Be Mine – Valentine’s Day Want List

I’m a sucker for Valentine’s Day merch. Everywhere I look there are red and pink hearts, kisses and bows smacked on everything from cupcakes, to shoes, lip gloss, jewelry and handbags. Maybe the fact that my birthday is two days after Valentine’s Day makes me love the commercial holiday so much, but I like to think that it’s because I’m a lover of all things hopelessly kitsch in fashion, beauty and design. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’ve compiled some of my favourite fashion items that get my heart all aflutter.

ALDO GIRIDDIN SHOULDER BAG
This cross-body heart-shaped bag by Aldo gives a new meaning to the phrase “arm candy.” The heart candy-inspired bag comes in light pink, green or yellow and reminds me of a similar-looking Charlotte Olympia clutch, but for a fraction of the price tag.

Aldo Giriddin Shoulder Bag, $30

Aldo Giriddin Shoulder Bag, $30

VON FOLLIES LINGERIE BY DITA VON TEESE
There’s nothing sexier than retro-inspired lingerie and Dita Von Teese does it right. I know most women would be hesitant to buy their lingerie online, but I purchased pieces from Teese’s Von Follies line through ASOS and found they were true to size. The quality is great, the price is pretty sweet and if you’re a lover of retro-tailored lingerie (high-waisted, slimming and smoothing) then give this collection a try.

Her Sexellency Suspender and Her Sexellency Overwire Bra, &73.71 and $80.03 at asos.com

Her Sexellency Suspender and Her Sexellency Overwire Bra, $73.71 and $80.03 at asos.com

KATE SPADE OOH LA LA TOBYN
Kate Spade is the queen of cool kitsch with a good dose of posh, upper east side, pretty sophistication. I just knew she would deliver a Valentine’s-inspired collection that would have me oohing and aaahing. One of my favourite pieces is the Ooh La La Tobyn cross-body bag with top handle, which has just the right amount of quirk and ladylike polish.

Kate Spade Ooh La La Tobyn, $348

Kate Spade Ooh La La Tobyn, $348

BATH & BODY WORKS SWEET SHOP CANDLES
The Sweet Shop candle collection from Bath & Body Works not only has a range of sweet, mouth-watering scents perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth, but it’s also cute as hell. The Mason Jar Candles would look perfect anywhere in your home and the Sweet Shop Pedestals elevate your candles to chic new heights.

Bath & Body Works Raspberry Peach Macaron Mason Jar Candle, $12.50

Bath & Body Works Raspberry Peach Macaron Mason Jar Candle, $12.50

TOO FACED TEDDY BEAR HAIR 5 PIECE BRUSH SET
Don’t be fooled by the cutesy name or heart-print cosmetic bag, because this is one fierce brush set. These five essential brushes – powder, contour, all-over shadow, blender and liner – may be made of synthetic materials, but they feel identical to real hair.

Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair 5 Piece Brush Set, $79 at Sephora

Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair 5 Piece Brush Set, $79 at Sephora

BATH & BODY WORKS VELVET SUGAR BODY LOTION
Get super soft and smooth skin that will leave you irresistible to touch and smelling good enough to eat. This shea and vitamin E rich lotion smells divine thanks to its sweet blend of red velvet crème, golden plum, sugared musk, pink jasmine and strawberry.

Bath & Body Works Velvet Sugar Body Lotion, $12.50

Bath & Body Works Velvet Sugar Body Lotion, $12.50

MAYBELLINE COLOR ELIXIR BY COLOR SENSATIONAL
To get a look-at-me pout for Valentine’s Day – or any day of the year, for that matter – look no further than this lip product hyphenate from Maybelline that delivers the colour of a lipstick, the cushiony feel of a balm and the glassy shine of a gloss. I have a few shades on rotation in my makeup arsenal right now, including Caramel Infused, a neutral rose, and Dashing Orchid, a bright purple that’s in line with Pantone’s colour of the year.

