outfit: mint maxi

Aug 20, 2014

cardigan Club Monaco
mint maxi dress Zara
necklace Vintage
purse Rebecca Minkoff
(29 weeks)

I've been living in this dress for longer than I care to admit. It's so comfortable and the colour, THE COLOUR! I never realized just how much I loved mint until I started adding it to my wardrobe. This dress was a lucky find, Jay and I were in Toronto last weekend for a wedding and the morning of the wedding I realized I hadn't packed a clutch. Luckily our hotel was right down town so I ran to the Eaton Centre hopping to find a purse in under an hour (I didn't, I ended up putting my stuff in Jay's satchel).

Right before going back to the hotel to get ready I saw this dress, and with no time to try it on I bought it hoping for the best. Luckily it was an impulse purchase I don't regret, I think this dress will fall apart from repeat washings before I get sick of wearing it!

Just wanted to say a quick thank you to For Elyse for including me in their Spring Blogger Roundup and to Romy for featuring me on her blog, Hippy at Heart :)

outfit: non-maternity-maternity

Jul 28, 2014

beaded gladiator sandals Steve Madden
fringed suede bag FCUK
crochet trimmed slip dress Free People (similar herehere)
abbey road sunglasses & embroidered peasant blouse Free People
(26 weeks)

A few weekends ago I was in Toronto for a wedding shower and somehow managed to break my favourite sunglasses 5 minutes after arriving. It figures they were the only pair I brought too. Luckily I remembered there was a Free People store close to my friends place so the next day I stopped in and replaced my beloved glasses and snagged a few great pieces from their sale room. 

It's a good thing I got some replacement sunglasses, I needed them to hide my tired eyes! I hadn't seen the friend I was staying with in the longest time and after a late dinner at El Rincon (hands down, they have the best guacamole I have ever tried) we stayed up till 2 or 3 in the morning catching up.

During this pregnancy I've picked up a few new maternity pieces but haven't been impressed with the quality. After one wash in cold water on delicate they looked like crap. If I can get away with wearing regular clothes from brands I love I will, things can always be altered down the road to be worn after the baby is born. Although, I do think Free People needs to make a maternity line already, I bet it would be pretty successful!

Style Spotlight: Charcoal Alley

Jul 18, 2014

You can't really label Paris Gerrard's style (the blogger behind Charcoal Alley) because the way she combines all sorts of different elements results in a look that is always shifting focus. Her look is prominently bohemian yet is slightly modern. Her outfits are colourful and subtly striking, but I can't say exactly what I'd call Paris' style besides interesting.

I like the abstract ideas presented on her blog, and the photographers eye. There's something new and different (compared to what you usually see in the blogosphere when it comes to outfit photos) about the way each outfit is presented. I like the layout of each post; the intentionally chosen photos sandwiched between outfit pictures to give a better understanding of the thought process behind the pairing of the clothes and jewellery.

outfit: riverside

Jul 14, 2014

lace shouldered dress Forever 21
black skinny jeans & studded flats Zara
feathered boho hat Forever 21 (similar)
(24 weeks)

This is one of my favourite dresses (and we all know how much I love a good nightgown-esque dress), Usually I throw on a pair of heels and skip the belt that came with it but today it was feeling just a bit too short so I wore it as a tunic top instead. The day started out cool and rainy so I grabbed a hat in an attempt to prevent the rain from turning my hair into a frizzy mess. In the end the rain didn't make a difference because the day warmed up and turned ridiculously humid. The only downside to summer is the sticky humidity that comes along with it.

After the rain stopped we went for a walk down by the river and had dinner at my favourite place, The Green Door. I could eat there every day and never get sick of if! I hadn't been there since they renovated, it looks great inside, spacious and bright and the food was delicious as usual. 

The place was packed when we got there, but waiting in line was worth it, I even got take-out for later! Jay and I shared what we had with Tavi, who surprised us both by liking everything she tried, I thought for sure the beet salad wouldn't go over well but it did! Hands down, The Green Door is best vegetarian/vegan place to eat in Ottawa.

outfit: bluesfest

Jul 8, 2014

new leaf maxi dress c/o For Elyse
cropped leather jacket Free People (similar here)
hmong hill tribe purse Etsy
sandals Sam Edelman
necklace Vintage

Photos do not do this dress justice, I'm not exaggerating when I say it's stunning and I love it! It's a combination of all the subtle shifts in the print, the way the creams and blues fade into each other creating a kind of ombre effect, and the way the dress fits. Unlike most maxi dresses in stores lately this is decidedly not sack-like, it skims your body but is still structured so it's quite flattering. Plus the tiny top manages to incorporate both ruffles and buttons without looking over done. 

Basically, it's perfect.

thanks for all your kind words on yesterday's post :)
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