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

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 РWilfred 

Birdie Skinny РWilfred (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 РFRAME (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 РWilfred Free (similar one here, here, or here)

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

 

 

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 РSarah Sears $85 // Cross Cross Ring РSarah Sears, From $45 // Agra Arch Ring РSarah Sears, From $40 // Opal Hat Ring РSarah Sears $125 // Taj Cuff РSarah Sears, From $105 dsc_1767Leather Case (Veggie Tan) РContour & Co. $65 // Double Rainbow Tee РMaggie Jayne $45 // Print РSarah Burwash $20 // Oatmeal & Almond Milk Soap РBuck Naked Soap Company $10 dsc_1796Simple Arch Ring РSarah Sears, From $35 // Finger Tipper Ring РSarah Sears, From $105 // Dots Pillow РSpicy Boy Studio $74 // Lines Pillow РSpicy Boy Studio $74 // Aurous Collection Mugs РTherese 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! ūüôā

xo!

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

 

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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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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 Рyou 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 РMeghan Tansey Whitton: Website // Instagram

HAIR & MAKEUP РEmily 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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