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.

Christmas Fun in the Snow

There is snow on the ground, the Christmas tree is lit, and my kitchen smells of baked chocolate chip cookies! It feels as if this season, Christmas has gone on forever. I say that with happiness because this is one of my favourite holidays of the year!! With the holidays being so cheery, I like to make sure my outfits are right in line with the holiday theme!

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Sweater Coat: Dex / Sweater: J.Crew Factory / Leggings: c/o Du North Designs Ltd. / Boots: L.L. Bean / Camp Socks: Roots

Today, I am sporting these super fun reindeer leggings! All of my fun printed leggings come from Du North Designs Ltd.a Canadian company based out of Alberta. I can always count on Du North to provide me cozy leggings to lounge around in (and for the holiday season…that’s exactly what I need!)

Cozy style is my go-to, especially when running errands, baking cookies and preparing for such a busy holiday such as Christmas. If I could have one pair of Christmas leggings for every single day of the month…I would. However, these are my favourite pair by far!!

I decided to keep a comfortable vibe with this look and pair the black fair isle pattern with my red buffalo check sweater. I got this sweater for my birthday after many, many hints to my Mom and Dad (hints that weren’t exactly needed, I found out later…) and it is the best sweater I own. Now, many people don’t seem to think you can wear a pattern on top of another pattern…I am not one of those people.

Pattern mixing is a trend that hasn’t gone out of style. At least, not in my closet. I love to mix and match, trying new combinations to see what I like best! These patterns go great together because they aren’t overwhelmingly big patterns. Buffalo check plaid is a chunky pattern. Fair aisle is more of a graphic pattern and really tight knit. There really is no rhyme or reason to pattern mixing…you just have to go with what you feel.

There are so many fun patterns to look through at Du North Designs! I suggest you take a look through their online catalog and find some for yourself – you definitely will not regret it (seriously, they are the most comfortable pairs of leggings I own).

Merry Christmas!

**Although this post was sponsored by Du North Designs Ltd., 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.