Forty

Happy Birthday to Me
Happy Birthday to Me
Happy Birthday dear Old Bat
Happy Birthday to Me!!!

If you hadn’t guessed, today is my birthday ūüôā
This post is Outfit #1 of Birthday Weekend shenanigans.

I went out for dinner last night with a few close people, and it was so lovely.
So many laughs, great food and good drinks!
Exactly what all birthdays should be made of.

I’ve been going on a bit of a spending binge lately (WHOOPS!), but on super random things…so when I paid my credit card balance I told myself, “NO MORE”.

And then I walked through Hudson’s Bay and saw this GORGEOUS Steve Madden bag, and that notion went right out the window.

It’s the epitome of boho chic. ¬†It’s got the textured leather, the fringe tassel, an incredible soft suede interior, AND to put the cherry on top of the already incredibly delicious cake – it has a beautifully embroidered guitar inspired shoulder strap.

WHAT!

#SorryNotSorry Louis, but I’ve begun an affair with Steve.¬†

To keep the boho vibe of the bag intact, and ensuring it remained the star of the show, I complemented it with an all black ensemble and just a pop of colour with my shoes.  

Dress from HM
Blazer from Dynamite
Shoes from Winners

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A better look at the makeup look I created to go hand in hand with the outfit.  Details on products used below:

Base:
Primed with Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Covered with MAC Studio Finish Concealer Duo in NW20/NC25
Set with bareMinerals Original SPF 25 mineral veil
Dusted with Rimmel Natural Bronzer in 022 Sun Bronze

Eyes:
Primed with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Minor Sin

Shadows are –
E.L.F. Cosmetics in Mad for Matte palette
Sephora Colorful Matte in My Dear Nude
Sephora Colorful Shimmer in Sweet Dreams
Lined with Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Mad Max Brown

Brows:
Filled with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil in Medium Brown

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I don’t know if any of you out there believe in the paranormal, orbs or anything like that … but I included the photo below (awkward as it is) because it has an orb right above my heart! ‚̧

Call me crazy, but I definitely believe in that “hullabaloo”, and found it comforting to think that one of my deceased loved ones had come to share my birthday with me ūüôā¬†

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Have a fabulous weekend lovelies!

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Thirty Four

Well hellooooooo.
I found a new love, and it’s not fashion.

This is why I have been MIA. ¬†I’ve been thinking about climbing, learning about climbing, and doing the climbing. ¬†It’s been amazing.

Actually, this whole year has been pretty incredible so far, but particularly these last few months. ¬†I am learning SO much about myself, and I am just feeling so much more comfortable from every angle that I scope. ¬†I’ve been discovering the authenticity that’s been hiding within all this time; it’s incredibly liberating. ¬†The genuine happiness and care-free frolicking that follows is unmatched.

I am of the Earth element, and I am finding out that I am absolutely an Earth-bound soul.  I love to experience everything about the literal Earth that surrounds me.  Naturally, it only makes sense that hanging off a wall with my hands covered in chalk just feels like home.

Everything about climbing just feels like home. ¬†It really nurses the gypsy heart that beats within my chest. ¬†I am fast finding out¬†just how wonderful, supportive and welcoming the climbing community is. ¬†It’s packed full of good people; my kinda people.

I am so excited for this next adventure in my life, so I apologize now for the inevitable increase in flightiness and absence. ¬†But as they say, you gotta follow your heart. ūüėČ

Now, on that note – I did stumble upon (rather randomly) something that I’ve been struggling with basically since puberty. ¬† That “tousled-beach-wave” look. ¬†SERIOUSLY. ¬†Why does the undone look take SO MUCH DOING?!

If you, too, have struggled with this – please appreciate my 11 Step instructions below (profanities are a free bonus…you’ll know what I mean).

