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

Details

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…

Details

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.

ALPINE VIBES

As we near the end of December, I look back at this wonderful 2017, and think…wow. I have had so many great experiences, and met so many amazing people! I have also found some killer pieces to add to my closet! Bright colours, fun patterns, and cozy everything. However, where you have bright colours and fun patterns…there is always a difficult piece to style…

ALPINE VIBES - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

ALPINE VIBES - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

ALPINE VIBES - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

ALPINE VIBES - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

ALPINE VIBES - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

ALPINE VIBES - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

ALPINE VIBES - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

ALPINE VIBES - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

ALPINE VIBES - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

Details

Sweater: Joe Fresh / Vest: Winners / Leggings: c/0 Du North Designs Ltd. / Boots: American Eagle / Coat: Roots

Du North Designs has become my regular hub for cute and fun leggings. These patterned leggings that I am sporting today are probably the most out there thing that I own (at least, for now). I say that with the utmost sincerity, because this pattern is eye-catching for sure. Most people would take a look and think…where, how, why? I think they are so much fun and such a change of pace. So here is how I made these wild leggings fit with my regular wardrobe…

When I first looked at them, I didn’t know how I would style them for a styled look. They are super cozy, and perfect for lounging around the house, running errands, or even sitting in classes all day long. However, I wanted to make them POP! After countless minutes of running around my room, going through everything I own…I finally looked at the colours.

There are so many colours in these leggings, but there are some super dominant colours as well. Blues, maroon, a bit of orange. So I finally thought, sweater on top (because we already have cozy style going), and maybe a third piece on top of that! Perfect – grey cozy sweater, and then I had this maroon vest to pair on top. I really like this combo because the top half of the look doesn’t take away from the fun pattern in the leggings, but it also doesn’t clash with it either!

Now, due to the unbelievably cold weather, I didn’t make it through shooting this outfit without some warmth from my big winter coat. However, after I got back into my cozy bed to edit, I realized…the winter jacket takes the look to the next level! Immediately I got ski slope, alpine vibes and wished I had photographed more shots styled with the coat.

It really doesn’t take much to make a crazy piece look great. Pull out the colours and make sure you keep that difficult item as the main focus of the styled look. You may get an ultra cute, ski bunny look without even knowing it (haha or maybe that’s just me!)

All of my fun leggings come from Du North Designs Ltd.Start styling with them today and take your closet to the fun patterned level!

**Although this post was sponsored by Du North Designs Ltd., my review, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Holiday Off-Duty

The holidays are a time of getting together, memory making and celebration. The Christmas season is among one of my favourite times of the year. The lights, the treats, and the cozy clothing – all very important details when December begins! When the snow starts to fall, it’s time to pull out the over-sized sweaters and comfortable jeans!

Holiday Off-Duty - Pearls and Polkadots

Holiday Off-Duty - Pearls and Polkadots

Holiday Off-Duty - Pearls and Polkadots

Holiday Off-Duty - Pearls and Polkadots

Holiday Off-Duty - Pearls and Polkadots

Holiday Off-Duty - Pearls and Polkadots

Holiday Off-Duty - Pearls and Polkadots

Holiday Off-Duty - Pearls and Polkadots

Holiday Off-Duty - Pearls and Polkadots

Holiday Off-Duty - Pearls and Polkadots

Holiday Off-Duty - Pearls and Polkadots

Details

Top: c/o Pink Blush / Jeans: Garage / Cabin Socks: Roots / Boots: Blundstone / Hat: Joe Fresh

I am in my last week of school for 2017! I can’t believe how quickly this degree has flown by. This is one of the busiest times of the year – not only because of all of the holiday shopping, baking and gift wrapping there is to do. It is also my birthday month, as well as (for this year, at least) time to be applying to jobs. Shortly, I will be a certified elementary school teacher…four months to be exact.

With all of the crazy-ness that December brings, I like to have my go-to casual looks. I like to look my best at all times, but comfort is my number one – especially when that white blanket covers the ground. An ideal characteristic of a cozy outfit is to feel like you are still in your PJ’s – even when you leave the house! Which brings me to this fabulous off-duty look I put together last week…

I love over-sized things. An over-sized sweater is a comfort-obsessed women’s gift to tackling her daily routine. I stumbled across this perfect piece online at Pink Blush. I love this boutique – especially for comfy wear. This perfect soft knit is my key to keeping it comfortable when I’m sitting in class, or even doing school work at home.

To keep the cozy going, I paired the soft knit with my favourite pair of boyfriend jeans. The  distressing adds a bit of texture to the look, and overall gives the look a cute and casual vibe. Boyfriend jeans are the most comfortable jeans ever – they are a bit slouchy, but they feel like sweatpants. I topped the look off with a cream knit beanie – mainly because I was on second day hair, but also because it was a bit chilly that day.

A look like this is extremely simple to put together. I sport this look consistently by changing out the jeans for leggings, or the soft knit with a cable knit sweater. Either way, the cozy factor wins every time. You really can’t go wrong this holiday season, with this off-duty look.

What’s your go-to cozy look this season?

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

Wrapping Up in Olive Green

The Christmas season is upon us! You wouldn’t be able to tell from my Instagram, but I am so into Christmas right now!! Christmas is always a bit different when living away at school. You can’t really get into decorating, and baking and all of the other fun Christmas festivities. Why? There are so many other things that take priority! For me, it has been my third practicum in Grade 1!!

Wrapping Up in Olive Green - Pearls and Polkadots

Wrapping Up in Olive Green - Pearls and Polkadots

Wrapping Up in Olive Green - Pearls and Polkadots

Wrapping Up in Olive Green - Pearls and Polkadots

Wrapping Up in Olive Green - Pearls and Polkadots

Wrapping Up in Olive Green - Pearls and Polkadots

Wrapping Up in Olive Green - Pearls and Polkadots

Wrapping Up in Olive Green - Pearls and Polkadots

Wrapping Up in Olive Green - Pearls and Polkadots

Wrapping Up in Olive Green - Pearls and Polkadots

Details

Dress: c/o Zaful / Boots: Guess / Necklace: Icing

My days have been filled with teaching my students how to write, marking upon marking, and pure exhaustion. I have loved every minute of it. I have one more practicum in the new year and then I am a certified teacher! Wow! I can’t believe two years is going by so quickly. The past month has been packed full of craziness, but now that it is all coming to a close, I am ready to jump into the Christmas season with two feet!

Baking, going to the Toronto Christmas market, getting my Christmas shopping done – all activities that I will be quickly getting into. It’s one of my favourite times of year (being that I looove the holidays), but the only thing I am currently missing? Snow. I WISH there was a thick white blanket on the earth right now…the weather has just been too warm (and when I say warm…I mean 0 degrees).

One bonus to not having foot after foot of snow? I get to sport this cute little number still. Taking pieces and transitioning them to different seasons is one of my favourite things to do. I decided to style this wrap dress from Zaful on its own. If it were super duper cold, I would layer with tights, and maybe a faux fur vest. However, it’s so cute, I didn’t want to cover it up in layers.

This dress is so comfortable and it’s definitely an easy piece to style. The only thing I wish I had done, was ordered one size up. The fit is good, but I like things to be a little bigger – more room to move. This dress is a little short with the cut at the front. I will probably wear it with tights from now on (partly because of the weather, also because it is short).

There are so many cute pieces on Zaful right now, it’s hard containing myself!!

Cheers to the Christmas season approaching!