Green and Gold #OOTD

This outfit of the day post is in editorial style and inspired by the fantastic collections seen during the New York City Fashion Week! I love the combination of olive green, gold, and dramatic red lipstick! Pst.. I would also recommend an outfit like this for anyone who needs a confidence boost!

THE OUTFIT

  • Top - Forever 21 Ivory and Gold Sequined Short Sleeve Blouse. ($12)
  • Bottoms - American Eagle Outfitters Olive Green Jegging Crop. ($40)
  • ShoesPayless Gold Chelsea Flats. ($20)
  • WatchMichael Kors Two Tone Glitz Watch. (Gift)
  • Earrings - Gold Studs and Diamond Cartilage Stud. (Gift)

 MAKEUP

  • Primer - Rimmel Stay Matte Primer ($9)
  • Foundation - Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Light ($37, Gift)
  • Under Eye ConcealerMaybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer Light Pale ($14)
  • PowderMAC Mineralize SkinFinish Light ($32)
  • Highlight & BlushSephora Microsmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio Fair ($20, Gift)
  • EyeshadowMAC Exquisite Ego Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo ($23)
  • Eye BrowRevlon Brow Fantasy Dark Blonde ($6)
  • Eye Liner Rimmel Scandal Eyes Thick and Thin Liquid Eyeliner ($6)
  • Mascara - Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga Blackest Black Mascara ($6)
  • Lipstick - Maybelline 515 Coral Crush Colour Sensational Lipstick ($6): Go for the gold and dramatize your lip look! My best advice I have is to purchase a coral colour lipstick (like the one above) instead of the traditional red!

Would you wear this outfit? Or coral lipstick? Let me know in the comments bellow!

Ps. Do you want look at more #OOTD posts? Check out: One Direction and 5SOS’s Concert #OOTN | Purple, Pink, and Everything Chic #OOTD | Summer Casual #OOTD

Anonymous said: Hey! Do the lookbookstore items run true to size? If you don't mind me asking, what size are the dresses you have? Thanks!

Hi there! When ordering my two lookbookstore dresses I made sure to check the material and decide through the pictures if it would suit my body. I am regularly a size 8 and well gifted in the cleavage area so I made sure to order dresses that were backless or made of stretchy material. Thanks for the question!

The Book Tag

First off, I want to thank delimn for mentioning me and tagging me in this lovely book tag! I am always so inspired by people’s reading choices and what makes them their favourites! 

THE RULES

  1. Pick ten books that have stayed with you over the years.
  2. They do not have to be “right” books or great works of literature; Just ones that affected you in some way.
  3. Write them down in a list with no particular order.
  4. Then tag 10 beautiful friends!

MY LIBRARY FAVOURITES

  1. The Secret by Rhonda Bryne - The ultimate book for anyone who wants to learn about the law of attraction!
  2. How To Be A Straight A Student by Cal Newport - After my first year of university I was so shocked by my average drop I decided to get help from professionals. This book is an amazing resource for anyone who wants to boost their GPA!
  3. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer - Shhh… Team Edward!
  4. Confessions of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella - The first series that started my love of chick flick reading! Can you believe that there are nine books in this series and the last one came out in August?
  5. Fifty Shades Darker by EL James - #embracethenaughty
  6. Easy by Tammara Webber - The perfect love story for someone who is entering post secondary education!
  7. Old Before My Time by Hayley Okines - An inspirational biography by Hayley Okines who writes about her life while experiencing the effects of progeria at the age of eight.
  8. Why Men Love Bitches by Sherry Argov - I read this book at the end of high school which overall boosted my self confidence and helped me take a different approach to dating! Read it!
  9. The Selection by Kiera Cass - A mixture of victorian, dystopia, and the bachelor combined! This series is so addicting and a must read!
  10. The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews“A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, in turn moving more molecules of air — eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet.” 

MY BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS and SUPPORTERS

Do you love reading books? Add me as a friend to Goodreads and the Personal Bloggers Book Club created by twentyishbrunette and I!

