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
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
I dug this dress, tags still attached, out of the darkest recesses of my wardrobe this weekend. I was scouring my closet for an ensemble to wear to a work function, and this chic LBD with its puff shoulders and cute velvet bows caught my eye.
I styled the dress with a pair of rather sensible looking shoes (yes, 4” high pumps with crystal embellishments are sensible to me) and my beloved YSL Y-Mail clutch for a pop of colour. A dab of red on the lips, and I was good to go, in 20 minutes flat. Not too shabby, I’d say, given that my prep time is usually double that.
The time I saved went towards such important matters as photographing the outfit for this very post. Good thing I have my priorities straight.
Femme de Carriere dress / YSL clutch / Giuseppe Zanotti shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
Septembre recently asked the Twitterverse for their 2012 fashion resolutions and rounded up the responses in a blog post for Slice.ca. Mine, “To buy less and shop my closet more”, was included. So far – a mere 8 days into the new year – I’m failing miserably; all of these end-of-season sales have been far too tempting for the saleaholic not so deep inside me.
On the bright side (literally), I’ve been doing quite well with one of my other resolutions: to wear more colour. I must confess though that this is a resolution not specifically for 2012, but rather carrying over from 2 years ago. In fact, I’m a tad embarrassed to report that all 20 of my New Year’s resolutions from 2010 are still in progress, which begs the question: twenty resolutions – what was I on?! Talk about setting myself up for failure.
But this year is going to be different. This year I plan to be awesome at keeping New Year’s resolutions, starting with this wearing more colour business. My recent VAWK teal coat and J.Crew yellow sweater pairing was the most colour I’ve worn since my jogging suit-wearing days in elementary school.
Sure, I could have added orange pants and a purple floppy hat to really hammer the win home, but let’s be real. This is year three of me working on this 2010 New Year’s resolution – I’m clearly taking very baby steps. This counts as 1 point for Sharon, 0 points for the trifecta of black, white and grey. 2012 is officially off to a good start! Sartorially speaking.
Do you have New Year’s resolutions from several years ago that you’re still working on as well? Tell me in the comments so I can feel better about myself. Please and thank you!
VAWK jacket / J.Crew sweater / Joe Fresh blouse / Current/Elliott jeans / YSL ring / Ralph Lauren boots / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
Holt Renfrew is currently holding a street style contest for the Canadian retailer’s newly launched blog, Holts Muse. Naturally, I had to enter. But what to wear in a sartorial battle with, well, the whole country?
With so many pieces in my closet that I’m currently obsessed with, pulling together just one outfit to represent me and my personal style was a tough assignment. After much deliberation, I stuck with my usual, trusty formula: smart-looking jacket + chic blouse + statement jewelry + fierce shoes + one pop of colour. And red lips, of course!
A caption to my photo was required, and instead of ‘Harbourfront Hoedown’, as T earnestly suggested, I titled my submission ‘The Mixologist’. Why? Because this ensemble combines the unexpected: contrasting patterns and different textures, feminine pieces with masculine touches, and fast fashion with designer items. It’s still only one outfit upon which to judge my street style contributions to the Canadian landscape (I’m so dramatic, I know!), but it’s very me.
Check out my submission in the Holts Muse contest photo album on Facebook here. And throw me a ‘like’ if you happen to – it’d make my day!
Zara blazer / Tara Jarmon blouse / Zara skirt / Stuart Weitzman shoes (gifted; available here) / Balenciaga bag / FALLON necklace and cuff / Banana Republic bracelets / YSL ring / Chanel glasses / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
Everyone and their mother owns this MOON navy lace frock, or the skirt from the same collection, but I don’t care. I adore it; it reminds me of the gorgeous (but out of my snack bracket) Erdem dress Jessica Stam wore to cover FLARE’s September issue, and is a very reasonably-priced second prize. In fact, it’s already earned its spot in my wardrobe rotation, having served me well at two weddings so far.
This past weekend was wedding #2, and I chose to keep my ensemble on the minimalist side. I belted the dress, threw on my trusty Louboutins and grabbed my new Y-Mail clutch (first outing!). The next time this frock comes out to play, however, it’s going to be more edgy than ladylike, I promise. I’m envisioning a biker jacket, fierce boots and maybe even some fresh tattoos. Or maybe not. Stay tuned!
The dress is sold exclusively at The Bay, and is available online for $89. How would you style it?
MOON lace dress / Christian Louboutin shoes / YSL clutch / Club Monaco belt / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
Matchstick sent over a pair of Cougar Boots a while back, and I’ve been waiting patiently to debut them. They’re not my usual style, but a girl can’t wear shoes like these all day, every day. As much as I love my 4″+ stilettos, my feet need a rest once in a while, especially when I’m chasing my son around. Enter my brand spankin’ new, limited edition Pillow Boots.
The temperatures dropped this past weekend, so I finally took them out for a spin. Boy, was I surprised – these babies are the most comfortable boots I’ve ever put on my feet, hands down. When the folks at Cougar say ‘pillow’, they mean it.
These exclusive Pillow Boots are an updated version of the Canadian classic first introduced in 1976, and only 900 pairs have been produced. I didn’t wear Pillow Boots growing up, but I sure am glad I found them now. Better late than never, right?
Philip Sparks shirt / CURRENT/ELLIOTT jeans / Cougar Pillow Boots / H&M belt / YSL ring / Balenciaga bracelet / Blackberry protruding from my jeans pocket (oops) / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
Fellow blogger Spiro Mandylor took this snap of (a semi-reluctant) me at the ShopCatch launch party this week. My beloved one-of-a-kind cameo pin by TOODLEBUNNY + the vintage feel of the shot (courtesy of Instagram) made for a fun photo I wanted to share. Plus, it was my brooch’s first ever outing, so I wanted you all to see it. And to go check out TOODLEBUNNY‘s site! Because they’re an awesome Canadian jewelry line, and I love them.
P.S. Such a fun name too! TOODLEBUNNY, TOODLEBUNNY, TOODLEBUNNY.
Image Credit: Spiro Mandylor
I adore my YSL Arty Ovale ring in Lapis blue (see the evidence here and here), but I’m incredibly tempted by all the gorgeous new colours coming out this Fall! I’ve got my eye on the black version. You?
Images via tooklookbook
Toronto-based photographer Luis Mora shot me at the Judith & Charles Fall 2011 preview recently. It’s one of those rare photos in which everything seems to be going right for me. Usually I’ll have some hairs out of place, my belt accidentally off-centre, my make-up a little more muted on film than in the mirror, my smile not quite a smile. But not this day. Kudos to Luis Mora for capturing me the way I imagine myself to look.
Zara trench / Banana Republic belt / Chanel bag / Banana Republic necklace / YSL ring / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
Photo Credit: Luis Mora