Glamorous

Awards season is my favourite time of the year, not only because it falls around my birthday but as a woman obsessed with dresses I love seeing the red carpets.

The Oscars were no exception. While I had to work and miss the festivities and take part in the Oscars drinking game I did get to drool over the gowns the following morning.

Here are my top five favourites:

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Kate Mara is adorable and there’s just something about blush light fabrics I’m loving this season. My favourite looks are ones that look effortless and her messy bun and the simplicity of the garment just make sense. While you can argue she should have worn jewelry I think the detail in the dress is more than enough.

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Jessica Chastain is not only proving her acting chops but also that she can handle herself on the red carpet. This dress is pretty bold compared to what we usually see with it’s bright gold and harsh black, but it just works. The dress is an art piece and keeping her hair back was the right choice. A dress like this can’t be pulled off by many but her soft pale complexion and naturally striking features just compliment it all.

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Funny girl Ellie Kemper was a show stopper in this dress. I’m really at a loss for words, she and I have very similar colouring and I want this dress. I would put up with the uncomfortably high heels, four hour ceremony, starving to eat, possibly restlessness of being stuck in a chair for that long to wear this dress. She looks like a movie star. The colours are very fall based but you cannot deny how glamorous she looks. Her bold bangs and earring are drawing just enough attention to her face while the dress is jewelry itself. Wowza girl. Wowza.

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In my world Emma Stone needs no introduction. While I didn’t get to see the Oscars I did get to see her present an award; the girl crush continues. This girl knows her stuff. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an outfit on her I didn’t like. She could pull off a paper bag (How cute would she be as the Paper Bag Princess?). This dress is striking and simple. While I love her in blues and blush colours she can rock the colour red like it’s nobody’s business. The cut is perfect giving her legs that go for miles. It’s dramatic with the pretty large bow by her face but it was the perfect dress for this new It Girl to step out in the awards world. She never looks overdone and this looks like she just pulled it out of her closet, nodded and slipped it on. She’s that nice girl in high school who was perfect and as much as you wanted to hate her for it, you couldn’t really because she’s that cool.

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Kristen Wiig disappointed me when she added a choker to her SAG Awards dress which to me, threw the whole look out the window, but Ms. Wiig has redeemed herself with this number.  Favourite look of the night by far. I adore light colours even though they wash out my pale complexion. Kristen Wiig has the perfect glow to complement the subtle colour in the dress and I’m a huge sucker for mixing girly and rocker style trends. Her nails kind of made it for me, she looks so sweet and innocent and the darkness on her fingertips just literally give it the ultimate finishing touch. Good work Ms. Wiig, looking forward to seeing more of you on the red carpet.

What were your favourite looks of the night?

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But all I got is a Photograph

I’m an unnaturally pasty person. This isn’t something I’m ashamed of, or try to hide, so finding the right make up line is hard, really hard. In school I’m required to do some television work, not cute hand held camera TV work, HD-cameras-that-costs-more-than-my-tuition-for-two-years work.

I’ve tested and tried a lot of products, but when it comes to what actually goes on my face, I try to avoid face make up. My skin is pretty clear naturally and I hate wearing anything that covers my freckles. I’ve tried MAC Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15, but who can afford that all the time. The most recent line I’ve tried was Covergirl Natureluxe Silk Foundation. Yes it was nice, and yes Taylor Swift is a gorgeous girl, but I don’t appreciate having to mix two different colours so I can kind of match my skin tone.

You will quickly learn that I have a major girl crush on the wonderful Emma Stone. So when I saw that she was a new spokesperson for Revlon I jumped at the chance to try the new Photoready line. It was like the Gods had planned it because face make up was buy one get one. I was able to get the foundation, primer, concealer AND sculpting blush for half the cost. One thing I will stress is DO NOT BUY BLIND. There were testers so I was able to see just how perfect the “vanilla” colour was for my pale complexion. It is Friday and I’m in love with this line. I feel like I can touch my face, it lasts all day and it, to me looks flawless, which makes me much more confident when stepping in front of the cameras. So I would definitely recommend it for those looking for a easy (even though it’s four different products) make up routine. Some days I use the line and just mascara and feel confident, which is what good ‘ol war paint is all about.

I’m going to try and not do a lot of make up reviews so check out Jordynnes make up blog for more

http://www.beautywithjoda.blogspot.com

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It’s the time of the season

For ginger locks. It seems celebrities are all coming over to the warm spicy side of hair colouring. Emma Stone switched from her natural hair colour of blonde, which she had while filming The Amazing Spiderman, back to ginger. Michelle Williams opted for a new warmer hue of strawberry blonde, and even Snooki has been rocking some red locks.

I have a very strong bond with red hues in my hair. As a pasty white girl with green eyes and freckles it just suits me. You know you’ve picked the right colour when people ask you if it’s natural. As a girl I think those are my favourite comments, “Your hair colour is gorgeous, is it natural? No? Could have fooled me.”

