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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Fall/Winter 2

I cannot believe how busy the last few months have been! It feels like time is FLYING by. Anyway, below are a few of my favorite transitional Fall/Winter looks I’ve been sporting this season! What’s great about each piece is that they are mostly interchangeable with one another (and that is something I usually consider before I make a purchase – the more seasons I can wear, the better!). I’ve also been doing a bit of purging in my closet, and trying to go back to quality basics with the occasional interest piece or pop of color!

Look 1: Volume & Clean Cuts

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What I’m Wearing:

Carleton Dress – Babaton

Salt and Pepper Knit Cardigan – Oak + Fort (similar one here and here)

Melanie Crop Retro – Citizens of Humanity (similar one here, or here)

Leather Mid Heel – Zara (similar one here, or here)

Look 2: Neck Tie Accessorizing

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What I’m Wearing:

Christelle Blouse – Wilfred 

Birdie Skinny – Wilfred (similar one here or here)

Hedda Pant – 1-01 Babaton (similar one here, or here)

Embossed Leather Boot – Zara

Look 3: Playing with Delicate Fabrics

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What I’m Wearing:

Henriette Blouse – Le Fou (similar one here, or here)

Le Straight Anchorage Jean – FRAME (similar one here, or here)

Leather Mid Heel – Zara (similar one here, or here)

Look 4: Boyish Pairings

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What I’m Wearing:

Bertillon Blouse – Wilfred

Serment Sweater – Wilfred

Jallade Pant – Wilfred

Cocentric Square – Babaton

Lugano – Larsson & Jennings

Stretch Platform Bluchers – Zara

Look 5: Classic Layers

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What I’m Wearing:

Carleton Dress – Babaton

Lullman Sweater – Wilfred Free (similar one here, here, or here)

Felt Hat – Club Monaco (similar one here, or here)

 

 

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 2

Denim Skirts & Baseball Caps

So this has basically been my summer uniform the last few months. I love how casual, yet put together this look is (plus who doesn’t love wearing comfortable sneakers every day?). This skirt has been one of my favorite summer pieces and will definitely be transitioning into my fall wardrobe!

What I’m Wearing: Hammer Run – Supra // HW Pencil Skirt – The Castings // Dauphine Tank – Wilfred // Decker Cap – Wilfred Free (similar one here)

Pleated Skirts & Sleeveless Sweaters

Who says you can’t wear a sweater in the hot weather? I think it’s all about finding the right styles with the right fabrics. Pairing two longer pieces together can sometimes make someone look ‘blocked’ or shorter, so look for details that can balance that out such as a side slit or contrasting pleated textile (like I have above).

What I’m Wearing: Somerly Slide – Michael by Michael Kors (similar ones here or here) // Watch – TheHorseAU // Jude Skirt – Babaton // Palmier Sweater – Wilfred 

Asymmetrical Skirts & Summer Loafers

I keep going back to the black & white, and I can’t help myself; they are such classic shades that go with just about anything and everything! Here, I am sporting my current favorite watch from Larsson & Jennings to tie the whole B&W theme together with a small hint of gold. This is a great look that pairs classic ‘business’ styles with a slight twist – I love the cut of the skirt because it adds that extra detail, and the sweater crop adds texture.

What I’m Wearing: Jax Skirt – Babaton // Alrik Knit Top – Babaton // Lapera Loafer – Shellys London // Lader Watch – Larsson & Jennings // Animalier Sunglasses- Dolce & Gabbana

Minimalist Dresses

Along with my silk dress from my previous post, here is another style that’s been on rotation this summer. This was an easy go-to with it’s simplicity and slit detail (I clearly love slits ;)!) paired with a fun accessory and interesting leather sandal. Again, it’s all about tying the whole look together with accessorizing and the grooming, plus it’s another great transitional piece for fall layering!

What I’m Wearing: Auxiliary – Reese Cross Body // Jessie Dress – Babaton // Chatham Sandal – Jeffrey Campbell // Lader Watch – Larsson & Jennings

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 – 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

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 🙂 ). 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

Fall Transition

One of the great things about the transition from Fall to Winter in the maritimes is the fact that the weather is constantly changing every day. One day it can be a high of seventeen degrees and then the next day below zero. On those “warmer” days, I love to layer up without having to wear a winter jacket or heavy coat. As many of you know, shorts, skirts, or flouncy dresses are not limited only to summertime; there are many ways you can transition your summer wardrobe into fall and winter as well! Here I paired my American Apparel  high-waisted denim with a simple cropped black sweater (Envy Clothing Company) and my staple 525 America Fur Vest. It’s so easy to stay warm while looking stylish at the same time! The following items are essential Fall ->Winter pieces I absolutely love and cannot live without which includes: oversized scarves, thigh highs & tights, fur, and ankle booties. What are some of your cold-weather staples? I would love to know!

Until next time,

xo

*Stay tuned for my upcoming holiday edits and collaborations*

What I’m Wearing: Pop-Art Blanket Scarf – Aritzia // Wool Grey Hat – Club Monaco // Rabbit Fur Vest – 525 America // Wallet on A Chain – Prada // Opaque Thigh Highs & High-Waisted Denim Short – American Apparel // Cropped Short Sweater – Envy Clothing Company // Vegetable Tan Watch With Rose Gold Indexing – The Horse AU