OOTD - The Little White Dress

30.7.15


I tend to stay far, far away from white. I'm very accident prone, which is something that typically does bode well for a white outfit. But even so, I've been really hung up on trying to find the perfect LWD this summer. I wanted something really feminine, and not a sundress. When I spied this number over at Topshop, I knew it was the one. Keep reading for more photos!

Lipstick Files Vol. 3 - Summer Favourites

28.7.15


I mentioned in this post that I'm a big fan of bright lipstick, especially in the summer. But for the last couple of weeks, in the unbearable heat we've had, I just can't be bothered with maintaining a bright lip. So I've been gravitating towards light, effortless, peachy shades these days. Here's a look at the lip products currently hanging around at the bottom of my purse.

The Weekend Edit Vol. 51

26.7.15


What have you been up to this weekend?? It's currently raining at the cottage, which is not fun. It seems like we only ever get one good day out of two these days. Nevertheless, took advantage of the great weather yesterday to go sailing, swimming, and stay outside until it got dark. I feel like our sangria-filled summer days are coming to an end too quickly. Just this week, I got an email to shop the Madewell fall collection early...too soon Madewell, too soon :(.

At least I'm only just over a week away from vacation! While I'm not feeling totally burnt out at work anymore, more than a couple of days away are going to do me some good. Now I just have to get through the last of my deadlines. Eeeek. I literally spent all of last week on one single project, but it's so rewarding to see it shaping up into a finished proposal.

If it's nice outside, go enjoy the weather! If it's kinda meh like it is here, I've gathered some links to check out:

This blows my mind. This guy is flying all around the world for free. Read the full editorial here.

I've been eyeing this brooch for since it first came out. Now that it's on sale, the only thing holding me back is out ridiculously crappy Canadian dollar :(. The sale items at Lulu Frost are insanely beautiful right now.

Pixar is coming out with another movie this year! And it looks adorable. Bringing back childhood memories of Land Before Time.

I recently made a no-churn ice cream recipe for a work potluck, and now I'm hooked. Going to try this sea salt + honey recipe next!

While I think I'm pretty makeup savvy, I've definitely had my fair share of fail moments. #9 + #15 of this list definitely hit home haha

I found this article on Modular Dressing really interesting. I'd say I'm a combo of the Mix + Match (my travel wear) and the Outfits. How about you?

And in case you missed anything on Love. Loft. Life. this week:
OOTD - Mesh Skirt + Lace-up Heels // Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette // Travel Tips Vol. 3

-Kris

#WSS30DaysOfTravel - Travel Tips Vol. 3

25.7.15


Have you been following along with my Instagram series on travel tips? In case you've missed any, here is this week's round-up :)

1. When packing travel toiletries, try to find cream or solid-based alternatives. Solid perfume, cuticle "oil" stick, dry shampoo, powdered exfoliant, and a solid body butter that melts when you apply it.

2. Ditch the ziplock bag and invest in a quality toiletries bag that is TSA-approved! The rectangular shape + large zip opening my this Flight 001 bag makes it easier to fit in all those little tubes and bottles.

3. Pack a dryer sheet in your luggage to keep everything smelling fresh! Bonus points: gently rub over any clothing to remove static.

4. When packing a travel wardrobe, pick a neutral colour scheme so that you can mix and match. Add a pop piece with accessories or a statement piece of clothing!

5. Pack fabrics that are more resistant to wrinkles, such as wool + cashmere, lightweight knits, and my favourite, crepe.

6. If your clothes do get wrinkled, hang them in the bathroom and turn the shower on high heat for a couple of minutes. You can also make some DIY wrinkle releaser to keep in your luggage: 1 part water, 1 part vinegar, and 1 part fabric softener.

Less than 2 weeks to go until we take off for Hawaii!!

-Kris

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

23.7.15


Just when you think there could be no other variation on neutral eyeshadow colors, Urban Decay manages to once again create a palette that gets the beauty community all in a state. I'll admit it outright, I totally got on board the gravy train with this one, and counted down the days until it's release. Now that I've had a fair chance to play around with it for a bit, I figured I'd share my thoughts. Is the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette overkill to the Naked line? Or does it actually have its place amongst its much loved sisters?

