Shopping: Spring 2011 Essentials

I am so ready for spring! Sunshine, double-digit temperatures, birds chirping, love in the air…I am missing it all. But is my closet spring-ready? That’s another question.

For months now, I’ve been buying things here and there, trying to make sure that my wardrobe consists of enough fun pieces to carry me through spring in style. And below are my top Spring 2011 essentials (part 1).

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Lise Watier Duo Glam Spring 2011 Launch

I don’t know about you, but I am not someone you’d call a makeup junkie. I like beauty products, but when it comes to my own face, my makeup regimen is pretty simple: concealer, eyeshadow, mascara…sometimes a bit of blush and powder, and some lip balm or lip gloss to pull it together.

One product I’ve had a love/hate relationship with for a while now is lipstain. I am not big on lipsticks (reapplying is a bitch), and lipgloss just doesn’t have that pop of color that my face often needs. And though lipstains offer longevity of application, what I really hate about most lipstains is the alcohol that dries out my lips, leaving them chapped and flaky! I’d rather have blah lips with no color than turtle lips. Am I right?

So when I heard that the new Lise Watier Duo Glam Rouge Infini lipstick/lipstain combo didn’t contain alcohol, but was water-based instead, I leaped for joy! Rouge Infini is lipstain on one end (1), and lipstick on the other (2). The lipstain side feels like water gliding on, and has a bit of a sparkle to it. With some lipstick on top, the final result is matte and long-lasting. 1 and 2 – it’s that easy. Two weeks later, and I am happy to report that my lips aren’t dry, and the color stays and stays and stays…all day long. Perfect for a lazy makeup reapplier like me!

Read more about Lise Watier Duo Glam Spring 2011 products after the jump!

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Shopping: Coccolily Spring 2011 at Shopgirls

Don’t you just love these cute little dresses? They are from the Spring 2011 collection of the Canadian line Coccolily, available exclusively at Shopgirls. To celebrate the launch, Shopgirls is hosting a public trunk show on Saturday March 12, 2011 to showcase the collection, that ranges in price from $150 to $250. Make sure to stop by and check them out, if you’re in the area. I, for one, am head over heels for these beautiful, totally wearable (and Canadian) cocktail dresses perfect for anything from birthday bashes to bridal parties.

Shopgirls Gallery Boutiqueis an 1800-square-foot creative retail and studio space that carries all Canadian designers and artists, located in the trendy Parkdale neighbourhood (1342 Queen Street West).

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RW&Co Spring 2011 Preview

Right in time for wedding season, RW&Co held its Spring/Summer 2011 preview earlier this month, showcasing some of their special occasions looks. As more and more brides choose to go with inexpensive, yet stylish options for their bridesmaids, RW&Co is getting in on the fun. The collection consists of lovely cocktail dresses for the ladies, and modern suits for the gentlemen. There are even bridal consultants available, ready to assist with styles, colors, and sizes. So many beautiful dresses to choose from, and the best part is – they can be worn on more than one occasion, and won’t break the bank.

To view more special occasions styles from RW&Co, visit Style Blog’s Facebook page, or to see the collection in person, visit one of RW&Co’s stores.

Photo Credits: RW&Co

What I Wore: That 70s Show

After years of skinny-jean supremacy, the wide-leg look is making a return for Spring/Summer 2011 season. And as it turns out, change does not always come easy. A couple of weeks ago, I went to Gap to check out a few of their new wide leg trouser styles. And as hard as I tried to get into the 70s groove, I couldn’t help but feel that they were all a bit too wide for my taste. I ended up buying the Curvy style, which believe it or not, I thought were flared in the fitting room!

Obviously, when I took them home, wore them a couple of times, I realized that they really weren’t as wide-legged as I’d imagined. I guess my perception was a tad skewed because of all the skinnies in my closet. Either way, after a taste of (slight) flare again, I’m getting really into it, and will definitely be going back for more. Hopefully, I won’t be such a denim-chicken this time around. So tell me, will you be embracing the 70s trend this spring? Or will you be sticking with your skinny jeans for now?

I Wore: Top – H&M; Jeans – Gap; Boots – Zara; Bag – Longchamp; Necklace – Forever21; Ring – YSL

Converse Spring 2011 Collection Preview

It’s February, and what does that mean? Spring items arriving in stores daily! Hooray!

Last week, thanks to MB Communications, I got to check out what Converse has to offer this Spring. And I definitely liked what I saw. The main attractions for me was the Marimekko collaboration collection. Bright colors, fun original patterns from the 1960s - I’m officially in love. The Marimekko collab included a new, more feminine Chuck Taylor All Star PJ silhouette, as well as the Jack Purcell Helen, All Star, and Oxford silhouettes. These shoes are perfect for some summer lovin’, and should be in stores now.

Another amazing collaboration for Spring 2011 is Converse x DC Comics. I seriously wished I saw these pairs in stores much earlier, as they would’ve made a perfect Valentine’s Day gift! Most shoes from this collection feature both good and evil characters from the iconic comic books, including Batman, Joker, Wonder Woman (yeah!), Superman, and many others. There are so many cool pairs in that collab, but I am pretty sure they’ll sell like hot cakes. So if you or someone you love is a comic book fan, make sure to track down a pair soon, before they are all gone.

