Formally Informal






Velvet is a fabric that I do not wear enough. I wore a ton of velvet when I was a kid, in the form of frilly, itchy flower girl dresses and headbands but haven’t worn it much since. In the last few months, velvet has recently seen a resurgence in popularity and this luxe fabric has transcended from being strictly used for formal attire to something that can be worn casually as well. Think velvet smoking slippers, cropped tops, and shorts. The line between high-end and low-end is blurring and I love the idea of adding a bit of opulence to an otherwise humdrum ‘jeans and tee’ ensemble. Velvet is a surprisingly versatile fabric and can be edgy or prim and proper depending on the way it is styled. If you’re not quite ready to fully adopt this trend but want to give it a try, accessories are a great place to start. I bought a pair of black velvet loafers recently and they make every outfit feel a little more special and luxe. With that in mind, here are a few of my favourite velvet pieces that I can’t wait to add to my own wardrobe. 


VELVET BUYS

1 // Pretty Little Thing – Tasmine Blue Velvet Choker Bralet 

2 // Mango – Velvet Top

3 // Jon Josef – Gentry Black Velvet Smoking Loafer

4 // Rose Gal – V Neck Velvet Tunic Dress

5 // Emilio Pucci – Velvet Shorts

6 // Kc Jager – Jenner Velvet Shoulder Bag

7 // River Island – Green Velvet Deep Frill Bardot Crop Top

8 // Steve Madden – Carrsonv Pink Velvet Ankle Strap Heels 

Xoxo,

Alicia

Sorbet For Days

It’s officially a new season, so it’s time to hit refresh on your winter wardrobe. I don’t know about any of you, but I am dying to replace winter’s dreary palette of grey, navy, and black with sweet sorbet shades that evoke thoughts of delicious treats and carefree days spent in the sun. From pale mint and cotton candy pink to lemon chiffon, pretty pastels are this season’s style indulgence. If the runway shows of haute designers like Emilio Pucci, Bottega Veneta, and Valentino are anything to go by, it’s clear that Spring 2017 will be saturated with candy-inspired colours and lady-like details. And after what felt like an eternity of rain jackets, heavy sweaters, and somber hues, I am more than ready to binge.

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1 // Lack Of Color – Sunset Palms Fedora

2 // Sydney Evan – Small Ice Cream Cone Pink Sapphire & 14K Yellow Gold Single Stud Earring

3 // Casadei – Minorca Leather Pumps

4 // Double Woven Sea Grass Pom Pom Belly Basket

5 // Crown & Glory – Not a Lotta Rosie Headband

6 // Cosabella – Sweet Treats Dots Bralette

7 // Deborah Lippmann – Pastel Set (Chasing Pavements, Lilac Wine, Peaches and Cream)

8 // Le Specs – Flashy Matte Cat-Eye Sunglasses

9 // George – Ice Cream Sequin Jumper

10 // Na’ara – Teen Ice Cream Color Skirt

xoxo,

Alicia

Peachy Keen

With the cold weather and abundance of holiday decorations and music everywhere, most people are dressing in winter hues – rich jewel tones, shimmering metallics, and dark, moody tones. I, however, have been leaning towards softer pastels and neutrals like grey and camel. With the weather being so dreary and dark, I feel the need to surround myself in a softer, more ethereal palette. Pretty peach and nude tones are not reserved for spring and can easily feel appropriate during the colder months. Peach works really well as a neutral and adds a bit of sunshine to an otherwise dark and pared down winter wardrobe. Plus it’s very flattering against all skin tones (there’s a peach for everyone, you just have to pick the right shade). When the ground is covered in frost and the sky is ominous and cloudy, pretty peach lightens things right up. Whether it’s a swipe of lipstick or a cozy apricot sweater, this fruity hue is exactly what I need during these gloomy, rainy days.   

PEACHY BUYS   
1 // Panacea – Druzy & Crystal Stretch Bracelets (Set of 2)

2 // 3.1 Phillip Lim – Quill Triangle Bag

3 // Charlotte Russe – Strappy Eyelash Lace Bralette 

4 // Tory Burch – Fox Fur Pom-Pom Key Chain 

5 // Dorothy Perkins – Peach Shirt Dress

6 // Kevin Aucoin – The Creamy Glow Duo

7 // Kenneth Jay Lane – Gold Plated Enamel Hoop Earrings

8 // Kitsch – Petal Peach Hair Ties 

xoxo,

Alicia

Mood: Merlot

My love for wine knows no bounds. White, rosé, ruby red – I don’t discriminate when it comes to the nectar of the gods. The most stylish colour of vino though? Undoubtedly merlot. This rich hue falls somewhere between royal purple and blood red and it is always luxe and sexy. It’s for that reason that I felt like paying tribute to this decadent shade. From fashion and beauty to decor, merlot is one of my favorite colours this fall and I know that I will be wearing it all the way into winter. So without further adieu, sit back, relax, and peruse my curated selection of inspirational images and shopping picks. With a glass of wine of course. 

