Looks and Living

Korres Lip Butters | Gift Idea and Cold Weather BFF

**THIS POST WILL BORE MOST OF THE MEN THAT I KNOW BUT IF YOU NEED A GIFT IDEA FOR ANY FEMALE YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ THIS**

My part of the world is incredibly cold at the moment and yes, all you Edmontonians, I’m aware it’s colder there, it’s not a competition. Because of this incredibly cold air I’ve been reaching for a couple  of products that are particularly moisturizing, yet look really lovely on: Korres Lip Butters.

DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE COLOUR!

(top to bottom) Wild Rose, Quince, & Jasmine.

My love story with these babies started with a trip to Sephora, the only place you can get them as far as I know. I loved all of the beautiful pots of rich colour but I decided to pick up “Jasmine” as a trial. Little did I know how much I would LOVE these. It’s weird to say you love an inanimate object that you use to moisturize your lips, but it’s my reality right now.

Jasmine is the perfect colour for everyday and the perfect shade to start with if you’re thinking of getting one of these as a gift. These are so moisturizing and smell wonderfuly, but that’s not even the best part. They are a natural product and made without the following (taken from the Sephora website):

- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

The next time I had the chance to get back to Sephora I picked up “Wild Rose” and “Quince” which have quickly become favourites. Don’t be afraid of the colour as they aren’t that opaque. They add the perfect touch of life to your winter-laden lips that are void of moisture and all things nice (what an odd sentence). These are a must and although they are $16 CAD, I truly believe it’s worth it. In fact, I love these Lip Butters so much I spoke about them Ya, I know. Riveting stuff.

Hope you had a fantastic weekend!

xo Ali

On Bermuda Shorts: the ugly face of practical.

It was a Friday afternoon in the middle of a Vancouver summer. The work week was done and I was excited to meet up with my friend for dinner and drinks. At the time I was interning at a digital design agency and worked in a totally trendy office in Gastown where everyone rode their bikes or took transit and our office was completely paperless – you were shunned for using a paper coffee cup. Shunned.

It was hard enough for me to look chic on an extremely tight budget, but hipster chic? Come on. Impossible! I had to turn my awkward student wardrobe into something it wasn’t. It was a particularly hot week and I was running out of summer dresses and skirts. I opened my drawer one morning and there, buried under a pile of jeans, were black Bermuda shorts. Now, I used to LOVE Bermuda shorts growing up because my abnormally long legs didn’t look so long in them. But I was 23 and I had moved on. Or so I thought.

I looked at the clock and was already a few minutes late. I slipped on those black beauties and went on with my day. The outfit was fine for a Friday at work, the problem came after when I met my pal for dinner at a cool oyster bar. Sure, I wasn’t feeling my ‘best’ that day in terms of wardrobe choice, but you get a beer in me and I will accept and justify any choice I’ve made. 1 beer led to 3 and before we knew it, we were going out that night.

*I’d like to add that I was also carrying around my leather messenger bag with my macbook and charger in it.*

We ventured to one of our favourite spots to have another beer and continue the conversation and laughs. I’m still in my black Bermuda shorts carrying around my laptop in a messenger bag and I’m still havin’ a time. We get to drinking a few more beers and the table next to us ends up chatting us up and inviting us out a bar for some dancing. If there’s one thing Sara and I like to do together, it’s dancing like idiots in the bar. We said yes.

We get to the bar and we’re both feeling pretty good by this point. We hit the dance floor immediately and scared away the gentleman who invited us to the bar. Mission accomplished.

It was then that I looked down at my sandals and Bermuda shorts, looked at my messenger bag sitting on a stool close by and commended myself for rocking those black Bermuda shorts from morning until night. Who said they aren’t cool and practical? No one. Okay, everyone.

The point of my story is that Bermuda shorts are very practical for the office setting I’m in now and I’ve been perusing Pinterest for ways to style them, because let’s face it, they are a beautifully awkward piece of clothing.

Above: I’m now obsessed with her blog since finding this photo on pinterest. Check her out here.

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Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xo Ali

Summer, where art thou?

I’m talking about the season of Summer but if you’re super sweet like me then yes, I’m also talking about Summer Roberts from The OC aka Rachel Bilson (guys, please still be my friend). So, I’m not sure about where you’re living but where I am summer is no where to be found. I’m looking forward to a couple things in the next couple weeks – moving (yay!) and a huge visit from a bunch of family – so I’m going to need the sun to start shining pretty soon.

I have been more active on Pinterest lately, although I didn’t think that was possible, pinning any outfit that is remotely summery. I don’t claim to be a fashion blogger, but I do wear clothes and I have some pretty bossy friends in the fashion world (you ladies know who you are), so I’d like to share a few outfits I’ve been drooling over to get a little more in the summer spirit.

Happy summer!

xo Ali

PS. I ordered Insanity so if I fall off the face of the planet it’s because my body aches and I can’t even move my fingers to type.

Photos via: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , and 6 .