Weekend Wear | Military Blazer & Sweetheart Dress









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I wore this outfit to Vancouver Fashion Week last week (thanks to Ever New for outfitting me!). I was absolutely thrilled with how this look turned out. I felt feminine but fierce, which you know is my favorite fashion combo. I definitely want to wear this look over and over (...and over) again. I think it would make an awesome date night look.

The military-inspired blazer is absolutely stunning and, of course, right on trend this fall. I like that it's a versatile piece because it can be worn on top of an LBD like I did here, but it also is a great blazer for work. You all know I love when i can "multitask" my clothing haha.

The dress is probably my favorite item I have added to my wardrobe this year (... big talk, I know haha). I actually saw this in the store and thought "okay, another LBD, that's nice". I definitely wasn't particularly interested in it. Luckily my friend made me try it on and I fell in love with it instantly. I can't express to you guys how well this dress fits. It seriously is so perfectly structured and perfectly fit.
And do not even get me started on the bardot style (why do I not own more dresses like this?! This cut is so flattering!) In case I haven't praised this dress enough, I also have to say how great the slit is. Unlike many dresses the slit actually stays in place and is the perfect height. #winning

My accessories for this outfit are also items I'll be wearing throughout the fall. The gold earrings are right on trend (and super affordable) and the floral embroidery clutch is a perfect addition to any fall outfit. I wore it this past weekend with jeans a white tee and my black leather jacket. I received a ton of compliments on it too, which is always fun haha.


In other news, happy Friday everyone!! I don't even know what I am doing yet tonight but now I really want to wear this dress haha. Do you guys have fun weekend plans?

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Shopping | Wear to Work Coats for Fall 2017


Happy Wednesday! Today I wanted to share with you a round-up of some of my favorite coats for fall. There are a number of trends in outerwear this season - and luckily for all of us working women - a number of on-trend fall coat styles are perfect to wear to work.

Below are my favorite work appropriate fall coats/jackets. Let me know which coat (or trend) you are liking the best, and which you intend to wear to the office this fall! My personal favorite coat is the very first one shown below - the red long military inspired coat from Banana Republic. You may have seen me trying it on at the Banana Republic NYFW Presentation. I have been swooning over it ever since I tried it on, and think I need to pull the trigger and buy it this weekend, when I actually get some down time to shop! 


Speaking of the weekend - it may only be Wednesday but I am already looking forward to the weekend. It has been a very busy few weeks with work, and this weekend I intend to take some time off to spend time with the people I love, do some shopping, and drink so. much. coffee. in. bed. Just two and half more days to go until some weekend relaxing!

The Best Wear to Work Coats for Fall 2017

Military Inspired:


Classic Trench Coats:


Menswear Inspired:


Make a Statement:


Classic Wool Coats:




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Shopping | 8 Best Over the Knee & Knee High Boots for Fall

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I am so excited about this fall weather we have been having here in Vancouver and couldn't wait to share my top picks for over-the-knee and knee high boots for fall. There are a ton of great trends this year (and some great staples from last year!) Read on for my top 8 boots and why they made my favorites list! And, as always, shop them all in the widget below! 

1. Cognac Riding Boots: A pair of cognac riding boots is a staple for every woman's fall wardrobe. They are the easiest boot to style with fall outfits; from jeans and tunics, to leggings and cozy sweaters. Riding boots never fail. These INC International Concepts ones are a great pick for the price and quality!

2. Tory Burch Suede OTK Boots with Bows: Tory Burch is known for making some of the most-loved fall boots year after year. This year is no exception! These suede over the knee boots are right on trend (suede OTK boots are big again this fall) and the bow detailing on the back is an added touch to bring them into this season. 

3. Steve Madden "Gorgeous" OTK Boots: These boots were so popular last year, and I am thrilled to see that they are back this fall. These are lookalikes for the blogger-favorited Stuart Weitzman OTK boots; but these are 1/5th of the price! I have them in the grey suede and will definitely be wearing them again this fall.

4. Tory Burch Over The Knee Boots: I had to include one more pair of Tory Burch boots on this list; they are so beautiful. These leather OTK boots have an elastic back making them super comfortable. I also really like that the logo is a bit understated on this pair. 


