Black Friday

The best part about these Black Friday sales is that they're all online, so you can shop them in your pajamas, on lunch break at the office, or while getting ready for your next holiday party. Details after the jump!


Introducing Dior L'Or De Vie La Cure

Dior L'Or De Vie La Cure

My biggest beauty splurges to date have been a $54 lipstick (Tom Ford) and skincare products that hover around $100, so imagine my shock when I heard that Dior was launching a ultra-luxe skincare product that costs $2,200. The new L'Or de Vie La Cure is a limited edition available exclusively at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street and Holt Renfrew Vancouver starting December. (If you know a skincare-crazy one-percenter, you should mark your calendars now.)


Bridal Style: Luxurious Lashes

How to get beautiful glam lashes for your wedding day

When it comes to a bride's big day (or the holiday party circuit, for that matter), few makeup tricks can rival the allure of long, luscious lashes. After all, with the right lashes a woman can go from doe-eyed beauty to glam vixen in a heartbeat. Strip lashes and lash extensions are usually the way to go if you want to achieve high drama and maximum impact. And thanks to some new ultra-luxurious lash services in Vancouver, I recently had a chance to further explore the pros and cons of each method.


Latest Outfit: Getting Cozy With Bootlegger (Plus $300 Giveaway!)

Pattern-mixing and cozy layers with Bootlegger

You may remember me cryptically alluding to a special holiday collaboration with Bootlegger a couple weeks ago; I was asked to style two looks—one cozy, one holiday—and co-host a giveaway alongside two other bloggers. Well, I'm so happy that the time to share the cozy look and the giveaway has arrived. More photos and details (plus a chance to win a $300 gift card) after the jump!


7 Stylish Cold Weather Essentials

Each winter I seem to find myself adding another coat, sweater, or pair of boots to my collection of cold weather staples. At the same time though, I have to admit I get a smug little thrill out of pulling out the winter clothes and realizing they look just as good as ever. That's why I tend to gravitate towards classic styles in neutral shades, punctuated by a bright cashmere sweater here or a colourful coat there. Here, my picks for what will keep you warm and transcend seasonal trends.


Luxe Or Less: The Emergency Bold Lipstick

Consider the Emergency Bold Lipstick (or EBL) your makeup bag's version of the little black dress. It's that lipstick you should always carry with you that makes you ready for fancy evening plans in seconds, and around this time of year, it's an essential for instantly transitioning from the office to a holiday party.


Latest Outfit: Fair Isle Scarf

Fair isle scarf
J. Crew sweater | Dish jeans (c/o) | Bootlegger fair isle scarf (c/o) | Dynamite gloves | Madewell boots (similar) | Coach vintage city bag (new version) | Lips: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy

Last week was filled with ups and downs. Ups: Having Remembrance Day off and spending most of it with the boy; finally getting to see Gone Girl and Interstellar; resuming wedding planning; crisp, clear, sunny weather. Downs: Too much to do; not enough exercise; having a full week's worth of work was crammed into a scant four days; congestion that never seems to go away and persistent fatigue; the dry air that has me reaching for my go-to moisturizing products of the season. When things get this busy, I love having essentials I can count on without fail. Sweaters, skinny denim, and ankle boots have become my uniform, spiced up with a new scarf, quilted leather gloves, and moisturizing fuchsia lipstick.


Product Review: John Frieda Stylist Selections

John Frieda regimen for low-maintenance, frizz-free locks

On the days it behaves, my hair is thick, dark, and shiny, mostly straight but just wavy enough to give it interesting texture and body. But on rainy days or in weather like this dry cold snap Vancouver's been going through lately, it descends into a coarse, frizzy, static-ridden mess that sticks out in all directions. Thankfully, I've been having more of the former than the latter lately—even with the cold weather—largely because of John Frieda and their new Stylist Selections tool.


MIB Awards 2014

Beauty category

Happy Wednesday, dear readers! For those of you who had the day off yesterday for Remembrance Day, I hope it was restful and rejuvenating. I come to you today with a small favour to ask: This year, for some random reason, I've thrown my hat into the race for the Made In Blog Awards for Best Beauty Blog and Best Lifestyle Blog. If you could take a moment to vote for me either by clicking the image above or in my blog's right sidebar, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

Latest Outfit: Statement Coat & Silver Loafers

Statement black and grey coat

Here at Solo Lisa headquarters, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. I spent part of the weekend working on a fun holiday collaboration with Bootlegger that will be going live very soon, but for now, I just wanted to share this black-and-grey swing coat which I've been wearing non-stop for the last week. It's gotten compliments from my drycleaner to my coworkers, many of whom gaped in disbelief when I told them where it was from.


Jason Matlo 10 Year Anniversary Collection

When you've lasted 10 years as a fashion designer in a city known for Gore-Tex and yoga pants, all the while creating clothes fit for a modern-day glamazon, what do you do to mark the milestone? If you're Jason Matlo, you put on a luxe runway show at the Fairmont Pacific Rim on a Friday night, and you invite Vancouver's industry insiders, media, and fashion influencers.


7 Moisturizing Products That Will Get You Through Winter

7 moisturizing products to get you through winter

Maybe it's me getting older or the winters getting harsher, but whenever this time of year rolls around, I find myself slathering on as many hydrating lotions and potions as possible. The flurry of beauty samples crossing my desk this season has led to the discovery of some new favourites which will be on heavy (i.e. daily) rotation in the coming weeks.


One Of A Kind Giveaway

Cozy chic home decor

When One Of A Kind asked me to contribute to their blog and curate a holiday gift guide, my mind instantly jumped to all the cozy things that make a house truly feel like a home during the winter months. The Toronto-based craft-fair-turned-online-shop offers nationwide shipping and an eclectic selection of unique wares from Canadian artisans. Just think: hand-screened linens, handcrafted beeswax candles, Canadiana throw pillows, and adorable ceramics are a click away from brightening up your home or making someone on your Christmas shopping list very happy. And to sweeten the deal, OOAK is offering one lucky Solo Lisa reader a $50 GC to spend online.


Latest Outfit: Borrowed From The Boys

Brighten up a neutral fall/winter look with a tartan scarf and colourful coat

Like many women, I harbour fantasies about "borrowing" my significant other's clothes and looking sexily tomboyish in them. But in reality, with the boy being a full head taller and much bigger than my petite frame, the only thing I can feasibly swipe is this plaid scarf. That's why I was ecstatic to find this menswear-inspired shirt on our trip to San Francisco. The cuffs, collar, tails, and fabric make it look as though it was borrowed from the boys. The way it fits in all the right places, and looks oversized but never overwhelming, makes it utterly perfect. I wore it yesterday with my blue winter coat, skinny black cuffed denim, and silver loafers—a polished-but-effortless combo for running errands and making the most of Daylight Savings.

Men's shirt and tartan scarf
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