Wednesday, May 20, 2015

One With Nature | Jord Wood Watch

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I have always been a lover of timepieces. I find great enjoyment and satisfaction in wearing one. In fact, when I am not sporting a watch on my wrist, I feel utterly naked. Sure, we all have a smartphone that never leaves our side, but there’s something to be admired about a sleek and artistic design of a wristwatch.

I love to alternate between classic and unique pieces. It is so fun to play around with colours and finishes. From the cases to the straps, I've always been fascinated with how even the antiquated designs never go out of style.

So, when JORD Wood Watches approached me to try out one of their timepieces, I couldn’t resist. I have been intrigued by wood watches for a while now. Most of the ones I've noted were not really my style, though. They were either too stylized or consisted of a faux wood enamel inlay—both were not what I was looking for.

The JORD Wood Watches, on the other hand, are made from 100% natural wood and have a bunch of simple, yet modern styles. The Ely Series in Maple (shown, $129) has a more feminine style with the smaller dial & band than the classic mid-sized Fieldcrest Series ($120).

The Ely Series is a great size for my wrist, especially once the band is sized down for a more snug fit. The simplicity of the design is perfect—the Maple is a light wood finish and I love that the intricacy of the wood grain is visible. It definitely adds to the design & aesthetics of the watch.

To add to the practicality, it even has a date display. Who needs a smartphone now? :)

Watches are the simplest accessory. You can wear them for different occasions and different outfits. The Ely Wood Watch goes well with any outfit. Whether it is jeans and a t-shirt or a flouncy dress—it just works. Don’t let the plain design fool you because when worn, it’s a piece many people notice. I wore it on a trip I took earlier this year & got nothing but compliments on the sleek look.

If you’re in the market for a new timepiece, check out the JORD Wood Watches website! You have to check out these other styles while you’re there: I love the koa & rose gold design of the Cora Series and the rugged contrast of the zebrawood & cream of the Dover Series!

Let me know what you think of wood watches in the comments below!


Top, Loft | Cardigan, Forever21 | Jeans, Loft | Bag, Mansur Gavriel Bucket | Sandals, a Marshalls Find | Bracelet, Pandora | Watch, JORD

Ps, who else visited the Sakura trees (aka cherry blossoms) in High Park this year? The Beau & I took my mum there during Mother’s Day weekend and she loved it!

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Sunday, February 08, 2015

Luxe in a Box

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Looking to pick up a beauty treat for yourself? Have you thought of maybe picking up a Loose Button Luxe Box?

I have been a fan of Luxe Boxes for years. I actually picked up my very first beauty box (which happened to be a Luxe Box) back in 2011… Crazy how time flies, right? Luxe Box looks a lot different now than it did then but it has always remained one of my favourite services. I still love the excitement of receiving a parcel in the mail and opening it to find new products to try & cool brands to discover.

If you're not familiar Luxe Box, it is a seasonal beauty box, curated with 7-8 products based on your beauty profile, that allows you to discover new brands and products.

Beauty boxes aren’t for everyone, but if you’re looking to gift yourself (or a fellow beauty lover) something fun, here’s how the Luxe Box works:

You can sign up for a Luxe Box here (link!). In order to personalize your box (specific to your skin type, hair type, and preferences), you have to fill out your beauty profile. Every season, Loose Button will ship your Luxe Box directly to you, so you can play with your new goodies from the comfort of home.

If you only want a one-time box, it will set you back $26. They also offers an annual plan (that’s four boxes) for $24/box or a semi-annual plan (that’s two boxes) for $25/box. As always, these prices include complimentary shipping.

If you want more of an idea of what products you can expect, browse through my past unboxings here (link!).

I also love when collab or themed Luxe Boxes come out. In the past, they’ve created limited edition boxes in collaboration with Zoomer and LouLou. This Spring, they have a special collaboration with Benefit!

If you’re a Luxe Box member, you’ll be able to swap your Spring 2015 Luxe Box for the limited edition Bene-Boutique at no additional cost. Great deal, right?

If you want to see a sneak peeks of what will be inside the Bene-Boutique, check out Loose Button’s Instagram or Twitter! Also, be sure to sign up on the wait list to be notified of availability (link!).

