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.
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.