Boots Made for Walking

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Place Colette

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

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

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Jardin du Luxembourg

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Coat: Ralph Lauren (similar) // Shirt: Forever 21 (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Jeans: Rag & Bone/JEAN // Boots: Zara (similar) // Bag: Balenciaga

One of my fondest memories of Paris will always remain visiting Jardin du Luxembourg for the first time: it was the end of summer, people were lounging around eating, sunbathing, and simply enjoying life. Despite living in Paris for over six months now, I only got to return to this stunning park a few weeks ago. While the ambiance in winter felt completely different from what I remembered, the historic stone statues and staircases still remained as beautiful as ever under cloudy January skies. Unlike my favourite park in London, walking through Jardin du Luxembourg feels akin to stepping into a time machine and taking a walk through French history from bygone centuries.  While I wish I could hop into a time machine and be transported to warmer seasons, I took the more practical approach and got into the spring spirit with my favourite Rag & Bone Jean Dash Distressed Low Rise Skinny Jeans and my all-time favourite Forever 21 denim shirt. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned since moving to France is that it may be impossible to change the circumstances (including the weather!) around you, but it’s always possible to modify your perspective and attitude. Away with the heavy coats and dark clothes – I’ll make spring happen in my closet regardless if it happens in Paris.

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Le Marais

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Coat: Zara (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Dress: Jessica Buurman // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Jonak (similar) // Bag: Balenciaga

When I first came to Paris five years ago, I quickly fell in love with Le Marais. To me, it represented the idealized vision I had of Paris: a plethora of outdoor cafés and brasseries, some of the best vintage stores in the city, and crumbling, yet charming pre-Haussmann architecture. While I’ve visited Paris many times since then and now live here, Le Marais has remained my favourite area in Paris. In addition to revisiting some of my favourite areas in Paris, I’ve also been revisiting an item of clothing that I haven’t worn much of recently: dresses. While I always love a good shirt dress, I’ve kept my distance from more overtly girly pieces like this Jessica Buurman Anato Color Block Dress out of fear of looking too much like a girl. But what’s to fear about looking like a girl, one might ask? I guess that’s something for me to further ponder, but I do know that a bold pop of cobalt interspersed with leather paneling is the perfect way to get me back into a feminine, flared dress.

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Amsterdam Photo Diary

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If I had to pick my favourite new city that I explored in 2014, I would have no hesitations in saying that Amsterdam claimed that title. From the kindness of strangers to Amsterdam’s beautiful canals and architecture, I quickly discovered after mere hours in the city that I had fallen head over heels for Holland’s capital. While I didn’t take as many photos for an Amsterdam Photo Diary as I would have liked to, there’s no doubt in my mind that I will be returning sometime soon – hopefully in time for tulip season in May, perhaps?

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Manchester Square

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Coat: COS // Scarf: Lululemon // Sweater: Lord & Taylor // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Rag & Bone // Boots: Jonak (similar) // Bag: Balenciaga

The most striking difference I’ve noticed about fashion in London versus Paris is unquestionably people’s willingness to experiment with their personal style. While Paris will seemingly forever be dubbed the fashion capital of the world, I personally find the street style of London much more interesting and thought provoking. From punks and goths, to Eurotrash and WAGs, freedom of sartorial expression feels considerably stronger north of the English Channel. After many months of falling into that codified, quintessentially monochromatic Parisian look, I decided to embrace a much wider variety of colours with great gusto on one grey January day in London. While this COS Crossover Wool Coat has often been the only pop of colour in my wardrobe over the last few months, I decided to switch things up with a few bold pops of purple and yellow. I never thought I would be one to wear a lemon yellow cashmere sweater with a cobalt blue coat, but that’s the great thing about living in and exploring different cities: you never know how a city will end up influencing your attitudes, including the sartorially concerned ones.

