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
First of all, I know that my blog has been largely unpopulated with content for many months, but I have sincerely missed posting and utilizing this blog as my creative outlet. It has been a very busy year with design school, one like I have never experienced before, but a lot of fun managed to be found amidst the stress! Now, against all odds – here I am once again!
Not to be confused with the actual animal, which is not at all suited for a winter climate – I am talking about the colour camel! Really one of the most diverse colours to have in your closet, simply because it looks great all year round and is such a classic.
I live in Canada, and I have not owned a winter coat for years. I know, I know – how do I survive? Well, in the past, I have layered up to try and stay warm mostly because I thought that many/all of the winter coats I was finding either were hideous, puffy Michelin Man puffer coats or simply a nice coat that just didn’t have a great fit.
Winter coats, no matter the breed or quality, are always pricey. I didn’t want something really cheap with a tacky faux fur hood, so I knew that I would be making an investment. Investments of all kinds take careful planning and consideration, and although I knew I wasn’t looking to buy a house, the challenge of finding the right winter coat seemed almost as daunting a task.
Finally, after years of searching I had found my coat. I ordered the coat through my local Club Monaco store, and absolutely love the fit, length, colour – everything! It really has become my staple this winter, and it is a quality coat that didn’t break the bank! It is great for layering which means that I can wear this coat on the coldest-of-cold days as well as those slightly less than brisk winter days when I need fewer layers.
It is really a classic wool coat, iconic of great menswear from the good old days. I think what I like most about the coat is really its simplicity and versatility. I feel like I can dress this coat up or pair it seamlessly with a casual pair of jeans and sweater. That’s really what having a great winter coat is all about – wearing it!
I hope that all is well and warm in your lives! Let’s continue to wish these cold days away and invite spring with open arms!
Coat & Sweater: Club Monaco // Scarf & Jeans: H&M // Shirt: Oak + Fort // Bag: Cambridge Satchel // Shoes: Aldo
June has been off to a great start, despite lots of rain and cool weather in the city. To be honest, I can’t really say that I dislike the rain. I’ve always loved to embrace those days to be productive inside, or just catch up on some sleep. Either way, I think that rain is more refreshing than draining!
Even though the temperature has dropped, I still wanted to wear mostly summer pieces that I layered to stay warm. I have aways loved muted colours and tones, and pieces that have a little bit of a worn look to them – or at least when it comes to one of my casual, summery days! I pulled out my favourite pair of Nudie Jeans and paired them with a Zara t-shirt and mustard yellow shirt from H&M. Simple accessories, and a simple look that makes going out in the rain comfortable. Also, no need for sweatpants when you have a great pair of denim – so leave those at home everyone! ;)
I hope all of you have been enjoying your summer so far, and for those of you stuck in the rain: make the most of it! I am having such an amazing month and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store!
Jeans: Nudie Jeans // Shirt & Espadrilles: H&M // T-Shirt: Zara // Watch: Michael Kors
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:
Today, I am 21 years old. I’ve always loved having an April first birthday, and I am looking forward to celebrating with friends over the next few days (we’re all busy with finals right now). I can’t believe how the years have passed, and now I am legal around the world! Next time I go to New York I will finally get to experience some of the amazing nightlife and sip on some wine at any one of their amazing restaurants. I’m looking forward to an amazing year ahead!
I wore this outfit to the closing night of Western Canada Fashion Week, and what a finale it was. The headliners included Stanley Carroll, Angelique Chmielewski, and Kaadiki who was a newcomer to the Edmonton stage. I’ve already started picking pieces from the collections that I want for myself, including some amazing neon yellow colour block shorts from Kaadiki. Overall, the shows were all really well presented, and this night finally showcased some of our best talent in the city. I was really sad to have missed the LUXX ready to wear show and Nicole Campre from the day before, because those are two other must see shows at fashion week! I may or may not have been one of the most colourful people at the shows that night, but I really just couldn’t help and go all out Spring now that the city has finally been warming up.
