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.
I’ve been wearing this faux leather skirt non-stop lately after realizing that there are not that many days left before I have to pack it away. This time, I paired it with my new Wilfred Free sweater. I love the different textures on this black on black attire so that it doesn’t look like a one-piece. It also has a relaxed silhouette, which means extra comfort for those lazy weekends. I've been living in oversized turtleneck sweaters lately and have to say that they should be every woman or man's best friend post-summer.
The patchwork denim trend — once popular and now back on the streets and runways. It can definitely be a DIY project, but only if you own enough pairs of jeans you would want to recycle. You will also need some sewing skills, which I for sure lack. Of all places, I didn’t think that I would find a pair hanging on the racks at Winners. It was totally meant to be because it came in my size and fit like the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans.
The off-the-shoulder trend is not reserved only for tops, but also for cardigans. Now that we’re transitioning from summer to fall, this trend is also following along and carrying through to the new season. This knitted cardigan is beyond cozy and I love just letting it drape off of one shoulder for a relaxed weekend look. The ripped jeans was only added because of the unpredictable Canadian weather, but it worked well with the laid-back style I was going for.
It’s not easy stepping outside of my comfort zone, but I’m trying to experiment new trends and colours this season. I am typically drawn to blush, whites, creams, and blacks but I would never expect myself to pick up a camel-coloured mock neck sweater. When H&M launched online, I browsed through the entire site and for some reason, I was just drawn to this camel sweater.
Tired of wearing all black? Try navy. Because navy is the new black. This colour is a great alternative especially in the cooler season. I love the masculine and feminine combination in this outfit — the sleeveless mock neck exudes a tomboy vibe, while the lace culottes balances it out with modern femme lace details and a splash of peach outlining the lace.
Turning back the clock for Daylight Savings, but that only means darker mornings and evenings. My favourite season has always been Summer, but I'm definitely embracing the Fall season. I love seeing the autumn foliage and that the temperatures haven't dropped to the point where you will need a down jacket or UGGs. This is the season for layering and wearing turtlenecks, chunky knits and coats. I wore this leather skirt in mid-October when we were still in Fall transition, but now that it's hitting below 10 degrees celsius, a pair of tights, ankle boots and wool fedora hat are key pieces for the warmth you need.
This wide-leg trend has been growing on me and it was something that I never saw myself wearing until this year — when I tried on my very first pair. Now that we're headed into cooler temperatures, this pair is perfect because of the heavier fabric and pairs nicely with thicker knit sweaters and turtlenecks. This beige-blush wide-leg pant is tailored to suit a 9-to-5 job and sits nicely at my waist. I opted for a pair of heeled sandals for the extra height, but they'll also look great with a pair of slides or flats.
Wouldn’t you agree with me that the best part of the day is within the last few hours of sunlight? The lighting is magical and is perfect when it comes to shooting. We came to take some quick photos just before heading over to the Nordstrom Gala at Yorkdale Shopping Centre and caught the beautiful light just before the sun set. I wore this new navy jumpsuit from Zara, but cuffed the bottoms to help elongate my legs.
If there's one piece that I thought I would never be able to pull off, it would be a lace jumpsuit with a wide-leg silhouette. Instead, this elegant piece is unexpectedly flattering on my frame and has given me legs for days. What I learned about wide-leg jumpsuits is that they have the power to elongate your body from head-to-toe. They look even better when styled with a pair of sky-high heeled sandals. The see-through lace is surprisingly subtle and not as revealing as I thought they would be.
I never thought that I would l wear a mini leather skirt again, but now they’re back in style for the Fall and after styling it with a turtleneck, it looks like they have a place in my closet again. This skirt has a grungy vibe which I wouldn’t typically go for, but I knew exactly what I wanted to pair with it so I thought that the quilted leather detailing worked. I went for an edgy, feminine-chic look so I put together the outfit with a pair of lace-up heels and my newest bag addition, the elleme Seau shoulder bag.
A special piece of jewellery is one that always comes in a little box with a ribbon bow wrapped around. Not only did this one come in a precious little white box with black ribbon, it also came with a hand-personalized note with my name on it. I love unraveling gifts like these — Mejuri thought about every little detail and made sure that the packaging was as special as the product itself.
Thigh-high boots aren't always the easiest to style and can come off borderline inappropriate if done wrong. However, there are a lot of ways to pair them so that they will look fashionable and chic. One of my favourite ways of styling them is with a dress. I wanted something feminine, but not sultry so I added a taupe grey turtleneck underneath my lace slip.
I love my classics, but once in awhile I will follow what’s trendy — like this sneaker trend that’s evidently everywhere. From bloggers to celebrities, everyone seems to be sporting this look and I can understand why. We’ve moved from sky-high heels all the way down to sliders, but nothing can beat the comfort of living in a pair of cushioned soles.
It’s that time of year again — where we stow away the off-the-shoulder tops and take out the knits and turtlenecks. To help transition myself into the cooler season, I mixed two of my favourite pieces together from two different seasons. The Babaton slip dress from Summer and a classic black turtleneck from Fall. So long are the days where slips can only be worn on it’s own as lingerie because now they are considered a functional layering piece, perfect over t-shirts, sweaters and even pants.
There’s nothing I love more than a feminine combination — and this top sold me the second I saw the lace and frill design. You may have noticed that this style is very similar and it’s likely because you saw my Dark Romance post, featuring the same design but in a form of a dress and in a different colour.
I’m obsessed with Chloé’s Fall/Winter 2016 Collection, but know that the pieces are ones that I will never be able to afford so I’ve gone and recreated a look for a lot less. Light fabrics, subtle pleats and beautiful movement in the pieces have made their way into Chloé’s designs season after season. Their aesthetic is always romantic so I tried to replicate that in this look.
Jumpsuits are key when you are en route to an effortless, sophisticated, and stylish look. They are the new go-to for any day or evening that calls for a chic attire. I’ve been hooked on this trend after discovering how easy and comfortable it is to wear. I attended a wedding over the weekend in this cropped pale pink jumpsuit from Zara and received many compliments on this "dress". It may be a jumpsuit, but it actually appeared as though it was a dress because of the wide cropped legs and sleek silhouette.
The weekends are typically fast-paced for me so when a long weekend rolls around, I try to take advantage and do things that I don’t get the chance to do often. One of my favourite things to do is stop by a café in the city and my pick is always Dineen Coffee Co. (although their latte art has been a bit lackluster). For work, running errands and weekends, I’ve been turning to one statement piece for my on-the-go adventures.