Regent’s Park

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Trench Coat: Zara (similar) // Sweater: Aritzia (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Aritzia (similar) // Boots: Chloé // Bag: Givenchy

London’s expansive collection of perfectly manicured gardens have become a favourite hideaway of mine from the stress and smell of Paris. Every weekend I’ve been to London within the last few months, I’ve found myself exploring a new one and gaining some peace of mind before being throttled back through the Chunnel to reality. Thankfully, those days have come to an end as I’ve relocated to London for good. While I don’t regret moving to Paris 9 months ago - I learned an exceptional amount about myself and dealing with various personalities – I couldn’t live, let alone survive there anymore. I just wish I had remembered that good things come to those who wait…and work hard. Another thing that I waited what felt like ages for? Adding the gorgeous Givenchy Antigona Medium Bag to my wardrobe. I’ve been lusting after this glossy baby for well over a year, what with its sleek structure and timeless appeal. I’ll always love my Balenciaga motorcycle bags, but sometimes a girl needs a more grown-up and professional bag. What perfect time too to acquire such a bag, as I officially begin my career in fashion.

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Saint Lo x Interview

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LOOK 1:

Mackage Blazer (similar), Assorted Jewellery

LOOK 2:

Aritzia Blouse (similar), Aritzia Belt (similar)

LOOK 3:

Balenciaga Cuff, Vintage Motorcycle Vest (similar), Liquido por Amir Slama, Forever 21 Booties (similar)

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Musée du Louvre

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Earrings: Hello Parry // Shirt: Aritzia (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Skirt: All Saints (similar) // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Alexander Wang // Bag: Mackage (similar)

I vividly remember the first time I came to Paris and saw the Louvre: after a few hours of perusing the area, I fell in love with all of its beauty and history, both inside and outside its majestic walls. But as with anything in life, the more times you are exposed to a stimulus, the less novel it feels with each successive exposure (please excuse my neuroscience background creeping into this blog post). With the Louvre being only a stone’s throw from my apartment, I’ve definitely grown accustomed to passing it on a near daily basis. It seems only when I have visitors in town that I am reminded of how lucky I am to live so close to such a famous landmark. So when my parents came to Paris a few weeks ago, I took them for an obligatory tour of the Louvre’s expansive grounds. Being in the presence of foreigners, I seemed to catch my parents’ fascination with the grounds and once again grew appreciative of the Louvre’s beauty. While there is much beauty surrounding me here in Paris, my parents brought me a kind of beauty I had been missing from Canada: the gorgeous Mackage Pacey White Leather Structured Bag from their Spring 2015 collection. I didn’t actually plan on shooting this monochromatic look by the Louvre, but as soon as I started walking across its grounds, the combination of a rather neutral outfit against Paris’s neutrals – brown, cream, and grey – it felt like a perfect match. After a winter of too much black and too many layers, it felt liberating to walk around (almost) comfortably in a silk blouse and leather skirt.

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Place Colette

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Hat: COS // Coat: Zara (similar) // Sweater: Kenzo // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Aritzia // Shoes: Chloé // Bag: Miu Miu

Some days, slipping into an all-black look is the easiest way to kill two birds with one stone, sartorial speaking: it looks effortlessly chic and requires minimal time to coordinate and plan. So on one lazy Sunday two weeks ago, I couldn’t resist resorting to my beloved cashmere beanie and leather pants combo. While I’ve made a concerted effort as of late to break out of the leather pants and all-black look I often find myself often gravitating towards to, I would be lying if I said I didn’t consider any variation of this outfit as one of my “signature” looks. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with anything as long as it’s in moderation, right? In an attempt to add a bit of variety, I decided to pair this leather-heavy, monochromatic outfit with one of my recent coup-de-coeurs – the iconic Kenzo Tone on Tone Tiger Sweatshirt. I never thought I would be attracted to something as bold as this Kenzo sweatshirt, but seeing a black and silver version that appeared more muted than the coloured versions changed my mind. Maybe I’ll change my mind and add a coloured version of the sweater to my closet come summer, but right now I’m more than happy with this black version (surprise, surprise).

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Kaufhaus des Westens

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Blazer: Sandro (similar) // Scarf: Galleries Lafayette (similar) // Shirt: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Hudson // Sneakers: Adidas // Purse: Mackage

Three months into my new life here in France, it seems I’ve fallen prey to many of the trademark French girl habits of dressing: black blazers, cashmere scarves, and Stan Smith sneakers all day, everyday, for just about every occasion. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that some rendition of this outfit – perhaps with a pair of leather pants in lieu of black jeans when I’m feeling fancy – is what I’ve been wearing day in, day out. While this look is often one I wear to classes, it also proved quite comfortable and perfect for wandering around my favourite streets of Berlin on my last day. I decided to go for a dressier look (#gradschoolproblems) by pairing it with a Wilfred Aritzia silk blouse (also seen in burgundy many months ago here), continuing to stick to my shunning of nearly all colours in favour of monochromatic ease. While I definitely won’t promise to ditch my beloved oversized Wilfred Aritzia silk blouse anytime soon, here’s to making a more concerted effort to at least wear something without a button fly and vulcanized sole more often.

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Brandenburger Tor

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Sweater: All Saints    // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Aritzia // Boots: SENSO // Bag: Miu Miu

Chunky knits, leather pants, and black booties – there is truly no outfit formula more perfect to me than this for any fall day. But when a fall day also happens to include a rare, clear blue sky over one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world? Moments like these from Berlin leave me utterly speechless. After a few stereotypically grey, cold days in Berlin, the sun came out and the skies turned bright blue, transforming all of the breathtaking architecture in Berlin, including the Brandenberg Gates, into something even more incredible and beautiful. For a casual day of sightseeing around Berlin, I decided to stick to my tried-and-true sartorial formula and include this gorgeous and super comfortable All Saints Quinta jumper. While I’ve definitely been going through an All Saints obsession of sorts over the last few months, I had this item on my fall wish list primarily because of its intricate, chunky knit and substantial weight, making it the perfect compliment to my seemingly endless number of pairs of leather pants. And with the Quinta jumper being released in two new colours recently…I can’t say for certain that this will remain the only one in my closet.

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Tiergarten

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Jacket: COS // Sweater: Zara // Ring: Artelier by Cristina Ramella // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Aritzia // Shoes: Adidas // Bag: Mackage

One thing I was told by fellow expats that I would miss immensely upon moving to Paris was Canada’s beautiful autumn. Having grown up with the familiar backdrop of leaves seemingly ablaze for just a few short weeks every year, as the saying goes, “You don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone” couldn’t be truer. While Paris is beautiful in innumerable ways, it lacks this form of perennial beauty that graces Canada every October. Luckily, while I was in Berlin last weekend, I got a small reminder of what I’ve been missing over the last month back home while visiting the Tiergarten gardens. While I love looking at and being surrounded by warm fall colours, I prefer sticking to a neutral palette of white, blue, black and navy (in case that’s not obvious enough already). I had been on the hunt for a bold cobalt blue coat since early spring, and couldn’t have been more elated when I found this reasonably priced COS crossover wool coat at Galleries Lafayette. Sure, it’s definitely a bold choice for dreary Parisian fall and winter days ahead, but without a bit of yellow and red dotting the sky, I have to find some way to bring some colour to my surroundings.

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Quatre Septembre

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Shirt: Jessica Bell x Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Rag & Bone // Boots: Alexander Wang // Bag: Balenciaga 

Remember how I said that I was sure that my style would be somewhat influenced by my recent move to France? Well, almost three weeks into living in Paris, I’ve already become cognizant of the sartorial ramifications of relocating across the pond. While I still adore wearing leather anything, I’ve found myself gravitating towards more feminine pieces as of late, including lots of silk tops. One of my favourites as of late is this beautiful piece from the Jessica Bell x Aritzia collaboration, which launched across Aritzia retailers in early August. Before leaving Canada, I rather obsessively stalked down this shirt in Montreal and made sure it would accompany me on my new adventures in Paris. While the colours may have been inspired by artist Jessica Bell’s travels across Canada, I find the colours are very reflective of life in Paris. From the beautiful pink sunrises and sunsets, to the grey cobblestones of the ancient streets and the deep blue of the Seine at night, this shirt feels like the perfect compliment to my new environment. Check out the other equally gorgeous four pieces in the Jessica Bell x Aritzia collection here.

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Jessica Bell x Aritzia

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One of the most frustrating aspects about being involved in the Canadian fashion industry is fully realizing how much unrecognized and undervalued talent lies within our own country. For a variety of reasons, including economies of scale, the rise of fast fashion, and issues with marketing, it’s often quite difficult for Canadian designers to build profitable, global businesses and receive recognition on par with designers from the rest of the world. However, in the always brutal arena of ready-to-wear, some Canadian brands and designers are in fact thriving. One of my favourite Canadian success stories is Aritzia, the Vancouver-based womenswear retailer that has comprised a substantial portion of my closet for several years now. While my support for Canadian brands like Aritzia lies primarily in their design creativity, use of quality fabrics, and so on, I also love supporting homegrown talent.  Given my passion for Canada’s creative industries, I was especially excited to hear about Aritzia’s collaboration with Canadian artist Jessica Bell on a capsule collection for Fall 2014.

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Awesome Baggies

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Sweater: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Jeans: One Teaspoon // Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti (similar) // Bag: Mackage 

Boyfriend jeans have always been a difficult style for me to pull off – they rank right up there with drop-crotch shorts on my  “most difficult styles to pull off” list, as their cuts don’t always coalesce with my body shape. Given my affinity for everything One Teaspoon this summer and my ongoing desire to incorporate more denim into my wardrobe, I decided to give the One Teaspoon Awesome Baggies a go. Three months after purchasing them, I’m still figuring out how to wear this Aussie brand’s infamous style of jean without appearing too disheveled. After many (failed) trials and more time spent in front of my bedroom mirror than I would care to admit, I’ve figured out a few tried-and-true formulas with fashion’s of-the-moment denim cut. So what’s my favourite way to wear them as of late? Pairing these most definitely awesome jeans with a flash of leather and a pair of simple pumps, in order to add some texture and femininity to what my parents would consider a bedraggled pair of pants.

