Tuesday, May 2, 2017

April Favourites

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April has been a busy month with a lot of change.  I am no longer a stay at home mom, I am now a working mom!  The weather has finally warmed up and we are going for walks at night, spending more time outdoors and putting away our winter clothes.

I have lots of great and exciting items to share with you all!





Louis Vuitton Agenda PM - Now that I am on the go more, to work and running errands on a schedule, I have been relying on my Agenda PM daily.  I toss it in my purse and can refer to it all day and jot down any notes.

Louis Vuitton Lumineuse PM - I have been using this bag every single day.  It is the perfect work tote, the perfect every day bag.  It holds an endless amount and looks great with any outfit.  This month reminded me why this is my holy grail.

Louis Vuitton Felicie Inserts - These little inserts are so handy.  I have been using them as my wallet in larger bags and love it.  They are versatile and hold everything I need.

Gap Utility Jacket - A jacket can't be more perfect.

Old Navy Pixie Pants - I need to buy five more pairs of these.  They fit great, wash up well and are the perfect work pant.  I need to get them in grey, navy and oatmeal.

Converse Shoes - I never thought I would love a pair of Converse as much as I love these shoes.  They are a cute little pair of slip on sneakers.  They are great for the park, the mall or walking around the block.

It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination - I have had this foundation forever.  I stopped using it and then picked it up when I started doing interviews and fell back in love with it.  It is a long lasting, light weight powder foundation.  It last the entire day at work and still looks great.  I need to order a new one!

Katy Kat Pearl Lipstick in Purrty In Pink - Love.  Super love.  A frosted pink lipstick.  Just love.

What are your favourites this month?
Jen

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Louis Vuitton Reveal!!

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I did a little shopping and picked up this piece from Louis Vuitton.

What could be inside??








Just a fun little reveal of the Louis Vuitton Mini Pochette in the Limited Edition Tahitienne Print for Spring/Summer 2017.

I sold my other Mini Pochette to purchase this one, as I have decided on a strict no duplicate, one in one out policy!


It is just so pretty!!

Jen

Monday, April 24, 2017

Katy Kat Pearl - Swatches and Reviews

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After searching for weeks - I finally found the new Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl release!

I picked up two lipsticks, both highlighters and an eye pencil.

The collection is all high frost, which is amazing in my opinion.  I love a good frost lipstick and a little frost in my highlighter can't hurt either!







Purrty in Pink / Apricat

Tiger's Eye / Tiger Rose



The entire collection is great.

The lipstick is pigmented, long wearing and doesn't bleed.  It goes on opaque in one swipe.  Both Purrty in Pink and Arpicat are high frost.  Purrty in Pink is a blue pink frost and Apricat is a cool peach frost.  I think they both look great on the lips.  They are hydrating and very pretty on.  As frost do, these both settle into lines on the lips, but not in the severe way that a liquid lipstick does.

On their own, or mixed together, the lipsticks are great and I am kicking myself that I didn't pick up the coral colour as well.

The highlighter/shadows are beautiful.  They are not a high glow/shimmer highlighter that has been trendy as of late.  They are just lovely, soft, lightly frosted highlights.  They define and catch the light, but are not blinding.  They are very creamy and blend out well.  You can build from very sheer to higher impact.  They can be used on the eyelids as well, or as a blush topper.

Tiger's Eye is a golden highlight and Tiger Rose is a cool toned pink highlighter.  They perform the same and both have great staying power.

I like to use Tiger's Eye as a highlight on the cheekbone and on the eyelid.  I prefer Tiger Rose as a blush topper and a eyeshadow.

Either way, they are lovely and I have been enjoying a more subtle highlight.

The eyeliner is a fun frosted white.  It is an iridescent white called Kitty Whispurr.  It is not the best eye liner.  If you have used a drugstore eye liner in the past, this is probably the same.  It goes on smooth, but is not pigmented and takes a few swipes to build up to opaque.  The staying power isn't great.  I found it disappeared in a few hours.

That said, it looks great while it lasts.  I don't mind having to reapply because it adds a little pop of frost on my waterline!






I have really enjoyed all of the products in this Katy Kat line - matte and pearl.  This has been such a good collaboration with Cover Girl and Katy Perry.  I hope to see more!

Jen

Friday, April 21, 2017

Luxury Bag Charms. Are They Worth It?

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Bag Charms. 

They have been taking the Luxury Handbag world by storm for a while now.  From pompoms to luggage tags to cles to metal and leather charms, they are everywhere.

Instagram has seemed to really add fuel to the bag charm fire, along with the Limited Edition nature of most bag charms.


