Skincare 101

by Sarah

We strongly believe in the importance of great skin care, and how a daily regime is crucial for keeping skin healthy and happy. Before opening Room 152, and prior to my stint as an archaeologist, I worked as an esthetician (still can’t make that connection between my three career choices lol). For a year and a half, I preached the four daily-do’s … cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer. Above all, you need these in your life twice a day, everyday! Trust me, the results are outstanding! Not only are you helping to protect a portion of your body’s largest organ, you can visibly see the results. Tired, dull skin?… gone! Youthful glow?… you bet! I have kept with this ritual all through my 20’s and 30’s, rarely missing a single day. When people discover my age, their shock cracks me up. It’s satisfying in a way, since I’ve worked long and hard for it, and it sure has paid off!

Two of my absolute (take-my-arm-but-don’t-take-these) favourite products are Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream, and Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum. I’ve tried MANY different products, and have NEVER had the results that these two have given me. Now that I’m in my late 30’s, I’m far more committed to fighting the good fight with those pesky fine lines. I’ve found that whenever I’ve strayed from, or run out of one of these products, my skin starts to show it in a very sad way. So I’ve learned not to, and will stick to them like glue! With a high antioxidant content, as well as citrus fruit oils to tone and refresh, Citrus and Kale Serum helps with improving skin’s hydration and elasticity for a younger looking appearance. Magic Night Cream works over night to firm and improve elasticity, making the skin appear far more smooth and supple. It’s like an over night face lift in a jar!

So there it is, my secret’s revealed! The key to beautiful skin is not just good genes, it’s maintenance. It’s sometimes difficult to stick to such a strict routine, especially after those long, hard days where it’s more appealing to stay stuck to the couch then to drag your feet to the bathroom sink. But I can say with absolute certainty, you’ll thank yourself tomorrow!


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P.S. We’ve recently discovered the miracle of GlamGlow. Details to come!

Left: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream (available at Holt Renfrew), Right: Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum (available at Spirt Spa)


After a mini break prepping for the 3rd anniversary party of Sarah’s store, Room 152, and the official launch of Hollis + Jane, we’re back! We’d like to thank everyone who came out last Friday night to celebrate with us! It was so great to meet all of you, and we’re ecstatic to hear that so many of you have been enjoying the blog so far :D!

With that said, let’s talk LAYERS!!!

As sad as it is to say goodbye to yet another beautiful Summer, we’re just as equally excited to head on into Fall. The crisp cool air, gorgeous tree colours, and endless outfit possibilities make this one of our favourite times of year! One of our absolute, hands down, most loved looks is LAYERS! Big or small, by adding a couple of additional pieces, you can turn a simple look into something so much more. We’ve heard many times that attempts at layering can be intimating, confusing, and is only for the creatives types. We say hogwash! Anyone can layer! No need to rush out to buy all new clothes, you’d be amazed with what you already own. Start small with the basics, and ease your way up to the major leagues. Tank tops, simple sweaters, oversized coats, necklaces, scarves… just layer those puppies!

Here are a couple of step by step ideas to help inspire!


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Styling tip: A key staple in our closets is the Sèvres Blouse from Aritzia (link in the photo comments), which can be worn under tops and sweaters to create an effortless layering look.

Big Layers:

Top: Wilfred “Sèvres Blouse” (available at, Leggings: Tyler Madison (available at Bodega Boutique
Sweater: Club Monaco, Top: Wilfred, Leggings: Tyler Madison
Third layer – Duster Coat: Cupcakes & Cashmere, Sweater: Club Monaco, Necklace: Ment Jewellery (available at Room 152 Boutique & Makenew Curated Thrift), Top: Wilfred, Leggings: Tyler Madison, Glasses: Derek Lam 10 Crosby
Scarf: Wilfred, Duster Coat: Cupcakes & Cashmere, Sweater: Club Monaco, Top: Wilfred, Necklace: Ment Jewellery, Leggings: Tyler Madison