Maybelline Color Elixir By Color Sensational, $10.99 at drugstores

Maybelline Color Elixir By Color Sensational, $10.99 at drugstores

– Jodi Goulart

Boudoir Babe

Romantic boudoir dressing has officially moved out of the bedroom and into the daylight. The Fall runways saw models at Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs in slinky slips; silky, tailored pajamas; lace-trimmed velvet dresses and jackets with marabou feathers. The lush, romantic looks all embodied a luxurious languor. There are pieces in stores now that perfectly capture this look without getting too literal. See some of my top picks below and tips on how to get the boudoir beauty look.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013

Zara Lingerie Style Dress, $59.90

Zara Lingerie Style Dress $59.90

Topshop Floral Velvet Kimono $80

Topshop Floral Velvet Kimono $80

ASOS Premium Faux Fur Stole, $88.72 at asos.com

ASOS Premium Faux Fur Stole, $88.72 at asos.com

The makeup at Louis Vuitton translated into a look that made me think of a girl who painted on dark eyes and lips to go out, but then stayed in and slept face down in her makeup. Any hard defined edges were softened with lips in a washed-out matte plum and eyes dressed in smoky charcoal and soft brown that fell just a bit under the eye as if slept in.

LV Boudoir Beauty

To get this look, I used Anna Sui Eye Shadow in shades 902 and 502 from Anna Sui’s Rebel Girl Eye Shadow Collection. The shadows are available in a range of 37 shades that you can purchase individually and house in Anna’s signature black, lacquered packaging, which itself looks made for a boudoir vanity.

Anna Sui Eye Shadow Palette, $TK at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

Anna Sui Eye Shadow Palette, $11 at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

AS 902

Anna Sui Eye Shadow 902, $9 at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

AS 502

Anna Sui Eye Shadow 502, $9 at select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques

To amplify the smoky eye, I applied Maybelline’s The Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara ($8.99) that delivers a matte finish to lashes to complement sultry eyes.

To complete the look, I used Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Embellished, which is a deep, rich plum and part of the decadent Evening Opulence Collection by Gucci Westman. To get the washed-out lip look, just pat with a tissue or keep as is if you want more of a shiny lip.

Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Embellished, $10.50 at drugstores

Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Embellished, $10.50 at drugstores

– Jodi Goulart

Fit For A Queen – Get Dolce & Gabbana’s Regal Beauty Look

December’s almost here and with its approach comes all of the shimmery and shiny glitz and glitter of holiday fashion and beauty. Lately I’ve been drooling over the pages of December issues in wide-eyed amazement like a kid staring at a Christmas toy display.

One of my favourite gilded collections this year came from the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013 runway. The beauty look was inspired by sultry style icon Sophia Loren and featured a matte powdery complexion, crimson lips and a black cat eye topped off with a chic chignon with volume at the crown. Speaking of crowns, some of the models even sported bejeweled, Byzantine-inspired crowns.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

To recreate the regal beauty look myself, I turned to Lancome’s new Artliner 24H in Black Diamond. The precision-tip, foam applicator makes it super easy to create a bold line and the perfect cat eye flick. The formula boasts 24 hour staying power, which I haven’t been able to test yet, but come party season I may just have the chance.

Lancome Artliner 24H, $37 at Lancome counters

Lancome Artliner 24H, $37 at Lancome counters

For the luscious crimson pout, I would recommend Anna Sui’s Drama Queen lipstick collection – shade 401 to be exact, which is a brilliant red. This shade is part of the Vivid Base range, which offers 17 vivid colours in an ultra-smooth and almost emollient-like texture, which is something I love about Anna Sui’s lipsticks, along with the glorious rose scent of course. As well, if you didn’t know Anna Sui cosmetics are now available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations!! Thank you beauty fairies.

Anna Sui Drama Queen Lipstick, TK at select Shopper's Drug Mart locations

Anna Sui Drama Queen Lipstick, $29 at select Shopper’s Drug Mart locations

If you really want to bring some wattage to this look without going the crown route, then I would add some dangling, chandelier earrings. Below, I’ve included a couple favourites that I’ve found to complete the Dolce & Gabbana-inspired look.

