June 27, 2014

Summer Looks: Python Skinny Jeans and White Top in Downtown Ottawa


All photos are courtesy of J-T Photography


Top: The Bay Brand,
Cardigan: Old Navy,
Pants: Buffalo Jeans, 
Handbag: Marc Jacobs,
Shoes: Birkenstock from Hudson's Bay,
Glasses: Lacoste3,
Watch: Michael Kors,
Bracelet: Pandora,
Necklace: Club Monaco,



his is the place that I like to sit sometimes on my lunch break and blog, in the summer months I will get an iced americano and a piece of banana chocolate chip coffee cake from Starbucks and sit outside to people watch and write about what inspires me. I love this look because patterns are my favourite and these jeans are a grey and light pink python which I decided to pair with this short-sleeved white shirt and silver Birks. We did these shots early in the morning so I also wore a cardigan (this one from Old Navy I bought in four different colours because I liked it so much).

Thanks to everyone for reading, my blog just surpassed 5000 views (most of those since the beginning of 2014) and I am so grateful for your interest in my website!

Ottawa Bluesfest starts on July 3rd and I am so excited to announce that I will be there on opening night with Tracey Photography for our Ottawa Street Style Project and to see Tegan and Sara. If you plan to be there that night and want to have your photo taken and featured on my blog keep an eye out for us! To see the line-up for July 3rd click here. Like my page on Facebook and receive updates on July 3rd of our location at Bluesfest.

Sincerely

Erin





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June 21, 2014

You Love Her Style! Do You Dare To Share?

Orange is the New ♥



Givenchy jersey shirt
315 CAD - mytheresa.com

Fendi genuine leather coat
5,575 CAD - net-a-porter.com

Rebecca Taylor silk shorts
270 CAD - rebeccataylor.com

Stuart Weitzman roman sandals
395 CAD - stuartweitzman.com

Lizzie Fortunato miniature purse
595 CAD - shoplesnouvelles.com

House of Harlow 1960 bracelet jewelry
52 CAD - houseofharlow1960.com

Tory Burch evening jewelry
115 CAD - toryburch.com

House of Harlow 1960 stud earring set
41 CAD - simplysoles.com

Maison Michel felt hat
525 CAD - montaignemarket.com

Ray-Ban black glasses
250 CAD - revolveclothing.com

Opi nail color
amazon.com



There are people out there who are naturally bubbly, outgoing and friendly to everyone that breaths and then there are those people who are quiet, shy and have wallflower written all over them. To be fair, there is probably also a third category of personality out there that is a mixture of both. For the intents and purposes of this post, let's say I'm the third category. I'm slightly shy when I don't know you that well but once I'm comfortable, look out I'm loud and cracking jokes (is this considered borderline personality disorder? I'll be Googling that tonight!)

So the other day I see this chick as I'm waiting in the rain for my bus, she has on this awesome dark orange rain coat with clear PVC details on the hood, waist and pockets and some pretty cool tan leather, pointy toed quasi sandal-ankle boots. So I'm coveting her outfit like crazy and then I think, "I'd like to ask her where she got her coat", but then I think, "no". Then I think, "I should give her my card and see if she's interested in being a model for my Street Style Project", then I think, "oh yeah, I don't have any business cards". Then I think, "crap, there's my bus, gotta go". 

Three things that this experience taught me; 1. I shouldn't allow my shyness to dictate, now I'll never know where she got her coat. 2. I should have listened to my initial instinct to approach her, I may never encounter her again and her style was tres cool. 3. Order some business cards so I don't seem like a lunatic asking a complete stranger to model for pictures.

To raincoat girl: if you ever read this, holla at me on twitter with the URL for that coat ;)

Don't forget to Like on Facebook!


Erin
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June 20, 2014

Designer Spotlight: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen

They've been working in the entertainment industry for more than 90% of their lives and when acting was no longer on their radar these two smart, beautiful and successful sisters didn't just sit in a lap of luxury and live off their already multi-million dollar business no, they broke into the wonderful world of fashion.

