Sunday, 19 July 2015

ONE HUNDRED & TWENTY/ mixed patterns

I don't know what to say for this post other than I really liked this outfit. It was definitely the wrong day to wear it, though. It was probably the hottest (aka most humid) day of the year so far. Seriously, I was dying. At least I looked cute though, right?

I decided to throw a stripe t-shirt on over a little black dress because I'm a sucker for layers and I paired it with my new bold floral handbag from Milly. You guys know me, I'm not one to mix patterns, but I view stripes as a neutral so I didn't think twice about rocking a daring handbag.

SHOES/ Keds BAG/ Milly WATCH/ Michael Kors NECKLACE/ H&M
LIPSTICK/ Chanel Rouge Allure '97' Incandescente

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

ONE HUNDRED & NINETEEN/ yeezy taught me

You're not perfect but you're not your mistakes.
- Only One by Kanye West

I remember the day that I fell in love with Kanye West. I was watching MuchMusic in my basement and the video for 'Through The Wire' came on; it was love at first sight. So when I heard that Mr. West was coming to my hometown for our annual music festival, Bluesfest, I did not hesitate to get tickets. I literally bought mine the second they were released and I had been waiting months for the big day to arrive.

And he did not disappoint. It still feels like a dream. A lot of people were texting me after the performance asking how it was and my response was always "that wasn't real". I can't believe that I saw him in the flesh, it was really a dream come true.

Aurelia joined me in seeing Kanye. We had a lovely afternoon spent shopping and eating (aka the usual) and we headed to the festival a bit early to nab a spot. The festival was crowded and the it was refreshing to see so many fans out after all of the drama some of the residence of my city inflicted when hearing that he was coming. It was a fantastic day from start to finish and I'm happy that my partner in crime was by my side throughout it.

~Festival style~ has become such a huge thing in recent years. I'm all about looking good and feeling great in an outfit but my opinion on the topic is that your outfit should be verstaile and comfortable when going to any outdoor concert. For me that means sneakers, lightweight pieces, sunglasses and a small-ish handbag that I can rock crossbody. It was brutally hot that day so I opted to wear a tank top plus one of my trusty denim vests. I don't know why I chose to wear black jeans but I managed to suffer through it. I've worn this Rebecca Minkoff handbag that I scored in a recent Nordstrom sale exactly twice now and both times have been to music festivals. The Mini MAC is such a great size, it fits everything you really need in it and can be worn either crossbody or as a shoulder bag which is pretty important in my eyes.

VEST/ Old Navy TANK/ Willi Smith JEANS/ Forever 21+ (DIY distressed)
SHOES/ Keds BAG/ Rebecca Minkoff SUNGLASSES/ Karen Walker
My tuna salad from Bazille in Nordstrom | YEEZUS

Outfit photos by Aurelia Cerquozzi
If anyone's interested my favourite songs live were: Flashing Lights, Can't Tell Me Nothing, All Falls Down, Jesus Walks and Only One

Monday, 6 July 2015

ONE HUNDRED & EIGHTEEN/ summer essentials

There are a handful of pieces that I can't live without in the summer. The first thing that I want to mention is a simple cotton dress - it's definitely an understated look but there's little to no thinking involved when deciding to throw one on and you almost always look put together. It also receives major bonus points for being the most comfortable thing to wear and for having a breathable material. The one that I'm wearing in this post is a spaghetti strap number from Forever 21+. I also have it in black and I get a lot of wear out of the two of them.

The second thing I want to talk about are leggings. This might seem a bit controversial because they trap in heat and they don't let your legs air out but I can't live without them during the summertime. Chaffing is not a joke - it is super painful and it's something I've dealt with my entire life. I've tried many different ways to combat this issue, from shorts to creams to everything in between but leggings are the only fool proof option in my eyes. The ones that I've been living in this summer are from ASOS Curve. They're a take on the infamous American Apparel nylon-tricot leggings but they're available up to a size US24.

The last thing I want to talk about are sunglasses. I like mine to be big and to have blackout lenses. With humidity comes bleeding mascara and smudged eyeliner and no one can tell the difference if you're rocking a pair of killer shades. I was fortunate enough to have Go Wood Sunglasses send me the pair pictured below to share with you guys. They're made from wood and they're super lightweight and chic. I wore them around all day today and I got a lot of questions and compliments because of them. You guys know me and I would never mention to you anything that I didn't fully love or support but I'm a huge fan of these sunglasses. They were even sent to me in an adorable wooden box with their logo engraved on it. I highly recommend checking them out.

