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Night Light.

With 2016 officially here, our parties and excitement are but a thing of the past as we return to school and work. There’s nothing quite like the quiet streets over the holidays, where people gather around loved ones leaving so much of the city feeling abandoned. I’ve always been really drawn to the quiet industrial areas that populate the city, because they are the hub of so much activity during the work week, and all but forgotten for all the rest of the time in between.

Black and grey will always be a staple, and this look was inspired as a sort of winter parody on the classic coastal stripe vibes of the spring. With the palette entirely in greyscale, the monochromatic cold adapts this classic look to a winter environment. The oversized merino wool sweater from Minimum is perfect for feeling cozy during those long, cold nights. Paired off with black pants and chunky military inspired boots, both from Zara, it really is the winter city equivalent to the laid back charm of coastal style.

I hope everyone is enjoying the first few days of their new resolutions, and all the best in achieving what you wish to do this year! I’ve just started the first week of my final semester in my undergraduate degree, which means the countdown to being done (forever) is finally on!

-Andrew

Sweater: Minimum // Pants & Boots: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors

Thanks to Shirley Tse from GirlNamedShirl Photography for the photos!

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The Quiet Cold.

In these final days of autumn, the shorter daylight hours are reflected in the cold humming of the city. The chill that overwhelms you as you wrap up in as many layers as you can find, all while being consumed by the incoming force of winter. Heavy air weighs down, making every moment in the darkness feel as though it is purely your own. No observers, no distractions, simply a forceful break to attend to the moment.

Fall in the city this year has been something unlike I’ve ever experienced growing up. Normally we have a heavy coat of snow by the end of November, and temperatures well below zero. This year, however, the season took every minute to slowly transition to the cooler winter temperatures. While today we had our first snowfall, Autumn really felt like a season this year. But as with any good thing, it is coming to a close – and that is something that you can just feel.

I have been wearing a lot of pieces with a longline silhouette lately, I just really like the oversized look. Being tall and very slim it just feels much more in proportion than something very cropped and skin tight. Layering a simple grey and black look like this one was all about tonal values and texture. The black chelsea boots and pants, paired with a heather grey shirt and deep grey alpaca sweater made for a look that I just can’t get enough of. It is warm and relaxed, yet feels refined and timeless.

-Andrew

Alpaca Sweater & Watch: Harlow // Shirt & Chelsea Boots: H&M // Pants: Zara

Thanks to Shirley Tse from GirlNamedShirl Photography for the photos!

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Suddenly Summer.

Well, as the title would suggest: Summer is here (and has been for some time). As always, life gets hectic and busy and the blog gets pushed to the side. Between travel, work, and courses extending into Spring term this year I am really happy to finally enjoy some laid back summer vibes. I’ve been really getting back into the swing of things and feeling rested once again. This has in turn opened my mind back up to all of my creative outlets. I’ve also been starting to get back into collaborating with my amazingly talented friends which has me very excited for the next few months.

The weather has been really all over the place this summer, and it can be hard to plan an outfit that lasts you the entire day. From blisteringly hot sun to sudden downpours, the weather is putting up a fight that seems to be hard to battle. I’ve ended up wearing a lot of different light/oversized layers in my attempt to keep the varying conditions under control. Starting off with a light tank and shorts, it is easy to throw on a huge shirt like the one pictured which I recently thrifted. Easy, comfortable, and with a color and fit perfect for summer this outfit has been a real go to. Paired with a woven belt, and antiqued silver and bronze accessories this look really embodies summer in my eyes. I wore my fringed suede Zara moccasins to top everything off, and these shoes have become a real favourite since breaking them out of my closet in February during my trip to California. I guess that overall the best way to sum up my style this summer is really bringing that laid back California back to Canada where I can live the dream for a few more weeks.

Along with the photos, I worked on a short fashion film which you can watch as well! :)

-Andrew

Tank: Top Man // Shirt: Thrifted // Shorts & Moccasins: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors // Accessories: Oak + Fort & Harlow

Thanks to Scot Allan for the photography!

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Silver Lining.