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Things I Learning In The Summer Of 2014

  • When reuniting with your best friends, hope that the relationships will remain the same. - This summer my best friends and I made a promise to try meet once a week. These get togethers made us realize how special and grateful we are to have each other.
  • Sometimes you have to choose between doing it in the moment or completing it later. - Before the summer began, I had laryngitis and had to postpone my performance jury. In the end, I was thankful I had made the decision because I got to perform at my best and in fully restored health.
  • Remember to say everything you need to family members who you don’t see often. - This summer I had to say goodbye to a precious family member of mine. This led me to sing for them and tell them how much I unconditionally loved them.
  • Push yourself out of your comfort zone and achieve success! - As many of you know I started filming Youtube videos and integrating them into my posts this summer with the help of my trusty new tripod set!
  • Promote yourself in a humble manner. - I found that with the use of social media I could promote my art and continually thank people for watching, reading, and supporting it this summer.
  • Being a tourist in your own city with best friends can be the best excuse to explore. - I didn’t have the chance to jump on a jet plane this summer but I got to be with best friends and that was enough! Always be open to being a tourist in your own city!
  • Always be proud of your family members successes. - I have been so proud of my brother this summer for graduating high school and moving on to bigger things in his life!
  • The best way to grow as a person is to learn new skills. - This included taking fun online courses at coursea.org, watching inspirational speeches, and reading new information on things that interest me!
  • Find beauty in nature rather than material things. - This summer I had the chance to visit many beautiful lakes and photography many pretty flowers and trees.
  • When ordering a coffee at Starbucks ask for a grande in a venti cup. - Totally off topic but a wonderful tip! This way they either give you enough room in your milk, sugar, etc or more than what you asked for! (i.e. Starbucks obsessed.)
  • Be courageous and ask people to work with you. - I had the chance to work with so many wonderful people just because I asked in an email. Never be afraid of emailing!
  • Make a final decision and commit to it! - After four years of waiting for the right moment, I finally got my cartilage pierced with my best friend!
  • When given the chance go see your favourite band, go!- This summer I got the chance to see One Direction because of a best friend-of a- friend encounter! I have never been so grateful, excited, and believed in fate more!
  • Ask questions and respect answers. - These summer lessons learned will be continually used as I enter my academic year! I believe that help and knowledge is always out there if you ask. So… ASK!

What lessons did you learn in the summer of 2014? Let me know in the comments below!

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How To Make Your Blue Eyes Pop!

I am currently training for my academic year-round job which makes me swamped for time and difficult to create long quality blog posts! However, while flipping through the pages of a magazine I spotted a new product by Maybelline called the Master Kajal Waterproof Eyeliner in Navy Night! This was intriguing to me because I’ve always wanted to incorporate blue eyeliner into my everyday makeup look to make my blue eyes pop!

  1. Eyeshadow Primer: First, dab an eyeshadow primer all over the eye lid with your finger tips to make the eyeshadow and product stay all day! The primer I am using is MAC Pro Longwear Paintpot in Let’s Skate!
  2. Eyeshadow #1: Then apply a cooper eyeshadow on the eye lid to create a natural shimmer. When brushing and applying I am using Urban Decay’s Naked 3 shade Trick.
  3. Eyeshadow #2: After setting the cooper eyeshadow, use a pale gold eyeshadow on the upper eye lid and blend with the shadow applied before. This blending technique creates a nice two tone natural look as I use Urban Decay’s Naked 2 shade Half Baked.
  4. Eyeliner #1: To create a subtle thick line of blue eyeliner start in the middle of your eye lid and glide to end of your lash line. The product I am using is Annabelle’s Metallic Kohl eyeliner in 172 Curacao because the Maybelline eyeliner had not been released in Canada yet!
  5. Eyeliner #2: Then to intensify your look apply a thin line of liquid eyeliner to your lash line for a look of thicker lashes. I am currently loving Rimmel’s ScandalEyes Thick and Thin Liquid Eyeliner in Black!
  6. Mascara: To complete the look apply your favourite mascara! I am absolutely adoring Loreal’s Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara in Blackest Black!

I hope you enjoyed this short tutorial on how to make your eyes pop! I enjoy wearing a little bit of blue shimmer eyeliner because it “scientifically” makes your eyes brighter when it is surrounded by things that are the same colour. 
 
Did you like this tutorial? What is your favourite non traditional eyeliner colour to wear? Let me know in the comments bellow!

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My Collection - Nail Polish

My obsession with nail polish began when I quickly stumbled across a couple of beauty gurus on Youtube! These videos were a ‘light bulb’ moment in my head when I then realized that I could share my nail polish routines as a weekly blog post in 2011! Since, then I have purchased a small collection of nail polishes that come in a variety of finishes, colours, and brands.That is why today I will be showing you my collection and categorizing them into sections with little stories to add!

