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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Current Must Haves

I went to try on wedding dresses again today with my mom and it kind of went how I thought it would. It did re-confirm that one of the 2 I really liked from a few weekends ago was my dress, however it also added a 3rd into the mix. It really is such a difficult decision, especially because the dresses are all so pretty. Although I didn’t like as many of the options at this store today compared to the other one, I did really really like one of the dresses – especially when I was all “jacked” up. One thing I have learned though is that a sparkly beaded belt is definitely a must have to wear with whichever dress I do end up choosing!

On that note of must haves, I’ve recently made a mini list of items in my head that I want to purchase for this Fall/Winter season.  Even though my closet is beyond full and I don’t really need anything new these items can be considered as staples in your wardrobe. Any pair of denim is very versatile so you can’t go wrong there and the camel coat is not only a classic piece but it’s a neutral colour. As for the taupe booties, it’s really just to add another pair into the mix.

Happy weekend everyone!

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Boyfriend jeans (H&M)

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A camel coloured (wool) coat (Aritzia)

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Taupe ankle boots (Aldo)

– Stephanie

Birthday Wish List

We’ve officially started Fall and October is just around the corner – where has the time gone?! I swear each month goes by faster and faster. (Which also means that our wedding is 11 months away –  eep!) I may or may not have already mentioned that October is my favourite month of the year…because it’s my BIRTHDAY MONTH! I don’t really celebrate it all month long but try to stretch it out for a week of celebrations. The week will consist of lunches and/or dinners with family, a night out with my friends & a nice evening with my fiance. However, this year he goes away the day before my birthday for work *tear* but we’re going away to Whistler for a couple nights the previous week which I’m very excited about!

Personally I LOVE celebrating birthdays, whether it’s mine or someone else’s. I know lots of people who could care less about celebrating which makes me feel more inclined to give said person a card and even a little gift. I either bake cupcakes for them in their favourite colours/flavour or give them something related to their interests, so it feels more personal & thoughtful. When it comes to gifts for my birthday (even Christmas) I tend to think that I’m very easy to shop for, however, some of my friends seem to disagree. Pretty much anything to do with cupcakes, clothes/shoes/shopping or unicorns is a safe bet. And anything purple or sparkly. As I get older there doesn’t seem to be as much that I wish for like I did as a child. It becomes less about material items and more about feeling loved on the 1 day a year that’s all about me. So here’s this years little Birthday Wish List!

katespadeagendaI use an agenda at work for planning out all my visual changes & since we’re getting closer to the end of the year I’m going to need a new one for the new year – and this gold polka dot one by Kate Spade from Chapters fits the bill perfectly!iphone5s_white_medI still technically have to wait a year before upgrading without paying a fee but since they released the iPhone 5S I think it’s time to upgrade early. 1) Because I’m still team Blackberry and 2) it now comes in gold.

justintimberlakeI’m really enjoying the new music he’s been putting out and I missed seeing him last time he came to Vancouver for his solo headlining tour. (balcony tickets showed up but I was selfish & wanted to search for something better and sure enough they sold out – I legit shed a tear) So this time I really want to see him – I know he’d put on a great show! Tickets go on sale Monday!

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As if I need another pair of shoes. I already have cognac booties and black booties but I’ve fallen in love with taupe coloured ones as well. These are my current favs from Aldo!

hunterbootsOne pair of boots that every Vancouver girl needs – rain boots. I have a pair of floral rain boots but these classic black Hunters need to be added to my closet as well. They’ll go with every outfit, as black always does.

giftcard2And of course, you can never go wrong with a gift card! It may not necessarily be a personal gift but for any shopaholic – like myself – they’re perfect! Get me a gift card for any store that I shop at and I will have no problem finding a goodie, or two, to take home with me.

– Stephanie

Berry + Leopard

This morning I went with my mom & 3 of my girlfriends to try on wedding dresses for the first time! (insert obligatory girlie squeal here) I was so excited, and a little nervous actually. Whenever I go shopping and try clothes on I tend to always throw out an “Oh my god, I LOVE this!”, then buy it, let it sit in my closet for awhile, try it on again & decide I really don’t love it all that much. Oops! Thankfully most stores have a good return policy. Anyways, I was afraid that I would fall in love with too many dresses & end up getting overwhelmed with narrowing it down to just one but that wasn’t really the case.

I left the store without purchasing a dress today, which was my intention, but now I’m trying to decide which of my favourite two is THE ONE. I can be very indecisive and this is a big decision so I don’t want to pick the wrong one. They’re both beautiful gowns so we’ll see which one keeps appearing in my dreams…

I decided to wear the berry midi dress that I purchased yesterday & received lots of compliments on the colour – told you ladies! I paired it with a leopard print circle scarf & cognac booties. It was a nice day out today – I love that crisp feeling in the air during the Fall when the sun’s still shining & the leaves are falling. Since we weren’t allowed coffee in the salon with us we all grabbed a Pumpkin Spice Latte when we were finished – the perfect drink for this season.

Have a great weekend everyone! xx

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Dress (H&M) Scarf (H&M; Old) Booties (Payless; Old) Watch (MarcByMarcJacobs)

– Stephanie

(Faux) Leather Sleeves

DSC03797Early in the year I saw a top H&M that had short leather sleeves and I instantly fell in love! (Obviously I bought it – it even had a peplum!) Since then I’ve become slightly obsessed with any kind of leather details and have been lusting for a sweater with full (faux) leather sleeves. Now that we’re heading into fall I’m hoping I can find this garment I’ve been dreaming of. To add to the leather-detailed items in my closet, I recently purchased the t-shirt I’m wearing from Forever 21! The fact that it’s also in one of my favourite shades of green made it even more of a must have.

Also these booties are my absolute fav! I was on the hunt for a black pair for quite some time with no such luck when I happened to find a pair at Aldo. They were sold out in stores but were still available online so I hit “add to cart” and finalized my purchase. However, a few days later I got an email saying there was an error and they actually no longer had my size in stock so I was back at square one. Then while returning to my online perusing I discovered this pair from Call It Spring and knew immediately I had to have them; the sliver of gold on the heel made them that much better. I’ve worn them so much that they’ve gotten pretty beat up & it’s tempting to buy a replacement pair since they’re now on sale! And because I’m on my feet all day at work I don’t wear high heels so I like to wear booties as comfortable substitute.

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Top (Forever 21) Skirt (H&M; different colour) Booties (Call It Spring) Bracelet (“Lyla Kay” CakeForBreakfast) Watch (“Amy” MarcbyMarcJacobs) Necklace (H&M; old)

– Stephanie