If wild prints, bold colours, and monochromatic PJ outfits are key components of your style MO, then prepare to fall head over doc martens for Dusen Dusen, a cool girl clothing and home decor brand based in Brooklyn. Designer and founder Ellen Van Dusen launched her first collection in 2010 and in the seven years since it burst onto the scene, it has expanded to include accessories and home furnishings, all with her signature eclectic aesthetic. Ellen draws inspiration from the typical sources – art, graphic design, culture – but she also creates each collection while considering how the human brain reacts to colour and contrast. Her artful (and somewhat scientific) approach translates into sleek and sharply cut silhouettes, bright hues (often primary colours), and geometric prints. It’s a magic formula that has earned this indie brand a cult following and Dusen Dusen shows no signs of slowing down. My usual style is pretty classic – think sleek cuts, lots of lace, feminine details, and lots of pastels with the odd bright here and there – so Dusen Dusen is not my usual cup of tea. That being said, there’s something about its unapolegtically in-your-face feel that pulls me in. While I’m not quite ready to don their head-to-toe printed panama suits, I am in love with their summery day dresses, cuddly (but with an edge) sweaters, and playful home furnishings line (I NEED the fruit bedding set). If you refuse to remain under the radar and love the ease of matching sets (and who doesn’t?), then allow me to introduce you to your style soulmate. Wallflowers need not apply.
DUSEN DUSEN PICKS
1 // Wrap Dress Lock Stripe
2 // Blue Key Tiered Tank Dress
3 // Floral Tile Jane Dress
4 // Rose Tile Mask Tee
5 // Floral Tile Level Tank
6 // Gray Curl High Waisted Pants
7 // Lilac Key Elastic Waist Pants
8 // Clip Throw
9 // Fruit Bedding
10 // Ladder Pillow
You know what they say – if you’re gonna think, think pink. Sugary shades of bubble gum and cotton candy pink will sweeten even the blandest of outfits. Even if this girly hue isn’t normally your cup of tea, it can be given an edgy update with lace cut-outs (check out the romper below), sexy hardware and edgy prints. Not ready to become a full-fledged pink lady? A sultry pair of pale pink kitten heels or a dab of shimmery rose eyeshadow are all you need to add a dose of playful femininity to your look without looking like Little Bo Peep. It’s my personal opinion that pink looks awesome on everyone and this fairy-floss inspired colour will instantly brighten up your face and make you look fresh and awake. Afterall, they don’t call it ‘pretty in pink’ for nothing! Scroll on for ten of my favorite fashion and beauty picks in summer’s sweetest shade.
COTTON CANDY PICKS
1 // Boohoo – Ellie Heart Pink Lens Sunglasses
2 // Monki – Stretch Cotton Playsuit
3 // N’Damus London – Mini Pink Leather Satchel
4 // Baja East – Pink Fila Edition Shearling Drifter Slides
5 // Humble Chic NY – Pom Pom Statement Hoops
6 // Smith & Cult – The Shining Lip Lacquer in Her Name Bubbles
7 // Guishem – Nail Lacquer in Paris Pink
8 // ZACASHA – Baby Pink Crystal & Silvertone Cotton Candy Choker
9 // Sugar Milk – Cotton Candy Whipped Body Butter
10 // Ariana Grande – Sweet Like Candy Eau de Perfume
Not to get all cliché, but I’ve kinda got a thing for shoes and bags. I’ve been known to line up my bags and shoes and take photos of them just because they make me happy. Is it normal to have more pictures of your purse collection on your phone than your friends and family? What can I say? My blog is named what it is for a reason! Although there are quite a few labels out there that I adore (hence the point of this ‘Brand Spotlight’ series), few come close to Loeffler Randall. This drool-worthy accessories label is the brain-child of husband and wife duo Jessie Randall and Brian Murphy, and they have been designing collection after collection of dreamy peep-toes, espadrilles, flats, bohos, satchels – you get the picture – since the Fall of 2005. Crafted out of the creme de le creme of materials, these pieces cost a pretty penny but are more than worth it. Every collection manages to walk the delicate line between trendy-modern and simple and classic. Translation? These are accessories you can wear with anything and treasure for years and years to come. So if you haven’t yet fallen into the Loeffler Randall rabbit hole, get ready to dive head first.
1 // Lucia Studded Knot Slide
2 // Amara Platform Slide
3 // Elayna Ankle-Tie High Heel Sandal
4 // Domino Slide Sandal
5 // Coco High Heel Knot Slide
6 // Minimal Rider
7 // Knot Tote
8 // Drawstring Tote
9 // Tassel Pouch
10 // Dome Satchel
Photos via Loeffler Randall.
I’ve got a serious case of the summer blues, but in the best way possible. Nothing pops against a sunkissed complexion more than cool shades of turquoise, aquamarine and sky-blue. So go ahead and incorporate this refreshing hue into your home, wardrobe, and beauty routine. Think that blue makeup belongs in the 80s? Think again. Slick on a stripe of cobalt eyeliner, paint your nails periwinkle, or take a walk on avante-garde avenue with a bit of matte blue lipstick. This aqueous palette flatters all skin tones so it’s pretty much impossible to go wrong. While temperatures soar, I’ll be staying nice and cool in airy sundresses and swimsuits, all in ocean-inspired shades. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling blue.