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Summer Frends

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Tank: Aritzia // Headphones: Frends // Bracelet: Balenciaga // Watch: Michael Kors // Shorts: Sandro // Shoes: Senso // Bag: Miu Miu

Oh the dog days of summer: hair up, bigger smiles, drinks on ice, brighter makeup, and less clothing. While it’s always a challenge to look fashionable during those arduous Canadian winters, I find dressing in the summer almost equally difficult, albeit for very different reasons. As spring transitions into summer, layering literally grows burdensome as both temperature and humidity soar. While many girls opt for stacking piles of jewelry and accessories on to compensate, I’ve always found myself rather adverse to wearing a ton of jewelry (minus a few rings and maybe a Balenciaga cuff). One accessory though that I always seem to have on me are headphones. Whether I’m relaxing at home watching a movie or out traversing the streets of Montreal, headphones an integral part of my look – so why not invest in a pair that matches my sartorial tastes? I had been eyeing these Frends headphones for the longest of time, but felt guilty for investing in such an item without a steep discount. Thankfully, Nordstrom’s anniversary sale rolled around and offered the perfect incentive for adding another oil-slicked piece to my closet. Sure, it’s not a Cartier Love bracelet or a piece of fine jewelry, but for me it adds the perfect pop to what would otherwise be a cute, but rather bland summer outfit.

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A Window

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 Pictures by Yannick Khong 

Shirt: Aritzia (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Sandro (similar) // Shoes: Topshop 

If there’s one item of clothing I really miss wearing these days, it’s my beloved pair of Sandro leather pants. Don’t get my wrong – I’m thrilled that we Montrealers are in the middle of our collective four month reprieve from coats and bulky sweaters right now. But that doesn’t change the fact that I still inevitably and occasionally miss throwing them on with a sheer tee. On any given lazy fall or winter day, this outfit (minus the heels) often constitutes one of my favourite go-to looks. Unquestionably my biggest sartorial investment of last year, these leather pants are already approaching an acceptable cost-per-wear ratio that definitely justifies giving in to their buttery, supple nature last November while in New York. I’ve tried to diversify my wardrobe with more silk and denim options over the last six months, but at the end of the day, there’s nothing as comfortable or more appealing to me than slipping into these Sandro leather pants in the morning and feeling like a badass all day long.

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World Cup Colours

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Pictures by Yannick Khong 

Jacket: Aritzia // Shirt: Forever 21 (similar here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Shorts: One Teaspoon (similar here) // Shoes: Senso // Purse: Mackage

As I mentioned in my previous outfit post, I’ve been going through a rather profound obsession with drop-crotch shorts ever since I found the most perfect pair by One Teaspoon in denim earlier this year. I’ve also had an idling infatuation with white leather for quite a few months now, so you can imagine my delight at finding these two trends perfectly encapsulated in this new take on the Super Freak short. And what better way than to show them off than paired with a simple “azzurri” blue tee while cheering on Italy as they played their fourth (and final) match against Uruguay. It seemed rather fitting that as soon as Yannick and I exited the bar after Italy’s loss, the heavens opened up and it began to pour. Never one to forgo a moment to shoot a few outfit photos, we took advantage of the rain highlighting all of the amazing summer colours that remain dormant for so much of our lives here in Montreal. Oh, and of course, getting to show off my leather Super Freak shorts in stark contrast to the beautiful foliage and monuments was an added benefit, too.

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Aritzia x ELLE Québec

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To say I’m a devout Aritzia customer would be a gross understatement. Upon close inspection of my closet, a good 1/4 of it comes from the Vancouver-based, go-to brand for girls with a keen eye for fine fabrics, minimalist designs, and seasonless basics. I distinctly remember the first time I set foot in Aritzia: it was 10 years ago, at their location right beside Holt Renfrew on Toronto’s high-end Bloor Street West. It was love at first sight, really: I found myself falling hard for their endless array of silk blouses, designer jeans, and light sweaters that still compose a large chunk of my day-to-day wardrobe today.

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Cropped

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Jacket: Zara // Top: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Boots: To Be Announced 

A few months ago, when warm weather seemed like some distant fairytale that would never come to fruition, I decided to play around with some spring and summer favourites indoors. Leather jackets, cropped tops, neoprene anything and black ankle boots are all quintessential pieces in my closet, but sometimes an update on these classics is in order. Concerning outerwear, I’ve shunned my collection of black leather jackets as of late and opted for this baby blue Zara number in an attempt to brighten up my wardrobe and break out of my monochromatic rut. Cropped tops have been a little more difficult to expand upon (given their troublesome nature on most female figures), but after months of searching for an update I finally found this gorgeous knit version at Aritzia. The (slight) absurdity of a crop top with long sleeves is what intrigued me at first, followed by how comfortable the fabric it is (déjà vu, anyone). I won’t be shunning my sartorial classics any time soon, but becoming more comfortable with changes is something I’ve started to embrace more willingly in all areas of my life these days. Here’s to new changes in all areas of life.

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Friendship Heights

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Blazer: Sandro // Sweater: Sandro // Scarf: Aritzia (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Jeans: Rag & Bone // Boots: Balenciaga // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here)

Traveling induces an almost fugue-like state in me, meaning that even after being back in Montreal for a mere week, trips to Toronto, Italy or New York feel as if they were a part of another life. This time, the feeling is a lot less exaggerated, as it has been quite some time – two months, to be exact months – sine I left for Washington, D.C. After a week of sightseeing and visiting with family, a trip to Friendship Heights, one of D.C.’s upscale shopping districts was in order on my last day in America’s capital. While I did much more window shopping than actual purchasing, I had a wonderful day exploring another neighbourhood of D.C. and soaking up some warmer weather. With the weather in mind, I decided to pair two items that haven’t seen in the light of day in Montreal for many months due to our inclement winter weather: my Balenciaga cut-out boots and my favourite Sandro blazer. Two months later, I’m still waiting and growing increasingly impatient to wear both of these items on this side of the border. Here’s to hoping that this arduous winter also becomes a distant memory – sooner rather than later.

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Senso & Sandro

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 Photos by Dominique Lawrence of D-Construct

Jacket: Sandro (similar here & here) // Scarf: Aritzia (here & similar here) // Shirt: Aritzia // Jeans: Rag & Bone // Shoes: Senso // Bag: Mackage

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Zara Faux Leather Jacket

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Beanie: Topshop (similar here & here) // Jacket: Zara // Shirt: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Shorts: Aritzia (similar here & here) // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Zara (similar here) //

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Fashion Doing Good

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Photos by Kate Sheridan

Beanie: Aldo (here & here) // Coat: Zara (similar here & here) // Scarf: MedLife // Sweater: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Aritzia // Boots: Zara (here & similar here) // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here)

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Capitol Hill

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Jacket: Zara (similar here & here) // Shirt: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Club Monaco // Boots: Zara (here & similar here) // Bag: American Apparel 

Has it really been a month since I left for Washington, D.C. already? Apparently so, even if it feels like I was only there yesterday. Expecting milder weather south of the border, my favourite Zara burgundy jacket was the heaviest piece of outerwear I packed for my week-long sojourn in America’s capital. Dressing warmly with my limited clothing options while away was definitely challenging, and rather repetitive by my final day, but it also forced me to break some of my own fashion rules like leather-on-leather-on-leather-on-leather (that’s right, four leather-like pieces worn at once). While some bloggers seem to be able to pull off this combination effortlessly, I’ve always had trouble doing it myself. My personal tip to wearing a plethora of leather, real or fake, all at once? Different textures and colours of leather interspersed with knits, silks and woollens.

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Pennsylvania Avenue

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Jacket: Aritzia (similar here & here) // Scarf: ASOS // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Sandro (similar here & here) // Boots: Zara (here & similar here) // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here

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Spring Blues

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Photos by Kate Sheridan

Jacket: Zara // Scarf: MedLife // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Aritzia // Shoes: Converse // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here)

There has been a lot of talk in the news recently about the problems that the fashion industry creates. From garment factory collapses in Bangladesh, to the growing awareness of the environmental effects of fast fashion, it can be rather difficult to feel positive about our fashion choices and how they effect the world around us these days. As a conscious shopper who tries to make ethical and sustainable sartorial choices as often as possible, I’m always looking to improve the world around me, even if it’s in a small way. That’s why I’m super excited to present a series of posts over the next few weeks in collaboration with MEDLIFE, an international organization dedicated to helping families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty and empowering them to live healthier lives. MedLife implements this vision through improving access to medicine, education, and promoting community development in disadvantaged communities.

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Hibernate

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Jacket: Zara (similar here & here) // Scarf: Zara (similar here & here) // Dress: Aritzia (similar here & here) // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Zara (here & similar here)

Winter in Canada: often a subject met with grimaces and forlorn frowns, I know very few people who genuinely enjoy the 4-5 months of the year when this country turns into a living snow globe. Winter to me should resemble something more along the lines of this, or this – not stomping around in half a metre of snow. The weather has seemed especially bipolar this season, which fortunately has allowed me the occasional reprieve from parkas in favour of leather jackets, like this one from Zara. Regardless of whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter, I often try to incorporate a leather jacket into my outfits to add not only texture, but a bit of edge to a more feminine look. For those milder winter days here in Canada, the combination of an oversized cashmere sweater and scarf, a big Zara leather jacket, and thick Wolford tights is something I could truly live in everyday – everyday of winter, that is. No amount of beautiful cashmere or wool can ever push me to fully embracing, instead of merely surviving, winter.

