Sunday, February 26, 2012

Changes to the blog

With the new google privacy policy taking into effect in less than a week, I will be thinking about what I write on this blog in the future.  It is quite sad as I do enjoy using the blogger platform, but at the same time the new changes bother me greatly.  For example, if I type one day about how depressed I'm feeling, I don't want it logged that I'm a manic depressive and google sending me ads for drugs.  You see why this data harvesting is very concerning for me.

So I will think it over in the next as to if I keep this blog strictly for product placement such as hauls and reviews and eliminate all personality from it?  I guess it wouldn't be that bad, expect that I do like to put in a little bit of me into each post. 

So that's to be determined...

but there is always a compromise.  I've been wanting to incorporate something that is very meaningful to my life into my daily posts .... MUSIC.  Perhaps, by adding music to the end of my posts, you guys can suss out my mood that day without having me write it out so that google can manipulate their ads and try to maximize their profits off of my searches and entries.

So either way, it has been a wonderful year of blogging with freedom, but I guess this is the future of the virtual world.

100 Blog Follower Giveaway - Win a Max Factor nail polish in Fantasy Fire (Clarins 230 Unicorn Pee dupe)

It's amazing how difficult it is to find another bottle of Fantasy Fire.  I guess I should have bought more before all this craze.  So I hope that the winner of my giveaway will really enjoy this hard to find polish (I never thought I'd say hard to find & max factor in the same breath...ahhh np addicts).

There is still 6 days left to enter, please share and enter here

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Taking a bit of a break....

I've gone back and forth about writing this post, and although it's probably of no interest to anyone else but me, I still feel the urge to voice my opinion on here.  It's really funny how there is this (very connected) small sub-world of beauty bloggers and forum groups, where we all have this public platform to voice our opinion about products and of course the occassional drama.  Well the occasional drama has now become the center point of this sub-world, and I am choosing to bow out of it as gracefully as I can. 

I have distanced myself from a certain forum that I use to be quite active in due to a handful of people being disgusting human beings and also being scammed twice.  It's also even more disgusting for me to sit back and have to watch a certain someone (who shall remain nameless) use her blog as a platform to bully and con people.  What is this ugly breed of sociopaths, disguised as nail polish addicts, have I stumbled across? I don't know what weird twilight zone I ended up in, but I don't recognize it and I sure didn't sign up for this crap.  I just wanted to blog and join a forum to discuss light-hearted and fun things.  Not get sucked into this warped world where people think that not getting a nail polish they want is the end of the world.  What bubble do people live in where that's the biggest problem in their lives, and they exert hours of energy into whinning to the whole world about it?  I also don't know what kind of people who chooses friends based on the content of gifts they are given.  Actually I answered my own question, it's the kind of people that I'm staying far away from as possible. 

I'm feeling really disgusted at how shady, spoiled, and cruel that some people in this beauty blogging/beauty forum world actually are.  For all these reasons, I'm taking a bit of a break from my blog.  I need to declutter my brain with all this ridiculous drama.  I need to refocus and ground myself back into reality.  I need to remove myself from this sick sub-culture that I have found myself in. I'm still going to buy my products, and still going to review them here. 

I'm not saying everyone in this community is bad, far from it, I'm just saying that the few bad apples have really spoiled it for me.  I'll see you in a couple of weeks to announce the giveaway winner.  Take care everyone, sorry for this post, but I really just don't want to be associated with a community that thrives off of drama.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

NARS 9947 Eyeshadow Palette swatches and review

This week has been all about my NARS palette.  My friend gave this to me for my birthday, and I'm so in love with this palette as it features both soft colours and very pigmented dramatic colours.

Swatches (Left to Right)
Kilimanjaro, Bohemian Gold, Surabaya II, Himalays, Ondine, Night Flight

Direct light

With Flash
All my swatches were done with a light swipe, so you can tell that some are very pigmented.  I was very impressed.  This is my first NARS palette, and I am definitely hooked.  What I love most about this palette is it's travel friendly size, and the ability to do a day look vs. a night look.