1 // Make Up Forever – Aqua XL Ink Eye Liner
2 // Kate Spade New York – Silicone Duffy Square Watch
3 // Claudia Pierlot – Off The Shoulder Frill Sleeve Dress
4 // Lilly Pulitzer – Coraline Necklace in Seaside Aqua
5 // Luxury Days – Striped Top With Button Tab Sleeves
6 // River Island – Aqua Green Saddle Stitch Bikini Top
7 // Loeffler Randall – Sylvia Sandals
8 // Humble Chic NY – Carousel Pom Pom Dangles
9 // Paddywax – Ocean Tide & Sea Salt Jar Candle
10 // Mar y Sol – Ibiza Woven Tote in Aqua
Although I have never been sailing, there’s something about the seaside look that I’ve always loved. High waisted trousers, double breasted blazers, stripes, straw hats – the whole sailor look exudes effortless elegance, class and strength. I doubt I’ll captain a boat anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t be dressing the part. This summer I’ll be taking cues from the sailors of decades past, with marine-inspired silhouettes, oceanic hues and beachy espadrilles. Afterall, who needs a ship when you have the shoes?
1 // Kim Rogers – Silver-Tone American Nautical Charm Boxed Bracelet
2 // JoJo Maman Bébé – Nautical Breton Sailor Top
3 // JADEtribe – Nautical Stripe Beach Tote
4 // Go Jane – Nautical ‘N’ Nice Sun Hat
5 // L’Agence – Cynthia Striped Off Shoulder Top
6 // Monsoon – Roz Stripe Cropped Trousers
7 // Kate Spade New York – 14k Gold-Plated Nautical Striped Stud Earrings
8 // Sam Edelman – Bailey Striped Clutch
9 // Deborah Lippmann – Message In A Bottle Collection Nail Polish in Sea Of Love
10 // Tory Burch – Maritime Tassel Mules
When it comes to jewelry, how do you like it? Do you prefer bold, in-your-face statement makers or do you lean towards dainty everyday pieces that dazzle you with their itty-bitty details? If the latter sounds like you, then allow me to introduce you to Vancouver’s own minimalist line, Wolf Circus. This west coast jewel was founded by designer Fiona Morrison in 2011. Crafted out of unusual materials and metals sources from across the globe – New York, Brazil, and, of course, beautiful British Columbia, Fiona’s pieces are always utterly unique but united in their signature simplicity. Geometric shapes and cheeky motifs (for example, an outline sketch of a woman’s naked body) lend a bit of character and humour to her collection of tiny rings, minuscule pendants, and ultra-sleek earrings. Wolf Circus is for the girl who knows what she likes and isn’t afraid to break the fashion mold. She knows that classic doesn’t have to mean boring and that dainty and daring can go hand in hand. Wolf Circus’s Kate’s collection is the stuff that minimalist dreams are made of and I can’t get enough. If you haven’t yet peruse this cool-girl’s collection, scroll on and see what you’ve been missing!
WOLF CIRCUS PICKS
1 // Femme Pendant in Gold
2 // Harris Long Pendant in Silver
3 // Hayden Cuff in Silver
4 // Assembly Bracelet in Silver
5 // Mira Art Deco Studs in Gold
6 // Bend Studs in Gold
7 // Calder Earrings in Silver
8 // Bar Pendant in Sterling Silver
9 // Matisse Ring in Sterling Silver
10 // Rose Pendant in Gold
Photos via Wolf Circus.
Everyone has a dream vacation waiting at the top of their bucket list. For me (and my boyfriend Chris), Tahiti is the end all be all of tropical trips. It’s extremely expensive and takes ages to get there from Vancouver though, (several transfers and over 24 hours of travelling) so that’s why I haven’t already crossed it off my list. One day I know we will finally make it to this breathtaking place, but until then I have my daydreams and Pinterest boards to tide me over. If I were to magically win a full-expense paid vacation to Tahiti, these are the ten beauty and fashion items that would be in my suitcase.
1 // LATTORI – Sleeveless Bright Orange Ruffle Dress
2 // Lipstick Queen – Jungle Queen Lipstick
3 // NARS – Monoi Body Glow II (Tahiti Bronze Collection)
4 // Water Every Sunday – Zip Front Tropical Print Bikini Set
5 // Charlotte Olympia – Tropical Embellished Slide Sandals
6 // Kate Spade – Hummingbird Trilby Straw Hat
7 // Trust Fund Beauty – Nail Polish in Squad Goals
8 // BaubleBar – Tahiti Pom Pom Necklace
9 // Stephanie Johnson – Tahiti Nancy Shop Tote in Poppy Red
10 // Miss Selfridge – Petite Stripe Sundress
I hope you all have lovely, sun-filled vacations planned for the rest of the summer! What would pack in your suitcase if you were going to Tahiti?