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Via Borgognona

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Jacket: Aritzia // Scarf: Aritzia (here & similar here) // Sweater: Club Monaco // Watch: Michael Kors // Shorts: Zara (similar here & here) // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Zara // Bag: Mackage

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Villa Medici

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Jacket: Aritzia // Shirt: Joe Fresh (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Rag & Bone // Boots: Zara (here & similar here) // Bag: Balenciaga  (similar here & here

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Castello di Lucera

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Jacket: Zara (similar here & here) // Sweater: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Jeans: Diesel // Shoes: Sandro // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here)

There’s something about coming back to Italy at Christmas that calms me down in a multitude of ways: my style and make-up becomes more relaxed, my continually racing thoughts slow down, and dinners and sleep both end up occupying significant portions of my days. It’s as if Italy induces some kind of serenity and feeling of certainty that I haven’t felt in a long time while living between Toronto and Montreal this year. Maybe it has something to do with visiting Castello di Lucera each year and seeing it standing exactly as it stood the year before, and as it has stood for over 900 years before my first visit. Maybe it has something to do with the sense of community in my tiny village that is so lacking throughout cities and towns in North America. Maybe it has to do with isolating myself away from everyone and taking care of myself in a selfish, but necessary manner. Whatever it’s attributable to, it’s a much needed departure and pause to reflect upon things bigger issues than the miniscule worries of my very blessed life.

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Botanical Gardens

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Pictures by Yannick Khong of Pyktures

Vest: Zara // Shirt: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Leggings: Sandro (similar here & here) // Boots: Zara (here & similar here)

It’s been over four years since I moved to Montreal, and over the years I like to think I’m on my way in becoming une montréalaise: someone that represents the qualities of Montreal and knows the city like the back of their hand. On my path to becoming a true Montrealer, I’ve had to cross off some visits to notable landmarks and sites that I’ve failed to see since I first moved here in 2009. One of those places was the Montreal Botanical Gardens, where Yannick shot these amazing photos at the end of September. Still blamy enough to walk around in a sleeveless motorcycle vest at night, I had a blast seeing some truly amazing gardens and horticultural exhibits (see my Instagram account for examples), and of course playing peek-a-boo in the bushes too. Unlike my some of my previous shoots with Yannick, I wanted to go for a look that was more reflective of how I dress on a daily basis: naturally, this included my beloved leather leggings from Sandro and my favourite pair of boots from Zara this season. It may not be the edgiest look I’ve ever worn, but being edgy is something a lot broader than simply what you put on your body: it’s your attitude, your make-up, your facial expressions – that’s a lesson I’ve learned from les vrais montréalais.

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Transitions

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Glasses: Versace (similar here) // Sweater: Alexander Wang (similar here & here) // Shirt: Aritzia // Gold Rings: Zara (similar here & here) & Aldo // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: J Brand // Shoes: Forever 21 // Bag: Miu Miu (here & here)

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Tron

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Glasses: Versace // Blazer: Sandro (similar here & here) // Shirt: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelet: Melody Ehsani // Ring: Gift from Italy // Pants: Tully Lou // Flats: Joe Fresh (similar here & here) // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here)

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Preppy

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Sunglasses: H&M (similar here & here) // Sweater: Aritzia // Necklace: Forever 21 // Watch: Michael Kors // Skort: Zara // Flats: Bloch (here & here) // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here

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Mile End

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Pictures by Yannick Khong of Pyktures

Sweater: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelet: Melody Ehsani // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang (similar here & here) // Tights: Wolford // Shoes: To Be Announced // Bag: Mackage 

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I’m a Big Kid Now

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Shirt: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // Rhinestone Bracelet: Gift from Italy // Skull Bracelet: Melody Ehsani // Shorts: Aritzia // Shoes: Converse (similar here & here) // Bag: Balenciaga 

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Rebelle

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Blazer: Sandro (similar here & here) // Glasses: Versace // Sweater: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Leggings: Aritzia // Boots: Zara (similar here & here) // Bag: Miu Miu (here & here)

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Urbanite

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Top: Aritzia // Scarf: H&M (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Skort: Zara // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here

There’s something about an all-white look that’s just so irresistible in the summertime. While I’m a fan of wearing the odd white piece after Labour Day, an entirely white outfit after the first weekend of September feels out of place to me. These photos were taken on my last day in Toronto, where I had been living since May as part of my internship. My love affair with this Zara skort has been rather ongoing this summer, and while I’m excited to wear it with tights and boots this fall, I chose to go for an all-white look on one of the last dog days of summer. Wearing all-white is rather unnatural for me: between my extreme clumsiness and my natural inclination towards gothic style elements, wearing all-white always feels like the ultimate sartorial (and lifestyle) challenge to me. I couldn’t help but break up the all-white look with a few of my favourite accessories, like this on-trend camo scarf from H&M and my beloved Balenciaga motorcycle bag. Dressing entirely in white will never feel right to me, but that’s the great thing about personal style – everyone can adapt a trend to how it best suits them.

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Leather & Lace

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Shirt: Olivaceous via Editorial Boutique (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelets: Brandy Melville & Melody Ehsani // Ring: Gift from Italy // Shorts: Aritzia (similar here & here) // Shoes: Repetto // Bag: Alexander Wang

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Pretty Daggers

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Dress: Aritzia (similar here & here) // Bra: One Teaspoon // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Bracelet: Melody Ehsani // Boots: Zara (similar here & here) // Bag: Gift from Italy

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Aritzia Opens 3 Locations in Montreal!

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Unless you’re completely oblivious to my fashion choices (which is rather hard to do when one reads a fashion blog), you know Aritzia makes up a huge proportion of my closet. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, you may be asking, why would someone buy so much from one brand,? Simply put, Aritzia pinpoints exactly what I want each season, sometimes before I even know what I want: edgy yet feminine and moderately priced, Aritzia pieces mix quite well with the other separates in my closet.

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Rag & Bone Halifax

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Pictures by Yannick Khong of Pyktures

 Top: Aritzia (similar here & here) // Necklace: Forever 21 (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelet: Melody Ehsani // Pants: Rag & Bone // Shoes: Miu Miu 

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McQueen and Mont Royal

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 Sweater: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Dress: McQ by Alexander McQueen // Shoes: Bloch (similar here & here) // Clutch: American Apparel (similar here & here)

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That Zara Skort

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Sweater: Aritzia // Scarf: Alexander McQueen (similar here & here// Watch: Michael Kors // Claw and White Gem Ring: Editorial Boutique // Spiral Ring: Aldo (similar here & here) // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Skort: Zara // Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here)

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Montreal Through My Eyes

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Sunglasses: Vans (similar here & here) // Shirt: Forever 21 // Tank: Forever 21 // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelets: Melody Ehsani & Tiffany // Ring: Gift from Italy // Shorts: Aritzia // Shoes: Repetto (similar here & here) // Bag: Balenciaga 

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In the Trenches

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Jacket: Zara (similar here and here) // Shirt: Aritzia // Necklace: Forever 21 // Glasses: Versace // Ring: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelet: Melody Ehsani // Leggings: Sandro (similar here and here) // Boots: To Be Announced

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Neoprene Flair

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Jacket: Zara (similar here & here) // Shirt: Aritzia // Glasses: Versace (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelet: Melody Ehsani // Ring: Gift from Italy // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Sneakers: Converse (similar here & here) // Bag: Balenciaga

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Rompers

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Romper: Aritzia // Scarf: Alexander McQueen (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Rose Gold Bracelet: Brandy Melville // Rose Gold Cross Ring: Aldo (similar here & here) // Rose Gold Band: Simons // Skull Bracelet: Melody Ehsani // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell // Backpack: TRIANGL

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Reflections

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Pictures by Yannick Khong

Sunglasses: Ray Ban // Vest: Zara // Tee: Aritzia // Bra (underneath): One Teaspoon // Necklace: Editorial Boutique (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Balenciaga

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Neoprene

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Sweater: Aritzia // Glasses: Versace (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Maison Martin Margiela x H&M // Bag: Miu Miu

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Alleyways in Le Plateau

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Blazer: Sandro (similar here and here) // Shirt: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Rhinestone Bracelet: Gift from Italy // Chain Bracelet: Club Monaco (similar) // Gold Ring: Vintage // Rhinestone and Gold Rings: Aldo // Shorts: H&M (similar here and here) // Shoes: Alexander Wang // Bag: Balenciaga

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Monument(al)

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Jacket: Mackage // Tank: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Rings (left hand): Aldo // Swirl and Tiger Rings: Aldo // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Skort: Zara // Tights: Wolford // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Miu Miu

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Flower Bomb

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Alright, I’ll admit it – I really have done a complete 180 degree turnaround in regards to my feelings about florals. Long before the purchase of the Stylestalker jacket in my previous post came this beautiful Aritzia Wilfred Palais Blouse that I fell in love with when I was in Toronto for World MasterCard Fashion Week. I think the only reason why I came to love this blouse rather instantaneously was because of its loud print: no delicate, pastel flowers here, just explosions of colourful peony prints that reminded me of the flowers that grew around my childhood home in Ottawa.

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Lady-like

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Blazer: Stylestalker // Shirt: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Glasses: Versace (similar here and here) // Cross Ring: Aldo (similar here and here) // Knot Ring: Aldo (similar here and here) // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Bracelet: Editorial Boutique // Cuff: Aldo (similar here and here) // Pants: Hudson // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Aldo (similar here and here)

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Goodbye, McGill

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Hat: ASOS (similar here and here) // Jacket: Anastasia Lomonova // Shirt: Aritzia // Spiked Bracelet: Aldo (similar here and here) // Chain Bracelet: Editorial Boutique (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Swirl Ring: Aldo // Jeans: Zara (similar here and here) // Shoes: Pedro Garcia (similar) // Bag: Balenciaga (similar)

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World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Day 5 Outfit

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Jacket: Aritzia // Tank: Martin Lim (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Bracelet: Club Monaco (similar) // Claw Ring: Editorial Boutique // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Belt: Aritzia // Skirt: Travis Taddeo (similar here and here) // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Louis Vuitton

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World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Day 4 Outfit

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Hat: ASOS (similar here and here) // Vest: Jimmy Choo x H&M (similar here and here) // Shirt: Paul & Joe // Glasses: Versace (similar here and here) // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Silver Ring: Aldo // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Pants: Aritzia // Boots: Zara // Bag: Balenciaga

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Hold Onto Your Hats!

