Thursday, 28 June 2012

Midyear Declarations

I’ve started to notice that whenever I make a declaration to stop shopping, it always seems to get worse soon after. I’m not exactly sure why that is, it could be because once I declare it, it becomes even more desirable. I guess it’s my warped version of dating bad boys that my parents don’t approve of.

Anywho, the good news for you and the bad news for my bank account is that I have purchased a lot more items in the last couple of months since my latest haul post shown here. Consequently, I will have a lot more recent items to parade around in some upcoming outfit posts. The summer sales have already started to kick in which is always good news but reminds me of what’s around the corner…freezing temperatures and misery.


Alright, back to the point. I have since stopped making declarations to avoid the malls and instead made declarations to focus on BBQs, photo books, DIY projects, pool time and vacationing. Too soon the summer will be over so why spend all my time indoors?
I hope everyone has a great long weekend and enjoys the beautiful weather! 

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Dress: H&M- $20, Sweater: J.Crew - $12, Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters - $10, Flats: Zara - $20.

Location: San Francisco
Photo Credit: Dream

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Brick and Mortar

Since the warm weather is finally here to stay, I wanted to get into some dresses that have been hibernating in the back of my closet. 

This dress came with a belt that was a tad too loose for me. Don't you hate when that happens? I feel like all belts should be adjustable to any size. I'm planning on using it for an upcoming DIY project so it doesn't go to total waste. Instead I chose to cinch my waist with this black ribbon.

This necklace is nostalgic because it was my very first statement necklace purchase. As you know, I have come a long way since then. I picked this up at a little boutique in Ottawa that I can't seem to remember the name of since it was so long ago.

Since I'm always referring to my plethora of necklaces, I thought some of you would be interested in a mini blog showcasing my favourite pieces. Let me know what you think!

In celebration of my birthday, I'm having a very quiet soiree at my favourite vegan restaurant accompanied by a little shopping and drinks downtown. Since my birthday this year falls on a weekday, I'm waiting until the July 1st (Canada Day) long weekend for the big celebration. Who wouldn't want fireworks on their birthday?

Shout out to the bee that chased Emma around in circles and provided me with brief entertainment during this shoot. We managed to get one final shot before we called it quits for the day.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Dress: Zara - $60, Necklace - $75, Heels: Steve Madden - $45.

Location: Hometown
Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Marni Madness

I thought for this post I would talk about my second experience going to a designer-retailer collaboration. Back in March, H&M partnered with Marni to produce a spring line. 

After looking at the line, there wasn’t much I was really interested in except for these necklaces. They aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but I love them because they are so quirky and unique. In all honesty, it feels like I'm wearing a piece of art around my neck.

 The line at the store wasn’t too long and the Marni collection was sectioned off in the corner with security and all of the bells and whistles. Everyone got a bracelet indicating what time they could shop at and we were limited to 10 minutes of shopping time. That doesn't sound like much, but given how small the collection was, it was plenty.

 I think the best part of this experience was meeting a whole bunch of people from the industry. While waiting in line I met a local designer, a fashion student and a Fashion Television reporter.

The funniest part was when the reporter overheard our conversation and proceeded to take out a microphone and recorder from her purse and started to interview the local designer on the spot.

 Overall, I had a great time and I'm looking forward to the next collaboration which is with Japanese Vogue Editor Anna Dello Russo. The accessories collection is set to come out in October of this year. I am so excited! Think of all of the necklaces!!

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Necklaces: Marni for H&M - $35 each, Sunglasses: H&M - $13, Sweater: Banana Republic - $35, Tank Top: Joe Fresh - $7, Shorts: Garage - $15, Heels: Nine West - $35.

Location: Toronto
Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Scarf Style

I wanted to show how versatile scarves can be. I love wearing scarves all year long but during the summer it’s nice to change it up when the weather is hot and a scarf around your neck can be suffocating. So I decided to turn this scarf into a halter top for the day. This was super easy to do and took less than five minutes to create. Ready? Here we go.

Choose a simple outfit underneath. A top with a low neckline is preferable for a halter scarf.

Pick a large square, colourful and patterned scarf like this one.

Fold the scarf in half to make a triangle and hold by the corners.

Tie the scarf around your neck.

Grab a belt and adjust.

Ta-Da! A scarf top.

You could also wrap this around your waist like a sarong for the beach or make a one shoulder dress for the evening. If you wanted to be really adventurous you could create a turbon for the day.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Earrings: Bosnia, Ring: Forever 21 - $7, Scarf: Mom's - Vintage, Shorts: H&M - $25, Top: Jacob - $20, Heels: Nine West - $20.

Location: Toronto
Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Springtime Sweaters

This dress looks like an oversized men’s shirt which I love but the shape isn’t flattering unless you belt it. Today I decided that instead of wearing a belt, I would wear it with my fitted sparkly black sweater to give me more shape and break up the proportions of the dress.

Recently I have been buying a ton of sweaters…five in total. All five of these sweaters were under $14…not bad eh? I’m usually not a sweater type of girl but I have an insane amount of cardigans so I thought I would venture out. I find that Spring is a really good time to buy winter items at amazing discounts because stores are in the process of trying to clear out their winter inventory to make room for summer items.


Since I've been scolded for not having enough rings to shoot, I've been keeping my eye out for more. I like to wear jewelry in the same colour family, so I piled on all of the silver and black ones I own. I know, it's not that many, but it's a start.

For the longest time, oversized bags were everywhere. I generally stay away from ones that are really large because they can overwhelm my petite frame. I love this bag because it’s super tiny and best of all? It has faux animal hair on it! *pet pet*

Since I probably won’t have a chance to wear my new sweaters since we are well into June, I will let them hibernate in my drawers for the next six months and pull them out when it’s cold again. 

