I know you can’t tell but I have a hard time finding clothes…that fit properly because of my height. If you are new to this blog I am just a smidge under six feet, the average woman is 5’4″ or 5’5″. That means when trying to find a jumpsuit I have 7 to 8 inches extra. Banana Republic recently added more tall options for consumers (click here) and I was finally able to purchase a jumpsuit that. I can’t share the link with all my tall girls because it is sold out. I hate posting outfits if I haven’t worn them out, plus it was -20 (-40 with windchill) degrees Celsius in Toronto not too long ago so no way was I going outside to take photos in that weather. So now you can’t get it, I may have to reconsider this rule if I find “tall girl” clothes.
I wore this jumpsuit for my friend’s 40th birthday dinner celebration at The Wolseley in London. I just love it and because it’s black I can go crazy with accessories and shoes.
Outfit Details – Jumpsuit, Banana Republic (regular & petite here, but great tall (& regular) options here, here, here & here) || Shoes, JCrew (old, love the JCrew tassel ones here) || Handbag, c/o Angel Reinares || Cuff, Cocoa Jewelry (old, similar here, just take a peek at this vintage Chanel cuff here)
At the end of February I had an amazing couples weekend getaway in London, England. I was supposed to go alone and meet up with my blogging friends in London. Not wanting to go alone I invited a friend of mine (Nicole) who happened to be turning 40 during that weekend! The girl’s weekend quickly became a couples weekend.
I’ll be sharing some photos (and recommendations on where to eat and stay) from the weekend but I thought I would share one of my travel outfits today and at least one more this week. London is a very fashionable city, but it has a sense of humour and an ease to it’s fashion scene. My weekend wardrobe consisted of basic colours (black, blue and grey) and classic silhouettes. No “American Tourist” look for me, that meant no fanny packs or back packs, jeans/chinos with white running shoes or anything that screamed I’m a tourist so please take advantage of me.
Shoes where comfortable and made for walking on the cobblestone, light layers for a very nice English winter and an easy sight seeing schedule. We slept in (till 9:30 am), didn’t jam everything in to the weekend and really enjoyed the amazing city.
We had left -40 degrees Celsius in Canada with highs of 9-11 degrees Celsius in London. It’s funny because one day I walked around wearing the outfit below (with the addition of a scarf). We saw groups of tourists (most of them Italian) wearing heavy winter parkas, boots, toques, mittens and winter boots. Canadians have a very different sense of how cold London winters are.
A little thank you to Joanna from Poppy’s Style for introducing me to All Saints.
These boots are a favourite of mine. I am six feet tall and most all leather boots are hard for me to wear because my calf is higher then the average woman. These boots have an elasticized back which makes them easy to wear and comfortable. I travelled in them and wore them my first day and night in England. If you have issues finding boots elasticized backs are a sure solution.
Outfit Details: Coat, All Saints (here, black version here, black jacket version here) || Oxford Shirt, Gap (here) || Black Jeans, Yoga Jeans (old, similar here) || Boots, Guilhermina (c/o) || Handbag, Mulberry (old, black version here)
I forgot to post this one, a casual outfit favourite. Oversized-grey sweater and faux leather leggings are an easy outfit for the everyday.
Outfit Details Grey Sweater, Express (old) || Leggings, Aritzia (old, great sale option here, similar here and leather ones here) || Blouse, WHBM (old) || Booties, Gap (old, great option here & brown here)
Easter=Pastels, ever since I was a child that has always been the case when selecting the perfect Easter outfit. I have ventured from this as an adult but today’s post is coming full circle. I found this fabulous faux leather pencils skirt at Reitmans when I was searching for my perfect denim picks. I couldn’t resist it and at $40 it was the perfect price point. I just mixed my pastels and have the perfect Easter outfit.
Outfit Details: Skirt, Reitmans || Sweater, JCrew (old, similar and like this option) || Coat, Sisley (old, love this one & this one) || Shoes, Ferragamo (old, similar, great blush option here) || Handbag, Kate Spade (old)
Someone had commented on how my “Paris” look from yesterday’s post (found here) was perfect for a casual Easter outfit. I decided to share the outfit with you again. The colour combination is exactly the same (as is the coat), if it works re-use, re-use, re-use. See here for further evidence of me using this pastel pink, blue and cream combination.
I am always interested in finding the perfect jeans, so when Reitmans approached me to work on their latest campaign #DenimLoveStories I couldn’t resist. Reitmans has revamped their denim lines and their denim offering. This gives Canadian women access to on trend washes, colours and styles. Nothing is easier then wearing denim but nothing is harder then finding the RIGHT pair. Real jeans for real women. I live in jeans, they are comfortable and versatile. Working with Retimans gave me the opportunity to explore and try on many great jeans (plus they have some Tall options, PLEASE offer more). My assignment was to select 3 pairs of jeans and style them. Each look is inspired by one of my favourite cities. Which is your favourite look?
