Florals

Now that I have a closet full of basics, I’ve recently been investing in more printed pieces in the last year or so. This summer, I’m loving the floral print (see my favorite summer blouse below!), and pops of color! Also, can you believe that it’s finally nice out? I mean minus this weekend because it’s supposed to rain, but I’m so glad I can now hit the beach, and have dinner & drinks on a patio! I also just found out I’m going on a last minute trip to Barcelona in 2 weeks, so keep an eye out on my IG for my adventures there!

I hope you all have a fantastic Canada Day Weekend celebrating #Canada150

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What I’m Wearing:

Gazania Blouse – Little Moon at Aritzia (shop a similar one here, here, & here)

Helena Crop – GRLFRND (shop similar one here and here)

At Ease Loafer – Free People

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Piaf Shirt – Wilfred at Aritzia

Yamashita Jacket – Golden By TNA at Aritzia (shop similar ones here , here, and here)

Pinetown Pant – Community at Aritzia (shop similar ones here, here, and here)

Ambra Oxford – Browns (shop similar one here)

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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)

 

 

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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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

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

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Street Chic

It’s been two weeks overdue, but here is the outfit I wore to opening night of Atlantic Fashion Week (AFW) on Oct 2nd. AFW has now finished their 8th season with the mission to support local upcoming and well-known fashion designers in the Atlantic Canada  region such as Veronica MacIsaac, Orphanage, Zafira Apparel, just to name a few. I didn’t attend closing night, but for the opening night my favorites included:

Donn Sabean: Gorgeous one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed, and hand-printed dresses/silky pants floated down the runway as if I was heading on vacation to an exotic location. She pulls some of her inspirations from ethnic dress and the iconic 70s flower child.

MJM (Maggie J. MacCormick): Adorable and whimsical pieces that I need in my closet, and reminds me of fun tennis wear with a nautical touch!

Clutch Culture: Effortlessly cool models walk the runway, showcasing a collection of clutches and men’s bags with a mixture of prints, textiles, and colors.

What I’m Wearing: Phaedra Bootie – Michael Kors // Colorblocked Pant – Wilfred (Aritzia) // Black Knit Tank – Aritzia // Gold Choker – Michael Kors // Gold Cuffs – Etsy // Black Leather Jacket – Michael Kors // Tan & Black Clutch – Marciano

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Fall Love

Because I am wearing pumps at work every day, I try to give my feet a break on my days off (although I cannot resist heeled ankle booties </3). I’m also very particular with my flat footwear, and I find it hard to find the perfect fashion-worthy flats to go with my weekender outfits, but I’m happy to say I am in love with these Loeffler Randall  espadrilles I picked up during the summer! If you haven’t seen already, I mentioned these gorgeous perforated flats in one of my latest posts on my favorite summer shoe trends.

Above, I am holding my current favorite everyday handbag: the Novelty Miranda in Suntan, by Michael Kors. It is probably one of my more expensive handbags, but so worth it (you can shop for more of his collection items here)! And if you haven’t noticed, I’m actually quite a huge fan of crop tops and here, I paired it with an adorable peplum skirt by Wilfred at Aritzia. Although, I don’t tend to actually put on what I tie around my waist, I find it adds that final touch to your outfit; almost like your accessories do. It also has the possibility of being a more functional accessory, as you can actually put it on if it gets chillier during the day.

What I’m Wearing: Espadrille Flat – Loeffler Randall // Peplum Skirt – Wilfred at Aritzia // Chambray Button Up – Mendocino // Grey Crop Top – Brandy Melville // Pleather Cap – Little Burgundy Shoes

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Beach Dates With Oh Dina!

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Summer has been too short this year, but also very busy that I’ve hardly had any time to breathe! I’ve met and collaborated with a lot of lovely people, and have received an overwhelming amount of support (thanks to all of my readers and followers!). So I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone for all the love and constant support and encouragement in something that originally started as a hobby, and now has grown much bigger than that!

Here, I am wearing one of my favorite rompers from Aritzia by Wilfred, as well as a gorgeous floral crown made by Oh Dina! Millinery. You can find her website here  (click here for her Etsy shop). If you’re looking for a selection of floral crowns/head pieces, or even a custom made piece for your special event, feel free to contact Nicole anytime (even if you’re long distance)! She is one of the sweetest gals I’ve ever met, and will definitely accommodate to match the vision and style you are looking for, whether it’s for a music festival, wedding, bridal party, or photoshoot etc.!

Here is my most recent post featuring Oh Dina!: https://lovebyelle.com/2014/07/16/summer-escape/

xoxo