No comment necessary other than: never let winter end....(just kidding, summer please hurry, but thank god we've got amazing winter editorials courtesy of Telva Magazine to romanticize freezing our butts off)
All images courtesy of Honestly WTF and Telva Magazine.
Amongst the many many trends currently spinning around the fashion-sphere, there are a few with whom I am quite obsessed. One of which is the unfinished hem, especially if it is also on a cropped pair of pants. I never used to be one for unfinished clothing items, I always felt it made the garment look incomplete or unprofessional...slightly frazzled if you will. So for someone who constantly lives her life in various severities of frazzled-ness I didn't exactly want my clothes screaming that I didn't have my life together as well. But over the past few months, the unfinished hem has become quite a big deal among fashion gals, and as someone who likes to believe she is a part of that crowd, the trend has grown on me.
That being said, as with everything else in my life, I am very particular about the forms within which my obsessions manifest themselves. For some reason I am loving the raw edges and frayed hems on pants but I have not been able to jump on board with them on jackets or shirts. Even skirts seem slightly odd to me with this type of hem, but again, there are always exceptions to the rule (errr, my rules..haha)
So without further adieu, here are some of the raw hem cropped pants I am loving, on some of my favourite fashion gals.
Not frayed, but both are cropped and extremely fabulous.
So as you can see the frayed hem and the cropped jean have become quite the match made in heaven in terms of this seasons go-to pant style. But even not as an "of the moment" thing, I feel like we will be seeing quite a bit more of this unfinished/uneven edge for a while, and if not, it'll at least be something totally cool to look back on. Not to mention it is one of the easiest and cheapest trend to jump on board with. All you really need is sandpaper or a cheese grater and some scissors and you can turn any old boring pair of pants, shorts or skirt, into a hot ticket wardrobe item that catapults you to the levels of style elite. (lol...one would hope)
Anyways hope you all enjoyed my round up of one of the winter weather trends I am currently loving. Let me know in the comments below what you think about this new trend, and what kinds of styles you are really embracing or dreaming of this season. Chat soon!
Images in order of appearance are from: Because I'm Addicted, Honestly WTF, Because I'm Addicted, (left) and (right) Pinterest, Because I'm Addicted, Honestly WTF, (left) and (right) Because I'm Addicted.
Kind of late to be doing a "winter vibes" post considering it is the middle of January and winter is almost completely under way, to the point where we've all either failed miserably at dressing warmer, or we already have the same five pieces we go to everyday to ensure our fingers don't fall off. But just because we are almost half way through the winter period doesn't mean we all don't need a little (or a lot) of inspiration to help push us through the second half.
So to help you, and duh myself, out in this area, here are the things that blogger Alicia Lund of Cheetah Is The New Black was obsessing over in October, that I completely believe are still relevant now (maybe except the snake print booties...not exactly ideal for -10 degree weather with snow banks). Let's face it, whatever she loves, I love, and all these picks are so perfect for cold weather wearing. Maybe if I have time I'll do my own collage of things I'm loving for the whole season of winter, but considering I've been MIA since October, I don't know how likely that will be now that school has begun again.
But alas, I must try. I have to maintain my love on this site because I do love it, so let me know if that would be something you guys are interested in seeing, because if so I can totally have some fun with that!!
I have said this before: I love a lot of things. And when I say "a lot" I really do mean "A LOT." Many of whom you have experienced here on this blog over the last while and to be honest, it is really just the tip of the iceberg. I mean I really love a lot of things, I am fascinated by literally almost everything on this planet, and if it is beautiful and wonderful to look at and tells a story and means something to people, I want to know everything there is to know about it. Fashion, food and drinks (especially drinks!), travel, interior design, theatre, music, art, LITERALLY EVERYTHING. I cannot tell you enough how much I love learning about everything there is to know in this world and I am so thankful that I have been blessed with the ability to experience it all in this time. But, to add to this cacophony of curiosity there really is an increased level of excitement and euphoria I experience when multiple things that I love converge. Today, I am sharing two things THAT I ABSOLUTELY LOVE, that have finally converged!
The blog Cupcakes and Cashmere penned by Emily Schuman was one of the first fashion and lifestyle blogs I ever followed religiously when I embarked on my journey to being a stylish adult human, and since then we both have come a long way. She know has a new book, a husband and an unbelievably adorable baby not to mention an incredibly redesigned website. I have two more years of my undergraduate degree left, the most amazing group of friends, a constantly improving wardrobe, a job at an arts and design magazine and this blog! (among other things) So needless to say, we've been together a while (Emily if you ever ever read this, please don't be alarmed, I just really like you...)
