Saint Laurent cowboy boots
Uniqlo Disney men's t-shirt
Rag & Bone jeans
David Yurman bracelet
Larsson & Jennings rose gold watch
New Saint Laurent cowboy boots, a crisp new t-shirt and a stay at The Adelaide Hotel Toronto (soon to be Canada's first St. Regis Hotel) for Girl's Night with friends. Friday was about taking some time to reconnect and unwind.
Rag & Bone jeans
Larsson & Jennings rose gold watch
Loewe velvet and patent leather kitten heel ankle boots
Felony Case iPhone case
Growing tired of hoodies and leggings, I decided to make myself presentable. It also helped that I had an event to attend later for the store opening of Atelier Cologne in Yorkdale Mall, where I ended up meeting the founder, Sylvie Ganter.
It always makes me laugh when I go shopping looking like a hot mess because sometimes I catch the salespeople looking at me like, "Oooo girlllll! Hell no. You can't afford to shop here."
I was at the Jimmy Choo outlet the other day over at the Premium Mall in Halton Hills, and the salespeople were so snobby! They gave me the once over, turned their noses up in the air and turned their backs on me! I mean, I was at an outlet mall!
BAHHAHAHAAH. I can't!
Look here's the deal, we all deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. (Unless you're a morally corrupt monster of course but we're not gonna get into that.)
I believe in being kind and respectful. I'm no saint by any means and if someone disrespects me, you best bet I'm not gonna take their shit. But talking about the big picture here. The world is already so messed up, why spread negativity if you don't have to?
Here's the thing. I was bullied when I was younger, for almost a decade actually, and it was BAD. I had severe anxiety and a sleeping disorder and mainly, I was pissed at the world for being treated like garbage, even though I knew I was a good human being inside. I didn't understand why it was happening to me and I used to pray so hard every night for it to stop.
As a result, I used to be mean. I would lash out at my parents and at teachers and I would do whatever I needed to in order to build up this wall around me so I could never be hurt again.
Then I realized that A) that's not who I am at my core and B) negativity begets more negativity and I didn't want to be part of that so I stopped.
I guess my point is to treat people nicely, no matter what shoes they're wearing or how much their handbag costs because it's a superficial way of looking at the world. Don't you agree?
Speaking of shoes, Diana and I stopped by Footlocker the other day and bought matching Adidas Deerupt sneakers. They're ridiculously comfortable! We're obsessed! #notspon #notgifted #iwish
Anyone who has been following along with my Instagram Stories knows that Geoff and I have been busy renovating our guest bathroom. This has been a total DIY job from start to finish - from hammering out the concrete to doing the plumbing and electrical. We're very lucky because both of our fathers have experience in this area and out helped a lot. Even the badass tiling work you see behind the vanity here was done by Geoff and I. We're just total DIYers over here at Casa WoahStyle! LOL.
We're about 90% done at this stage with only a single wall of built-in shelves that needs to be finished. Needless to say, we're happy to see it coming together and I can't wait to give you guys a proper bathroom tour when it's done.
For the bathroom design, I was inspired by my travels and visits to some of my favourite hotels - 21C in Cincinnati, Ludlow Hotel in NY and Litli Geysir Hotel in Iceland. I wanted clean lines and neutral colour palette to make guests feel more at home.
Actually, my real motive was to create a bathroom that was totally Instagrammable and beautiful to shoot blog content in. The reality is family only stays with us about once a year so it's actually my space now. Most importantly, we're adding value to our house by having an extra bathroom.
Anyway, I'm really happy with it so far. I find the space so inspiring that I dusted off the ol' ring light and decided to shoot my first video in what has been ages. Make sure you press play K?
Without giving away too much, the video features items from the CHANEL Les Beiges Collection, which launches May 1.
I'm totally smitten with all of the products here, but if I had to pick a must-have for spring/summer, it would be the LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW LUMINOUS MULTI-COLOUR POWDER.
