Are you planning a sunny getaway? If so, I’m sad I can’t go with you but I can definitely tell you what to pack. First let me say that this peplum tankini is almost enough to keep me away from sugar (typing this as I’m eating a very rich brownie). It’s so cute, I’d actually wear the tankini part of it as a top. Throw this green midi skirt on, and grab this bright knit cardigan, the only thing you need now is a fresh flower in your hair. I can picture you soaking up those rays right now. The priciest item on this list is the bathing suit, but the uniqueness of it is worth the $$, especially if you’re planning many beach days this year (which I think is a great goal for 2013). As for me, I quietly sigh until I can hit the beach here in Vancouver, on that note no more brownies.
Recently I have been obsessed with watching Downton Abby. I just cannot get over how gorgeous the styling of the 20′s is. If I could wear beaded gowns, red velvet shrugs, and head pieces on the daily…without getting weird looks, I would do it! Instead here are some Downton Abby inspired pieces that will work in 2013.
Needlelace T-straps $158, by Lucky Penny for Anthropologie
Vintage gloves – find similar on etsy
Lace-Framed Cardigan $128, by Knitted and Knotted for Anthropologie
Soigne Pin Cloche $48, Anthropologie
Wild Rose Comb $325, from Paris by Debra Moreland, for BHLDN
Pin Dots and Proper Bag $55, Modcloth
Flapper Girl Dress Trio, click here for links.
Vintage Cameo Brooch $45, Etsy.
Vintage Tea Set $45, Kaboodle (The Tea Pot Shoppe)Pin It
It’s nice to treat the ones close to you. I know this time of year brings a lot of mixed feelings, but the holiday season isn’t only about needless gift giving. It is a good time to buy thoughtful gifts for those you appreciate. Not that appreciation is only shown through gift giving, but I honestly LOVE finding gifts for my friends and family. Hunting for something for someone special is enjoyable for the gift giver too Here are some suggestions. I love the Polaroid camera, it’s great for the gal who isn’t easily thrilled with accessories and girlish gifts.Pin It
Look at this colour palette! It’s gorgeous, and I love the mix of patterns here too, it’s just right and not overdone. Doesn’t she look great? Scarf is Anthropologie, gorgeous knit poncho is from Plenty, crochet cuff henley is Free People, patterned skinnies are Free People as well, boots are Frye and the bag is Betsey Johnson! The inspiration piece for this outfit was definitely the great Free People pants, every colour is well represented somewhere else in this outfit. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, as long as you work out a good palette.
Blazer: 2 years ago, Cartonnier for Anthropologie
Tunics (both) Free People – get them from the website today!
Tights by Ribbon for Plenty
Boots are Aldo
Bag (purchased a year and a half ago) from Anthropologie
*prices aren’t included because many pieces were purchased at least two seasons ago!Pin It
Ok, I think it’s time we had a chat. I tried to ignore it, but…well now the problem has become pretty clear. It’s not you…ahem…er…it’s your handbag. That god awful, not-so-juicy number you’ve been carrying around has got to go. Ain’t nothin’ “juicy” about it girl, please ditch that thing. Do not take it to a job interview, and for the love of fashion and put together women all over the world, find a classic bag that doesn’t make you look like you’re a confused teenager who spent $200 on a bag that looks like it was made and embroidered by my grade eight Home Ec teacher. (Deep breath). It’s not your fault, you’ve been misled and you’re slightly confused…it’s ok, I’m here to help. Take a look at these options.
Gypset Chevron Satchel | Anthropologie | $278
Rita Colorblocked Purse | Anthropologie | $128
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Bag | Piperlime | $195
Ask for the Maroon Bag | Modcloth | $70
I get asked all the time: “how do I still look put together for school/work in this weather?” The rain has started here in Van, and is not going to let up for a while now but don’t be stuck in sporty wear all winter….please wear your lululemons to yoga, they don’t belong in the office, yes I’ve seen this believe it or not. Instead of a track suit looking rain jacket, substitute this water resistant anorak…the lining is plaid which is very cute. I’m tired of the classic Hunters, so instead of the tall Hunter boots I really like this bootie version, they are discrete and look cute with skinnies tucked in.
