Gingham Style

Gingham is one of my favourite patterns this spring. It feels very country casual and lends a flirtatious vibe to any outfit. It’s girl next door meets farmer chic in the best possible way. It may be a bold print but it is also surprisingly versatile. You can go all out and mix different coloured checks from top to bottom or dip your baby toe in this trend with shoes and accessories. From a picnic by the lake to a board meeting at the office, you can work this trend anytime and anywhere. Scroll on for a few of the million ways that you can go gingham.

1 // The Picnic – Vintage Inspired Blue Check Gingham Sunglasses

2 // Alexandre Birman – Clarita Gingham Canvas Sunglasses

3 // Edie Parker – Jane Gingham Straw Basket Crossbody Bag

4 // J. Crew – Gingham Bow Ponytail Holder

5 // Solid and Striped – The Anne-Marie Gingham One-Piece Swimsuit

6 // PrettyLittleThing – Lorinda Gingham Frill Hem Shorts

7 // Kayu – Gingham Envelope Clutch

8 // Zaful – Gingham Check Cold Shoulder Blouse

9 // Betsey Johnson – Ann Flats




What to Pack For a Caribbean Holiday


I don’t know about you guys, but I am sick to death of winter. I’m over all of it – the snow, the cold, the short, dark days, everything. I am pretty much counting down the days until the first day of spring. That being said, I really shouldn’t complain too much because at the beginning of February I was fortunate enough to be able to go to Montego Bay, Jamaica with my boyfriend. Before this trip, I had never been anywhere tropical or hot. I also had never been anywhere during the winter. Well, let me tell you, from now on I am going somewhere hot every winter that I can afford it. Every single aspect of the trip was amazing – hot white sand, turquoise ocean, balmy breeze and swaying palm trees. It was exactly what I needed and it was especially satisfying to know that I was in 30 + degree (celcius) weather sipping on a Caipirissima (my boyfriend is hooked on this cocktail now) while it was snowing buckets back home in Vancouver. We stayed at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall resort and it’s expensive as hell but breathtakingly stunning. The customer service is also out of this world. The only taxing part of this trip was packing for it. As I had never been anywhere hot before, I basically packed everything summery I owned and hoped for the best. Some of it I wore, some of it I never touched, and there were some items that I wished I had bought specifically for the trip. Since hindsight is 20/20, here are the 12 items that I think are essential when travelling to the Caribbean (or anywhere tropical).

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1 // River Island – White Striped Bandeau Culotte Jumpsuit

When it comes to effortless vacation dressing, it’s hard to beat the jumpsuit. Just step in, zip up, and you’re good to go without having to worry about coordinating an outfit or how to sit decently (#dressproblems). This cute little number manages to combine three trends at once (stripes, culottes, and jumpsuits) while still looking timeless and elegant. The fact that is strapless is another plus as there is nothing that inspires irrational rage and misery more than the feel of a strap digging into a sunburnt shoulder.

2 // Steve Madden – Sara Sandals

I wore these sandals to death. They were especially perfect around dinner time when I wanted something that was a little more formal than my rubber flip flops but not as high maintenance as a pair of high heels. The nude/snake print goes with absolutely everything and is a refreshing change from basic black, brown or tan.

3 // Vince Camuto – Nautical Striped Floppy Sun Hat

I have the type of pale, freckled skin that is absolutely scorched by the sun even when I have slathered myself head to toe in SPF 70 and so a hat is a must. A floppy straw sun hat not only instantly adds some style points to an outfit, but it will protect your head and face from the harsh rays of the Caribbean sun, preventing sunburn and heat stroke. My body may have been lobster red by the end of my trip, but my face was completely burn-free.

4 // LUCLUC – Sky Blue Bandeau Push Up Bikini SetLUCLUC – Sky Blue Bandeau Push Up Bikini Set

If you’re going somewhere hot on vacation a cute swimsuit is (obviously) an essential. Whether you are a one-piece or two-piece kind of gal is your choice, but I would pick something that makes you feel stunning as you are going to be in it for most of your trip. This bikini set from LUCLUC was my go-to. I find this bikini set to be ridiculously flattering. I am not a fan of high-waisted swimsuit bottoms but I love the way these provide just the right amount coverage for my curvier hips and tush. The black piping provides a gorgeous contrast against the sky blue fabric, a colour that, in my opinion, flatters all skin tone. I actually got quite a few compliments on this bad boy and I can’t wait to bring it out more in the summer.

