Haut Marais

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Vest: Topshop // Shirt: Sandro (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Jeans: Rag & Bone/Jean // Shoes: Alexander Wang // Bag: Balenciaga

As quickly and abruptly as my time in France’s capital began, it has ended – it’s hard to believe that this is my last post from Paris, at least for the foreseeable future. In both circumstances, I had no idea I would be leaving one country for another so suddenly, but as I’ve learned recently with life, it’s all about going with the flow and seeing what new adventures await. I guess it’s fitting then that my last post comes from one of my favourite areas of Paris – Le Haut Marais. Home to my favourite restaurants and favourite stores, if there’s one area of Paris I’m going to miss dearly, this is undeniably it. For a lazy, rainy Sunday, I decided to revisit pastels, a sartorial element I’ve experimented more with in recent years after categorically shunning them all together throughout my teens for fear of looking too girly. I found this Topshop sleeveless utility duster in London’s Westfield mall a few weekends before and felt drawn to the structured crepe in such a pretty lavender shade. Never one to give up my monochromatic staples, I decided the duster would be a great feminine, spring compliment to my favourite Balenciaga and Alexander Wang pieces. Here’s to observing what new sartorial evolution – or revolution – awaits me in London.

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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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New Neutrals

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Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Jacket: Zara (similar) // Shirt: COS // Watch: Michael Kors // Jeans: Rag & Bone/JEAN // Shoes: Zara // Bag: Balenciaga

For years now, I’ve considered grey and black to be my go-to neutrals: regardless of the garment or material, I can always throw on some combination of the two and instantly feel put together and chic. Other so-called neutrals like tan, white and silver though? These colours still feel challenging and daunting to me – which is exactly why I’ve been experimenting with them more frequently as of late. I’m happy to report that I’ve been making slow but steady progress with said closet diversification: white jeans have transitioned from an occasional summer favourite into a wardrobe mainstay, while most recently, I’ve been craving dashes of silver accessories. These Zara metallic platform bluchers are a prime example of a new metallic favourite that I can’t wait to pair with black leather shorts later on this summer, but for now, I decided to give them an inaugural spin as part of an entirely neutral outfit. I guess when you’re in a city as colourful as Barcelona, it’s not surprising that one would gravitate towards neutrals to contrast its exquisite scenery. Or maybe perhaps this is more permanent progress to a more tonally diversified wardrobe. Either way, the combination of old and new neutrals felt perfect for a lazy day wandering around Barceloneta again during my trip to Barcelona over Easter.

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La Barceloneta

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Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Shirt: Hello Parry // Watch: Michael Kors // Jeans: Rag & Bone/JEAN // Boots: Chloé // Purse: & Other Stories (similar)

As many of you witnessed via my Instagram account, I spent 4 glorious days in Barcelona during my Easter break. Honestly, I can’t think of a better location at a better time: lots of clear blue skies and sun was exactly the cure I needed after weeks of grey and dreary weather in Paris. This trip marks my first time visiting Barcelona, and I can say with absolute certainty that it won’t be my last. I’ll always have a soft spot for the emerald green waters of southern Italy’s Adriatic coast, but I now equally appreciate Barcelona’s bon vivant attitude, delicious cuisine, and aquamarine coastline. Sartorially speaking, I’ve been heavily relying upon lots of leather in both London and Paris as of late, mainly due to the cooler temperatures and being rather consumed with course work and applications. But a dramatic change of scenery and seasons provided the perfect catalyst to shake up my outfits and embrace bold colours again. I guess it’s safe to say that I was not-so-subtly influenced by the marine scenery in choosing to wear both my Hello Parry Space Aqua Blue Mesh Top and & Other Stories Oil Reptile Bag. Call it fisherman chic, but while packing for Barcelona, I couldn’t resist throwing in these two pieces to pair with my all-time favourite Rag & Bone jeans.

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Russell Square

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Shirt: Sandro (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Skirt: All Saints (similar) // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Alexander Wang // Bag: Mackage

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.

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Red Lion Square

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Jacket: All Saints // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Shirt: All Saints // Watch: Michael Kors // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Jonak (similar) // Bag: Mackage (similar)

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.

