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I say ‘the’ because this suede Zara sandal is all over fashion bloggers and now I’ll also be able to dip my toes in this wondrous shoe piece — thus all over my feet. While I’m not quite sure if I can master its thin stiletto heel I can’t wait to wear them with more casual stylings. Be warned, while I’m 5’10, for some reason my mind believes I have sprouted no taller than 5’2, but I have no shame, short men don’t interest me.
Hopping on the coloured denim wagon, I recently added a pair of Zara pastel turquoise jeans to my wardrobe. I wish I had scooped up another pair, or two, because they are definitely a piece that is soon to be deemed a spring/summer go-to. Adding to my pastel blue collection I also picked up a perfect sleeveless blouse from H&M (which unfortunately is not online), this time I chose blue and black, to keep myself well-stocked.
Something about pastels is so easy, especially blue — pairing it with denim is just too simple. With many shades available in pastel hues, I’m loving the brighter Madewell lace bra below. China Glaze in Audrey fits perfectly with this colour wheel, and another great option is Zoya in Bevin, which has painted my tips all week long.
Anthropologie’s April 2011 Catalog is set in Cartagena, Colombia. I never knew Colombia was so beautiful, but all I know now is that I need a vacation.
When looking at these pictures I can’t help but think that this is what my parents’ house would look like if in an exotic city. They’ve always used vibrant, unique colours when decorating my house in Ottawa. Not to mention the furniture, they’re crazy for vintage upholstered furniture.
Although I missed the live screening of Aritzia’s Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show, I did find time today to browse through the runway photos to pick out my favorite pieces. I have to say, I am in LOVE with the entire Talula spring/summer 2011 collection and it is quickly replacing Wilfred as my favorite line. Here are my favorite looks from Talula:
Also, as I type this I am realizing that our friend Tess is the model in the third photo. Isn’t she pretty? You can view the entire spring/summer lookbook here.
Dear boys…men (whatever), you have the heart of a lumberjack (outdoorsman), but the big city area code. Well the cottage chic look, as requested, is the perfect style to get you through the winter.
For tops focus on thick knits. For me, a cowichan is almost the definition of the cottage sweater. Plaid is obviously a given, flannel for a cozier feel, or cotton for a sleeker look. Since demin was and is so popular this year I figure why not throw this into the cottage chic look too!?
Although you might imagine a cottage pant as a beat up cargo, I’m gonna go ahead and say that a slim-fit khaki or slightly worn out cord is much more appropriate for you city slickers trying to give off the ruffing-it style. Go for a leather boot that resembles more of a desert boot, or an authentic hiking boot. Take a chance with the shoes, I mean if Sorels came back in style, pretty much anything is worth a try.
Having lived in Whistler, I can’t say anything about outerwear accessories, without saying purchase a slouchy toque. For a warmer more up-North style, go for the fur-lined hat, ear-flaps and all. Scarves are sometimes a touchy subject with boys. Let’s just say it looks way better than a neck warmer or balaclava AND it’s +5 points in any girl’s book. Of course the typical go-to for a cottage style is a parka, but if you want to try out this season’s must have jacket, go for a leather/shearling.
I bought this Wilfred dress from Aritzia about a month ago in black and though it was a bit pricey, I have already worn the dress 4 times. Twice in one week… The dress is pretty versatile, I’ve belted it (classic Aritzia sales tip, but often true) and worn it with a jean jacket for a more casual look. I’ve worn it with heels, boots, flats, the perfect pair for almost any look. I actually wore it to the Movember party and to my work holiday party as well. So, although I may not be the most frugal of shoppers, I make it worth it.
This is my LBD of the season, and I think it will transition perfectly into summer with it’s short hemlines and all!