Monday, December 31, 2012

write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

It is amazing how quickly time seems to go by. Already, another year is about to begin. I always love this time of year, because anything seems possible.

2012 has brought about a lot of changes and personal growth in my life. And I have never been happier. Life may be busy and hectic, but I am working hard and have amazing people around me.

Like a lot of people, I have my own resolutions for the coming year. When it comes down to it though, all I really want is to be happy and grateful for the life I have and the things I am achieving. That is my ultimate resolution.

Whatever you do, I hope that you have a wonderful New Years celebration!

What are your resolutions this year?

xo Shannon

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! I can't wait to hear about your experiences.

Christmas is my favourite time of year, so I am always a little sad once it is over. Looking at my  pictures from the holiday season cheers me right back up, though! Here are some of my favourites.

What were the highlights of your Christmas?

xo Shannon

Thursday, December 27, 2012

i've been shopping all my life and still have nothing to wear.

Christmas is over - how sad! I had such a wonderful Christmas this year and I hope you all did too.

Now that the holidays are winding down, my bank account has certainly taken a hit. Like a lot of people, one of my upcoming resolutions is to be more careful with money. I personally love shopping, so this is going to be a tough one!

It's incredible how much money per year the average woman spends on fashion and beauty. The numbers sound insane, but given the content of my wardrobe, I certainly believe it!

Here are some statistics about shopping to think about:

What do you spend the most on? 

xo Shannon

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

he who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.

Merry Christmas! 
Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed and happy holiday.

Merry Christmas, everyone!
xo Shannon

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas, my child, is love in action. every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.

With Christmas quickly approaching, I am busy trying to balance my responsibilities with my favourite Christmas traditions. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about my favourite Christmas memories.

Out of all of the wonderful Christmases I have experienced, my favourite memories are always of my brother and I. We have always had a special relationship. Not everyone knows this, but I am a twin!

When we were younger, my brother and I would always wake up ages before the rest of our family. We would meticulously plan our descent down the stairs...from which stairs would creak to how early we would get up. Once we got down there, we would tip toe around the living room, turn on the tree, and go through our stockings. We ate chocolate, watched Christmas movies, and waited with baited breath for the rest of the family to come downstairs and join in the festivities.

As we got older, these kinds of Christmas mornings became rarer and rarer. We cared more about sleeping in than making our Christmas plans. In the last few years, I have found myself missing those moments more than anything. Watching Christmas movies alone with my brother, the glow of the Christmas tree lighting up the room....those are my happiest Christmas memories. I miss them.

On an entirely different note, I am all smiles today. Last night, my boyfriend surprised me with an early Christmas present. He said he couldn't wait to give it to me - so cute! He bought me two adorable pairs of earrings from my favourite designer, Betsey Johnson. Aren't they gorgeous? I am so spoiled.

To get you in the Christmas spirit, I leave you with a Christmas song by my favourite band: Hanson's My Favorite Christmas Sweater

What is your favourite Christmas memory?

xo Shannon

Friday, December 21, 2012

if everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore.

There is something so exciting about new clothes - they can make you feel like a million dollars! If you want to treat yourself this holiday season, try shopping for fashion wholesale at Clothing Loves.

My favourite thing about Clothing Loves, is their affordable prices for women's clothing. They have so many amazing pieces that range from dresses, tops, pants, outerwear and accessories. There is everything to create the perfect outfit. If you are looking for wholesale fashion clothing, then look no further than Clothing Loves!

After going through the gorgeous clothes and accessories on their website, I've come up with the look that I'd love to own.

Whether you're looking for an edgy, rock inspired outfit like the one I created, or wholesale Korean leggings, Clothing Loves has exactly what you're looking for this season.

What do you think of this look?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

it’s true what you heard, i'm a freak, i’m disturbed.

Sometimes you hear a song for the first time, and know instantly that you love it.

This is how I felt the first time I heard Christina Aguilera's first single from her new album, Lotus. Your Body is catchy, fun, and bold - just like Christina! I bought her album the day it came out and have been listening to it non-stop since.

If Your Body wasn't already amazing enough, the video totally pushes it over the edge. It is filled with charm and charisma - and a ton of different looks! She takes retro styling to the extreme. From the lashes to the lip liner, Christina's dramatic style shines.

I love the use of colour and the way things that shouldn't work together somehow perfectly showcase her personality. I hope I can channel my inner Christina and fearlessly play with colour and vintage styles.

Here are some of my favourite looks from Christina Aguilera's Your Body music video.

Christina Aguilera's Your Body is my song of the moment. What is yours?

xo Shannon

Monday, December 17, 2012

beauty is only skin deep.

One of my least favourite things about winter, is the damage it does to my skin. I have dry skin to begin with, but the harsh winds and winter cold make it even worse. This year, I am trying to be diligent in my skin care routine.

