From the monthly archives: June 2011

Outfitted for the Canada Day City tv and e-beauty party tonight at the Opus Hotel.

{ Wearing: Brooks Brothers linen blouse, H&M shorts, vintage leopard print pony hair belt (from here), vintage Pierre Cardin snakeskin clutch, BCBG Generation heels, fish cocktail ring from Aldo, Michael Kors watch, Stella & Dot silver ring, gold ring from Blue Ruby. Pearl studs. }

Tonight City tv and e-beauty hosted a party for people-about-town, bloggers and editors to become acquainted with e-beauty, Canada’s new and ultimate online shopping destination for beauty products. I’ve already found a few things that I want…

{ With Arpen Thandi and Kendall Titchener – admittedly, not my best angle, but that’s okay. Up above: swag bags, in the middle: my date’s hand (Liz Sperandeo), reaching for the chocolate filled macaroons! Yum! }

Time for bed, and by bed I mean I’m going to tuck myself in on the couch for a bed time story, and by bed time story I mean I’m going to stay up a bit late watching the first (and only sadly), season of Cashmere Mafia.

Nighty night,

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Fendi Resort 2012

Salvatorre Ferragamo Resort 2012

Barbara Bui Resort 2012

Marchesa Resort 2012

Wouldn’t you just love to tuck these pieces into your suitcase, or rather, carefully hang them and tuck them into a garment bag, which you would then pass on to your personal butler Ronaldo? Why yes, yes I would. I want.

The latest item to the make the cut for my upcoming European vacation is a pair of sky-high Miu Miu platforms from dear old Holts.

*Note: Mine are a mocha, neutral color, and were purchased off of one of those fabulous things we call a SALE rack! Happy feet, happy wallet.


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{ Wearing: BCBG Max Azria heart blouse, BCBG Max Azria pants, BCBG Generation heels. Whoa, well that wasn’t on purpose! Apparently I’m a big fan! H&M aviators, sequin bag by orYANY }

Hot pink: Check! Sequins: Check! Heels: Check! Sounds like the usual to me!

Happy FRIDAY lovelies! TGIF. I can’t say it enough. I have a big dinner this weekend, and I know exactly what I’m going to wear… white wrap DVF dress with those new Miu Miu pumps, maybe a cute braided hair do… a few glasses of wine (I wear those well).

Have a FABULOUS weekend!

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For me the waiting period is that time between when I submit my answers and photos to a publication and when they publish their article. I never know exactly what will make it into the article or interview, or which images they’ll choose and I find myself getting a little antsy. The picture above is one of a few I recently submitted to a Canadian online magazine for an interview piece. Looking forward to seeing it! : ) In the meantime, I couldn’t wait to share with you a couple of new purchases… (I just can’t seem to stop). These sequined shorts are from, would you believe it, Joe Fresh! They’re part of their Fresh off the Runway collection. I look forward to pairing them with my new white linen blouse from Brooks Brothers this August when my girlfriend and I visit Monaco. The heels are a new as well, I found them lonely, sitting on a shelf as part of the Holt Renfrew summer sale. (GO see it. AMAZING.) I was thrilled to find these neutral Miu Mius as my nude patent leather Stuart Weitzmans have just seen one too many dance floors and cobble stone streets. The top is a vintage find from a shop on Main St. in about 2006. I rarely wear leopard print anymore, but every now and then one must. Today was that day for me.

That’s it for now!


