Fall Texture

posted on: Monday, October 19, 2015

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I wore this outfit a couple weekends ago when my sister and I decided to check out the Reptile Expo. The goal of the expo was to promote education around reptiles. My sister loves all animals, so she didn't flinch at all when she was offered to hold a scorpion and a ball python. I opted out of holding any of the reptiles, but I decided to just cautiously touch a couple snakes. It was a beautiful fall day so we also took a little walk and grabbed some chicken and waffles to share from the Waffles and Chix food truck. It really was a perfect fall day. 

Outfit Details
Coach Classics Willis bag
Aldo felt hat
Urban Outfitters sunglasses

Photos by my little sister 

Current Mascara Line Up

posted on: Saturday, October 17, 2015

The mascaras pictured above are my current favourites and most used mascaras. I think that each one creates a different feel. I like having a variety of mascaras to choose from for when I want to wear a more subtle day look with lots of length, or when I want to amp up the volume and have more dramatic lashes.

L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions
I decided to pick up this mascara because Anna of Viviana Does Makeup and Suzie of Hello October always talk rave about the L'Oreal Telescopic mascaras. The brush on this mascara is really flexible which allows you to get really close to the lashes and completely coat them. I also find that this mascara adds a lot of length to my lashes.

Clinique High Impact Mascara
I have been using this mascara since I was in Jr. high school. I used to wear this mascara exclusively. Over the years I have discovered many more mascaras that I love, but this one will always be one of my favourites. The Clinique High Impact mascara is a great mascara for volume and for thickening the lashes.

Benefit Roller Lash
My mom and my aunt both raved about this mascara when it first came out, which eventually persuaded me to give it a go. This mascara has a "Hook & Roll" brush which Benefit claims helps your lashes hold a curl without using an eyelash curler. I find that it does have this effect with my lashes.

Maybelline Lash Sensational
This mascara is said to have a volumizing and fanning out brush that coats every lash. I typically prefer volume over length so I like the effect of this mascara.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant*
This mascara has a large brush which kind of reminds me of a Christmas tree. The rounded base is meant to create volume and the narrowed end of the brush is meant to separate lashes. As I've mentioned above, I love mascaras that give my lashes volume, so I really like this mascara.

Have you tried any of these mascaras? Let me know your mascara recommendations in the comments!

xo Ashley

MAC | Matte Lipstick Collection

posted on: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Lately I have been falling head over heels for MAC products. I've always loved MAC, but recently I've been obsessing over their matte lipsticks. MAC expanded their matte lipstick collection and there are so many on my wish list. The lipsticks pictured above are Ruby Woo*, Stone*, Velvet Teddy, and Fashion Revival*.  Ruby Woo is a Retro Matte and is described as a blue-red, Velvet Teddy is described as a deep beige, and Fashion Revival is described as a deep raspberry. The lipstick I was most intrigued with was Stone. I've seen it popping up on Instagram and blogs and loved it. When I first tried it on myself though it took me a minute to get used to. I think it's an unusual shade, and it's definitely not a colour I would usually gravitate towards, but I think it's fun to experiment and try out different looks. I've experimented wearing it with a few different lip liners and I'm really loving it.  MAC describes it as a muted greyish taupe brown. Some of the other lipsticks in the othe MAC matte lipsticks that are on my wish list are Whirl, Please Me, Kinda Sexy, Tropic Tonic, Instigator, and Mehr.

Are there any MAC matte lipsticks that are on your wish list? 

xo Ashley 

PC Wine Collection

posted on: Sunday, October 11, 2015

In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, President's Choice has released a limited edition wine collection featuring five wines from different regions around the world. The collection is available in 37 select Real Canadian Liquorstores in Alberta. I was given the opportunity to try out the collection, and just in time for the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! I love trying new wines, and especially love red wine, so this collection really appealed to me. It features one white wine and four reds curated from regions such as Italy, Spain and California. I haven't had a chance to try out all the wines in the collection, but I will update with my impressions in a later post. For now here is a little about each wine in the collection.  

Plata 2013 Chardonnay
Coming from California, this Chardonnay fills the palette with flavours of tropical fruit and citrus. It's described as crisp and smooth. 

Rotllan Torra 2010 Priorat Reserva
This wine is described as having as smoky mineral aroma, as well as dark berry, licorice, and vanilla. The flavour is of blackcurrant and cherry. JP and I had this wine with dinner the other night and loved it. 

Plata 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 
This wine is described as capturing the sunny California coast, with bold and robust berry notes. It's also suggested that it pairs well with pizza, which I am looking forward to trying!

Banti 2013 Toscana
This wine is aged for one year in a Slovenian oak cask. It has earthy, and sweet leather flavours, and pairs well with tomato based pasta sauce and strong cheese. 

Poggiofoca 2009 Sovana
A Cabernet Sauvigonon blended with Sangiovese. It is described as having notes of crushed berries and barley, and is full-bodied with a fruity finish. 

So there is a short description of the five wines in the collection. I think they all sound intriguing, and it will be fun to try out the different food and wine pairings recommended. I'm also looking forward to trying out a bottle for our family Thanksgiving dinner tonight!

I'm interested to hear what types of wine everyone else enjoys! Let me know in the comments below.

xo Ashley