I also love throwing on a lightweight layer over top my ensembles to add a bit of dimension and interest to the look. I'm a sucker for layers, no matter how hot it is outside.

I wore this look to work today. I'm fortunate enough to work in an air-conditioned building but I had to endure the humidity during my walks to and from the bus today. This is going to sound incredibly cheesy but wearing clothing and accessories that you love and trust to do their job makes bearing this season a lot easier. I think it's important to find pieces, or styles, that you truly adore.

SWEATER/ Forever 21+ DRESS/ Forever 21+
SUNGLASSES/ c/o Go Wood Sunglasses 'Montreal Red Skateboard Wooden Sunglasses'
HANDBAG/ 3.1 Phillip Lim 'Pashli'

Photos by Kaitlyn Brady / Thank you to Go Wood Sunglasses for reaching out to me and for sending me these awesome wood sunglasses. Expect to see them fairly often in outfit posts this summer!

Saturday, 13 June 2015


Confession: I am twenty-three years old and I have never learned how to ride a bicycle. A lot of people are shocked when they find that out but I really don't think it's a big deal. I'm all kinds of clumsy and I just envision myself flying head first into a dumpster or something. That's not to say that I'm not a fan of bikes - they're interesting, the culture that is associated with them is remarkable and in all honesty they're just really aesthetically pleasing to me.

I'm starting to feel like a bit of a bike poser, or at least that's how I felt last weekend. Laura, her twin sister and I went to Velo Vogue's annual bike fashion show and we had a really good time. The decor was absolutely phenomenal; the place was decked out in multicoloured bike tires, there were models everywhere! The show itself was put on by an amazing local blog in support of Rite Bike Ottawa. I can't even imagine the kind of time and hard work that it took to pull off an even like that. I really admire them for it, they truly did a phenomenal job! Although I don't ride bikes myself, I didn't feel too out of place because the fashion (both on and off the runway) was fantastic.

I decided to go for a bit of a sporty look myself with just a basic cotton dress and my New Balance sneakers. I still can't get over how well these shoes compliment my Kate Spade handbag, I feel as though they were made for each other. I threw on my Eileen Fisher coated denim jacket just for some extra layers and I made my lips pop with NYX's matte 'Neon Pink' lipstick.

JACKET/ Eileen Fisher DRESS/ Forever 21+ HANDBAG/ Kate Spade 
SHOES/ New Balance WATCH/ Michael Kors

Outfit photos by Laura Kidd

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

ONE HUNDRED & SIXTEEN/ old world underground

The Diefenbunker is a four-story, 300 room, 100,000 square foot underground bunker, and was meant to house 535 Canadian government officials and military officers in the event of a nuclear war. Shrouded in mystery, the Diefenbunker, nicknamed after then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, was designed and built in secrecy during the crest of Cold War fear, between 1959 and 1961. The name of the facility was given by a Toronto Star journalist who exposed a story of its development. - The Difenbunker's Official Website

The Diefenbunker is unlike anywhere I've ever been before, or anything I've ever seen. It is literally a bunker that is hidden so far underground that it is built to withstand a nuclear blast. The place is enormous and it is equipped with everything imaginable. There are medical rooms, surgical rooms, dental rooms, board rooms, decontamination showers, rooms dedicated to radio broadcasting, a bank vault, and so much more.

The bunker is absolutely phenomenal and if you live in Ottawa, or have a chance to visit here, I highly recommend going to see it for yourself. They did a fantastic job of preserving everything; it truly feels as though you walked through a time machine and ended up back in the '60s. It has a bit of a creepy vibe to it, which I absolutely adore, and with a good chunk of the rooms being dedicated to a traditional museum type experience - it is very educational. I went with Aurelia and we both enjoyed the bunker immensely. We just sort of wandered around and took in all of the sites and readings for ourselves but there was so much to look at and do, it was a bit overwhelming. I'm already planning my next trip back and I'm hoping to go on a guided tour for the next time around.

If you're familiar with The Hunger Games trilogy - it is a bit reminiscent of District 13. Or at least that's what was on my mind the entire time I was down there.

I wore super comfortable clothes to go out and explore the bunker and I'm happy that I did. There was a lot of walking and a few stairs. Being as underground as it is, it was downright cold so I'm happy that I brought my trusty denim jacket with me.

SHOES/ Converse HANDBAG/ Balenciaga NECKLACE/ H&M 
WATCH/ Michael Kors

Outfit photos by Aurelia Cerquozzi / Bunker photos by me
This post is not sponsored. All thoughts are my own.