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The Little Black Dress, Ellepottsie Style

I’m still on a Canada Day high, it is one of my favourite holidays [okay – I know I say this about almost all of them, I just love celebrating]. Being in the Nation’s Capital is such an experience, seas of red and white fill the streets from morning to midnight – no matter what day of the week it is. It is just such a patriotic event – and so much fun. But enough red and white, today’s outfit post is about my new little black dress.The LBD ellepottsie Lauren Red Hair Don't CareDress: Free People [ON SALE!] / Clutch: Il Bisonte (from Italy) / Necklace: Little Burgundy / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

ellepottsieHave a wonderful day!

xo Lauren


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An Almost Wordless Vegas Recap

I intended to do a wordless recap of my trip to Vegas but I just had to throw in a few lines to thank the best boyfriend in the world. I cannot even begin to express how over the top this birthday gift was [and unexpected] and I know I am the luckiest girl in the world to have someone in my life that would want to make such a fuss over me. I’ll never be able to let him know how much this grand act meant to me and I definitely won’t be able to top it in the near future – although I plan to try! I couldn’t have asked for a more special weekend with such an incredible man – it truly was one of the best weekends [and them some] of my life.

Enough sap though – we really did have the best time and here are a few pictures to prove it!

After joining me at the gym and making me breakfast, I received my birthday card. The res marker bled through from the back of the card - I swear Neil is a good artist!

After joining me at the gym and making me breakfast, I received my birthday card. The res marker bled through from the back of the card – I swear Neil is a good artist!

Front row seats for the birthday girl.

Front row seats for the birthday girl.

Drinks upon arrival - of course!

Drinks upon arrival – of course!

Day one - Las Vegas Blvd.

Day one – Las Vegas Blvd.

Yes, that is chocolate pouring from the ceiling to the floor!

Yes, that is chocolate pouring from the ceiling to the floor!

Neil and his twin ;).

Neil and his twin ;).

We won a new car!!! Just kidding.

We won a new car!!! Just kidding.

Wandering the Strip at night - behind us is the Cosmopolitan Hotel

Wandering the Strip at night – behind us is the Cosmopolitan Hotel

What an incredible view!

What an incredible view!

Having a New York Moment

Having a New York Moment

Day two - dining with Gordon Ramsay. Ironically this was one of the worst restaurant experiences we have ever had but I'll spare you the details.

Day two – dining with Gordon Ramsay. Ironically this was one of the worst restaurant experiences we have ever had but I’ll spare you the details.

Neil enjoying beer and pretzels inside Caesars Palace.

Neil enjoying beer and pretzels inside Caesars Palace.

Yes that is Mike Tyson.

Yes that is Mike Tyson.

As if the trip wasn't enough, Neil took me to some of the most incredible restaurants Vegas had to offer. This was Mesa, a Bobby Flay restaurant - I highly recommend it.

As if the trip wasn’t enough, Neil took me to some of the most incredible restaurants Vegas had to offer. This was Mesa, a Bobby Flay restaurant – I highly recommend it.

You cannot do a trip to Vegas and skip the shows. "O" was out of this world!

You cannot do a trip to Vegas and skip the shows. “O” was out of this world!

Post show, post drink sightseeing.

Post show, post drink sightseeing.

Day three, coffee on the way to the beach [in the desert].

Day three, coffee on the way to the beach [in the desert].

Our hotel, the Mandalay Bay, had a man made beach and wave pool - not a bad way to cure our hangovers.

Our hotel, the Mandalay Bay, had a man made beach and wave pool – not a bad way to cure our hangovers.

Everything is bigger in Vegas - close enough.

Everything is bigger in Vegas – close enough.

A throwback to our Euro trip earlier this year - outside the Venetian Hotel.

A throwback to our Euro trip earlier this year – outside the Venetian Hotel.

Usually buffets have no appeal to me, but this dessert station at the Vegas' largest buffet was to die for.

Usually buffets have no appeal to me, but this dessert station at the Vegas’ largest buffet was to die for.

Just taking in all in - check out the top left corner - oops ;).

Just taking in all in – check out the top left corner – oops ;).

My two seconds of fame - on stage before the Penn and Teller show, in a magic box. You'll have to go to the show to see what happens next.

My two seconds of fame – on stage before the Penn and Teller show, in a magic box. You’ll have to go to the show to see what happens next.

Neil and Penn, just hanging out!

