Valentine's Day

So I know Valentine's day is just a made up holiday geared at making couples feel all "lovey dovey" and singles feel awful for being single, it's a hallmark holiday, a made up one that aims to make $$$, but I still kinda like it... just a little. Take a look at these gorgeous party decor pics and tell me you don't too?

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Beauty Bag: Lindsay, The Pursuit of Style

I'm excited that Liz asked me to share a peek into my make up bag but hope you won't find it too boring since I'm not much of a product junkie! Instead, I tend to stick with tried and true favorites and have been using some of the following products for years. Here are some of my current essentials:

  • Essie Polish in Lollipop- the perfect red!
  • Covergirl&Olay Simply Ageless Concealer- I've tried a million expensive under eye concealers but keep coming back to this drugstore brand. Creamy, moisturizing, and has great coverage!
  • NARS Orgasm Blush- it's won enough awards I don't need to say much about this one!
  • Kate Spade Twirl- a new addition that I can't stop spritzing.
  • Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream- great at taming those fly aways.
  • Moroccan Oil- does wonders for my thick hair!
  • NARS Super Orgasm Lip Gloss
  • L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara- a favorite since middle school. For some reason I prefer the waterproof.
  • Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzing Powder- I can always use a hint of color!
  • Stila Liplaze in Candy- I'm addicted to these. I ask for the holiday set every year for Christmas.
  • Shu Uemura Eylash Curler- the one thing I can't live without!
  • Stila Custom Color Blush- another new addition, this blush changes color to match your skin tone!
I hope you've enjoyed nosing around my make up bag and a big thank you to Liz for asking me to participate!

Thanks so much to the fab Lindsay of The Pursuit of Style for sharing!

Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY if you haven't yet!! Just 3 more days left...

Some pretty...

Just some pretty to brighten your day...

Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY if  you haven't already!

Giveaway: Purple agate pendant

Aren't you lovelies so lucky two giveaways in one month! And let me tell you how AMAZING this giveaway is. Before I tell you what you may have a chance to win, I wanted to take the time and let you get to know our wonderful giveaway sponsor Elizabeth Lydon Studio.

In her own words:

"My passion for gems began in the third grade when a teacher asked the class "Who wants to be in a Rock Group?" I raised my hand immediately; of course I wanted to be a rock star! Little did I know that instead of becoming the next Janis Joplin, I was actually about to be introduced to the world of geology and gemology. After handling the intriguing rocks, crystals and fossils before me, I developed a life long passion for chunky, unusual, and sparkly things that come from the earth. 

After years of working in fine jewelry, studying gemology, and working in interior design, I have come to the realization that creating beauty in jewelry is my true passion and calling. I love to make women feel elegant and unique when they put on that special piece I have created for them.

I hope you find my jewelry intriguing, elegant, luxurious, and fun. When you purchase a piece from me you will find it does not sit in the drawer but will be one of your favorites to wear."

So now that you know a bit about the talented artist and creator behind Elizabeth Lydon Studio, let's get started with the giveaway!

Here is what you could win...

handmade Purple banded agate slice pendant with gold edge and approx. 17" chain

To enter you MUST follow my blog and leave a comment. Don't forget to include an email address so I can inform you if you are the winner.

 for extra entries you can:

1. tweet about the giveaway
2. Like WALLPAPER on facebook
3. post about this giveaway on your blog

The contest will be open to Canadian and US residents until Wednesday February 2nd 2011 10 pm EST, the winner will be announced the following day via

Good luck to everyone!! 

Beauty Bag: Jackie, Sweetie Pie Style

Hi there! Jackie from Sweetie Pie Style here to share with you what is inside my makeup bag. I am so thrilled Liz asked me to participate as I love this series!  Girly delights are so fun!

Here we go...

Makeup bag-Juicy Couture.  Gifted to me by my best friend last year.

My go-to all-in-one makeup palette-Benefit's "Glowla".  I use the eyeshadows and blush on a daily basis. (Although I am not a big fan of their mascara)

Lipgloss-I'm not much of a lipstick gal, but I love me a good lipgloss.  I have so many that are all pretty much the same natural lipcolor shade.  I just grab whichever one is closest and swipe it on.

