My Margiela for H&M candy wrapper clutch has been sitting untouched in my closet since it came home with me last November, waiting patiently for a chance to come out and play. I finally took it out for its inaugural spin this past weekend and, obviously, it called for a black on black on black outfit.
Salt and pepper bouclé tweed, silver metallics and black leather – a few of my old favourites, all wrapped up neatly in one ensemble. After spending the last year in brighter colours than ever before, this decidedly darker getup felt like a reunion with old friends.
Sandro top / Joe Fresh jeans / Maison Martin Margiela for H&M clutch / Alexander McQueen boots / Balenciaga bracelet / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
When it comes to sweaters, I’d say the chunkier, the better, and it doesn’t get much chunkier than this 3.1 Phillip Lim find I snagged a few seasons ago. 3D cable knit is what the designer dubbed it, and the effect is rather eye-catching.
Even my 3-year old is a fan. “I like your sweater, mummy,” he told me with an admiring look this past weekend. “When I’m big, I’m going to wear it, OK?” At least he asked – that’s more than I get from T sometimes. I kid, I kid.
3.1 Phillip Lim sweater / Joe Fresh jeans / Brian Atwood shoes / Celine bag / FALLON cuff / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
A move to a new home and the launch of a new blog series, A Peek in the Backseat, have had me digging into the deepest, darkest corners of my closet of late. I’ve found all sorts of gems I’d forgotten about, including this 3.1 Phillip Lim peplum dress I purchased over three years ago.
I took it out for its inaugural spin recently and fell in love with the ladylike frock all over again. Here I thought I was all peplum’d out thanks to the biggest fashion trend of 2012, but it turns out I’ve always been partial to peplums, and always will be.
What wardrobe treasures have you rediscovered lately?
3.1 Phillip Lim dress / Charlotte Olympia x Olympia Le-Tan clutch / YSL shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
“How many plaid blazers does a person need?!” exclaimed Nelia when she spotted my latest Club Monaco purchase. I didn’t realize we were counting, but the answer is obviously a really, really high number, as evidenced by the count in my closet.
It appears I have a plaid jacket problem that I hadn’t quite identified until my dear friend so kindly pointed it out. My guess is that it’s closely linked to my Smythe addiction. In my defence, though, this is the only brown plaid blazer with navy sleeves that I own. I’m fairly certain.
On a side note, I managed to mix black with brown and navy with black all in one outfit – potentially breaking two so-called style rules - and the world didn’t come to an end as many, including T, would fear. Ponder that one.
Club Monaco blazer / Club Monaco blouse / Joe Fresh jeans / FLARE x ALDO bag / Ralph Lauren boots / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
My closet has been undergoing a colour evolution over the past year, and this Viktor & Rolf sale find from The Room at The Bay was the most surprising addition to date. Me in mustard yellow? Never would I have imagined! It’s never had a place in my wardrobe until this very blazer, and now I’m wondering where it’s been all my life. In fact, I’m so enamoured by the jacket that I wore it for a recent shoot for eBay.
I’m currently featured in the eBay Style Stories series. In the interview, I’m asked to divulge my favourite eBay find ever (too many to name, really!), what’s next on my must-buy list (hint: a piece from a Toronto-based jewelry designer), and my eBay saved search terms (top secret info!). Find out all of that and more about yours truly in the story here.
Viktor & Rolf blazer / Zara blouse / Joe Fresh jeans / Nicholas Kirkwood shoes / YSL ring / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
Image courtesy of eBay
I’m fully embracing tights-wearing season this year. I’ll reluctantly stow my black opaque tights away next May, but until then I’ll be enjoying their presence like a baby does her warm blankie.
In the meantime, I’m trying to avoid the winter wardrobe doldrums and am resisting the urge to wear all black everything until spring arrives. I was rather pleased with my semi-recent acquisition of a cheap and cheerful button-down from Joe Fresh for this very reason. I adore the bright red contrast collar.
It may be frigid out there, but it’s never too cold to have a little bit of sartorial fun. Underneath the Canada Goose, anyway.
Joe Fresh shirt / Burberry skirt / Bruno Frisoni shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
Image Credit: George Pimentel
On the morning this photo was taken, I was being hurried out the door by the Mister (a daily occurrence, actually) and had little time to think about what to wear. I threw on a floral printed blouse, the tweed pants I’ve been wearing embarrassingly often of late and my favourite velvet cat pumps, pondered for a split second whether flowers and cats go together, and then decided I was in too much of a rush to care.
