January 23, 2015

Get Ready for #V-Day - Hot Picks That Will Warm Your Heart!

Dr. Martens laced shoes
155 CAD - revolveclothing.com

Dr. Martens patent lace up boots
100 CAD - jildorshoes.com

Hudson's Bay
52 CAD - thebay.com

Hudson's Bay
40 CAD - thebay.com

We all know what's just around the corner. We've known since the week after Christmas, when all the stores began to display red, pink and white items and copious amounts of chocolate in their seasonal section: it's Valentine's Day!

This day had always been special to me, but also bittersweet because it's my birthday which means friends and family are busy that day and also because my fiancé has always worked in restaurants which means he almost always has to work this day. But aside from my #Valentinebabyproblems I have always loved this holiday (even more so since the introduction of Family Day, which means this year I get a long weekend!)

I want to share with you some ideas to get you ready for Valentine's Day, to look hot, feel good and have fun. The top gift category for most women is jewelry and I was recently introduced to two new (to me) brands: ALEX AND ANI who have beautiful, stackable mix-and-matchable charm bracelets and bangles. They have their own website but I was happy to see that they also sell them at Hudson's Bay! My favs are the America the Beautiful Coll Gold Plated No Stone Bangle and the Luxe Amethyst Beaded Bangle.

The other brand is Hillberg & Berk, they have a wide range of jewelry including necklaces, earrings and bracelets crafted using a variety of stones, pearls and crystals. I also like that they have a foundation dedicated to supporting and empowering women across the world. Its difficult to choose favs because there's so many but I would have to say the Je T'aime Collection (earrings, bracelet and necklace) are perfect for #VDay (I'm such a sucker for hearts).

What I've been looking for lately, is a manicure without the gross chemicals that are in the majority of polishes I own, I'm excited to try this new one for #VDay by LACC (La Couleur Couture, available at most Shoppers Drug Marts) they promise "fun and fashionable colors, with couture-quality staying power." Their nail polishes are formulated vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, toxic-free and five-free". (Citation: http://www.laccbeauty.com/new-blog) I'll do a review on them once I've tried!

If you're a die-hard LuluLemon fan (as most of us lounge-wear loving, gym-going, comfort-seekering yogis are) you need to check out Titika Active Couture (Alert, this is a .ca Canadian website, which I'm always a fan of!) They have active-wear that is just downright sexy and I plan to place an order from them ASAP! They offer free shipping on all orders over $75 and with the selection, it wouldn't be difficult to reach this amount in your cart. :) I love the E-Cozy Sweater B in Dark Purple, the Romanesque Leggings in Black and the Inferno Sports Bra in Red.

Then there's the question of what to wear, here's a few of my picks from the new GUESS Collection:

This image is subject to copyright by GUESS, provided courtesy of Lotus Leaf Communications

This image is subject to copyright by GUESS, provided courtesy of Lotus Leaf Communications
This image is subject to copyright by GUESS, provided courtesy of Lotus Leaf Communications
This image is subject to copyright by GUESS, provided courtesy of Lotus Leaf Communications

Valentine's Day is not just about gifts, it's about looking good, feeling good and enjoying a good meal with your loved one or group of friends if you're not attached :)  I hope you enjoyed my picks for looking hot and feeling good this #VDay and beyond!  


Erin  aka FashionMamaAquarius 

January 13, 2015

New GUESS Ad: Featuring Model Gigi Hadid!!!

All Photos are subject to copyright and are courtesy of GUESS via Lotus Leaf Communications

Who hasn't worn GUESS at some point in their lives? 

From jeans to handbags to scents: GUESS has something for everyone. They've definitely been around for a minute and for their latest SPRING 2015 ad campaign they went with the beautiful and talented Gigi Hadid, who first modeled for GUESS in 1999, over 15 years ago!

This shoot was directed by GUESS CEO Paul Marciano and photos were taken by photographer David Bellemere on a beautiful beach in Malibu, California and although GUESS ads typically feature heaps of beautiful, leggy models they opted to have Gigi go solo on this mission in order to showcase her natural beauty for this amazing collection.

The main concept for this shoot was to use the natural sunlight and crystal clear ocean waters to bring out the effortless sensuality and care-free spirit of this collection. 

According to GUESS: "The campaign features some of the season’s key pieces including romantic eyelet off the shoulder tops and distressed denim in the form of jackets, flared jeans and shorts. Flirty gingham and effervescent floral prints on leather jackets and jeans are eye-catching patterns that welcome the warmer weather and lend timeless style to the collection. The season’s color palette offers a wide range of bold and bright hues that complement the clean white and neutral toned garments. Feminine crochet maxi dresses and hi-low skirts in sexy black and white hues are essential light- weight garments to last you all season long."
(Source: GUESS press release, 2015)

I'm pretty obsessed with their floral moto jacket, their white short-alls and their jeans with flowers painted on! Here's hoping I am back to my pre-baby weight by summer so I can #GoGetMeSome (@EleventhGorgeous). Seeing all the beautiful beach photos is also a reminder that I won't be traveling anywhere warm this year and since we still have about 4 months left of #Ottawa winter, I've decided to live vicariously through Gigi and pretend I'm in Malibu!

Now I want to know which pieces are your favs, let me know in the comments below!


Erin  aka FashionMamaAquarius 


January 09, 2015

Friday Fun: YouTube Beauty Gurus, Makeup & Yapping

As you may have guessed for the über-long title, this post isn't fashion-related but I hope it will still be interesting for you lovely readers on this wonderful Friday.

As I write this I am sitting in a Starbucks near my work, enjoying a flat white (new to Starbucks in Canada) and a sandwich, and despite the recent news that the world is slowly falling apart, inside this coffee haven life seems pretty good. Another note on the flat white and why this bevi is #exciting (I have been tweeting so much lately that I have trouble not thinking/writing in hash tags) is because when I lived in Australia (Melbourne to be exact) flat whites were a thing there and I was always sad that Canada didn't "get" that. 

Anyways, another thing I'm obsessed with (again) is YouTube, but this time it's not about mom/baby/diaper/crochet/knitting stuff, now I'm onto the Beauty Gurus of YouTube. Why you ask, well simply because I had been incredibly lazy, cheap and unadventurous when it came to doing my makeup, putting effort into it, trying new products and actually investing in more makeup products and tools. NOT ANYMORE! As I said in my New Years post, one of my personal resolutions this year is to look better and take more pride in my appearance on a daily basis. It is from watching these videos that I have gained the skills to achieve my desired look, the confidence to try products that other people have tried and recommended and the motivation to spend more money on expanding my brush collection, tools and variety of products. I plan to do a separate post on what new products I've tried and like so stay tuned! At the moment my fav YouTubers are KathleenLights, EleventhGorgeous and Tati to name a few!

Another thing that has kept me glued to my iPhone/tablet lately (other than CandyCrush..... It happened) has been my Yappem app. This is a free app for iPhone and android in which you review products, companies, etc and in return you earn coins that can be used towards giftcards from some amazing stores such as Amazon, Target, Sephora and Starbucks. You get coins for logging in everyday, coins for liking other peoples yaps, coins for sharing to social media, for inviting friends, for completing missions and for getting awards. I have been a member for about 2-3 weeks and I have just over $8,000 coins (which I could redeem for a $5 gift card) it does take time but this is free money for your opinions and if you're like me and love to try and recommend products, this is a great app for you!

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Happy weekend!!!



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