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Hat: Topshop (similar) // Vest: Jimmy Choo for H&M (similar here and here) // Shirt: Aritzia // Glasses: Versace (similar here and here) // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Gloves: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Pants: J Brand // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Gift

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Greener Pastures

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Jacket: Zara // Sweater: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Scarf: Aritzia // Gloves: Banana Republic (similar) // Pants: Current/Elliot // Sneakers: 1a Classe // Bag: Balenciaga

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Spring Ahead

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Jacket: Zara // Shirt: Forever 21 (similar here and here) // Tank: Aritzia // Glasses: Versace // Watch: Michael Kors // Left Gold Ring: Editorial Boutique // Left Silver Ring: Aldo // Right Ring: Gift from Italy // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Pants: Rag & Bone // Sneakers: Converse (similar here and here) // Bag: Miu Miu

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Snow White

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Jacket: Forever 21 (similar) // Shirt: Aritzia // Scarf: H&M (similar here and here) // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Pants: Hudson // Boots: Alexander Wang // Bag: Balenciaga

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Bianco

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Shirt: Aritzia // Watch: Gift from Italy // RIng: Gift from Italy // Jeans: Rag & Bone // Shoes: Urban Behaviour (similar here and here)

Over the last few years, I’ve been paying a lot of attention to how dark and edgy my personal style has become. I don’t think I could pinpoint all of the specific influences behind why I dress the way I do today, but without a doubt, living in Montreal has had a significant influence over what I tend to wear on a daily basis. Spikes, studs, leather, metalics, colours, and lots of black often combine into some unique combination on a daily basis wihtout me putting much thought into it. However, the ability to fall so easily into this formula everyday made me wonder if I was stuck in a “style rut” per se. So as a challenge to myself, I wanted to see if I could nearly eliminate all of my typical influences – specifically, I wanted to try to create a more lady-like look with a lot more white (or bianco, as we say in Italian). Eliminating all colour from my outfits is not an option, so I decided to compromise with these white and multicoloured Rag & Bone pants that I find so difficult to wear. Not only are they extremely tight, but the multitude of colours sometimes make me more self-conscious than usual. Oh yeah, and a Mickey Mouse watch always adds an air of lightheartedness to any outfit versus my usual Michael Kors tank watch. Mickey Mouse was my favourite cartoon character as a little kid and still adds a necessary playfulness to my life these days.

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Hiding Under the Layers

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Beanie: Topshop // Sweater: Just Female // Glasses: Versace (similar) // Claw Ring: Editorial Boutique (similar here and here) // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Pants: Aritzia // Shoes: Zara // Bag: Balenciaga

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Montreal Fashion Week A/W 2013: Day 1 Look

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Top: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Bra: Elle MacPherson // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Necklace and Earrings: Swarovski (gift from Prague) // Pants: UNIF // Boots: Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

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Snow Globe

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Sweater: Aritzia // Shirt: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelet: Aldo (similar here and here) // Ring: Gift from Italy // Pants: Just Female // Boots: Maison Martin Margiela for H&M

The number of times I have stood outside in freezing temperatures in the presence of occasional, blowing snow should be a testament to how dedicated I am to blogging through these horrible Canadian winters. The weather has been all over the place, from -40 C last week to spring-like (well, Canadian spring-like) temperatures today hasn’t made dressing even for comfort an easy task. I can’t wait for summer, or hell, even stable freezing temperatures, given the schizophrenic nature of the climate here in Montreal.

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Into the Fold

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Jacket: Mackage (similar here and here) // Scarf: Tilo // Cuff: Aldo (similar here and here) // Rose Gold Ring: Aldo (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Bra: La Perla // Dress: Aritzia // Tights: Donna Karan // Boots: Blondo // Bag: Alexander Wang

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Christmas in Italy: Day 13 Rome

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Coat: Zara // Sweater: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Pants: Hudson // Shoes: 1a Classe // Bag: Louis Vuitton

I’ve been back in Canada for a week and a half now, but it truly feels like my trip to Italy was months ago. The last few weeks have been ridiculously busy, sorting out my schedule and life for the first part of 2013, which is proving to be rather challenging. While the weather here in Canada is much more mild than it normally is around this time of year, I still miss those wonderful Roman afternoons when the sun would beam down on me and make everything better. One of the few things I picked up from Europe on this trip were these gorgeous 1a Classe by Alviero Martini high-top sneakers – the moment I saw them in the store window of a little shop near our hotel room, I knew I had to have them. For my last day in Italy, I decided to pair them with my long burgundy Zara zip jacket for a more relaxed look. It’s a bit of a different style for me, but one that I think I will pursue into the spring.

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Christmas in Italy: Day 11 Rome

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Hat: Miss Sixty (similar here and here) // Blazer: Mackage // Scarf: Aritzia // Sweater: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Gloves: Miss Sixty // Pants: Rag & Bone // Boots: Zara // Bag: Balenciaga

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Christmas in Italy: Day 8

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Hat: Forever 21 (similar here and here) // Jacket: Zara // Shirt: H&M // Watch: Michael Kors // Skirt: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Maison Martin Margiela x H&M

I never really considered myself to be much of a country pumpkin until this recent trip to Italy. I guess with the increasing stress and hectic nature of life as I get further into my twenties, the more I enjoy the solitude and tranquility of my father’s hometown, nestled deep in the Apennine Mountains. One of the things I treasure the most about his hometown is this small plot of land my family inherited – it’s a little slice of heaven on Earth complete with a stream, lots of fruit and nut trees, and green grass in December. Perhaps it’s not the ideal place to prance around in 4-inch Margiela lucite heels (according to most people), but I’ve never been one to let a setting or weather dictate my fashion choices. Now that I’m in Rome, I realize how much I actually miss the hot sun beating down on my face and just watching the ferel cats play in the grass. Words cannot describe how unprepared physically and mentally for the freezing cold temperatures and snow I’ll soon face when I return to Canada – here’s hoping these pictures and memories keep me sane throughout Montreal’s dreadful winter.

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Christmas in Italy: Day 6 Naples

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Jacket: Mackage (similar here and here) // Shirt: Topshop // Swirl Ring: Aldo // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Glasses: Versace (similar here and here) // Pants: Aritzia // Boots: Zara // Bag: Balenciaga

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Christmas in Italy: Day 3

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Sweater: Aritzia // Tank (underneath): Aritzia // Glasses: Versace (similar here and here) // Big Ring: Editorial Boutique // Gold Ring: Aldo // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: J Brand // Boots: Forever 21 (similar here and here) // Bag: Louis Vuitton

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Our Home and Native Land

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Coat: BB Dakota // Shirt: Aritzia // Cuff: Aldo (similar here and here) // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Rose Gold Ring: Aldo (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Glasses: Versace (similar here and here) // Pants: Rag & Bone // Boots: Blondo // Bag: Alexander Wang

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Aritzia Online Shopping – It’s FINALLY here!

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Hallelujah! After TWO YEARS of eagerly waiting, Aritzia online shopping finally launched last Friday just in time for the holiday season. As someone who has been known to take an empty suitcase back to Ontario just to stock up on purchases from my favourite store (in case you couldn’t guess from all the posts that feature their clothing), I’m relieved to now know getting a new item is only a click away. As many of you may (or may not) know, Aritzia has not had a location in Montreal due to Quebec’s stringent Bill 101 law, which requires stringent rules about font sizes and such for English and French signs, products and services. Rumour has it though that Aritzia is setting up a location in downtown within the next six months, so maybe Montreal fashionistas will soon be able to shop the Aritzia experience in person…

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Oxblood

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Jacket: Zara // Scarf: Aritzia // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Ring: Gift from Italy // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Sweater: Winners // Pants: J Brand // Boots: Zara // Bag: Balenciaga

The problem with living in Canada is that it is completely impractical to buy any kind of coat that doesn’t transform you into a shapeless blob. Some of us, however are willing to freeze our asses off in the name of fashion (occasionally, that is). The key to wearing a coat with no feathers or fur is layering: lots of layers of super-thin cashmere, like this sweater I picked up at Winners many years ago for a mere $50 really makes a world of a difference. I’ll probably succumb to the negative temperatures by January and start wearing my favourite white Mackage Peaches coat, but until then I’m determined to get as much wear as possible out of this fabulous coat that encapsulates so many of fall’s trends. I’ll definitely be bringing this coat, along with some much lighter clothing clothing when I go back home and then off to Italy. I probably won’t be posting a lot more outfit posts before December 12, given that I’m sustaining myself on Red Bull, sheer determination and a few precious hours of sleep every night. I was lucky to find myself looking half-decent on the day these pictures were taken, but finding myself looking like a human being are hard to come by these days. Hopefully, My posts from the Eternal City will make up for my (possible) absence over the next two weeks. Grazie e baci.

