Back to basics.

It's been quite a year for Collectioneight! Lots of travel, growth and of course..... inspiration. 

I thought long and hard of what to post first after almost a year hiatus and the inclination was to show you what I'm actually buying for myself! After travelling so much I really wanted to grab a few new essentials to update my wardrobe basics. I love sharing my must haves so here's what I've been snapping up:

XO Ana :)

THE NEW EASY- A FLATTERING JUMPSUIT

I'll be wearing this jumpsuit on stage this upcoming season. It's all year, any occasion and SO comfy!!!

Aritzia Branson jumpsuit.

Aritzia Branson jumpsuit.

A KILLER RED LIP

This 90's classic has a matte finish for an updated sexy pout. ***TIP: buy the matching lip liner for staying power.

MAC Ruby Woo - A universally flattering shade.

MAC Ruby Woo - A universally flattering shade.

DAY TO NIGHT DENIM

I have 5 pairs of Rocket jeans. Need I say more?

Citizens of Humanity "Rocket" jeans in black.

Citizens of Humanity "Rocket" jeans in black.

 

A SIGNATURE (for me) RING

I picked up this beauty in Grand Cayman. It's bold, classic and absolutely stunning for everyday.

Bvlgari "Zero B" ring.

Bvlgari "Zero B" ring.

A MAXI VEST FOR IMPACT

I love, love this vest. I throw it on top of anything for an instant Soho vibe.

Zara vest.

Zara vest.

 

A MODERN TAKE ON THE HEEL

Want legs for days? Sick of sacrificing comfort for sexy? You're welcome ladies.... these come in nude and black. The toe is SO fresh and uptown.

Tory Burch Raleigh pump.

Tory Burch Raleigh pump.

A NEW SIGNATURE SCENT

When one of my fav perfumes was discontinued I was on an immediate hunt for a sexy, new evening scent. Goodbye Tom Ford.... hello Serge Lutens. This is next level for sultry.

Serge Lutens "Ambre sultan".

Serge Lutens "Ambre sultan".

THE "FOREVER IN MY CLOSET" GLAM GOWN

Okay guys, I know this might SEEM indulgent but let me explain. This dress is a STEAL. It represents any decade and can carry you through any event.... 

Elizabeth and James "Kendra" strapless, stretch-crepe gown. $695

Elizabeth and James "Kendra" strapless, stretch-crepe gown. $695







Current Obsession: The Tunic

To me, there is nothing more stylish than looking chic and comfortable at the same time. When working with clients, my philosophy is always the same - buy what you feel great in. Why suffer for the sake of fashion???

Tunics embody everything I love. They are soft, comfortable, easy to wear and have an approachable yet elevated look. 

Here are my top looks:

Boho

Joe Fresh Crochet swim cover up

Joe Fresh Crochet swim cover up

Miguelina Kate dress

Miguelina Kate dress

Ethnic Inspired

Tory Burch Skye tunic

Tory Burch Skye tunic

J Crew Soutache chambray tunic

J Crew Soutache chambray tunic

Minimalist

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Chloe silk tunic

Chloe silk tunic

Joe Fresh V neck silk dress

Joe Fresh V neck silk dress

The Caftan

Riller and Fount Robyn maxi caftan

Riller and Fount Robyn maxi caftan

BCBG Olivia caftan

BCBG Olivia caftan

8 Secrets to elevate your everyday look

Clients are always asking me what my 'must have' secrets are.  I've compiled a list of 8 things I cannot live without that are so much more than a quick fix....

Glow.

Glow.

Dior makes the best self tanning product in my opinion. It's a gel formula that glides on easily and doesn't rub off on clothes or sheets. It also has a subtle bronzer so you can apply it in the morning.  You need very little to get great results.

Dior makes the best self tanning product in my opinion. It's a gel formula that glides on easily and doesn't rub off on clothes or sheets. It also has a subtle bronzer so you can apply it in the morning.  You need very little to get great results.

The newest addition to my everyday ritual is Nutraluxe Eyelash serum. I've just started using this incredible product thanks to local beauty maven Kimmy Le, owner of Bare Wax Bar (you can buy it there). After only 3 weeks, my lashes are thicker and noticeably longer. With regular use, lashes become so long it appears that you have extensions!  

The newest addition to my everyday ritual is Nutraluxe Eyelash serum. I've just started using this incredible product thanks to local beauty maven Kimmy Le, owner of Bare Wax Bar (you can buy it there). After only 3 weeks, my lashes are thicker and noticeably longer. With regular use, lashes become so long it appears that you have extensions!  

Condition.

Condition.

If there is one product in my house that I use the most, it's definitely coconut oil. This miracle product has incredible health and beauty benefits and can be used in a myriad of ways. I use it to whiten my teeth (oil pulling), moisturize my skin and hair, and boost my coffee just to name a few. Read more about it HERE

If there is one product in my house that I use the most, it's definitely coconut oil. This miracle product has incredible health and beauty benefits and can be used in a myriad of ways. I use it to whiten my teeth (oil pulling), moisturize my skin and hair, and boost my coffee just to name a few. Read more about it HERE

This Vitamin C Serum by Di Morelli is a miracle worker. The effects of a great serum are cumulative and can have dramatic effects on skin texture and appearance. I use this everyday and think of it as a daily vitamin for my face! The serum was created exclusively by Dr. Morell at the Medical Rejuvenation Clinic in Vancouver. Get it HERE.

