Sep 172014
 

I’ve been very fancy lately – that’s how my kids describe it. Today it’s simple and not fancy, except for the heels. It’s hard to take the fancy out of me.

Joe Fresh Casual Friday

Joe Fresh Casual Fridays

 Outfit Details – Sweater, Joe Fresh || Jeans, Gap (old, similar herehere & here) || Shoes, Ann Taylor (similar here, UK Manolo sale here)

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 September 17, 2014  Posted by on September 17, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  4 Responses »
Sep 162014
 

On Saturday I attended my first blogger conference, #BlogPodim, where I learned more about Google Analytics (THE gold standard and a must have), a quick and dirty on staging pictures and my absolute favourite session was learning how to pitch to magazines. I was able to see some old blogging friends, Jenny from Crazy Style Love and Kristin from Suburban Faux Pas,  and meet in person some “virtual” friends Dajana from All Kinds of Lovely. I had originally planned to wear my midi skirt & sweater last seen here, but it was raining and cold so I changed my outfit and decided to switch it up and paired this Chico’s Long white button down with the best faux leather leggings from Ann Taylor. Instead of adding heels or sleek booties I updated this look by pairing it with the flat of the season – a pair of brogues! The best part is they have a monk buckle!! They remind me of the shoes I wore in grade 9, wow I feel old right now…and now I’m over it.

Chico's Tunic

 

It has been quite chilly so I knew I had to add a topper and decided on this over sized knit cardigan that is a cocoon silhouette. I am not the best photographer so these pictures don’t do the cardigan justice or me. I could have clipped the back of it to make me look better, hahaha. When I was trying this outfit on another woman saw me in the change room and proceeded to purchase both of these items at Ann Taylor.

Chico's Tunic 1

Knit Jacket & Embellished Collar

Black faux leather leggings

 

Outfit Details – Shirt, Chico’s || Leggings, Ann Taylor || Knit Coat, Ann Taylor || Shoes, Sam Edelman (Global, UK, Nordstrom) || Handbag, Furla (old) || Bracelets, Links of London, JCrew, Chico’s

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 September 16, 2014  Posted by on September 16, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  7 Responses »
Sep 122014
 

I have been wearing this outfit on repeat but with slight variations – yesterday I had to add a jean jacket and I switched out the shoes for a pair of gold studded nude flats. Neutral dressing is easy and a great way to transition into cooler temperatures. Fall is here in Toronto and I am enjoying the cooler weather but I could do without the wind. I’ve had lots of comments from readers on the white jeans – many of you are also wearing white well after labour day and enjoying breaking the rules with me.

It’s Friday and I am attending Blogpodium, my first blogging conference. Pretty excited and wondering what am I going to wear? Blogger problems. I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

How to wear neutrals

Neutrals

Fall Transition

 

Outfit details: White Jeans, Hudson (old, similar here, here & here) || Sweater, Banana Republic (I can’t help myself, US, CA) || Heels, Stuart Weitzman (old, Jimmy Choo sale here, DVF, ASOS) || Watch, Michael Kors (CA, US)

I am still running my Instagram contest #NateBerkusHilroy. I have been asked how do I regram. It is really easy just use your phone to take a screen shot/picture of my #NateBerkusHilroy prize package and then put that on to your account. Good Luck and you can enter here.

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 September 12, 2014  Posted by on September 12, 2014 Tagged with: , , ,  12 Responses »
Sep 102014
 

I have been featuring lots of midi skirts, today I’m going back to my roots. A simple and chic outfit featuring a textured pencil skirt and a great v-neck sweater. When selecting pieces for your wardrobe you’re not always going to be wearing the latest trends – basics are your foundation.

#TheNewBR, faux leather skirt & sweater

 

Some women may have issue with this skirt because it does scrunch up in the middle when wearing. It is a bit longer then the picture shows.

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Outfit Details – Skirt, Banana Republic (pencil version US, mini US, CA) || Sweater, Banana Republic (CA, US) || Shoes, Jimmy Choo (old) || Watch, Michael Kors (CA, US) || Necklace, Express

Looking to organize your home office and add some style? Check out my Nate Berkus giveaway on Instagram here.

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 September 10, 2014  Posted by on September 10, 2014 Tagged with: , , , ,  11 Responses »
Sep 092014
 

This summer I went to the Hilroy Back To School preview. If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I was so inspired by the Nake Berkus products I cleaned out my laundry/craft/home office space and am in the process of adding shelving and art to make the space my own. I realize that sitting in front of the TV does not get me desired results, I need quiet and I need everything at my finger tips. A place for everything and everything in its place.

The great people at Hilroy are hoping to help one of my readers get more organized with their very own Nate Berkus package. All you need to do is go over to my Instagram account and follow the very simple instructions there. Link here or on the side of my blog. Just note that this contest is for Canadian residents only (sorry!)

Good Luck!

 

Nate Berkus Prize Pack

 September 9, 2014  Posted by on September 9, 2014 Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »
Sep 082014
 

There are a few things  I have to cover today:

1. I am going to re-iterated that I have been obsessed with neutral colours and colour is still not going to be featured on this blog in the next week or two. I’m all about black, white, grey, winter white and navy. Today’s post is no exception.

