Dawn to Dusk

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Same outfit, two ways. The concept takes you from office to evening and is as easy as a simple change in outerwear (or for more formal occasions, a change in footwear – metallic Manolo BB pumps or a sleek evening sandal).

Statement coats were all over the Autumn 2018 runway shows back in February/early March (in all four cities) and this trench by Massimo Dutti hits all of the right points: Prince of Wales checks, pops of colour, 70s-style lapels and understated details. Until we get out of this winter weather, coats are still a must for daywear, and pairing the pastels with darker shades creates a colour-popping contrast.

I’m going through a blazer moment right now, and I fell in love with this peak-lapelled velvet number because of its Tom Ford s/s 2018 runway feel to it (minus the hot pink hue!). Blazers are foolproof for evenings and pairing a strong masculine piece with a feminine slip dress is one of my favourite combinations. The mix in textures elevates the look (velvet, evident from the runways, is here to stay) and can work just as well with a pair of dark skinnies and a slinky camisole.

P.S. Yes, navy and black do go together.

trench: Massimo Dutti/ blazer: Massimo Dutti (and on sale!)/ slipdress: Aritzia

photos: @comfycarn

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October. Up there with May (the birthday month), it has to be my favourite month of the year, in my favourite season of the year: Autumn. The season of light layers, playful textures and the first time since summer that you get to wear your favourite chunky knits but still get away with a bare leg. 

Colours this season are making an impact (as are florals, chenille, statement suits and sleek silks). On par with statement red (seen everywhere from ankle boots, to statement blazers, coats and head-to-toe power suits), emerald – and green generally, in its various hues of olive, mint, jade, teal –  is one of those impact colours. I paired this statement trench with a simple black bodysuit (to help block out that fresh autumn chill), a vegan suede mini, and my favourite suede booties.

Mixing textures, and pairing statement colours like this eye-popping green with neutrals, tones the colour down for an everyday touch but still catches your eye (like it did with me, when i fell in love with it in store!).

Practical tip: as a Vancouverite, we all know that “40% chance of rain” actually means 100% –  the downpour I got caught in about 2 minutes after these were shot is proof, and has me thinking twice about risking my suede boots!

trench: TopShop / bodysuit: Wilfred Le Fou at Aritzia / skirt: Aritzia / booties: Isabel Marant 

photos: @comfycarn

Spring forward

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It’s officially Spring, and unfortunately Vancouver has yet to get out of its Winter rut. Despite that, we managed to catch a rare ray of sunlight one weekend and it was absolutely glorious (before it down-poured for a week afterwards!).

This Spring, I’ve fallen in love with the blush-tones that dominated the catwalks in September. My wardrobe (since autumn, really) has consisted of neutrals, blacks, whites and pastels. They all work together, making it extremely easy to get dressed in the morning — hello, everything matches!

I had my eyes on this silk robe from Aritzia the moment I saw it online. The length is perfect, the fabric luxurious, and it doubles as a chic (and daring!) wrap dress. I’m also hooked on monochrome black and white at the moment, as it is easy to take from day to night, and goes perfect with a classic red lip or hot pink heels – yes I’ve tried both!

For those averse to sinking into the crop top craze, wearing one with high-waisted trousers might give you some comfort. The high-waist limits the amount of skin shown, and highlights the most flattering part of your torso – win win!

Photos by StreetScoutMe

Robe, trousers & crop: Aritzia| Mules: Zara| Glasses: Ray-Ban

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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Winter has come at us Vancouverites in full force this year, with uncharacteristic sub-zero temperatures and surprise snow falls. But along with the arctic tundra that is enveloping the city comes the holidays – one of my favourite times of the year. Why? Apart from Love Actually – and endless mulled wine, mince pies, christmas cookies and sparkling city lights – the holiday season means party dressing.

Party dressing can be a little overwhelming especially when you have an event that is neither black-tie nor ugly-Christmas sweater casual. So, here is my take on a semi-dressy party-appropriate outfit, that can go from day to night.

Pairing this silk slip dress with a structured leather jacket strips back the femininity of the look and adds a bit of edge (my go-to combination). Swap in a pair of flat booties or leather loafers for more day-casual comfort and for those dressier events, a tailored black blazer would lend an air of sophistication underneath the fur gilet (and may be more office appropriate!). To top things off, accessories for me are key as always. So layer on the jewelry, because Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a little sparkle, right?

silk dress: Aritzia / bodysuit: Le Fou by Wilfred at Aritzia / boots: Acne / leather jacket: All Saints / scarf: Club Monaco

Photos: Spencer Marsh

Sleeve-Separates @ New York Fashion Week…

If you invested in a leather sleeved coat this winter, you don’t have to worry about contemplating subsequent purchases in order to save up for a new styled outerwear essential for next winter because the fashion-fixation that is contrasting sleeves is set to remain on top form, at least for now, as the opposing fabric started out as being limited more or less to leather (not that there’s anything wrong with adding a little edginess & rock glamour in our prim & preppy lives!). This season it broadens it’s horizons…

Since first appearing in Ricardo Tisci’s Givenchy s/s 2009 collection in the form of crocodile leather on cotton jackets, numerous designers (Alexander Wang, Philip Lim, and Christopher Bailey for Burberry – to name a few) have been proponents of the trend – upping the ante each season and producing their own interpretations to incorporate everything from raffia, lurex, to suede. It took it’s extreme form in Dries Van Noten’s 2010 collection – having filled almost the entire show with visions of contrast sleeves in every which way and form (adorning jeweled sleeves to cargo jackets and bombers, bold yellow sleeves to leopard print blouses, and oversized mohair sleeves to cropped sweaters – I could go on!).

Given the industry’s constant (and understandable) obsession with juxtaposition, the love affair with contrast sleeves is unsurprising. They are the perfect fashion paradox: allowing a woman to be edgy but soft, dressed up & dressed down all at once. To me, contrast sleeves ooze effortless chic — an accomplishment any fashion fanatic is in a constant competition for — they are a way to add a little light playfulness & fun to the often hard & heavy hitting autumn/winter outfits, as most outerwear pieces stick to one colour and one fabric, covering up anything exciting which may be lurking beneath.

Prominently displayed on the New York catwalks, favourites included: the ever-traditional leather sleeves seen at New York staple brand DKNY (love the deep red crocodile leather!); long knit & transparent-sleeved throw-overs at Philip Lim; Altuzarra’s contrasting black-fur & Moroccan-inspired gold coin sleeved coats; bold juxtaposing fur sleeves at BCBG & Custo Barcelona; bolder fur on the awe-inspiring belted military jackets at Jason Wu, and daringly blue-furred bomber jackets at Prabal Gurung (i think it’s fair to say that fur has replaced last season’s leather, no?).

Whether soft and overflowing on dresses & tops or bright and bold for maximum impact coats & cropped jackets, this emerging obsession of contrasting sleeves has worked its way up the hierarchy of trends throughout the past seasons (one sleeve at a time, ha!) and has earned the top spot being a must-have item included on everyone’s wish-lists. These sleeves are here to stay…