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!
Sweater: Minimum // Pants & Boots: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors
With New Years Eve just around the corner, the hectic holiday season is coming to a close once again. Amidst the noise and the parties there are moments in the snow where all of the static noise of the city seems to go away. As the sun sets, the glow of the snow seems to soundproof the world and slows us down if only for a moment. Take an opportunity to be with your thoughts and reflect on the past year. Imagine your goals for the year to come, and in this moment listen only to your thoughts. This final freeze frame of the year is a time to reminisce and recount your experiences, lessons, and successes.
I am all about mixing textures, lengths, and contrasting structured pieces with laid back elements for the perfect balance. For this look, it was all about a coastal inspiration of relaxed luxe, but applied to a winter outfit with a cashmere turtleneck and camel waistcoat. Layering is a winter essential, especially when you layer your warmest wool garments. The combination of the wool waistcoat and cashmere turtleneck is the perfect city outfit, moving between indoors and out, and keeping moving.
The ripped jeans were a staple factor in achieving the perfectly undone element in this look. I love wearing a great distressed, faded pair of jeans in winter as an unexpected contrast to the usual deep blues and rich tones we often gravitate towards. It is a simple way of elevating your look, and switching it up, all while giving your favourite pair of summer denim a little bit of love and attention. Light ivory, camel, suede, and gold accessories with a washed blue denim works regardless of the season, and this winter take on a classic combination is a great go to.
Thank you for the ongoing readership, love, and support! I am wishing you all the best for a prosperous and exciting New Year in 2016!
Waistcoat & Jeans: Zara // Cashmere Turtleneck: Simons // Suede Boots: Aldo // Accessories: Michael Kors
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.
Alpaca Sweater & Watch: Harlow // Shirt & Chelsea Boots: H&M // Pants: Zara
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!
Cardigan: Club Monaco // Tee: Oak + Fort // Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch (Thanks Scot) // Boots: Zara // Watch: Daniel Wellington // Knot Bangle: Noul
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!
Sweater: Club Monaco // Denim & Moccasins: Zara // Sunglasses: Cutler and Gross // Watch: Michael Kors // Accessories: Noul & Harlow High Street
I have been so busy with final exams and portfolios this month, and I have missed my blog so much! Although the city isn’t quite as warm as it could be for this time of year, we are all making due with any chance we may have to dress lighter. I have one more exam this week, and then it looks as though the weather may take a turn for the better by the time my summer vacation really begins.
For this outfit I just chose to wear my super relaxed, faded Nudie Jeans paired with an oversized H&M shirt. I kept the accessories bronzed and worn looking, and stuck to a gold aviator for something relaxed and simple. I think that this overall look will be my go-to for the upcoming summer season. It is so relaxed and easy, and there is nothing better than a light, oversized t-shirt when the weather hits the 30 degree range!
I hope everyone has had a great month of April, and good luck on all of your exams!
Jeans: Nudie Jeans // Sunglasses, T-Shirt & Sunglasses: H&M // Accessories: Club Monaco, Michael Kors, OAK + FORT
Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photography: Scot Allan
Take a listen to some of my new favourite music for sunny days:
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
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