Blues, Blacks, and Golds

Hi there!

I realize it’s been eons since I’ve posted everything. Unfortunately life’s been getting in the way, but since this semester is soooo close to being over I thought I’d start posting again. Over the past couple of months I’ve found it very hard to balance everything (there’s still many things I have to catch up on) and I’m a little mad at myself for not posting anything at all. I think that so often as people we’re so focused on pleasing others, working on deadlines, and focusing on the ‘important things’ that we forget to focus on ourselves and doing what makes us happy. One of the reasons I made this blog was to just step back from this complicated world and focus on myself and what I like to do. Above all I’m sorry to others who read this blog (or just look at the pictures), but I’m also sorry to myself for cutting out something important to me. Anyway, I would like to thank my dear friend Talieson Jones (you can check him out on instagram @instantclassik) for always putting up with my picky-ness when it comes to taking my photos! He’s the most creative, artsy guy I know, and he is extremely talented. Here are a couple of images of an outfit I wore a couple weeks ago (the weather was unbelievably beautiful). Enjoy!

(Shirt: It was a gift from my bff Angela, it's from Forever 21, Shorts: City Streets, Wedges: Spring, Shades: Talieson where did you get these?)

(Shirt: It was a gift from my bff Angela, it’s from Forever 21, Shorts: City Streets, Wedges: Spring, Shades: Talieson where did you get these?)20150313_172945edit





Thank you for reading! Promise I’ll post again soon!

Charmaine xx

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Downtown #YEG in a Tunic

Hello everyone!

I realize it’s been a ridiculous amount of time since I posted last and I am regrettably sorry! The months of November and early December were so hectic in regards to school I have had little to no time at all to get on here and create a post. Thankfully I have had some time off in December to kind of get it together! (…kind of).

So here are a couple photos that my dear friend Talieson Jones helped me take. These photos are sooooooo long overdue and were taken in downtown Edmonton in the fall just before the city was blessed with the freezing cold. I’m wearing a black and white tunic with pleather sleeves and pocket detail from RW & Co’s fall collection, the Collabo mid-heel from Spring, a heavy colorful necklace and beige-chain clutch from Aldo, and red matte sunnies from a thrift store in Toronto. Enjoy!

Tunic: RW & Co, Shoes: Spring, Sunglasses: Thrift shop from downtown Toronto.

Tunic: RW & Co, Shoes: Spring, Sunglasses: Thrift shop from downtown Toronto. Necklace: Aldo.


Bag: Aldo








Thank you for reading! Working on a couple of posts that will be published soon :)

Stay tuned!

Charmaine xx


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From the Streets of Toronto

Hello everyone!

Below are several scattered pictures which I just recently found buried in my photo album from my trip to Toronto with Alyssa this past August. So, rather than making several posts on the different days we were there I thought it wise to just throw them all together in one big post. We were only in Toronto for a couple of days but I still occasionally  find myself reminiscing about the beautiful city. There was so many wonderful people and the environment everywhere we went was lovely. I learned that in Toronto, there is always something to do and I can’t wait to go back there again.

Note #1: Exploring a city in which you have no idea where anything is, is probably the most fun in the world. – Even though you’re lost 98% of the time.

Note #2: It’s totally okay to take pictures like a crazy tourist (It’s fun and it’s a must to capture the memories).

Note #3: Trips with your best friend = expensive (especially when you’re both shopaholics). But oh so worth it. Cheers!



Shirt: Forever 21 - Bag: Etsy - Shorts: American Eagle - Sandals: American Eagle

Shirt: Forever 21 – Bag: Etsy – Shorts: American Eagle – Sandals: American Eagle















Shirt: Garage – Necklace: Aldo – Shorts: City Streets – Sandals: Wal-Mart






Shirt: Forever 21 - Shorts: Garage - Sandals: American Eagle - Bag: Etsy - Sunnies: The Sunglass  Hut

Shirt: Forever 21 – Shorts: Garage – Sandals: American Eagle – Bag: Etsy – Sunnies: The Sunglass Hut


Unimpressed with Alyssa for some reason hahaha


Thank you for reading!

