(End Of) Summer Favourites

We make another glorious return to the pages of this blog to celebrate the things I’ve been enjoying over the summer!

As we come into the beginning of autumn (despite the insane heat happening in Ontario right now) I always like to change up my daily routines, whether it be skincare, cleaning, morning or nighttime. Because of that, I thought it best to give a shout out to everything I loved and frequently returned to during the summer months.

Fashion

(I only have two fashion shout outs bc let’s be real, I always just cycle through the same three outfits when it’s hot out.)

Kimono

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I swear I was so not a Kimono gal before working in fashion retail. Now, I work at a store that always has gorgeous layers available and its made me rethink my stance on the matter. When it’s too warm for a sweater but cool enough for a little something-something, a kimono is the perfect median. Also, this one from Anthropologie gives me awesome Stevie Knicks vibes, which I’m always trying to emulate.

Red Sunnies

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Going on my 1970s, Stevie train, I wanted to find a sweet pair of coloured sunnies that actually look good on my extremely round face. I found these guys at a vintage shop here in Toronto called Mama Loves You, and immediately knew I had to get them. Since then, I’ve been wearing them outside, inside, during the day and during the evening because honestly, I feel pretty dang cool when I have them on.

Beauty

MILK MAKEUP Sunshine Skin Tint

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I straight up don’t want to wear foundation in the summer. Ya girl sweats and her pores get clogged and it’s a damn mess. I like to go for BB creams or titled moisturizers in the summer, and I’ve jumped between a few brands in the past before I found the Sunshine Skin Tint from MILK. This is a skin tint like most other skin tints, meaning it has very light coverage and can be applied just with your fingertips. What I loved about this one is the scent, the smooth formula and the addition of nourishing oils within the product. While I would hesitate to recommend this skin tint to those with oily skin, I would say to give it a go if you’ve been looking for something to wear on those no-makeup-but-still-a-little-makeup days.

BH Cosmetics Solar Flare Palette

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Who doesn’t love some sparkle and outrageously bold warm tones during the summer months? I came across a Facebook ad (of all things, I know) for BH Cosmetics’ newest baked eyeshadow palettes. The palettes are spaced themed, so obviously I knew I needed to get them. I had never purchased anything from BH before. I was pretty intrigued by the low price point (one full palette was about $25 Canadian) but was wary about the price versus quality conundrum. I ordered the makeup anyway and was pretty chuffed to find out the quality was fantastic upon arrival. The colour payoff is just ridiculous and they shadows blend well. The first few days I had makeup looks from the palette, everyone asked me if I had the Heat palette from Urban Decay, so consider this palette a good dupe.

Smashbox 24 Hour Eye Primer

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Due to unforseen circumstances, I had been in need of a new eye primer back in June right before I left on two-week road trip to the States. The only place I had time to go was Shoppers Drug Mart, where only a few brands have eye primers available. I picked up this Smashbox one on a recommendation, and discovered my new favourite. This stuff is the shit. It’s so good. I gotta say, maybe even better than the Urban Decay primer. (This post is so not meant to be anti-Urban Decay it’s just kinda coming out that way BUT I LOVE YOU UD.) I’ve had this one underneath my makeup in 30 degree heat, during a 20-hour day and during a flash thunderstorm, and in all those moments, my eye makeup held up surprisingly well. If my eyeshadow can stay glittery in the Montana climate, I’m probably good for anything else that comes at me.

Miscellaneous

Cracked Movie Club Podcast

I love movies – both watching them and learning everything I can about their behind-the-scenes action. This podcast, a relatively new kid on the block, is hosted by two guys, Abe and Tom, who focus on a particular director every month and examine their hit movies in fascinating detail. Some of the things I’ve learned on this podcast have both ruined certain movies for me and made them better.

The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

This album doesn’t necessarily count as a summer favourite as it’s a new release, but I have been listening to it obsessively over the last two weeks, so I’m putting it in because this is my blog and I do what I want. I’ve been a War on Drugs fan for years and my anticipation for this latest release was not for nothing. A Deeper Understanding is a gorgeously crafted album. Every song feels like a story and every note is near-perfect. Honestly, I haven’t really been listening to anything else lately.