5 // Love Moschino – Mini Skirt

A flowy printed skirt is a tropical vacation must. Why? At some point, you’ll want to wear something at night other than a dress, and there is nothing that feels worse against sunburnt legs than chafing denim cut-offs. This loud, floral print is so bright and cheerful and the high-waist is sexy and flattering. I would wear this skirt with a little crop top or a shoulder-baring blouse.

6 // Barneys New York – Provence Large Tote Bag (on sale!)

I mean, you could stuff all of your beach essentials in a boring canvas bag or backpack but why would you? A straw bag goes with everything, is classically stylish, and is easy to clean – no stained fabric, just dump out the sand that will inevitably find its way into your bag, shoes, swimsuit, and bed. This bag is roomy enough to fit all of your stuff, all of your travel buddy’s stuff, with room to spare. I also love the pop of tropical colour that the tassels add to this otherwise simple tote.

7 // Daily Look – Diane Slip Dress

Real talk: a slip is not just a travel necessity, it’s a life necessity. They are effortlessly sexy and are so easy to just throw on, whether you’re wearing it over your swimsuit or with a boyfriend cardigan and pair of mules. Tuck one in your beach bag so that you can toss it over your swimsuit when you are ready to be civilized – say in a restaurant where your sarong or cut-offs just won’t cut it.

8 // Deepa Gurnani – Riley Crystal Embellished Floral Headband

I have very, very curly hair. When I am in the city I tame it with a straightener, a palm full of mousse, and shine spray. In the humid tropical climate of the Caribbean, however, all bets are off and my hair goes totally wild. My curls are massive and all of my usual styling methods go out the window. I didn’t even bother trying to straighten it because the moment I stepped outside my hair would literally spiral out of control. My headband and hair clips kept my hair looking curly and cute instead of curly and crazy. Even if your hair errs more on the straight side, a cute clip or headband will keep your beachy, sea-sprayed hair looking somewhat polished with minimal effort.

9 // Le Specs – Air Heart Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses

It doesn’t matter where I am going, I always forget to pack a pair of sunglasses and have to buy a pair either at the hotel or the airport. This is a terrible idea because they are always ridiculously expensive. They were absolutely necessary, though. In Jamaica, the sun was blinding and so my sunglasses were on my face from dawn until dusk. Fun fact: sunglasses rarely suit my face (aviators honestly make me look like Jim Morrison) and the only consistent exception to this are cat-eye frames. I just love the old-Hollywood glamour vibe and air of mystery that they add to an outfit. Grab a pair for your next vacation and channel your inner Audrey Hepburn.

10 // Dolce & Gabbana – Distressed Rolled Shorts with Daisy Embroidery

Comfy and casual should never equate to sloppy and boring. These distressed rolled shorts are given a quirky update with sweet little embroidered daisies all down the sides. I also love the longer rolled hem which adds to the effortless, ‘I picked these up off the floor and threw them on, but don’t I look adorable?” look. The perfect pair of shorts to wear while strolling down the beach or on an adventurous excursion.

11 // Only Hearts – Second Skin Bodysuit in Black

Bodysuits are awesome. They can be worn with shorts, skirts, pants, everything, and that kind of versatility is exactly what you need from your clothes when you are on vacation. Squeeze a couple different coloured bodysuits in your suitcase so that you have different options depending on the day or your mood. One bodysuit can easily take you from day to night: toss a pair of worn-in cutoffs over them during the day, and a flirty floral skirt in the evening.

12 // Spoiled Heart – Reverse Maxi Sequin Bust Dress

The punchy coral hue of this dress practically screams ‘I’m vacationing in the tropics’ and it looks amazing against a newly acquired tan. Maxi dresses are just so ideal when you are on vacation. They are comfortable and breezy, but can still transition from casual to formal with a simple shoe and accessory change (flip flops and beach bag to strappy sandals and pretty clutch). And the fact that this one is reversible? You’re just winning all around.

