October 10, 2017

Fall Style: An Autumnal Felt Hat

The cooler weather has brought me fresh motivation, I've been wearing many of my fall favourites and taking lots of photos so I can show you all how these items can work for you in your wardrobe. This next item is a new one to me, I am very much into wearing hats as an accessory these days and even though it isn't cold enough for a beanie, felt hats are a perfect transitional piece for that in-between weather.

There are many different colours to choose from, I chose this floppy, bohemian-style black felt "Vivian" hat from Sunday Afternoons (similar)  because black goes with everything and I knew I would get a ton of use out of it. What I love about their hats is they are stylish and also protective with a UPF of 50 in all their hats you are protected whenever you wear it. Other good colours to go for would be beige, brown, grey, burgundy, navy or even white.

A few other styles that I love are the "sailor cap" the "fedora", the "bowler hat" the wool "cloche hat" the "gaucho hat",  the felt "cat cap hat" and the "news boy hat". All of these styles look amazing  in wool felt and although not all styles may suit you, there is usually one that will be right for you.

This look I put together is a great example of how to transition a summer dress into fall, I paired  it with my vivian hat to add some darker fall colour to it, a denim jacket, and some high top Converse All Stars to make the look a bit less "pretty". This hat would also look good with a leather jacket, a chunky knit sweater or even a long floral dress.

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What do you think of this look? Do you have any go-to transitional fall looks? Let me know in the comments! Have a great week!


September 30, 2017

Fall Style: A Classic Leather Moto Jacket

Autumnal weather has finally descended on Ottawa, after a record-breaking September heatwave. The extended summer weather was nice (read: sweaty) but I am definitely welcoming the fresh, crisp fall air and cooler temperatures. It gives me the opportunity to wear some of my favorite items from my recent post, "7 Must-Have Fashion Items for Fall" such as ankle boots, scarves, sweaters and of course; my leather moto jacket.

This is not a new trendy item, we always need a jacket when the weather turns cooler and leather jackets are more or less a staple in any girl or guy's closet but since I went a few years without one, this year it is a big item for me. There are many different styles of leather jackets out there; biker/moto, bomber, blazer, denim-style button down, leather trench and even a leather parka (Source: Slideshare). You can opt for real leather or faux leather like the one I got from Vero Moda.

There are endless ways in which to style your choice of leather jacket but here are a few ideas that I came up with for creating fresh, unexpected fall looks with a moto-style jacket:

Layered over a sweater or sweatshirt: The fall season is all about layering pieces, not only does it keep you toasty warm, it also creates depth and interest to your look. I bought my leather jacket one size larger than I typically wear, I did this for two reasons; first reason is that I like to be able to move my arms comfortably, leather can be a bit stiff. The second reason is so I could easily layer it over a t-shirt or a bulky sweaters, this will give it way more mileage in my fall wardrobe.

Worn with a dress or skirt: I'm a big fan of contrast when dressing lately, I never like my look to be fully dressy, grungy, tough or sweet. Instead, I prefer to mix these styles together to give balance to the look. A pretty, lace dress looks great when topped with a leather jacket, or pair a plain white t-shirt with a pleated midi skirt and leather jacket for a tough yet sweet outfit.

Wear it with heels: Another look I love is to wear  basic or ripped skinny jeans (grey or faded black are my current favs) with a t-shirt or blouse topped with my leather jacket and finished off with a pair of heels. Wearing this look with heels rather than flats makes the jacket a bit dressier and would be perfect for a more casual night out.

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There you have it, a few different ideas for how to wear this fall staple, check out my other fall fashion post "Fall Style: A Sporty Crew Neck Sweater" for more fall fashion styling ideas and Instagram for OOTD updates.


September 27, 2017

Fall Style: A Sporty Crew Neck Sweater

September is such a tricky month for fashion. Not only is it the month when we are busy previewing all the spring 2018 fashion shows, but it is also the month where the weather fluctuates greatly and temperatures can be both hot and cold. In my recent post "7 Must-Have Items for Fall"I chose crew neck sweatshirts as an essential for fall/winter, this has been a trend for a few years (Athleisure) but am still loving it and it's definitely worth investing in for your wardrobe if you are a fan of casual comfort.

I'm sure we all remember wearing hooded sweatshirts in high school, and (at my school) I feel "hoodies" were more popular than their crew neck counterparts. That stuck with me for many years, and there was a point where I gave up wearing sweatshirts in public altogether, until a few years ago that is. While browsing the racks of a local thrift shop, I came across a vintage, oversized, purple Nautica crew neck sweatshirt and I fell in love. On another shopping trip I found a cropped, fitted, heather grey crew neck on the sale rack at Joe Fresh, again I felt a compulsion to add it to my closet. This year I fell back in love with Adidas, I admit that for quite a few years there was very little sportswear in my everyday wardrobe, but the Adidas pink, unisex, Trefoil crew is absolutely my favorite of them all and I have been wearing it at every opportunity.