Top tracks: Thinking of a Place, Strangest Thing, Pain

The Keepers

This Netflix documentary series was one folks around me had been telling me to watch for a while, but it wasn’t until August that I finally delved into the story about the murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik. Stories of sexual assault and violence against women such as this one anger me to no end, but it’s also important for these stories to be told, and their morals discussed. It’s a fantastically gripping series, with every revelation coming at you like a cannonball. However, I would advise against binging – for me, this one was best taken in episodic doses, to absorb every detail and part of the story.

 

The Witches of New York

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I’ve made a pact with myself to read more books this fall, and to start myself off towards the end of the summer, I picked up Ami McKay’s The Witches of New York, a novel about three women in New York in the late 19th century. I won’t say too much about the plot, other than the book combines some of my favourite things: feminism, witchcraft and a championing female friendships above romantic relationships. 10/10 would recommend to anyone shopping for a new read.`

Latest Faves: Spring Edition

Now that it’s the end of April and we’re finally getting some sunshine and days where a jacket isn’t a requirement, I thought it was a good time to do another round of what I’ve been discovering and rediscovering the last couple of months.

Fashion

For my clothing pieces this time around, I decided to style an overall look with the things mentioned in my favourites, since they’re all more general than specific things. Think of it as conceptual faves.

Denim Jackets, Mom Jeans and Vintage.

The perfect transition weather piece, right? And in Canada, transition weather essentially lasts until July and then it’s so hot you have trouble even thinking about putting on clothes, so it’s wise to invest in some ~light jackets~.

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Denim is really big right now, and I used to be so steadfastly against the denim-on-denim Canadian tuxedo trend that has risen from its early-2000s grave. Now that it’s back, I gotta say, I’m kinda into it. (And yeah I’m probably just a trend sheep. A treep.)

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I unearthed these American Apparel (RIP) mom jeans that are a perfect light wash for summer, and actually paired them with a vintage denim jacket. I’ve been wearing these jeans all the time lately. They are by far the most comfortable pair I own and there’s something a bit nostalgic about the wash and fit of them.

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My last fashion favourite is, again, a bit general. I’ve always liked wearing vintage, but lately I’ve been on a huge vintage kick. Browsing packed racks full of weird stuff and finding items that are magically able to fit me is my favourite hobby. I love the treasure-hunting aspect of it, especially if you dedicate the proper time sometimes required to find the good stuff. I’ve found pieces in my hunting like this button-up that are a bit strange. This top I found in the $5 bin at Mama Loves You, for example, has a car pattern on it and, inexplicably, blue heart buttons. I like the humour in a piece like this and I like the uniqueness it adds to my wardrobe.

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And anyway, who doesn’t like being able to say “it’s vintage” when someone asks you where you got something?

Converse

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In the spring and summertime, I live in my sneakers. I tend to walk everywhere in the warm weather, so I need something comfortable. More than that, I just feel like they go with everything. My only lament is how much I love the white converse and how easily I get them dirty.

Mules

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It’s a blessing that these types of shoes are everywhere right now, because ya girl cannot do a stiletto heel to save her life. I love the lower, block heels of these shoes. I love their simplicity and how easy they are to style. I am here for the mules.

These ones are from H&M, but I’ve seen similar ones in almost every store.

Mini Backpack

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And yet another 90s comeback trend I caved for. But, come on, this backpack from Urban Outfitters is so cute. Also I can fit a surprising amount of stuff in it.

Beauty

Milk Makeup

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I’ve only tried three products from Milk Makeup, but I love what I’ve tried. This is a brand I’ve heard a lot of hype about in the blogosphere and I was so excited to try it. Firstly, I’m a fan of the concept: makeup that you can apply with your fingers on the go. I also love the simple packaging and the products themselves, or at least the ones I’ve tried, have more than met my expectations. Catch me at Sephora raiding their selection the next time they get a restock.

The items pictured are (L to R): Eye Vinyl in “Bridge,” Liquid Strobe in “Ultraviolet,” Eye Pigment in “After Party.”

