Pretty Bird

It’s been a busy week full of late nights and early mornings, and if there is one thing I know for certain about myself it’s that I desire, nay, require sleep. I love it. I will happily tuck myself into bed while friends are out partying if it means I get to hold up nine fingers when I start counting the hours until I have to wake up. To me, nine hours rest, is the ultimate life win. And yes, I have seen the picture of a young brunette jumping in puddles or the pretty blonde running on the beach with eloquent hand writing across it that reads “you’ll never regret the things you did, only those you didn’t” or some kind of yolo crap. But believe me when I say I DO REGRET some of those things I do. When I am hungover at work remembering the bottle service at celebrities that seemed reasonable on a Tuesday night, that led to the aggressive twerking performance I gave my co-workers and the super cute tights and sweatshirt I am wearing in my office on Wednesday as a result, I’m not smiling fondly thinking “oh Wendy… life in your twenties! live it up you wild card!” I’m thinking, “I would sell my soul to go back in time and watch 2 hours worth of The Good Wife in my apartment and be in bed by 10.” But alas, those nights happen, and they are fun, and a week later I usually am pretty glad I went out and had a good time. But those nights along with just normal busy life stuff can often lead to less than my desired 9 hours which means I am setting my alarm as late as possible, which requires an absolutely dialed morning routine.

I love makeup. Always have, always will. On evenings and weekends I love to play with eye shadows and lipsticks and all kinds of different looks, but on those busy mornings where my hair is going to be in a top knot, my outfit is going to be basic and i’ll be flying out the door in 30 minutes, my makeup will never be sacrificed. These are products I use religiously every day.

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The key to almost everything in life is a good foundation

And makeup is no different. In my opinion the foundation is the absolute pinnacle of wearing makeup. What’s the point in painting if the canvas looks like shit? It also comprises over half of the total time spent doing my makeup. My two favorite products in life are the 1. MAC Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer and 2. MAC Studio Fix Powder.  They are both very opaque so not much is needed. You never want it to look caked on. These combined provide a flawless finish and make the rest of your makeup application a breeze.

3. MAC Bronzing Powder I use this year round. In the summer it’s great to amp up your sun kissed look and year round it’s great for contouring. Just make sure it’s not shimmery. 4. Benefit Brow Zings Defining my eyebrows changed my life. That’s a slight dramatization, but it really changed my makeup routine. Defined brows make you look instantly more polished and they frame your face and you will never go back. It takes some playing around to get comfortable with but seriously do it. I always find that the women who work at benefit counters are SO helpful and will walk you through how to use any product. Also, I always ask for a few of their disposable mascara brushes which you can use to comb through your brows before and after adding the wax to help shape them! 5. They’re Real! Benefit Mascara This mascara is amazing and caused me to no longer bother with eyeliner for my daytime look because it’s just that good. And lastly 6. C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Gloss I have actually probably 20 of these in every purse, bag, and coat pocket. They are so minty and shiny and fresh and they come in a variety of sheer colors if you don’t love the clear, as well as cinnamon and other flava flavs if mint isn’t your thing.

I won’t drone on for too much longer, but of almost equal importance to the product is the tools used for the application of it. These are the 3 brushes you will always find in my bag! Always remember to clean your brushes regularly. Especially those used for liquid foundation and concealer!

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In order: The 190 Foundation Brush for my concealer and liquid foundation if I’m using it. The 116 for blush, bronzer and contouring. And the 182 Buffer Brush to apply an all over dusting of Studio Fix powder. You can see those, and all MAC brushes here.

What are you favorite products and makeup rituals?

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CAKE CAKE CAKE CAKE CAKE

For those of you who don’t know, that is a reference to a relatively inappropriate Rhianna song, but it has been stuck in my head for the past few days as I have been spoiled rotten this past week for my 26th birthday. Yes. 26. I am unwed, childless, I rent, I’m 26 and still make a HUGE deal out of my birthday. Every year I think it will be a quiet event as I get older and wiser, but I LOVE birthdays, and every year, without fail, I end up making such a big deal about the count down to my ‘big day’ I by default intimidate everyone around me into pulling out all the stops. This year was no different and as a result this post is kind of a multi-review/story telling/gloating? kind of post, about what a lucky chick I am. Let’s start at the beginning…

THE PARTY 

Because my birthday fell on a Wednesday this year, and the following weekend (this weekend) is thanksgiving, I decided to have my birthday party the Saturday prior. The Friday night before I went to visit my mom at our vacation house, where she gifted me a new DSLR camera as my birthday gift from my family, which is how I am able to supply all these lovely pics!

Saturday night arrived and my girlfriends Katie and Kristen came over, locked me in my bathroom while I was curling my hair, and did up my kitchen with balloons, candy, candles, cupcakes, champagne and a few of my fav snacks. It was SO cute and so sweet!

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We drank champagne, had a great dance party and headed to my friend Sharans where we were surprised by tons of friends with more decorations and champagne, organized by my awesome brother. After that we danced the night away at Portside and wound up eating french fries at Seigels Bagels at some unearthly hour. It was perfect.

