H&M Fashion Against AIDS Collection Launch in Toronto

What’s guaranteed to make a rainy Toronto day better? A party at H&M, of course! Fashion Against AIDS collection launched last night at Toronto’s Queen Street H&M store, and I was super stoked to have been able to get the pieces I’ve been coveting! Among the things I bought last night was the leopard print dress (above), which I love, love, love, the leopard print raincoat (only $4!!!), a few cool tank tops, and a Missoni-inspired tank dress (only$14!!!). I really wanted to buy the zebra-print maxi dress, but unfortunately it didn’t look too flattering on my frame…but if you’ve got the body for it, it’s a must-have for the summer, and ONLY $30!!! The store was packed to the brim, and Bedouin Soundclash performed later in the evening, though I didn’t stick around to hear them play.

The whole collection is very reasonably priced, and most fabrics are natural, which is a must for me in the summer. Too bad tents, chairs, and a few other items were not available in Toronto, they would have came in super handy on my next camping trip! But the leopard print dress was there, and I snatched it up! So proud of myself…will probably wear it to next weekend’s birthday BBQ!

FAA collection is available at Toronto Queen Street location today, and 25% of sales will be donated to youth HIV/AIDS awareness projects. Cute styles, good cause – what can be better? I can think of one thing…it’d be better to get it for free, wouldn’t it? Well, last night I bought something extra, and I might just send it your way! An FAA-themed giveaway is coming soon…stay tuned.

Zara Lookbook May 2010

Seems like Zara’s May 2010 Lookbook has a lot of things that I want for spring – flowy maxi skirts, muted natural colors, fun office pants, and an easy (Miu-Miu-rip-off) romper. I don’t necessarily love that fringe poncho, but it’s certainly interesting. Did you like May’s Lookbook or is it a bit too blah for you?

Photo Credits: www.zara.com

Wishlist: Chanel Whimsy

If you know me, chances are you know that I like all things red and “heart-y”. I always end up buying quirky pieces that feature red lips, red hearts, fun shapes and prints. Lately, though, I’ve been trying to go for more grown-up jewels – something worth passing down to my kids or grandkids. But, when I saw some of these pieces over at Some Kind of Style, from Chanel Spring 2010 pre-collection and Cruise 09/10, my heart fluttered.

I still don’t know whether I love them enough to make a leap, or if I should stick to grown-up pieces…perhaps these are too fun, and maybe even designed specifically for celebutots like Shiloh and Suri? I don’t know, but they definitely caught my eye, so I thought I’d share them with you!

What do you think? Are these worth the Chanel pricetag or should I forget about it?

Photo Credits: Chanel

Vanessa Paradis for Chanel Cocoon Spring 2010

I must say, I really disliked the Lily Allen Cocoon ads last year…to style that girl as Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic character – that, to me, was blasphemous. There’s nothing Chanel or Audrey about Lilly.

Vanessa Paradis, however, is no Lilly Allen. She “screams” Chanel to me…that French je ne sais quoi that Parisian girls quite simply own – she’s definitely got it. Most people know her as Johnny Depp’s beautiful partner (in crime?), but to me, she’ll always be the “Joe le Taxi” girl! Her chic style has always been a huge inspiration to many, myself included. And I am very pleased with Karl’s choice this time around.

Love the softness of these images and the glint of naughty in her eyes in the top photo! Now if only she wasn’t holding the Cocoon bags! I never understood the appeal…to me, they are just so…ugly! Can’t find another word to say it. Not my cup of bag (let’s make this a thing!)…Do you like the bags? Vanessa? Hate the whole bloody campaign? Let me know in the comments!

Oh, and click here to watch my fave video of Vanessa, talking about falling in love with Johnny…le sigh.

Photo Credits: TFS

Spring (Beauty) Cleaning

Spring time is here, which means spring cleaning of my beauty junk. While trying to get rid of the useless and half-empty products as well as organize my favorite ones, I came to realize that so much has changed in just one year…some products I don’t use any more, some are newbies that I might grow to love and cherish, and others – oldies, but goodies are still taking up their deserved space near the sink year after year. And while, I understand that what works for me might not necessarily work for others, I thought I’d share some of my old and new favorites!