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in “Moonlight Pink”

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I’m not going to lie to you, I bought this product years ago with straight Optimum points. If you’re not Canadian/don’t know about Shoppers Drug Mart, just know it’s a point system at a drug store chain than be redeemed on almost anything they have available. Naturally I went straight for the pricy makeup. I rather doubt I would have this product if I didn’t get it for free, because you can similar items from MAC and Maybelline, but I will say, since I do have it, I love it. The colour is beautiful and it works really well all over the eye or faintly as a highlighter. Since I’ve been favouring more simple makeup lately, my go-to is slathering this all over my eye and piling on mascara. It’s glam.

Too Faced “Papa Don’t Peach” Blush

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I raved about the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette in my last favourites post, I believe, and here I am back with the blush. Honestly, I love everything from this collection. I like the smell of peaches and I’m easy prey for cute, gimmicky stuff. The thing about this blush is it’s ridiculously pretty on. I love it. Lately I’ve just been wearing this blush without a highlighter because it has a bit of shimmer in it. I already know this will be my ride or die through the summer.

Books

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Ross King – Mad Enchantment

I received this book as a Christmas present from my parents but had a huge delay in reading it, not because I didn’t want to, but because I got caught up in other reading material on my list. Now that I’ve properly dived into it, I can say I think it is just the most wonderful book. Monet is my fave historic painter, and this book shows him to be the sassy mofo he truly is.

V.E. Schwab – The Shades of Magic Trilogy

I had, in the tail end of winter, been looking for some transportive fiction I could really sink my teeth into. On a recommendation from a Chapters employee, I tried the first book in this trilogy and was immediately hooked. It’s got a lot of magic, action and some really interesting characters with a lot of depth. Highly recommended to anyone looking to be sucked into another world.

Music

Jay Som – Everybody Works

Okay, I learned that Jay Som (real name Melina Duterte) not only played all of the instruments on this album, but she recorded it in her bedroom. That blew my mind. It took an already cool album to ridiculous levels of coolness. Her sound is a bit like if the sun-bleached guitars of Real Estate had a baby with femme garage rock. You get me?

Fave tracks: Baybee, 1 Billion Dogs, Take It

Khalid – American Teen

This album kinda makes me wish I was a teenager again, but then I remember what being a teenager was like and I’m like ‘nah.’ Still love this whole album, though. Khalid’s sound is really laid-back with a touch of 80s inspiration. Summer soundtrack for sure.

Fave tracks: American Teen, Young Dumb & Broke, 8TEEN

Gorillaz – Humanz

GUESS WHO’S BACK. I just about lost it when I heard Gorillaz was putting a new album out on the 28th and I’ve been obsessively playing their early release tracks since. It’s always been difficult to pin down Gorillaz’ sound and this record is looking to be no different. Their songs can be so different from one another but somehow I’m into every one??? Magic.

Fave tracks: Andromeda, Saturnz Barz, Ascension

Miscellaneous

SKAM

Speaking of things that are back… I have most definitely talked about SKAM in a favourites post before and now it’s back for another season and I’m still obsessed with it, so here I am talking about it again. Each season focuses on a different main character in the same friend group and the one for this season is Sana, a Norwegian Muslim girl trying to make sense of her religion, herself, her friends and boyyyyys. All I can say about this show is its painfully relevant and relatable.

Chewing Gum

 

This show is just so goddam funny. If you haven’t seen it yet (it’s on Netflix) please consider giving it a go. Really, I laugh out loud at least twice an episode and some really interesting topics are covered in really hilarious ways.

Terrible, Thanks for Asking Podcast

I discovered this gem on a recommendation from my friend Clare. Hosted by author Nora McInery, this podcast that aims to talk honestly about pain, awkwardness and other uncomfortable human topics. The last episode I listened to, I cried. In the middle of Queen St. This is such an amazing podcast with the potential to help a lot of people.

 

Latest Faves: Winter Edition

Here we are again: I’m still enjoying things and still trying to let everyone know about these things I am enjoying.

As usual, there’s a mix of fashion, beauty and other miscellaneous whatnots that have been on my radar lately.

And if you would like, let me know what you’ve been enjoying this winter too!

Fashion

Urban Outfitters Hoodie

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In the winter, when it is miserably cold and dreary outside, there is no greater pleasure than putting on your warmest clothes and bunkering down indoors with a cup of tea and a Netflix queue. That was the destination in mind when I picked up this hoodie from the Urban Outfitters men’s department. Cozy living central. I even got it in a medium so it would be extra snuggly. The last few months I’ve definitely used it for its intended purpose, but I can’t pretend that I haven’t also worn this guy outside layered under a jacket. It’s honestly just the best thing for those days when I want to be comfortable, warm and feel a little bit like hiding away from everyone.

