Sunday, September 29, 2013

Starts with Fall Basics...

Hello! Fall officially arrived last week and this mild weekend was perfect for bringing out my Fall basics.

A casual draped sweater, skinny jeans classic, statement scarf and classic black bag
are all seasonless pieces that will easily take you from early Fall days to cooler winter months by adding a few layers.

To add some pop to an otherwise neutral ensemble, I added a pair of lovely calf-hair ankle strap heels in an Autumn-appropriate berry hue.

Next on my Fall shopping list? A versatile camel pea coat (I'm eyeing this one here). What are your Fall basics?

Top: Smart Set
Bottom: Paige
Scarf: Alexander McQueen
Bag: Chanel 
Sheos: Sam Edelman "Okala" heels (available here)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fashion News: Joe Fresh confirms online shopping coming soon!

It's true! Joe Fresh confirmed today via Twitter (#FreshOnlineShop) that an shop will be opening soon and ship everywhere in Canada. 

Until then, it's time to start building the wishlist. For starters, this laser cut top would be perfect with a pair of casual skinnies for the Fall.

These affordable leather ankle strap ballet flats complete the pairing. What are you looking forward to?

Image source: Joe Fresh

Monday, September 23, 2013

Starts with Inspiration: Classic Black Totes

A black tote is the quintessential staple on any Fall must-have list. A classic bag in always-chic black is worth the luxe price tag as it will inevitably always find a place in your ensemble.

Despite the fact that my own wardrobe already contains two classic black bags, I still find myself undeniably drawn to timeless black pieces season after season. Note however, that despite the classic hue, each bag below has distinctive hardware that serves not only for function but iconic detailing as well. 

After all, there’s no such thing as too much black, right?

Classic black totes for Fall

Clockwise from top: Saint Laurent "Chyc" Tote; 3.1 Phillip Lim large "Pashli" satchel; Prada Saffiano leather tote; Balenciaga "Le Dix Cartable" Black; Balenciaga Classic "City"

Image source: Polyvore 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Starts with Inspiration: Emmy Awards 2013

Emmys night! What a perfect way to help me forget the inevitable chill that accompanied the first day of Fall - the dresses were hot, hot, hot! In typical fashion, it was hard to narrow down the list to only a few favourites, as such, here are all the dresses that wowed me tonight.

Julie Bowen in Zac Posen. This perfectly accentuates Julie's petite frame and the ruffled mermaid skirt  is dramatic but not overwhelming. If I were to be getting married this year - this would surely be a silhouette at the top of my dress list.

Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang. Red. Hot. Need I say more?

Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren. This simple shape is instantly elevated by the stand out cobalt blue, this colour has always been and still remains one of my favourites.

Cobie Smulders in J.Mendel. This is yet another wedding dress contender. A simple sheath with a dramatic train - this is a dress that works perfectly when you want to make a statement leaving the room (or walking down the aisle/red carpet).

Emily Deschanel in Houghton. Although an unconventional shape, the textured dove grey of this dress really called out to me and truly makes Emily's eyes pop.

Laura Dern in Naeem Khan. This coral confection is stunning on Laura, I especially love the lace detailing and the illusion neckline. I also appreciate that she chose to go accessory-less to really let the exquisite pattern shine through. 

Linda Cardellini in Donna Karan Atelier. This mauve masterpiece reminds me of an intricate origami flower. The folds on the fabric perfectly swirl around her and work perfectly with her simple side-swept hair and minimal jewels. 

Malin Akerman in Marchesa. The texture on this gown was what really wowed me. Again, another list to add to any bride's wishlist. The classic shape is made edgier by the dove grey, and of course the aforementioned texturing and pattern.

Maria Menounos in Zac Posen. It's amazing how a simple dress in a classic blue is instantaneously elevated by a stand-out necklace and feminine side-swept do. This dress fits Maria like a glove, and I can imagine many a head turning when she walked down that carpet in this.

Padma Lakshmi in KaufmanFranco. The very simple sheath with hint of skin detailing is perfectly accentuated by a statement gold cuff. This is the true epitome of effortless elegance. 

Finally, Sarah Hyland in CH by Carolina Herrera. The lace overlay on emerald green is a stand-out choice for the red carpet and the young Ms. Hyland. This dress is altogether chic, classic and age appropriate at the same time. I'm especially admiring the lace neckline, no statement necklace needed here.

What were your faves of the night?

Image source: All photos from

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fashion News: It's true! J.Crew x Sophia Webster collaboration coming our way!

Yesterday morning, with this simple sketch on her Twitter feed, Sophia Webster officially announced her collaboration with J.Crew on a capsule collection, which debuted at NYFW in J.Crew's Spring Summer 2014 show. 

As a long-time admirer who's yet to pull the trigger on a pair of Webster's fiercely fab, feminine and whimsical creations, this announcement could not make my heart soar any higher. Readers of this blog will know I'm a devoted J.Crew fan, so this quite literally is a match made in shoe heaven. It's also possibly perfect proof that some things are worth the wait.

The collection will be available in select stores and online in 2014. 

Until then, check out Sophia Webster's Instagram (@SophiaWebster_) for runway pics.

Info source: InStyle

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Wishlist: Sam Edelman Okala pumps

Days after Labour Day are always filled with visions of Fall fashions. Despite holding onto the last lingering days of summer, I can't help but think of rich colours, luxurious textures, and silhouettes that just don't look right on a beach or sunny sidewalk.

First on my Fall wishlist is Sam Edelman's "Okala" pump in British Burgandy. I'm already picturing this with cuffed jeans and a cosy boyfriend cashmere sweater on the weekend or a sleek shift dress for work. The calf hair plus leather combo just makes this that much sweeter. 

Get your pair here.