29 June 2010

z is for zac posen

It was love at first sight when I dreamily picked up a dark orchid Zac Posen dress at Holt Renfrew a couple years ago. Ever since then, I've been following his collections and am in complete awe of his design aesthetic. I love his bold party dresses that hug and flatter every curve - a clear favourite among many A-list celebrities. It's that certain old-style Hollywood glamour that's infused into his designs that makes me weak in the knees. I was also blown away by his Resort collection for 2011; more simple and definitely less fussy than his previous designs, but still maintaining that timeless silhouette and enchantment. So, for my final A-Z feature, we have the amazing Zac Posen.

(Photos via Style.com and InStyle)

24 June 2010

y is for yaletown

Last Sunday, Kelly and I took a trip down to the fashionable Yaletown to check out Vancouver's 1st Annual Cupcake Challenge, and also to do a little shopping. The event was put on by Mijune of Follow Me Foodie and Nicole of Nicole Marie Events, and these ladies did such an amazing job. I don't recommend having cupcakes for lunch every day, but oh were they delicious! I took home a cute little box of cupcakes from Frosting Cupcakery, based in Langley, who ended up winning two out of three awards at the challenge. I also snapped a few photos of Kelly, dressed in her signature black attire, but accented with a gorgeous animal print skirt, designed and handmade by herself.

After stuffing our faces full of sweets, we ventured out into the streets of Yaletown. We browsed all the adorable vintage-like stores, and the fact that many of them mixed home decor with fashion made me fall completely in love. Unfortunately most of the items that I picked up were so far out of my price range that I had to quickly avert my eyes from the price tag, but I did end up buying an adorable pair of cream Hue tights with little rosettes, from Fine Finds. I'll definitely do an outfit post featuring them in the near future. For now, here were our favourite little shops on Mainland and Hamilton.

Beauty Mark
The Cross Decor & Design
Fine Finds Boutique
Lola Home and Apparel
Bernstein & Gold Boutique
Atomic Model

21 June 2010

x is for exercise in style

For 'X' I was inspired by my goal of motivating myself to do some form of exercise each day for a month, until it becomes almost second nature. Not everyone may care to be fashionable at the gym, but for myself, when I'm trying to feel my best by sweating off the pounds, I really want to look my best too. Being a competitive dancer for most of my life, I've come to learn that the fabric matters as well - mesh, lightweight, sweat resistant - it all makes a difference. Also, high impact sports, which for me consists of running and tennis, call for the right shoes (or else you'll definitely feel it in your knees the next day). Here are some of my favourite brands and fashionable picks to reach that summer body in style!

Signature Pant, $25

Fleece Crewneck, $25
MVP Yoga Pant, $25

I love PINK by Victoria's Secret - the sweatpants, yoga attire, and tops always come in bright colours with bold lettering. The comfort level is out of this world! I love wearing the signature pant over shorts to warm up, and the yoga pants have a thick waistband that folds over to reveal an inspiring word. Ideal for stretching and warming up, or even a power walk around town.

Mynah Tank, $52 
Wunder Under Pant, $78

Known for its incredible exercise attire, Vancouver-based Lululemon is one of my first choices for fashionable fitness clothing. Made with luon fabric, the designs are lightweight and breathable, and always supportive. The yoga pant is the signature, original design, but I've been dying to buy wunder under's forever - flattering and stretchy, perfect for pilates, dance, or yoga!

Golf Core Polo, $89
Tennis Perf Skirt, $94

More expensive, but oh-so-chic, Adidas by Stella McCartney has amazing sport clothing options. Including pants, tops, shorts, skirts, shoes, and bags, Adidas gained a mastermind with Stella. Two of my favourites were directed specifically towards certain sports - tennis and golf. The fabric, breathability, and the small details are perfection; the designs are girly and in great pale shades. I absolutely love the elegance of this brand!

Free 7.0 Running Shoe, $85
Anthena Shoe, $65

The Nike brand is very well known for their footwear, and so they should be - to me, comfort combined with bold colours and unique styles gets an A plus! The running shoes make you feel light on your feet, and are perfect for the gym and around town. The best thing about them is most of the styles don't make your feet look like boats - they're surprisingly slimming! And the Anthena shoe I fell in love with - perfect and comfortable for a summer walk, or the drive to pilates class.

Canvas Prep Padlock Gym Bag, Juicy Couture, $279
Fitness Lux Bag, Puma, $55

And of course, a fashionista always needs a great gym bag to carry all the essentials (water bottle, change of clothes, yoga mat). I love this canvas Juicy Couture bag in an understated navy - the perfect size! And you can't go wrong with a great Puma duffle, complete with a dual strap for versatility!

18 June 2010

w is for wishing for luxury

I was doing my daily browse through the online stores and came upon Net-a-porter.com, the online fashion luxury destination. I usually scroll through the hundreds of beautiful designer items with wide eyes and somehow forget my less-than-full bank account. It gave me an idea for W; showcase my wish list of luxury clothing, bags, shoes, and accessories! From Phillip Lim to Diane von Furstenberg, these are my picks of lust that I will probably never own - but a girl can dream, can't she?

