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Monday, April 27, 2015

Springtime Rainy Day Essentials ~ What I Wore

As winter melts into spring there are THREE items that I find essential to weathering the rain and dampness. 


1. Umbrella
An Umbrella is a must have for the rainy days of spring. 
I have small to mid size ones that easily fit into my handbags. But it is my walking Pasotti Purple Dalhia umbrella that I often reach for on wet days. 


2. Waterproof Footwear
Tall boots, mid-calf boots and slip on loafers in patent leather and rubber 
offer versatility and keeping feet dry.


3. Rain-coat/jacket
Trench coats, jackets and vests made of waterproof or water-resistant fabric are perfect for keeping you dry, and enabling layering to keep you warm.

My knee length Pink Tartan trench  in soft grey and pink toned floral print on white background is versatile for casual and business attire. It rolls up and tucks into a small pouch that fits in my handbag making it perfect for traveling. Here I used it on my trip to Ottawa.


On this day rain was not in the forecast but there was still a slight chill in the air ... my Zara vest was the perfect choice to keep me cozy warm over my sweater. And my Burberry cap kept my head warm.

what I wore: umbrella - Pasotti; rain boots -  mid calf -Burberry, patent leather: Aquatalia by Marvin K; patent leather loafer - Tahari; trench coat - Pink Tartan; jacket - Burberry; vest - Zara; cap -Burberry; sunglasses - Gucci

What rainy day essentials help you stay dry and warm?

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Putting My Best Face Forward - Spring Cleansing Essentials



As the weather warms up shirt sleeves become shorter, and long pants start to be replaced with Capri pants, skirts and for the real daring folks - shorts. Its a good time to examine your face and cleansing products and make sure they are doing what you need them to do as the season changes from freezing cold to warmer temperatures.

 On the left is a photo of the products I was using through the winter and was finding my skin just no longer feeling them. On the right is a photo of the products I'm currently using. You will note, some products stayed while others have been replaced.

I have been an avid user of  Clinique Clarifying Lotion as a toner since my mid twenties - but this year I started to feel it really dried out my skin - I have switched for Sephora's Fresh Rose Floral Toner; L'Oreal's purifying gel wash cleanser has also been switched for Sephora's Fresh Rose Cleanser Foam; Shiseido replaced the Shopper's brand make-up pads; St. Ives apricot scrub has been my go to for years, when it comes to facial scrubs; and I'm still loving my Cala facial brush. I'm currently on the hunt for a great eye and lip make-up remover (please leave any suggestions in the comments below).
 Dry skin brushing is not only great for helping to exfoliate it's also great for circulation; a pumice stone keeps your feet soft between pedi; bath/shower scrubbies are not only great for lathering up your body wash they help with exfoliating. I'm loving St. Ives Indulgent Coconut Milk Body wash.

Round up of what I am currently using to cleanse and nourish my skin.
Body Wash - St. Ives Indulgent Coconut Milk
What I'm loving: the subtle coconut fragrance and deep hydrating.  

Skin Dry Brushes - Hydrea London,
What I'm loving: I have been a huge fan of dry skin brushing and these really are easy to hold and the natural bristles are gentle yet effective.

Facial Cleansing Brush - Cala
What I'm loving: the soft bristles are gentle and feel amazing on the skin.

Bath Scrubbie - Shopper's Drug Mart
What I'm loving: the way my body wash lathers up

Pumice Stone - Cleanlogic
What I'm loving: I love the curve of this stone, it is easy to use on the heel, and easily glides under the arch of my foot and polishes the sides of my big toe too!! this is definitely a keeper.

Make-up Pads - Shiseido Facial Cotton
What I'm loving: the softness and the durability 

Eye Make-up Remover - Nivea Eye  Make-up Remover

Facial Scrub - St. Ives Apricot scrub
What I'm loving: have been using for as long as I  can remember - the gentleness with which it exfoliates my facial skin. Continues to be a keeper.

Facial Cleanser - Fresh Rose Cleanser Foam (Sephora)
What I'm loving: the way the liquid foams up as it is dispensed and how effectively and ease which make-up is removed. My skin is left clean and the light rose scent is soothing to the senses.

Facial Toner - Fresh Rose Floral Toner (Sephora)
What I'm loving: that it can be spritzed on or applied using a facial pad. My skin feels refreshed and when I spritz it on and before the toner is fully absorbed into skin , I begin to apply my moisturizer - it feels like the skin absorbs the moisturizer much better. And again the light rose scent is soothing.

* (new -will let you know if it stays)

Please share cleansing products are using & loving?

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