{The Details}

Chiffon/tulle Dress: BCBG
Knit Dress: H&M
Vest: Garcia
Boots: Old Navy
Scarf: handmade gift
Bracelets: Olive & Piper and Stella & Dot
Bag: Coach
Belt: Brave Leather
Lip Colour: Revlon

This time of year is definitely all about socializing.  It’s impossible to have a new outfit for every occasion, however getting creative with layers and textures can transform your wardrobe to something new.  This outfit gave me that perfect balance of cozy but polished.  I layered two dresses to achieve my desired look.  I was warm enough to be outside taking pictures but not too warm when we were inside sipping London Fogs.  I feel like this one will be making a repeat showing over the holidays.

I will have a last minute Christmas gift post coming this weekend! Be sure to check back for some fun ideas.

 

{Details}
Dress: c/o Nicole Bridger
Vest: Mystree (old)
Necklace: c/o Katami Designs
Belt: Brave Leather
Boots: Nine West
Clutch: c/o Nella Bella

Today is my three year wedding anniversary.  This past weekend, my husband and I celebrated a bit early and took a much needed break.  There was one side of me that felt like we needed to plan something big.   Jet off to some romantic tropical location, book a fabulous hotel, couples massages,….you get the picture.  We kept throwing around ideas but nothing really spoke to us.  Then finally we realized all we really wanted was just some quality time together.  We took Baby Girl over to Grandma’s house for a sleep over, took ourselves out for an early dins since we skipped lunch, and then we went for a walk down by the Quay.  We took advantage of the time and snapped some pics (these ones) and then grabbed a coffee at a fave little Italian place.  We went home and relaxed for a bit (I may have had a little nap) and then we went to a movie.  The next morning we SLEPT IN until 10:30!!!  The best!  Then took our cute, rested selves out for brunch before heading to the Home + Design Show and then off to reunite with our sweet girl.  All in all it was a perfect weekend.  It may not have been ritzy and glitzy, but we loved it.

Speaking of love….this ultra cozy knit dress by local Vancouver designer, Nicole Bridger, has become a go-to dress for me.  It’s like throwing on a warm hug.  I’ve been able to style it lots of different ways and I adore the longer length.  If you don’t yet have any NB hanging in your closet, check her out here.  The collection is available online or at her flagship boutique on West 4th Ave.  #LocalLove

 

Dress: BCBG
Belt: Brave
Sandals: Target
Bag: Co-Lab by Christopher Kon
Bangles: Forever 21

For some reason the beginning of September seems to {unofficially} mark the end of Summer.  We still have a few weeks left, but there is this shift that seems to happen after Labour Day.  It gets darker earlier, there’s a coolness to the air, and I start thinking about my wardrobe for the upcoming season.

The word you will hear over and over again this next month is transition.  I start thinking/purchasing transition items at the beginning of August.   When shopping I ask myself, “Can I wear this now?” and “How will I wear it for Fall?”   I picked up this little BCBG dress at their outlet right near where I live.  It’s been perfect for now with sandals and boho accessories.  You will definitely see me reworking this dress in to the Fall season.  How?  You’ll have to check back.

 

 

Yesterday I got to spend some time with one of my besties.  We had a date day where we got to catch up on each others lives.  We started out with lunch at a spot that was new to me.  Being that we were so full we opted to head down to the beach and take a little stroll by the water.  It was not quite what we expected.  As beautiful and sunny as it was, the wind was nuts (as evident by my crazy wind blown hair).  We watched a few sail boats going out, snapped some pics, and when we couldn’t stand the goose bumps anymore, we opted to warm up in the car and then go get some gelato.  A sensible choice.

Dress: c/o Plenty, Sweater: c/o Left On Houston, Bag: c/o Nella Bella, Belt: Brave Leather, Watch: Hong Kong market, Scarf: The Urban Rack

 

With so much menswear inspiration in women’s fashion right now, it’s hard not to take a style cue or two from the guys.  I recently had the opportunity to see exactly what is happening in menswear at Harry Rosen this upcoming Spring/Summer season. I was blown away with everything being offered up to the fellas this year like texture, print, and loads of colour.  Harry Rosen is one of my husbands favorite shops.  They boast top designer labels like Armani, Hugo Boss, Zegna, Prada, and so many more.

Menswear does seem to trickle into my closet from time to time.  This double print bow tie adds a touch of whimsy to my take on the “Canadian Tuxedo”.  Hats, sweaters, and shirts are other pieces I like to steal from the guys.  But don’t think masculine touches can’t be sexy.  The key is to pair them with feminine pieces like a flirty skirt or bold red lips.

Shirt: Mavi Gold,  Skirt: thrifted,  Bow Tie: c/o Harry Rosen,  Belt: Brave Leather,  Bag: Co-Lab,  Lip Colour: c/o Joe Fresh

To see pics from my trip to Harry Rosen, visit my Facebook page by clicking here.

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