A little ode to J.Crew, my one love of retail.
Isabel Marant X H&M tank, silk trousers; Lanvin X H&M pumps; Jacob blazer; Forever 21 necklace; Banana Republic clutch; gifted watch, bracelet
Outside of sports and a good games night (Cranium is my jam), I’m not a person who does well with competitive environments. Very little stresses me out more than vying for the best seats at a sold-out movie or shopping with elbows out in order to deal with mass crowds. For this reason I decided to forego getting up at sunrise to wait on opening day for the Isabel Marant X H&M collab I was so desperate to get my hands on. Lucky for me, Vancouver shoppers aren’t quite as ravenous for Parisian design as I thought and it wasn’t a complete free-for-all trying to locate my size among the racks. Despite rolling in at 3 that afternoon I managed to try on everything I wanted and left with two amazing pieces from the collection. Stress free shopping and sick Marant duds? I was one happy girl.
Along with twinkling lights, Advent calendars, and Christmas baking, watching Love Actually is something that the entire winter season feels incomplete without. With December fast approaching (where has November gone?!) it felt appropriate to share a couple of Love links to get things started and celebrate the movie’s 10th anniversary.
1. The bros who love Love Actually via The Cut
2. Buzzfeed ranks all of the turtlenecks featured in the film (there’s definitely more than you think!)
After a frantic two weeks of casting, sourcing and organizing every aspect, my final exam/photoshoot for Styling class finally took place yesterday. It was the first time that I was solely responsible for a shoot including theme and mood board creation, model casting, hair and makeup concepts, as well as pulling for each look and executing on the day of. Back in April I had the pleasure of working with Alicia on a Spring Trends piece for Metrotown at Metropolis x The Province (check out Alicia’s recap and cute video here), which was a great intro into the world of styling. I wouldn’t say this experience made my own shoot flawless or stress-free, but having a little background about the process definitely took the edge off.
After finishing class at 1 pm on the dot, seven of us made our way over to the neighbouring Curlique to begin set up and start with hair and makeup. I had the pleasure of working with extremely talented Vancouver photographer Matthew Burditt, who truly made the shooting experience painless. Between Matthew, my amazing model Jess, and some incredible makeup and hair by fellow Blanche student Naureen, I couldn’t help but smile as my concepts came to life. In fact, one of my classmates told me after I was like an adorable ‘show mom’ while watching my second shoot- practically bouncing up and down with giddiness and grinning like a dummy as Jess jumped around in her pop-art inspired outfit.
It was a truly amazing experience and I couldn’t have done it without my team on the day of, as well as my dear friend Michelle and our Styling instructor Tyler. Thanks everyone; you’re wonderful.
PS. Stay tuned for shoot pics, I can’t wait to share some in the next few weeks!
J.Crew sweater, button up, pixie pants; H&M necklace, clutch; Zara trench; Call it Spring booties; Nixon watch
After an unseasonably dry (albeit foggy) October, November started out exactly as expected with copious amounts of rain. A little taste of the winter weather to come. I managed to sneak in one more photoshoot with those beautiful fall leaves- I just can’t get over the colours around this time of year.
Happy hump day!
November is here which means we’re only a glorious two weeks away from one of the most anticipated collaborations ever (in my humble opinion, of course). Drum roll please… it’s time for Isabel Marant for H&M! By now I’m sure most of you have peeped the goods and are counting down the days until it hits stores on the 14th. The collection is a little pricey (the beautiful embellished jacket at the top left is a cool $320), but at only a fraction of the designer’s normal price range, all the pieces feel like a steal. In addition to the jacket, I have my eye on the white embroidered top (in top right picture) and a pair of printed silk trousers, though I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I didn’t see any of her signature Dicker boots. What pieces have you been drooling over?
There’s something so comforting about lighting a candle and curling up with a good book when it’s blustery outside, and since randomly purchasing a couple of Voluspa candles at Chapters this past winter I’ve become completely obsessed. My favourite scents are French Cade Lavender (a blend of French cade,verbena and Bulgarian lavender), and Eden & Pear (lemon vervaine, galbanum and ripe hosui pear), both which fill the room with fragrance without triggering an overload headache. Reading or not, these are always burning at my place. And why not? We all have a ‘signature’ perfume, maybe it’s time to give our homes the same treatment.
J.Crew sweater, necklace, jeans; Minnetonka moccasins; H&M hat; Miro watch
Oversized? Check. Elbow patches? Check. Warm wool in a beautiful colour? Check check. Pretty much every aspect of this sweater falls into the perfect category for me. It’s everything I want and need in an autumn layering piece and believe me when I say it’s been in heavy rotation since I acquired it a few weeks ago. What feels more like the season than cozying up in a great sweater and broken in jeans?
J.Crew cashmere, pixie pants; Zara leather jacket; Nixon watch; gifted toque & scarf
Fall has officially arrived in Vancouver and I could not be more excited. Layers, crisp mornings, and pumpkin-flavored everything are just a few things that make this season my favourite. Busting out a toque, scarf and leather jacket seemed like the perfect way to usher in the change, and I can’t wait for more as the leaves continue to fall.
What’s your favourite season?
Thanksgiving weekend seemed like the perfect time to introduce someone I’m thankful for in my life. The hottie featured is my dear roomie/bestie/fitness motivator Laura of Dedicated Not Addicted. When not rocking lulus during her training for fitness competitions (her third one is coming up in November!), Laur always kills it with some serious street style. I’m especially envious of her newsboy hat and love how it perfectly tempers the exaggerated shoulders of the jacket. Black on black with a touch of rocker has become somewhat of her signature, and when you look this good doing it there’s clearly no need to stray.
Happy thanksgiving all! What are you thankful for this weekend?
PS Don’t forget to check out Laur’s blog Dedicated Not Addicted for fitness tips, recipes, weekly challenges and more!