Tuesday, August 30, 2011

they wanted me to be the dream.


In 2005, I saw Kelly Osbourne for the first time. She was a few feet away from me, and when I had my chance to say something to her, I froze. I sat silently, in complete awe of my idol. Six years later, I finally got my chance to meet Kelly for real. Today was a dream come true.

Kelly was scheduled to do an in-store appearance in Toronto several months back, to promote the Material Girls clothing line, which she is the spokesperson for. Due to illness, she canceled a few hours before. I had given up any hope of her returning, until I received a call from the store last week. Because I had been one of the first ten people to buy something from the line and sign up for the last appearance, I won a meet and greet!

The event was essentially an interview with fans watching. Because I had the meet and greet, I was able to be at the front of the crowd during the interview, and got to meet her beforehand! It was terrifying, but amazing. I planned on asking her about her music, but instead blurted out: "You are like, my hero."


Why Kelly Osbourne? I admire her more than I can express. I have always been painfully shy and I love that Kelly always says what is on her mind. I love her music, and I adore her taste in fashion. She epitomizes glam-punk style.


I love how she wore her hair - bows and buns! This is such a cute look, and I am definitely going to give it a try in the near future! Hopefully I can pull it off as well as Kelly did!


Also amazing? Kelly's shoes! I instantly fell in love with them and needed to take a picture to show you all.


If meeting Kelly Osbourne wasn't enough of a perk, they gave the meet and greet winners Flirty Fruit Body Mist and Body Lotion by Material Girls! Super exciting, because the Material Girls body mists just launched here in Canada. This particular one smells so so good! It is nice and fresh, but still has a powerful scent. The longer you wear it, the better it smells! And because I am a Material Girls addict, I bought a super cute skirt, a pair of ruffled shorts, and mix n' match earrings. I love them all!


I apologize for this self-indulgent post - thank you to anyone who read it! And be sure to tell me who your idols are!

xo Shannon

Monday, August 29, 2011

fashion tribute: ashley benson


The summer finale of Pretty Little Liars is tomorrow. (Or today, depending on when you're reading this!) In honour of this bittersweet event, I am devoting this post to my favourite Liar, Ashley Benson.

I love her fashion choices. She always looks polished and elegant, but fun and edgy as well. She brings subtle drama to the red carpet in the colours, patterns, and textures she wears. Ashley Benson always looks amazing, on or off screen!




This last one is my personal favourite. I love the pop of colour her nails and lipstick add to the overall look! Subtle, but sexy. The pattern on the dress is so unique and beautiful, and I adore the one-shoulder detail. Ashley just looks so gorgeous and happy here!


Which outfit do you like best?

xo Shannon

Sunday, August 28, 2011

love and chaos.

The last couple of days have been amazing. I actually got to enjoy the weekend - no work, just desperately needed relaxation. This post is dedicated to the little things I am loving at the moment.

I love getting ready to go out. There is something special about being able to take your time getting ready, and really enjoying the experience. And I love an excuse to be a little more dramatic with my makeup!


Another thing I am loving at the moment? New shoes! I may have mentioned my shoe addiction before....I just love these shoes. They are suede and have this gorgeous lace. Perfection!


I haven't had a chance to watch the MTV VMA's yet, but I did catch the black carpet special. I always love watching the pre-shows to see who is wearing what. There were a lot of great gowns this year, but by far my favourite was worn by Victoria Justice. I love her makeup, especially that lip colour. And her dress! So beautiful! If that wasn't enough, her accessories were mixed metals and took her outfit to the next level. Absolutely stunning. She looked flawless.


Lastly, a few of the articles I've written for my internship are up on younghollywood.com if you care to read any of them!
Hilary Duff: Moving Beyond Lizzie McGuire & The Child Star Curse
Lourdes Leon and Other Famous Offspring Strive to Make Their Own Names
The Sweet Smell of Success for Celebrity Scents

What did you do this weekend?

xo Shannon

Friday, August 26, 2011

makeup tutorial: bella vida

If you watched the prematurely canceled ABC Family show, Huge, you know Hayley Hasselhoff as the sweet but complex, Amber. If you didn't watch, you probably knows her as David Hasselhoff's daughter. Hayley and her sister, Taylor, make up the music duo Bella Vida.