Mascara-I am a fan of Covergirl's Lash Blast in Blackest Black.  If I want to be more fancy I will curl my eyelashes with a Shu Uemura curler 

Powder-I love Covergirl's trublend minerals loose face powder.  It has great coverage and the tiniest bit of shimmer that really makes you glow.

Base-I use Benefit's The POREfessional as a base underneath my powder.  I dab it on my forehead, nose and under my eyes.  It is great at filling in tiny wrinkles and pores, and helps your makeup go on super smooth.

Blush-Benefit has a great line of blushes. In addition to the one in my "Glowla" set, I have "Throb" and "Sugarbomb" (pictured)

Perfume-My signature scent is Lollia's Wish No. 22.  It's a delicious blend of jasmine, vanilla, and other fancy stuff! Go ahead and borrow it if you like ;)

Nail polish-9 times out of 10 I reach for OPI's "You Don't Know Jacques" when I paint my nails.

I hope you enjoyed this peek inside my makeup bag!

Thanks so much to Jackie for sharing with us!!

Bachelorette Party Highlights

I had such an amazing time throwing a bachelorette party for a dear friend of mine who is getting married next month. We had such an awesome and fun night!! Here are some of the party decor highlights...

yummy treats

feather boas anyone?

girly drinks

gift boxes for all the girls to take home

as an extra treat we had a belly dancer teach us gals a few moves


I wish I had more space in my bedroom/ boudoir for a chic little vanity like this one...

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I wish I was: a redhead

Yeah I love my chestnut locks but some days I wish I was a fiery redhead...

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Party Decor: Pink & Black

Here's a sneak peek at what I've been working on this past week. I am throwing a bachelorette party for a dear friend who's getting married next month, I have more pictures to share soon so stay tuned...

Beauty Bag: Melissa, Hare Styling

I was thrilled when Liz asked me to participate in her Beauty Bag series. I love her beautiful blog and was very excited to meet a fellow Canadian blogger! I don’t wear a lot of makeup but I definitely have a few essentials. Here’s a sneak peak into my beauty bag.

Nail polish: I rarely go without nail polish. Freshly painted nails are one of my favourite things and right now I love these two colours. OPI- Bring On The Bling and Joe Fresh- Jade. Bring On The Bling is the perfect accessory for a weekend outfit!

Mascara: I have light eyelashes so I absolutely love Loreal’s Carbon Black mascara. I’ve been using this mascara for as far back as I can remember. I’ve tried other brands and nothing compares to it.

Bag: I love the colour of my Sephora makeup bag. It was a gift from my friend Kim and it’s the perfect size for all my essentials.

Undereye concealer: I LOVE Lancome’s Undereye Concealer. I apply it every morning to freshen up my eyes. I have to admit, I also use it to cover any other small blemishes. Since I don’t use foundation, this is the perfect light alternative. Did I mention it’s also waterproof? Love!

Night cream: Don’t laugh. I’m 28 and I use deep-set wrinkle repair. I have fine lines on my forehead and I’m absolutely obsessed with getting rid of them. I even went so far as to cut bangs! Yes, I agree that this obsession is silly. Hey, isn’t it better to be proactive? I must admit that I really like L’Oreal’s Advanced Revitalift night cream. It goes on very light and you only need a little bit to make your skin feel hydrated.

Eye shadow: I bought Smashbox eye shadow in Champagne last year for our wedding. I absolutely love the light glow that it gives. You can also add a dab on your cheeks to highlight them (this was a little trick that the makeup artist taught me).

Cheeks and lips: I don’t wear a lot of lipstick (except for a recent RED adventure) but this Tipsy Tarte from Sephora is the perfect tint for both lips and cheeks. I love that it’s two in one!

Brushes: Since its winter, I’m only really using my Posh eye shadow brush from Sephora. I’ve included my Quo bronzer brush which is a staple in the summer months. Right now I mostly use a pinch of pink of my cheeks, rather than an all over bronzer. If you’re looking for a great bronzer, I recommend Physicians Formula in a pearl finish. This gives you the best summer glow!

Which one could I not live without? I can’t pick just one! It definitely has to be mascara and nail polish.

Finally, something I recently tried - bright red lipstick!

 It was fun but I might stick with clear gloss. :)

Thanks to the uber stylish and gorgeous Melissa from Hare Styling  for sharing!!