Wow it’s been a while since my last post! This past weekend was a long weekend and boy was it a busy one. I decided to get away for the weekend so I spent the Victoria Day Long Weekend in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake. I’ve been to Niagara Falls many times but I wanted to get away from the crowds and the hustle of this touristy location. NOTL is the perfect escape from the city and the crowds but it’s best known for its wineries and is one of Canada’s most famous wine regions.
I wanted to tour some wineries while I was there and I’d heard good things about Inniskillin, a Canadian winery which is famous for its Ice Wine. I got there just in time to miss the general winery tour so I opted for the Ice Wine tour. This particular tour focused on the winery’s famous ice wines and gave tasters a chance to sample 4 ice wine varieties. My favoruite was probably the sparkling vidal ice wine.
My tour guide Lynn had been in the business for 24 years and working as a guide for 17 years. She was very knowledgeable and ready to answer any questions about the wines, the wine making process and Inniskillin as a brand. She led our group through a tasting of Riesling,Cabernet Franc and Vidal Ice Wines. My favourite part of the tasting component is when she gave us some chocolate to try with the Cabernet Franc – together they taste like a chocolate covered strawberry!
The weather was just warming up last weekend so we enjoyed a beautiful day outside. For my day at the wineries I chose this striped midi length belted dress from Suzy Shier. This dress is part of their Sweet Americana collection and is so comfortable to wear. It’s cotton and breathes well on a warm day outside. I like the vintage inspired (pardon the pun) look of this dress with a sinched in waist and flared skirt. To accent the tan colour of the belt I added a pair of Lucky Brand wedge heels and a classic rattan bag, that’s all the rage for Spring and Summer.
Have you visited the wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake? If so which one is your favourite?
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?
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?
Two trends I’ve been seeing this Spring are gingham and two piece sets. I find gingham is a print that is evergreen. It never seems to go out of style, granted it has its seasons of appeal. Every Spring and Summer however gingham is back in style. I’m also seeing a lot of two piece sets in stores, that’s why I was thrilled to find this outfit from Simons that combines both of these trends.
I love the blue gingham print in both the top and the shorts, it adds a softer look to the print overall. These items are part of Simon’s ICONE brand and are sold separately. The shorts also come in the classic black and white patterned print. As the items are sold individually there are many different styles of tops to choose from and you can mix and match. I liked the ruffle detailing in this top 🙂
When worn together the shorts and top give the illusion of a one-piece or romper which is one of the things I like about this outfit. However you could wear these items separately as well and pair the top with some white jeans or the shorts with a white shirt.
To accessorize I added some white fan earrings and my Shiraleahstraw clutch. For a casual day time look I wore a pair of white wedges but you can dress this outfit up by adding some strappy sandals for a more formal look.
What do you think of the gingham trend this Spring?