Archive for February 2013

something for the kids

2.28.2013

This post is for you mommy's out there. And daddy's in case I have male followers which I doubt, but ya never know!
I stumbled across a website called Little Vida, which is dedicated to baby's and tots designer clothing. It's very difficult to find clothing for my kids that doesn't involve a huge dinosaur print on it or tons of ruffles and frills. Andrew and I love to dress Amelia and Liam like our mini me's. Well this site is every trendy parent's dream. Tons of beautiful fashion pieces.
"We want to make sure that no matter when we look at them, or where they are, they represent who we are and what they mean to us; because there is really no one else." 

These are my two munchkins. I know I'm being biased but aren't they the cutest :) They are already BFF's...lol




Here is an outfit I created for Liam with pieces from Little Vida.





And let's not forget Amelia.



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neon pop

Seriously, what's better than a neon yellow bag? A studded one perhaps!! And you know what's even better? The fact that it's priced at 2/$20. WHAT WHAT!!! To all you Canadians out there, if you haven't been to an Ardene store recently, you're missing out. Gorgeous trendy arm candy, amazing handbags, their shoe collection just keeps getting better, and more! Super affordable! Check it out here!







top: Zara
skirt: H&M (old) - find similar here or here
shoes: Zara (old) - find similar here
bag: Ardene
belt: Aldo (old) - find similar here
jewelry: Little Burgundy and Ardene

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KA-POW!

2.27.2013

I'm not sure if I've worn this sweater yet. It was one of my very simple DIY's because $500 for the original Markus Lupfer was a tad out of my price range for a sweatshirt. Check out the DIY here. Would you guys spend that much on a sweatshirt or am I the only frugal one?




sweatshirt: Walmart DIY - find similar here
shorts: H&M (old) - find similar here or here
shoes: Aldo (old) - find similar here or here

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the oil cleansing method

2.25.2013

Scrolling through Pinterest one day, I came across a photo of a girl's acne filled cheek which had the caption "Very interesting...this is exactly what my dermatologist has been telling me!" I was intrigued. It's basically about a women who clears her acne with what's called "The Oil Cleansing Method".
Washing my face with oil never, Ever, EVER crossed my mind however my curiosity got the best of me. I don't have acne but I decided to give it a go. It's been 3 nights now and let me tell you, I will no longer go back to my old routine of chemical face washes, toners and moisturizers. My skin has never looked so good. It's dewy, radiant, incredibly soft, and my blackheads have completely minimized. It's also a great make-up remover. Another big perk...IT'S CHEAP!!!

HOW IT WORKS

The reasons we have so much trouble with mainstream skin care products are numerous, but two reasons, in particular, lead the pack. These products strip the oil out of our skin, leaving our largest organ trying to repair itself by replacing the oil stripped away. This leaves us in a cycle of being tight and dry followed by the inevitable oil slick. Each time we strip the oil away, our skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil. On top of the drying effects, these products are highly-scented. Fragrance is one of the top skin irritants and strangely enough, even the so-called "unscented" products usually contain fragrance. See for yourself and check the labels. Dry, irritated skin replaced by oily skin, inflamed and trapping debris?

Getting right down to basics, when cleansing and moisturizing your skin, it is imperative that you keep in mind that oil dissolves oil. Your skin naturally lubricates itself with oil, and as we are creatures of adaptation, one can believe that if this weren't the appropriate built-in care for ourselves, our bodies would have adapted to suit the need.



BENEFITS

1. Oil dissolves oil.
2. Naturally keeps your skin supple and moisturized.
3. Easily removes make-up.
4. Cheaper than buying facial products.
5. It's a cleanser, make-up remover, and moisturizer all in one.
6. Helps even out skin tone.
7. 100% natural!


MIXTURE

For normal skin, use a 1:1 ratio of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Castor Oil. (this is what I've bee using)
For oily skin or acne-prone, use a 1:3 ratio of  EVOO and Castor Oil.
For dry skin, 3:1 ratio of EVOO and Castor Oil.


WHAT TO DO

1. Turn on your water to get it as hot as you can handle without scalding yourself.
2. Massage not scrub a quarter sized amount of the mixture onto your face for about a minute.
3. Take a clean washcloth and wet under the water. Place the washcloth on your face until it's room temperature, about a minute. (The hot washcloth, the hotter the better, causes a steaming effect which helps to remove the dirt from your pores.)
4. Rinse the washcloth and use it to wipe the oil from your face.
5. Enjoy your fresh, moisturized, cleansed face!