3.1 Phillip Lim silk-chiffon dress, $595
3.1 Phillip Lim laser-cut silk dress, $695
Marc by Marc Jacobs hillier hobo bag, $400
Marc by Marc Jacobs franny animal-print tote, $330

Diane von Furstenberg opal leather wedge sandals, $295
Christian Louboutin luly 140 leather sandals, $995
Roberto Cavalli serpent brass bracelet, $615
Bijoux Heart 24-karat gold Swarovski crystal ring, $335

I loved the structured, but draped and layered, look of Phillip Lim's dresses and the way Marc Jacobs can make a simple hobo look breathtaking, and an out-there print completely glamorous. I've fallen back in love with wedges, and these DVF leather sandals are the perfect amount of chunky and strappy. Of course, you can never go wrong with Louboutin's, especially in a nude/pale peach colour that is very on trend at the moment. Finally, the jewelry - this serpent Cavalli bracelet would be so great against a soft, understated outfit, and I think the Bijoux Heart ring speaks for itself - pearls and Swarovski crystals? Yes, please!

14 June 2010

v is for vintage inspiration

I love the idea of vintage; taking something from the past and making it new and chic for the present. It's becoming a major trend in the fashion world, and I had so much fun putting together some of my vintage inspirations from Etsy and Modcloth. I truly believe that everyone has their own idea on the definition of vintage. For me, it's ruffles, lace, and sweetheart necklines - and, of course, pearls and red lipstick. I guess I'm caught in a mixture of the 20's flapper and the 50's Marilyn; but vintage can be absolutely any era, which I think is amazing.

Jade For Eachother$38

All Lace and Forever Top, $54
Zip Line Top, $75

Papillon Top, $48

Mixing bold colours with bows and ruffles? Perfection! I love the silhouettes of these tops and how they can flatter any figure. They'd be great paired with jeans, or dressed up with a high-waisted skirt. The necklines are a subtle detail, but I love how none of them plunge too low - it's fun to leave a little mystery sometimes.

Fell In Love With a Dress, $62
Good Listener Dress, $55

Somebody Remembers the Dress, $95
Mesh-aboom Dress, $99

These dresses all have their own great signature. I love the french maid look of the black on white, and the simplicity of the gorgeous fuchsia dress is delicate but striking. For a bit of a dressier vintage style, I fell head over heels for this cream floral dress, cinched at the waist with a braided belt and a sweetheart neckline. And, the pleats on the champagne dress are simply stunning.

Aged Brooch Necklace, $38
Bronze Gold Flower Ring, $20
Bronze and Pearl Bracelet, $24
Paris Brass Filigree Necklace, $35

I think vintage jewelry is my new love. It's so whimsical and classic, but shocking and eye catching at the same time. I've learned over the years that accessories can truly make or break an outfit! A stoned leaf brooch turned into a necklace, a gorgeous flower ring, a pearl and bronze bracelet, and of course, a Paris print-encased necklace. They all were stunning to me, and you can bet I'll be ordering a few handmade pieces off of Etsy in the near future.

Also, take a look at my vintage-inspired photoshoot by amazing photographer and friend Kelly Swanson of Kelly Swanson Photography.

07 June 2010

u is for urban outfitters

There is something about Urban Outfitters that I adore. The overall style is definitely not my exact taste, but I love the montage of different brands that the store carries, and how somehow I can always find something to purchase (or at least try on). The shoes and accessories are great, but my real interest is in the incredible stock of Summer clothes that just flew into the Granville location; you will honestly see something that you love before you can utter 'sundress.'

I recently purchased an amazing ivory jacket that I wore to the Nickelback concert on Thursday. It's chic, lightweight, and can be dressed up or down. It's one of those items that you can wear with just about anything, adding a little spice to a simple outfit. It also looks amazing belted (shown on the model) which gives it my favourite attribute - versatility! I also donned a black sequined shirt, black cigarette jeans (BDG, also from Urban Outfitters), and gorgeous vintage heels given to me by my boyfriend's mom.

Pins & Needles Romper $48
Lucca Couture Zip-Front Romper $58
Lucca Couture Open-Back Sundress $78
Dolce Vita Patricia Dress $158
Kimchi Blue Skirt $48
Kimchi Blue Crosshatch Pant $58

Reasonably priced and so adorable, these were just a few of my favourite looks for the upcoming sunshine. I love the bright colour palette and light fabrics; they're all so breezy and playful! I'm still on the hunt for a perfectly fitting romper for those casual beach days. I love how the Pins & Needles floral 'dress' is a hidden jumpsuit! And for those rainy afternoons (which happen quite often in Vancity) a good pair of above-the-ankle pants are the perfect substitute. Hello summer!