House of Illusions x Pinkstix SS17 – The White Tote Bag

topshop peony print minidress with white tote bag
topshop peony print minidress with white tote bag

topshop peony print minidress with white tote bag

topshop peony print minidress with white tote bag

topshop peony print minidress with white tote bag

topshop peony print minidress with white tote bag
topshop peony print minidress with white tote bag

topshop peony print minidress with white tote bagDress, Topshop. Tote bag c/o Pinkstix. Shoes, Zara. Bracelets, earrings c/o Pinkstix. 

My apologies for being sporadic with posting lately, but I’ve been wrapped up in a special little project that I’m finally able to share with you. Over the years I’ve incorporated Pinkstix handbags into my looks and every day life and that’s why I couldn’t be happier to have teamed up with them to show you my favourite selections from their SS17 line. For those of you who may not be familiar with the brand, Pinkstix is a Canadian handbag and accessory designer that only uses vegan leathers.

What I enjoy most about Pinkstix are their fun, feminine and colourful designs of not only bags, but jewelry as well. The first bag from my spring/summer lineup is a white pebble vegan leather tote which also comes with the cutest detachable floral zipper clutch (which I’ll show you in a future post). Thinking of summer brings about thoughts of going to the beach and a tote bag makes the perfect companion. Typically I refrain from bringing pretty bags to the beach but all Pinkstix bags are made out of a very durable vegan leather that not only withstands our brutally cold winders, but also wipes clean with a cloth making for a very low maintenance carry-all. Whether you’re heading to the beach or running errands and picking up flowers,  a roomy tote bag is an essential spring and summer accessory.

Speaking of picking up flowers, peony season is just around the corner yet captured beautifully in present tense with this gorgeous peony print making it a pretty compliment to the tote bag. The look is completed with delicate accents of turquoise in a three-standed bracelet and exquisitely detailed dove earrings also from the SS17 accessory line. Hope you enjoyed the first pick, I’ll be sharing more with you through the rest of Spring.

Basic Spring Trends for SS17

spring trends gentle fawn chambray waterfall jacket with cropped white jeans

spring trends gentle fawn chambray waterfall jacket with white cropped jeans

While patiently waiting for warm weather to settle in I am already looking forward to the continuation of some basic Spring trends. The cropped pant especially being a favourite for a short gal like me as these do not require any alternations for my 5’2 self. In my opinion, cropped pants and cute flats compliment one another. A fun and flirty vibe can be created by opting for lace up flats that do up right below the pant hemline.

Speaking of lace up shoes, I am also looking forward to seeing their progression throughout this spring/summer season. If the ribbon ties are any indication of what’s to come then we are in for a good show.

spring trends gentle fawn chambray waterfall jacket with white cropped jeans

Chambray fabric is synonymous with Spring and I’m looking forward to wearing more of it this season. The obsession started with this Gentle Fawn waterfall jacket and these shorts. I’m looking forward to expanding my collection, focusing on statement type pieces that coordinate effortlessly. Case in point this outfit, main focus being the chambray waterfall jacket and lace up flats against a white cotton canvas.

spring trends chambray waterfall jacket with cropped jeans and lace up ballet flats
spring trends gentle fawn chambray jacket with white cropped jeansJacket, Gentle Fawn. Knit, bebe. Jeans. Flats, Zara. Bag c/o Pinkstix. Necklace, Hudson’s Bay. Sunnies, Lulus. 

Finally, to complete this simple Spring look I added a pebble tote with a fun tassel. Tassels were big on the SS17 runways, not only adorning handbags but also making their way into accessories; think earrings and pendants for Spring trends. In addition to having made an impact on the runways they made one on me as well. I’m a sucker for a cute tassel and they are ever so abundant in my closet; most of the bags in my Spring lineup have a tassel. So how do you feel about it? Also do let me know your thoughts on your favourite Spring trends.


The Basics of Contouring

Wet N Wild Beauty SS17

A few weeks ago I attended Wet N Wild Beauty’s SS17 line preview. Aside from learning about the Spring product lineup and playing around with the makeup I had the opportunity of sitting down with a makeup artist who taught me all about contouring. Now while I’ve heard of contouring (Kim Kardashian et al) it’s not something that I have ever tried. To be honest, it seemed kinda scary and intimidating so I just avoided it altogether. Luckily, the beautiful makeup artists that was at the event offered to show me how to contour, leaving me nothing short of impressed with the results and no longer scared to contour.

The makeup artist focused on defining and bringing out my cheekbones; not a feature I have ever played up because I always felt like my cheeks were too chubby to reveal any structured cheekbones. She did an amazing job, within a few minutes my face appeared to slim down a bit and enhanced my cheekbones with beautiful highlights.

Below I have summarized the basics of contouring using the lovely products I received  from Wet-N-Wild.

Wet N Wild Beauty SS17

Step 1: Concealer
Start by applying concealer on your face as you typically would. A concealer stick is a great way to get quick precision; I apply this one directly under my eyes then blend out with a concealer brush. You could also use your fingertips to blend if you prefer.

Step 2: Foundation
Use a foundation to build your base. The Photo Focus foundation provides adequate coverage leaving my complexion with a flawless finish. Specially formulated to minimize light reflection caused by flash photography while delivering a matte finish thanks to its light-adjusting complex makes this a great foundation for any blogger or anyone else who’s in front of the camera a lot.

Step 3:  Contour + Highlight
Now the fun part! Use a contouring shade to define the areas you want to “push in”. Suck in your cheeks to define your cheek bone and apply the contour along the hollow below the cheek bone. Make sure you start all the way at your ear and bring the contour down to where it would align with your pupils. Then blend, blend, and blend some more. The same technique can be used to apply vertical contours along each side of the nose to slim it down.

Highlighter is used to accentuate parts of the face that should “stand out” (like above the cheekbones and the top of the nose) and blend that in as well. The Wet N Wild contouring stick is perfect for this step because the dual ends have both the contour and highlighter in one.

Step 4: Light dusting of powder
Apply a very light dusting of powder overtop your makeup. Avoid caking on the powder as it will detract from the contour applying just enough to seal the foundation and cream make up in place. If you do this step before the contouring then it might make blending the dark and light shades more challenging as the power won’t blend too well with the creams.

Step 5: The Glow
Get that naturally luminous glow by applying a highlighting powder on your cheek bones, forehead, tip of the nose and cupid’s bow.

Wet N Wild Beauty SS17All make up products courtesy of Wet N Wild Beauty.