Knee high socks | Anthropologie $36
Scout’s satchel | Anthropologie $278
PGD Alice Anorak | Plenty $149
Betsey Johnson bow umbrella | Modcloth $38
Knit hat | Piperlime $48 (by Echo)
Hunter booties | Plenty or Shopbop $120
Scarf, handbag and pullover: Anthropologie
Floral skinnies: Free People
Side slit booties: from a boutique in Paris
I love the look of military mixed with a feminine touch, like an embroidered dress, or really anything that is equal feminine and masculine. It’s important to have balance, like I always say so my embroidered dress and my floral crown are good with my army green anorak and my rugged grey boots. The animal print on the bag gives a little texture, too.
Floral Crown: Free People
Anorak: Maison Scotch
Dress: Free People
I honestly cannot believe August is almost over. September is already around the corner, and I’m thinking of good books, cozy sweaters, and hot lattés!! Here are a few things I am coveting for the crisp season to come. My favourite has got to be the adorable Wood Stump calendar, that is a must have and already in my online shopping bag!
1. the Jackson backpack $136, Free People
2. Lucille Fold-Down boot $180, Timberland
3. Sun Dancer throw $188, Pendleton
4. Wood Stump calendar $38, AnthropologiePin It
Right now these are a few of my favorite things. My friend Leanne got me started on this oil based Bobbi Brown, I love it. It’s nice and light for summer. The Pretty Polaroid notes are super cute, use them to send little love notes to friends and family. The beautiful necklace is from Tiny Devotions, the turquoise stone gives strength and protection from harm. The floral robe is from Anthropologie, cotton for comfort and the pattern is bright and feminine. Lastly I love Royal Apothic’s poppy roll on scent. Great for throwing in your purse, and the scent is soft for summer.Pin It
I have been trying to wear everything in my closet lately. Yes, I have a bit of a problem…and I keep adding to the collection…sigh…if only I felt a little more buyer’s remorse, but not this girl. My latest conquest is this cute cropped tank top in a bold and bright print from Urban Outfitters, Since I am the proud owner of a JLo booty, cropped tops can be a little tricky for my body shape so I paired it with this maxi dress, purchased last year (but get something similar at American Apparel). The jacket is at least 2 years old, but find a cropped anorak at Zara, I just recently saw an army green one there, and it’s a little more structured than the classic anorak. Have fun with your older pieces, they are probably not ready to retire yet!Pin It
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all these trends, floral denim, coloured skinnies, crochet tops, everything in mint green or soft peach! So, before you feel like you have a million things to get to update your wardrobe, follow these examples. This is exactly how I shop, and this is how you can pull off a polished look without breaking the bank.
1. Whatever is trendy this year should not cost you more than $100, if that. If you’re into the coloured denim go buy a pair from Plenty, Zara, or even American Eagle for less than $80. You really don’t need to buy a pair of coloured premium denim that will run you upwards of $200, you’ll be sick of the colour by next year, trust me. Spend money on a good proper fitting pair of light blue or medium rinsed jeans for the summer, or a pair of slightly oversized white jeans, these ones will be classic pieces in your summer wardrobe.
2. Take it a bit easy on the mint green and peach this year, buy one or two pieces in these shades, and that’s enough K?
3. Spend money on a good purse, I repeat this all the time – and pay attention to the detail and the craftsmanship, spending $400 on a fluorescent yellow Rebecca Minkoff might not be in your best interest (although it is pretty), instead spend the money on a black or tan bag which will literally last you season after season.
4. You need a cute and fit jacket for spring and summer, so it is not a good idea to get a cheapo polyester one, you’ll sweat your butt off and pretty soon your new bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy will smell a little less than floral. After the demise of our planet, the only things to stay will be cockroaches and polyester…ick! Not saying I’m not guilty of the odd P purchase, I’m just sayin’ for the things you wear more than twice a week (like a good everyday blazer) a natural fiber is smarter!