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St. James’s Park

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Coat: Zara (similar here & here) // Scarf: Zara (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: All Saints // Boots: Zara (similar) // Bag: Mackage

One of my favourite things about London is the amount of beautiful parks can be found within its city centre. While I couldn’t be happier to be living in Paris this year, I do miss being able to escape the chaos of an urban environment for some greenery and tranquility every now and then. Out of all of the pretty parks in London though, St. James’s Park has quickly become one of my favourite hideaways. With its sprawling lawns and trees set against backdrops of both the London Eye and Buckingham Palace, it feels like the perfect compromise between city and country living. For a lazy Sunday wandering aimlessly through the park, I decided to wear one of my favourite winter coats from Zara with my latest purchase with my edgy All Saints Mast Grey Slashed Jeans. I’ve had my eye on a pair of slashed jeans for many months now, but felt it was rather silly to buy a pair of pants that had holes in them already. But like most items by All Saints, after several weeks of lusting after them, I gave in. To round out the outfit and give it a bit of a more edgy vibe on a cold January day, I finished off my outfit with lots of Zara accessories, including my favourite cold weather scarf and chained booties.

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Noir Sur Noir

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Shawl: Vintage (similar) // Shirt: COS (similar) // Watch: Michael Kors // Skirt: & Other Stories // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Zara (similar) // Bag: Jimmy Choo x H&M

I’ve always been an individual who thrives on extremes – after 23 years of analyzing how I work and react, I know for certain that it’s my modus operandi. Naturally, my sartorially inclined feelings regarding simpler matters, such as wearing colour, are no exception to these tendencies. Case in point: In the final weeks of 2014, I took great comfort in wearing monochromatic outfits with the occasional bold accessory here and there. Other times though – most notably in Berlin, or as seen here when I was back in Canada at Christmas – I shunned colour all together and would wear only black. Not only is all black easy to put together, but it also allows the finer details and textures to become more noticeable. I picked up this gorgeous & Other Stories Scuba Skirt several months ago with the idea of pairing it with a paradoxical texture to create an interesting contrast without colour. To bring a little more liveliness and edginess to the outfit, I added a few dashes of metallic gold here and there to avoid a potential “Who Wore it Better?” with Wednesday Adams.

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Marylebone Weekends

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Beanie: COS // Coat: COS // Dress: Sandro // Watch: Michael Kors // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Alexander Wang // Bag: Balenciaga

I’ve never really been big on wearing prints – I often find that they can overpower and take away from the finer details of an outfit. Despite my adoption of an even more monochromatic, Parisian sartorial style over the last several months, plaid has managed to remain ubiquitous in my wardrobe. Blame it on my Anglo-Saxon heritage, or the seemingly endless variety of beautiful swatches, but I truly can’t get enough of these colourful pieces. After six months of contemplation about purchasing this gorgeous Sandro Rosy Plaid Shirt Dress (and trying it on no less than three times in three different cities!), I finally took the plunge and purchased it at 50% off last week. And what better place to make this dress’ long awaited debut than in the United Kingdom? Granted, I decided to pair the plaid shirt dress with a few of my favourite minimalist pieces from COS for a day wandering around London, but something still felt deeply appropriate about wearing plaid on the other side of the Channel.

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Bicycles & Blue Doors

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Beanie: COS // Coat: Ralph Lauren (similar) // Scarf: All Saints // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Hudson // Boots: Alexander Wang // Purse: & Other Stories

I’m already back to the daily grind here in Paris, but at least I have the fond memories from my trip to Amsterdam over the Christmas break to reminisce upon as the onslaught of projects and exams resumes. Amsterdam was definitely one of my favourite trips I took within the last year – and that’s saying quite a lot, given I traveled to Italy, Washington D.C., New York, London, and Berlin all in 2014. Maybe it was the laissez-faire attitude of the city, the beautiful ringed canals, or the unique architecture of the townhouses, but Amsterdam definitely left a profoundly positive impression on me. For my second day exploring Holland, I stuck to possibly my all-time most comfortable and most prized pair of boots: my beloved Alexander Wang Anouck boots. I’ve been obsessed with wearing these boots (as well as the Kori version) so much that I’ve had to get them resoled three times within the six months that I’ve owned them. As for the rest of my outfit, I decided to add a pop of colour to my typical monochromatic uniform by adding this bold reptile print & Other Stories bag. I always become hesitant when I incorporate anything overtly flashy and animal printed into an outfit, but the purse felt like the perfect pop to an otherwise clichéd Parisian look.

