Dior Rouge Prêt-À-Porter

Dior-Rouge-Fall-2014Dior Rouge for the Prêt-À-Porter Autumn-Winter 2014-2015 collection has a few nudes, an easy to wear pink and a few deep luxurious colours that are simply so perfect for the chiller months.

Dior-LipsticksThe swatches of the lipsticks will be coming shortly in the next few posts.

Dior-RougeCan you guess which colour I’m eyeing, and which one I’m not sure about?

Dior-5-lipsticksI can give you a hint. One is super dark, the other, a nude. Which way around is it though? Am I bold, daring, and enjoy a vampy lip? Or do I prefer the more nude shades? It’ll be interesting to hear your thoughts.

Rouge-DiorAlright alright, closing up shop, putting the caps on the lipsticks until it’s swatch time.

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Check back soon!

Questions for you:

How often do you wear lipstick?

What colour lipsticks do you normally gravitate towards?

Have you ever used Dior products (doesn’t have to be a lipstick)?

What section of Sephora do you usually head to first? (Ie: Could be brand related, or skin/hair/perfume)

Alfie’s transition from Canada to California

Our little famWhen I attended BlogHer’14 a few weeks ago in San Jose, I couldn’t help but gravitate towards the Pets Add Life booth that was set up. I spoke with the women who worked there a couple of times, and they mentioned that over 75% of blog readers have pets, most of them being dogs. Which got me thinking, I rarely talk about Alfie on the blog.

Alfie smiling outsideHe’s literally smiling for the camera. Love when he does this.

I thought I’d talk about his transition from Canada to California as I’ve gotten questions about Alfie’s big move to the USA. To be honest with you, when people ask me if Alfie has adjusted well from the move, I don’t know what answers they’re looking for. There wasn’t a moment where he flicked a switch and he was a different dog.

If anything I would assume he’s much more happier down here in sunny California. Going from being mainly an indoor dog (yes his business too) with only 700-800 sq feet to run around in, to getting up to four walks a day with me and over 1500 sq feet of a nice town house. One can only assume that is a much preferred lifestyle on his part. He’s definitely a smiley pup, always has been – I can’t get over the fact we’ve had him 4+ years! He still acts like a puppy, given his size.

Alfie is the KingThink’s he’s King of the Castle with two beds (one is old, other is brand new and he LOVES his beds)

He had a fairly easy adjustment if I do say so. Not once was he confused or act out. He did manage to pee inside by accident but that’s purely my fault since he’s used to going outside every 3-4 hrs and in Canada he went whenever he wanted as he was an indoor dog (to a specific designated pee pad area).

Alfie yawnIt’s exhausting having so much fun all day long.

He’s a pretty chill dog when he’s around us. When he sees movement, whether it’s a leaf blowing in the wind, a child running, or a person sitting on a bench, that’s another story. He thinks he’s king of the castle and I’m pretty sure he barks to hear his own voice, or to try and scare people. It doesn’t work.

Alfie lounging on bedFor the sixty hour drive in the uhaul coming down to California, he definitely didn’t want to be put into his crate but he obliged and I took him out and sat him on my lap where he slept on occasion. It was a tiring trip for him too since there weren’t any specific rest periods. My husband and I were driving non-stop swapping seats with one another trying to get to California as quickly as possible. It was tiring.

Hanging with AlfieWe are lucky he was able to come directly with us as he’s so tiny and can fit into a carrier. If we had a larger dog in sure I’d be far more scary for him to be shipped down and left alone waiting for us.

Alfie belly rubI’ll huff and bark under my breath for belly rubs.

I’ve been keeping up with his obedience training at home. He’s pretty wicked at the sign language, but he’s too smart for his own good. He knows when to put on a show for me, and when I try and calm him down when he’s viciously barking at people outside, he won’t listen to me until I pick him up and shield his eyeballs like blinders so he doesn’t see people passing by us. Most people get a kick out of him, but there’s times when I’m embarrassed as some strangers aren’t so friendly with him. They’ll either bark back at him (I know. What the hey), or give me glares like my dog is going to attack them. I swear he’s not.

Hiking with AlfieWe take him everywhere we can with us, especially on weekends. He loves going in car rides, and sometimes hops into The Guys car in the morning, right into the passenger seat  thinking he’s going for a ride somewhere. Here’s Alfie & I out on a hike a few weekends ago in Los Gatos.

I kind of want to teach him to drive, next. :)

Smiling AlfieHe’s a happy boy, and we love him dearly.

Alfie hates selfiesToo bad he hates selfies.

Questions for you:

Do you prefer dogs or cats?

What’s your favourite type of animal?

Do you like having Alfie featured on the blog? Should I do more?

Dior Pret-A-Porter Nail Polish Swatches

All-Dior-PolishesDior Pret-A-Porter nail polish swatches are here! What do you think of them all? Scroll down for close ups of each polish that is launching for the Autumn-Winter 2014-2015 collection.

Dior-Rose-Tutu-ThumbRose Tutu is the colour I mentioned that would be a fantastic transition into Autumn. A great peachy pink for those girly girls.

Dior-Pied-De-Poule-thumbPied-De-Poule. Oh I couldn’t wait to show you this swatch. I am happy it doesn’t give me the mannequin hands that I thought it would. Wrap yourself up in a knit cardigan with this great taupe-grey colour and walk along in the park crunching on those freshly fallen leaves.

Dior-Bar-902Bar is such an easy black colour to wear. I never thought I’d wear black polish, but it’s hard to say no when it looks so good on the nails. I’m transitioning from regular neutral nails to a intense rich black this Autumn.

Dior-Massai-thumbMassï is an eye popping, dramatic, intense rich red. You can never go wrong with a red nail.

Dior-Carre-Bleu-ThumbCarré Bleu is a midnight navy which gives the nail a sophisticated, pulled together look for Fall.

Dior Prêt-À-Porter 5-couleur

Dior’s Fall collection has launched as of August 1, 2014. A beautiful, yet powerful set of quad eye shadows launching this season for Dior Prêt-À-Porter. All around easy to wear colours, whether you want a more feminine look, a smoky eye, or an every day neutral — they’re all right here in these three palettes.

The quilted look imprinted into each single eye shadow gives it a more lustrous, and classic look. But don’t let me talk you through the eye shadows, you’ve gotta see to believe the wonders of this collection.

Dior-5-CouleurI’m going to be honest with you. You probably already know by reading my blog that I don’t choose to wear eye shadow all that often, and when I do I gravitate towards the neutrals, as I feel more comfortable blending, and applying them without looking a fool. But you can’t help but enjoy the colours that Dior came up with this season. I think my favourite quad from this collection is the one you spot on the far left. A nice mixture of a soft pink, a white highlight, an easy to wear lid green/taupe colour. Then there’s a nice burgundy and a fantastic rosy pink in the middle. That one is called Trafalger.

A closer look at them all.Dior-TrafalgarTrafalger 876

Dior-Pied-De-PoulePied-de-Poule 096

Dior-TutuTutu 846

Man I missed doing product shots on the blog. I think that’s my forte.

Swatches however, are a bit more tedious as they take a bit more work trying to get the accurate colour to show up correctly. Need that natural sunlight to shine through. And when Mr. Sunshine is out (which hey, let’s be realistic, is all the time here in California) they all swatch so beautifully.

Dior 5-couleur ($61 CDN) — Available as of August 1, 2014

Available colours
Trafalger 876
Bar 056
Pied-de-Poule 096
Carre Bleu 276
Tutu 846