OOTD - Mesh Skirt + Lace-up Heels

21.7.15


While my style is mostly simple and classic, every now and then I like to throw in an edgy, out there piece. Just to throw people off. And also to push my own comfort zone... just a little. It's fun to conduct your own style experiments every now and then. Maybe you'll discover something about yourself that you didn't know before. Like how these heels make me feel like I can do anything! (totally wearing them to my next important meeting, haha). It may have taken me a while to get on board with the mesh skirt, but after wearing it out for drinks one night, I haven't looked back since! Keep reading for more photos and full outfit details!

The Weekend Edit Vol. 50

19.7.15


Hey there peoples of the internet! I hope your weekend is going much better than mine is. We're stuck in storm cell central out at the cottage, and it's pretty miserable. Oh well, I guess it was to be expected after the gorgeous weather we had all week.

It was a quiet week at work, and will be even quieter this week. I'm not complaining as it lets me catch up on all of the paperwork and little things that I've neglected over the past couple of months.

I also finished Girl On The Train yesterday, and it was great! I definitely recommend it if you're looking for something to add to your summer reading list. At first I thought it was too Gone Girl-esque, but as you get about halfway in, you really get into it, and the end just blew me away. Very clever writing!

While I go enjoy this break in the rain, here are some links I gathered up this week:

A fantastic editorial on Oskar Groening, who at the age of 94 was just sentenced to jail time for being Auschwitz's bookkeeper.

Really excited about Lena Dunham's new newsletter!

An adorable DIY for displaying jewelry. Maybe I'll go branch hunting in between the rain today.

Joelle is pretty much the only gal I know that could pull off booties and a scarf in the heat of summer. I loved this dress so much, I went out a got one for myself ;)

And in case you missed anything on Love. Loft. Life:
OOTD - Chambray Shirt + Jogging Pants // #WSS30DaysOfTravel Round-up 2

My Instagram travel series continues this week. Every day around noon-ish I'm posting a different travel tip, and then rounding them up on this space each week.

What are your plans for the rest of the weekend? Anything exciting this week?

-Kris

#WSS30DaysOfTravel - Travel Tips Vol. 2

18.7.15


Have you been following along with my #WSS30DaysOfTravel series on Instagram? In case you've missed any, here are all the travel tips from this week!

1. Grab the hotel's shower cap to put your shoes in so they don't dirty anything in your suitcase.

2. Always, always always pack a pen. I'm always the one whose pen is traveling halfway around the airplane as people fill out their customs cards.

3. Forgot to pack your charger? Plug your cable into the USB port on your hotel room's TV! Also, the front desk of major hotel chains usually have common chargers that they can loan you. Just to be safe, I always pack battery boosters (a mini one for a short trip, and my Photojojo Battery Buddy for anything over 48 hours).

4. Always pack fuzzy socks. Taking my shoes off and putting these on is always the first thing I do when getting onto a plane. They also act as my slippers in the hotel, and I can quickly slip them on when I have to take my shoes off to go through security.

5. Never pack a hairdryer or shampoo/conditioner. I have yet to stay at a hotel that has neither.

6. Wear shoes that are easy to slip in and out of at the airport. Nobody likes the person that holds up the security line trying to get their shoes off.

-Kris
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OOTD - Chambray tee + Jogging pants

13.7.15


Ever have one of those days when you just can't be bothered to get out of bed, wear real clothes, or act like a human being? Sometimes known as Monday, but in reality it can hit any day of the week. Yeah, we all know those days. This outfit, it's perfect for those days. No fuss, super comfortable, but you still look put together. Keep reading for more photos and full outfit details!

The Weekend Edit Vol. 49

12.7.15



Happy weekend!! The above picture pretty much sums up the highlight of my week, and I've had nothing in my brain since (hehe, see what I did there? Yeah, I'm a loser) as I go through the required PTSD (Post-Taylor Swift Depression). Taylor put on such a great show, and I'd definitely go again and again if I could. My sister and I had VIP tickets with fantastic floor seats at the completely sold out Bell Center. The energy was insane! Did any readers hit up the Montreal show? Or have tickets in their city?

Ok, so since Taylor Swift is pretty much all I can think about for the moment, I'm going to jump right into this weeks link round-up:

This DIY tote bag is adorable! And it doesn't look too difficult either.

