Saturday, March 8, 2014

March Lustlistt

You know that Spring is around the corner when Daylight Time's Savings creeps up on you, but not in a good way. This weekend, we lose one hour of sleep, however we gain one hour of sunlight. Even though it won't officially be Spring until the 21st, I'm already feeling the pastels slowly creeping their way back into my wardrobe and outfits. A S/S2014 trend that I noticed on the runway was a lot of grey, pink and white dominated outfits. I'm not usually a pink-wearer so I fully intend to try and incorporate this color into my closet as a means to re-acquaint myself with color.

  1. Pineapple Drop-In - Bath & Body Works | $14.50
    In the process of redecorating my room, I've discovered some adorable candle holders. Summer is coming soon, meaning that anything tropically related is on my radar. I was also told that apparently pineapples are lucky!
  2. Oliver Trench Coat - Babaton (Aritzia) | $295
    It's funny how when the temperatures drop close to zero at the end of the summer, everyone races for their parkas. Yet when the temperatures rise to zero at the end of winter, we rejoice by stepping out in t-shirts! Sometimes though, when the days start cold, you need a coat to keep you warm as the sun rises. It can get quite inconvenient having to carry a heavy parka around with you all day if you only need it for a few short hours in the morning.
  3. Limited Edition Rosa Mundi Candle - Diptyque (Sak's) | $74.90
    What better a way to usher in Spring than with a splash of rose in the air?
  4. Nirvana White - Elizabeth and James (Sephora) | $90.00
    What caught my eye first wasn't the scent, but the structure of the bottle. Instead of a typical glass bottle, this peony scented perfume is housed in an opaque white bottle with gold trim. Beautifully sophisticated, you won't only smell nice, but your decor will look beautiful too.
  5. Florica Blush Biker Leather Jacket - Mackage | $740.00
    I absolutely love this shade of pink, it's not an in-your-face Barbie pink and not too subtle that it looks non-existent. Pair it with a grey tank and white pants and you'll have the perfect outfit for this season!
  6. Aden Dress - Talula (Aritzia) | $135
    The stretch waist of this dress is extremely forgiving, which is necessary for the non-stop patio weekends.
  7. Minna Hat - Talula (Aritzia) | $30.00
    I've been on the hunt for a decent beach hat to take with me to Greece, and this one is very close to hitting the mark. If you've also been considering ombreing your hair but haven't yet been able to take the plunge, the unique ombre effect of this hat is an easy way to test it out without the long-term commitment!
  8. Marcello T-Shirt - La Notte (Aritzia) | $35.00
    Parody T's were huge this past year, and I love the way Aritzia recreated YSL's logo using currency symbols.
  9. Skurar Candle Holder - Ikea | $1.99
    The lace cutouts on this candle holder create delicate floral shadows in the dark when illuminated by a candle. I purchased not only this size but a larger one for my B&BW 3-wick candles, everything needs to be white for me this season!
  10. Ideal Candle Dish - Ikea | $6.99
    Is it weird that I want this dish not for candles, but to store nail polish?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dream Bag

During my recent trip to Toronto, I had the chance to finally pick up one of my dream bags. I've had my eye on this bag for many years, spanning back to at least the beginning of high school. It was quite easily the very first bag that I fell in love with due to its simplicity, silhouette and size. At that time in my life, tote bags became an integral part of my life as I tried to fashionably maneuver through the busy halls of high school with a large tote stuffed full of textbooks, beauty products and my pencil case.With such a short time frame in between in classes, it became an art to see how many textbooks one could fit into their bag and make it to class on time without having to go back to their locker. To this day, I still love tote bags for their functionality. I throw everything in mine from a bottle of water, my gym clothes, note books to travel snacks.

For the past year I've literally lived out of my Bilberry Le Pliage Longchamp Tote Bag, such that its corners have become tattered. I'd finally saved up for my designer tote, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull Damier Ebene MM, so I thought what better way to celebrate my graduation than with my first ever dream bag? A 9 year dream in the making, I made the plunge and love it! I opted for the Damier print as opposed to the Monogram since I'm not one for displaying designer logos all over my bag, and the Ebene color felt more neutral than the Azur. What caught my eye the most was the beautiful red lining that perfectly contrasts against the auburn brown canvas.