ASOS Filigree Chain Chandelier Earrings, $22.51 at asos.com

ASOS Filigree Chain Chandelier Earrings, $22.51 at asos.com

Forever 21 Floral Chandelier Earrings $6.80

Forever 21 Floral Chandelier Earrings $6.80

– Jodi Goulart

Dita Von Teese Continues Fragrance Domination with Erotique

Dita Von Teese continues her reign as creator of the darn sexiest fragrances around. The modern burlesque queen has just released her fourth fragrance called Erotique, which Von Teese herself describes as an “aphrodisiac accomplishment” and “an elixir of alchemy inspired by a time when perfume meant something different than it does now.” It’s this inspiration and olfactory embodiment of a glamorous and elegant bygone era that hooked me after purchasing her signature first fragrance, Dita Von Teese, at her Strip Strip Hooray! burlesque revue in Las Vegas.

Dita Von Teese Erotique Ad

Dita Von Teese Erotique

Von Teese’s self-titled first fragrance is a sophisticated floral with notes of bergamot, Bourbon pepper, Bulgarian rose, musk and smoky Gaiac wood and sandalwood. After falling for this fragrance, I quickly snatched up the second, Rouge, as soon as it became available to purchase online. Rouge is a soft, mysterious, floral musk with notes of pick pepper, magnolia, amber, bergamot and Lapsang-Souchong tea. Dita didn’t stop there and followed Rouge with FleurTeese, a lighter eau de toilette blooming with florals. I haven’t experienced FleurTeese yet as there is no online retailer that will ship to Canada.

Dita Von Teese Signature Fragrance

Dita Von Teese Signature Fragrance

Dita Von Teese Rouge

Dita Von Teese Rouge

Luckily for me and other Dita Von Teese fragrance fans, Erotique recently landed online at Ron Robinson, where you can also find the first and second fragrance. Erotique is the rebellious younger child in the fragrance family and one who I would imagine has a penchant for tight, patent leather. The scent is much stronger and statement-making with notes of leather, cedar, sandalwood, coriander and spicy, smoky pepper blending with Bulgarian rose.

Erotique 40ml, $50 US at Ron Robinson online

Erotique 40ml, $50 US at Ron Robinson online

Von Teese has been heavily involved in the creation of her fragrances right down to the bottles, which are modeled after vintage flacons from the 1930s. Erotique’s faceted bottle is adorned with a heart-shaped lock and key. With her Von Follies lingerie line at ASOS, dress collection that just became available at Bettie Page in Vegas and NYC, and a fragrance brand firmly in place, I wouldn’t put it past Von Teese to continue dominating the worlds of beauty and fashion with a crystal-studded whip in hand.

– Jodi Goulart

Full Skirt Frenzy

I have a confession to make. For the last few months I’ve developed an obsession over full, midi skirts. I’ve always had a soft spot for the full-skirted ‘40s silhouette and thanks to the style having swept down Fall 2013 runways, popular retailers, including H&M and Topshop, are now offering the style in stores. This is a blessing for me as I’ve always had a tough time tracking down full skirts, except for on ModCloth which has offered the style for eons.

Prada Fall 2013

Prada Fall 2013

Ulyana Sergeenko, fashion designer and my current obsession

Ulyana Sergeenko, fashion designer and my current obsession

I’ve tracked down a few of my favourites that are in stores or available online now, along with some sweet sweaters that will pair perfectly with a midi skirt.

Buttoned Up In Style Skirt, $67.99 US at ModCloth.com

Buttoned Up In Style Skirt, $67.99 US at ModCloth.com

H&M Wide Skirt, $59.95

H&M Wide Skirt, $59.95

ASOS Midi Skirt in Animal Baroque Print, $67.52 at asos.om

ASOS Midi Skirt in Animal Baroque Print, $67.52 at asos.om

Banana Republic Floral Beaded Pullover, $69.50

Banana Republic Floral Beaded Pullover, $69.50

Gap Cable Knit Pullover, $44.99 on sale

Gap Cable Knit Pullover, $44.99 on sale

– Jodi Goulart