SCARF + STRIPES

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I have always been keen on scarves, but since my recent visit to Paris I have been frequenting the scarf look more than usual. I bought a bunch before my trip and love the way they add character and that extra something to my look. I would also like to point out these amazing high waisted wide leg pants. They have both the makings of my little fashion heart; stripes & a high waist. I tucked a black cami to match my shoes, and paired a blue and white scarf to match the pants. One of my favourite looks of the summer so far!

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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!

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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!

Little Black Dress

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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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

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.

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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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TONE+TONE

One of my favourite things to do with a look is to play with tones. Mixing neutrals with a touch of colour tends to intimidate people but realistically, playing with tones is an infallible way of creating a really unique or cool look. For me, navy is my black, and I never go wrong with a navy+neutral or navy+color combo.

Top: Calvin Klein, Pants: Zara, Shoes: Lord&Taylor

NECK + TUCK

I have really been into the tight-turtleneck-tucked into-anything look right now and I am seriously feelin myself everytime I rock this look. I have always been a sucker for anything with a high neck, turtlenecks especially. They are a seriously versatile piece and should definitely be a staple in your wardrobe. You can get them in almost every color, have them on heavy rotation, and frankly, it pulls together any look you are trying to achieve.

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You can find some great & affordable ones at Zara, Topshop and H&M!

 

LOVE is LAURENT

 If you read my previous post, you would know that I treated myself to a little sumtin sumtin on my recent vacation. I am truly powerless before an amazing pair of shoes, hence, I could not resist when I found these olive suede Saint Laurent peep toes. What I love most about these shoes are all the little details they posses. I love the way the suede is contrasted with the heel, as well as the laces, the zippers, and best of all, the belted detail across the top of the shoe. These accents are the makings of one incredible pair of shoes that I could not say no to. These are definitely a favourite among my collection.
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 Pictured I am wearing a loose fitting trouser with a cream tank top, and I decided to belt my trench coat to add volume & shape to my look.

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