Have I ever mentioned how much I love polka dots? Oh, I’m sure I have–speak up now!And if I haven’t mentioned it –though I’m sure I have–my outfit posts over the last few months have probably been a tell-tale sign!

Over Christmas, I happened upon a sleeveless denim blouse that was both distressed and polka dots at Francescas. Who wouldn’t take the opportunity to snag a fun piece like that? I honestly had no idea what I would pair said blouse with, but I knew I had to have it!

I’m not the type that would normally go for a double denim outfit, but considering I had to wake up at 4 AM to catch a flight this past weekend, I was aiming to pair comfort with style for the long day ahead and decided to rock the denim on denim. If you saw any of my tweets over the weekend, you know I headed off to Holland for an amazing flower display at Keukenhof. (HINT: Friday’s post may or may not be all about it!)

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OK, so ignore my shoes, really. I walked about 10K around all the fields and at 4AM when I got up to get dressed, these runners were the logical choice! The rest of the look is comprised of a basic white tee from Penny’s, Forever 21 dark blue denim skinnies, and an infamous pair of sunnies from TJ Maxx.

I didn’t feel much like make-up at 4 AM (I mean, geez, I didn’t want to wake up any earlier than necessary!), but I did throw some mascara & lipstick in my handbag for the car ride. One can make or break a look with just mascara and lipstick–so I always say. :)

It was an absolutely stunning day, in an amazingly beautiful place and I cannot wait to get the travel post written up to share with you later this week. Until then, enjoy the pink and orange display here.

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Until next time. XOXO – K

 

I’ve been a long time wearer/lover of Spanx legwear. They just do things for my legs, backside, and tummy. They hide, they lift, and they most definitely shape! It’s almost gotten to the point I won’t buy other brands, and at $18-$40 a pop (depending on whether you are investing in hose or tights), that’s saying something! 

That said, I’ve also tried other Spanx products, like the slimming shorts and the slimming tank. Oddly, I wasn’t a big fan of either. The shorts most certainly slimmed my thighs, but at the expense of bulges in other places. It was also quite noticeable underneath the dress I wore them with. The tank? Well, I couldn’t breathe. It also, like other control tanks I’ve tried, bunched up at the bottom as I walked and I found the constant pulling and tugging exhausting! (Though I did just happen to notice while browsing their website they have new and “slimproved” designs out…..hmmmm)

I recently was recently contacted by the gals from NUDWEAR, a UK based company specialising in shaping under garments. 

Nudwear Logo

NUDWEAR was founded by best friends Astrid Montalta and Sammy Ivanko and the duo was inspired when searching for their bridal lingerie, discovering the lingerie and shapewear in the market left much to be desired. The two set out to create a brand of desirable products suited not only for special occasions, but also for every day wear.

The girls asked if they could send over a parcel to me, including a few products to try out. A girl can never have too many clothes, especially ones that shape and slim, so I kindly agreed after a bit of research into the company itself Inside my parcel was a slimming tank, and a few other bits to be written about later, so stay tuned for that!

Nudwear - Slimming Tank

I was definitely surprised when I put the tank on. Though it was tight, I could breathe and was actually comfortable. The tank was cut just right with wide straps and a scoop neckline so that it can be worn on its own, or layered underneath a sweater or blouse. 

The tank helped even out that unsightly bra bulge and controlled the midsection nicely as well. I layered a button down blouse over it and I realised the tank did wonders in the chest area as my blouse had a tendency to gape a bit at the button on the chest. The tank evens out the chest area without sacrificing your lift, and that is a big deal, right gals? All great things thus far!

The true test came on my morning commute and throughout my day. SUCCESS! This tank didn’t ride up, didn’t bunch, and definitely didn’t scrunch! I have a twenty-two minute walk to work and the thing didn’t budge. Even throughout the day as I was up and down in the office, it stayed firmly in place and worked it’s magic all day long.

I got two more wears out of it before it had stretched enough to need a wash. I was worried about it keeping it’s shape post laundering, but to date I’ve had no issues and I’m loving the shapeliness of this tank!

If you have argued and battled tank after tank, this one is definitely worth the investment! I’ll definitely be adding another one to my collection soon as I need a white one in addition to the black one. NUDWEAR ships Internationally and you can snag yourself a tank here in your local currency: http://www.nudwear.com/europe/shape-enhancers/the-ultimate-slimming-tank for

I promise you won’t be disappointed with this one gals! XOXO – K 

Spring could not have been more in the air this week. The pink and white cherry blossoms blooming EVERYWHERE, the tulips or daffodils around every corner, the SUNSHINE — it’s all been glorious!

I knew on Monday when the sun was shining through my window at 6:30 AM it was going to be an awesome week. And I opted for a colourful spring wardrobe to match. This week, I’m not bringing you one outfit of the day photo, but FOUR! (It was only a four-day work week!)

Brighten your spirits and enjoy my rendition of Live Colourfully — one outfit at a time.

Monday – April 14, 2014

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What better way to start the week than in a bright and cheery colour-blocked skirt paired with a cropped sweater? The leopard heels were just the icing on the cake!

Tuesday – April 15, 2014 (Happy Tax Day!)

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Hot pink pants toned down with black T-strap pumps.

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Can you “Live Colourfully” without Kate Spade? I think not! Accent the look with a massive pink flower ring and a gorgeous bangle.

