NOT EVERYDAY

It’s not everyday that I am called upon to be both the stylist and the model, but in this case, my dear photographer friend Tian wanted to shoot me. It wasn’t your typical shoot, he wanted to focus on movement and do more of a relaxed-and-playful sorta thing. I had a ton of fun doing it, and I will admit I loved being in front of the camera just as much as I enjoy styling from behind it.

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Head over to my instagram @valentinamontemarano to view a Behind the Scenes video of the shoot! – Find it here

 

GOT IT FROM MY MAMA

Growing up in the 90s-2000s, I can definitely attest to the fact that my mother indeed, wore mom jeans like these. I love that these jeans are back on trend, with their relaxed nature and the fact that they are high-waisted which is my favourite feature in a jean. What’s even better about the mom-jean-trend, is that it is incredibly easy to style. You can tuck anything into them like a sleek cami, white-tee, or body-suit. You can even pair them with a crop, throw on a pair of sneakers and you have a very sleek, relaxed and on trend look!

 

 

Love Day

Hi guys! Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is one of my favourite days of the year, as it has always been. Not only because it’s love day, but because it is my name day too. I am sure you all know by now that I am a sappy, hopeless romantic and that will never change. In lieu of that, I am going to post some quotes to remind you all that no matter what, everything we do, we do for and because of love.

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“A dream we dream together is reality.”

“I think that when you fall in love with someone, every single day you spend with them you fall in love with them even more. It’s like you find something else to love about them everyday. The way they laugh, the way they sneeze, even the way they blink. I think that’s how relationships last. When things are exciting, everyday you spend with that person is like an adventure into their soul.”

“When you’re a kid you assume your parents are soulmates. My kids are going to be right about that.”

“You deserve someone who is terrified to lose you.”

“They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.”  ― William Shakespeare

“Love always wins.”

BROOCH-ED

Hi guys! I am super excited to show you what I treated myself to recently. It is one of my favourite pieces currently and is definitely a piece I will have with me forever. I have always loved a simple outfit with a classic touch, whether it be a shoe or a bag, this time I have opted for a brooch; a classic, timeless Chanel brooch. Growing up I always used to wear pins and brooches on my jackets (thanks to my mama), and that inspiration came back to me recently. I thought of how cool it would be to dress up a tailored jacket or blazer again with a elegant brooch, either alone or alongside another pin. I think one brooch suffices when you’re putting it on a crisp jacket, but why not add two or three pins to a denim jacket or even a casual tee. I think that really elevates a look and definitely isn’t something you see people do often. I even have a “V” brooch that I’ve had since I was a kid, and I am really excited to pair that with the Chanel C’s!

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Little Black Dress

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There is so much to be said about a great little black dress. It’s versatile, can be on heavy rotation, you can work layers into it, and it can be the mediator of a statement shoe or bag.  Or simply, the little black dress can be the focal point of interest. It is a dependable wardrobe staple that everyone should have. Pictured I am wearing my LBD as the simple focus, and I paired it with a suede bootie. It is an overall-put-together-look, and with a slicked ponytail, you can’t go wrong in showcasing a simple yet sophisticated look.

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11/07/16

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Hey y’all! Just want to throw in a quick weekend outfit post. Although we are in November, the weather has been super good to us. We get to enjoy all the fall favours without the chilling temperature. Fall is the best season to wear clothes, and the fact that I can still be wearing culottes this time of year makes it even better. You probably all know how obsessed I am with grey and how much I love pairing neutral tones. I got these amazing culottes from Oak + Fort with it’s matching top, which I will be sure to post together soon.  Other fall staples; leather jacket, skinny jeans, booties, bombers, your favourite double breasted overcoat, and the list goes on. Take advantage of this warm fall weather before we have to cover up in winter coats and boots!

Culottes: Oak+Fort (here)

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A Writers Craft IIII

I am here with some more of my favourite excerpts in literature. I am going to post a few tonight; I am feeling exceptionally deep..

“Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand, and the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep..& there are no words for that.”

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic then to love people.” – Van Gogh

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty. The courage to take risks. The discipline to tell the truth. The capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded. Sometimes destroyed.” – Ernest Hemingway

“A great man is always wiling to be little.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Until next time,

V.

ME IN NYC

It has always been a dream of mine to go to New York City in the fall for my birthday, and for me this year that came true! I am so blessed to have such an amazing best friend who surprised me with the trip which couldn’t have come at a better time, considering I really needed a reason to get away for a little bit. I am excited to share with you guys some pictures from the trip, including what I wore while roaming around my favourite city.

It felt really good to leave everything behind, even just for a few days. It is important to clear your head, take time for yourself and kind of discover who you are, what you want and where you are headed. Life can get pretty crazy and rough, so if it is going to take a quick weekend away to help sort yourself out, do it. Everyone needs a break sometimes.

BOYISH CHARM

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One thing I love to embody is the borrowed-from-the-boys look. I am super into the cigarette pant + oxfords look, especially when I throw a trench coat over top which really plays with aspects of masculine and feminine style. Nowadays that men and women shop in each others sections anyhow makes me even more excited to play in the mens section and work it into stuff I already have. img_5196

ME IN D&G

Hi guys! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a look (I suck), but now that fall is arriving, I will definitely be sure to post a lot more. Fall is my favourite season to dress for, so stay tuned for how I style it.

I really wanted to share with you guys these killer Dolce & Gabbana boots for fall. We just got them in at Saks and I could not wait to put them on. Make sure to pop in to Saks at Sherway Gardens for all your fall desires. We have received a lot of amazing styles to help you transition into the new season and keep you looking fresh for fall!

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