The London Look
Grey is officially London’s neutral colour (in my opinion) and I couldn’t resist this pretty light grey that reminded me of that beautiful city. These are an ankle length jean and are wonderful to transition from Winter to Spring. Londoners dress with a certain edge so I decided to take a very monochromatic look and give it a London edge with these Reitmans grey ankle jeans. The silhouette is minimalistic but there are several different complimentary shades of grey that make it interesting without trying too hard.
Pastels are still a big trend this summer (I think this makes it three years in a row) therefore I needed to style these pastel pink ankle jeans. These jeans remind me of spring, warmth and the City of Love, Paris. They also made me forget the deep freeze that Toronto (and the rest of Ontario) is in. This denim has a good weight to it and is a mid-rise. I like a thicker denim when it comes to light colours, it leaves a nicer silhouette.
My city is relaxed, urban and home. It plays double duty and so do these Reitmans boyfriend jeans with a drawstring. They are comfortable and on trend and I absolutely love them – they have a DRAWSTRING! I was eyeing a pair that were 4 times more expensive but these wear better. My wallet is still thanking me. Wear them when running errands and then add heels, necklace and a blazer and go out with your partner or some friends. Home is versatile and so are these jeans.
Outfit Details: Poncho, Zara || Button Down, Pink Tartan (old, similar here) || Distressed Jeans, Gap (old, similar here, love boyfriend option here) || Booties, Banana Republic (c/o, old love these) || Bag, Angel Reinares
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Viviscal is a hair nourishment system that’s primarily known to help with thinning hair. The website details Viviscal as:
“Everyday stress, hormonal changes, poor nutrition, age, menopause, post-pregnancy, heredity, medication and damage caused by the environment and over-styling can impact the health of your hair and lead to breakage and excess shedding. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that the hair and scalp are healthy, conditioned and nourished to maintain the ideal environment for healthy hair.
At Viviscal, we understand hair. The Viviscal Hair Nourishment System provides a variety of ways to nourish your hair from the inside out.
Viviscal Maximum Strength contains the exclusive AminoMar C™ Marine Complex, Silica, and Vitamin C designed to supply vital nutrients to nourish thinning hair and promote healthy hair from within. The efficacy and safety of the Viviscal formulation has been established in numerous scientific studies.”
When I was approached to be a Brand Ambassador for Viviscal I didn’t know how I could say yes – I don’t have thin hair. Never have. Not even when I was pregnant. Even after the babies my hair went back to it’s thick self. However, that’s not to say it’s all roses, I have noticed a change in my hair as I get closer to 40, it’s getting coarser and losing it’s softness. That’s a natural part of aging and something all of us will experience, doesn’t mean I like it. I started reading lots of Viviscal reviews and one thing I noticed was that women were saying their hair was softer and that’s when I decided to try it. Wouldn’t cost me anything and if it didn’t work I wouldn’t have to write anything and I’d be done. Well within the first month I noticed my hair was much softer.
I modelled for a segment on the Marilyn Denis show after I had been on Viviscal for a month and the hair stylist couldn’t stop running his hands through my hair, then he told a colleague that she had to touch my hair. I was blushing because he would not stop raving about it. I have appeared on the show on several occasions, he’s styled my hair on several occasions but he’s never commented on how soft it is. Thick? Sure, all the time. Soft? Never. I’m literally touching my hair now as I write this because it’s soft and I still can’t believe it worked.
I’ll be posting a few more times and updating you on my Viviscal journey. Smooth sailing and sunny weather has greeted me.
The Viviscal Hair Nourishing System is available at Shoppers Drug Mart or online here, and priced at $59.99.
I have this thing with pants – as a tall woman I feel the need to buy any pants that fit me because my options are so limited plus I like really bold and loud pants. I always have. When I saw these pants from Gap offered in their Tall section I jumped on them. Here’s the thing, my husband does not share my love of loud pants. I have leopard print pants, green and blue plaid pants, grey window pane pants, camo pants, lizard print pants, red pants, kelly green pants, yellow pants (plus a few more colours) and now red and blue/black tartan pants. At times I feel like I could be on the Norwegian Curling team. So I try and wear my loud pants when he is not with me mostly so I don’t have to hear him beg me to not wear my crazy loud pants when we are together. We all compromise in marriage.
I decided I was going to be bold and do a Manrepeller type outfit. I did some pattern mixing and added some pearls. Hey, if they hate them give them a real reason to rage. Who’s with me?
Wearing – Pants, Gap (here, CA here, similar here & here, these are perfect) || Chambray shirt, Banana Republic (old, similar here) || Necklaces, JCrew & Banana Republic (Grey version here) || Shoes, JCrew (here, love these too)