25 January 2012

empire state of mind

New York City. It's all that's on my mind right now. It feels like every minute I'm jotting down a place I want to visit on a post-it note, or I'm quickly typing up an outfit in my iPhone that I think will be perfect for walking the streets of Manhattan. Times Square. Ground Zero. The Met. Tiffany's. Madison Avenue. Broadway. Central Park. Rockefeller Center. Empire State Building. Meat Packing District. Shall I go on? I plan to visit all and take as many photos as my heart desires. In one month I plan to fall in love with this city... I have a feeling I'll never want to leave.


"A bad day in New York is still better than a good day anywhere else."

23 January 2012

snowfall kind of love

I honestly thought Vancouver was going to make it this year without a snowfall. Was I ever wrong! The snow started falling last week and although I had a bit of a cold shock with the negative temperatures, I decided to embrace it and do a photoshoot... In my boyfriends backyard. I had so much fun with it, and these photos are some of my favourite to date! The sun was in the perfect spot, and I bravely decided to go for a contrast of a delicate, girly dress with cozy layers. It was cold but worth it!

And announcing the winner of the Discovering Elegance x Amanda Catherine Designs giveaway: Congrats to Stacey of Five Minute Style

Also, Amanda is offering all of Discovering Elegance readers a 25% discount for her Etsy shop with the code STYLE25! Perfect to add a little inspiration to your home or office... And cure those Monday blues! Have a great week everyone.

Sweater and headband, H&M | Faux fur vest and dress, Forever 21
Tights, The Gap | Socks, Hue | Heels, Aldo | Gloves, Danier

Photography by Andrew Cho

18 January 2012

leather instinct

This week has been filled with excitement, mostly because I started my new job as Customer Relationship Specialist for Three Stones Clothing! I already love my coworkers and, although the commute is a bit of a drive, I enjoy making the trip to South Granville in Vancouver. And the best part? We just got all of our Fall 2012 samples in, so I've been trying on all of the clothes! Definitely a perk of being sample size. And another exciting piece of news? I'm going to New York City! In less than a month! I can't even describe my excitement. It's been my dream to go there for so long. Andrew and I will be flying out in mid-February  You can be sure I'll be taking pictures and blogging my little heart out!

P.S. Only four more days to enter my giveaway for a quotable print by Amanda Catherine Designs! Click here and here to follow & enter!

Jacket, Danier | Blouse, Zara | Purse, Coach
Shorts, Urban Outfitters | Tights, Hue | Necklace, Banana Republic

Photography by Andrew Cho

16 January 2012

polished parka

I was coveting this parka from Aritzia for the longest time, but the price just didn't fit my budget. And really, is Vancouver cold enough for a parka? Well, I was proved wrong this week with our chilly temperatures and nice dusting of snow! Luckily I snagged this coat in a similar style during boxing week for a cool $50. Add in my favourite leather boots, a striped shirt and a messy top knot, and I've come up with one of my new go-to outfits for running errands or an early class at SFU. What are your own go-to outfits? And, I hope everyone in Vancouver stays safe in the snowfall this week!

P.S. Check out my giveaway to win a quotable art print by Amanda Catherine Designs!

Parka, Costa Blanca | Top, H&M
Boots & purse, Aldo | Tights, The Gap

Photography by Andrew Cho

14 January 2012

amanda catherine designs giveaway

It's time for a Discovering Elegance giveaway from Amanda Catherine Designs! I can't see any of my readers not absolutely loving her adorable quotable prints. Unique and affordable, they are sure to add a  dose of inspiration to your day. And now you can win your own 8x10 art print! Check out Amanda's etsy shop for all of her designs - If you win, you get to choose the one you like the most!

For one entry, follow Discovering Elegance on Google Connect and like Amanda Catherine Designs Facebook page

For a second entry, follow @chellemorgan and @AmandaCathDes on Twitter and send out a tweet: "I entered to win an @AmandaCathDes quotable art print from @chellemorgan! RT & follow to enter! http://bit.ly/xAqVJV"

* Remember to leave me a comment with how you entered and a way to contact you *

The contest will end on Saturday, January 21!

Good luck lovelies!

13 January 2012

young women in business

Last week I was honoured to be asked to present to the SFU non-profit organization called Young Women in Business (YWiB) all about how to 'Dress for Success.' I was armed with sample items, my trusty workbook, and powerpoint slides where I created three different business attire outfits. I answered some of the most asked fashion questions... what business formal and business casual really means, and how you can add personality to your outfit while still being workplace appropriate! I haven't spoken in public in quite a while and I forgot how great it feels to talk and share my passions with others. Although the nerves got to me in the beginning, with such a friendly and stylish crowd I instantly felt at ease. A huge thank you to Nicole Braam for inviting me, and all of the YWiB team for being so supportive! Be sure to visit their website and Facebook page.

Dress, Zara (Similar) | Necklace, H&M
Booties, Nine West | Watch, Michael Kors

Photography by Andrew Cho

11 January 2012

it's out with the old

It's out with the old and in with the new this month! So many great things have been happening, and it's only mid-January! I was honoured to be asked to present on how to 'Dress for Success' at the Young Women in Business (YWiB) SFU workshop called The Graduate. As well, the new semester has started and I secretly love beginning a new agenda  isn't this one adorable from Chapters? And, of course, my guilty pleasure TV shows like Gossip Girl and The Bachelor start their new seasons. Follow that with new inspiring prints by Amanda Catherine Designs and I think the year is off to a good start! The greatest part? I just accepted a job in customer relations and marketing at Three Stones Clothing in Vancouver! I'm so ecstatic! I hope everyone's year is off to a wonderful beginning!

06 January 2012

cheers to the new year

I can't believe the first week of the new year is already coming to a close. I hope everyone rang in 2012 with good company... and maybe a New Year's kiss? I celebrated with a pretty dress, new black heels, sparklers, lots of champagne and a cute boy by my side (who took these photos, which turned out amazing!) So many wonderful things have happened for Discovering Elegance in 2011, and I can't wait to see what will happen in 2012! Thank you so much for all your support, the sweet comments, the friendships I've made through this blog... It makes my heart smile. Cheers to the New Year, may it be the best year yet!

Photography by Andrew Cho

04 January 2012

feeling fur-riendly

Vest, Forever 21 (Similar) | Jacket, H&M | Skirt, Zara
Tights, The Gap | Booties, Aldo | Purse, Coach

There's nothing like a faux fur vest to add a little 'something' to any outfit! Layering it over a blazer or cropped jacket adds warmth as well, which is a definite plus. One of my New Years Resolutions this year is to make an effort to wear the clothes in my closet that kind of get pushed aside, like this vest. It's actually fun to shop my own closet... And another resolution, is actually cleaning my closet and getting rid of all those items that I haven't worn in years. I'm quite a nostalgic person, so it's going to be tough to let some things go. But it's a New Year - time for a change! What are your New Year's resolutions?

Photography by Andrew Cho