I was waiting to post this look, mostly because these were my last photos to put up from Vancouver. Now that reading week is over, and classes have resumed, I am totally wishing I was back in Vancouver for a slightly extended vacation. Oh well, once things get rolling again I’ll be too stressed with due dates to dream of getting away from Edmonton.
It was a really overcast day when I shot these photos, and unlike many others, I really like rainy, cloudy days. There is no better time to stay in and get things done (napping included) than a day like that. It’s just nice how the world seems to slow down a little bit when it rains, amongst our hectic lives in the city. So, while everyone is feeling gloomy, I am feeling totally refreshed and getting ready for sunny days by being totally productive on the not-so-sunny ones.
Shirt: Club Monaco // Pants & Boots: Zara // Scarf: Simons // Watch: Michael Kors
Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Monica Falcos
This past Wednesday I attended the unveiling of “Aurora” at Simons at their West Edmonton Mall location. Aurora is a permanent art installation, designed by architect Philip Beesley, which reacts to space and motion with a mixture of technology and different materials. This installation is truly breathtaking and is a wonderful example of art that can be enjoyed by the masses – in this case, anyone who stops by Simons to catch up on some retail therapy.
As a design student, I really love the appreciation for art and design that Simons has as a company. The fact that they are so focused on their identity as a brand and their image gives me major respect for what they are doing. Making art accessible and making it a part of everything they do as a company makes Simons more than just a clothing store – it makes them a cultural hub that we so desperately need in Edmonton. They are providing a space for us to become more fashion forward, and see some amazing works of art and design that are open to their sales floor.
I attended the art opening with my gorgeous friend Alyssa, and the company definitely made the night more fun! In typical blogger style we made our way through the event snapping all sorts of photos. I eventually had to limit the photos down to a few, so I thought it was best to show what I wore that night as well as a gorgeous photo of the installation from an overhead view. Along with seeing some other Edmonton bloggers, I was thrilled to see some of my own classmates from the University of Alberta. The volunteers came from either a Visual Communications or Industrial Design background, and definitely brought a level of expertise and professionalism to the construction of Aurora. Also, what an amazing opportunity this must have been for those designers-to-be to work with such an accomplished architect!
There is an incredible sense of depth and space to the installation, which is in part due to it being hand-constructed out of various plastics, needles, syringes, glass votives, oils, lights, motion sensors, and much more. The level of fine detail and workmanship, along with the interactive, technological elements made this an unveiling to remember. Aurora truly came to life over the crowd! Even better yet, in case you think you might miss the opportunity to see Aurora in person – think again. It is a permanent installation, which they hope will be up for at least the next 10 years, so definitely take some time to go check it out if you have the chance!
Such a fun night, and I definitely can’t wait to see what’s next at Simons!
Cardigan & Pants: H&M // Shirt: Urban Outfitters // Boots: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors // Clutch: Louis Vuitton
My trip to Vancouver has been absolutely amazing. Enjoying a few days out of town with some great friends was one of the best starts to my reading week – and I couldn’t be happier right now.
I am just about to get on my flight back home, and back to reality. I am making sure to enjoy the last few minutes of my Vancouver trip by sipping on a (well-deserved) Starbucks latte while I wait for my flight home to begin boarding.
I took these photos in gastown yesterday during a relaxed day of shopping. I made sure to stop by the Oak + Fort in gastown, and snagged some great accessories and an amazing new shirt that will be perfect for Spring! The sun was shining, and although it felt warmer than Edmonton, I may have overestimated the spring vibes I was getting that morning. Regardless of the chill in the air, I really enjoyed donning a lighter outfit. We are slowly inching towards Spring across Canada, and so far Vancouver has been the warmest yet!
I kept this look fairly pale, and opted to roll up my pants for a sunny, cropped look. I have been loving my new slate-blue cardigan from Club Monaco, which is brand new to their Spring collection. It was the perfect pairing with my shoes that have such fun green laces. I got some awesome new bracelets from Brandy Melville downtown that I am in love with, and thought they were a great match for my gold Michael Kors watch! Topping it all off was an amazing anorak – which was absolutely essential given the chilly breeze breaking its way into our sunny day. It was just totally relaxed and comfortable, which was perfect for a day out shopping in such a chic neighbourhood with my close friends.
Anyways, It looks as though I am about to board my flight back to Edmonton – See you soon!
Pants & Shirt: Zara // Cardigan: Club Monaco // Shoes: Aldo // Bag: Cambridge Satchel
Styling & Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Monica Falcos
After a lot of hard work and many late nights, reading week is finally here! I am looking forward to having some time to relax and enjoy a few days away from my hectic school life. I will be jetting off to Vancouver early Sunday morning to meet one of my best friends, Monica. Something tells me that a perfect blend of vintage shopping and coffee dates is just what the doctor ordered!
For this look I really focused on making old-school more modern. I wore a letterman style jacket with awesome brown leather sleeves, and paired it with faded blue denim and a really sharp plaid. Because it’s still winter, I added one of my favourite pairs of brown boots and a grey infinity scarf for added warmth. Overall, I think this look will be perfect for my flight.
