5 Style Trends I’m Loving This Spring

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I’m not a super trendy girl when it comes to my own personal sense of style. I’m often inspired by the glamorous editorials I see in magazines and the cool girl looks I see in streetstyle shots. Still, overall I lean more towards classic pieces and figure flattering silhouettes that I know will make me look and feel polished and put together. Despite all of this, I find myself being drawn towards bolder, in-your-face pieces this spring. And there are a ton of trends to choose from this season. Crochet and embroidery, 70s-inspired bell bottoms and penchant for suede, norm-core Birkenstocks and mom jeans. There’s a lot going on. So after sifting through all of the most instagrammed looks of the season, these are my five favorite trends that spring has to offer.


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1 // Button Back Shirts

I love the idea of challenging fashion rules with something as simple as button placement. Button back shirts are still the staple we all know in love but with a dishevelled, IDGAF update that feels effortlessly cool. Take it one step further and don’t button the back of your shirt completely to show a sexy slice of skin.

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2 // Off The Shoulder Tops

It seems that everyone’s into giving the cold shoulder lately. Literally. I’ve always loved off the shoulder and one shoulder tops and so I was thrilled to see them making a comeback. They are flirty but demure and I love the idea of showing skin in unexpected ways. My favourite thing to wear them with are flowy a-line skirts and vintage-inspired bell bottoms.

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3 // Button Down Mini

The 70s are back again in the form of bell bottoms, maxi dresses, crochet, and embroidery. Another reference to the grooviest decade of the 20th century? Button down skirts in earthy shades of olive, cognac, and russet. Bonus points if the skirt happens to be suede, corduroy, or woven out of hemp. I love this look and I think it’s the perfect combination of sweet and sexy. It’s also versatile and is a piece that could transition from spring and summer, straight into fall.

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4 // Pom-Pom Accessories

It seems that fashion as of late is all about getting crafty with embroidery, crochet, and macrame being some of the hottest fabrics of the season. Another embellishment that you will surely remember from kindergarten craft time is the playful pom-pom. It’s given a chic update when it adorns hemlines, handbags, straw baskets and shoes. It’s a little tacky but in a playful way that feels very nostalgic and optimistic.

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5 // Mixed Prints

I have to admit, I’ve always been a little hesitant to mix prints. Even though I love how it looks when other people do it, it just seemed so easy for mixed prints to look more bag lady than bold. The secret to keeping this look cool instead of crazy? Mix two or three prints, but no more than that. For example, pair a striped top with a floral skirt, but keep your accessories relatively simple. If you’re new to fashion mixology, it is also helpful to keep your prints the same size i.e. polka dots with paisley or gingham with stripes. Still, rules are meant to be broken and we should never be afraid to take a risk and express ourselves through what we wear. So don’t be shy and go ahead and mix it up!

Which of these trends is your favorite? Let’s chat in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

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Neon Lights


No matter how much we all love our neutrals, sometimes a splash of bright, in-your-face colour is totally necessary. From vibrant tangerine and hot pink to highlighter yellow, flashy neon hues are a fool-proof way to breathe some renewed excitement into even the most humdrum of wardrobes. Too shy to go crazy with colour? Start slow with a bright pair of earrings, some lime green shoes or a swipe of lavender lipstick. As for me, I’m ready to embrace every shade in the rainbow. Afterall, in a world that often feels a bit beige and blah, sometimes you just need a hit of neon! 