A question I see and heat a lot is:  Are Luxury Bag Charms Worth The Money?

I feel like with everything else in the luxury world, this question is unique to everyone.  I have a very conflicting opinion on the subject and will share that with you here.
















Luxury Bag Charms:  Are they worth it?

Probably Not

Now hear me out.  I love bag charms.  I have two leather charms and I put them on everything.  They are so cute and can change up the feeling of a bag. 

You can get luxury bag charms in any shape, material, colour or design you can think of.  I feel like most people buy charms that mean a little something to them or are specific in choosing colours and designs.

I am the same way.  I purchased the rose ballerine mirror charm because of the rose ballerine and because it matched all of my bags.  I picked up the Flamingo charm because Flamingos were my wedding theme and that one felt really personal for me.

The problem comes into play because of the price.  They generally range from three hundred dollars and into the thousands depending on the brand, size and material of the bag charm.  With the popularity, they have really increased in price over the last few years.

I look at my bag charms and think,  I could have used that money to get a bag.

I also look at the bag charms and think that their popularity is going to end and I am going to have these items that I am never going to use and that no one wants to buy.

I see some people with beautiful bag charm collections.  I love them.  I appreciate them.  If I was a millionaire, I would probably own all the bag charms, but with a set amount of income and money to spend on Luxe goods, I can't quite justify owning luxury bag charms.

I am in the market to sell one of my charms and I am working myself up to sell the other one.  I would rather put that money towards a bag or a wallet or just something else.

You can also get very cute, non-luxury bag charms for twenty dollars.  If I want to dress up my bags, I will go this route in the future.

Bag Charms, why do you have to be so cute?  Is the real question!

Jen










Wednesday, April 19, 2017

March Book Recap

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I wanted to share the books I read in February/March with you.  This review is a little late, but I kept putting it off to do other blog posts.

I am pretty proud of myself for taking the time/finding the time to read last month.  I am not doing as well in April, but I hope to pick it up this last half of the month now that the holiday is over!





The Woman In Cabin 10 was a quick read for me.  I want to say that it went by because I couldn't put it down, but I think it was because about 1/4 in I started skimming.

This book did not hold my attention.  It was not suspenseful.  I found the main character frustrating and hard to root for.  I mostly just wanted it to be over and I hate giving up on a book so I read to the end.





Behind Closed Doors was a page turner.  The concept is so disturbing and creepy.  I needed to know what happened next.  I don't want to give anything away, but this is a must read.  Not a dull moment in the whole book.





The Silent Wife is beautifully written and creates ambience and emotions with its words.  I think that the story is relatable to anyone who has been in a relationship.  You think you know where the story is going and it flips on you.  The story is slow to pick up, but if you like a character based novel with lots of detail, you will like this one.





13 Reasons Why was a last minute edition to my March list.  The preview for the Netflix show popped up and I wanted to read the book first.  This book was a page turner.  I read it in a few hours.  It is not the best writing in the world, but the story is unique and engrossing.  I read it until the wee hours of the morning, because I literally could not put it down.

I hope you get to do some reading this month!

Jen

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Our Easter Table

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Easter is always a grand celebration in our family.  We start the day with an egg hunt, head over to my grandparents house for a light Easter lunch, retreat to our beds for a food coma induced siesta and then sit down for Easter dinner.

This year we kept the menu simple.  Baked ham, cold potato salad, asparagus and cherry tomatoes.  I baked a triple layer carrot cake for dessert!

I set the table in bright colours and used the always favourite mini eggs as d├ęcor!

I will say, Easter has a renewed whimsy about it now that I have a child.  The look on his face when he sees the easter eggs.  He decided that all the mini eggs were for him and stole every packet off the table and hid them in his wagon!

It was a busy, beautiful day.













Details


Place Settings

Carrot Cake Recipe

Salt and Pepper Shakers












I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Jen

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sephora VIB Sale - What's In My Cart

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The spring Sephora VIB sale is upon us.  Now is the time we stock up on our favourite cosmetics and rejoice about finally getting a discount on things that never go on sale.  This is Make up addicts Christmas.  I wanted to show you what is in my cart, ready and waiting for me to checkout tomorrow with my discount code: VIBSPRING


I use the VIB Sale to stock up on my must haves and maybe get a few higher priced items I have my eye on.

I have to say, my cart is pretty boring and practical this time.  There are really no items that I am lusting over and I have put myself on a lip product ban (except for just one)!!

Looks like it is just staples for me!

What is in your Sephora cart?

Happy shopping!!

Jen



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