Friday, 27 March 2015

OOTD - BCBG Max Azria Tuxedo Cape


Dressing up has always been a bit of a challenge for me.  As a self-proclaimed casual girl, when the time would come that I would need to turn things up a notch and create a more formal outfit I would usually find myself staring cluelessly into an open closet until finally deciding on one of three dresses I had on rotation.  Imagine my happiness when BCBG Max Azria generously sent me this Frances Tuxedo Blazer.  This statement piece is unlike anything I have in my closet, and is the perfect formal option for a casual 'gal like myself - it's interesting enough to carry an outfit on it's own, but not so loud that you feel as though you're wearing a costume.  I paired the tuxedo blazer with my favourite faux-leather leggings from Aritza and dusted off one of my beloved hats - Spring is here, and I'm ready to hit the town!

Tuxedo Cape - c/o BCBG Max Azria, Leggings - Aritzia,
Clutch - Clare Vivier, Shoes - Nine West


After weeks of talking about my move into the city, this weekend is finally when it all starts happening.  As excited as I am to be in the heart of Toronto - something I've always wanted since I moved here from Ottawa - it's also a little bittersweet.  I'll miss Port Credit, with it's picturesque lakeside trails and parks.  These photos were taken at one of Brian and I's favourite parks near the water, and I was overcome with nostalgia as I thought of our summertime bike rides and nightly walks with Fritz.  Change is good, but it's also very hard.




Seriously though, this blazer - even from the back it looks great! Are you feeling the statement tuxedo blazer as much as I am?  What's your favourite way to dress up?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Thursday, 26 March 2015

30 Before 30 - Attend a Fashion Show


While I'm literally weeks away from turning 30, I managed to check off another task from my 30 Before 30 list - right in the home stretch.  Last night I attended my very first real fashion show, and have officially had my first taste of Fashion Week here in Toronto.  The last time fashion week had rolled around in the city, I was just coming home from my trip to Italy.  This time around, although I'm up to my ears with our move into downtown Toronto, I decided to make it a priority and take the night off to join in on the festivities. I had the pleasure of attending the Malorie Urbanovitch show, and the experience surely didn't disappoint!


The weather was less than ideal for a glamorous night out, much less for photo taking - think grey skies, rain and a chilly breeze.  I've rummaged through an old #ootd photo to give you an idea of what I wore.  A natural rule-follower at heart, I always like to sit back and observe a new situation so that I can get acquainted with the order of things.  So while the Toronto fashion community was strutting around in their loudest outfits and perfecting their power-stances for photographers, I was happy to be dressed in solid black and take it all in with my mom.  


The show itself was incredible!  I loved the energy as everyone filled into the runway room, it was organized chaos at its finest.  Once the lights went down and the music started to crescendo its way across the runway you could feel the anticipation of the audience. As soon as the first model came out and started strutting her stuff in a 70's inspired Fall pallet, I knew that I was hooked.

One of the best things about the whole night (other than the post-show apps and cocktails at Los Colibris with my mom) was being able to meet and see bloggers that I admire - in real life.


Needless to say that after I've gotten this first taste of a fashion show, and of Fashion Week itself, I'm anxiously awaiting my next!  I'm so happy that I had this opportunity, and was able to sneak in another task from my 30 Before 30 list.

Have you been to a fashion show?  Do you have any Fashion Week survival tips?  Let a Noob like me know!

xo Joelle

Monday, 23 March 2015

OOTD - Spring Florals + Neutrals


Happy first weekend of Spring!  Although it certainly looked like Spring outside this weekend, it definitely did not feel like it - why is it still so cold?  Impatient for the warmer weather, I dressed the part of the season this weekend in light neutrals with a pop of floral.  Although I nearly froze to death for these photos, I still stand by my outfit choice.  Bring on the warmer weather of Spring, I'm ready for you!  Read on for outfit details and additional photos.

Friday, 20 March 2015

#Instagood - Life Lately


Happy Friday Noobs!  You may have noticed that I've slowed down my posting a wee bit for the past couple of weeks.  If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that Brian and I are finally making the move to downtown Toronto at the end of month and I couldn't be more excited!  Not only will I get to live right in the heart of the city that I love so much, but we'll both also be a close walk to work - no more commuting!  As excited as I am to move, I've also started to get overwhelmed with the growing to-do list that comes along with it.  Not only do we have to prepare and deal with the stresses of a move, but there's also Brian's birthday, my birthday and a trip to Mexico all coming up in less than a month!  Normally I would consider myself a go-getter, but the abundance of change has left me like a deer in headlights - stuck.  Rest assured that we're slowly getting organized, and I'll be back to my regular posting schedule come next week.  In the meantime, check out what I've been up to lately.


I spent the past weekend at my parent's new cottage in the Kawartha's, Ontario.  I've actually never been to a cottage in the Winter time, and I was completely charmed by the beauty that comes with a snowy forest and frozen lake.  Hot chocolate, PJs and movies are all made that much better when there's a picturesque scene right outside of the window.  I had so much fun at the cottage and am even more excited for summer to come!


I've recently found myself knee-deep in a pretty serious latte obsession.  I find this so strange because I've always been a strong, black coffee kind of of girl.  I love the calming effects of a latte in the afternoon to break up the work day, and appreciate the small indulgence.


In my quest to avoid reality, I've been trolling my previous blog photos from last Spring and have been excitedly outfit planning for the warmer weather coming up.  Who else can't wait to break out the pastels and floral print?  I'm just excited to finally be able to pack up my parka for the season once and for all!

That's it for me!  I'm looking forward to all of the upcoming blog posts that I have in the works, and for sharing photos from our new place in Toronto.  As always, you can find me on Instagram - give me a follow and we can stay connected!

xo Joëlle
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