So my interpretation of the Cougar boot look is less Urban Mexican and more Lazy Ontario Cottager. However, that would lead to you questioning the paved pathway and doubt my northern location. It is true…the jig it up! I am sitting in a park in Forest Hill. Also, I would never be wearing jeans at a cottage – just leggings and sweat pants for me!
Anyway, it was love at first sight for me and my cougar boots when I pushed back the buffalo plaid tissue paper (nice touch!) and pulled them from their box. To see more from Cougar, or to pick up a pair of your own pillow boot, click here.
Hat – Groorin
Jacket – Aritzia
Shirt – Forever 21
Jeans – H&M
There is nothing more comforting to me then a crisp white shirt. Perhaps it is because I wore one with my uniform over the majority of my adolescent life it is almost second nature for me to get out of bed and put one on. Or maybe it is because the feel of woven cotton on my skin is so clean and fresh, I end up wearing such shirts to bed. The classic white button up shirt is the also the one article of clothing that I can clearly envision such iconic images and characters such as Brigette Bardot, Carrie Bradshaw, Marilyn Monroe and not to mention our favorite sociopath, Patrick Bateman. Christine
I’m really liking my new sand coloured jacket from H&M ($69). It’s part cotton and part leather (leather parts include shoulders, elbow patches and around the wrists). I think it will be a good alternative to my black moto jacket this summer.
I paired it with pleated pants from Zara, burgundy belt from Joe Fresh, and striped top from Simons in Montreal. Love that store. Can’t wait till it gets to Toronto! JD
I must say I’m glad I bought this lace top by Vero Moda because it’s becoming an anchor piece with a lot of outfits this season. I’ve worn it here, here, and here. That’s a lot of heres.
I paired it with my nude high-waist skirt from H&M, black tights, and leather boots by Cole Haan.
ps – It’s way too cold for this! brrrrrrrr.
pps – Send me off to a coconut island.
This is one of my “I’m so cold” dance moves. Theme song: Cold as Ice by Foreigner.
I can’t help it. My attraction to black, red and white. I really can’t help it. When I picture these colours all I can think of is 80′s movie fashion. The kind with massive shoulder pads, teased bangs and well…black, white and red colour combinations. I can’t resist it – it is my comfort zone. I think it is because I was born in the 80′s. Maybe it is in my astrological blood. Or would that be numerical? I have no clue…
I decided to mix up the colours with prints. A striped knit dress from Zara and a cotton houndstooth scarf from Simon’s was my comfort zone. I got a lot of compliments from the ladies in the office on my red Hue tights. I forgot how much fun coloured tights can be and I plan to rock more of them for the next few months. (Summer please come!) As for the rest of my outfit: headband from H&M, sunglasses by Ray-Ban, coat from Club Monaco (also seen here) and shoes from Zara.
I love my denim shirt from Zara and although I always wear it casually with riding pants or leggings, I decided to wear it with a skirt yesterday. It worked and it was a nice change from the black sweater I would normally wear with it.
My skirt is a random rare find from LW – that’s right Liquidation World. I went in looking for a kitchen table and left with a Kensie skirt for $10. Gotta love the random finds. I showed it on the blog here in the summer and cannot wait to wear it again with bare legs! sigh.
My new suede booties are from Spring shoes ($29). I had to throw out my old ones because I wore them WAY too much. Sometimes I just love throwing things out. De-cluttering and closet cleaning is so rewarding. JD
There was much anticipation for the MASSIVE, DEBILITATING, CITY-STOPPING snow storm that hit southern Ontario yesterday. Julie and I rated this “storm” a 4 and our comments were left to, “meh”. Never trust the weather man/woman. To say the least, I was prepared in my Canada Goose Expedition parka, Cougar waterproof snow boots, cashmere toque and Ray-Ban wayfarers.
There are a number of people (stuck up Fashionistas) who love to hate on the Canada Goose parka which is understandable, as they now dominate the Toronto outerwear market with 1 out of 5 (SDP observation) people wearing them who pass by. It is easy to reject or vocally denounce the mainstream but, the point of the matter is that when it comes to Canada Goose, they are the warmest, most functional jackets you can buy. Canada Goose may not be run-way fashion but rather really, really warm – more of a forcefield to the sub zero temperatures that Canadian winters bring. Also, when you look at the inside tag it will read, ‘Made in Canada’. How many items in your wardrobe will read that nowadays? Canada Goose is an international success – and I love my Canada Goose parka.
I’ve been waiting to wear these heart printed Betsey Johnson tights for some time now. They have been paired with possibly my best thrifted find of 2010 – a $12 Topshop dress from VV Boutique, a Club Monaco leather jacket, sequined (SEQUINS!) beanie from Zara and shoes from Aldo. Oh, and I can’t forget about my lipstick, it is Tom Ford’s Cherry Lush.
There’s nothing wrong with wearing the same outfit over and over. Sure it can get tedious, but if you find little ways to switch things up it won’t feel so monotonous….and then you’ll have more to splurge on something bigger….like that trip to Paris or Stockholm you’ve been day dreaming about.
