Remember how I said that I was sure that my style would be somewhat influenced by my recent move to France? Well, almost three weeks into living in Paris, I’ve already become cognizant of the sartorial ramifications of relocating across the pond. While I still adore wearing leather anything, I’ve found myself gravitating towards more feminine pieces as of late, including lots of silk tops. One of my favourites as of late is this beautiful piece from the Jessica Bell x Aritzia collaboration, which launched across Aritzia retailers in early August. Before leaving Canada, I rather obsessively stalked down this shirt in Montreal and made sure it would accompany me on my new adventures in Paris. While the colours may have been inspired by artist Jessica Bell’s travels across Canada, I find the colours are very reflective of life in Paris. From the beautiful pink sunrises and sunsets, to the grey cobblestones of the ancient streets and the deep blue of the Seine at night, this shirt feels like the perfect compliment to my new environment. Check out the other equally gorgeous four pieces in the Jessica Bell x Aritzia collection here.
Photos by Dominique Lawrence of D-Construct
In reality, Montreal is only about 5500 km away from Paris – but truth be told, it feels more like it’s several dozen light years away from me these days. While I only left for Paris 10 days ago, there have been so many changes in each of those days that I feel as if the 5 years I lived in Montreal were a dream. Everything feels different in Paris, including my daily sartorial choices. Montreal summers are basically the complete opposite of those here in Paris: steaming hot, tons of sun, and the desire to wear nothing more than a bikini while lounging by the pool. Given how much I rely on layering as a method of creating interesting outfits, this Zara white vest was about all I could manage on one hot August summer evening. It’s unfortunate that the Canadian climate fails to be conducive to vests – either because your arms are freezing or you’re sweltering underneath – because I quite enjoy pairing them over a simple sundress, or under a nice cashmere sweater. That’s one benefit about being away from Canada for the next year and a half – a little more flexibility with dressing as I no longer have to deal with extreme heat waves and cold snaps. While I will always love Canada and will most likely return in the future, I can’t wait to experience a new lifestyle (potentially including a new style, too?) over the coming months.
There comes a time in every 20-something’s life when you can either remain complacent with your day-to-day goings, or take a bold leap of faith and do something radical to shake up your existence. I decided to do the latter in the middle of July, when I was feeling quite disillusioned with life, and applied to graduate school in France…and was accepted. So tomorrow, I’ll be relocating to Paris where I will begin my MSc in International Luxury Management at L’Institut Français de la Mode (IFM). I’m both equally parts terrified and elated about this whole experience ahead of me, and have succumbed to just about every emotion possible regarding leaving behind friends, memories, and my life here in Montreal. But quite honestly, life hasn’t been what I have wanted within the last year. Sure, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to visit New York, Italy, Washington, and Toronto all within the last 12 months, but there has been quite a bit of pain and struggle over career ambitions, relationships, and just a general feeling of being stuck and not accomplishing much in life at the same time. I’ve never been one to enjoy wallowing, so whenever I see a problem, I like to come up with solutions and take action. My Master’s application to IFM was one of those solutions to being extremely frustrated with the limited career opportunities in Montreal, and a desire to break out of what became an all too monotonous life. It was absolutely an impulsive decision, but it’s also an impulsive decision that I have absolutely no regrets about making and a program that I am truly looking forward to beginning on Monday.
Photos by Dominique Lawrence of D-Construct
In case it’s not completely obvious to the casual observer, I’ve been going through a rather intense obsession with Australian fashion labels as of late. It all started a few years ago when I discovered Stylestalker, and recently progressed to the acquisition of a pair of Senso boots and several pairs of One Teaspoon bottoms. So what’s the latest favourite on my Most Coveted list of labels from Down Under? Cameo The Label. I’ve been in love with their gorgeous printed pieces for a few seasons now, but I had trouble finding a retailer in Montreal where I could check the fit and view the pieces in person. On an awfully cold afternoon last week, I happened to stumble upon IIIMNKYS with my friend Dom in Les Cours Montreal and found several pieces from Cameo The Label there, including this gorgeous marble printed blouse. I had the most visceral reaction to the print and the structure that as soon as I purchased it, I went to the bathroom and changed into it. While it’s true that I’ve been trying to move away from monochromatic pieces as of late and incorporate more colour into my wardrobe, I couldn’t pass up the unique nature of the marble print and the stiff structure of the blouse. So who’s next on my list of Aussie labels to follow? I have no new contenders at the moment, but feel free to drop me a suggestion on my Instagram - I’m suspicion that my infatuation with Australian labels like Cameo The Label won’t be waning anytime soon.