NEON BUYS

1 // Humble Chic – NY Hula Fringe Tassels

2 // Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – Neon Yellow Cosmetic Glitter

3 // Sophia Webster – Darla Mules 

4 // Linda Farrow X Matthew Williamson Neon Orange Cat Eye Sunglasses

5 // Christopher Kane – Lace Trimmed Neon Tulle Skirt

6 // BK – Fluorescent Neon Pure Candy Colour Luminous Nail Polish

7 // Venessa Arizaga – Neon Rainbow Road Earrings 

8 // Marni – Colour Block Leather Clutch

9 // SunnyLife – Large Pineapple Neon Light

Xoxo,

Alicia

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Fragrance Friday | Fantasy In Bloom

NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Fantasy in Bloom by Britney Spears

NOTES | Berries, Green Mandarin, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Tuberose, Jasmine, Osmanthus, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Amber

VIBE | Airy, Romantic, Feminine, Whimsical, Dreamy, Joyful

Okay, so first things first, here’s a little tid bit about me. If there are two things in this world that excite me like nothing else, they are Britney Spears and perfume. Put the two together and suddenly I am in a state of mental pandemonium. I remember the day I found out that Britney was releasing Fantasy In Bloom. It was early January and I honestly felt like Christmas had come again. I have every Britney Spears perfume (it’s my not-so-guilty-guilty pleasure) and so I obviously knew that I was going to get my hands on this bad boy. I haven’t been able to find it anywhere in Vancouver but I ordered mine online. There ain’t no mountain high or valley low enough to keep me from purchasing a Britney Spears scent. 

Anyway, after I finally snagged a bottle (which is adorable, by the way) came the moment of truth. And the truth is that as soon as I sprayed Fantasy In Bloom, I fell in love with it. It’s not at all what I expected. Because of its name, I was expecting a very opulent white floral fragrance with the tuberose and jasmine in the heart taking centre stage and squashing out any whisper of cherry blossom. That being said, this perfume really does centre almost entirely around the cherry blossom with just a kiss of vanilla and red berries. The inspiration for the fragrance was a lush garden in spring, and I think Fantasy In Bloom really does capture that. It has that airy, lightly floral scent that you smell outside when spring first arrives. It’s a gorgeous fragrance for women of all ages and it’s perfect for casual daytime wear.

My only complaint about this scent is that it doesn’t last very long (only a couple of hours) and it does not project very far at all. For some people this may be a plus, and it does lend itself to being a good office scent because it’s not overpowering. I like my perfume to not take over a room, but to at least make its presence known. I don’t mind reapplying this but I do wish it was a teensy bit stronger. This is not a deal-breaking flaw however, and overall Fantasy In Bloom is a very feminine and romantic scent with sweet notes of cherry blossom, berries, osmanthus, tuberose, amber, and vanilla.  It’s just the thing to perk me up and instantly transports me to a garden full of sweet scented blooms.

xoxo,

Alicia

Six Swimsuits That Are Bringing Sexy Back 


I haven’t worn a one piece swimsuit since I was 12 years old. As soon as I entered my teen years it was bikinis only for me and until recently I associated one pieces with my awkward, gangly, elementary years. One piece bathing suits are having a major moment right now though, with major designers (Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Mara Hoffman) and celebrities like Taylor Swift bringing them back into the spotlight. My rule with fashion has always been ‘never say never’ and while I used to think of one pieces as frumpy and hopelessly uncool, I am now ready to hop on this trend train. So with that in mind, here are six swimsuits that prove you don’t need to show a lot of skin to be sexy in the surf.

1 // Lisa Marie Fernandez – Sabine Polka Dot Ruffled Strapless One Piece Swimsuit

This retro piece instantly won my heart. It has a 50s vibe that I love and the sweet heart neckline is super flattering. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a black and white colour palette.

2 // Oasis – Tropical Print One Piece Swimsuit

Tropical prints are everywhere right now and they have a tacky tourist feel that is so wrong that it’s right. That being said, the water colour motif classes it up a little and the soft shades would look amazing with a sunkissed glow. Finally, the plunging neckline adds just the right amount of sex appeal. 

3 // Lilliput & Felix – Amaranthus Hot Coral Swimsuit 

This may just be my favourite swimsuit of the bunch. Where do I even begin with this one? The high, ruched neckline looks as though it could be on an evening gown. The gorgeous coral hue compliments all skin tones and the itsy-bitsy cutout just under the bust lends a flirtatious sexiness to the piece that still manages to be elegant. I feel like Audrey Hepburn AND Marilyn Monroe would like this swimsuit. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and sultry.

