Monday, April 30, 2012

OOTD - Tweed and Metallic

I was on ShopBop the other week and I saw this Free People motorcycle style tweed jacket and knew I had to have it. It has an edgy motorcycle cut but still gives off a lady-like feel due to the boucle fabric. I was at work so couldn't purchase it and by the time I got home it had sold out.. Then last week, while on my lunch break, I went to my local The Bay department store to buy Top Shop tights and saw that they now carry Free People. I walked over to that section and spotted THE JACKET. Yep, the coveted jacket that had sold out on me! Well, it is at home with me now and it made a debut this weekend. Yay! It had a cropped back and while the tweed makes up most of the jacket, the sleeves are made of comfortable knitted cotton. It's light weight yet it keeps me warm in the odd in-between weather that is Vancouver.'s.  Anyways, I hope you enjoy these shots and please excuse the rear end shots. I only posted them to show the cropped back and different material between the body and the sleeves. Happy Monday! 
Ahhhh...scuffed my Jimmy's. :(
Tee - Vince // Jacket - Free People (similar styles here and here)
Jeans - J Brand (similar here) // Bag - Chanel // Shoes - Jimmy Choo silver flats
Accessories - on my left arm: two DIY bracelets and Social Experiment cocktail ring; on my right arm: handmade braided and gold chain bracelet by Deezdogg 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Peek-a-boo on Top

Happy Saturday everyone! :)
I am missing the sun in Vancouver. The last time we had warm weather was over two weeks ago. I am sadden to have to pull out fall/winter sweaters for late April. As mentioned on my Twitter account, this weekend is the special money back event at Holt Renfrew. This is the time of year where I stock up on all of my staple items (anything from basic tees to skincare and cosmetics). Speaking of skincare, some of you have been asking me what I use so I will write on this topic next week.

On a very positive note, I am happy (with extreme enthusiasm) to announce that I have FINALLY found a Celine store in the universe to send me a Celine Mini Phantom. For those of you that are still looking, contact the Celine Store in Shinsegae Kangnam in Seoul, Korea at 1-3479-1988 immediately. They take credit card and will send you photos, etc. Don't get your hopes up for your colour of choice though. Good luck and let me know how it works out for you.
My bf calls this top the "Nun" top. I like this top for its comfort level and it's got a girly built-in bib. What not to like about that?

Top - Marc by Marc Jacobs // Cardigan - Line knitwear with crochet back
Jeans - Rich & Skinny // Belt - Talula Babaton
Bag - Chanel // Shoes - Zara ankle strap wedge
Accessories -  Social Experiment ring, DIY crystal with leather strap bracelet, Links of London pink friendship bracelet and Blee Inara evil eye beaded bracelet. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

NOTD - Carven S/S 2012 Runway Inspired Nail Art

I have been eye-ing this Carven collection for quite some time now. It would be a shame not to at least re-create it! I was going to apply actual crystal gem but I ran out of the clear ones so have opted for glitter clear lacquer instead. The red and beige stripes look a bit Easter so I decided to keep it simple and do it on the one finger only. What do you think of the end result?
Base & Top coat - Sephora by OPI
Base colour - Sephora by OPI in Neutral Beauty
Stripes - Sephora by OPI in Pushing Your Luck (fire engine red) and Sally Hansen in Midnight Navy (dark blue/almost black).
Glitter - Anna Sui in #240.
Nail art brush for drawing. I used a 0.5 mm tip.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April 2012 BirchBox

This is my third BirchBox so far, and I am still loving the subscription.  Not sure if you are aware but I have a huge cosmetic stash but that does nott stop me from collecting more. For $10 per box, it’s totally worth the price.  You get interesting samples and sometimes, full size products and there's an element of surprise which adds to the fun. What's in others' box may be completely different from your's.

This month’s theme: Natural Wonders.
In my box: Harvey Prince Yogini perfume sample vial - this is some sort of spray that will help you relax and keep calm. This smell of sandalwood and I find that scent a little overpowering. // Juice Beauty Oil-free Moisturizer (5 ml) - organic fruit-based hydrator that won't clog pores. I will give this a try on my next vacation since it's a good size to take on a short trip and is airplane friendly. // WEI Black Soy Instant Lifting Face Treatment (1 treatment mask worth $11) I don't think I need any "lifting" treatment for my age right now, I will give it to my mom to try. // Zoya True Spring Collection in Bevin (7.5 ml , about $4) - very excited to try this colour which is a blue-gray. // MicrodermaMitt Face Mitt (full size, worth $28.50) - a natural silk mitt that gently exfoliates away dead skin cells and pore-clogging debris. This product, I am extremely excited to try. In fact, I will use it tonight! 

In my experience, I have always received at least one full size product that is worth more than the $10 I pay. So BirchBox has really worked out for me. Yes, you can get free samples in department stores but a lot of the time, it's a packet sample. And if you want deluxe samples, you either have to spend a minimum amount or save up points to redeem. 

Do you have a BirchBox subscription? What is in your box?
My previous 2012 BirchBox:
March Regular box
March TeenVogue box

Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring Giveaway Winners

Thanks everyone who has joined, tweeted and blogged about my Spring giveaway. Unfortunately, it has come to an end but worry not, since I have received such positive feedbacks, I will continue to have a giveaway every couple of months. 

