Winter Skirts

One of my favorite combos is over the knee socks and mini skirts. I just love how it gives this conservative sweater a little edge. I'm always looking for (+ wearing) girly outfits that I can add some edge to. I'm pretty much the only person I know that wears pyramid studs on a daily basis. lol

Since everything below is loose fitting it makes for a comfy, lazy outfit that still looks put together.

I kept the rest of the look simple with leopard print flats in the same colour family and unkempt hair.

Sweater + Socks: Forever21 | Skirt: Brandy Melville | Flats: Franco Sarto |

Fresh Start - Monday Blues

After a crazy-busy weekend, it was almost impossible to scrape myself out of bed this morning! 
I know I wasn't the only person in Toronto smacking the snooze button a few times and wondering how is it possible that it's still dark at 8 am?! Don't even get me started on how cold it's gotten! lol 
That being said, I will never let that get between me and a super cute outfit;

Don't you love the colour and pattern of this dress?!

... and these shoes are EVERYTHING! 
I've been living in them for a while now, they're so chic and comfortable.

Dress and Belt: H&M | Blazer: Forever21 | Shoes: Shellys London 

Cozy Knits

Sweater: Dex | Dress (not shown): Tatsuaki | Boots: Shellys London

I absolutely love this slouchy sweater from Dex. It has mulitple zipper details and is super comfy and warm. Here, I'm wearing it over a black mini dress, but it looks just as great over a tank and jeans. 

Winter Work Wear

 Blanket Scarf - H&M | Dress - eShakti | Belt - Ardene | Necklace - Material Girl

I love wearing dresses at work; they're no fuss, all in one outfits that can easily transition from day to night. 

I kept this black dress winter-ready by draping my biggest blanket scarf over my shoulders to stay warm and toasty, while still looking chic. 

Whats your go to work piece?

Black Lace Dress From eShakti!

 I was recently contacted by eShakti to see if I would be interested in reviewing their products. 

As you know by now, I'm very selective with the brands I align myself with. I only wear, use and post about something if they truly live up to my standards. I must admit that I was not familiar with the eShakti brand, so it took me a while to poke around their site and see if any of their pieces complemented my personal style. Don't get me wrong, the have black dresses for days but the cuts seemed a little too retro and safe for my initial tastes. That being said, I was intrigued by the fact that they are an an online retailer that specializes in customized clothing at a reasonable price. 
You heard me... Customized AND reasonable... 

After poking around their site, I started to find a ton of stuff that I loved and the fact that I could easily customize the hem, sleeves and material made it a no-brainer. 

As you can see from these photos, I paired my Florence dress with a studded belt and ankle boots (shocking, I know!) and I kept it Fall fresh with oxblood tights and a cropped jacket. I love the fact that I can transition this dress from the office to drinks with friends to date night with the hubby, it's so versatile! 

Don't worry, I didn't just score a dress for myself, the sweethearts at eShakti are offering all of my lovely readers a 10% discount by entering BirdfaceCollection in the promotional code box at checkout, now through to November 28th [Canada & USA only]. 

Dress: eShakti | Belt: H&M | Jacket: Material Girl | Tights, Boots, Bow (in hair) & Nail Polish: Forever21 | 
Necklace: Bittersweet | Bracelet: Avon

Last Minute Halloween Costume - Skeleton

I must admit, this year was kind of a cop out as far as my costume goes. It wasn't for a lack of inspiration, money or even a disinterest in the festivities. It was merely a lack of time. 

I was lucky enough to attend Fashion Saturday (the closing of World Master Card Fashion Week in Toronto last night) and the presentations didn't end until almost 10 pm. This meant I had to hightail it to my girlfriends party with little time to get ready. So I slapped on some black and white face paint and was out the door within 30 minutes. Sure... I looked a little crazy but I forgot I was wearing it after a few minutes and I loved the fact that I didn't have to put up with an uncomfortable costume all night! Plus, I looked kinda bad-ass! 

Green + Plaid

Jacket: Forever21 | Tank Top: Smart Set | Pants: Aeropostale | Purse: Olivia + Joy | 
Sunnies: Topshop | Shoes: Material Girl

Shirt, Glasses & Bracelets: Topshop | Jean Shorts: Forever21 | Boots: Material Girl | Purse: Rachel Roy | Tights: Hue

Revlon A/W 2014 - Shanghai Edition

Ladies! It's been ages since I've posted a make-up tutorial! 

