To the first day of Summer! I've been waiting for this day to come since the start of last winter. The arrival of summer meant bathing in the sun, outdoor BBQs, drinks on the patio, spending the weekends at the beach, enjoying outdoor festivities, but most importantly, summer marked the day that we would finally get the keys to our home.
With summer right around the corner, I'm transitioning my wardrobe into more light and airy pieces. One of my most recent purchases is this sheer lace blouse from Express. The ruffly neckline and vintage lace exudes a sweet and romantic vibe perfect for date nights. I draw a lot of inspiration from Chloe's collections so I decided to style it with a jumpsuit and of course, my favourite Chloe mini drew bag.
I have a love / hate relationship with packing and cannot simply wing it at the very last minute. I take time to carefully plan out my itinerary for my trip and then decide what outfits would be best suited for the occasion. I figured that I would share how I go about packing now that I've returned from vacation — so without further ado, get ready for your next summer getaway with these packing tips and tricks!
Jumpsuit weather has finally arrived (although it has never really left for me because I try to make it appropriate for all four seasons). I just came back from vacation where I was baking in +25 degrees Celsius weather so it's quite refreshing to get a little bit of breeze. This in-between Spring/Summer season is especially great for this Dynamite jumpsuit because the crepe-like fabric is slightly thicker.
Every girl needs a white statement blazer. For me, it's this Zara one. I love the modern tailoring on it — polished but slouchy. I went with a minimalistic look and paired it with a simple lace bralette pair and faux leather pants. This is an after-work or weekend appropriate attire, either for a night out with the girls or a coffee date. In my case, it was the latter. We stopped by The Place, which is a flower shop that expanded into a café this Spring. The concept is quite brilliant and they are probably one of the first coffee + florists in Toronto (however, the roses that I'm holding here are actually borrowed and are not from The Place!).
As the weather warms up for Spring, I’ve started incorporating lighter jackets to transition over. Blazers have sort of been this classic chic piece that lives in everyone’s closet. It doesn’t make an appearance all of the time, but like everything else, there is a time and place for everything. I’ve had this Zara blazer for quite some time now which was originally purchased for work, but since I’ve shifted from the corporate world, it’s no longer a piece that is on weekly rotation.
When it comes to fragrances, the only ones I typically gravitate towards are those with sweet and floral notes. However, what I love about 'Rose 31' by Le Labo is that each spritz delivers a spiced woodsy note that's warm and inviting. There's a hint of rose in it which is light and refreshing, but it is also subtle enough that this fragrance can be worn by both men and women. It's a mix of feminine and masculine and is more dark than innocent.
It has only been a week, but I already wish that I was back in Montreal lounging around inside of Hotel William Gray with my best friend. To say that this is a beautiful hotel is simply an understatement. The charming boutique hotel opened its doors in the heart of Old Montreal last summer and has been a little hidden gem yet to be discovered. I love that they support local and have both a lifestyle clothing boutique and café situated inside.
The one piece that I've had on my wish list for a while now is a suede dress. I first noticed this one by Free People, but they were sold out at the time and I had forgotten about it until I stumbled upon this one by Zara. I prefer the Free People because the option to wear it as a standalone piece is there vs. this one with a deeper plunging V in both the front and back. Regardless, I've found ways to style it and one of them includes wearing it over a feminine frilled blouse.
We are well aware that sleeves are trendy this season and that it won't be going anywhere anytime soon. To prepare you for the warmer seasons ahead, I figured that I would share with you how I styled this off-the-shoulder flute top from Poshsquare. They offer a range of modern designs and styles that is made for the effortless, refined woman. They design for woman of every size and are committed to providing trendy fashionable pieces for the price-conscious customer. I was immediately drawn to this one because of the details.
The weather has been such a tease lately, fluctuating from the negatives to the positives. At one point, the temperature was 18 degrees celsius, but that didn't last for long. Until Spring comes, I'll just be living in my oversized sweaters and dreaming about twirling around in anything but a winter coat. Since yesterday was International Women's Day, I thought that it would still be timely to share with you a woman who inspires me everyday and to celebrate her.