October 21, 2014
Cardigan: JOA LOS ANGELAS (via Edited)
Belt: H&M (similar here)
Shoes: ZARA (want these ones here)
Clutch: SUNITA MUKHI (similar here)
Sunglasses: LE SPECS
It’s funny how as you get older the word ‘sexy’ means something completely different than what it did a few years ago. Not too long ago sexy probably meant a bit more skin and tighter clothes than the images above, and now sexy to me is cinching in your waist with a good belt over a standout cardigan. How times have changed… and I’m happy they have! I no longer need to show skin to feel sexy, although when the occasion calls for it I don’t shy away. But for most days, I’m most confident in outfits like this; classic pieces with a defined shape. Let’s just say that I’m happy to be at this point in my life where sexy involves a cardigan.
October 19, 2014
I always love trying new products, but once I find something I like, I tend to stick to it. I narrowed down my current favourites in my makeup routine, some new and a few classics.
1. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance Bronze - I use this as a base before applying my foundation. I apply it with my finger tips, massaging it all over my face. It’s really light and gives you a healthy sheer glow; it almost feels like you are putting on face cream. I also use this as a fast make-up application when I need to run out and don’t want to do my full make-up.
2. Zoeva Complete Eye Make Up Brush Set - Okay, besides the fact that they’re this amazing shade of pink, I really love these brushes for my eye make-up. They blend very well and have great variety in their brush sets. My absolute favourite one is the concealer buffer brush.
3. Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener Concealer - I’ve tried a lot of concealers, and as I’m not exactly sure I’ve found Mr. Perfect just yet, I definitely like this one the best. It provides really great coverage while not feeling heavy or cake-y. I actually went a lighter shade than normal and it really makes a difference in brightening up my eyes.
4. Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade – My absolute favourite eyebrow fixer! I have very sparse eye brows for which I like to blame my Asian father (err!), but this pomade is a great all-in-one product. It really glides on smoothly, holds the brow in place, and adds a nice colour, providing a defined brow. It’s also smudge-proof — can’t beat that.
5. NARS Eye and Cheek Palette – I really like NARS blush and eye shadow palettes because they always have the best colour combinations and they last all day. Find what shades suits you best and don’t settle when it comes to something like this.
6. Elie Saab L’Eau Couture Eau de Toilette - My go-to perfume! I absolutely love this one from Ellie Saab; it has hints of vanilla mixed with a floral green bouquet. It’s light, natural, and not too sweet.
October 16, 2014
Coat: VALENTINE POUR VILA (via Edited)
Jean: & OTHER STORIES (similar here)
Fall isn’t that bad, and it’s really just for one reason: coats. I can’t get enough of them. Last week I talked a bit about adding investment pieces to your wardrobe, that rather than keeping up with the trends of fast fashion, it’s important to invest in quality staples that are timeless and stylish long-term.
This year, my money’s going to statement coats.
A standout coat can say so much about a person’s sartorial taste – kind of like a coat of paint is the final, finishing touch on a new car. And as easy (and appealing) it is to opt for a black layer in the colder months, there are so many great options out there to make your individual style shine. Whether gorgeous camel tones, bold expressions, or mixed colour blocks like this, being adventurous with your fall/winter coats this season is always a hit.
October 15, 2014
Playsuit: THE FIFTH
When it tastes like you are having dessert for breakfast, you know you did something right. I’ve always loved overnight oats when I eat them at hotels or restaurants, but for some odd reason I’ve never had the urge to try them myself. Until now. As the mornings get cooler, I was starting to crave something different than my normal yogurt and granola combo. I looked in my cupboard, and with a little inspiration on Pinterest I came up with a combination of flavours that seriously tastes like carrot cake… without the guilt! I’m obsessed with this breakfast bowl now and can see myself having it all fall and winter long.
1/3 cup gluten free oats (regular small oats will work as well)
1 tbsp. ground flaxseed or chia seeds or 1/2 and 1/2
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp. maple syrup (the real stuff!)
1/4 cup shredded carrot (about 1 large carrot)
2 tbsp. thinly chopped apple
3 dates, chopped
1 tbsp. shredded or flaked unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp. chopped almonds or pecans
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 1/8 cup unsweetened almond milk
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cover and place in the refrigerator over night. In the morning, stir the mixture and add an extra 1-2 tablespoons of almond milk. You can heat this on the stove over medium-low heat or enjoy cold for a more fresh approach. Garnish with coconuts, almonds and a sprinkle of cinnamon and maple syrup.
October 14, 2014
Coat: THE FIFTH
Top: THE FIFTH
Pants: ACNE (sold out – similar here)
Shoes: THE MODE COLLECTIVE
Watch: LARSSON & JENNINGS
I posted an Instagram yesterday sharing with you that Not Your Standard had turned two years old. The amount of love I felt with reading everyone’s comments truly made that day even more memorable. To be honest, when I first started NYS I didn’t know what exactly I wanted it to be. I had a clear vision of what I knew I didn’t want it to be, but I really think you can’t know what direction your blog will go until you start blogging.
I wanted to share my life and interests with others but I wasn’t exactly sure the details of how that was going to pan out. After the first year of trying things that worked and things that didn’t, I felt comfortable enough taking on year two. I know my readers better and, most importantly, I knew myself better. Going full-time into blogging this past summer, I became aware of how important this blog industry is to me; I never knew exactly what I wanted to do in life until I had Not Your Standard, and now it all makes sense.
I love how it has become a source of inspiration for others because I tend to be very hard on myself, so when a reader mentions that they look forward to my posts every day, or when a friend mentions that massaging kale was the best thing she ever learnt from me, I feel a sense of satisfaction. All of the comments you leave me let me know that what I do on day-to-day basis has value — not just for me, but for others too. Thank you to the ones that come here every day, to the ones that just started, or the ones that stop by from time to time; you all make my dream job possible. Here’s to many more years! x