Army green, rich navy, antique white, classic brown, and bronze metal accessories. I have been playing around with these colour tones a lot lately, and it totally gives a playful spin on the great vintage military look – without actually going camo. This look is all about texture and colour with smooth leather accents on the blazer collar, the boots, and the satchel paired with a roughed-up vintage bronze watch and wrap bracelet. Even though camouflage is a huge trend, it is often not done very well and can end up looking cheap. I haven’t found just the right camouflage pieces yet, so instead I opt to expand the palette you see mixed in camouflage across my entire outfit instead of on just one piece. This is an excellent winter look that will transition nicely into spring because the colours are neutral and earthy. Best of all, when the fashion world says camouflage is out you still have great basics to wear, leaving no need to clear out a closet full of military pieces. When you wear this new vintage look, there is no need to hide away in the bushes – show off your camo palette with pride and don’t be afraid to mix it up!
Blazer, Shirt & Wrap Bracelet: Club Monaco // Boots & Pants: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: Cambridge Satchel
Preserve your youth. It is one of the most precious things you have to keep your mind open and your spirit free. As you mature, make sure you don’t grow old. Allow yourself to explore your raw emotions, and humanity. Growing as a person both physically and emotionally.
Having only been open for a few weeks, Simons is quickly becoming a high-profile fashion retailer in the Edmonton market. I was invited to attend their pre-opening media preview back in October, and what I saw truly blew me away. I have been back a few times since and have a way better idea of where things are in the store, and what types of things I know I can find in their different sections. It was like being a kid in a candy store touring their 115000 sq. ft. location prior to their opening, and it left me wanting more. I have fallen in love with their more fashion-forward men’s line along with many of their Simons Maison home furnishing accessories. Clothing selection aside, it is the design of the store itself that makes it a pleasure to shop in – and this careful attention to the overall shopping experience is something that has been severely lacking in our other local, large-scale department stores. I was happy to learn that the company is still family-run and you can see the care and attention that comes from that connection that the two founding brothers have with their company. I am so thrilled that Simons has finally opened it’s doors, and I highly recommend that everyone check it out if you have the chance – especially with christmas parties and gift-giving season fast approaching! Happy shopping!
Blazer/Boots: Zara Man // Shirt/Pants: Club Monaco // Scarf: H&M // Bag: Cambridge Satchel
It has officially started snowing here in Canada which means it is time to layer up for the cold. One of my favourite things in fashion is to mix and match texture and subtle pattern. Wearing a chunky knit sweater underneath a knit vest just makes me look and feel warm – which I crave as I leave the house on those cold, dark winter mornings. The textures may be different, but they are working together to create a look that has a lot of depth to it. I mean, why not layer multiple knit pieces? This is the only time of year that you can experiment with a look like this, and if done right old man winter can send you his worst and you’ll make it through to spring with no problems – and you’ll look great while you’re at it!
Knit Sweater: Vintage // Knit Vest: Club Monaco // Scarf: H&M // Denim: Nudie Jeans // Boots: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors
Photographer: Pam Runyon // Editing/Styling: Andrew Eirich
With only a few days left of summer, and a few weeks of school already having passed, I find myself getting more and more excited for the weather to cool down. There is nothing like walking around campus and seeing the leaves changing color while you rush to get the all important Americano (or two) of the day. There’s also nothing like getting back to basics – which I’ve been doing with some great pants, tops, and accessories this year. Layering and combining basics is the age old way of getting a really great outfit that looks effortless and polished – and it’s easy to put together even when you face the rush for an 8am class!
Watch & Bag: Michael Kors // Sweatshirt, Scarf & Pants: H&M // Boots: Zara // Glasses: Prada
Photographer: Jules James // Styling: Andrew Eirich
Another season of Western Canada Fashion Week is heating up, along with the weather! Before all of the shows get underway I thought it would be a good time to post my review from the incredible group of designers that took to the runway on closing night of the WCFW Fall 2011 season. (more…)