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)

 

 

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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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

 

FLARE MAG – Halifax Localist-At-Large

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I am beyond excited to share with you what I’ve been working on this past Fall! I will be representing Halifax as one of FLARE Magazine’s contributors and Localists-At-Large. Check out my online profile for a link to my upcoming blog posts¬†as well as stay tuned for my weekly tips on what’s hot in the city!

xoxo

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