28 August 2010

elegance ensemble, hello seattle

This week was honestly one of the best weeks of the summer. It started off with seeing the incredible Lady Gaga in concert on Monday, followed by a shopping date on Wednesday in Seattle, and finishing with Cirque du Soleil on Thursday (which was by far one of the most amazing live acts I've ever seen). Our trip to Seattle was a picture perfect day; gorgeous 25 degree weather, blue skies, and our favourite music playing on repeat for the drive. My major purchase of the day was Coach sunnies - my first ever designer pair and I'm in love. I wore a simple outfit of white and beige, basically my colour palette for summer. It was flowy and comfortable, perfect for a day of sunshine. Thanks to my boyfriend for putting up with my blogs needs and taking these shots!

White Tunic, Forever 21 | Beige Skirt, Urban Behavior
Jeweled Sandals, Zara | Patent Purse, Coach
Sunglasses, Coach | Jewellery, Borrowed from mom

20 August 2010

boutiques of johnson street

Last week I had the greatest time with one of my best friends in the beautiful Victoria. A mini-vacation from the distractions of work (and life in general), we stayed for two nights in the Grand Pacific Hotel and spent our days shopping, eating, and relaxing. In addition to its iconic harbour views, Victoria has some pretty amazing shopping. We hit up Johnson Street which is home to some of the cutest tucked-away boutiques with local and one of a kind designers. With summer sales every where we looked, our wallets were soon feeling light - and, in addition to my other wonderful purchases, I finally said hello to my first pair of J Brands!

J Brand Jeans | Ya Shorts
Hot & Delicious Jumpsuit | 2xpose Jacket

06 August 2010

olivia palermo, a taste of fall

Browsing through asos.com, I noticed that the new online issue of Asos Magazine is featuring Olivia Palermo, one of my absolute favourite style icons. I am now even more blown away by her sense of fashion. She takes effortless chic to a whole different level - and I'm even more excited for the September weather to hit so I can bring out my hats, jackets, and boots. I love the downtown setting for this shoot, and the graffiti plays perfect contrast to her edgy, but whimsical outfits. Here are some of her shots to give you a little taste of the fall season to come. My favourite are the embellished trousers in the bottom left photo. Does she not look stunning?

04 August 2010

to have and to hold, wedding attire

It is no secret that I absolutely love weddings; I love everything about them, big or small, modern or traditional. I've been very lucky to have the opportunity to help coordinate a couple weddings with Nicole of Nicole Marie Events, where I've learned so much about the 'other side' of weddings. Although, since none of my best friends are even close to getting hitched, I've only been in attendance as a guest so far - and one of the biggest excitements is figuring out what to wear. Beware: there is wedding-attire etiquette, that I really believe one should follow. Here are some of my picks for gorgeous wedding outfits - and a few of my own that I've worn this year!

Precision Dress, Rachel Roy $109
Strapless Backless Dress, Rachel Roy $109

First of all: steer yourself away from wearing white. There are so many other beautiful colours out there, and you never want to outshine the bride - it is her special day, after all. Take these two bold, patterned dresses by Rachel Roy (found at the Bay downtown) - they draw enough attention without being overly dramatic, and keep an edgy vibe.

Simple Silk Dress, Forever 21 $35

Second: a wedding is not a club! Stay away from plunging necklines, mini skirts, and see-through fabrics. If you have to ask if your outfit is appropriate, chances are it probably isn't. I love these two inexpensive finds from Forever 21. They're both very classic styles, with ties that accentuate the waist; they keep a certain charm while maintaining a sultry manner.

Cutout Strap Dress, BCBG Maxazria $138

And, finally: don't be afraid of black! Black dresses are perfect for an evening wedding, and it is such a complimentary shade - I don't think for one second it should be outlawed. I love the idea of this sophisticated Bebe outfit; even though it's a dress, a great embellished top with a slimming black skirt always looks polished, but chic. And I loved the details on this BCBG little black dress - simple yet timeless.

Patterned Chiffon Dress, BCBGeneration $111
Strapless Two-Toned Dress, BCBG Maxazria $90

Two of my absolute favourite dresses, bought for two amazing weddings. The chiffon dress was worn for a wedding in the Spring, and my black dress was worn for more of a afternoon-to-evening wedding in early August of last year.