Ultra colour: Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge Lipsticks

I have a love-hate relationship with red lipstick.

Red lipstick is a classic in anyone’s makeup collection. In fact, I would probably say it’s the colour most people purchase. There’s something so feminine and daring about red lipstick. Although it’s incredibly sexy, it’s also incredibly messy, which is the reason I don’t often wear it.

But then Dior Makeup comes out with a new lipstick collection that has a ton of reds and I can’t help but want to slather my lips in it.

Brand new to the makeup line are the Dior Ultra Rouge lipsticks, with a formula that Dior Makeup’s creative and image director Peter Philips, describes as “an overprint, like an ink tattooing the lips and like an extremely weightless coloured film.”

There are 26 new, highly saturated shades in this line that is filled with reds, pinks, browns, mauves, and even a white and black.

Dior Ultra Rouge lipsticks Dior Ultra Rouge lipsticks

These pigmented lipsticks are billed to offer up to 12 hours of wear with a luminous, semi-matte finish, and a hydrating, comfortable wear.  Since that’s a high claim, I was very excited to get my hands on some of the shades. The brand sent me two shades to try out, Ultra Kiss, a coral pink, and Ultra Spice, a brownish red.  Both shades melted onto my lips and gave me a bold wash of colour that felt hydrating and comfortable. These don’t dry down like a liquid lipstick would, so you will have to be careful when wearing them, but the colour did last me a long time even after eating and drinking.

Overall, I really like how these wore on the lips. I’m always slathering my lips in lip balm and the moisturizing factor in these was very comfortable and a breath of fresh air for my lips. Out of the two shades, I really love Ultra Kiss since it’s such a fun bold colour. Since I live and breathe in nudes, I’m sad there’s no nudes in the collection since I feel like I would keep one of those on me at all times, but if you love bold colours then I really think you’ll love these.

Dior Ultra Rouge lipstick in Ultra Fire Dior Ultra Rouge lipstick in Ultra Spice

Have you tried Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge Lipsticks?

Please note, I received this product from PR. All opinions are my own.

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From work to life: My favourite fall fashion items from Le Chateau

Fall is totally my favourite season.

Although we are still technically in summer, the weather is getting cooler here in Winnipeg and I’ve already been craving everything pumpkin spice (don’t tell anyone, but I totally had a PSL the day they came out).  Aside from everything pumpkin, one of my favourite things about the season is totally the fashion. I love chunky sweaters, pants, boots, and long cozy jackets.

Since I work in an office, fall also means that I can actually dress for the weather, rather than being way too hot in office clothes for +30 degrees.  Since a new season means new clothes, I was so excited to pop into some of my favourite retailers to pick up some new pieces for fall.  One of those retailers was Le Chateau since I’ve basically known about the Canadian brand for pretty much my whole life and I love how fashion-forward their items are (not to mention the fact that they are from the stylish city of Montreal).

Le Chateau polka dot print blouse from fall 2018 workwear line Le Chateau fall 2018 workwear line Walking in Downtown Winnipeg wearing Le Chateau Fall 2018 workwear line

My colleague Dayna and I (who is also one of my besties) popped into the CF Polo Park location a couple weeks ago and in true Shayna-Dayna form, picked up similar outfits from their new fall 2018 workwear collection. I can’t tell you how many pieces of clothes we have that are the exact same (seriously, one of us will buy something and then the next day, the other one has it).

We often text each other at lunch asking to go for a walk in the area or grab a coffee, so throwing on this stunning and warm Check Print Brushed Viscose Sweater Coat has totally come in handy (we both ended up buying this one and didn’t even plan it). I love pairing it with this super flattering and totally work-appropriate Polka Dot Print Tie Neck Blouse, which to be honest, I didn’t think the whole print-on-print thing would jive, but I love how complementary the two patterns look.

Both Dayna and I picked up Tech Stretch Skinny Leg Pant in black, which is a super flattering and comfortable pant. Since these are slim, I love tucking either a bodysuit or a blouse (like the white polka dot one) into them and then pairing it with a jacket for a totally on-trend fall look. When we went for coffee earlier this week, Dayna paired the pants with this super cute black bodysuit from the Roxy Earle Le Chateau line (I have it in pink) and then threw on this stunning yellow faux-suede jacket that drapes in the front. The yellow really added that pop of colour (no self-plug intended) and totally reminded me of the changing leaves of the season.

Standing in Downtown Winnipeg wearing Le Chateau Drinking coffee at Grey Owl Coffee in Downtown Winnipeg

Although I often use my lunch hours to catch up on blog stuff, I do try to make a point a couple times a week to leave my desk and get some fresh air.  Since we have so many coffee shops in the area around where we work, a simple text with the word “walk?” usually gets us out of the office, grabbing a coffee, and chatting about stuff that isn’t work related (work-life balance, ya know?).

How do you spend your lunch hours? Also, what is your favourite fall fashion item?

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Let’s flamingle! Trip recap from Miami

I always said I would do a big trip for my 30th birthday.

