Boots Made for Walking

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Fallen Leaves

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Sweater: & Other Stories // Watch: Michael Kors // Jeans: Rag & Bone/JEAN // Shoes: Adidas (similar) // Bag: Balenciaga

Shortly after Berlin and several weeks before Amsterdam, I made a quick, one week trip back to Canada in November. While I had many reasons to return home at the time, having the chance to savour even a few days of Canada’s glorious fall – and my absolute favourite season – definitely provided the final push to book my ticket home. Even if I only caught the tail end of autumn, I still got to play around in the leaves in my favourite Other Stories Metallic Merino Wool Sweater. Knowing that the days of sweater weather were limited for me on both sides of the Atlantic, I decided to make the Other Stories metallic sweater the centrepiece of my outfit. Balancing out the metallic sweater with white jeans helped maintain my overall denial of colder temperatures and reminiscent of summer temperatures, while my electric blue Stan Smith’s provided a necessary contrast to all of those beautiful fall, Canadian colours.

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Berlin Photo Diary

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Between all of my train and plane hopping around Europe since September, some posts like my Berlin Photo Diary have gotten lost in my drafts folder. I might have traveled to Berlin almost three months ago now, but like many of my travels within the last year, I can still fondly remember certain moments, like standing under Brandenburger Tor, biking around Tiergarten, and exploring East Berlin. Here’s to hoping we meet again soon, Berlin.

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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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Leather Weather

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Budapester Straße

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Sweater: Club Monaco (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Skort: Zara (similar) // Tights: Wolford // Boots: SENSO // Bag: Balenciaga 

If I could only wear one colour combination for the rest of my life, I would choose black and gold, time and time again. Sure, wearing everyone’s favourite slimming shade and this classic metallic tone would get tiring after a while, but there is something undeniably classic and luxurious looking about wearing this combination together. Purely out of convenience, I’ve been wearing a lot of black recently, as well as recently re-integrating gold into my closet after being scared into aversion for many years (I blame it on seeing an abundance of ostentatious southern Italian gold jewelry as a child). A few items have helped me fight said aversion, including this Club Monaco sweater I picked up last year before I went to New York last year, as well as these adorable Senso Quincy II ankle boots. By integrating zipper details in this once feared metallic of mine into my outfits, I’m slowly growing to love gold’s classic colour after much experimentation with rose gold and silver in the past. Oh, and the fact that both this sweater and these Senso boots are two of the most comfortable items in my closet helps a little bit, too.

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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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Kurfürstenstraße

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Jacket: Sandro // Tee: Editorial Boutique (similar here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Skirt: Sandro // Tights: Wolford // Shoes: SENSO // Bag: Miu Miu 

I never understood why so many of my friends raved about Berlin until I visited it myself three weeks ago. While I’ve been known to experience a few coup de coeur moments with fashion and accessories, no city has ever captivated me the way Berlin did. Maybe it’s because I’ve been feeling rather homesick for Montreal, but I couldn’t help but see so many similarities between the two cities: from the hodgepodge of different styles of architecture, to the strong youth culture and attitude, I think I found Montreal’s European sister city. After several gruelling weeks in Paris completing my Master’s degree and falling into one serious fashion rut, I decided to bring along some of my more girly fall favourites to Berlin, including my Sandro Janet skirt from the Fall 2014 collection. I’ve been trying to expand my wardrobe’s colour palette lately, and the deep evergreen and velour nature of this Sandro skirt kept bringing me back to the store to try it on multiple times. I’ve also been trying to wear more gold as of late, so the skirt proved to be a perfect compliment with its gold zippers to the hardware on both my timeless Miu Miu purse and my oh-so-comfortable Senso booties.