5. Wedge OTK Boots: These boots are so affordable (under $60!) and right on trend for fall. The 'sneaker style' wedge shape combined with the stripe detailing on the toe, definitely makes these boots a stand-out. I love that these boots are channeling major Gucci vibes with that green and red ribbon on the toe. These would be perfect to wear with a street style look all fall! 

6. MK Knee High Leather Boots: These Michael Kors Knee High boots are a perfect fall staple. These boots can be dressed up for work with a pencil skirt or can be dressed down on the weekends, so I am in love with their versatility. I should also add that I am 5'8 and love the height of these boots!


7. Vince Camuto OTK Light Suede Boots: I am sharing a photo of these on my instagram today; these have been my favorite new boots this season. I love the light suede color and the wide shape at the top (different than the tight over-the-knee trend a la the Steve Madden gorgeous boot). I highly recommend these boots, but, I would say go up a half size from your normal size!

8. Aerosoles Knee High Boots: To wrap up this list I had to share these knee high boots. Being aerosoles, these boots are actually comfortable and make the perfect boot for a long weekend of running errands, etc.

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Work Wear | Bell Sleeves & Fall Colors






Happy Monday everyone! Since this is the first Monday of fall, I wanted to share my favorite fall wear-to-work look of the moment. Fall fashion is always my favorite because I love the rich jewel tone colors and am always drawn to all the different fabric textures (like the faux fur of this leopard print clutch!) 

 While I love everything about this fall office outfit; the real stand-out piece is the bell sleeved button down shirt. I just cannot get enough of these sleeves! The accordion bell sleeve shape reminds me of 1920's bankers & lawyers. It's a "power shirt" to say the least! I wanted to pair the dramatic shirt with a fall skirt, and this wine / burgundy pencil skirt was the perfect match.

 The quality of this skirt really impressed me, as often affordable pencil skirts are a super thin knit which is neither flattering nor particularly office appropriate. This skirt is definitely not that; it is a thicker, heavier spandex type material that is ah-mazing. It holds everything in and doesn't show any lines (of your tucked in shirt, etc.) I highly recommend it!

To accessorize this skirt and shirt combo, I wanted to add one more stand out piece so I went with a leopard print clutch. Leopard print and red is a classic combo, but I have always been more partial to leopard print and burgundy. Especially for fall, this combination can't be beat!

Finally I went with my most comfortable work heels since this is the ultimate busy, running-around- an-office fall outfit. If you don't know about these comfortable heels, be sure to check out my guide to comfortable heels for work where I've talked more about them (and others).

I am back at it today with my busy work schedule. If you follow me on instagram, you'll know that i am in the middle of a 6 week trial, so life is pretty busy at the moment. It's great though- and I love the work I am getting to do!

I hope you all have an excellent work day (and whole work week of course haha). Come back tomorrow for a new blog post!! Throughout the fall I have so many looks I want to share with you guys that I will, for the most part, be posting 4x a week instead of 3; meaning I will be adding in a Tuesday post!

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New York Fashion Week - Day 5

As I mentioned in yesterday's post; today is my LAST post recapping my September 2017 New York Fashion Week experience. I am still in shock that I was able to attend NYFW and go to so many amazing shows and events. What really topped off the trip though and helped make it my dream fashion week was attending the Alice & Olivia presentation on my last day.

I am a huge Alice & Olivia fan and heard rumblings through the fashion world that the spring/summer 18 collection was particularly stunning. I woke up early on September 12th (despite having had less than four hours of sleep each night of fashion week) just because I was so excited for this presentation!

First up though- my blogger squad and I decided that since the presentation wasn't until 11am, this would be a perfect morning for us to all go out and take some squad pics. These blogger ladies (Jess, Candace, Lily and Keyma) are not only huge fashion inspirations to me, but are also really sweet, really cool people. I can't imagine fashion week would have been nearly as fun without them! Below are two my favorite photos that we snapped. I'll also include a widget of what we're wearing in case you want to shop any of our outfits!