The classic trench is from Banana Republic, for $140 and it’s 100% cotton. The wedges are the best colour to buy if you’re budget is tight this year, they go with almost anything, will look adorable with skinny jeans, wide leg pants, or skirts you name it, they are by Dolce Vita for about $90. Don’t skimp when it comes to a good pair of everyday jeans, I like these ones by Genetic Denim, around $200 but you will wear them this year, and next! Having a cute tush is priceless! Lastly, if you’re a career gal you need an everyday chic bag – if you’re not into black then buy grey or tan – they will work for any season and will not go out of style. This one is Foley + Corinna for $370. Now that you have your everyday staples, you can jazz up your wardrobe with inexpensive bright floral tops, a few pretty scarves and some bright accessories – you won’t have to spend a lot on these fillers, hit up H&M and that’ll do ya! Happy Hunting for your staples this year, let me know if you need any help!
I always talk about balance when building an outfit. The best way to put a look together is to put the feminine with the masculine. I tend to take the frilly, girly look to heart – and even I have to remind myself that adding an edge or some cut looks to a flowy dress can really be fashion forward. This dress I’m wearing is super light and soft, so I paired it with a navy, double breasted blazer. I added the fedora for a little edge, and the little eyelet cropped top adds a little more softness (recently purchased from Brandy Melville on Granville). The two tone infinity scarf is also from Brandy Melville, fedora and dress are from Plenty, blazer is from Anthropologie 2 years ago.Pin It
sheer top: Free People | striped skirt: Anthropologie (3 years ago) | booties: Joe Fresh (last year) | necklace: PlentyPin It
I loved Ireland. It was a bit cold so when the sun was shining, we definitely took advantage of it. Layers are good here, I’m wearing a Minkpink tunic, with pleats in the back, a Minkpink loose blazer, boots are Hushpuppies, bag is Anthropologie. The crochet top was part of a Collective Concepts top, but thought it mixed well with this tunic. Great idea to always use your pieces in different ways.Pin It
I love that it’s that time that friends and family are having babies! I have to be honest that when I first became an auntie, I would walk in to a store looking for a gift and would get totally confused, “is that a breast pump, or a telephone?” haha Now I’m a little better at knowing what gifts to get. I know practical gifts are good, but I’ve always been a fan of decorative or sentimental things. Since my best friend just delivered a beautiful baby boy to this world, I have been thinking of what gift to get, and I thought I would share some good suggestions with you! I have to say that monogram pendants, such as the ones below (Potterybarn Kids) are so cute. Get the baby’s initials, and it’s such a cute keepsake for mama-bear! The plush letters from Anthropologie make adorable wall art for the nursery, and the classic letter blocks are a nice touch of decor too. The little tin at the bottom includes all the supplies needed for a homemade hand or footprint (clay included)! I love it, also from Anthropologie! Lastly, the oversized handbag is actually a diaper bag, with all the necessary compartments, and if the mom-to-be is super stylish this is a great gift for her (from allmodern.com). My favourite gift though, has got to be the necklace because what new mom doesn’t want some fancy new jewels after pushing out a baby? Am I right ladies, or am I right!?Pin It
In my “garden love” post for Style Nine to Five, I showcased this lovely crochet and floral dress from Free People ($118), and I loved it so much well, er, I ordered it online. It’s so bright, painterly, and feminine. It goes perfectly with my floral crown and the locket that I bought ages ago. The dress comes in a pretty yellow and mauve version too! The handbag is old Anthro, but there are several places to get a bright bag these days, just make sure you don’t take a short cut, a good quality bag is noticeably good quality, go to Winners and you might be lucky and find something great for a good price, look for good stitching and try to stay away from hardware that is overly shiny. You can barely see my nail polish, but I’m wearing Mint Sorbet by Sally Hansen and it’s my must-have nail colour this season!
First, identify what your plans are this summer, then find the perfect dress to match your lifestyle. Are you going to a lot of weddings? Are you planning on going on a lot of hot dates ? Or, are you planning on long walks by the water? If all of the above sound good, well then girl you got some shopping to do Keep in mind your height when shopping for specific lengths of dresses, if you’re petite you can wear a maxi, but make sure you’re wearing a cute pair of heeled wedges. You long-legged gals be careful with the mini dress, don’t wear too high of a pump. Keep it classy, ladies!