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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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Jardin du Palais Royal

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Jacket: Mackage // Shirt: Editorial Boutique // Watch: Michael Kors // Skort: Hello Parry // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Alexander Wang // Bag: Balenciaga

Sometimes I think that living in Paris has made me forget that fashion can be fun. While fashion is absolutely a serious pursuit for me and many others who call the City of Lights home, sartorial expression doesn’t always have to remain so severe. It’s been ages (or rather, almost 3 years) since I wore this sequinned shirt from Editorial Boutique in Montreal – and quite frankly, I’m not sure why I haven’t worn it since. Can I not be serious about pursuing fashion while wearing fun details? Must I always dress in monochromatic shades to emphasize how serious I am about my future in fashion? I guess the simple answer to this question is that with (very slowly) rising temperatures, I’ve been getting into a more playful and cheerful spirit with my wardrobe, mixing up my usual leather pieces with some chiffon and brighter details. I’ve been a fan of the quintessential Zara skort since it first came out two years ago so much that I purchased it in both black and white. Sadly though, I missed out on snagging the cobalt blue version from Zara and it always remained rather elusive from my wardrobe. Fast forward a few years, and I found a nearly identical version of the skort from my favourite Aussie online retailer, Hello Parry. Maybe there is some credence to the whole “good things come to those who wait” adage…

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Italy Photo Diary

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Last week, I had the opportunity to return to Italy as part of my master’s program at IFM. While it would be a gross understatement to describe our week-long sojourn as anything but a whirlwind (hello 5:30 AM call times and midnight bedtimes), it was one of the most fascinating trips I’ve ever taken. Splitting our time equally between Milan and Venice, we had a few once in a lifetime opportunities of gaining exclusive access into the production facilities of Louis Vuitton shoes, as well as ceramic and textile factories. Given the study-related nature of this trip, I didn’t have much free time (or energy) to take my DSLR camera around with me all the time, so my photos from this trip are a mash-up of DSLR photos from Venice and a few of my favourite Instagram snaps from Milan and Venice. While I typically find myself visiting southern Italy more than the north given my family’s roots, thinking about wandering the cobblestone streets around il Duomo and feeling the cold breeze rolling off of Venice’s canals at night is definitely making me eager for a more relaxing trip back to these two cities soon.

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Stella & Wang

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Sweater: Stella McCartney // Watch: Michael Kors // Skirt: Rebel via Editorial Boutique (similar here & here) // Boots: Alexander Wang // Bag: Balenciaga

Every season, I find myself splitting the items on my wardrobe lust list into two categories: wardrobe staples and on-trend pieces. No sartorially savvy closet is complete without a balance between two, but unfortunately, basic economics dictates that we must be selective given limited funds and endless wants. This outfit represents a balance between both of these categories: the classic, Alexander Wang Anouck Boot paired with a replica of one of the hottest items of the spring collections – the Stella McCartney plaid-intarsia sweater.

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Mackage Favourites

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Jacket: Mackage (similar here & here) // Shirt: Hilfiger Denim // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Forever 21 (similar here & here) // Sneakers: Michael Kors // Bag: Mackage

If there is a quintessential item of my style and wardrobe, I think the general consensus would be that that item is a leather jacket. Come winter, spring, summer or fall, I find a way to wear them through every season and varying degrees of comfort. One of my favourite go-to brands when it comes to leather jackets in particular – but also leather purses and ready-to-wear – is Mackage. Based in Montreal, Mackage is one of my favourite Canadian brands that I eagerly await to see each season at World MasterCard Fashion Week. One of my beloved finds from their sample sale many years ago was this supple leather jacket with subtle shoulder pads that creates a stronger, more feminine look. I’ve been embracing boxier, bulkier styles over the last few months and only late last week decided to revisit this piece when the weather made a U-turn for cooler temperatures. For a lazy day wandering around the Old Port with family, I chose something old and something new from Mackage: this leather jacket and my new favourite bag that I can’t stop wearing on a daily basis. Whoever said there can be too much of a good thing clearly never knew of Mackage or had a penchant for leather jackets.

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Kate Moss for Topshop

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Dress: Kate Moss for Topshop // Shoes: Topshop

One year ago at convocation for my bachelor’s degree, I had absolutely no idea that I would be back at McGill only four short months later to start a new program. Granted, this program was for a certificate rather than a degree, but it still proves how unpredictable life can be after those four formative university years. So one year later, I found myself at my second convocation for another program I completed this past academic year. On a much more superficial, sartorial level, I also had no idea that Topshop would be resurrecting this iconic dress for the second Kate Moss for Topshop collection. I remember seeing this dress in the first Kate Moss for Topshop collection way back in 2007 and wishing I could get my hands on it. Sadly, as a 16-year-old girl in the suburbs, I had neither the occasion to wear such a dress, nor the ability to get my hands on it. After going avant-garde with cut-outs and neoprene for last year’s convocation dress, I decided to embrace my girly, feminine side with this yellow chiffon creation. While I’ve been recently viewing unpredictability as a negative quality, I’m realizing that’s a rather myopic view: sometimes it can also mean getting your hands on a dream dress that you thought was gone forever years ago.