  

MERLOT BUYS

  
1 // MQC Alexander McQueen – New Crepe Turtleneck Crop Top

2 // The Ruby Racerback Push-Up Micro & Lace

3 // INC International Concepts – Gold-Tone Druzy Crystal Bar Earrings

4 // Lipstick Queen РB̻te Noire Lipstick РPossessed Intense

5 // Alexandre Birman – Regina Flocked Velvet Ankle Boots

6 // Color + Plus – Table Lamp with Metallic Satin Lamp Shade  

7 // Kate Spade New York – Holland Leather Strap Watch in Merlot

8 // Uncommon Goods – Merlot Infused Coffee 

xoxo,

Alicia

What to Wear to The Farmer’s Market

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Today I was walking to school (I am gradually finishing my Marketing Management degree, one evening class at a time), and I couldn’t help but be enthralled by the beauty of today (not to be cheesy). It was sunny but cold, which is my favorite kind of weather, and all of the trees that surrounded the campus were coloured with patches of red, gold, orange, and yellow. There is something about fall that really puts me in a good mood, regardless of what else is going on in my life. I am really looking forward to fall fully setting in and I fully intend to spend every minute soaking up the joys of the season. What does that mean for me? A trip to the farmer’s market. Nothing says ‘fall has arrived’ more than perusing aisles of fresh produce and spices before returning home to make a cozy dinner (something in the crockpot for sure) filled with fresh, in-season ingredients. Now, what to wear to the market? Something comfy and casual with a bohemian feel. Shopping amongst aisles of dirty vegetables doesn’t call for anything expensive or high-maintenance (nothing that needs to be dry-cleaned), but I am a firm believer in dressing up for every occasion. Is it necessary? No. But it makes life a lot more fun. You look good, you feel good, you know what I’m saying? Here’s what I would wear.

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1 // Hat – Halogen Floppy Wool Hat

A floppy hat is pretty much a fall wardrobe necessity. I love this rich cranberry colour, which is a refreshing switch from classic black or brown, but still works as a neutral. It also adds a sense of mystery and romance to even the simplest of ensembles.

2 // Dress – Retro Floral Chiffon Maxi Dress

Sure, jeans and a tee would be more appropriate for the farmer’s market, but a floaty maxi dress is just so pretty and looks rustically chic when paired with a pair of distressed leather ankle-booties.

3 // Scarf – No Chill Chunky Knit Infinity Scarf

It’s that awkward time of year where it’s not necessarily cold enough for a jacket, but not warm enough to forego all outerwear. Enter, this ultra-cozy chunky scarf. I love infinity scarves because they are so easy to just toss on when running out of the door.

4 // Tote – Totes Y’all Vanderbilt Tote

This bag is a bit expensive for a market bag, I’ll admit it, but I instantly fell in love with the slogan. Why? I say ‘totes’ so frequently that it is both shocking and embarrassing. Logically, I wouldn’t really recommending spending so much money on a bag that will likely just get dirty, but I am also impractical and ridiculous, and I love it. It is also roomy and durable enough to carry all of your essentials. Say no to plastic bags in style.

5 // Boots – H Shoes by Hudson Leather Brogue Chelsea Boots

Comfy yet cute, the flat ankle boot is a must this time of year. I have never been the type of girl to wear runners or slip-ons and so I pretty much live in ankle boots in the fall. They also lend a ‘fall’ vibe to dresses that would normally be reserved for summer.

6 // Vest – Levi’s Sleeveless Jacket

Keep warm AND show off your outfit with this kitschy vest from Levi’s. This blue denim number has a vintage charm that is very on-trend, and the shearling is just the right touch to set off the floral print of the dress. I love vests and intend to add a whole bunch to my wardrobe this season.

7 // Earrings – Lucifer Vir Honestus Maple Wood Disc Earrings

I am not usually one to wear wooden jewelry but I loved this minimalist style. It’s sleek and elegant with a bohemian feel that works so well for fall. Love.

xoxo,

Alicia

 

Mediterranean Villa

Have any summer trips planned? If you are anything like me, you constantly feel the need to travel and explore, experiencing the sights, smells, tastes and cultures of different countries and cities. Right now I am day-dreaming about spending the rest of the summer nestled in a rustic villa in the Mediterranean with a sangria in hand. Since my schedule won’t allow me to take such a vacation, I have curated a collection of items that capture the stylish essence of the Mediterranean. Sun, surf, architecture and amazing fashion are all I need. Oh, and a margarita.

MEDITERRANEAN INSPIRED BUYS

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  1. Gray Malin – Maroubra Bay Oversize Beach Towel
  2. AERIN Beauty – Mediterranean Honeysuckle Eau de Parfum
  3. Diptyque – Mimosa Candle
  4. Phase Eight – Eden Embroidered Dress
  5. Lilly Pulitzer – Riviera Straw Tote
  6. Yoins – Sleeveless Pleated Hem Floral Print Zip Closure Top & Skirt
  7. Chic Wish – Zigzag Bouquet Printed Midi Skirt
  8. Shoes Pie – Color Block Lace-Up Wedge Sandals

xoxo,

Alicia

A Day at The Circus

I have never been to a circus but I have always been inspired by the idea of bright lights, tamed tigers, and acrobats flinging themselves through fire wearing cute little outfits. Sure, practically the whole notion of a circus sounds a little bit psychotic but my fantasy lives on nonetheless. It’s unlikely that I will ever go to one of these spectacles but I can still dream. To satisfy my fantasy I have curated a collection of images and pieces that are filled with all of the fun, flash, and whimsy of a circus from decades past.

CIRCUS INSPIRED BUYS

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1 // Lisa Marie Fernandez – Mira Off-The-Shoulder Dress

2 // Stella Jean – Polka-Dot Cotton Sweater

3 // Etsy – Vintage Circus Pin

4 // Elephant Print Dress

5 // Rebecca Couture Elsa Fanned Disc Fascinator

xoxo,

Alicia