Whenever I’m in New York or Paris, All Saints always at the top of my list of places to visit. While it’s possible to shop online, there’s nothing quite like visiting one of their stores and taking the time to feel and stare fondly at their beautiful silk and leather offerings. Renowned for doing minimalism and quality wardrobe staples oh so well, All Saints always offers a couple of standout pieces that veer into more edgy territory each season. For spring/summer 2014, one of those items included this stunning All Saints leather skirt that I couldn’t help but gravitate towards during my last trip to New York. I had been rather smitten with its bold zippers and thick buckles well before I laid my hands on its buttery leather, but seeing it in the flesh and with a giant “50% off” sticker next to the price tag sent me running to the cash with it. Sure, it’s been called everything from “the lovechild of a tire and a purse” to “a bit too edgy for my liking” by various friends and family members – but at the end of the day, I’m still completely obsessed with its design and quality. And ain’t nobody gonna change that (said in obligatory Honey Boo-Boo voice).
Boyfriend jeans have always been a difficult style for me to pull off – they rank right up there with drop-crotch shorts on my “most difficult styles to pull off” list, as their cuts don’t always coalesce with my body shape. Given my affinity for everything One Teaspoon this summer and my ongoing desire to incorporate more denim into my wardrobe, I decided to give the One Teaspoon Awesome Baggies a go. Three months after purchasing them, I’m still figuring out how to wear this Aussie brand’s infamous style of jean without appearing too disheveled. After many (failed) trials and more time spent in front of my bedroom mirror than I would care to admit, I’ve figured out a few tried-and-true formulas with fashion’s of-the-moment denim cut. So what’s my favourite way to wear them as of late? Pairing these most definitely awesome jeans with a flash of leather and a pair of simple pumps, in order to add some texture and femininity to what my parents would consider a bedraggled pair of pants.
(Clockwise): Sunglasses: Whitechapel White Leopard with Blue Mirrored Lenses // Sandals: Senso Ida White Leopard Print Footbed Flat Sandal // Sweater: Joseph Women’s Crew Neck Leopard and Jacquard Sweater // iPhone Case: Marc by Marc Jacobs Sasha Leopard Phone Case // Scarf: Dolce & Gabbana Leopard Print Scarf // Bag: Sophie Hulme Mini Green Leopard Envelope Bag // Jeans: Current/Elliot Charcoal Leopard Corduroy Jeans // Heels: Valentino Rockstud Leopard Pony-hair Caged Pumps // Purse: Celine Leopard Print Ponyhair and Leather Luggage Tote Bag
Oh the dog days of summer: hair up, bigger smiles, drinks on ice, brighter makeup, and less clothing. While it’s always a challenge to look fashionable during those arduous Canadian winters, I find dressing in the summer almost equally difficult, albeit for very different reasons. As spring transitions into summer, layering literally grows burdensome as both temperature and humidity soar. While many girls opt for stacking piles of jewelry and accessories on to compensate, I’ve always found myself rather adverse to wearing a ton of jewelry (minus a few rings and maybe a Balenciaga cuff). One accessory though that I always seem to have on me are headphones. Whether I’m relaxing at home watching a movie or out traversing the streets of Montreal, headphones an integral part of my look – so why not invest in a pair that matches my sartorial tastes? I had been eyeing these Frends headphones for the longest of time, but felt guilty for investing in such an item without a steep discount. Thankfully, Nordstrom’s anniversary sale rolled around and offered the perfect incentive for adding another oil-slicked piece to my closet. Sure, it’s not a Cartier Love bracelet or a piece of fine jewelry, but for me it adds the perfect pop to what would otherwise be a cute, but rather bland summer outfit.
Pictures by Yannick Khong
As I mentioned in my previous outfit post, I’ve been going through a rather profound obsession with drop-crotch shorts ever since I found the most perfect pair by One Teaspoon in denim earlier this year. I’ve also had an idling infatuation with white leather for quite a few months now, so you can imagine my delight at finding these two trends perfectly encapsulated in this new take on the Super Freak short. And what better way than to show them off than paired with a simple “azzurri” blue tee while cheering on Italy as they played their fourth (and final) match against Uruguay. It seemed rather fitting that as soon as Yannick and I exited the bar after Italy’s loss, the heavens opened up and it began to pour. Never one to forgo a moment to shoot a few outfit photos, we took advantage of the rain highlighting all of the amazing summer colours that remain dormant for so much of our lives here in Montreal. Oh, and of course, getting to show off my leather Super Freak shorts in stark contrast to the beautiful foliage and monuments was an added benefit, too.