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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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Palais Royal

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Hat: Topshop (similar here & here) // Blazer: Sandro // Shirt: Forever 21 (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Muubaa // Shoes: Nike // Bag: Balenciaga

Is there a fashion blogger out there that hasn’t been influenced by the rampant sportswear trend that has taken hold and slowly made inroads into our daily lives? Quite frankly, there couldn’t have been a better for the fashion industry to bestow sneakers as the footwear du jour, as I’ve literally spent my days running between classes and appointments as of late. For a long time, I was a dedicated Converse enthusiast, but recently I’ve expanded my scope of stylish sneakers to include wearing (several pairs of) Stan Smith’s and the Nike Lunar Flyknits that I wear to the gym! I always thought there was something rather gauche about wearing the same style of shoes to the gym as on the city streets, but with a bit of sophisticated polish thanks to my beloved Sandro blazer and these supple Muubaa leather pants, I feel like sartorial balance has been restored. Given that I’m often seen wearing some shade of blue interspersed by black separates, texture is a critical element to making an outfit featuring much of the same colour palette more interesting. Mesh isn’t exactly an abundant fabric in my wardrobe, but maybe it’s time to integrate a few more pieces in this athletic texture to juxtapose my perennial denim and leather favourites.

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Place de l’Opéra

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Shirt: Sandro // Watch: Michael Kors // Skirt: Mackage (similar) // Boots: To Be Announced

In the relatively short period of time that I’ve been living in Paris, I’ve already found myself developing a list of favourite spots. From restaurants to bars, places to people watch and my favourite stores, I feel like I’ve been living in the City of Lights a lot longer than just 7 weeks. One of my favourite areas to indulge in many of life’s great pleasures - eating, drinking, shopping and observing – is around Place de L’Opéra. Anchored by L’Opera National de France, situated in possibly the most beautiful building I’ve ever laid eyes on, this area represents all of the best qualities of Paris to me: opulence, beauty, romance, chaos, and timeless. One of my favourite places to stay in the area is at the W Paris Opéra, a hotel that I had the pleasure of staying at while setting up here in Paris. Blending classic Haussmannian style architecture with modern glass and chrome interiors, it provided all the right kinds of dichotomies to create a totally unique hotel experience in Paris. And what better way to create yet another contrast between the beautiful, timeless architecture of the W Hotel than against the raw, edgy nature of my favourite Mackage leather skirt? I found myself gravitating to wearing an outfit that mixed many different materials – silk, leather, and oil-slick coloured booties – all in dark tones, as a way of creating an interesting, stark contrast against the brightness of the W’s rooms.

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IIIMNKYS

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Photos by Mikey Laviolette

(In order of presentation): Cameo Overend Jumper // Cameo Uprising Dress // To Be Announced Ten20 NS Boot // Cameo The Better Dress 

It’s funny how vividly I can remember all of the circumstances around each series of photos I publish on my blog: my thoughts and emotions at the moment the shutter snapped, what I planned to do after the photo shoot, and so on. These photos however are especially vivid and emotional for me, as they were the very last ones I shot before moving to Paris a little over a month ago. After wandering into IIIMNKYS for the first time in early August, I couldn’t believe that such a gem of a boutique had been under my nose during my 5 years in Montreal, completely unbeknownst to me. After a few quick emails and Instagram comments back and forth mere days before I was set to leave Montreal, the store and I decided it would be a great idea to collaborate on a series of photos and an Instagram contest. Given my unrequited love for Australian womenswear labels, I jumped at the opportunity to show off the latest offerings at IIIMNKYS from Cameo The Label. For this shoot, I decided not to fight my monochromatic inclinations. Instead, I embraced them, specifically in the forms of interesting textured additions to various dresses and sweatshirts in the form of leopard print, quilted appliqués, and embroidery. I like to think this series of photos is further proof that black and white outfits can prove to be anything but boring – and Aussie designers sure know how to validate that point.

