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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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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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

H&M Home

If you don’t already know H&M has their own H&M Home division in Europe. It is similar to their H&M fashion collections, with their prices being low. It was announced back in August that the H&M home collections will be available on US online stores! Unfortunately this isn’t including Canada, but in Vancouver we live close enough to the US we could just order it and have it sent to the border and pick it up! They have everything from duvets, pillows, vases and kitchen accessories. Hopefully some time in the future us Canadians will be able to order online as well! Or even better if eventually they opened H&M Home stores, imagine going to H&M and being able to shop for a new outfit and new accessories for your home, it sounds like a dangerous combination for my wallet! I did some online browsing on the H&M Home  website and put together a little inspiration board of some of my favourite products they carry to give you an idea of what they have. You can always check it out yourself at H&M Home!

 

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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

Fall Trends: Jewel Tones

There are many trends for this upcoming Fall season but this is the last one of my Fall Trends posts! I say “upcoming” because it hasn’t quite started, even though the first official day of Fall is 2 days away. The weather has definitely started to change. When I’m getting dressed for work in the morning (which is at like 6am) it’s cold & cloudy but by mid afternoon it becomes warm & sunny. What the heck?! Oh right, this is Vancouver.

A trend that I love for Fall are pretty jewel tones like Teal & Berry/Oxblood! I actually just purchased a teal blouse & a berry long sleeve midi dress from H&M (on a side note, I’m become slightly obsessed with dresses & skirts in a midi length). It also happens that teal is one of my favourite colours – my #1 fav is purple. These colours are the perfect way to add that pop of colour to your Fall wardrobe which usually consists of neutrals like black, cognac & creme. They can also be worn all year round which is a great reason to pick up something in one of these fabulous colours!

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H&M, Aritzia, Party Skirt, CakeForBreakfast

– 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

Leather Details

Seeing as how it is currently cold & rainy out, it seems fitting to start posting about fall fashion. After I did my outfit post on my top with leather sleeves, I took a browse online to find a variety of items with leather details in different ways. I’m still on the hunt though for a sweater with full faux leather sleeves but hopefully I won’t have to search for too long if this weather keeps up! Seems like I’m going to start bringing out my fall wardrobe sooner than later. Which, I can’t really complain about because as much as I love the sun & summertime, Fall fashion is by far my favourite season. I love cozy knits, boots, dresses + tights and especially the colour palette. Also the oncoming of Fall means 2 things: Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks (heaven in a cup – seriously) AND that my birthday month is getting closer!

I hope everyone enjoys this last weekend of Summer before back to school, which conveniently is a long weekend. Nicole and I will be off to Osoyoos for our friends wedding, checking out wineries & hopefully soaking up some sun. After working so hard at work these last two weeks, I’m definitely in need of this mini vacay!

 

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Asos, Forever 21, J Crew, Zara, Aritzia, H&M

– 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

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