Well, I suppose that it was bound to happen eventually… I have caught my cold of the winter. Even with a healthy diet and a positive attitude, I seem to have lost this battle (at least for now) and I will have to embrace a slower pace over the next few days. Oh well, thank goodness for planning ahead and getting a new look ready prior to being sick! There in lies the Silver Lining! ;)

I am all for mixing tones, textures, and sizes to create a great look. For this outfit I was using some simple layering techniques to embrace the warmer, almost spring-like weather that we have been experiencing this January in Alberta. Starting off, I paired a simple and relaxed faded jean and a pilled (I bought it that way – and love it) silk blend tee from Oak + Fort along with a Club Monaco cardigan for an added layer of warmth. I kept the fit looser and more relaxed, but in a way that looks effortless yet purposeful. Keeping the colors faded and pairing with black is an easy way to make a relaxed outfit look considered and balanced. All of the tones are working in sync, and there isn’t too much light or dark. From there, I Accessorized with a classic chunky black boot from Zara and minimalist Daniel Wellington watch from Harlow High street, and it all came together in the end.

Well, I think that I can hear the kettle whistling so that is my cue to brew some more hot tea and try and shake this cold off before I jet off to a warmer destination very soon! I hope everyone is staying healthy!

-Andrew

Cardigan: Club Monaco // Tee: Oak + Fort // Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch (Thanks Scot) // Boots: Zara // Watch: Daniel Wellington // Knot Bangle: Noul

Thanks to Rashell Campbell for the photography!


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Heartstrings.

Well, it’s officially been almost a year since my last blog post – and what a whirlwind of a year it has been! So much has changed, and I am really so excited to be where I’m at in my life right now. I have missed creating new content, it really is a creative outlet for me and amidst a crazy work and school schedule it’s nice to find time to do something for yourself!

I’m in my fourth year of my Bachelors of Design degree (only one more to go!) and it is really strange to look back on the portfolio of work I’ve created and see how far I’ve come. I’ve also been working at a new store on The High Street which has been life changing and has brought with it a whole new family. Who says you can’t love the work you do?

I also have so much to look forward to in the coming weeks, most notably a much needed vacation over reading week! I can’t wait to be really creative, take tons of photos, and also get a tan at the same time. It’s going to be amazing!

I have been obsessed with this Club Monaco cable knit sweater lately. I love having an oversized, chunky–knit sweater to wear in the winter. The temperatures here have been so up and down – freezing cold one week, spring weather the next. I find that this is really the most essential layer, because it is so easy to add a great coat and a warm scarf for colder days, but no matter the weather it is still comfortable on it’s own. Also, I’ve been loving ivory lately, it’s really such a classic color – and one that I (surprisingly) didn’t really have a lot of in my wardrobe. That’s what initially drew me to buy this sweater, and I am so glad I did! I’ve since paired it with my distressed jeans and leather moccasins and it is the perfect outfit for cozy days!

I’m so excited to be back, and I am going to try and make more time for what I love to do, so stay tuned!

-Andrew

Sweater: Club Monaco // Denim & Moccasins: Zara // Sunglasses: Cutler and Gross // Watch: Michael Kors // Accessories: Noul & Harlow High Street

Thanks to Rashell Campbell for the photography!


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Cat + Eames.

I have a gorgeous, vintage Eames shell chair in my design studio that sees a lot of love – but there is still a certain love, the truest form of Eames love possible, that is missing. Only a cat and an Eames shell chair can share this bond, as has been proven by many other people posting photographs on the web. I have tried for months, and been on constant watch of my cat, Cindy, who is aging and seems fairly set in her ways.

When I first brought the chairs home I had flashes of other cat and Eames photos on the internet and thought that Cindy would instantly adopt the sunny, yellow fibreglass chair as her new best friend. To my disappointment, she ignored the chairs, and further ignored the addition of various pillows and blankets that I thought would make the Eames chair more appealing to her cat-self.

Fast-forward to today: here she is. I couldn’t believe it when I saw her circling the chair as I worked on a design project, you could see the desire in her eyes – the time had come. Sure enough, and to my complete joy, she hopped up onto the chair, circled around on the fur throw a few times, and settled down for a peaceful nap. Today was a good day, and I hope everyone else is having a wonderful Friday! What are your weekend plans?

-Andrew

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I had an absolutely amazing first (full) day in New York! I met up with my dear friend Jasmine from C’est Classique and we hit the shops on 5th avenue to do some major damage! After that, it was tea time at Bergdorf Goodman’s! (more…)