{ Above: 1: Fresh peonies from the local street stand at Davie/Bute St 2: A couch-side table top display 3: One of my favourite possessions; a vintage snakeskin bag from local vintage shop Used on Granville along with prized British fashion magazines 4: Another table top display complete with mirrored coasters, glass vase and my new Brooks Brothers book on lady ettiquette 5: Vintage pictures of the River Seine in Paris 6: My wooden coloured pencils I picked up in New York City in 2008 – I love their little carrying case 7: The white shelves are a new addition to my bedroom and house only white decorate pieces, with the exception of fresh peonies! }

{ Above: 1: Sequin shorts from Joe Fresh 2: Silver BCBG Generation pumps purchased at the Petite Feet sample sale #: A cheeky fridge-door grocery list from Chapters }

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This past weekend I went over to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island to stay with my Dad. For as long as I can remember he has had this boat, Chelsea II. I have so many memories of jumping off it into the water, zooming around in the zodiak we pull behind Chelsea, steering her and just generally cozying up in the wheelhouse with sheepskins, lots of blankets and classic Dean Martin tunes. (So that’s where my love of sheepskin and Deano comes from!) For this nautical trip I was particularly excited to pack, nearly everything I brought was a piece that has been waiting for a boat. Like this sweater for instance, it’s a Lilly Pulitzer pull over from about 2008, covered in navy stripes, gold finishing at the hem and cuffs and gold detailed buttons leading into a sailor-like roll-down collar. I adore this sweater. {Wearing: Lilly Pulitzer sweater, H&M tank, Seven for all Mankind denim, Michael Kors tortoiseshell style watch, pearl studs, Carrera sunnies and red suede Vans low tops }

{ On either side of the wheel are two areas just big enough for my sister and I to sit there while Dad navigated when we were about five or six. I now choose to take one of the comfy bench seats just back from here, as I’m a bit bigger now }

{ Wearing: Brooks Brothers chambray shirt, H&M sunnies }

{ Lunch fit for a deck on the Pacific ocean: chilled Keiths, sour dough bread sandwhiches with mortadella, sweet organic mustard, butter lettuce and fresh tomatoes }

{ Evening view from the deck looking onto the aft cabin, with kayaks above }

{ Waiting to go kayaking while Dad gets our double sorted out from the roof to the water – we paddled around Ruxton Island, about a 55 minute journey and just gorgeous. We even had a visitor, a seal came right up to the kayak! Wearing: Alternative Apparel pull over, vintage denim cut offs, New Era Yankees cap, pearl studs }

Time to get my head out of the clouds and back to the work in front of me. But what a relaxing, enjoyable trip it was. If you’re a boat person too, and care to know any more about our boat, click the picture below!

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I love getting the opportunity to do interviews, and thought I’d share the latest one with you by Brill Communications – a Toronto based full-service boutique public relations agency that focuses on the beauty, fashion and lifestyle industries.

Last week one of their lovely ladies reached out to me with a few questions…

You often show images of your personal style on your website, what inspires you?

I can’t say that there is any one thing that inspires me. I’m mostly inspired by a way of life, by having things around me that make for a well-enjoyed life, like delicious scented candles, cashmere, a nice, cozy home (complete with cat), and a style that reflects that. This usually means that you’ll find me in preppy pieces that are clean cut and feminine. I believe that I’ve had the same style since I was about eight when I decided that my look would be candy colored polos and khaki shorts with a bow of sorts in my hair.

What are some of your favorite trends for summer?

Onesies – I have two now, nude pumps, clean white V-neck sweaters with everything and of course, nautical stripes.

Let’s talk beauty, what are some of your must haves for summer?

Matte bronzer. I have the most amazing one by Benefit called “Hoola.” I must have a sheer baby pink non-sparkly gloss for summer days and a matte bright pink lipstick for evenings.

We often do posts outlining “what’s in our bag”  If we were to look inside yours what would we find?

Oooh, well, I shall have to do one of those again soon! But you will find my over-stuffed leather Zara wallet, at least two, if not three lip  glosses, keys, my day timer, my iPad, a few pens and highlighters, my MAC pressed powder, bronzer, sunglasses and kleenex. My bag, as you can guess, is rather heavy.

For more Q&A with Brill, please click the image below!

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Wearing: Necklace from Macy’s – brand unknown, Linq sweater, H&M shorts, Christian Louboutin sandals (and new highlights by Suki’s! Love new highlights).

Okay, back to work!

