Street Style

Neutrals Are Always A Good Idea

Happy Friday!

 

My obsession with neutrals has quickly grown and it probably won’t stop anytime soon. This got me thinking about my own personal style a bit more. As much as I may follow certain rules (that I share with you guys) to help guide me with figuring out your own personal, I realize I‘m that person who cannot just sum up my personal style in a few words. My style is not strictly sporty street wear, classic glam, minimalist, rocker chic etc. I usually get dressed based on my mood, whether I just bought something new, the occasion etc. For me I wouldn’t be true to me if I stuck with just one way of dressing. That’s why you may see one month I’m into an all black theme, another month I’m into street wear, then another I’m doing the classic minimalist looks. I like to switch it up and be a chameleon when it comes to fashion and the older I get I try not to take it too serious restricting myself to one way of dressing. However, I do have certain key pieces I have in multiple colours and style that I know works for me and my body type. These are the pieces that help build my wardrobe and are the backbone for my personal style.

 

This week I’m matching neutrals, wearing camel, white, gray and nude. Remember when colour blocking was a thing? The colour blocking rule was matching colours sitting directly across from each other on the colour wheel (see below). Even though I think that all neutrals match well together, I thought I would create a neutral colour wheel below. This is just a cheat sheet to help you match your neutrals together, by pairing colours directly across from each other on the wheel. For example you can pair camel and khaki which are two colours sitting directly across from each other on my colour wheel below. I took my look a bit further by pairing four of the colours on the left side of the wheel. My tip: if you want to wear multiple neutrals, go for it because almost any neutral colour can be paired together.

 

 

Neutral Colour Wheel

 

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My coat is from H&M and it was just one of those right place at the right time kind of moments because it was on sale for just forty bucks. I saw it and tried it on, but I then left the store without it. Within minutes I returned to make my purchase. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it and how I’m going to miss out on a good buy. My long-sleeved cotton top is form Sirens Fashion and my gray mini skirt is from Forever 21. These gladiators heels I’ve only worn twice before and this was two summers ago. Even though I don’t wear them a lot, they are a great go-to gladiator heels whenever I want to add some dramatic effect to an outfit. This nude style is currently not in stock, but they do have it in black as well over at Lola Shoetique.

Hope you get style inspired to change things up from time to time. Also let me know if this neutral colour wheel helps.

 

 

 

Photography by Shantel Rousseau

 

Similar, H&M Pile Coat


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Forever 21 Marled Mini Skirt

 

Lola Shoetique Robyn Gladiator Heels

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Balmain x H&M

So I can finally say that I attended one of the H&M collaboration launch. Last Wednesday, November 5, 2015 as the clock striked five I dashed my little butt out the office to catch the subway as quickly as possible. Toronto was only given three locations to choose from that carried the Balmain x H&M collection. I first called the location closest to work and I was told that people started lining up around 6:00am. I knew I could not chance it so I decided to visit the location closest to home, which is located inside Yorkdale mall just north of downtown Toronto. I didn’t have much time to waste when I got home so I just quickly changed into something comfortable and that showed off my personal style because in my mind you just never know, Olivier Rousteing may very well show up. I mean, a girl can dream right!

 

I arrived in line at 6:45pm and the line was reasonable for the time it was. Right away I put my bags down, set-up my chair and started chatting up the people ahead of me. Not too long after the line started to grow and the person behind me happened to be a friend of a friend so it was good to have a familiar face too. After surviving just over seven hours – getting up ever so often to stretch my legs, warm up in the mall lobby entrance, Snapchatting, snacking on lunchables, chatting with new friends, at 2:00am the H&M security came outside and started to hand out numbers. You would think this was a very simple process, but everyone in line got a bit anxious and started to walk towards the front of the line hoping to snag a number closer to the front. The security guards not knowing who was standing where in line just started to hand out numbers to those closest to them. This obviously started to infuriate a lot of people in line (including myself) as those at the back of the line somehow made their way to the front to obtain a number closer to the front. Finally both the H&M security and the mall security got the crowd under control and the numbers were dished out accordingly – with the exception of those who snuck up to the front to obtain a closer number. I’m pretty sure I would have been at a much closer number to the front, but I ended up with a reasonable number at 191 in line. Quite frankly the security guards could have cared less about this entire ordeal as this was not their highest of priorities to hand out tickets to people standing in line to buy clothes.

 

After another four hours passed, both the H&M security guards and the H&M staff came outside to hand out the bracelets to those who held a number in line. As one of the first 420 shoppers in line we were given a coloured bracelet; there were 14 colours with one for each group of 30 people. This process took another hour and then we were finally let inside the mall where we formed another line in front of the store. My group was given an orange bracelet which had the Balmain x HM stamp in black ink on it. Underneath that was written in black permanent marker our time slot of 9:30am-9:40am. This was definitely the most exciting time in line as we all felt a sigh of relief that it was finally confirmed that we will be shopping the collection. We anxiously watch at 8:00am as the doors opened and the first group of shoppers were let in. Our time slot made us the 9th group in line to shop between 9:30am and 9:40am. H&M did not let everyone in the store at once, for obvious reasons. Not only were there a line in front of the store, but there was also another line formed inside the store just before the section where the collection were displayed. This was where the next group were waiting their turn while the group in front shopped the collection. We had only ten minutes to shop the collection so you can imagine the anxiety and excitement building up. In that ten minutes period we were only allowed to purchase two of each style per customer. Our group was pretty calm for the most part though and we actually talked it out in line to get a sense of what everyone wanted to buy.