My only problem is not that I have a bottomless pit (ode to Neverfull) for a bag, I'm fearful of losing things amidst others. I'm currently on the market for a bag organizer but it's difficult to say which one functions the best. Do any of my readers have one of their own that they suggest? Let me know in the comments which one is your favourite, I'd love to hear your opinions!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ripley's Aquarium

A couple weekends ago, I took a few days off to travel to Toronto with my friend Kathy for a relaxing girls' weekend involving, eating, sightseeing and shopping. What else do girls do right? I've recently been working a lot so the weekend getaway was much needed and well deserved. One of the main places I wanted to visit while in the city was Ripley's Aquarium. I've always loved sealife and visiting aquariums whenever I travel to a destination that has one. While I'm patiently waiting for my trip to Greece in June, the aquarium will have to do in place of wild sealife. I also made a really special purchase while I was in Toronto that means a lot to me which I'll be showing you guys in an upcoming post! In the meantime, enjoy the photos from my visit to the aquarium, I highly recommend stopping by if you want something different to do while you're in the city!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Ottawa Fashion Week F/W2014 Day 2

Day 2 of OFW was just as amazing as the first. Once we got used to the pace of things, it was much easier to run around on the second day to time what we wanted to do and when. This time I brought my camera with me while I was in the media pit and got a chance to snap a couple of photos from one of the amazing collections from the night. We also managed to snag some food this time as well, learning from the night before that missing dinner on a 7 hour night doesn't do well with your stomach.

For the first set of shows, I was placed in the media pit and snapped up some beautiful pictures of Bernice&Barclay's FW2014 Collection. I'm a huge an of floral so all of the body conscious dresses were beautiful! I'm waiting for some of the official collection pictures to become available so that I can compile a post with my favourite looks from each collection.

For the second set of shows, I was placed at our station and responsible for manning the Facebook page while the collections went down the runway. Although not as many posts were written on Facebook, those posts were more content heavy in terms of summarizing the overall designer's aesthetic with beautiful visuals as opposed to the fast-paced instant social media pages of Instagram and Twitter.

I did manage to sneak some time back stage in between shows to grab some photos of the models prepping for their next walk. Joseph Ribkoff's cool-kid-from-the-block aesthetic really attracted me with the funky black-out shades that all the models were sporting. Paired with Versace-like prints, the first part of his collection had a very street chic but sexy edge to it.

 My last position of the night was backstage to capture the chaos that ensues from a fashion show. Not only did I get a chance to view some of the designs before they hit the runway, but I got a chance to see just how dedicated the designers were. Frank Sukhoo literally used every last minute up until the models stepped on the runway to fix any garment issues.

One of my favourite collections of the night was Serendipity. The models were dressed up as dolls down to rouge on lips and overly exaggerated painted eyes. The dressed flowed beautifully with chiffon and everything just seemed to be floating on a cloud of pink.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Ottawa Fashion Week F/W2014 Day 1

Part of my social media intern responsibilities included covering the pre-runway shows. It was amazing to see how dedicated many of the designers were as they walked down the runway their models tweaking any final details before their shows. As some of the walks were more complicated than others - from walking in pairs to walking down one side and then walking down the other, run-throughs were evidently important to ensure that no mistakes occurred as the models strutted their stuff.

Since I'm currently in Toronto for the weekend visiting my cousins, friends and enjoying the city, I was only able to attend the first two days of Ottawa Fashion Week (OFW). The two nights showcased F/W2014 collections for many Ottawa native and Canadian designers. Throughout the night, the social media team was given various responsibilities which included photographing the looks in the social media pit, backstage, pre-/post-set-up and composing recap posts on Facebook. As much as I would have loved to be in the media pit photographing the collections, our responsibilities didn't cover that. That's okay though, there were much more talented media and photographers present there to do all of the work for me!
I had a blast working as a social media intern for OFW and getting the chance to see all of the backstage chaos as the models got fitted for each look. With hairspray misting through the air and eyeliner marks all over the make-up artists' hands, you can tell that creativity has found its home.
In between the shows, attendees were able to visit the Loft Market and where our sponsors had their products available to try. Barefoot Wine & Bubbly were also onsite for those looking for a little something something to sip on throughout the night.