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Birthday Wishlist

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(Clockwise) Vest: Barney’s New York Fur Vest // Slip: Sandro Richa Silk Plaid Slip Dress // Bag: Givenchy Antigona Medium Smooth Leather Tote // Jacket: Muubaa Belted Leather Jacket (similar here) // Shoes: SENSO Ava VIII Monochrome Hi Shine Croc  // Sunglasses: Miu Miu MU 09PS 54 Sunglasses // Coat: Alexander Wang Wool Blend Twill Coat It took me a long time to appreciate having a fall birthday. When I was in elementary school, I always envied the kids who had birthdays in the summer and didn’t have school interfering with their special days. As I’ve grown older though, I’ve developed an appreciation for having my birthday on October 1. In Canada, the beginning of October often coincides with the leaves changing colours, Canadian Thanksgiving, and oh yeah, it’s also conveniently timed with the release of fall’s most coveted items. So what better a time of year to (somewhat) justify purchasing one (or five) of fall’s most coveted items? For Fall 2014, these items include: the “new” classic – the Givenchy Antigona tote, a blue biker leather jacket, and Alexander Wang’s bold wool blend twill coat, to name a few. So today on my 23rd birthday, here are my seven favourites that perfectly encapsulate my favourite fall 2014 trends – and top my wish list, should a Fairy Godmother (or my actual mother!) happen to be on the lookout for something that would tickle my fancy…

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Grupee

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Jacket: Mackage (similar here) // Shirt: Editorial Boutique // Watch: Michael Kors // Jeans: Diesel (similar here) // Shoes: Converse // Bag: Balenciaga

In a very abstract way, I feel a bit like a human Petri dish as of late - an experiment in progress, one could say. What happens when you transport this living organism into a new environment? Will it thrive, or will it die? Will it mutate, or will it remain exactly the same, despite the change of conditions? While this is of course a gross exaggeration of moving to a new country, my relocation to France has been by far the biggest environmental change I’ve experienced in my almost twenty-three years. And being the hyper-aware individual that I am, it’s interesting to watch how my personality, including how I dress, is changing along with embracing a new way of living. Blame it on taking with me only three suitcases of clothes, but I’m finding a great amount of both literal and sartorial comfort in the basics as of late: aviator sunglasses, leather jackets, white tees, good ol’ blue jeans, and crisp white Converse. After months of searching for the absolute bluest jeans possible, I found this amazing pair of Diesel Grupee Jeans mere days before I left Montreal. Sick of super dark and light washes alike, I was in constant search of a pair of bottoms that truly epitomized the meaning of “blue jeans” for what felt like eternity. While this is a more relaxed outfit than what I wear typically as of late (welcome to business school!), this look is one of my favourites for when I want to put in minimal effort while still remaining presentable. When life gets complicated, unpredictable, and full of new experiences, going back to wardrobe basics can provide some much needed stability and comfort in a new environment – blue jeans and white tees, included.

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ModCloth Uniquely You

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New Beginnings

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Blazer: Sandro (similar here & here) // Shirt: Forever 21 (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Sandro (similar here & here) // Shoes: Bloch // Bag: Balenciaga

Have you ever visited a place for the first time, only to return to that same place a few years later and realize how different everything seems and how much has changed? I definitely experienced that feeling two weeks ago, when fresh off of my flight from Montreal, I decided to visit my new school’s campus. I came here almost exactly two years before, just to visit the interesting architecture and get a bit of information on L’Institut Français de la Mode (IFM)’s programs. At the time, I had absolutely no intention of attending the school – it was in fact my ex-boyfriend who encouraged me to investigate their programs. Who would have known that I would actually end up here and pursuing fashion as my career, not just as a hobby? For such a busy day of running errands and combatting rather brutal jet-lag, I decided to layer up for the decidedly cooler weather here in Paris with a denim shirt from Forever 21 and my favourite Sandro white jacket. I don’t wear this Sandro white jacket enough, mainly because being the klutz that I am, I’m so fearful of staining any of the beautiful fabric or ecru leather (it ended up happening anyway, sigh). Sometimes you just need to take a risk, whether it’s with wearing a white jacket while being an extremely clumsy individual, or pursuing your true passion in a different country (after all, I Bleed Fashion).

