Monday, 14 August 2017

Drugstore Favorites - Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Hello everyone!
The drugstores have always had a vast selection of fantastic & affordable concealers. I think I may have found my holy grail!

I'm surprised I liked this as much as I did as I've tried both versions of the Fit Me Foundation (hydrate + smooth / matte) and wasn't really a fan of either finish. Naturally I expected to hate the corresponding concealer. Boy, was I wrong. 

It's lightweight but covers imperfections beautifully and blends effortlessly into your skin. It leaves you with a natural looking finish, not matte but not dewy either. I use this on my under eyes and the only downfall is that one coat is not quite enough to cover them but this concealer has no issues when building up for more coverage, I'd say it's buildable to about medium coverage but anything after that is prone to caking up and creasing especially in such a delicate area.

I wear this daily through my eight hour work day and have yet to notice creasing in my fine lines nor does it dry out the skin. For me because I have such dry skin I need my concealers to be light and non drying because no one wants their under eyes looking like crepes.

This is my second tube and I will continue to purchase it over and over again.

What's your ride or die concealer?


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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Easy To Wear - MAC Patisserie

Hey loves!

MAC's lipstick in Patisserie (Lustre Finish) is the perfect every day nude.
It's a sheer finish that glide effortlessly onto the lips leaving you with a my lips but better color. It does contain tiny flecks of shimmer which create a glossier look on the lips which isn't something I normally go for. Being a neutral nude it pairs well with almost any makeup look you create. If you're looking for something for an every day lip that's light and easy to apply Patisserie is a great option!

What is your go to nude?


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Wednesday, 2 August 2017


 Hello everyone!

I feel like I'm going to be looking for that perfect primer forever. For the longest time I've been using the Nivea Men's Shave Balm (it lasts forever) but it finally jut reached it's end and I wanted to give something new a try.

While I was out at Wal-Mart I spotted this bad boy at the end of the aisle. The #instaflawless collection by Rimmel is brand new so I thought why not grab something that I needed to test out.

 I bought the primer in "clear" but I believe they have a tinted one as well in light/medium & dark. Although it comes out of the tube as a white cream when rubbed into the skin it disappears instantly.
The Insta Flawless primer claims to brighten skin tone & provide a natural looking glow.

Upon first application I didn't notice any brightening effect on the skin but it did create a beautiful natural glowing base. It's not a pore filling primer but it  left my face as a smooth canvas prepped for foundation. This works wonderfully under moisturizer and isn't drying! I have such a tough time trying to find a primer that doesn't leave me skin crying for hydration so I'm thankful to have found one that keeps the moisture locked in. 
In terms of makeup wear it kept my makeup in place as long as any other primer I've used, a good 8-9 hours.

It's a great & affordable primer that I'd happily purchase again. Don't get me wrong there are A LOT of primers out there and I've yet to even dip my toe into the ocean but this one may become a favorite of mine.

What's your ride or die primer?


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Monday, 31 July 2017

*Saint or Sinner?

Hello everyone!

The other week I was lucky enough to come home to a fabulous package from Kat Von D Beauty & Influenster.

Her Saint & Sinner Fragrances that after being off the market for 8 years have been re released  in completely redesigned bottles that Kat herself spent months hand sketching! The bottles are stunning and would look perfect on any vanity. The bottles I received however aren't full size so I have no photo of the actual bottle design but you can head here to see it.

As much as I wanted to be a sinner, I have to say I lean more towards the notes included in Saint.

A light, dreamy floral musk. I love floral scents but I know many people can't stand them so buyer beware. Saint includes top notes of Jasmine & Tiare Flower while the base notes including vanilla, musk & sandalwood create the romantic and alluring feel. I wore this to work and the scent was still faintly lingering on my skin after eight hours, impressive! The regular bottle retails for $88 CAD which is average when compared to other brands on the same scale.