Having turned the big 3-0 this year, I started planning this trip last year, and since a friend was also celebrating her 30th this year, we chose to do a vacation together.  I knew I wanted to go somewhere hot, so it was down to Vegas or Miami, but since I’ve done Vegas like six time and Miami never, we chose the latter.

I’ve always had an interest in travelling to the southern Florida city. The beaches, the nightlife, the architecture, the history… there’s lots to see in Miami. In total, there were nine of us girls going and since we booked our flights so early, it was a cheap trip down.

We decided to stay at the Fontainebleau Hotel, which was one of my bucket list hotels to stay at. The property, which opened in 1954, is located on Collins Avenue and faces the Atlantic Ocean.  It has over 1,500 rooms with 12 restaurants and bars, a spa, as well as number of swimming pools.  Honestly, you could spend your entire trip here as it’s a full-blown resort.

Lobby of Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Walking along the Miami shore outside the Fontainebleau Hotel Pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel

Although we spent tons of time at the pool and in the comfort of our junior suite (we also had a basic guest room), we did tons of exploring around the city as well. Since the hotel is north on Collins Avenue, most of the places we went to were a 20-minute drive away. We did do some research into restaurants and lounges and ended up eating at some fabulous places. We were also in luck since it was Miami Spice month, which meant that most restaurants had a set menu that you could a three-course meal for a good price. Some restaurant highlights were Upland, Planta (which also has a location in Toronto), and Cecconi’s. 

Three of us girls arrived in on the Wednesday and the rest came on the Thursday. On Friday, we prebooked a yacht via Getmyboat.com, which took us around the city so we could see all the giant mansions that surround the water. If you’re doing a Miami trip, I highly recommend doing this as it truly was a highlight for us, and let’s be honest, living in Winnipeg you don’t see many yachts around the area (if at all…). After the yacht, we went to Wynwood, which is this cool arts district filled with street murals, restaurants, and cool shops, and walked around and took photos. We also popped in to this delicious Mexican place called Coyo Taco.

After Wynwood, some of us girls walked over to a nearby Target because that’s always a must for any American trip, then went back to the hotel to get ready for the night. We went to Upland for dinner, then made our way over to Basement Miami, where we unfortunately just missed our reso for their bowling alley. Instead, we made our way over to Hyde Beach at the SLS  before retiring back at the hotel for the night.

Sitting on a yacht in Miami Jet skiing in Miami Sitting on the back of a yacht in Miami Miami Vibes wall in Dreamer Miami Hyde Beach at SLS Miami Palm trees in South Beach, Miami Giftbags in Miami

On Saturday, a bunch of us made our way to Planta in South Beach, this vegan restaurant that is oh-so-Instafriendly and then walked a short 10 minutes to the beach where we saw some cute lifeguard stations and enjoyed the warm coastal waters. Since Miami was getting into hurricane season, rain would happen on and off throughout the trip, and unfortunately it did start up again as we were laying on the beach.  We quickly grabbed an Uber and made our way back to the Fontainebleau, where some of us hit the pool and the rest of us stayed back to do hair and makeup for the night ahead.

One of the things I wanted to do the most was visit the Versace Mansion, now known as the Casa Casuarina, which is a luxury hotel on Ocean Drive. In case you guys aren’t familiar with the history of the property (or didn’t watch American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace), it was owned by Gianni Versace and he was actually shot right on the front steps. Since we didn’t stay there, we went instead to the bar and got some prosecco so we could walk around and check it out. Aside from the yacht, this was the second highlight of the trip for me since it’s such an iconic building with so much history. Checking out the architecture and pool was truly an experience and it was so amazing to share it with so many close friends. I highly recommend checking this out if you are in Miami. If you aren’t staying at the hotel (it starts at like $800 a night, USD), then make sure you pop by the bar or the restaurant, which opens at 6 p.m.

After the Versace Mansion, we grabbed an Uber to Cecconi’s, which was actually right beside our hotel, and then after dinner we walked back so we could go to LIV at the Fontainebleau.

Pool at the Versace Mansion, Casa Casuarina Miami Pool at the Versace Mansion, Casa Casuarina Miami Standing on the steps at Versace Mansion, Casa Casuarina Miami Group of girls at the Versace Mansion, Casa Casuarina Miami lifeguard stations on South Beach Wynwood Walls Bowling alley at Basement Miami Dreamer Miami Sitting in Dreamer Miami Cute shop in Wynwood Miami Planta South Beach Dreamer Miami

The next day we went to Calle Ocho, also known as Little Havana, where we just had to try some Cuban coffee and a Cuban sandwich. Afterwards we walked around the area a little bit before grabbing an Uber and making our way back to the hotel to check out and head to the airport.

I’ve done many girls trips in the past, but this one definitely had the most people. It was so fun to hang around all my besties and really just enjoy ourselves in a beautiful location. Although I am happy to be back and fully get into fall weather, I can’t wait to hit the beautiful beaches of Miami once again sometime in the future.

Have you been to Miami?

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