1. Dove Beauty Bar

Thanks to a recent free sample, I have rediscovered the simplicity of soap bars! I’ve always been a shower gel kind of girl, but decided to give Dove Beauty Bar a go…and I’ve been hooked ever since. This soap lathers up quite nicely, and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized even before I apply the lotion! My skin does not feel dry, and I even use it to wash my face once in a while. Once I’m done with my white bar, I think I’ll try the Go Fresh Energize bar for that boost of grapefruit scent! Plus, every Dove purchase supports Dove Self-Esteem Fund, which aspires to educate girls and women about a wider definition of beauty.

2. Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub

Blackheads! Eeek. I don’t really have a problem with those disgusting black spots, and I credit this super gentle scrub. I use it daily in the morning, and haven’t had any blackheads for a while now. Hooray!

3. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

As you might remember, Al and I were invited to the Dermalogica Beauty Junkies skin class and were given some samples to play with. Well, this Cleansing Gel has since become my favorite. Love how gentle it is on the skin! Yet it leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean. As I use the Neutrogena Scrub in the morning, I only use the Cleansing Gel at night.

4. Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3

Have been using this lotion for years now. Make sure you have a skin conversation with a Clinique consultant before committing to a number (1, 2, or 3), because though you might believe that you have dry skin, it might in fact be combination (and vice-versa). I always thought I’d need number 2, but was recommended a 3 instead, and have not been breaking out since. This one is a staple.

5. Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream

Another Dermalogica fave is the Skin Smoothing Cream. Have been using it for a couple of weeks now and am hooked. Rich and thick, it goes smooth on the skin, absorbing almost immediately, leaving my skin feeling lush and hydrated. Love it so much! Now if only it came with a built-in sunblock, I’d never need another moisturizer ever again.

6. The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub

I love the smell of grapefruit. And according to a study by the Smell and Taste Institute in Chicago, male volunteers cited those women with the grapefruit scent up to six years younger than their actual age. Not that I have to worry about my age, but still…pretty cool. I only bought this scrub recently, and so far, I’d say it does the job. Oh, and did I mention that it smells great?

7. Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid

Every time I make a trip to the Aveda salon, I am coaxed into buying something. I really shouldn’t complain, because the products really are top-notch, if slightly pricey. Last year I purchased Aveda Smoothing Fluid and have been in love with it ever since. At first, I really disliked its smell, but now I can hardly notice it. This super lightweight serum definitely smoothes away any frizz, leaving hair smooth and not at all greasy. This one’s a keeper.

8. Infusium Conditioner

Conditioners don’t seem to last in my bathroom. I probably have used every product on my poor hair and still I keep searching. In the meantime, I really like Infusium Conditioner for dry hair. The moment you put it in your hair, you’ll see what I’m talking about – the richness of the conditioner soaks into the hair, leaving it hydrated and easy to manage. So far, so good.

9. Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo

This shampoo is fairly new to my bathroom, I tend to switch my hair products fairly often, but I do see potential in this Organix Shampoo. Other than the fact that it leaves my hair silky smooth, I adore the way my hair smells after I use it – coconutty and tropical. It’s like a piña colada for the hair. Yum!

10. Victoria’s Secret Love Spell Lotion

It’s the good-enough-to-eat smell that keeps me hooked on this lotion. Plus the texture is silky and not greasy – just the way I like it. Have been using this lotion for years, and still can’t get enough. Perhaps, I’m in love?

11. Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector

One of my very good friends works for Clinique and is always happy to offer advice on any skin problems I might have. One of those problems for me is excessive sun damage freckles under my eyes. I’ve been pretty bad at using the Even Better Skin Tone Corrector – it’s supposed to diminish the appearance of dark spots if used with sunscreen for 4 weeks. As I’ve been quite inconsistent with application of the corrector, I can’t say that my freckles are now less prominent – they aren’t. But I love the texture of this product and will definitely try to be more consistent with its use. Perhaps, I’ll report on the success/failure of the Skin Corrector in a few months.