This is a discontinued palette from 2008, so you'll have to do a little hunting online for this, but it's well worth it.  I've seen it for around $60, not sure how available this is in the UK, but as I advised my friend last night, check blog sales as many beauty bloggers try to unload their stash.

Last Night's Accessories: Topshop, Models Own, Gosh, Louis Vuitton

Last night, I met up with a forum friend for dinner and movies.  It's so nice to see a friendship blossom from seeing them on a public forum, to an email, to a day out shopping, and then to a friendship.  We saw "The Woman in Black".  If you are a Hammer horror fan, you may be pleased at the modern Hammer film.  There was a good 15 seconds, where I froze in fear.  It was great!  :)  So last night, this is what I rocked.  Sorry I don't have an OOTD, but here are my accessories. 

I was still rocking my sponge nails, these are the polishes that I used:  Models Own Aciid and Gosh Lavender Love.

Models Own £5 - Gosh £4.99

I took another photo of this manicure, as my other post had an Instagram version.  Then, I pulled out a small bag, which is quite rare for me. I'm always using big bags, but for some reason, I wanted to pull this bag out.  This is the original Louis Vuitton x Stephen Sprouse graffiti pochette, circa 2001.  This bag has a lovely story behind it, and I will always remember the kind lady that gave this bag to me, and I will never forget her :).

I also wore a new pair of earrings that I picked up at Topshop. It was a total impulse buy, but it looked fabulous last night, so I'm happy that I did buy it.

Topshop - £4

Then I woke up this morning from a horrible nightmare.  I was still a bit shaken from it, when I learned about the death of Whitney Houston.  What I'm about to say is very obvious, but I was a child in the 80's, and I remember her rocking MTV.  I will always remember her as the songbird diva.  We all have our demons, and that doesn't make us who we are.  I believe that what we accomplish in life is what makes us who we are, so I will always have respect for this amazing singer, and wish her a safe passage to the light, and condolences to her family. 

What I remember most of Whitney Houston (other than the obvious chart topping "I will always love you") was this female power anthem.  "It's not right, but it's ok, I'm gonna make it anyways" rings true to every woman out there who has ever been cheated on.  Thanks Whitney for this liberating song, RIP.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

NOTD: Illamasqua Sponge Nails

I wish I could take credit for my awesome NOTD, but I can't.  I got an email yesterday morning from Illamasqua displaying their new series of Nail art, and I absolutely loved the sponge nails, so I gave it a go.  It's fool proof and so easy to do.  

The negative degree weather is really taking a toll on my cuticles.  I'm dumping loads of oil on it, and yet it doesn't look any better.  Roll on Spring!

So if you want to take a stab at sponging, check out their video below. 

In this video, they used Illamasqua MILF & Jo'Mina.  I love both of these polishes, but do not have them in my stash, so I ended up using Models Own Aciid and Gosh Lavender Love.

Guest Post: Kissable Lip Colours for Shop MAC Cook MAC in So Vain and Woo Me

Kissable Lip Colours for Shop MAC Cook MAC

MAC’s large Shop MAC Cook MAC Collection that is online now and hits counters in the US on 16th of this month contains some familiar products, right? The Kissable Lip Colours first made an appearance in last year’s Peacocky collection. Enchantée, So Vain, Woo Me, Flaunting It, and Scan-delicious have made a reappearance in Shop MAC Cook MAC. Those who missed out the first time will want to grab some this time around.
MAC’s Kissable Lip Colours are like a liquid lipstick, and they even have the same vanilla, sweet caramel smell and taste that are associated with MAC lipsticks. The formula is smooth, pigmented, long lasting (though not as long as a lipstick), non-drying, and feel creamy on the lips. They are a great product that I hope MAC has the good sense to make permanent.
I have 5 shades of Kissable Lip Colours, but only 2 from Shop MAC. I plan to buy one or two more to get the shades I skipped last time. Pretty sure I need Scan-delicious. As of this posting these are all still on stock, so you have plenty of time to narrow down some choices.
Cost: $19 USD
Availability: MAC stores, counter, and online

