OOTD: Luxe Details & Pajama Dressing

Hello friends,

The weather in Toronto has honestly been so unpredictable the past few weeks.  It would get super cold and rainy/snowy and then right after the temperature jumps back up to positive digits.  Anyway,  I finally decided to get a Mackage to keep me really warm this winter – so look out for that review soon!

This outfit is featuring items I got from the Zara Black Friday Sale.  I cannot believe this satin shirt I am wearing was only $13.95, and the material was substantial and not see-through at all! I’m so impressed.   I paired this with a pair of Blue velvet loafers also from the Black Friday Sale – although these babies are hardly as comfy.  Going to have to spend the next month breaking them in.

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The Satin top and velvet loafers have a very soft and feminine vibe, kind of like wearing pajamas, so I broke it off in the middle by wearing my Banana Republic ripped jeans with zipper detailing to add a hard edge, if that makes any sense.

 

Hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you next time! 🙂  Leave me a comment and show me some love in the likes!

x

Boki

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The Holiday 2016′ Gift Guide to Spoil Your Girl

Dear Friends,

December is definitely my favourite time of the year because there are just the most amazing good vibes all around – Christmas jingles, people hanging up lights and putting up their trees, and of course, gifts!  Here is a list of ideas I put together for you at every price range for your best friend, sister, mother, aunt, girlfriend, or whomever in your life you want to treat this holiday season.

I hope you will enjoy this guide, as I really enjoyed making it for you!  Everything I chose is meant to be useful but also cute – and the things this special girl in your life may not want to splurge on for herself but would love to have.  🙂

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For the Fashionista:
3,4,6,7, 13,21,22,23

For that Cute Quirky friend:
9, 11, 14,20,23

For the Pampered Princess:
1,2,10,12,14,19,20,26,28

For the Tea and Coffee Lover:
1,2,3,4,10,12,16,17,18

For the Easy but Stylish Gal:
8,13,15,16,21,25,26,27

For the Makeup & Beauty lover:
19,20,25,26,29,30

Works for Everyone:
3,4,5,6,7,19,20,21,25,29

 

Full List of Products with Links:

1. Voluspa Candle in Mokara  , $25

2. Voluspa Candle in Prosecco Rose, $38

3. S’well Gem Pink Diamond Water bottle, $58

4. S’well Palm Beach Water bottle, $45

5. Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Sampler, $44

6. Rosefield The Bowery watch in Pink/Rose Gold, $149

7. Rosefield The Mercer watch in Rosegold, $149

8. Topshop Faux Fur Pom Pom Beanie, $30

9. Cara Winking Knit Beanie, $39.21

10. Bed Bath and Beyond Dream Silk Cozy Socks, $14.99

11. Cat Colouring Book, $11.95

12. Berkshire Blanket in Dusty Pink, $54.99

13. Wilfred Abstract Blanket, $98

14. Sole Society Faux Fur Stole, $55.94

15. Free People Kolby Brushed Scarf, $67.21

16. Williams-Sonoma Hammered Copper Mug, $23.96

17. Bodum Chambord Copper French Press, $59.95

18. Davidstea Confetti Element Tea for one, $30

19. Tony Moly Eyebrow Razor, $5.61

20. Tangle Teezer, $20

21. Matt and Nat Mumbai backpack in Mist, $67.50

22. Zara Mini Chain City Bag, $49.90

23. Puma Women’s Platform Suede Sneaker, $120

24. Wilfred Croquis Sweater, $125

25. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, $34

26. The Body Shop Japanese Camellia Cream, $36

27.Wilfred Lisieux Bralette, $48

28. Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Satin Kimono, $49.50

29. Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics, $68

30. Benefit Rockateur Powder Blush, $36

Enjoy! Let me know in the comments what you liked and what you thought I should have included!

Love,

Boki

MAKE IT YOURSELF: 3 Ingredient Almond Butter Fudge Cups

Dear Lovely Readers,

I have a delicious and healthy recipe for all of you out there with a sweet tooth!  This is an Almond Butter fudge that you can make with just a microwave, a spoon, and a bowl. Super easy! The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze up, honestly.

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Makes 8-10 AB cups

What you need
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup raw honey
3/4 cup rice krispies (optional)

What to do
mix first three ingredients together until combined
stir in rice krispies if you’d like (it adds a REALLY NICE crunch! do it!)
pour into a lined cupcake tin
freeze for a couple hours

Take them out and let them thaw for a minute or two before you bite into them.
They will melt in your mouth and your day will be instantly made!

I hope you give this simple but delicious recipe a try and LET ME KNOW what you thought of them in the comments! I want to know.

 

Love, Boki

Summer Outfit Recap

Dear Friends,

I know Summer is OVER and I will never get over it…every year!  This past season was one of my favourites in terms of trying new trends and styles.  My personal style motto is definitely ‘Simple and interesting Silhouettes, always with Contrast and Minimal accessories’.  I put together a recap of my favourite outfits this past summer, I hope you enjoy this post!