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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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Nero

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Glasses: Versace (similar here// Jacket: Zara (similar here & here) // Dress: Club Monaco (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Boots: Zara (similar here & here

One of the things I both love and hate about being in my twenties is the lack of uncertainty in life. Everything and anything can seem to change in an instant when an opportunity or person comes along and violently shifts your perspective on what you want out of life. Not only have I been preoccupied with several major personal changes over the last few weeks that have left little time for blogging, but the near subarctic temperatures and four o’clock sunsets that are omnipresent in Montreal have made making outfit posts difficult at best. After all of the excitement that was New York last month, I seem to have forgotten about one of the last posts I did over Thanksgiving at the beginning of October. I’ve been rather neglectful in wearing dresses since fall arrived, but I couldn’t hold back from pairing this ultra feminine neoprene dress from Club Monaco with one of my favourite oversized leather jackets from Zara. My favourite way to wear this leather jacket is definitely with a girly dress underneath. Maybe it was the cooler temperatures and less hours of light in a day, but I felt the need to keep an all-black look this time around. I guess one thing that won’t be changing anytime soon is my love of leather, black, and neoprene all wrapped up in one oufit. And in times of so much uncertainty and change, that kind of monotony in my own style is without a doubt welcome in my life.

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Midtown Style

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Shirt: Forever 21 // Crop Top: Zara (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: J Brand (here & here) // Boots: Zara (similar here & here) // Bag: Miu Miu (here & here)

I’ve been back in Montreal for a week and a half since my week long trip to New York, but quite frankly it feels as if a lifetime has passed since I was in the Big Apple. I’m back into one of those inevitable phases of life where it seems as if there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished, regardless of how much one cuts back on socializing, sleeping and all those other great things in life. Add to that mix about 9 hours of sunlight and increasingly frigid temperatures and life can easily feel overwhelming and and dreary. Fortunately, I have lots of fond memories from my second stay in Midtown where I was able to forget about life in Montreal and comfortably wear what I presume will be my last jacket-less look of the year. One of the many things I enjoy about fall from a sartorial standpoint is the necessity of reinterpreting summer pieces to work for cooler temperatures. As much as I loved wearing this crop top this summer on its own, throwing a blouse with a geometric pattern underneath it gives it a completely new feel that I will definitely be repeating throughout winter.

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Central Park

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Coat: Zara (similar here & here) // Sweater: Club Monaco // Shirt: Sandro // Watch: Michael Kors // Shorts: Zara (similar here & here) // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Zara (similar here & here) // Bag: Miu Miu (similar here & here)

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Flatiron District

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Blazer: Sandro (similar here & here) // Scarf: Club Monaco // Shirt: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Remix Boutique // Leggings: Sandro (similar here & here) // Bag: American Apprel 

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Seventh Avenue

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Hat: Topshop (similar here & here) // Jacket: Zara (similar here & here) // Sweater: Sandro (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Sandro (similar here & here) // Shoes: Sandro // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here)

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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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Torche

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Sweater: Sandro (here & here) // Skirt: Aritzia (similar here & here) // Boots: To Be Announced // Bag: Mackage

Summer is my favourite time of year to experiment with colour – and lots of it. But come September, I tend to revert to monochromatic staples that reflect my preoccupation with other things in life – essentially, I revert to autopilot mode when it comes to my fashion choices. In a world with so much stimulation, whether electronic, social, chemical, or academic, some things are bound to be done with little intention or thought being put into them. Preventing myself from going into that autopilot mode in various area of life is something I try very hard to watch out for, but it’s hardly an easy task these days. Thankfully, getting out of that monochromatic rut this fall hasn’t been too difficult due to the amazingness that is the Sandro Fall 2013 collection. Filled with leather, studs and bright colours, including this sweatshirt and this sweater, I’ve never seen a collection so perfectly suited to my tastes and so adaptable to my current wardrobe. I’ll never give up wearing black all together, but sometimes a little bit of mindfulness and colour in an outfit makes a world of a difference.

