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!

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

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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.

PICKING SOME APPLES

I’m kind of a fall fanatic, if you haven’t noticed. I love the smell of the crisp air when you walk out the door. I love watching the colours turn to golden yellows and deep hues of orange. However, one of the best things about the cool season is the activities. A few weeks ago, I pulled up my rubber boots and went on a mission to find the perfect apple. Picking some Apples - Pearls and Polkadots

Picking some Apples - Pearls and Polkadots

Picking some Apples - Pearls and Polkadots

Picking some Apples - Pearls and Polkadots

Picking some Apples - Pearls and Polkadots

Picking some Apples - Pearls and Polkadots

Picking some Apples - Pearls and Polkadots

Picking some Apples - Pearls and Polkadots

Picking some Apples - Pearls and Polkadots

Picking some Apples - Pearls and Polkadots

Picking some Apples - Pearls and Polkadots

Picking some Apples - Pearls and Polkadots

Picking some Apples - Pearls and Polkadots

Picking some Apples - Pearls and Polkadots

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Top: c/o PinkBlush / Jeans: Old Navy / Boots: Hunter

This autumn has been incredibly warm, so when I decided to go on my apple hunt, I didn’t have to consider too many layers. The day was brisk, with warm sunshine and just a hint of rain/wind. In my opinion, that is the perfect day to pick some apples, and then go cozy up by a fire with some apple crisp. I opted for a cozy, over-sized ivory knit top by PinkBlush.

Cozy has been pretty much my category of style for the entire season. It makes sense, right? I mean, when it starts to get chilly, it’s natural to want to curl up and not venture outside. However, when you have a cozy cute look on, you get that comfy feel and still look awesome.

It doesn’t take much (effort or cost) to put together a cute and comfortable look. Find your comfy sweater or knit shirt, and pair it with some jeans. Adding a pop of colour in your shoe (or boot) – especially if your sweater is a neutral shade – is always a good idea. I went with my red rain boots to really make this cozy look come alive.

Lastly, I added my over-sized denim jacket on top. It wasn’t initially going to be part of this apple picking ensemble, but I thought…better to have another layer just in case. Also, who doesn’t love a good ole’ Canadian tuxedo once in a while, right?

Happy Fall!

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

Keeping Cozy in Paisley Trim

It’s kind of bizarre that only three weeks ago, I sat here in front of my computer, shivering while wrapped in a blanket with a hot cup of tea sitting beside me. It was incredibly cold, and I was complaining and wishing for summer to return. Well…be careful what you wish for. It is probably the hottest it has been all summer – so hot that it was a must that I jump in the river to cool off yesterday (fact!). Nevertheless, I am here today bringing you a cute fall look. Hopefully I will get to wear it without sweating, in the next week or so!

Keeping Cozy in Paisley Trim - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

Keeping Cozy in Paisley Trim - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

Keeping Cozy in Paisley Trim - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

Keeping Cozy in Paisley Trim - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

Keeping Cozy in Paisley Trim - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

Keeping Cozy in Paisley Trim - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

Keeping Cozy in Paisley Trim - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

Keeping Cozy in Paisley Trim - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

Keeping Cozy in Paisley Trim - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

Keeping Cozy in Paisley Trim - Pearls and Polkadots: a style blog

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Shirt: c/o Pink Blush / Leggings: Dynamite / Boots: Blundstone

Although I was hoping the hot weather would come back, I am kind of disappointed that fall hasn’t arrived yet! Fall is my favourite season, mainly because of all of my fall outfits. I need sweaters, cozy clothing, denim on denim and, well, more sweaters. All accompanied by a good ole’ Pumpkin Spiced Latte (I’m basic, I know!).

Cozy pieces are a staple for the fall season. However, I like my cozy pieces to look good as well and reflect my personal style. One of my favourite things to sport is fun and boisterous patterns. Patterns can be loud and overwhelming sometimes. So if you don’t want to go full out pattern head to toe, adding it through a certain detail of an item, makes for a good look.

I ordered this top from Pink Blush. Pink Blush has always given me the most comfortable and on trend pieces out there. I picked this knit blend top primarily because of the tone of grey, but also for the cute navy paisley detailed trim around the hem. This breaks my look up, and by pairing it with textured leather leggings, it makes for a cute, edgy and comfortable ensemble!

I almost always go a size up with Pink Blush. You may think I do this because sizing runs small, however sizing is very true to fit. I like these tops to be a tad over-sized and cozy as opposed to tight and tailored (that’s just me!).  You could easily pair this top with jeans and a third piece (such as a pea coat or overcoat for the cooler fall season).

Keep cozy this fall with Pink Blush!

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

Blushing into the School Year

As we near the end of yet another season, I am starting to prepare for new and exciting things. For one, I am entering the second and final year of my education program. For two, I have decided to set some simple and attainable goals for this year.

Blushing into the School Year - Pearls and Polkadots

Blushing into the School Year - Pearls and Polkadots

Blushing into the School Year - Pearls and Polkadots

Blushing into the School Year - Pearls and Polkadots

Blushing into the School Year - Pearls and Polkadots

Blushing into the School Year - Pearls and Polkadots

Blushing into the School Year - Pearls and Polkadots

Blushing into the School Year - Pearls and Polkadots

Blushing into the School Year - Pearls and Polkadots

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Shirt: c/o Pink Blush / Jeans: Old Navy / Shoes: G.H. Bass & Co. / Handbag: Aldo

Whenever a season ends, I like to refresh and challenge myself to set goals. Why? I feel seasonal goals are more attainable because they are shorter periods of time. As I walk into the new school year, I am trying to live a healthier life, dress to impress, and really look at how I manage my time.

In most cases, starting off a new season feeling good, begins with the way you look and feel. Today was the first day of my graduating year…so naturally, I looked for a simple look that would make me feel amazing. Not too dressy, not too casual. In searching for that perfect look to kick of the season, I landed at none other than Pink Blush.

Pink Blush is a classic, flirty, pretty women’s online boutique where the clothes are cute and the prices are totally affordable. I have been shopping here for a while, mainly because the clothing keeps getting cuter and cuter!! I can’t get enough of pastels, brights, florals, polka dots – the whole deal!! It definitely is worth a little look!

To achieve a positive mood and a good look, I chose this adorable blush and lavender floral print with some added colour blocking around the neckline. I am really into pastels and patterns, so when this popped up on my screen, I probably added it to my cart in a matter of seconds. I decided that it was best to order one size up from my usual sizing so that I could achieve the fit that I wanted (a trick I frequently use when shopping online). As it turned out, it is the perfect length and fit, and nothing bunches where you don’t want it to!!

Since this is such a casual piece, I decided to aim to dress it up sightly – but not too much to overdo. I am wearing it with skinny jeans, and a cute pair of loafers. Additionally, I topped the simplistic look up with simple jewelry as well including my favourite pearl necklace, a charm bracelet, and some cute rings. I also added a blush handbag to tote all of my necessities around with me, but I would even pair this look with a darker coloured handbag to bring out the lavender in the shirt.

Adding cute new pieces to your closet is a good enough reason. Check out Pink Blush!

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