Spring Transitioning

I swear I remember it being a lot warmer this time last year (but I may be wrong!). Anyway, it may still be cold outside, but I am in full Spring transitioning mode ūüôā This year I really noticed I’ve been playing with a lot more print and color than I am used to, and I kind of love it! However, I do think it’s important to invest in your foundational pieces (aka. your classic basics) before layering on seasonal interest pieces!

Basics for your Spring wardrobe:

  • a light, drapey spring jacket
  • cropped denim
  • a¬†shirt dress – that can be worn as a shirt, dress, or over piece
  • a light and long skirt of some sort (pleated, wrap, structured etc.)
  • a neutral toned mule or slide

Trendy add-ons for your Spring wardrobe:

  • an off-the-shoulder blouse
  • an elegant silky matching set – “pajama dressing” is the new look (also the comfiest)
  • a sleek bomber
  • cropped wide-legged denim or a jean with a high-low hem
  • a embroidered piece (ie. jacket, blouse, t-shirt, jean, loafer, bootie etc.)

Also on another note, I have been SO exhausted lately… I mean I like to keep busy most of the time, but I’m feeling like I may need a “me” day soon. I was also thinking how fast time has gone by in the last year – I mean, we got married almost 8 months ago!! Now we get to head on our delayed honeymoon¬†to the Amalfi Coast in less than a month and a half ‚̧

xo

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What I’m Wearing:

Vachel Blouse – Wilfred (see other interesting tops here, here, here, and here)

Lawson Trench Coat – Babaton

Le Anchorage – FRAME (similar ones here, here, here, and here)

Tan Mule – Zara (similar ones here and here)

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What I’m Wearing:

Talence Blouse – Wilfred

Girlfriend High-Rise Jean – BDG ***I diy cut these myself afterwards***

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What I’m Wearing:

Glen Dress – Babaton

Richelieu Pant РWilfred (similar one here, and here)

Nude Mule – L’intervalle (similar one here, here, and here)

Polished Steel/White Face with Rose Gold – The Horse AU

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What I’m Wearing:

Damien Blouse – Babaton

Jude Skirt – Babaton

Poussin Bomber – Wilfred

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 ūüėČ ). 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 РSaje 

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  РAKG

*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 ūüėČ ). 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 ūüôā ). 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

Spring – Summer Transitioning

In this post I wanted to show you guys a few of my latest work/weekender outfits, and pieces that have been on rotation in my closet! I find the Halifax weather is ever-changing; it can be hot and humid one day, and then cool and foggy the next – which is why I love having versatile pieces in my wardrobe to make that easy transition.

With this look and below, I’ll be sharing my top picks for items to invest in¬†for the upcoming seasons:

Shirt Dresses & Tan Suede Booties

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I picked up this easy throw-on denim shirtdress from Top Shop, and I love it because of the slight asymmetrical patchwork detail (which makes it a little more unique than the other shirt dresses I currently own). The great thing about¬†this button up is that it can easily transition from Spring to Fall, by wearing it as a dress, a shirt over a skinny jean, or wearing it open as a layering piece over your outfit.¬†The tan cut out booties I¬†adore! They were a steal from Zara, and a good shoe option to have in my collection ūüôā

What I’m Wearing: Patchwork Denim Dress – Top Shop (find similar ones¬†here, here, and here) / Suede Cut-Out Booties – Zara (find similar ones here, here, and¬†here)/¬†Lovesome Sunglasses – Gentle Monster

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Staple Leather Jacket

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You’ve probably heard this time and time again (and it’s 100% true) – a leather jacket can never go out of style. It’s a great hybrid fall/spring jacket alternative that will add that extra oomph to your outfit! Plus with all the different color options, suede vs. leather, patchwork, moto, collarless etc. options, you really have no excuses but to invest in a quality product.

What I’m Wearing: Karan Jacket – Mackage / Arlenis Blouse – Wilfred Free at Aritzia / Jude Skirt – Babaton at Aritzia / Erlina Sandal – Schutz

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Lightweight Denim & Summer Knits

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If you haven’t noticed in the last few outfits, a trend I’ve been loving during the Spring (and into Summer) is lightweight denim. It’s cut and the fabric composition is more similar to look and feel like cotton and/or linen – which is a huge plus for me for the breathability and lightness of the fabric. There are SO many great options to choose from when it comes to anything that’s denim or similar, and easy to layer on for Fall.

Check out some of my affordable online favorites below:

On another note, I also LOVE summer knits – it adds texture and an element of softness to an outfit. Plus who doesn’t like to wear sweaters all year round?

What I’m Wearing: Sage Short – Wilfred Free at Aritzia / Montero Jacket – Wilfred Free at Aritzia / Belfort Sweater – Wilfred at Aritzia (similar one here, here, and here)

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Culottes & Summer Knits Cont’

Summer knits are perfect as they come in so many different textures and silhouettes (can be slinky and mold to your body shape, or they can be boxy yet soft at the same time). Here and above you’ll see two different sweater cuts that are both just as playful and fun! Test your fabrics this summer by mixing and matching until you get the combination that works best for you – for me, I love mixing in suede (or vegan suede) like with the culotte below (another find from Zara). While your at it, also try to mix your shapes and volume¬†– for example: small top with a voluminous bottom and vice versa.