In 2006 Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen launched their first ready-to-wear collection The Row, named after Savile Row, a street in London that is renowned for its fine tailoring shops. This brand started with the idea of the perfectly draped t-shirt and has evolved into an extreme luxury line that is not a trend-based brand but rather is dictated by what their clients want to wear. The twins are heavily involved in every step of the design process, from deciding on the silhouettes and designs, to choosing fabrics, to the draping and beyond. In fact, in 2012 they won the prestigious CFDA award for women's wear designer of the year and in 2014 they won again but this time for accessories designer of the year for The Row.

Designer Spotlight: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen




After the success of their first brand Mary-Kate and Ashley decided to create a more affordable (but still high quality) line called Elizabeth and James which was a means to display their vintage finds and has a more contemporary feel than the Row. The Elizabeth and James website explains their brand essence best, "Elizabeth and James brings together two dynamic personalities into exquisite balance. They perfectly complement one another in a beautiful contradiction. Elizabeth’s uptown sophistication and feminine detail is paired with James’ laid back, downtown edge and masculine tailoring. Individually, each would be incomplete. Together, they are striking in perfection. For Elizabeth and James, the magic is in the mix." [1]

Designer Spotlight: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen


That's not all for this talented sister team, they have also created the line Olsenboye for J.C. Penney, A t-shirt site called StyleMint which includes new t-shirt designs every month and to which you can subscribe to, and in 2013 they launched a new fashion line in Oslo, Noway in collaboration with the Norwegian retailer Bik Bok.

Personally the Row is my favourite line (obviously!) right from the first collection it has be-spelled me, I love that the pieces they create are classic, well-tailored pieces made from the highest possible quality materials. The designs feel current and of-the-moment without being trendy. If one could afford to buy just a few of their pieces they would be in you closet for the rest of your life, and with the proper care, could be passed down to the younger generations. What's my favourite collection for the Row? It would be very difficult to choose just one, but the one that stands out in my head will always be their fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection, (if you're not a fan of fur, this one may not be your thing, I'm all for animals rights but this collection is beautiful none-the-less) the tailoring is crisp, the looks are lady-like and the silhouettes classic. There was lace, fur, and leather, the colours were a vibrant mustard yellow, a rich chocolate brown, shiny black and even a leopard print pattern. This was "the one" for me but what's your favourite?

Tweet your favourite to @Roxy_Erin18 using the hash tag #TheRowFav!

Stay-tuned for more Look Book photos soon!

Erin

References:
1. http://www.elizabethandjames.us/the-brand
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June 16, 2014

Fashion Sin: Thou Shalt Not Covet

Covet Sporty



Go Silk vneck shirt
245 CAD - calypsostbarth.com

Reebok yellow sports bra
46 CAD - zalando.co.uk

Superga colorful shoes
76 CAD - shopbop.com

Bottega Veneta red leather tote
3,560 CAD - mytheresa.com

Les Néréides beading jewelry
410 CAD - simplysoles.com

Toy watch watch
340 CAD - thehut.com

Barton perreira glasses
590 CAD - liberty.co.uk


We have all committed this sin, we have all at some point in time wanted something that wasn't ours simply because we saw someone else had it. In fashion this is no different, in fact it probably happens on a daily basis, maybe multiple times a day. I know I am constantly watching what other people are wearing and then am bombarded with thoughts of when and how I can make it mine.

I've been thinking allot about this lately, about how my constant want of what I see (whether that be something someone is wearing, something I see in a store or even something I see in an email, damn you marketing executives) playing right into my constant need to shop, and it made me wonder why I always want the things I see. I suppose it's in our human nature to sin in general, it takes a conscious effort on all of our parts everyday to do what is right and this is the same. 

I have decided to try to monitor these thoughts, and instead of thinking "oh I want that", to instead make the slight adjustment to "oh I really like what she's wearing, good outfit choice!" Or use it as inspiration to style my next outfit with stuff I already have (waste not, want not? Bien oui!)

Will this help me in the long run? Will I ever completely stop shopping? Heck no! That to me is unthinkable, as shopping and having something new is one of my great pleasures in life but it couldn't hurt to cut down a smidge (everything in moderation).

What's your story? Do you covet? Do you envy? Or are you a saint? Feel free to tweet me @Roxy_Erin18 using #FMABlog and #covetfashion
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