Dockside Stripes

Good news, everyone! The sun has finally come out of hiding and we are getting the warm spring weather we deserve! There is nothing I love more than a good day spent outside, and this week brings the start of my outside days.

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Top: c/o Pink Blush / Jeans: Ralph Lauren / Shoes: Converse

There is nothing better than taking a stroll down the dock, gazing over the water and beautiful trees. We took a stroll in downtown Lakefield by the marina and oh did we ever get summer vibes. Now, spring is definitely a beautiful season, but hanging my feet over the dock, splashing the water with the tips of my toes and feeling the wind through my hair? Definitely swooping me up into a summer dream.

Believe it or not, only two short weeks ago, this entire city was covered in snow. Yup, you read that right. We had an ice storm – trees were down, roads were blocked, and it was definitely a hot cocoa + Netflix kind of weekend. Now look where we are – back to normal spring things.

The tragic return of Canadian winter gave me a good scare. But now the snow is gone and spring outfits are at the forefront of my closet (thank goodness!!). I am all about patterns right now – especially stripes. I think I own more striped things than a girl needs!! Yellow is never my go to colour. However, what better time to try this pastel shade than the beginning of the sunny season?

This is such a simple look to recreate, and a comfy one at that! I love the detail in the sleeves and how the warm colour just makes me feel like sunshine. Plus, it is so soft! You can get this piece and many other amazing pieces just like it online at PinkBlush.

I have so many ideas for the warmer months! I can’t wait until the warm weather is here for good – warm weather without rain that is.

Cheers!

**Although this post was sponsored by PinkBlush,  my review, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Winter Uniform

I can see the light at the end of the long snowy tunnel. Winter is almost over, and I am more than thrilled. I am a winter-lover, appreciative of the pretty crystal like scenery outside my window each morning. However, when the calendar flips to March, and the snow turns to slush…I’m over it. It’s time for spring flowers and showers, and everything that comes with the season before summer!

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Sweater: Joe Fresh / Vest: c/o Shein / Jeans: Urban Planet / Shoes: Blundstone

One of the positive things about winter is the sweater weather that accompanies it. I love pulling on a cozy turtle neck, or fluffy vest to keep me toasty while hustling and bustling around in the snow. Sweaters are the most basic pieces of clothing to style, and so I try to follow a rule when I am coordinating a sweater weather look: add a third piece.

Today, my third piece rule features a fabulous furry item I got from my favourite little online shop, Shein. Shein has become my go-to spot for picking up cute, and inexpensive pieces. I have a bit of a shopping addiction (as most of you know), and so it can get quite expensive when I am buying item after item. I’m not kidding, you can get an entire outfit on Shein for under $30 (maybe even more during high sale times!).

This look is only featuring one stylish item from Shein, and that is this puffy white faux-fur vest. It is just the third piece that takes this outfit to the next level. Black jeans and a knit sweater is a common outfit choice for me. However, adding this third piece gives this look some depth. Plus, I get to blend in with the snow (haha!). It’s cozy and furry (just how I like it!).

I love wacky pieces like this one because it isn’t something you might wear every day. However, when you do…you feel like a snow princess! I always wear this vest dressed down, but you could use it as a third piece in a dressed up ensemble as well – the options are endless!

Head over to Shein now to check out their spring collection – you won’t regret it!

**Although this post was sponsored by Shein,  my review, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

Perfectly Pearly

It’s been a busy year thus far! I have had to put blogging on the back burner, but I am coming back strong. I am on the home stretch in finishing my two year teaching certificate and am currently in placement right now. It has definitely been a long two years. However, in just a few short months, I will officially be a certified elementary school teacher (wow that feels good to say!). Woohoo!

Perfectly Pearly - Pearls and Polkadots

Perfectly Pearly - Pearls and Polkadots

Perfectly Pearly - Pearls and Polkadots

Perfectly Pearly - Pearls and Polkadots

Perfectly Pearly - Pearls and Polkadots

Perfectly Pearly - Pearls and Polkadots

Perfectly Pearly - Pearls and Polkadots

Perfectly Pearly - Pearls and Polkadots

Perfectly Pearly - Pearls and Polkadots

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Sweater: c/o Shein / Jeans: Urban Planet / Boots: L.L. Bean / Hat: Zaful

When it comes to my personal style, I am all over the place. I love styling my outfits after celebrities, but I also love that ultra-classic and conservative look sometimes as well. It’s good to mix things up with your wardrobe, depending on your mood. Sometimes I feel like being uber-casual (well, most of the time…). However, sometimes I like to dress it up and look snazzy.

It’s always a bonus to find a piece that can be dressed up or dressed down. A piece that is comfy, but also has a bit of flare as well. That’s exactly what popped into my head when I saw this gorgeous knit from Shein. There are a bunch of similar styles bopping around on the internet, but this one was my favourite and I will tell you why. The pearls are an obvious obsession for me, but the sleeves were the draw for selecting this item.