Neil and Penn, just hanging out!

After an incredible long weekend we headed to the airport - stopping to take a picture of the strip before we left.

After an incredible long weekend we headed to the airport – stopping to take a picture of the strip before we left.

Obviously running shoes and Starbucks are airport essentials.

Obviously running shoes and Starbucks are airport essentials.

Surprise - our plane had an oil leak. Four hours later we are back to exploring Vegas for one more day - inside the Aria Hotel.

Surprise – our plane had an oil leak. Four hours later we are back to exploring Vegas for one more day – inside the Aria Hotel.

Stumbled upon Parasol Up/Down - a fabulous place to grab a couple drinks and watch some impromptu shows [ at the Aria] - do not miss this if you're in Vegas.

Stumbled upon Parasol Up/Down – a fabulous place to grab a couple drinks and watch some impromptu shows [ at the Aria] – do not miss this if you’re in Vegas.

A sneak peak of one of the shows we saw over drinks! Yes it is a frog doing karaoke.

A sneak peak of one of the shows we saw over drinks! Yes it is a frog doing karaoke.

The best weekend and company ever!

The best weekend and company ever!

Hope this wasn’t too picture heavy.

Happy Hump Day!

xo Lauren


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Holiday Gift Guide for The Beauty [Queen] Obsessed

A week from today many of us will be huddled around the Christmas tree, spending time with friends and family – and opening presents. Today’s holiday gift guide goes out to the beauty queens – this list will have you lusting for every item, but remember – the holidays are about giving. Then again who am I to judge, go ahead and pick up a few of these as gifts to yourself – you deserve it!

Returning after an incredibly well received first guest post – beauty expert and number one partner in crime, Sarah shares with you her top ten buys for the holiday season. But before you read on – head over to Sarah’s twitter page and show this beauty queen some love!

                                                          

With the stress of tying up loose ends before that delicious vacation auto-reply is set on your emails, the holidays are the perfect time to indulge in some overdue decadent pampering! After all, ‘tis the season for brands to merchandise the shit out of curate carefully selected gift sets. I’ve pulled together some of my cold weather purse and vanity staples, as well as a few of my own wish list items. A cozy night in with the company of some of these buys may become a habitual guilty pleasure to help get you through winter storms. But let’s be honest, there’s little guilt that I find in any pleasure. Enjoy!

Holiday Gift Guide for The Beauty Queen

1. L’Occitane en Provence  Mini Hand Creams

One million times over, the French know their skincare! Mild enough for sensitive skin, and soothes chapped hands. I swear by the mini Shea Butter Hand Cream purse size, and the holiday set allows you to try two slight variations.

2. Smith’s Rosebud Mocha Rose Lip Balm

Lip care is crucial once that wind chill hits, but balms don’t have to have a medicinal scent in order to do a heavy duty job. From the maker’s of the cult favourite Rosebud Salve, it’s the perfect scent for those who enjoy a warm cup of anything sweet.

3. Voluspa Luxury Candles in Baltic Amber

How do boutique hotels and spas create that relaxing, nirvana inducing vibe? I can tell you it’s not with grocery store scents. A small splurge can help transform your space into a lavish sanctuary (you’ll just have to heat your own towels).

4. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Holiday Gift Set

If you’re going to buy perfume at any time of year, now’s the time to do it! Gift sets are an amazing value and allow you to layer or build your scent; using a perfumed shower gel on special occasions, and using the matching scented body lotion sparingly before you apply your perfume, will give your scent real legs to linger from day to when the ugly lights turn on at the club night.

I mean, I’d like to think I wasn’t going to blindly buy whatever was included just for the V&R signature couture bow tie in box form, but it turns out they sold me on the rollerball of fragrance.

*One caveat: if you’re buying perfume for someone else, be sure you know their signature scent or fragrances they enjoy which they have sampled. Due to skin’s natural oils, perfumes really do smell different on everyone, and even high end fragrances can smell sour on certain people. I seem to recall a certain someone [……..] having a ‘violent reaction’ – in the words of a Holt’s shop girl.

5. Moschino Makeup Bag Set

A makeup bag is usually a guaranteed good gift for the beauty addicted; we like bright, new shiny things. Plus, it’s a much more flattering addition to the beauty arsenal than the green pigmented primer, which clearly none of us use because that would be weird…(we’ll get that with a gift card).

6. Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair Brush Set

Depending on the level of “hardcoreness” of the receiver in question, they may be quite picky about their tools. What I like about this basic set is that the brand has developed a special synthetic fiber to mimic traditional animal hair – luxurious sans cruelty.

7. Ciaté Mini Mani Month

Nail Art has been a huge trend of 2012 and judging from spring runways, it’s shown no signs of stopping in ’13. Presenting the mother load of polish sets, or if we want to get festive, the non-denominational advent calendar for your digits. Likely more addictive than bath salts.

8. Urban Decay Sparkling Body Powder

A fun product with counter top appeal, a few puffs will add a beautiful shimmer where ever you’d like some highlight, and the scent is not overpowering. Although the brand touts itself as ‘beauty with an edge’, tender hearts will be happy to hear they are listed under Peta’s cruelty free companies.

9. Kevin Murphy Powder Puff

While you may be tempted to rock the incognito look under a toque all season, some nights just call for big, bouncy hair. This volumizing powder helps to achieve that Nashville-esque do that’s more Hayden Panettiere than Reba (sorry Reba girl I love you but come on: http://bit.ly/12kpAzO )

10. Vintage Mirror Vanity Tray

Certain things of beauty from the past never go out of style. This is a gorgeous way to display special items and conjure up inspiration from pinups past.


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Holiday Gift Guide for The Entertainer

Ready for round two of my Guest Blogger Holiday Gift Guide Series? I sure hope so because today I am beyond excited to introduce you to one of my best friends in the entire world! This girl has been with me through thick and thin.. and part of Europe. I don’t know where I would be without her.

If you could put a face to the phrase “the hostess with the mostess” this would be your gal. Megan knows how to throw a party, there is no question about it – and today she is sharing her holiday wishlist with you! So get your pens and paper ready – this is a list you won’t want to miss!

                                                            

Holiday Gift Guide

1. Brie Baker ($19.50) Chapters

One of my go-to appetizers is baked brie. This red dish presents beautifully. I recommend topping your brie off with red pepper jelly, wine jelly, or caramelized onions and serving with fresh baguette or crackers.

2. Microplane Grater ($21.84) Williams-Sonoma

This handy little grater makes the finest shreds. Perfect for hard cheeses, spices, and zesting.

3. Kate Spade Shot Glasses ($49.99) The Bay

I love the simplicity of these ‘Mine’ and ‘Yours’ shot glasses. They also come in a ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ set. Great for couples or roommates!

4. Le Creuset Dishes ($$$) Le Creuset

These Le Creuset dishes are absolutely gorgeous and come in a wide variety of colours. They may be on the expensive side but they are sure to last for years to come.

5. Festive Candle Holders ($24.78-$37.20) Crate and Barrel

I’m not sure what it is this year, but I can’t get enough festive knick-knacks. These reindeer candle holders would look great on a mantle, or as part of a centre piece.

6. Sparkling Water Maker ($365.14) Williams-Sonoma

I love sparkling water, and the idea of making my own at home thrills me – it’s all about the small things in life. I could see myself serving up some sparkling water with frozen cranberries for a splash of colour over the holidays.

7. Tea Towels ($29.14) Williams-Sonoma

Anyone who spends time in the kitchen can appreciate a tea towel. A nice set of will make a practical and thoughtful gift for any entertainer. Why not pick out a festive colour or print?

8. Wine and Dine Plates ($12.36 each) Crate and Barrel

These ‘wine and dine’ plates are brilliant. For anyone who entertains larger crowds, or wine and cheese social gatherings these plates are perfect for party snacking.

9. Vintage Edition Monopoly ($149) Restoration Hardware

One of my favourite ways to entertain is with a game night. Why not plan for a classic like Monopoly? Or for those who like a quicker pace perhaps a vintage bingo set? Either way these vintage games are a beautiful gift.

10. Pitcher ($55.83) Crate and Barrel

This pitcher is simple and elegant, and would come in handy at any dinner party – you could even fill it with your homemade sparkling water!


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Fabulous Finds Friday

Since it is December – I thought it might be more fitting to share some holiday gift guides with you, instead of the usual fabulous finds. Let me assure you that all of the items are still fabulous – I just haven’t “found” [read:bought] them yet.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a few more gift guides created by some of incredible friends! Keep checking back for those posts because they will be great! Today I am kicking off the giving spirit with a few ideas for the girl in your life who has everything [or yourself – in my case].

Have a great weekend!