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Prinsengracht

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Coat: All Saints // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Sweater: & Other Stories // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Zara // Boots: TBA  // Bag: Balenciaga

Around the end of November each year, I inevitably fall into a unintentional blogging hiatus. Despite my best efforts to manage school, friends, time for myself, and this blog, by the end of the year, one or multiple areas tend to fall by the wayside. This year has been no exception – and I would dare say, the worst – what with several trips to London, finishing off my first semester of graduate school in Paris, and a quick weekend in Amsterdam before coming back to Canada for Christmas.

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Capitol Hill

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

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

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Winter Wonderland

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Sunglasses: Old (similar here & here) // Jacket: Vintage (similar here & here) // Turtleneck: Old // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Sandro (similar here & here) // Boots: Balenciaga // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here)

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Old Favourites

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Jacket: Zara (similar here & here) // Blouse: Chloe // Watch: Michael Kors // Jeans: Rag & Bone (similar) // Boots: Zara (here & similar here) // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here)

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Pennsylvania Avenue

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

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Peter Pilotto for Target

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Blazer: Sandro (similar here & here) // Sweater: Peter Pilotto for Target // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Sandro (similar here & here) // Shoes: Converse // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here)

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Hibernate

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

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

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Piazza Venezia

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Blazer: Zara (similar here & here) // Sweater: Joe Fresh (here & similar here) // Scarf: DIY (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Leggings: Faith Connexion (similar here & here) // Boots: Zara (here & similar here) // Bag: Mackage

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Via Borgognona

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

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Villa Medici

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

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Streets with No Names

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Beanie: Aldo (similar here & here) // Blazer: Zara (similar here & here) // Shirt: Forever 21 (similar here & here) // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: Rag & Bone // Shoes: Converse (similar here & here// Bag: Mackage

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The Mountains

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Sweatshirt: Club Monaco // Glasses: Versace // Watch: Michael Kors // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang (here & here) // Tights: Wolford // Boots: TBA 

If there was ever a time for me to flee Canada to avoid some rather atrocious winter weather and impending, anxiety-inducing life decisions, it was over the last two weeks – which is exactly what I did. Even though 2013 was a great year for me, it was quite an emotional roller coster, primarily fuelled by uncertainty in a variety of areas of my life: uncertainty about what follows graduation, what industry I want to build a career in, and uncertainty about people and their roles in my life. That’s why I’m so grateful I was able to escape life in Montreal and go back to living a bit simpler with limited internet access, eating fresh food, spending time with my family, and oh yeah, wearing normal clothes that don’t include either of these. Truth be told, I was more excited to wear normal footwear than to shed my parka while overseas, wholly due to these boots that I picked up at a pre-Christmas sale by a new favourite shoe line of mine, To Be Announced (as already seen in a different colour here). I had been eyeing this colour for months, but couldn’t justify buying a duplicate of a shoe I already owned without a severe discount. There’s something about this iridescent leather in a classic boot cut that just seems to elevate any boring, monochromatic look like this one to a new level or sartorial achievement. No accessories needed in this look – no purse, no jewelry, no scarf, just the basics, the way I was intent on living life for those glorious two weeks away from the mayhem of Montreal life.

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Castello di Lucera

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

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

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Crackled

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Glasses: Versace // Jacket: Zara (similar here & here) // Vest: Zara // Shirt: The Collection Starring Kate Bosworth for Topshop // Pants: Sandro (similar here & here) // Boots: To Be Announced // Bag: Balenciaga (similar here & here)

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Snow White

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

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Looking Out From the Inside

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Coat: H&M // Sweater: Lord & Taylor via The Bay (similar here and here) // Watch: Michael Kors // RIng: Gift from Italy // Earrings & Necklace: Swarovski // Claw Ring: Editorial Boutique // Scarf: Zara // Shorts (hidden): Editorial Boutique (similar here and here) // Tights: Plush // Boots: Maison Martin Margiela x H&M // Bag: Miu Miu

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Hiding Under the Layers

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

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Montreal Fashion Week A/W 2013: Day 4 Look

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Shirt: Vintage // Bra: La Perla // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Shorts: Editorial Boutique (similar here and here) // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Topshop // Bag: Miu Miu (similar here and here)

