January 29, 2013

Totally Kissable Lipstick

There's nothing like a great lipstick to make your lips look totally kissable. Lip products are hands down my most loved make-up item (I carry at least six lipsticks, glosses or balms in my make-up bag), and I prefer sheer formulas because I find the colours are easier to wear and they feel more moisturizing.

When I saw that IFB teamed up with Avon's Totally Kissable lipstick for this week's IFB project, I decided to round up my favourite shades of red, fuchsia, pink, plum and orange lipsticks that I wear most often on the blog. Share your favourites with me in the comments! I love discovering new lipsticks to try (not that I need anymore...)


January 28, 2013

Monday Muses: Lily Aldridge & Dixie Followill

I don't know about you, but little Dixie is quite possibly the cutest little baby girl I've ever seen. Of course, having a Victoria's Secret Angel as a mom doesn't hurt. I can't get enough of Lily Aldridge's effortless outfit that's equal parts comfortable and stylish; it's definitely a look I'll be re-creating for myself. Want to do the same? Shop both mom and baby's looks below!

For Mama:
1) Isabel Marant Étoile Kiliann cardigan $450.00 CAD
2) LOFT modern cat eye sunglasses $24.50 USD
3) James Jeans Couture skinny jeans $88.00 CAD on sale
4) Mossimo Supply Co. short sleeve pocket vee tee $8.00 USD
5) Steve Madden Madhouse boots $119.99 USD on sale
6) Derek Alexander inset top zip bag $260.00 USD

For Mini-Me:
1) Gap favourite footed zip one-piece $26.95 CAD
2) Gap favourite knot hat $4.99 CAD on sale

January 25, 2013

Sweet Treats for Valentine's

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With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, I've found myself occupied with pinning recipes for love-filled treats on Pinterest. They say the easiest way to a man's heart is his stomach after all. Of course these sweet and savoury delights can be made for anyone, from your bestie or mom to your kids. I'm smitten with the macaron pops. I didn't think these little confections could get any cuter until I saw them on a stick!

January 22, 2013

Black, White and Sequins All Over

{ Blazer: H&M (old) // T-shirt: Mossimo via Target // Sequin Shorts: Zara (on sale) // Tights: Express // Booties: Zara (old) // Bag: Badgley Mischka // Sunglasses: Prada // Jewelry: INPINK necklace & ring (c/o) // Nails: Revlon "Wild Strawberry" }
{ Photographed by Eleanor Chow }

Sequins: they're not just for the holidays, girls! You'd be surprised at how easy it is to incorporate sequined items into your everyday outfits (they work surprisingly well with basic t-shirts). Though I dressed up these sequin shorts for a look that's appropriate for dinner or cocktails, they can also be dressed down for day just by wearing a denim jacket and high top wedge sneakers, for example. A little sparkle in your outfit is always a fun addition, so don't forget to accessorize your sequins with some jewelry (or "wow-wow," as my daughter calls it). This necklace and ring from INPINK add the perfect finishing touches to this ensemble.

If you're looking to add more wow to your looks, INPINK has offered Style Rhapsody readers a special promo code for 30% off of anything on INPINK.com (excluding nail polish and gift cards). Enter code STYLER30 at check-out; the promotion expires on March 1, 2013. Shine on!


January 21, 2013

Monday Muses: Elizabeth Banks & Felix Handelman

Happy Monday everyone! Just stopping in for a quick hello and bringing you this week's Monday Muses. Here's to a wonderful week ahead. Thanks for reading!

1) The North Face Mossbud Acadia vest $52.99 USD
2) Awear black skinny jeans $24.21 USD
3) Mossimo Supply Co. long sleeve top $14.99 USD
4) ASOS wayfarer sunglasses $21.47 CAD
5) MICHAEL Michael Kors ostrich-effect leather saddle bag $150.00 USD
6) Tolani zig zag scarf $85.00 USD
7) Converse women's Jack Purcell CP $64.52 CAD

For Mini Mister:
1) Triple Five Soul shawl collar cardigan $31.19 USD
2) Carter's canvas sneaker $19.50 USD
3) Gap knit-waist corduroy pants $23.99 CAD on sale

January 18, 2013

Fair Isle

{ Sweater: Wilfred Free "Érable" via Aritzia // Leggings: OASAP (c/o) // Boots: Aldo // Bag: Burberry // Sunglasses: Prada // Jewelry: DIY necklace; OASAP ring (c/o) }
{ Photographed by Eleanor Chow }

I love a cozy sweater that can double as a jacket. This Fair Isle cardigan (on sale now!) is surprisingly warm and really insulates from the cold; well, just long enough for me to take these photos without my coat when it's 1 °C, but I can see it working as a wonderful piece to throw on during the winter to spring transition. As for right now, it's Friday and that means it's time to transition into the weekend! Have a good one!


January 17, 2013

Fashionably Fixated on...

Maybe it's the gloomy January blues, but lately I've been fixated on colourful bags. I have a lot of neutral handbags in go-with-everything shades of black, white, and beige, which I think every girl needs in her purse repertoire. However, on those days when you just want to add a pop of colour, these candy-hued bags would make the perfect bright accessory, and these designers know how to do colour well. Which one's your favourite?