I came across their first music video, Kiss Kiss Me Bang Bang, about a week ago and I love everything about it. The song is ridiculously catchy - it may be permanently stuck in my head - and the video features some amazing makeup. It is not very wearable, but could be if toned down just a touch. What I love most about this makeup is that it is sophisticated but tough. Such a great combination!

There are two looks that I am focusing on for this tutorial. They are very similar - the lip colour is the main distinction. So here goes! Also, I apologize for the low-quality screencaps from the music video, but the single isn't released yet and this is the only version on youtube!


As dramatic as this look is, the makeup is actually fairly simple! So instead of going through everything step by step, I'm going to go by features.

FACE:

After you have moisturized your face and applied your primer, it's time for foundation. The skin in this look is quite fair and really flawless, so definitely choose something with full coverage. Remember to use concealer on any spots with redness. Apply a small amount of a warm-toned blush to just the apples of the cheeks. Powder your face.

EYES:

This look is all about the eyes. Let's start with the eyebrows. They are well-groomed and defined but not overwhelming. Fill in your brows with an eyeshadow a shade lighter than your eyebrows. Once you've got that done, apply a light colour all over the eyelid. I recommend a colour a few shades lighter than your natural skin colour. Take a medium bronzer and apply this to the crease and outer corner. Be sure to blend!

Now for the fun part - the eyeliner! I used a gel eyeliner simply because it is a bit easier to work with for a look like this, but liquid eyeliner will work just as well. Start by applying the eyeliner along the top lash line, thinner in the inner corner, getting thicker towards the end. On the bottom lash line, start right at the inner corner, keeping the line thin, making it slightly thicker towards the end. Once you get to the corner of your eye, keep drawing the line out so you get the winged-out look. Using a black eyeliner pencil, line your upper and lower waterline. Once you've done that, apply two coats of mascara to the top and bottom eyelashes.

LIPS:

For the first look, the lips are a tangerine colour. I used a coral colour I had and a light orange gloss over top. It didn't turn out in the picture that well, but anything in that colour family will look great. In the video, the lips actually have sparkles all over them - it looks amazing! Obviously not something for real life, but if you want to give it a try, have at it! For the second look, line the lips and carefully apply the brightest, sassiest red lipstick you have.

There you have it! It's actually fairly simple but definitely a powerful look. I had a lot of fun with this one!


If you're interested in watching the music video, you can do so here.

Let me know what you think of this look!

xo Shannon

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

inspiration post.

A little while ago, I came across some photographs that really struck me. There was something so breathtaking about them. Their connection with nature, the beautiful makeup, and the arresting emotion they convey.



The last few days, I have been struggling to remain focused on the things I need to get done. After a productive day thus far, my focus has begun to wain. These photos refuel and inspire me.

Here is hoping they do the same for you.

xo Shannon

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

it is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.


I remember when I knew I wanted to be a writer. I was eleven, maybe twelve. Though I had always liked writing things - songs, poems, and short stories, this time was different.

My mom had an old electric typewriter she kept in the basement. One weekend in the middle of summer, I got my dad to drag it upstairs. We had a computer, but there was something special about writing on that typewriter. It was as if the angry buzzing from the machine and the way it vibrated against the table, made my words stronger.

I remember sitting in the dining room, the machine whirring with energy, and the sound of the keys snapping to life with each word I wrote. The door was closed - solitude. It was just me, that typewriter, and the story I yearned to tell.

I spent the entire day locked in that room. My fingers barely paused until I had finished writing my story. Once I did, I was consumed by emotion - a combination of immense satisfaction and the pure joy of the writing process. My life has not been the same since.

Like a lot of children, I wanted to be a basketball player or a ballerina when I grew up. Until the day I spent locked in the dining room writing about a princess and magical locket, when I discovered that I was meant to be a writer.