Happy hunting for your favourite summer dress this year!Pin It
I know you’re upset that I haven’t posted anything in 5 days, and I’m sorry! This gal has been busy, no not too busy for you (well, maybe a little). Anyway the week is coming to a close, which I’m ok with. I don’t know where you are in the world, but today the sun is out and it’s beautiful. Wear something bright, attract positive energy, and have a great weekend everyone!
Crochet top, Anthropologie (sale) $69.95 | Skinny jeans, Big Blue (Plenty) $79 | Peep toe heels, B.Makowski (last year) | Sunglasses and bag, Aldo Accessories $12 and $25
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, HAPPY HUNTING…for whatever it is you’re looking forPin It
I found this embroidered floral treasure at Front and Company, though I’m not sure what era it’s from it’s definitely vintage inspired. The black lace bell-sleeve blouse was a sale purchase from Anthropologie, the black Big Blue skinnies are from Plenty, they are my FAVOURITE skinnies right now, and you know my love for skinny jeans – these ones make the tush look good y’all! Do you think the shoes are Jeffrey Campbell? They are an Aldo knock off, on sale for $50, and they are so comfy – ok and before I get any emails, obviously they are not as comfy as your worn in running shoes – but if you wore running shoes with skinnies (actually anywhere but the gym for that matter) you have some life choices to reconsider. So no you can’t run a marathon in these shoes, but you can walk in them comfortably and confidently for hours! My collection of bracelets are a mix of real jewellery and costume jewellery. The gold bangles are real, and are special to me because they’re truly vintage (from my wonderful mom), purchased from Lebanon years ago! I love incorporating my mediterranean heritage in some ways with the gold accessories I’ve collected over the years, and they will never go out of style. The handbag was a $16 find, again at Front and Company here in Vancouver, and that’s all folks. I hope you’re inspired to be adventurous with your style.Pin It
Are you desperate for new spring pieces, but your wallet seems to be a little skinny lately? Well you don’t need a wallet stuffed with c-notes to look adorable, and the outfit below is a perfect example for that.
The MIZIA bracelets from Aldo are $12 | moto striped shorts from Topshop are $50 | embroidered button-down from Anthropologie is $30 | studded mini bag from Free People is $48 | braided t-strap sandals from AE are $30.Pin It
It was a little chilly in Portland, nothing I’m not used to since the weather was very similar to that of Vancouver. Layers are key, and I kept nice and cozy with my multicolour beanie from American Eagle $20, and my bedouin scarf from Allsaints $90 (purchased over a year ago). My bomber jacket is a staple in my closet, purchased from Aritzia for $150, boots (also in previous post), are Aldo $60, black skinny jeans are Big Blue purchased from Plenty $79, and the leather studded handbag is an old purchase from Anthropologie, $50.
Did you know that Powell’s books is one of the largest bookstores in the world? It was fun being inside, all sections were color-coded, and if you go to Portland make sure you take all your old books with you because they will buy them, and you get to use a store credit to buy new ones, what an amazing idea!Pin It
Packing enough items when you travel is always hard for me, so I always make sure I take versatile pieces. I got so much wear out of my trusted denim jacket (anthropologie), and my Rachel Comey knock off booties (aldo). ALWAYS take items that work dressed up or dressed down, and if you think a denim jacket is only to be worn casually, I’m here to tell you that’s not true!
lace dress: plenty $45 | long cardi: free people $99 | statement necklace: anthropologie $58 | lace up boots: aldo $60Pin It
cropped cardi: thrifted $26 | dress: plenty $55 | tights: hue $9 | belt: gap $30 | heels: winners $70 | necklace: anthropologie $48Pin It
a girl’s guide to looking fab while standing in the pouring rain, begging the tow truck driver not to tow her car…
Okay everyone, we all know of the popular proverb “when it rains, it pours” and if I’m going to be honest with all of you lovely readers, mother nature has been raining on my parade for a few months now. Since I have already thrown myself a pity party, watched “you’ve got mail” and countless “gilmore girls” reruns it’s time to take that proverbial bull by the horns and take action, and today was a good reminder that if and when it rains and pours, just be prepared and have an umbrella, or a cute hooded anorak.
