Fall Styling with Tobi

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Okay, I swear I have the worst immune system, or I’m just reallyyy susceptible to getting sick! I’ve been feeling under the weather the last week, probably because I’ve also been working a lot as we’re heading into the holidays. Also, if any of you have any good cold remedies, I am all ears!

Thankfully, I own a lot of layers as well as easy-to-layer pieces, so I’m ready to brave the cooler elements. This Fall season, I’ve collaborated with Tobi to show you how I’m currently styling my wardrobe for the transitional weather. Scroll down to see a few of my favorite pieces from their collection, and how I’m wearing it –

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Take an every day slip/wrap/summer dress, and layer it on to create a different look. I like the layered effect of Tobi’s shift dress over a mockneck with an easy pair of denim. There’s a perfect amount of color contrast, and it keeps you warm at the same time. Add your favorite leather, some staple accessories, and you’ll be good to go!

What I’m Wearing: All Saint’s Balfern Jacket // Aritzia Seaton Shirt // Tobi Hannah Shift Dress // GRLFRND Helena Crop (similar one here, here, or here) // Zara Embossed Ankle Boot // YSL Camera Bag // Brixton Fiddler Fisherman’s Cap

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I mean, who doesn’t love a comfy, oversized knit? This sweater checks all the boxes in terms of: 1) the look 2) fit (the bigger the better) 3) comfort (duh.) 4) details (bell sleeves!). Take your chunky oversized knit, and pair it with a skirt with interesting details like the asymmetrical wrap skirt I paired underneath.  Again for this season,I think accessories are everything and can completely enhance your look. Because I’m always moving around at work, I find my hair always gets in the way, so I tend to tie it up a lot (… also I’m lazy sometimes!). Lately, I’ve been trying to style my hair more often hence allowing me to wear more hats/hair accessories, and  really I’m loving it!

What I’m Wearing: Tobi Deep End Distressed Sweater // Tobi Dalena Wrap Skirt // Stuart Weitzman Basis Boot (similar one here, and here) // YSL Camera Bag //Brixton Fiddler Fisherman’s Cap // Garrett Leight Valencia

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Valentine’s Outfits + Date Ideas

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s day with your girlfriends, or thinking of things to do with your SO next week, I’ve got you covered! Below I’ve curated a few of my favorite outfits along with ideas I’m mulling over for this upcoming holiday ❤ ❤ ❤

At Home

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This will probably be the most likely setting for our Valentine’s Day celebration (if you like low-key homebody activities 😉 ). Also, I am obsessed with this adorable little lounge set from AKG. First of all, it is locally made/designed, and the fabric is comfortable and so breathable! I’m not much of a lace lingerie girl, so for this occasion I wanted to find something modest, comfortable, and still feminine (and I can continue wearing this for the months to come!). Take a peek below for some date ideas, as well as links to what I’m wearing.

Home Date:

1.  Valentine’s Picnic Basket from Scanway (available February 10 – 19, 2017)

Who doesn’t love to have a romantic indoor picnic in their warm and cozy living room? You can choose between a number of options, plus they really got me when I read tenderloin, truffle, chocolate, and florentines. Pair it with your favorite bottle of wine, and you’ll be good to go. Yum.

2. Spa Night

Pamper yourselves by grabbing your favorite bath products, scented candles etc. and prepare to have a relaxing night in. See some of my favorite products below:

Blackberry Bath Bomb – Lush

Soft Coeur Massage Bar – Lush

Fresh Fig Honey Bath – Laura Mercier

Cocoa Butter Body Butter – The Body Shop

Tantra Massage Oil – Saje 

3. Weekend Getaway at Atlantica Oak Island

Bring your pjs for the weekend and prepare for an ultimately relaxing getaway. Have breakfast in bed, take cooking lessons, go wine tasting, and do yoga together.

What I’m Wearing: 

Chloe Bralette – AKG

Kate Brief  – AKG

*find them in-store at Makenew on 2468 Agricola St.