Twice a year, usually around February and July, I wait with baited breath for the release of Zara’s spring/summer and fall/winter collections, respectively. While this may sound rather exaggerated and silly to those not deeply concerned with fashion, there’s a reason Zara’s name is synonymous with cult status among the sartorially concerned. With the majority of high-end luxury designers’ collections out of the financial reach of the consumers, Zara can always be counted on to knock off, and sometimes even reinterpret for the better, the most notable pieces from each season. This season I found quite a few fantastic pieces from their spring/summer collection, including this printed t-shirt and these slip-on sneakers. I’ve slowly started adopting more prints into my wardrobe within the last few months, but this shirt from Zara is by far the boldest one I own. Despite my previous aversion to prints, there’s something about the bold contrast and implication of texture that drew me in (did I mention it’s also made out of one of my favourite fabrics, neoprene?). To contrast the bold pattern of the shirt and the delicate snakeskin texture of the slip-on sneakers, I decided to pair my new Zara pieces with my absolute favourite piece from last year’s spring/summer collection: the iconic Zara skort. I guess this is exactly what evolving personal style looks like: taking risks with new pieces while incorporating old favourites.
Pictures by Yannick Khong of Pyktures
Boulevard Saint-Laurent is undoubtedly my favourite street in Montreal. With much of the best food, shopping, galleries, bars, and nightlife scattered along this quintessential part of the city, it’s quite common to find a bon vivant like myself spending the majority of their summer days here. One of the most striking features of this infamous boulevard is the street art and graffiti that can be found at almost every cross street. I’ve passed this mural at Théâtre ESPACE GO many times before, but never had a chance to be photographed alongside it. After succumbing to a phase of colour euphoria last week, it seems I’ve reverted to my monochromatic, sartorial tendencies. You would think after wearing this notorious Zara skort to death last summer and fall that it would be the last thing I would reach for come warm weather this year – but you would be wrong. There’s something I adore about the geometric nature of that Zara skort and my Mackage Roni Silver Clutch that seemed to coincidentally work seamlessly with the bold nature of the mural. While I do go through phases with certain pieces in my closet, I’m certain my relationship with both of these pieces will be enduring.
After covering the opening and closing days of Montreal Fashion Week, I was off bright and early Saturday morning to New York to cover New York Fashion Week for the very first time. It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to cover one of the international runway circuits for my own blog, but truthfully I didn’t think I would be able to do so for another year or two due to school, money, and blog metrics. With all of those doubts aside, I truly can’t explain how overwhelmed with happiness and joy when I received confirmation letters for a few show invites and parties. I like to think all of those long afternoons finding the perfect light for photos and late nights editing photos are finally paying off, little by little.
There’s something about an all-white look that’s just so irresistible in the summertime. While I’m a fan of wearing the odd white piece after Labour Day, an entirely white outfit after the first weekend of September feels out of place to me. These photos were taken on my last day in Toronto, where I had been living since May as part of my internship. My love affair with this Zara skort has been rather ongoing this summer, and while I’m excited to wear it with tights and boots this fall, I chose to go for an all-white look on one of the last dog days of summer. Wearing all-white is rather unnatural for me: between my extreme clumsiness and my natural inclination towards gothic style elements, wearing all-white always feels like the ultimate sartorial (and lifestyle) challenge to me. I couldn’t help but break up the all-white look with a few of my favourite accessories, like this on-trend camo scarf from H&M and my beloved Balenciaga motorcycle bag. Dressing entirely in white will never feel right to me, but that’s the great thing about personal style – everyone can adapt a trend to how it best suits them.
