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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.






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!

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I’m not big on changing my “look” based on trends, but I do always like to feel like my style is evolving- constantly cycling in new pieces and inspiration. I’m always logging my current favourites on Pinterest, and every once and awhile I’ll notice an undeniable pattern based on the season. This Spring, it’s lingerie-inspired looks.

I’ve always had a soft spot for lacy underthings and soft peachy silks, but this is the first time I’ve really embraced wearing them outside in broad daylight. A robe-like jacket over a lacy romper paired with heels and statement earrings? Yes please! Major inspirations include Carrie’s NYE look in the Sex and The City movie, and almost all of the SS16 runway shows, and my favourite brands of the moment are Bully Boy, Uncuffed Leather, and CV New York (who sadly just closed their doors, so shop what’s left quick!) If you bump into me this spring you’ll likely find me in leather chokers, silky loose trench coats, slip dresses with lace bras peaking out, and all the shades of blush, cream and peach you can dream of.

Did I get dressed or just roll out of bed? You’ll never really know for sure.






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All photos via. Pinterest

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As we take in layers of velvet, wool, and leather at the Toronto FW16 Fashion Week shows, my mind can’t help but focus on something a little more immediate: Spring!

The most pastel of the seasons seems to have Sprung earlier than usual here in Toronto, and we couldn’t be more excited to get back to head-to-toe Easter Egg dressing. Though it’s not quite warm enough to indulge in the full effect just yet, I’m definitely gathering ideas like a squirrel hoarding nuts- though I suppose that’s not really in season now is it?

My favourite trends from the SS16 collections were romantic lace, lots of white, and the sequins of course! I’m also really feeling sweet suedes (faux please), and the shimmering gleams of silver that seemed to make an appearance at almost every show in some capacity. In short, for me SS16 will be all about texture play, creamy hues with pops of milky colour, and as much sparkle as possible (as per usual).

Here’s a little taste of what’s to come:







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All images via Pinterest.

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And just like that, TFW is upon us all over again. It honestly feels like we were *just* running around from the tents to parties and dinners and back again at SS16, but right as actual Spring hits we’re hitting the tents again for FW16.

Are we organized and on top of the crazy schedule to come? Nope. Do we have any idea what we’re wearing each day? Not even close. Does that make us any less excited? NO WAY!

Fashion week may seem a bit silly to some, but it really is the only time of year when you can get as dressed up as you want and no one batts an eyelash. We spent our weekend rifling through our favourite local boutiques (like CONVEY) for treasures, and we can’t wait to see what our favourite Canadian designers (like Hayley Elsaesser) have in store. We’ll be posting outfits and updates here, but to keep on top of real-time pastel reporting be sure to follow us on Twitter too!








Dress via CONVEY, Shell purse via Skinnydip, Shoes from ASOS, Vintage Coat, Hair by Blyss Salon