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

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

ARTDECO Arrives in Canada

It doesn’t take much to get me excited about the launch of a new cosmetics brand and to say I’m thrilled about this latest entry would be an understatement. ARTDECO, which is the best-selling consumer colour cosmetics brand in Germany and has a large presence in Europe, is now available in North America with a special focus on English Canada.

ARTDECO Lipsticks

ARTDECO Beauty Box Magnum
I first became aware of the brand courtesy of my style icon Dita Von Teese, who released three drool-worthy cosmetic collections with the brand in 2012. During this time, I obsessively trolled the Internet crossing my fingers in hope that the products would somehow become available in Canada. I had no such luck. But now, I have access to the brand that Ms. Von Teese herself endorsed now that ARTDECO is available in select Shopper’s Drug Mart stores in Ontario and Alberta. Now if only Dita Von Teese would partner with the brand again… Makeup gods, are you listening?

ARTDECO Product Display
Next week, I’ll be trying out ARTDECO products to recreate one of my favourite Fall runway beauty looks. To find out more about the brand and stay up-to-date on the latest, you can follow ARTDECO Canada on Twitter at @ARTDECO_Canada and like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/ARTDECO.Canada

– Jodi Goulart

All images courtesy of ARTDECO

Statement Nails Go Planetary

Statement nails are one of the most attention-grabbing accessories this season and one  manicure that’s come full-circle is the half-moon manicure. This style  first became popular in the 1940s and has most recently been on the Fall 2009 runways at Christian Dior, Ruffian and Thakoon. Burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese has been flashing her lunar nails for years.

Dita Von Teese

Best described as a reverse French manicure, the half-moon manicure is surprisingly easy to replicate on your own as long as you have the right tools. To prep, you need strong nails. I regularly use a nail strengthener because frequent abuse of nail polish and remover makes my nails weak. One of my favourites right now is Sally Hansen’s Quick Care Pen Strength Treatment, which is easily applied with it’s click-and-brush pen. You can have a painted half-moon or not, but if you want the full effect I’d go for the former. Beige and bordeaux were paired at Ruffian; white and navy at Thakoon and cream and purple at Dior.

Christian Dior Fall 2009

I chose white and a deep metallic blue with Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Colours in Whirlwind White and Blazing Blue. After painting my entire nail white I used Nailene’s Perfect Tips & Toes French Polish Guides adhesive stickers to make a perfect half-moon while painting on the blue polish. And voila! — the perfect half-moon manicure. Although it did take some time and patience, the end result is well worth it — just think of how great it will look while lifting a glass during the holiday party season!

Here is what I used to create a half-moon manicure:

  • Sally Hansen Quick Care Pen Strength Treatment, $9.95 at select drug stores and mass retailers
  • Nailene Perfect Tips & Toes French Polish Guides, $2.99 at Shopper’s Drug Mart
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Colour in Whirlwind White and Blazing Blue, $5.95 at select drug stores and mass retailers

Here are some other colour combinations inspired by the Fall runways:

— Jodi Goulart

Drop-Dead Red

Coco Rocha may have gotten rid of her red locks already, but this summer red is H-O-T! Right now I’m lusting over Evan Rachel Wood’s fire-engine red hair. If you’re thinking of going fiery this season, there’s no reason not to turn to from-the-kit colour. Even Dita Von Teese recently tweeted about dying her hair blue-black from the box.

Evan Rachel Wood Rocking Red

Evan Rachel Wood Rocking Red

Rita Hayworth's Classic Red

Rita Hayworth's Classic Red

If you want to know how to choose the right shade of red, then follow these tips from Clairol Consulting Colourist Christopher Martin.

  • If you have fair skin, choose a cooler tone like a medium reddish blonde.
  • Medium skin tones should go with a medium red shade like medium auburn.
  • Olive-skinned redheads should avoid bright reds and use a dark auburn.

Clairol Perfect 10 By Nice 'N Easy, "Light Auburn" $15.99

Clairol Perfect 10 By Nice 'N Easy, "Light Auburn" $15.99

Clairol Perfect 10 By Nice 'N Easy, "Medium Reddish Blonde" $15.99

Clairol Perfect 10 By Nice 'N Easy, "Medium Reddish Blonde" $15.99

— Jodi Goulart

Dita Designs for Fashion Against AIDS

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a piece of Dita Von Teese-designed fashion for some time now. The burlesque beauty’s Wonderbra line is sold exclusively in France and England and I’m not willing to max out my credit card on shipping fees for the stockings she’s designed for Secrets In Lace. So you can imagine my sheer delight when I found out that she’s designed a T-shirt for Fashion Against AIDS, a collaboration between H&M and Designer’s Against AIDS (DAA) to help fight the disease and raise awareness among youth.

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese

The T-shirt, which features the iconic image of Dita’s red lips and arched brow, goes on sale May 28. Other artists who are collaborating with H&M on the collection include Katy Perry, NERD, Cyndi Lauper and Robyn. Twenty-five per cent of the sales price will be donated to youth HIV/AIDS awareness projects.

Dita's T-shirt, $19.90 at H&M

Dita's T-shirt, $19.90 at H&M

—Jodi Goulart

Sail Away With Lady Dutch

While on a recent walk through The Bay, an unexpected sight sidelined me: A sexy and wearable nautical collection from Lady Dutch. I got that flutter that only a great shopping find gives me. There was red & white gingham, stripes, dark sailor blues and gold buttons – oh my! The Spring 2009 D&G collection came to mind and so did the perfect way for me to channel the French Riviera-inspired runway look.

D&G Spring 2009

D&G Spring 2009

The price tags were a sweet sight too. I purchased both the denim sailor trousers, which fit like a dream, and the sleeveless tank dress below. Now I’m ready for warmer weather and some smooth sailing.

Lady Dutch Denim Sailor Trousers $65

Lady Dutch Denim Sailor Trousers $65

Lady Dutch Sleeveless Dress $45

Lady Dutch Sleeveless Dress $45

Lady Dutch Gingham Shirt $42

Lady Dutch Gingham Shirt $42

— Jodi Goulart