Blogger Spotlight

I know I’m not the only girl whose Pinterest, Bloglovin and Instagram feeds are filled with images/posts from bloggers, these are the best places to get outfit or styling inspiration. I follow a handful of local bloggers – To Vogue Or Bust, Alicia Fashionista, Bleed For Fashion, The Starving Stylist and Discovering Elegance – the list could go on! (I actually went to Blanche Macdonald in Vancouver with Peter of The Starving Stylist and I remember when he was starting up his blog; keep up the great work love!) Then of course there are those bloggers that everyone knows, who mainly reside in the US, like Man Repeller, Devon Rachel, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Eat Sleep Wear and The Blonde Salad.

One of my absolute favourites though is Julia Engel of the fabulous blog Gal Meets Glam! This beauty is from San Fransisco,  California and has impeccable style. Her outfits are flawlessly styled, capture that classic look and she always looks amazing. Print mixing isn’t for everyone but this girl can pull it off! She also got married a little over a year ago and I definitely have looked to pictures from her wedding as inspiration for mine as well. Also she’s very good at making a ponytail look good (or any updo for that matter) which is something I’ve yet to accomplish. I’ve gathered some of my favourite outfit posts from her blog (there are far too many to choose from!) to share with you. Now it’s time for me to do some outfit planning myself for the work week ahead.

Happy Sunday!

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Friday’s Fabulous Five

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Today is the day of looooove! Hopefully you’ll will be spending some time with a loved one or family or maybe a night out with your single girlfriends. My Valentine is a few provinces over so I will have to settle for a phone call. In honour of Valentines Day I have made a list of Friday’s Fabulous Five that are inspired all things Valentines! Enjoy!

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First is these adorable pad printed heart mugs from West Elm. Choose between a large gold heart or the red ombre hearts. They are $9.18 each.

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I just picked this top up at Aritiza the other day. It’s the Pasadena Tank by Talula. It’s the perfect top for Valentine’s day and also comes in Pink and Blue/Grey. It retails at $30.

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This is the Love Beaded Linen Throw Pillow from Jonathan Alder. This glamorous pillow is $198

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A Party Skirt is the perfect attire for a night out for dinner on V-day! This is TEEN VOUGE Red and is $195.

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And last is these conversation heart cookies I found on Martha Stewart’s website. You can get the recipe here ! Yum!

I hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day and weekend!!

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Peter Pilotto x Target

It was only a matter of months ago that the designer collaboration Phillip Lim x Target hit stores, and here we are again with another one just a few weeks away – Peter Pilotto.

The London based design house consists of the duo Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. Their collection for Target is full of colourful prints and includes dresses as well as separates. It’s fun, bright, energetic and the pieces are great for mixing and matching. It launches online (for the US) and in stores for both Canada and the US on Sunday February 9th. One of my favourite things about having Target in Canada now is that we get access to these designer collabs without having to go across the border.

Back in September I went to my nearest Target to line up for the Phillip Lim collaboration. I got there 10 minutes before the store opened thinking that nobody, if anyone, would already be lined up. I ended up being the 7th girl in line – a few of them even had shopping carts. When the doors opened, the girls at the front of the line were taking their sweet time heading into the store and I was adamant on getting at least one purse, so I RAN past a few girls straight to the bag display and snatched two immediately. And then went straight for the BOOM! sweatshirt for my sister-in-law. After trying on a few of the pieces for fun, I decided to buy for myself the navy blue sleeveless top with the ruffled front. I had also decided that I only needed one of the two purses I grabbed (the large satchel was too similar to a purse I already owned so I couldn’t justify buying it) but I couldn’t bear to put it back so I bought it and gave it to my sister-in-law as a birthday gift.

I’m hoping that there won’t be a big lineup, if any, when I go again this time. I have my heart set on one of the dresses and I will definitely run again to grab if it I need to. Here are a few of the look book images for the collection!

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Work/Girls Night Outfit

So apparently I am one of those people that need a vacation after a vacation. Actually I was sick over my entire Christmas break and cracked my rib so technically it didn’t really feel like a vacation. So I am currently resting my rib all week in my home away from home. But before I arrived here I decided to do a outfit post before leaving. This outfit is perfect for when I go to work or out for dinner with some girl friends. And I am still loving the colour berry that was so popular in the fall. Happy Tuesday everyone!!

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THE DETAILS:

Michael Kors – Watch and Purse
Jeggings – Garage
Aritiza – Boyfriend Blazer and Top
Shoes – Sam Edelman

Photo Credit: Brian Poelzer

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Holiday Party Attire

It’s that time of year where your weekends start filling up with holiday parties, whether it’s for work, with your friends or family. Asides from your personal style, the location and/or theme of the party can narrow down your outfit choices. Everyone pretty much always has an ugly sweater party to attend, right? But it’s more about the parties where you get to throw some heels on & get all done up! Unfortunately my work doesn’t have a holiday party and neither does my fiance. However, I’ve compiled some pieces that I would consider wearing if I had somewhere to go – whether you’re feeling glam (sequins!), sophisticated sexy, or romantic in lace!