Charmaine x


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A Walk in the Park

Hello everyone!

I just want to start off by saying I know it has been ages since I’ve posted anything and it’s because of moving provinces and getting settled in as well as starting a new semester filled with millions of papers and mid-terms  — university chaos. Anyways, I’m back! And I’m going to try to publish posts a little more frequently because a month is waaay too long for me. I’m going to be posting newer content and content from a while back that I haven’t had a chance to post. I’ve been getting several new ideas as to what else to post besides outfits and I’m really excited to share those new ideas with you guys! It’s just a matter of finding the time between exams,  papers and work to write and post them (but don’t worry, I’ll definitely find the time).

As for this post, this is a newer one, the pictures were taken just the other day by my dear friend Nicole (thanks girl), of a casual walk in the park on a Fall day. I did notice the significant change of color between the pictures but that’s just because the lighting changed frequently, especially when we moved from one area to the next (sorry about that!) This day was actually significantly cold and I did bring a jacket, however, it didn’t really look right with my outfit, so I took it off and decided to take the pictures without it. This is an outfit I’m actually in love with; I think Fall is the perfect season and has the perfect weather to wear warm skirts and tights and to take advantage of all the scarves in my closet – oh and also wear dark lipstick. Enjoyyyyy, muaaaaah


Shirt: Marshalls - Skirt: Garage - Tights: RW & Co - Scarf: Ardene - Booties: Spring - Bag: Aldo - Lipstick: Sephora

Shirt: Marshalls – Skirt: Garage – Tights: RW & Co – Scarf: Ardene – Booties: Spring – Bag: Aldo – Lipstick: Sephora





Jacket: Garage








Thank you for reading, and I hope you’ll stay tuned for more posts coming very soon!

Charmaine, xx


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Dream While You’re Awake

These pictures are from a while ago (I know I’m slacking), but things have been a little bit hectic around here and I just found these pictures buried under more pictures… which will be coming soon!

I love these pictures, the flowers are so pretty :) Enjoy!

Shirt: Winners - Shorts: Marshalls - Bag: Etsy - Shoes: American Eagle - Necklace: Ardene

Shirt: Winners – Shorts: Marshalls – Bag: Etsy – Shoes: American Eagle – Necklace: Ardene – Sunglasses: Ardene  – Rings: NastyGal








Also came across this wild creature (my best friends cat)… so naturally I followed my animal whisperer instincts and started petting her.



… then she tried to run away




Thanks for reading!

Charmaine x


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Make-Up By One Direction

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Named the biggest boy band of our time, has 3 successful chart-topping albums, recipients of countless awards such as many Billboard Music Awards, Brit Awards (including the Global Success award), several MTV awards and has won every award ever nominated for on the Teen Choice Awards, creators of their own fragrance: Our Moment and That Moment and stars of their own film: This Is Us, One Direction is spoiling their fans yet again with their own brand of  make-up called The Looks Collection. 

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The Looks Collection comprises of three tins, each inspired by One Direction’s internationally successful albums: Up All Night, Take Me Home, and their latest… Midnight Memories. Like their first album, the Up All Night make-up tin can easily be described as playful and fun, the Take Me Home tin will give you a simple yet gorgeous ‘Girl Next Door’ kind of look, and the Midnight Memories make-up tin can give you a rock n’ roll look… just as their newest album sounds.

The Up All Night collection tin cleverly has every product named after one of the hit songs on the platinum album and houses all the beauty essentials nicely and conveniently and contains:

“4+1″ Eye Shadow Palette: This palette has four powder shadows and one creamy glitter shadow. The palette consists of mostly blues but also has two neutral colors to help balance out. In my opinion, the powder shadows are of lovely quality, however the cream/glitter shadow I find is a little chunky and uneven.. making it difficult to work with, although still a really nice color.

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“Little Black Dress” Mascara: This is the only product in the tin that has a name of one of the boys’ songs NOT in the Up All Night album (this is because I think this mascara is featured in every make-up tin). In my opinion this mascara is average, it does its job well but it’s not something I wouldn’t be able to live without. I felt I had to apply a couple of coats before I was satisfied with my eyelashes.

