Friday, April 18

SPRING, STRIPES & CHUCKS





United Colors of Benetton leather (similar) | Joe Fresh stripes on stripes | Vince jeans (similar
fresh white chucks | necklace c/o PFGNA

There's nothing better than having spring sprung(ish). Sweaters get tucked away, winter coats and scarves are forgotten and heavy snow boots are swapped out for rain boots, rad ankle boots or my personal favourite, chucks! Aside from the sartorial advantages spring brings I always look forward reintroducing walking as my main mode of transportation. It's inexpensive, reliable and being outside just makes me plain happy.. even if my ankles do get a little cold.

Happy Easter! and Happy Passover !!
whichever you celebrate, enjoy the long weekend!

Monday, April 14

GUIDE :: OFFICE WARDROBE BASICS, JACKETS

Indoors, outdoors, it's always nice to have a jacket. In the office, a blazer provides warmth and sharp resolve. Outside, a trench coat keeps things professional when you've got to pop out for a meeting or lunch. 


BLAZERS :: 

A blazer is the sriracha of the office wardrobe; it's not always necessary but it is most definitely, always a good addition. Much like with the condiment, I go through phases of relying on blazers far too much and bouts of forgetting they exist. Whatever the phase, there is no better piece to pull together an already professional look or dress up one on the edge of business casual. Plus, blazers always offer the added warmth I so desperately need on an ongoing basis. Once you've got a killer, classic black blazer branch out!

essential :: H&M, other option here & here | invest :: J.Crew, other option here | indulge :: Helmut Lang, other option here
{fun} essential :: Romwe, other option here | invest :: DVF, other option here | indulge :: Rag & Bone, other option here

OUTERWEAR :: 

I have rarely felt more awkward than when I have to layer a killer ski jacket, over my chic office-wear to attend a lunch meeting. There's just something about it that makes me feel like a kid playing at being a grownup. Honestly, having a nice trench coat (or pea coat in the winter) to toss on when heading out with coworkers or to a client meeting makes a difference in my confidence which has an effect on how I approach the day. Good thing trench coats are just so darn stylish.

essential :: Mango, other option hereinvest :: Banana Republicindulge :: Burberry, other option here

Tuesday, April 8

RAIN PREPAREDNESS

Pink Martini sweater [similar] | Talula oxford shirt [similar] | faux leather pants [similar] | DV booties [similar]
Longchamps bag | necklace c/o Pearls for Girls | American Apparel umbrella
Nothing beats the threat of a light misting than a beyond sweet umbrella. Especially when said umbrella is a strapping young duck eagerly waiting to provide shelter. Jack found me this little fella while we were in Boston a couple weekends ago and I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised or happier! Being from the east coast I have extensive experience with endless grey days, mistings, light rain, heavy rain, rain warnings and full on hurricanes and I've gotta tell ya, investing in darling rain gear is the first step to "enjoying" the weather.

Luckily, we didn't deal with much more than a light rain as we explored the various campuses and ate our way through Cambridge. Based on this week's weather forecast I'm guessing you'll be seeing a lot more of Monsieur Duckworth on here (of course I named him! wouldn't you?)

 

Saturday, April 5

DREAM TEAM :: BEAUTY EDITION


// MAKE UP FOR EVER HD PRESSED POWDER //
You may remember that the Make Up For Ever HD microfinish powder made my beauty routine favourites list for GLAM. Well, MUFE went a step further and made one of my favourite products even better. This amazing finishing powder now comes in a pressed form, works just as fantastically and has solidified it's place in my purse mini touch-up kit for unexpected post-work events. If you're looking for a new powder, definitely check this guy out.

// ESSIE NAIL POLISH :: SAND TROPEZ & IT'S IN THE BAG //
I've been loving the neutrals lately. So much so that my Tibi nail art DIY was very subtle, bordering on un-noticeable (just how I like it!). Not sure whether it's the drawn out winter or their ability to transition nicely outfit to outfit but neutral nails have become my obsession. 

// MAKE UP FOR EVER HD CREAM BLUSH :: 215 //
three words - UH-MAH-ZING. Seriously. I have dabbled in cream blush before but always returned to my baked favourites as the others didn't seem to have the staying power. This here is a game changer. It has not only replaced my precious MAC Powder Blush during my morning routine but gets brought along in my on-the-go touch up kit. Sure, I'm never entirely aware of where I put it last but so what, it's a small price to pay to have it (almost) always at my finger tips.

// SMASHBOX EYE SHADOW //
Just lovely. This was a gift from my wonderful sister-in-law, Ruby who totally gets that neutral colours and a little shimmer go a long way. Of the six shadows I have a clear favourite - can you guess which one?

// BENEFIT GIMME BROW //
I never gave much thought to my brows beyond a monthly brow shaping until this year and then BAM! I'm obsessed. I finally stopped by the Benefit Beauty shop while in Boston and treated myself to a brow wax and some knowledge - those ladies sure know their brows. My only wish for the gimme brow is that they had one shade lighter available.



**all views expressed are my own. I did receive the two Make Up For Ever products for free to review 
but was truly impressed and most definitely am now addicted to both!

Monday, March 31

MAKE NEW

Club Monaco blazer [similar] | James Perse tee | Vince jeans | Franco Sarto pumps | necklace c/o Pearls for Girls NA

It's a funny thing investing in key pieces - they too one day meet their fate. I bought this blazer about 4 years ago. It was one of my first big purchases and an immediate favourite. Unlike all those unflattering box-y blazers I had come to rely on, it fit like a glove. I'm not sure whether it was the boyfriend fit, or the Club Monaco style in general but dressing for the office finally made sense. I was no longer playing dress-up in my office wardrobe. This blazer had bridged the gap.

So. When I discovered HOLES in the elbows of my beloved blazer it's needless to say I was distraught. I had invested in this piece, it wasn't supposed to fade! I didn't even know I had boney elbows (lie) and that my elbows were grinding into my desk daily (lie) and that it could lead to holes in my darling blazer (truth). I was not ready to say good-bye so I popped out to my neighbourhood fabric store, grabbed some leather and fastened myself some leather patches. easy peasy and my blazer is back in business in time for spring... it's spring now, right?