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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#WishlistWednesday: Monogram Everything!

Monograms are pretty much the key to all preppy looks. I love them because it is personal and a way to express your personality. My monogram wishlist is so long, but I am going to choose my top three monogram wishlist items to profile this week. At this point, I really should have a closet full of monogrammed items…but unfortunately, it is pretty hard to get things monogrammed with my correct initials! I have four initials due to the fact that I have two middle names. Now, most people would just use the first middle initial and let the other one fall by the wayside…but I don’t think that’s right. Especially in my case because each middle name is representative of one side of my family (my Mom’s and my Dad’s).

The first monogram item that I got was my monogram necklace. I found an Esty provider that made a sterling silver necklace with four initials! After trying three different Etsy providers, fourth time was a charm and I was wearing the pretty little thing on my neck in no time!!

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Monogrammed Crew Neck Sweatshirt {Various retailers}

There are many retailers and Etsy providers that sell monogrammed items, but Marley Lilly is probably one of the most popular online retailers that I have heard about. Their stuff is pretty great, but I don’t order too often, because their shipping isn’t too “Canada-friendly” (pretty pricey!!). What I love about this crew neck sweatshirt is how the monogram takes up the entire face of the sweatshirt! It is so big and “in your face”, and I can’t deny my love for this piece of clothing! (The colour is pretty uh-mazing too!)

Monogrammed Charm Watch {BeauTresors on Etsy}

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How adorable is this watch? How could I not own one of these? There would be nothing better than to see my initials on this piece of jewelry…every time I need to check the time! Another thing to note: four initials are possible with this provider on Etsy. If you haven’t explored the pages of Etsy, than you are missing out!! There are even more prints available as backgrounds, too – definitely on my wishlist!

Monogrammed Boat and Tote Bag {L.L. Bean

I found out about these bags on Pinterest. They are really simple, and very useful! They come in a variety of colours and don’t automatically come monogrammed. You can have them monogrammed, if you like (why wouldn’t you?). I love this monogrammed tote,  because it is the perfect preppy touch to a summer look. It is reasonably priced as well, which is not a bad thing! Whatever your preference – a single letter, three initials or your name spelled out – they do it all!!

What is the etiquette for monogramming? – check out Friday’s post to find out more about the rules of the monogram.

There are so many things you can monogram. Bags, coats, jackets, vests, rain boots – and I am onside with all of it!!

What is your favourite monogrammed item? Share yours with me in the comments below! (Notice the #WishlistWednesday graphics? They are pin-able, so if you like, pin the graphic!)

#WISHLISTWEDNESDAY

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Outfit Details: the Silver Anniversary

I’m not much of an event planner, but I do kick it into high gear when I need to (if I do say so myself) and for a co-hostess of a silver anniversary party, you have to look like you’re ready to put on a perfect event. Which is why I am so happy that I had the perfect outfit to wear! This past weekend, my sister and I hosted a beautiful high tea reception for the best parents two young girls could ask for! It was absolutely lovely and such a gorgeous day!

People always seem to struggle with what to wear to major events (weddings, baby showers, etc.). My go-to is to stick to the season, and pick a colour. That in mind, you don’t want to wear the same colour to everything you go to. Mix it up and keep it fun. For this party, I chose to wear one of my favourite dresses by Kate Spade New York.

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This is Kate Spade’s “Tanner” dress in navy and white floral. It’s an absolutely gorgeous fit and is the ultimate focus of the ensemble. This is the kind of dress that you don’t want to overpower with too much jewelry, really obnoxious shoes, or any other piece for that matter. It is simple and classic, and doesn’t need anything else to make it look amazing! The only accessory I felt important to include, was the oh-so-essential string of pearls! I paired this dress with a low kitten heel shoe in nude. These shoes are a staple in my wardrobe. Believe it or not, they are from Payless Shoesource. Yes, they are inexpensive, and not the highest quality, but in my opinion, they are replaceable and comfortable to wear (they are Comfort Plus after all).

I wish my curls had held up as well as they did at the beginning of the day. Pictures were taken near the end of the reception, so my curls had fallen, but I guess the soft waves aren’t a huge fault in this overall look. I will definitely be styling this baby again soon, it has now taken the spot of my favourite dress of all time!!

It was an amazing day and high tea and such a tribute to my parent’s beautiful marriage. Happy silver anniversary Mom and Dad!

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May: Looking Back

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It’s been a fast month (aren’t they all?). Today, I am looking back at my favourite looks from this past month. Spring is officially here, complete with rain, sunshine and nice weather! Which has certainly made my wardrobe more bright and fun! I love all of the springy colours and styles that I get to wear now that I don’t have to always think about layers! It was certainly hard choosing four picks for this month of May, but I managed!

My first look (top left) was a throw together on a Monday morning for some much needed errands. I got this cute, elephant tank top and white wrap-around cardigan from Winners (one of my favourite stores!!). My tan pants are Old Navy‘s “pixie pants” which are made for short people! Thank you to whoever created the Old Navy Gift Card it helped a lot! They are comfortable, colourful and perfect for work or play. Many people have asked me about these polka dot loafers. I got them from G. H. Bass & Co. in Pennsylvania. If you don’t own a pair of patterned loafers…you are missing out! They are so perfect and they go great with (almost) everything!

My second look (top right) was my Mother’s Day look this year . A simple, casual dress from Old Navy and a beautiful statement necklace from mark. by Avon made for the perfect look to spend with Mom that day. Of course, to top the look off, I wore my gorgeous nude, suede heels from Avon. I highly recommend them (super comfortable!!).

My third look (bottom left) was my most recent casual Friday look for work! I channeled my inner Audrey or Jackie for this look, keeping it simple with multi strands of pearls from J Crew Factory and a white shell top made by Bianca Nygard. Shockingly, my wedges are from Le Chateau! I didn’t actually know that Le Chateau had such amazing shoes, but (newsflash!) they do and they are truly amazing!!

My fourth look (bottom right) was the perfect outfit for a hot day! The top is ordered from SheInside.com that I found through Pinterest! This watermelon top is light, airy and fun for summer – it was absolutely key on this hot day. The olive pants are from Le Chateau, that I got on sale (music to a shopper’s ears!). The necklace is from Smart Set, which has really pretty costume jewelry. Of course, like most of my looks, my Kate Spade New York bag is featured. I highly recommend this brand as well!

Well, those are probably my favourite looks of 2015 so far because they are so fun! I love throwing my own twist on things, and I think that is well represented this month. All the way from elephants to watermelons! Looking back is always fun to do, especially because it makes the time fly! With that, I leave you with a shot of the countryside that I snapped this month:

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Let June be as great as May!

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