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I recently was given the pleasure of a guided tour through the many fabulously merchandised sections of our Brooks Brothers store on Alberni St. Also home to Hermes, Tiffany’s, Louis Vuitton, Betsey Johnson, Blu Bird, Coast, Italian Kitchen and Agent Provocateur, Alberni St. has certainly become a shopping destination of the rich and famous young. I found myself happily wandering around many racks and shelves of gorgeous, luxurious polos, supima cotton shirts, thick cable-knit jumpers and rich leathers, all perfectly befitting the lady who lunches. Brooks Brothers is my traditionally classic, preppy heaven.

Absolutely dying for the weekender bag on the left. Thick canvas with genuine leather trimming… How fabulous for a few days away in the Cotswalds (English country side). Oh wait, I’m doing that come July. Perhaps I need this bag. Need. Below, a colorful assortment of ladies’ polos. Want. Further below, fine perfumes and creams.

I’d title the above pictures, “things men should wear, and how they should wear it.”

Two above: Stripes go to sea. I really appreciated all the effort put into the styling and merchandising of the store. And I would take up golf purely so that I could own and tote around this lovely golf bag, above. Gold detailing is the new way to my heart.

And now, for a few of my Brooks Brother obsessions:

A perfectly classic ostrich skin tote. Below: a little boys’ chambray shirt in a size L… I bet I could fit into that…

{ I’m wearing: white shrunken Zara jacket, H&M tank, Fidelity denim, Stella & Dot rings }

I see the crew neck sweater (two above) paired with white denim shorts for boat trips, and the sumptuous cable knit V-neck pull over paired with denim cut offs and little white sneakers. And big Ray Bans. Prepster for days.

Snapped in the dressing room! Why hello little boys’ size L chambray shirt! This one came home with me, as did a white linen little boys’ shirt. They’re the perfect boyfriend style button-ups! And those white buttons? Not plastic as we’ve come to expect on our shirts ladies, but real mother of pearl. It’s all in the details!

Up, up above in the land of feminine flats… a soft pair of cognac colored leather slip ons. So chic. Gold buttons adoring mens’ suit jackets (who doesn’t love a man in a navy blazer with gold buttons? So presidential!) and the perfect stripey mens’ sweater. Imagine a tall dark and handsome in this, dark denim and aviators. Delicious.

All in all I would say my visit to Brooks Brothers was positively dreamy and perfectly timed, seeing as I’ll be spending this weekend on my Dad’s boat on the Sunshine Coast, and traveling to Europe in July. My new white linen shirt will be tres parfait in Bordeaux! (Boating weekend pictures to come Monday! You better believe I pulled out my Lilly Pulitzer nautical white and navy striped sweater, complete with detailed gold buttons and a roll-down collar. Now to get myself some Sperry Topsiders…)

Oh, and ladies and gents, don’t forget! It’s almost Father’s Day, and if you need a gift, Brooks Brothers is currently offering a sale on their beautiful silk ties! Not to mention that I’m sure your Pappa would adore a new cardigan or polo. Happy Shopping!

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Adorable ladies' etiquette books. I chose the "How to be a Lady" book. I plan to learn how to properly set a table and find out when pearls are and are not acceptable. Evidently being a lady calls for a lot of rules.



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Tres chic from King Karl.

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CALLING ALL SHOE-LOVERS! You have to check out this warehouse sale at the Convention Centre at Canada Place (the old one)!

Oh heavens, it was shoe mecca! OBSESSED with the pink Sam Edelmens above… I die.

Denim-espadrille-slingback-heels. Say that three times fast! The warehouse sale is taking place at the Convention Centre at Canada Place and features brands like Sam Edelmen, Vis Spiga, BCBG Max Azria, Jessica Simpson and many, many more, all for warehouse prices (less than half than they retail for). I couldn’t not share this with you! The warehouse sale is only on for one more day! Today is the last day! The shoes are seriously amazing.

The sale is only on til tonight so get over there and get yourself a pair of something FABULOUS! (Brought to us by Petite Feet, the shoe sample company that holds the sale!)