So Vain

Woo Me

Guest Post written by Leticia from Comestics Afcionada.
Tokki & Oliver is so pleased to have a guest post from Comestics Afcionada .  Hailing from Washington, USA,  her love for beauty products is evident on her amazing beauty blog, so don't forget to stop by there.
All photos are property of Comestics Afcionada.  Any request for usage, should be sent directly to her.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sharing Photos


Starbucks Lattes

Topshop Vectra3 Studded flats

The snow & my snow fox

Putting my turntables back together

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 30 Favourite nail polish

The 30 Day Beauty Challenge (that I need in less than 30 days lol) is now at an end.  I didn't realise how hard it was to talk about myself for 30 different posts.  Did you guys feel like you got to know me a little better?  Well, today is the last post, and it is a super hard one.  How in the world am I suppose to pick one polish that is my favourite when I have so many ahhhhh....

If I had to choose, I believe it would be Sephora by OPI's 212.  Not only because it's named after my city, but it has everything that I love all thrown into one bottle.  I call it beautiful chaos, and I absolutely love it.  

I think I'll be rocking this all week, with maybe Chanel Peridot on the tips.

I'd love to know what your favourite polish is ladies, so please leave a comment xx

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 29 Photo of a makeup look you would love to try out

I'm crazy for Violent lips. There is something so fresh and avant garde about these lip tattoos.  It's definitely not for the shy, and I'm really looking forward to trying some of these.  Although, I'm not sure which ones will look good on me personally, but it's all about trial & error, isn't it?

Currently on sale at Sephora for only $7
UK gals, we have to get ours from Harvey Nichols for £10 or £7 at Boots (different stock at different locations).

Have you tried Violent lips? Which ones do you recommend for a newbie like me?

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 28 Top beauty item you can't live without

I really had a hard time narrowing this down.  I just had to imagine what I felt the most naked without.  I already told you that my foundation is very important to me, but I've run to the store without makeup on, so then what could it be.  Then I glanced over at my vanity table and realised it's not really a makeup item, but it's perfume.  

I don't talk about perfume much on my blog, which is odd as they are the one thing that I never go without.  I just feel that smelling good is just as important as looking good.  Imagine someone who is very attractive, but when you get close to them they stink like a$$ lol.  That is NOT a good look lol.   

My perfume stash is very small right now.  I ended up giving all my perfumes to my mother before leaving America.  I just kept one (J'adore L'eau).  There are so many perfumes that I want, but all in due time. So this is my perfume collection as of right now.

My top favourites from my collection are:
Dior J'adore L'eau
D&G Light Blue
True Religion
I also am in love with my Bond No 9 Madison Square Garden sample. 

My number one wishlist item in the perfume category is Lavin's Eclat D'arpege.  It is not very popular (which is a good thing), and smells very close to D&G's light blue.  I just love fresh and floral scents, and I can't wait to get this perfume.

What's your favourite perfume?

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 27 Favourite skincare product

My favourite skincare product is something that I currently don't own, but I will repurchase sometime in the near future.  It's a mid-range cleanser product that I absolutely loved.  For some, it was too drying for their skin, but for me it left my skin squeaky clean without drying it out.  I loved the clean scent, and it just left my face feeling super clean.  I liked that a lot, and even though I have tried several different cleansers since in the name of experimenting, I am secretly wanting to just purchase this.   My favourite skincare product is: Clarins Gentle foaming cleanser with Cottonseed.

Currently retailing for around £17, I'm going to go to ebay to hunt it down.

The product claims:

"As gentle as a cleansing milk and as effective as soap, Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed promotes skin radiance whilst protecting your ideal pH balance. It leaves Normal to Combination Skin perfectly cleansed. The lightweight texture of the Gentle Foaming Cleanser from Clarins provides a refreshing texture that rinses off easily with cool water and protects Normal to Combination Skin from the drying effects of hard water. Formulated to defend the skin’s pH balance, this Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed eliminates all impurities and excess oil secretions without irritation."

Have you tried this?  What's your favourite skincare item?