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Sequin Skirt // Sequined Cardigan // Sequin Bodycon Dress

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Partyskirt // Wool Boy Trouser // Woven Top

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Lace Peplum Top // Lace Dress // Lace Skirt

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Friday’s Fabulous Five

Happy Friday!! The weekend is finally here, unless you are south of me you are probably already off because of American Thanksgiving. Every year I try to get my parents to cook another Thanksgiving turkey on American Thanksgiving but it never works. Besides all of the turkey and football there is also Black Friday! It seems that this year more and more stores in Canada are also doing Black Friday sales. All of my emails and pictures being posted on Instagram are all about Black Friday. These sales are perfect for some Christmas shopping and they seem to last all weekend long.

I hope to get some Christmas shopping done this weekend with all of these massive sales. Here are a 5 fabulous things that I have been obsessing over the past couple weeks:

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I am pretty much in love with everything that Sugar Paper comes up with! And I am loving with this 2014 desk calendar in raspberry! It would look perfect on a office desk.

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Who doesn’t love a SEQUIN gold pillow!! This is from Indigo and it’s from their holiday decor but I would have this out all year!

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The BEST tea to make a gingerbread tea latte with Davids Tea gingerbread tea!! It is one of my favourite teas to drink this time of year.. did I mention that I am a little obsessed with tea?

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Last but least, a fitting quote for today.. Thanks to Stephanie because I stole this idea from her!

Have a good weekend everyone!

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AMA Red Carpet Favourites

Last night were the American Music Awards, hosted in LA and loaded with performances. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I much preferred Miley’s performance this time around compared to her notorious one at the MTV Music Awards show. Even though it still had an odd touch to it – the giant “singing” kitten on the backdrop & skimpy outfit, it was much more tame. And those quads, damn girl.

Asides from the performances and who won what award, as per usual, I just cared more about the fashion. Taylor Swift’s glittery Julien Macdonald frock looks stunning on her and is such a refreshing change from her usual award show attire. The Emilio Pucci cutout dress Nicole Richie rocked is so on trend right now and shows off her slim figure. Dolce & Gabbana are some of my designers so it’s no surprised I loved their dress that Ariana Grande wore, also because it’s all sequins! Although I personally think it would’ve looked better with a different hairstyle. Lastly, Kesha in a Michael Costello dress…yes, I just said that. Those who know me are well aware that I’m not a fan of her at all, however I have adjusted to being able to tolerate her songs. Anyways, the shape of the dress on it’s own is perfect and the side ruffle & slit just add the right edge to it.

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All images via cocoperez.com

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New Job, New Wallet!

Happy Monday Everyone! As you may know I recently graduated at the end of September with my Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and took a little break and went to Toronto. I have been back from Toronto for about 3 weeks and last Thursday I officially got my first job as a Jr. Interior Designer! I am working for a small interior design firm that is literally a 5min drive from my house (how perfect!). As a congrats on a real job, I decided to splurge a little bit and buy myself something nice. Back in October at Stephanie’s birthday party I misplaced my wallet so I thought I would replace it. I bought a gorgeous Kate Spade wallet in a minty/blue colour. I am obsessed with it! And when you open it the interior is white with gold dots!

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All Gold All The Time

I think it’s safe to say that most girls out there have a major gold obsession, especially if it sparkles. It just has a way making things look prettier and more exciting which is partly why I chose it to be one of the main colours for our wedding. I plan on purchasing the table runner & using it for decor at our reception!

The best ways to incorporate some gold into your life are in your wardrobe or your home. Adding pops of gold with decor pieces around your house give that extra oomph to the room and even though clothing items in this lavish colour, like the sequin skirt below, may seem fancy they can be dressed up or down. I guarantee you will be able to find something that you’ll fall in love with and have to bring home. Here are a few of my current favourite gold items!

Oh, and this. And this.

Okay, I think maybe obsessed is an understatement.

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1) Joe Fresh Sequin Skirt 2) Chapters Metallic Gold Pillow 3) Target Glitter Bow Belt 4) H&M Table Runner 5) London Drugs Round Charger Plate 6) SHOP By Monika Glitter Salad Serving Set

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Wish List: Aldo Accessories

I love browsing online and “shopping” – AKA I fill the cart with everything I want and then close the browser and don’t actually purchase anything. Sigh. However, I do usually bookmark the pages of the stuff I like and half the time when I go back through this “wish list” lots of the items are no longer available. Which I guess is a good thing, at least for my wallet anyways.

My most recent browse & bookmark session was on Aldo – specifically accessories. I love bundling up with scarves in the Fall/Winter time and like having not only an assortment of colours & prints but a variety of styles as well. For example; even if I have a circle scarf in a dark green, I feel the need to also have a regular scarf in the same colour. But I’m sure most girls do this, right? And I immediately fell in love with this bag as soon as I saw it. The structure of it and gold buckle detail helps make the bag. Although I prefer it in the black (but I don’t really need another black bag) the bone is also a great neutral tone and can transition well into the Springtime!

These are the few items that are currently on my wish list:

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2) ELEN turban $15

3) JAN circle scarf $25

4) GRAMERCY bag $50

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