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Hot Tamales

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Jacket: Aritzia // Sweater (underneath): Zara // Scarf: Pringle of Scotland (similar here and here) // Hat: Miss Sixty (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Gloves: Club Monaco (similar here and here) // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Maison Martin Margiela x H&M // Bag: Balenciaga

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La Distillerie

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Coat: Zara (similar here and here) // Sweater: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Scarf: Aldo (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Ring: Gift from Italy // Glasses: Versace (similar here and here) // Pants: Rag & Bone // Boots: Zara // Bag: Balenciaga

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Come un Animale

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Jacket: Zara (similar here and here) // Scarf: Homemade (similar here and here) // Sweater: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Gloves: Banana Republic (similar) // Skirt: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Balenciaga

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Green Glory

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Dress: Aritzia (similar) // Necklace: Vintage // Watch: Patek Philippe // Gold Ring: Vintage // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Bracelet: Club Monaco (similar) // Leggings: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana (similar) // Bag: Balenciaga

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“You’re just a babe in the woods, sweetie”

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Coat: Queen’s Wardrobe (similar here and here) // Scarf: Aritzia (similar) // Sweater: Aritzia // Black Cuff: Juicy Couture // White Bracelet: Juicy Couture // Watch: MIchael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Glasses: Versace (similar) // Leggings: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Boots: Zara (similar here and here) // Bag: Balenciaga

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Fall on Fire

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Shirt: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Scarf: Zara (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Pants: Current/Elliot // Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana // Bag: Balenciaga

I never really considered myself a nature-loving kind of girl until I moved to Montreal. While it’s true that Montreal has the beautiful Mountain that dominates the downtown Montreal scenery, it’s merely a small hideaway amongst the bustle of a vibrant metropolis. Whenever I come back home to my parents’ home, especially in the summer and the fall, I’m reminded of how dearly I miss having a backyard, playing in the leaves and just enjoying the changing seasons. After going straight from writing an exam, to the airport, to a bus, I made it home late Thursday night, resulting in a very tired and exhausted Sarah, as you can clearly see in the above photos. Given that I have yet another exam on Tuesday, I spent most of Friday studying, so I kept my look pretty simple with my new Current/Elliot pants and a pure silk top. I’m almost counting down the weeks until I get this bloody degree of mine, I just have to maintain my sanity for six short more months, and then I’m free from the world of academia (for a while).

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Sapphire and Silver at “The Backroom” Relocation Launch

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Sweater: Victoria’s Secret (similar) // Tank: Aritzia // Vest: Zara (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Necklace: Topshop // Gloves: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Scarf: Aritzia (similar) // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Zara (similar here and here) // Bag: Balenciaga

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Eurotrash

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Jacket: Costco // Scarf: Homemade (similar here and here) // Glasses: Versace // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Sweater: Aritzia // Leggings: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Shoes: Gift from Italy (similar here and here) // Bag: Miu Miu (similar here and here)

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Morning Light

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Jacket: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Sweater: Aritzia (similar) // Tank: Aritzia // Scarf: Zara // Glasses: Versace // Ring: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Pants: Rag & Bone // Boots: Steve Madden // Bag: Balenciaga

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Topshop Launch at the Bay – Montreal

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Montreal, Ville Marie, Quebec’s biggest city – no matter what you call it, one would be hard-pressed to not call this island in the St. Lawrence one synonymous with style, culture, and a certain “joie de vivre” embodied by all of its residents. Of course, as a fashion blogger who considers herself based in Montreal and has lived here for the past three years, I may partially biased in making such a statement. But really, with so much vintage treasures waiting to be found in les friperies, lots of independent designers, high-end department stores like Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy, and fast-fashion names like H&M and Zara, how can one NOT embrace style and a fashionable outlook on life? While it’s true that Montreal is a lot better off with shopping choices than other Canadian cities, along with Aritzia, Topshop was a name absent on the roster of favourite shopping places of fashionistas (sidenote: Aritzia will be opening a retail location in Montreal within six months – YES!) – until last week, that is.

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Cold Snap

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Sweater: Sandro (similar here and here) // Tank: Aritzia // Scarf: Unknown // Watch: Michael Kors // Chain Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // Rhinestone Bracelet: Gift from Italy // Ring: Gift from Italy // Spiked Bracelets: Forever 21 // Pants: Rag & Bone // Shoes: UNIF // Bag: Balenciaga

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Eurotrip 2012: Day 9 Paris

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Shirt: Forever 21 (similar here and here) // Tank: Aritzia // Necklace: Vintage // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs // Shorts: Plastic Island via Editorial Boutique  // Shoes: UNIF // Bag: Miu Miu (similar here and here)

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Eurotrip 2012: Day 8 (Morning) Paris

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Tank: Aritzia // Bracelet: Club Monaco (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Glasses: Versace (similar) // Shorts: Topshop // Boots: Forever 21 (similar here and here) // Bag: Louis Vuitton

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Eurotrip 2012: Day 6 Paris

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Shirt: Aritzia // Scarf: Roberto Cavalli for H&M (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Pants: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Miu Miu (similar here and here)

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Eurotrip 2012: Day 2 London

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Jacket: Zara (similar) // Shirt: Aritzia // Earrings: Vintage Chanel // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Jeans: Rag & Bone (similar) // Shoes: Pedro Garcia // Bag: Balenciaga

I can’t believe that I’m leaving London tomorrow! I’ve had a fantastic time here in England, but my time here has gone by all too quickly. My overall impression of London can be summed up in the following words: edgy, historic, friendly, and alive. While it’s true that London is very expensive (I used up all of my cash on taxis in just two days), I can already tell that this will be a city I will be coming back to in the near future…

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Confessions of a Former Overpacker

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As the only child of a rather international family, I’ve been fortunate to spend a fair amount of time on airplanes over the years. Ever since my very first flight at only 4 months old, I got rather accustomed to all of the components that accompany traveling: think line-ups, security, waiting around and the like. Naturally, you would think this same person has also a tried-and-true packing routine, but alas that couldn’t have been further from the truth until recently.

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Opposites Attract

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Hat: Aritzia (similar here) // Shirt: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Bra: Elle MacPherson // Earrings: Chanel (similar here) // Gold Ring: Aldo (similar here) // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Shorts: Aritzia (similar here) // Shoes: H&M // Bag: Balenciaga

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From Work to Play

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Blazer: Aritzia (similar here) // Shirt: Zara // Necklace: Zara (similar here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Bracelet: V-Franz (similar here) // Glasses: Versace // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana (similar here and here) // Bag: Miu Miu (here and here)

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Festival Mode & Design: Day 3

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Shirt: Aritzia (similar) // Purple Bracelet: Forever 21 // Rhinestone Bracelet: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Pants: Urban Behaviour (similar) // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Balenciaga (similar)

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Festival Season

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Shirt: Aritzia // Bra: Aritzia (similar) // Purple Bracelets: Forever 21 // Rhinestone Bracelet: Gift from Italy // Chain Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // Ring: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Glasses: Versace (similar) // Shorts: H&M (similar) // Shoes: TOMS // Bag: Balenciaga

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Make Me Move

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Sweater: UNIF (similar) // Tank: Urban Behaviour // Glasses: Versace (similar) // Necklace: Vintage // Turquoise Bracelet: V-Franz (similar) // Gold Bracelet: Club Monaco (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Shorts: Aritzia // Shoes: Gift from Italy // Bag: Louis Vuitton

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Ruffles and Acid Wash

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Shirt: Aritzia (similar) // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Chain Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // Rhinestone Bracelet: Gift from Italy // Ring: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Jeans: Miss Sixty (similar) // Shoes: Urban Behaviour // Bag: Balenciaga

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Sharpened Edge

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Jacket: Stylestalker // Shirt: Aritzia (similar) // Bralet: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Pants: Rag & Bone // Shoes: Joe Fresh (similar) // Nails: Ciaté Caviar Manicure

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Wild Thing

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Shirt: Aritzia (similar) // Scarf: Roberto Cavalli for H&M (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Glasses:Versace (similar) // Shorts: Aritzia // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Miu Miu

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Poolside

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Tank: Aritzia // Scarf (worn as belt): H&M // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Ring: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Shorts: Levis (similar) // Shoes: TOMS // Bag: Balenciaga

I think most city-dwellers, like myself wish we could have a pool magically created somewhere close to us so that we could just swim and tan around like suburbanites. It was only last summer while living in Montreal that I realized why there is a mass exodus from New York in the summertime to the Hamptoms – the insufferable heat of the city! As much I dislike the suburbs for their lack of culture and overall banality, I do miss having space to just “be” in – something I am lucky enough to enjoy when visiting my parents back in Ontario. These photos were taken last week in the middle of a brutal heat wave, so naturally I was inclined to wear something cool and comfortable. I’m still in love with these shorts from Editorial Boutique, but I decided to change things up by wearing a beautiful panther print scarf from H&M as a belt for an extra splash of colour. I will be back to Toronto this weekend for a special networking event – be sure to check out my Instagram feed for lots of pictures while I’m there!

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Edea

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Blazer: Zara (similar) // Shirt: Aritzia (similar) // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Necklace: Vintage (similar) // Ring: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Glasses: Versace (similar) // Shorts: H&M // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Balenciaga

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Strawberry Lemon Sorbet

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Jacket: Zara (similar) // Bra: La Perla // Shirt: Aritzia // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Ring: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Rag & Bone // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Balenciaga

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Sunday on the Rideau Canal

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Shirt: Aritzia (similar) // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Earrings: Chanel (similar) // Bracelet (rhinestone): Gift from Italy // Bracelet (chain): Tiffany & Co. // Ring: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Shorts: Forever 21 (similar) // Shoes: TOMS // Bag: Balenciaga

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Parc Jean-Drapeau

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Shirt: Aritzia // Bra: La Perla // First Earrings: Holt Renfrew (similar) // Second Earrings: Forever 21 // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs // Jeans: J Brand // Shoes: H&M (similar) // Bag: Balenciaga

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Le Vieux Port

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Shirt: Aritzia (similar) // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Necklace: Vintage // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Shorts: Sandro (in black) // Bag: FEED by Tory Burch for Holt Renfrew // Shoes: H&M (similar)

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Strength and Elegance

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Jacket: Stylestalker // Slip: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Bracelet: Gift from Italy // Shoes (not shown): Forever 21 // Bag: Balenciaga

It’s been a few weeks since I bought this awesome Stylestalker “Heavy Metal” jacket, and I can safely say that my love for it hasn’t waned one bit. While I’m not one to typically wear super-feminine pieces, I find I’m more inclined to do so when I wear this tough statement piece. About six months ago, after months of searching, I finally found several beautiful, 100% silk slips from Aritzia that I really should have purchased years before. Every girl needs a good slip to wear under nice dresses…or to wear alone if you’re daring like I am. The curve-hugging nature of one thin layer of silk isn’t kind to body imperfections, and I’ll admit this was definitely one of the riskier outfits I’ve ever worn. However, confidence is always the key to wearing any outfit; whether you’re sporting a garbage bag or a $50 000 couture gown, it’s essential nonetheless.

