As we head into a fresh year full of opportunity, many of us like to switch out our wardrobes for newer styles and trendy looks. And as we scroll through websites showing the trendiest styles of clothing, we can’t forget one important aspect of dressing to impress: Shoes!
After living in frosty, Vitamin D-deprived Montreal for 5 years, one would correctly assume that I’ve learned to cope with cold weather and a lack of sunlight. While London is nowhere near as frigid as Montreal is during the winter, both cities have sunsets before 5 o’clock for a substantial part of the year. So what’s my favourite way to beat the winter blues, you might ask? Getting a group of lovely ladies together and having a wonderful afternoon at Winter Wonderland definitely is at the top of my list, hence my excitement at being asked to participate in Farfetch’s Winter Wonderland blogger event!
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.
Alright I’ll admit it, I’ve relapsed – relapsed into a full-blown sartorial leather addiction of sorts, that is. In fairness, I only promised to break out of my leather pants rut, not forgo leather jackets and skirts as well. Besides, I like to think this leather skirt adds diversity to my wardrobe: the beautiful grey/slate blue colour of the All Saints Olvera Skirt is a welcome addition of (a bit of) colour to the many hangers of black leather in my closet. But now that the junkie has justified her vice and we can collectively establish that avoiding leather all together seems nearly impossible for me, I thought I would at least continue to make an effort towards dressing more femininely. Sandro silk blouses are a tried and true favourite of mine to instantly dress up any outfit, so I went with a classic white style to emphasize the beautiful colour of my All Saints skirt. Perhaps this isn’t the most wow-worthy outfit I’ve ever produced, but the various monochromatic tones – especially this gorgeous, new petrol one – felt like the perfect look for wandering around London’s Russell Square many weeks ago in the middle of February.
When I was in high school, I adopted as much of an edgy style as possible while attending a Catholic school with a mandatory uniform. Along with heavy black eyeliner, one of my first designer acquisitions – an Alexander McQueen skull scarf (the pink one here) – subsequently became part of my daily look for several years. While I’ve ditched the heavy eye liner and wear a much wider variety of scarves than just this skull version now, there’s something about a good leather jacket, dark eye make-up, and Alexander McQueen’s iconic scarf that just feels so me. Speaking of good leather jackets, after much satisfaction with All Saints leather skirts, I decided to add another leather piece of theirs to my closet: the All Saints Hemming Biker Jacket. With so many buckles and so much quilting, it creates the perfect contrast with any feminine top or skirt. Or you know, it can also be paired with an (almost) all-black look and a skull scarf when you want to exude ultimate bad-ass biker vibes.
The most striking difference I’ve noticed about fashion in London versus Paris is unquestionably people’s willingness to experiment with their personal style. While Paris will seemingly forever be dubbed the fashion capital of the world, I personally find the street style of London much more interesting and thought provoking. From punks and goths, to Eurotrash and WAGs, freedom of sartorial expression feels considerably stronger north of the English Channel. After many months of falling into that codified, quintessentially monochromatic Parisian look, I decided to embrace a much wider variety of colours with great gusto on one grey January day in London. While this COS Crossover Wool Coat has often been the only pop of colour in my wardrobe over the last few months, I decided to switch things up with a few bold pops of purple and yellow. I never thought I would be one to wear a lemon yellow cashmere sweater with a cobalt blue coat, but that’s the great thing about living in and exploring different cities: you never know how a city will end up influencing your attitudes, including the sartorially concerned ones.
One of my favourite things about London is the amount of beautiful parks can be found within its city centre. While I couldn’t be happier to be living in Paris this year, I do miss being able to escape the chaos of an urban environment for some greenery and tranquility every now and then. Out of all of the pretty parks in London though, St. James’s Park has quickly become one of my favourite hideaways. With its sprawling lawns and trees set against backdrops of both the London Eye and Buckingham Palace, it feels like the perfect compromise between city and country living. For a lazy Sunday wandering aimlessly through the park, I decided to wear one of my favourite winter coats from Zara with my latest purchase with my edgy All Saints Mast Grey Slashed Jeans. I’ve had my eye on a pair of slashed jeans for many months now, but felt it was rather silly to buy a pair of pants that had holes in them already. But like most items by All Saints, after several weeks of lusting after them, I gave in. To round out the outfit and give it a bit of a more edgy vibe on a cold January day, I finished off my outfit with lots of Zara accessories, including my favourite cold weather scarf and chained booties.
I’ve never really been big on wearing prints – I often find that they can overpower and take away from the finer details of an outfit. Despite my adoption of an even more monochromatic, Parisian sartorial style over the last several months, plaid has managed to remain ubiquitous in my wardrobe. Blame it on my Anglo-Saxon heritage, or the seemingly endless variety of beautiful swatches, but I truly can’t get enough of these colourful pieces. After six months of contemplation about purchasing this gorgeous Sandro Rosy Plaid Shirt Dress (and trying it on no less than three times in three different cities!), I finally took the plunge and purchased it at 50% off last week. And what better place to make this dress’ long awaited debut than in the United Kingdom? Granted, I decided to pair the plaid shirt dress with a few of my favourite minimalist pieces from COS for a day wandering around London, but something still felt deeply appropriate about wearing plaid on the other side of the Channel.
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…
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.