Friday, 31 July 2015

Roadtrip Recap

Earlier this month, Ann and Sarah both adventured down South, to our neighbours, for a weekend getaway filled with explorations and fun! Here's a recap of some of our favourite moments as told by our photos. You may have seen some of these shots from our Instagram already!

Sarah's highlights:

1. Checking out the Inglewood neighbourhood filled with novelty and boutique shops that offers creative spaces for you to get your hands deep in diy.  There also happened to be a night market that evening filled with local artists, crafts, food trucks, and live music-perfect timing and a perfect evening!

2. Strolling along side the Bow River and taking in the city's landscape and view. It was very refreshing to take a step back from the city life and embrace the scenery. The stylish bridges reminded me of the ones I saw in Europe.

3. Creme Brulee from Burnt to Order at Crossroads Market; Calgary's only speciality creme brulee shop that is SO DELICIOUS! I'll be back in a heartbeat, and I absolutely adore the sweet creator behind this store-personality, charisma, and culinary background.

4. Free Stampede breakfast at Olympic Plaza downtown and soaking in the festive atmosphere in the air-bacon imbedded pancakes and horse rides.

5. The Stampede itself - the epic shows, the fair food, the rodeo culture galore! I haven't had such a great time at a fair for a while- the child at heart in me was very satisfied.

Ann's highlights:

1. Taking on a challenging trek by hiking up Horsethief Canyon in Drumheller. I don't know how people do this in flip-flops, but there were some. Pictured, are my two siblings climbing the highest peak.

2. Perusing the fine display of fossils and bones at the Royal Tyrell Museum. It was quite packed in there, which I'm guessing was attributed to the craze over Jurassic World.

3. Supping at Shibuya Izakaya. My favourite dishes are the fresh oysters in ponzu sauce, the beef tataki, the salmon sashimi, and the spicy tuna roll. I'm pretty sure you can order anything on the menu, and it will taste absolutely sublime.

4. Village Ice Cream to cleanse the palate. I recommend pairing the Phil & Sebastian Coffee with Earl Grey Tea for a "milk tea" ice cream.

5. Revisiting the Calgary Zoo after many many years and reliving some fond childhood memories of this place. Much of the day was overcast, so the animals were more active with the cooler temperatures and fewer guests. (We saw a lion break off a huge branch when he snatched his lunch hanging from it!)

6. Kissing a dinosaur!

Photo credits: I would like to thank RJ and my cousin, Diane, for letting me use some of their photos for this post.

xo Sarah & Ann

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Beauty Boxes

Hey everyone,

I don't know about you, but I the feeling of recieving a little package with my name on it in the mail is too exciting! What's better than opening a bag or box full of beauty products each month? You tell me, cause I'm not seeing it (haha trust me I'm not as superficial as this sounds). I currently am subscribed to 3 different monthly boxes. Below I've shared photos from the latest boxes I've received, a few highlights about each one, and the details for how you can join too!


Monthly fee: $15 USD includes shipping
How it works: Get a glam bag each month packed with 5 beauty samples customized to your own personal style based on a quiz you take when you sign up.
Products I've received and loved: Smashbox photo finish primer, Tarte amazon clay bronzer, La Pierre blending brush
Sign up here


Monthly fee: $15 CAD includes shipping
How it works: Receive 4 or 5 beauty and/or lifestyle products each month curated to your style.
Products I've received and loved: Skyn Iceland eye gels, Number 4 clarifying shampoo, Costal Scents revealed 3 eyeshadow
Sign up here


Monthly fee: $20 CAD includes shipping
How it works: Each box contains 3 full sized beauty products based on a style profile every month. You have the opportunity to try out a new profile or cancel your box for the month.
Products I've received and loved: Freedom polymer top coat, Eye sheen,
Sign up here

xo Steph 

Friday, 17 July 2015

D.I.Y Chanel Inspired Nail Art

Hey beautifuls!

Here is a DIY nail art inspired by the classiness and sophistication of Chanel. This nail art is simple, and super easy to do! All that is required is of course, patience for the polish to dry. First, make sure you coat your nails with a base coat to protect your nails from getting stained. Then, go over with a clear top coat to make your nails glossy. After the top coat dries, go over your nail tips with a nail color of your choice. To achieve the straight lines, you can use tape as a guide. I chose to go with black tips to represent Chanel's iconic "little black dress." For the rhinestones, you can actually go in and arrange them as desired. I usually like to emphasize the ring finger more, so I chose to put on a rhinestone with the Chanel symbol. My fingers are tiny, so the rhinestone appeared to be a tad oversized on me. For those of you with a larger nail base, consider yourself lucky!

That's it for now! For those of you who wonder, I purchased most of my rhinestones from eBay and my polishes are bought from The Face Shop. 

TIP: You don't actually need nail glue for the rhinestones to stick on! Simply just put on a layer of top coat and before it dries, put the rhinestones on and wait! Once the polish dries completely, your rhinestones will stick onto your nails! Also, if your want maximum shine to your rhinestones, do not go over them with a top coat or clear polish. 

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Narrow Hem Tutorial

Maxi dresses make a great summer-time staple, and I particularly like to wear them on days when I am too lazy to shave my legs. Being 5'1", I used to shy away from them because I read somewhere that short folks shouldn't wear maxi dresses because it made them appear even shorter. However, seeing how the maxi dress can universally create a sense of relaxed elegance, I tossed my cares to the wind and decided to add a couple to my wardrobe. The one below I made from BurdaStyle's Printed Maxi Dress 05/2013 #123 with my mom's vintage fabric.
Being shorter than the standard size, I have to make sure that I hem the garment so that it's not spilling all around my feet. That screams "tripping hazard" plus it just looks ill-fitting. I find that a lot of these dresses are finished with a narrow rolled hem. Ideally, you want to have a narrow rolled hem foot, which come in different widths depending on the fabric you're using. Below are diagrams from Threads Magazine to help you understand the anatomy of the narrow rolled hem foot. 

Alternatively, you can achieve the narrow hem with a regular presser foot. Check out the "Narrow Hem: Three Ways" post by Four Square Walls. These methods are helpful when the hem edges are unfinished. However, say you're altering a dress and the hem is already finished. This technique, that I'm about the share, was taught to me by a seasoned seamstress. She would use this technique when we were had one hour to hem a dress, so this method is a time-saver. 
  1. On the right side, mark the new hem line. 
  2. With the wrong sides together, fold at the marking. Sew all the way around the hem just a scant couple millimetres from the fold. 
  3. Trim off the excess fabric as close to the stitching line as possible. An applique or duckbill scissor is helpful.
  4. Turn in the hem and sew all the way around.

xo Ann