I recently decided to do a quick audit of my current wardrobe and noticed one glaring gap! I had next to no cocktail dresses. It’s easy to get caught up with the Summer weather and splurge on pretty sun dresses (totally guilty here) but cocktail dresses are a wardrobe staple and should never be ignored. I found this floral chiffon overlay cocktail dress in store at Suzy Shier and I simply had to have it. I was surprised by how affordable this dress is, it retails for under $50, a fraction of the price of some cocktail dresses.
I like the poncho style overlay on this dress as it gives the piece a more formal look. Although this dress is black the floral print gives it a summery flair. The overlay hangs down toward the back of the dress as well, giving it long sleek lines.
The bottom part of the dress is made from a scuba type stretchy fabric that is also figure flattering. The overlay hangs down about 3/4 of the way over the front of the dress; so this is a dress you can eat to your hearts content it. What’s a cocktail reception without the hors d’oeuvres right?!
I went for a more formal look with my outfit and added a pair of red ombre bauble earrings. I wanted to pick up on the red in the floral print. For shoes I kept it simple with some Sam Edelman sandals that I picked up at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last week.
Have you done a wardrobe audit lately? If so what parts of your wardrobe need replenishing?
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It’s finally here! Public access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open! I’ve done all the research for you and come up with some top picks to look for online and in-store. Here are my favourite pieces from the sale this year:
Sweaters and Cardigans
There’s so many cute and comfy sweaters on sale this year. Some of my favourites trends are colour block sweaters and dusters.
Pants, Skirts and Jeggings
I love Fall as I find so many people bring their A game when it comes to Fall fashion. I noticed some dressy and casual bottoms on sale this year, ranging from suede skirts
, plaid skorts
to moto jeggings
I try to wear skirts and dresses well in to Winter. I find it’s sometimes easier to wear a dress and tights than pants to work. Here are some of my fave dresses from the sale.
Shoes and Boots
Now for the fun part! If you know me personally, you’d know that I’m a shoe-a-holic. I must confess I picked up 5 pairs of shoes at the sale this year. Some of my fave categories were pumps with feminine flair, functional flats and Fall boots, and Summer-Fall transition pieces.
Handbags and Accessories
Yellow from the other side . . . okay I’ll stop with the Adele puns. Yellow is one of my favourite colours, it’s so bright and cheerful and so appropriate for Summer. I was thrilled when I came across this lace midi dress at the Nordstrom Anniversay pre-sale today. I was able to get access to the pre-sale at Nordstrom Ottawa today as I had applied for a Nordstrom Credit card. P.S. Nordstrom credit card holders and approved applicants get early access to their Anniversary Sale. The sale will be open to the public from July 20 to August 5.
While shopping the sale this morning I spotted this dress and I simply had to try it on, and ofcourse it fit like a glove. I’m wearing a size XS which fits true to size. The dress fits a bit snug as it’s a bandage style piece. I have a similar dress in white by Astr which comes in eight other colours 🙂
What initially attracted me to this dress was the colour. I’ve always loved the colour yellow, especially a pale yellow. When I was a child my grandfather worked for the parliament in Sri Lanka and traveled quite a bit for work. Whenever he’d be away on business he’d always bring me some clothes from the countries he’d visited. As a result I had somewhat of an international wardrobe growing up, comprised of items such as silk pyjamas from China, a safari suit from Kenya, a sailor suit from England and a frilly yellow dress from Cyprus to name a few.
The yellow dress from Cyprus was one of my favourite pieces and seeing this lace dress today reminded me of the dress I’d owned as a little girl. I remember one time I was running around wearing my dress from Cyprus when I tripped and fell, I was so upset and in tears, not because of my scraped and bloody knees but because I was so concerned I’d ruined my yellow dress. Sounds silly but even as a child I was very particular about my clothes 😉
This particular midi dress is by a brand called Soprano and retails for under $100 CAD including tax. I think it’s perfect for Summer cocktails out on the patio or attending a Summer wedding. I especially like the lace detailing as it gives it a feminine feel. The dress is figure flattering and comes with adjustable straps so you can control how conservative or daring the neckline can be. I opted for a more conservative option.
I paired this dress with a straw clutch and some white wedges with a bow detail. In keeping with the white accessory theme I added a pair of white bauble earrings.
What do you think of the colour yellow for Summer?
