House of Illusions x Pinkstix SS17 – The White Tote Bag

topshop peony print minidress with white tote bag
topshop peony print minidress with white tote bag

topshop peony print minidress with white tote bag

topshop peony print minidress with white tote bag

topshop peony print minidress with white tote bag

topshop peony print minidress with white tote bag
topshop peony print minidress with white tote bag

topshop peony print minidress with white tote bagDress, Topshop. Tote bag c/o Pinkstix. Shoes, Zara. Bracelets, earrings c/o Pinkstix. 

My apologies for being sporadic with posting lately, but I’ve been wrapped up in a special little project that I’m finally able to share with you. Over the years I’ve incorporated Pinkstix handbags into my looks and every day life and that’s why I couldn’t be happier to have teamed up with them to show you my favourite selections from their SS17 line. For those of you who may not be familiar with the brand, Pinkstix is a Canadian handbag and accessory designer that only uses vegan leathers.

What I enjoy most about Pinkstix are their fun, feminine and colourful designs of not only bags, but jewelry as well. The first bag from my spring/summer lineup is a white pebble vegan leather tote which also comes with the cutest detachable floral zipper clutch (which I’ll show you in a future post). Thinking of summer brings about thoughts of going to the beach and a tote bag makes the perfect companion. Typically I refrain from bringing pretty bags to the beach but all Pinkstix bags are made out of a very durable vegan leather that not only withstands our brutally cold winders, but also wipes clean with a cloth making for a very low maintenance carry-all. Whether you’re heading to the beach or running errands and picking up flowers,  a roomy tote bag is an essential spring and summer accessory.

Speaking of picking up flowers, peony season is just around the corner yet captured beautifully in present tense with this gorgeous peony print making it a pretty compliment to the tote bag. The look is completed with delicate accents of turquoise in a three-standed bracelet and exquisitely detailed dove earrings also from the SS17 accessory line. Hope you enjoyed the first pick, I’ll be sharing more with you through the rest of Spring.

Basic Spring Trends for SS17

spring trends gentle fawn chambray waterfall jacket with cropped white jeans

spring trends gentle fawn chambray waterfall jacket with white cropped jeans

While patiently waiting for warm weather to settle in I am already looking forward to the continuation of some basic Spring trends. The cropped pant especially being a favourite for a short gal like me as these do not require any alternations for my 5’2 self. In my opinion, cropped pants and cute flats compliment one another. A fun and flirty vibe can be created by opting for lace up flats that do up right below the pant hemline.

Speaking of lace up shoes, I am also looking forward to seeing their progression throughout this spring/summer season. If the ribbon ties are any indication of what’s to come then we are in for a good show.

spring trends gentle fawn chambray waterfall jacket with white cropped jeans

Chambray fabric is synonymous with Spring and I’m looking forward to wearing more of it this season. The obsession started with this Gentle Fawn waterfall jacket and these shorts. I’m looking forward to expanding my collection, focusing on statement type pieces that coordinate effortlessly. Case in point this outfit, main focus being the chambray waterfall jacket and lace up flats against a white cotton canvas.

spring trends chambray waterfall jacket with cropped jeans and lace up ballet flats
spring trends gentle fawn chambray jacket with white cropped jeansJacket, Gentle Fawn. Knit, bebe. Jeans. Flats, Zara. Bag c/o Pinkstix. Necklace, Hudson’s Bay. Sunnies, Lulus. 

Finally, to complete this simple Spring look I added a pebble tote with a fun tassel. Tassels were big on the SS17 runways, not only adorning handbags but also making their way into accessories; think earrings and pendants for Spring trends. In addition to having made an impact on the runways they made one on me as well. I’m a sucker for a cute tassel and they are ever so abundant in my closet; most of the bags in my Spring lineup have a tassel. So how do you feel about it? Also do let me know your thoughts on your favourite Spring trends.

xo

The Cutest Nude Clutch I Ever Did See

cardigan with minidress

cardigan with minidress

cardigan with minidress

cardigan with minidress
cardigan with minidress

cardigan with minidress
cardigan with minidress

cardigan with minidressDress, Doe & Rae. Cardigan, Madewell c/o Nordstrom. Shoes, Zara. Clutch c/o Poppy & Peonies. Ring, Samantha Wills.

Our weather has been so up and down lately. One minute we’re in double-digit Springlike temperature, and the next day it’s snowing. While it does make outfit planning a little challenging, one thing I can rely on is my Madewell cardigan keeping me warm. I picked this one up from the Nordstrom x Style Democracy sale a while back and it’s quickly become my go-to staple. I’ve combined chunky cardigans with delicate fabrics before and am really enjoying the effect of it paired with a dainty dress. I’m always such a sucker for mixing different textures, especially ones that contrast each other.

Now technically I could have worn this look with OTK boots but was going for a Spring vibe hence the white flats. And speaking of Spring, now we must talk about this nude clutch. This googly-eyed cutie stole my heart the minute I laid eyes on it during the Poppy & Peonies SS17 preview. It’s simple and so fun – and that tassle detail!! (Which is also removable in case you’re not a fan).

That’s one of the things I was impressed about when learning about the Poppy & Peonies line during the preview – all of the bags are so versatile! Not only do they offer many styling options (which interchangeable straps, fringes, and even the front flap for one of the bags!) but they are made to help you with life. Think having a cooler section at the bottom of your bag for your lunch – oh yes it’s true! There were many other gorgeous bags in the line as well, with this clutch lineup being available in a lovely range of pastels. Having said that, this nude clutch really stood out though…maybe it’s because it was looking at me the whole time ;o)

xo