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Montreal Fashion Week A/W 2013: Day 2 Look

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Jacket: Stylestalker // Dress: Stylestalker // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Tights: ASOS // Booties: Topshop // Bag: Balenciaga

Day two: without a doubt, this was the day I was most excited for out of the four days that comprise this edition of Semaine de la Mode de Montreal. Perhaps I should re-phrase that statement and say the main reason I attended all of the shows Tuesday was because Martin Lim, my absolute favourite designer from Montreal was the last designer presenting yesterday evening. Despite my eagerness for Martin Lim’s show, I was pleasantly surprised to see some other amazing collections yesterday that made the wait until 9:30 PM for the final show much more bearable. On the topic of all of the shows this week, I’ve decided to switch things up for how I’m reporting from Montreal Fashion Week: expect a long post by the end of the week featuring all of my favourite trends and runway shows.

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Montreal Fashion Week A/W 2013: Day 1 Look

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

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Snow Globe

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

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

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Christmas in Italy: Day 13 Rome

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

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

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Coldest Winter

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Dress: Vintage via Mesh Boutique // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy

Don’t you just love it when your computer gives out on you? Between starting a new semester this week, landing in Montreal late Tuesday night and experiencing this latest technological glitch, life hasn’t afforded me much time to keep up with happenings on the interwebs. Here’s hoping that changes with a slightly more relaxed final semester.

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Christmas in Italy: Day 12 Rome

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Sunglasses: Gift // Jacket: Mackage (similar here and here) // Sweater: T by Alexander Wang (similar here and here) // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Pants: J Brand // Boots: Zara // Bag: Jimmy Choo for H&M

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Christmas in Italy: Day 11 Rome

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

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Christmas in Italy: Day 8

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

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

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Christmas in Italy: Day 6 Naples

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

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Christmas in Italy: Day 3

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

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Christmas in Italy: Day 2

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Jacket: Mackage (similar here and here) // Sweater: T by Alexander Wang // Necklace: Gift // Earrings: Gift // Watch: Michael Kors // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Skirt: T by Alexander Wang // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Zara

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Our Home and Native Land

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

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Goth Chic

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Dress: Olivaceous // Watch: Michael Kors // Glasses: Versace (similar here and here) // Rings (right hand): Editorial Boutique (similar here and here) and Gift from Italy // Ring (left hand): Editorial Boutique (similar here and here) // Cuff: Juicy Couture // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Maison Martin Margiela x H&M // Bag: Balenciaga

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Oxblood

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

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

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Hot Tamales

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

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Wang and Margiela x H&M

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Dress: Alexander Wang // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Boots: Maison Martin Margiela x H&M // Bag: Balenciaga

Have you ever stood outside in -5 Celsius weather, wearing only a skimpy dress and booties? For those of you who haven’t, I can promise you that you would most likely be making the same pained expressions as I was in these pictures. When I think about how much I hate the cold today, I have no idea how I managed to wear something as skimpy as this and very little else while partying in Montreal during my first year in Montreal.

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La Distillerie

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

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Snow Bunny

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Jacket: Mackage // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Jeggings: Rag and Bone // Shoes: Asos // Bag: Miu Miu

The weather here in Montreal has been utterly bipolar for the last month. At first, I objected to the return of barely positive temperatures – that is until I went to “La Braderie” this past weekend at Marche Bonsecours here in Montreal (I will have a post up on the event after I finish my exams). To say I cleared out the Mackage section of this biannual clearance sale of Quebec designers is putting it mildly. I ended up with two blazers, one leather jacket and this gorgeous, Mackage “Peaches” puffy coat. I’ve always silently lusted over this coat, but I was never attracted to the shiny, black shell and the brown fur – I’m a big fan of unique items, and this white version of the coat fit the bill. Despite the unique colour, I find this coat to be a bit girly when worn with a pair of simple, black boots, so I decided to pair them with my latest purchase from Asos – my Isabel Marant-inspired wedge sneakers. These sneakers were part of my second purchase from Asos, which I think I will be purchasing from more frequently in the future. At first, I found their selection to be over-hyped among bloggers, but these days I have been able to find some amazing items. Excuse the shadows in all of the photos – it was pouring cold rain when I took these photos.

