Thursday, November 27, 2014

LKISStyle: On Virgin Radio, 5 Holiday Party Styles That Will Make the MistleToe Swoon

Today up on Virgin Radio: 
Or read it all right here :)

Is it seriously almost December??  
What the heck happened to 2014?  
It's coming to a close and, sure, that means a brand new year, but it also means that holiday parties are on the docket for every stylish gal-about-town. 

What to wear? What to do to stand out as the belle of the holiday fashion ball? 
Here are my top 5 favourite ways to make your holiday party look a total smash. 

1.  The Capelet Dress: 
This silhouette is THE look for this year.  I love how regal it is and that the fact that those extra hors-d'houvres won't be adding any visible junk to the trunk in this dress. 

2.  Featherette: 
I love adding texture during the holidays- taking it up a notch, if you will.  Well, feathers have that magical combination of being fun, sophisticated and totally standing out. 

4. Racey Lacy:
What is more romantic than the holidays? I can tell's you in a lace dress on the holidays. Pretty, feminine and sexy is the perfect way to be ready for a smooch this season.  

4. Party Ruffles 
If you aren't feeling feathers, you can always go ruffles.  Playful, youthful and great for dancing, this detail is sure to get have you style-prepared for an epic night out. 

5. Shine (like-the-top-of-the-empire-state-building) Bright Sequins: 
The ultimate holiday party look is definitely sequins.  Try it in an unexpected pattern, silhouette or colour for added wow-factor. 
Okay, ladies, time to grab that eggnog (or Champagne, as the case may be) and hit the dance floor in full fashionista gear.  
Happy Holiday style!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

LKISStyle: On Virgin Radio, Five Secrets I Learned at Makeup School

Missed my Virgin Radio post (and radio segment) on Friday? Not to worry! You can check it out there: 

Or right here :)

So I just finished my makeup certificate. Seriously.  I figured if I am going to walk around saying I am a beauty expert, I better put my money where my mouth is (or my lipstick, as the case may be). 

That being said, I headed to Paramita Makeup Academy in Toronto for their Beauty and Bridal Bootcamp and learned all kinds of fun tips and tricks...and, ya, then I took an exam! 

So, I wouldn't be me if I didn't impart all those nuggets of info I learned at beauty school! I had amazing models (Thanks so much Andrea Hucal and Renee Gold!) and set off to take in everything I could. 

So, this post let's talk about 5 amazing beauty secrets I learned at school:

1. High Beam Awesomeness
This product is a miracle.  I could not believe what it does to your eyelids to prep for eyeshadow.  luminescence is not even an adequate word.  I am obsessed and can't wait to use this ALWAYS from now on.

2. Prepping your brows:
K.  So here is all you need to remember: Brush, Colour, Brush.  Seriously.  Oh, and then you can use eyeshadow or brow powder to set and to make it look waaaaaay softer.

3.  Always Taupe, Never White:
Check this out.  So, you know how you are supposed to line your inner eye with white, right? WRONG.  White makes your eyes look yellow! So instead, line your inner eye with Nude/Taupe for a more natural and eye-whitening and widening effect.

4. Want to Make Your Lips Look Bigger? 
If you do, then go lighter.  The darker the shade of lipstick, the smaller your pout will appear (for those of you that are looking to shrink your pucker, this is a great way to do it!). 

5. If Your Lips Are Two Different Colours:
This one is so fantastic.  If you have one lip that is darker then the other, there is a way to colour correct this! Apply a darker shade of lipstick over the lighter lip to achieve balance and then apply the lighter shade to your entire mouth. Voila! 

I am so grateful to the folks at Paramita for having me in their class and for teaching me a whole bunch of super-duper makeup tricks.  I highly recommend the experience to anyone who wants to get a ton of great info! 
Oh, and check out next week for more beauty secrets I learned at makeup school :) 



Thursday, November 20, 2014

LKISStyle: New Youtube Video, A Fashion Trend Chat With Miss America at Joseph RibKoff

Did you miss my last fashion chat with Miss America
Watch it here: 

Now, this is the first of a three part series I did with Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, highlighting three trends for Spring/Summer 2015, at Joseph Ribkoff.
Check it out!

