19.5.14

Still Layering: Trench and Sandals

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Wearing: Trench - Aritzia | Top - Club Monaco| Trousers - Jacob|  Bag - Marc Jacob | Sandals - Birkenstock

Almost through with May, and I am wondering why the weather still has us layering. Went down to Yorkville this weekend with a couple friends, and stopped by a few boutiques. When in Yorkville, the Pink Tartan flag ship store is a must. Someone hold me, I fell in love with the collection all over again, Wearing my fave trench, cigarette dress pants and a boxy white top.  
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4.5.14

Motto Wear

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Jacket - Aritzia | Button up - Zara (similar) | Pants - Club Monaco | Sandals - Birkenstocks

This weekend I went up north to see family and I wasn't expecting rain so I didn't pack a trench coat or rain boots. Needless to say, when I got there and went out to for a few shoots, I got drenched. But at least I got to see a flawless rainbow! I am wearing a classic motto jacket over a mandarin collar button up, paired with ankle cropped pants and white birks.  Taking ova' tennis courts and parking lots, one at a time. 

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Spring Inspo: Whites, Pastel Pinks, and Yoga

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Cropped trousers, white sneakers/pool side sandals, subtle pinks with greys, tailored lines, and gold minimal jewellery, is what spring looks like to me aesthetically.  Oh, and yoga for the soul of course! I'll be posting a few of my stretches and yoga poses this season.  What does spring look like to you?

20.3.14

Pink Tartan FW14

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Given the rain, day three of Toronto Fashion Week was probably one of the most attended days of the week. A friend and I went to see the Pink Tartan show, and no surprise there, it met our every expectation and exceeded it. Kimberley Newport-Mimran, the designer of the line is known for her signature A-line over the knee skirts, and sporty with-feminine-charm creations. Her Fall Winter '14 collection kept true to that but with an added fur flare as snoods and clutches. Kim played around with a lot of textures and exaggerated collars on her jackets as well. And all her models had their hair tucked into their turtle-necks. It really was a great show. 

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Trench Coat - Aritzia | Silk Tunic - Aritzia | Jeans - J Brand | Purse - Marc Jacob | Shoes - Urban Outfitters| Scarf - Mom's Closet|

Wednesday's weather was warm and rainy, best kind of day to sport a massive trench and scarf with an umbrella in hand. I wore my green silk tunic over some distressed denim and tucked in the straps of my MJ to carry it as a clutch. Finished the entire look with a scarf wrap. Safe to say that I am wearing some of my favourite pieces in this look. 

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Coat - Zara | Crop top - UO | Skirt - H&M | Purse - Rebecca Minkoff | Hat - Anthropologie

My friend Jenny is wearing a mesh crop top and quilted skater skirt under her bomber jacket (from Brandy Melville) that you can't see, with over the knee socks ( American Apparel) and Nasty Gall cut-out booties. I wasn't kidding when I said I have the raddest friends. Ever. 

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 I love dressing for rainy days. What about you, how do you keep dry and looking on point?

18.3.14

Bare it in lace

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Nothing feels as good as lace looks on. Introducing one of my wardrobe essentials, an unwired lace bralette!  Many other brands carry them as well, but non have the same affect as the Talula, Aritzia ones. When you're purchasing these goodies, definitely size up, for more coverage and to have the lace trimmings peaking a bit. Oh, so scandalous.

16.3.14

Pajama Weekends

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After an insanely stressful week, it's finally the weekend and I plan on indulging in every minute of it and wearing the comfiest clothes I own. After all, weekends are made to wear your favourite clothes.
Yesterday I went out with my good friend Alex to Lady Marmalde this breakfast and brunch joint down in Leslieville, Queen St E. The family owned restaurant, has two locations, one in Toronto and the other in Victoria. What I love most, is that all of of their dishes are made of free run eggs and meat, organic bread and local produce. Can we say 'hoorah!" to supporting local business and eating well!
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I ordered the fresh fruit parfait with a cinnamon bagel, and Alex got the baked french toast. They were both were delicious and satisfied all of my morning cravings.
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Wearing: Pants (Similar here), Sweater (Similar here) & Camisole - Club Monaco
The definition of comfortable wear is Pajama wear to me. So I busted out my loose fitting violet pants (that have these wicked black stripes on the sides), silk camisole and sweater  and called it a day. Can you tell how bad I want for spring to arrive already?? I am tired of dressing for winter. But it's alright guys, we're almost there, only one more week till Spring officially hits!

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Alex  is wearing: Denim - Garage (similar here) | Jacket - Aritzia
Alex is wearing high waisted acid wash jeans with a basic black tee, and a white Jacket to top it off. Can I just say that I have the raddest friends, ever.
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So what did you do this weekend and how did you dress for it?

11.2.14

Valentines Day: Micahel Pfleg


In the spirit of Valentines day, I found an entry in one of my notebooks that does justice to this upcoming holiday. 

Michael Pfleg. May 17th, 2013

Michael was the specialist my mom went to see today; he seemed to be around 70 years-old. He wore a white lab coat and had mesmerizing blue eyes that contrasted so well with the glowing white puff of hair on his head.

