Outfit Details: a Wedding Look

I have had a very exciting weekend, and so excited to share these outfit details with you (I have literally been waiting to share this little number for months…) This past weekend, my eldest cousin got married! Tears were shed (in happiness), a lot of food was eaten, and pictures were taken (oh were they ever!). She made the right decision to hire a photographer who would get pictures like some of the ones below, that’s why it took her ages to get one she liked. It’s important that you look for a photographer, such as this wedding photographer in devon who can not only make the bride and groom look good but who can make all their guests treasure these photos for a lifetime. It’s great because it means you can see just how much of a fantastic time everyone had at your wedding, including yourself! I must say, I always have such a fun time at weddings, because you get to go all out, glam yourself up and dance the night away.

If you have been reading my posts lately, you would know that I am obsessed with the colour mint. I picked eight of my most favourite mint pieces that are out there right now, so make sure you head over and check out my love for this colour here. It is such a fun, summery colour, which is why I chose a mint piece for this classic wedding look.

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This is a Calvin Klein dress that I found at The Hudson’s Bay Company. I love everything about this dress, and when I tried it on, I literally fell in love with it. The neckline is perfect (not too high, not too low), the length is beautiful, and how the dress hangs with the slight pleat look to it, made for a very classic and humble look.

I am not too into the skin-tight, bodycon dresses (especially for weddings) only because of the type of body that I have. Being the short gal that I am, I have to be mindful of highlighting the right areas of my body, and bodycon just doesn’t do it for me, personally.

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For the past few weeks, I had been struggling on what jewelry to wear with this neckline. I have a double “V” shaped necklace that probably would have gone with dress quite well, but when I tried it on…it didn’t look very right. It was actually my mother who suggested my single strand of pearls (I should have thought of that…) and when I fastened those babies on, the morning of the wedding, it clicked and my worries faded away. The off-white colour of the pearls tied into my clutch and belt…giving the outfit a very complete look. Good choice, Mom!4

This clutch was a TOTAL last minute purchase. You know when you tell yourself that you will pick something up…and keep telling yourself you will….and keep telling yourself you will…and then it’s two days before the wedding and OOPS…you completely forgot? Had I not remembered, I would have been sporting a bright green clutch…not so hot. I picked this cute little clutch up at Call it Spring and it was just a dream all night. I love the gold detail and the quilted pattern…adorable! I detailed the contents of my wedding clutch in “What’s in my Bag?: Clutch Edition” which proved to be very useful because I ended up having my clutch packed and ready to go a day in advance (preparation, yay!!).

I seem to always forget to snap pictures of my shoes…which is strange because I love shoes. I got my shoes from Call it Spring (same place as my clutch) in a shade of mint, that matched my dress perfectly. Originally, I was looking for off-white to match the dress, but when I found these beauties, I had to pick them up! I have to admit, committing to them all night long was a task, but pain is beauty, right?

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Overall, this is my favourite look. I loved everything about it – the colour scheme, the cute gold buckle on the belt, the clutch, the pearls – everything was perfect and it was such a comfortable dress to wear all night!

Although this is an outfit details post, I wanted to share a few snaps of the beautiful decor at the wedding last night. From the flowers, to the sparkly curtains on the windows…not a detail was missed!

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Weddings are always such happy occasion and it was a beautiful day to attend. I wish my cousin and his new wife so much happiness for the future!! I am still drooling over the decor…

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What’s in my Clutch? Wedding Edition.

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I’m hearing wedding bells this week! This weekend, my cousin is getting married and the family is completely immersed in everything wedding! Which is why, I am taking this opportunity to share my wedding clutch with you. Although the wedding is two days away, I have had my outfit planned for about two months now, right down to the pearl earrings (look forward to that outfit details post!!). When it comes to going to a high profile event, you need to make sure you have the essentials!!

Being a woman, we get kind of a pass on bringing a million things with us through the very convenient use of a purse or clutch. However, when you only have a limited amount of space, you must maximize and choose your items wisely! Well, fear no longer, because today I will be spilling the contents of my wedding clutch this weekend, and giving you a little preview as to what exactly I will be taking along with me on Saturday!

Keeping Beautiful: Foundation Stick, Lipstick, a Compact & Bobby Pins

This E.L.F. foundation stick is the perfect thing to keep in a bag, let alone a clutch. Weddings go on for hours, into the wee hours of the morning, and chances are, your make-up will not last as long as you want it to. That’s why, it’s good to have something to touch it up with!! What’s great about this foundation stick, is it is creamy and smooth, which allows you to blend easily with your fingers (just remember to wash your hands!! We don’t want make up stains on any of the linens now, do we?).