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Feeling knotty? Pardon the pun, I just couldn’t resist! If you’ve been following me on instagram you’d know that I’ve recently started introducing puns in to my captions. It keeps me on my toes having to come up with something witty and I enjoy it as well 🙂 Speaking of puns . . . let’s twist again with this cute and comfy front twist top from Suzy Shier. Knotted or front twist tops have been a major trend this Spring and Summer so I was thrilled to find this top in store.
I like the casual look and feel of this top. It’s made from a rayon blend fabric and super comfortable to wear. I wore it out this past Saturday as I thought it was perfect for a relaxed weekend look. I paired the top with some cropped white jeans that I had picked up last year and some mules that I saw in store at Suzy Shier. The mules give this outfit a bit of an edgy look and these shoes just happen to be a great dupe of some Steve Madden flats, for a fraction of the price ofcourse 😉 To accessorize I added my go to Michael Kors cross body, perfect for running errands on the weekends 🙂
What do you think of the knotted t-shirt trend this Summer – are you ready to do the twist?
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Summer is finally here and it’s going to stay a while. We’ve had some really warm weather in Ottawa this week with temperatures remaining steady in the mid thirties, but trust me I’m not complaining :)With so much heat and humidity this Summer it’s a challenge to stay cool and stylish at the same time. I found this chic and comfy floral print maxi at Forever 21 when I was shopping for my trip to Sri Lanka last month. I’ve been gravitating towards maxi dresses a lot this Summer. I find they have an element of formality with the added length and they’re comfortable to wear.
I like the contrast of the tropical floral pattern against the dark background of this particular dress. The weather in Colombo is a bit cooler than what we experienced last week but the humidity is about the same and this dress held up well. The bright colours in the dress make it a great choice for a day or evening outfit. I’ve worn it out to lunch during the day and to a show in the evening.
This maxi is so comfortable and sits well on the body when worn. I was a bit apprehensive in picking it up when I saw it on the rack but I’m glad I did. If you’ve ever owned a piece that looks better on you than it does on the hanger, well this dress is one of those pieces. It has a zip that fastens on the side and adjustable straps so you can have the neckline to your liking.
I paired the dress with some bright coloured tassel earrings from Forever 21. I also found another pair of bauble drop earrings that would go well with the dress. The dress does run a little longer than other maxis I’ve tried on so I opted for a pair of block heel sandals.
What do you think about maxi dresses for Summer – hot or not?
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In case you haven’t been keeping up with me on instagram, I recently took a trip home to Sri Lanka. I was so happy to be able to make the trip back so I stocked up on a tonne of new Summer clothes to wear while I was there. One of my fave finds was this off-the-shoulder palm print midi dress from Old Navy.
This dress is so versatile and stylish combining 3 trends that are in for Summer. Can you guess what they are? Well this dress has a tropical flare to it with the palm print pattern; the tropics were everywhere this Spring and the trend continues on in to the Summer. Off-the-shoulder necklines are also trending this Summer and this dress doesn’t disappoint. Modesty is making a comeback this year with midi dresses being back in style and replacing the high-waisted shorts and mini-skirts we usually see in the Summer.
I especially like the black print on the white fabric in this dress as it gives it an air of sophistication and is a nice reprieve from the traditional green palm prints I’ve seen this Summer. The cotton lining makes this dress light and comfortable to wear, perfect for a warm Summer day.
Sri Lanka is a tropical country and can get quite hot and humid during the monsoon season. I found this dress incredibly comfortable to wear amidst the tropical heat. To accessorize I paired this dress with my favourite bamboo bag from Cult Gaia. I had a pair of black block heels that I picked up from the Bay earlier this year. They just happened to have a palm leaf pattern on them as well 😉 These shoes were really affordable and I picked them up for under $50. If you look closely you’ll notice that they’re a dupe of a Schutz design from last year. I added a pair of palm leaf earrings in keeping with the tropical theme to finish off this outfit
What do you think about the midi trend this Summer, do you prefer modesty or the traditional mini?
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Yikes! It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been so busy with life in general that I haven’t had much time to sit down and actually write a post. I have however been keeping up on Instagram 🙂
Time has flown by so fast, can you believe Canada Day is less than a week away?! I don’t know about you but I always go all out with my outfit for Canada Day. It’s the one day of the year where you can wear your red, white and maple proudly and unabashedly!
I found the most adorable Canada Day dress at Suzy Shier and I’m just thrilled to be able to share it with you. What better way to celebrate Canada Day than by wearing a dress from one of the country’s oldest and best known retailers. Fun fact – Suzy Shier was founded in 1966 and has been around for over 50 years with over 140 stores across Canada!
