Kiehl’s Haul

 

Kiehl's HaulRecently, a friend of mine presented me with a generous gift of Kiehl’s products. I was, of course, ecstatic because I’m totally in love with their line, but also because the gift was so uncalled for and took me by complete surprise. I’m surrounded by the most loving people!

Take a look at what I received:

Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish
This polish smells phenomenal (think: Shea butter and sweet almond oil… it’s a true delight for your nose). Now that we’re transitioning into cooler weather, this product reassures me that my skin will remain soft and smooth. It’s super hydrating and is gentle enough to use on a day-to-day basis.

Kiehl's Haul

 

Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
I love how thick this cream applies and yet, doesn’t leave any sticky or uncomfortable residue on my skin. Again, this product is perfect for sensitive and dry skin (like mine!) and the packaging is ideal (basically, you can leave it in your purse so that you never have to leave home without it).

Kiehl's Haul

Kiehl’s LIP BALM #1 (Mango)
My lips hate cold weather. Seriously… sometimes I even avoid smiling in the wintertime because I fear the cracking and chapping that much.
…all jokes aside, it took me awhile to find products that would keep my lips under control and Kiehl’s lip balm happens to be one of them. It applies on so smoothly and nearly heals and protects my sensitive pout.

Kiehl's Haul

Are there any Kiehl‘s products you’d like me to try out? Comment below!

Vines and a Green Skirt

Showing some leg with this green skirt from the GAP!

For the second installment of my BRENTON BARROW PHOTOGRAPHY collaboration, I decided to sport some GAP gear from (nearly) head-to-toe.

As sad as it may be, we’ve reached the time in the summer season where “transitional clothing” is a must. My new, black t-shirt (similar here) was perfect for a cool afternoon and my green-patterned skirt was ideal to wear high-waisted in order to emphasize a more feminine figure. When I went shopping last week, I had to take into consideration that whatever I’d be buying would have to be easily translated into my new, autumn wardrobe. When I found these GAP pieces, I was thrilled. Imagine the t-shirt under a leather bomber and some ripped jeans? Or the skirt with thicker black stockings and a pair of booties? I’m pretty excited.

Of course, I’m still in the summer vibe, so I sported my favorite pair of Jeffrey Campbells and a statement necklace with my new outfit.

Showing some leg with this green skirt from the GAP! Showing some leg with this green skirt from the GAP! Showing some leg with this green skirt from the GAP! Showing some leg with this green skirt from the GAP!

Joe’s Birthday Treat

Because a treat is what we look forward to most on our birthdays.

Last week, we celebrated Joe’s birthday and prior to his special day, I was racking my brain trying to figure out what to do for him. I’ve always baked him a homemade cake but this year, I wanted something to “wow” him.

Joe spent a good portion of his studies in France, so that’s when it dawned on me to give my favorite French bakery a call (ducdelorraine.ca) and order one of their beautiful pièce montées. Also referred to as acroquembouche, a pièce montée is a tower of French cream puffs, held together by spun sugar. Not only are these pieces marvelous, but Duc de Lorraine has really mastered the art of pièce montées and not only are theirs beautiful but they taste divine.

Joe loved his surprise dessert and you can bet that we’ll be ordering more for other special occasions (hint: Duc de Lorraine’s talented owner suggests to have a pièce montée for a wedding’s sweet table!)

Because a treat is what we look forward to most on our birthdays. Because a treat is what we look forward to most on our birthdays. Because a treat is what we look forward to most on our birthdays.

Teal Nails

A teal shade by Essie to go with a coral dress

This week, I sported Essie’Naughty Nautical to add a cool touch to my coral outfit. I was actually shopping for a navy blue polish before coming across this one, and I’m pretty happy with the results. It’s young, fun, and the color comes out quite strong.

(P.S. found my ideal navy lacquer and will likely be picking up Butter London‘s Royal Navy)

A teal shade by Essie to go with a coral dress A teal shade by Essie to go with a coral dress A teal shade by Essie to go with a coral dress

Style Board: BBQ Parties

Outfit suggestions for your next BBQ party

Let’s face it: summer’s almost over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t squeeze in a few more BBQ dinner parties.

I rounded up some of my favorite summer party looks. Enjoy the heat while it lasts!

