Wednesday, 18 January 2017

OOTD - In Defence of Dressing Up

The last full-length dress that I wore out in public was my wedding dress.  To actually reflect back and realize that in the last three and a half years of parties, weddings, celebrations and galas and think that I've only worn a gown once - when I was a bride - is kind of shocking. What ever happened to dressing up?

Toronto is a very casual city. I've gone to events classified as galas, only to be greeted by jeans. Not typically one to rock the boat, knowing that wearing a gown out will probably result in myself being the dressiest person in the venue means that I usually opt for a cocktail dress. So, when I saw this full-length burgundy dress my initial thoughts where "I absolutely love it, but where would I wear it?"

As soon as I put the gown on, I was transformed - seriously! I felt so elegant, almost as though I was another person.  The gown honestly made me want to drive to the nearest bar, order a dry gin martini, take a sip of said martini and throw it into a nearby fireplace. Wearing a full-length gown changes you and I for one intend to wear more of them. In fact, the dress is currently in for alterations to shorten the hem slightly so that I can wear it to a dinner next week (hashtag short people problems.)  Maybe I'll be the dressiest person there, maybe not - either way, I'll feel fabulous and isn't that what an evening out is all about? Now, someone get me a martini!

Dress - c/o Teeze Me, Coat - Forever 21, Shoes - c/o Stuart Weitzman

What do you think?  Do you enjoy dressing up, or do you live in a casual city as well?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle


Monday, 16 January 2017

OOTD - My Glasses

Lately I've been having a love affair with glasses.  Granted I have a very small prescription so my love stems mostly from vanity rather than practicality, but I don't even care - glasses are one of the most fun accessories out there!  I love how a different frame can completely transform your look and the variety is endless.  As last year came to a close, I realized that I hadn't yet used my optical benefits from my health plan at work so off to the mall I went in search of frames! These light-coloured tortoise shell glasses from BonLook really stood out to me; the colours in the tortoise print are very unique and the large shape helps to make them look interesting.  The fact that BonLook is a Canadian company is a huge bonus to me - it's so important to support Canadian businesses!  All in all, I'm happy with my new glasses and can definitely see myself having fun with different eyewear in the future.

Glasses - BonLook, Blouse - c/o laut, Jeans + Jacket - Topshop Petites (old)
Shoes - c/o Stuart Weitzman

What do you guys think? Do you have fun with your eyewear too, or is wearing glasses more of a nuisance for you? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Thursday, 12 January 2017

What I'm Loving Lately

Travel Case - c/o Poppy & Peonies

The new year is in full swing, and I can't believe that we're already in the middle of January!  This month has been pretty incredible for me already and while I normally wait until the end to share my monthly favourites, I just couldn't resist to do so now - there's just so much great stuff! So, without further ado here is what I have been absolutely loving lately.

Poppy & Peonies The Travel Case

I shared in my yearly roundup that travel was going to be a priority for me this year, so I've been on the hunt for the best gear.  I love this hard-cover travel case from Poppy & Peonies for it's practicality; the inside is made of a wirable canvas, there's lots of pockets and compartments to store cosmetics as well as jewelry, and it's hard exterior protests the precious cargo inside - I absolutely hate getting to a destination only to find my bronzer shattered!  Bonus points for the pretty design; practical and pretty - my favourite!

Coat - Reiss

The Perfect Pink Coat from Reiss

Going back a few months, I was on the hunt for the perfect pink coat. While many coats came close, I couldn't find one in the perfect dusty rose colour that would also be warm enough to wear in the winter. Enter the Reiss Forbes coat - I think I'm in love! Not only is this coat the perfect shade of pink that I had been searching for, but it's also surprisingly warm while being fairly thin - probably because it's made wool.  The darker colour makes me less paranoid as I splash through the snowy city with a cup of take-out coffee, and I love the wrap-around look. Overall, I'm very happy and it just goes to show that good things comes to those who wait.

Hailed Coffee

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have noticed an abundance of coffee photos taken over top of perfect white tile. All of the photos are taken at Hailed Coffee and it's not an insta-illusion, I'm actually obsessed with the beautiful café! The lattes are delicious, they offer non-dairy options for milk, they do matcha lattes (!!) and the staff is incredibly nice and welcoming. If you're in Toronto or the surrounding areas, I highly encourage you to give Hailed Coffee a visit - 801 Gerrard St. East.

Dress - Aritzia, Boots - c/o Le Chateau

Mini Dresses and Over-The-Knee Boots

I'm not someone who has a lot of variety when it comes to her day-to-day looks; I usually just find a combination and stick with it for a few months. While the last few months I've been stuck on midi skirts and sweaters, now I've been favouring mini dresses and over-the-knee boots.  I just love the effortless look and subtle retro vibes of a shorter hemline and high boots. While I'm on the hunt for more mini dresses, I've been wearing my Le Chateau italian-made suede boots nonstop - they're so comfortable! Expect to see more of this variation in future outfit posts on the blog.

That's it for my favourites as of late! What have you been into for the start of 2017? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Monday, 9 January 2017

OOTD - White Pleats for Winter

I said it once, I'll say it again - just because it's winter, doesn't mean that I'm giving up my skirts! This white pleated skirt from Aritzia is no exception, even in the winter time.  You guys know all too well about my love affair with pleated skirts and Aritzia, in my opinion, makes the most beautiful and flowiest ones.  Pair your skirts with a thigh sweater and some fun booties and it makes the look a bit more winter appropriate. Hey, you never know - maybe dressing in skirts and light colors will bring on an early spring! Wishful thinking.

Skirt - Aritzia (Jude Skirt), Sweater - Club Monaco, Boots - Zara, Bag - Chloe

What do you guys think?  Do you wear skirts in the winter too, or am I just crazy?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

OOTD - My Faux Fur Obsession

Hi, my name is Joëlle and I'm a faux fur-aholic. Seriously my closet currently looks like The Muppets dressing room, and I'm not mad about it. Faux fur, once touted as an absolute faux pas, is right on trend at the moment and that is a good thing for us ladies who live in a colder climate. For those of you who haven't hopped on this fuzzy trend quite yet, here's a few reasons why I'm loving it:

  • These coats are warm. Seriously for us Canadian ladies who struggle to wear anything other than a parka in the winter time, the faux fur jacket is a great alternative to keep cozy in the frigid temperatures.
  • Faux fur is an easy to add a ton of interest to an outfit. On this particular day, apart from the jacket, I'm literally just wearing jeans and a sweater. 
  • A faux fur coat can be easily dressed up or down. Again with my outfit, I chose to wear heels so the look is a bit dressier but swap them out for a pair of flats and its very casual - basically something you would see me running errands in on a weekend. 

Faux Fur Coat - c/o Chicwish, Jeans - Joe's Jeans via Marshall's c/o
Shoes - c/o Stuart Weitzman, Bag - c/o Hieleven

These Stuart Weitzman Nouveau Pumps have got to be my most loved shoes in my entire collection. Not only are they incredibly sleek and flattering, but they're also comfortable. Oh em gee, so damn comfortable. If you have a hard time with heels, I promise you that you will love this pair.

What do you think? Have you jumped on the faux fur trend? Let me know!

xo Joëlle

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