A little while back, I picked up a Garnier skin care set, specifically targeted for people with dry skin. It included the Garnier Body 7 Day Intensive Care Repairing Body Lotion, Moisture Rescue Makeup Removing Wipes and the Moisture Rescue Gel Face Lotion.

My Thoughts:

The Body Lotion is fantastic for dry skin. It adds a ton of moisture and lasts all day long. Unfortunately, I am not keen on the smell. In general, I am a fan of pretty, light scents. This one is unfortunately a bit too strong for my taste. This is a great moisturizer in terms of what it does, but the smell just isn't what I prefer.

The Makeup Removing Wipes are wonderful! I am really liking these. They have a nice rose scent, they take off all of my makeup really easily, and they don't try out my skin. These are a great solution for makeup lovers with dry skin!

The Gel Face Lotion is by far the stand out product from this set. It has honestly saved my skin so far this winter! It really moisturizes the skin and keeps it moisturized all day. It also has a really pretty light scent. I have been using this every morning and I am loving the results.

What products have you been using for your skin this winter?

xo Shannon

Saturday, December 15, 2012

it was magical, this snow globe world.

As December soldiers on, I find myself wishing I had a holiday party to go to. I love getting dressed up, and the holidays are always the perfect excuse! Since I am without a glitzy gathering this year, I decided to create my perfect holiday look instead.

When coming up with this look, I was really inspired gold and red. I wanted to mix a sparkly gold dress with bold red accents. Add a dramatic smokey eye and a spritz of a sophisticated scent, and ta da! My Perfect Holiday Look is complete. Now if only I had somewhere to wear it!

Do you have any holiday parties coming up? What are you planning to wear?

xo Shannon

Thursday, December 13, 2012

among my most prized possessions are the words that I have never spoken.

Some things are more important than others.

Loving fashion, beauty, music, and books as I do...well, I have a lot of stuff. Out of everything I own, there are a few items that stand out among the rest.

You may or may not have noticed that in just about every picture of me, I am wearing this necklace. It has become something I would be devastated without.

My boyfriend gave it to me a while ago now. We were at a restaurant eating dinner, celebrating my interview with Scott MacIntyre. I was rambly and excited about the days events. Then out of nowhere, he pulled out a box and placed it in front of me. Before I even opened it, I was mad that he had spent money on me for no reason at all! But when I saw the necklace, and he put it around my neck, I felt like the most beautiful girl in the entire world.

Every time I wear it, I feel close to him. (Which is probably why I rarely take it off.) It is one of my most treasured possessions. The necklace is absolutely beautiful, but the reason I love it, is because of who it is from.

What is your prized posession?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

christmas favourites.

As I've mentioned, Christmas is my favourite time of year. Like most people, I have my own traditions, both with my family and of my own. The traditions are what make the holiday season so special. Here are some of my favourites.

Going Christmas Shopping:

I love that feeling knowing that you've found the exact right gift for someone. The anticipation of watching the joy on their face is unforgettable. I also really love going Christmas shopping with people I love and making a day of it. This always adds to the overall Christmas experience - spending time with the people that matter most.

Looking at Christmas Lights:

Every year on Christmas Eve, my family and I drive around and look at all of the Christmas lights in the neighborhood. It is always one of my favourite things to do. We listen to Christmas music in the car and decide which houses we think are decorated the best.

Watching Christmas Movies: 

When it comes to Christmas music and Christmas movies, I am a total junkie. I just can't get enough! I have dozens of movies that I watch over and over. I always get that fuzzy feeling in the pit of my stomach when I watch them.

Some of my favourite Christmas movies are Christmas With the Kranks, Doug's Secret Christmas, A Christmas Story, and Miracle on 34th Street. One of my favourite Christmas traditions is watching Miracle on 34th Street by myself, curled up on the couch. That is always the moment when it feels like the Christmas season has started.

And a new Christmas tradition - Drinking White Hot Chocolate:

Recently my boyfriend introduced me to White Hot Chocolate from Second Cup. This is perhaps the yummiest holiday beverage ever! Not going to lie, I see a lot of these in my future. Delicious! What I love most is having a new tradition to share with someone who means the world to me.

What are your favourite holiday traditions?

xo Shannon

Sunday, December 9, 2012

a picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.

I'll admit - I still do not like Miley Cyrus' new haircut. For some reason, it just doesn't work for me. However, I recently came across this older picture of her that I totally fell in love with!

I love the retro styling, the dramatic makeup and of course, those lashes! Miley looks sultry and beautiful. There is just something about this picture that inspires me...who could ever get enough of those eyes?!