Jacket: Zara (similar here & here) // Dress: Sandro // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell // Bag: Balenciaga As summer comes to an end, I’m realizing that I never really got into wearing season-appropriate garb over the last few months. Sure, there were a few moments here and there during the occasional humid week where I was essentially forced to wear less (and even then I still wore my leather pants). But overall, I’ve stayed true to how I dress for the other 8-9 months of the year, favouring layers and season neutral dressing over denim cut-offs and sandals. There’s been a lot going on in my life over the past few months, so I guess I’ve tended to rely on what I feel most comfortable in: silk, light cotton, leather, and flat shoes. One of my most recent leather acquisitions was this Zara leather jacket, which surprisingly isn’t even real leather. Normally I wouldn’t purchase something over $100 that’s not even made out of a natural material, but I couldn’t help but fall in love with the weight, style and texture of this synthetic piece. Naturally, I chose to wear this Zara leather jacket on one of the most humid days of the year, which also happened to be my last day living in Toronto. I’ve been especially fond of this Sandro dress this summer, but I wanted to add a bit of edge to it for a day walking Yorkville, one of Toronto’s fanciest neighbourhoods. Task accomplished with a big black biker jacket? I think so.
Pictures by Yannick Khong of Pyktures
Tank: Olivaceous via Editorial Boutique // Bra: One Teaspoon // Gloves: H&M (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Rhinestone Bracelet: Gift from Italy // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Skirt: ASOS (similar here and here) // Boots: Maison Martin Margiela x H&M // Bag: Balenciaga
One thing I’ve missed since moving from southwestern Ontario to Montreal four years ago is the seemingly endless number of beaches back home. With five Great Lakes and many smaller ones at your disposal, it’s entirely possible to visit a different beach every weekend in the summertime.
One of the things I miss about the suburbs in the summertime is a backyard full of colour: blossoming flowers, lush leaves covering once barren trees, and grass so thick it feels as if you’re floating when you walk. Even though it’s July, it couldn’t feel farther from summer unless it snowed. With cold, rainy weather being the mainstay in recent months in Montreal and Toronto, I’ve retreated to my preferred method of dressing: lots of thin layers of various fabrics. I guess you could say it’s a silver lining of sorts to a lackluster summer after a long Canadian winter. Recently, my wardrobe has been feeling as “blah” as the weather and I’ve been trying to liven up my wardrobe with metallics and bright colours. Silver has always been my preferred metallic – whether it’s as jewelry or clothes, I prefer silver significantly over gold or even rose gold. I decided to go for a look that incorporated many metallic trends: coated metallic jeans by Rag & Bone, studded metallic sneakers from Sandro and possibly THE hottest trend in recent months: an ear cuff. I had been on the search for the perfect metallic ear cuff for months, and I finally found this beautiful one at Zara for only $20! I don’t tend to pick favourites when it comes to my looks (oh who am I kidding, this one and this one are among my Top 5), but this is a new favourite for me. What do you think?
Romper: Aritzia // Scarf: Alexander McQueen (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Rose Gold Bracelet: Brandy Melville // Rose Gold Cross Ring: Aldo (similar here & here) // Rose Gold Band: Simons // Skull Bracelet: Melody Ehsani // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell // Backpack: TRIANGL
Some people view stability as boring: the same environment day-in, day-out, the same friends, taking the same route to work, and so on. I for one belong to that camp – while I kick and scream against change (metaphorically, not literally…at least most of the time), I can’t stay in the same situation or location for too long. As a little kid, I was always drawing people in motion – never standing still, always jumping, dancing, spinning, or running. I don’t have ADHD or a limited attention span, but what constantly worries me is stagnation: a failure to grow and to challenge myself. This fear of stagnation is without a doubt one of the reasons that I decided to move to Montreal for university, and to Toronto this summer for an internship. As much I loathe monotony, I’ve been living out of a suitcase for the last seven weeks and needed a shot of stability in my life – I needed to go back home. Despite the number of changes that have occurred since I moved away from my parents’ place four years ago, it still feels exactly the same, which for the first time was oddly comforting.
Photos by Maryam Sabah
I know I already wrote about my convocation at McGill last week, but I couldn’t resist doing a second post featuring some proper images of my beautiful Cynthia Rowley dress. After sitting for a few hours in my heavy black gown and this beautiful neoprene creation in the brutal Montreal heat and humidity, I was more than eager to rip off my black gown and showcase my dress. While my dress was far from your typical convocation dress, I couldn’t be more happy that I chose such a versatile dress that allows me to get a lot of future wear out of. I’ve begun to accumulate quite a few dresses over the past few months (can you tell from my outfit posts?), but this one will always be a favourite and carry a very special meaning. After all, it’s the dress I received my first (but certainly, not last) university degree in.
