Wednesday, 24 June 2015

N E U T R A L S & T E X T U R E /// Summertime dressing

While some people take to summer like a fish to water, I sometimes find it hard to do a wardrobe 180 when I've been swimming in layers of black and greys for the last 6 months. I also find it especially hard to let go of my 'third piece'. A third piece is that extra garment or accessory that is not entirely needed, but adds to the look. It can be a staple sweater or scarf, or another shirt that you wear open or tied around your waist. I am obsessed with third pieces!

I've noticed some well dressed ladies wearing open knit sweaters lately, and while these are not new, it got me thinking that maybe they were on to something. I always thought they were silly ("What's the point of having a sweater with holes?"). But at a recent sample sale, I was specifically looking for these kinds of pieces out of curiosity and lucked out. I picked one up in a neutral color and it really delivers: it adds that touch of coverage without adding excess color or heavy volume. The texture and silhouette it adds to any look is perfect

Canadian summers are temperamental at best. Humid temperatures fought off with damp a/c has never been my thing. These open knit sweaters are best for this! They actually DO keep you warm, and they are easy to throw in a bag when you don't want to wear it anymore. They are light enough that you don't sweat (the holes probably help with this) but warm enough to fight the dampness in an air conditioned building (Im really calling to all my office workers here).

This is the first piece that I picked up at a sample sale (no idea who makes it, sorry!) and it is great for many scenarios. It is light enough to wear as a cover up to the beach, or to throw on any simple look to add the extra texture that I so love. It covers your bum and has a drop shoulder with sleeves you can roll to 3/4 length, or leave long for a touch of coverage from the sun

 I picked this piece recently at H&M and it may be my favorite. I love this color in anything and there is so much texture in it that you can pair it with the most basic outfit and it will give it an extra 10 points.

This is the newest, and probably last (3 is enough right? Maybe not..) addition to my new 'Third Piece Summer Cardigan Collection'. It is the most casual of the three styles and comes in a nice chunky knit. Pair this with a nice hat and casual shorts for a trip to the market or running errands.

I'll try to take some pictures of these pieces in action so you can see how great they are in action. Check out my instagram account for more frequent posts!


Sunday, 15 February 2015

T E R R A R I U M /// Sunday afternoon

Hi everyone,
It has been a while since the last post and it has been pretty busy! My boyfriend and I went to the Ritz Carlton in Montreal for one night for our anniversary, I have discovered Idolem Yoga Studio (Love it! Recommend it!), and went to Ottawa for a girls' weekend where I discovered Chez Lucien.

This afternoon I went to a birthday party for a friend who was holding a terrarium-making party. This was such a great way to bring people together and have a good time! She provided soil, succulents and a couple extra bowls, and everyone contributed moss, or little toy figures, or cookies/candy/anything sweet and full of sugar.

Terrariums are easy and really fun. You have to start with adding rocks in the bottom, followed by soil, and from there you add whatever your little heart desires.

Birds' eye view of a part of the work space

It's a little blurry, but someone brought a beautiful terrarium and gold -painted rocks from West Elm

My terrarium!
Last, but certainly not least, the birthday girl's terrarium from V de V on St Laurent. I want one!

That's it for now. It's winter so Im trying to be consistent but it's not the easiest when you are in hibernation mode. Thanks for reading!


Saturday, 31 January 2015

S M I L E /// Weekend links

Hi everyone,
This weekend, my boyfriend has planned a getaway for our anniversary to a surprise location (!!!), so before we head out, I just want to share a few things with you.

It is now the end of January, and I know it's been a tough month for a lot of people. Winter is never easy. So, here are some ways that I will help you smile (hopefully! maybe!). Here we go:

1. The happiest animals in the world!
2. Glam & Gore's sloth makeup tutorial! Because sloths are adorable
3. This ab workout. Some yoga enthusiasts say that a strong core helps maintain your immune system. Healthy you = Happy you
4. Ashley M Freeman's instagram account. She is a personal trainer - in Australia. Those are two key ingredients for beautiful and inspiring images. Not to mention her body is amazing. That helps too
5. This amazing sun-dried tomate and artichoke pasta recipe! I don't like to cook, but there is nothing more satisfying than making a meal that tastes amazing and wasn't too hard. Add chicken too if you like ;)

Hope everyone has a good weekend!


Sunday, 25 January 2015

R E - W O R K /// Re-merching my glass door cabinet

Hi everyone,
First of all, I hope you're all managing to stay warm and content. We're in the dead of winter now and it's a full-time job staying motivated and happy. With that said, I have been working hard at keeping busy myself. Today I wanted to stay in, but couldn't find it in me to spend the afternoon on the couch watching re-runs of Suits (tempting, though), so I decided to re-merchandise my cabinet. I live in a war-era triplex in Montreal, and one of its charms is the glass door cabinet in the living room.

When my boyfriend and I were apartment-hunting, we knew this was the right apartment for so many reasons, and this was one of them. I knew it would be practical as a storage space, but I was really excited to make it look beautiful too. Over time it has been accumulating junk, so I took today's cold weather as an excuse to stay in and re-merch it.

