dressing business casual? I’d love to pick up some new tricks and tips!

-Natsumi

 

current face

July 22, 2014 § 2 Comments

I’m a creature of habit. Once I find a routine, I like to stick to it. My face is no exception. It’s been a while since I shared with you my everyday beauty products, and I think it’s about time. imageMost of the items I use are pretty different from my last beauty routine (click here to see what I mean), but I’ve been using this combination for a while now. I can confidently say that these are my go-to beauty items and I would recommend them to anyone. imageFace:
Benefit the POREfessional – No need to try anything else. I’ve found my holy grail primer right here.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – Light and easy to use with my beauty blender. Perfect for work.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer – Pick me up on those days I don’t get the full 8 hours of sleep I’d like (most days).
Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer – Smells good. Looks good. And the cute/soft brush doesn’t hurt :)
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – Day or night, this makes your make-up LAST.

Eyes/Brow:
Eyelash Curler – As weird of a contraption as it looks, it does the job marvelously.
MAC Pfloof! Eyeshadow – Just a dab in the inner corner to brighten those tired eyes.
Little Witch Fiber Mascara – This asian mascara is AMAHzing. The fibers make my lashes longer and the best part, it doesn’t smudge! I just recommend you don’t sleep without taking it off, or else it’ll look like you have some spider legs all over your face…
Dior Brow Pencil – Classic.
Benefit Gimme Brow Gel – Fills the gaps that desperately need to be filled.

imageIsn’t simplicity sometimes the best? Especially if you only have 20 minutes to get out the door in the morning because you spent an hour past your alarm snoozing every ten minutes!

Are any of you guys a fan of these products like me???

- Natsumi

 

Athletic Allure

July 20, 2014 § 4 Comments

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One of the latest trends I’ve noticed this year is the “Athletic Allure” style, which is basically a mixture of traditional workout pieces into your every day outfit. Whether its including your workout jeggings or running shoes, I’m definitely loving the look. To me, it means casual comfort with a stylish twist! In my outfit pictured above, I paired a casual black tank with jeans and my Nike training shoes. It made walking around the city comfortable and the shoes were not worn for the sole purpose of hitting the gym.

The Nike Free Runs is another popular go-to shoe option that I have been keeping my eyes on. I’m really hoping to get a pair soon, preferably in black! I’ve seen people pair the shoes up with their outfits and they look totally awesome!

Have any of you been noticing this trend or have others that you’d like to share? If so, be sure to leave a comment! :)

-Mich

The Beach Life

July 17, 2014 § 1 Comment

Since starting work full time, I’ve become utterly grateful for any time spent at home with my family. Getting to relax by beautiful beaches definitely doesn’t hurt either, of course :) It also provides plenty of photo opportunities!
imageUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Zara has been holding their  highly dangerous semi-annual sale the past few weeks. One of my favorite finds are these dresses that look like a crossover between a t-shirt dress and a baby doll dress.
imageimageJust in line with my usual habits, I bought this style in multiple colors. It’s so easy and stylish, I couldn’t resist!

Right now I’m in Virginia, and despite the rain and hot humidity, it’s absolutely beautiful. I’ll be updating later on this blog, so keep an eye out for it!

Have you guys checked out the amazing Zara sale?! I’d love to hear about your favorite finds!

- Natsumi

Distillery District Love

July 15, 2014 § 2 Comments

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The other day me and my friends went to check out the Distillery District in Downtown Toronto. I have been here once before, two summers ago, but only in the morning. I was curious to see if the evening scene was any different.
For those of you who haven’t been, I would describe the Distillery District as a eclectic little hideaway from the city. Not quite near a subway station stop, you have to take a streetcar transfer to arrive at this historic site. There, you’ll find little shops selling crafts and unique clothes along with bars and restaurants.

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We had a nice walk around the area. They had a wall of love locks, like the one in Paris. The stores were just about closing and the restaurants were starting to get busy. We ate at a place called Pure Spirits with an outdoor lounge seating area. The only thing missing was a FIFA match playing on screen! Since the district has an outdoor atmosphere, when you look up, it’s quite amazing to see a few high-rise condominiums and the night sky above. Definitely check this place out if you’re around. A perfect Friday night spot!

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-Mich

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