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 26 An Item from your wish list

I couldn't just list one item that I wanted off my wishlist, as I felt both of these products really needed to be featured in the post.

Wishlist item #1:  Suqqu Frame Fix Liquid Foundation

I absolutely love how this brightens my face and gives me amazing coverage.

Wishlist Item #2:  Guerlain Cruel Garden Highlighter
Guerlain always robs me of my hard earned money with their amazing highlighters.  I'm in love <3

Both extremely expensive.  Better start gathering up funds somehow :)

What is on your wishlist?

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 24 Favourite new beauty product & Day 25 Beauty regime

I'm so horrible these days.  I've been so swamped with work, and all my spare time is going to working on my business and I just haven't had time to share with you all the little things that I've been hauling (mainly clothes and fashion accessories).  Once I get into the groove of everything and sort out some better time management, I promise my blog will have some better direction - thus is life though, right?

How are you all.  Please feel free to leave comments about ANYTHING :) Also, for those with twitter, you can follow me @tokkiandoliver.

DAY 24 - Let's discuss my favourite new beauty product.  I'm a bit indecisive as to if this means a new beauty product that is new in general to the beauty market, or just new to me.  I'm not always one to jump on the bandwagon, and hunt down the newest things.  I do this, because I like to see what others say first.  If it's total shit then I saved some money :)  

I also haven't been really hauling beauty products like I have been.  Long story, but you know the drill, after holidays being skint, and just trying to hold onto the money that I do have because I didn't know when my next paycheck was coming.  Yep, same old boohoo "I'm broke" story. lol.  But I'm not dead...I still treat myself from time to time :) favourite new beauty product is hands down the inexpensive and amazing, Fantasy Fire by Max Factor.  This was the last polish that I purchased before my 2012 nail polish ban, and I'm happy that I bought the ones that I did.  I loved it so much, that I'm sharing a bottle with one lucky reader.  I can't believe how hard it is to find these days.  I wish that my Boots was bigger, as I bought a few and since then I haven't seen them back in stock (sad face).

For swatches and a review, click here.
To enter the blog giveaway, click here.

DAY 25
Beauty regimes....ahhhhh, regimes, well I'll be honest ladies - I don't have a regime really.  I think I change it drastically based on weather and mood.  The only things that are consistent with me are:

1.  Cleansing using my Clarisonic MIA
2.  Using a toner 
3.  Clinique even better serum
4.  Moisturising

I repeat this at night as well.  That will never change.  I'm 32 now, and I am taking my skincare regime seriously.  Once a week I will exfoliate with a mask (currently out of this, eck, gotta buy some asap!).

As for my makeup regime, it really depends on weather and mood.  If it's rainy and gloomy, I wear bright red lipstick.  If it's sunny, I may use a coral/pinky blush or bright pink lipstick.  Most days however I love wearing nude lips, especially during the day.  So it really changes, but what doesn't change is:

1.  Using primer (face & eyes)
2.  Concealing and hiding the redness and scars
3.  Wearing foundation - I never go out without foundation...never, ever, ever :)
4.  Shape and define eyebrows

I guess I'm just very self-concious about having clear skin, so I always want a bright and even toned face when I leave the house.

OH! I also do not leave the house without nail polish.  I feel super naked when I have naked nails.  Does anyone else feel like this?

My other beauty regime is to give myself a home manicure with loads of oils.  I really enjoy doing this, and it's so very relaxing.  I just don't have anywhere near my house that's any good, so I rather save the money and do it myself.

Share with me your beauty regime secrets or a new beauty product that you think I should own.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tokki and Oliver: 100 Blog Follower Giveaway - Win a Max Factor nail polish in Fantasy Fire (Clarins 230 dupe)

Have you entered my giveaway yet?
You still have time. Enter now to win Max Factor's Fantasy Fire.