All of these years later, I am still reaching for the same goal. Some days it feels further than ever. But other days, days like today, I remember being that little girl with the big dream, and I see how far I have come.

xo Shannon

Monday, August 22, 2011

the quickest way to know a woman is to go shopping with her.

Despite my recent efforts to be better with my money, I ended up doing a bit of shopping on Saturday. Instead of feeling guilty, I am madly in love with everything I bought. I am sure there are some shopaholics out there who understand! This is just a quick shopping haul post!


This dress is by Madison Paige. What initially drew me in was the fact that around the neckline? Mini slinkies! I think that is the coolest thing. The colour is also really beautiful, and the fabric is soft and flowy. This is just a really simple, loose-fitting dress with a really interesting neck detail. I love it!


The Union Jack tank is by The Classic and it a simple, cute tank top. I have a weakness for anything with the Union Jack on it, so I had to pick up this top! The jacket is by G21...it's just a cute cotton jacket with shoulder pads. I like it because it's great to put over a cute top once the weather starts getting colder!


The boots are by Kaytee, and I love them. I wore these out on Sunday and they were ridiculously comfortable. I had been looking for a cute pair of boots for fall and these are perfect! Style and comfort? Who knew!

There you have it, my latest shopping haul! Have you bought anything special lately?

xo Shannon

Friday, August 19, 2011

but i'm going to follow through.

Hi everyone! This is just going to be a super quick post. An article I wrote about Emma Stone's fashion style is up on younghollywood.com, so check it out if you're interested! Emma Stone: Hollywood's Newest Style Icon?

Hope you all have a great weekend!

xo Shannon

Thursday, August 18, 2011

a hundred hearts would be too few.


A little while ago, I made a post about my favourite singer, Scott MacIntyre. He is getting married today, so I thought it only fitting to post about wedding dresses! TLC's wedding shows on Friday nights make my week. It is so much fun to drool over all of the gorgeous dresses.

Here are some of my favourite dresses at the moment!


Alita Graham, Style No: 32195380
Henry Roth, Style No: 32205361
Pnina Tornai, Style No: 32023152
Henry Roth, Style No: 32147084
And my absolute favourite:

Altia Graham, Style No: 32105892

As you can probably tell, I am all about the princess ballgowns! Do you drool over wedding dresses? If so, what kind of styles do you like?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

makeup tutorial: emma stone - the help premiere

Emma Stone has been all over the big screen this summer. Presently, she has three movies in theaters. Impressive! Even more impressive, is her red carpet makeup. Emma consistently captures simple, chic, and wearable style. She showcased this most recently, at the premiere of her latest movie, The Help.


Emma's makeup is flirty, pretty, and simple. Here is how to recreate this red carpet look!

STEP 1: Moisturize your skin, and apply a primer.

STEP 2: Apply your foundation. Keep in mind, that Emma never looks like she is wearing a ton of makeup. So, for this look, pick a foundation with less coverage, or a good tinted moisturizer. If you don't have a tinted moisturizer, mix some of your regular foundation with your moisturizer for less coverage.

STEP 3: Fill in your eyebrows. The brows in this look are very natural, so just fill in any gaps you may have with an eye shadow or brow shadow, rather than a brow pencil. You don't want your eyebrows to look severe - polished but natural.

STEP 4: Apply a warm toned blush to the cheeks. Don't go overboard with the blush, you want to add warmth to the cheeks while still keeping with a natural look.

STEP 5: Now for the eyes! Apply a shimmery white eye shadow all over the lid and just over the crease.

STEP 6: Add a shimmery light purple eye shadow colour over the white shadow, leaving out the inner corner of the eye.

STEP 7: Blend the two colours together, raising the excess shadow up towards the brow bone. Remember, there should be slightly more of the white shimmery shadow on the inner half of the eye.

STEP 8: Taking a light bronze colour, add a small amount to the outside corner of the eye, blending up towards the brow bone.