Casual

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Okay, this blouse totally caught my eye when I first saw it – it carries the embroidery trend feel but uses velvet flowers instead! I paired it with a denim bottom to dress it down, but added a fun sandal heel (don’t you LOVE the faux fur?! I couldn’t help myself when I saw these babies online 😉 ). Obviously if you are doing an outdoor activity, I would recommend changing up the footwear to match the weather, but these were too fun to not share! Take a peek below for some date ideas, as well as links to what I’m wearing.

Casual Date:

1. Valentine’s Food Crawl

What is more fun than reminiscing with your sweetheart while chowing down on a Valentine’s themed food crawl? There are at least 20 stops, and under $10 at each location ❤

2. The Coast’s Valentine’s Doughball

A one hour dessert & wine tasting session from 11 local vendors – need I say more?

3. Curling Tournament of Broken Hearts – Good Robot

If you’re looking for something more active with a quirky theme, grab your friends (or another couple) and get your curl on!

What I’m Wearing: 

Devore Plunge Swing Top – TOPSHOP

Helena Straight Leg Jean – GRLFRND

Vamp Faux Fur Sandal – Zara (find similar ones here and here)

Dressy

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Here I wanted to share my take on “dressier” outfits without wearing a dress or skirt (while we’re still braving the cold winter, I’d much rather stick to pants 🙂 ). I love the play on feminine details with the wider sleeves, peek of skin, and softer tones, plus these are two outfits you can also bring into the Spring season! Take a peek below for some date ideas, as well as links to what I’m wearing.

Dressy Date:

1. Decadence – Savour Food & Wine Festival

Start your Valentine’s weekend off indulging at the Decadence event as part of the Savour Food & Wine Festival. I mean you really can’t go wrong when there’s cheese, chocolate, AND wine pairings involved.

2. Feeling the Love Dinner & Dance

A Valentine’s soiree for couples, singles, and friends – think funk, jazz, and cocktails!

What I’m Wearing: 

Edie Flute Sleeve Top – TOPSHOP

Domme Pant – Club Monaco

Ivette Sandal – Jimmy Choo

Brax Jimpsuit – Wilfred

Mod Tapestry Pouch – Wilfred

WishBook II – Pop Up

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One of my favorite holiday pop-up shops, WishBook II, is back for another season! Housed in a former gallery space, the shop features items from 40+ local designers and makers, as well as pieces from select out-of-province brands. Take a peek below to see what will be on my wishlist for this upcoming holiday season:

dsc_1780Suede Choker – Sarah Sears $85 // Cross Cross Ring – Sarah Sears, From $45 // Agra Arch Ring – Sarah Sears, From $40 // Opal Hat Ring – Sarah Sears $125 // Taj Cuff – Sarah Sears, From $105 dsc_1767Leather Case (Veggie Tan) – Contour & Co. $65 // Double Rainbow Tee – Maggie Jayne $45 // Print – Sarah Burwash $20 // Oatmeal & Almond Milk Soap – Buck Naked Soap Company $10 dsc_1796Simple Arch Ring – Sarah Sears, From $35 // Finger Tipper Ring – Sarah Sears, From $105 // Dots Pillow – Spicy Boy Studio $74 // Lines Pillow – Spicy Boy Studio $74 // Aurous Collection Mugs – Therese Bombardier, From $35-40dsc_1806

So when I popped by Wish Book the other day, I had such a hard time picking out my favorite pieces, because there were SO many lovely options! There was literally something for everyone on the list – from women’s and children’s clothes, outerwear, underwear, to jewellery, ceramics, leather accessories, home accessories, apothecary and much more!

Stop by the shop from November 28th to December 18th at 1869 Granville St. You won’t want to miss browsing in their beautiful space – BUT, if you happen to away this week, they will be hosting a week long pop up in Antigonish from December 19th to 24th, so keep your eyes peeled on their page for additional details!

