Three Ways to Wear Leopard Print this Fall

It’s officially September and I can’t wait to write about the hottest trend for Fall 2020. You guessed it, it’s leopard print. I’ve been totally obsessed with leopard print lately. I never cared much for the print in previous years but this year there’s so many interesting ways to wear it I’m all in on this trend.

Here are some of my favourite ways to wear leopard print this Fall.

Look 1 – Comfy and casual tee

I found this leopard print t-shirt on amazon. It’s one of my favourite Fall pieces as it’s so versatile. Since we still have a few warm days left I paired it with a some jean shorts and my go-to Tory Burch flip flops. I accessorized with a hat for more of a Fall touch. You can also wear this tee with distressed blue jeans or black leggings and even throw a cardigan over it as the weather gets cooler.

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Look 2 – Weekend maxi skirt

I came across this skirt while shopping at Suzy Shier. I was a little apprehensive at first but I’m so happy I decided to pick it up. It’s so comfortable and easy to wear for a relaxed weekend look. I have literally worn this outfit for the past two Saturdays. I paired the skirt with a simple white tank top and a jean jacket. To accessorize I added my fave Tory Burch purse and flip flops. You can also dress this skirt up by pairing it with a black long sleeved bodysuit or turtleneck and some booties.

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Look 3 – Nighttime Glam

This is definitely my favourite leopard print look! I picked up this skort at Zara, I initially thought it was a skirt but was thrilled to find out it came with shorts 🙂 This is definitely one of the edgiest looks I’ve worn. I paired it with a pleather crop top which I also found at Zara and a blazer with pleather detailing that I had in my closet. This is a great look for a night out. For cooler weather I would pair the skort with some sheer pantyhose and pumps. You can also switch out the crop top for a black bodysuit or turtleneck.

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Which of these looks is your favourite?

My Favourite Fall Blazer

Can you believe it’s almost September? I’m not thrilled that Summer is coming to an end but I do love Fall fashion. I recently shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and stocked up on some Summer pieces. Living in Canada we unfortunately don’t have access to all the Nordstrom sale items before they sell out but I was able to find some similar pieces from Canadian retailers.Today I’m sharing one of my favourite Fall transition pieces.

I love this checked blazer I picked up at Dynamite. It’s a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down. There was a similar blazer that was part of the Nsale as well. I paired the blazer with a white lace trim tank top and high waisted jeans which are also from Dynamite.

You can also pair this blazer with a black tank top, or a white or black mock neck top. For cooler weather I would pair it with a turtleneck. I like that this blazer can be a casual or work wear look depending on how you style it. I was going for more of a casual look.

To accessorize I picked up this triple chain medallion necklace at Dynamite. It’s very similar to the popular Styled Collection medallion necklace but at a lower price point. I picked up these Steve Madden booties at the Nsale and they paired perfectly with the entire outfit. These particular booties run a bit small so I went up a half a size to a 7 in them.

I finished off this outfit with my favourite anniversary sale find which a purse from Tory Burch. You can wear it as a cross body or carry it as a clutch and the colours are just perfect for Fall.

Stay tuned for more of my Fall fashion finds!

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Canada Day Outfit Ideas

Canada Day is around the corner and although most of the festivities are cancelled this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t get dressed up and show your Canadian pride. I’ve pulled together four different looks to help you get in the patriotic spirit as you raise a glass to the true north strong and free this July 1st.

Backyard BBQ Chic

I find gingham is a great print for Canada day. For a relaxed casual look I paired a white t-shirt with a cotton gingham print skirt. This look is great for a backyard BBQ or a quiet celebration with family at home. I finished off this casual look with a pair of white mules and accessorized with some red tassel earrings.

Downtown Glam

I came across this adorable one shoulder romper and thought it was perfect for a Canada day look. It’s definitely more of a fun and glamorous look. This is a great option if you’re hoping to check out some patios during the day.  To accessorize I added a straw pompom clutch which I picked up a few Summer’s ago (I’ve linked similar options below the post) and some white bauble earrings.

