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

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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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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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FLARE 2016 May Issue

If you haven’t done so yet, you should pick up a copy of this month’s issue of FLARE. I mean, who isn’t obsessed with Shay Mitchell – she is freaking gorgeous and her style is on point (browse her IG here)!

Another bonus is you get to check out the localist team’s picks for the month of May, and I have to say, they are pretty sweet : ) If you flip a page over, you’ll see this month’s localist feature is about one of our own cool girls right from the city of #Halifax.

ps. click here for my picks for FLARE this month

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Spring Looks

I always love Spring and Fall (more-so Fall) because you have the option of wearing layers or having none at all. It’s also a great time to try out your separates in different combinations to refreshen your Spring looks! Here are three different types of looks I’ll be sporting this season (with the dressier, casual, and everything in-between):

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A neutral drapey trench is a must have this season with it’s versatility – you can basically add it onto any outfit whether you’re heading to work, to travel, or any event. While we’re at it, I added on a nude suede skirt which is trending for Spring fashion. 70’s inspired suede pieces are back, but with an elevated feel!

What I’m Wearing: Lawson Trench Coat from Babaton at Aritzia / Nathaniel Sweater from Babaton at Aritzia / Hopper Skirt from Babaton at Aritzia / Avery Trainers from Senso / Lovesome One Sunglasses at Gentle Monster

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If you haven’t noticed yet, I am obsessed with SENSO footwear! Lately, I have been living in these Avery trainers because they look great and feel comfortable especially when I’m on my feet most of the day (huge win!). I also love this leather choker by local designer Sarah Sears. This was my first piece from her latest collection and I have to say I am hooked, and cannot wait to see what she has in store 🙂

What I’m Wearing: Moto Inspired Jacket by Wilfred at Aritzia (similar one here and here) / Metrocles Dress by Community at Aritzia / Low Rise Crop by J Brand / Piya Choker by Sarah Sears (find it here and here in Brass, Silver, or Oxidized Silver)

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I have to say wide legged pants and culottes are probably my favorite kind of bottoms – they are very comfortable, and they look fantastic! A lot of people always ask me whether they are too short for a wider leg and I always tell them it’s not necessarily their height – it’s pairing it with the right footwear and sometimes finding the right length of pant that comfortable suits them.

What I’m Wearing: Palmier Sweater by Wilfred at Aritzia / Eckhardt Pant by Babaton at Aritzia / White Loafer by Shellys London (similar one here and here) / Saxon Watch by Larsson & Jennings

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

Fall->Winter Lookbook

Moto-Jackets & Button-Ups

If you don’t know this about me already, I love a good transition piece; something that I can wear all-year round but in a variety of ways! Take this button up dress for example. It’s a great staple piece that I can wear open, as a top, or a dress, and it has color (yay!).

What I’m Wearing: Strokous Dress by Wilfred Free – Aritzia / Moto-Style Jacket by Wilfred – Aritzia (similar one here) / Jamie Ripped Moto Jean – TopShop / Bailey IV Bootie- Senso 

Midi Dresses & Wool Kimono Jackets

Usually for my job I am driving from one underground parkade to the next, so I can afford to go bare legs (here and there of course!). Who doesn’t love a good midi dress, and this one is actually quite pretty with a detailed mesh trim along the neckline.

What I’m Wearing: Black Wool Jacket by Wilfred – Aritzia (similar one here, here and here) / Townsent Dress by Babaton – Aritzia /

Mixing Texture

Layering is so much fun during fall & winter, and while your at it, why not play with a bit of texture? Here I’ve got faux-fur, velvet, ribbed wool, and a teddy-bear coat all combined! It’s all about combining the right amount of fabrics and styles to come up with a look that’s fun, yet still subtle.

What I’m Wearing: Teddybear Jacket by Wilfred – Aritzia (similar one here and here)/ Montpellier Sweater by Wilfred – Aritzia / Daria Pant by Wilfred Free – Aritzia / Violet Feather Vest – Club Monaco

Layering Summer

I picked up this boho airy dress this summer & was able to transition it right into my fall wardrobe with a bit of layering. Fall is all about trying new layering techniques, so why not throw on your summer frock over a pair of ripped denim or add a pair of thigh high stockings?

What I’m Wearing: Iambic Dress by Azure Skies – Aritzia (similar one here or here) / Ripped Skinny – The Castings / Alexa Knit Jacket – Club Monaco

Nowhere, Everywhere // Aritzia


“Nowhere to go but everywhere.”

Photographer: Alexa Cude

What I’m Wearing: Wilfred – Sonore Dress /  Babaton – Mikey Coat / Auxiliary – Reese Cross Body / B2 – Fringe Sandal / Dolce & Gabanna – Animalier Sunglasses / The Horse AU – Watch

I am so excited to be a part of Aritzia’s Nowhere Everywhere campaign – it holds a special place in my heart for many different reasons.

Having only moved to Halifax less than two years ago, I am always exploring the city – one bite.. one drink.. one scene at a time. Even with the amount of stunning places I’ve been to around the world, I find that there is a certain beauty and calmness about living in the East Coast that you cannot find anywhere else. Last week, I spent the afternoon wandering around the city with the gorgeous Kayla of Short Presents, wearing some of our favorite pieces from the Spring/Summer collection. I love the effortlessness and versatility of the dress – how I can easily go from browsing a local farmer’s market to attending an evening event with the right accessorizing. Here I’ve paired the look with some fun fringe, and a sleek tailored coat – as you know, I love playing with the hard & soft/structured & fluid.

If you are living at or visiting Halifax (NS) this week, you should stop by the Halifax Shopping Centre for the grand opening of Aritzia Halifax. Join Kayla and I for a night of shopping and cocktails featuring a performance by Wintersleep from 7 – 9 pm, Thursday, June 4th. 

Check out Aritzia’s instagram feed for some seriously beautiful outfit inspiration, and stay tuned to see our favorite places around the city. Don’t forget to tag your stylish adventures with #NowhereEverywhere for a chance to win a $2,500 shopping spree.

Where will your clothes take you this summer?

xo