The dark sister to Saint. A sultry fragrance, the perfect line between spicy & sweet. Top notes include; patchouli, wood & cinnamon. Perfect for someone who wants that warm but spicy fragrance instead of the often overpowering candy floral scent. I was a fan of this but like I said previously I prefer the lighter floral scents. Next time I wear this it's going to be a night out as it really does make you feel bold and edgy. 

{I received deluxe samples of each scent for review purposes, ALL thoughts and opinion are my own}

What's your signature fragrance?


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Liquid Lipstick Collection


{Swatches (left to right) - Stone Fox, Blow Pony, Outlaw, Soft Lilac, Never Bare, Lolita, Midi, Oh Put It On, Screenshot, Mother, Melted Peony}

{Swatches (left to right) - Lolita, Midi, Oh Put It On, Screenshot, Mother, Melted Peony}

Good morning loves.

I have so many lip products in my collection it's honestly ridiculous. 
What can I say though?
Choosing a lip color is my favorite part of my daily routine. 

It took me a long time to hop on the Liquid Lipstick band wagon and I'll be honest as much as I like them it won't stop me from buying the original bullet lipsticks. As you can see I don't have very many but none the less I wanted to share my ever growing collection with you.

NYX Liquid Suede in "Stone Fox" 

This is the most recent addition to my liquid family. I saw this color everywhere when it first hit the scene. A unique gray shade with blue undertones. On my skin I'd say it leans more towards a khaki looking gray. I'm a sucker for a dark lip and this fits the bills perfectly. I never thought a gray could look so stunning.

Jeffree Star's "Blow Pony"

There is so much drama surrounding Jeffree at any given time but the color selection in his liquid lip collection is absolutely out of this world! These are quite expensive for a Canadian like myself but I would purchase more for the colors alone. Blow Pony is a gorgeous bright lavender, perfect for the summer.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lip in "Outlaw"

This red is S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G. Kat's formula is very drying though I find which is unfortunate because I do love her liquid lipsticks.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in "Soft Lilac"

A muted soft mauve color. This goes well with a lot of different looks making it quite versatile. I'd love to try more of the ABH liquid lipsticks as I've been really into her brand lately. Not to mention all the new releases about to launch, hello Subculture!

Maybelline Color Jolt in "Never Bare"

When I purchased this I had no idea it was an exact color dupe for the Too Faced Melted Lip in Melted Peony so now I have two of the same color. It's not a bad thing though because it's a color I really like. The Maybelline Color Jolts are extremely similar to the Too Faced Melted Liquid Lips in packaging, application and formula. So if you're looking for a cheaper alternative I'd highly recommend checking them out!

Kat Von D "Lolita"

A cult classic. I wrote a whole post about this here.

ColourPop Ultra Matte in "Midi"

The Ultra Matte formula from ColourPop is so drying and it pils off my lips in little balls, not a flattering look. Unfortunately though I'm trying to make it work because I love this soft pink nude. I wouldn't repurchase a ColourPop lippie in the ultra matte formula but would love to try their other formulas.

NYX Liquid Suede in "Oh, Put It On"

A deep purple, so deep it almost looks black. Another dark intimidating color, my favorite. I've yet to actually wear this. Like it's counterpart Stone Fox it was purchased at the same time and I just haven't had the chance to test it.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in "Screenshot"

A lovely deep peach. The satin formula is much nicer on the lips than the ultra mattes.  The peach trend this year has really blown up and I'm not complaining.

Too Faced "Melted Peony"

Like I said before the color jolt is a dead on dupe and I love both.

Kat Von D "Mother"
A bright rose pink. Simple with a twist. Not my favorite color but I'll use it up one of these days.

There we have it, my liquid lipstick collection.

What's your favorite liquid lipstick?


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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Instagram Round Up #6

Hey loves!

Quick little Instagram round up for you all today {@briannarue} . I love these types of posts and I hope you enjoy them too.

{from top left to bottom right}

The 31 Days of Makeup Challenge - Bold Look. I definitely could have blended it out more but overall I loved the finished look.

Another  31 days of makeup challenge - Glow Up. I went quite light with this look and was really disappointed that the glow didn't transfer to the camera that well. Trust me, there was a lot of glow.

