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What’s in your PURSE? | Alexandra’s Pretty Monogrammed Purse

WHO: Alexandra aka @lexniko – Co-Founder of Beautifully Bare Hi-Tech Spa and Blogger at i’m a little. Entrepreneur by day, Lifestyle Curator by nightSmiling always.

@lexniko| www.beautifullybare.com | www.imalittle.com

BAG: GiGi New York Leather Tote
I am totally one of those ladies who needs their purse AT ALL TIMES. When my boyfriend gifted me this GiGi New York Leather Tote (complete with monogrammed initials!) I was completely smitten. It is the perfect everyday bag: functional enough to house all my work goodies but so insanely gorgeous that I have no problem taking it out for an impromptu night on the town.


Alexandra: I am always go, go, go and so I need a purse that can travel with me. Like most ladies I know these days, I’ve got to have my iPhone & iPad. They should basically be taped to my side and I constantly carry my charger to ensure I’m always connected. I carry my red Moleskine Notebook to jot down any necessary notes and record rare moments of brilliance. I am seriously a walking office and my Martha Stewart Accordion Filing Case helps me store all receipts and important documents in one safe place.

If you couldn’t tell already, my work takes me on the road a lot! Touch ups to my makeup are inevitable and I have a couple go-to items to keep my routine easy. My Hello Kitty for Sephora makeup case keeps everything in one neat place and connects me to the little kid inside! I am a blush fiend, who’s currently coveting MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Dollymix. Paired with my Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Fame, I can brighten up my look in a pinch. To keep my hands soft and scented I am loyal to my Cake Beauty Milk Made Velveteen Hand Creme. This is honestly one of the best hand moisturizers I’ve ever tried and the delicious marshmallow scent should be illegal!

I think what’s inside my pretty purse sums up my life completely: the business of beauty & always accessible.

VERDICT?: This girl is a perfect blend of on-the-go vanity. We love Alexandra’s purse – and props to the boyfriend for such great taste! Anything monogrammed in a gorgeous colour is a winner in our books! And yes like most on-the-go women, iPad & iPhone is a must for any entrepreneur/blogger to stay connected, but the trusty moleskin notebook (in red, we love it) means that she is full of ideas and inspired by everything and anything! Organized – yes, and what better way to organize in style, than with a Martha Stewart Accordion Filing Case for all those work receipts and papers most of us just stuff into our wallets. She is in the business of beauty (Beautifully Barestay tuned as we visit their new location on Queen St.) – so some key beauty staples (blush & gloss) are inevitable to keep her fresh and pretty wherever life and that gorgeous purse takes her.


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Our VAIN beauty picks | summer beauty – face

It’s summer in the city and we are obsessed with new products! Sun protection and make-up coverage is always a struggle in these hot temperatures. Here are our 3 picks for providing both:

  1. SMASHBOX Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35
    ** KAREN’S FAVE **

    $50 Available at Sephora stores & online and Shopper’s Drugmart
    This little bottle (only 1.0 fl. oz 30ml) is DEFINITELY worth the $50 pricetag. I bought this right before going to CABO, Mexico because I wanted something lightweight, with coverage and sun protection. This BB Cream is a 5-in-1! It Moisturizes, Primes, Perfects, Protects and provides Oil Control – all the things I needed and wanted. The application is very smooth, dries quickly and gives really good coverage actually. For everyday coverage while on vacation I was comfortable wearing this as my only face make-up (no powder, concealer or bronzer) and loved the lightweight, natural look and sun protection of course. Now that I am back in Toronto, I use it underneath my loose powder (I hate shine, and I get really shiny in the heat) and bronzer, since it acts as a really great primer. My make-up stays put until the end of the day! My new beauty staple!

    Photo of me (Karen) with just Smashbox BB Cream in MEDIUM
    (and Marie Natie lipgloss)

  2. COOLA Face Organic Mineral Sunblock with Matte Tinted Finish SPF 30
    $37 Available at Coola Suncare online  (originally was purchased at PISTACIO in Toronto, but sadly it is now closed)
    Love this product because it is infused with antioxidants, shea butter, plankton, borage seed oil and evening primrose extract, this lotion will rejuvenate, hydrate and protect. Very lightweight with a very light tint, I wouldn’t recommend this for getting coverage as it is very sheer. It is great for long periods in the sun as it is water resistant and has a matte finish – perfect for the beach or poolside.

