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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Pop. Fizz. Clink.

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Can’t believe we’re already halfway through October, which means that today is…my BIRTHDAY!

I celebrated over the weekend with family and friends which also happened to be a long weekend for us Canadians because yesterday was Thanksgiving.

Saturday night was my celebration with my friends – we took a limo to a bar called the Lamplighter in Gastown which is in downtown Vancouver. It was so much fun! Then Sunday morning my fiance and I went over to my mom & step-dad’s to have brunch with them, as well as my brother and sister. It was very yummy – we had a variety of quiches, sausage, pineapple, croissants, tater tots & of course mimosas! Last week when my fiance and I went to Whistler for a few nights, we had an early birthday dinner together at the Keg and it was really nice.

I’m very lucky that the company I work for gives us our birthday as a paid day off, and this day happens to be the last of my 11 day staycation. It’s going to be weird going back to work tomorrow after so many days off, also because I will be at my new store. So I plan on enjoying the day by spending it with two of the most important people in my life! I’m meeting my mom for lunch, using birthday money to get my hair done and then meeting up with my dad for dinner. Normally I would never eat out twice in one day (with the exception of vacations) but it’s my birthday! And I have boot camp the next two evenings.

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IMG_1968Top (Garage) Shoes (Aldo; old) Skirt (Sirens; old) Necklace (Forever 21; old)

– Stephanie

Fall Trends: Plaid

A couple years ago I purchased a red plaid button down from Garage and was obsessed with it. Who knew that this pattern would become a highly coveted item! Unfortunately, either due to fit or my ever quick changing mind, I got rid of said shirt. Normally when I get rid of clothes (either selling them to friends, donating them or “recycling” them at H&M) I never miss anything but this shirt is a first. So I was on the hunt again for the perfect flannel and recently purchased the one from Garage pictured below.  From the runway, plaid has been spotted in some of the Fall 2013 shows like Versace, Moschino, Suno and Fausto Puglisi. They come in a variety of colours & plaids and are so versatile with styling. You can wear them buttoned up or unbuttoned with ANY kind of bottom (skirt, shorts, leggings, jeans) or even with a maxi dress as a kind of “jacket”. Another common way to style it is to rock it old school – tied around your waist. Yes, really. Seeing this look reminds me of grunge fashion & the 90’s. I had to order mine online because they were sold out in stores at the time so I’m anxiously awaiting its arrival! I can’t wait to wear it tied around my waist with a tank and a black maxi skirt.

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Garage, Aritzia, H&M

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– Stephanie

Wedding Season

The summertime is the most popular time of year for weddings! Depending on the location, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have nice weather.  At the end of this month I’ll be attending the wedding of two of my good friends as a guest (Nicole is one of the bridesmaids!) and I still have yet to decide what I’ll be wearing (typical). There are a few things to think about when picking out a dress!

The first thing to do is find out what colour dresses the bridesmaids are going to be wearing – you don’t want to show up in the same colour. Then, find out what kind of style/theme the wedding is going to be; A country chic wedding might call for a more casual dress and cowboy booties whereas a fancier wedding will require a more glam look with pretty jewels & a long dress. Also, do you want to wear a print – like floral? Or a delicate detail – like lace? Stick to something that you’re going to be comfortable wearing for hours & able to dance in. On that note of comfort, don’t wear ridiculously high heels or shoes that are flat out uncomfortable! If you’re not a heels kind of girl but don’t want to wear flats, stick with a wedge. They are perfect to get the extra height and are far more bearable to dance the night away in! Oh, and don’t wear any shade of white/cream/off-white/ivory unless 1) you get the OK on the dress from the bride or 2) you can add a detail to the dress so it doesn’t resemble a wedding dress.

Lastly, be true to your style and have fun! Here are a few dresses that are perfect to wear to a wedding and I may have to pick one of them up for myself!

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Aritzia, H&M, Garage, Zara, BCBG, ASOS

– Stephanie

Cropped Tops

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We’re finally feeling the heat in Vancouver and I’m loving it! One of my favourite pieces to wear in this Summer weather is cropped tops. They started showing up in stores last year but this year we’re seeing a lot more variety  in styles, colours & prints!
I love wearing them with a high waisted bottom (skirts/pants/shorts) but they can worn with a low cut waistline too! I prefer the look of cropped tops with a high waisted bottom because, depending on the length of the top, it just shows off a sliver of skin. This outfit is pretty versatile and is perfect to wear while shopping, going for lunch or a night out on the town!

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Floral Bustier, Slim Fit Crop Top, Cropped Top, 90’s Crop Top with Long Sleeves

 

– Stephanie