HIGH END FAVOURITES

  • Chanel Le Vervis Nail Colour 471 Ming ($35, Gift): When I was 11 years old and started to take an interest in beauty; I mentioned to my mother that one day I would own a Chanel nail varnish. Many years later after singing auditions, I was taken to my local department store and told to pick one item. That was when this beautiful nude pink nail polish was mine to bring home!
  • Sephora Top Coat ($25 Set)
  • Sephora Base Coat ($25 Set)
  • Sephora Nail Colour Arm Candy ($12, Gift): A Barbie pink nail polish.
  • MAC Nail Lacquer Cream Snob ($15): A nude pink nail polish that replicates the well known MAC lipstick.
  • MAC Nail Lacquer Matte Frayed To Order ($15, Gift): A white nail polish that goes on matte and looks like you’ve replaced your finger nails for pearls.
  • OPI Nail Lacquer Kiss My Tulips ($20 Holland Spring Set): A Barbie pink nail polish.
  • OPI Nail Lacquer Petal Faster Suzi ($20 Holland Spring Set) A light lavender nail polish with sliver glitter undertones.
  • OPI Nail Lacquer Red Lights Ahead… Where? ($20 Holland Spring Set): A bright orangey red nail polish. 
  • OPI Nail Lacquer - White Shatter ($12, Gift): A white crackle top coat.

ESSIE COLLECTION

  • Essie Pure Pearlfection ($8, Gift): A clear white and pearl glitter top coat.
  • Essie Lilacism Nail Polish ($8): A lavender nail polish.
  • Essie Buy Me A Cameo ($8): A metallic pale pink nail polish.
  • Essie Merino Cool $8, Gift) A dark taupe and purple nail polish.
  • Essie Too Too Hot ($8): The red hot polish that started it all!  This Essie polish was the first in my collection to start a drugstore obsession!

NICOLE BY OPI COLLECTION

  • Nicole by OPI Justin Bieber Collection - Step To The Beat Of My Heart ($9, Gift): When Justin Bieber’s Nicole by OPI collection hit stores teenagers went mad over the pretty purple shades! This nail polish is a purple sparkle top coat with purple sequin hearts!  
  • Nicole by OPI Holiday Magic Collection - Spark My Mistletoe ($9): A red glitter nail polish.
  • Nicole by OPI - Spring Romance ($9): A pink sparkle top coat with sequin hearts.
  • Nicole by OPI Modern Family Collection - Alex By The Books ($9, Gift): A pale aqua nail polish.
  • Nicole by OPI - Make Mine Lime ($9, Gift): Whenever I wore this nail polish as a pedicure my grand mother would grab my toes and tell me that their was mold growing on them. This lime green shimmer nail polish is now a favourite in my collection because of the memories it holds.

PIX! COLLECTION

  • Pix! Nail Colour - 050 Summer Sunset ($8, Gift): A glossy orange and coral nail polish.
  • Pix! Nail Colour - 031 Mink Grey ($8, Gift): Fortunately, my Target stayed open late to celebrate the large incoming number of university students in September! As the night started off you could only receive one free nail polish but when the night ended you seemed to have the whole Pix! collection!
  • Pix! Nail Colour - 023 Metallic Mermaid ($8, Gift): A aqua blue shimmer nail polish.
  • Pix! Nail Colour - 017 Fresh Red ($8, Gift): A classic red shimmer nail polish.

NEONS AND BRIGHTS

  • Revlon Nail Art - Moon Candy ($9, Gift): A two side nail polish pen that includes a dark purple polish and a purple glitter top coat.
  • Loreal Nail Colour - 550 After Hours ($10): A classic navy blue polish.
  • Mary Kay Nail Lacquer - Intensity ($6, Gift): A metallic dark purple nail polish.
  • Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Nail Colour - 350 Perfect Plum ($7): When school starts in September I was always get this miraculous idea that every week I will paint my nails to keep up appearances. This classic plum nail polish was the perfect colour for fall!
  • Quo by Orly Nail Polish - Wine and Dine ($11): A dark red shimmer nail polish.
  • Maybelline Colour Show Holographic - Bold Gold 45 ($7): A classic gold shimmer nail polish that is perfect for accent nails!
  • Mary Kay Nail Lacquer - Grass Green ($4, Gift): A matte lime green nail polish.

Do you have an obsession with nail polish? What is your go-to polish in your collection? Comment bellow! Plus, like my earring collection post whenever you see me in a drugstore tell me to stay away from the nail polish section!
Want more collection posts? Check out My Collection - Earrings!

Sunday Currently Vol. 4

  • {READING} - This week is unfortunately the ending of my leisure-reading holiday. I am currently enjoying a contemporary romance called Falling for You by Heather Thumeler!
  • {WRITING} - I find myself constantly writing in my journal and creating too many lists on Evernote for school!

