Saturday, December 31, 2011

Look of the Week: Feeling Very British

I think it was the preppy feel of this outfit combined with the patent rain boots that made me feel very British in this shoot. I felt British enough, in fact, to want to call my rain boots Wellies! All I wanted to do was splash around in puddles and dance with my umbrella...but what do you know, almost all the puddles had dried up before we got outside!

My Bedo dress I wore here as a skirt, opting for a warm sweater over top, rather than bare arms (brrr!). I'm not usually very partial to bright colours (other than red) this time of year, but I saw this beautiful green sweater on Boxing Day and snatched it up. It's a great way to add a splash of colour to an otherwise black and white ensemble.

Lastly, my Wellies (so much fun to say out loud!) were my one and only Boxing Day success, at one-third the price! Now, I'm planning on doing a DIY project with these boots, but I have to do a little research before I dive in. I'll give you a hint: military buttons are in order! Once I'm done, I'll feature them here again!

And don't forget: a Happy New Year to all of you tonight! I'll try to snap some pictures of my New Years outfit for you, once I decide what I'm wearing. I have a feeling I'll be digging out my sequin shorts this year! (Sequins are always a safe bet for New Years). I hope the new year brings you lots of happiness and new fashion inspiration!

Hat-Icing by Claire’s, Jacket-Urban Behaviour, Scarf-H&M, Necklace-Boutique in Fort Langley, Sweater-Forever21, Dress-Bedo, Boots-Locale

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Look of the Week: 20's Flair

Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day!

I have been very preoccupied the last week with all the shopping, baking, and family entertaining that comes along with Christmas holidays. And then there was Boxing Day...a day of pure insanity in the malls. I can't decide if I regret going this year or not. I got a great deal on rain boots, but other than that, the other things I bought were regular price! Next year I think I may take a stab at online shopping on Boxing Day instead, just to avoid the traffic. A word of advice to myself for next year: don't park in an underground mall parkade and expect to get out in less than half an hour. I was more impressed this year, though, that stores actually seemed to be sporting 50% off sales! In previous years, it seemed the best deal was a pitiful 'buy one, get the second 40% off', so it was a big step up this year! Anyway, I'm sure you see my Boxing Day finds over the next few shoots.

This post was done just before Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum, on a rather rainy day. In honour of the museum's 40th birthday, entrance is free! And so I thought it would be fitting to dress the part and take a tour. I styled the outfit around the Cloche hat my best friend/photographer got me for Christmas a couple years ago. Cloche hats are everywhere this winter season, and if you're looking for one, there are some fabulously gorgeous ones at Winners that I've had my eye on too. As for the dress, a lower hemline was in order, followed by low pumps. To give my hair just a little essence of the 20's, I used a hair straightener to give it simulated finger waves. As for my makeup, I stuck to my usual routine, but substituted in a darker red lipstick, which is more indicative of the time. Add a little faux fur for 20's glamour and...voila!

Happy Holidays to all of you around the fashion world!

Cloche hat-Expression, Coat-Jolt (Winners), Dress-Mom’s, Shoes-Fioni, Purse-Vintage, Necklace – H&M

Monday, December 19, 2011

Look of the Week: Cozy Knits and Lace

Well, exams are over, and Christmas is almost here! And that means it's time to cozy up in your favourite knits and enjoy some tea and Christmas shortbread. Thick knit sweaters keep you perfectly warm this time of year, and a nice bit of lace balances out the chunky-ness of the sweater to create a cute and cozy look. I have even switched out my regular tights for these thicker ones from Ardene, so I won't sacrifice any warmth by wearing a skirt.

This look would be just as cute with a pair of tall grey rain boots (of which I don't own; I don't know how I've survived in Vancouver rain so long without any). And of course if it's snowing where you are (lucky!) then some earmuffs or a cute toque would be adorable!

If you're curious how I made the shortbread you see in pictures, it's whipped shortbread with maraschino cherrie bits on top. All it is is flour, butter and icing sugar, and you just whip the hell out of it! They're very soft and crumbly, and they are a Christmas baking staple for me!