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“Na Na Na” Nail Polish: This nail polish is a beautiful aqua-teal color (the photo doesn’t do the exact color justice) and although appears quite opaque, it’s actually quite sheer and would probably require 3 or four coats. (The only reason I didn’t put any on my nails is because I just painted mine the day before…oops)!

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“Taken” Lip Gloss: This lip gloss is actually a gorgeous color, it doesn’t appear as bright and bold as you think it would be just by looking at the lip gloss container, but its quite sheer, sparkly and very pretty!

“I Should Have Kissed You” Lipstick: … What an appropriate name for a lipstick! Very clever. Unlike the lip gloss, this lip stick is extremely bold and matte. Because the lipstick is so matte, I would advice moisturizing your lips very well beforehand to prevent your lips from drying out while wearing this bubblegum/lilac pink!



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“Stand Up” Eyeshadow Crayon:  This is probably my favorite product in this tin. It’s a dark blue shadow stick and I was very surprised with how well it worked and how vibrant and pretty it was on the skin. The fact that it was so easy to put on was a bonus!

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Bonus Five-Piece Stencil Set: To be honest I have no idea what these would be for, they could be body stencils or just random stencils. They could be used on paper or even to decorate and personalize your tin (that’s probably what I’m going to do with them). Anyway, it is quite random but a fun add-on to the collection.

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“The Looks Collection” released in the United States on August 11th at Macy’s… International dates TBA.

Overall, I thought that the quality of the tin was right up there with the other drug-store brands. To be honest I would have preferred the “Take Me Home” Tin because the colors are very neutral and gold/brown based which I prefer to wear on my eyelids… but I do think the colors in this tin are extremely fun and easy to work with. The great thing about these tins is that you can try so many different combinations and looks, which is essential in any ‘make-up kit’. I think every Directioner will love these tins as an add-on to their collection, and the quality of the make-up is very nice. I most definitely recommend them.

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To learn more about the Looks Collection and about the international release dates, please visit the Make Up By One Direction Facebook page:

Thanks for reading!

Charmaine xx

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Hello everyone!

These photos are from a month or two ago (oops, totally forgot about them) when my parents and I decided to hit up a lovely Greek restaurant in Dartmouth Crossing, Nova Scotia called Ela! It was such a beautiful restaurant with plenty of options on the menu and various choices of Greek dishes and Greek-inspired food. I will definitely have to go back again soon! It was extremely good :)

Surprised when they picked me up in this beauty.... I definitely had convertible hair after this ride I can tell ya that!

Surprised when they picked me up in this beauty…. I definitely had convertible hair after this ride… a hat was definitely needed.


Romper: Marshalls - Hat:  Wal-Mart (Super Cheap!) - Satchel: Spring - Shoes: Wal-Mart (Also very cheap!) - Sunnies: Asos

Romper: Marshalls – Hat: Wal-Mart (Super Cheap!) – Satchel: Spring – Wedges: Wal-Mart (Also very cheap!) – Sunnies: Asos












For Lunch we started off with an Appy. We had roasted Halloumi cheese with spinach and fennel. I was extremely anxious and excited to try it because I have heard a lot of rave about Halloumi cheese and I can honestly say it DID NOT disappoint me… it was very good! For the main course I HAD to get pasta (fav). The pasta I got was a penne pasta with a cream-wine sauce, chicken, red bell peppers, and Parmesan cheese… one of the best pastas from a restaurant I’ve ever had! Keith got  the haddock, potatoes and veggies… the sauce on the haddock was really good and the potatoes were perfectly roasted with some spices. Mom was the bravest and got an actual Greek dish called Moussaka.. It’s like a lasagna… but Greek! (and she also had Greek salad on the side.) Instead of ground beef, it has lamb in it and a couple different ingredients. I really liked it, it was different. Dessert was a must… The second we all saw Vanilla Bean Cheesecake on the menu we were like YUP! Needless to say we all gained 10 pounds after this meal… oops!











Thanks for reading!

Charmaine x

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