Summer

One Last Summer Dress

This little photo shoot was actually one of the first we ever did with my new camera‚Ķso please excuse the graininess going on ūüėČ Despite my intense love for autumn and the wealth of new wardrobe options it presents, I always feel a little bit sad saying goodbye to my summer clothes, including this tea dress from the now defunct Jacob (I’ve had it for 5+ years and it’s still going strong). Sadly, it doesn’t cross over well into fall though (I don’t think it would look great with tights), so I’m trying to get as many wears out of it while I still can! I love pairing it with a simple pair of ballet flats and vintage earrings, and I think its bright orange-y red colour looks great with a burgundy lip and nails.

IMG_4801IMG_4789IMG_4798IMG_4809Dress — Jacob (similar here)
Shoes — J. Crew (similar here)
Earrings — vintage clip-ons
Lipstick — Majella by NARS
Nail polish — Fallen Angel by Est√©e Lauder

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Transitional Dressing: Summer to Autumn

While I can’t help but dream of thick, chunky wool sweaters, moody floral prints, and sleek leather boots, the reality is that the current weather doesn’t quiiiiite lend itself to such dressing‚Ķyet. Seeing as we’re likely¬†to get another few weeks (maybe even a whole more month!) of summery weather, I’ve come up with ways you can incorporate¬†two wardrobe staples — a maxi skirt and a breton top — into outfits that can be worn both now and on chillier days.

Breton Top -- Summer to Autumn

Jaeger top // Topshop sandals // Lucky Brand shorts // Marc by Marc Jacobs tote bag // Illesteva sunglasses // Givenchy bag // Uniqlo trousers // Grenson brogues // Intermix suede jacket 

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Dare to Flare

While I definitely consider myself more of a dress/skirt kind of girl, I occasionally like to shake things up now and then with a look that’s a bit more out of my comfort zone, like these retrotastic flared jeans paired with a loud, printed shirt. I’ve always been drawn to a good pair of flares though, and, given that roughly 70% of the music on my iTunes is from the ’70s, this get up¬†didn’t feel like too much of a stretch for me.

IMG_5473IMG_5477IMG_5478IMG_5479IMG_5474IMG_5482IMG_5509Jeans — Zara (similar here)
Shirt — Gap (similar here)
Sunglasses — C√©line¬†
Boots — Steve Madden (similar here)
Lipstick — Velvet Teddy by MAC

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Grey Lace and Lots of Neon

I love pairing something a little on the dressier side with a more casual item, and this outfit is a case in point: a formal grey lace pencil skirt with a slouchy neon tee (topped off with a big, bold necklace for good measure). And with just a few simple adjustments, you can easily change the feel of the whole outfit — leave the t-shirt loose for a more laid-back vibe, or tuck it in for a look that’s a bit more professional.

IMG_5334IMG_5439IMG_5403IMG_5401IMG_5328IMG_5333T-shirt — J. Crew
Skirt — Jacob (similar here)
Necklace — Banana Republic (similar here)
Shoes — Steve Madden
Sunglasses — Aldo (similar here)
Lipstick — Love It by Lanc√īme (similar here)

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Beachy Vibes

I’ve come to the realization that a beautiful print is often what draws me to a certain item of clothing. I know some people prefer the sleek crispness of solid pieces, and while I often opt for such items myself, the clothes I get most excited about are the ones with some sort of eye-catching pattern. Stripes, dots, plaids, florals‚Ķit’s all good in my books. What can I say, I’m a print-cess!

I¬†love the folkloric embroidered pattern on this J. Crew dress — it’s a little bit boho, a little bit preppy, and so, so summery. I played up the nautical vibe with bright red lips and nails, my favourite red ribbon espadrille wedges, and a little wicker clutch; when the evening started to get chilly, my trusty khaki jacket made an appearance.

IMG_5151IMG_5166IMG_5178IMG_5229IMG_5173IMG_5157IMG_5192IMG_5210IMG_5195Dress — J. Crew
Jacket — Talula at Aritzia
Shoes — Steve Madden (similar here)
Sunglasses — Aldo (similar here)
Clutch — J. Crew (on mega sale!)
Earrings (clip-ons) — Claire’s (similar here)
Ring — Suzy Shier circa 2004
Lipstick — All Fired Up by MAC
Nail polish — Pillar Box Red by Butter London

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Blue Paisley Maxi Dress

I’ve had this dress for oh, I want to say maybe 5 years, but I’m not quite ready to retire it just yet. I love how comfortable it is, and on days when I’m not in the mood for picking out a whole multi-item outfit, I can just toss it on yet still manage to feel kind of put together. All it needs is a skinny suede belt to cinch it in, some pops of silver in the form of thin stackable rings and metallic sandals, and I’m good to go.