I've been looking for the perfect LWD all summer, and I think I've finally found it in this one.

I'm always trying to think of creative new ways to create more counter space for my kitchen, and these DIY burner covers look like a great idea!

Definitely going to try to make this hashbrown casserole next time I host brunch!

Another DIY (guess I've got the DIY itch again!) that I'm definitely going to make is this DIY hanging leather planter. So cute!

Love love love this collection of photographs of beauty in different cultures.

And in case you missed anything on Love. Loft. Life. this week:
OOTD - Striped Dress + Chambray Shirt // Beauty Bits Vol. 8

Also, I've got an awesome series going on over on Instagram. Check it out daily there, or the weekly round-ups here!

What are you up to this weekend?

-Kris


#WSS30DaysOfTravel - Travel Tips Vol. 1

12.7.15



Hey there! I've got a fun series going on on Instagram where I'm posting a different travel tip every day for the 30 days until I jet off for Hawaii! Posts go up on Instagram at around noon, daily, but I'm also going to be rounding them all up here as well! So here is the round up of travel tips:

Beauty Bits Vol. 8

10.7.15


Someone's been to Sephora again! So that means another edition of Beauty Bits. Keep reading to hear my thoughts on my latest purchases!

OOTD - Striped dress + Chambray shirt

6.7.15


So a couple of weeks ago, I discovered what is probably the most beautiful spot ever in Montreal. I can't believe I'd never been to the Westmount Greenhouse before, so thank you to Ariane for showing it to me! I wore one of my favourite combos: stripes + chambray. Keep reading for more photos and full outfit details!

The Weekend Edit Vol. 48

5.7.15



What a week! A bit of a whirlwind to be honest, and it definitely felt like there were 2 Mondays.

I got to attend a media launch event for a new restaurant on Monday evening with the wonderful Ariane! Open bar + open seafood bar. Nuff said! I mean just look at the size of that shrimp in the photo above. Size of my head! DOCA is located in up and coming Griffintown in Montreal, and based on what I tasted on Monday, you should definitely check it out.

I spoiled myself with another night out on Tuesday to celebrate a colleague's birthday at Tuck Shop. It's quickly becoming my favourite fancy meal out (bonus points for being only a 10 minute walk from my place!). Wednesday was Canada Day, and it was cold and rainy and miserable. Boo! Which definitely made Thursday feel like a 2nd Monday. At least the coffee machine came back to work from it's 3 week hiatus on Thursday! The office was getting dangerously close to a mutiny...

I'm now spending my weekend in the sun at the cottage. Just finished Heads in Beds, and let me tell you it was hilarious! I probably didn't need to learn that much about the hospitality industry, considering the amount of travel I've done recently, but it was a great read and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking to get a laugh out of their next book.

Summer brings lots of fireworks to Montreal with the international firework competition, and Photojojo has some great tips to shooting fireworks.

On a similar note, the gals over at A Beautiful Mess have some great tips for light painting with sparklers.

Speaking of photography, I have the itch to buy the Sony RX100 for my travels, especially after reading this very honest review. I find I don't pack my camera enough for my short business trips, and this is super small and compact. Just trying to decide whether or not the Mark ii is sufficient, or if I need to dole out the extra for the Mark iii.....hmmmm...

I think I've finally hit my quarter life crisis. Netflix on a Friday night anyone?!?

Total outfit envy for Joelle's fabulous beach look!

In case you missed anything on Love. Loft. Life. this week:
Melt-proof summer makeup // SPF school

In exciting news, it's just over a month until I leave on summer holiday to Hawaii! Considering the amount of travel I've done recently, I've decided to start a fun series over on Instagram. Every day for the 30 days prior to take off, I'm going to post a different travel tip, and then round them up weekly here on the blog. Get ready for #LLL30DaysOfTravel!

-Kris


Summer - SPF School

3.7.15


They're calling for beautiful, sunny weather in Montreal this weekend (well deserved after our cold and rainy Canada Day), so what better time to talk about SPF! I'm not perfect, and I have had a few bad burns from too much time in the sun, but I also understand the importance of sun safety. Today I'm sharing my sun safety tips, but let's get a bit of terminology out of the way first, shall we?
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