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I don’t purchase bags very often so when I do get one you know I really like it. This beauty came in the mail yesterday, the Rebecca Minkoff Francoise Tote.


Please ignore the cat toys and vacuum in the background. I was too excited to get all that out of the photo.

I think the quality of Minkoff bags has decreased in the past two years or so. The lining and dustbag are a poly or poly blend instead of the cotton they used to be. I still love the bag though.



With the rest of my Minkoff bags.

Now excuse me while I go stare at it for a while.


Recent Purchases

This post is coming to you from my iPhone as my computer still isn’t working. I just thought I’d post a few pictures of things I’ve recently picked up makeup/beauty wise. If you want me to give more info or a review of any of the products just let me know.


Some classic cheap yet effective drugstore products.


Rimmel’s Apocalips have arrived in Canada! This one is in shade 101: celestial. I also found my favourite Relvon lip colour for everyday, Pink in the Afternoon.


I picked up a MAC palette and depotted my small shadow collection.


I also picked up Prime Style Extender by Living Proof.

Sorry for the crappy quality photos. My computer and high quality images should return early next week.

Spotlight: Emerson Fry

Emerson Fry isn’t exactly breaking news as it has become a favourite amongst bloggers, but I couldn’t skip over it as it one of my favourite independent designers. I first discovered the brand when it was named Emerson Made. At that time Emerson blah was creating flower broches as well as small leather goods such as belts and clutches. She started to branch into clothing and released a few collections of clothing under the name Emerson Made. I at the time purchased a tweed blazer from Emerson Made, which wonderful quality, but unfortunately doesn’t fit me perfectly anymore.


I lost track of the brand for a while but last summer they came back to my attention with a new name, Emerson Fry. The clothing still had that effortless cool factor seems to come to Emerson so natural but the designs had matured. I immediately fell for the a-line mod top but it sold out very quickly. (They’ve re-run this top this summer season but it seems like a lot of money to spend on a top.) This season’s summer line was no different for me. It is effortlessly cool and classic with influences from the 60s and 70s.


The clothing is on the expensive side of reasonable but considering that most of it is produced NYC the ethical conditions that is produced in may be worth the price tag. Emerson’s simple and chic aesthetic also means that her pieces will age well, they could be part of any stylish women’s wardrobe for years to come. Emerson Fry occasionally has codes floating around that offer significant discounts on her pieces as well as offering a small collection of ends on her site for deep discount.



PS. Isn’t her model gorgeous!

*Photos all taken from the Emerson Fry website.

Shoppers Drugmart Haul #1


Over the past little while I have become a little obsessed with collecting of Shopper’s Drugmart Shoppers Optimum points. So when I got an email offer for 15x the points on over $40, coupled with the fact that Revlon lip products sale for $3.99 I jumped at the opportunity.  I picked up Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Firecracker and Coral Reef, Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon and Juicy Papaya, Revlon Colorstay Base Coat, and Bourjous -Healthy Mix serum Gel foundation (51). I’m looking forward to testing out all these products in weeks to come.

Total points earned with this transaction: 6080.
Total current points: 110,846.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve


I came across my tin of Rosebud Salve a few days ago while rummaging through a purse I hadn’t used in a while. This product rediscovery has me just as taken as I was when I first purchased the product. The salve is a classic beauty item and Smith’s salves often appear in the must have lists of the fashion and beauty’s elite. At a meer $6 a tin it is also an affordable buy.

The Rosebud Salve is a clear pink in the tin but when applied leaves no colour. This makes it useful for more than just hydrating lips. I use it as a cuticle moisturer as well on occasion to ease irritated skin where a shoe is rubbing the wrong way. Sometimes the tin packaging can be a bit of a pain to open and repeatedly sticking one’s fingers in the balm isn’t the most sanitary but this isn’t enough to make me dislike the product. Smith’s also comes in strawberry and mint formulations so maybe I’m due to buy a few more to stash in all my handbags.

Spotlight: Sezane

Designed by Morgane Sezalory Sezane is a French label that produces several small collections annually. The clothes are a mix of casual and dressy but they all have the air of effortless style. The majority of their manufacturing takes place in Europe and for the most part seems to be ethically produced. They take great pride in the quality of their products saying: “We attach the greatest importance to the creation of our designs. The choice of fabrics is primordial to us, as are the conditions that they are made in, to which we pay the greatest attention. We search far and wide for the right techniques and savoir-faire with our sole criterion being quality.” I’m currently lusting over their Spring 2013 collection which unfortunately is mostly sold out.


The styling of their pieces is usually simple and very wearable.



As well as clothing Sezane also produces shoes and bags.


Though the clothing echoes current trends (fluro, patchwork, dressy sweats, etc) they also have a classic air about them. This allows their pieces to transition between seasons making them a more versatile part of your wardrobe.

June Wishlist


1/Sandles 2/Watch 3/Gaslight Anthem Band Shirt 4/Chloe Bikini 5/Dress

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