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Patchwork

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Sweater: Club Monaco // Watch: Michael Kors // Leggings: Sandro (similar here & here) // Boots: Zara (similar here & here) // Bag: Mackage

The best thing about the cooler temperatures of autumn is the ability to comfortably wear many of my favourite materials like leather, neoprene, and most recently, quilted anything. After seeing quilting re-emerge from the cribs of babies and the recliners of the elderly at Melissa Nepton’s Spring 2014 collection at Montreal Fashion Week in the form of stylish skirts and sweatshirts, I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold off for six months to try out the quilted fashion trend for myself. And what better way is there to way this new texture than in the form of a cozy sweatshirt with a dash of genuine leather? Combining my favourite Sandro leather leggings with this quilted sweatshirt from Club Monaco felt like the perfect combination last weekend when I was back at my parents’ house for Thanksgiving. Looking to simply enjoy nature and relax a bit before heading back to New York soon, I found myself neglecting jewelry and just sticking to my tried and true wardrobe staples in these hectic times.  Given the ease and wearability of quilted separates – they can make a dressy piece looks less formal for daily wear and add another texture to a basic outfit – expect to see a lot more of this texture invading my closet in the coming months.

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Rubie

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Sweater: Sandro // Bracelet: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Gloves: Little Burgundy (similar here & here) // Skort: Zara // Boots: To Be Announced // Bag: Mackage

In the past, you could have called me a compulsive big bag girl: from my oversized Miu Miu to my Alexander Wang Rocco, I’m typically attracted to large bags that I can stuff everything from my overflowing life into. The problem with carrying big bags all the time however is that they tend to invite the desire to carry even more stuff than necessary: the extra space just seems to invite a DSLR camera, water bottle, your boyfriend’s extra stuff on those days when you’re racing out the door. The end result of all this extra space? It all winds up in these larger bags and weighing down our purses and shoulders and damaging the bag itself. In an attempt to break my ways (and the ways of others around me), I decided it was time to start investing in some smaller bags. I’m not sure if I was actually following that logic when I first saw the Mackage Rubie purse – it was truly a coup de coeur when I first saw the bag at Toronto Fashion Week – but it felt like a useful investment given my problems of the past. After one month with Rubie, it’s still a little jarring to see an extra scarf or accessory floating around my apartment and knowing that I can’t spontaneously stuff it into my bag when I’m running late to an event or night out. But hey it’s a process, hopefully one that this beautiful bag will be conducive towards.

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Giving Thanks

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Blouse: Zara (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang (here & here// Shoes: Joe Fresh (similar here & here) // Bag: Miu Miu (here & here)

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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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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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Mad About Plaid

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Shirt: Zara (similar here and here) // Rose Gold Ring: ALDO (similar here and here) // Rose Gold Cuff: ALDO (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Glasses: Versace (similar here and here) // Pants: J Brand // Shoes: Forever 21 (similar) // Bag: Alexander Wang

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From Red to Gold

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Jacket: Mackage // Shirt: Sandro // Scarf: H&M // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Pants: Current/Elliot // Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here and here) // Bag: Balenciaga

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Some Things are Just Black and White

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Bra: ASOS // Tank: T By Alexander Wang // Watch: Michael Kors // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Bracelet: Gift from Italy (similar here and here) // Ring: Gift from Italy // Pants: Rag & Bone // Bag: Balenciaga

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Michael Eardley, “REBIRTH ONE”

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Remember a long time ago – ok, more like over two weeks ago, when I wrote a post about Michael Eardley’s “REBIRTH ONE” collection at the W Hotel here in Montreal? Despite the delay in writing this post due to post-exam fatigue, here’s the review on the collection itself! Better late than never, right?

