Monday, December 15, 2014

Stripes & Solids Take 2

Every once in a while, I have an inspiration block (i.e. when "winter is coming"). The last few months have been no exception. I've been on permanent defrost since mid-October. Though I have some great holiday inspired outfits, I needed to "feel" warm again. Enter fall throwback. I took these pictures back in October and finally felt a calling to post them, I mean how cute is that elephant necklace?
What inspires you when the weather wont cooperate?
What I am Wearing
Blouse: Dynamite (now ships to the U.S.)
Jeggings: Dynamite
Necklace: Gifted
Purse: Coach
Shoes: Tory Burch Wedges

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Little Black Dress

Say hello to my favourite closet staple. This little black dress. You may remember seeing it here, back 2012. Honestly, it never fails. Whether it is to brighten my mood after a ho-hum week, a mediocre dinner at the new spot in town, a failed attempt at making a new dish, this LBD is better than a pint of Ben and Jerry's. And that says a lot.




What I am Wearing: 
Dress: United Color of Benetton
Jewellery: Necklace and Earrings - New York City Street Bazaar
Shoes: Tory Burch

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tweed Trend

Tweed has come a long way from the days of the English countryside, to the catwalk.  Most fashion houses at one point or another have featured tweed in their collections. This year is no different.  Dolce & Gabbana's "Tweed is Chic" Fall/Winter 2014 collection is absolutely stunning.  Feminine silhouettes with modern touches.
And while I can only covet D&G from afar, the tweed trend has made its way into to affordable consumerism...yes. there. I said it.
What I am Wearing:
Dress: H&M
Blazer: H&M
Shoes: Tory Burch
Necklace: Gifted - from Turkey
Earrings: Gifted - from Turkey 


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lancôme Grandiose Mascara Review

I have been on the hunt for the perfect mascara for a long time. A VERY long time. I’ve tried everything from DIORSHOW Blackout, to Benefit, to Clinique, to Sephora, to MAC. I’ve even tried out the drugstore brands like Rimmel, Revlon, and Cover Girl. Every time, there has been something that I have been disappointed with when in comes to a staple in my makeup routine – too clumpy, too flaky, does not provide volume, does not lengthen…I was skeptical when I received Lancome’s new Mascara to try and review.It is available to purchase at Sephora for $35.00 CAD

 
Lancôme ’s new Grandiose Mascara includes a very interesting and intuitive brush which they have termed the “Swan Neck™ Wand” It’s claim to fame - exceptional length, lift, and volume to all lashes. The curve of the wand mixes the mascara with each twist open, allowing for formula that stays fresh longer. I have to say, I am quite impressed with the brush, super easy to apply!
Rather than create an extremely dramatic look, I applied only one coat of the mascara, something that I would do for everyday use in the office.
Before application of Grandiose Mascara
I have to say I am quite impressed with the amount of coverage the Mascara provided. 
PROS: It did make my lashes look thicker, longer and fuller. I also noticed that it did not create any clumps. 
CONS: While Lancôme Grandiose Mascara boasts no flaking, 12 hours later, it was definitely visible, though significantly better than some of the higher end brands that i have tried (namely DiorShow).
After application of Grandiose Mascara
Overall, I would give this a 4.5 out of 5 and would definitely repurchase.

Have you tried Lancôme Grandiose Mascara?


Monday, August 11, 2014

Heatwave

Summer is finally here. I mean FINALLY here – albeit its August. It’s hot days and equally warm nights, with heat just dissipated from tarmac, bricks and surrounding objects. Everything is warm to the touch; sun-kissed. I absolutely love how the pictures turned out. Slightly blurred, as if the camera itself was sweating.Soaking in every last drop of sunshine possible and holding out for an extended heatwave. 

What I am Wearing:
Dress: Zara
Heels: Nine West
Necklace: Gifted (from Turkey)
Bangles: COACH 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Segue



After a much long hiatus, I am back and ready to devote some much needed time to this blog. I love it dearly and it has been a source of happiness, a place for contemplation, and venue for my thoughts and ideas. My hiatus from The Fine Balance was not planned, though a much needed reprieve. Many things have transpired over the last little while, and I knew I would not have been able to fully devote to my writing and quality pictures and posts if I had continued. I feel refreshed and ready to get back into it and bring you all aspects this space is supposed to offer – Fashion, Fitness and Food related posts.


I hope I can count on all of you to continue with me on my journey.

What I am wearing:
Polka Dot Skirt: Banana Republic Factory
Blouse: J Crew
Heels: COACH (Nala Pumps)
Necklace: Gifted (from Japan)
Jewelery: COACH

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