Does this picture of Miley Cyrus inspire you?

xo Shannon

Friday, December 7, 2012

reviews: new drugstore makeup

Over the last little while, I have tried a few new drugstore makeup products: Maybelline BB Cream, Maybelline Fit Me Blush and Rimmel's Match Perfection 2 in 1 Concealer.  I have had mixed reactions to these products, and wanted to share my thoughts with you!

Maybelline BB Cream in Light: 

Though this product looks quite dark when you put it on your skin, it blends perfectly to match your skin tone. There are other BB Creams that I prefer to this one, but I do like that the colour isn't too dark. It provides a nice light coverage and adds a lot of moisture to the skin. Personally, I like a fuller coverage, so I wouldn't be comfortable wearing this as is. However, it's a great base. Recently I've been using this and then applying my foundation over top to get even more coverage. If you are looking for a BB Cream that is moisturizing and light, then this will work really well for you! It comes in great variety of shades as well. Overall, a decent product!

Maybelline FIT Me Blush in Light Mauve:

I love this! The blush is really buildable, so you're not getting a ton of product on your cheeks all at once. The colour that I chose is Light Mauve, which is natural but sexy. This is great for an everyday blush or for really playing up a dark smokey eye. I have found myself reaching for this blush a lot lately!

Rimmel's Match Perfection 2 in 1 Concealer:

This concealer claims to conceal and highlight the under eye area. It doesn't provide a whole lot of coverage, but it does brighten the under eye area really well. As a concealer, I would say this is a miss. As an under eye brightener, however, this product is great! It looks really beautiful on the skin. It is a shame that the coverage wasn't better, but I am liking this product to brighten the under eye.

Have you tried any of these drugstore products? What did you think of them?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

you can never be overdressed or overeducated.

Lately, I have had a lot of fun browsing for fashion online. I love finding beautiful pieces and adding them to my wishlist. I was looking at eFoxCity the other day and found some really gorgeous clothes!

There were so many things at eFoxCity that I wanted to add to my wardrobe. Everything was trendy, cute, and definitely stylish. If you want cheap clothing online that won't break the bank, this is a great place to start looking. All of the pieces are super affordable, which is perfect for me! I was actually surprised at how low the prices were, especially for some of the fashion evening dresses

Here are some of my favourite pieces from eFoxCity.

My favourite piece has to be that gorgeous leopard print and lace dress. How stunning is that? If you are looking for beautiful jewellery, cheap bridesmaid dresses or fashionable clothes, check out eFoxCity.

What do you think of these pieces? Have you bought anything from eFoxCity before?

xo Shannon

Monday, December 3, 2012

winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth.

I still can't believe that it is December already! I am constantly counting down the days until Christmas - my favourite time of year. To get myself in the Christmas spirit (not that I need any help with that!) I've come up with my Winter Wants list:

What is on your Winter Wants list?

xo Shannon

Saturday, December 1, 2012

love it or leave it?

Finally, it is December 1st! Now people can stop telling me it's too early to watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas carols. I hope you are all excited that it is officially the holiday season. 

I have the biggest girl crush on Keira Knightley. Why? Just look at her! She embodies classic beauty and sophistication. There is just something about Keira that stands out.

At the premiere of her latest movie, Anna Karenina, Keira looked ready for Spring with pastels, florals, and a perfect pouty pink lip!

What I love:

This soft, pastel green looks incredible on Keira, and the detailed floral design at the bust is flattering and feminine. Also, the pocket detail of the dress is cute and flirty. I also really love the length of the gown. It looks formal but fresh.

The styling for this red carpet look was outstanding. From the gorgeous twisted updo to the classic winged liner and perfect bright pink lip, Keira looks soft and beautiful!

What I loathe:

I don't really loathe anything about this look, but I found the material of the dress to look really heavy, especially at the bottom.

Overall, I thought Keira looked sweet and beautiful in her pastel floral gown. The makeup was absolutely perfect and really tied it all together. 

What do you think of Keira's red carpet look? Love it or leave it?

xo Shannon

Thursday, November 29, 2012

i will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

Christmas has always been the greatest time of year for me. When my mom was growing up, they didn't celebrate any holidays. As a result, she always made sure that every holiday was memorable for my siblings and I.

Whenever I think about Christmas, I get that fuzzy feeling in the pit of my stomach. I love the build up - finding the perfect gifts for the people you love, Christmas music on the radio, watching Christmas movies with my family as the snow falls outside, red and green everywhere, bits of tinsel on the carpet, and the unforgettable glow of the Christmas tree.

I know that it is still November, but I simply couldn't wait any longer to post about Christmas! Here are some pictures and quotes to get you in the holiday spirit.

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions 
of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures 
of his youth, and transport the traveler back to 
his own fireside and quiet home!
- Charles Dickens

"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store."
- Dr. Seuss

"At Christmas, play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year."
- Thomas Tusser 

Are you excited for Christmas yet?

xo Shannon