Holiday Gift Guide #1 – Coffee Table Reads


Clockwise from top left: Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces by Michelle Slatalla; In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney; The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles and Details by Christiane Lemieux; Overview: A New Perspective of Earth by Benjamin Grant; Pretty Iconic: A Personal Look At The Beauty Products That Changed The World by Sali Hughes; The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair

Mauve-ing into Fall (Fall Beauty Favourites)

fall-beauty-lineup*Clockwise from top left: Clinique Stay-Matte Universal Blotting Powder; Living Proof Restore Instant Protection Spray; Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing BalmClinique Almost Lipstick in ‘Black Honey’

There seemed to be a bit of a colour theme developing when putting together my favourite beauty picks for Fall, so I went with it – hence the styling and snazzy post title.

The Clinique Stay-Matte Universal Blotting Powder has become one of the three beauty mainstays in my purse (along with lip balm and a mini hairbrush) and is an instant face refresher in one go. The packaging is slim, simple and lightweight, which is a bonus – it also includes an application pad for blotting.

The Instant Protection Spray is a product I used throughout the end of Summer and will be carrying over into the next season.  Heat protection is always a good idea, and this spray does double duty as it can be applied on either wet or dry hair. Something to note is that it’s got quite a strong scent, as with the brand’s Humidity Shield spray.

The Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm has been a bit of a hidden gem for this lover of liquid liner (which is not the easiest to get off at the end of the day.) The idea of using a balm to remove makeup seemed a bit strange at first, but the waxy balm melts really easily onto the skin and washes off without leaving any residue – or makeup of course.

As I don’t wear a full face of makeup, the idea of an ‘almost lipstick’ sounds pretty right. That leads us to the final pick, and possibly my favourite lip product (after the NUXE Rêve de Miel® Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm) – the barely-there, hint-of-a-tint Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. It’s not quite a lipstick, but a bit more than a balm and the berry hue is meant to work with the natural tone of your lips.

xo Coco



Fall 2016 High Street Style Edit



Clockwise from top left:  Wrap-over blazer dress; Heeled lace-up shoes; Houndstooth check top; Oversized wool scarf; Unstructured leather backpack; Wide-leg cotton jumpsuit;  Slingback bow pumps


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Clockwise from top left: Ultimate leather motorcycle jacket; Indio sunglasses; Ciao graphic sweatshirtrivet & thread la crop turtleneck; High-rise skinny sateen jeans; The medium transport tote; The Barlow mule; The oversized jean jacket


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Clockwise from top left: Strappy heeled shoes; Long shirt dress; Metal handle clutch; Faux fur collar biker jacket; Suede ballerina heels



Clockwise from top left: Ribbed crew jumper; Wrap skirt mini dress; Avery shoe; Oversized moto jacket; Lloyd round sunglasses; Ana elastic ankle boots; Striped pleated midi skirt





Spring High Street Style Edit

It’s been a while since I did a seasonal high street edit, so here are some of my current favourites for the Spring season.

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Clockwise from top left:  Small constructed bagOversized striped dressElastic back shoesCotton-linen cardiganPrinted bikini topPrinted bikini bottoms;  Ruched top with longer backSlip-on leather shoes;  Oversized ¾ sleeve top

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Clockwise from top left: Navy Gilet with lapelsMessage Striped ShirtRounded sunglasses;  Side-pocket Bomber jacketSmall bag;  Modal dressSoft fabric shortsSlingback shoes 

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Clockwise from top left: Colour block shift dress ; Sleeveless Duster Coat Rib knit tank top ; Limited Edition PREY soft sandals ; Striped jumpsuit (Sold Out, alternative linked) ; Cactus Preppy Cateye sunglasses ; Oversized Denim jacket ; Dart Two-Part sandals

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Clockwise from top left: Gillian sandalsLena biker jacketAnabel woven tunicGala singlet topBobbie culottesCissi sandalsStacy tote bagPrettie dress

Spring 2016 Hair Edit

Spring 2016 Hair EditAfter a season of wearing cozy hats to fend off the bitter cold, it’s time to free your follicles. These three picks have been my mainstay hair savers this season so far.  As you can see it’s been all about repair with this trio that includes a spray, an oil and a mask.

First up is the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray. It took about a week of use to see any noticeable difference in my hair. That being said, this is probably the most difference (positive) I’ve seen in my hair since discovering another favourite – the Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer. The best way I can think to describe it is that it’s like having the effects of a good haircut without cutting your hair. The brand’s hair mask, the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, is great if you’re one for a weekly deep conditioning as it’s not too heavy and it rinses out really well which can be an issue with some hair masks..

Last, but not least, is the Caudalie Divine Oil.  This stuff – use it sparingly if you’ve got finer strands – is great for smoothing any flyaways and adding extra hydration to the ends of hair.  This multi-purpose oil can also be used on your face and body as well.

What hair care products have you been loving for Spring so far?

xo Coco