Small Layers:

First layer – Top: Periphery Denim: Citizens of Humanity
Second layer – Gold Statement Necklace: Ment Jewellery, Top: Periphery
Third layer – Jacket: Banana Republic, Top: Periphery, Necklace: Ment Jewellery, Bag: Michael Kors


September Must Haves – Leather Jacket, Booties & Blanket Scarves

As the crisp, cool air of Fall approaches, we’re giddy with excitement at the prospects of busting out our favorite pieces that will keep us warm, yet oh-so stylish. If we had to choose three key pieces, we would hands down head for the leather jacket, ankles booties, and a (can it get any bigger?) blanket scarf. Most often, this power trio will pair with any look, whether you’re dressing it up or aiming for casual. For added warmth, throw a cozy fur vest under the jacket for a layered look that will carry you in to the early winter months. Swoon!

Here are a few of our favorite looks to inspire!


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Jacket: Mackage (available at Room 152 Boutique), Dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Booties: Steven by Steve Madden, Location: Dartmouth Graffiti Walls
Jacket: Pink Tartan, Dress: T Alexander Wang, Slides: J Crew, Bag: Lowell “Casgrain” Convertible Bag/Backpack (available at Sattva Boutique), Scarf: Louis Vuitton “Monogram Denim Shawl” (available at Room 152 Boutique), Necklace: Ment Jewellery (available at Room 152 Boutique & Makenew Curated Thrift), Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Location: Dartmouth Graffiti Walls
Dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jacket: Mackage (available at Room 152 Boutique), Booties: Steven by Steve Madden, Location: Dartmouth Graffiti Walls
Jacket: Pink Tartan, Scarf: Louis Vuitton “Monogram Denim Shawl” (available at Room 152 Boutique), Dress: T Alexander Wang, Bag: Lowell “Casgrain” Convertible Bag/Backpack (available at Sattva Boutique), Slides: J Crew, Location: Dartmouth Graffiti Walls
Booties: Steven by Steve Madden, Dress 3.1 Phillip Lim, Location: Dartmouth Graffiti Walls
Scarf: Louis Vuitton “Monogram Denim Shawl” (available at Room 152

Kit Bag Essentials

We’re completely smitten with beauty products! It’s fair to say that we’ve each spent a pretty penny testing the latest and greatest, which guarantees to cure what ails us. Many products (high or low) fall short of their claims, but here are some of our staples that we think have nailed it!


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From left to right: Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer by Aveeno, Better Than Sex Mascara by Two Faced, Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm by Fresh.

Emily: If I had to choose only three products to take on vacation they would definitely be moisturizer, mascara and lip balm. These are my can’t-live-without’s! I love trying new products regularly, and switch between brands often. These are the three I’m loving right now. Aveeno daily moisturizer is a nice light moisturizer with an SPF of 15 (great for summer time!), available at most drug stores and is incredibly affordable. Better Than Sex mascara by Two Faced adds volume to lashes, creating the full, thick look that I love. It’s great for a played down day look, or can be layered for a more dramatic evening look. Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm by Fresh is my current go-to for lips. It’s deeply hydrating, feels silky smooth and smells incredible! Completely in love!


From left to right: Puff. Me by Design.Me Hair (available at Bowtique Hair & Makeup), BB. Colour Stick in brown by Bumble and Bumble., Blacklight Blue Shampoo by Oligo Professional (available at Bowtique Hair & Makeup).

Sarah: I sometimes feel like I’ve been blessed with the worst-of-the-worst hair type: Thick, fine, and oh-so limp. Combine that with those pesky greys, and you’ve got a hot mess :(. But that’s OK! With a little help from my stylist and some pretty fantastic products, I have finally beaten my flat hair woe’s. Puff. Me gives incredible, long lasting volume (that actually works!), BB Color Stick covers the grey and freshens roots in between color, and Blacklight Shampoo prolongs color life. Perfection!

