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Though the humidity in Toronto makes dressing up a bit more difficult, I refuse to give it up entirely. I love putting together dreamy outfits laden with sparkles and golden touches, and no one does those things better than Ted Baker.

I’m on a bit of a navy blue kick right now, and this structured cocktail dress with delicate 3d floral details is perfect for everything from Friday night patio drinks to Sunday brunches. Romantic and whimsical, this look sends my imagination to croissants at Parisian bistros, cobblestone streets and old world romance. Paired with pearl earrings, glittery metallic accessories and the perfect Ted Baker “dress up” jacket, this look begs for a night at the ballet! Who wants to take me?

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First off, happy World Ballet Day!

Was anyone else super obsessed with Centre Stage growing up? There was something about the horrible acting and amazing choreography that really hit a nerve with me, but try as I might I was never really able to master the art of dancing – especially ballet.

I recently re-discovered my love for ballerina twirling at Extension Method (more on that in our #RAOPfunfitness post), and though I’m still by no means the most graceful person in the class, I find myself inspired by point shoes, leotards, and velvet hair ribbons more than ever before.

Inspired by my new ballet class schedule, I put together a little “ballerina off-duty” look inspired by none other than Centre Stage, the cheesy movie that started it all. Complete with classic Repetto ballet flats, my new favourite denim jacket from CONVEY, and a blush silk dress from Maccs, I was ready to go from the barre to the bar (or something like that!)

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When I was growing up, Guess was the coolest shop at the mall. I’ve been wearing their clothing since I was 16, and they’ve never failed me in the realm of sparkly platforms, short shorts and denim jumpsuits. A few weeks ago Guess invited me to host a festival fashion event at their Eaton Centre location and I just couldn’t say no- host a party at a shop I’ve adored for most of my adult life? Yes please!

Of course a new outfit was pretty much mandatory for my big night at the mall (who hasn’t had a fantasy about partying in a mall right?) so I headed over to The Eaton Centre for a little throwback shopping spree. I walked out with an almost entirely peach and pink outfit, and honestly it’s a *total dream*. The suede style skinnies are so unbelievably soft I have had a hard time not sleeping in them, and don’t even get me started on the oversized ballet pink crepe blazer. It wasn’t the look I was expecting to end up with- it’s even better than I could’ve imagined!

That said, let’s get dressed up and hang out! Join me this Friday at Guess Toronto Eaton Centre from 5-9 for a fun style event! There will be snacks, hair braiding, Crystal Head vodka cocktails, and rumour has it there are special discounts too! See you there? You can RSVP here!

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This post was sponsored, but all opinions are my own. To inquire about sponsored posts, please email jess@shineinfluencers.com

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It’s finally starting to feel like Spring out there, which means it’s time to bring out some of my Spring staples!

First up: white tee shirts. I’m all about white t-shirts all year round, but especially during the warmer months. Currently I’m swooning over the whimsical designs of Pastel Blonde.

Next, light denim. White, pink, lavender, mint, baby blue- you name it, I have it. Super light denim is the perfect way to transition from Winter to Spring and add a bit of colour to your look.

And finally, a brand new staple…

I’m big on any excuse to get all dressed up, but sometimes it’s nice to tone it down and just get comfy. I can’t remember the last time I owned a hoodie, but shopping at CONVEY a few weeks back I came across a lightweight knit version by Standard Issue, and suddenly the gap in my wardrobe was clear. I took the “grown up hoodie” home, and I’ve been sporting it almost constantly since- I can’t wait to layer it with my leather jacket when it gets a bit warmer out!

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T-shirt by Pastel Blonde, Jeans via Topshop, Glasses via Zane, Hoodie via CONVEY

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Though its been an unusually warm January, there’s no doubt that it is in fact sweater weather here in Toronto. I’m a huge proponent of sweaters, whether they’re thick fleecy sweatshirts or thick cable knits, and every winter I add one or two special pieces to my neatly folded collection.

A few weeks ago our good friends at CONVEY (our favourite shop in the city, conveniently located right across from the Pastel Palace) mentioned they had a new knitwear shipment, so I immediately popped over to see what they had in store. Within seconds I had totally fallen for an oversized bubblegum pink boyfriend sweater, and as soon as I put it on my body I knew it had to be mine.

Long story short, I pretty much haven’t taken it off since. Seriously, this sweater is the softest cotton candy perfection, and it’s oh so warm! Paired with a collared shirt and my new favourite 3×1 black skinny jeans (conveniently also from CONVEY), it’s my new favourite winter staple.

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Hat from Aritzia, Sweater and Jeans from CONVEY, Collared shirt via. Victoire, Boots by Rachel Comey, watch via. Daniel Wellington, bracelet by Cherry Pick