Forever 21 & Mini MAC Haul!

Hello Beautiful people!
How has your weekend been? Hopefully the weather wherever you are is just as nice as it is here in Toronto!
With that being said, I went out a couple of days ago to buy a few new things to add to my spring/summer wardrobe!

I went into Forever 21 in the hopes of finding a cute pair of high waisted shorts, and just my luck, I actually ended up grabbing 2 pairs!
I got a pair that are just the classic denim colour, and then a pair that are a much darker wash of jean. I think these will look really cute with a simple tank top tucked into them, or even with a little crop top.
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The great thing about Forever 21 is that it’s not incredibly expensive, so you can find great pieces for a decent price and they have a wide range of styles and colours.

While I was wandering around the store I spotted this really cute peach skirt with white polka-dots, which I personally think is the perfect skirt for summer! it’s A-line so it flares out at the hips which I find really flattering on my body, and it’s a silky material which is nice and light weight for the warmer weather (and great for wiping up spills because I’m a messy eater).
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When I saw this next sweater, I honestly couldn’t help myself, because really who doesn’t need a Lion King sweater in their life? I justify buying it because it was the last one and it was my size, so it was obviously meant to be, right? This pull over is such a soft and light material that it would be perfect for throwing over shorts and a tank top on cooler summer evenings.
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Last but not least is this really pretty white crop top with white lace along the bottom, I thought this would be perfect to pair with either pair of those high waisted shorts, or even a nice pair of jeans. I really like that it’s got that cut-off t-shirt look, but it’s still very feminine and pretty with the lace.
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From MAC I grabbed a lipstick and an eyeliner!
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The lipstick I picked up is called Twig and it’s a really beautiful rosy-mauve colour that’s perfect for every day, or paired with a smoky eye.
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Finally I picked up Coffee eye pencil, which is a really rich chocolate brown that I think would be gorgeous in the water line, along the top lash line, or even smudged out! I’ts just a great and versatile product to have.
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Let me know what you think of this haul and if you want to see more of these on Laauraborealis!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

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Layering with ModCloth!

Hello beautiful people!

Today I want to talk about layering. In the winter this can be a crucial yet cute way to keep warm and still look good while you do it! Using clothes from ModCloth, I’m going to show you guys how I like to layer!
ModCloth is a clothing website that has a very wide variety of styles for women of all shapes and sizes. A lot of their clothing has quite a vintage feel, and some of it is also very casual; it’s definitely a website that carries unique and adorable clothes, with something for everyone. After working on this post, I’m definitely going to need to place an order, because I saw about 1000 things I want to get! If you haven’t checked out their site, please do! You will not be sorry.

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I decided to go with a bold cardigan and a cute collared shirt to go underneath.
I picked a plain white tank to wear underneath the blouse because white tops can be a little sheer, and the tank offers coverage as well as an additional layer of warmth, and really who doesn’t need a good basic tank?
The collared shirt has beautiful pleating and lace detailing around the collar, but I particularly love that it doesn’t have sleeves, because I hate when sleeves get bunchy under a sweater. This blouse has a nice fit: it’s slightly slouchy, but I feel like it would still be flattering on curvier figures, and the lace adds an air of sexiness while still being sophisticated.
The cardigan is really the star of the show; I went with yellow because people (myself included) have a tendency to wear a lot of deep colours in the winter, so I thought this cardigan could really brighten up the look! I also love the scallop detailing around the collar, and the fact that it’s two-toned adds interest without taking away from the shirt underneath. A cardigan is going to keep you warm, while still being fashionable, not to mention ModCloth has some of the cutest cardigans and sweaters  I’ve ever seen.

I would pair this kind of top ensemble with dark jeans, booties, a nice warm jacket and some mittens to keep your hands toasty.

Modcloth really is a great site to pick up unique pieces for a reasonable price. Like I said, I will definitely be placing an order very soon!
Leave me a comment letting me know how you like to layer your look!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

**DISCLAIMER: All photos were taken from Modcloth.com (link provided above), if you would like me to take them down, please contact me via the e-mail provided in my “about me” page**

Ring Styling with Invaluable.com!