Now, if only it weren't minus a million degrees outside...


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LKISGiveaway: Kiss Nails Could be Yours!

Remember when I said I was giving stuff away???  
Well I am.  I have lots of stuff (and love!) to give! 

So this week, it's Kiss Nails... And, ps: this is all stuff that will only be coming out in February so you will be first to know!  
Tweet #LKISGiveaway or comment below for your chance to win some of this: 

Oh, and this!: 

Can't wait to send this your way!


Friday, November 14, 2014

LKISStyle: On Virgin Radio, 6 Winter Boot Brands That Will Have You Jumping (in Snow) for Fashion Joy

Today on Virgin Radio I am chatting all about boots- check it out there or here!

Oh gawd.  I see snow.  Is it normal to dread little flakes that seem so harmless, beautiful even.  Snow makes me anxious...suddenly shoe choices dwindle and all my emphasis on fashion falls by the wayside as I combat the cold, sans style. 

Well, no more! 
I am here to tell you we are taking back the winter, one sassy shoe at a time.  

Here are my top six picks for winter boots that will have your fashion self weeping tears of joy (even as they freeze midway down your face). 

1.  Rock 'n roll on with Frye
Frye is synonymous with quality and kicking style but how happy am I to learn that they are also lining their boots with yummy warm shearling!

2. No more flat feet thanks to Pajar
Think you need to wear flat boots just cuz it's freaking freezing outside? Um, nope.  Pajar makes waterproof boots that are good in -35 degree weather.  Now those are heels I can strut in, even in a squall. 

3.  Not your brother's Sorels
Sorels have always been kinda utilitarian. But check out these ultra-cool versions of this weather worthy classic. 

4.  Not your little sister's Uggs
Uggs as a uniform for the gum-snapping, velvet sweatsuit clad tween is a far cry from these completely hot (literally, figuratively) boots from Ugg. 
5. Not your kid's Crocs
Crocs are comfy...and they are great for little kids (no shoe laces, fun colours).  But enter these bad boys that have colour, texture and yup, comfort, all for an adult audience. 

6. Manitoba Mukluks melting my heart:  
This Aboriginal-owned company uses traditional methods to create gorgeous boots that are stylish and utterly winter-ready. I am dying for a pair!  

Are you feeling a little more excited about the impending doom that is winter?  I am...I may even play in the snow. 


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LKISStyle: On Virgin Radio, Fall/Winter Nails, a Kiss Nails Event + 4 Must-Nail-Colours This Season

In Case you missed it on Virgin Radio last week- here is the post: 

Or you can read it right here :)

This week I headed out to a Kiss Nails event to try the latest in their products and (as it turns out) catch up with one of my Virgin Radio faves, Andrea Collins! 

I was stoked to try their Rococo Veil accents over my already existing lavender mani courtesy of the awesome ladies at Le Manoir Coquetterie.

And, did I mention that we got a bag stuffed to the brim with Kiss and Broadway Nail goodies?  I will be doing a giveaway on my blog next week!

All this nail talk got me thinking about the hottest nail colours for this season.  After a bit of research, I narrowed it down to four hues that are totally hot: 

1. Red, Red, Red: 
In any shade, this is a classic that is also totally trendy right now. 

2. Charcoal: The new grey is darker, brooding and totally sexy. 

3. Metallics: Perfect for holiday, this is that touch of tinsel. 

4. Brown: Seriously.  I am still not sure how I feel about this, but I like to think of it as Gingerbread and cinnamon. 

What colour will you be rocking this season? 



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

LKISStyle: New Youtube Video Chat all About Miss America's Favourite Joseph Ribkoff Fashions

When you think Miss America, you may only think pageant or beauty queen....but Miss America is actually a program integrally linked to academic performance.  
"One of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. This assistance is not just for the handful of young women who become Miss America, but is available to the over 12,000 young women who compete in the state and local competitions as well."
I got to chat all kinds of fashion with this year's Miss America Kira Kazantsev (who also happens to be delightful).
Check it out!