The first item to go in the cabinet was our collection of wine glasses. I love using glass to decorate with because it adds layers and texture without adding color. With this space, I really pick and choose how and where I add colors.

On the bottom of the cabinet, I made a curtain out of the left over white material from the bedroom curtains I made to hide books and junk that we don't use, but don't need often, and definitely don't need to see. It added an extra function to the cabinet that I was very glad to think of since we are short on storage as it is.

I finally have a place to store my grandmother's tea set without it getting in my way, and I added some little toys I used to collect but don't want to get rid of. With the bourbon bottle and Chanel bag in the background, it's one of my favorite areas of the cabinet. A little kitsch never hurt anyone!

At the highest shelf, I store seasonal and tall pieces. And again, you would never know that behind the white pillow and picture frame we have an unsightly collection of DVDs, CDs and nick-nacks that again, I just cant bring myself to part with, but dont want to see.

That's it for today! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It really makes me happy every time I look at this space. More projects to come this year ;)

Ciao and have a good week,

Sunday, 18 January 2015

A U D R E Y /// Last night's outfit

This is just a quick post to share what I wore last night with some girlfriends to Mechant Boeuf in Old Port. I didn't take a picture of the outfit together, but the pieces look better in this morning's soft light anyways.

I picked up this purse in Kingston, Ontario around 8 years ago in a boutique. Because she was a little quirky, but undoubtedly beautiful, I named her Audrey.
I was looking for a lipstick, which I still cant find, and found her in my closet. I decided it was a perfect addition to my outfit since I was wearing black on black on black, and this would add a soft punch of color, and a nice texture.

Faux leather pants from H&M, sweater from Joe Fresh, leather boots from Aldo

By the way, Mechant Boeuf has a $25 table d'hote during Igloofest, and it was very good ;)

That's all! Happy Sunday!


Saturday, 17 January 2015

W I S H L I S T /// Wardrobe Ideas for a New Year

Happy Humpday!

I am not one for new year's resolutions, but I always make a couple mental check lists for things I would like to focus on or improve over the next year. I guess that sounds exactly what a resolution is, but I don't share it with anyone and quietly tick things off over the year. Well, this year, and in this post, I am going to share a few things I would like to add to my wardrobe over the next year. These are almost
all inspired by other women, and I will share the photos that made me decidedly add them to my list.

This year, I want to buy less, but buy better quality. Let's see how this goes :P 

1. White Converse shoes
Who'da thunk? I just like how they can ground an outfit and keep it casual.

Via chique_le_frique on Instagram

2. Casual nude pumps
These are worn by none other than Arielle of Something Navy. She is the shoe-and-outfit-blogger queen, and she makes a convincing argument that you can't go wrong with classic, nude, patent pumps. So chic and effortless, non? Her color story in the photo also helps.

Via /// somethingnavy on Instagram

3. Good quality, ankle length jeans
I am 5'4 and frugal (kind of cheap). I hate having to spend more than $30 on jeans, so I dont. That doesn't mean I can't tell that I would be more confortable in a better grade of denim. And infact, it is not so much the denim itself that I want: it is the cut and the construction. Waistbands that fold and don't have strength drive me nuts!

Via chique_le_frique on Instagram

4. A leather bag
Truthfully, I already have one. But it is more on the utilitarian side. I want something chic that will be a statement in itself. This is easier said than done, because I have been looking for about a year now. And I don't want a Michael Kors. Call me crazy

Via /// oraclefoxblog on Instagram

5. Leather trouser, or good quality PU trousers
Pants like this can just tie any look together and will never go out of style. See what I am going for here? 


6. Comfortable, cross front blouses .... to go with said leather pants
I think the below image sums up these two desires perfectly. The blouse makes any outfit more feminine and put together. 

Via /// EMMAHILL on Instagram
Thanks for reading! And if you have anything you are on the hunt for this year, let me know.


Monday, 12 January 2015

T H E M G L O B E S /// My Best and Worst Dressed of the 2015 Golden Globes

As everyone and their grandmother knows, last night was the 2015 Golden Globes. Overall, I was pretty impressed this year! There were some real "UGHH??" moments in there, but overall, the ladies and gentlemen looked lovely.

To cut to the chase, here are my top 3 picks from this year's Globes

For me, Amy won. The dress fit her immaculately, and the COLOR?! It takes confidence to put such a striking color on red hair, and the result was breathtaking. I would have never expected her to pull something like that off, and I really admire her for it! Best actress and best dressed. Congrats, Amy.

Kate and Julianne were the runners up for having beautiful dresses and great looks from head-to-toe.

This year's "UGHH?" moments go to.....

Catherine Heigl and Jlo. Allow me to explain..
Catherine's hair looked like it was done by a girl who just got her first curling iron for her sweet 16th.  When you are wearing a Zac Posen dress as striking as that, you need to do it some justice and let it be the star of the show. Frankly, she looked frumpy, and didn't do the dress a favor.
And  JLo wasn't even nominated, so, I just dont understand why she had to wear a sparkly cape?? With a train??

That's it! Looking forward to the Oscars!