{one} I’m a real sucker for cream dresses and I love the way this one is dressed up with brown leather boots and a printed scarf. It really tones down the romantic feel of what a lace dress is expected to offer. (stylishwife.com)

{two} A printed skirt and a striped long-sleeved t-shirt (merricksart.com)

{three} Comfort and style come together with a pair of harem pants and a dainty necklace (women-outfits.com)

{four} High-waisted printed shorts are appropriate, fun, and can dress up any plain old t-shirt. Top it with a hat for the ultimate summer feel. (fashionandlove.com)

Childhood Reads

Some of my favorite books from my childhoodAs you may have read, I spent a good portion of this month taking some pretty big steps in my life. There was a lot of big decision-making taking place and in order to wind down, I allowed myself to get lost in books that took me way back to my childhood.

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
I remember watching Nickelodeon‘s film adaptation of Harriet the Spy everyday after school. I first read the novel in the fifth grade and decided to revisit it for my own little throwback. Now that I think of it, Harriet was the ultimate (and original!) blogger (except she wrote everything down in her ultra-private spy notebook).

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
My tenth grade teacher really helped us analyze this classic and it stuck with me ever since. Holden Caulfield is one of the most interesting fictional characters and this book will forever be a favorite on my shelf.

I Want to Go Home by Gordon Korman
This book is actually one of my sister’s childhood favorites and because I wanted to do everything she did, it naturally became one of mine, too.

What are some of your favorite childhood books?

Coral Dress and a High School Graduation

Sporting coral to a 10-year reunion

This past weekend, I attended my 10-year high school reunion and it was definitely a pleasant treat. Walking down the halls of my school’s building was incredibly nostalgic and brought back so many wonderful memories.

For the event, I sported this lace party-dress in a strong coral. There’s just something about the color that reminds me that summer continues to live on (maybe because it really brings out a tan… or maybe because it’s just really pretty and girly). To break off the warm tones in my outfit, I put on a navy statement necklace and sported some teal nails.

Sporting coral to a 10-year reunion Sporting coral to a 10-year reunion Sporting coral to a 10-year reunion

Wednesday Pick-Me-Up

Celebrating Wednesday with some good food and good company.

Now that our wedding date is quickly approaching, Joe and I have been overbooked with appointments and meetings. From floral arrangements to (very long) lists of song requests, we needed to wind down and enjoy one of our evenings this week.

It comes to no surprise that we spent a beautiful evening on the terrace of Duc de Lorraine, basking in some fresh, Montreal summer weather (or at least what’s left of it) while munching on their delicious cheese platter and sipping on champagne.

Happy mid-week!

Color Therapy

The soothing effects of color therapyThis year, there’s been a huge “boom” with what’s been commonly referred to as “adult coloring books.” Word on the street is that people have been engrossed in pages of black and white images (many of which are originally hand-drawn) and the books are known to be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing to color-in. Of course, I decided to give them a try (they’re also known as mandalas, and have actually been around for a very long time) to see what they were all about.

I picked up a copy of Secret Paris and absolutely adored it. The idea of beautifully drawn landscapes and still-life images that incorporate elements of the Parisian culture was just so appealing to me. It also features pages that are very mandala-like, with patterns of shapes and lines that are extremely relaxing to fill in.

You can purchase copies here and there are other cities to explore in the same series.

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Brenton Barrow Photography

Brenton Barrow Photography

It is with great excitement that I announce Fabulous Habits’ collaboration with Brenton Barrow Photography.

I first talked about Brenton on this blog when I made a round-up of my favorite Instagram accounts. What many people don’t know is that Brenton and I are actually very close friends (and have been for years). We’re both from the same small town so we would spend long bus rides together, going back and forth to attend school and our part-time jobs.

Brenton has a natural eye for photography and I’ve always recognized his artistic potential. When he announced the launch of his website, I was more than thrilled. But then, when he suggested we work together, I was not only honored, but the amount of project ideas that came to my mind were endless and so they nearly spilled out of my ears.

Brenton’s impressive work can hardly be described with words. He captures the beauty in nearly everything he sees. Keep your eyes open for our collaboration: my take on outfits and his beautiful photography are now coming together for this new and exciting project.

 “Everyday, from the moment we wake up until the moment we go to sleep, we often take what we see for granted so why not capture it.”
– Brenton Barrow

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