Gingham Wrap Blouse

 

One of my favourite trends this Spring is gingham! I also love the wrap blouse which is making an appearance again this year πŸ™‚ That’s why I was so thrilled when I found this gingham wrap blouse at Suzy Shier. I bought a similar blouse last year in a black and white print and I got so many compliments on it. When I saw this in their new Spring collection I simply had to get it! This blouse is perfect for running errands on the weekend or jazzing up a work outfit, you can dress it up or down. I chose to dress it down by pairing it with some white jeans, which are also back again this year. I was doing a lot of running around this weekend so I opted for a Michael Kors cross body bag. The navy colour in this blouse makes it so versatile as you can pair it with light and dark colours. What’s your favourite Spring trend – gingham perhaps?

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Floral Sweater Dress

Spring cannot be here sooner! I’m happy to see that many stores have their Spring collections out and florals seem to be on trend! I found this cute floral sweater dress at Suzy Shier which is perfect for the Winter to Spring transition we’re going through right now. The three-quarter sleeves and modest length make this dress work appropriate. I love the floral design on the dress which gives it a Ted Baker inspired look.Β  I paired this dress with opaque navy tights but you can wear it with flesh coloured tights as well. The best part about this dress is that it costs under $50! If you have a prestige card you’ll automatically get an additional 10% off. Suzy Shier also has some great deals on at the moment so check them out if you’re looking for some new pieces for Spring πŸ™‚

 

Valentine’s Day Wish List

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and here are a few items that are on my Vday Wish list πŸ˜‰

 

1. Something in red – This cute jumpsuit is the perfect for a Valentine’s Day date. It’s also a nice alternative to a red dress and provides a bit more coverage if you live in a colder climate like I do πŸ™‚

2. Perfume – I love Dior perfumes. Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is a light romantic scent perfect for Valentine’s Day.

3. Champagne truffles – Champagne and truffles are great on their own but even better together, and who doesn’t love candy?!

4. Heart purse – This adorable heart shaped purse from Kate Spade is the perfect accessory for Valentine’s Day. It’s also a great way to add a pop of colour to an outfit.

5. Red strappy sandals – I’m a shoe-a-holic and I’ll readily admit it. I simply love these red heels and the bow detail.

6. Tiffany bracelet – What girl doesn’t love something that comes in a little blue bag? This Tiffany heart bracelet is one of my ultimate favourites

7. Champagne – No special occasion is complete without a little bubbly! This rosΓ© champagne from MoΓ«t et Chandon is made for Valentine’s Day πŸ™‚

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Favourite Basket Bags for Spring

I know it’s still February but Spring is on my mind! One trend I’ve been noticing when it comes to accessories for Spring 2018 is basket bags! I love the boho chic look of a basket bag. The woven look gives them a lot of texture and they instantly add interest to an outfit. Another trend I’ve seen is pom poms. Believe it or not pom poms and basket bags actually do go well together – as seen in the photo above πŸ˜‰

Here are 3 of my favourite basket bags for Spring:

Rectangle Basket Bag

This bag by Australian designers Ellen and James adds a touch of boho chic sophistication to an outfit. Whether you’re pairing it with a white linen dress for the day or a black jumpsuit for the night it’s just perfect for Spring and Summer. I ordered this one online. I was pleasantly surprised with how soon it arrived. I had the bag with me in about a week which was great. The workmanship on this bag is really beautiful and it’s very well made. I also love the batik lining inside.

Pom Pom Beach Tote

This straw beach tote from Forever 21 is a great find. If you’re looking for a bag that’s affordable, on trend and stylish then this is the bag for you. I believe it’s inspired by the JADE Tribe basket bags. This bag is a great alternative to a designer bag and costs under $50! It’s also a larger size and works well as a carry all too. The bag also comes with orange pom poms if you’re looking for something more daring.

Circle Evening Bag

I picked up this circle evening bag at Simons. It originally came in the natural colour, pictured above and a black. Unfortunately this bag is sold out but I have linked a similar bag in the Shop This Post links below. This bag is perfect for a night out on a Spring or Summer evening. I love the circular shape which is so in right now. The gold strap also adds an extra bit of elegance πŸ™‚

 

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Polka Dots and Pearls

 

 

I’m noticing two major trends that seem to be in for Spring this year, polka dots and pearls! I found the cutest outfit at Suzy Shier this week. This adorable polka dot t-shirt is comfy and cute. The ruffled sides give it a feminine flair. I paired it with these pearl trimmed skinny jeans . To break up the black and white colour I added a red belt and a pair of red tassel earrings. If you don’t live in Canada but would still like to get this look I’ve added some similar pieces here πŸ™‚

 

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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 πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to make sure the colours complement your skin tone as well πŸ˜‰

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Sheer Embroidered Sweatshirt

I’m back πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

 

 

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 πŸ™‚

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

Lace detail top – Suzy ShierΒ | 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

Lace Pencil Skirt and Crop Top

 

‘Tis the holiday season and you know what that means – holiday parties! I found this super chic pencil skirt and crop top combo at Dynamite that’s just perfect for all the upcoming holiday events. Although these items are sold separately they make the perfect pair πŸ™‚ The lace pencil skirt fits true to size and has a sheer bottom which is so lovely.Β  You can pair this skirt with a feminine blouse, body suit or crop top. I chose to pair it with the matching crop top.Β  I added some accessories from Suzy Shier to complete the look. My shoes are from Steve Madden and they’re super comfortable. This outfit will make you feel flirty and feminine and it’s a great choice for drinks with a girls or a date night.

Sequin Mini Skirt

Nothing says holiday style like a little bling! I found this cute sequin mini skirt at Forever 21 and I’m just thrilled about it! This skirt is perfect for a holiday party, New Year’s Eve perhaps? I like the diamond patterning on the skirt and the frill at the bottom gives it that extra bit of flirtyness and femininity. The rose gold colour of the sequins are a nice balance with the black outline of the diamonds and add a more neutral tone to this flashy number.

I paired this skirt with a body suit that I also picked up at Forever 21. The body suit has just a hint of shimmer when the light hits it and adds to the festive flair of the outfit. I decided to go with black opaque tights to balance out all the bling in this outfit, however you could wear sheer black tights with the skirt as well. This is outfit is perfect if you’re looking to add some sparkle to your holiday wardrobe πŸ™‚