Black on Black

Black, White & Mesh

Happy Friday all!

This is a look I photographed over two months ago when the weather was warm. I didn’t post this look sooner because quite frankly at the time it was not one of favourite looks to date. It’s one of those moment where the outfit looks so much better in your head than it does in photos. Over the weeks it has grown on me and I thought that I would share it with you guys to get a little style inspiration if where you are is warm right now. Keeping in theme with my recent obsession with black and white, I wanted to create a casual sporty look. Even though you cannot see the t-shirt as much, it’s from Zara and it was really a spur of the moment buy. I also love the words of wisdom written on the t-shirt “Not having the time to plan. Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath and start all over again.” The mesh hoodie cover up I purchased in Orlando, Florida at a cute little store in a strip mall. I purchased this one because i’ve been looking for a black mesh cover up for summer for a while now. Too bad I found it at the end of summer, but I definitely can’t wait to rock it next summer and on vacation. Both my shorts tights and flatforms are from Forever 21. The hat is from Urban Planet.

Get style inspired and shop this look below. Plus leave a comment and tell me what you think of this look.


 

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Similar, Vince Camuto Mesh Hoodie Cover Up

 

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Zara Patch With Text T-shirt

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Forever 21 Heathered Yoga Shorts

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Urban Planet Quilted Faux Leather Hat

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Forever 21 Flatforms

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!
 

 

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Similar, Missguided Long Sleeve Turtleneck Bodysuit

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Similar, Boohoo Claire Shawl Collar Aztec Cardigan

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Topshop MOTO Black Ripped Jamie Jeans

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Forever 21 Wide Brim Hat

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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!

 

 

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Similar, Free People Sequin Blazer

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Missguided Sleeveless Bodysuit

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Forever 21 Faux Leather Pants

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Similar, ASOS HINT Heeled Sandals

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Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

7 Ways Living In Toronto Transforms Your Style

 Photography by Shantel Rousseau

Living Toronto is one of the best life moves you could ever make. This city will toughen you up, take you outside of your comfort zone (or bubble) and introduce you to things you never knew existed. I mean, if you can drive in Toronto, you can drive anywhere in the world. Let’s not forget about the fashion, it’s insane! Each neighbourhood (or subway stop) has it’s own unique style of dressing, something you can’t help but notice. With the changing seasons, it’s a wonder how we get  through life here. Come to think of, commuting is our favourite sport. This fast-paced, trendy and oh so busy way of living is not for the faint of heart. So if you’re planning on moving to Toronto anytime soon, I’ve rounded up a few ways living in this city changes your style. For the better of course! Plus some of Toronto’s very own street stylers to prove it.


In this city, you’ve got to learn how to layer like a pro because spring, summer, fall and winter can happen in one day.


Booties are your go to transportation shoes because let’s face it, heels are not practical in these streets.


Carrying a tote bag everywhere because you just never know when an outfit change is needed. You start your day out at the office, then an after work catch up at dinner happens. Then who knows, you end up at an event. Things just come up!



Wearing sunglasses on the subway because it’s your main source of protection from awkward human conversations.


You’re not chic until you’ve mastered homeless chic. You dress this way because quite frankly, you’re tired of wondering eyes when you wear a shorter hem.



Wearing way more black, because that same person you see on the subway every morning will never know you wore those pants already this week.

 

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I mean, who says you have to stop wearing shorts and skirts during the cooler months. These lifesavers should be on your top five things you cannot live without.


Style Crushes Of The Week – September 14, 2015

  
See the round up of my picks for best dressed celebrities on and off the red carpet last week. Also shop a more affordable version of each look.

 

 

Gigi Hadid wearing a Balmain x H&M dress

 

Gigi posing for photos at the Harper’s Bazaar Icons event in New York City. The Balmain x H&M collection has not yet been released to the public, but being the model of the moment she got first dibs ahead of the rest of us. Definitely got us excited for the official launch on November 5, 2015.

 

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Balmain x H&M (not yet available)

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Geometric Print Long Sleeved Bodycon Dress

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Multi Strap Heeled Sandals

 

 

Rita Ora in Vera Wang

Rita Ora photographed front row at the Vera Wang SS16 runway show in New York during NYFW last week. She arrived wearing look #36 from the collection, but ditched the skirt that went with the look. She completed the look with Dsquared2 strappy sandals.

 

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Topshop Metallic Striped Midi Dress

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Nasty Gal Lace Up Heeled Sandals

 

Kourtney Kardashian wearing  Balenciaga leather leggings

Kourtney was spotted out in New York looking like the hot mamma she is. Black is a happy colour and she sure does look happy.

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Bandeau Top

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Satin Bomber Jacket

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H&M Leather Pants

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Steve Madden Sandal Heel

 

Shay Mitchell

 
The brunette beauty attended VH1’s 5th Annual Streamy Awards on Thursday, September 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. This was a great example of how a black and white look is done well. Her bone straight hair works so perfectly with her dark pout.

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Nasty Gal Crossover Knit Halter Top

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Palazzo Pants

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Aldo Leather Pump

Black Lips

Happy Friday!