This year I am definitely going to try and maintain a light bright ginger tone like Mrs. Amy Pond (Karren Gillian). My hair is quite gingery, but of course for me it isn’t enough. I recently bought some extensions because my hair likes staying shoulder length and hair dressers refuse to let it just grow (not getting a haircut in non negotiable for me) and dyed them a shade very similar to this, and since my hair is fading they don’t match.

While I’m excited to have such a vibrant colour that matches my heritage, I think I’m more excited of the possibilities that come with longer hair. Buns, side ponytails, fishtail braids, heck any braid will do (they are my latest obsession). Here are some of the pictures that inspired me to take the leap and purchase someone else’s hair.

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9-5

I’m beginning to reach that wondrous age in which I need to step up my A Game and start looking more…hire able you might say.  Now that it’s back to school in my last semester before I decide to a) join the “big kid” world and get a job/career, or b) further my education for an extra year in Australia, I need to start looking the part. Since this time is quickly approaching I am trying my best at a “big kid” wardrobe.

In this attempt to do so I decided on this little number:

I find a blazer is an easy way to classify any outfit plus it makes me feel like Tina Fey, so no harm in that.

This skirt was the ultimate holiday shopping steal. H&M skirt for $7. While I love love love wearing skirts and dresses, in Canada the weather is getting much colder. It has yet to have a real snow fall but leggings (in my case multiple pairs) and boots are essential.

My favourite part is the necklace that I got this Christmas from my older brother. He took me to a tiny vintage boutique and pointed it out. Simply stunning and useful.

I find the simple outfits I put together look the best and easily say young and professional.

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Frankie Says Relax

Living in Canada it tends to get cold, really cold. One of the things I love, (besides my bed which contains too many sheets, comforters and pillows) is taking baths. It is the easiest thing anyone can do to relax.

Lush is one of my favourite places to go when I need a pick me up. It is my Tiffany’s. On my last visit soap was buy one get one so I picked up two bars of “A Ring of Roses.” I love the light rose scent it gives off, so to further compliment the rose scent I picked up “Rose Queen” bath bomb. The manager of lush gave me a sample of “Ros Argan” Body Conditioner, which is very similar to Olay “In Shower Body Lotion.” After a long workout I used all of  them and needless to say I want more bath bombs and I really want to get the body conditioner. It smells amazingly fresh, which surprises me because I usually don’t like scents like rose and lavender. I’ve found they smell too strong or too manufactured, but Lush uses all natural products and because they are so fresh almost everything has an expiry date.

While Lush bath bombs are absolutely amazing, you always have to clean the tub after. “Rose Queen” turned the water a light lilac colour and released tiny flower petals. I tried to take a picture of the water, but it came across looking dull and drab.

I think the rose scented products will be used very often this spring. Something about light smelling floral scents help put me in the mood and get over the fact that it is usually raining.

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What are you doing new years eve?

Oh the dreaded new years resolutions. we all make them. we all forget what they were a month or two later. so here’s my attempt at making some simple ideas and resolutions and giving them the good ‘ol college try.

Don’t be all talk.

When you like something about someone, compliment them, it really can make a world of difference.

It’s okay to get, but give a little bit more.

Stop and think: “is this gossip really necessary?” 

“Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want”

and when all else fails and you want to feel all shiny and bright, but put on your tiffany & co. key  necklace, because nothing is more classy and feminine than a damn tiffanys item.

Perhaps posting these somewhere in my room can help me to remember that little ideas like these could potentially make a huge impact on my year.

I’m dreaming of a fashionable Christmas

It’s so strange that I live in Canada and already it’s December 23 and we still haven’t seen snow that has lasted more than a few hours.

Now the past few years for Christmas I’ve been lucky enough to pick my own gifts, well in a way. I get taken out to shop and my mom decides which pieces she wants to give to me. This year I think I’m most excited for either my boyfriend blazer or my black sequin mini skirt.

While it is good idea that I’ve invested in both staple and fun pieces, I find I’m much more drawn to my bulky warm sweaters in the back of my closet. I find I’m always cold so these awkwardly over sized sweaters go great with a new movie in bed with some of my specialty hot chocolate.

Trying to stay warm can be a struggle, especially when the weather here is constantly on the fritz with little to no continuity, I feel I’m either going to buy too many mens sweaters or just dye my hair a ginger.

I’ve managed to give my forehead some warmth by getting bangs. Bangs can be cute, they can be flirty, they can be amazing…if you are Zooey Deschanel. I haven’t had bangs since I was in high school and I forgot how hard they can be to manage. I walk past a mirror and I’m either weirded out by how awkward I look or stop, wink to myself and do a slight tiger growl because of this little indie look I’m attempting to rock. 

Christmas is just days away and while I will be working for the man Christmas morning I’m lucky enough to make it for dinner, and I’m definitely in need of some good ‘ol quality family time.