I attended the shows with some old blog friends of mine, and met some new ones. Alyssa from The Ordinary Peoples, Janis from Dress Me Dearly, and first time wcfw’er Vincent from Binzento were all front row that night with me. It was a lot of fun to catch up with the bloggers again and interact in our natural habitat. Hopefully we will all get together soon!
Cardigan: H&M // Tank: Top Man // Pants & Mocassins: Zara // Sunglasses: Simons // Watch: Michael Kors
Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photography: Alyssa Lau
I recently attended an amazing street-art opening hosted by a friend and coworker of mine and her boyfriend. They work collaboratively on a lot of the pieces displayed directly on the walls (like the one I am standing in front of), but the canvases shown were all created by my friend’s very talented boyfriend. The event had a great turnout and was hosted in the basement level of the Mercer building on 104st. The art took centre stage, and the brightly-colored, cartoon-inspired canvases have already been selling out to some really excited art fans. My friend Annaliza added some flair to the already cool evening by hosting a fashion show of some outrageous cartoon-inspired looks on female models. Bright hair, colourful makeup, lots of faux fur and retro 90’s clothes. Overall, the event was so much fun and really unlike anything we usually see in Edmonton – I hope we see more events like this from this amazing power couple very soon!
For the event I chose to wear something really fun and urban, or at least as urban as I go when I get dressed up! I wore a studded denim shirt underneath a really psychedelic giraffe/camo print sweater. I paired down the look by wearing dark green pants that complimented the spots on my sweater, and brown leather boots to give just enough fun print. I really loved this look, and I enjoyed blending in with the colourful walls that were filled with art!
Happy Friday everyone and if you are in Edmonton, like me, stay warm and drive carefully through this crazy snow!
Studded Shirt: TOP MAN // Sweater: H&M // Pants & Boots: Zara
I have been so busy this week that I meant I had to miss a post earlier in the week, but I suppose I should be expecting that as university finals draw nearer. What a week it has been though, lots of really fun projects I am so thrilled to be working on, and as stressful as school may get, I really do love my design classes!
Everything was starting to get warmer in the city and really clear up for a nice Spring boost. Sadly, as quickly as the sun, warmth, and melting showed up… It left. We have had so much snow in the last 20 odd hours I am beginning to forget what the roads looked like, and it was so nice to see the pavement again after months of winter darkness. Also, as much as I love my car, it really is not well suited to these conditions, and as a result will remain parked for the rest of this bad weather. This means I can stay in and catch up on a lot of little things I have to do around the house, for school, and for the blog!
This outfit was just a casual look for school, and I was really loving the combination. I recently attended an event at Simons where they gave me this bag, and I chose the camouflage – which has become my go-to tote for school. It is so on trend, and I really don’t worry about using it like I do some of my pricier leather bags. So, for as long as I have my laptop, textbooks etc to carry with me to school, this bag will be by my side!
I hope everyone is having a great Friday, and as much as we may all be waiting for Spring to come don’t let it get you down – the sun will eventually win! :)
Plaid Shirt: Club Monaco // Henley & Jeans: H&M // Boots: Zara // Bag: Simons
Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Adaire Beatty
March. I have always considered this month to be the start of my New Year as opposed to January because everything starts to come back to life, slowly. The days are longer, the sun is warmer, the snow is melting and yet it remains completely unpredictable. We had an amazing start to the month but this past week has been anything but spring-like.
If the cold is going to stick around, then I will do everything I can to make the most of it. I just bought this amazing jacket (the “Jerome”) from Oak + Fort last week, and I am totally in love with the rich green, structured simplicity, and high collar. Although it is a bit more of a spring coat, I simply layered up underneath with an outerwear vest and oversized scarf to keep me warm. I am so happy that this piece is so transitional because it means I’ll get to enjoy it long into the spring as well! Sadly, the jacket is not available for online purchase as Oak + Fort only sells their men’s apparel in stores at this time.
Jacket: Oak + Fort // Vest, Scarf & Jeans: H&M // Boots: Zara
Styling/Editing: Andrew Eirich // Photographer: Danielle Rousseau
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!