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A Very Audrey Halloween

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Dress: Forever 21 (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Earrings: Forever 21 (similar here and here) // Necklace: Forever 21 (similar here and here) // Tiara: Claire’s (similar here and here) // Bag: Louis Vuitton

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Anglomania

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Coat: Queen’s Wardrobe (similar here and here) // Dress: Stylestalker // Rose Gold Ring: Aldo (similar here and here) // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Watch: ASOS // Bracelet: Aldo (similar here and here) // Earrings: H&M // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Prada (similar here and here) // Bag: Alexander Wang

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Smoke, Mirrors and ‘Rebirth One”

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Dress: Topshop (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Tights: Wolford // Shoes: Topshop // Bag: Balenciaga

I don’t think there’s ever been a month in my twenty-one years that has been as busy as this past one: days when I run from the library to a fashion event, and then back to the library are starting to become “de rigeur” over the last few weeks. Honestly, I couldn’t be happier with such a crazy lifestyle these days – ok, maybe I would be happier if I wasn’t nursing a bad cold, which is surely the result of my intense lifestyle. But at the end of the day, I can think of nothing better than focusing all of my energy on school and fashion, given how emotional and trying the last few weeks have been. Maybe that explains my rather spontaneous decision to get bangs and go for a new look? My stylist suggested I needed a more “fashion-y” hair-cut, given my involvement in the industry, and well, my impulsive tendencies got the best of me and I ended up with awesome new hair.

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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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Redheaded Woman

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Blazer: Sandro (similar here and here) // Shirt: Forever 21 // Necklace: Vintage // Glasses: Versace // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // White Bracelet: Juicy Couture (similar) // Black Cuff: Juicy Couture // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Pants: J Brand // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Miu Miu (similar here and here)

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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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Giving Thanks

Dress: =&0=& // Necklace: =&1=& // Watch: =&2=& // Ring: =&3=& // Shoes: =&4=&Bag: =&5=& =&6=& =&6=& If you have ever lived in more than one city in your lifetime, you probably have fond memories of each city you spent time in, but only one you would probably consider “home”. While it’s been 10 years since I left Ottawa, I somehow always find a way to go back to “Hogtown” at least once a year. This year, the opportunity arose through the wedding of a close family friend over the Canadian Thanksigiving weekend. This was the first time I had ever attended a big Greek wedding, and it did not disappoint in any way. Held at the Museum of Civilization (my favourite museum in the country) in Gatineau, Quebec (as seen in the pictures above).  Having never attended a wedding before, I wasn’t exactly sure of what to wear. In the end though, I went with my gut instinct and wore this gorgeous vintage 1960s dress that I bought off of Ebay years ago, but never had the opportunity to wear. Given that I knew there would be a lot of standing around and socializing, I decided to forgo a pair of stilettos and chose one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I own (from H&M, no less!). Overall, it was a beautiful ceremony and a beautiful weekend to be in Ottawa. =&6=& =&6=& =&6=& =&6=& =&12=& =&13=& =&6=& =&15=&

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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The Calm Before the Storm…

Blazer: Zara // T-shirt and Tank (underneath): Aritzia // Jeggings: J Brand // Belt: Zara // Shoes: Forever 21 // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Bag: Alexander Wang

Not only has it been literally storming since last night here in Montreal, but another type of storm is brewing: Montreal Fashion Week begins tomorrow (well, technically today as it’s nearly 2 AM now) and runs from September 6th – 9th. It’s going to be a jam-packed week with many fashion shows and a lot of writing on my part. While I’ll try to keep my readers up to date as much as possible, visit miss SLY! to get complete coverage of Montreal Fashion Week and see the articles I will be writing every day for her! I’ll be sure to post some of my favourite outfits from these highly anticipated four days on this blog, but her website is the best place to get the scoop on everything going on at Montreal Fashion Week.

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