What I’m Wearing: Vegan Suede Culotte – Zara (similar one here¬†or¬†here), Cayenne Knit Top – Wilfred at Aritzia

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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 РWilfed Free at Aritzia // Wide Brim Felt Hat РClub Monaco (similar one here and here) // Duval Bootie РJeffrey Campbell (similar one here and here) // Polished Steel with Rose Gold Indexing РTheHorseAU

Hammer Run РSupra // Sheer Tee with Cotton Back РFrench Connection @ Envy Clothing Company //  Lis Skirt РWilfred Free at Aritzia //  Layered Necklaces РLayered & Long @ Etsy

 

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

Summer Lookbook Series Part 1

Culottes & Lace Up Sandals

I’ve been obsessed with the wide-leg & all-white trend this summer – the culottes add effortlessness and an airiness to my outfit while the white crochet cropped sweater adds a different texture. I am in love with this look because it can be taken from day to night so easily with a change of the top or the accessories. On a side¬†note, these Schutz sandals are everything (I ordered mine from Free People here)! They have been¬†one of my staples for summer as they match just about every¬†outfit – I cannot wait to visit the Schutz store in New York during my October visit ‚̧

What I’m Wearing: Watch –¬†TheHorseAU¬†// Erlina Lace up Sandal¬†– Schutz (or here) // Clutch – 9September on Etsy // Knitted Top – Topshop¬†// Lazarus¬†Culotte – Babaton at Aritzia (find similar ones here)

Silk Dresses & Slip Ons

Dresses are a must-have during the summertime, especially when you’re on the go and you don’t have time to comb through your closet to try on different outfit options! I love a silk dress for the breathability during humid days, and the print adds a touch of color to my otherwise all white ensemble (again ;)!). The beauty of this dress is¬†it’s versatility as I took it from work to a summer wedding just last weekend. For your day look, pair a feminine but loose fitted dress with a slide sandal for a more relaxed feel, and an element of streetstyle.

What I’m Wearing:¬†Watch –¬†TheHorseAU¬†// Somerly Slide – Michael by Michael Kors¬†(similar ones here or here) // Millau Dress – Wilfred at Aritzia (similar print here) // Veronika Dress – Wilfred Free at Aritzia

Denim & Fringe

Denim is¬†a great way for me to add some color to my otherwise neutral wardrobe (not that I mind having all neutrals :)). I was so obsessed with a denim shift dress I had bought earlier this summer, I went in and bought another version! It’s a great way to incorporate¬†the fabric¬†other than¬†¬†as a jacket or as a jean bottom – and it’s comfortable too! I paired this look with a drapey trench, and my sneakers for that off-duty look. You could also easily change the shoes for something more classic like a bootie, flat, or summer sandal as well. The bag has also been my go-to lately; I find it adds a textural element¬†with all¬†my outfits, plus I don’t usually change my bags too often during different seasons.

What I’m Wearing:¬†Watch –¬†TheHorseAU¬†// Hammer Run – Supra // Abbey Fringe Crossbody – Wilfred Free at Aritzia¬†// Vivienne Denim Dress – Wilfred Free at Aritzia // Lawson Trench – Babaton at Aritzia

Look out for pt. 2 of my summer series!

Xo

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 Р9 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

Off Duty // Envy Clothing Company Discount Below

So work has been super busy since November, and I’ve really missed the blog. I’ve made a (super late) new years resolution though to keep it up more consistently, and besides, it really keeps the creative juices flowing! Anyway, I’ve been really going back to the basics lately – even on all my recent purchases, and I’ve realized that you really can’t have too many basic foundational pieces in your wardrobe.

Especially during the winter here in Halifax or back home in Toronto, you really need to layer up to keep warm while trying to not compromise your style at the same time (so here’s one of my current favorite layered outfits ūüôā ).¬†Surprisingly, I was not feeling as cold as I thought I would be without my coat on when it’s a usually an ordeal to stay still while shooting¬†in this kind of weather! A big¬†thank you¬†to¬†Envy Clothing Company¬†for sending me this lovely layering¬†statement necklace – ¬†I love how they’ve really gotten to know my style, and this is the perfect addition to my collection of jewelry & accessories!¬†Also, if you show this or my instagram post when you’re shopping at any Envy Clothing Company location, you will receive 10% off any regular priced accessories (not only limited to¬†jewelry).¬†Super¬†exciting!

As I’ve said in previous blog posts, a jewelry/accessories are essential in curating the perfect outfit. This double layered necklace adds that finishing touch of gold to my cream/white/black outfit story.

What I’m Wearing: Gold Doubled Layered Necklace – Envy Clothing Company // White Cropped Sweater – Vero Moda @ Envy Clothing Company // Oak Laurette Slip Dress – Wilfred @ Aritzia // Cream Mayet Jacket – Wilfred @ Aritzia // Jamie Moto Ripped Jean – Top Shop // Black Silvy Bootie – Michael by Michael Kors // Black Harlow Shopper – Michael Kors // Wool Black Fedora – Club Monaco

xoxo