Let me know in the comments which beauty boxes you've tried! :) x

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide | 2014

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Hello fellow last minute shoppers—if you're like me and still wondering what special something to get for someone in your life, here are a few quick and easy gift ideas.

1. Starbucks Dot Collection

How adorable is the new holiday collection from Starbucks? They have tons of cute (limited edition) designs for tumblers, cold cups, and mugs. My favourites are the Gold Dot and Black Hearts ceramic tumblers. Unfortunately, these guys are both sold out online… but you may still be able to find it in stores! Don’t forget to check out Target… their Starbucks Stores also carry selected items from the Dot Collection. It also pays to be a last minute shopper because the Dot Collection is on major discount right now on! If it's too late for that... Try a gift card! Who doesn't want a free latte to warm up this season?

2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Blush is my favourite beauty product, so it’s no surprise that I would recommend the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. Funnily enough, I do not own this… There’s a good reason, I promise. I passed on this palette mainly because I own both of the permanent shades in this palette, so I didn’t want to neglect them & buy this palette unnecessarily. I will say though that the formulation of these blushes is so silky and smooth and long-wearing. Don’t get too hung up on the veining, just be sure to give your brush  a good swirl in the product. Give them a swatch, I promise, they’re good.

3. Watches

I love watches! Even though I bring my phone everywhere and I could just as easily check the time on it, there’s just something so satisfying about wearing a watch. I actually feel naked without one on. The Citizen Eco-Drive World Time A-T is the watch I’ve been wearing and loving for pretty much the last year & I adore it! It doesn’t require batteries—all it needs is sunlight. It’s radio controlled, so it pretty much keeps the time for you (literally), you never have to adjust the time. 
The Jord Ely watch is an elegantly understated time piece. Plus, it’s made of wood! Yes, it’s a wood watch. Pretty cool, right? I love that’s it has a slim (more feminine) design. They’re splash resistant, but like most things, are not meant to be submerged in water (especially for long periods of time).

4. Pens

I love a good pen. I always carry a pen around with me in my handbag, so why not have a really cute one for others to ooh and awe over? Chapters / Indigo is my go-to for unique (and adorable) stationery sets… they rarely disappoint. These pens come prepackaged in ready-to-gift boxes and also have the most charming designs. One is a black & white polka dot with “hello” scribbled on it (here), while the other is a striped design with “hello lovely” in cursive writing (here). They’re perfect to keep in our purse for signing important documents, or to clip into an equally adorable agenda.

5. Jawbone UP24

You don’t really need to be a health fanatic to appreciate this gift, but it sure does help. The UP24 is wearable technology (at it’s simplest). It keeps track of your steps, activities, and sleep. I wear mine everyday, all day.  It wirelessly connects to your smartphone and give you real-time updates throughout the day. Persimmon is my colour of choice, although be warned… it does show stains easily.

6. 2015 Agenda

I love the feel of a new agenda. There’s something exciting about getting a fresh one for a  new year. Again, Chapters is always my go-to for agendas… they stock the cutest ones! I’ve been using the Kate Spade Agenda for the last couple of years and I really like them. The design are always adorable and they have a functional layout—I typically keep this one at work to jot stuff down in. If you’re looking for a simpler design, you could try this one from Eccolo. The stripes are classic and again, the layout is practical for everyday use.

1. The Art of Shaving

The men in our life love a little pampering, too! Especially when they’re shaving. This set from the Art of Shaving will help your guy (or any guy in your life) get that perfect clean shave. It comes with a pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after-shave balm, and a shaving brush.

2. Marmot Jacket

If you’re beau is looking for a lightweight, yet warm jacket for the winter season, then try the Marmot Ama Dablam Jacket. They have an 800 down fill (i.e., super warm) but it doesn’t feel heavy to wear. If your guy likes to stay toasty but still wants the mobility to lay their arms flat against their side, then this the coat for him.