Tokki and Oliver: 100 Blog Follower Giveaway - Win a Max Factor nail polish in Fantasy Fire (Clarins 230 dupe)

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 23 Best bargain makeup item

The best bargain makeup item is hands down Barry M nail polishes (£2.99).  You can get them on their website here, Boots, superdrugs, and various other shops online.  It can also be cheaper with many offers throughout the year.  Their colour range is impressive as well as the quality of the nail varnish.  I just can't say enough good things about their polishes.  Cheap doesn't mean crappy when it comes to Barry M nail varnishes. That's why they are my top pick for the best bargain makeup items.

I only have a couple in my stash (Hologram hexagram, Grey, and Mint Apple).
 I'm planning on getting Indigo, Peach Melba, Vivid Purple, and something from the neon range.

Which Barry M's do you have and which ones do you recommend?

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 22 Beauty tips for a big night out

I think it all depends on your style and how you want to look on a big night out.  Not everyone wants big hair, huge lashes and siren red lips, right?  I'm personally a smokey eye type of girl, but not everyone is.  It also depends on where you are going that your look might change.  A big night out to the opera is way different then a big night out to a warehouse club I'm going to focus this a bit more on going out to a club/lounge/dance, considering when I do go out, it is usually to something like that.

These are my tips, so please don't think I'm the know all of night-time makeup.  I don't want to come off that way, I just want to share with you what I do :)

1.  The night before, I give myself a facial and exfoliate my lips.  I also try to hydrate my skin as much as possible (face & body).

2.  Primer is a must!  I use both eye and face primer to try to keep my makeup sticking as long as possible.  I figure it's going to come off anyways as I'm usually sweating so much by the end of the night, but why risk having it come off too early, right?
I'm currently loving Benefit's Porefessional (£23.50) for the face and Urban Decay primer potion (£14.50) for the eyes.

3.  Smelling good is half of looking good - Always wear deodarant and perfume :) 

4.  I contour my face (as my face is round) using the Chanel tan de soleil.  The contouring helps your face appear slimmer.  The key is to blend well, so you don't see streaks, but it's also harder to see at night, so I usually contour only at night.

5.  I'm a huge fan of false eyelashes at night. It makes my eyes appear larger, and I just love the look of having lush eyelashes.  I don't particularly have a favourite false eyelash that I like, but I do love MAC, Illamasqua, and Shu uemura's lashes.

6. Waterproof mascara and waterproof eyeliners.  I love my MAC fluidliner in blacktrack (£14).  It stays put, and never smudges on me. 

7.  I like to shimmer a little bit (not glittery) at night, so I always finish my face off with a highlighter.  My current favourites are MAC belightful iridescent powder or my Chanel powder in feerie.

8.   Another beauty tip is to have with you the proper items in your bag when you go out.  I never leave home without having the following items with me.
* band aid/plaster
* small safety pin
* breath mints
* small vile of perfume
* matches
* my lipstick
* My chanel compact
* panty liner/tampon
* hand sanitizer or wipes

Accidents happen, and you don't want to be unprepared 

9.  Always have painted nails.  This is my personal opinion, but when someone is made up to go out and have naked nails, it just doesn't seem complete, so always rock the lacquer :)

10.  Having fun - nothing is sexy about a pouty girl standing up against the wall xx

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 20 Favourite Mascara & Day 21 Favourite Lipstick

Hello everyone. Are all my UK gals keeping warm?  I look like an Eskimo tracking around town :)  It is freezing, fingers are still defrosting and I've been home for at least an hour.  

So this post will show you my favourite mascara and favourite lipstick. These products work for me as of right now, but who knows in a week it could change.  I'm a bit flighty like that I'm afraid.

So as of today, my favourite mascara is Benefit They're Real mascara.  You can see the post I did on this here.  I've been using this quite a bit, and I just love how it separates and defines my lashes as I really have non existent lashes au natural :(.  I will be keeping the brush even after the mascara is done, because I love the brush so much.

They retail for £18.50 currently at Debenhams, and anywhere else that a  Benefit counter can be found.  It definitely was an item that other bloggers have influenced me to buy, and I'm very happy that I did.

Day 21's Challenge is to show you all my favourite lipstick.  I have several favourites that I love, but I choose this lipstick, because it's inexpensive and it's something that I can wear with any outfit.

