Dress Up

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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?

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Dress Up

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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!

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