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Beautiful British Columbia

There’s truly nothing more refreshing than getting a repose from the hustle and bustle of everyday life by escaping to somewhere you’ve never been before – whether it’s a few hours away by car or three connections over three continents, I personally believe getting away is one of the best things someone can do for themselves. Last week I had the opportunity to go out west into British Columbia’s interior and snowboard on some of the best mountains in the world. Since I managed to pack everything I needed for this trip in a snowboard bag and carry-on bag, there wasn’t much room for exotic style but of course I took along my trusty Mackage leather jacket while my friend wore my Canada Goose jacket (I talked about how we switched jackets here in my last post and the benefits of it).

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Mix It Up

Jacket: Mackage // Scarf: Alexander McQueen // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Pants: J Brand // Bag: Miu Miu // Shoes: Miu Miu

 One of the best things about having female friends who are the same size as you is the ability to swap clothes. It’s the dead of winter here in Montreal and understandably, all of the fashionistas here are sick and tired of donning the same old coat day in and day out. This idea of switching coats with my friend came up very accidentally when I marveled at her gorgeous, black Mackage “Nola” coat one day and asked to try it on. This led to her trying on my red Canada Goose jacket and really liked wearing it – it’s been several days now and we still haven’t switched back! In the winter, I frequently find myself wanting to buy more jackets in order to mix up my look, but this isn’t very economically sound as buying many stylish, warm coats is expensive – therefore, swaps make a lot of sense as you get a new jacket to wear until you get bored of it for no cost.  As for the shoes, I wore these babies to my high school graduation three years ago and they haven’t seen the light of day since then. These gorgeous pailette Miu Miu stilettos are 4.75” (inches) high, making them most definitely not your everyday shoe, but I couldn’t help but pair them with this outfit. =&0=& =&1=& =&2=&

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

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Green Eye, Brown Eye

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

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A Touch of Class

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

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

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

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

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Lingering Autumn

Jacket: Mackage // Shirt (underneath): H&M // Scarf: Tilo // Pants: J Brand // Watch: Michael Kors // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Ring: Gift from Italy // Bag: Miu Miu // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell

It’s hard to imagine that these pictures were taken approximately 10 days ago back home, when the temperatures were still fall-like and this late December day could be mistaken for a lovely day in October. This was the outfit I wore on Boxing Day – a great look that can be pulled off quickly in the frantic dressing rooms of stores, boots that you can walk for miles in, and a purse big enough to hold all of the receipts you collect. In keeping with my adoration for these beautiful fall-like days, I chose my trusty Mackage “Ming” leather jacket and my favourite Jeffrey Campbell boots – the chunky heel makes them oh-so-wearable for long treks through the mall. Finishing the outfit with a thick, chunky, 100% cashmere scarf from Tilo completed the look, and added just the right amount of warmth for the mall and outside.

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The New McQueen

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

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

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Flowers in Winter

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

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

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Playing with Textures

Jacket: Zara // Dress: Vintage (Ebay) // Earrings: Juicy Couture // Watch: Michael Kors // Ring: Gift from Italy // Tights: Wolford // Bag: Miu Miu // Booties: Michael Kors

Merry Christmas everyone!!! I can’t express how happy I am that this Christmas was a green one for all of us here in Southwestern Ontario – the fewer months that we’re bundled up in parkas and thick boots, the better in my opinion.

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Cold Weather Chic

Jacket: Canada Goose // Scarf: Tilo // Bag: Miu Miu // Gloves: Aritzia // Tights: Wolford // Boots: Aquatalia

       The idea of dressing fashionably in the winter is akin to the idea of a low-fat cake actually tasting good – very far-fetched, and rarely, if ever achieved. The outerwear that people in cold-weather cities like Montreal wear would make any fashionista cringe – for example, Ugg boots and huge, puffy parkas are often paired with baggy sweatpants and knobby, knit mittens. I understand that not everyone desires to look fantastic when they walk out the door, but for those of us who do want to look good, it can be challenging to achieve a decent look when the temperatures plunge into the negatives. Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately), I have lived in Ottawa and Montreal for most of my life – two cities that frequently experience -35 degrees Celsius in the wintertime without anyone batting an eye.