  • {LISTENING} - Everyone needs a song to make them feeling powerful and sexy! That is why I have been replaying Black Widow Ft. Rita Ora by Iggy Azalea.
  • {THINKING} - I am currently thinking about all the organizing and packing I need to complete in order to move successful back to university. This includes prioritizing what clothing, school supplies, and extra items I ‘need’ rather than ‘want’ to bring.
  • {SMELLING} - Delicious homemade pasta sauce and inexpensive vanilla body spray.
  • {WISHING} - I could create a (smarter) clone of myself to help me multitask!
  • {HOPING} - To complete all of my ‘to-do lists’, email people, and find time to relax!
  • {WEARING}Target olive green v neck t-shirt, Target floral printed scarf, loose American Eagle high waisted shorts, and brown leather Birkenstocks.
  • {LOVING} - Acapella covers, sappy movies, confident music mixes, and journaling.
  • {WANTING} - Dance shorts, curling wand, key necklace, Kate Spade agenda, and brown leather oxfords.
  • {NEEDING} - Time, rest, and reassurance. 
  • {FEELING} - Overwhelmed, grateful, excited, and calm.

POSTS TO EXPECT THIS WEEK ON LAUREL MUSICAL

  1. My Collection – Nail Polish

  2. How To Make Your Blue Eyes Pop Makeup Tutorial

  3. Summer Weekdays and Ends Vol. 6

  4. Links I Love Vol. 3 - School Edition!

What is your Sunday currently like? Let me know in the comments bellow.

Ps. If you competed a Sunday Currently this week don’t forget to link it here!

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Summer Weekdays & Ends Vol. 5

This is my fifth instalment in a summer series that is quickly coming to an end! Over the past couple of weeks I have travelled, shopped, and ate fabulous food! So… Let’s share!

LOCAL LUXURY

  • In the beginning of the summer when I was searching for a new pair of running shoes I had the opportunity to cruise through local malls and luxury boutiques with family. This led us to shop at places like: Brooks Brothers, Laurél (See any similarities?), Indigo, and New Balance! One place in particular, Pusateri’s served fine foods and a lovely white chocolate latte to enjoy!

MUSIC GARDENS

  • I have become quite a tourist in my city and found the most wonderful garden that reflects JS Bach’s No. 1 Suite in G MajorToronto Music Gardens was also designed by the famous cellist Yo Yo Ma and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy to create a beautiful garden full of flowers, leaves, and plants! 

GRAFFITI ART

  • Recently, The Esplande basketball mural was revealed and praised for its high artistic value! I have been grateful to see it many times this summer and have been inspired by it’s beautiful message! Graffiti can be art too!

CARAMEL HEAVEN

  • This summer I was shocked to find a new friend who was more obsessed with Starbucks than I was! She generously introduced me to ‘Cali Style’ and has changed my coffee smoothie order forever. FUN FACT: You need to try it!

What have you been doing this summer? Is your summer almost over too? Let me know in the comments bellow!

Do you want to see more of this series? Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vol. 3 | Vol. 4 |

One Direction and 5SOS’s Concert #OOTN

Throughout the school year I always dreamed about finding willing friends and a pair of sold out tickets to see One Direction and 5SOS live in my hometown! My dream came true in the beginning of July when a close friend announced that she had a spare ticket and needed someone to go! I jumped on the chance and collaborated with the fabulous clothing store lookbookstore to present what I wore on that AMAZING night in August!

 THE OUTFIT

  • Dress - LookBookStore.co White Crochet V Back Dress ($33, Sponsored): A beautiful dress featuring a sultry plunge V neck back and crochet detailing! This dress was absolutely wonderful for the event and provided a lot of freedom to dance!
  • Undergarments - White Vintage Low Back Corset: Due to the amount of skin shown, I used one of my family member’s passed down low back corsets to make the dress appear less scandalous and more comfortable to wear in public. 
  • Outerwear - Reitmans Jean Dark Wash Jacket ($60): To tone down the formal dress, I purchased a jean jacket to make the outfit more casual. I always recommend carrying a sweater or light jacket to a concert because the arena could be cold!
  • Shoes - Shoes - Payless Gold Chelsea Flats ($20)
  • Watch - Michael Kors Two Tone Glitz Watch ($350, Gift)
  • Earrings - Claire’s Pearl Studs ($12) & Diamond Stud Cartilage Earring.

