Tuesday, September 22, 2015

LOUIS VUITTON ALMA BB REVEAL

I'm very excited to share with you my new Louis Vuitton Alma BB in Damier Ebene Canvas! 

The bag measures 25 x 19 x 12 cm (length x height x width) so yes it's the miniature version, but no, it's not impractically mini. It's actually the perfect size for easy everyday use with plenty of room for all the essentials. The bag itself is also very light so with the addition of say a wallet, phone, keys, and sunnies it should never feel too heavy for either cross-body or top handle use. For all the material options in the Alma BB Click Here.

It's a very smart and usable bag. The features I'm happy with the most are the protective studs on the bottom, double zip opening, and optional strap. I also like that it comes with the padlock and leather key tag for a little bag charm effect (although I'm thinking about getting a poof!).

The price is not the easiest to justify, but the iconic shape and quality craftsmanship make it a worthwhile investment. I know will hold up well over time if it's cared for well, and really, there isn't much to worry about with care compared to most bags. The smaller size is going to keep extra weight from wearing on the bag and will also help it keep it's shape. The Damier Ebene Canvas is quite stain and scratch resistant and the colour will stay nice. The only concern would be the hardware; being carried crossbody the strap is sure to create scratches near the handles and if the padlock is kept on the zipper pull it will scuff with usage. All in all I believe it will prove to be a good bag and I'm very happy with this purchase

For an idea of the strap length and how it sits crossbody or over the shoulder I am 5'5", size 0,  and, I hate to say it, but fairly flat-chested. When I was looking at reviews about this bag the strap seemed to really be the only issue. I feel like the length is perfect for my body and would work for almost anyone who looks good carrying a small bag.  Im not trying to say you have to be anywhere between short and wide or tall and skinny for this bag, but if your frame generally suits a larger bag then the strap and the size of the bag might look a little off. Also I don't feel the thinness of the strap irritates my shoulder, mind you I'm not one for a heavy bag.

One of my concerns before seeing the bag in person was the top handle; I wasn't sure if it would be big enough to actually feel comfortable being held on the crook of my arm. I needed that option when wearing jeans or running errands. Most often I tend to just grab my bag and go then crossbody it only if nessecary. I do think that it's OK either handheld or over the arm. It feels the same as my speedy; great as long as I'm not wearing a huge down jacket, which happens almost never living where I do (yay for not living in Ottawa with -20'C winters anymore!).






Outfit Detials: Shirt - Aritzia, Community / Bralette - Aritzia, Talula / Jeans - Citizens of Humanity / Flats - Dolce Vita / Jewellery - Oak + Fort, Marc Jacobs, Wildfox / Bag - Louis Vuitton

BY: SARAH MELNYK

Friday, September 18, 2015

JUICE RECIPES


Today I thought I would share with your some of my go-to combinations for juicing at home. I usually make two different juices in the morning: one as a part of my breakfast and one for later in the day to take to-go. I have a plastic "water bottle" (I say water bottle because it looks exactly like a bottle of Aquifina, even has a blue rubber label) that unscrews in half and I can fit 300mL in, it's easy to clean, has a perfect seal, etc., but any bottle or jar that is air tight will keep the juice for the day.

I feel like I just have more energy when I drink juice and it's so quick and easy. Overall I feel better and it's noticeable if for whatever reason I miss a day - that's why I try and drink juice every day. Plus juicing is a good way of cycling through the fruits and vegetables in your fridge and getting around to eating them before it's too late. And believe me a juicer is not hard to clean, forget about that excuse and if you have ever used that excuse yourself, shame on you.

I know a lot of people with juicers and it's surprising how different each person makes their own juice. Really the options are endless and the littlest adjustment can take your juice in a whole new direction. I love it when someone finds something delicious and passes the tip along. Especially since, while the options are endless, I find myself often making the same thing or something very similar more than I probably should. So I thought I would share the recipes I make the most; give you some ideas, maybe help out whoever is starting out or whoever is getting bored of the same-old.  