STEP 9: Using black liquid eye liner, line the upper eyelid, keeping the line thin on the inner part of the eye, getting thicker towards the outer part of the eye.

STEP 10: Apply a coat of mascara to the top lashes.

STEP 11: Emma has gorgeous cat-like eyes, so I would recommend adding some false lashes to the look, though this step is completely optional! If you don't want to add full lashes, I would recommend trying lash accents, which can be added to the outer part of the eye in order to create those winged out lashes. Using a pair of tweezers to hold the false lashes, apply lash glue. Wait 20-30 seconds for glue to get tacky and looking down, carefully apply lashes. Secure into place with either tweezers or your fingers.

STEP 12: Apply two coats of mascara to the bottom lashes. Her bottom lashes in this look are long and doll-like!

STEP 13: Apply concealer to any spots with redness, (ie blemishes or around the nose) and under eyes.

STEP 14: Line lips with a nude lip pencil.

STEP 15: Use a soft, slightly warm toned pink colour on the lips. Her lips are very glossy, so either use a lipstick with some shine, or add a gloss over top.

STEP 16: If you need to, add a cream or powder highlight. Apply to the apples of your cheeks, chin, and nose. Aim to look glowy, natural and fresh!

STEP 17: Spray your face with a setting spray to keep the look in place.

STEP 18: You're finished! Go on with your day knowing that you are rocking that Emma Stone red carpet look!


PRODUCTS USED:
- Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer
- Revlon Color Stay Foundation in 110 Ivory
- Neutrogena Moisturizer
- Cover Girl Powder in 201 Classic Ivory
- Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil in DEA
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Creme Duo in Aspen
- NARS Blush in Deep Throat
- Sephora Colorista Palette
- Kat Von D True Romance Palette in True Love
- Maybelline New York Black Liquid Eyeliner
- Annabelle Lip Pencil in Nude Lustre
- Cover Girl Nature Luxe Gloss Balm in 215
- Christian Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara
- Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black
- Ardell Fashion Accent Lashes
- Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive

What do you think of Emma's premiere look?

xo Shannon

Monday, August 15, 2011

there is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky.

Summer is nearly over. Somehow, we are halfway through August, and fall inches closer. It amazes me how quickly hot summer months always seem to pass.

Which is why I was startled when I came across pictures of the fall 2011 collection from H&M. The photos feature the stunning Russian model, Sasha Pivovarova. Below are some of the photographs from the campaign.


What I am really loving about this collection is the colour palate - deep brown shades are mixed with warm corals, burnt oranges, warm yellows, and cream. The contrast looks breathtaking and is perfect for fall! The line also incorporates coppery metallics, knee high boots, and stylishly simple accessories. I am excited to see which of these great fall trends will find its way into my wardrobe!

With autumn almost here, what trends are you most looking forward to?

xo Shannon

Sunday, August 14, 2011

outfit of the day!

Yesterday I went out with some friends. I was really excited to see them all, but sad to say goodbye to one of them! In honour of the occasion, however, I thought I would make an outfit of the day post!







Halter Top - LEI
Pleated skirt - LeZucc...!
Shrug - H&M
Bow Shoes - Paris Hilton
Flower necklace - Forever21
LOVE earrings - Forever21
Bracelet - Ardenes


Hope you all had a great weekend!

xo Shannon

Friday, August 12, 2011

a house without books is like a room without windows.


There is no beauty in being a book snob.

A few days ago, I began reading a book titled, "So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year Of Passionate Reading" by Sara Nelson. The premise was promising - chronicling the authors' goal of reading a book a week for one year. Unfortunately, it has been a challenging read...I can't get past my resentment, caused by the third chapter.

Nelson writes, "People notice what you read and judge you by it. Which is why if I were going to read Danielle Steel, I wouldn't do it at the office. But Nine Parts of Desire speaks to anyone who might be listening: I'm smart, it says. I'm concerned with current events, it announces. I am a serious person."

This is the very worst kind of book snobbery.

Reading is not about image. Nor is it a vehicle to appear smarter or superior to other people. Books are not about status. The experience of reading should ideally stem from a love of words and the adventure of falling in love with a book.

