Fall Fashion Favourites

Ahh, autumn. The coziest, chicest time of year for fashion. There is nothing that delights me more than trading up my shorts, tees and sundresses for blanket scarves, floppy felt hats and boots galore. While the weather is still a touch too toasty for all my favourite seasonal staples, cooler days are approaching fast. Get ready for brisk autumn days with this capsule wardrobe. Menswear inspired tailored pieces. Rich jewel tones and earthy neutrals. Cuddly knitted pieces. These items capture all of my favorite fall trends!

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1 // BB Dakota – Jack By Say Anything Sweater

Is there anything better than curling up in a chunky sweater with a spicy latte in hand? I think not. This rich pumpkin hue screams fall as well!

2 // P.A.R.O.S.H. – Rioyshoe Bass Boots

Practical yet pretty, these utilitarian boots are effortlessly chic with a military vibe that is just the right amount of edgy. Plus they are sooo comfy.

3 // Dorfman Pacific – Autumn Leaf Felt Hat

I’m a hat girl through and through (there is nothing better for covering up Kramer-esque bed head). Splattered with the colours of fall leaves, this Indiana Jones inspired style will lend a boho babe flavour to any outfit.

4 // Out From Under – Autumn Striped Sweater Bodysuit

Slip this cozy number on for a perfect fit with your favourite skirt or pair of trousers. The chunky stripes and earthy palette have a 70s flair that is on-trend without being over the top. You’ll want to wear this with everything!

5 // Vero Moda – Silje Windowpane Jumpsuit

One and done – my favourite way to get dressed! This subtle windowpane print is an elegant way to wear plaid. This figure flattering jumpsuit is a little more ladies who lunch than lumberjack and will take you from brunch to the boardroom with ease.

6 // Vince Camuto – Plaid Tie-Waist Pencil Skirt

Forget the stuffy librarian-approved pencil skirts of books and movies! A high waist and feminine tie adds a girly sweetness that freshens up this prim and proper style. Pair with pumps for an elegant occasion or with studded flats for a British punk-inspired edge.

7 // Helmut Lang – High-Rise Wool Twill Pants in Autumn

Are supermodel long legs on your wish list? While these gorgeous trousers can’t alter your genetics, they will create the illusion of mile long gams thanks to the ultra high waist and wide leg style. This camel hue is also incredibly versatile and can be worn in your rotation through fall and winter and well into spring. It’s one of those classics your mama told you to invest in. She was right.

8 // Clare Vivier – Simple Tote in Army Suede with Navy, Marigold & Red

Stash all your stuff in this roomy tote reminiscent of an Ivy-league book bag. The colourful stripes add a collegiate flare that I love and the buttery soft suede is simply too luxe to say no to. It’s simple, stylish and perfect for everyday. It’s got everything that I love about Clare Vivier’s bags. It’s timeless with that quirky je ne sais quoi that makes it stand out from the pack. The perfect blend of preppy, pretty and practical!

Which piece is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

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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!

xoxo,

Alicia

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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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FRENCH CHIC BUYS

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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.

xoxo,

Alicia

Summer Essentials

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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.

xoxo,

Alicia