11 Steps to Perfectly Undone Hair
Step 1: Wash hair at night, as you normally would.
Step 2: Towel dry hair, shake to release.  DO NOT BRUSH.
Step 3: Go to bed.
Step 4: Wake up in morning, tousle with fingers. (AGAIN) DO NOT BRUSH.
Step 5: Go about your daily business (we’ll refine your “undone” look later).
Step 6: In evening, run fingers through matted hair to ‘brush’ … (good luck)
Step 7: Plug in flat iron.  Heat to desired setting.
Step 8: Grab random chunks of hair in no particular pattern.  Run through flat iron in curling motion at fairly quick pace.
Step 9: Leave random strands that escape flat iron’s grip. ¬†Leave random strands that refuse to curl like the others. Leave random globs of hair that have matted together. ¬†They’ll be hidden. ¬†JUST TWIST ONCE AND GO WITH IT.
Step 10: Shake the shit out of it.  Crop-dust with hairspray and scrunch.
Step 11: Leave house because you look fabulously “undone”.

Et, VOILA! Magnificent!

You’re welcome.

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Outfit Details
TopHM Coachella Collection (2016)
Fringe DusterStitches
JeansArdene (I KNOW)
ShoesWinners (#FabFind)
GlassesTahari (Winners – #FabFind)

Twenty Five

Any ladies out there with itty bitty legs like me?

Ever find yourself checkin’ them luscious gams in the mirror, but think: WHY CAN’T YOU JUST BE A COUPLE INCHES LONGER?!

Have no fear, I have a solution for you – one that doesn’t involve a wheelchair and extensive rehab for months (I’m looking at you, leg extension surgery).

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Pumps!

Look for a pair that has a pointed toe.  The narrowing lines of the point will elongate your beautiful legs, boosting your height (sort of) Рand your confidence.

** Extra length if you buy the pumps in nude!

I’m always looking for ways to feel taller, because yes, I do have a complex about my height. ¬†*insert blushing emoji here*

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I saw these babies at Winners (right?!), and I LOVED everything about them. ¬†The colour obviously caught my eye first – hello, they’re cobalt blue – but the design was what really drew me to them. ¬† I’m loving the lace-up style with the sexy little cut outs.

Side note: There is a “rule” about little legs and ankle straps. ¬†That rule is to avoid them as they ‘cut off’ your leg at the ankle and therefore actually give the illusion of shorter legs. ¬†Let’s just avoid that rule for now. ¬†It doesn’t always apply.¬†

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I decided to play around with things since my usual go to is very black, or very white.

I feel like I’ve achieved “global” status with this look. ¬†

Global…get it?

You know, green/blue/tan? Earth colou…….. nevermind. ¬†I’ll just see myself out…

 

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I paired these blue suede beauties with my favourite jade pants (Urban Behavior), and this AH-MAZING faux fur coat (H&M). ¬†Honestly, this jacket makes me feel so thug…but like, Beyonce thug. ¬†Is that even categorically correct?

MY POINT IS, I feel so badass/Queen-like in this piece (also, very warm so very practical).

If you don’t already own a ridiculous(ly awesome) jacket like this, you should definitely invest in one. ¬†You’ll cherish it and BONUS: if you’re socially awkward quiet like I am, it’s a GREAT conversation starter. ¬†People will be asking if they can pet you, left – right – and – centre.

It’s not that creepy, I swear.

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If it does start to get overly weird, then you’ll look fabulous as you run the opposite direction. ¬†I recommend practicing the running if you’ll be wearing your blue suede shoes.

This post got kind of weird.  Sorry.

(Not sorry)

For a 4 inch heel, these shoes are actually quite comfortable.  Especially for naps mid-shoot (see below).

Ladies, don’t be afraid of heel height. ¬†It all depends on the style of the shoe. ¬†If the shoe supports you in all the right areas, then the height of the heel won’t be so intimidating.

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Now that you know what to look for — Happy shopping! ūüôā ‚̧

 

Bonus Material

If you REALLY want to feel small and insignificant, take a journey into the mountains.  Every so often I need that escape, and I had the privilege this past weekend.

To remind me to stay humble, and to remind me that my troubles really are non-existent in the grander scheme. ¬† ¬†The fresh mountain air also does wonders for a soul. ¬†I swear, it’s truly magic at work…like some kinda Harry Potter sorcery. ¬†Ya feel me?

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