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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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Beaux-Arts

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Photos by Dominique Lawrence of D-Construct

Vest: Zara // Sweater: Holt Renfrew (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Scarf: Alexander McQueen (similar here & here) // Skirt: Mackage // Shoes: Senso // Bag: Mackage

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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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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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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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Photos by Nazia Iqbal

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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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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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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Denim on Denim

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Shirt: ASOS // Tank: Urban Behaviour (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Jeans: J Brand // Shoes: H&M (similar) // Bag: Balenciaga

Earlier in May, I wrote about attending LaSalle College’s “Signature 2012″ fashion show and talked about all of the fabulous creations that were presented. However, I never showed you what I wore to the event (dressing for events is obviously one of my favourite parts). As this was the first time I attended the annual event, I didn’t know how fancy the dress code would be. Taking this uncertainty into account, I chose to go with a denim-on-denim look with pops of neon in the form of neon nailpolish, neon piping, and a neon tank top. These photos were taken in the evening, after the fashion show – this is why I’m wearing comfy flats, instead of the black H&M wedges I had been wearing (and bleeding in!) earlier that day. I know the image quality is quite poor, but I think they add a bit of character to the overall look of the pictures.

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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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Silver Star

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Jacket: Stylestalker // Shirt:    // Jeggings: Rag and Bone // Earrings: Holt Renfrew (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Shoes: H and M (similar) // Bag: Balenciaga

It seems like that with all Stylestalker items I purchase that I deliberate about buying them for quite some time. When I first saw this Stylestalker Heavy Metallic Jacket on ASOS a month ago, I was tempted to impulsively purchase it but I refrained when I tried to imagine what I would wear the jacket with. However, I always kept the link open in my browser, occasionally oogling its images while studying. It was only last week when I stopped by “Editorial Boutique” on Rue Stanley here in Montreal that I saw the jacket, and decided it was time to take the plunge on such a bold, statement piece. It was love at first sight – I’ve been obsessed with this jacket since I got it and I’ve worn it out every day this past weekend. The only downside? It’s really hot to wear in the mid-20 Celsius temperatures that Montreal has been experiencing recently!

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Exposure

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Jacket: Mackage // Dress: Stylestalker // Watch: Asos (similar) // Ring: Gift from Italy // Booties: Zara (similar) // Bag: Alexander Wang

I first heard about Stylestalker from another Canadian blogger, who posted a link to the spring collection on Twitter in March. I was extremely interested upon clicking on this link and finding a collection of clothes that seemed to be made FOR me – lots of leather, embellishments, sequins, and unique designs. I debated about purchasing this Stylestalker “Currency” dress for a few weeks before finally taking the dive and ordering it from Asos two weeks ago. I’m pretty sure my behaviour was reminiscent of a child on Christmas morning when I saw the package at my door, as I furiously ripped open the package and tried on my new dress. I’m extremely happy with my new purchase, and decided to pair it with a pair of boots from Zara I just haven’t found anything to go with. As someone who has trouble embracing the middle ground in all areas of life, most of my shoe closet consists of flats or super-high (read: 4 inches or above) heels, I’m purchasing more low-heel shoes to save my feet for the future. Finally, to top off the outfit, I complimented my favourite Alexander Wang “Rocco” bag with a rose-gold watch from Asos.

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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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Fluorescence

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Tank: Urban Behaviour // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Skirt: Club Monaco (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Bag: Balenciaga // Shoes: Dolce and Gabbana

Despite being trapped in my apartment in order to study for my final exams, the gorgeous weather has breathed some optimism into life these days. Hard to imagine that I purchased this neon yellow Club Monaco a-line skirt exactly one year ago, long before the whole neon trend became overblown and on every piece of clothing in the mall. Whenever I wear this skirt, I usually wear it exactly like this – black accessories and black shirt with my McQueen scarf. If it’s not obvious from my entire site, I’m quite obsessed with bold colours and sometimes need to control myself with how much I throw into one outfit. These gorgeous Dolce and Gabbana booties from 2010 feel so perfect with the girly nature of the skirt, and a McQueen scarf can do no wrong when paired with anything.

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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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Pop

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Jacket: Mackage // Scarf: H and M // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Pants: Urban Behaviour (similar) // Shoes: Urban Behaviour // Bag: Jimmy Choo for H and M

Since jeggings became a major trend about 2 years ago, I have tried many, many brands of all price points. J Brand, Citizens of Humanity, and Rag & Bone are just a few examples of the supposedly “better” brands I have purchased in the quest to find the perfect jegging. Overall, after many trials with various pairs and styles, I have been incredibly disappointed in the quality from J Brand and Citizens of Humanity. For nearly $200 a pair, these pants fall apart within months – I actually had to retire these J Brand jeggings because they’ve stretched out so much on the bottom and thighs. Given this past experience, you can only imagine my delight when I walked into Urban Behaviour and found a variety of coloured jeggings at the very attractive price point of $25-30 a pair. I picked up only 2 pairs, as I could only find 2 pairs in my size (who knows how many I would have walked out with if there had been more!). While I’ve only worn them a couple of times so far, I must say the quality is comparable to those of much more expensive jeggings. I would dare to say that these jeggings are significantly more comfortable than my more expensive pairs – always a plus!

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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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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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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=&