Hello beautiful people!
It’s a habit of most people to plan or buy an outfit and then accessorize, but why can’t we do the opposite? Buy a fantastic accessory and plan an outfit around it. Whether you’re heading out for a party or heading to the grocery store – a gorgeous ring can add class and excitement to any outfit!

I’ve chosen rings from Invaluable, the world’s largest premier marketplace, to show you guys how I would style outfits based on rings from their site!
Invaluable has over 10,000 rings for their bidders to choose from for incredible prices. Not to mention all the other items they have from watches, to clothing to furniture!

I chose to style two outfits, one for everyday casual and one for evening, to show that rings can be the biggest impact of an outfit. After all, our hands are what we use to eat, talk, and drink – they are a focal point and we should show them off with amazing accessories!

First casual:
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I myself am super partial to vintage jewelry, so when I saw this gorgeous sapphire flower ring I couldn’t resist. I think this is a perfect ring to wear every day and add a little something to your outfit.
I would pair this with black tights, ankle boots, a slouchy sweater, a small purse and a dark blue scarf to compliment the ring. People will not be able to stop looking at your hand while wearing a ring like this, and the outfit emphasized the unique style and colour.
Tights: Aritzia
Sweater: Urban Outfitters
Booties: Steve Madden
Scarf: Anthropologie
Bag: Aldo
Ring: Invaluable (Link above)

Evening:
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The ring I chose for my evening outfit definitely makes a statement. This ring is opal and mother of pearl in quite a large setting, which makes it the star of the show! I would keep my outfit relatively simple, pair this baby with a little black dress, a black purse and some nude heels to compliment the colours in the ring and let it dazzle from my hand!
Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Christian Louboutin 
Purse: Tory Burch
Ring: Invaluable (Link above)

There you have it! Obviously everyone has different tastes and styles but that’s that great thing about Invaluable, they have something for everyone!

Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

** Disclaimer: All links provided were used for the photo’s in this post, if you’d like me to take them down for any reason please contact me via the e-mail in my bio***

fashion & random stuff haul!

Hello beautiful people!
I’ve done a bit of shopping over the past couple of weeks and thought I’d share what I picked up with you guys! It’s a little bit of everything from a few different stores!

From h&m I picked up 3 tops! The first one is a silky material with short sleeves and a little v in the front; I loved this as soon as I saw it because it’s white and covered in little red hearts. It’s a little bit slouchy but I still find is flattering for my figure, I’d wear this with dark jeans and really any kind of boot or shoe($20).
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Next is a grey sort of stripy top that goes quite long in the back, it’s a jersey material and super comfy. I think it will look super cute with tights and a big cardigan and a scarf, it’s just a perfect casual t-shirt for fall ($20).
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The last top I picked up is another t-shirt with a cartoon hand making a peace sign but I couldn’t resist because of the glittery red nail polish! Again I think this will look good with jeans or tights and a scarf or some cute boots; just another good comfy fall tee($15).
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Next I went to forever 21 and picked up these booties ($32). I love that they’re grey because I feel like they’ll match absolutely everything, and the heel is super thick which makes them comfortable to walk in.
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Then I found this great basic black dress in old navy ($30). I thought this was a great addition to my wardrobe for fall and winter because it will definitely look great with lots of different bottoms and shoes. I love basics because you can play them up so well with accessories, I could wear this with flats and a scarf to make it casual or with a statement necklace and some heels for a date night or event. It has a very flattering fit for my figure but is still cotton with a little bit of stretch which makes is super comfortable, I’m super happy with this purchase.
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That’s it for clothing but I did go in to Davids Tea which is a Canadian loose leaf tea company that originated in Montreal. I like to get my teas from here because some of them are certified organic and they also just have incredibly unique flavours of tea as well as seasonal collections. I had a couple of gift cards to burn so I picked up a new thermos, this one is glass with a silicone slip to make sure you don’t burn your hands. It also has a little mesh basket with a lid so you can brew your loose leaf tea and drink it without having to worry about getting the tea leaves in your mouth! I also picked up a couple of teas to try out!
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Last but not least is the product I’m most excited about picking up despite its price and it’s the new YSL Le teint encre de peau foundation ($64). I am in love with the product! It has a liquid to powder sort of formulation but just looks incredible on the skin, it also has quite a fresh scent; almost like cucumbers. It has a sort of weird spatula applicator but for hygiene purposes I just dump a little only the back of my hand and apply it with a brush. This has a pretty matte finish and I’d say medium to full coverage but it doesn’t budge all day despite its very light feel, and just has a beautiful effect on the skin. It makes your complexion look even and healthy, I would definitely recommend going to get a sample of this stuff because it is amazing, this will definitely be in my make-up bag for a long time.
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Those are all the goodies I’ve picked up in my last few shopping trips! Leave me a comment letting me know what you think and if you’d like to see more of these posts.
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Top 5 fall fashion favourites!