One month ago, I remember watching a Sex and the City episode where Carrie Bradshaw declares that there is no day after your wedding or graduation that is solely dedicated to you. Everyone has birthdays, but not everyone graduates or gets married. It’s a pretty scary to think that I’ve already reached one of those significant milestones at only twenty-one years of age. I guess my anxiety is a bit unwarranted though – this definitely will not be the only degree I obtain in post-secondary education, so I have at least one more of these occasions to look forward to. But to finally hold in my hands that large of piece of paper that represented four years of blood, sweat, and tears on my part, and a lot of compassion and support from those around me was a strange feeling. It was both anti-climatic and extremely emotional. Feelings that I didn’t know I was experiencing related to the end of undergrad surfaced like lava from a volcano – unexpected, fiery, and gushing out.
I can’t believe that I’m leaving London tomorrow! I’ve had a fantastic time here in England, but my time here has gone by all too quickly. My overall impression of London can be summed up in the following words: edgy, historic, friendly, and alive. While it’s true that London is very expensive (I used up all of my cash on taxis in just two days), I can already tell that this will be a city I will be coming back to in the near future…
Hat: Aritzia (similar here) // Shirt: Aritzia (similar here and here) // Bra: Elle MacPherson // Earrings: Chanel (similar here) // Gold Ring: Aldo (similar here) // White Gold Ring: Gift from Italy // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Shorts: Aritzia (similar here) // Shoes: H&M // Bag: Balenciaga
Despite rose gold becoming a huge trend almost a year ago, I’m still coming to grips with how to style it. Since I don’t own very much jewelry in this hot metallic hue, I’m often forced to pair it with other shades of gold and silver. I’ve been known to have a sort of “phobia” with mixing gold and silver jewelry together, for fear of looking too “bohemian”, and sadly I’m feeling the same way about rose gold with other metals. With time, I told myself that gold and silver looked perfectly fine together, in addition to receiving my beloved Michael Kors gold and silver watch for Christmas which helped me become more comfortable with mixing different metals. Over time, I’m hoping I can become more comfortable with wearing rose gold and other metals together, but it’s true if I go out wearing rose gold with my white gold Italian ring, I feel a tad uncomfortable. So at this point, I can’t say I really like the two colours together, but I’m optimistic that I will get over this in due time.
Blazer: Sandro // Tank: Urban Behaviour // Earrings/Necklace: V-Franz // Bracelet: V-Franz // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Skirt: Travis Taddeo // Boots: Zara // Bag: Longchamp
And it has begun! I had so much fun at the first night of Festival Mode & Design Montreal (#FMDM12) on Wednesday night, with shows presented by LaSalle College, La Boutique, 5 Bloggers 5 Looks, and MyWalk.In! After skipping out on Day 2 on Thursday, I’m excited to head back downtown to McGill College and see what CEGEP Marie-Victorin, LaSalle College, and Die Young, Die Happy (D.Y.D.H.) Productions puts on tonight. I decided to go for a rather bold look on the first day of the festival, choosing a feather and silk skirt by Travis Taddeo that I’ve had my eye on ever since I saw the Spring 2012 collection last September. After months of hesitating, I finally bought the skirt at his sample sale last weekend, after much deliberation over whether I would get more than a one-time wear out of this epic statement piece. I originally made this an all-black look (black heels, bag, blazer, top), but I found that look to be too sombre for summertime. While my coverage for Day 1 of FMDM12 will be posted on Miss SLY!, keep an eye out here for Friday and Saturday’s coverage as well as more outfit posts!
I think most city-dwellers, like myself wish we could have a pool magically created somewhere close to us so that we could just swim and tan around like suburbanites. It was only last summer while living in Montreal that I realized why there is a mass exodus from New York in the summertime to the Hamptoms – the insufferable heat of the city! As much I dislike the suburbs for their lack of culture and overall banality, I do miss having space to just “be” in – something I am lucky enough to enjoy when visiting my parents back in Ontario. These photos were taken last week in the middle of a brutal heat wave, so naturally I was inclined to wear something cool and comfortable. I’m still in love with these shorts from Editorial Boutique, but I decided to change things up by wearing a beautiful panther print scarf from H&M as a belt for an extra splash of colour. I will be back to Toronto this weekend for a special networking event – be sure to check out my Instagram feed for lots of pictures while I’m there!