All in all, I was very impressed with what I saw. Apart from the main collabs presented, there were studded Chucks, camo Chucks, woven leather Varvatos Chucks, Jack Purcell Chucksthat James Dean used to wear, and so many more…I wish I could justify buying them all, and if I wasn’t such a high heel girl, I totally would. In the meantime, I think I know what I’m getting for le boyfriend’s birthday!

What’s your fave pair of Spring 2011 Converse? Share in the comments!

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H&M Conscious Collection

This morning, when I first got these photos of H&M’s new collection – H&M Conscious, I had to do a double take. Natasha Poly, white-heavy garments, romantic and pretty. Doesn’t it remind you of Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2011 show? Same model, similar-looking clothes…but much cheaper and sustainably made. Love it so much! Once again, I can’t wait to see all these pieces in stores!

Here’s what H&M had to say about this collection:

“Sustainability is a long-term trend at H&M. This April H&M, as part of its focus on sustainability, will introduce Conscious Collection, an ongoing range for women, men and kids, made from environmentally-adapted and greener materials such as organic cotton, Tencel® and recycled polyester. H&M’s designers have been inspired by different shades of white, one of the most important colours this spring. A minimalist, tailored look is combined with romantic lace, Broderie Anglaise, frills and draping. The Conscious Collection will be on sale in all H&M stores from April 14th.”

Photo Credits: H&M

What I Wore: Camel, Beige, and Brown

Last time I went shopping at H&M, their Spring 2011 collection just hit the stores, and I found myself wanting it all. There were frothy dresses, lacey shorts, and lots and lots of other amazingness. I ended up buying everything in camel, beige, and brown…and here’s the result. I’m still waiting for the brown pleather lace-up shorts…if you see them in stores, please give me a shout. I know it’s not short-wearing weather just yet (in case the snow isn’t tip-off enough), but one can only hope, right? Hope you’re having a great week!

I Wore: Sweater, Pants, Belt, Black/Gold Ring, Sunglasses - H&M; Turquoise Ring – YSL; Bow Ring – Max and Chloe; Earrings – Forever21; Boots – Proenza Schouler (The Room)

Rimmel London Spring 2011

A few weeks ago, I was invited to check out Rimmel London’s Spring 2010 collection at the Windsor Arms Hotel. As it turned out, the presentation was one of the most creative previews I’ve ever attended.

Attendees were given a tour of the three rooms at the hotel, each inspired by a Brit celebrity: Kate Middleton, Kate Moss, and Peaches Geldof. Each celebrity (and room) represented a certain part of the collection showcased. Future Mrs. Prince William was all about a clean fresh look – a no-makeup-makeup, featuring Match Perfection Concealer.  Kate Moss’ room was littered with Coke cans (tee-hee), rock star tees, and glam eye makeup. And Peaches was all about glossy lips.

It was great to see such a creative collection preview, and having models, representing a celebrity in each room, wearing the makeup made it that much cooler!

At the end of the tour, I was given a box of goodies to try at home. And ever since then, I’ve been addicted to Rimmel’s concealer! It’s so light (the complete opposite of cakey), and yet it still manages to cover all of my blemishes. The eyeshadow palettes were also pretty amazing! The color stays on all day and all through the evening, with vivid pigments in each palette. I also really REALLY like the fact that they are nice and soft, and very easy to glide on.

And last, but definitely not least, the Lash Accelerator Mascara, which I included in my Christmas gift guide, is truly fantastic, especially considering the price! Not only a mascara, but a lash treatment that helps lashes grow longer and stronger. It takes a while to dry, but once it’s on, it really makes your eyes pop!

If you haven’t tried Rimmel in a while, I think you should give them a chance…the quality of their products definitely made me reconsider drugstore brands.

What about you? Where do you usually buy your makeup? Let me know in the comments, and I might send a little something from Rimmel your way!

Old Navy Spring 2011 Preview

Earlier this month, the lovelies over at Old Navy Canada invited me to their Spring 2011 collection preview. What a perfect way to (temporarily) forget about the impending doom winter, and daydream about the time when temperatures will be climbing up, instead of down.

There were lots of pretty, summery pieces, including the lovely yellow skirt, some printed tops, and (my personal fave) striped bikinis! Everything you might need for a beachy getaway and more! And since most of these clothes will start appearing at your neighbourhood Old Navy sometime in January, it’s absolutely perfect for those that tend to take their Cuba/Dominican/Mexico vacations smack dab in the middle of winter (aka me).

I’ve professed my love of Old Navy bikinis many times before (great quality+price ratio), and this time, I already know which ones I will be picking up this winter!

Other standouts included on-trend skinny cargos (in summery white), some pretty sweet brown boots, and a variety of short-shorts. So if you find yourself looking for something to cheer you up in the middle of January, make sure to stop by Old Navy for a hit of sping in the winter!