I've been doing this every night and have not needed to put on any moisturizer afterwards. In the morning, I simply wash my face with water and put on an SPF face cream underneath my make-up.

Hope you guys give it a try and I'd love to hear feedback!


Sources:
The Oil Cleansing Method
The Healthy Diaries



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Fashion Friday Feature

2.23.2013

I had a request from a reader of mine to name the Friday Fashion Feature chosen trend early enough to allow more time to take pictures of their outfits. So from now on, I will announce the trend on a Saturday morning.
Hence, this week's chosen trend is BRIGHT BLUE! This colour can be on your accessories, clothing, shoes, nails, eyes, etc. 
Send in your photos to antonacci.lena@gmail.com by Thursday the 28th.

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Friday Fashion Feature

2.22.2013

Seen all over the Spring 2013 runways, metallics in different textures, colours, styles, etc. Oil slick mirror shine metallics, textured metallics, pastel metallics, and the ever so popular silver and gold. Make your way into the new season shining bright. Put some flash on your feet, some gloss on your gams, some luster on your...ok, I'll stop there, you get the point.
How to wear metallics without looking like a superhero? Pair it with some neutrals and keep it simple. Make your metallic piece the main focus.



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floral & stripes

2.21.2013

While mixing prints can seem terrifying, it's really not so bad. Start off with an easy familiar print such as stripes, polka dots, or even leopard print and work your way from there. Also staying within the same colour family will help harmonize the two prints. It's wise to keep it at 2 prints. You don't want to look like you got dressed in the dark. Don't over accessorize, you already have a lot going on as it is. And confidence is always key. If you think you look weird, others will think it too. Wear it proud!






blazer: H&M (old) - find similar here and here
top: Ardene
pants: Zara (old) - find similar here and here
shoes: Zara (old) - find similar here

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leather army

2.20.2013

Oh how I wish to be able to wear this outfit without nylons. Another snow storm today, another hope that Spring is around the corner crushed. Just once, ok more than once, I'd love for Earth to reposition itself and give us the Western Coast weather and they can deal with the snow and cold. The surfers can snowboard their tanned butts to the beach...GNARLY DUDE! I'm a little bitter, sue me :(




jacket: H&M (old) - find similar here
top: Zara
denim shirt: Zara (old) - find similar here
skirt: Forever 21 (old) - find similar here
boots: Dolce Vita (old) - find similar here or here

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free flowing

2.19.2013

One trend for this Spring/Summer 2013 is pyjama pants. I'm not exactly wearing pyjama pants but the trend is all about dressing relaxed and easy. A nice break from skinny constricted bottoms.





sweater: TopShop (old) - find similar here
pants: Zara (old) - find similar here or here
shoes: Aldo (old) - find similar here

DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE FREE BLOG TEMPLATE GIVEAWAY HERE!!
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Friday Fashion Feature

2.18.2013

This week's Spring 2013 trend feature is Metallics.
Can be either accessories, clothing, or shoes, beauty related, or all. Send in your outfit pictures to antonacci.lena@gmail.com by Thursday to be featured.


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dress over pants

I've been seeing a lot of layering dresses over pants on the Spring 2013 runways and had wanted to give it a try. Then, completely forgot. It happens to me quite often. I have a million things running through my mind. I also have a selective memory. People say terrible, I prefer the word selective. Anyway, reading one of my favourite blogs It's not that deep... one day, she mentions it. So decided to give it a go. Pretty cool idea for when it's -25ÂșC out and you badly want to wear a dress but don't want to be uncomfortable in nylons. Give it a try!




jacket: H&M (old) - find similar here
dress: H&M (old) - find similar here
jeans: Urban Planet (old) - find similar here
shoes: Zara (old) - find similar here
necklace: Ardene (old) - find similar here

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Friday Fashion Feature

2.15.2013

Be fearless and dare to bare!! Showing your midriff is a trend for the Spring/Summer 2013 season. In my opinion, this trend is best worn with any high waisted bottoms. You don't want to show off too much skin...gotta still keep it classy ladies! 
I'm hoping my little stubborn baby bulge will be gone my summer so I can jump on this belly baring bandwagon like these lovely ladies below.


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