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.
Frank + Oak recently launched their new women's collection, The Permanent Collection, which is all about layering. The look is a mix of 80s and 90s tomboy with romantic undertones. I like that the pieces have a minimal aesthetic, but are also functional and can be worn every single day of the week. For my pick, I went with a short-sleeve mock neck sweater and crepe pants in a beautiful dusty olive. The trousers can be dressed down with a basic tee, or up with a classic mock neck.
Today, I’m sharing something a little different on the blog and that pertains to a topic that most of us try to avoid — retirement. It’s not the hottest conversation especially when you’re in your 20s and have just found a career. After paying off student loans, we’re now just making enough money to cover living expenses and credit card bills. Saving for the future is definitely a luxury that many millennials can’t afford, especially because a lot of us are also trying to live in the moment.
When I fall in love with a trend, I fall deep and go off purchasing multiple pieces in different, but similar styles. Two bell-sleeves weren't enough so I had to pick up this one with frilled detailing just below the shoulders. They make a subtle statement and can be dressed up or down just by changing up the pairings. If you're going for something more casual, a pair of ripped or mom jeans would be perfect and would go nicely with a pair of slides.
With Valentine's Day coming up, what better way to celebrate the special occasion than with a piece by Mejuri? It’s the perfect piece to gift to all the loved ones in your life. When I first discovered this brand, I was particularly drawn to the intricate designs and dainty nature. All Mejuri pieces are hand-crafted with precious metals, gemstones and diamonds so you know that they’re delivering the finest quality. What surprised me the most was the price of these pieces. They are one of the first to introduce this new tradition of luxury. You no longer have to choose between expensive classics or cheap costume jewelry.