Arm Candy | Statement Clutches

I recently purchased a new clutch, it's absolutely adorable! It says "arm candy" on it. It's so me, and it was only $14.99 at Marshalls. 

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Arm Candy is definitely trending right now. As in, fun and bright clutches that guarantee a sunny disposition when you wear them. 

Some of my favorite clutches are from Charlotte Olympia (there's an Archie comic inspired clutch - I nearly died.), Sophia Webster, Aldo and Judith Leiber Couture. Of course, some of these are more than your mortgage payment - but they are absolutely stunning! I am currently doing a DIY project to make my own Archie Comic inspired clutch since I cannot justify spending $1,805 on the Charlotte Olympia one.

Here are some options for you (affordable and designer) plus some fabulous street style too!

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  How adorbs are these clutches? I mean REALLY! They're so fun! A super easy way to incorporate these into your outfit is to simply wear them with a casual outfit - think black jeans and a sweater. The clutch really makes your entire outfit "pop" and you'll be noticed for your cander!

I've seen a lot of street style bloggers and stylish gals on Instagram sport these badass clutches. There's something about them that just screams "rebel" - don't you agree?

By Hillary Gail Stewart

Focus | Margot Robbie

I recently went on a double date with my boyfriend, my brother and his girlfriend. It was fun! We went to see "Focus", a movie about a con man with twists and turns. It wasn't what I expected, honestly I found the most I took from the movie was the hair/beauty/style ideas that stemmed from Margot Robbie's character in the film. 

Margot absolutely shone in this movie. She is naturally gorgeous, and it was fun to see the different up-do's she had with her hair. There are two specific do's I plan to recreate. The first being an up-do with braids and bumps, and the second being a side sweep of wavy hair kept to the side with a leather bow hair clip. 

Margot's style was beautiful. I really enjoyed the transformation as well, the costume designer did wonders in this film. Margot's character went from more trendy style with bangles to very womanly looks. Think sleek and slim dresses...Fun fact : all of Will Smith's costumes were chosen based on psychology! Using the colours that would be more influential in trusting someone; which is the colour blue if you're curious. 

 Have you seen the movie "Focus"? What were your thoughts? 

Ta ta for now, 


Written by Hillary Gail Stewart

Kiss Me Organics Review | Matcha Green Tea Powder

I received this AMAZING product from Kiss Me Organics. It's Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder. I'm literally in love with this! 

YES I store all my smoothie stuff in blue mason jars - so sue me! I love it! 

I love to add a tablespoon to my smoothies, or to use it to make a super cool frozen green tea latte! It tastes wonderful PLUS has the following :

It's 100% organic, tested for purity, and contains up to 137x the antioxidants found in a cup of brewed tea. (No joke!)

1. ALL DAY ENERGY & FOCUS: Lift your vitality and concentration with the slow release natural energy from Organic Matcha

2. CALORIE BURNING BOOSTER: Support your weight loss goals with an all-natural way to increase your body's metabolism

3. LATTES | SMOOTHIES | BAKING: Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder arrives in an easy-to-use airtight health grade packaging allowing for as much or as little use as you need for any occasion. Enjoy a relaxing latte in the morning, bake a dozen cupcakes or simply add a small boost to your morning smoothie

4.Up To 137x ANTIOXIDANTS OF BREWED GREEN TEA: USDA Organic Matcha Green Tea can only be used in a powdered form because, unlike brewed green tea, it contains the entire tea leaf which dramatically increases the nutritional content.
Are you impressed yet? It didn't take me long to get addicted. I even purchased my own bag after I used up the first one so quickly!

My go-to smoothie recipe with this matcha powder is: 
1 cup vanilla soymilk
Handful of frozen (or fresh) blueberries
Scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt
Scoop of my vanilla whey powder
1 tbsp of matcha green tea powder

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How "The O.C." Shaped My Style

Watching The O.C. for the first time was a revelation. I didn't watch The OC right away from Season 1 though. I started watching The OC when it was in Season 3, and watched it from the beginning. About 7 times. I remember sitting in my first apartment on my lavender silk comforter in my bedroom. I fell in love with the characters and the drama. Not to mention to fashion! It was a trifecta! Summer Roberts was always my favorite. Watching her style evolve over time encouraged my own personal style to evolve, and to try new and exciting things. 

Unfortunately, I was lacking in funds to purchase all of the things I wanted to create my style, so I frequently visited the local thrift stores to score for finds. I remember there was a "stuff a garbage bag for 5$" sale down the road from my apartment. I purchased the most beautiful floral vintage dresses and lacy tops. I was full flown bohemian, just how I liked it. I had a short pixie hair cut, and rocked that free people look with ease. 

I didn’t know any girl who wasn’t envious of the wardrobes in The OC. I would cut magazines with photos from the style of the show and make mood boards. The style was my main interest in the show. The pools of fashion that Summer Roberts and Marissa Cooper had access to was essentially the same as the rest of us—polo shirts, silk camisoles, jeans, cropped cardigans, flip flops, floral dresses, jean skirts—there was always a unique twist or finishing touch to the outfit to make it quirky and one of a kind. There were ribbons as belts, tank tops and tee shirts under strapless dresses, bikini tops under sheer T-shirts (classic OC beachy style), disheveled hair with formal dresses, bandanas tied around purse straps, layered necklaces over graphic T-shirts, slip dresses as tank tops, and so on and so forth.

These characters experimented. They shook things up in a way that was cool rather than crazy and over the top. It gave me the sense that I could do the same—and, did I ever! I distinctly remember rocking a vintage flowly skirt and a tee with a cardigan just because Summer did. Seth and Summer were the best dressed couple on TV (now trumped by Blair and Chuck of course), and Seth looked so cute and punk inspired with his band, and comic book graphic tees. 

This was the real start to my independence and style. Where I could wear what I wanted, when I wanted and be confident in doing so. 

What inspired you as a teen? Did you watch The OC?

Too Faced Melted Lipstick | Review

The hype is real. 

I finally caved and ordered the Melted Jelly Donut lipstick by Too Faced from Sephora. It arrived, and I fell in love with it as soon as I swatched it on my hand. Literally. My boyfriend was with me when I opened the package and laughed at how happy I was with the lipstick. 

I mean yes, it's a little bit on the expensive side, but it's worth it. 

Before I could write a proper review for you guys, I had to use it myself a couple times to give the product a chance to show it's pros and cons. 

Literally the only con I can come up with is the price. The pros are endless - long lasting, great pigmentation, you don't need to use a lot of product, easy to handle/use applicator tip, beautiful colour... The list goes on. 

I would highly suggest heading to your local Sephora to order one or more for yourself! It's been used all week, and it's quickly moving to the front of my lipstick arsenal. I'm planning on ordering a couple more in the shades Velvet and Berry. I'm not a huge fan of nude lipsticks, so I'll be sticking to the berry and pink shades.

Next beauty review : Too Faced Soul Mates in Carrie and Big and Ross and Rachel.