Even if you decide to skip blush for the day, this powder does wonders for your complexion and instantly warms the face. Plus, how beautiful is the packaging? It comes with its own brush that's equally as chic. It is limited edition though so if you guys want to pick it up, be sure to get on it.
From top to bottom:
Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer, $60 (I'm wearing the shade Medium)
Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Luminous Multi-Colour Powder, Limited Edition, $75 Limited Edition (I'm using Medium)
Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick, $53 (I'm using shade No.25)
Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette, $70 (I'm wearing Deep)
Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Lip Balm, $43 (I'm wearing Deep)
Featured in the video:
CHANEL Hydra Beauty Nutrition Nourishing Lip Care
CHANEL Le Vernis nail colour in 628 Prune Dramatique (new shade)
David Yurman cable bracelet
Larsson & Jennings watch
Jenny Bird pendant
Lisbeth beaded necklace
Free People tank
Mackage cropped leather jacket circa 2014
Frank & Eileen Tee Lab hoodie
Zara cropped skinny jeans
Felony Case, real marble iPhone case
Rag & Bone canvas tote
I find it interesting how there's this correlation between fashion and age that we're not entirely aware of when we're younger, but as we get older, we realize there's a stigma that indeed exists. Allow me to elaborate.
People are often surprised to hear my age (I'm 37 for those who don't know). I always get the same reaction, "You're in shape, your skin is amazing, and you don't dress like a 37-year-old!"
What is a 37-year-old supposed to dress like?
When was this rule created and how did I miss it?
Most importantly, why do we have to shed our skinny jeans and sneakers and swap it out for a business suit? Does 37 automatically make me uncool?!
I'm serious guys. This really bothers me.
I find myself wondering if I dress "too young" at times but I don't think that's it. I believe that as a society we expect people to dress, act, and talk a certain way as they age. It's an antiquated way of thinking and we really should just celebrate individuality, right?
So ya, do you. Because life's too short not to have fun and look damn good.
I’m all for making myself a human guinea pig if that means proving to you guys how awesome something is. In the four years I’ve been blogging, I’ve gone from having virgin hair, to dying it burgundy, to desperately trying to go back to my natural colour. That’s when I ended up with one of the worst bleach jobs ever.
I went into the salon with normal hair and left with what resembled straw in its place. My once shiny, healthy hair was transformed into this coarse mess that was sticking out straight like I had just put my finger into a light socket and been electrocuted. I was afraid to even brush my hair in fear of having it fall out. Oh, and the colour, you guessed it, also resembled straw. Yup. It was that bad.
It took a couple of years, regular trims and lots of conditioner, but I’m happy to see my hair looking and feeling healthy again. Conditioner has been key to getting my hair back into shape, but what I really learned is that no matter what your hair type, conditioner is a must. Keep reading and you’ll see exactly what I mean in this post.
Using my nightmare bleach job as inspiration, I couldn’t think of a better way to show you guys just how important my Pantene conditioner is in my regular haircare routine.
+ RELATED READING: Learn more about how 55% of households in Canada aren’t buying conditioner here.
In this post I’m gonna do a side by side comparison - one side using Pantene conditioner, and one side without. I’m also going to let my hair air dry because as you’ll see, my hair is naturally very frizzy. My thought here is that anyone can have beautiful hair with using heat tools, but how well a product works really shows when you let it air dry.
Okay, let’s get to it!
Choosing the Right Conditioner for Your Hair
When choosing a formula, think about your natural hair type. Is it frizzy, curly, straight, do you want more volume? From there, choose a collection to help you get that hair you want. Luckily Pantene has a dozen different types to choose from so anyone can find what they need. Choosing the right conditioner is super important because if you choose the wrong one – like one that’s too rich for your hair type – you may feel like it weighs down and then you may give up on conditioner all together but don’t do that! Conditioner plays such an important role in overall hair health.
I was also interested to learn that Pantene makes their conditioners with Smart Technology (think of it like these micro-moisturizers) that target damaged areas of the hair. Any leftover moisturizers that aren’t needed are just rinsed away, so you don’t get any weigh down on the hair.
