Three Looks, Two Days

Three Looks, Two Days

This past weekend I celebrated my twenty-sixth birthday, and every single year I wait till the last minute to find the perfect birthday dress. But as everyone knows, it is almost impossible to find a perfect dress in the middle of January. Stores have their winter sales going on, and have very limited amounts of dresses, and the new ones that are coming in are for the Spring Season, and didn’t really fit into my vision, or the weather forecast!

On the first night, I went to dinner at Cibo Wine Bar in Toronto with one of my girlfriends and then we went out to a lounge afterwards. The next night me and a couple of girls went to a different lounge. When I had found out the plans, the first thing that went into my head was, “I need three different outfits” – at this point I was sort of panicking. Every girl wants to look beautiful on her birthday, and coming from a Fashion background, myself, along with my friends, always expects me to look the part.

Here were my outfits, let me know what you guys think.

The first one was a dress that I had gotten from H&M at a great price of $29.99, that I paired with a pair of leather black Steve Madden pumps that I got for $75.00. The second outfit is a dress from Aritzia that was on sale for $39.00 and I paired it with the stunning statement necklace from Aldo Accessories that was $35.00. My last outfit, the one that had me stressing the most — The skirt, a fabulous find if I do say so myself — Aritzia, $39.99, and the shirt, a glamorous black crop top from Marciano for $70.00.

Note to self: Next year go shopping in December!

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Fall 2013 Trends

Fall is my dream season. I feel like it is the season that screams “fashion”. You get to layer up your pieces, wear cute wedges, fashionable over-the-knee boots, beanies, scarfs.. and the list goes on. 

Below are a few of the trends for this season and an image to show you what it’s all about. Remember, these are trends – so if you do not like all of them, that’s fine, stick with what you know and get a few trend pieces for your wardrobe, whether it be a beanie, a scarf, or a beautiful coat. 

Hats

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If this fall favorite is not your style, or too out there for you, stick to the winter beanie, it will keep you warm on the cool fall nights and is a great style piece.

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Leopard

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Leopard is a great fall print. You can wear the print in your scarf, your flats, your blouse or even your cardigan. It is a great neutral print that can be paired with just about anything.

 

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Emerald Green

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This is the emerald green that we are going for. This printed sweater is great, but if you can find a beautiful emerald green jacket definitely pick one up! This picture also showcases two other trends, leather and print. If this color is too bold for you to wear on your body, why not try your nails?

Layering 

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These two images show you layering for both women and men. Remember, if your outfit does not need layering, do not add it just to make it a trend. You do not want to be smothering yourself in clothing, try and pick softer items to layer with.

 

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Leather

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Leather, leather, leather. Whether you have this trend in your boots, your handbag, your jacket or in your pants, it is a classic look that is huge this season. A classic pair of leather pants with a black blouse should be a staple outfit. Or you can dress it down with some layers on top.

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If you are tired of the same old black leather leggings, why not try a colored pair? Bordeaux color looks stunning in leather. 

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Over the knee boots

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Over the knee boots are great for those days when you want to remain casual, and just throw on a pair of leggings and layer up your top half. Or you can get a dressier over the knee boot with a heel to dress up your outfit.

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Slouchy Pants

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I am obsessed with the peg style trousers this season. ASOS has a few of them (picture below). There is also a high wasted version of the peg trouser that would look super cute with a crop top and a blazer, paired with a pair of booties. Have fun with this style. 

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Fur

 

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If you are not in to the full fur jackets, that is totally fine, not a lot of people are. I mean there are only so many places you can go to with a fur jacket on! Try finding a coat that has fur trim, that adds some character to your outfit. If you don’t want it on your jacket, why not a cute fall fur vest that you can layer with?

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Hope you enjoyed these trends… Now how will you incorporate them into your wardrobe? 

 

These pictures are not mine – They were all found on Pinterest

Fall Styles

I’ve been out of the blog world for many weeks now, but I am back! I took some time to focus on my niece and my career, but I am back with some very cute and fashionable fall outfits for you readers.

Fall to me is the perfect season, it is not cold enough for a winter coat and it is the season where you can truly show off your style by layering.

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Fall Outfit Shirt- $145 Philip Lim Skirt- $21 H Shoes- $94 UGG Purse- $445 Michael Kors Jean Jacket- $95 Aritzia

Some people have the impression that because it is fall you should no longer be wearing maxi skirts, that is completely wrong. Go ahead continue wearing your maxi skirts, just match it with a casual top and a jean jacket to tie everything together. Fall is also a time wear you can still continue to wear flats, but as we get deeper into October that is when the boots will be coming out — but until then, HAVE FUN! You have a few more weeks to still wear pieces like these.