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#SLYHangout

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Shirt: Aritzia // Bra (underneath): La Perla // Watch: ASOS (similar) // Ring: Gift from Italy // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Tights: ASOS // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Alexander Wang

Last Wednesday, I had the great pleasure of participating in the first-ever #SLYHangout, hosted by Noelly Sam, the woman behind one of Canada’s top fashion blogs. Of course, for such an inaugural event, the decision of what to wear was more important than ever. For such an event, I chose a relaxed and slouchy 100% silk top from Aritzia, complete with a pair of eye-catching tights and my favourite T by Alexander Wang skirt. As for accessories, I decided to keep things pretty coordinated with rose gold sunglasses, a watch, and the rivets on my Alexander Wang bag, but I couldn’t resist topping it off with a big statement necklace that I could take off if I was too overdressed for the event. Turns out, I chose right and this was the perfect outfit for the beautiful, relaxed and mellow lounge. To see more coverage and pictures from the event, click here.

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Let’s Play in the Park

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Jacket: Mackage // Tank: Urban Behaviour // Shorts: Aritzia // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Earring (left): Asos // Shoes: H and M // Bag: Miu Miu

When I was little, I absolutely adored going to the park with my parents or grandparents. I loved playing in the grass, especially on a sunny day, feeling oh so free. Saturday was a perfect spring day, so my friend and I decided to go up to Mont-Royal Park, Montreal’s famous, expansive park to take her dog for a walk and just enjoy the laziness of the weekend. This is my first weekend free since finishing up my exams last Monday, so it was fantastic to just snap lots of pictures and play with her German Pinscher. I chose one of my more casual looks, as I knew there was the possibility that we might have climbed up the hundreds of metres of steps up to the top of the mountain (we ended up forgoing that, as poor Howie’s little legs got tired!).

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Urban Groove

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Blazer: Mackage // Shirt: Simons // Shorts: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Sunglasses: Asos // Sneakers: Asos // Bag: Balenciaga

It’s been a while since I’ve done an outfit post, mainly because I’ve been overwhelmed with final exams and the migration of my website from Blogger to WordPress has prevented me from typing up drafts over the last few days. Anyway, the weather has continued to be less than favourable for a time of year that’s defined as “spring” in many parts of the world. It was about 5 degrees Celsius on my balcony when I took these pictures, but I couldn’t resist wearing something besides cashmere or jeans. This gorgeous Mackage studded army green blazer was one of the items I picked up at “La Braderie” two weekends ago (more on that in a much-awaited, later post). As a fan of just about anything riveted or studded, this blazer seemed like a logical addition to my closet.

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Silk, Leather and Plaid, Oh My!

Shirt (plaid): Aritzia // Shirt (underneath): Martin Lim // Leggings: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Glasses: Versace // Bag: Miu Miu // Shoes: Yosi Samra

It’s been a while since I wore these faux leather leggings from Aritzia – I swear, nobody believes me when I tell them that they’re more comfortable than sweatpants to study in. I’ve been infatuated with leather-looking leggings, ever since American Apparel came out with those shiny legging substitutes so many years ago. As I don’t wear leather leggings very often, it didn’t make economical sense to me to purchase a real pair of leather pants for several hundreds of dollars. And why would I, when these faux-leather leggings are hands down the most impressive imitations I have ever seen and were only $100?

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Shop "The Volts" and Canadian Fashion

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It seems that every month, there is a new exclusive online shopping website offering severe discounts. From the pioneer “The Gilt Groupe”, to homegrown varieties like “The Peacock Parade” and “Beyond the Rack”, there are lots of choices for the sale-hungry fashionista to feast upon, even in Canada.

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Swinging Sixties

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Jacket: Vintage // Shirt: Aritzia (similar) // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Tights: Wolford // Shoes: Urban Behaviour // Bag: Miu Miu

Electric turquoise, without a doubt, has become my absolute favourite colour over the last few weeks. I became officially obsessed with this bold colour upon finding these awesome platforms at Urban Behaviour for $30 two weeks ago, and my love for them hasn’t waned since. Unfortunately, preparing for final exams hasn’t permitted me the opportunity to give these stunners all of the wear that they deserve. These pictures were taken two weeks ago, just a few days before I went home to Ontario and the onslaught of studying and lack of sleep began.

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Coral with a Touch of Mint

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Jacket: Urban Behaviour // Shirt: Aritzia // Bra: Urban Behaviour // Ring: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Urban Behaviour // Shoes: Urban Behaviour // Bag: Miu Miu

I can’t begin to describe how many times I have purchased something, and upon shopping at another time, I find an item that I believe will match the colour of the first item. Sadly, on many occasions I have been disappointed, as the two colours of the separates are JUST off enough to make the colour combination of the two pieces look weird. This was not one of those situations. As I mentioned previously here, I felt as if I had “hit the jackpot” upon finding a bunch of jeggings at Urban Behaviour last week in Montreal for $25-30 a pair. Eager to find more, I went to the Urban Behaviour located in London, hoping to find more pairs. While I was disappointed to not find any more of these awesome and super-comfortable pants, I did find this blazer for $25 which turned out to match the pants I had previously purchased in Montreal. I couldn’t resist in indulging in more spring colours, so I paired a silk, white top with a mint bralette that I also found at Urban Behaviour for only $5! Even fashionistas who carry Miu Miu bags love a good deal.

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Into the Wild

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Jacket: Forever 21 // Shirt: Aritzia // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Ring: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: Miu Miu // Glasses: Versace // Shoes: Material Girl

If you stare at these pictures long enough, you can probably notice a difference between these images and previous ones that I have used on the blog. After months of woes with my PowerShot G10 camera (which I still love for certain kinds of photography), I finally dropped a sizable amount of cash for a DSLR camera. I must say, I’m very impressed with my new camera so far and I’m thrilled with how these pictures from the Easter weekend turned out. Recently, a new Forever 21 store opened up at the local mall and I couldn’t resist checking it out. One of my purchases was this adorable blue, viscose motorcycle jacket that I picked up for just $35. On Saturday, I also purchased these adorable snakeskin and toffee coloured wedges from Madonna’s “Material Girl” collection at the Bay. Given their height, they are reasonably comfortable and I couldn’t resist the unusual colour and pattern combination of these beauties. Excuse the large number of photos – I couldn’t resist sharing photos with such amazing quality and lighting.

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Easter Colours featuring Martin Lim

Jacket: Aritzia // Shirt: Martin Lim // Pants: Urban Behaviour // Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: Miu Miu // Shoes: Aldo

After fighting against the trend for months, pastels have finally begun to grow on me. Ever since abandoning them before high school for being too “girly” and “washed out”, I vowed never to wear them again. But here I am, seven years later embracing the trend yet again!

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Hipster Tendencies

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Sweater: Aritzia // Shorts: Aritzia // Scarf: DIY // Sunglasses: Ray Ban // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Bag: Miu Miu // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Steve Madden

When I moved to Montreal 3 years ago, I vowed to never dress like a hipster -  “hipster” being defined as wearing big, chunky knit sweaters, corduroy pants, combat boots or loafers, etc. With every passing year though, I find myself embracing more and more elements – the most noticeable example being my purchase of my Versace glasses (as seen in my last post here) and a friend remarking that I looked like “everyone else” with them. Are the above photos indicative of how I always dress? Of course not, but last week I definitely felt like dressing in a slouchy style and wearing another one of my mom’s fur scarves. I must say, I adore this cooler weather for wearing these scarves as well as layering like crazy.

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Texture Issues

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Blazer: Aritzia // Shirt: Aritzia // Jeans: Rag and Bone // Scarf: DIY // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Bag: Balenciaga // Shoes: Forever 21

It’s hard to imagine that I was completely freezing while wearing this outfit over the weekend. For the first time in weeks, I had to wear a proper coat outside – so much for an early spring. The heat wave is gone, and I’m back to layering cozy cashmeres and jersey t-shirts. The only benefit of the dreaded return of the cold weather is the opportunity to wear these fantastic fur scarves my mom made for me. I think the material was $2, and it took only a few minutes on the sewing machine for my mom to whip this creation up for me.

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‘Till Dusk Do Us Part

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Jacket: Mackage // Shirt: Aritzia // Shorts: Aritzia // Ring: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Clutch: Urban Behaviour // Shoes (not shown): Miu Miu (similar)

Is it bright? Is it leather? Is it studded? I swear, every single piece of clothing I’m wearing these days fulfills at least one of those questions. While I haven’t been purchasing as much as I typically do (after all, my closet completely collapsed back in September…I took this as a sign to start buying less), new combinations with staple pieces is where my fashion mind is at these days. However, that’s not to say I’ve sworn off buying anything new. I picked up these cute and EXTREMELY short-shorts while in Toronto last week at Aritzia – they look a lot shinier in the pictures that they actually are (and my t-shirt also looks a lot more sheer than it is in reality…).  I can’t wait to get back to wearing pieces like this, as the intense heat wave that swept most of Eastern Canada has now passed and we’re back to wearing sweaters and coats

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Lucite and Leather

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Shirt: Aritzia // Shorts: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Earrings: Marni for H and M // Bag: Balenciaga // Shoes: Aldo // Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs

Lucite and leather…they are the materials of strippers and fetish enthusiasts but can definitely be worn by anyone during the day time, so long as it’s arranged correctly. Surprisingly, those shorts aren’t even made out of leather – they’re made out of an excellent synthetic Japanese fabric that feels EXACTLY like leather and looks very realistic (compare the genuine leather of my Balenciaga bag to the texture of the shorts).

