January Favourites

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

At the risk of sounding incredibly cliché, I'm just  going to say it - where has January gone? After the rush of the holidays, January is typically a slower month for me but this year has seen a different side and I've been running off my feet - in the best way possible, of course!  I've had the pleasure of exploring new areas of Toronto and taking in new experiences, and I can't wait to share them with you.

Kitten and the Bear

This quaint little tea room in the west end of Toronto has been calling to me from my Instagram feed for months, so I finally grabbed a girlfriend and went. Fresh scones, a variety of artisanal jams and Sloan tea are what await you at Kitten and the Bear and I could barely snap one photo before diving in.  I especially appreciate how everything is either made in-house or from a local company, and after sampling their Banana, Bourbon Vanilla Bean jam, I had to take a jar home for myself!

Le Chateau Booties

Growing up Canadian means that Le Chateau has been a staple in my adolescent trips to the mall - in fact, I even remember searching for a prom dress there!  I've recently re-connected with the brand on a much more dangerous level - shoes.  You guys the shoe selection at Le Chateau is amazing and when I saw these hand-made, Italian leather booties I knew that they had to be mine. Since snapping up these booties, I've made yet another Le Chateau shoe purchase so it's safe to say that I'm hooked.

Bobbette and Belle

Bobbette and Belle is pretty much a Toronto staple when it comes to pastries and cakes, and I became familiar with the brand when searching for a wedding cake.  January is the first time I actually visited the café in Toronto's Leslieville and I'm definitely going to add it to my arsenal of cute cafés - seriously, don't think just go!

Getting Active

Again with the clichés, but January is definitely a 'new year, new you' type of month for me and this lady found herself in a gym - not once, but twice! My first experience with a fitness class was Pure Barre, which will be opening very soon on Queen West in Toronto.  The class itself was incredibly fun, and the workout - wow.  Let's just say that all of those small, controlled movements in the barre class really packed a punch and this girl could barely move for two days afterwards!

The second class that I tried this month was a kick boxing class at Big Hit Studios in Liberty Village with Bench Canada. This class is high impact, high energy and borderline therapeutic as participants punch and kick the shiz out of a dummy.  I had such a great time taking out my daily frustrations on my poor dummy that I barely noticed that I was working out - no small feat for a girl who spends most of her nights on the couch with some Real Housewives and gin. If you want a fun workout, or just feel like punching someone in the face then I definitely recommend this studio.

Those are my January favourites, and I'm just as surprised as you are that fitness was actually a part of the favourites - let's just hope that carries through into February!  Have you been enjoying anything in particular this past month?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle

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OOTD - Valentines Day Style With Rachel Sin

Monday, 1 February 2016

Valentines day is quickly approaching and although I don't have any formal plans, I'm having fun planning out a love day wardrobe. Enter this gorgeous oxblood number, the Lana dress from Canadian designer Rachel Sin.  I fell in love with the designs of Rachel Sin during this past Fashion Week and was absolutely smitten during the runway show. Not only am I thrilled to be wearing one of her designs, I'm also totally in love with this bold burgundy colour - there really is a power in wearing a red dress!  Pair everything with some strappy heels from Le Chateau and some curls, and you're Valentines Day ready - even if you don't have plans yet.

Dress - Lana Dress from Rachel Sin, Shoes - Le Chateau

As someone who's trying to build their shoe collection, I appreciate the variety that Le Chateau shoes provide.  For those of you unfamiliar with the brand, Le Chateau is a Canadian retailer with stores all throughout Canada and the Middle East. When I saw these strappy heels, I knew that they had to be mine.  Not only do the straps add interest to your basic black pump, but they also make the shoe extremely comfortable.  I also appreciate the closed, pointed toe that allows me to wear these gorgeous shoes during the colder months.

Since I'm wearing all Canadian brands, it only seemed fitting to visit one of my favourite local hangouts!  XO Bisous is a new addition to my area in Toronto, and already has gathered a following for their delicious pastries and expertly decorated space.  I'm a sucker for their Choux Balls and can't seem to walk by without picking one up!  If you're in Toronto, you've got to check out XO Bisous.

What do you guys think?  Are you into the oxblood dress for Valentines Day? Have you started planning your love day wardrobe?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle

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OOTD - Mod Style

Friday, 29 January 2016

Isn't it incredible how one piece of clothing can dictate the entire mood of your outfit?  This skirt is my last score from the Zara sale and not only has it been working overtime in my closet rotation, but it's given new life to my orange hat.  The combination of the bold print, with a jewel toned hat and some knee-high boots gives off a feeling that's a little mod and a little Bruno Mars's Uptown Funk.  Either way, I'll take it!

Skirt + Boots - Zara, Sweater - Club Monaco, Hat - H&M, Purse - Rebecca Minkoff

Not only do I absolutely love the busy print of this skirt, but I also appreciate the pleated detail in the front - way easier to run around town in!  For those of you wondering what a typical work outfit would be for me (one person), this would be it - sans hat of course!

What do you guys think? Do you also let one article of clothing dictate the entire feeling of an outfit? Do you like the jewel tones for winter?  Has anyone counted the amount of Fritz hair on my sweater? Anyone?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle

Photos by Natalie of My Little Secrets

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