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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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 🙂

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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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

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/

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Summer Weddings

 

I actively kept my eye out for a perfect summer wedding (guest) dress for months, and had no luck until I came across this little number last minute! I previously purchased many fitted dresses for weddings, but I wanted something different and more fun this time around. I adore the Narella Silk Dress I got on sale from Club Monaco (shop the Fall version here) because of it’s gorgeous scalloped trims and detailed pleats! Plus I was 100% sold on the hidden pockets! It’s nice to have such a versatile shift dress in my closet that I can dress up for special events like weddings, and dress down for regular weekends.

What I’m Wearing: Narella Silk Dress – Club Monaco // White Envelope Clutch – BCBG MaxAzria // Petite Camille Watch and Gold Arrow Necklace – Michael by Michael Kors

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Summer Escape

This photo shoot has been by far, one of my favorites! For the upcoming summer weddings and engagement shoots, hopefully this post can give you some ideas!

If you’re a DIY gal like me, there are a ton of ways to make your shoots/weddings/parties more cost effective (plus it can be fun if you do a small get together for a little arts and crafts session!). I love the idea of having balloons and pretty tassels (so cute!) because they can add a fun whimsical feel to your event or shoot. I bought my own materials (tissue paper, string) from the dollar store and used this video for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WFPQ2F2_2E. You can find 16 inch balloons at a local party store or 36 inch balloons at some select stores (or online). And you won’t need to fill it up days before your event, just do it the morning of and you’re good to go! Instead of paying $30-60 for pre-made 36″ balloons with tassels attached, why not make your own for $10?

Anyway I’ve had this beautiful dress in my closet from Lulu’s  for over a year now, and never got a chance to wear it, so I’m happy I finally got to bring it out! I think it’s a perfect maxi for low key beach weddings and engagement shoots because of the romantic back and lace detail in the front. It’s such a simple silhouette, yet so stunning and flattering when you put it on!

Also if you didn’t notice, I am wearing this gorgeous head piece made by Nicole at Oh Dina! Millinery, and you can see that I’m a huge fan of her floral crowns via my instagram account! I had the pleasure of meeting Nicole a couple months ago, and since then I’ve been obsessing over her work! If you haven’t checked her out yet, I linked her website and etsy shop below. She also makes custom pieces geared for your special event, and I will definitely be sending in my requests for my future engagement shoot ❤

Website: http://www.ohdina.com

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/OhDinaMillinery

What is your favorite wedding DIY project? I would love to know!

xoxo