Plain White Tee

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An American classic. I mean, yes, I am Canadian but think of every iconic White Tee™ moment and you’ll probably come up with Grease, A Streetcar Named Desire and Rebel Without A Cause. It is an unfortunate truth that I cycle through white t-shirts at an alarming rate. It’s a messy life. I do always like to have one on hand that I can trust. If I’m stuck on a top and running low on time, a white t-shirt is my go-to. Tucked into a skirt or jeans or under a jacket, it’s the ultimate staple piece. So I‘m a frequent sport-er of the white tee on a good day, but lately I’ve found myself wearing them all the time on weekends and casual days. If you find a soft, well-made one like mine from Anthropologie, I guarantee you’ll be reaching for it all the time.

Topshop Embroidered Mom Jeans

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I can’t even tell you about the saga with these jeans. I was so back-and-forth over them for so long. Initially, I was convinced they weren’t “me” and I was just being a slave to trends and Instagram, But I couldn’t stop thinking about them. This obsession was akin to when I saw Pirates of the Caribbean and was in love with Orlando Bloom for a solid week. I gave in and got them, and now wear them all the time, usually with a simple sweater or the aforementioned white tee. The fit is slightly awkward because the jeans have absolutely no stretch (re:sizing up to fit my behind and always having to belt them because they’re too big for my waist.) Alas. That being said, these are serving me very well, and I know they’ll continue to be a staple in my wardrobe all the way into spring.

Beauty

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

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I’m always up for trying new foundations. Usually I work off of recommendations from my friends and the vast knowledge base known as the Internet, but lately I’ve narrowed down my foundation search to only those with light coverage. Heavy coverage, especially those with oil, I find do more harm than good to my skin. When I heard about this Clinique foundation and concealer, I knew I had to try it. I love the applicator, which is similar in shape to a concealer wand, and the formula is lovely. The foundation blends really well and leaves a dewy finish on my skin. My only note is I do still use a concealer with this foundation since my under-eye circles can be truly frightening. If anyone’s wondering, I have the foundation in the shade Breeze and it works perfectly for me.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette

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When this eye palette first came out last summer, I wanted it to so badly, but didn’t get to it in time before it was sold out. Naturally, when I saw it make its glorious return this winter, I was on that shit in a hot second.

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Generally, I like the formula for Too Faced shadows and I loooove the shades in this palette. Perfect for spring and summer, no? As a side note, the shadows smell like fuzzy peaches too. Is it weird for my eyelids to smell delicious? Probably. And yet, I’ve been wearing these shadows nearly everyday since I bought the palette.

Albeit Shimmer Stick in Champagne

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Since the winter was so cloudy and dark, I took extra care to find that glow this season, and I came across it with a highlighting stick from Albeit, Anthropologie’s makeup brand. The highlighter comes in three shades, one a bronzer, one more of a blush and this pearly shade. This highlighter is referred to as an “all-over” highlight, but it doesn’t mean I’ve applied it literally all over, à la Hourglass Ambient Light powders, but I do use it to highlight specific areas of the face: cheekbones, forehead, tip of the nose and cupid’s bow. When I apply it, I usually blend it in with my fingers to make the glow more subtle, and the effect is gorgeous. Sometimes I catch my reflection during the day where the light is hitting just right and I think, hell yeah, check that glow. (It’s also recommended to use the simmer stick on the body and I’ve yet to try this, but I’ve got a feeling it could provide some sick cleavage highlighting.)

Drybar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse

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Since I cut my hair short back in November, I’ve been discovering new ways to style it, to make it look more free and beach-y and less like a helmet or a not-chic Anna Wintour cut. This mousse from Drybar was purchased off of a recommendation from a Sephora employee and it definitely did not disappoint. I immediately noticed a difference in volume when I used the mousse and blow-dried my hair, and the product also didn’t leave my hair feeling crunchy, which can often be a big problem with mousse because I have such thin hair. I’ve styled my hair with this and then proceeded to not wash it for three days, and my texture was still good. 10/10.