Hello beautiful people!
Today it is officially the first day of fall so I figured it was perfect to do my top 5 fall fashion favourites for you!
I apologize because a lot of this is not new, I picked it up in the past couple of years but it’s easy to find similar things and obviously cater to your own style and I’m sure a lot of you already have things like these in your collection!

Number one: A leather (or pleather) jacket
Doesn’t matter what colour, mine is from zara from a couple years back ($80). I just think leather jackets look so nice in fall; it adds a bit of edge to your look but also keeps you warm as the colder weather rolls in without having to wear a big parka. Leather jackets are also perfect for layering! You can wear it over a dress with some tights or just jeans and a t-shirt if you’re having a really casual day, they’re just so easy to play with and that’s something I love about having this baby in my collection, you can create so many different looks.
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Number two: boots!
Combat, thigh high, ankle, whatever your style I think these are a must for the colder weather. These are my two favourites to wear; the grey ones are from aldo from a couple of years ago($100), I love the rhinestones on them because I honestly just love a bit of glitter. These are great for days when I’m feeling a little bit more slouchy and just want something comfy and cute, I love wearing them with tights and a big cardigan or long shirt. The brown thigh highs I got last year around this time and they’re Steve Madden ($90) I like to wear these when I’m feeling a bit dressier and want to wear something a little more girly. I still like these with tights or jeans and a nice top or even a dress; again boots can be so versatile.
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Number three: A nice leather purse
I got this navy Michael Kors bag last year ($375) Obviously you can use whatever you have or whatever fits into your budget, I bought this as a treat to myself after I finished work last summer. I love that it can be cross body or a shoulder bag and it’s a good size, it can still fit my make-up bag and wallet and hats and mittens when it comes to that time of year. I like to use a bigger bag in the colder months because I always feel like I need more things, I also really like that this bag has gold hardware; gold is just gorgeous for fall against all the darker colours that start to come out.
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Number four: Scarves
I love scarves; I have a rather large collection because I feel like they can really pull an outfit together as well as keep you warm. The mint knit one I got as a Christmas gift from Carmen’s little brother last year so I’m not sure how much it cost but it’s from aldo and it’s probably one of the warmest scarves I own. The black one is from Zara and I like that it’s a little bit lighter so I can wear it when the weather isn’t super cold yet. As I said I feel like a scarf can either dress down an outfit or dress it up depending what kind of pieces you’re wearing.
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Number five: Black tights
Okay, I think this one is just a given. Tights are one of the most versatile things in a girls wardrobe. You can wear them on their own with a cute top, or under a dress etc. These are from lulu lemon ($90) they were quite expensive but their thicker material so they don’t stretch out or lose their black pigment over time. I’ve had mine a year and they look the same as the day I bought them, and I wear them a lot! We all have days when we don’t feel like wearing jeans but we don’t want to wear sweats either, that’s where these babies come in, because you can still achieve a cute look and be comfortable!
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Those are my top 5 fall fashion favourites! Let me know in the comments what some of yours are! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and keep your eyes peeled for the next few days as there may be a haul coming up very soon!
You guys are the best!
until next time,
xoxo
-Lo