This Vitamin C Serum by Di Morelli is a miracle worker. The effects of a great serum are cumulative and can have dramatic effects on skin texture and appearance. I use this everyday and think of it as a daily vitamin for my face! The serum was created exclusively by Dr. Morell at the Medical Rejuvenation Clinic in Vancouver. Get it HERE.

Face food.

Face food.

I have been using Aveda's "pure fume" Spirit for years and get compliments on it all the time. It has no harsh chemicals and smells like a day at the spa. You can choose from a wide selection of blends and they will make it for you custom, on the spot. My fav is #6 which is the fragrance of their iconic Shampure shampoo. 

I have been using Aveda's "pure fume" Spirit for years and get compliments on it all the time. It has no harsh chemicals and smells like a day at the spa. You can choose from a wide selection of blends and they will make it for you custom, on the spot. My fav is #6 which is the fragrance of their iconic Shampure shampoo. 

You are what you eat as far as I'm concerned. A daily green juice is packed with vitamins and antioxidants to get your skin glowing and boost your mood. I have one everyday. Check out The Juice Truck in Vancouver for all kinds of healthy juices as well as amazing juice cleanse packages.

You are what you eat as far as I'm concerned. A daily green juice is packed with vitamins and antioxidants to get your skin glowing and boost your mood. I have one everyday. Check out The Juice Truck in Vancouver for all kinds of healthy juices as well as amazing juice cleanse packages.

Let's face it. A great haircut and colour can elevate your look in spades.  I go to IS Salon in Yaletown, Vancouver. If you are unsure where to go, here are my top tips: Google reviews Ask around Bring a photo of the cut/colour you want Choose a salon with a great product line up Ask for someone experienced  

Let's face it. A great haircut and colour can elevate your look in spades.  I go to IS Salon in Yaletown, Vancouver. If you are unsure where to go, here are my top tips:

Google reviews

Ask around

Bring a photo of the cut/colour you want

Choose a salon with a great product line up

Ask for someone experienced

 

Highlight.

Highlight.

There is nothing like having a wardrobe that is well thought out and organized. It relieves stress and ensures that you always have something to wear. I make sure that EVERYTHING in my closet has a current purpose. By hiring a personal stylist, you can eliminate what isn't working and build a functional wardrobe that is interchangeable.  See how it works HERE.

There is nothing like having a wardrobe that is well thought out and organized. It relieves stress and ensures that you always have something to wear. I make sure that EVERYTHING in my closet has a current purpose. By hiring a personal stylist, you can eliminate what isn't working and build a functional wardrobe that is interchangeable. 

See how it works HERE.

Must Have: The Black Maxi

One of my absolute 'must have' closet staples is a black maxi dress. It's super easy to style with most accessories and it looks so upscale without the price tag of a 3 piece outfit.  I've chosen 3 of my top picks from Net-a-Porter in every budget. Throw on a pair of shades, add a great bag and you're done!

LOW

American Vintage Yosemite wrap-effect crepe maxi dress $140

 


Hair Rescue

Years of highlighting my long hair has taken it's toll. The texture has changed and I was suddenly faced with heat styling my hair diligently as opposed to the wash and go approach I used slide by with. I'm a huge Kevin Murphy fan and was so grateful when they sent me the perfect 3 step process to salvage my locks and make them look healthy again. Here's the scoop:

STEP 1

Masque

When I tried this rich, creamy masque I was blown away. I was able to comb through my hair again with ease...

When I tried this rich, creamy masque I was blown away. I was able to comb through my hair again with ease...

This luxurious oil is meant to be applied on damp hair to smooth, protect and prep hair for styling. It made my hair feel like silk.

This luxurious oil is meant to be applied on damp hair to smooth, protect and prep hair for styling. It made my hair feel like silk.

This product is a dream. It's a heat protection spray that's perfect to use on dry hair before a flat iron, curling iron or blow dryer. It smells so heavenly I would literally wear it as a personal scent.

This product is a dream. It's a heat protection spray that's perfect to use on dry hair before a flat iron, curling iron or blow dryer. It smells so heavenly I would literally wear it as a personal scent.

The Results

Happy hair!

Happy hair!

You can buy Kevin Murphy products locally in Vancouver at Pompadours Salon in Kitsilano.

Airport Style

Someone asked me the other day "how would you describe your everyday style?" and with out hesitation, my reply was "airport style". What does this mean? To me it's a combination of effortless chic and total comfort. Although I love dressing up and wearing heels, my typical everyday look revolves around soft textures, comfy shoes and warm layers....

Here's the list:

Comfy flats

Comfy flats

Soft denim

Soft denim

A loose sweater

A loose sweater

A huge, lightweight scarf

A huge, lightweight scarf

A great blazer

A great blazer

A big bag 

A big bag 

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Accessory essentials

Accessory essentials

Images from Pinterest.com


The New Black Shoe

I'm always scouting for the perfect black shoe for my clients. There's nothing like finding that spot on shoe that goes with everything but makes a current statement. Sound hard to find? I've pulled my fav black statement shoes from Zara that go beyond a basic pump and will take you from day to night...

Oh. And they are all under $100.... ;) XO

 

The bow kitten heel.

The bow kitten heel.

The strappy heel.

The strappy heel.

The satin mule.

The satin mule.

The glam gladiator.

The glam gladiator.

The chunky heel.

The chunky heel.

All images from Pinterest.com

Client File: Blush Basics

My client today was a gorgeous new mom in need of some updated classics for her fab, new post-baby bod. I wanted to get her into some easy pieces that still highlighted her femininity without being too high maintenance. This is one of the looks I created...

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