Work Wear | Velvet Blazer







Velvet is everywhere this season - and I love this blazer because of the combination of the softer more feminine velvet trend with the military inspired trend. The contrast makes for an awesome blazer; and a great wear-to-work item for fall and winter! Sadly this Blank NYC blazer sold out before I could share this outfit with you guys; but I did link up two blazers below that are both velvet and military inspired.

For the rest of my outfit I went with what are my most classic work wear pieces - skinny dress pants and black patent heels. You've seen these heels a ton on this blog; they are the most comfortable heels I own! (Read more about them in my guide to the best heels for work) These black pants are from Boden and I love the seam detail down the front. Such a great addition! 

I wore this outfit when I was in New York last month and definitely can't wait to wear it more this fall. If you follow along on my instagram you likely know that while I am in trial I have to wear court robes and so haven't had the opportunity to wear many of my fall wear-to-work outfits. I will definitely be re-creating this look once I have a day in the office. ...Though I may swap out the heels for ankle boots because the weather in Vancouver has been insanely rainy lately!

This weekend was such a great one - from a girls day baking apple pies, a halloween party, and pumpking carving, it was the perfect fun fall weekend. I create 'to do' lists at the start of each season with all the fun things I would love to do (... my type a organization knows no bounds; i know! :S) As of this weekend I have now checked off most of my list!! I think all that remains is to do a "weekend getaway" and to try this dessert restaurant here in Vancouver called Cacao 70. 

Do you have any "must-do" favorite fall activities?? 

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Fitting Room Review | Target

It has been way too long since I did a fitting room review! My last fitting room review was in the spring! Clearly; it's time to do another one. Going into the holiday season, budgets are always tighter so I thought I would share a fitting room review from Target - focusing on Who What Wear and A New Day pieces. These are on-trend labels that are actually affordable. You can update both your weekend and work wear fall style without breaking the bank. 

Below you'll find photos and reviews for 11 different items that are perfect fall fashion pieces. I've got work wear up first, and then some of my favorite weekend wear picks. I've linked the items at the top of each photo or you can scroll to the bottom of the post for a widget with ALL of the items in today's post. 


   As always, if you have any questions about fit, quality, styling, etc.; let me know in the comments below and I will be sure to get back to you! Happy shopping!

WORK WEAR:



Shirt:
 This shirt is similar to the FRAME piped silk shirt that I shared as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this summer that everyone LOVED. I seriously had so many people mention their interest in it - the problem? The FRAME version was over $200 (in fairness it was silk, but still). This similar contrast piping shirt with pockets and french cuffs is under $20 (insert happy dance here haha). The fabric is not amazing (what you would expect for $20) but it is comfortable. It runs a bit large so size down! (I am wearing a size S). 

Pants:
 I cannot get enough of crops / culottes right now. (you'll see another pair below!) They are definitely one of the biggest trends in fall fashion - especially in work wear. That said, I doubt it will be a trend that lasts for more than a season or two so I don't want to spend a lot of money on these pieces. These culottes are perfect in that regard! They are under $50 and also come in a houndstooth pattern. The gold snaps down the side of the leg really make these pants stand out! I highly recommend these! They fit true to size (I am wearing a size M) and the elastic fit is SO comfortable.


Tweed is such a classic work wear look, and this blazer nails it with the quality of the material and the contrast trim. the shape of the blazer (a boxy, cropped fit) is not for me; it just does not suit my body type. That said, if a boxy fit works for you, then this blazer is definitely a must-add to your fall wardrobe! 


 Animal print an be tricky- especially when it comes to work wear. If it is not well done it can look tacky so, so easily. I am not usually a fan of snakeskin as a print but when I saw this dress I instantly loved it. The print is well done such that it looks far more expensive than it is, and it is something that could be worn to work with a black blazer and pumps, but easily transition into an after-work drinks outfit with strappy heels and a statement necklace. The cut is really flattering- especially if you are curvy. The ruffle sleeves and the slight flare to the skirt give an illusion of a smaller waist. If snakeskin isn't your thing, you should definitely still get this dress. It also comes in black! 


If you are in need of a new basic blazer ( I tend to go through them quite quickly - I wear them so often) then this is a great option. I love the fit (a slight taper so it is flattering to the female body) and it is lined which is always a plus in a blazer. It fits true to size (for reference I am wearing a size 6).

I told you I had a thing for culotte pants! I know, I know, these are very similar to the earlier ones I showed but come. on. Those gold buttons at the pockets?! Swoon! They're like sailor pants and I absolutely needed them in my life. At under $50 you also don't have to feel bad about adding them to your closet! These are also true to size (I'm wearing a size 6) though if you are hippy, I would suggest going up a size as I found they do pull across the front. 

A cable knit sweater is a classic, must-have, fall item. It is perfect to wear to work with black dress pants to look polished, but comfortable. Jade green is one of my favorite shades for fall, so I jumped at the chance to style this sweater. This sweater does though come in ELEVEN (yep, 11) other colors, so I would recommend checking to find your favorites and grabbing one or two of these (they are under $20!!) 