I’ll be using the Smooth & Sleek collection to minimize my frizz but maintain the natural wave in my hair. I’m also a big fan of the Daily Moisture Renewal 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner because it keeps my hair hydrated, shiny and soft.
The Half and Half Test
I washed my hair as normal and parted it down the middle. I put up the half that would be conditioner-less, and then applied my Smooth & Sleek conditioner to the other half, from root to tip. Because Pantene’s Smart Technology targets damaged areas with micro-moisturizers but also prevents future damage, I always like to condition it all.
Feeling the Difference
After my shower I was really afraid to take down the half without conditioner and run a comb through it because; A) I don’t want to damage my hair, and B) brushing out all of those knots is gonna hurt!
My comb easily slid through my hair on the side where I used Smooth & Sleek. On the side without, I needed multiple passes to get out the knots and tangles out.
Since hair is most vulnerable and prone to breakage when it’s wet, this is just another way that Pantene conditioners helps prevent damage.
The Proof Is in The Pudding (err, conditioner in this case)
So it’s been a couple of hours now and I’ve let my hair air dry. Right away I can see the difference between the side with Smooth & Sleek conditioner and the side without. Brushing the side without the conditioner when dry sucked just as much as it did while it was wet. As you can see, the brush didn’t exactly run through it easily. Also, how out of control is my frizz?
It’s actually pretty amazing see the difference both side of my hair and how my natural waves are brought out by just using my Pantene conditioner. That half looks and feels softer, and healthier. It’s shiny and still has plenty of volume even when I conditioned from root to tip.
What I like best about Pantene, regardless of what collection I use, is how it washes away clean and doesn’t leave behind any residue or build up. Other brands I’ve tried in the past have been cumbersome to wash out or have left my hair totally weighed down.
EMBRACING MY NATURAL HAIR
Up until working on this post and doing the half/half experiment, I’ve forgotten how crazy my natural hair texture is. Growing up, I hated my hair so much that often put it up in a ponytail because I didn’t know how to deal with it. I actually had a permanent dent in my hair from where the elastic sat for years!
Now perhaps I’m being too sentimental here, but how I feel about my hair now, versus then, is a world of difference. Whereas I used to hide my hair before, I truly love my hair now.
Since I know how to deal with it now, I can embrace my hair natural and still have it be manageable, soft and frizz-free courtesy my Pantene conditioner.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Pantene. All photos and opinions are my own.
Zara striped sweatshirt
Frank & Eileen Tee Labs relaxed joggers
Isabel Marant sandals
Well, I guess it didn't take long to see me in loungewear now, did it? LOL
This is Sunday's outfit. I'm actually posting everything two days behind to give me enough time to upload, write my daily blurbs, and link my clothing items. I have a lot going on and I really don't want to skip a day so I thought this method would work best in terms of scheduling.
Alright, so Sunday was chill. I woke up late, made a bowl of oatmeal with apricots & almonds, which actually sounds way better than it tastes. Most of the time I make a killer oatmeal but sometimes my heart's not in it and it tastes boring.
I didn't intend on leaving the house all day, partly because I love being in comfortable clothes, but also because I really needed to just CHILL the eff out so I could feel healthy again.
We're leaving for Iceland in a week and there's a lot that we have to do before the trip, pack, get the house in order, make last minute plans to see my ND for more vitamin shots, etc. I'm also trying to schedule as much blog content ahead of time so that things WOAHSTYLE continues moving forward while I'm away. #hustlebaby
It's funny because Geoff asked what I was going to do with 365 Outfits while we're in Iceland. I just looked at him and said "I'm gonna blog them. Duh." I still think he's expecting me to stage things to a certain degree like we've done in the past but nope, we're keeping it real!!
Anyway, Hope you're all having a good week so far and if you haven't already, I hope you'll check out my newest Pantene post which just went live today! I had so much fun working on it and I'm so happy with how it came out! I truly hope you guys really enjoy it. (Fun fact: All of the shots you see in it are 100% self-portrait.)