Repeat after me, black is a happy colour! This is a simple go to look I love to wear – tank top and skinnies. The black lips were actually a last minute idea. I bought this lipstick a few years back for halloween and thought I haven’t worn it in a while so why not! In the past I was a little bit hesitant on wearing high waisted jeans because I always thought they were meant for a more curvier figure. Now, they’re one of my absolute favourites. I got past that whole looking in the mirror and second guessing wearing them because I have no hips. You know when you try something on and instead of loving it for how it looks on you, you tend to think of how it looks on the person you first saw it on and expect it to look the exact same on you. Yeah so unrealistic and unnecessary comparisons. I think all of us women go through that sometimes. But once you learn to get past all of that, you kind of feel untouchable. Curves or no curves, I think high waisted skinnies makes a girl feel sexy. Get style inspired and shop this look below. 

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Jersey Tank

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Super Skinny High Jegging

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Studded Strappy Sandals

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Siena Tote Bag

Style Crushes Of The Week! – September 6th 2015

See the round up of my picks for best dressed celebrities on and off the red carpet last week. Also shop a more affordable version of each look.

 

 

1. Freida Pinto in Vince Camuto top and bottom

Rocking a red pout, Frieda was seen leaving the A List 15th Anniversary party in a super comfy shorts set. She continued the casual look with black sneakers. The best part about this look is how affordable it it. Shop this exact look below plus a similar sneakers.

 

Dash-Eyelet Body Top

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Dash Eyelet Shorts

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Nike Air Huarache

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2. Camila Alves in Geroges Hobieka

 

 

Camila Alves spotted at the 2015 Couture Council Awards Luncheon. This is such a sexy and sophisticated jumpsuit, with the cutouts in just the right places. I love the high neckline to help balance this look because of the lengthy hemline. Camila kept her accessories to a minimum and finished the look with a sleek bun. Shop the look for less below.

Nasty Gal Chulo Jumpsuit

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3. Olivia Culpo in Public School

 

Olivia Culpo striked a pose front row at the Public School SS16 fashion show in New York City. The beauty queen is wearing a classic black and white combo of buttoned up blouse, black trousers and barely there heels.

Nasty Gal Mademoiselle Pussy Bow Blouse

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Zara Loose Fit Trousers

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Aldo Sandal Heels

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4. Ciara in Fausto Puglisi

 

Ciara spotted arriving at the ABC studios for her performance on The View. This is a pretty daring look as the star decided to go braless. What I love about this look is that the thigh high boots fell right under the pleated skilt style skirt, keeping the rest of her body covered up. When it comes to style, it’s all about balance and Ciara always does this well.

Vince Camuto Solid Pointelle Mesh Crewneck Sweater

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Nasty Gal Asymmetrical Skirt

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Nasty Gal Thigh High Stiletto Boots

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Style Crushes Of The Week! – August 30th 2015

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See the round up of my picks for best dressed celebrities on and off the red carpet last week. Also shop a more affordable version of each look.

 

Happy Sunday!

In addition to providing outfit ideas and style tips, I thought it’s only fitting to add some of my favourite celebrity looks to the site. Afterall, I do get some of my style inspirations from some of my celebrity style crushes. Style stalking is a hobby right! To make it a little challenging, only all black (sometimes with white) looks will be featured in this style round up. In addition, similar more affordable versions of each looks will be included. So let’s get right into it – here are my favourite looks of the week!

 

 

1. Selena Gomez wearing Gabriela Cadena

 

 

ASOS Boohoo Cutout Maxi Dress

 

 

2. Kylie Jenner wearing a Balmain cutout bandage dress

 

A&N Boutique Cross All Over Me Dress

 

Posh by V Harlem Dress

 

 

 

3. Lily Aldridge wearing a Dolce & Gabbana sheer ruched dress

 

Missguided Mesh Ruched Bodycon Dress

 

 

4. Emily Ratajkowski in a Primark skirt

 

ASOS Turtle Neck Crop Top

 

Missguided Thigh High Split Scuba Midi Skirt

 

 

5. Kendall Jenner wearing Blk Dnm blazer; Etienne Marcel pants; Victoria Beckham blouse; Manolo Blahnik loafers; Céline sunnies

 

Square Flat Top Wayfarer

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ASOS New Look Tall Tailored Blazer

 

H&M Cotton Shirt

 

Zara Skinny Trousers

 

 

Nasty Gal Open Case Leather Flat

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Something Sheer


 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheer is a seductive and subtle way to show some skin, when done correctly. In this look, I decided to do sheer on my legs. Looking back at this look, I actually wished I pulled the pants up a bit more over my navel for a more polished look. None the less, this look is great for a fashion office, first date or even a night out on the town. This look is super versatile and can easily be taken from day to night. As per usual I kept my accessories to a minimum with only a chain necklace and septum ring. If you’re a petite gal like myself and is not comfortable with a super long pant leg, you can hem the pant leg by tying a knot on each side, then tuck in. This will give you a Princess Jasmine kind of look. Finished the look with my fave sandal heels. If you’re feeling style inspired, shop this look below.

 

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Racer Bodysuit

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Sheer Wide Leg Pants

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Chain Collar Necklace

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Faux Septum Ring

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Epic Weekend

  

 

  

  

  

  

  
 

Lately I love to dress up active wear. This look would be perfect if I happen to have a lunch plans with a girlfriend or a quick meeting before a workout session (if I worked out). Throwing some heels on with your gym wear makes for an easy transition from the patio to the gym. Forever 21 has a great affordable selection of active wear and these cropped leggings were a steal. The ‘Epic Weekend’ crop top were from H&M last summer, but it’s still a great simple piece to throw on. Tie any black sweater you have around your waist and finish off with some ankle strap heels. Get style inspired and shop the look below.

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Folded Waist Capri Leggings

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Crop Top

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Ultimate Easy Sweatshirt

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Ankle Strap Heels