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Leather Love

Dress: Aritzia; Faux Leather Leggings: Aritzia; Bralet: Aritzia; Scarf: Vintage; Gloves: Club Monaco; Watch: Michael Kors; Bag: Miu Miu; Sneakers: Converse

Hey everyone – here’s a quick post before I leave for NYC! I’m so happy to be going somewhere a bit warmer so I can stop wearing those damn black TownShoes boots!

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Windy Heights

Shirt: Vintage (eBay); Scarf: Aritzia; Pants: J Brand (eBay); Ring: Gift from Italy; Watch: Michael Kors; Boots: TownShoes

Hey guys! Quick little post up here today. I’m still not feeling my best (hence the wild, curly hair above), but I managed to run a few errands before coming home to rest and do some readings. I’m hoping I’m back to normal by Tuesday night, when I leave for NYC! I”ll do a post either tomorrow or Tuesday about what I’m bringing with me and how I pack

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If I Was a Gossip Girl

Jacket: Queen’s Wardrobe; Sweater: Aritzia; Scarf: Aritzia; Pants: American Apparel; Bag: Balenciaga; Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell; Watch: Michael Kors; Ring: Gift from Italy

Hello all! I sincerely apologize for being absent this week – as I mentioned this week was particularly bad for me, but I’m glad it’s over. Only one more week until Reading Week – then I’m off to New York for 4 days!

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Drama Queen

Turtleneck: Winners; Skirt: Aritzia; Tights: Wolford; Boots: Jeffrey Campbell; Watch: Michael Kors; Cocktail Ring: Aldo; Little Ring: Gift from Italy

Wednesday night I was feeling rather depleted and dying for spring (once again) and I was desperately trying to think of the most summery piece of clothing I could wear in the winter – and this skirt popped into mind. I actually prefer wearing it with tights versus with bare legs, as I feel tights give it a bit of a rougher edge. So Thursday morning I tried the skirt with black tights and to my delight I liked the result. I’ve also been getting sick of scarves, so I decided to venture out into turtleneck land again. I have had baaaaaddd luck with turtlenecks in the past – having a generous bosom while wearing a shirt that goes up to your neck doesn’t help shrink anything. But hey, black makes everything look slimmer! I also wanted to see what this outfit would look like with my black leather Jeffrey Campbell booties – and I must say I really like the result of a continuous black line (of course, I had to wear my black TownShoes booties in the end because I live in Canada after all). I love the details of this outfit too – the keyhole opening (suppose to be worn the other way around…but if I did I would be flashing major cleavage), the exposed zipper of the skirt and the supple leather of the booties and opaquness of the Wolford tights (FAVOURITE brand by far – but quite pricey!). I think I’m going to try experimenting with more outfits like this

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You Can’t Change Your Stripes…

 Jacket: Zara; T-Shirt: Aritzia; Pants: American Apparel; Gloves: Club Monaco; Scarf: Vintage (American Apparel); Boots: TownShoes; Watch: Michael Kors; Ring: Gift from Italy

Can you believe we’re already one month through 2011? I sure as hell can’t! Although, I must say I am liking the way 2011 is going, and if January is any indicator of how the year will be going I think this should be a good one!

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Back to the Books

September and January are always my favourite months of the school year. There are never any midterms and there’s not a lot of pressure. The rest of the months are filled with exams, which begin for me next week. I really enjoy what I study so it doesn’t feel like torture to stay home on a Saturday night and read all about psychopharmacology or something…but that doesn’t mean that I don’t wish exams would go away!

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together

I’m quite convinced my fashion sense has multiple personalities. One day, I only wear black while the next day I’ll look like a section of the rainbow. Wednesday was one of those days when I really felt like wearing something unique and summery. The dress I’m wearing is one of my favourite souvenirs from my travels – I bought this dress in a little shop in the 4th arrondisement in Paris (near Centre Georges Pompidou/Beaubourg area) this past summer. I remember I was completely infatuated with Miu Miu’s designs (very similar to this), but couldn’t justify spending so much money on an item that wouldn’t become a staple in my wardrobe. This dress, however was by far the best 20 euros I ever spent

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Second Time’s the Charm…

Hello all!