MAKEUP

  • Hair - I treated my hair with protecting spray, curled each strand, applied hairspray, and added a clip to keep hair away from my new cartilage piercing!
  • Primer - Rimmel Stay Matte Primer ($9)
  • Foundation - Clinque Moisture Surge CC Cream Light ($37, Gift)
  • Concealor - Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer Light Pale ($14)
  • Powder - MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Light ($32)
  • Highlight & Blush - Sephora Microsmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio Fair ($20, Gift)
  • Eyeshadow Primer - MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Let’s Skate ($20) and Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Sample).
  • Eyeshadow - Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($64, Gift): I watched this beautiful Naked 4 Tutorial from KathleenLights to complete my makeup look! Check her out!
  • Eyebrow - Revlon Brow Fantasy Dark Blonde ($6) 
  • Eyeliner - Rimmel ScandalEyes Thick & Think Liquid Eyeliner Black ($6)
  • Mascara - Maybelline Waterproof Pumped Up Colossal Classic Black Mascara ($5): I wore this new waterproof mascara as protection against flakes and irritation during the concert! I will being doing a review on this product soon!
  • Lip Stick - Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine 7 Lipstick ($40, Gift)

Have you seen One Direction or 5SOS in concert? What was your look? Let me know in the comments bellow!

Ps. If you are interested in any products mentioned above go to my Mentioned On Laurel Musical pinterest board!

 

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Chocolate Hot Pockets

This week out of curiosity, I wanted to test out my pastry skills and make these sensational Chocolate Hot Pockets! These flaky and chocolatey desserts were made with the help of Pillsbury Chocolate Crescents! However; you can find an alternative recipe for these croissants here and add the chocolate to your own! 

THINGS NEEDED
  • 1 Standard Cookie or Cooking Tray
  • 1 Can of Pillsbury (Chocolate) Crescents
  • 1 Can of Chocolate Frosting or Nutella
  • + Strawberries or Berries for decoration afterwards
TREAT STEPS 
  1. Heat oven to 375F.
  2. Separate dough into 8 triangles etched out on the dough.
  3. Place the 8 triangles onto the standard cookie or cooking Tray.
  4. Squeeze or spread a tbsp. of chocolate frosting onto each dough triangle in the middle.
  5. Roll up each triangle, starting from the shortest side and rolling to the opposite point.
  6. Take the ends of the rolls and close them creating a pocket.
  7. Bake chocolate hot pockets for 10-12 minutes, and cool for 2 minutes.
  8. Add strawberries or berries for flavour and decoration afterwards.
  9. ENJOY YUMMINESS.

Do you have any other recipes for croissants or hot pockets? Let me know in the comments bellow.

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July 2014 Favourites & Video

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BEAUTY

  • 1. Maybelline 515 Coral Crush Lipstick ($6): A coral lipstick that gives off a fun pop of colour! I enjoy wearing this lipstick with neutrals or darks to create a dramatic look!
  • 2. Rimmel Apocolips 501 Stellar Lip Lacquer ($6): This month I shopped through my collection and found this beautiful bright coral red lip stain. I recommend wearing it over top of the Maybelline 515 Coral Crush Lipstick for an even crazier look!
  • 3. Revlon ColourBurst 025 Sweetheart Valentine Balm Stain ($6): In July my local drugstore was constantly putting these on sale to remove an overload of inventory! These stains are comparable to the Maybelline Colour Whispers but in a pencil-like form.
  • 4. Loreal Colour Infallible 004 Forever Pink Eyeshadow ($11): A pressed eyeshadow that adorns your lids with a pretty pink glow!
  • 5. M.A.C. Making It Easy Eyeshadow Trio ($23): A simple three step eyeshadow that helps you complete a full look in minutes! This trio is absolutely wonderful for a woman who is on the go!
  • 6. M.A.C. Daft Pink Mineralize Blush ($23): A gorgeous petal pink blush with heavy pigmentation and gold undertones.
  • Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga Blackest Black Mascara ($6): A sharpie black mascara that gives you crazy volume and product loaded lashes! This liquid-y mascara is perfect for anyone who likes to rock the ‘spider lash’ or  ‘clumpy’ look!
  • YesTo Grapefruit Correct & Repair Daily Facial Scrub ($9): A grapefruit and lemon balm facial scrub that washes away dead skin with ease! 
  • Crest Optic White Dual Action Toothpaste ($3): A revolutionary toothpaste that can replace your $50-100 white strips and trays!

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FASHION

  • Shamballa Bracelets ($20-50): These bracelets are always a favourite of mine in the summer due to the colour and shine of the beads! In addition, I love the spiritual meaning to each bead.

  • American Eagle Outfitters Capris ($30-50): An appropriate alternative to shorts in the summer that are comfortable and professional!

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  • Indigo/Chapters Cream Handbag ($30-50): A gorgeous handbag that transforms into two sizes with origami-like stitching!

  • The Dorm Room Diet by Daphne Oz ($13): A book that teaches young students the importance of keeping a healthy lifestyle! I totally recommend this book for new university students that are dread hearing about the phrase - freshman fifteen!

MUSIC

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What were your favourites in July? Let me know in the comments bellow.

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