February 24, 2012

Newness & Change

Finally something new! I know it has only been a few days since I last posted, but it has seemed an eternity to me. I've got some recent purchases to show you & some 'life updates' to share! First off, some new additions to my wardrobe/beauty/book collection:

My new neon yellow pencil skirt from ASOS which I'm completely enamoured with - can't wait to show you the outfit I have planned for it! :)

Sephora is a rabbit hole. Seriously. I stopped by this morning on my way to a coffee date & ended up getting a few items. The Dior Rosy Glow blush you may recognize from my 'Beauty Edition' post last week. The visiting Dior rep who did my make-up used this on me & I've been lusting over it ever since. Today I finally gave in & picked it up. It's 001 Petal & although it looks like a scary bright pink, it's formulated to blend with any skin tone. I also got a Bobbi Brown concealer/corrector to aid in the ongoing battle against my dark under-eye circles. 'Porcelain Peach' is the colour I went with.

Then I decided my lips needed some loving too. So I picked up this amazing new lip exfoliant by Bite. It smells & tastes amazing; like wild cherry. I've read good reviews so I'm excited to try this one out. I then chose the Too Faced Lip Insurance lip primer because keeping my lipstick on & decent looking is always a challenge for me. I decided to pick this product up after reading this lovely post by Tess.

Post-Sephora I stopped by the drugstore, as I had some credit to spend from points accumulated. I needed a new facial exfoliant so I picked up this one from Soap & Glory, which I've heard good things about. I also picked up this Revlon lip stain upon a friend's recommendation. I just tried it out & am not sure how I feel about the colour, as it's a little too plain. I think it'll be perfect for quick & easy use on busy days though. 

And finally, new books! (so not fashion related but the arrival of new books makes me incredibly happy. I've mentioned before that I have a slight obsession with travel guides... well Rick Steves' books are my favourites... his dry sense of humour suits me to a tee)

Hello new favourite hairstyle! I've always adored the fishtail braid but shamefully never learned how to do one. Fortunately I discovered a great how-to video through L is for Lois' blog last week. I've done my hair like this the past 4 out of 5 days hehe. Although I'm pretty slow at it, & still in the 'practice makes perfect' stage, it's a great idea for other-wise bad hair days or busy days out & about. And I must say I've gotten so many compliments on it!

And now, the big-ish news. I'll actually be leaving Vancouver this coming Tuesday (so soon I know!). I'll be spending the next 2 months with my family on the other side of the country. Not only can you expect a big change of scenery, but a definite change in clothes as my mother informs me they are in the midst of several feet of snow. I'm not a fan of the snow & cold at all & to be honest I'm on a huge summer clothes, summer colours kick at the moment. It'll be interesting to see how I cope with the climate change. 

I've also been trying to cram in as much eating out as possible. Whatever picturesque points Newfoundland may score, shawna-friendly dining is not one of them. I've already said goodbye to my favourite burrito place folks, & intend to visit as many of my favourite restaurants as possible over the next few days. A little shopping on the side may also be in order.... though with the prospect of 3 overweight suitcases this may not be the smartest move on my part. 

In the meantime, I have one day of work left & a tonne of goodbye visits to fit in. Coffee dates, strolls, rushed farewells at work. I'm not very good at articulating emotional goodbyes though... I always like to believe I'll cross paths with the people that matter at some point in the future. I am feeling a little blue about leaving Vancouver, but as I always believe, everything happens for a reason. It'll be nice to be around my family, to have my mom baby me for awhile, & to see my favourite rambunctious 3 year old again. It'll be a good opportunity for me to actually focus on my German coursework. I'll also have more time to blog & take photos as I won't be working. See, there is always a silver lining! :)

Hope you all have the loveliest of weekends :) Mine will certainly be a busy one! 


  1. that skirt looks amazing! im so into neons as well

  2. Ha, when I went to Paris last summer, my family and I nerdily prepped a month beforehand with Rick Steve's books and DVD's for France and Paris, and then when we were in a little cafe in Paris, Rick Steves was filming outside, and then he came in to talk to the owner of the cafe like they were old best friends and my dad stood up and fangirlishly said "Rick Steves, we love your books, so great to see you," and Rick Steves was all "I'm sure, thank you," and it was a pleasant experience but then I didn't want to read Rick Steves books anymore.


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  3. NEON!!!! Very nice skirt babe!
    Should get a neon bag to match too ...hehe
    Cant wait to see ur new look with the neon item :)

  4. crazy. well good luck with everything and to bad we never had more of a change to see each other. I hope you enjoy being home, home always sounds so good. What will you be doing after the few months at home?


  5. What a great post and your fishtail braid looks SOO pretty. Can't believe you can do it so well, I'm still learning, I'll definitley have to check out that tutorial. That neon skirt is so hot too!


  6. Good luck on your move. You'll be back on the west coast after 2 months or is that up in the air? The hair looks gorgeous, by the way.