Shop hours: Monday – Saturday 10 am to 6 pm // Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm

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Summer With JORD + Giveaway

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I don’t think I’ve ever gone a day in the year without wearing a watch – in my opinion, it is an essential fashion accessory with the added functionality as well. So when I discovered JORD, it was a great addition to my wardrobe as I’ve never owned a wooden watch before!

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I am all for neutrals and very minimal/clean looks, so naturally, I gravitated towards the Frankie in Koa & Ash – I loved the more masculine fit and the darker face adds a uniqueness to the look (you can also shop different looks and sizes here). I paired it with an all-white ensemble (with minor details) for a casual Summer weekender look. To transition this look into the upcoming Fall season, you can easily pair your outfit with a staple leather jacket or trendy bomber (like I’ve done above). Needless to say, I will be taking this watch with me into the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons!

More excitingly, JORD and I have partnered together to offer you a giveaway for a $75 e-gift card to put towards your favorite watch! To enter the contest click here, and everyone who enters gets $20 for just entering! The giveaway ends Sunday August 14th, so the winner will be contacted that day! Good luck everybody! 🙂

xo!

Links & Info
Shop my watch here
Shop other JORD styles here
Instagram: @woodwatches_com
Pinterest: @jordwoodwatches
Facebook: JordWoodWatches

 

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THE COAST – Spring Fashion Issue

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In case you missed it, a few weeks ago I had a fantastic opportunity to shoot for the Spring Fashion Issue for The Coast. It was so much fun and I got to share some of my fashion philosophies and favorite trends for this season (I’ll share more below!).

You can access the digital copy issue (through PressReader) here.

The Coast is a locally owned and free newspaper that covers anything and everything Halifax, from fashion to culture and events, food, current news and more! The cover was shot by Meghan T. Whitton and makeup by Emily A. Moore – you can see more of their work on contact info via the links at the bottom of this post!

During the interview, I was able to reflect on how Lovebyelle started, and speak to working within the fashion industry in a number of roles. I also spoke about a few of my current favorite designers: AKG, Maggie MacCormick, and Sarah Sears (and I am wearing pieces from all three favorites in the photos). Here are snippets from the article below:

Her Fashion Philosophy – “Don’t be afraid to try styles that you would never think of. It’s the things you’d never think of pairing together that look the best,” says Yeung, who says that though she’s had a lifelong interest in fashion, she never pictured making a career of it. “I always say, do what you like. Your style is an expression of your personality. If I want to wear white in winter I will. I don’t go by fashion rules, I do what I want.”

Her Favorite Springs Trends – “Right now, I’m all about curating my outfits with a peek of neutral suede piece – ’70s inspired suede is back in with the A-line skirts, cropped jackets and fun boxy dresses.” says Yeung of what she’ll be pulling from her closet this season. A forever fan of monochromatic dressing, she’s also digging lightweight denim, whether it’s wide-leg pants, a pencil skirt or a kimono jacket. And for a touch of romance – the exposed shoulder top. “Try my favourite style – the off-the shoulder blouse, paired with an airy culotte.”

What I’m Wearing: The Artist Dress – AKG // The Pencil Crop – Maggie MacCormick // Criss Cross Ring, Loop Bangles, Piya Choker, Finger Tipper Ring – Sarah Sears

Links & Info

THE COAST: Website // Twitter // Facebook // Instagram 

PHOTOGRAPHY – Meghan Tansey Whitton: Website // Instagram

HAIR & MAKEUP – Emily Moore: Instagram

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Winter Looks

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This has been my go-to winter look this season – layering on the blacks/greys. I just can’t stay away from this color palette (so simple and versatile all in one)! I literally looked in my closet last week and everything looked the same :-). Speaking of blacks, whites, and greys, how nice is this wall? J & I were driving near her house one day and spotted this while we were driving by – I am in love! You might see more of this in later posts.