So here are my tips for styling  a crew neck sweater so that it doesn't look frumpy or like you just left the gym:

Cut: There are a few different styles and fits you can go for; cropped, boxy, and oversized. I like all of them and I think they all have a place in your wardrobe. Cropped would look great with wide leg denim or over  dress. Boxy can be paired with anything really; a midi skirt, skinny jeans, or shorts. An oversized sweater looks great with leggings, skinny jeans, shorts or  skirt.

Balance: The big key to making a sweatshirt which is cozy and (let's face it) "lazy girl clothing" look "put-together" in an outfit, is to make sure your look is well-balanced. By this I mean, pair an oversized sweatshirt with tighter, dressier items on the bottom such as a midi skirt paired with espadrilles, skinny jeans with pointy-toed stilettos or  a short skirt with ankle boots.

Style: A basic, blank front crew neck can be a bit too basic, thankfully there are accessories. Adding a necklace or a combination of different necklaces in varying lengths can really elevate a wardrobe staple like a crew neck sweatshirt. I like wearing my gold choker with another longer gold necklace or in the fall you could also wear a printed scarf for interest. If the weather is warmer, I like to roll up the sleeves and throw on some gold bracelets or bangles, this brings attention to my arms and completes the look. Another option is to layer your crew under a leather or bomber jacket for cooler weather.

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What is your go-to clothing item this fall/autumn? Let me know in the comments!



August 30, 2017

7 Must-Have Fashion Items for Fall

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This is the first year on-record that I have not been desperately awaiting fall weather. In the past I would be parading around in my new fall wardrobe during a mid-September heat wave, cursing myself (as I battled mild heat-exhaustion) for being so impatient. This year is a bit different, winters in Ottawa are looooong, spring took ages to come around in 2017 and definitely outstayed its welcome; summer I am hanging onto your coat tails as long as I possibly can.

Just because I am waiting for actual fall weather before I don the fashion doesn't mean I can't plan ahead, get excited and lust over every new item that hits my inbox. I am not planning an exceptionally large fall clothing haul but here is a list of my 7 must-have items for fall/winter.

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Felt Hat: I'm not usually someone who wears hats all year round, usually if it's really hot or really cold I'll put one on. I am currently loving my new black felt Vivian hat from Sunday Afternoons, it is lightweight enough that I can get away with wearing in the summer but I am really looking forward to wearing it with my sweaters, scarves and boots come fall.

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Velvet Hand Bag: I think we all have mixed feeling on velvet, it can be really good or way scary, I've been seeing some beautiful, structured, velvet handbags on Instagram lately and I am totally on-board with this velvet trend. I would likely choose a jewel-toned color like dark green, burgundy and navy or even just plain black.

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Leather Ankle Boots: Basic black is always a fan-fav but there's just something about brown leather boots that has always floated my boat. I like them in ankle height with a block heel, lace up or side zipper. I recently discovered the perfect pair of fall boots in the "Coming Soon" section on Everlane that are a beautiful cognac-brown, pebbled leather, let's just say I am definitely on the waitlist for those bad boys (coming September 25).

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Logo Crewneck Sweatshirt: This trend is nothing new but I have been loving crew neck sweatshirts for a ew years now and i was over the moon when I found out in June that Club Monaco was coming out with a throwback collection which included both crew neck t-shirts and sweatshirts. Unfortunately, this launch was a bit of a debacle and they either way underestimated the popularity this collection would have or they wanted it to be very exclusive and piss off a lot of their customers. Either way, they have decided to re-stock, I've been on the waitlist for the last few months so I'm not too sure when the next release date will be though I'm not holding my breath. In the meantime, I'll pick up a cozy one by Adidas, their iconic trefoil logo is perfect with shorts, jeans or even over a dress.

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Oversized T-shirt: It's really the Holy Grail of any outfit, a good t-shirt will go with anything and if you go with a slightly oversized version it can be half-tucked, twisted, or rolled for a different look each time you wear it. I'm loving the luxury logo tees (Prada, Gucci, St. Laurent) but there are also lot's of high-street brands with great options as well. I like these tees in basic colors, white, grey, black but also pink and red for fall.

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Leather Jacket: Most of the time when I'm shopping, fashion thoughts will click into my head, the latest was "I need a black leather moto jacket". It may seem weird that I don't already own one, after all it is a staple item in most people's closets, but I lent it to my sister and it was taken on a night out. There are so many different styles of leather or faux leather jackets to choose from but I like the "tough-girl" feel that the moto-style jacket gives to girlier outfits.

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Chunky Knits: This is an obvious one for fall/winter, it gets cold and we get out our big sweaters.  I'm loving sweaters with open backs, lacing details, longer hemlines and thicker, intricate knits. Try tucking a sweater into a skirt or wearing over a dress for an unexpected look.

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Long Trench Coat: I saw a few of these lately in my online perusing for new fall-favs and I'm definitely loving the idea of a long blazer. Over a logo t-shirt with a shirt, jeans or even dressy joggers this is an easy layering piece to add to your wardrobe as the temps begin to drop.

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I love fall shopping so much and I really would like to hear what your must-have fall fashion items are, please share them with me in the comments below! Follow me on Instagram for OOTD looks :)
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