Sunday, October 19, 2014

OPI Polished Quartz Designer Series - Swatches & Review

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This year's Designer Series collection features two gorgeous gems: DS Tourmaline and DS Titanium. As always with Designer Series shades, the more sparkle, the better! This collection features a 3D glitter effect that dries semi-matte for a "diamond in the rough" kind of look. I really miss the old holographic shades that once made up the DS collection, but these glitters are still very pretty. 

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DS Titanium | This is a blue-toned pewter that is made up of a sheer grey base with large iridescent glitter and signature diamond dust. I like this one, but I think opacity could have been a little better. This was already 3 coats and I can see some bald spots here and there. However, Titanium is still a great shade and I'm wondering if it would look better over a black creme base!

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DS Tourmaline | My favourite of the two, I fell in love with the way the light hit this shade! This is a bright pink jelly with iridescent glitter and diamond dust. The glitter was not as chunky in this one and everything just looks smoother than Titanium. I am still not a huge fan of the jelly base and wish it were creme, but I think a third coat would do the trick. 

Pros:
 - Great base colours
 - Very sparkly

Cons:
 - Jelly base too sheer
 - Glitter chunky/rough on nail

What do you guys think of jelly finishes?

Thanks for reading,

Mandy
xoxo

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Negative Space Nail Art at Kye NYFW SS15

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Sally Hansen | Black Out, White On
Essie | Topless and Barefoot

Negative space is all the rage, as seen on the runways of this year's New York Fashion Week. I always look forward to seeing the nail art that designers use for their shows. New York Fashion Week has become a great forecasting event for trends both in fashion as well as nail art. 

The nail art at Kye's Spring/Summer 2015 show was the inspiration behind today's post because I thought it was so unique and edgy. They combined geometric minimalism and negative space to produce an interesting mix-and-match manicure. 

This design was surprisingly easy to recreate and just required a few simple tools. I used striping tape and black, white, and nude polish to get the sharpness of the lines.  I highly recommend checking out this fabulous tutorial by SoNailicious.

Thanks for reading,

Mandy
xoxo

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sporty Girl

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Top: Aritzia | Skirt: H&M | Sneakers: Nike | Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

There's something cool about wearing sport-inspired fashion. I've been delving deeper into the trend  ever since I invested in some cool sneakers. Previewing the Alexander Wang x H&M collection confirms my theory that the fashion of sport is the hot new thing. As always, when trying out any trend subtlety is key so I chose to break up this edgier athletic look with a few feminine touches. 

I paired this simple cropped sweatshirt with an asymmetric skirt to play up the sharp angles and lines. Keeping accessories to a minimum, I stuck with my go-to Marc by Marc Jacobs Mini Blade watch and Nike Free Run 5.0's. 

Playing with different trends gets me to be more daring with what I wear, which makes fashion that much more exciting!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Something Different

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I never thought I would be a sneaker girl, but Nike has successfully converted me. I've been following the sporty look ever since it hit the fashion scene, but just recently mustered up the courage to try it myself. Nike Free Runs have been influencing men and women's fashion for a few years now, with their signature logo and sharp colour combinations. I decided to invest in a pair of 2013 Free Run 5.0's, which I have to say was one of my better decisions. Not only are they trendy, but more importantly, they are also extremely comfortable. There have been days that I have forgone heels for these sneakers because I can now combine fashion AND function in one. They make commuting to and from campus just a little more bearable. 

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Top: Forever 21 | Skirt: Topshop | Sneakers: Nike | Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Thanks for reading,

Mandy
xoxo

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Trench Coats x Bow River

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What I love about fall is the ability to transition into the cold weather by mixing dark, rich hues with light layers. My colour palette lately has been all about the neutrals ranging from grey to tan to off-white. Before the start of the semester, I went down to the Bow River in Calgary with a good friend to capture this fall-inspired look. Oscar is an amazing photographer and I encourage you to take a look at his VSCO profile and Instagram (@odonor).

Trench coats are one of my favourite outerwear pieces for their timeless class and flowing silhouette. Worn open or tied, the trench coat is practical for the cooler fall days. Even better if it's made of water-resistant material. Of course, to own one of Burberry's classic trenches would be a dream come true.. but for the more cost-conscious fashionista, I found this trench from Zara for a very reasonable price. Not only do I love how the fabric flows, but the leopard print lining just adds unique detailing. What on earth would we do without Zara? 

Thursday, October 02, 2014

OPI Peanuts for Halloween 2014 - Swatches & Review

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I can't believe it's already October! I just love the rich hues and textures associated with fall fashion and nail trends. OPI has come out with an adorable Halloween collection in collaboration with Peanuts. I'm sure everyone has grown up watching Peanuts at some point in their life and would probably remember the holiday episodes. 

There are a total of four shades in the Peanuts 2014 collection - two cremes and two coordinating glitters. Today, I'll be sharing Good Grief! and Where's My Blanket??? with you. This was a very innovative collection for OPI and I love how they are never afraid to try new things. 

Keep reading after the jump!