Friday, August 31, 2012

Wishlist: Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Stacking Rings

Pure. Perfection.
I've been searching for a statement ring, and this stacking ring set by Bottega Veneta is just plain bliss. Sterling silver in Bottega Veneta's signature intrecciato weave, this set can be worn separately for a more delicate look or together for the ultimate conversation starter. Add to this the fact that the rings are different widths, and what does this mean? Tons and tons of possible combinations! How's that for an all-in-one investment?

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Stacking Rings
(Image source and available from: Net-a-Porter)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Starts with black cropped pants...

It's official. I'm obsessed with cropped pants. Come Fall, I don't know how I can go back to my wider-legged dress pants. I love how cropped pants look so effortlessly chic while providing a great way to show off my shoes. 

Cropped pants, Fall Fashion

It's a bit tricky for a slightly shorter person like me. I have to be careful that the pants aren't too long (otherwise it adds bulk to the legs) and careful that it's not too short (otherwise it looks like I'm wearing capri pants). My preference is just above the ankle.

Cropped pants, Fall Fashion


Here, I've paired my pants with a feminine checked top and a long statement necklace to elongate the torso.  

We're coming into the long weekend, and I'm looking forward to spending some time outside - how are you spending the last days of summer?

Cropped pants, Fall Fashion

Pants: Gap
Top: T.Babaton (from Aritzia) blouse, Banana Republic sweater
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Jewellery: Banana Republic long necklace (old); Tiffany & Co, Tag Heuer)
Sunglasses: D&G
Purse: Botkier (last seen here and here)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Starts with Inspiration: Smoking Slippers

I'm loving the new smoking slippers being shown for Fall. They are, to me, the  older sister to the ballet flats (which I still love!). But make no mistake, though more mature, a wall-flower this shoe is not. The endless varieties of embellishment and textures for this Fall's smoking slippers will leave you, shall we say, burning with desire? 

Here are my current top three favourite styles:

First is the B Brian Atwood Metallic Leopard-Print smoking slipper. The embellished suede backstay is what stands out to me here. It's the perfect unexpected complement to an already pretty stand-out pattern. I'm loving the subtle leopard print, while the metallic fabric provides a great "pop".

B Brian Atwood Metallic Leopard-Print smoking slipper

Second is the Prada Glitter Logo smoking slipper. A less in-your-face look, but eye-catching nonetheless. I'm loving the light gold and small glitter flecks (I'm not a fan of chunky glitter). I'm imaging these with cropped black skinny pants topped with a polka-dot silk blouse like this one.

Prada Glitter Logo smoking slipper

Last but not least is the Valentino Caviar-Crystal Lace smoking slipper. There's really nothing like Valentino's iconic lace pattern. I think the lace is a nice complement to the sometimes more masculine-looking shoe, and provides an unexpected texture to the leather base of the shoe.

Valentino Caviar-Crystal Lace smoking slipper

So what are your thoughts? Will you be giving your ballet flats a rest this Fall and give smoking slippers a try?

(Image credits for post: Neiman Marcus)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Wishlist: Jacob's 35th Anniversary Collection

To be honest, I haven't shopped at Jacob for a few years now. However, with the launch of their 35th Anniversary collection this Fall, I may be whistling a different tune. According to Flare, the designs are a homage to the 1960's - the era of Andy Warhol and Twiggy. 

I'm especially drawn to the ivory sweater with lace sleeve detailing and the chic half-lace tee, perfect for the office-to-drinks transition.

Though it may be too early to start celebrating this milestone birthday, it's not too early to start planning my wish list, right?

Jacob's 35th Anniversary Collection 1 Jacob's 35th Anniversary Collection 2
Jacob's 35th Anniversary Collection 3 Jacob's 35th Anniversary Collection 4
Jacob's 35th Anniversary Collection 5

(Image credit: Flare)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Starts with a tuxedo shirt...

Happy Friday! This tuxedo shirt has traditionally been associated with masculine dressing. But when it's silky, and flows, and has wonderfully detailed cuffs, and is paired with slim pants and a feminine crocodile peep-toe, there's no mistaking who's a true lady...



Hope you're having fun, wherever your weekend plans take you...

Top: Alice+Olivia (also loving this version here and here)
Bottom: J.Crew (available here)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewellery: Hermes, Michael Kors, J.Crew, Tiffany & Co

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wishlist: Denim Jacket

The search for the perfect denim jacket for me has been akin to Goldilocks looking for that perfect chair - there are so many things to consider. Not too dark, not too light, not too distressed/washed out, not too cropped, and not too expensive (it is a denim jacket afterall). 

Here are a few that have called out to me. While the Proenza Schouler one is lovely (I've left it here for reference), I think that one of the other three are more likely to make it into my closet.

Any ideas of where to look next? And how about you? Will you be sporting a denim jacket to "autumn-ize" your summer favorites?

Denim jacket love

Clockwise from top left:
Old Navy, Proenza Schouler (available here), Madewell (currently sold out), Mango

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wishlist: Rose Tones

Just discovered Polyvore, and boy, is this fun!

I'm loving uber-feminine rose tones for late summer. I'm specially featuring my dream Valentino shoes in my first set here, the perfect amount of edginess to balance girlie peplum.

Rose tones
Top: H&M
Pants: 3.1 Phillip Lim
Shoes: Valentino
Clutch: Lanvin (available here)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Starts with "I do"...

One year ago today...

A pair of very special cufflinks were worn.

A pair of very special shoes walked down an aisle...

Wedding shoes, Louboutin, Jenny

and along with a white dress...

Wedding dress, Jenny Lee, Sunnyside Pavilion

danced a very special first dance...

Wedding dress, wedding, Jenny Lee, first dance

Happy Anniversary to my hubby! He's truly one of the most amazing people in my life, and has been so supportive of my new blog.

wedding entertainment, wedding decor

Happy Monday!

Romona Keveza

Dresses: Jenny Lee (long dress); Romona Keveza (short dress)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Fascinator: custom-designed

All photos by Catherine Farquharson

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Starts with skulls and lace...

Happy Sunday! It was such a beautiful weekend here, and it's an especially special weekend because it's both my hubby's birthday and our one-year wedding anniversary!

Alexander McQueen skull scarf

Elizabeth and James, Louis Vuitton Neverfull

For dinner earlier last week, I decided to branch out and reach for my skull scarf. This was an impulse purchase from Las Vegas a last year and really is more of the "edgier" pieces in my wardrobe. I'm loving how it contrasts with the lace top, and matches perfectly with the ruffled heels.  If it wasn't so delicate, I think this scarf would be worn much more often. For now, it's relegated to simple outfits to avoid snags and pulls in the silk.

Alexander McQueen skull scarf

We came upon these adorable lanterns set up at the Shoppes at Don Mills. For those who've been to The Grove in Los Angeles - the mall reminds me a bit of that. We don't get many months of warm weather there, so any chance to mix fresh air and shopping - I'm in!

Hope you're spending the weekend relaxing and enjoying time with loved ones!

Alexander McQueen skull scarf, Louis Vuitton Neverful, Elizabeth and James

Top: Aritzia 
Bottom: J Brand
Shoes: Elizabeth and James (old)
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Sunglasses: D&G
Jewellery: Hermes, Tag Heuer 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Starts with Inspiration: Red Handbags

 I really can't get enough of fire engine-hued bags right now. Here are my top 3 favourite red handbags of the moment.


My newest obsession is the Fendi 2Jours. You can't miss all the celebs who are carrying this right now, and the lucky ones even have the tag monogrammed! What I love most is its simplicity and subtle logo. No big monograms here! And the smooth leather? Delicious!

Fendi 2Jours


The leather on the Yves St. Laurent Cabas Chyc Tote looks so supple and durable. I'm loving the "Y" flap and the zipped closure - you can't deny practicality! This is such a great balance between weekend and work. A definite workhorse for sure. 
Yves St. Laurent Cabas Chyc, YSL Cabas Chyc

I've always stood firmly by the fact that no one makes a red quite as exquisite as Prada. The Saffiano Lux Tote has been on my list for quite some time and this red is truly what makes me love Prada so much. The Saffiano leather is also super durable, perfect for our cold and wet Toronto winters.

Prada Saffiano Lux Tote

Happy Wednesday! Hope it's lovely wherever you are!

(Image credits from top: Saks Fifth AveNet-a-PorterBergdorf Goodman)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wishlist: Reed Krakoff Gym Bag I

Reed Krakoff Gym Bag I

It's almost the end of summer (say it ain't so!) but there's nothing like a nice bright fuchsia bag to keep memories of summer days alive! 

(Image credit: Reed Krakoff)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Starts with a black lace skirt...

Happy Monday! There's nothing like a mid-week soiree to really get the week going.This is what I wore for a friend's event last week at the Thompson Hotel celebrating the anniversary of her blog.

Black lace shirt, J.Crew Blythe, Joe Fresh, Botkier

The relatively neutral palette allowed me to bring out the purple shoulder bag (worn as a clutch with the straps tucked inside) again.

Black lace shirt, J.Crew Blythe, Joe Fresh, Botkier

I have to say, being at my friend's event really inspired me to continue with my blogging. Though I'd still consider myself a novice, I've had so much fun learning about blogging and have even surprised myself with my "techy" skills! Her success truly exemplifies the results of hard work and dedication, always something to remember. 

Hope your week has gotten off to a great start!

Black lace shirt, J.Crew Blythe, Joe Fresh, Botkier

Top: J.Crew
Jewellery: All Things Tinsel necklace (on Etsy, last seen here), Hermes bracelet, Michael Kors watch
Bottom: Joe Fresh (also loving this pencil version)
Purse: Botkier (shoulder bag used as clutch, last seen here)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Starts with a maxi skirt...

Happy day-before-the-weekend!
This was my homage to boho chic. The long jersey skirt was perfect for a muggy summer day!

These sandals were a purchase from last summer. The thick straps and chunkier heel helped anchor the otherwise flowy look.

I wore this necklace earlier this year for a New Year's Eve party - I decided to pull it out of hiding, because it's just too pretty to keep hidden! (I can never say no to a statement necklace!)

Hope you're having a lovely Friday, and planning something fun for the weekend!

Jewellery: Etsy necklace (from All Things Tinsel), Michael Kors watch
Top: Zara blouse (similar here), TNA tank
Bottom: Old Navy (on sale!)
Sunglasses: D&G
Shoes: Zara (old)