LOS ANGELES THROUGH MY LENS

This summer, I had the chance to visit California with my boyfriend. We’ve been dreaming of this photography trip ever since we started dating, I guess. It finally happened and we had the best time visiting Los Angeles and San Francisco along with our cameras. Here’s a few of my favorite shots from LA (SF will follow if I can finally make time to edit my shots). You can see the full project here, on behance. And make sure you hit appreciate if you do!

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Eye emphasizers / fake lashes

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After taking the journey into fake nails, I decided to take it into fake lashes as well. I use to think fake lashes were tacky, simply because the only time I ever wore them was for Halloween. You know how we all want the flashiest, biggest and most incomfortable lashes, just because, well, you know, it’s Halloween, and we can be someone else for one night. It never occured to me that I could replace my neverending obsession with big bold mascara with a pair of those and two drops of glue, until KISS sent me some. THANK GOD. Now I’m tempted to were some every day and I sometimes have to remind myself that a stay-at-home day in a stay-at-home outfit is a waste of makeup, if you know what I mean.

They are made from 100% premium quality natural hair, which truly doesn’t make them look like Halloween accessories, and they come in various size and shapes. They come with a convenient lash applicator (very helpful!), but you have to buy the glue separately (which also mean you get to chose which one you prefer!). And most of all, they are contact lens friendly. BIG YAY. Oh, and you will find them at Walmart for a decent price. Now, don’t be shy, and step into a world of big bold glamorous look!

Do you wear fake lashes on a regular basis?

Julie is wearing KPLM01 (first picture) and I am wearing KPLM02 (second picture).

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DIY / framed coin pouch

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Don’t you, sometimes, want to take a break from your big wallet full of tickets, old receipt, useless cards and whatnots? A coin pouch is the perfect alternative for those times when you just want to grab an ice cream cone or go see a movie with your girl friends. Today, I am showing you how to make the cutest girly coin pouch, that you can also use as a jewelry keepsafe or whatever small precious things you want to carry!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • canvas fabric (+ cotton for liner)
  • 7,5 cm purse frame (I used this one)
  • acrylic paint + textile medium
  • paint brush
  • pliers
  • scissors
  • glue gun + hot glue
CRAFT IT:
  • Cut out 2 square of fabric (3,5″ x 3.5″)
  • Paint a heart on one (or two) of the squares. (mix acrylic paint with textile medium following the directions on the bottle)
  • Place the fabric squares face to face and sew like shown below. Cut out the corners.
  • Pinch the corners like shown and sew it down like shown (kind of hard to explain!).
  • Do the exact same thing with a patterned cotton fabric for liner.
  • Place the linen piece inside the other, and sew together.
  • Use hot glue to fix the metal frame in place. Use a butter knife or pointed object to help stick fabric into it. Clean glue excess if there is.

That’s it! You’ve got the cutest mini pouch to carry your precious coins around !

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Let me know if your make one !

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nomnom / energy bites

If you’re just like me, you probably get hungry in-between meals and have to eat snacks to keep up. This week-end I did a little no-bake energy bites recipe with Marie Pier, and I shared it over on LC Living. We had a lot of fun doing it, it was super easy and it tasted awesome so that’s 3 good reasons to try them! Need I say more? I also used ingredients I rarely or never use like goji berries that I enjoyed discovering! You can see the full recipe here, and make sure you let me know in the comments if you try it!

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What to wear / effortless weekday

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Lately, I fell into the sportwear trend trap. Suddently, all I could dream of was a new pair of comfy Nike running shoes. &Luckily for me, that’s what my best friend bought me for my birthday! Now my mind is spinning on ways I could introduce them to my looks. Here’s an outfit that screams coziness & effortless (without sweat pants! ha!).

See the details from this outfit here

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Fake nails? Why not!

fake_nails_2fakenails_1I never wear fake nails, mostly because I am lucky enough to have long and strong nails, but also because I had a very bad experience with nail glue when I was younger. For some reasons, a drop of glue found its way to one of my eye and I almost lost it. Tragic, yes. A few weeks ago, I received imPress press-on fake nails from Broadway Nails, so I was happy I could finally try on cool & flawless manicures without fearing the wicked glue! ha! These are the most ridiculously easy fake nails to apply, I swear! At first my hands felt very weird but I ended up liking the feeling of such solid nails A LOT. Also, I wore them for at about a week before I decided to take them off (my nails had grown, pulling the artificial nail away from the cuticule). The quality of the product, the no-drying time factor (because seriously, aren’t you tired of waiting for your nail polish to dry?!!) plus the effortlessness of sticking them on are three major upsides that will probably lead me to wearing artificial nails more often.

Each set contain 24 nails (different sizes, but you can probably make 2 full manicures out of it), a cleaning towel and a nail file. You will find them at, among others, Wal-Mart, Brunet, Uniprix and Pharmaprix for about $10, which is WAY LESS than a salon manicure!