1) Coach Legacy Leather Penny Shoulder Purse in fuchsia $198.00 USD
2) Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac in mint $195.00 USD
3) 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel in aubergine $895.00 USD
4) Balenciaga Giant 12 City Tote in dark turquoise $1,895.00 USD
5) Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium Leather Satchel in purple rain $1,695.00 USD

January 15, 2013

Layered Shirtdress

{ Coat: T. Babaton // Dress: Talula "Fleetwood" // Chambray Shirt: H&M // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Bag: Louis Vuitton // Sunglasses: Prada // Jewelry: Costa Blanca necklace; Forever 21 pearl bracelets; wrap bracelet from NYC street vendor }
{ Photographed by Eleanor Chow }

My love for this lace dress has been well documented on this blog (seen here, here and here) and I take any opportunity I can to wear it all year round. In addition to a camisole and two pairs of tights, I layered my heart-print chambray shirt underneath the dress to make it more suitable for the cold. I threw on my wool and cashmere blend coat on top (buttoned all the way up after outfit photos were taken, of course!) and I was good to go.

January 14, 2013

Monday Muses: Ivanka Trump & Arabella Rose Kushner

Ivanka Trump is always impeccably dressed and now that she has a little girl, it's no different. It's been fun to see her style since she became a mom, and this outfit she wore while strolling with Arabella (who looks just as chic in polka dots) is an easy, casual look that's stylish enough for everyday wear.

For Mama
1) ASOS denim shirt with color block panels $68.00 CAD
2) LOFT modern cat eye sunglasses $24.50 USD
3) Sebago Lucerne loafers $96.38 CAD
4) M.Grifoni denim capris $72.54 USD

For Mini-Me:
1) Gap leopard print ruffle dress $39.95 CAD
2) Osh Kosh B'gosh TLC leggings $4.99 USD
3) Carters denim espadrille with bow $15.00 USD

January 11, 2013

Skater Skirt

{ Sweater: Zara // Faux Leather Skater Skirt: ASOS // Tights: Joe Fresh // Booties: Zara // Scarf: Matthew Williamson for H&M // Bag: Chanel // Sunglasses: Gucci // Jewelry: HRH Collection La Lumiere bracelet & Gilded Girl ring }
 { Photographed by Eleanor Chow }

A flared faux leather skirt is something that's been on my wish list for a while and I found the perfect one at ASOS. I love this piece because it fits right into my style: feminine and flirty with a little edge. Since the grey Vancouver skies were a little depressing, I paired the skirt with my neon pink sweater and some sparkly jewels to add a little brightness to the day. It seemed to have worked on the weather gods because we're forecast to have five straight days of sunshine, woohoo! Happy weekend and thanks for reading!


January 09, 2013

Chartreuse Crush

{ Camouflage Shirt: Zara (last seen here) // Striped Top: H&M // Jeans: Urban Behavior // Studded Riding Boots: Zara (on sale) // Scarf: J. Crew // Bag: Salad // Ring: JewelMint }
{ Photographed by Eleanor Chow }

I was super excited to see that Marionberry Style's Trend of the Month challenge for January was stripes. It's a pattern that really goes with anything, and there are quite a number of striped pieces in my closet. I decided to pair my classic black and white stripes with some camo print, and accessorized with this chartreuse scarf I scored at J. Crew during their Boxing Week sale. I've been crushing on this neon yellow colour as of late and it reminds me of Spring, which can't come soon enough!


January 07, 2013

Monday Muses: Jessica Simpson & Maxwell Johnson

Happy Monday! Hope you're rested from the weekend. I was nursing a cold for all of Saturday but I'm happy to report that I've quickly recovered thanks to some trusty Chinese medicine (that tastes awful but works!). Today's Monday Muses are Jessica Simpson and her daughter, Maxwell. Get inspired by their style below, especially for you mamas out there whose resolution is to focus on you and your style!

For Mama:
1) Ann Taylor pleated wrap top $34.99 USD on sale
2) MICHAEL Michael Kors oversized sunglasses $102.18 CAD
3) Wet Seal cocoon open cardigan $22.50 USD
4) Sam Edelman Empire boots $225.00 USD 
5) White House Black Market full length legging $26.25 USD
6) GUESS gold tone hoop earrings $18.00 CAD

For Mini-Me:
1) Gap favourite embroidered bodysuit $16.95 CAD
2) Zara knitted bolero $12.99 CAD on sale
3) Robeez booties $36.00 USD
4) Cherokee tulle skirt $14.00 USD
5) Osh Kosh B'gosh grosgrain headband $3.99 USD
6) Gap knit dot tights $12.95 CAD

January 04, 2013


1) On a jet plane to Cabo San Lucas
2) A morning of blog reading, tea and treats
3) Silver bracelets brought home from Mexico
4) Date night at Hawksworth Restaurant
5) Christmas bouquet complete with ornaments
6) Snow day
7) European breakfast at Acme Cafe
8) Opened up this beauty on Christmas morning
9) HRH Collection iPhone case
10) Lululemon socks perfect for Bar Method exercises

Sharing some moments from my Instagram feed. Follow along on your phone @marisajoyxo.
Have a fabulous first weekend of 2013!

January 02, 2013

Hello 2013

{ Coat: T. Babaton "Bromley" // Faux Fur Vest: H&M // Sweater: Old Navy // Coated Denim: Zara // Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Bag: Burberry // Sunglasses: Karen Walker "Number One" // Jewelry: Joe Fresh necklace; H&M bracelet; random rings }
{ Photographed by Eleanor Chow }

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2013 is treating you well so far. As much as I enjoy the holiday festivities, it's kind of nice to be back in a regular routine and I'm kicking it off with this post, the first of the new year! I'm really enjoying layering faux fur vests this winter and this outfit is no exception. If you haven't worn faux fur vests yet, try one out! It's the perfect time of year to start experimenting with your style. Have fun and thanks for reading!