Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Yesterday was the opening night for World Mastercard Fashion Week 2014 to showcase designers' Sping 2014 collections. I attended the event on behalf of my work with the responsibilities to provide editorial coverage for our projects and I figured heck, why not snap a couple of photos for myself!
Of all 3 shows that I attended last night, I can definitely say that Sid Neigum was my absolute favorite. His artistic play on texture through a monochromatic pattern demontrates that you don't necessarily need color in your wardrobe in order to add detail to your look. With the write construction of materials and through the correct choice of fabric, intricite details can be created in the absence of color.
Pink Tartan's collection was also beautiful, and played on the fringe trend, but I wasn't exactly feeling the whole 70's vibe that was going on with the geometric prints on the pajama like sets and the bold white piping. Some of the backless jumpsuits did have stunning silhouetts albeit they also had a crazy fringe trim.
The winner of the Mercedes-Benz Startup actually ended up being Sid Neigum, which was suitably appropriate since he such an immaculate collection. The fact that he was already showing his collection on the runways himself demonstrates his aptitude in the fashion industry and a strong promising career.
I've already fallen in love with so many of his textural masterpieces, if only I had a place to wear them to!
Monday, October 20, 2014
Everyone has those day where they just want to dress down and stay comfortable without sacrificing style. That's where my blanket scarves come into play. If you haven't noticed by now, I kind of abuse my scarves and wear them out as much as possible (basically everyday).
I paired up your basic jeans and a T-shirt with my blanket scarf which complemented my pink moto jacket. I felt that the overall look felt too covered up, so I played around with the cuffing situation that's happening at my ankles. Finding the right length that felt right, I tied the whole outfit together with a simple pair of black ankle booties.
How do you dress up your basic look?
Saturday, October 18, 2014
I've found that simplicity is key when adding new pieces to my wardobe. Basic silhouettes that work well when layered together are the most important pieces to me now. I used to gravitate towards statement pieces in hopes of standing out from the crowd, but now I much more appreciate a minimalistic style.
I have yet to completely lose my preference for statement pieces though, as seen evident by my silk floral pieces. But instead of dressing in head to toe statement, I prefer it to be done in smaller pieces.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Over the long weekend, I went back home to visit Ottawa and to see my family and friends for Thanksgiving. It's become kind of an unsaid Ottawa tradition for people to drive up to the Gatineau Park for a quick hike and to see the leaves. We're pretty lucky at this time of the year since the leaves have changed the perfect amount of color and the weather is still warm enough to not freeze yourself on the hike.
I had the chance to not only go once but twice this past weekend. The first weekend P and I drove up to the Champlain lookout to meet up with some friends in order to capture the beautiful sunset. Unfortunately for us, I improperly mapped out the route and wound up an hours distance away at Lac Phillippe instead. It was safe to say that P was not happy. We remedied that situation with some food afterwards.
I went again a couple days afterwards with my parents and brother to see the Luskville Falls. If you're interested in this hike, a fair warning that it's quite the challenging one. You'll literally be climbing over rocks and boulders for about 80% of the time. So make sure tha you're up for the challenge, because the view can be quite rewarding!
I've teamed up with Triple Duet to provide you guys with a fantastic offer to shop chloe + isabel's handmade jewelry and recieve a free pair of stud earrings! Designed in New York and produced by the same jewelers as Barney's and Neiman Marcus, you know that these pieces were made with the utmost of care.
I've chosen to add the Morning Tide East-West Pendant Necklace to my collection because of how delicate this piece is. If you know me, then you know how much I love my dainty jewelry. However, every once in awhile, I like to foray a little bit into the more statement pieces. And without having to make the huge leap into chunky necklaces, this piece adds just the right amount of extra sparkle without overwhelming my frame!
I'm also a sucker for sparkly things and anything marble, so hey why not right?
Triple Duet has offered my lovely readers who place orders over $75 USD, a free set of beautiful stud earrings (you know I love my studs, so I'll most likely be placing an order myself!). And if you're not a huge fan of studs, well why not get ahead on your Christmas shopping and save the pair of earrings for a lucky friend?
Unfortunately for my fellow Canadian's, Triple Duet's site can currently only take orders to the US. However, we have come up with a remedy to this! If you're interestd in ordering an item, simply send in an order to firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll be able to place the order on your behalf and have the items mailed to you! Trust me here, I'm a Canadian too ;).
If you're interested in picking up a piece for yourself (or even my necklace too), make sure to SHOP before October 22 to take advantage of this amazing offer of a free pair of earrings!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
These past few weeks and October itself alone has been ridiculously hectic. With due dates looming upon from work and attending events left right and centre, so much has happened. I'll try to condense my two weeks down as much as possible, but I highly doubt that this will be a light post.
My friend and I stopped by this new tea store, Jule, that opened next to the Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws. Is it bad that it was the decor that drew us in as opposed to the offerings? Living walls? Heck yes, I'd love one too please!
That weekend was also the Etsy: Made in Canada event. Myself and a couple of friends stopped by the event to check out which vendors would be setting up shop. I fell in love with one of the dinosaur plants by Crown Flora Studio, but sadly had to special order mine because I wanted one on silver. Their current line only offers gold and other neons so I had to wait awhile for mine. We also joined up on some workshops and learned how to dye fabric in a Japanese style, and also designed stamps!
Fantastic event and thank you Etsy for hosting it!
What can I say, I guess I still have my sweet tooth, and it needed some indulgences. I tried some macarons from the recently opened up Petit Nuage, and tested out the 3-bite delicacies from Jelly Modern Doughnuts! I seriously recommend the Maple Walnut doughnut if you can get your hands on it, it's absolutely delish!
I also got to attend some fun events this month with my work buddies and had a fantastic time nomming on Italian Food at Holt Renfrew's Italian Immersion party. Toronto's Bridal Show also brought out some delicious cakes from Irresistable Cakes, and can we please take a moment to stop and appreciate these amazing gowns from Kleinfield? Don't forget the gown to the right that's lit up with LED lighs from MeU at the Startup Fashion Week Runway Show!
How was everybody's weekend and Thanksgiving?