XO Styling by Cara McLeay

001Style blogger Cara McLeay started her site, A Fashion Love Affair in 2011 as a place for her to share her inspirations and love for fashion, travel and everything in between.


Cara has become well known for her beautiful long blond locks, and her XO Styling Iron. Now, Cara is expanding her hair care line to include two new products: XO Styling Beach Hair Texturizing Spray & Radiant Weightless Finishing Oil. We chatted with Cara about the XO Styling products, and her journey as a style blogger.

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What compelled you to create the XO Styling Iron?
After having my readers ask me about how I created some of the looks I shared on A Fashion Love Affair and @Carajourdan and requesting tutorials, I realized I wanted to be able to use and recommend products that I truly believed in. I created the XO Styling Iron so that I could stand behind a great product and know that it worked perfectly for all hair types to create curls, waves or straight hairstyles.

What are the new styling products?

XO Styling Beach Hair Texturizing Spray & Radiant Weightless Finishing Oil

This sea salt infused texturizer creates effortless beach waves with a touchable, satin finish. The balance of natural Sea and Epsom salts creates amazing texture while hazel seed and sunflower seed oil hydrate the hair while Vitamin E and Oleic acid stimulate healthy hair growth and provide UV protection.

XO Styling Radiant Weightless Finishing Oil is the perfect blend of 8 therapeutic ingredients to add to your everyday routine.  Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Safflower Oil and Grapefruit Seed Extract, combine to offer essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins which deep condition and repair dry, coloured or damaged hair.

When you travel, what tricks do you have to arrive at your destination with great looking hair?
I always spray my hair with XO Styling Beach Hair Texturizing Spray and then braid it, so when I let it out it has texture and wave. Then I run a small pump of XO Styling Radiant Weightless Finishing Oil through my hair and look instantly polished and ready for adventure wherever I have arrived!


What is your go to hairstyle with the XO Styling Iron?
Undone Beach Waves


Where can our readers find the new hair products?
They can be purchased online at www.afashionloveaffair.com or you can shop them during our Holt Renfrew Pop up in Vancouver August 15th & 16th from 10am-7pm.

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As an influencer, you’ve collaborated with many brands.  Which one has been a favourite?
Tiffany & Co has always been one of my favourite jewelry brands, and meeting Francesca Amfitheatr of at the Tiffany’s on 5th Ave in New York during Fashion Week was one of my favourite moments – Meeting Lubov Azria of BCBGMaxazria at the headquarters in L.A was an unforgettable moment as well, and it was a brand that I am obsessed with!


You have a large social media following, especially on instagram. What tips can you share with our reader for creating the perfect instagram image?
Make it personal…would you like the image, if you saw it on someone else’s feed? Have fun, be creative and enjoy it – Instagram is such a beautiful, inspiring place if you let it be!

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What has been the most memorable moment in your career so far?
Winning the Harpers’ Bazaar Fabulous At Every Age contest happened early on in my career, but it is still one of the most amazing moments I have experienced.


What advice would you give to an aspiring fashion blogger?
This is a tough business, and you have to take it seriously and be consistent. That being said there is room for everyone so be true to yourself and work hard and make it happen!


Cara’s Favorites

Coffee Order
Non Fat Latte

Brunch Spot

Vacation Destination
Tulum or the coast of Italy!

Currently listening to
The Weeknd

Beauty Must Have
Chanel Lip Gloss #185

Hidden Gem in Vancouver
Akira Sushi on Denman – Ask for the black rice it is delicious!

Guilty Pleasure
Handbags! And Chocolate…and ice cream

Your Hair Muse
Blake Lively, Sienna Miller, Gisele


Be sure to pop by Holt Renfrew Vancouver this weekend to say hello to Cara
For more information, visit: afashionloveaffair.com

Images courtesy of AFashionLoveaffair