Picnic in the Park

Another great gingham option is this tie shoulder dress. I love the smocking detail in the top and the flowey skirt. This dress is just perfect for a Canada Day picnic in the park, so I had to accessorize with my picnic basket bag. It’s also a great option on a hot Summer day as the cotton fabric keeps you dry and cool.

Retro Red jumpsuit

When I saw this jumpsuit online it just screamed 80’s to me. I love the rouched waist and one shoulder detail. The padded shoulder and puffed sleeve are such a vibe. If you’re feeling adventurous this Canada Day then this is the outfit for you. Whether you’re having cocktails at home or hitting a patio you’re sure to stand out in this number

Which look is your favourite?

I picked up these Canada Outfits from Shein and I’ve linked them all below. Use my code WKND15 15% and save 15% off all your Shein purchases.

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Spring Favourites from Shein

It’s been over a month since my last post and of course a lot has transpired during this time. I’ve been a bit hesitant to post about my fashion finds amidst a pandemic hence the lag between posts. However I found that although physical storefronts have suffered significant losses, virtual storefronts and e-commerce have flourished.

I’ve been shopping online since our lockdown started and been able to find some lovely pieces in the process. I thought I’d share some of my Spring style finds from Shein.

1. Mock neck Swiss dot dress

When I came across this dress online I initially thought it would be perfect for Easter or a Spring High Tea. I was able to wear it out to a high tea prior to the lockdown. I chose it for it for the feminine detail of the dots and the ruffle sleeves. This dress is flowly and comfortable but the tie around the waist helps create some shape and definition. I’d love to wear this out again at some point.

2.  Tribal print dress

I love bright and colourful prints. This dress is so much fun! I found it very comfortable and figure flattering. It makes you look dressed up with minimal effort, the fabric makes you feel like you’re wearing a t-shirt. I would definitely wear this dress well in to the Summer.

3. White off the shoulder dress

When I saw this dress online I knew I had to have it. I didn’t have a white formal dress and this one fit the bill. I love the bardot neckline on this dress. The fabric is stretchy which makes it comfortable to wear. The ruching is also very figure flattering. This dress is great for the day or an evening out (or rather in since we are all staying in at the moment).

What are some of your favourite online style finds?

You can shop all my looks from this post below. Use my promo code WKND15 and save 15% off your Shein purchase.

 

Feminine Workwear from Femme De Carriere

Finding well made workwear that fits has always been a challenge for me so I was especially thrilled when I came across Femme De Carriere.

If you live in Canada I’m sure you’re familiar with this brand as it’s been around many years, 35 to be exact. I was pleased to find a retailer that offered well-made work clothes that were also feminine. My biggest challenge as a working woman has been finding work clothes that look professional and feminine at the same time.

This Canadian brand was founded in Montreal and still operates as a family business. Today Femme has stores throughout Canada and is well recognized in the world of women’s fashion. What I like most about Femme is that many of their pieces are designed and made in Canada. Their lead designer Sandra Angelozzi is known for feminine designs and structured, tailored pieces that can last the test of time. I have quite a few of her dresses and business suits and I’m very impressed with the workmanship, finish and cut in these garments.

Femme De Carriere prides itself in offering women luxury pieces at affordable prices and I think the brand really lives up to this promise. Who doesn’t feel more confident going in to a business meeting or an interview in a fantastic new business suit or dress?

Here are a few of my favourite pieces.

Cream Business Suit 

I love this cream coloured business suit. I have many dark coloured suits so I was looking to add some light and variety to my collection. The blazer and skirt are sold separately so you can mix and match to your liking. I like how well structured the blazer is and the rounded colour gives it more of a feminine and unique look. Both the blazer and the skirt are designed by Sandra Angelozzi and made in Canada. The skirt and blazer also come in a baby blue.

Cream Skirt and Blouse

If blazers aren’t your thing you can also pair this skirt with this sleeves fitted top. I really like the detail down the front of this blouse as it gives it character and structure. This top also comes in baby blue if you’re not a fan of cream.

