Dress Up

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In case you somehow aren’t already aware, Johanna and I ADORE Disney. Disneyland, Disney movies, the Disney store in the mall- you name it! We’re all about that princess life!

It should come as no surprise that we practically ran to the theatre when we heard there was a new “Alice Through the Looking Glass” movie coming out last month, and we were even MORE excited to hear about Call it Spring’s Alice-inspired shoe collection!

Inspired by one of our favourite whimsical animated films, this OOTD goes out to you Alice- see you at the bottom of the Rabbit Hole!

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Shoes via Call it Spring, top via Keepsake the label, shorts from Aritzia, jewels via Leah Alexandra

Dress UpI'll Follow You Anywhere

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When packing for Nice I was determined to bring only classy, ladylike pieces. I didn’t even want to give myself the option of looking lazy (like I do working from home most days I’m afraid), and so I ended up with a handful of fun new outfit shoots and a lot of blisters from wearing heels almost constantly.

This pairing from my favourite local boutique CONVEY was the perfect intersection between dressed up and casual comfort while I was away, and I couldn’t get enough of the soft suede shorts with this amazing blush Georgia Alice number. I’m not generally an “off the shoulder type” (that’s a thing, right?) but this piece is the perfect way to try out the look, and I’m definitely hooked!

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Top and Shorts via CONVEY, Shoes via Call it Spring, Watch by Christian Paul

Dress UpI'll Follow You Anywhere

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There are a few styles of clothing I’m always terrified to wear, despite my generally carefree attitude in the wardrobe department. Maxi dresses, super baggy boyfriend jeans, and overly doll-like dresses are all on the list, but wide leg pants and culottes sit right at the top.

You know how they say “When in France”? Well, the word ‘culotte’ itself is in fact a French word, and there was something so perfectly Cote D’azur about this striped Lucy Mcintosh pair from CONVEY. Going against my “if you don’t wear it at home you won’t on vacation” philosophy, I tried them on, and guess what? They were super cute! Into the suitcase they went, and I wore them multiple times traipsing around French balconies and feasting on fresh seafood.

The lesson? No more weird fashion rules for me.

Ps. every single apartment in Nice has views like these… How amazing is that to wake up to?!

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Top via Honey Stores, pants via CONVEY, shoes via Call it Spring, Choker by Uncuffed Leather

Dear DiaryDress UpOh so Pretty

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May is the month that the April showers bring- the first true month of Spring here in Canada, it seemed fitting that I’d start my newest blog column in this time of new beginnings. Introducing monthly RAOP Picks (aka #RAOPpicks), our take on an Editor’s List!

Though this month is mostly products and special treasures (I’ve been on a bit of a shopping binge lately) you can expect to find everything from current favourite travel destinations, special ice cream flavours, seasonal flowers, recipe trends- really just whatever I’m into at the beginning of each month!

April was a pretty dark time in Toronto this year- we had a few warm days followed by a lot of very cold ones, and now that May has hit things are finally starting to turn green (slowly). There’s a new burst of energy in the air that sends people out to flood the sidewalks on the weekends and pause to inspect the flowering tree buds to see when they might bloom. Inspired by this electricity, all of my favourite items of the moment have a sort of edgy spring feel. I’m all about shades of peach and pink with hints of black, leather, and lace, and both my wardrobe and makeup bag are reflecting the shift.

Lumira Paradisium Perfume // Over the past few months we’ve become close friends with the owners of CONVEY (another power bff duo, but more into leather jackets and black things). Every single time they’re around or we visit their shop I’m taken aback by the delicious scent that seems to surround them, and it turns out they sell it in the shop! Boasting a scent profile that includes bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, fig nectar, vetiver, sea moss and cedarwood, this fragrance is unlike anything you’ve ever smelled before, and I’m thinking it will be my Spring signature!

Bully Boy Lingerie // Locally made and oh so sexy, Bully Boy lingerie is crazy comfortable and beautifully designed. I just updated my collection with a new bra and a bodysuit, and I couldn’t be happier with the amazing craftsmanship.

Dior Balms // I’ve had Dior’s rose lip balm and apricot cuticle cream on display on my dresser for ages, but only recently did I start enjoying the magic of actually using them. With the softest scents and the prettiest colours, these little tubs help me keep my nail beds and lips happy in style.

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Uncuffed Leather Choker // Is it just me, or is the choker back in a BIG way? There’s something subtly sexy about having a collar around your neck, and no one does it better than Uncuffed Leather. Handmade here in Toronto, Olga makes everything from gloves to full body harnesses, and they really add the perfect hint of bedroom to any outfit.

Pink Puffs // You know how puppies have been proven to make people happy? I think the same rule applies for the “puff” trend. I’ve been collecting these furry colourful keychains (faux of course!) everywhere I go lately, and they’re such a fun way to add a pop of colour to your look! Bonus: it’s now extremely easy to find my keys in any bag. Get your own in any colour you can dream of on Etsy!

Spring Booties // I’m pretty die-hard when it comes to my love for wearing boots, and even when summer rolls around I’m stubborn about letting the look go. I’ve even been known to wear ankle booties at the pool! It’s weird, I know, but this year I’m finding a happy medium with boot-ish Spring/Summer footwear. My top two picks are Cartel’s Tapalapa and Call it Spring’s Fongora.

Peachy Lipstick // In previous years I’ve shied away from orange-based tones, convinced that they were unflattering with my easily-tanned skin. As I get older though most of these made up “rules” fade into the distance, and peachy pinks and corals are now my go-to lipstick of choice. Pick of the moment: Paul and Joe’s creamy formula!

Christian Paul Marble Collection // It may make me a trend follower, but I’m all about marble, everywhere, all the time. I recently came across Christian Paul’s marble watch collection, and I fell hard and fast for the white marble face with the peachy band. Look forward to seeing this guy perched on my wrist in every photo of me holding something from now on!