Miscellaneous

It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot

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I’ve loved Ruby Etc.’s comics for a while, so to say I was excited when I saw she had a book is a slight understatement. Her comics are hilarious and often painfully relatable. Her book contains selections of comics ranging such topics as depression, adulthood and creativity. Ruby’s comics crack me up like nothing else and I’m aways shoving her work in my friends’ faces, trying to get them on board as well. If you want to see some of Ruby’s work, check out her tumblr.

Shura – Nothing’s Real

Shura’s 80s-inspired, dreamy synth pop is exactly the type of vibe I want to have going this year. If you know me at all, you’ll know this is exactly the type of music I go for. Not to mention Shura’s songs remind me of being horribly awkward and in love in high school (still awkward as an adult, just not in love) and make me feel a little nostalgic for the crushes I had when they were just for the sake of having a crush. If you want to feel a little dreamy and floaty, this is the right album for you.

Favourite tracks: What’s It Gonna Be?, Make It Up, 2Shy, Tongue Tied.

Banks – The Altar

Completely different from Nothing’s Real is The Altar, a gorgeous and haunting album by the one and only Banks who, in my opinion, is Queen of the “I will make you fall in love with me and then eat your heart maybe literally” aesthetic. Banks’ vocals on this album are just ridiculous. At any given moment she can sound alluring, innocent, cunning or vicious. I love this album, and the thing I love the most about it is it’s a little creepy. There’s something eerie about Banks’ voice mixed with low-key production and lyrics that linger with you long after the song if over.

Favourite tracks: Fuck With Myself, Lovesick, Poltergeist.

Riverdale

This is my new obsession. I was so stoked when I heard a TV show was going to be made based off of the Archie comics and even more stoked when I heard it was going to be a murder-mystery type series. I’m always open to new interpretations and was really curious to see what it would be like seeing these iconic characters in a modern context. This is not a show without flaws and it does differ hugely form the comics but man I love it. In my opinion, the casting is amazing, the storyline has enough plot twists to keep it interesting and the drama is intense. The show also manages to touch on some pretty important topics (slut shaming, racism) without overstepping. (The boys on the show are also a little easy on the eyes, but that’s neither here nor there.)

Latest Faves: Mid-Autumn Edition

Seasons change, etc. etc.

I’m still unsure if I will make seasonal favourites a regular occurrence, but for now I continue to enjoy things, and those things continue to change as time goes on.

Without further ado, here’s a selection of various clothes, beauty and random things I’ve been into lately.

Friends, I use natural light for my pictures so they’re a bit terrible.

Fashion

Urban Outfitters “Girlfriend” Jeans

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This is one of the most obvious favourites I could’ve picked. These jeans have featured in nearly every outfit post lately, and it’s because I love them and no one can deny true love.

When I first tried these on, I was so shocked at how well they fit that there was a near breakdown in the fitting room. Jean shopping always seems like a losing battle, but that day I felt like Patton. Or something.

I always wear the black pair, but you know I also bought them in a blue wash. Because obviously.

Free People Knit Sweater

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Knit sweaters for fall? Groundbreaking.

Listen, folks. It’s a seasonal staple for a reason. It’s getting colder, so you wanna snuggle up in some thick, warm goodness, but it’s also that perfect time where I can wear a sweater like that with no coat over it.

This guy from Free People is amazing. Perfect colour, perfect length, super cozy. Say what you want about that store, but they kill the sweater game.

*Moonwalks away humming Sweater Weather*

American Apparel Denim A-Line Skirt

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When you are a person with hips and a butt, a-line skirts are a mere dream. An urban legend, something you’ve only heard but never experienced.

If you don’t know, here’s why:

Unless that skirt has a hella lot of stretch, there’s no way you can get an a-line to fit both the booty and the waist. You’ll have to size up hugely and get half of the damn thing altered and at that point the skirt is twice as expensive and you stand there in a Topshop shaking a fist at the heavens for both the blessing and curse of a bodacious bod.

Anyway.

I found this skirt in an American Apparel, and it fits perfectly. It’s a-line, and the little bit of a flair at the bottom is enough flair so the whole thing just works. This has truly been the month of me finding clothes that properly fit and nearly weeping from satisfaction.

