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
In the 3 weeks since I first confessed my love for my new Proenza Schouler shorts, my adoration for them has not waned. In fact, here I am again, sporting the same green shorts, still happy as a clam over one of my favourite acquisitions this sale season. Surely this must be a style blogging faux pas: not only repeating a piece (the shock!) but doing it two outfit posts in a row (the horror!).
I’ll even let you in on a little secret: I’ve worn these shorts way more than twice in the last 3 weeks. And, I love them so much that I even have a black pair on their way to me – true story. I have grand plans to wear both pairs until they’re threadbare, too. So consider yourself warned: if you’re not a fan of high-waisted green (or black!) shorts, I may be assaulting your computer screen with them quite a bit this summer.
Joe Fresh blouse / Proenza Schouler shorts / OBJECT for Danier clutch / Cole Haan shoes / Prada sunglasses / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
If someone had predicted a few weeks ago that a pair of high-waisted green shorts would suddenly become My Favourite (Sartorial) Thing In The World, I would have scoffed at the idea. And yet here I am, head over heels in love and completely obsessed with these Proenza shorts I nabbed on sale at The Room.
So much so, in fact, that I wish they came in every colour of the rainbow. They don’t, though, which I suppose is a blessing in disguise; I would’ve chickened out of the green if there had been other, less adventurous options. And then what would I have worn with my first-time-out-of-the-box-and-they-happen-to-match Balenciaga sandals (a Woodbury outlet find!)?
Sandro blouse / Forever 21 tank top / Proenza Schouler shorts / Chanel bag / Balenciaga shoes / Prada sunglasses / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up with Joe Fresh lipstick
It’s been a year now since the acquisition of my beloved Charlotte Olympia fruit pumps, and they still make my heart go pitter-patter every time I see them. So much so that when I happily took them out for their first outing this year (this winter shoot for Flare.com notwithstanding), I didn’t notice at first that they didn’t quite fit.
It had slipped my mind that when I purchased them last summer, I’d had to buy them a half-size (or was it a full size?) too large; I’d waited patiently until they were finally marked down and by then that was all that was left on the sale rack. Having to throw a pair of insoles or two into the shoes or do that awful toe-clenching walk you do when your shoes are too big seemed a small price to pay for my favourite spring shoes, like, ever.
Do you ever do that – buy wrong-sized shoes because you’d rather have them fit terribly than not have them in your
life closet at all? Or is that some next level shoeaholic insanity that maybe I shouldn’t have publicly confessed to?
Sonia Sonia Rykiel blouse / Sandro shorts / Prada sunglasses / Charlotte Olympia shoes / OBJECT for Danier clutch / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
After last week’s post featuring my beloved Erdem blouse from Spring 2011, I continue to gleefully shop my own closet for warm weather clothes. From the deepest, darkest corner I pulled out this Inhibitus jumper from an incredible China trip 2 years ago. I had hoped that putting it on again would instantly transport me back to the fabulous shopping malls and bustling night markets of Hong Kong, but it sadly hasn’t happened yet.
On the upside, I also managed to find my FLARE x ALDO wedges in the mess that is my shoe closet. I wore them out and about in some of the priciest luxury boutiques in the city one day, and the compliments came non-stop. These babies are universally adored. I always feel bad breaking the news, though, that they were a limited edition shoe from last year that has long since sold out. Perhaps we’re due for another fabulous shoe collab. How about it, FLARE, ALDO?
Inhibitus jumper (from Hong Kong) / Prada sunglasses / Chanel bag / ALDO x Flare shoes (last seen here) / FALLON cuff / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
Leather shorts in 25 degree weather? Only a leather addict like yours truly. I know you’ve got one burning question for me: wasn’t your posterior uncomfortably sweaty? Indeed it was not. You’ll just have to take my word for it.
This Erdem blouse, by the way, is one of my most beloved items in my closet. It was a permanent fixture in my wardrobe rotation last summer, and I’m so happy to welcome it back. I’ll be wearing this blouse until it’s threadbare. Same goes for the
sweaty leather shorts by Pink Tartan.
Erdem blouse / Pink Tartan leather shorts / Cole Haan shoes / Chanel bag / LeiVanKash ring / Prada sunglasses / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
On Day 4 of World Mastercard Fashion Week, I donned what was probably one of my more outrageous (to me!) getups, well, ever. And I kind of loved it. My day job isn’t particularly tutu-friendly, so I relish every opportunity my other gig as a fashion blogger affords me to dress up in my most office-inappropriate duds.
Gold tulle skirt? Check. Velvet cat shoes? Check. A giant fur collar? Check. All the ingredients to a rather outlandish outfit that was, actually, very me.
Elizabeth and James blazer / Pink Tartan skirt / Charlotte Olympia shoes / Banana Republic belt / Chanel bag / LeiVanKash ring / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
On Day 2 of World Mastercard Fashion Week, I pulled an ADR. I arrived at the fashion week tents in this outfit and left at the end of the night in this here ensemble. Soia & Kyo had sent over their lush leather ‘Remi’ jacket for me to sport at my front row perch next to Kreesha Turner at their Fall 2012 runway show, so I had to pull a quick change behind some clothing racks backstage in between shows. I have no shame.
Indecencies aside, I managed to redeem myself with a very patriotic outfit. I styled my brand spanking new Soia & Kyo jacket with my trusty orange OBJECT for Danier clutch and my most favourite VAWK skirt. Canadian from head to toe, almost. The shoes weren’t, but they’re McQueen and, well, that’s kind of all that matters.
If you’ve been digging my VAWK duds of late, by the way, you should head to the brand’s sample sale this weekend. You know I’ll be there bright and early, cash at the ready. See you there?
Soia & Kyo leather jacket (gifted) / Zara blouse / VAWK skirt / Alexander McQueen shoes / OBJECT for Danier clutch
The Mister, baby and me sported matching Superman Converse shoes this past weekend because, you know, that’s just how we do. We’re the biggest Superman fans around, and what better way to show it then through our footwear choices? Exactly.
The rest of my ensemble was a little less heroic looking. Smythe jackets and Balenciaga bags are pretty super, by my measure, but the Converse x DC Comics Chuck Taylors were obviously the source of my superhero powers. Or so I told the little one.
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Smythe blazer / T by Alexander Wang t-shirt / J Brand cargos / Converse x DC Comics shoes / J.Crew necklace / Balenciaga bag / YSL ring / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
That’s yours truly on FLARE.com, killing two birds with one fierce (if I may say so myself) outfit.
Day 3 of World Mastercard Fashion Week was dubbed Wear Canada Day by the lovely folks over at FLARE. It also happened to be the day of VAWK‘s Fall 2012 runway show. Wanting to support both, I rocked some VAWK, naturally.
I paired a sheer blouse (that leather bib!) with turquoise trousers (the colour! the fit!), both Fall 2011 runway pieces I was incredibly lucky to nab at VAWK’s last sample sale. The shopping gods (and a certain designer named Sunny and partner-in-crime named J) sure were looking out for me on these finds.
My oversized, croc-embossed clutch (which I’m obsessed with, in every colourway) was Canadian too. It’s a very recent acquisition from the Spring 2012 collection of OBJECT for Danier, by George Antonopoulos. I failed on the Canadian footwear front…but can you really call silver Alexander Wang tasseled pumps a failure?
Hair and make-up, a very different look pour moi, were courtesy of Redken Canada and Maybelline Canada. But that’s a (jaw-dropping!) story for another day. Stay tuned…