3. Crosley Vinyl Record Player

Vinyl is coming back in a big way. The Crosley Vinyl Record Player has a vintage-inspired turntable that actually has the capability to fine-tune the audio from vinyl records with strobe & pitch control. Pair this with a couple of his favourite vinyls and you’re set. Urban Outfitters has some cool ones.

4. Jawbone UP24

Not just for the ladies, the UP24 band is great for guys, too! Get one for yourself and your guy so you two can stay up-to-date with each other’s goals and also motivate each other if to maintain a more healthy lifestyle.

5. Watches

Guys can never have too many watches. Purses to us, is what watches are to them. I love the Citizen World Time A-T for men. Again, battery-less and self-adjusting. Also, the Jord Fieldcrest series. The monochromatic wood face looks so classic, yet modern (I mean, come one… the watch is made of wood! How cool, right?)

What's on your holiday wish list? I don't really have anything particular in mind, but I do love surprises.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Addicted | Dior Addict Fluid Sticks

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These came out earlier this year (May, I think) and I am still loving them! So much so that I though I'd dedicate an entire post to them.

The Dior Addict Fluid Sticks are in that new category of hybrid lip products. I think this is one of the better lipstick / gloss / balm fusions on the market right now. They feel so plush and cushiony on the lips and, depending what shade you get, it offers a rich opaque application.

Plus, can we take a minute to admire the packaging? Even the packaging is a hybrid between gloss and lipstick. I love that!

The applicator, on the other hand, is a simple tapered doe foot that feels soft and smooth on the lips. I love the pointed tip because it helps get into all the crevices (weird word to describe lips, right? It's the best one I could think of).

I picked up three shades on the first day they hit the Dior counters and as I'm writing this post, I'm asking myself why I haven't picked up more since I really do enjoy them so much.

Nonetheless, I'm content with the ones I have right now, which are (below, l-r) #219 Whisper Beige (a warm nude), #338 Mirage (a coral nude), and #689 Vertigo (a rosy / berry hue). My absolute favourite is Vertigo. I think that goes without saying as this colour family is the one I gravitate towards most in every lip product (Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Rose or Burberry Lip Glow in Blush). I will definitely be busting this out for an upcoming holiday soirée.

Mirage is a gorgeous coral shade that I loved busting out during the summer. It paired beautifully with apricot cheeks (courtesy of NARS Lustre). I will say that Whisper Beige probably wasn't my best pick. While the application is great, the colour is a little light for me ten months out of the year. I feel like it washes me out a lot when I wear it.

The line boasts 14 gorgeous shades that are definitely worth a swatch, although at CDN $36.00 each, they're best bought in moderation.



Whisper Beige//

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Monday, December 01, 2014

Chalet Chic Luxe Box | Loose Button

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Happy December!  I don't need to tell you how quickly this year went by... so, let's all just take a minute to pause and enjoy one of this year's Limited Edition Winter Luxe Boxes.

Loose Button has curated three different limited edition versions this year that you can upgrade to: the Enchantress, the Zoomer Edition, and the Chalet Chic (which Loose Button was kind enough to send over for me to play with).

The Chalet Chic Luxe Box contains eight beautifully curated products to help ring in the winter season.

EVulcano | Hair Wash & Hair Cream

This cleansing shampoo and smoothing conditioner contains olive oil extracts and the strong antioxidant benefits from Volcanic Minerals. I used it once and it left my hair looking shiny and feeling soft. The scent is also amazing (must be those Sicilian Lemons).

Paula's Choice | Clinical KP Treatment Cloths (10 Pack) 

I adore Paula's Choice products. Many of the products I've tried from them have been a hit with my skin and this Clinical KP Treatment Cloth is no exception. This works well at reducing redness in my skin (typically around areas with blemishes).

Suki Skincare | Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser 

I love using exfoliators, especially in the Winter. This Suki Cleanser is a hybrid between a scrub and a foam cleanser. It is the strangest combination, but it works! It feels great on the skin, it's gentle enough to avoid irritating the skin and it left my skin feeling fresh. This also smells great! I love the citrus notes.