What are your must-pack tropical vacation essentials? Let me know in the comments!



Embroidered Elegance


Now, I don’t need to tell any of you that fashion is having a little love affair with the 70s right now – all you need to do is walk into any store (especially Forever 21) and it’s like walking onto the set of That 70’s Show. High-waisted flared pants, cropped blouses and peasant tops are everywhere, all in a nostalgic palette of mustard, cognac, royal blue, and emerald. I am starting to get a bit sick of all of the 70s references to be honest (blasphemy, I know) and I just want to walk into a store and find a pair of pants that are neither high-waisted, nor flared, and I want to do so with ease. That being said, one micro-trend that has emerged from under the 1970s umbrella is embroidery, and I gotta tell you, I’m super on board. From Stella McCartney and Christopher Kane to L.F Markey, high-profile fashion brands have been making their love for this textile trend very clear. What I love about embroidery this season is that it is not as overtly feminine as one might think. Sweet flowers and delicate birds are still present, but so are candy skulls, love hearts, and Asian-inspired Koi fish. Trust me, this isn’t your granny’s needlework.

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1 // White Koi Fish Embroidered Sheer Gauze Bomber Jacket

Bomber jackets are huge right now and for good reason. They are casual yet chic with an urban feel that is always effortless. This sporty staple is given a luxe update with silky white fabric and exotic Koi fish.

2 // TALL Velvet Embroidered Bomber Jacket

What do you get when you combine a sporty bomber jacket with decadent velvet and dainty embroidered flowers? Perfection. This show stopping piece would make any outfit look insta-worthy and is casual enough for day but luxe enough for night. 

3 // Anself Women’s Ethnic Embroidered Clutch/Wallet

If you’re anything like me, you get bored of carrying around the same bag for more than two weeks. This little embroidered beauty doubles as a wallet and clutch. This works for me because when I need a break from carrying it around, I can tuck it in another bag and use it as a wallet. The colourful pattern is cheerful and will lend an exotic flare to the simplest of outfits.

4 // Black Floral Embroidered A-Line Denim Skirt

This is probably my favorite piece in this list. The A-line silhouette helps to enhance my small waist while minimizing my curvier hips. The denim fabric is a classic choice and the stylized 60s-esque floral motif adds just the right amount of femininity.

5 // Bloom Beauty Heeled Smoking Slippers

Smoking slippers are one of my favorite footwear trends of the season. Their vintage vibe is reminiscent of centuries past when people dressed for every occasion, whether they were sitting down for tea, going out to lunch, or sitting down to indulge with a glass of brandy and a cigar. This embroidered pair is given a feminine update with a low heel (still perfectly wearable for everyday) and intricate, colourful flowers. I’d pair these sweet little shoes with everything, from an elegant little black dress to a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and an oversized pinstriped button down. 

6 // Yoins Lapel Striped Floral Embroidered Button Down

If there’s one item of clothing that is considered a standard staple in everyone’s wardrobe, it is the button down shirt. I have more than a few in my own closet but all too often they can look very rigid and office-like. The slightly oversized silhouette and embroidered detail on this piece gives it a little extra interest while still being subtle and appropriate for work. 

7 // Max&Co. Cotton Sweatshirt with Embroidery in Burgandy

I’ll be honest, I rarely wear sweatshirts unless I’m camping. My own style tends to be a little more formal and girly so even when I dress down, I like my outfit to feel polished. This embroidered sweatshirt ticks all the boxes for me in terms of being comfy and casual but still elevated. The rich Merlot hue screams fall and the delicate floral motif gives it a whimsical, romantic feel that I love. This is one sweatshirt that I could see myself wearing on the regular and not just when I’m in the woods by a campfire.

How do you feel about fashion’s recent love affair with embroidery? Do you have a favorite piece? Let me know in the comments!




