There are a few reasons why I love Sundays... one, it's a weekend, two, it's usually a lazy, effortless day, and three, it's an excuse to brunch. Since moving downtown about two years ago, I have made it a habit to get out, socialize and brunch on Sundays. It doesn't happen every weekend because if it did, it would be nearly impossible to save (lattes and pancakes aren't cheap!).
Growing up, I have never been comfortable in my own skin. We're all wonderfully imperfect beings with 'flaws' that we are either born with or imagine for ourselves. We point them out left and right just because that's what we do. I'm about to turn another year older and as difficult as it is, I am learning to embrace some of these imperfections. As much as these flaws are a part of us and our everyday lives, they do not define us.
The fall foliage is coming and the days are getting cooler, which only means one thing—fall. The end of summer doesn't necessarily mean something bad. For me, it means there is now a reason for more layering and warmer colours to be added to the wardrobe. This season, Victoria and I partnered with Club Monaco to showcase a few of the pieces from their women's only Fall 2017 Collection. The pieces first appeared in #NYFW, but now the entire collection is shoppable online.
Stumbled upon this beautiful satin slip dress on sale at H&M and knew I had to have it. I've been obsessed with earthy warm tones as of late and this rust colour is exactly what I've been looking for. It's super flattering on the skin and with the satin fabric, it makes the outfit that much more luxe. I can see myself wearing it with a pair of slides for the day and slipping into a pair of heeled sandals for the night. It's very complementing and fit perfectly into the autumn season that is right around the corner.
Even though it feels like summer barely started, the season is quickly coming to an end. Transitioning out of summer and into the next season is always hard and changing up your wardrobe is even harder. The temperature quickly drops and suddenly, you need to pack away your favourite dresses and short skirts. Luckily, midi skirts are still in and they are the perfect transitional piece for those cooler days.
What I love about a linen blazer is how comfortable, yet structured it is. This one from Zara has a slightly oversized, longer fit so it is perfect for wearing it as a mini dress with the buttons done up, but can also be transitioned into a more relaxed piece with buttons undone. With a pair of lace slingbacks or ankle boots, it can exude a very parisian vibe, but you can also instantly transform the entire look from parisian chic to downtown city girl.
What better way to spend a gloomy weekend than with brunch with some blogger babes? We opted for an oldie versus a new spot (e.g., Café Cancan, although we will likely make our way over there in a week or two). I don't recall my experience at Weslodge the last time I was here, but this one was definitely a memorable one. Bryce, our server was sweet and made our experience one of the best with his service and humour. The menus have changed since the last time I was here and everything was delicious — from the french toast to the fried chicken which Bryce had surprised us with.
What better way to kick off the summer than with new pieces for the wardrobe. A new slip dress, summer bag, panama hat, along with some beautiful new jewelry. I handpicked these few Mejuri pieces and you can now shop them through this link: https://mejuri.com/collection/86-aney-mei. They are minimal and can practically go with anything in your wardrobe.
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.
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.
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.
This pretty bell-sleeve trend has been one of my favourites of 2017 so far. I've already joined in on the fun sleeves with this subtle lace top and frilled peasant top. Now that I've tested out the trend, I wanted something a little more dramatic. Go big or go home, right? The real draw of the bell-sleeve trend is how perfect they are for making a fashion statement.
Bordeaux is the new black. For my partnership with Coach, I picked out the Dinky bag in a beautiful bordeaux 1941 red. It comes in a glovetanned leather that is buttery soft and luxurious. Like many of their other bags, it is designed with versatility in mind. This one can be converted into a handheld clutch, shoulder bag or worn as a crossbody.
All dressed up in lace with places to go. You wouldn’t typically catch me in a dressy outfit like this one, unless there’s some sort of special occasion. It was a Saturday like any others, but this one was warm and I had brunch and coffee plans with a few bloggers. Anytime we get together, you can imagine the amount of photos that are taken so I found the perfect excuse to get dressed up in this lace top and these wide pleated pants. Over the last couple of years, I've been able to play dress-up in all sorts of trends and experiment with a broad range of looks. I would say that I have only been able to nail down my style three years ago.
What perfect way to start off the new year than with a fresh blog layout? At the end of every year, I sit here and stare at my blog and get sick of the design. The amazing thing about working on the Squarespace platform is that it allows you to constantly refresh your blog and website with an array of templates to choose from. I'm still in the middle of making slight tweaks, but I figured that it was good enough to launch. This new layout is much more clean in comparison to the old one and puts more emphasis on the imagery. New year, new change so why not?
And finally – the bag that I have been waiting for all my life. This Lo & Sons Waverley bag is the perfect everyday and weekend essential. It's a crossbody bag, but can also function as a pouch, belt bag (the fanny pack is back), wristlet and shoulder bag that will transition you from day to night. It comes with 3 small card pockets and 1 big slip pocket so you can fit all your quintessential items including your keys, cards, coin purse, lipstick and cellphone.
A new gem arrived in Toronto just two weeks ago and I'm excited to share it with you – it's called Oretta. An Italian-inspired restaurant with such an uplifting ambiance. As soon as you step through the doors, you will notice the colourful hues along the walls and floor tiles. I wore a muted outfit because I didn't want it to clash with the colours of the backdrop. Something simple, but feminine.
Wearing this dress one last time before the year ends. It's not exactly a dress that I thought I would be sporting at the end of the year, but paired with these sand leather ankle boots, it just works. I rediscovered this dress over the summer and fell in love with it all over again. It's such a romantic piece that I'll likely recycle again in the future.
Sometimes the cold weather is actually some sort of blessing in disguise. Wendy and I try to get together once every week to shoot for one another, and this past Saturday was no different. We wanted to find an indoor location this time because the temperatures dropped below zero and the flurries were coming down quickly. We winded up at Ricarda's and the space was perfect for what we needed to accomplish. The atmosphere was very inviting, grand and chic.
I love discovering beautiful architectural buildings in the city and when you stumble upon a good one, you always keep it in the back of your mind. I finally had the appropriate outfit that was fitting for this gorgeous backdrop. I wore an oversized blush pink jumper with my favourite cream wrap skirt. That's the great thing about investing in simple, minimalistic basics. I purchased this skirt about 3 years ago and it is still a staple in my wardrobe.