Model Co. | Power Lash Mascara & Loose Button | Eyelash Curler

The Model Co Power Lash Mascara is a lengthening mascara. The formulation is fairly smooth and easy to apply. I used it once & I've pretty happy with the longevity... no racoon eyes at the end of the day. The huge brush takes a second to get used to, but it coats every lash evenly. Coupled with the Loose Button Eye Lash Curler and you're set.

Nicole by OPI | Profoundly Purple

I wish all nail polishes came in such cute and tiny packaging. I love this mini polish and the colour is gorgeous, too. A dark plum shade with a hint of a metallic shimmer. Can't wait to wear this on my tips.

Biotherm | Aquasource Cocoon

There's nothing like a silky, smooth, hydrating moisturizer (especially during the winter). Described as a "balm-in-gel," it feels incredibly hydrating on the skin. The gel formulation is lightweight and (surprisingly) leaves no oily residue on the skin). 

There are only a couple more days to pick up your Winter Luxe Box, so if you're interested in this box (or the the other limited edition boxes), head over to Loose Button's site to check them out (link!)! If you're already a subscriber to seasonal Luxe Boxes, upgrade your box to a the Chalet Chic box here (link!) Or if you want to treat someone to a Luxe Box, gift one here (link!)

Remember, you only have until December 3rd to pick up a Winter Luxe Box! :)

(*) This post contains products sent to Stylish & Literate for consideration. Read disclosure here.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

The Green Scene | Tea Tree Oil

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I have been having trouble with my skin lately. I had a bad reaction to something. While my skin is slowly healing, I still get the occasional blemish and I'm left with lots of dark spots. I typically rely on BHA or benzoyl peroxide products to help heal blemishes, but lately I've been loving a more natural remedy—tea tree oil. Here are a few products I've been loving:

The Body Shop | Tea Tree Oil

This is a concentrated oil to help target blemish-prone skin. Many people think this little bottle contains 100% tea tree oil, but it only contains 15%. Even so, it’s very effective—especially when you consider that a 5% concentration is enough to see results.

I love this oil because I see immediate results. It helps minimize and treat breakouts. It absorbs quickly into the skin and it doesn’t feel dehydrating.

The packaging isn’t the best design . It’s hard to regulate the amount of product you get & it’s also difficult to get drops out once you’re used up 75% of the bottle. Nonetheless, it’s definitely worth that little hassle.

Thursday Plantation | Tea Tree Cream

This light weight face cream from Thursday Plantation* is a balanced combination of tea tree oil, macadamia oil, rose hip oil, vitamin E, and shea butter to help maintain clear skin and restore moisture. It absorbs quickly into the skin and it doesn’t feel greasy or oily. I apply this right after cleansing my skin and it leaves my skin looking slightly matte but not dry. I’ve had no problems with applying tinted moisturizer over this face cream, either. It sits well on the skin without sliding off.

Thursday Plantation | Tea Tree Blemish Stick

For on-the-go treatment with a convenient sponge tip applicator, I turn to the Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Blemish Stick*. It’s a blend of tea tree oil, spearmint oil, and vitamin E. The spearmint helps mask the smell of tea tree if you’re not a strong fan of that scent. It comes in clear tube so you know how much product you have left and the clear gel dries invisible so you can reapply without having a weird spot on your face. It's a great spot treatment to help target any blemishes you get—it's a great daytime remedy.

The Body Shop | Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

Whenever I get a blemish, it is always accompanied by a dark sport. Without fail. This Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion from the Body Shop works well to help lighten the darks spots and any other scarring. It doesn’t work as quickly or effectively as other hydroquinone products I’ve tried, but if you have the patience, you will see results. This not only fades dark spots, but the tea tree oil helps prevent future blemishes. Win, win.

The Body Shop | Tea Tree Face Mask

If you want an instantly cooling and refreshing face mask, the Tea Tree Face Mask from the Body Shop may be for you. It feels so good on the skin. It helps absorb excess oils and soothes the skin. It does leave a tingling sensation on the skin, which is normal as long as it doesn’t feel painful… but if you have sensitive skin, this may not be for you. It’s great for a weekly treatment to help clarify and soothe your skin, especially if you’re like me & acne-prone.

Beware, this product is bright green, so don’t use it while wearing anything you’d like to wear out in public again.

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