•Green
3 stalks of celery 
3 huge handfuls of spinach
About 1.5 cups worth of zucchini (sometimes I use cucumber or both)
1 pear (or apple)
1 wedge of lime (I squeeze into juice) 

•Green 2 
2 stalks of celery
1 huge handful of spinach 
3 romaine leaves
1 kale leaf 
4 radishes 
1 apple 
1 mini zucchini 
A handful of parsley
1 wedge of lime

•Classic Carrot-Beet 
4 carrots
2 beets
1 apple 

•Carrot-Citrus
3 carrots 
1 grapefruit (or orange)
1 wedge of lime

•Carrott-Ginger 
5 carrots 
1 apple
2 stalks of celery 
Ginger (about the size of a gumball)

•Pink
1.5 carrots
1 stalk of celery
3 cups of cranberries (or cherries) 
1 pear (or a combination of pear and apple)
1 clementine 
1 wedge of lime 

•Berry
A cup of blackberries
2 cups of crainberries
4 strawberries 
A pear
1 cup of cucumber 
A wedge of lime

•Sweet+Refreshing 
Half a cucumber 
1 handful of mint
2 cups of pineapple (or watermelon or honeydew)
1 wedge of lime

Since I make more than one juice at a time, I usually mix apples and pears, oranges and grapefruits, etc. And if I'm making my lunch at the same time, I may add the scraps or a bit of whatever is out. I always keep lime, celery, spinach, cucumber, zucchini, carrots, apples/pears, beets, grapefruit, and oranges/clementines in the fridge as my basics because they are cheap and keep well. 

I'll juice almost anything, exceptions being bell peppers and tomatoes for taste and red leafy "greens" because they make juice look brown. I hate to make an all fruit juice, I feel a veggie or two is needed or it's too sweet (with the exception of melons, I love an all melon juice!). I juice spinach, kale and carrots a lot because I don't normally crave to eat them so rarely do and that way I have a better variety of foods in my diet. 

I think it's important to eat for health more than taste and sometimes I'm not sure if I love something because it's healthy or tastes good; but I mean, who cares, healthy tastes good to me. I love veggies and that's not harmful! My husband is the opposite, I swear he dislikes things only because they are healthy (it's really fruits and vegetables he won't eat) and he would like all of these recipes enough to pretend they're ok/delicious except the Green 2. The juices I make most are Green 2, Green, and Classic Carrot-Beet and the juice my husband genuinely loves is Sweet+Refreshing.


I hope this was helpful and let me know what your favourite juice is and if you have any tips or whatnot for me to try! 

BY: SARAH MELNYK

Thursday, September 17, 2015

CURRENT BAG LOVE

Last week I spent way too much time figuring out what I wanted for a new everyday bag this fall. I have already made my choice but still have to pick it up when I go to Vancouver next week. I'll do a reveal and review once I get it!

Still, there were a good few bags I had been debating between. Given my size, height, and lifestyle a mini bag with top handles and a crossbody strap proves the most suitable for me. Luckily, mini bags are such a thing right now, the choices seemed endless! I don't have the storage or the means for a large collection of bags so practicality, everyday usability, and durability were very much the deciding factors in the end. 

All of these bags are perfect and beautiful in every way and I would love any one of them! Here are my top choices for Fall'15 bags.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

WHAT'S IN MY MAKEUP BAG!?

This is currently what I have in my makeup bag on the daily; kind of my everyday makeup routine. I really don't add things; even if I'm on vacation, I take this and maybe a bold lip colour. I'm pretty basic, I like to focus on my skin then add more or less eyeliner for some drama. 

I have always kept my everyday makeup very minimal. I do like to try new products every so often but it is usually a new product to replace an existing one for the same purpose. The type of product and where I place it on my face has more or less remained the same since I posted an everyday makeup routine when I started this blog. To refer to my previous post for more details on how I apply the contents of my makeup bag, click *here*. However, the majority of products have been switched out or used up giving my makeup bag a makeover so  thought a little update was in order. 

I love all of these products (Well, all but one. I don't like the Benefit eyeliner but I can put up with it until it's finished) and would recommend them to anyone. There are a few I cannot imagine finding anything better and some that are good/great but can meet their match somewhere out in the world of cosmetics. All in all I'm very happy with the end result of my quick and easy makeup routine, and its all thanks to this one little bag. 





I use the concealer for any spots prior to applying foundation and nothing for under the eye (the foundation alone is good enough). 


The order and where I apply all the good face stuff; my goal is to make my face look better than normal but not overdone. I'm sure this is all wrong in how to contour (if I can even call it that) but this is what I do and I like to think this gives me a skinny face. After this step I give my skin a look over and if there are any spots showing though I'll use a tiny bit of foundation and dab it on with my finger (literally tiny bit works like a charm; the tiniest possible so I don't have to blend really.). 

Must curl eyelashes before eyeliner!

I'll use any mascara really, this is what I happened to have on the go. Dior and LancĂ´me are my favourite brands. 

After its all done I'll fine-tune my eyelashes; do another coat of mascara or curl them if needed. 




BY: SARAH MELNYK