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This look is probably the girliest I will get! I loved that two wide hem items were layered here – the off the shoulder blouse and the flared mini skirt.  It worked well because the top was slightly cropped so the silhouette of the skirt was not lost and it still gave me the look of a waistline.  I wore these lace up pointy toe block heel sandals to further elongate my legs.  If anyone knows me in person they will know I almost exclusively buy pointy heels and have a tendency to get blocked heels as well (They are so much more walkable!)

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Top: Zara
Skirt: Forever21
Shoes: Zara
Watch: Leonard & Church

dsc_2601My mom bought me this “top” from Korea that I wore as a dress – it totally freaked her out! So funny.  It is barely long enough to be a dress but whatever! I paired it with my Stan Smiths for a really simple, I don’t care kind of look. The key here is to add interesting accessories – like a watch and a statement handbag/ shoulder bag.

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Top: Korea
Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith
Watch: Leonard & Church

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I am a bit late to the wide legged pants game but I finally gave culottes a try this spring and fell in love.  They are so flowy, easy to wear, and actually elongating to my legs, despite their wide width!  I love to pair culottes with a crop top or a wide hem blouse that is slightly cropped.

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Sunnies: Urban Outfitters

Crop top: H&M
Culottes: Zara
Shoes: Zara

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This is the last look, but certainly one of my favourites too because it is simple and modern.  I love how the white silk blouse matches with the white Stan Smiths and the skirt visually divides the look.  It feels very Oak + Fort, if you know what I mean.  Another thing I LOVE to wear are body con midi skirts with slits!  It is clean, flattering, and a bit sexy while still being sophisticated.  Finally, I added interest with a simple bracelet.

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Blouse: Aritzia
Skirt: Oak + Fort
Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith

 

So that’s it for this post!  I hope you enjoyed it and found some outfit ideas for yourself if you (luckily) live in a hot climate.  Please leave me a comment or a question!

 

Much love,

Boki

BEAUTY REVIEW: MY FAVE LIPPIES

Hi loves,

Today I wanted to share with you my core collection of lip colours – some are everyday, and some I wear for a date or a special occasion, but YOU DO YOU! These are gorgeous colours and I shared below some selfies that show the colours in daylight.

In order from Left to Right:

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II
MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
Gerard Cosmetics Hydra-Matte Liquid Lipstick in 1995
Kat von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss in Vintage

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Lolita II, $24

This liquid lipstick is described as a “terracotta nude”.  On me it is a bright red with brownish-orange tones, sort of like a poppy red.  The formula is opaque and creamy, and easy to apply.  It pretty much stays put for at least several hours or until you eat food.  I love the formula!!

 

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Velvet Teddy, $21

Velvet Teddy is MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE ALL TIME Lipstick.  It is the best nude for my lips and matches any outfit I wear.  I love to wear it as an every day lipstick and the matte finish is really flattering.  The colour on me is pink with brown tones, even though on the website it is described as a “deep-tone beige”.  If only this came in liquid lipstick version, as it does come off somewhat easily.

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1995, $20

I ordered 1995 and Everything Nice when Gerard Cosmetics had a deal on their instagram.  (Honestly, they do 2 for $x deals all the time)  I regret getting these two as they are almost the same colour!  I do love both though. 1995 is a deep red on me with slight brown undertones, which is very flattering on my warm skintone. Everything Nice is a deep red as well with more orangey-brown tones.   I love that 1995 doesn’t pop as much as the Lolita II so I sometimes wear this as an everyday lipstick.  The formula is more watery than Kat von D, but it almost feels like it is whipped, it applies like a dream as well and dries to a matte finish.  The quality is top notch and this lipstick lasts for hours and hours as long as you don’t eat.

 

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Lovecraft, $26

Lovecraft is a neutral pink-ish brown with some mauve or purple undertones.  It looks very different than Velvet Teddy but between the two formulas, this is drier and also holds up better to contact.  If I drink coffee, this lipstick barely comes onto the cup compared to Velvet Teddy which comes off a bit more.  This is an everyday lipstick for me as well and I love to wear it when I have more pink in my outfits.  The price was quite steep but I do think the quality represents the price.

 

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Vintage, $21

I would say Vintage is somewhere in the middle between Velvet Teddy and Lovecraft, although it is still different.  It is a pink with slight brown and mauve undertones.  It is 100% opaque, which is nice! The colour is so wearable and it is beautiful.  The only bad thing about lip glosses is they come off so easily and I just hate how when hair gets blown it sticks to my lips.  Can’t get over it, haha.

 

So that’s it for the review! I hope you found some inspiration for building your own HG lip collection! Leave me a question or a comment 🙂

Much love,

Boki

#ootd & Inspo: Fall Layers

Hello friends!