Just a summer selfie. My natural freckles peeking through!

Motivational quote because some days you need one to push through the day.

A red toned eye shadow look I created that I wanted to showcase.

Lastly, a blue look. I don't know why everyone hates on blue eye shadow so much. I've loved every look I've done using different hues of blue.

If you have Instagram, drop your usernames below and give me a follow at @briannarue


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Friday, 7 July 2017

Summer 2017 - Bucket List

I absolutely live for summer. It's by far my favorite season and maybe I'm biased but I also happen to be a summer baby.

To get more out of this summer I wanted to create a bucket list. I don't know what it is but it seems that when I write down the things I want to accomplish I'm more likely to do so.

On to the list;

Spend a day at the lake

Go to one of the National Parks {albeit them being insane this year due to Canada's 150th Birthday}

Hike a mountain summit

Go camping - I've already done this but I'd still love to go on many more camping trips

Hit up a theme park

Road Trips {I love nothing more than a good road trip honestly, I usually end up in B.C.}

Concerts {OneRepublic in August!}

Try white water rafting!

Go kayaking

Try getting through some of the many unread books piling up on my book shelf

Water balloon fight {I haven't done one of these since childhood but I still think it would be such a fun time as an adult}

Make a truck bed and star gaze

Go skinny night.

Eat at as many new restaurants as possible

Go for ice cream {surprisingly easy but I never actually go out for ice cream}

There you have it, my summer bucket list!

What are you hoping to accomplish this summer?


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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

* Spring Vibes Vox Box

 {all the above products were received free from Influenster, HOWEVER all opinions are my own} 

If you don't know about Influenster you can sign up here. 
 It's a site where you connect all your social media accounts then review products, ask questions and take pictures. Of course the higher your social influence the greater chance you have of being selected for one of the many free vox boxes they send out through out the year. 
I love the concept and I've been fortunate enough to receive quite a few vox boxes in my time as a member.

The Spring Vibes Vox Box has had the largest amount of products in one box that I've ever received .

I loved the imPress Nails, they were my favorite item in the box.  I've already written an in depth review here.

The newly released Nivea Q10 Firming Body oil didn't blow my mind. I've been using it for a few weeks and have seen no improvement in the firmness of my skin. It does sink into the skin leaving you with moisturized, touchable softness though.

The Annie's kraft dinner was surprisngly delicious and organic to boot. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a mac and cheese snob meaning it's rare if I try anything or buy anything other than the KRAFT, K.D. but this surprised me.

So, the Arm & Hammer coupon was meant to be used for something completely different than the product I bought....but I swear I didn't realize! Moving on.....

Nescafe Instant Coffee Packs
By no means am I a coffee drinker so naturally I opted to try the French Vanilla one which was great & easy! I proceeded to leave my other packets unopened but my boyfriend tried them so I asked his opinion and he told me good. Now, that doesn't sound like a great review but this man hates any coffee that's not Tim Horton's so it's actually shocking to hear him say that instant coffee was GOOD? Good work Nestle.

Ebates & Popsockets
I'll be honest here, I hated the pop socket I really didn't see a purpose for it. 
I love using Ebates when shopping at retailers like Sephora because you get cash back and for the makeup obsessive who doesn't want to earn cash back while shopping for your favorite things?

Quaker Harvest Fruit & Nut Bar
10/10 I would buy a box of these. They provide me with a much healthier alternative than my beloved caramel nut bars...that are dipped in chocolate.

Thanks Influenster & all the other companies who provide us with these awesome opportunities!


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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

*Press On Nails - Worth it?

Hello loves!

Every woman I know absolutely loves having fresh nails that while look amazing aren't exactly practical. 
I'm not one for fake nails as I find them difficult to complete basic tasks with and I can't bring myself to spend fifty to sixty dollars for a fill every couple of weeks. 
That's where imPress nails come in.

I received these complimentary from Influenster to try out and while I wasn't required to write a blog post I figured why not?