But back to the outfit, I curated this outfit because it ties in what I believe are your winter essentials:

  1. A staple skinny jean (with or without the rips)
  2. A knitted oversized turtleneck
  3. A classic single colored wool scarf
  4. A menswear inspired tailored jacket
  5. Classic black booties

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What I’m Wearing: Stedman Coat – Babaton at Aritzia  (similar one here) // Moto Black Jamie Skinny Jean – Top Shop // Montepellier Sweater – Wilfred at Aritzia // Gasparin Rectangle – Wilfred at Aritzia (similar one here) // Kelsey I Boot – SENSO // Small Casey Satchel – Michael Kors Collection 

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Oversized Sweaters & Suede Skirts

Willower bags have been my latest obsession (keep an eye out for a print feature in FLARE next month!) – all hand-made locally in Halifax, NS. Also, If you don’t see the style you’re looking for, Hannah does select custom work as well!

This oversized sweater is one of the comfiest (and warmest) pieces I own. It’s great for Fall/Winter layering and adds a bit of texture to your outfits – my only regret is not getting another color!

What I’m Wearing: Silvano Sweater – Babaton at Aritzia (similar one here and here) // Seaton Shirt – Babaton at Aritzia // Hopper Skirt – Babaton at Aritzia // Kelsey I Boot – SENSO

 

www.willower.com

Instagram: @willower_

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Kimono Jackets & Loafers

This is a classic outfit pairing with my favorite color scheme (again!). I love any jacket with clean lines and big pockets (like the one I’m wearing above) plus the wide sleeves adds the extra detail. I also love the pop of white from the loafers, but you can also always pair these outfits with sneakers or a bootie.

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What I’m Wearing: Black Wool Jacket – Wilfred at Aritzia (similar one here, here and here) // Quarter Length Turtleneck – Babaton at Aritzia (similar one here) // Cohen Pant – Babaton at Aritzia // Lapera Loafer – Shellys (similar one here)

 

Tropical Paradise with NxN Photography

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I first met Luke and Alexa when we were shooting for Aritzia’s #NowhereEverywhere Campaign in conjunction with the grand opening of the #AritziaHalifax location (see post here and here). We immediately bonded with our similar aesthetic and appreciation for fashion and beautiful photos.

If you haven’t heard yet, they just launched North By North Photography, offering photography services from portraits and events, to editorial work and social media content. They are also open to a working with you on any creative ideas you may have so if you think of something, drop them a line!

Whenever Alexa and Luke contact me to do some collaborative work, I always jump at the opportunity. Working with them is always so easy and fluid, and they take every measure to make sure you are comfortable in the environment that you are working in. When Alexa told me the shoot was going to take place at the Public Garden Greenhouses, suede was what came to mind! I thought of pairing the greenery and natural lighting with a mixture of warm tans/camels, with the suede adding on that textural element! These pieces really speak true to my minimal style with small key details – and are great staples to bring into the Fall and Spring seasons. I am absolutely in love with the result of our shoot (as usual) and the talent and passion that these two have! They will quite literally climb trees to get the perfect shot!  It was a pleasure working with Luke and Alexa – and don’t forget to visit their page featuring this exact collaboration.

Web: http://www.nxnphotography.com/

IG: @nxnphoto

FB: https://www.facebook.com/nxnphoto?_rdr=p

(for the pieces I’m wearing – scroll down further for links)

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What I’m Wearing:

Nori Dress – Wilfed Free at Aritzia // Wide Brim Felt Hat – Club Monaco (similar one here and here) // Duval Bootie – Jeffrey Campbell (similar one here and here) // Polished Steel with Rose Gold Indexing – TheHorseAU

Hammer Run – Supra // Sheer Tee with Cotton Back – French Connection @ Envy Clothing Company //  Lis Skirt – Wilfred Free at Aritzia //  Layered Necklaces – Layered & Long @ Etsy

 

FLARE MAG – Halifax Localist-At-Large

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I am beyond excited to share with you what I’ve been working on this past Fall! I will be representing Halifax as one of FLARE Magazine’s contributors and Localists-At-Large. Check out my online profile for a link to my upcoming blog posts as well as stay tuned for my weekly tips on what’s hot in the city!

xoxo