And, you saw the post on Instagram, so, here’s Tuesday’s complete hot pink look!

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Wednesday – April 16, 2014

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I don’t particularly love that it looks like my eyes are closed here, but, I do absolutely LOVE my turquoise pencil skirt! To keep the outfit light (and because I wore my black sweater the day before….) I paired the skirt with a white cropped cardigan and neutral Mary-Jane pumps.

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I even went BOLD and wore turquoise eye liner to the office! WHAT? Oh yes I did.

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And of course, I do adore my flower rings, so, of course there’s this to cap off the look!

Thursday – April 17, 2014

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It was a bit cloudy on this day, and I reverted to add the black and white back in — but never fear, I’m still bold & red-hot! Striped, belted peplum top paired with a red pencil skirt. No accessories today, but do you really need accessories when you sport a bold, red lip? Nah, I didn’t think so!

Love something you see? Tweet me or email me! Most of what I’m wearing this week is quite a few years old, but I would absolutely love to help you find a similar item in your budget!

XOXO – K

I put my foot down this week at work. OK, maybe more figuratively than literally, and just in my head, but I can only work so many 14 hour days before I’m just drained and need a few days for myself! And so, since it’s 6:30 PM on a Wednesday and I’m actually sitting at home, I decided to throw a blog post up! By the time you read this, it’ll be Thursday anyway :)

This week, the Sephora Fragrance Sampler showdown is all about the florals pitting Balenciaga’s Florabotanica against Hanae Mori’s Butterfly. Let’s chat!

Balenciaga – Florabotanica

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Inspired by Balenciaga’s botanical garden in Paris, this scent delivers enchanting freshness with hints of Turkish rose, hemp, and vetiver roots  to evoke an elegant beauty that is both stunning and dangerous — like a rose.

It’s absolutely wrong to hate on a fragrance for the celebrity they’ve placed in their ads, right? Well, I just can’t seem to get past the ad photos with Kristen Stewart…Outside of Kristen Stewart I honestly don’t care much for the ad either. But hey, it’s a good thing I’m judging these samples based on my nose rather than my eyes!

So, the fragrance itself? It’s right there in line with the ad in my book. The florals overpower the entire fragrance and I’m sitting here sneezing as I write this. I honestly can’t think of anything nice to say about this one, so, I’m seriously stopping while I’m ahead — because if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. Considering this is the 13th? one I’m writing about, it speaks volumes, right?

Conclusion: Scratch this one off the list entirely and I’m giving the sample to the next person I pass on the streets!

Hanae Mori – Butterfly

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Named after the legendary fashion designer Madame Hanae Mori — Madame Butterfly — this fragrance presents hints of strawberries and blackberries mixed with jasmine and peony and follows with sandalwood and cedar to create an alluring, glamorous energy. 

I really love the bottle for this one. It’s sneaky with the butterfly shaped cap. Creativity points! And doesn’t the description just automatically make you think of a butterfly? Alluring, gorgeous, and light all definitely come into my mind — just like a butterfly landing on the tip of a rose petal.

This fragrance is quite feminine, a bit too much so for me, though I do really enjoy the blend of scents. It would be great for a proper Sunday afternoon tea, where all the gals are dressed in their Sunday best, hats, gloves, and all.

Conclusion: I’ll definitely hang on to this sample in the event I’m ever invited to such a girlie event. It could really take the Sunday dress up a notch with the delicate blend of fruit, florals, and earth notes.

Have you tried either of these fragrances? TWEET ME! Well, while neither of these will be making it into the top contenders list, the Hanae Mori could definitely be worth a sniff next time you pass by a beauty counter!

XOXO – K

I found out this weekend that my FAVOURITE nail polish brand, Zoya Nail Polish, was in Nashville — well, the person handling the Twitter account for Zoya was anyway. I just happened to see a tweet come through asking for recommendations on things in Nashville and promptly responded–It is my second home base after-all!

I was pleasantly surprised when my tweet was not only acknowledged, but responded to! As a blogger, getting noticed by a brand is HUGE. And getting noticed by one of your favourites? Well, that just makes you feel like you are Queen of the World!

So, inspired by Zoya’s trip to the Music City, I opted for bold, two-tone sparkles with this week’s Nail of the Week post.

Zoya Nail Polish: Dream + Cassedy

Meet the lovely duo of Dream (left) and Cassedy (right). Dream is a full-coverage, deep space blue with holographic sparkles, while Cassedy is a full-coverage pewter metallic.

I’m not fancy enough to put art on my nails, but if I were, rest assured I would’ve had all the Nashville markings painted on! (Music notes, anyone? It is, after all Music City!)

Dream is a lovely colour, and actually reminds me more of a royal blue than a deep space blue. When I think deep space, I tend to think black… The flecks of glitter in Dream are noticeable, but not overpowering. Cassedy is the perfect complement to Dream, as she’s still got a hint of sparkle, without actually being a glitter polish. I think she looks a bit teal and less pewter, but it really did depend on the light!

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I somehow managed to match my nails to my outfit yesterday without even trying! Who knew I had the perfect Dream coloured skirt in my wardrobe (minus the sparkles….)? Love a good bold nail! Make it two-tone for extra umph. And the way my week is going, I need that extra bit.

What do you think? Love the colours? Head on over to www.zoya.com and snag yourself a new set today.

XOXO – K