Summer to Fall

It’s September 1st, and it’s beginning to feel a lot like Fall here on the East Coast! Time to start thinking about putting away your Summer go-to’s, and breaking out those cozy knits and pants. If you’re a bit stressed about the damage a whole new Fall wardrobe will have on the bank account, don’t fret! We’re convinced that most summer pieces can be transitioned into the colder months with a couple of quick add-ons! Throw a cardi over that tank, or pair booties with that dress for a new look fit for Fall. You’ll prolong the wear time of those Summer favs, and get a big high five from wallet while you’re at it! Below are a couple of our favourite transition looks to give you a little inspiration :).

Happy Labour Day Weekend!


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Sarah 1
Top: Mandy Evans, Skirt: Diane von Furstenburg, Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens, Purse: Rebecca Minkoff “Darren Messenger”, Necklace: Ment Jewellery (available at Room 152 Boutique & Makenew Curated Thrift), Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Location: Alderney Landing. Complete outfit from Room 152 Clothing Boutique.
Sarah 2
Top: Mandy Evans, Sweater: Dex, Skirt: Diane von Furstenburg, Shoes: Rag & Bone “Margot”, Purse: Rebecca Minkoff “Darren Messenger”, Necklace: Ment Jewellery (available at Room 152 Boutique & Makenew Curated Thrift), Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Location: Alderney Landing. Complete outfit from Room 152 Clothing Boutique.
Emily 1
Sweater: Forever 21, Shorts: J Brand, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Location: Dartmouth
Emily 2
Sweater: Forever 21, Pants: J Brand, Shoes: Vintage, Necklace: Ment Jewellery, Location: Dartmouth Waterfront

The Best of Summer

It’s sad to say, but another summer is just about to come to a close. Soon it’ll be time to grab some knits, slap on those boots and LAYER! We’ve had a really great summer here on the East Coast, as they typically are. We especially enjoyed the times when we were able to shoot some of the pretty incredible pieces that made their way to Sarah’s store. Here are a couple of our favourites!


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Dress: Judith & Charles, Bag: Louis Vuitton “Ellipse PM”, Location: Halifax Waterfront
Sweater: Banana Republic, Pants: J Crew, Necklace: Stella & Dot, Luggage: Louis Vuitton – Left – “Sac Chasse”, Right – “Monogram Sirius 65” (currently for sale at Room 152), Location: Halifax Station
Sweater: Banana Republic, Pants – J Crew, Luggage: Louis Vuitton “Sac Chasse”, Location: Halifax Station
Dress: BB Dakota, Sandals: Valentino T- Strap Rockstuds, Location: King’s Wharf
Sandals: Valentino T- Strap Rockstuds

Welcome to Hollis + Jane!

Welcome to Hollis + Jane, a lifestyle blog by Sarah Kingston and Emily Hammer! We’re excited to share with you our weekly posts on styling tips, beauty recommendations, favourite recipes, and so much more.

Let us introduce ourselves!

Emily “Jane” – Co founder and creative director for Hollis + Jane

Emily is a Dartmouth based blogger and photographer, who has a background in fashion, specializing in vintage clothing. Along with blogging for Hollis + Jane, she is currently pursing her Diploma in Holistic Nutrition. One of her favourite movies is The September Issue. Emily is excited to be a part of H + J, and is excited to share creative ideas that will inspire!

Sarah “Hollis” – Co founder and art/web director for Hollis + Jane

Sarah is a Halifax/Dartmouth based blogger, with a background in styling and high-end retail. Her favourite fashion labels include All Saints Spitalfields, Rag & Bone, Alexander McQueen, among many others. A self described minimalist and clothing junkie, her key staples are black ankle boots and a long pendant necklace…as she says, they tie most anything together! When not blogging for Hollis + Jane, Sarah stays busy running her designer consignment boutique, Room 152, in Downtown Dartmouth.

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