Brandy Melville Velvet Choker

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This time of year is about those possibly-witch-possibly-vampire-definitely-dangerous-and-sexy vibes, you feel me?

This choker fits the bill pretty well. Velvet is badass any time of year and I was super into the black/burgundy colour when I first saw it. Wicked accessory when I’m feeling my outfit is just not the place where I need it to be in terms of drama.

Beauty

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipsticks + Lip Insurance

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I’ve been around the block with a few liquid lipsticks. I’ve got my faves, but I hadn’t tried any of Too Faced’s until recently. More to that, I hadn’t tried any of Too Faced’s products until recently.

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I was recommended the brand’s lip primer, but while grabbing that I was waylaid by the beautiful matte liquid lipstick shades. I was intrigued, and picked up two vastly different colours to try. One is a pinky-browny colour, basically that colour every brand has their version of lately, called ___ and the other is a deep, rich burgundy called ___.

I’ve tried both shades, and have put them through various tests (i.e. drinking a coffee, eating a salad, wearing for an entire shift at work). They’ve really impressed me.

With the lip primer, they’re not too drying on me and stay put until I have to forcibly remove them with makeup remover and a cotton pad.

10/10.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-H Blush

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I’m not a massive blush person, which kinda sucks, because that’s a whole other area of makeup to explore. I went through a phase over the summer where I wore bronzer and highlighter always. No blush.

But recently, I’ve only been wearing blush, and this Tarte one is the reason for it.

I wanted to try a different fall look, one with a simple, darker blush that I can wear into the colder months. I’ve heard good reviews of Tarte blushes for years, and went searching for that perfect fall shade.

I found it in a little fella called Risqué, and I’m crazy about it. It’s a gorgeous shade that wears so well for the entire day. It looks like I haven’t used much, because it’s so highly pigmented you really don’t need a lot, but I’ve worn it nearly every day since I got it.

The Body Shop Honeymania

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Starting to think this may become my new signature scent. There’s something about it I really like.

There are other fragrances I like to wear sometimes for special occasions or whatever (read: partying) but the body butter and eau de toilette from this collection are part of my daily routine. It’s to the point where some of my clothes smell like it.

Idk guys, but it may be a mix of genuinely enjoying the scent and also wanting a daily reminder of our very important friends, the bees.

Culture

Estee Lalonde: Bloom

I’ve been subscribed to Estee Lalonde’s YouTube channel for a little while now, and I think she’s great. I’m not sure what drew me in the first place, maybe the Canadian connection, maybe the makeup videos or just her personality in general. Either way, I’m a fan. When she posted a video saying she was releasing a book, at first I was a bit dismissive because it was, unfortunately, at a time when I was seeing lots of YouTubers publishing books. I have my own opinions on that, but when I saw a couple tweets about people reading the book and enjoying it, I decided to pick up a copy.

So far, I’m only about halfway through Bloom, and I actually really like it. The photography and layout is gorgeous, which is something you could expect from her, but in my opinion the text itself is well-written and painfully honest at times.

Anna of the North

Bless Spotify, because I’m able to discover so many new artists I wind up loving off of that app. I first heard a song by Anna of the North in passing earlier this year, but now she has a few more circulating, and I’m really into her dreamy, minimalist sound.

Currently loving the tracks “Baby” and “Us.” Inexplicably, they remind me of high school.

Kings of Leon: WALLS

I’ve been a Kings of Leon fan for years. It’s true, I hadn’t heard of them until the big “Sex on Fire” takeoff, but I stuck with them. I got into their old stuff and kept following their new stuff. I think they may be the artist with the most songs listen in my iTunes other than Coldplay (and possibly One Direction, shhhh.)

When I heard WALLS was coming out, I was instantly stoked. There are definitely some albums by them I like more than others, but I’ve enjoyed nearly everything they’ve released. This album is no exception.

My favourite tracks off of WALLS right now are “Muchacho” and “Eyes On You.”

Black Mirror

I straight up only started watching Black Mirror because someone told me it was like a current Twilight Zone. Listen, there’s so damn much to watch on Netflix that things can easily get looked over, but the Twilight Zone is fantastic, so I was curious about Black Mirror.

Luckily for me, the third season came out recently, so I dove in, and was not disappointed.

