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

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)

 

 

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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Spring Looks

I always love Spring and Fall (more-so Fall) because you have the option of wearing layers or having none at all. It’s¬†also a great time to try out your separates in different¬†combinations to refreshen your Spring looks! Here are three different types of looks I’ll be sporting this season (with the dressier, casual, and everything in-between):

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A neutral drapey trench is a must have this season with it’s versatility – you can basically add it onto any outfit whether you’re heading to work, to travel, or any event. While we’re at it, I added on a nude suede skirt which is trending for Spring fashion. 70’s inspired suede pieces are back, but with an elevated feel!

What I’m Wearing: Lawson Trench Coat from Babaton at Aritzia / Nathaniel Sweater from Babaton at Aritzia / Hopper Skirt from Babaton at Aritzia / Avery Trainers from Senso / Lovesome One Sunglasses at Gentle Monster

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If you haven’t noticed yet, I am obsessed with SENSO footwear! Lately, I have been living in these Avery trainers because they look great and feel comfortable especially when I’m on my feet most of the day (huge win!). I also love this leather choker by local designer Sarah Sears. This was my first piece from her latest collection and I have to say I am hooked, and cannot wait to see what she has in store ūüôā

What I’m Wearing: Moto Inspired Jacket by Wilfred at Aritzia (similar one here and here) / Metrocles Dress by Community at Aritzia / Low Rise Crop by J Brand / Piya Choker by Sarah Sears (find it here and here¬†in Brass, Silver, or Oxidized Silver)

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I have to say wide legged pants and culottes are probably my favorite kind of bottoms – they are very comfortable, and they look fantastic! A lot of people always ask me whether they are too short for a wider leg and I always tell them it’s not necessarily their height – it’s pairing it with the right footwear and sometimes finding the right length of pant that comfortable suits them.

What I’m Wearing: Palmier Sweater by Wilfred at Aritzia / Eckhardt Pant by Babaton at Aritzia / White Loafer by Shellys London (similar one here¬†and here) / Saxon Watch by Larsson & Jennings

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 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 ‚Äď Michael by Michael Kors¬†(similar ones here or here) //¬†Watch ‚ÄstTheHorseAU¬†// 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