4 // Rose Gal – Yellow Off The Shoulder Ruffle One Piece Swimsuit

Open any fashion magazine or scroll through any blog and it will be immediately apparent that the off-the-shoulder look is trending hard right now. I’ve always loved that look, even when my dad would tease me and ask me if I thought I was starring in Flashdance. The ruffle at the top of the swimsuit adds some ladylike sweetness while the loud lemon hue screams for attention. I feel like a lot of people are afraid to wear yellow, but it can be very flattering and it totally pops against a tan. 

5 // Mara Hoffman – Classic One Piece Meridian White Swimsuit

This sporty piece reminds me of something that a competitive swimmer would wear while practicing laps around the pool. The silhouette is streamline and free of fuss, but the pastel graphic print adds some nostalgic 80s charm that makes it striking and unique.

6 // Rose Gal – Ruffle One Piece Swimsuit in Black (Plus Size)

I’m just going to go ahead and channel my inner Archie Andrews (I’m rediscovering my love for the iconic comic series because of my new TV addiction Riverdale) and say va-va-voom to this one shoulder stunner. If Veronica Lodge was a swimsuit, she would be this one. This black number provides some extra coverage for voluptuous figures which I love. I have a smaller bust with curvy hips so it can be hard to find a swimsuit that ticks all of the boxes. This piece absolutely does and it has a classic feel that is timeless and elegant. Also, the ruffle at the bust and the tiny bows at the hips are a cute little touch and draw attention to all the right places. In love. 

How do you feel about one piece swimsuits? Do you have a favourite? Let me know your thoughts!

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

6 Trends & 6 Bags for Spring 2017

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Fashion trends change faster than the weather and it’s not always worth it to splash out on a whole new wardrobe filled with the season’s latest ‘must-haves’ and fads. I rarely buy a piece simply because it’s trendy. Style is such a personal thing and just because magazine editors are telling you that you need something, it doesn’t mean it’s going to look good on you (I learned that the hard way with culottes). If you’re unsure if a bold new style is for you, accessories are an easy way to test the waters. As we are now officially in spring (the first day of spring was Monday), it’s time to revamp our wardrobes. With this in mind, I have rounded up six designer handbags that encapsulate six of the season’s hottest trends. Scroll down and take a gander at some serious arm-candy.

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1 //  TREND: Reptile Patterns & Patchwork

I am not someone who wears a lot of animal prints. If done wrong they can look cheap and trashy. When done right i.e. with a bit of discretion, they add just the right amount of primal sexiness to what might otherwise be a humdrum outfit. Reptile prints have been making an appearance in clothing, shoes, and accessories the past few seasons, and while I don’t have enough Rhianna-like swagger to pull off a python print dress, I would be more than happy to tote around this slinky leather hobo bag. It’s subtle enough to carry everyday, even to the office, but packs a sultry punch that makes me want to channel my inner jungle girl.

Badgley Mischka – Taryn Snake Print Panel Leather Shoulder Hobo Bag

2 // TREND: Colour Blocking

When I look at street style photography, what always grabs my attention is the way colours are mixed in a way that is totally unexpected. Colour blocking is a ‘trend’ that is definitely prevalent this season, but never really seems to go away. It’s also a quick and easy way to reinvent your wardrobe without having to buy anything else. Instead of pairing your coloured pieces with safe neutrals, mix your brights for a look that is fresh and striking. You’d be surprised at how often bright colours complement rather than compete with each other – yellow and cobalt blue is one of my favorite combos. If you’re not quite ready to break out all of your brights, a colour blocked bag will help you dip your toe into this bold trend.