Isabel Marant hoodie
Club Monaco jacket
Topshop Jamie jeans
Alexander Wang boots
I started my day wearing a dark chambray top paired with the charcoal skinny jeans you see here. As soon as we decided to go out for brunch, my outfit felt like it was trying too hard and like everything was too "too perfect". I hate when things look "perfect" and I always try to add include an unexpected element into my personal style. I take the same approach to home decor too and pretty much everything I do.
I swapped out the chambray top for an oversized Isabel Marant hoodie. I got this one on sale at SAKS and even though it was still pricey for a hoodie, I wore it for almost a month straight. That to me is money well-spent. You guys probably know by now, my fashion principle is to buy what you love, not what's trending.
When I started blogging, I was uploading a lot of outfits. I started by documenting my real outfits, whatever I was wearing at the time, and then as the blog grew, I found myself putting together outfits just for the sake of uploading them on the blog.
At some point last year, after the passing of someone in my life, I got really tired of staging outfits. I was having a deep physical aversion to just the idea of going out and photographing a bunch of outfits on a single day. I felt like I was wasting precious time that would have been better spent enjoying life instead of photographing what felt like nonsense. It became clear that my mission for this blog had started to become superficial in nature and I needed to change something, I just didn't know how.
I got the idea to start this new series on the blog while I was out grocery shopping with Diana. The concept is simple really; to document my real-life outfits, every day, for a whole year. No faking, No staging, all real authentic me.
365 days of daily outfits isn't a new concept, but it's new to me, which makes it hella exciting. In the upcoming year, I'll be showing you guys the good and the ugly. You'll get a glimpse into my daily life and you'll probably get to see me in loungewear, cuz there are days when I just don't want to get dressed.
Now that you guys know what's up, I'll start the series by uploading Outfit #1:
Oversized Zara jeans (similar)
A shrunken (whoops!) Comme Des Garçon Play striped top
Isabel Marant studded loafers (though I wore checkered Vans earlier in the day)
Givenchy Bambi clutch (tote from the same collection)
Aritizia Neelam buffalo plaid jacket
My outfit is casual, comfortable and they're pieces I've had forever, with exception of the loafers, which I picked up a few months ago.
Hope you guys enjoy the series!
Concealer is probably the most valued item in my makeup bag. Without it, I feel like the walking dead and I'd rather be invisible. I have medium-dark undereye circles and some hyperpigmentation that I'm obviously not fond of, so maybe you can understand where I'm coming from on feeling so harsh about myself sans concealer.
My second most valued item is lipstick, which doubles as both a lip colour and blush. Are you really surprised?
But let's go back to concealer because it's not often I come across one that leaves my skin looking natural and covers it all up!
The new one from BAREMINERALS works beautifully and got me mad compliments on my skin the first day I wore it. #truestory
PROS: It's full coverage but is lightweight in texture, doesn't crease, blends like a dream, doesn't clog pores, is water and sweat-resistance, and looks natural and not dry.
CONS: None. Seriously.
With fifteen shade to choose from, the new BAREPRO concealer is formulated with antioxidant-rich Raspberry Seed Oil, Blackcurrant Seed Oil, and Sea Lavender to nourish skin.
Apply it straight right onto the skin, yes, right from the tube and blend with a brush, BeautyBlender or your fingers. Anything goes with this formula.
Retails for: $30 CND and $24 USD
Occasionally I'll use lipstick as blush because I've been loving monochrome look these days. With the new GEN NUDE blushes, I really don't have to do this because they've come out with six ridiculously flattering shades.
Formulated with a special Blurring Mineral Complex and infused with light-reflective mineral pearls to brighten skin and blur imperfections.
Retails for: $30 CND and $24 USD
New to the GEN NUDE collection are these shiny liquid lipsticks that come in 18 flattering shades. I love how they look natural but also add that extra oomph to the lips thanks to the shine. For more info and swatches on these babies, make sure you head over to my lipstick blog, LIPSICK.ME.
