What I Wore: Exclusive

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Even I can’t believe that I finally wore a dress without tights! It’s a Christmas miracle, people!!! Just like that, we went from wet snow to 20+ degree weather…from winter to summer in a matter of days. Not one to waste a good opportunity, I decided to take my new H&M Conscious Exclusive dress out for a spin. With its breezy lightweight fabric, and dreamy blue print, this is the most perfect dress for lazy spring days – dressy enough for a romantic dinner with le bf, but casual enough for a neighbourhood gelato run. It’s definitely a current favourite!

The rest of H&M Conscious Exclusive collection is just as good! With stunning boho dresses, elegant jumpsuits, exquisite matador-inspired embroidered pieces, coolest shoes and jewellery, and so much more…this collection is now in stores and should not be missed. But beware, you may not be able to walk away without getting one of everything. Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

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What I Wore: Sloan

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The weather is finally warming up a bit, which means…I refuse to wear socks! I’ve been saving these amazing Banana Republic Sloan pants for a while, hoping to finally pull them out of my closet and wear them with some pretty shoes, and I finally FINALLY can! Sloan pants are simply perfect for post-winter body blahs, with just enough stretch and give to keep you feeling comfortable, while looking cute. I also adore the variety of prints and colours that these are available in – from leopard print, to windowpane, to stripes. Perfect pants for work and play, polished and flattering!

If you haven’t tried these on yet, make sure to stop by Banana Republic and give them a whirl! Oh, and if you’re not a pants-person, Sloan collection also has dresses and skirts in the same comfy fabric. You’re welcome!

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What I Wore: Are We There Yet?

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After a few weeks of staring at this Ann Taylor skirt hanging in my closet looking lonely, I just couldn’t resist taking it out for a spin as soon as the temperatures went up. I have to confess that I did have a warm coat over the leather jacket, but for a few minutes I got to pretend that it’s leather-jacket weather, and that patio weather is just around the corner. And though it’ll take another couple of weeks before I get to wear this skirt more often, this is definitely a promising start. Is spring really here?! I can almost feel it!

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What I Wore: WMCFW

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Toronto Fashion Week has come and gone, and while I am incredibly thankful to have been able to attend some amazing shows, witness backstage magic first-hand, and meet so many interesting (and oftentimes talented) people…I have to say that by Day 5, I was wiped out. Even three days of fashion shows combined with my 9-5 was enough to require a weekend of R&R, which is exactly what the doctor prescribed. I’m the doctor, in case you are wondering.

And while I’m still working on my #WMCFW coverage, I thought I’d share my fashion week outfits. From my red ALDO shoes, to my Joe Fresh coordinates, to my fave falconwright clutch, I tried to infuse Canadian and Canadian-made pieces into my outfits for each day of fashion week, as captured by the amazing street style photographers Mauricio Calero and Max Kopanygin. Thanks, boys!

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What I Wore: Checkmate

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Toronto Fashion Week officially starts this week, and that means long days, sleepless nights, and lots of “nothing to wear” moments, which is why I am so happy to have this awesome Ann Taylor coat to save me from closet indecision. The print is perfect for spring, and all I have to do is throw this coat over almost anything for an instant touch of polish. Looking put together has never been this easy.

Also, I apologize in advance if I’m MIA for the next few days. Should be back to normal after fashion week.

Happy Monday and Happy Toronto Fashion Week!!! Let the craziness begin!

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What I Wore: All Grown Up

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Whenever someone asks me to describe my style, the word tomboy always comes to mind. I’ve never been a girlie girl, and even though I do love to wear dresses, the way I wear them is never polished and refined, but a little messy and imperfect…and that’s what makes those looks “me”. This time around, however, I found it really hard to look messy in this perfectly ladylike Pink Tartan python print full skirt. The fun colour, paired with the flattering shape is an easy-to-follow recipe for refinement, just like most of Kimberly Newport-Mimran’s pieces. But something about this one in particular called my name. Maybe it’s the age thing…growing up and being drawn to more grown-up pieces, or maybe I just really loved this skirt. Either way, I’ll be wearing this one a lot this spring…topped with my trusty moto jacket. I have to toughen it up somehow!