To read Danielle Steel locked away at home, makes Nelson no better than the woman reading it on the subway. The only difference between the two, is that the latter doesn't hide herself away due to societal pressures.

In my first year of University, my classmates and I shared our favourite authors. Largely, they boasted about Charles Dickens and David Foster Wallace. I said Meg Cabot. They snickered, writing me off for the remainder of my University career. By the time I made it into my fourth year creative writing class, most of the people who snickered were long gone. Passion surpassed superiority.

My advice to Sara Nelson would be to stop worrying about the literary judgment from others. Ultimately, living your life that way will only lead to misery.

I don't believe in high or low art, I believe in being passionate about what you love, and never making excuses.

xo Shannon

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

the dreams of the future.

Crystal Renn, Vogue Spain

A month ago today, I started this blog. I am aware that a month isn't a terrifically long period of time, but this mini-milestone means something to me. Working on this blog has been incredibly rewarding. It keeps me writing and has allowed me find a place to channel my creativity. Working on this blog makes me happy. So, to anyone in the last month who has read, commented, or been kind enough to follow, thank you.

xo Shannon

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

one lovely blog award.

I was awarded the one lovely blog award by Leah! Completely made my day. You can check out her blog here!


So here are the rules:

01. Link back to the person that gave you this award.
02. Write seven random facts about yourself.
03. Nominate other bloggers.

My Seven Random Facts!:

1. My life goal is to be a published novelist.
2. I met Nick Carter today.
3. My favourite colour is pink.
4. I wish life came with choreographed musical numbers.
5. Hanson is my favourite band.
6. I read books three at a time.
7. I take pride in my record collection.

My nominees!
http://makeupbysaz.blogspot.com/
http://cookieswardrobe.blogspot.com/
http://style-carousel.blogspot.com/
http://glamourmarmalade.blogspot.com/
http://kiss-and-makeup.blogspot.com/
http://eisaamitte.blogspot.com/
http://sharpest-lives.blogspot.com/
http://anetesdomas.blogspot.com/
http://atevazilerd.blogspot.com/

xo Shannon

Monday, August 8, 2011

the most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion.

"I love the confidence that makeup gives me."
- Tyra Banks

I went to Sephora. This means only one thing, really....new makeup! There's something inexplicably thrilling about wandering around that store. Maybe it is weaving through throngs of people, the energetic buzz of creativity, or the endless possibilities around you. Whatever it is, I love every moment of it.

So, this is what I bought!


1) Sephora Smoky Eyes
I picked this up, mostly because it was on sale for $13 and I have a weakness for anything to do with a smokey eye. I think it's such a beautiful look. My collection doesn't have a lot of purple in it, so that is largely what sold me. It was definitely an impulse buy. I've tried it out and I am not wowed by it. It's not that it is a bad product, and it comes with a small eyeliner and mascara, which is really great. The issue I have with it, is the quality of the eye shadows. You have to really work to build up the colour, as they aren't very pigmented. But despite that, it is a decent little kit.

2) NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight
I am obsessed with this lip gloss. The colour is this beautiful baby pink, and it just looks gorgeous. This is probably my favourite thing in my makeup collection right now. So many glosses are sticky and wear off rather quickly, but this one isn't and lasts a long time! Also, the colour is really pigmented, so one swipe and you're ready to go! It is amazing!

3) Sephora Colorista Palette
This was actually on sale at the Sephora close to where my sister works, for $23, and she picked it up for me. Such a great deal! I haven't tried this out properly yet (there is a lot to try!), but so far I love it. There are so many options. The kit has a great mixture of matte and shimmer, and such a great variety of colour to choose from! There are 40 eye shadow shades, 4 blushes, 2 bronzers, 5 cream eyeliners, and 15 lip glosses. It's just such a great palette. I also love that it comes with a small compact so that you can take some of the products on the go if you need to. A beautiful detail. I am really excited to start trying out some of this stuff.

4) Kat Von D True Romance Palette in True Love
As I mentioned, I am a huge fan of the smokey eye. When I saw this palette, I fell madly in love with this really deep shimmery purple colour, and had to pick it up! I have been using this constantly since I bought it. The shadows blend really well and are quite pigmented. I love them. The only aspect of this palette that I am not crazy about, is the gold cream shadow that comes with it. It's actually very hard, and difficult to use. The regular shadows, however, are fantastic! Great colours and easy to work with. And the packaging is lovely! I chose the gold/purple palette, but there was another that was more colourful.

These are the new products I have added to my collection....what have you picked up lately?

xo Shannon

Sunday, August 7, 2011

katy perry makeup tutorial.


Katy Perry looked flawless at the premiere for The Smurfs. Not only did she don a white Smurfette sequined dress, but her makeup was amazing. A sultry combination of drama and fun, Katy rocked the premiere. This look is pretty dramatic, but it's also really cute! So if you're going out, consider giving this look a try!

STEP 1: Moisturize your skin, and apply a primer.

STEP 2: Apply your foundation. Katy's skin is lighter, and also flawless, so choose a foundation with a lot of coverage for this look.

STEP 3: Fill in your eyebrows. The brows in this look are full and well groomed.

STEP 4: Using a large bronzer brush, apply bronzer on the cheeks, heading up towards the temples and forehead, and on the nose and chin. Katy's nose is slightly contoured, so you can contour, if that's something you want to do. Don't go too extreme though! I would recommend using a shadow a shade or two deeper than your natural skin tone. Remember to blend!

STEP 5: Apply a warm toned blush to the cheeks.

STEP 6: Apply a light blue or teal colour across the eyelid. The shadow will be going up above the crease.

STEP 7: Using a dark blue or navy, apply across the upper and lower lash line. Blend from the upper lash line into the lid from the outer corner.

STEP 8: Using a fluffy brush, go over the crease with a light green colour, blending together with the light blue across the lid. Blend blend blend!

STEP 9: Use some of the light blue colour on the lower lash line, under the dark blue colour.

STEP 10: Apply a light, shimmery eyeshadow shade on the inner part of the eye.

STEP 11: Apply a thin line of eyeliner on the upper and lower lash lines.

STEP 12: Put on one coat of mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

STEP 13: Apply concealer to any spots with redness, (ie blemishes or around the nose) and under eyes. Wait until you have finished with the eye shadow before applying concealer for this look, as there may be a lot of drop off.

STEP 14: Using a pair of tweezers to hold the false lashes (I would recommend a pair that are mid-sized, but not too thick), apply lash glue. Wait 20-30 seconds for glue to get tacky and looking down, carefully apply the lashes. Secure into place with the tweezers or your fingers.

STEP 15: Line lips with a nude or red lip liner. Use a lip colour that is a similar shade to the one Katy wore - a soft red.

STEP 16: Using a cream or powder highlight, apply to the apples of your cheeks, chin, and nose. Katy's skin looks glowy and natural in this look.

STEP 17: Spray your face with a setting spray to keep the look in place.

STEP 18: That's it! You now look like Katy Perry! :P


PRODUCTS USED:
- Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer
- Cover Girl Nature Luxe Foundation 310 Flax
- Cover Girl Powder in 201 Classic Ivory
- Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil in DEA
- Annabelle Eyebrow Pencil 040 Medium Brown
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Creme Duo in Aspen
- NARS The Multiple in South Beach
- Elf Brightening Eyeliner in Black
- Elf Lengthening and Defining Mascara
- Beautique Lip Crayon in Pearl Orchid
- Annabelle Lip Liner in 305 Nude Lustre
- Mark On The Dot Eye Colour Compact
- Ardell Fashion Lashes 110
- Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive

What did you think of Katy's premiere look?

xo Shannon

Saturday, August 6, 2011

product review: dove go fresh rebalance body wash


A few days ago, I received a sample of the new Dove Go Fresh Rebalance Body Wash. The body wash I had been using was almost finished, so it was the perfect time to try a new product.