IMG_4632IMG_4640IMG_4657IMG_4644Dress — H&M (similar here)
Belt — Primark/Penneys (similar here)
Sandals — J. Crew (similar here)
Rings — Aldo & Miss Selfridge (similar here)
Lipstick — Pinkberry by Est√©e Lauder
Black nail polish — Licorice by Essie

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Pops of Neon and Dashes of Silver

I love nothing better than a crisp little white dress in the summer, and this one (a score from a J. Crew sale last year), is one of my very favourites. It provides the perfect base for playing around with statement accessories, and I opted for a playful vibe by pairing it with bright neons, lots of silver, and a hot pink lip.

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Dress — J. Crew (factory version here)
Bag — Kate Spade (similar here)
Shoes — New Look (similar here)
Necklace — Aldo (similar here)
Bracelet — New Look (similar here)
Sunglasses — Aldo (similar here)
Lipstick — Schiap by NARS
Black nail polish — Licorice by Essie

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10 Trends for S/S 2015

I love scoping out what trends are big each fashion season and then deciding which I’d like to test out‚Ķand which I’ll pass on. Here are some of my personal favourite and least favourite s/s 2015 trends — I’d love to know your thoughts!

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Yes! to:

1. Flared Jeans
I’ve been a big fan of this ’70s style for years thanks to the fact that they’re super flattering and comfortable. I guess the one downside to rocking a pair of flares is that you have to wear them with some kind of heel (preferably a chunky wedge sandal), but the payoff is worth it — your legs will seriously go on for miles.
MIH Jeans

2. Knee High Gladiators
I was a bit on the fence when this rather intense trend first caught my attention: did I find it crazy or cool?! After a bit of debate, I’m currently leaning towards the latter‚Ķ I think I’d play it safe myself though and opt for a pair in a more flattering lighter shade like tan or gold.
Topshop Gladiator Sandals

3. Gingham
While I haven’t actually rocked a gingham frock since 1996, it’s a trend I wouldn’t be averse to revisiting (although this time around, I think I’ll stick with a chic black-and-white print instead of my blue Dorothy style of yore).
Dolce & Gabbana Dress

4. Suede Skirts
In a sea of florals and brights, I love the unexpected look of a luxe suede skirt. I’d pair it with either a cream, peasant-style blouse or a silky, printed shirt.
Miss Selfridge Skirt

5. Palm Print
This lush, tropical look has been sprouting up everywhere this past season, from clothes to wallpaper to uh, cakes (thank you, Pinterest, for enlightening me). I love its sultry vibe, and if I had the guts I would totally wear a full-on palm-print jumpsuit.
New Look Shirt Dress

No! to:

1. Extreme Fringe
All for very well for Coachella and the like, but I’m not sure I want to resemble Pocahontas in the real, non-festival world.
P.A.R.O.S.H Fringed Waistcoat

2. Bucket Bags
A¬†bag should be one of two things (and ideally both): really¬†capacious/functional and/or aesthetically pleasing‚Ķ And I don’t know why, but for me bucket bags are neither.
Lucky Brand Bucket Bag

3. Flatforms
When I wear heels, I don’t do so for the extra inches of height they give me (I could do without that), I wear them because they make my legs look more lean and shapely. So a shoe that makes me six feet tall but does nothing for the actual shape of my legs…?! Yeah, no, don’t sign me up for flatforms.
Ash Flatform Sandals

4. Denim Dresses
Is it just me, or has denim everything suddenly reached a magnitude not witnessed since, well, this?! Jackets, skirts, overalls, jumpsuits, shoes (!), dresses‚Ķit seems no item of clothing is safe from being denimized this season, and I’m not sure I’m on board. I don’t hugely dislike denim dresses, but they just don’t feel very me.
River Island Shirt Dress

5. Round Sunglasses
They always say that with sunglasses you should opt for a style that’s the opposite of your face shape, so these Lennon-esque shades are a no-go for me with my chubby little cheeks. They would look great, however, on someone with a more angular face.
Necessary Clothing Sunglasses

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Fresh Starts & Midi Skirts

I am so excited to be blogging again, and can‚Äôt wait to share with you the things I have in store for this new venture over the next few months! First things first though, let‚Äôs talk about one of my favourite outfit formulas for warmer weather: a crop top + a midi skirt! (heels optional). I decided to stick with a basic black-and-white palette for a more minimalist vibe, accented with gold and black accessories, and my new favourite summertime lipstick, Heat Wave — a beautiful orangey-red. To be honest, I rarely wear heels, but these little beauties from Ross (a kind donation from my sister Claudia) are surprisingly comfortable and give a bit of edginess to an otherwise classic look.

midi-skirt2-IMG_4922IMG_4953IMG_4964IMG_4978IMG_4942Crop top — H&M
Skirt — Banana Republic (similar here)
Shoes — Ross (similar here)
Sunglasses — Givenchy (similar here)
Necklace — Aldo (similar here)
Clutch — Aldo (similar here)
Watch — Charming Charlie (similar here)
Lipstick — Heat Wave by NARS
Nail Polish — Fallen Angel by Estee Lauder (similar here)

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