Every time I’m back home, this blouse is the first thing I gravitate towards in my mother’s closet (and trust me, my closet is only a fraction of her industrially supported racks of clothes). Maybe I’m drawn to this floral piece because I’m naturally attracted to everything Chloe (their perfume, “Chloe” I’ve worn for years and I lusted over their Paddington bag for most of my teenage years), but I suspect it’s something more elusive than that. My whole outfit was obviously a ridiculous sartorial choice on a day where temperatures pushed into the mid-thirties, but I couldn’t resist finding a summer-y way to wear this top (I wore it over the Christmas vacation here). The benefits of always being cold: I can layer clothing even in July and not melt away.
Jacket: Forever 21 (similar) // Tank: Urban Behaviour (similar) // Earrings: Forever 21 (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Chain Bracelet: Tiffany // Rhinestone Bracelet: Gift from Italy // Glasses: Versace (similar) // Skirt: Pavonine (similar) // Shoes: Dolce and Gabbana // Bag: Balenciaga
It’s hard to imagine that the last time I wore this blazer was more than a year ago – I far too often go through phases with my clothing and sometimes won’t wear pieces for months at a time, only to embrace them with great enthusiasm after a period of separation. Ever since this whole “mint” craze began in fashion (I blame Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night” for the world’s obsession with this colour), I’ve been trying to find a piece to incorporate into my wardrobe, unsuccessfully. It was only in repairing my disaster of a closet that broke months ago that I discovered this pastel coloured shirt that I shunned years ago when I fell out of love with pastel colours. Many long-time readers know I’m in love with mixing shades of the same colour families together in outfits, so this blue/green combination is really no surprise. Upon putting my trusty J Brand jeans on and this mint top, I was instantly struck by how these two colours create the colour of the beautiful Adriatic Sea. I decided to forgo lots of jewelry today and opt instead for my usual watch and ring combination – some days, I can’t stand to have anything more than that on.
After a brutal nine months of school, I’m finally done! It’s scary to think that I only have one year left of university, and most likely only one more year left in this beautiful city. It’s kind of a tradition (and an unhealthy one, undoubtedly) that I always go shopping after I finish final exams. During December, it serves a great purpose for buying gifts for family and friends, but during April and May exams, I really don’t have a credible excuse. However, I kept things under budget yesterday by stopping by Forever 21 and ended up buying quite a bit of stuff – this pink shirt (also purchased in white), these jeans, two bracelets and a necklace. I can’t believe how fantastic these leopard-print jeans fit me and how little I paid for them – I hope they don’t fall apart in the washing machine any time soon!
Lucite and leather…they are the materials of strippers and fetish enthusiasts but can definitely be worn by anyone during the day time, so long as it’s arranged correctly. Surprisingly, those shorts aren’t even made out of leather – they’re made out of an excellent synthetic Japanese fabric that feels EXACTLY like leather and looks very realistic (compare the genuine leather of my Balenciaga bag to the texture of the shorts).
There’s something very symbolic about the last day of summer before classes commence. It represents the last moments of pure freedom before we are thrown back into our fast-paced lives, and while the warm weather will still be with us for another month or so here in Montreal, September 1st marks the beginning of being serious again.
Shirt: Aritzia // Jeggings: J Brand // Star necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Oval necklace: Vintage // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Sunglasses: Ray Ban // Shoes: Bloch // Bag: Alexander Wang
I don’t think there is a more busy time of year for a student than the last week of August. Between buying textbooks and supplies, seeing friends you haven’t seen for months, and settling in for eight months of school, there are often unexpected little things that pop up too. Since coming back to Montreal a little over a week ago, I’ve barely had a single, quiet moment to myself. Thank goodness I thrive at this fast-paced lifestyle.
Sweater and Shorts: Aritzia // Tank (underneath): Urban Behaviour // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Laptop Case: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Glasses: D&G // Eyes: NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in “Bourbon Street” // Lips: Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in “Tonkin”
It’s been 2 days since I came back to Montreal, and I’ve never been happier. While the weather hasn’t been the greatest (look at all that wind whipping my hair and skirt in the above photos), it’s great to be back in this city. Yes, I miss home and my parents already, but I am more than ready for a new academic year here in Montreal.