Necklace-H&M, Ring-H&M, Sweater-Reitmans, Skirt-Forever 21, Tights-Ardene, Heels-Sirens

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Commercial

Here's something to hold you guys over while I'm busy finishing up my semester! This is my final project for my Marketing class. It's based off of the Cosmopolitan's original elevator commercial, but ours is targeting towards a different demographic. There was a good deal of playing dress-up involved, it was a lot of fun!

The bright orange dress is from ModCloth (oh how I wish I could buy another dress from their online store right now...just in time for Christmas). You don't see the front of the dress very well here, but it has a beautiful flare in the front.

In the very last scene, the dress made of cards was a design I put together last year for an ABC (Anything But Clothes) party. The skirt is made from a plastic tablecloth, and of course, the rest is made from playing cards!

You may even notice the sneak peak of another one of my personal designs; the pink gown in one of the scenes is something I made last year for a Christmas party. You'll see it in a few weeks, when it gets a shoot all to itself!

Click here to see the original Cosmopolitan commercial

Monday, November 28, 2011

Look of the Week: Coloured Jeans

Did I mention my favorite colour is red? I actually own two pairs of red pants: the ones you see here, as well as a pair from Zara. These are the less bright of the two, if you can believe it!

I chose to head down Water Street in Gastown this past Friday to take some pictures along the cobblestone walkways. Gastown is a great historic area of Vancouver, and it boasts all kinds of great places to eat and shop. Plus if you take a peek between the old brick buildings to the north, you can see a breathtaking view of the snow capped mountains.

The hat I'm wearing here is actually my grandfather's. I love the tweed fabric, and the red feather is the perfect touch. You can find all kinds of classic accessories by looking through your grandparents' old things. You've already seen another one of such finds: my red beret, which was given to me by my Nana. Just because it's old doesn't mean it's out of style!

Sometimes its hard to dress stylish while still keeping warm this time of year. My advice: layer! It's easy to slip into the routine of always throwing on my warm pea coat, but I stayed just as warm in my look this week: all that's necessary is a few more pieces from your closet!

The first image below was my inspiration for this week's blog post...I love LOULOU Magazine!

Happy Styling xo

Above image from LOULOU Magazine from a few years back

Hat-Grandfather’s, Jacket-Urban Behaviour, Lace Shirt-h.i.p., Jeans-Guess, Shoes-Guess, Purse-Joe Fresh, Scarf-Gift from my Neighbour

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fashionable Eats: Cafe Latte Cupcakes

What better to have on a cold day but a hot cup of coffee...or if you're not much of a coffee fan, substitute it for this tasty little sweet! I got the 500 Cupcakes book for my birthday from one of my best friends/photographer this year, and I've been working my way through it one cupcake at a time! These cupcakes were a lot of work (mostly the marshmallow foam), but they definitely paid off. I highly recommend picking up the pink book and trying it out for yourself.

Essentially, the cupcakes are vanilla, with a coffee and chocolate frosting, and topped off with whipped marshmallow for the foam. Sprinkle on a little chocolate powder for added effect.

Happy baking!

Shirt-Urban Behaviour, Skirt-Head (vintage), Belt-gift

Friday, November 18, 2011

Look of the Week: First Snow Day

It's here! The first real snowfall of the season fell last night, and made for a beautiful winter wonderland today. I go to university on a mountain, so it was much snowier here than everywhere else in Vancouver. Due to being stuck at school until 10 last night because of the snow, I decided to bundle up this more wearing flats!The great thing about this coat is the neckline. The high collar means you can go without a scarf and still keep your neck nice and warm. It even keeps your face out of the cold if you do the 'turtle'! My boots were originally folded over at the top, but I cut the elastics holding them down to make them thigh-highs! Now they keep me that much warmer: especially when I add thigh-high socks!

My Nana's beret, which I also wore here, is making a comeback this week. It gets a lot of use in the winter months; I'm not a big fan of tuques, so this hat is the perfect fix! Not to mention it's my favourite colour. If you're looking for a classy fall alternative to the tuque, this is a great one!Happy styling!

Beret-My Nana’s, Coat-Urban Behaviour, Sweater-Forever 21, Tights-Seduction, Socks-Ardene, Boots-Sirens, Purse-Guess
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