It’s like the Twilight Zone in the sense that episodes are self-contained and can be awfully unsettling. Black Mirror’s perspective is mainly on technology, throwing in some dystopian and near-future elements. It’s pretty good, and has made me think pretty differently about certain aspects of technology.

Natasha Does TURF

Split-second decisions sometimes yield great things. Last Friday was proof of that.

My sister came across a deal from Blundstone to get day passes for TURF at a discounted cost. We decided right then and there to go, but only picked one day. Friday. My sister could see Explosions in the Sky and I could see James Bay. Done and done.

Turns out, those VIP passes were cheaper than general admission the day of. They also, somehow, got us access to the front of stage area-extra VIP-so I could embarrass myself right smack in front of the performers. (I did NOT cry during James Bay but I screamed a lot and kept getting side-eyed by security. Which was, you know, fair.)

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RIP Natasha, died this day the 16th of September due to James Bay exposure

It was a little strange. Having gone to Osheaga, I’m used to having to either camp out for hours at the front of the stage or nearly literally fight someone, or probably both, to get a good spot. When Explosions in the Sky were on, the crowd wasn’t huge. We wandered over to the front of stage area and hung out with maybe a dozen other people. As far as music festivals go, it was bewildering.

Other than the great performances, my sister and I made it our mission to sample from as many food trucks as possible. In the span of a few hours, I ate mac and cheese, an ice pop, vegan ice cream and a beaver tail. There were no regrets until the next day. Then there were a few regrets.

I wore what I consider to be “festival attire” – the mild version. A look that says, “Hey I’m here to listen to some cool music because I too am cool” with a side of “I copied this entire look from Instagram.”

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I wore boots because 1) they are the most superior footwear and 2) the most protective when there’s garbage and drunk people around.

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It was a disgustingly perfect day for a music fest: warm but not too warm, a gorgeous sunset and a cool evening. I had to steal my sister’s scarf while waiting in line but she came prepared.

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Sisters, doing it for themselves

TURF was probably one of the most low-key music festivals I have ever been to. If I’m being honest, it was a really nice change from the complete insanity of big-ticket shindigs. Those weekends have their time and place, but so do fests like TURF, where it really is all about listening to some good music. And eating. Obviously.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Top: Zara (Not available!) – Similar

Backpack: Zara (Not available!) – Similar

Jeans: Urban Outfitters

Boots: Zara (Not available!) – Similar

Sunglasses: Black Market Vintage

Watch: Daniel Wellington

Choker: Urban Outfitters

 

Latest Faves: Midsummer Edition

Sometimes, I un-ironically like things. Sometimes, those things are related to fashion and beauty. Sometimes I assume absolute strangers will care about those things, so I list them on the internet.

Monthly favourites are a common topic for bloggers and YouTubers and I thought, maybe I should do that too. Why not capitalize on someone else’s idea???

However, since I’m only putting out one blog post a week, for the sake of not getting repetitive, I’d like to do posts about my latest faves every once in a while, kind of a “what I’ve liked in the past few months” type of thing.

This is clearly a well-thought out plan.

I’m calling this episode of latest faves the “midsummer edition.” It is definitely past the official midsummer time and I have no excuse other than I liked how it sounded. Generally, the way this will work is I’ll sort everything I mention into three groups: fashion, beauty and assorted.

Fashion

Rompers

What an extremely vague favourite I have given you to start with. I posted a picture on Instagram a few weeks back about how rompers are the only thing I can wear in extreme heat, other than absolutely nothing at all. There’s something about the ease in dressing, with the coolness of a dress and the freedom in wearing shorts. And it is true, if you see me around town on a very hot day (basically every day in Toronto, RIP), then chances are I’m in any one of these rompers.

Aritzia romper

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H&M romper (similar)

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Urban Outfitters romper (similar)

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Vintage 80s Sweater

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I met my friend Sam for lunch at the El Furniture Warehouse on Queen St. earlier in July. We drank, ate, got sunburnt and decided, after all of those things, to pop into Tribal Rhythm Vintage to have a poke around. Now, I don’t go vintage shopping nearly as much as I would like to. Part of that is because of time, because I really like to hunt for the good vintage stuff. The other part is laziness, which can also be linked to the previous statement. While I was in Tribal, I found this French tennis player meets vintage English private school kid sweater and I loved it. It’s a bit weird I liked it so much, because I’m not the preppiest dresser, but something about it made me so down to have it in my wardrobe. I’ve loved having this around to chuck on when it’s slightly cooler in the evenings, throwing around some “I’m vaguely European” vibes. I don’t know when those became vibes I want to put out into the world, but here we are.