The doctor came off really knowledgeable and worldly. He talked about the many cultures of the world. You could tell he wasn't just saying known facts to impress people, he genuinely knew what he was talking about.

He was an interesting. Within ten minutes of being acquainted and making small talk, he mentioned his late wife Christine Pfleg, a German born painter, focused on magic realism.  The doctor right away showed me a painting she had done, in fact one of her last pieces before taking her own life.

He said all of this so casually to a stranger. But maybe he didn’t consider me a stranger; after all he knew both of my parents because they had visited his office before. He talked of Christine, their relationship and how they had met for the first time. It was in Paris and after many disagreements they got married.

He said Christine, before meeting him was a very promiscuous woman. She would sleep with anyone who smiled at her. He said it was because she was raped as a child.  But Michael couldn't stay away. And after being together for a while, he fell in love with her and her paintings – he fell in love with her ways.

Michael was a painter himself, but he had given up that passion to follow the demanding route of medicine. He had gone to Paris for an internship and Christine was there for a modelling gig. They met on a train.

Soon enough she was pregnant and Michael realized he could never leave her, no matter her past or whatever it was they always argued about. He said his parents would also never forgive him for having gotten her pregnant without marriage. So they got married.


Today in his office he seemed to glow when spoke of her. She died April 4th, 1972. A whole 41 years later, it seemed like he was still very much in love with her.  

8.2.14

J U M A C A S T R O

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Wearing: Coat - H&M | Scarf - Zara | Boots - UO

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All photos by JumaCastroCo

Just recently I did a photoshoot with my lovely friends Ingrid and Andy from JumaCastroCo. They're an amazing Toronto based photography and make-up duo. Checkout out their work here

This past Sunday was groundhog day, and Ontario's Wiarton Willi  awoke from his cozy den and immediately saw his shadow, which right away meant six more weeks of winter.  With cold, icey and snowy winter still here looks like our winter gear's not going anywhere either. 

I am wearing my passed the knee wool coat, my rectangular brown blanket scarf and I find that it's easier to wear than square scarves. The boots I am wearing have tonal elastic inserts for a perfect and secure fit and have circular heels too, a detail I am not getting over anytime soon.  The light pink blazer I am wearing has a loose fit with slits on the sides. I paired all of it with a tshirt and beanie for more of a casual feel. 

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7.2.14

Basics: Tshirts


Don't underestimate this simple, versatile and effortless to wear garment. T-shirts are one of my favourite items, and this is a post dedicated to just them!

As Millennials, t-shirts are heavily part of our culture. They are the ultimate middle finger to those unknown sources of authority that expect us young adults to actually dress like young adult professionals. Oxfords and blazers all day, no thanks! We'll keep to our basics. 

I believe the secret to dressing well, no matter how you personally define it, is having staple and quality basics. And you don't have to break to bank to find the perfect tshirt. My own personal collection range from Club Monaco to well the Gap. 

Here is a list of  my favourite tshirts that are in constant cycle in my wardrobe. 
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Stylemint, a brand in collaboration with Mary-Kate and Ashley is here to bring women every the perfect fit and quality tee. They have heard our prayers! I have two of their tanks and I love the way the fabric feels. During warmer weather I wear the tanks on their own but during the everlasting winter we have here in Canada, I layer them a lot. I tend to size up so that I can have a bit of extra hemming peaking out of all the layers.
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The Club Monaco Sunny Tee, is by far my favourite tshirt of all time. I purchased the black in a size small and the blue in an extra small. For a looser fit size up! This t-shirt's amazing qualities are that it is fairly lightweight and thin, has a flowy structure to it, and deep crewneck. So subtly alluring actually.

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Although I am not a huge fan of v-necks, this fitted one from the gap has me convinced I need to re-evaluate this judgement. I got this in an extra small, (Gap tends to run big) and usually wear it with my boyfriend jeans or printed (camo) pants. I tend to roll the sleeves up a bit, just to give it more definition.

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Last but not least, printed tshirts are my one weakness, especially this recent addition by the Toronto brand 42 Stories High. Subtle and faded prints go great with everything and just add that bit of bad-assery we all need to incorporate into our outfits. Most of the time,  if I am not having any luck finding a women's tee, I usually check out the men's collection and score. A couple things to keep in mind when purchasing men's shirts is that  of course they're going to be loose, so definitely size down and the crewnecks tend to sit really high up. Test out your comfort level and give them a shot. 

T-shirts are definitely a great investment, but with that comes responsibility for great care. Most of the time, people don't follow the washing instructions on the label and so their shirts tend to pill or deteriorate. 
  
-With Cotton tshirts, machine wash them cold and tumble dry low or leave them to dry 
-With Modal tshirts, hand wash that if you don't wan't it to die and leave it flat to dry. If you hang it, the fabric will stretch and become droopy. 

Where do you find your favourite basics? 

31.1.14

Trench Weather


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Wearing | Trench Coat - Club Monaco | Classic Ankle Converse

#tbt: when the weather was warmer and I didn't have to worry about frostbite. Above 0 Celsius temperatures, please return, our ankles need you right now!