Lana Marks – Frozen Chain Top Handle Ostrich Bag

3 //  TREND: Backpacks & Applique

It’s always a magical thing when function and fashion go hand in hand. Backpacks have been huge lately, with every major designer, from Chanel to Gucci, creating their own luxurious versions of this practical piece. Applique has also been prevalent in the collections of a string of heavyweight designers such as Roberto Cavalli and Giambattista Valli. Put these two bold trends together and you get this masterpiece from Carrie Bradshaw’s beloved Fendi (‘It’s a baguette!’). I wouldn’t be caught dead carrying a canvas number from Herschels unless I found myself hiking, but this bad boy? Take. My. Money.

Fendi – Embellished Floral Applique Mini Leather Backpack

4 // TREND: Fanny Packs & Nautical Stripes

For eons fanny packs have been terminally uncool and associated with judgement impaired tourists, hipsters, and socks and sandals wearing dads. Like everything else in fashion though, what goes in style must go out of style and vice versa. It’s the basic law of fashion physics. While the only one who can truly look good wearing a fanny pack is Leonardo Dicaprio, designers have been doing their best trying to make the dorky style less geek and more chic. This bag from Clare V. is the best version I’ve seen so far and earns extra style points for its nautical navy and white stripes – a timeless print and another huge trend this spring.

Clare V. – Supreme Striped Fanny Pack

5 // TREND: Top Handle

Quintessentially lady like styles have been given a major reboot this season, with movies and TV shows like Carol and Downton Abbey inspiring the collections of couturiers such as Lanvin and Jil Sander. Designers have been breathing new life into prim and proper styles – think asymmetrical cuts, luxe fabrics and edgy embellishments – and I am loving it. Top handle bags are THE it bag this season and they instantly lend a polished, demure feel to any and every outfit.

Givenchy – Real Trapeze Crocodile-effect Leather Tote

6 // TREND: Embroidery 

Did you know that February was National Embroidery Month? Embroidery is HUGE this season, with designers like Naeem Khan and Tanya Taylor splashing stitched patterns all over their couture collections. Let me tell you, this ain’t your granny’s needle point. From sweet florals to punky candy skulls, unexpected motifs are being stitched onto denim, clothing, outerwear, shoes, and handbags. This gorgeous piece from Gucci combines two of this season’s biggest trends and has a feminine, Old Hollywood-esque glamour that evokes images of Marlene Deitrich and Katharine Hepburn. Swoon.

Gucci – Sylvie Embroidered Leather Top Handle Satchel

What do you think of these trends? Do you have any favorites? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

Floral Fare

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I’m a shameless girly-girl in every possible way, so I have always loved florals. Whether it’s a bouquet of fresh blooms, an ultra-feminine flowery perfume, or a floral printed fabric, I am more than happy to incorporate flowers into every aspect of my life, from fashion to home decor. And while flowers for spring might seem like a cliche, classics are classics for a reason. Even if you’re not willing to wear a sugary sweet floral dress, anyone can channel their inner flower child by toting around one of these gorgeous handbags. Florals have been given an edgy update this season with stylized pop art-inspired motifs and tough-as-nails studs and metallic hardware. These styles are fresh, fun, and anything but frou-frou. Before you dismiss spring flowers as being saccharine and boring, take a gander at these 9 pieces of arm-candy. In the words of Miranda Priestley from The Devil Wears Prada, ‘Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.’. Minus the sarcasm.

1 // Dana Buchman – Lucille Tote

2 // Orla Kiely – Giant Flower Leather Fairfield Bag

3 // Go Jane – Flower Walk Quilted Chain Bag (only $32!)

4 // Lavani – White Flower Emblem Crossbody Bag (only $25!)

5 // Calvin Klein – Saffiano Leather Tote

6 // Orla Kiely – Summer Flower Canvas Zip Around Purse

7 // Go Jane – Vintage Vibes Floral Faux Leather Clutch (only $35!)

8 // Yasbukey – Embroidered Flower Patch Flap Bag

9 // Coach – Embroidered Flower Crossbody Bag

xoxo,

Alicia