After taking way too many photos and drinking way too much coffee, we headed down to Skylight Galleries for the Alice & Olivia presentation. As I mentioned when recapping the Banana Republic presentation, I love the atmosphere of presentations so so much. The energy of the room is just different, and being able to go right up to the clothes allows you to really notice detail and quality you would not typically get to see in a runway show.

The Alice and Olivia spring/summer '18 collection is nothing short of amazing. The presentation itself was well done with different 'rooms' being created within the gallery to go with the different outfits. The name of the game was clearly color - and the pieces give throw back vibes to not just one, but multiple eras, which I found really cool. For example, there are pieces reminiscent of 1960s palm springs. Check these out:



There are also pieces that give more of a 70s hippie chic vibe. Check out these pics:



There is even a nod to the over the top fashion that was the 1980s with this sequin ball gown:


Overall my favorite pieces in the collection are the, below, jumpsuit (I neeeeeed it), sparkle tee shirt, and the above palm tree print items. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this collection and what your favorite piece(s) are!





The Alice & Olivia presentation was from 11-1.. but I needed to leave to get back to the hotel and book it to the airport by 12:30. As per usual, NYC traffic was insane so I was in a bit of a panic all the way to JFK, but I made my flight and could not have been happier that I made it to the Alice & Olivia presentation before flying out!

My first fashion week was everything I could have hoped for. I am already getting excited for next year! If you have any questions about my experience at fashion week definitely feel free to ask!

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New York Fashion Week - Day 4

Thankfully, after how crazy busy day 2 & 3 of NYFW were, things started to wind down on Day 4. My fourth day of New York Fashion Week I attended two runway shows and a blogger appreciation event held by the Riviere PR agency.

The first show of the day was Colovos. This was not a brand I was familiar with so I was excited to go into the show with no expectations and be completely surprised. What I learned is that Colovos is a husband & wife duo, who previously worked as creative directors at Helmut Lang. They reside in New York and the collection definitely reflects the New York city-slicker vibe. There is very little color in the collection, and the pieces focus on fashionable takes on everyday staples like trench coats and, to my pleasant surprise the 'Canadian tuxedo' (...denim on denim in case you have never heard that term before haha). Below are some of my favorite pieces:




This was the only day where I had more than a quick break between runway shows, so I decided to take full advantage of having an entire afternoon off and set out to explore NYC. I ended up just wandering Greenwich Village for ages; mostly because I am obsessed the atmosphere. I could absolute see myself living there.

As Day 4 happened to be September 11th, my blogger girls and I all headed down to the 9/11 memorial to pay our respects. We did not realize until we arrived that the memorial is closed to the public on 9/11 for both security reasons and to allow family members of those who were killed on that day some private time at the memorial. We were however able to listen to some memorial speeches by NYC fire fighters and first responders. It was a very moving experience.
On a lighter note, we ended up spending the rest of the afternoon exploring the east village and little italy. We ate, we shopped, we generally had a great New York afternoon.

Up next was a blogger appreciation event held by the Riviere Agency at happy hour. The event was held at the coolest restaurant - the Antique Garage. The decor was amazing and I am still getting cravings for the jalapeno margarita.

The final fashion show of the day was Mimi Prober. Mimi Prober is a New York based designer who is best known for her focus on antique materials and styles; think fashion inspired by the materials and the styles of the 1800s. What I liked most about her collection is the use of tulle and layering to create what were basically moving works of art. One look at this first photo below and you'll see what I mean:


The real showstopper from her collection, in my mind, though was a stunning black lace outfit. Check it out:

And that was it for Day 4! Be sure to come back tomorrow for my FINAL day of New York Fashion Week. I actually had to leave for the airport at noon - so it was not so much a day as an insane couple of hours, but, trust me when I say you don't want to miss the post as the presentation I attended that morning was by FAR my favorite part collection of fashion week. (Any guesses what designer this was?!?!)

New York Fashion Week - Day 3

Today I've got my third daily recap of New York Fashion Week. Day 3 (September 10th) was by far my busiest day. My blogger squad and I were out of bed by 6:30 pretty much every morning in order to get our hair and makeup done before starting in on the day's runway shows & presentation. 