WEEKEND WEAR:

1. Cowl Neck Sweater (similar)
 
Oddly enough, I couldn't find this exact sweater on the Target website. I did however find the same brand's sweater in a more open/heavy knit (it's otherwise the same) so linked that up instead. What I love about this is the length and the off white shade. This will be perfect for fall and winter weekends paired with leggings and comfy boots.



I just LOVE this top. This is the exact top I would wear every day if I could. I am never sure how I feel about this cut of top (peasant style) on my body, so I actually asked my instagram followers in a poll when I was trying this on. The votes were split 75/25 and I just decided to go for it. I think I love this top so much because it feels like they really, really paid attention to detail. It would have been easy to just stitch the lace parts on from the waist line down, but I love that they carry the lace components into the sleeves as well. This top is probably my favorite of every item here (big praise I know!!) 

This sweater is one of my favorite pieces in the Fall Who What Wear collection. I love the contrast waist band and cuffs and love the darker colored leopard pattern. I will say though that you should definitely size up in this sweater. I am wearing the small in this photo and it is definitely too tight (and short!) I know a fellow fashion blogger who also got her usual small in this sweater and went back to exchange it for a medium. Save yourselves the pain-in-the-butt that is returning clothes, and order 1 size up from the get go! 


As soon as I saw this sweater I knew I needed to try it on because the draping is so interesting! That said, interesting is not necessarily a good thing once its off the hanger and on a body, so I wanted to check it out. I was so pleased by how it fits / sits across the front of your body. The draping is perfect and such a nice touch to an easy fall outfit! I'm wearing a size M to ensure this looser fit.

And that's it! What are your favorite pieces?
And,
What stores would you like to see fitting room reviews for in the future?!
 
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Instagram Lately - October 2017


My last instagram roundup was during the summer, so I figured it was high time I do another one! Below are some of my favorite instagram photos from this past month. I will definitely be re-wearing these outfits and jewelry pieces again as we move into November and the fall weather that comes along with it! This month has absolutely flown by! Luckily I did manage to get some down time from the office to squeeze in a trip to the pumpkin patch (you'll see my outfit below) and a trip across the border to do some shopping with my girl Britta from Vancouver Vogue.


These boots and jeans (jeans are from Zara!) have been on repeat all month. Seriously this has become my go to casual outfit!


Early on this month I did a photo shoot for a luxury designer resale store here in Vancouver called Modaselle. One of the bags I got to model was this Louis Vuitton handbag and loveee it.

Necklace
(my favorite necklace!)

I got this necklace in the summer and wore it nearly non-stop all summer. I took a bit of a break from it to try out new pieces, but it is definitely still my #1 necklace this fall. The style is on-trend without being over the top, and it just goes with everything! I actually might buy a second one just so that if/when this one breaks I have a backup! 


Snapped this pic while running some fall errands! This bag is my go-to if I need to carry a lot and be organized. It has a zip top which is so important if you're going to be tossing it around your car like I do! 🙈

earrings (20% off with code LegalLee)

I interviewed Tania, the owner of Olive & Piper jewelry a couple of weeks ago for my #GirlBoss interview series. She brought along these gorgeous palm earrings from the O&P fall collection. I love the vintage vibe to them - they remind me of 1960's palm springs.


Plaid Shirt // Hat // Similar Boots (under $50!)

Going to Krause Berry farms (which is a pumpkin patch and a winery!) was one of the best 'de-stress from work' activities I did this month. I had such a blast! Also this ruffle waist plaid shirt definitely felt like the perfect pumpkin picking outfit. It's under $20 and comes in a number of other colors!

Turtleneck 

This gorgeous turtleneck comes in three colors (black and berry as well as this grey) and it's currently on sale! Shop it before it sells out.

Faux Fur Vest // Striped Top // Leggings // Hunter Boots

Just a cozy rainy Vancouver day outfit from last week!


 Britta's Cashmere Sweater (100% cashmere for under $100!) // My OTK Boots

If you saw my instastories trom this past weekend you'll know that my friend Britta and I headed down to the states on Sunday to do some shopping. We bought way more than we planned (always) but I am so happy with my purchases!! You'll be seeing most of the items on my instagram over the next couple of weeks!

That's it for this month! Hope you liked the round up and be sure to follow me on instagram for more posts! 


linking up with: midweek inspo // oh hey girl // trendy wednesday

Work Wear | Striped Track Pants






Track pants are a huge trend in the fashion world right now. When they first started emerging in stores I was definitely on the fence about them (... I felt way too much like I should be in grade 8 gym class, trying to skip warm up, while listening to NSync on my walkman).  But, my oh my, has this trend grown on me. The difference between the 2000 era track pants and the on-trend pants of the moment, is in how you style them.

