Saturday, October 25, 2014

REDISCOVERING SOME OLDIES


Isn't it nice when you dig through your closet or makeup stash and find an item you used to be madly in love with, and then you fall in love all over again? Here's a few items i've become smitten with once again.

Maybelline Great Lash "Lots of Lashes" Mascara. I never was a fan of the regular ole' pink and green mascara, but this one is different. The mascara wand is shaped differently on the Lots of Lashes version, it goes from tiny (perfect for bottom lashes) to thick and provides awesome volume. This is one of my all time favorite mascaras, and the fact that it's dried up a bit makes the formula that much better. 

I've had Essie Lady Like for a while now, and whenever I use it I think "wow, why don't I wear this all the time?". It's a gorgeous subtle mauve shade that works anytime of the year. It's great if you want something simple and feminine. 

I've had my J. Crew Timex watch since I worked there, which feels like ages ago now. I have 2 watch bands that pair with it: a neon yellowy green one (don't quite wear that so much) and a leopard calf hair strap. Oh my do I love this watch. It's simple, small, and I love to pair a touch of leopard with a minimalist outfit (all black errthang with a touch of leopard...ohhhh yea baby.)

My boyfriend gave me the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual last christmas when I first told him I was thinking about pursing makeup artistry full time. This is a lovely gift and a lovely book. I love Bobbi's approach to makeup, it's all about the woman and emphasizing their beautiful features, not hiding them. I've learned a lot from this book.  


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE


I was lucky enough to view some really great streetstyle photos taken by a photographer from Farfetch.com. Taken at fashion week at New York, Paris, London & Milan, these are my favorites. What are yours?











all photos from http://www.farfetch.com/ca/

Saturday, October 18, 2014

SIMPLE, DAINTY RINGS



In case you missed my post about simplicity, i've recently taken a more simple approach to my life and style. This includes accessories! 

I love a dainty ring, and these three are really lovely. I've never been a fan of silver jewelry, I don't find it suits me too well, so I chose gold and rose gold rings. The ring closest to the right side of the photo is from an amazing store here in Montreal called VdeV (one of my favorite home/accessories stores) and the other two rings (of lower quality but still great) are from H&M.

What are your favorite simple pieces of jewelry?



Friday, October 17, 2014

TO WEAR: FALL EDITION

This fall is all about cozy pieces, simple and comfortable shoes, and big chunky scarves.

I always tend to dress in dark colors in the colder months, and this year is no exception. I picked up some beautiful black loafers from Aldo last week, and they require no breaking in! They are so comfortable and so lovely. They're my very first pair of shoes from Aldo, and i'm very impressed.

I also picked up this black and white checkered scarf from Forever 21. I wanted something to go with my black coat, so I thought why not stick with black or white? It goes with everything. This cozy scarf will be sure to keep me warm this fall & winter.

The hat is from H&M, and I bought it last year. I love the versatility of it. I was able to wear it this summer but i'm so excited to wear it during the fall. It's a lovely shade of grey, and doesn't make me look silly as most hats do.

The booties i'm wearing are from Old Navy from about a year ago. I have it in tan and black, and they are seriously the most comfortable shoes I own. You can't go wrong with shoes from Old Navy!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SIMPLIFYING THINGS

My new mantra? Simplicity is key.

I've taken some time away from blogging lately, because i've been trying to visualize what exactly I want my blog to be. For the past year i've felt a little unsure of the direction I wanted to take, and how I wanted my blog to look. Funnily enough, while thinking about what I wanted to change on my blog, I started to think about what I wanted to change about myself and my lifestyle. 

What I came to realize is that I want simplicity in my life. Simple style when it comes to clothing, my blog, my diet, etc. I started eliminating things, whether it be clothing I just didn't wear anymore, bad foods, or makeup I didn't use. 