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Who are we kidding? Do we really go anywhere without some kind of lip blam, stick or gloss? Well, I don’t. I have to have something that will keep my lips looking plump and fresh!! I am absolutely obsessed with Avon lip stick, which may come as a shock to some of you,  but trust me when I say this lip stick lasts. I usually don’t have to reapply throughout the work day, which is just what you need!! Plus, the colour is pretty cute too!

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Now, this may or may not be applicable to some of you ladies. I, for one, like to be able to whip out my compact and use the mirror to check my teeth (crucial after eating salad), or do a quick make up check without having to go to the powder room. Although I will say this as a side note…if you do happen to need a touch up or pick the green out of your teeth, please excuse yourself!! (Excuse the mini-etiquette lesson). Having that compact, just makes those little side checks easier so you can keep the party going throughout the night!

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This is also an optional item for some people, but I tend to keep a few bobby pins in any purse that I carry, only because I (or someone else) may need one at some point. I often curl my hair or put it up, and bobby pins tend to get lost along the way. In the event that that crucial pin holding your style in place falls out – not to worry, you have a spare! Like I said, totally optional, but for me…I like to have backups.

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Quick Fixes: Sewing Kit, Tide-to-Go stick, Scotch Mints 

Okay, I have to say this is probably the most important thing to have in your clutch when attending a wedding. Whether the bride’s dress rips, or someone’s pants get split down the middle, whoever has that oopsie malfunction will thank the heavens, and more importantly you, for coming to the rescue!! Let’s just say, the last wedding I was at, it would have been nice to have a needle and thread to save the day…

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Another type of oopsie? Stains. I will be wearing mint green to the party this weekend and heaven forbid I spill something on my dress during one of the six courses…I want to be prepared. Now, I am a relatively clean eater, but being that I spilled coffee yesterday morning right down the front of my baby blue shirt (and actually had to purchase this exact stick), I will be playing it safe at the wedding!! I would highly recommend this addition to your clutch. Warning: the Tide-to-Go stick works poorly on white clothing. In my experience, it has left a yellow-tinged stain…so beware of how light the fabric is should you choose to use it.

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Beside the fact that this little mint tin is super cute and feeds my Disney obsession, it is so important to keep fresh breath when you are interacting with hundreds of people. I prefer to keep scotch mints in my purse because I don’t necessarily like to be chewing gum in front of so many people. That may sound a tad extreme, but when you get caught chomping on a piece of gum – mid chew – in one of the candid wedding photos (which is then shared on Facebook about a thousand times)…you will be horrified. Trust me…pictures say a thousand words and you don’t want it to say “I chew with my mouth open!!”

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The Oh-so-Important Stuff: Bill Fold/Wallet, Kleenex, your Phone

Being that most weddings are cash free or open bar, you don’t necessarily need to carry a wallet with you. I like to keep my crucial cards with me in the event that I need to find my own way home, or something unexpected comes up. If you don’t keep cards on you, you should have roughly $20, just in case. This bill-fold is sold at J.Crew and has been my best friend for the past six months I have owned it. It’s so great when you don’t want to carry a huge wallet with you, and also when switching bags!

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Emotions run high at weddings, and that’s why you want to have something to catch those tears with. The best thing to have on you at a wedding are tissues!  Plus, this will help you keep your make up intact, so it doesn’t all wash away during the ceremony!!

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This may seem a little obvious…but you need to make sure you have room in your clutch for your phone!! You don’t want to have it out the entire wedding (because how rude would that be?) and that most often gets overlooked when packing a bag. You also want to make sure you have something to take photos with!! So make sure you bring it along with you (and that it fits) because this is probably one of the most important items on this essentials round up!

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Well, there you go – you have your essentials listed out for you right here! So if you are going to a wedding, make sure you pack accordingly so you are prepared for the best and the worst!! Having these items in your clutch will guarantee you a worry-free, fun-filled night! Which, of course, I plan to have on Saturday! Now I just can’t wait to detail my beautiful little number I put together for this exciting event – make sure you check back on Monday! This clutch is one that I picked up from Call it Spring – it comes in black too!

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I am always curious to see what people keep in their bags, and even more interested to see how their clutch is organized! Do you have any essentials you bring to weddings? Leave them in the comments below!!

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Make a Statement: Round Two

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Statement necklaces have become a staple in my wardrobe, and I find it so exciting and pleasing to pick up a new piece of jewelry that I can coordinate with so many outfits. I have a few tips that I have picked up along the way which have made it a lot easier to look at a wall of necklaces and choose the best one (in my opinion…).

When I first started out as a blogger, I wrote a post on statement necklaces. However, I had just begun accessorizing with different types of pieces, and well, finding what I felt looked best. I wouldn’t say that my style has changed in the six months I have been blogging, but I have definitely found ways to make it easier for me when I go accessory shopping and I know what I am looking for!