These days, there is little stability and a lot of changes going on in my life. I’m all packed and ready to head back to Montreal tomorrow, after spending two months back home with my family in Ontario. The days are getting shorter, and dusk is coming earlier and earlier. In a fashion sense, there are also transitions happening. The cooler days and nights have already set in up here in Canada, and I feel like I’ve been deprived of summer and all of it’s wonderful fashions because of my conservative work environment and their near arctic temperatures. But fear not, I am savouring the last couple weeks of summer and indulging in plenty of silks and light knits, as seen in the photos above. I’m absolutely in love with these silk shorts (as seen here in blue), as they hit at just the right spot and are made out of 100% silk – perfect for hot days where the idea of anything covering your legs is repulsive. Even though fall is coming all too soon, I couldn’t resist indulging in two of fall’s hottest colours: eggplant and mustard. Being a fall baby, I find I’m naturally attracted to rusts, browns, eggplants, teals, sages, etc. What colours are you naturally drawn to? What colours will you be embracing this fall? To complete my outfit, I paired it with this Mackage sweater that I picked up at their June sample sale in Montreal (you can also see it here, in front of these beautiful shots of Montreal). The sweater is so delicate, yet the strong silk shoulders and elbow pads add a feminine edge to an otherwise boring cream sweater.
It must be the Italian in me, but I adore wearing all kinds of colour in one outfit. I’ve had ex-boyfriends force me to remove one shade of something before leaving the house, as they feared I would look like a gigantic colour wheel. Over the years I have definitely toned it down and refined my use of colour, but there is still no denying that I love wearing a few different colours in one outfit. Do you stick to neutrals, or do you love to play with colour in your outfits?
I hope you all had a splendid weekend, whether you were enjoying a long one here in most parts of Canada or just a regular 2 day one. I just got back from the beach a couple hours ago and I can’t wait to post pictures of the beautiful lake I was at!
How are you guys liking the new website? I’m nearly finished making all the changes I was eager to make after re-starting the blog in June. I also created a Twitter account yesterday – I suspect that once I go back to school in September, this will be the most updated medium of mine.
It feels like it’s been FOREVER since I’ve done an outfit post between being busy with work, updating this site and meeting friends. FINALLY, the weather has cooled down a bit and I can finally breathe again (no seriously, it was actually physically difficult to breathe outside due to the heat and humidity)! This is what I wore to work on Saturday (while it was 35 degrees without the humidex), and I’ll admit it’s not a look I would typically ever try. I was inspired after seeing a look similar to what I’m wearing, but I wanted to put a more feminine, yet harsher spin on it. I adore that Aritzia blouse I’m wearing but sometimes I feel TOO girly in it – however, I think the red hot pants and black leather helps keep the outfit modern and away from super girly territory.
Tank (underneath): Aritzia; Silk Tank: Aritzia; Pants: Mackage; Watch: Michael Kors; Ring: Gift from Italy; Shoes: Forever 21; Bag: Alexander Wang
Chances are, if you’re living in the U.S. or Canada you don’t need a reference to the title of this entry. The heat here has been horribly oppressive for about the last week now, with temperatures failing to drop out of the mid 30s WITHOUT humidity. Did you know that on Thursday, it was hotter here than in MUMBAI, INDIA? Yes ma’am, it reached 48 degrees Celsius with the humidex (I don’t even know what that is in Farenheit it’s so high). Therefore, given I’m working AND going through this heat wave my outfits have been less than creative most days and I usually sweat through my work appropriate clothes before I’m even out the door.
I hope everyone has had a fulfilling long holiday weekend here in North America (and hopefully with good weather!). Here are some shots of me at my parents’ house this past holiday weekend. While my weekend wasn’t filled with a lot of excitement, it was a great time to see some friends and catch up on some much needed sleep.
I think we all know how it starts – we start out with the most honest intentions of “just peeking” to see what’s on sale at our favourite stores. The racks and racks of potentially discounted items make us excited as we walk in. We begin to scour the racks, but we get distracted by the new fall merchandise now elegantly displayed and not all clumped together on sale racks. We walk over and instantly picture the cooler weather, where we want to be in the fall in our lives, and suddenly we’re walking out with a bag full of fall, full price items and not a single piece from the sales rack.
I hope all my fellow North Americans are having a wonderful long, holiday weekend (with Canada Day yesterday and the 4th of July on Monday)! So far, my weekend has consisted of pool side lounging and a little bit of shopping. Also, for the first time since coming back to my parents’ house last weekend from Montreal I’m able to wear something other than my work uniform of blouses and dark pants!