Tuesday, October 30, 2012

eat, drink, and be scary.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

I love holidays, and Halloween is no exception. It's nice to get dressed up, spend time with friends, and just have a good time! That is what holidays are all about.

This year, I went to a Halloween party and channeled my inner Katy Perry. In my next post, I will be sure to show you all how my Katy Perry costume turned out! I was pretty happy with it. 

As for Halloween tomorrow night, I plan on watching as many Scream movies as I can. I absolutely love scary movies, and Halloween is the perfect excuse to watch them.

I hope you all have a great Halloween! Eat lots of candy and look fabulous, whatever you do!

Also - at the moment, the weather where I live is absolutely insane! Thankfully I'm not in the worst area for the storm. Wherever you are, keep safe!

What did you dress up as for Halloween this year?

xo Shannon

Sunday, October 28, 2012

a wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.

I always feel very spoiled when it comes to my birthday. My loved ones certainly spoiled me rotten with birthday presents this year. I don't feel like I deserve them, but they sure are nice to have!

Here are some of the things I was lucky enough to receive for my birthday from my family this year.

DVDs galore: Road to Avonlea, Gossip Girl, New Girl, Pretty Little Liars, GCB, and (not pictured) Revenge. 
Makeup: NARS Andy Warhol kit, Hello Kitty Head of the Class set, Owl contact case.

Swatches and reviews of my new makeup items to come in a future post! 

I hope you have all had a great weekend!

xo Shannon

Friday, October 26, 2012

then I go out at night and paint the stars.

Getting dressed and ready to go out is always a fun experience for me. Lately, I have gone out a little more than usual, to a concert and for my birthday dinners with my boyfriend and my family. So, I used these occasions as an excuse to look my best!

Here are some pictures of my life lately!

Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk concert:

Birthday Dinners:

Do you love getting dressed up?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

how old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

Happy Birthday To Me!
Today is my birthday! 

I always get really excited when it comes to my birthday. I have a twin brother, so, growing up, I always had to share everything....which is why in the past, I made such a big deal out of celebrating my birthday - I wanted to have my own special experience.

This year, though, I am keeping it low-key. I booked the day off work so I could relax, and tonight I am going out to dinner with my family and my boyfriend. I am hoping to spend some time with friends later on in the week as well! I am looking forward to taking it easy today. And eating lots of cake!

I hope you all have a great day!
xo Shannon

Monday, October 22, 2012

inspired by: katy perry

When it comes to celebrities, few inspire me the way that Katy Perry does. I am even dressing up as her this Halloween! From her outrageous and bold fashion choices to her fun personality, Katy is never boring!

Not only is Katy Perry's music amazing, but her makeup is always flawless. She brings fun and whimsy to every look. Katy's makeup typically fuses bright candy colours and retro style together to create her signature look! Whenever I'm in a makeup rut, I try to channel my inner Katy Perry. That means incorporating fun, bright colours without looking back!

Here are some of my favourite Katy Perry makeup looks to keep you inspired this week!

Are you a fan of Katy Perry's makeup? What is your favourite Katy makeup look?

xo Shannon

Saturday, October 20, 2012

the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.

Lucky me, I have a new camera!

My wonderful boyfriend gave me the camera before I went away to England - an early birthday present! My old camera didn't focus well and the buttons stuck, but it was doing the job. I wanted to save up for a better one....but my boyfriend beat me to it. It is a Sony Cyber-Shot - and it's red! It is so so cute!

I am absolutely loving my new camera. The flash is better, it focuses so well and the colours are more vibrant. Every time I use it, I feel very spoiled indeed!

What do you have planned this weekend?

xo Shannon

Thursday, October 18, 2012

review: real techniques brushes

Like so many beauty bloggers, I am a big fan of Sam and Nic from Pixiwoo. I was so excited when Sam originally released her Real Techniques makeup brush line! Unfortunately, the brushes aren't available where I live. So, when I visited London, I hit up every Boots I could!

I was able to find the Base Core Collection and Eyes Starter Set. Sadly, the amazing stippling brush I keep hearing so much about was sold out every place I went. But - I am so excited to finally have my hands on these brushes!

The Base/Flawless Core Collection comes with the Contour Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, Detailer Brush, and the Buffing Brush. The Eyes/Enhanced Starter Set comes with the Deluxe Crease Brush, Base Shadow Brush, Accent Brush, Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush, and the Brow Brush.