Also, I’ve been loving HAIM’s new song “Don’t Save Me” which I posted just below this text if you want to have a listen. With my music plugged in, a few of my favourite magazines, and my laptop handy in case I choose to be slightly more productive, the trip down is already shaping up to be pretty nice!
While everyone was wearing pink and red tones to celebrate Valentine’s day, I chose to stick to monochromatic, denim-on-denim blue/black palette with accents of white and silver. It happened to be very cold in the city today, and I really just wanted to be warm. Also, my boots were a huge help in keeping me upright all day (instead of falling constantly). We’ve had a few days this week where the sun was out, and the snow was melting, but sadly it has all turned to ice as the temperature dropped back below zero.
Shirt: YSL // Pants: Cheap Monday // Vest: H&M // Boots, Shirt, Bag & Watch: Michael Kors
Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Adaire Beatty
As you may know from some of my previous outfit posts, I have been working on incorporating my new spring pieces into my existing winter wardrobe and coming up with some really great looks! I just recently bought these amazing pale blue (almost turquoise) pants and they are absolutely going to be an amazing spring essential. For now, in lieu of spring, This outfit was all about exploring and reinventing primary colours. I wanted to create an outfit with a pop of springy blue, rich red, yellow, and brown for some real depth along an age old palette. It’s not quite warm enough to dig out my pale-coloured linen shirts for summer just yet, so instead I am going to make due with these rich tones and enjoy what’s left of my chances to dress for colder weather. That said, I absolutely cannot wait until spring has finally, well, sprung in Canada – I simply choose to make the most of what I have to work with in the meantime!
Button Shirt & Bracelet: Club Monaco // Sweatshirt: H&M // Pants & Boots: Zara // Watch, Bag & Tail: Michael Kors
Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photography: Adaire Beatty
After two amazing years of highglosswhite, I grew to learn a lot about myself, my personal style, and what really interested me that I felt I could share with the world. I felt, from the beginning, that I wanted to make my voice known, and help make fashion more accessible in my city – a place where the fashion scene is still young, but in development.
I have always had a passion for photography, and more specifically fashion photography. This lead me into creating outfit posts that I style and produce to create an editorial look out of what I choose to wear everyday. From there, I have worked on creating full seasonal photo shoots with looks that were curated by myself, with the help of many talented friends of mine. I am so proud of all of the content that I have created in the last two years as highglosswhite, but I am looking forward to an even better future with a whole new name: THE REALIST.
I wanted to come up with a name that talked about real, honest fashion. In art history terms, realist works of art are described as pieces that are shown for what they are, and that are not overly decorative, or at least not without a specific purpose for being so. While I do enjoy decoration in the form of colour, pattern, and great accessories, I always strive to make my style edited and never overdone. Editing doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, it simply means you always have just the right amount of fun. I love to play with my personal style, because I think it is one of the most amazing ways in which we can express ourselves and our individuality in the world around us. At the end of the day, I have always followed Coco Chanel’s mantra of editing your look before stepping out the door: and it always works!
I appreciate all of the love and support from everyone who reads my blog, and enjoys seeing all of my photos – there are more posts on the way, I promise! Now, here’s to a new name, a new year, and a new chapter in my life as a young person, and a blogger. I am so grateful for everyone who has, and will in future, become a part of my style journey. This blog, as well as the content I create, is something I truly love!
I am in a constant state of California dreaming – thinking about summer, sunshine, and bright colours! As a result of this, I have decided that I will dress to reject all things winter and cold-related (as best I can without freezing to death in the meantime). Other Canadians will totally understand this feeling of cabin fever that only sunshine and warm weather can cure. I typically start breaking out my Spring wardrobe around March 1st, depending on the weather in Edmonton at that time. This year, there was something different – I just couldn’t wait. And frankly, who says you should? I think that the best way to transition into your spring wardrobe is to start mixing those pieces into what you’ve been wearing throughout the winter season. You can get some really interesting colour combinations, it brightens up your (cold, dark) day to have a little pop of colour with your dark neutrals, and it just gives you that little dose of hope necessary to break on through into Spring!
With this outfit I ended up playing around with mixing pale, cool toned greens and blues, with small pops of yellow and red. I am in love with the new Spring shirt collection from Club Monaco, and I have been back several times picking up the amazing new arrivals. The colours, and patterns they are releasing this year are so fun and fresh it makes it hard to say no – even when you know you shouldn’t! This blue/white/red plaid is no exception, and is one of my latest favourites. What is great about these pieces is how incredibly versatile they are. I can go for a dressier look, or I can leave the shirt unbuttoned with either a tank or v-neck in the summer for a casual, beachy look. Once again, buying a well-made, and well-fitted piece is never a bad idea – but rather, a good investment!
Shirt: Club Monaco // Pants & Blazer: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors // Shoes & Bracelet: H&M // Belt: Vintage
Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Adaire Beatty