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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What I Wore: Snow Queen

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Sorry for being MIA last week…thanks to the snow/ice storm, my house had no electricity, cable, or internet, giving me a much-needed break from all types of social media and blogging. Instead, I ate pies (Flaky Tart is the bomb!), hung out with family, and slept A LOT. It was awesome, but also challenging. I learned to put on make up under candlelight, and wore a lot of comfy and warm clothes, because getting dressed in the dark isn’t as easy as it sounds and having no heat is no picnic either. Thankfully, I had this cozy Ann Taylor sweater dress to save the day. All I had to do is throw it on over some tights to avoid looking like a shlub with no electricity. Mission accomplished.

Hope you and your loved ones have a warm and safe holiday season! Should be back to regular programming in 2014!

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What I Wore: #ALDOALIST

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Last Sunday, I woke up bright and early and headed to Yorkdale to host a party at ALDO’s Toronto flagship. The store opened earlier than usual, welcoming A-list guests with refreshing orange juice and breakfast brownies (my favourite!), as well as 20% off the entire store! The party was thrown in honour of Noelle, who won a special #ALDOALIST contest from Virgin Radio, and as such, she was ALDO’s celeb for the day – hanging out in her very own VIP booth at the store, and shopping with her besties before the store’s official opening hours. Lucky girl!

But Noelle wasn’t the only lucky winner that day. I was also super pumped to meet Ariel, who won an ALDO shopping spree from this season’s Style Days of Christmas Giveaways. It was so wonderful to do a little shopping with Ariel and see her favourite pieces. With her $200 ALDO gift card, Ariel picked up an elegant bag, a pair of boots, a hat, and some jewelry. Not a bad haul! Not bad at all. And you know what? Seeing Ariel’s and Noelle’s faces light up with excitement made waking up early on a freezing Sunday morning totally worth it.

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What I Wore: Toronto Christmas Market

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A couple of weeks ago, I had a brilliant idea – I dragged le bf to the Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery District to do some Christmas shopping and shoot new outfit photos for the blog – work and play combined. The only problem was…as we left for the market, the skies opened up, and it started to rain miserably (and continued for the remainder of the day). But being the consummate pros that we are, not even freezing rain could stop us from doing what we set out to do – and so we took some photos anyway.

I may or may not have yelled at le bf to stop being a perfectionist and just hurry (the eff) up, because rain was dripping down my forehead, and I was fairly certain that I had mascara running down both my cheeks, while my teeth were chattering uncontrollably. Alas…after about 15 minutes of running around and trying to get some decent shots, I gave up, wrapped myself in a warm scarf that le bf was gallantly holding for me, and ran for cover. Just another day in a glam life of a fashion blogger.

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What I Wore: The Perks of Wearing Wallpaper

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Yesterday, I wrote about the new CHANEL boutique that opened at Yorkdale Shopping Centre last week, and today I will show you what I ended up wearing to the event. When I first saw this Zara ensemble online, I’m pretty sure cartoon hearts started popping up above my head, so of course, order it I did. So when I was standing in front of my closet, fretting about having nothing to wear, this “suit” became my last-minute solution. And better yet, it went perfectly with my treasured CHANEL shoes. Mission accomplished!

After finally putting it all together, I waltzed into le bf’s office to ask for his opinion…only to see his jaw drop to the floor, and hear him beg me…literally beg me not to wear my Zara masterpiece to CHANEL. I believe it sounded something like this: “Oh, hun, no. No, no. Oh, no. Please, no. No.”, all the while covering his mouth with his hands. Undeterred by le bf’s pleas, as you can see, I still wore my wallpaper-like getup to the party…and I am happy to report that I have yet to regret it. It was a fun outfit to wear in a sea of black and white, so who cares if the pattern was a tad (a lot?) wallpaper-ish? I had fun with my blogger friends, made my Christmas (and lifetime) wishlists, and finally took my precious CHANEL shoes out for a spin! What’s not to love? Sometimes it’s not a bad idea to go against the grain.