2. Banana Republic is going back to it’s roots and giving JCrew a run for its money. Banana Republic was IT in the 90s, it created the trends and all other American retailers followed. BR lost it’s way but is back with a vengeance and has brought Marissa Webb to showcase how this change will bring back its former clientele. I love its fall/winter offerings and once Marissa brings her first full collection in 2015 I expect BR to see a renaissance. I am very excited and today wearing a BR skirt and sweater. This ensemble reminds me of the 80s – oversized sweater and full skirt. Instead of wearing an over the top sweater like in the 80s I am wearing this cream popcorn textured one. To follow the story on Twitter or Instagram follow #TheNewBR

#thenewbr

the new br 2

the new br 3

 Sweater, Banana Republic (US, CAN, EU) || Skirt, Banana Republic (sold out online) || Handbag, Rebecca Minkoff (old similar here, love this one here) || Shoes, Jimmy Choo (similar here)

3. For those who have not been involved in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge or allocated money to any of the great charities out there please click here. A friend of mine, Anne, is facing all the difficulties MS is going to bring as her husband is battling this disease. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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 September 8, 2014  Posted by on September 8, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  10 Responses »
Sep 052014
 

Wore this dress out for a great night out with some very close friends. We all need a night out to be adults and have adult conversation. This Banana Republic Sloan LBD was perfect for such a night.

BR Sloan Dress

Banana Republic

BR Dress 3

BR Dress 4

LBD Sloan

 Outfit Details – LBD, Banana Republic (here & here) || Shoes, Ann Taylor (old, love these, these, these & these) || Cuff, Cocoa Jewelry || Handbag, Marc by Marc Jacobs (old, love this, this)|| Ring, c/o Caroline Creba

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 September 5, 2014  Posted by on September 5, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , , ,  12 Responses »
Sep 032014
 

I love trivia, always have. Several months ago I read the reason why “no white after Labour Day”, very petty and shows that old money doesn’t by class. It was started by “old money” that wanted to keep “new money” types in their place but setting arbitrary and stupid rules in place that would differentiate between the two. One of them was that “you don’t wear white after labour day”. New money types would show up in white and old money types would make fun of them. Not sure if this is actually true but the entire rule is ridiculous. So here’s to white after labour day.

White jeans are an easy fall transition. I’ve paired these with a neutral blouse and handbag and layered a few different patterns.

On a separate note I hope that back to school went off without a hitch for all those dreading/celebrating this right of passage for our kids.

white & checks 4

white & checks 2

white & checks 3

white & checks 1

Outfit Details – Jeans, Hudson (old, similar sale ones here, here & here || Blouse, Joe Fresh (old) || Shoes, Stuart Weitzman (old, sale here, reasonable price here) || Ring, c/o Caroline Creba (love this & this) || Watch, Michael Kors (here & here)

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 September 3, 2014  Posted by on September 3, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  12 Responses »
Sep 012014
 

This fall I am going to be wearing lots of neutrals. I hadn’t planned on it but that’s what I’ve been enjoying and wearing. Black, white, grey and navy. That seems to be my colour palette. Anybody else?

These pants have become an obsession for me – culottes. I remember wearing culottes when I was younger and this Pink Tartan pair will be my go to pair for the season. Everything old is new again.

la di da 1

la di da 2

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Outfit Details – Culottes, Pink Tartan (here) || T Shirt, Banana Republic (here, here) || Hat, Banana Republic (old) || Shoes, J Crew (old, but like these, these & these) || Ring, c/o Caroline Creba (love this, this & this) || Belt, Banana Republic (old)

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 September 1, 2014  Posted by on September 1, 2014 Tagged with: , , , , ,  6 Responses »
Aug 282014
 

On Thursday August 21st I had the pleasure of attending Chico’s Canadian Grand Opening in Square One #DestinationFabulous (if you followed me on Instagram & Twitter). Chico’s boutiques offer beautiful apparel for women with exceptional service. I am originally from Windsor, Ontario and my old shopping grounds are Sommerset Collections in Troy where I became familiar with the Chico’s brand. Chico’s clothing gets you in the door, its service is what keeps women coming back. Trends are important to every retailer, sales associates also ensure that clothing fits each client and they walk out feeling great about their purchase. Each boutique reflects the unique character of its neighbourhood, that means that every Chico’s store offers something different for its clientele. The selection covers work, casual and offers some great travel pieces.

When Chico’s approached me to help spread the word about their coming to Canada I had just one answer YES! Chico’s has three new Canadian Boutiques located in Ontario – Square One (Mississauga), Upper Canada (Newmarket) and Mapleview (Burlington). They are staffed and ready to serve the women of Canada. I chose a casual outfit that is perfect for running errands, having lunch with my girlfriends or spending a weekend with my family.

Chico's outfit

Chico's Loafers

Chico's

Chico's details

The attention to detail is what made this blouse perfect for me.

Chico's

Outfit details – Blouse, Effortless Luxe Stripe Andie Shirt || Jeans, Platinum Jegging || Shoes, Aleen Printed Loafer || Bracelets, Links of London, Lia Sophia || Belt, (not shown) Chico’s

Please note this is a sponsored post, however, all opinions are my own and I only work with brands I feel strongly about.

 August 28, 2014  Posted by on August 28, 2014 Tagged with: , , , ,  4 Responses »