The brighter the better! There is nothing better than a bright statement necklace to make your outfit pop! When I first began to accessorize with statement necklaces, I was a little shy with them – I bought softer colours that blended in and didn’t really stand out at all. They were more “complimentary” necklaces, than “statement” necklaces! However, as the spring season rolled in, I expanded with my bright taste and started to wear more colours that popped!!

Don’t shy away from those flashy pieces! Jewelry is not just for special occasions!! This is probably the most common misconception when it comes to accessorizing! Sure, you should accessorize when you are going somewhere fancy, or even going out for a night on the town. But who says you can’t wear a flashy piece while studying for finals at the library? Well, I say you can!! And should.

Change up the length! One of the common trends right now: big, bold, and short in length. While those are great and certainly make a statement, you also have to make sure you are switching it up and add a lengthy piece to your collection. I typically wear longer pieces when I am trying to create a taller look. Don’t get me wrong…I love the cute little neck length pieces, but you have to switch it up (you don’t want the same necklace in every look you style…). Keep it fresh with new pieces!!

Jewelry is a mysterious area of fashion and I’m sure everyone will have their own opinion on what looks good or what doesn’t look good or even what they feel comfortable wearing! The most important thing to take away from this post, is this: Where what you love. If you love a rainbow coloured, spiky piece…WEAR IT! Not everybody is going to love what you are wearing every single time, and I have definitely made some fashion forward moves that not everyone I know liked…but who cares when you feel beautiful in it?

Here are a few of my statement pieces that I have collected in the last year. I love them. I wear them. I am addicted to statement jewelry!!

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Before I go, I want to let you in on one last, little detail…to make your accessorizing easier, I have brought the necklaces to you!! Below, I have linked some of my favourite necklaces that are on the market right now, and some of them are on sale!! These are the best and brightest pieces a girl could ask for, so make sure you check em’ out below!

Let me know how you feel about statement jewelry in the comments below and what your most favourite style is to rock!

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My Mint Picks!

My_MINT_PicksDo I have some picks for you on this gorgeous Sunday! I am always looking for cute, fun and colourful pieces to add to my wardrobe, and lately I have been OBSESSED with the colour mint. Mint is an interesting colour. It is one of those colours that I didn’t have in my closet for a long time. In fact, I didn’t really recognize it as a colour you wore (isn’t that crazy!?). However, in the past year, and through my obsession with Pinterest, I realized that mint is actually a great colour to wear!!

It can be used in an accessory, like the cute tassel necklace I have linked from Banana Republic. Mint can also be made the focus of the entire outfit by wearing a mint skirt or pair of pants!! I barely have any mint in my closet right now, but with this roundup, I will surely be showing off my mint fashion soon! I’m going to show you two things in this post:

1) My most favourite minty looks. 

2) Where you can get beautiful mint pieces. 

How can you not love the outfits that Taylor Swift walks around in? I mean, her style is pretty classic and this is certainly one of the classics. This is a perfect example of the colour acting as the stand out or focus of the ensemble. Although the shoes pop, the focus piece is the patterned mint number she’s wearing. Everything else is coordinated with the minty overall feel (the fuchsia, peep toe heels; the neutral bag; the simple necklace). This is one my favourite looks.

There is no other word to describe this look than adorable. There are so many things that I love about it, I don’t know where to begin. So I will begin with the colour scheme. Mint and white go together…it is a fact (white pretty much goes with anything). This winter white, lace detailed top compliments the tulle perfectly and makes for a pretty party look. To top it all off, the pointed nude heel is just the neutral that the look needs to keep the focus on the skirt. Stylish Petite is the blogger behind this magnificent look. I have been reading her blog for a while now, and she has the greatest eye for style. Definitely give her blog a look-over when you get a chance (you will not be disappointed!!)

The mint piece doesn’t always have to be the focus of the look. Maybe you don’t like mint, or don’t want to dress head to toe in it…that’s completely fine!! But incorporating the colour as a compliment to another piece in your look will leave you looking pretty in the pastel. For example, this look shown below has put the focus on the polka dot pattern. That is what draws the eye at first sight, but having that soft pastel colour in the cardi brightens the look up, so it does not become an all-black-and-white outfit.

The items that I showed in the three outfit reviews, are unfortunately not linked below. However, I have linked the items I picked out for my banner (which are all available in-store right now – just use the links below!!). My top three items of my mint picks are:

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This polka dot mint clutch is currently part of the Betsey Johnson collection at Macy’s. I love how the white dots are so subtle…this clutch is absolutely to-die-for!! Another favourite are these sneakers by Sperry. If you look really closely, there is a white pattern on the shoe that resemble flying birds! So summery and adorable!! Lastly, I am crazy for tassels…but have never owned any! Which is why I have included this tassel necklace from Banana Republic. It is the perfect accessory for any mint-lover’s outfit!!