White Dress with Bow Detail

This is definitely one of my favourite dresses. The moment I saw this dress in the window I knew I had to have it. I tried it on and the rest is history. I love how figure flattering this dress is; it’s truly a well-made garment. The detail on the shoulder just gives it that extra bit of flare and glamour. This dress is another creation by Sandra and is also made in Canada. One thing I really appreciate about the clothes at Femme is the quality as these pieces really do last a long time. I can’t wait to wear this out to an event, business meeting or garden party.

If you appreciate high quality garments that are made and designed in Canada then you’ll love Femme De Carriere. You can shop their collection in-store at one of their many locations or online.

My Fave Dress Picks for NYE

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and you’re enjoying the holiday season. Can you believe we will be in to a new decade in a few days?! 2020 is around the corner and it’s going to be a great year.

Whether you’re going out or staying in New Year’s Eve is something to celebrate.Have you picked out your dress for New Year’s Eve yet? Here are few of my favourite dresses for NYE.

My first pick is this black mock neck dress from Dynamite Clothing. I love the silver studded detail and the puffed sleeves give it a great finish. I paired this dress with a rhinestone buckle belt and some door knocker earrings. I really wanted to accentuate the silver in this dress. I also like that this dress is velvet, it’s a great fabric for Winter.

My second pick is a little unconventional for NYE but I think the colour and fabric are so classy. This satin one shoulder dress is an elegant choice if you want a break from the sparkle and shine of typical NYE dresses. I love the royal blue colour (the dress also comes in black) and the one shoulder detail of this dress. The draping in the front also make it figure flattering. I accessorized this dress with some embellished tights and rhinestone door knocker earrings.

P.S. I’m currently running a giveaway for a Dynamite Gift Card, details can be found on my instagram page.

If you want to go the more traditional route then this dress is for you. This gold dot printed dress is perfect for NYE! I like this dress because it’s stylish, comfortable and the gold dots look like confetti against the black fabric. This dress also photographs really well and has a sophisticated chic look to it. In this photo I paired it with some black tights and black pumps but you could also pair this dress with gold pumps for a really festive look. I picked this dress up last year at Le Chateau but it’s back again this year and under $100!

Which dress do you think I should choose?

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Fall Transition Workwear

I’m back . . . after a long hiatus. My last post was in June, yikes! Can you believe we are at the end of August already? It’s almost Fall, one of my favourite seasons. What I love about this time of year is transitioning in to my Fall wardrobe and picking up new pieces for the cooler weather. This year I’ve been focussing a lot on workwear and versatile pieces that can wear well in to the Winter.

I am currently loving all the Fall workwear at Dynamite this year. I picked up all the pieces in this outfit from their Fall collection.  One trend I’m noticing this year is plaid. Once again we are mad for plaid and these skinny high waisted pants are no exception. I like how stretchy and versatile these pants are. They are a quite snug to begin with but have some stretch to them so resist your instinct to size up and stay true to your size with this item.

I paired the pants with a fitted camel turtleneck. I like how soft and comfortable this top is when you wear it. Camel, caramel and soft browns are another popular trend this Fall and this turtleneck is a perfect way to incorporate the trend in to your transition wardrobe.

To finish off the look I added a black blazer for contrast. It also picks up on the black stripes in the plaid pants. For a more neutral look you can add a camel blazer and stick with the soft brown tones on top.

I accessorized this look with a pair of timeless leopard print pumps for a little sass. For a more conservative look you can always wear a pair of black pumps. If you want to go the more edgy route this pair of leopard print mules is a great alternative as well.

Are you looking forward to Fall? If so what are your favourite Fall fashion trends?

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Fave Summer Picks from Pretty Little Thing

It’s finally Summer and it couldn’t have come sooner. I’m so happy with the  warmer weather we are (finally) getting here in Ottawa. Summer is one of my favourite seasons, I don’t know about you but I love picking out new sundresses and rompers for the warmer weather. Being a blogger and a shop-a-holic I often need to revamp my wardrobe and change over my clothes as the seasons change and of course that involves some shopping right?

