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

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Make A Mise En Scene In Ruffian

I have a confession to make. In the past year, I’ve developed a crush on Ruffian designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais. There’s just something about their youthful yet sophisticated designs that make me all tingly. The Fall 2009 collection of  ladylike bow blouses, pencil skirts and tailored jackets in velvet and wool houndstooth, and point d’esprit stockings was a perfect mix of strong confidence and soft femininity with a Victorian twist.

Ruffian Fall 2009

Ruffian Fall 2009

Right now at Anthropologie stores you can get your own dash of Ruffian dandy with their limited edition collection for the retailer called Mise En Scene By Ruffian. Included in the collection are tailored jackets, ruffled blouses, lacy stockings and even candles and stemware. Below are a few of my favourite pieces.

Deidre Blouse

Deidre Blouse $132.28

Jacquard Gala Dress

Jacquard Gala Dress $255.59

Quilted Velvet Jacket

Quilted Velvet Jacket $210.75

Luxe Dotted Tights

Luxe Dotted Tights $42.60

— Jodi Goulart

Brogues Gallery

The at-one-time humble brogue — a traditional low-heeled and narrow men’s leather dress shoe that originated from Ireland and Scotland — is getting its groove back. A great option for women who want a dapper alternative to flats you can wear them with skinny jeans, legging pants and even with a skirt if you’re courageous. With so many options in stores now — two-tone oxford, suede, velvet, perforated, patent — it’s tough to pick just one style that says, “I’m fine and dandy.”

Dolce & Gabbana brogue

Dolce & Gabbana's velvet brogue on the Spring 2010 runway

Here are some of my favourite brogues:

Melissa Joy

Melissa Joy in Purple Flock, $115 at Balisi and JacFlash in Toronto

Spring Surwillo

Surwillo, $49.99 at Spring

Mod Cloth Get 2 The Point Spectators

Get To The Point Spectators, $39.99 U.S. at ModCloth.com

Urban Outfitters Suede Oxfords

Suede Oxfords, $48 U.S. at Urban Outfitters

— Jodi Goulart