Let me start this post with a true story, it begins in Chapters where I was helplessy wandering in the self-help aisle. On my hunt for an epiphany in the middle of Chapters, alternating between sips of my americano misto and the delicious lemon poppyseed loaf I treated myself to, I happened to run into a friend of mine, the time was 2:56 pm. After about ten minutes of chatting I heard my car alarm, realizing that I parked at a meter I knew immediately why my car alarm was going off - my car was about to be towed, my parking meter expired at 2:57pm. I put down the scented candle, stuffed animals for my nieces, and valentine’s day card, and ran down the escalator and outside in the pouring rain with my worried friend behind me. My faithful dog, Alvin, who was patiently waiting for me to hurry up and reach enlightenment in my local bookstore, was looking at us through the window tail wagging, and eyes questioning. I ran up to the tow truck guy and said:
“Please don’t tow my car, I will cry right now, I will cry my eyes out!”
He looked a little surprised with what I said, only because (to be frank) I was sick and tired of the rain (literally and figuratively) I need a little sunshine these days. I begged, I stomped my black sequins Toms on the pavement, and said again – I will buy you a coffee please put down my car” With the help of my friend and a passerby who said “Bro, you can’t take her dog bro!” and after stepping back and realizing what kind of embarrassing scene I was creating, especially after the perfect comedic timing of Alvin’s tail wagging and the car alarm going off, all we could do was laugh – laugh until my eyes filled with tears, laugh LOUD the kind that comes from the pit of your stomach, laugh because of the irony of me (a grown woman) threatening to ball my eyes out if my car got towed and minutes earlier perusing the self-help aisle of Chapters, and having everyone on the street watch, yes these are problems of the privileged I know. In the grande scheme of things no problem at all right? Well, I’m just glad I looked cute when I stomped my foot, pouted, and wined (I got my way, thankfully). Thanks tow truck man So ladies, when it rains (figuratively and literally) – here’s the outfit I think you should wear!!!!!!!!
1. dot umbrella $29 | urban outfitters 2. marc jacobs heart charm necklace $58 | piperlime 3. high-low sweater $50 | anthropologie 4. navy anorak $196 | abercrombie 5. tulle lace skirt $39 | piperlime 6. striped navy toms classics $60 | tomsPin It
Bright colours, basket weave, and espadrilles, oh spring how I love thee (maybe not as much as fall, but after a long rainy winter these shoes and bags are a good enough substitute for the sun…for now). My must have from this list you ask? Definitely the bright deep-sea blue Seychelles t-strap wedges! I love them, and how cute would they be with a little sun dress or a pair of cuffed light denim? So cute! 1.dolce vita espadrille $79 | piperlime 2. vanessa bruno handbag $153 | shopbop 3. seychelles t-strap wedges $110 | anthropologie 4. asos handbag $64 | asos 5. vegan bag $115 | matt & nat 6. toe cap wedges $89 | modcloth
It can be so easy to take a casual outfit to the next level, with the right accessories. I bought this cute knit sweater on sale at American Eagle, $40! Instead of jeans, I wanted to kick it up a notch with a pair of green skinny pants, from Zara also $40. The Michael Kors boots are a few years old now, purchased at Holt Renfrew, the Theodora and Callum scarf is from Anthropologie, on sale for $80. For me it’s all about the details, and combining texture with colour makes your look more interesting. Casual doesn’t need to mean baggy jeans and a hoodie, putting yourself together and looking good will make you feel good! You can ditch the heels if you want, this outfit would be equally as cute with a pair of riding boots, or ballet flats.Pin It
I love my new tunic from Aritzia, originally priced at $225 – it went on sale for $75! The burnt orange colour, with the turquoise and gold jewellery looks so regal. The charm necklace was a purchase during my last trip to Lebanon, I actually chose all the charms myself and had the goldsmith attach them all (it’s actually a charm bracelet attached to another chain to make it into a necklace). The gold bracelets are my favourite, they are a gift from my little mama – she’s had them for more than 20 yrs and gave two bangles to me and two to my sis. I love them, not only because they’re beautiful, but because when I was small I always knew when my mom was home because I could hear the clinking of her gold bangles! Thanks, Mom! The belt is a purchase from a trade show a few years ago, and it’s handmade out of reused leather. The cropped blazer is from Anthropologie 2009, and the wedge sandals are from Aldo for $25! The earrings (bottom right) are used often in my outfits, so much so that one of the jewels fell out! I still love the soft, daintiness of them, and love the colour palette – they go with everything, I bought them from Artworks in Edmonton.Pin It
Bold prints have become such a norm these days, even the most basic person owns at least one blouse with loud colours or geometric patterns. I love these jeans, and I love that the pattern is on the bottom, instead of the blouse. With such a bold feminine print, it’s important to balance the outfit with some masculine pieces. The pinstripe shirt, and the grandpa cardi (both in neutral colours) help do this. I love the La Mer watch, I own one in a tan and brown mix, but navy is the new black baby so this piece is a must. Keep the rest of your accessories simple, wear studs for earrings, nothing that dangles, skip the scarf today, and layer with a cropped jean jacket. How cute are you?