I'm excited to be back to my blog, with fresh ideas and a better visualization of what I want to do and where I want this blog to go. Just gotta remind myself: Simplicity is key. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

THE INSIDE SCOOP: JANINE, A GRAPHIC DESIGNER


Janine works as a graphic designer for brands such as Frye Boots, Coach & Rachel Zoe. Here's the inside scoop into what it's like to work for these brands, and all the hats she has to wear.

Where do you work and what is your job title?

I work as the head Graphic Designer for the footwear division of Global Brands Group. The main brands I work on are The Frye Company, Rachel Zoe, Coach and Aerin.

Describe your work duties, what’s a normal day like for you?

I basically do whatever is needed graphically (and sometimes non-graphically!) for our footwear brands. The brand that I work on about 90% of the time is Frye. I do everything from web graphics for our website to art directing lifestyle and style guide shoots to helping open our first four flagship stores. Right now I am the sole designer, with help from a freelancer periodically so it can get pretty crazy at times! I’d like to say I have “normal” days, but that’s sort of the fun part in that every day is a bit different. I’m never really working on the same project twice. But – to try and answer the question – I would say I spend a good part of the morning just answering any emails that need to be addressed. After that I’ll usually meet briefly with other members of my department discussing things like content for an email blast we have coming up or a lookbook that needs to be put together. For the rest of the day I’m pretty much in design mode, barring those interruptions that inevitably happen! 



You’ve been working at the company for 8 years, how has your job changed from when you first started to now?

First off, it’s crazy to think I’ve been working here for eight years! I actually started off interning for the company and then moved to a freelance position until they brought me on full time. The one big change has been the fact that I’m pretty much on my own now; there are other graphic designers but none that help me in the footwear division. I used to work under a senior graphic designer until last year when she decided to leave the company. I definitely owe my work ethic to her, she taught me so much, and not only in design. She always championed me to do the best and still does!

What inspires you?

Gosh this is tough, so many things do! Whether it’s going to museums or seeing live music – something can spark my imagination and it will have absolutely nothing to do with the project I’m working on. Without sounding too creepy, I also love sitting back and observing people. NYC is obviously one of the best places to do that, and working in fashion, I think its important to pay attention to trends and how the every day girl on the street carries herself. For a more tangible, need-inspiration-now tool, I love to browse through www.niice.co  it’s like a design-only Pinterest, I love it!


What’s the most exciting part of your job?

I have definitely been to some pretty neat locations thanks to my job! I’ve been part of the team that goes on our seasonal campaign photoshoots for the past few years, and that has taken me to places like Jackson Hole, Arkansas, Savannah, Sedona and Nashville to name a few. One of my favorite shoots was in New Orleans; we got to work with one of THE nicest models out there – Behati Prinsloo. She’s gorgeous and super easy going, unlike some other models we’ve worked with, haha.



What’s the hardest part of your job?

I guess the hardest thing would be keeping on top of deadlines; it’s easy for things to slip through the cracks when you are working to a multitude of projects at the same time. You definitely have to be a good multitasker in a position like this!


What is it like to work in New York City?

Our offices are in the Empire State Building so we literally can’t get more iconic New York City than that. I love working in the city, our offices were out on Long Island for a while so it’s a completely different pace than what we were used to. Besides the constant tourist crowds that I battle when I come and go from the building, it’s easy to forget that I work in that landmark. At least we get VIP perks when we want to head to the observation deck! I grew up coming to the city so often to spend time with my grandparents that it will always feel like home to me.



What advice would you give to someone looking to work as a graphic designer?

For me, doing something creative was always something that I was determined to do as a profession. I remember creating faux travel brochures around the age of 11, I just loved the layout process – weird – I know! I should have been playing with my tamagotchi or something. I think a true creative person will have a certain percentage of artistry built into them and have the eye needed to make things aesthetically pleasing. I think schooling is a must; it can only make you better! Another important thing to take into account is finding what area of design you like doing and focus on that, its so essential to do something you love and wont get sick of.  There are design jobs out there for just about anything!

All photos from http://www.thefryecompany.com/