Well, there you have it – my mint picks. Hopefully you will take these cute pieces into consideration (or find your own fab pieces!!). Mint is the summer colour that’s taking over, and I am perfectly okay with that!! Let me know how you wear this pastel in the comments below!

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4th of July Style: the Canadian’s Picks!

4th of JulyLet’s start off by saying that I am not American. Maybe that’s an abrupt way to start, but stay with me. I am not American, but I love the 4th of July. Why is that, you may ask? Well, because I feel so much pride for Canada, my home country, that I find great appreciation for those Americans who appreciate and support their country. Not to mention, I have connected with so many bloggers from the U.S.A. and made so many great friends!!

One of my favourite things about the 4th of July, is the inspired style that comes out the holiday! You have to admit, some of the stunning outfits that are coordinated for the 4th of July festivities, are just that…stunning! So that is why, I perused Pinterest this week, looking out for all of the American looks…and I am going to detail some of my picks (as a Canadian) in this post!

Look #1 – Anchors away on the 4th of July with these cute chino shorts!

This look if absolutely to die for. This was one of the first looks that I came across, and I fell in love with it. Let’s start with my favourite piece of this look – the anchor shorts from J.Crew. It’s no secret that J.Crew knows how to make the best of preppy clothing. As soon as I saw these shorts, I went crazy trying to find myself a pair…unfortunately…no luck. These are from a few years ago, and they haven’t been sold since. However, the good news is, is that I found a similar pair, linked at the bottom of this post (I am using a new widget, from this point forward to help you find my picks!).

The skinny red belt is such a simple detail, but totally stands out against the navy, anchor print backdrop…which makes this outfit completely suitable for the 4th of July celebration you are heading to! Even better, the statement necklace ties the entire ensemble together, giving just the right amount of red in the look. This flower necklace is very popular and originally sold by J.Crew. However, in keeping with my poor luck with these items, it is also unavailable. More good news!! I found a similar, knock-off, that I  have linked down below (make sure you check it out!). The flashes of red, tied in with the navy anchor print and white blouse, makes this outfit the perfect BBQ or parade wear for the day!!

The final thing I will say about this look…the Sperry Topsiders How can I even express my obsession with Sperry’s? I really can’t…I just love them and for a look like this, they are definitely a staple. Linked below, are a few pairs that I think would make this look!

Look #2 – Striped to perfection, with the pop of red everyone needs this holiday!

I LOVE stripes! Some people say that stripes will make you look wide, fat, etc.. but I am not one of those people. Certain patterns, yes, can not be flattering on everyone, but you really can’t go wrong with a simple striped top like this. The navy stripe paired with the red chino shorts is the ultimate preppy, patriotic look for this festive weekend (coming from a Canadian, of course!). I have linked similar shorts and shirt in the widget below (both from J.Crew and on sale!!) so make sure you check those babies out. Perfect for the 4th of July!

What I love in this look above, are the white Jack Rogers sandals. Not only are they super cute for summer, in general, but totally add to the American look! However, I do feel that any white sandals would work with this look and I’ll tell you why. The focus in this ensemble is not the shoes (if you can believe it!!). You really want the focus to be put on the top and bottom, because it brings the most patriotism (and that’s what you want to show on the 4th of July!!) The shoes are merely an accessory…which is why I opted to link a super versitile and cute pair of Steve Madden two-strap white sandals (a girl has gotta have her Steve Madden’s, of course!).

To top the look off, throw an American print bow in your hair (linked below) and you are set to go! For that extra flare, I linked a navy satchel below…because no look is complete without a bag to carry the necessities!

Link #3 – Gingham and Solids…make for the laid-back, dressy look!

I would totally wear this look to an evening bash or get together. What I love most about what this outfit, is that it screams casual, but also emits that dressy vibe as well. The gingham shirt on top, incorporates that laid back aspect, while the red skirt dresses the look up. This makes it appropriate to wear to whatever 4th of July soiree you may be attending (or hosting..)! I linked up two different types of skirts – the skater skirt and the midi skirt. Both work with this look…so it’s up to you how short you want to make the skirt (I prefer midi).

The white bag tops this whole look off. It completes the American theme we’re going for and really adds the flare that the outfit needs, It also breaks the outfit up in a way. Having the blue on top, with the red in the bottom…it looks a tad colour blocked (indirectly, of course). By adding that pop of white, it balances out the outfit. Although her shoes aren’t pictured, I can visualize some dressy white or off-white sandals with this look. I have linked a few of my favourite pairs in the widget below – so make sure you check them out!!

So there we go… 

Not bad for a Canadian, eh? (hehe…)

I hope all of my favourite American bloggers have a blast today in all of their American festivities!! Happy 4th of July!!

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