The design of these is right up my alley! The simple matte blue with a gold glitter accent nail is timeless and will always be in style. They look quite purple in the photo but I assure you in person they are a dark navy.
The kit came with 30 nails, a file, a prep pad and a cuticle pusher. 
The downfall with press on's is that they don't stand up to gel nails time wise. Unfortunately within about 5 hours into my work day the accent nail had fallen off. Lucky for me my manager at work just so happened to have a bottle of nail glue handy.
I ended up ripping them all off and re applying them with the nail glue. After re gluing them all into place they lasted for about two more days!
I know nail glue isn't the best thing for our nail beds but neither is having constant gel nails.
If you want those gorgeous nails you see all the bloggers and maybe even some people you know have I highly recommend press on's for a cheaper alternative and if you really want them to last I'd pick up a bottle of nail glue to use as the adhesive on these isn't quite strong enough to last.

Press on's or gel nails, which do you prefer?


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Thursday, 15 June 2017

LUSH - A French Kiss

Hey everyone!

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted. For a while there I felt really lost, constantly trying to think of new post ideas and everything I thought up didn't feel like it would be good enough. I was in a blogging rut which happens to the best of us.

Speaking of ruts and stress a bubble bath is always the best cure. 

That's where the Lush A French Kiss bubble bar comes in. Bubble bars are one of my favorite products Lush has to offer, Candy Mountain being my holy grail.

A French Kiss is infused with Rosemary, Lavender & Thyme. Lavender is and always has been a favorite scent of mine (not the chemical smelling lavender you smell in many products).

The bubble bars create mountains of bubbles opposed to the bath bombs that while look gorgeous and smell gorgeous don't provide bubbles as generously and I love to lie back and soak in the bubble glory.
A French Kiss turns the water into a lovely blend of purple and pink making you feel like a princess as you lie back and relax.
This is fantastic for anyone who needs to calm down before bed or who just had a rough day at work and needs some pamper time.

I'm sorry for my lack of posts, I will get back into the swing of things. 
Don't you worry!

What's your favorite LUSH product?


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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

E.l.f. - Flirty Fuschia

Hey guys.

I know I just did a recent e.l.f polish review but I'm back with a new shade!
I hope you guys don't mind these posts and I'm sorry to be repetitive but this shade is perfect for Spring and

It's a gorgeous bright pink, much brighter than the aforementioned shade almost leaning more towards a coral toned shade (though you can't tell in the photo).
Again however the formula is not up to par. It went on smooth and opaque in two coats but once again chipped within a day and who wants to spend time painting their nails for it to just chip off before the next morning even comes? 
Not me.

With it being a sample sized bottle I'll continue to use it this summer as the color is a stunning summer shade!

What's your favorite nail polish

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Thursday, 25 May 2017


Hello everyone!

So this will be my first giveaway that I've done on my own. Meaning, I bought these with my own money and will be shipping them out to the winner as well!

Unfortunately, due to shipping costs this giveaway will only be open to residents of the United States & Canada.

I'm going to be running it until next Friday so you have lots of time to enter and there is opportunities for extra entries as well.

I know it's not a lot but it is something and I wanted to thank those who follow and comment as it makes it feel like this is all worthwhile!

I love each and every one of you!


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Friday, 19 May 2017


{none of the photos in this post are mine, credit to their respectful owners}

Mini bags, are the IT accessory for SS17. 

I'm a woman who carries my life around with me so for me, the bigger the bag the better.
Don't get me wrong I think these tiny little bags are adorable but nowhere near practical. 

If you're someone who only carries your phone and some cards with you then a mini bag may be the accessory to pick up this summer.

This mint one is so cute, the color alone is almost tempting enough for me to purchase.

A trend that unfortunately I won't be joining this season. I'm going to continue lugging around my suit case like purses so I can keep all my necessities handy.

What do you guys think of the mini bag trend?


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Thursday, 18 May 2017

LUSH - Sex Bomb

When I'm having a bad or stressful day I always turn to Lush.