Fall Favorites

I’ll be honest. I’m done with summer. I’m ready for cozy clothes, pumpkin spiced bullshit and boots. I’m sooo ready for boots right now. My wardrobe is completely void of fall clothes right now and I am in desperate need of a shopping trip. I like to go shopping with a list so that I don’t go too crazy and end up with at least the fundamentals. With this in mind, here are the eight necessities on my shopping list.

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1 // August Hats – Marley Marled Newsboy Hat

As I mentioned before, I am completely obsessed with the styles of the early 2000s right now and so a Britney-inspired newsboy cap is definitely something I want to wear this Fall (even if my friends and boyfriend have told me that it is extremely geeky). This grey plaid version will look totes adorbs with a chunky sweater and ripped jeans or a sweet blouse and suede skirt.

2 // Crazy Women’s High Waisted Skinny Leather Biker Trousers

I have more than enough plain black pants and I love this edgy leather update. It’s sexy yet polished and will be more than warm enough for Vancouver’s chilly fall days. And with a pair of spike-heeled boots? Money.

3 // SheIn – Off The Shoulder Cross Wrap Sweater in Grey

Taking the off-the-shoulder trend one step further, this wrapped sweater is sophisticated and super flattering (it camouflages a food baby like nothing else). I fully intend to snap this bad boy up in a handful of different colours. This wrapped sweater is going to be on constant rotation in my wardrobe this season.

4 // Soaked In Luxury – Suede A-Line Skirt

Suede is the perfect fabric for fall. It’s rustic appearance mimics the colours and textures of autumn. It’s a throwback to the 70s (an era that is huge in fashion right now) but is still completely modern. It’s exactly what I want to wear to the flea market with chunky socks, leather lace-up boots, and a floral chiffon blouse.

5 // Hollister – Textured Boyfriend Cardigan

The boyfriend cardigan is a fall staple without question. It’s one of those pieces that you can throw on while running out of the house with a cup of coffee in hand. It’s just the right amount of dishevelled. Throw it on with a pair of boyfriend jeans and a plain white tee and you’re good to go.

6 // Byredo Parfums – Tree House Candle

My addiction to candles is out of control and I already have a few favorites (my Gastown candle from Vancouver Candle Co and the Speak Easy Candle from Modern Alchemy) but this woodsy beauty from Byredo Parfums is one that I am definitely going to have to add to my collection. With notes of sandalwood, cedar, and bamboo, this candle is reminiscent of crisp coniferous trees and sweet smelling fallen leaves – all of the best smells of fall.

7 // Henri Bendel – West 57th Backpack

I’m sick and tired of lugging around my purse and laptop bag but I am not the kind of girl to carry a canvas backpack around as if I’ve just come back from a hiking trip. This sleek leather version from Henri Bendel is polished and chic. I also love leather backpacks in maroon and tan, but you can’t go wrong with classic black. For the first time since the 7th grade I have been proud to carry a backpack.

8 // Cherish – Block Heel Suede Ankle Booties in Grey

Because at the end of the day, it’s really all about the bootie. These slouchy suede beauties from Cherish are a bit high but the chunky heel balances them out. I love black boots and most of my boots are black but the grey is refreshing change. The suede is probably not the wisest choice to wear in Raincouver, but I honestly can’t resist. The little bow adds just a touch of femininity without being overly girly.

What are your fall wardrobe necessities? Let me know in the comments!




Quintessential French Girl Style

French women have a reputation for being some of the most stylish women in the world, and for good reason. There’s a certain effortless or “je ne sais quoi” (so cheesy and cliche, but I had to say it) about them from their polished but natural approach to beauty, to their fashion choices. Everyone has their own idea of what french dressing means. While mainstream media may portray them as typically donning a striped sweater and beret while riding a bicycle with a baguette in the basket, there’s so much more to their style. The key to capturing their easy elegance comes down to selectively choosing high-quality, timeless garments that can easily mix and match. Clothing that can be dressed up or down and that is always impeccably crafted out of stunning fabrics. Here is my take on french dressing and these are the 12 pieces you need to give you that Parisian mademoiselle look that is always so alluring.



