It’s Cold

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Vintage Coat, Joe Fresh Sweater, Forever 21 Leggings and Scarf, Mackage Purse (Similar), Top Shop at The Bay Booties, American Apparel Hat

Clocks have gone back and temps have dropped, the only thing I’m impressed with is the extra hour of sleep. We’ve reached temperatures where we now have to wear legit coats. It’s tough living in a cold city and trying to be trendy and look warm and cute, because that I never am. Rudolph was made fun of for his red nose; I’m still waiting for my acceptance.

I really hope that one day I can either afford to move where it’s always above 25 degrees, or just jet-set for most of the winter months; a girl can dream! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m Canadian I love snow and winter activities, but after christmas I’m way over it (snow has probably not even fallen by then). I’m being a tad sour and negative I apologize, but sorry not sorry, Winter is not my fave season. A warm to cool Fall and then right to Spring/Summer is where my head is at.

So since it always snaps to an ice kingdom, I decided this would be the year I put some $$ into a couple of “in-between” coats. The in-between period isn’t very long so I didn’t think spending on designer duds is a good financial decision. I went ahead and bought this vintage number while out in Kensington Market when the fall was still thankfully too warm to wear it. I’m really glad my friend convinced me to buy because it’s been getting a lot more love than I thought it would. WIN! I then went and purchased an over-sized red menswear inspired coat while on a thrift haul (coming soon to a blog post near you), and then grabbing a slightly oversized but more put together black coat from Forever 21 that I really like because it has texture, and we all know I’m into textured pieces lately. I’m hoping these will stay with me for the next few years as my essentials. Fingers crossed!

Oh, and mustard is the new black.

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How To: Layer Like A Pro

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Lark and Wolff Dress, Zara Jacket (Last year, Similar), H&M Sweater and Bag, Forever 21 Scarf, Joe Fresh Tights, Aldo Booties, Urban Outfitters Hat

There IS a strategy to layering. Mixing textures, prints and piling on accessories are how to do it; though you can go overboard really quickly. I tend to do it a lot where I look a tad too hobo chic, or too many pieces I get frustrated and want to rip everything off in public. Which is why I tend to carry a bag bigger than my head, see below.

Many women are afraid of layering because they fear looking frumpy and larger than they are. But the key is to pick pieces that are right and flattering for you! Don’t look at Mary Kate and Ashley’s oversized men’s coats, large knit scarf and bug sunglasses if those shapes, cuts and sizes are proportioned. As much as layer falls into the over-sized category the size can still “fit” you and your figure.

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 Start with a basic:

I always layer this dress because it’s a soft comfy linen that can withstand any shape, colour, or print on top. It’s a bit oversized so everything else I pair will be fitted, until it comes to the accessories. If you’re afraid of looking frumpy, stick to one item being oversized.

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Add texture:

In my last post I mentioned I’m obsessed with anything furry/fuzzy/textured; just give it to me. Back on track, add a texture. Something to amp up your basic for when you take off your outerwear. I have this in the short and long version from H&M, duh, go get yours.

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 A figure shaping piece:

Who doesn’t have a black leather or faux leather jacket these days? If you don’t you’re not living in this century. Zara makes it easy with tons of styles and cuts to fit any shape. Where to invest in a killer leather jacket: Mackage, Danier, Rudsak.  The biker style I find the best because it always has great extras like quilting, zippers and clips, to add a little “oomph”. Have one piece in the layering mix that gives you some shape and is fitted as to not lose your figure in all of your layers.

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Add a print:

Usually I add my fuzzy vest over top of my leather jacket, but because I already have a fuzzy pink sweater on I figured that was a tad of an overload! Instead, a super comfy sweater that doubles as a blanket is my other go-to. Complete with a hood, it adds an extra layer of warmth when my jacket can’t keep up with Toronto’s ever-changing weather.

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Accessorize:

Accessories are the finishing touch to your layered ensemble. If you don’t like to layer too much, your accessories can fake it for you. A bag that doubles as luggage, a wide-brimmed hat and large scarf will set you apart from the other layering queens of Toronto.

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Wedding Wear: Wedding Guest

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Tiffany&Co. Earrings
Rebecca Minkoff Bag
Le Chateau Satin Strappy Sandal
Zara Leather Jacket
BCBG Dress

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Joe Fresh Tunic
Victoria Secret Bikini
 Aldo Metallic Gladiator Sandal
House of Harlow Gunmetal shark tooth
Prada sunglasses
J.Crew Beach Tote

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Nasty Gal Top and Skirt
Peoples earrings
Steve Madden Pumps
Kate Spade Clutch

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H&M Blouse and Trousers
Sam Edelman Heels
M.A.C. Lips
House of Harlow Necklace
House of Harlow Clutch

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Forever 21 floral maxi
Steve Madden Sandals
 American Eagle moto vest
H&M necklace and rings
Aldo clutch

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 Top Shop Jumper
Joe Fresh Pumps
Top Shop Clutch
Stella&Dot Earrings
Marc Jacobs Watch

Granola Chic

DSCF6450Banana Republic Sweater (Similar), BDG Jeans (Old, Similar), Joe Fresh Scarf, Birkenstock Sandals, Longchamp Bag, Vintage and Custom Necklaces, Vintage Ring

Birkenstocks have shined in recent months on the streets trend-setters walk and designers have taken note. Look at Isabel Marant, Zara, Marni etc; granola glam, or ancient roman chic has taken over. Not to toot my own horn or anything *hair flip*, but I was way ahead of this trend rocking my “Boston” clog style ‘Birks’ back in the early 2000s. Obviously on trend with stealing my dad’s workman wool socks to tuck in my flared jeans or ‘TNA’ tights-hello fashion guru. I may cringe, but hey, that was in and my girlfriends and I were ahead of the 2014 trend. FYI, if you lived in the east end of Toronto, and in middle school in the 2000s, and didn’t own your own pair of clog Birks, consider your then teen self uncool.

From grade eight on I was hooked on these comfy, good-for-you shoes. Also, healthcare in Canada covered Birkenstocks, WIN! Hello Birks on dad’s insurance plan. Birks also have helped me through the years I decided to go to art school and dance my butt off everyday. God knows how dance feet feel at the end of the day. Birks may have also saved me from some future health issues.

 Now that they’re considered stylish (‘phew’, though that really never stopped me from rocking them before) I constantly crave so many colours and styles more than ever. #Accepted *Jimmy Fallon/JT hashtag move*. I have been looking for metallic blush coloured ones I came across online-If you find them in Canada/shipping please send me an email!

I will probably, no doubt,wear Birks till I die.  How do you feel about The Birkenstock?

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