Ruffles aren’t my usual go-to…but these ruffle sleeves absolutely make the sweater stand out. I love them – they are probably the most fun pair of sleeves I own (Can sleeves be fun? They sure can…). Because this ruffled sweater is such a stand out piece, I really made it the focus of my dressed down ensemble. To keep in tune with the casual vibe, I chose jeans, my winter boots and a cute hat to go along with the piece. You could absolutely dress this piece up if you wanted to with some stylish dress pants, or even a short skirt of some kind!!

I get a lot of questions about smaller online boutique brands. Are they safe to order from? Do the clothes fit true to size? Do you receive the items quickly? I am a big supporter of small online boutiques. Most of my most favourite and unique pieces come from online shops like Shein. Shein is one online shop that I love to order from – the prices are affordable, the styles are current and the shipping is relatively quick. I received my items in roughly three weeks! Not bad, if you ask me!

Shein has so many current and stylish pieces in shop right now, and the best thing is that they are always marking items down! It’s a great little secret that I am sharing with the world. Go get your trend on with Shein and upgrade your closet – you won’t regret it!

Here’s a pearl of wisdom: Shop Shein!

Pumpkin Spice in the City

Happy New Year everybody! I hope that the start to your 2018 has been marvelous so far! Mine has included enjoying the rest of my holiday break, watching a whole lot of Friends reruns, and finishing up the holiday baking (oops!). I consider my new year to start when I start back at school…

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Sweater: c/o Hope’s (similar) / Jeans: Old Navy / Boots: Winners / Scarf: Winners

I received so many lovely gifts this holiday season, all of which have been incorporated into my 2018 closet. This oversized sweater dress I am sporting today is definitely at the top of my list. Gifted to me by the lovely online boutique, Hope’s, I fell in love with this piece as soon as I unwrapped it.

I have been following Hope’s for years! I started following this boutique on Instagram (@shophopes) and Snapchat (shophopes) when I started my blog (almost three years ago!!). Every time a new collection comes out, I pretty much look like the heart emoji! This Pumpkin Spice sweater dress was at the top of my wish list, but I am styling a different look than the typical sweater dress ensemble…

Sweater dresses are incredibly versatile. You can wear them as dresses (which is probably the simplest way), or you can dress it down. Since temps in Toronto are downright frigid right now, bare legs are not an option. So I put my thinking cap on, and looked at it from a different angle.

I styled this sweater dress with jeans and over-the-knee boots. While the jeans dress the look down, the heeled OTK boots dress the look up. This is a cute and casual look that is great for multiple occasions. I additionally thought that you could style the dress with tights and high knee boots (which would work), but didn’t fit my personal style.

It is such a simple look to style, mainly because the sweater dress is such a cute piece! It is the focus of the entire outfit. I love Hope’s! They always bring hip, trendy and current styles to the forefront. What you see in their boutique, and on their media channels are true to size, true to look and completely what you want in a cute, fashionable brand. What is additionally great is they feature their pieces in styled looks on their social media (so if you aren’t sure about how to style a certain item…there are examples to choose from!!).

There are new styles in stock all of the time and the turnover is great! Unfortunately, this particular sweater dress is not available online anymore, however, they have several sweater dresses of a similar style currently in stock.

Pick your next look with Hope’s to kick off your 2018!

**Although this post was sponsored by Hope’s,  my review, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Shimmering into 2018!

Here we are, about to close another interesting, exciting and fun year! So much has changed in my life since one year ago today, and I am happy to say all for the better. I can’t say that I accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish in 2017…but that is what a new year is for. Accomplishing your goals, and setting even bigger ones!

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Evening Dress: c/o Pink Blush / Shoes: Aldo

New Years Eve is such a magical…holiday? (I don’t know if I consider it an official holiday or not). It is a time to reflect and look back upon all of the amazing moments you had with friends, family and individually. It’s also a time to look your best, whether you’re going out on the town or staying in by the fire. I want to first say that this look is completely outside of my comfort zone. Sexy, sequin gowns aren’t my usual (even on NYE!), but when I saw this come out in their boutique…I just had to have it. It was love at first sight!

It is such a breath taking piece and looks exactly like it does on their online boutique! The sequins capture the light perfectly, so wherever you are, you are the star of the show. I like to throw third pieces on a lot of my looks to jazz them up a bit, but that is the great thing about this gown…you don’t need to!  In fact, I think it may be overkill if you did. I styled this independently because it really is just stunning on its own.

When I set out to find a look for NYE 2017, I thought of Pink Blush immediately. They always have showstopping picks that completely liven up your wardrobe. This dress is one of many, many sequin pieces they have right now in a variety of styles. Aren’t a fan of the jaw dropping, attention grabbing gown? You can go for a lightly accented sequin blouse or sweater. Those are always fun as well!

The possibilities are endless. Now, because this year is absolutely frigid cold (-30! Yikes!), I would opt for a faux fur wrap or some kind of shimmery wrap for my shoulders. You can’t ignore cold warnings and you don’t want to be shivering on a night you look so fabulous! Just keep in mind, with a dress like this, you don’t want to take any attention away from those shining sequins!

Bundle up and keep warm this NYE! See you in 2018!