Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I love the maroon colour, it's perfect for fall, and they feel so comfy! I decided to cuff them, and they look great both with wedge booties or black pumps!
I also spotted this pair on the website, but didn't notice them in store. When I started my search a few weeks ago I had chinos in mind, so these could be the perfect final addition to my fall wardrobe!
One of the beaches at the resort
Breakfast with Goofy
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
My biggest obstacle? The wall space above my bed. I toyed with the idea of getting a bunch of artsy prints I have framed, but even buying super basic, cheap frames ($9.99 each) will still be pricey since I need to frame either six or nine to really utilize the space -- and do I really need any more prints? I already have scores of photos on every surface and other areas of the walls. Overkill, I would say.
So my dear friend suggested a pretty cool idea... to hang fabric above the bed from a curtain rod, as she's done in her own bedroom. It's a great (cheap) way to fake a headboard! I think I just might try it...
This is what I'm working with...
As you can see, that's one bare + boring wall. The room is crisp, fresh and fun, but I really want something to cozy it up. Here are a few other ideas I like, or that would just look damn good against that huge wall.
This is my favourite for sure. The room divider. It would look super sharp in white, set against the teal walls, and bring a cozy, vintage feel that I badly want to incorporate into the decor.
Fun/abstract art is also something I considered. But I'm worried it would be too much with the busy pattern in the quilt, and the other photos + prints found around the room.
I think orange would pop really nicely against the teal walls. I hope to eventually find/make some orange throw pillows to round out the bedding and accent details.
What do I do?? How did you solve your headboard dilemma?
(Photos via pinterest)
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Hats, blouses, vests, tights, booties.
Colour, sheer, messy hair, skinnies, wedges.
Peacoats, knits, tunics, geometric patterns, toques.
(Photos via Free People)
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
MY TOP PICK
Classic + Demure -- I love the lace sleeves & mix of navy and black
Elegant + Sexy -- I love the shape, the neckline & the side-swept hair
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I hand-picked my outfit especially for this event. The horse print tunic (I tucked it in to fake it as a blouse), tailored dress shorts, and chunky leather+gold bib necklace are all currently available at H&M stores countrywide. What do you think??
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
These are the excited first words out of Dallas Green's mouth when I ask him if it's alright that I detour from our music convo and ask a few fashion-related questions.
The always dapper and put together musician is the man behind the heartfelt acoustic band, City and Colour. I had the chance to sit down with Dallas at Osheaga this summer to get the inside scoop on some of his favourite things, including fashion.
Green's style is all his own. He doesn't use a stylist, and when I prodded him on whether he gets fashion advice from his wife, Leah Miller, he admitted that he actually gives it to her.
"She always asks me what I think of her outfits," he said. "Me and Leah are both on point with one another so we go to each other for things like this."
Here are a few other tidbits I learned from the tattooed troubadour regarding his love affair with fashion and personal style.
Favourite store in Montreal: "I actually went to this store this morning that I was really excited about because I’d ordered stuff from their website. It's called Rooney, and it’s on Notre Dame West. They carry a lot of things that I like. But it was closed! It said open 12 to 5 on Sundays, so I think they’re probably here [at Osheaga]. They closed for the festival. I was so bummed."
Favourite brands right now: "There’s a brand called Our Legacy from Scandinavia. I really like their stuff. And there’s a really awesome brand from Australia called Vanishing Elephant. They make pretty subdued things too, but they make crazy patterned shirts, shoes, and socks."
Favourite footwear: "I love John Varvatos shoes. I’ve had these John Varvatos boots for six years. And I tour in them, and just every once in a while, every couple years, I get them re-soled and polished. And his shoes are awesome too. I could go on forever about the things I like."
Favourite music video growing up: "That’s a tough one. I always loved The Pharcyde videos. You know The Pharcyde, the hip-hop group? Like 'Drop'. Remember that song, 'Drop'? The whole video is filmed backwards. Spike Jonze directed it. That was a great video."
Favourite music video now: "What’s the last music video I saw? Oh my God! I saw the new Chris Brown featuring Justin Bieber video yesterday. It’s like an action movie. There’s cars blowing up, buildings falling down, there’s a love story... It’s like a Michael Bay movie! And I think it’s because the song is very boring. I really like his first two singles, 'Beautiful People' and 'Look at Me Now' with Busta Rhymes and LIl Wayne, but this is the first time I heard that new song and the video is insane. He’s got bleached blond hair, like old Eminem, it’s crazy. So I don’t even know if that’s a good song or a good video, but that’s the one that’s in my head right now."
Music style icons: "Daniel Romano. He plays guitar in my band. He’s my style icon. He’s the kind of kid who can pull off anything. He can show up to band practice wearing a wetsuit and I’d be like ‘Wow, where’d you get that, it looks great.’ Do you know what I mean, like I wouldn’t even question it."
Onstage style: "Yeah, I do think about it. I like to wear a nice shirt or something. Depending on the day. Today I’d like to wear a jacket and a shirt, but it’s probably too hot. I don’t know what my style would be considered. Professor? That’s my look. History professor. Tattooed history professor."
Tattoo tales: "The last one I got was last summer. I’ve kind of slowed down now. I still have lots of space, but I’ve run out of comfortable spots to get tattooed. So every time I have to go get one it’s really painful. Last summer I got a ship’s wheel right here [on my thigh], with my best friend Joanna. Her best friend passed away from cancer last year, and they were going to get this tattoo together before she died, but then she died before they could get it. So I got it with her instead. It was a nice thing."
Friday, September 9, 2011
Here are just two of the awesome outfits I'd happily put together if I had the entire H&M fall collection at my fingertips...
H&M and ELLE Canada Style Station: My Picks by somethingtrendy
A lot of designers talk about "mood boards" whenever they're creating a new collection. This is a collage of images, colours, fabric swatches... whatever inspires them at the time.
Well, I've created my very own inspiration wall at my ELLE Canada desk to keep me inspired and to remind me of all the pretty things in life.
I find having these little visual reminders helps keep the creativity flowing, no matter what's on the to-do list for the day. What's inspiring me right now? The beach, the ocean, waves, summertime, adventure, and travel.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
First, the Royal Wedding coup, and, now, with the astonishing success of this exhibition, I think it's safe to say that Alexander McQueen rules both the high-fashion runway and the mainstream art world.
It's been almost a year since the designer's suicide, and getting a glimpse into his mind and creative process was no easy task.
A few quotes that stuck with me?
"I want to empower women. I want people to fear the women I dress."
"I oscillate between life and death, happiness and sadness, good and evil."
"I'm about what goes through people's minds, the stuff that people don't want to admit or face up to. The shows are about what's buried in people's psyches."
"It is important to look at death because it is part of life. It's a sad thing, melancholic but romantic at the same time. it is the end of a cycle—everything has to end. The cycle of life is positive because it gives room for new things."
It was obvious that McQueen lived a tortured and melancholic existence, and perhaps this is what drove his genius.
With his background in tailoring, every piece of clothing was like a work of art. They were all beautifully made with care and intensity, and have such a rich story and intent behind them. It was so tragic, yet incredibly beautiful.
I left the exhibit feeling like I needed to take a moment of silence. A true fashion talent was lost, but McQueen's legacy remains to be shared.
In memoriam, here are some of my favourite McQueen runway moments: