Winter Layering




   Top, Nasty Gal. Jacket (Blank NYC), Skirt (Halogen) c/o Nordstrom. Boots, Ralph Lauren. Scarf c/o Pinkstix. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff.

Staying fashionable in the winter months can be a daunting challenge at times, especially if you live somewhere that tends to get buried in snow while reaching ridiculously stupid freezing temperatures. While the preference is to hibernate during the winter months unfortunately that is not always feasible so I’ve opted for a new strategy – layering. Layering clothing items provides not only warmth, but also gives quite a bit of versatility when it comes to styling. It’s a perfect opportunity to combine different fabrics and textures, which is exactly what I did here.

For the base layer I opted for knits; long sleeve top and fitted maxi skirt, worn with a biker jacket and fun printed scarf. For colder temperatures one could easily layer on a maxi cardigan or long coat. Another benefit of layering is the ability to add or remove articles of clothing based on your surroundings and not being stuck in one heavy piece in the event you need to transition between interior spaces that have different temperatures (for instance the office I work where one room can be overly hot while other areas are freezing). Stay warm my friends!

And most importantly – Happy Friday!

White Velvet

velvet blazer with bralette
velvet blazer with bralette
velvet blazer with bralette
Velvet blazer with bralette
velvet blazer with bralette
Velvet blazer with bralette
Jacket, old (similar here). Skirt c/o SevenTwo Denim. Bralette, Nasty Gal. Purse c/o Pinkstix. Shoes, Lulus.

This pretty little denim pencil skirt should have been mine weeks ago, but our postal office was on a strike for some time and I have a feeling my skirt was an innocent bystander to all that chaos. Finally making it’s way to me weeks after having been mailed out – now looking back on it, having created a most favourable delay as I had intended to style this skirt in a summer outfit, but I actually really like it as a piece for Fall. I immediately tried it on upon receipt having been anxious on the fit – and it fit like a dream! Now at the time that I was trying it on I had on a bralette and the oh so snug (yet comfortable) fit of the pencil skirt was giving off total pinup girl vibes with the bralette and was worthy of its own look. After having tried it on (with no clue on what I would wear it with for this post) I made my way downstairs and we ended up watching Seinfeld reruns. The first episode my boyfriend put on was the one with the bra (The Caddy) and the little light bulb went off above my head shortly after Sue Ellen Mischke left Elaine’s office, leaving Elaine annoyed at how she wore her new bra. I had always wanted to wear a bralette with only a jacket over, but just had never done it yet for whatever reason. (Maybe it was the concern that if not done right this look can easily look trashy instead of classy) but this skirt had such an elegant and classy feel to it, that I figured was worth a try. It also gave me the chance to revive a velvet blazer I had picked up in Atlanta some years ago (and never really worn), taking full advantage of velvet being on trend this season. And that my friends, is how this outfit came to be. Has anything like this ever happened to any of you? I’d love to hear about it!

xo

Runaway Train







 Kimono top c/o Pink Martini. Crop, Victoria’s Secret. Shorts, Nasty Gal. Shoes, Hat, Lulus.

Spending the last few weeks of summer doing what we do best: getting lost in the middle of nowhere. And no better way to go out than in true summer spirits: denim cutoffs and a bohemian kimono-style top. Picked up these caged heels the other day as I thought they would be perfect to wear while it’s still hot out as well as to transition into Fall with. And speaking of, cannot believe the summer has come and gone already…it seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye and hard to deny now that Labour Day has passed. Are you looking forward to Fall? Or is a small part of you crying on the inside like me?

xo

Magical Mystery Tour








Tunic c/o Free People (here). Bralette, Nasty Gal. Belt, Shoes, Lulus. Jewelry, Child of Wild. Sunnies, Gucci.

Magical Mystery Tour indeed. Sometimes the Universe aligns itself to create serendipitous events, and for once I got to experience that kind of magic. My boyfriend and I had planned a roadtrip up to the Bruce Peninsula (Lake Huron/Ontario) for earlier this week, and it was going to be a laid back get-lost-in-the-middle-of-nowhere kinda trip (hence the mystery tour). Now here’s where the magic comes in…Merely a few days before our trip two wonderful things happened: I found out I’d be taking over Bloglovin’s Snapchat for one of the days of our trip, and this beautiful tunic for a collaboration with one of my absolute favourite brands, Free People arrived. Never thought I would have it in time for our trip, but when it showed up two days before we left I was ecstatic to know we’d be able to shoot it up in the beautiful wilderness of the Bruce Peninsula. 
By now you must know that I am a total summer girl at heart, but for the first time in a long while I am actually excited for Fall. Bell sleeves are huge for this Fall season, and if the sleeves off this tunic are any indication of what to expect, then I am looking forward to every minute of it! This tunic also comes in a blue print, but I decided to go with a warmer mauve so that I could easily transition this piece from a mini summer dress into a tunic that I can layer over Fall bottoms. 
 
I absolutely adore the boho print and versatility of this tunic and am looking forward to styling it differently once the weather cools down. Free People has many beautiful bohemian styled pieces in their line up right now, with great colour palettes that will transition effortlessly from now well into the Fall season. See for yourself at FreePeople.com. Oh and I suppose I should also add that the Beatles had lots of airplay during this trip – also unplanned. 
 
xo

 

Coconuts + How to Wear Denim Cutoffs If You’re a Bit on the Conservative Side

Denim Cutoffs with Coconut Tank
Denim Cutoffs with Coconut Tank
Denim Cutoffs with Coconut Tank
Denim Cutoffs with Coconut Tank
Denim Cutoffs with Coconut Tank
Denim Cutoffs with Coconut Tank
Denim Cutoffs with Coconut Tank
Denim Cutoffs with Coconut Tank

Top, Chaser (Lemonberry). Cutoffs, Signature 8 (Nasty Gal). Panama hat (here). Sunnies, Gucci.

My love for coconuts extends past beauty and cooking products, it has now officially crept into my closet. The only thing missing in my life at this point is a coconut emoji. If someone could get on that, that would be great!

But aside from the coconut love, I did want to talk about denim cutoffs in this post. When this trend surfaced I was a bit skeptical at first. I won’t lie, I immediately bought 2 pairs from Nasty Gal just to get on board with the trend but didn’t quite have the guts to wear them. They sat dormant in my closet while I watched countless girls (and by that I don’t just mean teenage girls, but adult women as well) wearing then seemingly having no issue with half of their asses hanging out. It took me a while to eventually wear them outside of the house, and even then, I made sure to wear them only to places where it would pretty much be just me, my boyfriend and Mother Nature. So I probably wore them out a total of two, if not 3 times last summer. Not quite worth the $70/80 investment per short. So now of course another summer rolls around and I still see everyone flaunting their shorts and backsides, and to be honest, the adult part of me was a bit envious that I was not as carefree as everyone else rocking this trend and not giving a hoot about what other people think and just baring it all. So this season I decided to liberate the youthful me (while also redeeming the spend) and wearing these babies as much as I can before summer is out. So if you’re like me – and you’re on the fence, you want to do it but just can’t bring yourself to it – just do it! Try it, you might end up loving it. If you don’t, worst case you put them back in your closet. Or just have fun wearing them around the house.

While I’m still not completely comfortable wearing denim cutoffs on their own, I’ve opted to style them with longer layered pieces overtop to minimize exposure of the butt cleavage while being able to show off the front of the shorts. I really like how they look with a maxi side slit top (like here), or even with a longer loose tank, like the coconut one I’m wearing here, where the hem of the tank covers my butt. You could even try a longer style vest (like here). In all cases, just beware when bending over.

Thoughts?