  7. That blush looks lovely! I have one of those Revlon Just bitten stains and I love it! Good luck with all the snow :)



  8. Hi Shawna, love all your finds today. I love travel books too and that Dior blush looks divine! Good luck with your move. I'm sure things must be crazy for your right now. So much to do before you leave. I'm sure everything will fall into place. Can't wait to hear about your journey and see your new home : )

    Danielle xo

  9. I love fishtail braids too but I can never do them right! And that's sounds amazing that your going to Newfoundland, it must be a beautiful place to visit!

  10. Oh, wow! Congrats on your big move (and not working!!). I love visiting my mom when I can and letting her treat me like her baby again. :) So is it only for 2 months and then what? Oh, and I'm also not a fan of uber cold weather or snow. Yuck! Such a buzz kill when it comes to cute outfits sometimes. Although, I must say I've been saying, "To hell with you, cold weather, I'll still wear my dresses!" here lately.
    I like the fishbraid hair style, too. I just haven't tried it, but if it's an easy go-to hair style when running out the door, that sounds like a great addition to me just wearing beanies a bunch of times.
    Also, I will have to try out Soap & Glory. I have always seen those products at Target and never tried the facial ones out. Thanks!

  11. I love your skirt! Hope you enjoy the other side ;)
    Take care dear, Love Suzanne


  12. Ooh, love that neon yellow! Can't wait to see you rock it :)
    And I love fishtail braids, but unfortunately my hair is so layered it doesn't work with it...I'm trying to grow it out for summer though.
    Lovely post and great haul!


  13. wow! that skirt is so cute! I will definitely have to visit the asos site xxx

  14. Wow big news indeed my dear!! I bet once you're there you will have an amazing time! Love love loving your new buys and especially that neon skirt!!!!! I also adore your hair in this style,looks complicated though. Beautiful post sweetie :)

    Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend,Daniella xox

  15. woah - really great post - that skirt is so cute and your fishtail braid looks so beautiful :)


  16. Lovely blush! ^^ Oh that's so sweet colour and I'm sure even this pink will blend in your skin nicely, just as promised.

    Cute skirt and other stuff, too!

    Thank you for the lovely comments <3 The picture quality in my blog will definitely improve, at least because of the camera hih ^^

    Have a lovely weekend,
    - Indie by Heart

  17. Wow amazing stuff! Love the skirt colour, ah I love travel guides as well! Have fun in the other side of Canada! :) Did I tell you that I really want to visit it? I might try a life there too as immigrate to any European country seems too difficult and Canada has H&M, I just want to leave close to an H&M and cool stores which you can't find in Chile, yeah I'm a bit strange ahaha

  18. Need that skirt right now! I am on my way to the site to buy it ha ha

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  19. Cool buys and I'm loving the braid :)


  20. Loving that neon skirt! And I had been wanting to learn how to fishtail braid for the longest time, and this post definitely inspired me.. I'm far from being a pro at it but excited that I now know how to do it, so thank you for sharing the tutorial! xo


  21. love the blog, can't wait to see what you're putting with the neon skirt!



  22. Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

    you're leaving vancouver!!! ah rats. i guess our blogger date will have to wait until we're in the same part of the country again ha
    where you moving to? out east?
    it sounds wonderful to be back with your family! :)

    talk soon wild child
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  23. Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

    also perhaps that skirt is the most fabulous find EVER

    talk soon wild child
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  24. The fishtail braid is amazing indeed! You rock it! And big love for the skirt ♥ I bet you will fin amazing combos!

    Xo, Imke

  25. I love your skirt! I hope you have a great time on the other side of the country! :)

  26. That skirt is so cute, I love the colour! <3

  27. That neon skirt looks amazing! I hope you can get some outfit shots before you have to leave :) Hate that there's still cold weather around when I am dying to share my new spring clothes! :) xo Nikki

  28. mmmmmmmm, i love your neon skirt!^_^

  29. Love a fishtail :)


  30. good luck on your move shawna! also let me know how that soap and glory facial scrub works because I loove their body stuff :)


  31. I love that neon skirt - can't wait to see how you style it.. and I'm jealous of your fishtail! I haven't been able to master that!


  32. The neon asos skirt is more than gorgeous!
    Can't wait for an outfit with it :)
    Take care xoxo


  33. The fishtail looks so beautiful, I love it as a braid alternative. Excited to see how you style the neon skirt. Best wishes on your new arrangements!

  34. i like your braided hair and the yellow skirt is adorable!

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  35. I can't wait to see how you'll wear the neon skirt, love the purchases.

  36. i love the neon skirt - it would brighten up the grey days in vienna right now. i'm so sick of them.
    and i love your new hairstyle! it looks stunning!

    great blog, dear. hope to see you soon on mine.

    xx mika

  37. I love your blog, your pictures are nice :-) your style too! i've seen you've got a Michael Kors watch, it's the best haha !

    Kisses, Marie

    PS : i like your blog's name !


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