I recently discovered Pretty Little Thing online and I love their Summer collection. Here are some of my favourite PLT Summer picks:

Pink Polka Dot Dress

Polka Dot Dress

How adorable is this off the shoulder polka dot dress? Pink is my favourite colour so I was just thrilled when I came across this dress. It’s perfect to wear out to lunch on a Saturday or even to cocktails if you’re feeling bold. I paired this dress is one of my favourite pairs of pink heels.

Gingham Crop Top

Gingham Crop Top

With Canada Day around the corner I was looking for a red and white gingham print top. This cute crop top is just perfect for the occasion. I paired it with some white high waisted jeans but you can pair it with a dark wash denim short for a more casual look.

Tropical Print Romper

Tropical Print Romper

It’s no secret that I’m literally obsessed with palm print and all things tropical. When I came across this adorable yellow tie back romper, I had to add it to my collection. I love how bright and colourful it is. This piece really gives me those tropical Summer vibes.

Eyelet Lace Romper

 

Eyelet Lace Romper

I found this cute and comfy romper online and I thought it was the perfect addition to my Summer haul. This piece is so comfortable and lightweight, perfect for warmer Summer days. The eyelet lace on this romper gives it a really feminine look. The frill on the shorts also gives it a more playful and flirty flare.

 

Have you checked out Pretty Little Thing’s Summer collection yet? If so what are some of your favourite pieces?

 

Thank you to the team at Pretty Little Thing US for sponsoring this post.

Polka Dot Midi Dress

 

I’m so thrilled with the great Spring weather we’ve been having lately (finally!). Spring and Summer are my favourite seasons for dresses. I was happy to come across this adorable polka dot midi dress at Suzy Shier. I normally don’t go for clothing in orange as I find it doesn’t look that great with my skin tone, but this dress was an exception. I love the polka dot pattern and the pleat details in the skirt of the dress. I also like that this dress has an enhanced waist to give it more shape. This dress is so comfortable to wear and it looks so classy. You can also find it in a darker green colour (I bought it in both colours).

I paired this dress with a straw clutch I picked up last year and my favourite Sam Edelman block heels in a nude colour. I also added some white bauble drop earrings I bought last year from Suzy. I’ve linked some similar items at the bottom of this post.

What’s your favourite style of dress for Spring/Summer?

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East Meets West – Fusion Fashion with Frida’s Attic

Spring has finally arrived and although it certainly hasn’t felt like it this week, I decided to take some photos outside in the name of an East meets West photoshoot. I’ve been meaning to do this shoot ever since I received a beautiful hand made clutch from Frida’s Attic last Fall.

I was fortunate enough to connect with Frida’s Attic founder and owner Adriana on Instagram last year. I’m so excited to be working with this Ottawa based entrepreneur. Her focus is slow fashion in a trendy world. Adriana sources pieces from her native Mexico and all the items in her collection are carefully selected by her personally. I’m a huge fan of the vibrant colours and intricate designs of her clothing and accessories. You can read more about the collaboration I did with her last year by following this link – Collaboration with Frida’s Attic 

I’ve always wanted to do an east meets west fusion fashion shoot. The moment I received my clutch from Frida’s Attic I knew exactly which eastern piece to pair it with. The colours in this clutch complemented one of my sarees perfectly. I don’t get to wear sarees very often in Canada so it’s taken me a while to get around to shooting this look. I love how seamlessly these two pieces blend together. It almost seems like I picked up the saree and the clutch at the same place. I chose this saree because of its bright colours and beading. This entire look reminds me of a warm Summer day, although it was very cold and windy outside. I put on a brave face for these photos 😉

I admire the slow fashion concept behind Frida’s Attic and the fact that the pieces can be worn with so many different styles and genres of clothing. This particular look is just one of the ways you can incorporate Frida’s accessories in to your wardrobe. I paired this clutch with a saree but you could also carry it with jeans and a white tee or a Summer dress. It’s a great statement piece as well.

If you liked this look check out Frida’s Attic online and on Instagram.

What are your thoughts on fusion fashion?

 

 

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