 The interesting thing about track pants this time around is how they are primarily dressed up instead of down. The runways have been filled with track pants styled with Victorian high-collared shirts; menswear inspired blazers, and button-down shirts- as I am wearing here. You know how excited I get when there are fashion trends that are actually office appropriate; and track pants are definitely one such trend. Not to mention the added bonus of being work appropriate fashion that is oh-so-comfortable! 

My exact track pants are sold out (they are from H&M) but you are in luck because I found a nearly identical pair which I will include in the widget below. To keep the look as office fashion ready as possible, I paired the pants with a classic V cut button down (I highly, highly recommend you grab a couple of these shirts if you don't own them already. They are an office wear basic that will never let you down!). I wanted to keep the pants the focus of the outfit so I went with an all black belt in stead of opting for a something with a more distinctive buckle.

Finally - my boots! You can't see much of them in these photos but they are burgundy patent ankle boots and trust me; they are awesome. I figured since I was going with a fashion trend that is a late 90's throw back with the track pants, I might as well incorporate another trend that totally brings me back to my middle school days with these square toe boots. I love that the square toe look is coming back, if only because it is something different that can easily transform your outfit. (Especially with these particular boots because they are under $50! Such an affordable way to jump on this trend!)

I am genuinely so excited that are so many fashion trends this fall that are wear-to-work appropriate. Stay tuned throughout this month for more must-wear items. Are there any fashion trends you are wondering how to style for work? If so, let me know!

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Shopping | Weekend Sales


Happy Friday! There are a ton of great sales going on this weekend so I had to do a round-up to tell you about all of them, and to show you my top picks from each sale. A lot of these sale items go quickly, so if be sure to order any of the items you really want as soon as possible!

There are a number of summer items on sale, but I focused my top picks on clothes & accessories you will love this fall. We've got all the major trends here - from ruffles, to embroidered skirts, to statement boots! Happy Shopping!

Besides the obvious shopping you will now be doing (haha) what else are you guys up to this weekend? I've been working a ton these past few weeks and am so excited for this weekend. Date night tonight, girls night Saturday, and heading down to the States on Sunday to do some shopping!! Follow along on my instastories to see what I buy (....and very likely to help me make some decisions on what to buy!)
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The Best Sales (October 20-22):
Anthropologie:
Extra 25% off Sale
Banana Republic: 40% off your purchase of $200 or more (code is
BRTREAT)
JCrew Factory: Up to 60% off everything
Loft: 40% off everything!
Topshop: Up to 50% off Sale

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linking up with: fabulous friday // FFF // friday favorites

Work Wear | Ruffle Sleeves & Chanel





Happy Wednesday! The ruffle sleeves on this shirt are seriously a mid-week pick me up. I can't help but smile whenever I wear this shirt - not only because the ruffled sleeves are so fun, but also because it is so soft and comfortable! I wanted to share this outfit today because I think it is a great mid-week outfit when you are just wanting to be comfortable but still look polished. 

I paired the tiered ruffle sleeve shirt with my favorite skinny dress pants and a pair of comfortable suede ankle boots. I love the cut out detailing on this boots and the grey shade, so I have to wear them as much as possible before the Vancouver rainy season starts! (Vancouver weather and suede footwear do not mix).

The real standout of this fall wear to work outfit though is, of course, this gorgeous Chanel bag. I love the classic timeless feel of a quilted white Chanel. It's a great summer bag (of course) but I love styling it with all black in the winter, really letting the focus be the bag itself. 

This particular Chanel bag is from Modaselle - a consignment luxury handbag store in Vancouver. If you are local - go check it out! If you are not a Vancouverite, you can still get your hands through consignment (let's be real, the full price is insane!) through The Real Real. I have included it in the link below. The bag is selling for just under 50% of it's retail value, and it looks barely used!

Designer handbags are definitely a weakness of mine - but I hate paying full price and am always scouring stores like Modaselle and The Real Real for great deals. Do you have any other great places to get designer bags for a deal? Let me know in the comments below if you do. I'd also love to hear what your dream designer bags are! Mine are the Prada saffiano large leather tote and the Celine luggage tote.)

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linking up with: oh hey girl // trendy wednesday 

Shopping | On Trend Pants


I have been wanting to update my work wardrobe with more on-trend items this fall. You all know that I am a huge proponent for classic wear to work pieces (check out my work wear staples if you haven't already) but I do like adding trendy seasonal pieces from time to time.

Post-New York Fashion Week I have been leaning towards more unique pants; as they were everywhere in both the runway shows and in the street style looks I spotted and loved. So, today I wanted to bring you a round up of my favorite "on-trend" pants.

The 5 categories that are trending right now that I love are; culottes, wide-leg pants, stripes, embellishments & front-slit pants. I have linked up a bunch of my favorites (at a number of different price points) below. I'd love to hear what your favorite trend is and which trends you'll be trying out this fall/winter.

1) Culottes:


2) Wide Leg Trousers:


 3) Stripes:



4. Embellishments:



5. Front Slit Pants:


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