Today was the earliest start however because the Francesca Liberatore runway show was at 9am. Getting up early for this show was definitely made easier by how excited I was for it!! I was actually given a front row seat at this show, so I was over-the-moon about fulfilling one of my dreams to sit front row at a New York Fashion Week show.

The Francesca Liberatore show did not disappoint! Her spring/summer '18 collection was full of incredible fabrics. From bold dark prints to lace the materials in this collection are bar-none. I swooned over almost every single look! I've included some of my favorite pics from the runway show below:




Next up was the Dan Liu Runway show. Making both of these shows was a little nuts as they were back-to-back with Francesca being scheduled for 9-10am and Dan Liu for 10-11am. Luckily, both runway shows were held at Skylight, just in two different galleries, so I quickly booked it out of Francesca and headed in to see Dan Liu!

Dan Liu definitely has my vote for the coolest makeup and hair design of all of the runway shows I attended. The Dan Liu spring/summer '18 collection was inspired by nature. The influences from the animal kingdom and the environment come through in every one of his pieces and the feathers used as part of the beauty for the models really helped bring this out. Below are some of my favorite looks! 




The next runway show of the day was Leanne Marshall. I was really excited for this show as well, as I had seen photos and read reviews of her fall/winter collection that was shown at NYFW in February. Her pieces were gorgeous, so I was excited to see what she would do with spring/summer weather. 

This was the most unusual runway show of the ones I attended, in terms of the layout. The Gallery we were in for this show was laid out in a winding path rather than one straight runway. This meant that seating was all over the room and models had very long walks. I wasn't a huge fan of this layout, but luckily the collection itself was fantastic! 

Leanne Marshall is always very into color. This collection used basically every color in the rainbow in a monochromatic look. The result was a really interesting and beautiful runway show. Also, to me the absolute best part of this show was the diversity. Leanne Marshall had women of all shapes and sizes in her show - something very rare for fashion week. What I especially liked about it was that while there were women who would have been a size 6, a size 14, etc., there were still women with the traditional model size 0 body type. Before anyone goes biting my head off for saying I liked that; let me explain.

I am all about the fashion industry embracing women who aren't a size zero (I mean, hi, I am a very curvy size 6 woman, so clearly this interests me). That said, I worry about the pendulum swinging too far when I hear about shows or designers banning models that are size zero or are under a certain weight. To me, this does the exact same thing that excluding bigger sizes of women does - it sends the message that certain body types or sizes is okay, but others are not. 

Two of my close friends are size zero. One of whom because she is just a friggin stick by nature, and the other because she has Crohn's disease and gaining weight is a real struggle. I hate the idea of them being sent the message that they are "too skinny"; that their bodies are not okay. What I want to see in the fashion industry (and what I am thrilled to have seen at Leanne Marshall) is a complete mixture. Women really are size 0 and they should be shown. But, women are also short and size 12; tall and size 6; curvy and size 4... I want to see a fashion industry that accepts and embraces the idea that every body is beautiful.

Okay, rant over. Back to Leanne Marshall. Below are some of my favorite photos from her runway show.





Are you exhausted yet haha?? Well, Day 3 is still going strong folks. Up next was the Vivienne Hu runway show - another one that I ended up absolutely swooning over.






What I loved about the Vivienne Hu spring/summer collection is the fact that it sticks with clean simple lines (in basically only black and white) but she adds interest to the pieces through unusual draping (off the shoulder elements, slits in the sleeves or pant legs, etc.) 

After the Vivienne Hu show was a launch party for the new line of a shoe brand; Lust for Life Shoes. This was held on a rooftop bar midtown; so the blogger squad and I had a blast just enjoying the view! The shoes were, of course, amazing as well, and we all got to go home with a pair from the new collection. Funnily enough, my girls and I ALL choose the exact same pair; gold metallic oxfords. They will be so fun to style this fall!

After that we ended up wandering around NY for a while before finally heading back to the hotel (with our 99 cent 2am New York pizza of course haha).

Come back tomorrow for a recap of Day 4!!!
 
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