Wednesday, 25 April 2012

San Francisco Bound

Weekend in San Francisco
I'm lucky enough that I have the ability to travel quite often and every couple of months I will travel to the States to visit my boyfriend who lives in San Francisco. Surprisingly, I actually really hate to travel. I always enjoy myself once I reach my destination but I find the packing, the long lines, the crying baby, the rude taxi driver to be a huge pain and an annoyance...alas, the things we do for love.  Anywho, since this is such a short visit, we only plan to visit our favourite places that we know and love.

En Route

I'm a firm believer that whenever you're on a plane you should be comfortable. In fact, for me, this is a must. I tend to wear a lot of layers because I always get cold on the plane. I'm not at all concerned about what I look like because I only ever travel for personal reasons. Once I'm in my seat, the headphones go in, the t.v. comes on and I enjoy 5 hours of movie bliss.

Day 1 - Exploring the City

During the weekend, we like to get up early and have breakfast at the farmer's market. Afterwards we typically head to the aquarium. We have this bizarre shared love of fish and marine animals, so this is always a must in any city. Next a little shopping at Westfield. Surprisingly I don't tend to shop for myself when I'm with my boyfriend. I always feel slightly bad for the men who crowd the store entrance carrying their significant other's coats and purses. So if we do end up shopping, it's usually for him. In the evening we always go out for dinner and drinks. We have reservations at my favourite Greek restaurant, Kokari.  Drool!

Day 2 - Hiking Mt. Tam

We both love to spend time outdoors whenever we're together so we plan on joining a hiking group in the morning at Mt. Tam. The hike is around 3 hours long depending on the speed of the group. If you ever want to stay at night, they also have a star gazing class once a month which is something I would love to try. When we get back to the city, we will likely venture to House, another favourite restaurant of mine and watch a movie. 
Any suggestions?

Day 3 - Napa Valley

Napa is probably one of my favourite places in the world and where I first fell in love with wine. We usually spend the day visiting different wineries and going to a lot of tastings. Usually by mid afternoon we can't tell the difference between the good and bad wine so we like to visit our favourite vineyards first. Wait, is there such thing as bad wine in Napa?
The wineries have some amazing food so stopping at a vineyard for lunch is a must. At night, we like to have dinner in Yountville where you can find some incredible restaurants. I'm hoping we will be lucky enough to get a reservation at Ad Havoc, I've been wanting to visit for a while now.

Items: 1 blazer, 1 cardigan, 1 dress, 2 blouses, 1 sweater, 2 shirt, 1 pair of shorts, 
2 pairs of jeans, 2 necklaces, 1 belt, 1 pair of flats, 1 pair of boots, and 1 pair of sneakers.

Combined this creates 8 outfits in total which fits into my carry-on luggage with room for a mini shopping spree and a couple bottles of wine to take home. Ta-da! It fits!

Out of courtesy, I have decided not to torture my boyfriend with a photo shoot this weekend so I will post outfit looks at a later date with the brands and prices listed. 
I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thanks for following and happy shopping! 

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Flannel and Leather

Today I thought would give a little nod to the 80’s without having to resort to neon leggings, cut-off gloves and shoulder pads.  Here I am, casually hanging out at the dry cleaners on a Friday afternoon…leaning like a hoodlum, waiting for trouble…

Ok, even though the hot pink heels and high-waisted leather skirt scream 80’s, I don’t think it comes off that way. Sometimes when I wear multiple trends from one decade, I feel like I’m wearing a costume. 

Instead I like to concentrate on one or two pieces and mix them with modern elements or combine them with unexpected pieces to create a modern look. 

So what do you think? Does this look scream 80’s to you? 
Don’t forget to comment and rate below.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Necklace: Stella and Dot - $70, Shirt: Jacob - $7, Skirt: Mom’s – Vintage, Heels: Nine West - $30.

Photo credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Location: Hometown

Thursday, 19 April 2012

White Flowers

Today I’m wearing my Jason Wu blouse and skirt that I picked up from Target. 

I styled this skirt and top combo with a green belt to give it a little pop. I like how the top and skirt have the same pattern but the flowers are slightly larger on the bottom creating more interest to this look. It also gives the illusion that I have longer legs which is always something I’m striving for. Curse these stubby legs!

I like this skirt and top option because you can break them up to give multiple looks. 


This will be the first of three looks I'm planning to showcase.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Top: Jason Wu for Target, $20, Skirt: Jason Wu for Target, $20, Belt: Thrift, $5, Shoes: Tokyo

Photo credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Location: Hometown

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Cherry Blossoms

Being a brunette on a budget means buying items that not only look great but can be styled multiple ways. This 70’s inspired jacket has a fur collar that can be easily removed to give a more up to date, modern look.

Here I am strolling through Millennium Park, styled casual for a day at the museum. Whenever I'm in the States, the are three things I always visit - the park, the art gallery and the aquarium.  This park has all three. Another reason I love Chicago.

I actually styled this outfit with a blue over sized sweater that I stole from my uncle, but unfortunately, I only took one picture with it on shown on my facebook.

 My favourite part about March is that the cherry blossom trees are in bloom. They make me so happy! So I obviously frolick....

On a side note: I Googled the term frolick to make sure I spelled it right and this is the definition that came up on urban dictionary...

Frolick - Prancing around like a fool, basically skipping, but moving your hands around frantically, with high knees. Ideal for a drunken night out.. Also, to go frolicking in a field, skipping around, also, can link arms with someone and frolick together. 
 I think I was dead on. 
Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Jacket: Zara, $70, Shirt: H&M, $30, Jeans: Mavi, $100, Flats: Zara, $20.

Photo Credit: Dream
Location: Chicago

Thursday, 12 April 2012

The Colour Purple

Everyone who knows me knows that I have a slight obsession with statement necklaces and too often, the ones I purchase are not exactly the cheapest.

However, I think I may have found a way to appease my appetite for jewelery without digging a hole in my wallet. Not so long ago Forever 21 would sell really shoddy accessories that would break and start to smell like metal after several wears. However, after taking a couple of jewelry risks, I think my hard feelings towards this brand have started to turn around. The quality of the items is getting much better and I noticed that they are making more unique and fashionable pieces. YAY!

Because the price was so great, I bought two of the same necklace and layered them to get a fuller look. The necklace is actually a light pink but comes up white on camera. I love combining pink and purple and I think they grey pants complements the colours really well. 

I think this shot of me is hilarious! I look like a rag doll that's taking a nap on the train tracks. Obviously posing is not my forte.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Necklace: Forever 21 - $7, Blouse: Gap - $40, Jacket: H&M - $55, Jeans: Gap - $16, Boots: Locale - $35.

Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Location: Hometown

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Easter Pastels

In celebration of Easter, I thought I would dress in pastels which is coincidentally a hot trend for spring.

I personally love combining complementary colours, and one of my all time favourites is the pink-green duo. But I have to say, I'm really loving this soft pink and mint green combo even more.

First comes daffodils then comes Spring.

I borrowed these bracelets from my best friend to finish the look because I don't own any of my own. I know, it's really strange but it's just not the type of jewelery that I generally gravitate to. I love the combination of colours so much that I'm planning on stealing them...shhhhhhh.

Whether or not you celebrate Easter, I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!

Continuing with the pastel theme, here are some items that I’m currently lusting. 

Pastel Lust List:

Scarf: Zara - $30, Blouse: Jason Wu for Target - $20, Shorts: Garage - $15, Sandles: Zara - $20, Bracelets: H&M - Borrowed

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Graphic Design: Mandi Taylor 
Location: Hometown