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Perfect fall outfit Shirt- $205 Rag Fur Vest- $41 H Leggings- $67 TopShop Boots- $310 C. Wonder

This has to be one of the staple outfits in every girls closet. It is fall ladies, you need a GOOD pair of tights, or MANY pair of standard tights. Why not even have a little bit of fun with your tights? H&M and Zara have a few, good quality pairs, that intertwine faux leather and cotton. This will make your outfit stand out more, however, you can always still wear a regular pair of tights. Fall is about deep, warm colors, so if you like wearing basic colors, tie in those warm hues into your accessories.

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Perfect fashionable, yet tasteful outfit Tshirt- $65.00 from Inlovewithfashion Blazer- $24 from H Jeans- $49 from PullandBear Heels- $145 from ALDO

Night out but too cold to wear a skirt or a dress, why not a wicked pair of jeans with an amazing pair of shoes. Remember, heels can dress up almost every outfit. Get yourself a nice fitting pair of jeans for the fall that you can wear with heels – so get a tapered pair that is either skinny or boot cut, so it looks good with a pair of heels.

Here are my three picks for Fall. I will be posting more outfit ideas soon!

 

Enjoy.

 

Blogueluxe.

The Work Edit, by BCBG

During my daily web search this morning I found myself checking out the latest styles from BCBG. Sometimes when I am looking at designers websites I always wonder why they don’t have different outfit ideas. For example.. looks for the office, dinner, vacation and weddings. I was pleasantly pleased to see that BCBG had different outfit ideas for MANY sections.

Being a recent graduate myself, I’m always looking for the idea looks for the office and this page gives you a lot of different options. Of course all of the outfit ideas may not be appropriate for your job, but it doesn’t hurt to get different inspirations.

http://www.bcbg.com/WORK/clothing-by-occasion-work,default,sc.html

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SOCIALITE

 

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CONNOISSEUR

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VISIONARY

Along with outfit ideas they also have a category for “From Desk to Dinner”, which is nice for the nights you are going straight out from the office!

http://www.bcbg.com/DESK-TO-DINNER/clothing-by-occasion-work-desk-to-dinner,default,sc.html

Perfect Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

Your boyfriend proposed and now you are engaged! With the hectic schedules of booking venues, florists, invitations, etc, you might be overwhelmed with the different options of a wedding dress. Working at Paloma Blanca in Toronto I saw many different dresses and was even able to try on a few. There are many different styles and even different shapes – there is a shape out there for you. Before you go out looking for a dress, take a look at your body and figure out your shape. Are you shaped like an hourglass, a pear, a rectangle, a triangle, an inverted triangle, a circle or are you lean, almost pencil shaped.

Before I give you the different dresses for each shape, I will give you a description for each shape before so that you know which dresses are for your own personal shape.

Hourglass

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  • bust and hips are well balanced
  • defined waist
  • your shoulders align nicely with your hips

Women that have an hourglass figure want to show it off. You can do this with a mermaid dress that is a fit and flare.

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A sheath dress that shows off your figure with a streamline silhouette.

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Or a ball gown that has a structured bodice.

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Standard

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  • have shoulders and hips that are the same width
  • body similar to hourglass, but not as defined
  • average body type
  • tend to gain weight evenly all over your body

These brides can wear whatever they want, because they have the body to pull off anything. This bride should show off her figure and show off her body with a dress that hugs her but also is stylish. A mermaid or trumpet would be my top two picks for this bride.

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Triangle (Pear)

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  • hips are larger than your bust
  • defined waist

A triangle shaped bride wants to either wear an A-line gown, an empire gown or a ball gown. The idea here is to have the bottom of the dress angel away from your hips, showcasing your tiny waist.

This is the a-line option that has a fitted bodice and an angled skirt.

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The empire gown is a high-wasted style and draws the eye to the waist opposed to your hips.

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The ball gown is always a good option when hiding your lower half, just keep the bodice at the natural waist, we do not want a dropped waist here.

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V (Inverted Triangle)

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  • larger upper body and belly
  • broad shoulders, and ample bust and a wide back
  • Slim hips and flat bottom
  • Shapely legs

The inverted triangle bride will be seen in a mermaid gown, a ball gown or a short gown. The idea here is to create symmetry with the broad shoulders. You want to take the attention off of the shoulders and bring it down the waist or legs.

The mermaid gown with a flared skirt will bring attention to the legs and not the shoulders. If you are not comfortable showing your shoulder at all you can either put on a bolero or have a dress with straps.

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A ball gown has a fuller bottom, so this can switch the emphasize from your shoulders to your legs, especially if you have a lot of detail on the bottom of your dress.

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A short gown can have the same effect as the other two dresses because it draws attention to your legs and to your shoes. This is only for the bride that wants a short dress though.

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Rectangle

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  • have shoulders and hips that are equal width 
  • no definition in your waist
  • athletic looking figure
  • no curves

The rectangle shaped bride can be seen wearing an a-line, sheath, or empire gown. The idea for these dresses is to CREATE shape that is not initially there.