You really can never go wrong with a nice long soak in some bubbles. I live in a tiny rural town with the nearest mall about an hour away so when we headed to the city I headed straight to Lush to stock up on some old favorites and some new products (for another blog post).  

The Sex Bomb Bath Bomb was one of the first products from Lush I'd ever tried and one that has stuck with me as a firm favorite through the years. When dropped in the bath it creates a lovely blend of purple and pink making you feel like a princess as you bathe and releases the faux rose petals inside as it fizzes away leaving a fresh floral scent lingering in the air.

Infused with soy milk, ylang ylang & clary sage oil this leaves your skin silky smooth and moisturized.

What's your favorite Lush product?


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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Kat Von D - Metal Matte

Oh hello loves.

I apologize for the lack of posts lately, life is really getting in the way of things these days.
Today's post is featuring one of my favorite palettes, albeit being limited edition I still wanted to share my thoughts. 
This was the 2016 Christmas palette from Kat Von D, the Metal Matte.

I've tried a few items from Kat Von D some being rather disappointing and others exceeding my expectations.

The packaging design is stunning on this just as it is with all her other products. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe Kat creates the designs for all her products, What I love about this is that if read one way the palette says metal but flip it around and it says matte which I thought was an incredibly cool concept!

 The palette includes 22 eye shadows, 9 in Kat's popular Metal Crush formula and 13 mattes.
This is by far the largest palette I own but for the amount of product you get I think it's fairly priced.

The color scheme includes pops of colors & neutrals, it's a well rounded palette.

I'd never tried the Kat Von D Metal Crush shadows but after first use I was in love. They are soft, extremely pigmented and easy to blend. My favorite shimmers in the palette are Ignite, Twinkle & Glitz.
Some of the mattes swatched quite patchy but overall most of them were pigmented and blended well. They are incredibly powdery but this has never deterred me as all you need to do is tap off the excess from your brush before application. The mattes I found hardest to apply were Jet and Stone both darker colors. Stone, although a lovely color I found to be the most difficult shade to work with. When blending it becomes patchy and the color completely fades away in some spots.

{Top to bottom: Nebula, Watt, Ignite, Tinsel, Glitz, Twinkle}

{top to bottom: Tinsel, Glitz, Twinkle, Volt, Synergy & Flash}

{top to bottom: Linen, Jet, Velour, Stone, Moss, Ribbon & Silk}

{top to bottom: Fringe, Feather, Oak, Suede, Bone & Velvet}

I'm happy I got my hands on this while it was still available and I'm sorry for posting this after it was no longer available but I had to share my thoughts on it!

What's your go to palette at the moment?


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Thursday, 11 May 2017

E.L.F. - Electric Fuschia

Okay I've only had this on for one day BUT before you tell me one day is not long enough to form an opinion. It is when the polish is total crap.

E.l.f is a an affordable brand with a lot of wonderful products but affordable can sometimes come with some garbage products as well. This polish is categorized as garbage. It is kind of old though so maybe it's because I've had it sitting around so long but it applied streaky and uneven bunching up in areas on the nail. The color when first applied is this gorgeous bright fuschia! As it wears it dries down to a darker toned down fuschia. Don't get me wrong the color isn't bad but I really loved how it looked when I first applied it so to see it become so much darker was disappointing. Before the night was even over and doing minimal work with my hands the polish was already chipping off around the sides of my nail beds.

All in all I'm so incredibly disappointed with this and am happy it was only a mini bottle (which I ended up tossing in the trash). It was that bad.

Have you tried E.l.f.s polish range?


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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Wanderlust Tag

Marble Canyon, Banff, AB

Where was your first plane to?

Unfortunately I don't have a very exciting answer to this as my first plane ride was when I was five and it was to Toronto, Canada. I live in Alberta and it's only about a four hour plane ride.

You're leaving tomorrow, money is no object, where are you going?

Santorini, Greece. I've seen so many stunning photos of Santorini splashed across different blogs & travel sites. Ever since I've been lusting to go there and can't wait for the day I can afford it.

Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?