The item is described as the following.
"Dove® go fresh Rebalance Body Wash with NutriumMoisture™ provides a rebalance for the skin and mind that leaves you comfortably refreshed. Hydrating freshness leaves skin blissfully restored with the harmonious scents of succulent plum and pure sakura blossom. Infused with our unique NutriumMoisture™ technology, it goes beyond moisturization to effectively nourish skin."

My experience was somewhat different.

There were three key issues I had with the Dove Go Fresh Rebalance Body Wash: smell, consistency, and moisture.

First of all, the smell wasn't 'fresh,' but overwhelming. Not only was the scent too strong, but it smelled very perfume-y, and like the kind of old bar soap your grandma kept in her bathroom.

Secondly, the consistency was rather runny. This may be a personal preference, but I prefer a little more texture, and for a creamier body wash. If your preference is different, you may not find this to be an issue at all, but instead an asset!

Lastly, I found my skin was much drier than normal after using the body wash. It did not seem to add much, if any, moisture to my skin.

All in all, this product was not for me. While the smell was pleasing from the bottle, it ended up being far too strong. Also, it lacked a good consistency, and did not moisturize my skin.

I wouldn't personally recommend this product. I am sure there are people out there who will love it, but it's definitely not something I plan on purchasing.

xo Shannon

Thursday, August 4, 2011

you don't take a photograph, you ask quietly to borrow it.

There is something beautiful about photography. Being able to capture life's simple moments in a single frame....perfection.

I took this today and liked it for some reason. I hope you do too.


xo Shannon

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

a work of art is a confession.

Makeup is not simply a tool in the quest for beauty. It is the expression of our inner selves. Through colours and textures, it can portray feelings and thoughts, and convey mood and personality. Makeup is a reflection of the person wearing it.

The other day, my boyfriend came across something he thought would be of interest to me. Partly because of its relation to makeup, but mostly because it was Disney. (Both are equally important, in my opinion.) This is what he sent me:


The above, is a true example of avantgarde makeup. It pushes the boundaries of what we expect makeup to be, and forces us to think about what it can be. The bold usage of colour, the perfectly blended scenery, in addition to the spectacular attention to detail make each of these looks daring and unique. They are certainly not wearable, but are a testament to creativity.

My favourite of the above looks, has to be the Disney Castle. I love the snowy winter scene, and the contrast of the blue and white. Also, white mascara detail on the right eyelash was a beautiful touch.

What is the most creative thing you have ever done with makeup? Tell me about it or post your pictures! And which of the looks posted above is your favourite?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

we live not according to reason, but according to fashion.

Fashion is a statement. It is confidence. It is art. Whether the clothes you wear are inexpensive or from an influential designer, the style you bring to clothing is what creates fashion.

This is why Victoria Beckham is one of my fashion icons. In both what she wears and what she creates, Victoria understands implicitly how to blend creativity with classic elegance. Her style covers all the bases of good fashion - class, glamour, edge, and youthfulness, all while remaining current. She is never afraid to take risks, yet doesn't rely on them to be fashion forward. Her use of colour, texture, and accessories effectively creates dynamic fashion.

Victoria Beckham has it all: Poise. Glamour. Sophistication.


Optical Print Flare Dress SS/11 
Knot Drape Dress SS/11
One Shoulder Drape Dress SS/11 
Pleat Shoulder Bell Dress SS/11

Victoria Beckham undoubtedly knows style. I for one, am in love with just about every piece she has designed. It is my dream to own a dress from one of her collections. One day! Until then, I will keep drooling over runway photographs and lookbooks. (Also, take note of the makeup in the S/S collection pictures above - gorgeous!)

Below is one of my favourite designs from any collection of Victoria's. I love the seemingly effortless elegance the garment possesses. The shoulder detail and exposed leg add a touch of sexy glamour to the look as well. Absolutely breathtaking.

Knot Drape Floor Length with Embroidery Dress SS/11

Victoria Beckham is one of my fashion icons...who are your icons?

xo Shannon