The a-line gown can create an hourglass shape on the rectangle figure. The bodice and ribbon creates a slimming look for the bride and the a-line skirt creates the illusion that the bride has shape even if she doesn’t. There are different textures in the skirt as well which able it to create that feel of the hourglass.

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With the sheath dress you want it to hug your body, but be pulled in fitted to your body, so that it has the allusion of curves.

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The empire gown creates a waistline and it allows the dress to be flowy so that it does not hug the body.

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Circle (Apple)

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  • tend to have really narrow wrists and ankles
  • arms and legs may be your favorite feature
  • tend to gain weight in your middle section
  • the narrowest part of your torso tends to be right below your breast

If this brides main concern is her middle area a dropped waist gown would not be the best option. A fitted bodice with corset back will also create a proportioned silhouette. The best options would be an empire or a ball gown.  

This empire dress will create an elongating silhouette with high waistlines and the skirt flows away from the body.

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The ball gown has a fitted bodice and a fuller skirt that creates the illusion of a smaller torso.

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Although these are the main body shapes, there are also other considerations when looking for a dress. If you are tall, short, plus size, skinny, busty. There is a lot to take in, in order to find the perfect dress.

A lot of brides think that if they are busty then they shouldn’t be wearing strapless, however, the strapless gown is normally the best option for the bustier bride.

For the shorter bride, a ballgown is not the best option, you do not want to get lost in the dress. A trumpet or a mermaid dress really shows off the shape and does not overwhelm the shorter bride with all the material.

Your bridal consultant will be able to show you styles that she thinks will look good on you, but it is always best to go in with a general idea of what you want and what you think will look good on you!

Happy shopping!

-xox

 

Country Celebrations

OH CANADA

Monday we celebrated the 146th birthday of our country, Canada. No matter how you celebrated, you all heard the fireworks that were happening in your city. Many of you celebrated by wearing a Canadian t-shirt, or just supporting the colours of our country, red and white.

Below I will showcase my two favorite looks from Canada Day.

Day Look

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Night Look

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STRIPES AND STARS

American’s are also doing a little bit of celebrating this week, as they celebrate Independence Day. This celebration is to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence that took place on July 4, 1776. The color theme here being red, white and blue.

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If you plan on going out at night, here is a semi-casual outfit, if you want to spice it up add on a pair of heels or wedges.

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This is the perfect outfit if you have a bbq to go to or if you are attending any festivals or parades! You can change the color of the top to either white, black or blue.

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I am sure there are many many parties happening this Thursday in the States. This is an idea of an outfit that you can wear, while still incorporating the colors of the American Flag.

Have fun, enjoy the celebrations, but most importantly be safe!

– xo

It’s Festival Season!

In Toronto this weekend is the first house summer festival of the year, Digital Dreams, with that festival follows VELD. Toronto got its first experience of festivals last year and it was an instant hit. Toronto house music fans got to experience what the United States and Europe has been experiencing for a while.

There are not only festivals in Toronto, there is Electric Zoo in New York City Labor Day Long Weekend, Electric Daisy in London in July and Tomorrowland in Belgium in July as well, just to name a few. The question with each festival is, “What do I wear”. You don’t want to be overdressed and you definitely want to feel comfortable, but not look comfortable. These outdoor festivals are normally running for 8 hours a day and run over the course of a weekend. You have to be able to endure any weather, heat, rain or cold.

Here are your inspirations for today:

– Chic Festival Girl- With a crop top and a pair of shorts, you are ready for any festival. The chic girl has a simple head band and killer shoes. These sandals will be comfortable and they are sturdy enough for the entire day.

Crop Top- $13.00 Jane Norman
Shorts- $47 Etsy
Sandals- $115 Aldo
Purse- $135 Loris Shoes

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Flower Child- A lot of flower childs at festivals go all out in tu-tu’s and bandeau’s, however, if that is not your style, show your flower child side with a killer daisy headband. These are very easy to find now and a lot of sellers on Etsy make them per your request. Wear a pair of wrap around sandals and your outfit is set.

Fringe Shirt- $40 Lord and Taylor
Shorts- $41 Monki
Sandals- $175 Avenue 32
Purse- $24 Target

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– Mr. GQ – when it comes to the guys, they can pretty much throw on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. Here he is wearing a NY Yankees hat, a classic white tshirt and a pair of white shorts.

Shoes- $97 Converse Chuck Taylor
Hat- $40 New Era Men’s MLB
Shorts- $39 Topman
Sunglasses- $255 Prada

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– The Hipster- Still the same idea with the first outfit, just changing it up a bit, this has more of a hipster or street vibe to it.
Top- $21 Hot Topic
Shoes- $52 Converse Chuck Taylor
Sunglasses- $125 Gibson Sun
Vest- $87 Standard Jean Co.

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I hope these outfits will give both ladies and gentlemen outfit ideas for your summer festivals!