The following morning my friend Kelly took me to brunch at Abigails Party. It was the perfect morning after cure. Abigails is bar-none my favorite place to brunch in the Kitsilano / West-side area, but they also have an amazing prohibition inspired cocktail list if you are looking for somewhere to grab a drink in the evening. I highly recommend it! If you are going for brunch, get there early, it is a popular spot for good reason and almost always a bit of a wait!

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After that it was pretty much business as usual until my actual birthday on Wednesday, where I was feeling the love all over again. My team decorated my desk and covered it in confetti and candy, my brother bought me coffee and came by with flowers, and my boyfriend, who is currently in Belgium, had the most amazing bouquet delivered to me. My very sweet girlfriend Denise took me to lunch at my favorite sushi place, Kita no Donburi then there was cheesecake in the afternoon (purchased at Trees Coffee – which makes the best cheesecake EVER as well as the most amazing spinach and feta scones) and after work everyone stuck around for a few drinks in our office lounge. The moral of the story is I have some amazing people in my life and I don’t need to eat any candy or cake for the next year!

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 my decorated desk and fluers from my bro

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Denise enjoying tea at Kita no Donburi

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a birthday delivery from the best boyfriend on earth

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drinks with Nikki and Andrea

At the end of the day I headed home and enjoyed champagne with a few good girlfriends and received a couple sweet gifts including The Man Repeller novel from my roommate Arielle which I am so excited to read!

It was a great few days, and I’m looking forward to a quieter weekend in White Rock with my family at our vacation house!

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my apartment looking vibrant with birthday flowers!

What do you look forward to on your birthday?

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Pre-Spent Paycheques

As things start to really cool down in Vancouver I find myself firstly, cruising redtag for cheap last minute vacations, but more realistically cruising the internet for warm winter wear. This results in every payday being accompanied by a shopping list of almost equivalent value. Here’s what’s on my shopping list for October:

WEEKENDS –  When I say weekends, I don’t mean you’ll never see me in jeans on a Saturday, but this is my go to uniform for running errands, Sunday walks and coffee runs. The first layer would be my go-to Lulu Lemon Wunder Unders topped with the Karma Long Sleeve running shirt which is my base for any warm/active layering. After that I am lusting after new runners and at the top of my list are the Nike Free 5.0’s which are randomly available at Aritzia now. I also have my eye on a hooded puffer vest; this one available at H&M for only $34.95 fits the bill. Lastly topping any outfit with a good pair of Ray-Bans not only makes for an easier weekend make-up routine, but also steps up the style of an otherwise pretty basic and practical outfit!

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MONDAY-FRIDAY –  I work for an eCommerce company which is awesome for a million different reasons, but one for sure is the laid back dress code. Here is a standard weekday outfit for me, it’s pulled together enough for my office and easily transitions into drinks and/or dinner after work. On a day to day basis you will find me in my Mackage leather jacket but after this upcoming purchase that will change. This double-breasted coat from H&M is exactly what I have been looking for in a longer coat that will work perfectly with jeans and booties as well as over a dress and heels. Next, I’m lusting over light ankle-length destroyed denim and this pair of Current/Elliot’s is aces. My girlfriend Sharan purchased this top from Aritzia a couple weeks ago and it is the PERFECT Vancouver hybrid. Silk and plaid. Maybe it’s the West Coast (Best Coast) in me but I LOVE a good plaid top. I think I have gotten more wear out of my boyfriend flannel than any shirt in my life, and this silk version is the perfect way to step up my plaid game. (This top would also look awesome with leather leggings.) A good boot is necessary for the rainy winter months and because I am cursed with bigger calves, an expertly cut ankle boot is VITAL. This pair from Aldo is a great height and the slight dip in the front keeps my ankles looking like little baby deer ankles. Lastly I am obsessed with Jenni Kayne flats. They are SO chic and the perfect option for a day sans rain or a night out where I have a date with the dance floor that my heels can’t handle. This pointed flat shoe from Zara is an awesome, more affordable, option!

What’s on your fall/winter shopping list?

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Autumn Fashion Idols

I couldn’t figure out if I should write this on what I am wearing most this fall, what I wish I was wearing most this fall, or what I really really wish I was wearing most this fall (which I just accidentally wrote as “most of all” – touche subconscious) Anyway in the wise words of Drake “started from the bottom now we here,” Today I’ll share with you my creme de la creme fall inspiration and over the next week work backwards to what’s on my realistic wish list and then to what my current live in fall pieces are!

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Nicole Richie… she is always one of my go-to inspos. the sunglasses, the print, the shoes. aces.

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this is obviously not very wearable but i love the sheer with the heavy knit on top and the pockets. im also obsessed with high slits and any kind of asymmetrical skirt.

Imagespiced up skinny jeans and an oversized white button down. i love the hit of red and gold on this fall classic.

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 this is the perfect summer/fall crossover outfit. no further explanation necessary.

Who are your style icons?