With all my new sweater purchases combined with my plethora of cardigans, I officially cannot close my drawer. Congratulations Emi. You have hit a new low. 

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Sweater: Joe Fresh - $30, Dress: Zara - $25, Bag: J.Crew - $14, Loafers: Locale - $35, Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters - $10, Rings: BCBG - $8 each, ALDO - $10, Forever 21 - $5.

Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Location: Toronto

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Grandma Chic

I'm a little tea pot short and stout...a Sunday morning of sunshine and tea. If only all mornings could start this glamorous.

This may be odd but I don’t own any bracelets…I’ve never had a desire to wear them perhaps because my wrists are abnormally small and it is difficult to find ones that don't fall off, but when I saw these, I felt the urge to buy them. 

After putting pearls on my wrists I decided that I wanted to indulge in more, so next came my layered pearl necklace and pearl earrings. It’s obvious that I struggle with restraint. 

I'm bringing back an old favourite, my Jason Wu skirt paired with my short sleeve cardigan for the summer. Could this look be any more girly? I guess at this point I decided yes, yes it can.  So I pulled out the white lace gloves. There. Now I'm done.

I usually love to combine gold and black but I’m really feeling this pearl and gold combo for the summer. Look how happy I am! Perhaps because summer is finally here? To be honest, I have no idea what I'm thinking about...likely going home and watching The Real Housewives...*cough cough* I can feel your judgement. 

Whoot whoot! My attempt to bring a little masculinity to this ultra feminine look. Tickets to the gun show can be purchased below.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Cardigan: Jacob - $7, Skirt: Jason for Wu for Target: - $20, Heels: Nine West - $25, Bracelet: H&M - $7, Necklace: Stella & Dot - $70, Earrings: Mom's - Vintage, Ring: BCBG - $8, Gloves: Emma's Grandmothers - Vintage.

Location: Toronto
Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Petaluma Outlets Haul

Over the Memorial Day long weekend, we traveled to the Petaluma Village Premium Outlets, which is an hour north of San Francisco to take advantage of the holiday discounts. I found some really great items at some amazing prices:

I finally found a beach hat that I am happy with. I’ve been looking for one ever since my $7, Forever 21 hat ripped after only wearing it twice in Florida. Unfortunately, some things are exactly what you pay for. SIGH. Lesson learned. The quality of this one is a lot sturdier so hopeful it will withstand those windy days at the beach. What I also like about this hat is that it isn’t floppy like a lot of other ones in the market which means that I will get more coverage from the sun.

When I saw these shoes I was immediately drawn to them for both their classic look and summer appeal. I think loafers look so cute on women. My boyfriend who is easily wavered by designer brands told me that they were a steal at this price so I caved and picked them up. 

This was my favourite purchase of the day! I’m still so excited about it, weeks later. I’ve been lusting after Emma’s military sweater that she picked up from Esprit a while back and have been threatening to steal it ever since. When I saw this jacket, it immediately reminded me of hers. I’ve been wanting a military style jacket for years and now I can finally cross it off my list. 

Since I’ve been scolded for not having enough rings to shoot, I have been keeping my eye out for some statement rings. Luckily, I found some that I absolutely love! Coincidentally, Emma has the same gold ring as shown here but I got it for a fraction of the price. Something tells me she’s not going to like that...

Finally, here is the purchase I was resisting the most. There is one thing about me that you don’t know...I absolutely hate to shop for running shoes. My coping mechanism to avoid this chore is to avoid it at all costs by wearing mine down until the soles fall off. That’s not an exaggeration. I went so long in my older shoes that a hole formed in the sole. My reaction? Eh. Its only a problem when it rains. And when the sole fell off my other shoe, I was forced to buy a new pair.

The pair in my possession now (the dirty ones), was bought when my friend confiscated the runners I was wearing at the time while I was trying on shoes at a store and threw them in the garbage outside. Consequently,  I was forced to buy a new pair.

So here is my newest pair, forced on me by my boyfriend. After many threats I caved and bought them but I accidentally/purposely left them in his closet in San Francisco. Looking at these pictures now, I probably should have brought them home but in my defense, we had just gone on a hike so they look a lot worse in these pictures than they do now.

I would like to share with you some of my tips to shopping at outlet stores so let me know if this is something of interest to you and I will start to type away.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Hat: Saks Fifth - $24, Loafers: Cole Haan - $48, Jacket: BCBG - $96, Rings: BCBG - $8 each, Running Shoes: PUMA - $30.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Leopard and Leather

Animal print is something I don’t ever anticipate going out of style. I don’t have a lot of animal print in my wardrobe but recently I have been collecting more and more.

Here is the thing I find with animal print, one per outfit is good enough. I’m a huge fan of layering jewellery and wearing shade on shade but I find that animal print is so dramatic that when you wear tons of it you can start to look like a feline.

Since I wanted my top to be the stand out piece in this outfit, everything else I wore was black.

I used one of my old belts as a bracelet since I am seriously lacking in that department. I think it turned out pretty well. I'm on a mission to find more in this rocker style and I am particularly lusting after these Stella and Dot bracelets found here. As soon as they go on sale I'm going to pick them up. Which colour do you like better?

Here I am on the tracks putting us in danger once again. We were so anxious that a train would come by that this shoot lasted less than 10 minutes. We were lucky enough to get a couple of great shots before we ran off the tracks.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Earrings: Stella & Dot - $40, Scarf: Homemade, Top: Dynamite - $30, Belt: Garage - $5, Shorts: Forever 21 - $22, Boots: Locale - $35.

Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic
Location: Hometown