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1 //  Silk Button Down Blouse – Etsy

A button down shirt is inarguably a closet staple. They can be worn at the office, casually tucked into a pair of cut-offs and worn open as a laidback outerwear piece. Try it in silk for an elevated feel that is oh-so-french.

2 // Cigarette Trousers – Brandon Maxwell

Sure, we all love a great pair of jeans, but a classic black pant is a must. While I believe in having several pairs, one that is structured, one in a drapey silk fabric, and a cropped version for summer, no one can go wrong with a pair of cigarette pants. They are universally flattering and look amazing whether you are at work or play.

3 // Classic Black Handbag – Chanel

I hoard handbags and have a ton of trendy styles that I like to pull out and parade around on occasion. That being said, a black luxury handbag is like the holy grail of accessories. Like shoes, when it comes to handbags it is best to splurge on a quality, timeless piece that you can wear with anything and treasure for years to come. And the epitome of french luxury? Why, Chanel of course.

4 // Striped Boatneck Sweater – Michael Kors

It’s pretty much impossible to think of french style without thinking of stripes. Embrace the stereotype. Stripes are classic, especially in navy and white. Snap up a lightweight cashmere version that you can wear with trousers, a skirt, or tossed over a LBD when it gets cold. The neckline is optional but a boatneck is always flattering and feminine.

5 // Nude Flats – Tabitha Simmons

As much as we may all love our heels, a great pair of flats is a non-negotiable. Whether you are strolling through the farmer’s market or window shopping with a friend, flats are comfortable, cute, and are a french girl’s best friend. While black is classic, I prefer nude for summer. Bonus: nude shoes instantly make your legs look longer.

6 // White Slip Dress – GHOST

The thing about french dressing is that there always seems to be a focus on simplicity. Look for streamlined, elegant pieces that eschew excess embellishments like this crisp, white slip dress. Besides the fact that slip dresses are having a major moment right now, this particular piece can be worn in a million different ways. I would wear it with a denim or leather jacket. Feel free to top it with a blouse or sweater and wear it like a skirt.

7 // Bright Pumps – Shoe Box

Neutrals are classic and are always our friends, but every girl needs a bright pair of pumps to inject a much-needed pop of color into our wardrobes. Choose your favorite color, but pink is trending big time right now and is so fun and feminine for summer.

8 // Silk Scarf – Tory Burch

Nothing adds instant polish to an outfit or screams Parisian elegance like a luxurious silk scarf. Seriously, even a tee and distressed jeans looks put together when a pretty scarf is knotted around your neck. This pretty floral print is classic and can be worn just as easily with casual weekend attire as it could with a beautiful dress.

9 // Lightweight Trench Coat – Harris Wharf London

When it comes to outerwear, trench coats have always felt so french to me. They are polished but effortless. I prefer a version without buttons that you can throw on while running out the door. Choose a lightweight cotton or linen version for summer. Stray away from easy black and pick an equally classic tan style. It will go with everything and never fails to look fresh.

10 // Leather Watch – Daniel Wellington

Sure, we all have our phones to check the time, but where is the fun in that? There is something about wearing a beautiful time piece that seems much more sophisticated and ‘adult’. Don’t skimp on quality. Invest in a style that you will want to wear with everything. Gold, silver, and titanium versions are beautiful but there is something about leather that is so elegant. Leather is also one of those rare materials that becomes more and more beautiful as it ages (if treated well!).

11 // Straw Hat – Bebe

The summer accessory that we all need to add to our closets? The straw hat. It’s classic with a rustic vibe that makes me think of days on the beach in the South of France. Wear it with a simple white dress (see above) to a barbecue on the beach or with a pair of patchwork jeans and a crop top to a festival.

12 // Little Black Dress (obvi) – O’Neill

It’s impossible to talk about french fashion or wardrobe essentials without giving a shout out to the ultimate classic – the LBD. Whatever the occasion, this iconic piece is always elegant and looks stunning on everyone. Holly Golightly had the right idea in Breakfast at Tiffanys. This slip-like style looks beautiful when worn to a formal affair, with heels and simple jewelry, or casually, with a pair of slides and a cardigan.