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Rose Gold

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Tank: Aritzia // Jeans: Miss Sixty // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Bag: Alexander Wang // Shoes: Yosi Samra // Sunglasses: H and M

I’ve been having an obsession with rose gold since last summer when I decided to buy my trusty Alexander Wang Rocco bag with rose gold studs on the bottom. Since then, I have been coveting every little piece of this copper-y coloured material that I can. With temperatures pushing into the 20s this past weekend, I couldn’t resist dressing in flats and a light, silk tank. I picked up two of these tanks, including the orange one in this post. They fit my body just perfectly and are perfect for those days when it’s too hot to wear anything super fancy, but a t-shirt won’t suffice.

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World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012/2013: Day 3

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Hello lovelies! I apologize that this post is so delayed, but it’s been a hectic few days since coming back from Toronto on Thursday morning. As I’ve been reading the reviews and looking at photos from the last two days of this season’s edition of World MasterCard Fashion Week, I’m realizing that next season in October I will most definitely have to stay for the entirety of the week.

Vawk/Vawkkin Fall/Winter 2012/2013

All above images courtesy of dresstokillmagazine.com
Vawk debuted “Vawkkin” amongst its parent brand’s collection this season at Toronto Fashion Week. This collection featured more wearable pieces that were worn by everyday women of all shapes and sizes. Pieces from Vawkkin were more conservative compared to those pieces from its parent label, but were nonetheless stunning and perfect for taking the modern woman from the office to an evening out. Vawk, meanwhile debuted a stunning collection of mostly sexy, black pieces punctuated by gold sequins and plum fabric, completed with every model wearing a leather headpiece.   Cara Cheung Fall/Winter 2012/2013
All above images courtesy of dresstokillmagazine.com
Cara Cheung focused on super-short dresses as the mainstay of her fall/winter 2012 collection. Her collection offered up a variety of party-worthy dresses with beautiful “armour” on them; jewel encrusted and snakeskin portions of these creations were reminiscent of breast plates on many of her dresses. Dresses ranged from short and structured to loose and flowing, allowing Ms. Cheung to demonstrate her incredible, wide range of talents in dressmaking. Line Fall/Winter 2012/2013
All above images courtesy of dresstokillmagazine.com
Line, traditionally known for its exquisite range of cashmere and cotton knit pieces, branched out into leather and synthetic materials this season. Arguably, their best piece of this collection were those pieces done in washed lambskin (as seen in the shearling leather jacket above) and the Navajo inspired oversized sweaters. Bustle Fall/Winter 2012/2013     Bustle delivered a mostly menswear collection on Wednesday night that featured prominent ranch references as seen from the hay and cart sets on the runway, as well as throughout the collection. The ruggedness of denim-on-denim dressing was complimented with fantastic tailoring seen in the corduroy and wool suits. Stacy Mackenzie, always a joy to see walk the catwalk, delighted those in attendance by flinging her cowboy hat off to members in the audience as she would walk by.    Melissa Nepton Fall/Winter 2012/2013
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Despite having already seen Melissa Nepton present her fall/winter 2012 collection at Montreal Fashion Week, just like Martin Lim did on Tuesday, Melissa added new pieces to her runway show on Wednesday night in Toronto. The combination of chunky, oversized knit sweaters and hats juxtaposed by tissue-thin sheer pants and shirts created a collection with a streamlined message. Nepton decided to mix things up by choosing chunky grey and beige wools with neutral sheer pieces complete with a splash of turquoise or copper – a nice change from the collections this week, which have been heavy on black and traditional “fall” colours. Joe Fresh Fall/Winter 2012/2013
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All above images courtesy of dresstokillmagazine.com
Joe Fresh, as always, is one of the busiest shows at Toronto Fashion Week. As expected, his season did not disappoint in the collections or in the front row – many famous faces were in attendance in the front row including including Kim Newport-Mimran (designer of Canadian label “Pink Tartan” and wife to Joe Fresh designer Joe Mimran), Galen Weston Jr. and his wife (son of Galen Weston, founder of “Loblaws” chain of grocery stores that carry Joe Fresh), Bernadetta Mora, editor-in-chief of “Fashion” magazine and singer Kreesha Turner. This season, Joe Fresh experimented with bold colours (turquoise, mustard, vermillion) and a wide variety of fabrics, including pleather, fur, wool knit, and cotton knit. As seen at Martin Lim on Tuesday, colour blocking with colours of the same hue continued to be a major trend on the catwalk.  

Dress: Aritzia // Slip: Aritzia // Belt: Jimmy Choo for H&M // Watch: Michael Kors //  Ring: Gift from Italy // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Bag: Alexander Wang and Balenciaga // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell

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World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012: Day 2

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Hello lovelies!!! I can’t believe that two jam-packed days have already sped by here at World MasterCard Fashion Week! These last two days have been an amazing opportunity to see what great potential Canadian designers have to make it to the international spotlight – hopefully others will take note of this too and help some of these innovative minds into the international scene. Adrian Wu Fall/Winter 2012/2013  
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The first show of the day featured Dior-hopeful Adrian Wu. I suspect that this show will remain the most controversial show of the entire week. While the notes from the show suggested Wu was inspired by the difference between European and North American politics for this collection, whether this was evident in the pieces that were presented remains divergent among those in attendance at the show. All models donned Guy Fawkes masks and paraded down the runway in a collection made up of exclusively micro-dot, multilayer pouf dresses amongst balloon trees and flowers. Laura Seigal Fall/Winter 2012/2013
Above photos courtesy of dresstokillmagazine.com
Laura Siegal debuted an exquisite collection full of gorgeous separates perfect for this upcoming fall. Using a variety of materials including bamboo, alpaca, eco-friendly cotton, and raw silk, Siegal mixed relaxed and structured silhouettes. Seigal’s studio show was well-received by all in attendance, including yours true – I hope to get my hands on some of her pieces for this fall, as I feel like it’s very in line with my personal style.
Photos above courtesy of dresstokillmagazine.com
Sid Neigum debuted a collection of mostly menswear, with a few standout womenswear pieces thrown into the mix. The radiating luxury of his knitwear and jersey pieces was constrated with combat boots and deconstructed leather jackets. Chloe Comme Parris Fall/Winter 2012/2013
Above images courtesy of dresstokillmagazine.com
Chloe Comme Parris was another standout show with a tough, chic attitude evident throughout the twenty looks that the public saw coming down the runway. Oversized leather jackets, pencil leg pants with metal hardware, chiffon floral prints, stiletto shoes with chains – despite the varying elements of this collection, it all came together in a well-thought out collection. Martin Lim Fall/Winter 2012/2013
Above photos courtesy of Steve Alkok for “It’s All Style to Me” http://itsallstyletome.com
Ever since first seeing Martin Lim’s spring/summer 2012 collection at the Old Port in Montreal last September, my heart has been won over every single time with their innovative collections. Despite seeing Martin Lim’s fall/winter 2012/2013 collection mere weeks ago in Montreal, the collection seemed fresh and new thanks to the introduction of brocade floral pieces not seen in Montreal, and monochromatic styling Lundstrom Fall/Winter 2012/2013
Above photos courtesy of Steve Alkok for “It’s All Style to Me” http://itsallstyletome.com
Lundstrom showcased a collection of prim suits and shift dresses, complimented with sixties-inspired hair bobs. The use of winter florals interspersed with brocade and herringbone created a very wearable pret-a-porter collection that will appeal to a wide range of ages. =&5=& Jacket: Mackage // Shirt: =&7=& // Pants: J Brand // Earrings and Necklace: =&9=&

World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012: Day 1

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Hello lovelies! It’s hard to imagine that the first day of World MasterCard Fashion Week (formerly LG Fashion Week) here in Toronto has already wrapped up! After completing a presentation Monday morning in Montreal and flying into Toronto for the evening shows, this first day was an especially busy and eventful one for me.
Front row featuring Jeanne Beker (far left) and Kreesha Turner (far right)
All of the above photos are property of “I Bleed Fashion”

Due to time constraints, I was only able to attend the Holt Renfrew  and Pavoni F/W 2012/2013 shows. Holt Renfrew’s show featured prominent Canadian designers such as Mackage, Line, Jeremy Laing, Judith and Charles, Lida Baday, Dennis Merotto, Smythe and Twenty Cluny.