MAC's Blankety
My lovely nude (slightly pink) lipstick that I reach for most days.  I have 2 of these, because when I return my empty B2M items, I always pick up another Blankety to add to my stash.

I'd love to know what your favourites are! Please leave a comment and let me know.  I think maybe I should go out of my comfort zone, and see what other products are there haha.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 18 Favourite beauty expert and Day 19 favourite look from a beauty expert

Day 18 Can I have two? or more than two?  Well, my favourite beauty expert is a person who many deem as their favourite beauty expert.  She's a professional makeup artist, and has a successful youtube channel...yep, Lisa Eldridge.

Why do I love her so much:
1.  Classic looking, yet has her finger on what's trendy
2.  Excellent verbal teaching skills - Thanks to her, I apply foundation correctly now lol
3.  Very professional in her youtube videos
4.  Her personality is pleasant, and draws me into watching her

I'm sure you all know who she is, but just in case some non beauty addict stumbles across my page, here is her Youtube channel.

Here are some of my favourite videos from her:




Also, my other favourite beauty expert is actually other bloggers.  I would be completely lost if there weren't so many bloggers out there.  I honestly never purchase anything without searching for reviews.  So to all the beauty bloggers out there - kudos to you all and keep doing your thing. If you'd like, please leave a comment below with your blog - I love reading new blogs xx

Day 19 was so similar to Day 18, so I am doing them all in one post.  My favourite look from a beauty expert is actually one from Lisa Eldridge.  So let me share with you the video that inspired me greatly.

Who's your favourite beauty expert?

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 17 Fashion Pieces on your to-buy list

Are we talking in reality or in my fantasy world? Because those lists are completely different haha.  Well, I think I do enough fantasising on this blog, so I'll come down to planet earth and show you guys a real to-buy list :)

1.  American Apparel Cape

2.  Vivienne Westwood booties

I "need" these, it rains here in England :p

3.  Black and grey cardigans
I love wearing these to work, so I need a few more in my wardrobe.
Not the ribbed kinds, but soft cotton...ohhhh so comfy.

4. L.A.M.B. Handbags
I'm in love with some older L.A.M.B. bags, especially the Carlisle clutch, Venezia (black), trenchtown Manchester clutch (pictured above), and the Pitch clutch (music line).  
Good luck to me as they are extremely hard to find here in the U.K.

5.  T by Alexander Wang tops
I love his t-shirts and cardigans. I'm searching religiously on ebay for some to pop up for under retail

Items that I am currently saving up for:
6.  Christian Louboutin shoes
Can you believe that I don't own any closed toe black shoes. I guess I felt it was too simple or something, but I figure that if I'm going to have just one pair, it will be a pair that I will wear for the rest of my life, shall be CL :)

And Last but definitely not least....

7.  Alexander Wang Rococo Bag
Are you guys sick of hearing me talk about this bag yet? I'm sure sick of talking about it.  I'm also sick of saving up for it too, but it MUST BE MINE!  Sorry to keep going on and on about this bag.

Tell me what's on your shopping list?

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 16 A celebrity whose fashion you don't like

Yikes, this is going to be a mean but honest post.  I don't like talking about celebrities, because they do nothing for me.  Also, it's hard to pick a celebrity whose fashion I don' t like, because most celebrities are advised by fashion consultants, so it's not really the celebrities I'm insulted, but the behind the scenes professional.

Having said that, I know you guys want to, my pick would be not just one celebrity in particular, but any celebrities that wears and supports Abercrombie and Fitch.   It's not so much the fashion I don't like (which I personally don't care for as to me it looks like expensive farmer's clothes but I absolutely detest their discriminatory policies and their racist t-shirts.