It is, of course, on this day that George Pimentel decided he wanted to take my picture (a rare occurrence), with the resulting image ending up being included in FASHION Magazine‘s coverage of Ann Taylor’s launch event. There’s an important style lesson in that story there…I just haven’t figured out what it is yet. I’ll get back to you. In the meantime, hey look! I wore cat pumps and florals.
Erdem blouse / Theory pants / Charlotte Olympia shoes / Balenciaga bag / Banana Republic necklace / YSL ring / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
Image Credit: George Pimentel
Fear of colour? What fear of colour? Any anxiety I used to harbour over wearing anything other than black, white and grey (with the occasional navy blue when I was feeling craaazy) has now officially dissipated. I even finally! joined the ranks of, well, everyone else and sported a pair of coloured denim last week. Whoa.
Admittedly, this sudden move was encouraged by the lovely ladies over at She Does The City, who presented me with a pair of Old Navy The Rockstar super skinny jeans and challenged me to style them. And I’m never one to back down from a challenge! So off I went with my swanky new green jeans into the most graffitied alley I could find. So how did I do?
Check out the feature over at She Does The City. They call me ‘cool’ and ‘walking art’ and other super nice things that kind of made me blush. Oh, and buy a new pair of The Rockstar jeans for yourself – they’re only $19 until October 3!
Aritzia blouse / Old Navy jeans/ Sonia by Sonia Rykiel jacket / Cole Haan shoes / Balenciaga bag / J.Crew necklace / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
“You always make me overdress!”, T complained, midway through Fashion’s Night Out last week. That may be true, but when you’re choosing a getup for a FNO gig at Toronto Eaton Centre, the bar is set high.
For my FNO outfit needs I headed to TEC a few days before, and it wasn’t long before I found a gorgeous Clover Canyon neoprene frock at Mendocino; it was lust at first sight. Everything about the dress – the bold print, form-hugging fabric and new-to-me colour palette – was completely out of the box for me. But what better day to push my sartorial boundaries than on Fashion’s Night Out?
While I hit up TEC, T raided my wardrobe. She pulled my favourite Equipment blouse and oft-worn Club Monaco faux leather shorts and paired them with to-die-for Stuart Weitzman booties. I’ve never worn these three pieces this way, and I love how she borrowed them from my closet and made them completely her own, with fierce accessories and hairdo to match.
Were we perhaps overdressed for the occasion? Perpetually. And that’s the way I like it.
S: Clover Canyon dress / Biko necklace / OBJECT for Danier bag / Alexander McQueen booties / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup + NARS lipstick
T: Equipment blouse / Club Monaco shorts / Stuart Weitzman booties / Alexander Wang clutch / Forever 21 tank top
My Twitter profile reads, “Finance geek by day, fashion blogger by night.” Two very different worlds, and I generally prefer to keep them from colliding, sartorially speaking. I leave the leather, fur and sky-high platform stilettos at home when I’m headed to the office, but that’s not to say I don’t like to have a little fun with my work ensembles. When FLARE’s Ryan M. Cheung asked me, Kimberly Lyn of The Souls of My Shoes and Nelia Belkova of Style Blog to document a week’s worth of office-ready outfits for FLARE.com, I was up for the challenge.
The feature, ‘Blogger Style Challenge: Back to Work’, went live this week and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. Nelia, Kim and I each have very different personal styles, but I love how they shine through despite strict office dress codes. We may be sitting in cubicles all day drafting memos and pulling together Excel spreadsheets, but we’re going to look good doing it, damn it. Anya dubbed me “the most stylish accountant” she knows, and I’m going to go ahead and assume she knows plenty of finance folks and wear that title with pride.
Thanks Ryan and FLARE for giving us working girls some love! Outfit photos and details are below, but check out the full feature, including my office style tips and commentary on my favourite work-appropriate pieces, over on FLARE.com.
MONDAY: BACK-TO-BACK MEETINGS
J.Crew blouse / J.Crew pencil skirt / Balenciaga bag / Chanel pearls / Bruno Frisoni shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
TUESDAY: DAY AT THE DESK
J.Crew blouse / Giambattista Valli skirt / J.Crew necklace / Chanel bag / Christian Louboutin shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
WEDNESDAY: MAJOR PRESENTATION
Nanette Lepore tweed suit / Valentino Red shirt / Calvin Klein tights / Valentino shoes / Celine bag / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
THURSDAY: DESK TO DINNER
Erdem shirt / J.Crew skirt / Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem shoes / Chanel bag / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup
FRIDAY: CASUAL COOL
Sandro blouse / Theory pants / Banana Republic necklace / OBJECT for Danier clutch / Charlotte Olympia shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER makeup