1. caramel grandpa cardi $60, modcloth 2. tie-front button-down $78, anthropologie 3. La Mer studded watch $122, shopbop 4. citizens of humanity floral jeans $200, shopbop 5. Vince Camuto shoulder bag $278, piper lime 6. Michael Kors wedge sandal $150, piperlime
I love cold mornings when you can see your breath in the air and the weather is cold enough to wear a cozy sweater, but warm enough to not have to cover it up with a parka! Moving from a snowy city to a rainy one has it’s ups and downs for sure, but as I said to a coworker today: when it’s not raining – Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and I love that in January a jean jacket over a pretty sweater is just warm enough. A cozy sweater doesn’t have to be worn casually, in fact I always love pairing casual with dressy, it’s a good way to create balance in your outfit. The beautiful open-closure sweater I’m wearing below is from Plenty, the dress is an old purchase but if you like my look you can find similar dresses at modcloth. The cropped denim jacket, necklace, and leather gloves are from Anthropologie last year, the cut out metallic corset belt was a gift (from BCBG last year), handbag is vintage, and my favourite boots are swedish hasbeens from Umeboshi on main!Pin It
I get so excited for spring arrivals, especially after a rainy winter. Look at all these beautiful bright shades! Looks like colour blocking and stripes are still here to stay, but that’s okay – I will gladly embrace them for another season.
chroma-kissed floppy hat $58, anthropologie | kaleidoscope earrings $5.80, forever 21 | straightaway jacquard mini dress $168, anthropologie | cropped striped tee $20, american eagle | michael antonio peep toe heels $69, piperlime | boutique 9 t-strap flat sandal $99, piperlime | marc by marc jacobs merida striped cover up dress $195, shop bop | colored sunglasses $10, urban outfitters | Opi nail polish (select stores or online at OPI | colorblock striped scarf $30, gap
Did you watch or read Tintin when you were younger? We just watched the movie and LOVED it. The graphics were unreal, and I was inspired by the visual set design and backdrops. The entire movie, the colours, the attention to detail, and the realistic graphics made me want to recreate Tintin’s outfit into a modern day look for myself, and also had me wanting to create a Tintin ambience in terms of housewares. His apartment in the movie was cozy, and the look was specific and had a library feeling to it. Anything can be inspiring, even a childhood icon! PS I am totally going to wear this outfit, as soon as I collect all the pieces!
5. lace-up oxford bootie $79, piperlime | 6. faux leather handbag $85, mod cloth magnifying glass $16, anthropologie | framed art (prices vary), allposters | curtains $108, anthropologie | banker’s lamp $300, inspired by light | desk $390, pottery barn | rug $349, ikea | moleskine notebook $12, amazon | arm chair $349, urbanoutfitters | chair cushion $98, anthropologie | model ship $95, silver gold buyers on etsy | doggy dish $20, four r designs on etsy
photo credit for image of tintin: talesofaluciddreamer (i do not endorse this site).