What has not been in my life very long is the Tappan Collective, an online arts collective for emerging contemporary artists to market and sell their work, and a place for, lets face it: broke-ass-obsessed-with-art-young-people, who want insanely cool artwork and photography. Jordan Klein and Chelsea Mann (both graduates of the University of Michigan's Faculty of Arts - Art and Art History respectively) found during their studies a gap in the art market where super talented emerging artists couldn't sell their work, and where people wanted good art at reasonable prices. I have been following their site and subscribing to their emails for a while now and I have to say I am over the moon obsessed with their work, the artists they feature and the things they are doing for the international contemporary art scene.
So, now to today's post! Schuman, Klein and Mann teamed up not too long ago to match art with interior spaces (design + art = happiness orgasm for Naomi...) to show the diverse range of artworks that Tappan has on tap (get it?!). Emily proposed different design space aesthetics, and Jordan and Chelsea responded with small curated collections of artwork their site sells that match the vibe and design. I nearly almost died at the gorgeous imagery and I am not even joking I want to buy every piece of artwork they selected. And you guys know that when I find something that brings me an immense amount of happiness I share it here. So here it is! Take a look at the spaces and the works below I will link the website post from Tappan and from C&C so if you guys fall in love like I did, you can go buy these beauties for yourself as well as read the write-ups both teams put together for the project.
Anyways, I apologize for being so MIA the last little while. UGH school, but whatever I am experiencing a slow period in the next little while but I cannot predict how often I will be posting. Please bear with me, I hope some of you are still out there despite my extremely long....ummmm....academia induced sabbatical???
*All Images taken from the Tappan Collective website and Cupcakes & Cashmere. Collages are done by Emily Schuman.
There is something to be said about interior envy, it's a real thing. And never, in the history of my expansive years on this earth have I ever had a more serious case of it than I do right now. Enter, the new flagship Aritzia store in the FlatIron in New York City. I mean hello! It is any style savvy, design doting, shop-a-holic's dream in terms of retail space. A visual merchandizers paradise if you will. So to show my utmost appreciation for the team behind the store design, and to express my now even more intense desire to skip my afternoon class to catch a flight from YYZ to JFK, I thought I would show you the magic first hand on this site.
Be-still your hearts, and ready your defibrillators, because damn, this space is just too good!
Whatdya know, a cheap AirBNB for NYC just popped up in my email.... ;)
*All images found via Aritzia's website.
If there is one trend that I personally feel has and will continue to transcend all four seasons this year it is the art of layering one's jewelry. Whether it be carefully placed necklaces of varying lengths, sizes and metals, stacks of dainty gold and silver rings, or rows of sparkling studs aligning earlobes, this past summer season and taking us into fall the attempted layering of ones entire jewel collection on their body all at once has amassed the fashion world over. And to no surprise mind you. There is something extremely elegant about artfully placing necklaces, chokers and chains so as they drape down ones décolletage in the cracks of a flowing blouse, or even to add a little sparkle to a deep cut one piece maillot. Adorning every finger possible with gold, silver and rose-gold rings add an extra element of pizzaz to a freshly painted manicure, or a completely nude nail. Stabbing oneself (or hiring someone trained) in order to increase the surface area of one's ears confiscated by dainty or daring studs, hoops and bars has also allowed us fashion fanatics to express our artistic sensibilities in a realm beyond our clothing. Understated or dramatic, dainty or flamboyant, all the jewels of the season have been carefully selected, delivered and adorned to match our personal styles and to complement the clothing ensembles we already put way too much effort into.
But one thing is for certain: this trend does not end here. Currently our layered jewels complement our bronzy summer tans, but come autumn they will be popping like fireworks against dark ribbed turtlenecks or peeking out from underneath crisp blouses.
So take some pointers from the pendant pro herself Amanda Thomas from luvaj, find a jewelry store near you and go nuts because this trend ain't going nowhere anytime soon.
1. Mix metals: Don’t be scared of mixing metals! It helps to mix necklaces that have a similar thickness – I love pairing several thin chain necklaces in both gold and silver and then breaking up the look with a couple of thin solid metal collars.
2. Dainty, dainty, dainty: You can wear as many dainty charm necklaces as you want – I like to keep them separated about an inch apart. Here, I paired two charm necklaces with a thin body chain, which is tucked under a cropped top for more subtlety.
3. Long layers: Layering isn’t limited only to charm necklaces. Try pairing a long pendant necklace with a lariat and a short fringe bib necklace. Not only does each piece hit all the best points of the neck and chest, the entire look has a really effortless vibe.
