25 August 2014

An Oldie, but a Goodie

With summer winding down and the days still hot, I'm taking full advantage of being able to wear the brighter pieces in my closet before I put them away for winter. This skirt fits the bill perfectly. It's bright, breezy and has this amazing pattern. I'm not one for patterns, especially larger ones, but this skirt has been a firm staple in my closet for the past couple of summers. It's not new, but that doesn't matter, because I love it so much that I can't seem to stop reaching for it when the sun is out. Besides, it still looks great!

Top: Reitmans / Skirt: Forever21 / Shoes: Zara / Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff

22 August 2014

Doors of Quebec City

There is something very special about doors. It marks a point between the known and the unknown. Until you go through it you never really know what to expect, even if it's familiar and one that is often crossed. When I travel I try to photograph as many doors as possible because it shows an intimate portrait and snapshot of a city. Doors, unlike other parts of a building, allow the personality of the owner to be on display. 

What I have noticed most from the doors in Old Quebec City is how crooked they are. Not one is perfectly straight, not because they're badly built, but because the city is built on a hill and uneven terrain. In addition, many of the doors and their frames are made of wood and wood changes and moves with the frost and thaw of fall, winter and spring, which makes for very interesting doors.

A very special door to me. The door to the the house my father grew up in.

17 August 2014

An Announcement

With a title I'm just going to jump right to it and say ... I'm moving to Dublin, Ireland! (ahhh!!!)

To those who know me, this announcement shouldn't come as a surprise. In fact, when I told my close friends and family they all said something along the lines of "finally". So here's how it all happened. 

My boyfriend is a born and raised Dubliner. We met at University in Lennoxville, QC while he was on exchange. Long story short, we fell in love and decided for various reasons that Canada was the country we'd live in. That worked out well for a while, but eventually his visas expired which meant he had to move back to Dublin. So we decided that Ireland was the place we'd live. Which brings us to my announcement today. 

It is a very exciting time in our lives to finally be together after months apart and years of dating. There will be a lot of changes for me coming up and these next weeks before my departure will be hectic to say the least. There will be a lot of packing and organizing for my big transatlantic move, but I can hardly wait to finally get there! Of course, this will mean a lot of exploring in my new city and country and exciting new content for this blog. Stay tuned!

13 August 2014

Summer Stripes

I've talked about my love of stripes before and I'm back today with yet another striped ensemble. I just can't help myself! Stripes are classic, always relevant and very versatile. They can just as easily be dressed up as they can be dressed down. Ever since I got this simple jersey dress a couple of weeks ago I haven't been able to stop wearing it. (See how I wore it here with rain boots.) Simple doesn't have to mean boring. With the right accessories and styling, I was able to make a work-appropriate outfit while retaining the comfort and practical aspects of the dress.

Dress: Joe Fresh (similar) / Shirt: American Eagle (old) / Flats: Joe Fresh (old) /
Necklace: Smart Set (old) / Belt: Jacob / Wallet: Winners (old) / Bracelet: Hudson's Bay (old)

7 August 2014

DIY: Distressed Denim

I like distressed denim but every single time I go to buy a pair, I fall through with it. I just can't bring myself to shell out money for jeans with holes in them! So, while cleaning out my closet a few weeks ago, I saved a pair of old jeans to repurpose them as my very own, personalized to fit and preference, distressed jeans. I had a specific style in mind, inspired by Olivia Palermo and Poppy Delevigne. Not too distressed, but just so to still look put together. Here's how I achieved it.

I used chalk to mark where I wanted to hem my pants and where I wanted the rips at the knees. Through the years I've attempted to create the perfect distressed jeans a few times and have found that the best way to achieve the rips and tears you want is to mark the area you want to cut while wearing your jeans. This way, you're sure they will hit exactly where you want them to.

To hem your pants, start with one of the legs and follow the chalk marking you made earlier. Next, fold over the pants carefully with the hemmed leg on top to use as your guide for the second cut. Before cutting the second leg, make sure that the waist is folded over evenly and that the legs are perfectly placed on top of each other to create even hems! Cut the second leg following the cut you made on the first.

Once the legs are hemmed, the fun part can begin: the distressing. The trick is to pull at the white bits to create a distressed look. You can choose to leave them, but I cut them off for a sleeker look.

Once you're happy with your hems, move on to the knee slits. This is fairly easy, just follow the chalk and cut. If you want bigger slits, cut out a piece of jean. I cut about an inch out of each knee in a kind of elongated oval, with no straight angles, for a more natural look.

I added a few distressed patches around the front and back pockets by scratching the area with sand paper and scissors. The longer and harder you scratch, the more the denim will be used. Since I didn't want to go too distressed I left it quite subtle.

My 'helper' was with me all along and provided no help at all - but she's so cute!

And the finished look! I'm so pleased with the way they turned out. Just like how I had pictured them and very similar to my above-mentioned inspirations. It took me a few years - and ruined pair of jeans - to get the look just right! 

3 August 2014

A Look Back at July

Here's a look at what I was up to this past July.

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