Retails for: $23 CND and $19 USD
For a more natural look this spring/summer, the new BAREPRO Concealer melts beautifully into bare skin. For a flawless photo-ready look, I've been wearing it with the BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation. My favourite way to apply it is by pressing the foundation into my skin using a flat, dense foundation brush. The look is honestly beyond flawless and will last all day!
Disclaimer: The products in this post are PR samples. All opinions and photography are my own.
I've been waiting (impatiently) to run out of my old mascara before diving into Benefit's new BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara.
Having already seen some before and afters on IG, I knew I wanted to share my own B&A with you guys here to see if these claims were legit.
First, here's what you need to know. Benefit promises intense black colour and massive volume in this mascara. It contains aero-particles, "which are one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology". The brand claims the particles won't weigh down lashes, even after multiple coats. The slender, flexible brush is designed to coat lashes evenly, from root to tip, and fits comfortably into the corners of the eyes. The formula is said to be smudge proof, water-resistant (not to be confused with waterproof) and contains provitamin B5 "to support natural lash thickness and strength."
Okay, that's a lot of claims.
Alright, here's what I have to say after one use.
I'll agree with the brand about having my lashes coated evenly. With just the first swipe of the brush, my lashes were looking thicker and longer.
Now, normally I hate slender mascara wands because I find they don't do the greatest job at providing volume, but that wasn't the case with BADgal. The flexible brush didn't feel inferior upon application and overall, I was pretty surprised/happy with the results.
After a full day of wear, I did have some smudging on my lower lash line. This happens to me with almost every mascara though (with exception of CoverGirl and Dior), because I have long lower lashes. (Boohoo. I know.) Otherwise, no clumping or flaking.
Washing it off at the end of the day was easy. I did my double cleanse as per usual - milky cleaner first, followed by Olay Infusion Hydrating Glow Facial Cleanser and my trusty organic cotton face cloth from Muji. No traces of mascara were left over and it wasn't hard to get off either.
Overall, I'd say BADgal is a fabulous mascara. Probably my favourite from the brand so far.
Two thumbs up Benefit! You did good!
DISCLAIMER: Benefit's BADgal mascara was provided as a PR sample. All photos and opinions are my own.
A few years ago Diana and I went sneaker shopping. Little did I know it but she was looking to replace her worn out pair Vans slip ons with a shiny new pair of the exact same shoe! As someone who has four IKEA Billy bookcases full of shoes, this was totally foreign to me.
I watched her replace the rundown sneakers for years until I finally got my feet into a pair of Vans.
Suddenly I got her.
I didn't have to break these in like my Converse All-Stars (which are super cute but let's face it, hurt like hell). I can wear Vans for long periods of time and be fine, which is exactly why they have become a staple in my closet and why they're the only shoe I wear to the airport. Seriously.
Just the other day I picked up my first pair of classic black Vans. These have a platform though so I get an extra inch of height and they're still super comfy.
There are currently nine pairs of Vans on my IKEA shelves (including the limited edition Nintendo SK8-HI, which you can see how I styled here).
Finally, I get Diana.
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Scent is a powerful thing.
A woman once followed me out of an elevator on a floor that wasn’t her stop to ask me what perfume was wearing. It’s amazing how fragrance has the amazing duality of being able to make and leave an impression.
Wondering what perfume I was wearing? It was CHANEL COCO MADEMOISELLE EAU DE PARFUM INTENSE.
I could get technical and tell you it’s a chypre-floral fragrance that captures you at the very first layer of sparkling orange with ghosts of rose, but what I really want to talk about is how this scent makes me feel. Once in a while, the stars align and you truly feel like your best self. Your outfit is on point, your hair is behaving, your makeup is on fleek and you’re just ready to run things. That’s how I feel every time I dab this perfume into my pulse points.
The lasting power of this fragrance is incredible and settles beautifully after a few hours. If you’re looking for the aroma of luxury, you really do need to try this scent.
Check out the latest campaign with Keira Knightly below: