I may be the queen of all things pastel, but even I can recognize the importance of a perfect little black dress (aka LBD!)
This piece by Lovers + Friends, one of my favourite brands and makers of the best dresses, is fit for just about any occasion. From day to night and casual to classy, the flouncy cut and adorable back details will have you turning heads from all angles this holiday season. That said it wouldn’t be a holiday look without a bit of sparkle, and that’s where the shoes come in. Studded with delicate crystals, these suede sandals by Raye elevate any look. Most days I pair them with socks and cropped denim, but for December only a dress will do!
Finished with my classic blush pink trench and a delicate pink scarf, this outfit might just be one of my favourites of the season!
The past couple weeks have been a rare glimpse of transitional weather here in Toronto – a time when one can wear light jackets and bare legs with thick socks. Though I fear that time has now officially passed, we were able to get out and shoot one of my favourite transitional outfits while the weather allowed.
Suede shoes are one of those temperamental items that must be worn with care, so I’ve been wearing these new baby blue beauties as much as I can before the rain and snow start to fall. My pink Haerfest backpack has also been a mainstay in the accessories department this Autumn – it fits a laptop AND looks super cute with just about everything.
Clothing-wise I love the contradiction of business pieces with casual fun items, so this blush Club Monaco blazer and ruffle top were a perfect match with my new vegan leather skirt by Dynamite (now on super sale for only $20!)
Though the weather has suggested otherwise this past week, I’m calling it – Winter is dead! I’m always the first to jump the gun on sunny weather, stripping down to show as much skin as possible even when it’s far too early to reasonably do so. What can I say, I LOVE the feeling of warmth on my skin! I need to be free! Winter jackets and long johns have been stifling me for far too long (says the girl who spent most of the winter in California…)
This season I’m trying to be extra selective when adding to my wardrobe. Now that i find myself living in a pocket-size apartment, so I’m only accepting really special pieces and elegant staples, and I try to shed something worn out every time I bring in something new. This rose satin wrap dress from LULU by Rana falls somewhere in-between – the cut is both modern and classic, and the longer sleeve length makes it an ideal transitional Spring item. Paired with a trench (because Spring layering is crucial), ballet-inspired pumps from ALDO, the perfect ’70s inspired mani from Chillhouse and hints of tortoise shell & gold, this look is simple but still fun.
Because really, what’s the point in getting dressed if it’s not fun, right?
Every year I rush to High Park alongside all of the other flower-lovers in Toronto to get a glimpse at the Cherry Blossom Trees in bloom. It’s a spectacle to be sure, but sadly it usually only lasts for a brief moment with this city’s unpredictable weather, and one has to fight through the crowds to get close to a tree branch.
The funny thing is, it seems like almost every single other city I’ve been too has far more cherry blossom trees than Toronto. Vancouver’s sidewalks are literally covered in pink petals come Spring, Buffalo boasts an amazing Sakura population, and let’s not leave Japan and their gorgeous yearly festival off the list. One city I definitely underestimated though was New York.
Entirely based on chance, Johanna and I booked our trip to NYC just as the Cherry Blossom trees started to bloom, and oh, were they EVER blooming! Every corner we turned we found more of these delicate, special flowers, and despite their constant appearance we were equally enchanted by each encounter. The best place to see them? The Brooklyn Museum and Botanical Gardens!
Our NYCgo City Pass pointed us in the direction of this amazing spanning property, and we’re so grateful we made time to go. On top of feminist art and beautiful architecture, we were able to frolic amongst seemingly endless blossoms. If you’re travelling to New York during Spring or Summer, this entire area is absolutely a must-see! Of course we couldn’t help but snap some outfit photos while we were there… in true form I just happened to be wearing pink! Also, how great are these peachy-pink hair extensions by Locks and Mane? It was such a fun experience to play with hair this long!
It’s that awkward time where it’s nearly impossible to know what to wear. One day you don a jacket and end up carrying it around feeling annoyed, the next you freeze your butt off in a dress because the sunshine was deceiving from your bedroom window that morning.
Don’t get me wrong – the time of transitional weather is something to savour, but one has to dress appropriately for the occasion. My current go-to combo is sundress + trench coat, ideally with a cup of hot tea in hand and a pair of tights in my purse just in case it’s cooler than expected out.
This blush Club Monaco trench coat has been a staple in my wardrobe since I scooped it up last Fall (pssst, it’s currently on sale!) It’s a slightly heavier weight than most “Spring” jackets, and the cut easily allows a light cardigan underneath if you need an extra layer of warmth. Paired with my favourite dress of the moment, a killer floral number from Dynamite, little white sneakers and the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag I splurged on last time I visited the big apple, it was the perfect look to “bridge the gap” while exploring NYC!
P.S. No, my hair didn’t magically grow crazy long overnight – I got a whole new mane from Locks and Mane! More on that coming soon.