    Poolside with COOLA – oh and love this Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Suscreen! (makes your tan look shimmery and more bronzed, kinda hides flaws by reflecting the sunlight)

  3. TOO FACED Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20
    $42 Available at Sephora stores & online

    My (Karen) sister picked this up for her wedding in CABO (she, well I, was going to do her make-up) and really like the way it gave a great base to her wedding make-up. It was a beach wedding in the afternoon, so she still needed that sun protection with good coverage. A little bit more slippery than we wanted, which meant that we had to wait a few minute before layering other make-up on.  It gave a great finish and canvas for powder foundation and a contouring bronzer on top – gave a good dewy look. Overall, a good product to use – but not sure how it is on it’s own… but still love that is has SPF 20!

Have your own summer beauty picks? Have you tried any of these products and have additional opinions or reviews? Let us know! Leave a comment below or let us know on twitter (@ImSoVainTO)!

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What’s in your PURSE? | Sadie’s Classic, Chic & Iconic Tote

WHO:  Sadie Daryan –Marketing Project Manager @ eBay Canada, Focusing on eBay Fashion – Fashion enthusiast, world traveler, & animal lover!
[ @sadaryn | www.ebay.ca/fashion | stylestories.ebay.ca ]

BAG: Burberry, Large Nova Check Tote – I’ve always been totally obsessed with Burberry! It’s such a classic, chic and iconic brand. From their trench coats to their scarves…I love everything Burberry. I promised myself I would treat myself when I finished school and got my first job with Burberry. This was my very first designer purse… and I’m still madly in love with it!


  •  Medium Nova Check Burberry wallet – I had to get the matching wallet of course….which I bought brand new on eBay for $100 less than it was in stores! Great find!
  • Danier Leather business card holder – at nearly 25, I feel a little more important carrying around my corky eBay business cards with moose, bears and hockey players on the back
  • Apple iPod nano – a must-have for any commuter!
  • Apple iPhone 4S with Kate Spade hard shell case – one of my most eBay purchases… and I might I add, most favourite phone covers to date! And yes, I’m slightly… okay a lot…obsessed with shopping on eBay
  • Apple MacBook Air with pink hard shell cover
  • Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses – gold frames and gold lenses
  • Echo umbrella in florescent orange….a second must-have for any commuter!
  • Work badge
  • Folder will with work papers for upcoming StyleStories blog project
  •  My Guerlain  makeup bag… I seriously cannot leave home without it! It’s filled with my beauty must-haves
    • Guerlain Terracotta bronzer, I live by it!
    • Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette Softbox
    • MAC DOLLYMIX Blush
    • Christian Dior Black Out mascara
    • Sephora compact powder brush
    • Two Christian Dior Serum De Rouge lipsticks – 470 & 660 – perfect colours for going from day to night…
    • Rimmel London Lasting Finish foundation
  • Loose change… I’m horrible at putting it back in my wallet
  • Keys with a special keychain I bought in Rome! Oh the memories!
  • Lots of bobby pins. They work wonders when you want to pull your hair back without straining it
  • Floss. Flossing is highly stressed in my life, being that my boyfriend is a dentist
  • Pacco Rabanne Lady Million perfume
  • Dasani 1L water…. Drinking water is so important! Definitely a beauty secret!
  • Nail file
  • Random Jewellery… today there are three Forever 21 rings and a pair of J Crew earrings. I trend to strip off my pieces on my commute home, put them in my bag and forget they’re there. Horrible!

VERDICT?: Sadie loves her eBay & beauty essentials! And why not? If you work at eBay, specifically eBay Fashion – how can you resist snapping up things like that KATE SPADE iPhone case? We’d be slightly obsessed with eBay shopping too… You can see that fashion is definitely part of her life – whether it’s looking good OR writing about it – we can’t wait to read about those StyleStories! We love a great make-up bag (we adore DIOR and SMASHBOX over here at The VANITY EVENTS too) – and her beauty must-haves prove that she takes pride in looking fantastic… even when commuting. Other beauty secrets? Water (yes hydrate yourselves ladies), and with a dentist boyfriend – dental floss to keep that smile looking amazing :D

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