I Wore: Top – H&M; Skirt – Pink Tartan; Shoes – c/o ALDO; Earrings – J.Crew

Photo Credits: Max Kopanygin

Big City Style – Spring 2014 Blogger Lookbook for eLUXE!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few sneak peek photos I took at the eLUXE showroom last week. Well, the secret’s out! The lovelies from the Canadian e-tailer eLUXE invited a few of Toronto’s top fashion bloggers to pick out their fave Spring 2014 pieces and style them for the website’s lookbook, shot by the very talented photographer Vincent Lions. I was super stoked to be invited!

The photoshoot was a blast. The amazing Aveda Canada team did our hair and makeup, and I  to shoot with some of my favest blogger buds Sharon and Gracie. Did I mention that we had a blast?!

For my look, I chose the stunning bodycon Clover Canyon neoprene dress, topped by a Tibi tweed jacket, and the most perfect white ela clutch. The outfit was very “me” – colourful and optimistic. It felt awesome not having to wear tights, and to have a summery braided do – summer may still be a few months away, but at least I got a taste of it last week.

If you still haven’t, make sure to check out eLUXE’s fun spring lookbook for a selection of covet-worthy pieces modelled by Toronto bloggers. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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What I Wore: Pattern Play

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Not too long ago even the thought of pairing printed pants with a striped top would make me uncomfortable, and look at me now – mixing not one, not two, but three different patterns in one outfit. I consider this progress, while my husband probably thinks  that I am one step closer to crazy-old-lady-dressing. Either way, this pattern play thing isn’t going to go away anytime soon, so he may as well get used to it.

If you’ve always wanted to try mixing different patterns and prints into one outfit, I follow a couple of simple rules/tips to avoid looking cray.

1. Patterns from the same colour family are the easiest to mix, so make sure that there’s a common theme when it comes to the colour of the garments you are trying to pair up.
2. Combine prints of different sizes to create a more balanced look. Large flowers with thin stripes, tiny houndstooth with loud graphic prints, etc.
3. Stripes, dots, and leopard print are basically neutrals, so don’t be afraid to throw those into the mix.
4. When in doubt – add a splash of colour. Jacket, bag, shoes, whatever…just make it pop!

So tell me, do you mix prints often…or ever? What are your fave combos? Share in the comments!

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What I Wore: Is It Spring Yet?

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I wore this peppy combo last week while filming Styled By Nelia at Yorkdale. After being incredibly bored with the contents of my closet, I reached for an oldie/goodie pair of yellow floral pants and my new “goes with everything” striped tee from Ann Taylor. If there’s such a thing as a perfect spring outfit…this one’s mine. My secret hope is that if I dress like it’s spring, spring will be here sooner. Makes perfect sense to me, so just go with it. Also, you’ll owe me one when it will hit +20 degrees next week thanks to my floral pants. You’re welcome.

I Wore: Top, Shoes – c/o Ann Taylor; Pants – Zara; Bracelet – c/o Banana Republic; Ring – YSL; Earrings – H&M

Photo Credits: Max Kopanygin

What I Wore: Colour Me Happy

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Today I’m going to share my winning winter-dressing formula. It goes something like this: colourful coat + cozy sweater + hot boots = instant cure for SAD. It’s nearly impossible to feel grumpy while wearing a cheerful yellow coat and a comfy sweater underneath. It’s like the Prozac of outfits. I was also happy to rediscover a pair of my fave old earrings to add a pop of colour to my look while indoors and coat-less. I’ve had a bit of a statement necklace fatigue lately, so naturally, I am now all about statement earrings. I think they look pretty cute with a turtleneck, non?

So tell me, do you have your own formula for those gloomy winter days when all you want to do is wear PJs on your couch while nursing a cup of hot chocolate? Share your tips in the comments!

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