12. Clinique All About Eyes Concealer

As I mentioned, some of my beauty problems is dark circles under my eyes and excessive freckles underneath. Well, All About Eyes Concealer, as recommended by my friend, has become one of the oldie-goodies in my makeup bag – covers up my dark circles and freckles without making my face look cakey and overly made-up. You can still see the freckles peeking through, but I really don’t mind.

13. Baby Wipes

I used to buy Ponds and Garnier makeup remover towelettes to effectively remove eye-makeup without excessive rubbing, but at $8 or so a pop (for a pack of 20-30) they became an expensive necessity. Baby wipes are perhaps not as chic, but are definitely cheaper ($3 for a pack of 80 at Walmart) and are just as gentle. Have been using them for a little over a year now, and am never going back to the beauty brands’ towelettes. Waste of money, if you ask me.

14. Purina Maxx Scoop Small Spaces

Now I obviously know that Maxx Scoop is not a beauty product…duh! But, ever since the wonderful folks at Matchstick sent me and my cat Pepper a few coupons for the Small Spaces kitty litter, my bathroom has been smelling like roses…seriously! If you have a cat and live in an apartment or another type of small space, Maxx Scoop is pretty wonderful – clumps well, offers great odour control, and emits less dust than other brands’ litter (and I’ve tried a lot of different types!). All in all, Maxx Scoop Small Spaces has made my bathroom feel much more comfortable both for me and Pepper. If you are interested in checking it out, click here to grab a coupon for $1 off your next Maxx Scoop litter purchase. Your bathroom and your kitty will thank you.

Elle Spain’s Disney Designers

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Karl Lagerfeld fell into some well (ala Enchanted) only to end up in a Disney-animated world? Well, Elle Spain certainly has given it some thought, and the results, I must admit, are pretty cool! Can totally see Donatella as a duck, it’s completely spot on! But then again, most of the designers in the spread are ducks (with the exception of Karl, and D&G). Were the folks at Elle Spain too scared to paint someone as a pig, a cow, or…gasp…an elephant in their April 2010 issue? I would guess so. I, for one, would never want to taste someone like Karl’s wrath! No, thanks!

I think these cartoons are pretty amazing! Do you? Sound off in the comments!

Photo Credits: www.refinery29.com

H&M Fashion Against AIDS 2010 Lookbook

Last week we got a sneak-peak of the music-festival-inspired H&M’s 3rd Fashion Against AIDS collection. Well, hide your credit cards, a better look at the collection is now available! Ever since this lookbook landed in my inbox, I’m sad (for my wallet) to say, that I am in love with so many pieces! The maxi dress above is a must-have for me this summer, as well as the black fedora, ruffled white dress, leopard print sandals, and much more! Of course, once I see these pieces in real life on May 20th, I’ll be able to gauge the “must vs. want” much better. In the meantime, scroll through the pics and drool with me.

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Spring 2010 Styles From Holts

Spring is officially in the air, and I am loving everything from the sun-filled streets, to the little buds on the trees! Doesn’t it just fill you with joy and desire to jump around – Kris Kross styles? It does me! Holt Renfrew decided to celebrate this season of re-birth, with a fun new lookbook – split into different types of dressing. My favorite photos are below. You may see the rest on Holts’ Facebook Fan Page!

Photo Credits: Holt Renfrew

H&M Fashion Against AIDS 2010 Collection

While the last two H&M Fashion Against AIDS collections consisted of celeb-endorsed tees and tank tops, this one seems to be much, much more than that! The festival-inspired pieces will be available on May 20th, 2010, with 25% of sales donated to youth HIV/AIDS awareness projects. And believe you me, I’ll be in stores to grab a few pieces for myself! I simply adore the bohemian feel of this collection!  There’s just so much to love, and prices, just like with their Garden Collection, are definitely right! My favorite pieces are the shoes and leopard print dress below. Fun, fab, cheap, and all for a good cause! Don’t forget to add the date to your calendars!

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