You’re welcome. ;)

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In my recent DIY post I prefaced the post with a picture of my living room. Things around here have really changed since I first moved in. The furniture has been moved around at least six times, and pieces have come and gone. Finally, finally, it feels like me and it feels like the home of a young adult, rather than of a girl, as I think it did before. My taste has definitely matured in the past year and a half! Goodbye anything pink (pink font is obviously an exception), and with sparkles, hello neutrals, black and white french photographs and natural textures! I mean, hello fabulous!

Smaller mirrored side table from Villa Beau Interiors, large round mirrored table from The Cross Decor & Design. Couch (covered in a throw from The Hudson’s Bay Co.), coffee table and black shag rug all given to me by friends, family (not sure of their makers). Three black picture frames and mirrored coasters purchased at various dollar stores (my best un-kept secret!). All candlesticks, lamps, cream throw, cream jug vase and small metal table from HomeSense (a.k.a. mecca). Lucite chairs and mongolian fluffy pillow from Urban Barn, with sheepskins from Ikea (only $40!!).

Happy home decorating!

J’adore mon petit chaton! These pictures were taken last spring, right about this time when I first got Marie. She was beyond cute, and she still is!

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{ My home in all its latest glory, and note the new bench at right! }

A little while back I posted a video telling you about a project I was doing with The Cross Decor & Design (an absolutely GORGEOUS store in Yaletown @ Homer/Davie St), getting a small bench re-upholstered. Well, I got the bench back, but then it was up to me to get the bench frame in order: sanding, priming and painting. It was quite an arduous task and I only just got it done last week. But the bench is finally put together and definitely adds a touch of fabulous to my apartment!

{ The before picture of my miserable little bench, which came from Wal-Mart, by the way }

{ Step 1: Unscrew the top bit and pass it along to the professionals. Set up your work area. For me, it was on my balcony on a warm evening }

{ Step 2: Find a hard working assistant }

{ Step 3: Sand the frame for better priming and painting }

{ Step 4: Prime the frame }

{ Step 5: Paint, and when that coat is dry, paint again! }

And then finally, the finished product:

So happy with the finished results! My living room definitely needed the pop of color this velvet provides. Parfait!

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Strolling around English Bay on a sunny morning! I love this tunic, it’s the modest girl’s answer to Dolce & Gabbana’s eyelet ensembles. Today feels like a real Vancouver spring day, so of course I wanted to wear sunny, bright colours like dandelion yellow and gold.

Wearing: Exetera blouse and tank (underneath) from Bellissima, Sevens denim, Christian Louboutin sandals, Kate Spade tote, Michael Kors watch, Stella & Dot Eternity ring and H&M sunnies.

Dontcha just love an easy tunic? Girls, I know you’re pickin up what I’m puttin down here, it’s the easiest thing to wear after a big breakfast and a couple mimosas, no? Forgiving and glam! Loves it. I’ve been asked a number of times where I shop, the answer is everywhere and anywhere. I don’t think you can purchase everything from just a couple shops (although the hipster-esque girls clad head-to-toe in Aritzia would disagree with me). Style is innate, so really it doesn’t matter where you shop, as long as you understand the silhouette and fabrications that are on trend, flattering and to your taste. For instance, take this outfit, my jeans are from Aritizia circa 2008, my shoes a hand-me-down from my sister, my bag from Holt Renfrew, and my blouse from Bellissima, which is traditionally a ladies’ shop. I did a tour around the South Granville location of Bellissima last Friday and was very pleasantly surprised by the selection – see my last post! Do you have one favourite store or do you shop around as well?

Happy Friday!

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Surfing the web allows for finding the most interesting things, if only I had this kind of time every afternoon. Below is an interview on with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen about their fashion brands and how they do it all. It’s a longer interview than most, so go get yourself a cup of tea, a biscuit (or in my case a cinnamon bun – what calories??), and enjoy a peak inside their day-to-day lives.

Oh, and I heard a rumor today… Justin Timberlake and Ashley Olsen? Oh heavens I hope not, he is just not that cool. *ick.*