This red and white printed dress is the perfect way to show off your Canadian pride. The butterfly details in the print are so feminine and the dress is super comfy to wear. It’s light and airy just like a butterfly, I love the way the skirt of the dress flutters when the wind catches it. My dress is part of Suzy’s High Tea collection that’s currently available in stores and online. This collection focuses on feminine florals and prints with a splash of red for colour.
I liked the vintage look of this dress and decided to play in to the vintage vibe when I styled it. I paired this dress with an adorable picnic basket bag that I picked up on my travels (I’ll share more about my most recent trip in an upcoming post). For accessories I added my favourite pair of white wedges with a bow detail. In keeping with the vintage flair I added a fascinator that I found at Unique Accessories last year.
How are you showing off your Canadian pride and celebrating Canada Day this year? Wearing red and white perhaps?
If you’ve been following my blog you probably know that I have a soft spot for anything tropical. Maybe it’s because I’m originally from the tropics (shout out to all my Sri Lankans!). Whatever the reason I just can’t say no to anything tropical, so when I saw this tropical beach dress I simply had to have it! How perfect is this dress for a day at the beach or a summer afternoon out with friends?
The print on this dress is like an instant vacation. I love anything to do with beaches and this dress in particular reminded me of a dress I’d seen years ago on t.v. I may be dating myself here but growing up I was a fan of the show Friends. I remember an episode where the group went to a beach house and Rachel had on this tropical beach print dress. I always liked this dress and over the years tried to find one like it but never had any luck. I was pretty thrilled when I found this mini version that’s pretty close to it, granted hers was a maxi and mine is a mini but I still love it!
I paired this dress with my favourite palm tree sandals from Forever 21. I ordered the sandals online and haven’t seen them in store in Canada yet however they do fit true to size. Since the dress is so busy I accessorized with a set of simple white flower earrings. I’ve linked a similar pair at the end of this post.
What do you think of the tropical trend this Spring and Summer – would you rather go to the beach or wear it and take it with you wherever you go?
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It’s finally feeling like Summer in Ottawa! Yellow is a colour I always associate with Summer. I’m not sure if it’s because there’s lots of sun in the Summer (fingers crossed) or because it’s such a happy time of year. Either way it’s virtually impossible to be sad when you’re wearing yellow right?
I was thrilled to find this cute and comfy off the shoulder yellow gingham print dress at Old Navy. This dress has a fun and feminine feel to it with the off the shoulder ruffled top and the lace detailing at the bottom. I love the yellow gingham print, it’s just perfect for a Summer weekend or BBQ. The dress is made out of a linen and rayon blend fabric so it’s light and fits loosely on the body.
I chose to style this dress as part of a casual outfit and I was so pleased to find this adorable pineapple straw clutch at Old Navy as well. Straw bags, pom poms and tropical accents are trending this Summer and this bag combines them all! To complete this outfit I added a pair of white wedges and some white beaded earrings. My goal in putting this outfit together was to pick up on the colours in the dress. The clutch picks up on the yellow and the earrings and shoes accent the white in the gingham print.
This is probably one of my favourite outfits for Summer as I’m a huge fan of bright colours and sunshine 😉 What’s your favourite Summer colour? Mellow yellow perhaps?
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It’s official – it’s time to stripe up your life! Multi-colour stripes are the hottest trend for Spring and Summer right now. Stripes are everywhere and as we transition in to Summer bright colours are making an appearance too.
I found this cute multi-colour striped maxi at Forever 21 and it makes me so happy! I love the bright, bold colours on this dress. The wrap style of this maxi allows to you adjust it to fit perfectly. The straps are also adjustable and can be loosened or tightened as desired. The dress drapes well and is fitted at the top with a bit of flare a the bottom. It literally flows with you when you walk and it’s so much fun to wear. You’d definitely be tempted to twirl in this dress, I sure was 😉 For some reason multi-colour or rainbow stripes make me think of the circus, perhaps the bright colours you’d see on the big top?
I was equally thrilled to find a pair of earrings that matched the colours in the dress perfectly! My beaded duster earrings (also from Forever 21) cost under $10 and add to this fun and colourful Summer look. To finish off this look I added a pair of majenta block heel sandals.
I think this look would be perfect for dinner alfresco at a bistro or for a fun summer event or concert. To convert this outfit to a festival look you can dress it down by opting for flats instead of heels or even a slip on sandal.
What do you think of bright colours and bold stripes for Summer? Is it a hit or a miss?
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