Month: October 2015

Black, White & Gray









Happy Friday!

That time I purchased my first white boyfriend button-up was such an awesome experience. For years I’ve read about how every woman should own one, it’s one of the most essential items in our wardrobe etcetera etcetera. I was just like ‘yeah whatever!’ it can’t be that big of a deal right! Well boy was I wrong (covers eyes). It really is one of those items that can go with almost anything in your wardrobe. For me, I feel polished, neat and put together when I have it on. It’s a staple item to have for the office, but it also works so well with your everyday pieces like denim and leather. For this look I paired mines with leather pants, wide brim hat and a gray  waterfall collarless coat, all from Forever 21 (can you tell by now that I love this store?). My ankles booties are from Sirens Fashion and although they may not be the best of quality, they are pretty darn comfortable. I have pointed toe ankle booties from Spring and they just aren’t meant for commuting which is pretty disappointing seeing that was the reason I bought them. Until I find my perfect pair these will just have to do. My boyfriend button-up shirt is Vero Moda from Mendocino. I actually was not looking for it at the time. It was one of those shopping moments when you are walking by a store and you see those sale signs so you pop in to ‘take a look’ but end up leaving with something. It fits great and it turned out to be a great buy and I have no regrets!

Get inspired and shop this look below!

img-thingForever 21 Wide Brim Hat


Similar, ASOS Boyfriend White Shirt



Similar, Missguided Waterfall Collarless coat


Forever 21 Faux Leather Pants


Similar, H&M Platform Ankle Boots


Black and White Makes Everything Right!




Photography by Shantel Rousseau 

Happy Friday!
If I had to choose a pairing to wear for the rest of my life, it definitely would be black and white. This also includes home decor, but that’s another blog story. Black and white just makes everything look so chic and so right. It’s easy, simple, sophisticated and still effective. It can look a bit serious at times, but I like to think of it as a more mature way of styling and decorating. Pretty much everytime I come across an item I always check to see if they have it in black or white or both. If they do, you bet I’m buying it in both colours. My must-have items to buy in both black and white are:

1. Tops: V-neck t-shirts; turtlenecks, silk blouses; crewneck long sleeve tops; tank tops, blazers, sweaters.

2. Bottoms: Skinny jeans, mini skirts; jeans shorts.

3. Shoes: Sneakers; pumps, sandal heels; sandal flats.

Style Tip-If you have no clue on how to define your own personal style, I suggest to start out choosing black and white pieces. Then slowly incorporate some colour if colour is your jam. I started out styling this look as all black, but instead of colour I used this black and white brick print cardigan from Forever 21 as my ‘pop of colour’. For me, wearing a black and white print or pattern can be used to elevate an all black look. I think of it as my statement piece like I would a necklace or watch. My turtleneck and jeans (DIY knee rips) are from Sirens Fashion. My ankle boots are from Topshop and I added the gold chain in front to resemble the Givenchy ankle boots. I topped off my look with my go-to wide brim hat from Forever 21.

Get style inspired and shop this look below!



Similar, Missguided Long Sleeve Turtleneck Bodysuit


Similar, Boohoo Claire Shawl Collar Aztec Cardigan


Topshop MOTO Black Ripped Jamie Jeans


Forever 21 Wide Brim Hat


Similar, Forever 21Chained Faux Leather Booties

Sequin x Leather


Photography by Shantel Rousseau

Happy Friday!

Who says you can’t wear sequins during the day! Well, growing up we were all told to save those ‘special’ pieces for only ‘special occasions’. You know, your birthday, a wedding, Christmas party, New Years Eve etc. In the last couple of years I’ve had to ask myself why am I saving these special pieces for just a one-time wear. My motto now is ‘if you’ve got it, wear it!’ I mean why have items sitting there collecting dust when you purchased it to wear it. I sure was guilty of this because I’ve actually had this blazer for a while now, but only worn it a couple of times. It’s a great stand-alone piece that I can also just throw on with a t-shirt and jeans, no accessories needed. For cocktail hour I can also throw it over a fitted mini dress and go! If you’re not a heels gal and you have a lot of walking to do during your day, I suggest switching the heels in for some white sneakers instead. I’m also wearing my bodysuit of the moment from Missguided with leather pants from Forever 21. The bag I purchased from Value Village years ago, but it’s nice to see that this style is coming around again and in stores now. Get style inspired and shop the look below!




Similar, Free People Sequin Blazer


Missguided Sleeveless Bodysuit


Forever 21 Faux Leather Pants


Similar, ASOS HINT Heeled Sandals


Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Let’s Layer

Happy Friday!

It’s finally starting to feel like Fall, so I have no choice but to dress the part. Layering is naturally not my jam because I am an island girl at heart. I’m that person who would just throw on my coat or jacket with just a top and pants on. I actually only started wearing scarves and winter head gear about four years ago. Plus I’m starting to appreciate pantyhose and what they can do for your legs. I may not be an expert at layering, but I have learnt some pretty simple tricks over the years that will not only keep you warm, but also looking stylish all season. Here are three simple layering rules to incorporate into your Fall dressing.

Play With Proportions

Chunky knits and skinny bottoms are a great combo for the cooler months. Because you don’t want to look bulky from head to toe, the skinny bottom is a great way to add length. Plus skinny bottoms looks best tucked inside boots which will give you a clean and polished look.


This is my favourite way to layer during the cooler months. You can be wearing up to five pieces of clothing in one look, so the last thing you want to think about is how to coordinate your colours. This is where monochrome comes to the rescue! Choose one colour and wear different shades of that one colour. Gray is a good colour to test this trick with because there are so many shades of gray.

Mix and Match

Don’t be afraid to mix and match different textures and materials. In this look you can see that I’m wearing a leather jacket underneath a simple gray coat. Not only does this keep me warm, but it also adds depth and a bit of edge to my look. I paired this with a lighter gray skinny jeans and finished the look with nude suede ankle boots.

Get style inspired and shop this look below.


img-thingForever 21 Wide Brim Hat

o8440277_vanessa_21_08_15_mc_531321Similar, Waterfall Collarless Coat

outerwear-black-faux-leather-lapel-zip-decor-moto-jacket-008710 Faux Leather Moto Jacket

black_e80d4326-7472-4eaf-a48f-9bdbaa7be44cSimilar, Titika Bandit Top

image1xxlSimilar, Super Skinny High Waist Jeans

m_55c673088ae94003220065a6Zara Suede Cutout Ankle Booties