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Cabin Fever.

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

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Denim & Red Wine.

I am in love with this Italian wool sweater from Club Monaco – and I have multiple colours to prove it! I like layering a really soft piece like this warm, red sweater with a harder, more distressed piece. For the distressed element I wore a light wash denim shirt underneath that has just the right vintage look. Finishing everything up with dark denim and a great moccasin boot makes this look perfect for a day of classes. Best of all, wearing a layered look is the best way to stay warm when you’re inside and you’ve shed your heavier coats and sweaters. A great sweater, made of quality wool, also makes for an excellent investment piece. You’ll have it for years to come, and the look and feel of the material, as well as the fit, will always make you feel like a million dollars!

Sweater: Club Monaco // Denim Shirt & Boots: Zara // Jeans: H&M // Watch: Club Monaco 

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Adaire Beatty

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Schoolhouse Rock.

I had a really fun time playing around in the photo studio at school the other day while snapping these photos with a classmate of mine. There are so many cool, vintage things that have accumulated in the cabinets over the years to use for various photo projects – and I was starting to think of fun ways of using them in the future! This outfit was really just about being casual, comfortable, and effortless – and really, with 8am class it needs to be! One of my all time favourite colour combinations, that I think is a total classic, is navy, white, and brown. It is a really easy colour palette to wear and put together in the morning. That, in combination with a really cozy cardigan and soft v-neck helps make the early morning design-school woes slip away. I also just bought the pants a few weeks ago from Zara, and I am totally in love with the contrast fabric on the knee! It totally gives the pants a nod to their cargo pant cousins, without being quite so bulky and overbearing. A little bit of utilitarian chic is always welcome in my wardrobe, and I think it makes for a great balance to some of the softer pieces I own! Happy hump day everyone!

Cardigan: Club Monaco // Pants, Shirt & Boots: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors

Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Adaire Beatty

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New Vintage.

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

 

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Snow Day.

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

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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…)