Tonight was Vancouver’s first snowfall of the year. It was the perfect night to get into the Christmas spirit with a holiday shopping night at Beauty Mark in Yaletown.
Doing some shopping with fellow blogger Miss Melissa
Shoppers enjoyed treats from Pop chips, wine from Barefoot Wines, along with cholatety treats and other snacks. To help you start your holiday shopping we were also treated to a 20% discount store wide. Upstairs the lovely Christina was offering up nail art treatments and free nail polish!
It was a shoppers dream.
Beauty Mark has gifts for everyone! Cozy scarves, pretty tops, gems and jewels, along with a huge selection of cosmetics, lotions, bubble baths and other treasures to make you feel beautiful. Now while I did get a start on my Christmas prezzie list, I did manage to find myself some amazing new face creme and some fleece lined tights. That’s right; you heard me right; FLEECE LINED TIGHTS! Bring on the Christmas!
Leather Jacket: Michael Kors, Skirt: Spendid, Turtleneck: Desigual, Purse: Gift from my Mom
Happy Friday! xo
“Behind every stylish woman is Hollywood Fashion Secrets.”
We all need a little help from time to time keeping our effortless style looking effortless. Even celebrities don’t have a fairy godmother to wave her magic wand to keep a gravity defying neckline from taking a slip! This fabulous brand is dedicated to preventing wardrobe malfunctions. Here are a few of my own summer style secret gadgets I use from the gals at Hollywood.
There most popular item they carry is the Hollywood Fashion Tape. I carry a little tin with me wherever I go. It’s perfect for a fallen hem, to keep your wrap dress from blowing open on a windy day, or any other outfit mishap that may occur. You can prevent mishaps before they happen by getting dressed with it to begin with. Perfect for plunging necklines or that blouse that always pops open across your chest.
There is nothing worse than seeing a beautifully dressed woman in a racer back top with her beige bra straps hanging out for all to see. My trick is this fab Bra Converting Clip! Just lengthen your bra straps and slip on the clip.
No more peek-a-boo straps.
While the self bra in your fave little sundress gives you enough support, you may find your self rudely “pointing” in a cold air conditioned room. These silicone nipple covers are hands down the most brilliant invention. They won’t even show through light fabrics and they are reusable!
I always find this time of year tricky when it comes to getting dressed. It’s still Winter weather wise, but in fashion world, it’s Spring. I’m ready to retire my heavy wool coats, lined boots, and chunky knits but the weather just won’t let me. So, in order to satisfy my warmer weather fashion cravings but keep warm, I layer and do some fun mixing and matching with my wardrobe. I’m adding in more colour and layering floral tops and light weight dresses with tights, boots, and cardigans.
Lately my go to look has been my tunics. Some are shirt length and I pair them with my skinny jeans and boots or ballet flats.
Others are more dress length which I can pair with my cardis and tights. I add coloured scarves and stack on bangles to keep it fresh and fun! Belts are a must for my curvy figure. I will throw a belt over almost anything. LOVE my belt collection!
So ladies, don’t despair…the sun might not yet be shining, but I challenge you to have fun and play with your wardrobe. If you don’t have the pieces to make your look work for you…go shopping! I mean, what’s a girl to do??? Better yet, shop like Prairie Girl and shop local boutiques:-)
It’s December and Christmas is only 25 short days away….and that’s only 24 shopping days! Now guys, I know you thought the gift cards and rainbow toe socks were the perfect prezzie last year, but I think we can do better. Make it personal, from the heart, and about her. Girls love that…I do! Here are some gift ideas for your girl.
1) For the Homebody:
If your girl likes to spend her Friday night cuddled up on the couch with you and a good bottle of wine, get her some cute and cozy PJs. I recommend Beauty Mark‘s David & Goliath PJ sets. The $75 price point makes them a bit more luxe!
2) For the Traveler:
If you’re with a girl on the go, get her pretty travel cases for her underthings. Vancouver’s The Brag Company has created the perfect luggage for her lingerie. The Brag Bra Bag will prevent dents and creases in her pretty La Perla bras (this means fancy and expensive;-) ) and the Panty Pak will keep her “clean” and “not so clean” panties in their respective spots. These are available at The Urban Rack and at Diane’s Lingerie and retail for about 50 bucks.
3) For the Girly Girl:
If your gal loves all things pretty and lacie ( and you like them too ), then get her some Hanky Panky panties. They are truely the best underwear out there and guys…they look hot on! Available at Beauty Mark, Diane’s Lingerie, and The Urban Rack.
Low Rise Thong Holiday 3-Pack $49
Low Rise Thong Holiday Twinkle Box Ornament $18
Signature Lace Cheeky Hipster $32
4) For the Bookworm:
If your girl stashes literary gems in her handbag, help her add to her collection. When it comes to books, it can be fun to do something a little different. Try an antique book in her favorite genre or something a little quirky and offbeat. Barefoot Contessa has a great selection of practical, fanciful, beautiful and inspirational books (all new). Or go to a used book store and talk to a staffer about some of the more rare finds they may have.
5) The Fashionista:
If your girl has the latest in fashion and accessories and knows her way around the Chanel showroom, go for a label. You can go super luxe with a designer handbag ( personal hint if my fella’s reading….I think the Chanel quilt bags are kinda cute;-) ) or you can stay in a more reasonable price bracket and head to Coach. Coach will give your girl her label fix without you having to take out a loan! (6) But for the guys out there who are considering dropping major dough on a handbag, take diva Beyonce’s advice and “If you like it, you should put a ring on it!” cause fellas, that bag is hers for life.
For the Outdoor Chick:
If your lady is heading to the hills at the first sight of snow, think warm knits. A cozy sweater or gloves are always needed. But don’t go too practical here. Think of the apres ski with her bundled in cashmere or try contacting @isntthatknit and see if she’ll whip you up one of her fab infinity scarves. www.isntthatknit.com
Cooking is not my area of expertise, however I have some fabulous foodie friends who have taken me under their wings to teach me their ways. I have been told that the gift they always hope for is some fancy olive oil. Meinhardts has a great selection of olive oils and often sample them. Kick the gift up a notch with a bottle of infused vinegar. Vinegar Works from the Okanogan is one of my faves!
200ml bottle – Price range from: $14 – $20
For the Movie Buff:
Get her a classic like Breakfast at Tiffany’s. To get extra brownie-points add a pretty sleep mask alla Holly Golightly. Audrey Hepburn’s character wears one in the movie. It’s the perfect little touch. Fine Finds in Yaletown has some beautiful vintage looking ones.