Have a wonderful, safe, and happy new year everyone! This is my outfit of choice. I was inspired by the hand crocheted vintage gloves that used to be my mom’s. I just love them, and tonight is the perfect excuse to wear them. The dress was a gift from S, last Christmas, and the coat is from Anthropologie. Have the best 2012!Pin It
Did you watch Live! With Kelly today? If you did, you got to see Jonah Hill co-host and SJP as a guest. I could not get over her dress! I LOVE, LOVE it, but folks it’s Valentino and though one day I know I will have a Valentino piece in my closet, for now I have to find things that look similar, with a reasonable price. I loved her look from head to toe, and the tights are amazing, so here it is – I’ve concocted the outfit for you, with pieces that have much better price tags. I always say that you absolutely do not need to spend a fortune to get the look you want, and everything below can be paired with many other pieces that you have in your closet right now. The only trendy item would be the tights, and that’s why you’re only spending $15 on them, the dress is classic and can be worn even 5 yrs down the road, so be smart when you buy things and you won’t feel like you’re spending money needlessly.
Photo credit for Sarah Jessica Parker: JustJared
Necklace – from Piperlime, by Tinley Road – $38
Even Flurry Dress – from Anthropologie – $168
Hobo bag – from Shopbop by Rebecca Minkoff – $495
Swing Coat – from Topshop - $145
Turquoise tights – from Topshop – $15
Platform heels – from Piperlime by Sabine – $40
Perforated belt – from Piperlime by Vince Camuto – $60
Jackie O sunglasses – from Urban Outfitters by Ray-Ban – $139
Here I am with my amazing friend, in this beautiful climate. The sun is shining, the terrain is gorgeous, and I just had to take photos (haha, well actually Anna was my lovely photographer). Anna was great, she was sure to tell me what my best angle was, so here’s what we have, some photos of what to wear in the warm Arizona weather in the month of November! Everything here is sun-soaked and does not make me miss the Vancouver rain.
This strapless floral dress was a Piperlime purchase, by Aryn K on sale for $55. What a steal! The bright colours are perfect for the desert. The necklace was an Anthropologie sale purchase for $10, t-strap wedge shoes are vintage, and the short sleeve blazer is a hand me down.
If you want to know what to pack when traveling to a warm climate, here’s my advice – always pack dresses. A friend’s mom always says “dresses are a two for one outfit” you don’t have to worry about a top and a bottom, it’s one piece and is easy to accessorize. Remember to pack a razor, it’s your best friend when your wardrobe is composed of mostly dresses. The dress below was another Anthropologie purchase, by Gryphon. I absolutely love the embroidered pattern and the saturated colours, so southwest. It was $120, and the light floral open-closure cardi is a Target purchase for $20!! I love this piece, and the fact that it was a great deal is even better!
Time to switch the shoes!
I love these sandals, again $20 at Target! I love American prices, don’t worry Canada I shop A LOT in my homeland too.
yeah, I’m posing, whatever!Pin It
While others are preparing for the holidays with gifts and shopping, I am thinking about doing a complete purge of my things and redecorating my bedroom. I know this is what spring cleaning is for, but frankly I don’t want to wait for spring. Here’s the inspiration, I am going to try and make my own feather art, and I love the glossy red night stand, but I will hunt for the perfect thrifted piece that I can paint. So for now I will show you the plan, because this will be a work in progress. I live by water, in an old character building, so it’s important for me to have a calm space with soft colours, especially since the spare room is FULL of all my clothes, shoes, and crafting supplies! The blue and grey palette is exactly what I want, and I saw this amazing duvet cover on a post from Design Sponge. Many of the things you see here are from West Elm, the lamp and the knob on the dresser are from Anthropologie, the floral throw pillow is from Urban Outfitters, and the Penguin Classics can be purchased an many different places, but they are the best price on Amazon. What do you think of my plan? Do I need anything else? I love suggestions, so let me know!
I have to admit, I still make Christmas lists, and this year here is what made the cut! Ok, I know what you’re thinking, these high-priced items make me look like a greedy little brat, but I always say that you don’t get what you want if you don’t ask!!!! Am I right? haha also these are good suggestions for a significant other to buy for you, but what do you REALLY want this year? To be quite honest, I would be happy with delicious christmas treats and just being with family and friends, but if I HAD to make a Christmas list then this is what it would be, and we won’t mention the insignificant detail that this list has been sitting on my desktop since August. Say what you will.1.Rebecca Minkoff studded clutch 2. Le Creuset dutch oven 3. Jeffrey Campbell booties