If you like A&F, please stick around to read this, as it's important for fans to read what type of company they are supporting!  If any company wants to know what not to do, they just need to watch what A& F have been doing.
Reason #1:
Racial t-shirts - Look, I know how to have a good laugh, but there is a difference between internal jokes about your own people.  For instance, I can make a joke about Koreans, why? Because I am one. You think that's unfair? Well tough sh*t, that's just how it goes.  A&F market to a certain demographics, it just happens to be middle class - upper class Caucasians.  I didn't pick their demographics, they did. So when you have t-shirts making fun of Asian people when your demographics isn't Asian, that is flat out racist.  If I see anyone with this t-shirt on, I will give that person an ear full, trust.  I would never go around totting t-shirts that offended anyone - white, black, Asian, Latino, whatever you way, I'm just not that idiotic or insensitive.

I'm not making this up.

Reason #2:

Their history of discrimination lawsuits. Yep, it's factual and they lost.

On April 14, 2005, a settlement required the company to pay $40 million to several thousand minority and female plaintiffs who charged the company with discrimination.  Not only did they lose tons of money, but they were also ordered to change and modify many internal procedures and adhere to fair employment practices.

So for me, any celebrity that sports A&F and gives a company like this more publicity is on my "hate" list.  Sorry this fun topic turned into a bit of a heated political rant, but I feel that being a consumer is a powerful tool.  Our money goes to companies that do something with it.  I will never support a company that offended any race.  This topic just hits close to home, because I am Asian, and I've been subjected to many racial situations, and to have a successful American company print millions of shirts like this, was highly offensive to me and that's why I boycott them.

I post will be light hearted lol.

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 15 Your favourite piece of jewellery

I'm really excited to show you guys my favourite piece of jewellery, because it's one that I really saved up to buy.  I'm feeling a tad guilty as I should be showing you my wedding ring HAHA!!!! But that goes without saying :).  Unfortunately, you guys will not be gazing at some huge diamond rock, or a set of gorgeous's not even real silver I don't think lol!

My favourite piece of jewellery is a second hand piece that I bought offline.  I'm not sure how much it originally was, but I would only assume it was out of my budget.  I love this piece, because it is not too "girly", but still an eye catcher.  I love long necklaces, so this is a piece that I always reach for.  It goes with so many of my outfits, and I always get compliments on it.  I would cry my eyes out if it ever broke, got stolen, or I lost it.  It really sums up my love for haute couture and street culture.

Gaze your eyes on my Chanel logo dog tag necklace.

It's super heavy and feels very luxurious.  I had it for a little over 2 years now, and despite it not being made of real silver or platinum gold, it has no signs of tarnish or wear.  It's really diesel and I love it with all my heart.

30 Days of Beauty Challenge: Day 14 Photo of a hairstyle/haircut you'd like to have

Hello lovely people.  I have some good news and some bad news.  The good news is that I will be finishing off my 30 day beauty challenge as I always intended on doing.  The bad news is that these posts are going to come in more frequently.  I just can't do one per day, as this week is super busy for me at work and I have an intense schedule starting week, which will prevent me from doing this one day at a time.  So I hope you still stick around to learn more about moi!


Now only today's challenge - What hairstyle do I like?
The hairstyle I like is the one that I can't have :( it is the edgy and very sexy blunt cut bang.  I have a very small forehead, so this look just won't work with my face :( SO SAD! I absolutely love this cut.  Anytime I see a woman with this cut, I always compliment her.  Seriously, I always always always tell her how much I love her hair :)  

I did a quick google image search, and found so many examples.  I'm still laughing at the picture of N. Minaj with that blue hair, but yes she is rocking the blunt cut haha.

I just love this look, it's so sexy!

What is your favourite hair style?

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 13 Photo of your fashion/style icon

Hi everyone.  Snowed in? I am haha.  I had a really hard time with today's beauty challenge.  I don't really have a fashion/style icon.  I actually hate all celebrity gossip.  I seriously could care less what Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian, and freaking the Jersey Shore or TOWIE girls are wearing.  In fact, I try NOT to wear what they are wearing, because I know that a million other girls will have the same exact outfit or accessory on.

I could say something cliche like Coco Chanel (even though I love her ethos and fashion house), but I wanted to share with you two websites that I look at for inspiration.

1. The women on

I love how creative, unique and unconventional people can be.  I love that, and for those reasons, I love this site.  