After waiting so long to try these brushes, they absolutely live up to the hype! The taklon bristles are incredibly soft and make applying makeup easier than ever. I love the variety of brush sizes and shapes as well. Many of them are different to any other brushes I have in my collection. They are just gorgeous, gorgeous makeup brushes!

I am so thrilled with the Real Techniques brushes!

Have you tried any of the Real Techniques makeup brushes? What do you think of them?

xo Shannon

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

london shopping haul part 2: accessories

 First of all, I just want to wish my boyfriend a happy birthday! His birthday is tomorrow, but because he is working, we are celebrating it today. Can't wait to spoil him!

Now onto today's post! There is nothing like the perfect accessory to finish off an outfit! While I was in London, I added a few new accessories to my collection that I adore.

Knitted Fox Purse from Next
Rings, Earrings, Bracelet and Necklaces

Spiked Ring from TopShop

 Mustache Earrings, Owl Ring, Owl Bracelet, and Pencil Necklace from Accessorize

 Pearl Collar from Next
Have you bought any new accessories lately?

xo Shannon

Sunday, October 14, 2012

london: shopping haul!

Like a lot of people, I love shopping. And whenever I go to London, I tend to do a lot of it! I tried to be good this year, but once I hit Primark, that kind of went out the window!

Most of my shopping was done at HMV, Primark, New Look, Next, and Waterstones. I ended up buying a ton of books, but didn't photograph them all - Katie Price books are my guilty pleasure, so I stocked up!

Here is some of my London shopping haul!

I <3 British Pop Stars
CDs, DVDs (that will only play on my computer!), Books, Magazines, Dolls, T-Shirts, and various One Direction merch!

 I <3 Shoes
Shoes from: New Look and Primark

I <3 Blouses
Blouses from: Primark and Jane Norman

I <3 Tops and Blazers
Peplum Tops from: New Look. Tops, Sweaters and Blazer from: Primark

I <3 Dresses and Skirts
Dresses from: Primark and Jane Norman, Skirt from: Primark

I <3 Pants
Pants from: Marks and Spencer, Leggings and Top from: New Look and Primark

Phew! So there is some of my shopping haul! My suitcase was pretty jam packed coming home!

Still to come - the Real Techniques makeup brushes I have finally been able to add to my collection, and an accessories post!

xo Shannon

Friday, October 12, 2012

Chic and Trendy Fashion Online

Before I get to my London shopping haul posts, I simply had to tell you about ClothingLoves.com!

It can be hard to find sophisticated but trendy clothes at a great price. The great thing about shopping online, is that you can find incredible clothes for a wholesale clothing price. It is always nice to add new pieces to your wardrobe that are cost efficient and high quality!

One of the issues that can occur from buying clothes at malls or department stores, is running into people wearing the same thing. There is nothing worse than that moment! That is one of the perks of buying wholesale women's clothing online. Clothing Loves has unique fashionable pieces that stand out from the crowd.

I really love the sophistication and elegance of a lot of the pieces on the website, as well as the fun and daring trendy pieces. I personally really love a lot of the blouses - especially the really feminine blouses with lace details. So gorgeous! Clothing Loves really does have something for every type of fashion lover!

If you are looking for unique, fashionable pieces at a great price, then ClothingLoves.com is the place to start.

What do you think of these pieces? Do you shop online?

xo Shannon

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

London, thou art the flower of cities all!

As you all know, I recently got back from visiting London, England. It is my favourite place in the world!

While I was there, I did far too much shopping, went to the Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour, Kensington Palace, had tea at Fortnum and Mason, and went on the Jack the Ripper walk. It was a nice week away from work, though I missed my boyfriend terribly!

Here are some of my pictures from the trip!

Next up: my London shopping haul!

How is your week going so far?

xo Shannon

Monday, October 8, 2012

wear perfume wherever you want to be kissed.

“A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.”
- Christian Dior

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Canadians! I am still getting caught up on my trip to London, England. I will be sure to post pictures of my trip in my next post. Can't wait to share them with you! Until then....

I came across this quote recently and was completely struck by it. I absolutely love fragrances. They are the perfect way to finish off your outfit and make you feel confident and beautiful.

My Perfume Collection:

I own a lot of different perfumes, but I don't quite know what they say about me! It's interesting to think about, at any rate. 

What does your perfume collection say about you?

xo Shannon