New Developments: The Minimalist Edit

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For the past few months I’ve been working on a special rebranding project with Kaylyn (from Gold Prism Creative), and I’m excited to share the results with all of you very soon! When I first started blogging, I had no idea what I was doing, and I did not have a clear direction of where I wanted to go with it. It was a hobby I enjoyed during my spare time, and I definitely learned a lot along the way! Over the years I found my style changing/evolving, and I’m finally working towards a new blogging direction that suits my aesthetic. Keep an eye out for some major changes come to you this November!

On another note, I shot this look a few weeks back (when it wasn’t as warm). I mean, who doesn’t love a matching sweatsuit? Keep scrolling to see what I’m wearing below! 🙂

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Balfern Leather Jacket – All Saints

Sheer Button Up – Wilfred at Aritzia (shop similar ones here, and here)

Lisieux Bralette – Wilfred at Aritzia

Laramie Pant – TNA at Aritzia

Fishnet Ankle Socks – Amazon

Hers 2 Ring – Ment Jewellery

Rosegold Tiny Galaxy Ring – Bluboho

Twisted Sister Rosegold Ring – Bluboho

Eternal Clouds Ring – Pandora

Black & Gold Lugano 40 mm – Larsson & Jennings

Loafer – Zara (shop similar ones here, and here)

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Whitecap Hoodie – TNA at Aritzia

Laramie Pant – TNA at Aritzia

Denim Jacket – *thrifted* (shop similar ones here, and here)

Avery Trainers – Senso (shop similar ones here, and here)

Valencia – Garrett Leight

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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)

 

 

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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Market Love

One of my favorite places to visit on the weekend is the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market. It is a great place to spend a couple hours on a Saturday morning, wandering through the stalls of local vendors filled with fresh meats, produce, baked goods, ethnic foods, crafted items, and so much more! It’s also a great way to support local talent and the local farming community. I absolutely love eating my way through the market and it has a great open environment with a variety of seating and live music.

On another note, if you work at a job that requires a strict dress code, the weekend is your time to put together a great outfit with no restrictions! Coming from the healthcare industry, and having worked in the finance industry, it is interesting to find creative ways to express your style while keeping it professional (maybe I’ll post about that later!). Lately, I’ve been obsessed with all kinds of hats. I love the way a floppy wool hat or leather baseball cap can change the look of a whole outfit. Here I’m wearing a hat I purchased from American Apparel, and my favorite fur vest from 525 America. The brown/neutral shades in the vest adds a balance to my otherwise all black outfit (with a minimal splash of gold). I know black can be tiring for some people, but I love it because it will always be a classic, plus it’s hard to stain from all the food I’m eating at the market 😉

What I’m Wearing: Work handbag – Charles & Keith, lace up bootie – Everything (at littleburgundy), black laced dress – H&M, gold sheer button up – Zara, basic fur vest – 525 America, floppy wool hat – American Apparel, gold straight bar necklace – Matoto on Etsy

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Sweater Season

Winter is the best time to layer on the sweaters. It’s comfy and looks cute too! I don’t know why I love the whole loose sweater look, but maybe because it’s so effortless and chic at the same time (if worn properly). I’ve also been really into patterned or color-blocked pants lately.. When I find something I’m obsessed with, I go on a shopping craze for the same item. I even went and bought 3 of the same pair of pants in different colors two months ago from Aritzia… Anyway, hope you’re all braving the cool (or warm) weather wherever you are! Over here in Halifax, it feels like spring already!

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What I’m Wearing:

Necklace – Aldo Accessories

Sweater – H&M

Tribal Pant – Zara

Ankle Boots – Michael Kors

Coffee, Fur, and Macarons.

I recently received a special delivery of sweets from ‘Butter Avenue’ through a friend visiting Toronto over the weekend. Macarons are one of my favorite desserts with the crisp outer shell and soft chewy interior. After my trip to Paris, I looked for places in Toronto that were similar to Laduree and Pierre Herme (obviously it wouldn’t be the same, but i found something close!)

‘Butter Avenue’ (located between Lawrence/Yorkmills station on Yonge), became one of my favorite go-to places for dessert dates. They have a nice quiet minimalist interior, and an array of teas, macarons, cakes, and tarts to choose from!

On another note, it is getting quite chilly over here in Halifax, but it hasn’t started snowing too much yet. I’ve been loving my 525 America fur vest as it not only keeps you warm, but looks good too! I paired it with one of my favorite blouses and a skort, but you can only see my upper body in the photos. Will do a full outfit shoot soon!

What I’m Wearing:

– Sheer black and gold polka-dotted button up from Zara

– Basic fur vest from 525 America

– Watch from Michael Kors

– Necklace from Matoto on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/matoto?ref=shop_sugg)

I pasted Butter Avenue’s website here below:

http://www.butteravenue.com/motion.asp?siteid=100459