 

When it was our turn at about 9:20am, as we were walking in the store to line up, it was announced that the mens collection was sold out. One male shopper in our group immediately started to curse outloud and stormed out of the store, girlfriend left behind. At about 9:30am we finally passed the ropes to shop the collection; there was almost nothing left, a lot of the items on the floor were ones being returned from the changeroom. Blazers, dresses, shoes and the t-shirts were all sold out, with the exception of a few blazers being returned to the floor from the changeroom. Surprisingly there were about eight of the red draped silk skirts remaining on the rack. A lot of the ribbed bandeau tops remained and a few other tops as well. For me, as time past by in line I knew I had to make a plan B for the items I will buy because the t-shirts and blazers being hot items sold out almost immediately. I was actually surprised that the polo-neck jumper was still available so I immediately grabbed that off the rack in sizes 2 and 8. There was one of the suit trousers in silk satin remaining in a size 6, but it was not my size but I grabbed it anyways because I knew the sizes fit a bit smaller. Luckily while I was waiting in line for a changeroom a staff was walking by with the suit trousers and it happened to be my size so I switched it with the one I had in my hand. I also brought with me the drapped skirt in sizes 2 and 4 and the shirt jacket in size 8, so six items in total. The changeroom area was really a panic zone, shoppers yelling at each other for sizes, staff yelling at shoppers to stop switching items as they must be returned on the floor for the next group. At that point there was just no time for me to panic. I just wanted to get in, try on what I had and get out! I quickly tried my items on and the polo-neck jumper fit perfectly in a size 2, while the suit trousers fit nicely in a size 4. Even if my items did not fit I knew I had the option to receive a full refund by November 8th or a store credit after that date.

 

After leaving the changeroom I headed to the checkout upstairs and witnessed one of the girls in my group breaking down because she did not get the blazer she wanted. Oddly enough while this was happening her girlfriend was cashing out with two blazers. I felt her pain. Even though I did not get any of the t-shirts I’m pretty satisfied with my purchases. I never had any intentions of spending a ridiculous amount of money so spending just over $200 is a score for me. I also wanted to purchase pieces I know I can wear more than once and mix and match with what I already have in my closet. I felt like I accomplished a goal and another item crossed off my bucket list.

 

This entire experience also had me thinking, when you don’t have access to things before the masses or given free stuff, you have to go out and get it yourself. We live in a social media world where it’s cool to announce and (humble) brag about receiving free stuff and getting access to things before the masses. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people who do this are getting paid and it is their income, so it is a job for them. The problem is we forget what it is like to work for what we want, it’s become much easier for us to befriend those in power to gain access to the things we want. It’s no longer cool to get excited to line up for a big event launch or to meet your favourite music artist etc. anymore. People will spend all the time in the world trying to figure out who they need to know to attend a certain event or gain access to product private viewings. Rather than actually going out there and wait in line to pay for the product.

 

I also want to touch on the social uproar from people talking crap about shoppers (myself included) who stood in line for hours. As crazy as it may sound to stand in line for over 14 hours to buy clothes, it really just comes down to being ‘different strokes for different folks’. Everyone has their thing and if standing in line to buy clothes is someone else’s thing, let that be their thing. My question is why does it bother people so much that someone else is willing to do something that they will never do? I mean, people wait in line for Jordans, iphones and video games so it’s totally okay right! – laughing out loud. But, it’s safe to say that this has been H&M’s most controversial, most talked about and possibly the most successful collaboration to date (waiting for the numbers to come in). Go Olivier!

 

Sending virtual high fives to those who still tough it out in lines for shopping events and music artists. If you also stood in line for hours just to even purchase a toque, I want to hear from you. Leave a comment below and tell me about your experience at the Balmain x H&M launch event and what you purchased.

 

Now get style inspired and see two looks I styled with the pieces I purchased from the Balmain x H&M collection.

  

  

  Photography by Shantel Rousseau

 

Balmain x H&M Polo-Neck Jumper, $69.99 CAD

 

Balmain x H&M Suit Trousers in Silk Satin, $119.00 CAD

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, 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

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Similar, ASOS Boyfriend White Shirt

 

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Similar, Missguided Waterfall Collarless coat

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Forever 21 Faux Leather Pants

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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!
 

 

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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

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.

Monochrome

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.

 

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m_55c673088ae94003220065a6Zara Suede Cutout Ankle Booties

Thankful For Tights

 

So thankful for tights! It’s the one item I can wear around the house, to bed, running errands, to the gym, and even out for the night. I’ve paired them with sneakers, heels, boots and everything in between. Plus they make your legs look long and lean – no wonder men love seeing us in them.

This is a casual look I would wear to run errands or go shopping in because it’s super comfy and not fussy. The boots not so much because realistically they are way too high to run errands in, but I loved the way they looked against the gray. I would most likely trade in these for some flatforms or sneakers instead. This t-shirts I found by accident shopping in Orlando, Florida and wish I bought five more. It’s now my go to t-shirt because it has the right amount of looseness yet it’s tailored in the arm area so that it’s not too baggy.

I cannot think of another clothing item besides t-shirts that are the most unisex item. Why I say this? For one, it can be made so that both men and women can wear it. A prime example are oversized long t-shirts, they are super popular and seen everywhere now. It’s made and marketed for both sexes to wear it. If you disagree I would love to hear it from in the comment section. Hope you get style inspired and shop this look below.

 

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H&M Jersey Leggings

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Similar, ASOS Ultimate Easy T-shirt

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Similar, Lu Lus Bomber Jacket

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Similar, Faux Timberland Heel Boots

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