4. Rings: basically just got nuts with this one. Take into account the type of work you do during the day and how much you use your hands. A stack of gorgeous trinkets aren't great if you're working outside or doing something very hands on but go with what you're comfortable with and what you feel makes a beautiful arrangement. Midi rings and thumb rings add extra dimension and allow you to spread out your stacks to all fingers (if you choose to do so). Make sure your stacks are balanced from finger to finger and hand to hand. But seriously....anything goes. :)
*All images except 1, 5 and 7 are from HonestlyWTF.
*Images 1, 5 and 7 can be found via my Pinterest board entitled "acccessorize".
There is an elusiveness about the Parisian woman that absolutely fascinates the North American fashion industry, and subsequently the consumers that partake in it. Their effortless beauty, their perceived ease as they stylishly tread through a life and their uncanny ability to not do anything with their hair and still have it looking perfect. They are the only group of women to make smoking look sexy (even though it's not), they can wear a crumpled t-shirt and jeans and still ensue double takes from both men and women alike. This elusiveness is what is currently entrancing the fashion industry as we shift from summer to fall, and we begin to calculate the looks, styles and beauty trends we will be worshipping this autumn. The popularity of #IWokeUpLikeThis caught the masses like a wildfire tearing through a forest, and there's a reason for it. We (for the most part) as a consumer culture are starting to realize that natural IS better, and no one knows that better than the Parisian woman; hence the fascination.
So take a peek at the images below and see for yourself what I mean. God damn, the Parisian's can even make baggy sweaters look good.
If there was any one vibe that encapsulated the over-arching aesthetic of the upcoming autumn season, it would be that of the infamous cool girl. Brand after brand continues to release their pre-fall collections, accompanied by well photographed, superbly directed lookbooks. But there have been some similarities I have noticed, true to every collection.
Of course the traditional colour palette for fall is very much alive given that we are now beginning to see camel brown, moss green, wine red, speckled grey, dark grey, cream white and of course black and navy blue, emerge from their dusty hiding places within our closets. Clean skinned models, clear complexions, rosy cheeks as if kissed by a crisp breeze (or smacked by a floating leaf depending on whether or not karma decides it hates you this season). Loosely done hair, messy buns sitting at the nape of necks, and deep coloured lips also begin to re-announce their presence in your beauty arsenal.
And not to mention LAYERS!!!!! If there is one thing and one thing only that all cool girls the world over have in common (but lets face it there's more than one commonality in this equation) it is how to layer...perfectly. Autumn has always been my favourite season, because I believe it to contain the perfect balance of crisp cool mornings, warm afternoons and windy, rainy evenings that allow for a thin turtleneck to be layered under a leather or suede deep V-neck dress with soft cashmere tights knee high boots and of course a leather jacket draped effortlessly over ones shoulders. I mean HOW HEAVENLY does that sound???!!! I can pretty much assure you all right now that the combination I just described above will be my go to this season, and if you know me personally....watch out.
This is the season of comfort, and no one ever said that to be fashionable one is required to be uncomfortable.
Now that my rant is over, take a peek at the images below as Objects Without Meaning c/o Lisa Says Gah via WhoWhatWear show us all a thing or two about how cool girls will be dressing this fall....and how you should too.
**On a personal note, tomorrow I'm interviewing at Anthropologie and I am super Super SUPER excited about it!!!! I shall keep you all posted with how it goes and who knows maybe in the future you will be seeing some more Anthro content up on this here site.... ;)
Spent essentially the entire weekend in bed relaxing and recuperating from my busy life. My apologies for not being very active lately I have had so many amazing things going on that it's been a little hard to prioritize posting on here.
But I will try to do better. For the time being enjoy this snap (which can also be found on my Instagram) of how my lazy sunday really went.
*Photo is mine, taken on my iPhone 6
**My mug is from Chapters/Indigo :)
When one slowly enters into the realm of adulthood, it is generally believed that said person would start to shift their life's attention to more adult related priorities. One of those priorities is house hunting...or ummm in this day and age, what I like to call "house dreaming". And believe me, it starts much younger than adulthood. For the majority of my adolescence and teen years I have been fascinated with the thought of growing up and getting to do things my way. One of these glorious freedoms to which I will one day endeavour is of course house hunting, and subsequently, house decorating (which is the most important part anyways). So, as I draw closer and closet to the looming day of when I officially can fly my parents coop, I become more and more drawn to the decoration and story creation of decorating homes. Both inside and out... but mostly inside because in all honesty I will probably move into an apartment first, so the only exterior landscaping I will be doing is through a flower planter box. But anyways, those are just details.
Here lies another addition to my copious number of interior inspirations. Surprise! It originates from NYC's West Village. (if you didn't pick up on it that was meant to be sarcasm, because if you are on here enough uou know my obsession with New York is no secret ;p)