There are definitely many untraveled places on my bucket list but there are a few places I've been to more than once. My favorite being California. I absolutely love California and would happily travel there time and time again!

Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Hostel or Hotel?

I've only stayed in one Hostel and it was in Edmonton, AB and that right there was enough for me to never want to stay in one again. Hotels please, I enjoy my privacy.

Where would you travel just to eat food?

I honestly have no idea. I love to eat but I'm quite picky in taste so it wouldn't be somewhere where the main dishes are mostly seafood. I'm sure there are many amazing places with amazing food. I wouldn't mind travelling to a myriad of countries just to have a taste of all the different cuisines they have to offer.

Air plane Essentials and how do you pass time?

I've never been on a flight for longer than five hours but I always have at least one book (if not more) my headphones/ipod & phone. I tend to pass the time on flights by napping if I'm honest. 

Is there a place you would never go again?

Not that I can think of.

Top 3 travel items?

Camera, phone & a book because it's always nice to have something to read after exploring all day.

Preferred method of travel?

Cars. planes scare me actually. Not to the point where I won't get on a plane but I don't know how comfortable I'd be with a flight overseas not that it will stop be from going to Santorini!

Cameron Falls, Waterton, AB

Leave a comment below if you do this tag as I'd love to see where you guys have traveled.


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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

OOTD - Something Just Like This

Good morning loves!
I feel as if I've been neglecting this little space recently but I've really not had the money to be purchasing and reviewing items lately. I am trying my best to come up with new content in the mean time though so you might be seeing a few more outfit & lifestyle type posts which I hope you guys still enjoy!

This skirt has been featured quite a lot on my blog & Lookbook. I am living for high waisted skirts and crop tops at the moment. It's an effortless combo that never fails to look amazing.

Outfit Details:
Blazer: Dynamite
Necklace: H&M
Crop Top: Topshop
Skirt: Thrifted
Boots: Forever 21

Hope you guys like the look. 

Let me know what kind of posts you want to see


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Friday, 5 May 2017


The most fashionable event of the year, The Met Gala. 
Forget the Oscars this is what true fashion fans look forward to every year.
The theme of the gala this year was Rei Kawakubo/Commes des Garconnes exhibition, a famous fashion designer who is well known for her avant garde deisgns.

Let's take a look at some of my favorite outfits of the night....


She nailed the theme and had one of my absolute favorite outfits of the night. Not only was her outfit perfect her makeup was gorgeous and matched so well. Can we take a moment to admire these lace up boots though? (Where can I get a pair?)

Kendall Jenner

How could I not showcase the beautiful Kendall Jenner who showed quite a lot of skin in this revealing piece paired with simple eyes and a bold red lip. Black is always a classic.

Nicki Minaj

Queen Nicki looking fierce as ever. I absolutely adore the red and black. The mixture of edgy and girly is what I think really gives this outfit it's edge. Again Nicki like Kendall went with simple eye makeup and that statement red lip.

Cara Delevigne

I simply love Cara. She's not afraid of what people think of her and she seems comfortable and confident in her skin which is hard for many people. Cara's outfit reminds me of another world, an alien one if you will. I love that she chose a pant suit instead of a classic dress. 

There are just a few of my favorite looks from the night although there were so many more incredible ones. There was no possible way for me to fit all of them into one post.

Who wore your favorite look?


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Monday, 1 May 2017



Bless 90's fashion.
How I miss those grungy days with the chokers and brown lips and the earlier 90's where brightly neon colored windbreakers were all the rage.

What's coming back this season?


I've never really been a fan of anklets but after creating this collage and seeing the gorgeous ones the market has these days I'm thinking about heading to the shops and picking some up for myself this summer.

I live in sandals once the weather warms up, by live I mean I'll wear sandals until the snow starts to fall again. Although I never thought of wearing them before I do think an anklet could add some jazz to an otherwise plain outfit.

I am loving the gorgeous draped silver anklet pictured above by Rebecca Minkoff, there's also one in gold but I much prefer the look of silver accessories. How cute would this be for a day out at the beach?

What do you guys think, yay or nay?


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