I live in Toronto, and the temperature here quickly drops as soon as October comes around.  the average fall temperature for October is usually around the low to mid 10s, but some lucky days, it will be high teens or hovering around the 20 degree mark (celsius – for all you Americans)

Although I will always choose summer over fall or winter, I think most people can agree that Fall fashion is the best fashion.  I love to layer, and this outfit has a mix of textures and weight, while keeping a monochrome colour palette.  (These words are so satisfying to any design student, they will tell you.)  I am wearing an oversized sweater by Urban outfitters, my favourite pleather leggings from Wilfred, a wool hat from Uniqlo, 574’s from New Balance, and a scarf that Jessy gave me. I’m not really one to overdo accessories; I really think less is more.  Always.

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Oversized chunky sweaters will always be a fall staple, so here id some styling inspiration that I found on Pinterest to help you put together the best cozy fall outfit.

 

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Pairing a long or oversized sweater with over the knee boots is a stylish but simple outfit that will create the illusion of longer legs.  In this photo the girl wore a long shirt to layer under her sweater.

 

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Turtlenecks are another of my absolute favourites, and here Kendall is wearing a textured turtleneck sweater with shiny leather leggings – the mix of texture makes the outfit more interesting.  It looks like she is wearing converse here, but you can wear booties, any other sneaker like Stan smiths, Nike air max, or even the slide loafers that are so popular these days.

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Pairing sweaters with skirts are my new thing to try, and here she kept the outfit monochrome as well, mixing a huge chunky sweater with a thin, bodycon skirt, which creates an imbalance that is interesting to the eye.

Photo Credits: Pinterest

BEAUTY REVIEW: Hada Labo Skincare

Hi Friends!

Back in August, my parents visited Hong Kong, so it was the perfect time to exploit them and make them buy Asian skincare products for me.  Funny story is, I had actually only asked them to buy me the Hada Labo Moisture Milk that I tried a sample of and fell in love with, so I sent them a screenshot through Whatsapp of the Sasa website item page, and they bought me all the other items on the screenshot too!

An Overview about the brand from their site:

HADA LABO—which is translated as “Skin Lab”—is a technologically advanced Japanese skin care line researched and developed at the Rohto research facility in Japan. It is the result of more than 100 years of product development and the continued research efforts of Rohto Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical products and cosmetics.Using the power of Super Hyaluronic Acid, Rohto has updated the time-honored and long-admired Japanese ritual for beautiful, younger-looking skin. This combination of high-tech, modern technology and a traditional approach to pampering application is at the heart of HADA LABO. It provides the perfect balance in your skin care regimen—and perfect harmony for your skin.

I wanted to use the products for at least a month or two before I wrote you guys a thorough review.

Here is what they got me (clockwise from top):
Arbutin Whitening Water Gel
Super Hyaluronic Moisture Milk
Super Hyaluronic Lotion (Light)
Retinol 3D Essence
Daily Face Wash

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Japanese Packaging is 100 !!

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Daily Face Wash, $13 CAD

I had raved about the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser before on the blog, and it is still my favourite.  This cleanser will not beat Kiehl’s in the moisturizing department, but it works well for a good price.  It has a creamy consistency but it foams up slightly.  These foaming types of cleansers work better than the Kiehl’s with a Clarisonic, which is good because I use that twice a week, but they are slightly drying if I don’t put on products directly after cleansing.

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Super Hyaluronic Moisture Milk, $17 CAD

This product is the perfect daytime or summer moisturizer.  It has a runny, almost milky consistency but is not watery.  This product has no colouring or added fragrance, which is awesome for sensitive skin.  It applies easily and doesn’t dry leaving a sticky residue on your face.  After using this product every day for the past two months, my face feels supple and balanced.

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Retinol 3D Essence, $31 CAD

This Essence is very affordable compared to other serums out there – the consistency is very viscous like a serum – similar to a thick gel.  When I smoothed it into my skin it felt like it became a substantial layer of moisture.  It leaves my face very soft and supple.  However, I did not feel like it had any firming or anti-aging effect which is what Retinol is often used for.  It could also be that I’m only 21 and don’t have aging skin so I shouldn’t really comment on that.

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Arbutin Whitening Water Gel, $25 CAD

This product is probably what most of you will be curious about.  This gel cream is almost identical to the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack/Mask, which I’ve been using for years.  They are both blue, but the Hada Labo gel cream actually has a thicker consistency – like thin jelly, whereas the Laneige sleeping pack is light and watery, almost not even solid.   The verdict is: I think both products are almost the same and have the same moisturizing effect.  I can’t tell the difference on my skin which is better.  However, judging by the prices and packaging, I would definitely only repurchase the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack as it is slightly cheaper per unit price and has a better packaging.

 

That’s it guys!  Leave me a comment or a like, and let me know if you’ve ever tried Hada Labo and what your thoughts are on their products.

 

Much Love,

Boki