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22nd Montreal Fashion Week / Semaine de Mode de Montreal 22e: What I Wore

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Bluebelle

  Shirt: =&0=& // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: =&3=& // Earrings: =&4=& // Pants: Rag & Bone // Clutch: =&6=& // Boots (not shown): Aquatalia  Some days, a fashionista just can’t help but want to throw on a t-shirt and comfy pants and call it a day. Of course, she always accessorizes to make up for the simplicity in her outfit and hopefully manages to look stylish. That was my line of thinking in the midst of a cold, snowy weekday this past week when I just wanted to be comfortable and not have to fuss with my outfit. Ever since I started experimenting with various shades of the same colour, I can’t stop doing it. Look out for a mint/evergreen combination in the near future… =&8=& Be prepared to be inundated with lots of posts this week, as February 6-9 is SEMAINE DE LA MODE DE MONTREAL 22e / 22nd MONTREAL FASHION WEEK. While I won’t be attending all of the shows unlike last season, I will be covering several of them and posting all about them here. =&10=& =&11=& =&12=&

Green Eye, Brown Eye

Sweater: =&0=&Earrings:=&1=& Because some days we wake up feeling and looking better than other days. The best lighting for any type of photography is always natural light, and I was fortunate to have lots of that on Thursday when these photos were taken. It’s ridiculous to believe that these were taken with my new MacBook Pro computer, but it’s true.  This make-up look is my typical everyday look that ALWAYS involves one of Nars’ awesome “Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner” in either “St. Marks Place” (purple, seen here)

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A Touch of Class

Shirt: Aritzia // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: Balenciaga // Sunglasses: Rayban

Despite winter being the season I despise the most, for the first time in all of my Canadian winters I find myself continuing to experiment with the more “fashionable” pieces in my closet. Unlike past winters, I find myself shying away from the usual jeggings and cashmere sweater combination that often becomes my daily uniform when the barometer dips into the negative temperatures. These days I find myself experimenting with new colour combinations like navy and rust, new texture combinations, mixing different pieces from different seasons – the options these days seem limitless. While a parka is still “de rigueur”, I couldn’t resist showing off what I wore underneath. I’ve also re-discovered an old love – my first designer purse, the Balenciaga Motorcycle bag. While I adore my other purses, the classic style and colour of this bag has been pulling at my heartstrings recently, so expect to see a revival of this classic piece in the next few posts.

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A Day in Toronto, Part 1: Grace Kelly Exhibit at the TIFF Lightbox

 Jacket: Zara // Belt (worn around jacket): Aritzia // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Sweater (underneath): Zara // Shirt: Aritzia // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Tights: Wolford // Watch: Michael Kors // Earrings (lobes): Juicy Couture // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell // Glasses: Versace // Bag: Alexander Wang

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The New McQueen

Sweater: Aritzia // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Gloves: Aritzia (similar) // Jeggings: Rag & Bone // Watch: Michael Kors // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Boots: Aquatalia

Here are a few quick photos of my two favourite, new accessories from this holiday season – my new McQueen scarf and these gorgeous tobacco coloured, cashmere lined leather gloves. I’m so happy that I received mostly accessories this holiday season – while my closet is very expansive and full of gorgeous clothes, my dresser drawers aren’t as plentiful with gloves, belts and hats. I was especially happy about this latest edition of leather gloves because I absolutely adore them (like my purple ones from Banana Republic, or my orange ones from Club Monaco) because they’re such a simple way to spice up any outfit and keep your hands warm. And of course, who wouldn’t be overjoyed with a brand new, Alexander McQueen scarf? Even if it’s silk, and the weather here in Montreal over the next few months would preferentially call for cashmere, keep an eye out for me sporting this – it’s just too gorgeous to keep tucked away until spring.

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Flowers in Winter

Blouse: Chloe // Tank (underneath): Aritzia // Shorts: Aritzia // Tights: Wolford // Bracelet: Club Monaco // Ring: Gift from Italy // Watch: Michael Kors // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Bag: Miu Miu // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell

Here are the first pictures taken upon my arrival home to my parents’ house. One of my favourite things about being home is being able to delve into my mother’s expansive walk-in closet and choose amongst her racks of cashmeres, wools, and silks for something new and interesting to wear. One of my favourites of hers is this gorgeous 100% silk chiffon Chloe blouse that she bought a year ago from The Outnet. I would be lying in saying that this is the first time I’ve lifted this gorgeous piece from her closet, but it is the first time I’ve dared to pair it with these faux leather shorts. Longing for summer already, I’ve been experimenting with different kinds of tights under shorts to bring back some essence of those lazy days.

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Montreal Fashion Week: Outfit Edition

Cardigan: Mackage // Tank: Aritzia // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Earrings: Holt Renfrew // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Bag: Balenciaga // Shoes: Dolce and Gabbana

Blazer: Zara // Tank: Aritzia // Pants: J Brand // Necklace: Vintage // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Flats: Bloch

Dress: Aritzia // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Gold Bracelet: Club Monaco // Silver Bracelet: Gift from Italy // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Jimmy Choo for H&M // Watch: Michael Kors




I realize this post is ridiculously late, considering Montreal Fashion Week was almost six weeks ago, but I couldn’t resist posting three of the four outfits I wore to the Spring/Summer 2012 shows. Looking at photos of these outfits makes me long for the warm weather of early September and the next highly anticipated edition of Montreal Fashion Week in February 2012. As I mentioned in many of my posts on miss SLY!, particpating in nearly all of the shows this past season was a dream come true, and a fantastic way to meet so many other people who have a love for fashion as great as my own.

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Jers(ey)day

Jacket: Aritzia // Shirt: Aritzia // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Tights: Wolford // Watch: Michael Kors // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Earrings: Juicy Couture

        Despite the incessant midterm exams I have been writing over the past month, I am trying extremely hard to get back into the swing of things in regards to maintaining and updating my blog. Sadly, between my exams and the often rainy, dreary weather we have been experiencing for the last couple of weeks here in Montreal, I have found myself in a bit of a fashion rut which I am trying to get out of. There has been so much rain on and off for the entire month that I often resort to my Hunter boots, skinny jeans and my Mackage leather jacket for fear of being poorly dressed for the elements. Today however, I decided to change things up and wear two different jersey pieces -  a beautiful, featherweight heather t-shirt and a tight, bodycon jersey skirt, paired with my indestructable Wolford tights. Of course, I can never wear a completely monochromatic look, so my “trademark” Alexander McQueen scarf and my favourite recycled hemp Aritzia coat added two much deserved punches of colour. Are you currently stuck in a fashion rut due to bad weather? How do you look stylish in order to brave the outdoors?

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Fall Colours

Jacket: Mackage // Tank: Aritzia // Jeans: J Brand // Scarf: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy  // Flats: Bloch

To say the last month has been busy would be an extreme understatement. Many late nights and early mornings at the library and back-to-back exams haven’t allowed me to have the opportunity to shoot many photos in this beautiful autumn weather we’ve been having here in Montreal.


In reality though, I haven’t been completely absent from the fashion blogging world. As part of the Montreal miss SLY! team, I have been covering events here in Montreal, such as the “Shop ‘Til You Drop” event hosted by LOULOU Magazine at the end of September (see my posts here and here!).

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Last Day of Summer

Jacket: Mackage // Tank and Shorts: Aritzia // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Shoes: Pedro Garcia // Bag: Fendi

There’s something very symbolic about the last day of summer before classes commence. It represents the last moments of pure freedom before we are thrown back into our fast-paced lives, and while the warm weather will still be with us for another month or so here in Montreal, September 1st marks the beginning of being serious again.

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Playing It Neutral

Shirt: Aritzia // Jeggings: J Brand // Star necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Oval necklace: Vintage // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Sunglasses: Ray Ban // Shoes: Bloch // Bag: Alexander Wang

I don’t think there is a more busy time of year for a student than the last week of August. Between buying textbooks and supplies, seeing friends you haven’t seen for months, and settling in for eight months of school, there are often unexpected little things that pop up too. Since coming back to Montreal a little over a week ago, I’ve barely had a single, quiet moment to myself. Thank goodness I thrive at this fast-paced lifestyle.

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Buh-Bye Maxi Skirt Virginity

Tank: Urban Behaviour // Skirt: Aritzia // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Earrings: Chanel // Shoes: Bloch // Bag: Alexander Wang

It’s been 2 days since I came back to Montreal, and I’ve never been happier. While the weather hasn’t been the greatest (look at all that wind whipping my hair and skirt in the above photos), it’s great to be back in this city. Yes, I miss home and my parents already, but I am more than ready for a new academic year here in Montreal.

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Transitions

Sweater: Mackage // Tank and Shorts: Aritzia // Shoes: Bloch // Bag: Balenciaga // Watch: Michael Kors // Earrings: Aldo Accessories // Ring: Gift from Italy

These days, there is little stability and a lot of changes going on in my life. I’m all packed and ready to head back to Montreal tomorrow, after spending two months back home with my family in Ontario. The days are getting shorter, and dusk is coming earlier and earlier. In a fashion sense, there are also transitions happening. The cooler days and nights have already set in up here in Canada, and I feel like I’ve been deprived of summer and all of it’s wonderful fashions because of my conservative work environment and their near arctic temperatures. But fear not, I am savouring the last couple weeks of summer and indulging in plenty of silks and light knits, as seen in the photos above. I’m absolutely in love with these silk shorts (as seen here in blue), as they hit at just the right spot and are made out of 100% silk – perfect for hot days where the idea of anything covering your legs is repulsive. Even though fall is coming all too soon, I couldn’t resist indulging in two of fall’s hottest colours: eggplant and mustard. Being a fall baby, I find I’m naturally attracted to rusts, browns, eggplants, teals, sages, etc. What colours are you naturally drawn to? What colours will you be embracing this fall? To complete my outfit, I paired it with this Mackage sweater that I picked up at their June sample sale in Montreal (you can also see it here, in front of these beautiful shots of Montreal). The sweater is so delicate, yet the strong silk shoulders and elbow pads add a feminine edge to an otherwise boring cream sweater.

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Because I Can’t Go to Work in Pajamas

Shirt: C&C California // Pants: Aritzia // Shoes: Bloch // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Necklace: Vintage // Bag: Miu Miu

I hope you all had a splendid weekend, whether you were enjoying a long one here in most parts of Canada or just a regular 2 day one. I just got back from the beach a couple hours ago and I can’t wait to post pictures of the beautiful lake I was at!

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Everything is Illuminated

Dress: Aritzia // Belt: Club Monaco // Necklace: Vintage // Bag: Alexander Wang // Watch: Michael Kors // Shoes: Bloch // Ring: Gift from Italy

Hello lovelies,

How are you guys liking the new website? I’m nearly finished making all the changes I was eager to make after re-starting the blog in June. I also created a T