Here’s how to apply:

  • Cleanse natural nails with enclosed pad
  • Choose the size that best fits your nail and peel off backing
  • Align nail with cuticule and press down firmly in the middle, and on the sides
  • Repeat for each finger, and you’re done!

To remove the nails, simply peel off from sides! Very easy and damage-less.
I’m wearing the Night Fever set (second photo) and Roxanne is wearing Dancing Queen (first photo).

What do you think about fake nails?

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From my closet / embroidered kid dress

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Remember when I talked (here and here) about my rather obsessive crush for embroidery this summer? Well, the obsession hasn’t passed and I kept looking for the perfect dress. That is, until I saw this one in the kids department at Target. Perfect shade, perfect finition, I was blown away. Since Chloe thought me that wearing kids clothes is okay, I hadn’t had an ounce of hesitation and took it to the fitting rooms right away. This is the story of a girl who’s dreading the moment she won’t fit the kids size anymore.

Oh, and maybe I should mention that I ran into my boss and his daughter on my way to pay the dress, and he had just bought the exact same one for his little girl! ha!

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Last week, I mentionned my new collaboration with Clearly Contacts as a Style Ambassador. This is the Vogue frames that I picked for my starter kit! They add so much personnality to an outfit, and I love styling them in all kinds of ways! I’m so glad I did not go on the safe side and went for bold. Casual glasses are great, but having statement glasses as a second pair is a must, believe me!

Also, you can read my Style Ambassador interview on their blog called The Look, right here!

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Dress: Target  /  Glasses: c/o Clearly Contacts  /  Clutch: Nine West  /  Socks: Ebay  / Shoes: Cité

Photos by: Pier-Luc Cossette
See more outfit posts here.

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Inspiring work / Florian Beaudenon

Last week, a Paris-based photographer named Florian Beaudenon caught my eye with his intimate-scenes-from-high-angles serie called Instant-Life. It’s fun to see life from a point of view we rarely experience. His compositions are simply stunning (and I might have a gigantic crush on that pink striped sofa). See more from his work here.

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Favorite new releases from The Body Shop

aquaboost5Bikini & sunbathing season has already begun! To make the most of it, it’s important to take good care of your skin. Every one loves a good sun tan, but everyone hates damaged skin! Right? My first darling new product from The Body Shop is the Vitamine E Aqua Boost Sorbet, to keep your face nourished and moistured. It’s made from an Aquasphere technology that delivers hundreds of time their weight in water! Unlike most of face moisturizers, the Aqua Boost Sorbet has a light and fast-absorbing texture that feels very cool on the skin and keep your skin hydrated for a long time, without the unpleasant shine of some rich cream. In fact, it contains mineral particles that help absorb the oil and mattify! As for myself, the savory smell itself is enough of a reason to have a major crush on it! You can get it here (and you definitely should) for $20.

sorbet4In the same range of must-have summer product, The Body Shop just released their Body Sorbet. It comes in 5 amazing scents. I received mango, and I am seriously getting addicted to its delicious smell. It is as refreshing as the Aqua Boost Sorbet and will leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated all day long. Perfect for hot summer days! Plus, it contains organic Aloe Vera coming from 100% Community Fair Trade, which is, to me, a very cool upside to their products! You can get it here (for only $15) !

bbcream5Now, let’s talk about skin perfectors! Have you heard about BB creams? If you never heard about it, BB stands for Beauty Balm. I’ve seen them filling the shelves of all beauty stores, but didn’t know how great it actually was until I got to try The Body Shop’s formula (which by the way, was voted #1 product by canadian consumers!). It’s a white face cream with very tiny pigment-filled capsules that burst when apply to the skin and it’s color-adapting to fit your skin tone! Perfect match and even finish, that’s what we’re talking about! I like that it’s all-in-one, because I tend to forget the face cream and use only foundation. No there’s no excuse for that! It’s available here in 4 shades for $20!

instablur6And of course, I saved the best for last! One of The Body Shop new release goes beyond hydration or skintone uniformity. I’m talking about Instablur! Instablur is a five-action perfector that leaves your skin flawless and photo-perfect! It reduces the apparence of pores, hides blemishes, controls unpleasant skin shine and unifies complexion. You have to try it to believe it! Simply smooth onto face before applying your foundation and makeup (or use alone to smooth imperfections for a no-makeup look). Althought I wouldn’t wear this product all day everyday, mostly because it feels a little heavier that my usual cream + makeup, I will probably wear it every time I know i’m going to be photographed, and on special events! The body shop also created a movement around the product to encourage none-retouched photos (all image used on their website and posters don’t alter the size or body shapes of their models, to stop women insecurities). You can join by posting selfies using the hashtag #noretouchtbs and #instablur!

Have you tried any of these yet? Or have you planned to?

This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Body Shop. All words and opinions are my own.

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