Aritzia Monterey Bralette

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It’s a bit weird to have underwear as a favourite, so all I’ll say about this is I love it and have it in two colours. It’s comfortable, beautiful and works well under most of my wardrobe. The last time I wore a proper padded bra was back in the Spring. Once you go bralette, you really don’t want to go back.

Block Heel Sandals by Seychelles

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The 90s are it right now. Chokers are everywhere, space buns are popping up on Instagram and block heel shoes are coming back. These sandals I found at Heel Boy aren’t as 90s as the jelly shoes, but the thick straps and block heel made me think of The Craft and I was sold. I’m really not a big sandal person — I like to wear sneakers and boots all the time — but these were a great middle ground for me.

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Quay Australia Sunglasses

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The perfect summer sunglasses. Colourful, round without making my already-round face look like a beach ball and reflective, so people never know when you’re staring at them. These sunglasses were a bit of a gamble because I bought them online, and you never know how a pair will look on you. In this case, however, the gamble paid off very nicely.

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Beauty

Colourpop Blush in Birthday Suit

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Colourpop products are amazing. With the price point, quality and ever-growing product list, my only complaint is that the prices are in American, and the exchange rate doesn’t become real until the credit card bill. (I cry.) I wanted a pretty pink shade I could dab on to give myself a fresh-faced flush, and this dude delivers. I love how this shade looks with my skin tone and I really like how subtly you can apply it. Obviously for super pink cheeks, you could always build up the colour, but I like the soft spot of blush. It’s as though I just finished a round of skiing in the Alps. Or whatever.

MAC Lip Pencil in Spice

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Hand to God, every single time I wear this lip liner, someone compliments me on it. It’s the prettiest brown shade that wears flawlessly on its own. This is one of the things I love about MAC liners – they’re creamy enough that you could wear them without lipstick no problem. I first picked up this colour to use as a linear for Persistence, but found wearing it on its own gave me a more dark mauve-brown tone, if that makes any sense at all. It’s that 90s inspired, summer neutral lip. Get into it.

MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream

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Fun fact: I do not like wearing foundation in the summer because I sweat. That’s just the truth. I do, however, love wearing sunscreen because my sensitivity to sunburn is too real. Enter this tinted face cream. Given the name this is probably obvious, but it applies just like a moisturizer and has very light coverage. I don’t necessarily need heavy coverage, so I wear it in place of foundation and set it with a powder. If you’re looking for much heavier coverage, this would also make a great primer, especially with the added SPF 30. Sunscreen that shit.

Assorted

Stranger Things

Believe the hype about Stranger Things. It’s wonderful. I loved the story, the characters, the way it was shot and I am obsessed with the soundtrack. Gimme all that 80s synth action. This is a spoiler-free zone, so I’ll just say that the show made me feel really nostalgic about being 12 years old but also made me rethink so many things about life, science and my own existence.

The Black Tapes  

I’ve talked about this podcast before on Snapchat and how it has made me scared of everything. I’m one of those people who absolutely should not get involved with anything horror-related because I scare really easily. And yet. This podcast isn’t straight-up horror, but it’s so suspenseful and contains some pretty harrowing moments. It’s a mockumentary podcast, following a journalist investigating unsolved paranormal cases. It’s really good. So good, in fact, that the last time I listened to it I was so engrossed I missed my subway stop.

Arkells: Morning Report (Released Singles)

Here’s the thing about this band: I always have their albums on non-stop during the summer. There’s something about Arkells and these dog days for me that just works. The full album will be released on August 5th, just a couple of days after this blog post will go up. I can tell you right now I’m going to love it for two reasons: 1) I’ve been pretty consistent with enjoying everything this band puts out and 2) I’m already in love with the first tracks they’ve released as singles. Drake’s Dad and Private School are, in particular, some supremely decent jams.