Summer Essentials


Although I love fashion and clothing, I am not one to do a lot of shopping. When I do venture out for a little retail therapy, I tend to binge shop and I buy a season’s worth of pieces in one go. I haven’t set out to curate my summer wardrobe yet, but here is a little peek into my shopping list for the season.

1 // Body Suit – Michael Kors Ribbed Stretch Merino Wool Blend Body Suit

When I first started to see bodysuits appearing in stores I thought that they were a little odd. They look exactly like one-piece swimsuits but are unlined and are supposed to be worn under your clothes in place of a tank top or cami. I have totally been sold on the superiority of the bodysuit as a layering piece. It looks amazing tucked into a voluminous skirt, a pair of flares or layered under a low-cut dress without any of the fabric bunches that inevitably come with wearing a tank top or blouse.

2 // Slip Dress – Sandro Row Slip

The slip dress is really a season-less staple in any wardrobe. I would be just as likely to wear this 90s inspired number with a distressed sweater and chunky booties as I would be with a straw hat and sleek pair of sandals in the summer. It has an effortless, just-rolled-out-of-bed Kate Moss vibe that I can’t get enough of.

3 // T-Shirt Dress –  United by Blue Banbury Tencel Dress

A t-shirt dress may just be the ultimate in lazy-girl dressing. It’s one of those pieces that you don’t have to think about. Simply throw it on, run your fingers through your hair, throw on a little mascara and lip balm and you are good to go.Try it in cotton or modal for a comfy, weekend appropriate look or in silk for an office-ready ensemble.

4 // Denim JacketWhite House Black Market Denim Jacket

Much like the leather moto or wool pea-coat, a denim jacket is an outerwear staple. It looks perfectly polished without trying too hard and goes with everything. I have four denim jackets in my own closet (one in dark denim, a faded and distressed option, a fitted blue jean jacket from Levi’s and an oversized number with a zipper and hood) but I love the classic sensibility of this option. It’s the perfect shade of blue and it’s nipped in waist will highlight or add curves to a silhouette.

5 // Lady-like Skirt –  Embroidered Button Front Maxi Skirt

I pretty much live in jeans but I love to indulge my girly nature and wear dresses and skirts every now and then. I love bows, lace, floral motifs – the works. The periwinkle hue of this skirt is flattering against all skin tones and has a vintage vibe that is romantic and elegant.

6 // Denim SkirtLE3NO Women’s Vintage Denim A-Line Button Down Mini Skirt

Although I love a good pair of denim cut-offs, my denim skirt has been on regular rotation in my closet. No longer the flirty go-to of teenage girls, this style has been given a sophisticated update. Polished denim pencil skirts or feminine a-line numbers lend a grown up sensibility to the look that is so versatile. A denim skirt in either dark or medium blue goes with everything from an off-shoulder tee and converse to a slinky cami and slides.

7 // Silk TrousersGanni Yellow Fusion Rose Silk Trousers

Silk is probably my favorite fabric. It’s light and airy and always feels so luxurious even when worn casually. Silk trousers are formal enough for the office or for an occasion where you want to dress up but they also look amazing when worn casually. Neutral styles always look on point and are a good bet regardless of the season. Personally, I love a bright, opulent print for summer. This cheery, yellow floral print instantly injects a joyful shot of sunshine into an otherwise subdued wardrobe.

8 // Knit TankAlexander Wang Striped Peel Away Knit Tank Top

Perfect for those cool, overcast summer days, a knit tank top is a great transitional piece between seasons as well. I love this striped version from Alexander Wang because it’s casual and classic but also has a vintage vibe that is very current. The navy and white colour combo is also a no-brainer.

9 // Maxi SkirtStylish Chiffon Maxi Skirt

A maxi skirt is a time tested classic and there is a reason for that. Contrary to popular belief, maxi skirts are very flattering. They are effortless and versatile with a bohemian, beachy vibe that screams summer. This black chiffon version is a great choice because it is light and comfy but is so easy to dress up with a pair of heeled sandals and a slash of red lipstick. This luxe number would just as easily work at an outdoor wedding as it would walking down the beach barefoot.




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