2. Another website I frequent for fashion inspirations are the people of NYC.

so check these out, they are amazing sites!

Sorry I'm going to cut this post short.  Tomorrow is my DH's birthday but we are celebrating today as he's off to Amsterdam for a show and we won't be together :(

So have a wonderful and warm Sunday.
Loads of love xx

Saturday, February 4, 2012

30 Day Beauty Challenge: Day 12 Favourite colour of clothing

Ever since my early 20's, people use to ask me why I always wore black.  I've heard it all..."are you from NY?" or "were you a goth as a teen?", or the ever so famous "are you depressed".  Yes, I was a depressed kid, no I was never a goth, and no I'm from Philly not NY :)  The real reasons why I love black clothes so much has to do with the fact that:

1.  Black goes with everything
I love adding bold accessories to an all black outfit

2.  Black is slimming
The rumors are true.  It provides the illusions and hides those extra "bumps"

3.  Black never goes out of style
A classic black dress, black blazer, black pants - all of these will never go out of fashion, right?

I wear so much black that I've been mistaken so many times as an employee of hair salons and makeup stores hahaha.  I know that black clothes is a staple in many wardrobes, but I really love black.  I do switch it up with some forms of grey LOL!  To some, this may seem extremely boring, while others may see it as very metropolitan and urban.   I'd like to think that I'm the latter. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Interview with MirkaDesign on Etsy

There are two things that Tokki & Oliver stands for:  Creativity and Female Entrepreneurs. I came across MirkaDesigns one night, and I just had to learn more about the company, the products, and of course the woman behind the business. So here is another installment of a Q&A session with another small female owned business. 

MirkaDesign has a modern and youthful take on bags, scarves, accessories and more.  There is something for everyone.  There are strong edgy pieces like this Large Leather bag ($48) - my personal favourite!

or this creative and very unique Fabric Origami bracelet ($24)

Or cute and quirky pieces like the DOTcom reusable cover & pocket hard-back notebook ($18)

and speaking of cute, you can't miss the Boo Collection ($9) - So freaking adorable!!

Tokki & Oliver absolutely loves MirkaDesign, so come and get to know Mirka and her company.

INTERVIEW with MirkaDesign

T&O: What inspired you to start making your own products? 
MD: I used to watch my mum sew when I was a little girl. She could create beautiful fashion clothes not only for herself but also for us kids and her friends.  She used to wear great pieces made by herself and got a lot of compliments on them wherever she turned up.   I wished to be like her someday. I started sewing when I was about 14 years old. I remember the first skirt I sewed. It was quite big and it didn't look great but I was so proud of it. Since then I was trying to sew a little pieces from sewing magazines, like  Burda. My mum gave me a lot of tips how to do things better and more professionally. I learned a basics - how to do a skirt, trousers, how to sew on zipper and so on... then I started designing my own patterns. I always tried to buy unique and cool fabrics in local shops and sew original clothes. I attended few fashion design competitions, which gave me the confidence in what I was doing. Sewing has become my creative outlet, where I escape and put my creative energy to good use. 
T&O: What are your favorite products in your collection?

MD: All of my products are special to me. Each item is made individually by myself from the pattern creation to final product so I have kind of "relationship" which each product if you know what I mean :)  I can't name my favorite. Each product is part of me :) 
T&O: What do you have in store for us in the future?

MD: I am planning to build my  own website, extend the range of my products and introduce new designs.
T&O: Tell us a little bit about the woman behind the company?

I am originally from Slovak republic and live in Ireland now. Aside from creating bags and various accessories, I work as an administrative clerk during the day. Sometimes it's hard to combine 2 jobs but on the other side it keeps me busy and that's what I like. I also enjoy reading books, walking & training my dog, cooking, traveling but sewing is my passion. I love to spend time in my own workroom, listening to music, looking at the fabrics, mixing them, creating various patterns and free all my ideas! That's what makes me really happy. 
A Big THANK YOU goes out to Mirka for her time and.....
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To read a previous interview, please check out the Interview with Amanda from NerdLacquer.