Colour Pairing

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I love dressing up and putting outfits together, kind of a given since I have a fashion blog right? I’ve had a few people ask me about colour pairing and how I put my outfits together so I thought I’d share a few tips. These aren’t hard and fast rules but rather just what works for me, if you’re a play by your own rules kinda girl go for it and experiment away ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Pick a colour

I like colour in general but when it comes to outfits I prefer to choose one staple colour around which I build my look. In the example above I’m wearing a bold red business suit. Clearly red is the colour I’m building around here. I decided to choose accent colours that will offset the red. For a bright contrast I choose a crisp white blouse but you can also wear this suit with a black blouse. The accent colour or shade should complement your staple colour. For example I wouldn’t pair a bright yellow blouse with this suit. For the shoes I stuck with the white shade but wanted to add a bit more neutrality and interest so I chose a black and white patterned pump. The shoe also adds some texture to the outfit.

2. Break up your prints with solid colours

Something I love just as much as colour is a great print. Whether you’re choosing a printed top, skirt or pants prints are a great way to add interest to an outfit and express your personality. Being an island girl it’s no surprise that I love a good palm print. I paired this palm print top with a pair of white pants. White is a great solid colour to break up a print. You can also pair a good printed top with jeans or any other solid coloured bottom. This particular top works with jeans or a dark green bottom as well. I found these super cute palm print mules which I wore with this outfits as it brought the palm print back in the feet. To add a bit more texture to this outfit and keeping with the tropical theme I added this bamboo bag from Cult Gaia. Sometimes it helps to have a theme to your outfit as well.

3. Add a pop of colour to monochromes

A pop of colour goes a long way when you’re jazzing up a monochrome outfit. I love these red tassel earrings as they add a cute and flirty pop of colour to this grey and black outfit. Grey and black are very close to each other on the shade spectrum so pairing these colours can be challenging as your outfit can tend to look dull. The bright red instantly throws off the monochrome nature of this look. Whether you choose to add your pop of colour with earrings, a necklace, a great pair of shoes or a cute purse is up to you but remember to brighten up your monochrome looks ๐Ÿ™‚

Another tip is to add texture to your outfit. You can do this by adding accessories such a great purse, jewelry or shoes. If you’re looking for more information about which colours go together and which don’t you can find a colour wheel here ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t forget to make sure the colours complement your skin tone as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Bed Makeover

 

 

If you follow me on Instagram you probably know I recently did a bed makeover! I love pink so I decided to revamp my room to reflect my favourite colour ๐Ÿ™‚ I found thisย  adorable bedding setย  from Hometrends at Walmart Canada. The set comes with: a comforter, 2 pillow shams and 2 decorative pillows. I wanted to off set the pink colour of the comforter set with a soft white so I opted for this simple white sheet set from Mainstays. The set I picked up came with a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and 2 large pillow cases for a Queen Sized bed but there are lots of options to choose from.ย  To finish off this pretty in pink look I found this too cute to be true heart pillow at Quilts Etc.ย  I also found these cute pyjamas at Garage. They’re so comfy and come in black as well if you’re not as crazy about pink as I am ๐Ÿ˜‰

I truly love my new bedding but the best part about this bedroom makeover is that I did it for under $250 including all the pillows! It just goes to show you that you don’t need to spend a tonne of money toย  make something look pretty and professional ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ladurรฉe Yorkdale

This past weekend I was in Toronto and I got to check out one of my favourite places, Ladurรฉe. Famous the world over for its Parisian flair Ladurรฉe is a macaroon shop and tea room. Although it’s especially popular in Europe the company has made the trip across the pond and I’m thrilled that there’s one in somewhat close proximity to me. I simply love their macaroons and decor. To me this place is like every little girl’s dream – soft colours line the walls which are topped off by an elegantly carved out ceiling and of course there is the iconic green on the facade of the shop. Whether you’re stepping in for a peek or staying for tea Ladurรฉe is a must do if you’re ever in Toronto! The Yorkdale shopping centre itself is quite glamorous in my opinion so it’s a perfect setting for this cute little macaroon shop.

As far as flavours go my personal favourites are the pistachio, coffee and vanilla. I also tried the rose flavour which I was quite surprised by. Ladurรฉe offers a wide range of flavours to choose from and there’s really something for everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ The shop also has a cute selection of gifts and souvenirs so if sweets aren’t your thing you can always grab a key chain, candle or gift box ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

Sheer Embroidered Sweatshirt

I’m back ๐Ÿ™‚ As you all know I was away during the holidays and enjoying the sunshine in Sri Lanka, but now I’m back to Winter in Ottawa! And boy is it cold!!!

Cold weather always makes me want to bundle up and it’s often a challenge to stay stylish and warm at the same time! That’s why I’m so thrilled to have come across this cute embroidered sweatshirt from Suzy Shier. Who said sweatshirts had to be frumpy?! This sweatshirt is so comfy and stylish. It’s got a bit of a cropped style to it and sits just above the waist of your pants. The sheer yoke and embroidery give it more of a formal flair and you could definitely wear this to work on jeans or dress down days. This piece is great as it blends the winter florals trend with a cozy casual look ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Vacay Style

As you probably know I’ve been on vacation for the past two weeks so I’ve been a little slow with my posts. I’m totally loving the tropical weather here in Sri Lanka especially since there’s been a deep freeze in Ottawa lately. I thought I’d share some of my vacay style outfits with you since some of you may be planning a winter getaway to a tropical paradise.

When packing for this trip I wanted to add some tropical flair to my outfits.

Here’s what I’ve been wearing ๐Ÿ™‚

Fairy Top – Chichwish |Jeans- Suzy Shier |Bag- Cult Gaia

Lace detail top – Suzy Shierย | Soft Shorts – Dynamite

Hi-Low Skirt – Dynamite | Ballerina Top – Garage

Dress – Express (I’ve linked to a similar dress since this is no longer available)| Shoes – Schutz | Bag- Cult Gaia