I apologize for not posting/replying to comments as diligently as I have previously. My school commitments, -43 degree Celsius weather, and being ill have made things these days even more difficult. I will return all your comments…eventually (most likely within a week!).

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Black and Blue

Eagle, Leaf, Love Ring, Bunny and Tiger

My latest craze these days? Cocktail rings. Big, beautiful cocktail rings. My favourite place to buy them is at Aldo Accessories, here in Canada and the U.S. They aren’t too expensive ($8-$25 a piece) and they spice up any outfit. I’m always looking to add a unique touch to my outfits and these are definitely my favourite way of doing it these days.

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Breaking All the Rules

I think my Canadian bloggers can sympathize with me when I say that doing posts in the winter is extremely difficult. Not only is this Canadian weather not very conducive to being fashionable, but it’s often so grey here that it’s impossible to take decent photos. Yesterday was a rare day – beautiful, sunny and -27 degrees Celsius IN THE DAYTIME. Gotta love Montreal!

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Life is a Blizzard

I apologize for not posting as frequently as I did at the beginning of this month – with school in full swing now, my readings and assignments have been taking up lots of time. However, even when classes become crazy I still maintain my style I will never, ever be that girl going to an exam in her pyjamas! 

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You know your day is going to be great when…

The seat of your pants rip! And not just ANY pair of pants, but your beloved J Brand Houlihan $235 CND pants! I had the perfect outfit post for today, until I was eating lunch with my boyfriend and he pointed out he could see my bare butt I have bought J Brand jeans in the past and had great success with them, but I’m definitely not investing that sum of money in their pants again – I had only had the pants for 5 months!!!

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A Kiss of Summer in the Dead of Winter

 Today when I woke up it took me about 30 minutes to get dressed – this is NOT normally how long it takes. After checking that the temperature today would be only a measly -6 Celsius and staring into my closet of cashmere and jeans, I felt completely unmotivated to wear anything today – all of the items felt overused and worn in combination with each other to death. I was dying for something bright and cheery on this cold and snowy Monday. I froze to death walking home from the library tonight, but I didn’t really mind as the clothes made me feel as if it was summer .

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And so..my vacation ends…

Hello there! Hope the beginning of 2011 is treating you all well. Not a lot has been happening the last couple days…mostly seeing friends and getting ready to go back to Montreal tomorrow. In case you hadn’t noticed, my bedroom looks a little…childish, and that’s because I’m staying at my parents’ house in my old room, which hasn’t been modified since I left high school.

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It’s All Plaid to Me



I’ll confess to a bit of an obsession brewing – plaid shirts. I bought one a year ago at Aritzia and since then, especially in some of the rather frigid days in Montreal it has become something I wear multiple times a week. It would be no surprise that during Aritzia’s boxing day sale I picked up 2 more – they are SO comfy and get even better with many washings!

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Homeless

Ok, so I’m not actually homeless as you can see in the background that I’m in a house

Today all about packing – packing for a month long trip to China, France, and Italy I will be going on in a little over 2 weeks time, as well as packing to move back to school. This September I’m going into my second year at McGill University in Montreal, so considering this past year I was living in residence all my crap came back with me

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Long Weekends = Bliss

Hello again! I hope all my fellow Canadians enjoyed yesterday off and perhaps are enjoying a nice 4-day weekend. My long weekend, outfits and make up/hair routine so fa r have been rather lazy as I find it very hard to dress up when I’m not at work or in class. Today consisted of grabbing breakfast/lunch with my mom at Cora’s, a Quebecois restaurant that’s grown in popularity across Canada. SO MUCH FOOD but so delicious. Later, we indulged in a little shopping at my favourite s tore, Aritzia. I ended up buying a leather jacket and then feeling guilty about it since it’s such a costly purchase. Unfortunately, the jacket I tried on had a defect so I have to wait a week before one is ordered in from another store I tried looking online for the exact one I purchased but I couldn’t find it – I’ll be sure to post a picture as soon as I get the jacket! I absolutely ADORE the Wilfred bustier camisoles. However, having a large bust and a tiny waist makes it a bit troublesome to find the right size (and a bra that fits without showing underneath). =&0=&