Dress Up

Though it may seem like I’m always dressing up in bright colours and novelty pieces, I’m actually a big sucker for good, clean basics. A former retail employee at one of Canada’s best stores for simple dressing and well made essentials, I have a massive collection of carefully cut denim, simple comfortable black heels and above everything else, WAY too many plain white t-shirts.

My team frequently pokes fun at me for my addiction to soft, white t-shirts. I’m always on the lookout for the MOST perfect one and when I find a good one, I have a hard time choosing to wear anything else. The problem is, this love affair has always been a tumultuous one, because I’m also very clumsy, which means wearing white is basically a promise I’ll be doing laundry at the end of the day. I’ve had to turn so many of my beloved white tee-shirts into cleaning rags, losing them to stains, stretching and pilling thanks to too many washes.

Luckily, there’s a solution to all of my t-shirt heartbreak.

As someone with very dry, damaged colour-treated hair, I’m all too familiar with the importance of conditioning every time I shampoo my hair. It turns out, the same rules apply when it comes to your beloved basics too! Downy Fabric Conditioner takes care of your clothing much like hair products condition your hair – by lubricating fabric fibres, Downy protects the material from break down, which prevents pilling plus loss of shape and colour.

Now that my love affair with my newest perfect white tee can last a lifetime (or at least a long time) I don’t have to be afraid to wear it too much! Scroll down to see three ways I styled my tee for the Summer (and beyond!)

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Dress Up

Most of the time you can find me prancing around here in light jackets, skirts and high heels, but today we’re going to be honest about what I’ve been wearing in real life for the past few months (even if it’s not nearly as darling). As much as I’d love to live in a place where floral dresses reign year-round, the truth of the matter is for at least 4/12 months I really survive in scarves, mittens, hats… my trusty parka of course!

When I first moved to Toronto my West Coast parents were determined to get me the warmest parka they could find, terrified by tales they’d heard of Ontario winters. I wore that same parka every single winter right up until this past fall when I finally decided to invest in a new model.

I know what you’re thinking- a black parka? Really? But when it comes to winter warmth even I have to get practical, and since this particular Aritzia model can shed its lining to become a light waterproof Springtime layer for muddy bike rides, I couldn’t refuse the versatility.

Don’t worry, you can always invest in some bright hats and mittens until Spring style rolls around!

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All clothing via. Aritzia, Booties from BC Footwear.

Dress Up

So my wonderful pastel-haired friend Johanna has been helping me out with Random Acts of Pastel stuff over the past little while, and when she emailed me these photos with the subject line “RAOP; star of Frozen” I couldn’t help but smile.

Though we only shot these photos last weekend, Toronto already feels like a whole new city today. The ice is thawing, the sun is shining, and I even rode my bike to work this morning. I was really dreading coming back from Las Vegas (photos and city guide coming soon!), but the change in season has definitely got me feeling inspired. Hopefully this will be the last icy, snowy, mega-bundled outfit post until November! A girl can dream, right?

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Photos by Johanna Martin

Bag by Theit, tights from Future of Francis Watson, Coat and cardigan from Aritzia, Dress by Sretsis, Boots by Rachel Comey, Scarf by Good Night, Daybelt and sunglasses N/A

Dress Up

In a completely random twist of fate a few weeks back I somehow found myself at the Vans sample sale here in Toronto, and upon learning that all of the shoes just happened to be my size, I knew I’d been brought there for a reason.

Even though I’m usually not super into animal prints, I found myself inexplicably drawn to a pair of leopard print Vans, and after comparing them with a few other much more typically RAOP pairs, I decided to take them home.

As strange as it sounds, these loud slip ons have managed to breathe new life into my wardrobe, providing a much needed pop of texture and fun to otherwise ordinary outfits. Though they seemed like a strange purchase at the time, I’m so glad I “adopted” them into my pastel life. I guess you never know when or how you’re going to surprise yourself!

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Coat and Sweater from Aritzia, Backpack by Golden Ponies, Jeans from Wildfox Couture, Sunglasses by Ray Ban, Shoes by Vans