After receiving (and testing!) the new Revlon A/W 2014 Shanghai kit*, I knew it was time to post a step-by-step how to. 

I have used Revlon nail polish and professional hair care over the years but I've never gotten familiar with their make-up line. After playing around with these fun, highly pigmented colours, it's safe to say that that will be changing!

As you can tell, this look is not for the faint of heart. 
It's a high impact, daring, look that I absolutely love rocking. 

The following products were used: 

Eyeliner: Colorstay in Jade
Lip Gloss: Colorstay Moisture Stain in Shanghai Sizzle
Nail Polish: Colorstay Gel Envy in Checkmate (light), Blackjack (dark) & Diamond Top Coat.
Eye Shadow: Moss (light, inner corners) & Khaki (darkdark, outer corners)
Mascara: Bold Lacquer by Grow Lusicous in Blackest Black

Step #1: Start fresh faced! I applied foundation, concealer and bronzer but use whatever your go to base is.

Step #2: Apply Moss (lighter shadow) from the inner corners of the eyelid to the center. So far, so good! This look is super simple to create but looks like you spent an hour in the makeup chair!

Step #3: Apply Khaki (darker shadow) from the outer corners of the eyelid to the center and blend. These shadows have a soft pigment that made blending super easy. I also loved that the green shadow didn't fall down under my eyes as some products can during the sweeping and blending process.

Step #4: Place the liner in the inner corner, as close to the lashes as possible and drag across lashline. Line underneath the eye from the outer corner to center. Blend inward with sponge tip applicator. It was really hard foregoing my signature black cat-eye liner! That being said, I was impressed how well this liner held given it feels waxy and smooth as you apply it. I thought it may stray but thankfully, it stayed put. 

Step #5: Apply a generous amount of mascara. This mascara is not as chunky as I like but I love really thick, clumpy lashes. I applied several layers and I still thought they could be fatter. That being said, I'm going to keep this mascara in my kit as it's perfect for a more natural look.

Step #6: Apply lip stain to dry lips. This lip stain is perfection. I didn't have to use a lip liner, I just traced around the lip line and cleaned up with a cotton swab where needed. The pigment is so bold and it keeps your lips feeling hydrated. The luster is also incredible.

Step #7: Apply Checkmate and Blackjack on alternate nails. Finish with top coat. I love these colours! I wear black polish 80% of the time and I am so happy to have another bottle in my life.

Will you be rocking this Shanghai inspired look this Fall?

For your chance to win all of the products pictured above, follow me on Instagram and like my Shanghai selfie! A (Canadian*) winner will be chosen at random and sent the entire collection.

{*Please note that these products were sent to me to test and review. That being said, under no circumstance would I post this tutorial if I would not purchase them for myself or recommend them to my girlfriends!} 

Black tank top: Garage
Rings: Material Girl

*Winner must be 18 years of age or older.

Marc By Marc Jacobs Launch @ The Hudson's Bay

This evening, I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Beckerman Twins at The Hudson's Bay in Toronto to chat Marc by Marc Jacobs. I know, tough deal right?! 

I was lucky enough to see pieces from the newly released MBMJ's Fall 2014 collection featuring the moto jacket (above) and these killer quilted boots (below) that I am crushing on so bad!

The ladies also brought the following look (fresh off NYFW's runway!) for all of us to drool over...

I seriously can't get over how endearing and totally bonkers these two are! I mean, who else would rock the Pippy braids from the runway show?!

Fashion's Night Out: Amsterdam

My handsome husband and I at Amsterdam's Fashion's Night Out  at de Bijenkoft (Amsterdam, Netherlands).

Skirt, Dress (worn as tank top) & Belt: H&M
Sandals: Ardene
Earings: Rachel Roy
Bracelets: SideBDesigns & Avon
Necklace & Rings: Material Girl
Purse: DKNY

Comedy Club Date Night

Dress: Tatsuaki
Tights: House of Holland
Shoes: Vera Moda 
Jacket: Material Girl
Purse: DKNY

Mani Monday - Cutout Triangles

I loved rocking this last week! 

It looks impressive but it was actually super easy since it's only black polish and a top coat. 

Who said black polish can't look chic in the summer?!


Tank Top: Brandy Melville
Sunglasses: TopShop
Skirt: H&M
Necklace: Material Girl
Bracelets: SideBdesigns & Material Girl
Purse: DKNY
Shoes: Vans