Friday, December 19, 2014

LKISStyle: On Virgin Radio, My Top Five Ways to Go From Day to Night This Holiday Season

Have to go straight from the office to your holiday party? On @VirginRadio96 today are my top five ways to go from the boardroom to the night out in style this holiday season. Read it there: 
or right here! 
And, tune in at 12:30, on Virgin Radio 96, when I chat all about it with Andrea Collins Media Gal!


'Tis the season...for having to go straight from work to a holiday party. With that in mind, I put together my top 5 tips for taking your look from day to night in a snap. 

1. Sport a blazer: 
Always chic and polished, this wardrobe staple definitely says I just went to a business meeting. But it also says I could hit the town in style right after I finish running the world
 2. Load on the drama:
Pop on a faux-fur collar, a jewelled headband, or decked out stockings.  These accents are easy to put in your purse and can also totally change your look.

3. Paint on the night:
Makeup is the ideal way to get you holiday party-ready. Some extra mascara, a sultry cat-eye liner or a smoochable red pout are all easy ways to take it to the next level.

4. Let your feet do the talking:
Shoes can revamp a get-up in no time.  Go from your sensible shoes to over-the-knee boots or sexy pumps, to go from the boardroom to the dance floor.

5. Ramp up the bling:
Another easy-to-keep-in-your-handbag way to take your outfit from the office to the holiday party.

Want more tips for taking your look from day to night?  Check out my trip to Lululemon where I got to check out their new To and From collection that will have you going from the office, to the gym, to your soirée in total comfort and style! 

Happy Holiday Party Season! 


Friday, December 5, 2014

LKISStyle: On Virgin Radio, My Ten Beauty Gifts for Every Woman in Your Life

Today on Virgin Radio 96 I am giving you the ultimate 

#beauty gift guide for every woman in your life! Read it there: 

Or right here!


Gift buying anyone? 
I am one of those freaks who loves shopping for holiday presents, but I know a lot of people find it super-daunting.  

My solution for shopping for the ladies in your life?  Personalize, eliminate sizing (who wants to get an outfit that is too big or too small from someone!), and be dramatic. Lucky for ALL of us, I think that beauty gifts are the ultimate solution. They are packaged adorably for the holidays, have all kinds of kits and sets for every different girl in the world and happen to not break the bank! 

Here are my top ten beauty gifts for all the ladies in your life! 

1. For the Youtube Beauty Junky: 

Sephora Color Festival Blockbuster Palette, $59

This palette is insane and has so many colour combos, your youtuber will be how-to-ing into the new year.  

 2. For the Manicured Maven: 

Ciaté Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar, $50

A nail laquer for every day leading up to Xmas? Holiday nail perfection. 

 3. For the Rock 'n Rolla: 

Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set, $62

A bunch of colours for a smokey eye for any occasion. 
 4. For the Aspiring Professional: 

MAKE UP FOR EVER Studio Case, $68.50

Complete with professional style trunk, this kit screams I am heading to that photoshoot
 5. For the Designer Diva: 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lacquer Collector's Edition, $375

If your lady loves designer, this limited edition set will have her smacking her lips. 
6. For the Jet-Set: 

TartGlow Beyond Best–Sellers Set & Travel Bag, $49

Heading down south? This is the perfect gift for the girl on-the-go.

 7. For the On-the-Beauty-Scene-Tween: 

Hello Kitty The Red Bow Beauty Diaries, $25

It's Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary! Your Tween doesn't need to know that you still love it, too. 
 7. For the Natural Beauty: 

Fresh Dare To Bare Sugar Lip Ritual, $45

Natural doesn't have to mean sans-beauty with this set from Fresh. 
8. For the Anti-Aging Addict: 

Perricone MD The Science of Plasma Set, $98

Aside from insane value (this has a $192 value!), this will have your gal singing hallelujah. 
9. For the Collector: 
The ultimate fragrance in a collector's edition for a scent with fierce yet sparkling splendour.

10. For the Hot Mama: 

Benefit Cosmetics 3 Scoops O' Sexy, $42

Just because she is busy chasing around rug-rats, doesn't mean she shouldn't feel like a totally hot tamale this December! 

Happy beauty shopping! 


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

LKISObsession: Custom Pumps From Nine West

How good is this: Nine West is offering custom Martina pumps. You go in (or go online here: pick the colour and texture you want, pay $120 and then they are shipped to you 6-8 weeks later...

A perfect 3.5 inch heel and a pop of colour or faux snake, from suede to floral, there is something for every gal.



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

LKISStyle: New Youtube Video, Another 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 second 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!



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 :)