Dress Up

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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!)

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Dress Up

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I cannot get enough of summer whites this year. Seriously, I think I’ve doubled the amount of white clothing I own over the past few months, and everywhere I go I’m automatically drawn to the same milky section.

I spotted this ridiculously cute romper on REVOLVE and I just knew I had to have it. You know when you can picture an item in your closet so well that it feels like it’s already hidden away in there? This was one of those for me. That ruffled hemline! That bow at the back! That perfect checkered sheer fabric with just a hint of ballet pink between the spaces!

Of course the romper DID end up in my closet, and this summer look turned out part ballet, part country cowgirl, with just a tiny hint of boudoir. It’s a handful, I know, but something about the pom poms on my satin shoes paired with this fringe clutch from CONVEY just made sense in the moment.

What do you think? Too much, or just right?

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Romper via Revolve, Shoes from ASOS, Bag from CONVEY, Makeup via YSL

Oh so Pretty

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It’s the most wonderful time of the month! No, not that “time of the month”- I’m talking about hair appointment time! It’s always a bit of a challenge to decide what I want to try next with how many different colours my hair has been over the past five years, but this time I’ve known what shade I want for weeks.

I call it milky pink peach pastel sunset (Yes, that’s totally a thing), or “flamingo hair” for short.

I’ve never really accomplished a truly perfect peach on my own at home, so when my pals at Good Day Hair Shop in Kensington Market invited me in for a date with their dreamy colourist Jaymi I jumped at the chance to do something different. If you haven’t seen Jaymi’s colour work yet, check it out immediately: @kaleidoscopejaymi. This lady is seriously a pastel hair goddess, and I couldn’t wait to meet her irl.

True to her online awesomeness, Jaymi was a bubbly babe with the prettiest rosy coral locks. We immediately got to work with the usual bleaching and toning, and then the fun started. Jaymi described my idea as “putting a flamingo in a blender”, and though it sounds rather violent she definitely got my vision. She covered my whole head with a peach toner, then “ribboned” a touch of hot pink through the bottom while my head was in the sink. She even made me a take home hair mask tinted with peach so I can keep my colour fresh- what a peach!

The end result is, well… see for yourself! I basically transformed from a sad grey pigeon to a vacation-ready flamingo, and I can’t wait to flaunt my new feathers!

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Ready to take the pastel hair plunge? I highly recommend Jaymi at Good Day Hair Shop!

Oh so Pretty

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When planning my trip to California this week there wasn’t much to worry about (thanks Expedia.ca!), but of course I had a few crucial decisions to make. Packing, nail art, and shoot locations all came into play, but as per usual my biggest conundrum concerned my hair colour.

Thanks to all of my crazy experimentation over the years, coming up with new hair colour looks had started to become a bit of a challenge. Luckily Blyss Salon in Yorkville has taken me under their wing, and more often than not they’re the ones behind my hair these days. When I told my colourist Amanda I was headed down to Cali there was talk of “the perfect California Girl blonde” and mermaid-inspired streaks, but in the end she came up with an even better idea: why not make my hair look like a sparkling pastel California sunset?

To read all about the process, what products was used, and the team’s techniques, head over to XOvain!

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Oh so Pretty

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The holidays are here, and as per usual the biggest question on my mind is “what do I do with my hair!?”

Just kidding- I’m much more concerned with my glittery wishlist and holiday shopping, but hair is up there too! Pastel and Christmas don’t really naturally fit together, though I’ve been known to trade red and green for pink and mint when it comes to home decor. I always struggle with what to do with my look this time of year, and in general I settle on the same answer every year: silver, gold, and sparkle.

Unfortunately no one has created a way to permanently dye hair gold foil or sparkle silver yet, so I decided to get creative with my dream hair team and do an interpretation of my new favourite metallic- rose gold. I mean, it’s on my fingers, it’s on my bar cart… why shouldn’t it be on my hair too? I headed up to Blyss Salon here in Toronto and handed my locks over to Amanda and Alyson to be spun into rose gold Christmas magic.

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After a root bleach out and toner application in a slightly warmer shade of platinum than usual, Amanda started to apply the colour- three different shades of peachy pink Davines Pure Colour concoctions to be specific. Once the colours were carefully applied and blended together slightly with her fingers, Amanda added a touch of yellow to the tips to really create a golden glow at the end of the ombre. We rinsed, Alyson gave my cut a quick refresh, and voila! I also got to try out a super special new Davines product that won’t be on shelves until Spring called “Dry Texturizer”and it gave my mane amazing full body almost instantly (note: get excited.)

The end result was a bit less peachy than what we were aiming for thanks to residual blue tones left in my locks from opal hair, but it’s still as good as gold in my books.

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Photos by Josh Mitchinson
Originally published on XO Vain