So what do you think? Are you with le bf on this one, or do you think this is a fun look? Share your honest opinions in the comments.

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I Wore: Shirt, Pants, Necklace – Zara; Velvet Blazer – Denim and Supply (The Bay); Cuff – H&M; Shoes, Bag – CHANEL

Photo Credits: 1 & 3 – George Pimentel

What I Wore: Perfect Leather Pants

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In case you didn’t know…the perfect leather pants do exist! And they are from the Isabel Marant for H&M collection. I am so glad that I braved the crowds in order to snag these, because now that I have them, I want to wear them all the time! Luckily, these don’t make me feel like I have to use a bottle of baby powder to put them on - these leather pants are as comfy as pajama bottoms. Well…nearly. How do you feel about leather pants? Share in the comments.

I Wore: Sweater – Gap; Leather Pants – Isabel Marant for H&M; Shoes – Valentino; Necklace – Zara

Photo Credits: Max Kopanygin

What I Wore: #YesIDoLikeCoatsBigTime

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Not to sound like @NotCoatFactory Twitter account, but #COATS, you guys! Yesterday I wrote about the RUDSAK Sample Sale that’s happening this weekend in Toronto, and today I wanted to share a sneak peek of what this sale has to offer. This awesome RUDSAK parka was my fave item from the sale – it’s Canadian, warm, stylish, doesn’t make me feel like the Michelin Man…and best of all – you can buy it for a fraction of its original price! Score! There were so many coats to choose from, I had a really tough time picking just one. And as I mentioned before – there are bags, shoes, and accessories galore too! If you have time,  you should definitely stop by and check it out – it’s one of the best sample sales I’ve been to in a while.

To wrap this post up, I’ll leave you with these words of wisdom from my favourite Twitter account ever – @NotCoatFactory: “Who does like coats? Let us know with #YesIDoLikeCoatsBigTime and tell others about this.” You know what to do!

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What I Wore: Stripes and Sequins

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I am super excited to announce that I am now part of Ann Taylor‘s kick-ass team of brand ambassadors in Canada! As someone who has a day job at a fairly conservative office, I am really excited to amp up my office looks and introduce more sophisticated pieces into my wardrobe. And while dressing for the job I want may mean leaving the leather pants at home, it certainly doesn’t mean that I have to look boring. Take this striped and sequined jacket, for example…apart from the sequins, this is a very classic piece – shape and pattern are both very neutral, but the sequins take it from simple to glam. Same with these black pants with lace trim, and blouse with an embellished collar – classic and sophisticated, but far from boring.

This is what I love about Ann Taylor – their collections are full of staple pieces, but there are also a ton of stand-out items that work seamlessly with all of the simpler ones. Needless to say, I am really excited to show you what else Ann Taylor has in store! Stay tuned!

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What I Wore: Yellow

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Don’t have much to say today, except…I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS COAT!

As you were.

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What I Wore: Cold Weather Essentials

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I finally got my Mackage jacket, you guys! It’s stylish and warm and I love it so much, I would probably sleep in it if I could. Same goes for my new Acne Pistol boots. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally make the leap, but now that I own these bad boys, I hardly ever wear anything else (on my feet, that is). If you are looking for a pair of comfy, versatile ankle boots, I highly recommend these.

Isn’t it funny how some pieces get so much wear, while others hardly ever see the light of day? All of the pieces from this outfit are definitely hard-workers and will surely be worn all the time this winter – fleece-lined tights from H&M, cashmere sweater from Joe Fresh, Club Monaco leather skirt, kitty ears toque from Zara, my new fave bag from Proenza Schouler, and of course, the two pieces I mentioned above. Throw in my super-warm Canada Goose parka into the mix and you have my winter wardrobe in a nutshell.

What about you? What are your cold weather essentials? Share in the comments!

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