So the winners are as follow:

  • Grand Prize: Maggie Liu
  • Second Prize: Lisa Shears
  • Third Prize: Brooke S. (SayAnythingBrooke)
All of you have been notified via the email address you have provided. Please respond to me within 48 hours with your complete contact info so I may send the package to you. Do keep in touch and let me know how you are enjoying your products. 

Thanks again to everyone who has participated. I appreciate your comments and support. I hope it had been as much fun for all of you as it had been for me. Stay tuned for the next giveaway.

XO, Jacquie

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weekend Wear ~ Black & White with hints of colours

I have not been blogging much this week due to tax season and a hectic work schedule. On a positive note, I am very excited that I can finally pick the three winners for my giveaway tomorrow, so stay tuned for an email from me if one of those three happens to be you.
PS. Did you notice the blue tux collar on Georges (my little black Frenchie)? :D


Dress - Theory (I am in love with this dress.) // Cardigan - Marc Jacobs   
Sunglasses - Marc by Marc Jacobs // Belt - Talula Babaton // Bag - Chanel  
Tights - Top Shop // Shoes - Ferragamo ballet flats
Jewels - Left: 2 purple knotted chunky chain bracelets from DeezDogg (Thanks Dezzie for sending me these! Check out her Etsy store here.) // pink rope bracelet with gold anchor from OhMyHeart // chunky gold chain bracelet with yellow opal is a DIY I made yesterday             Right: chunky antique gold chain charm bracelet is another DIY I made yesterday // turquoise beaded kabbalah bracelet and red threaded evil eye kabbalah bracelet from MouleNails - Coco Blue by Chanel.


Top - Talula Babaton silk round neck top (This one is from last year but they make an appearance every seasons. So if you missed this one, they have it in different colours this Spring.) 
Jewels - Left: Miss Dior watch by Christian Dior // purple knotted chunky chain bracelets from DeezDogg // pink rope bracelet with gold anchor from OhMyHeart 
Right: chunky gold chain bracelet with yellow opal and chunky antique gold chain charm bracelet are DIY I made in the afternoon.
Makeup - Smoky eyes using all Chanel products: Stylo long lasting eye liner in black shimmer, brush #15 to smudge and soften the liner, Les 4 Ombres eye shadow quad in Enigma to blend to crease, finish with Inimitable Intense mascara to add volume and length to lashes.
Lips - Chanel Rough Coco Shine in #55 Romance.
Nails - Coco Blue by Chanel.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

NOTD - Pantone Tangerine Tango Nail Art

Hands: Sephora + Pantone Universe Nail Enamel Set Tangerine Tango - Creamy finish on all except the ring fingers; glitter finish on the ring fingers. To create the leopard print, I used Sally Hansen in Midnight navy to draw the outlines and filled the outlines with OPI in Skulls & Glossbones.

Feet: Sephora Nail Colour in Vivid Metallic (inspired by Tangerine Tango) with Hello Kitty Liquid Nail Art in Gold Sparkle over top.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Puppy Love

I couldn't resist this photo of Georges (my Frenchie) meeting Belle, a fawn Frenchie, at the park. Muah!

Weekend in Seattle - Wearing Missoni Cardigan

Pioneer Square
Olympic Sculpture Park in Belltown

Space Needle from Belltown.
Picking out agate stones for my next DIY jewelry project. 

James Perse long sleeve tee // Missoni for Target cardigan
Rich & Skinny Jeans // Remi & Reid Belt c/o Violet Hill Boutique
Vintage necklace // Dior Miss Dior watch // Links of London and kabbalah bracelets 
Louis Vuitton bag (last seen here) // Dolce & Gabbana pumps (last seen here)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Wearing Now ~ Leopard Print & Tweed for Cats

My friends and I saw Cats Musical at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver the other evening. Dorothy and I wanted to have a full on experience so we had whiskers painted on our faces. As for the show itself, I have heard many reviews on Cats and have read that it is one of the longest running broadway show, so presumably thought it was going to be a good show. While my friends and I were excited going to the show, we left confused and a little dissapointed. The only song that we knew was Memory (we used to sing it in Highschool choir class) which was very well done but the rest of the songs were slow and dry. I had a difficult time following and staying awake, especially after 8+ hours in the office. As for the dancing, other than the Elvis cat hip turning Shakira-style dance move in the second act, the rest of the dancing was mediocre at best. 
L-R: Me, Liz, Dorothy, Jena
Dorothy and I playing cats.
 Calvin Klein sheer undershirt // Talula Babaton silk blouse // Vince sweater vest 
Zara studded tweed skirt (new) // Ralph Lauren leopard mary-janes
Nordstrom necklace // DIY bracelets // Chanel J12 watch
Too busy to change my bag so it's still the Miu Miu Bow bag with Marni for H and M scarf

Don't forget to enter my giveaway here

Thursday, April 12, 2012

NOTD - Cherry Blossom DIY Nail Art

Happy April! To celebrate cherry blossom in full bloom in Vancouver, I have re-create a couple of small twigs on my nails.
Base colour - Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Mauve It // For the twigs - Sephora by OPI in Happy Earth Day To Me // For the cherry blossom flowers - Sephora by OPI in A True Romantic (light pink) and Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in #375 Stiletto Red // Finish off with optional clear crystal.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway here
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