I was loving my grey H&M cropped sweater so much I bought it in cream as well. Here’s the same outfit twice with a few minor adjustments.
* Black booties (Spring $29) instead of brown boots
* Maroon belt (Joe Fresh $14) instead of brown belt
* Vintage silk shirt in navy(Stylist yard sale $5)
* Skinny wool pants (Zara $52)
* Hair down vs. hair up changes it too
What city would you fly off to today if money wasn’t an issue? Pick just one! JD
My head to toe charcoal and black outfit was fitting for this non-sunny day last week. I know I said I was going to wear more colour this winter, but some days I don’t mind dressing in dark colours. I just have to be sure to switch it up to avoid the gloomy feeling.
* Chunky knit cardigan by Dex (from Winners)
* Silk shirt and belt from Joe Fresh
* Motorcycle leggings by Domino
* Headband from H&M
* Winter boots from Town Shoes
I have new favourite denim brand that I recently added to my wardrobe – Domino Jeans. They are Canadian designed (out of Montreal), well-made, and the price point is very reasonable ($100 to $150). Not bad at all. The fit is AMAZING and so far they have kept their shape. They are my jeans du jour and I’ll be showing them a lot worn in different ways. I am loving high-rise these days and the dark denim means I can dress them up or down.
I’m also wearing:
* Soft pink top from Jacob – on sale for $29
* Puffy shoulder cardigan from H&M ($34)
* Lace-up booties from H&M ($69)
* My grandma’s purse and my grandpa’s sunglasses
My only NYC regret was not taking back Steve Madden’s ANNIE booties. Luckily I found a similar pair from Aldo that (most importantly) give me the some height boost to my 5’3 frame. They most definitely ARE NOT snow friendly so the race to wear them is on. Hopefully the snow stays away much like it did last year. Skiers and snowboarders, stop complaining and head further north. You really don’t have to go that far – just let me wear my darn booties.
The rest of my outfit:
Jacket – Zara
Belt – Club Monaco
Headband – H&M
Leggings – American Apparel
My search for the perfect Anorak lead me to this Vero Moda coat with great seasonal timing. My 2010 hunt was all disappointment upon the realization that the good Anoraks had sold out in my size or were simply too much moolah. On Boxing Day at Sherway Gardens, I was walking through The Bay and stumbled upon this Vero Moda jacket. My stumbling was followed by a “Eureka!” as it was the very last one and in my size. I ran to the cash to hear “$34 please”. “Double Eureka!”.
The rest of my outfit:
Hat – Hudson’s Bay Company
Infinity Scarf – Reese from Doll Haus
Leggings – Costa Blanca
Boots – Aldo
I am loving the 90′s inspiration with fashion these days. Long skirts, crop tops, nudes, high waist pants. I love it all. I found this cropped sweater at H&M for $29 and I think I’m going to wear it a lot this winter. I liked it so much, I went back and bought it in cream too. It will go great with high waist skirts and pants, and it’s really warm too. Fashion and function – a winning team.
I paired it with my wool pants from Zara ($52), lace-up boots from H&M ($69), and cashmere scarf by Arnold Brant (gift). JD
Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of seeing The Nutcracker for the first time. It was also my first visit to Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. I am so behind on these things! I wanted look somewhat festive without draping myself in red and gold. I picked up this gold skirt for $30 at The Gap’s holiday event and paired it with my American Apparel 3D floral mesh jumper.
Rest of my outfit:
Jacket: Club Monaco
Headband: Forever 21
I was having a blah day and threw this on. I was tired from NYC and just wanted to be comfortable going back to work. Flats and a merino wool sweater was it, not to mention a skirt – pants are uncomfortable! (Were you aware that I live in dresses and skirts and hardly ever wear pants?) Julie made me take a few pics – I guess comfort can come off looking put together after all.
Sweater – Club Monaco $70
Skirt – Zara $70
Tights – Joe Fresh Style $4
Boots – Aldo $65
I’m not a coffee drinker but I do like a hot beverage once in a while, so I popped by Starbucks for a hot chocolate with whip cream on top. I felt all cozy and warm, until I had to remove my jacket for an outfit pic! I was wearing something too skimpy to brave the cold, so I borrowed CM’s awesome sweater from American Eagle Outfitters (Reg. $70 on sale for $30). I really love it – the cream colour brightened my day.
If you are on the hunt for affordable sweaters, I saw a bunch at M for Mendocino the other day. They had a lot of options and a lot of sales!
I’m also wearing: Joe Fresh distressed jeans $29; grey circle scarf from Spring $16; and lace-up booties from Spring $29. JD
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I skip down the street singing this tune and often will throw in a couple tro lo lo’s (do me a favor and click the link) just for good measure. Now, I am not talking about Christmas, I am talking about pre-Christmas markdowns and the promise of everything being at leas 40% off. Ahhh markdows. The buyers worst nightmare and my real life fairy tale. I went into H&M before lunch and right before my very eyes was this pink dress with a big $10 sign. As I had told myself that I was not going to make any clothing purchases through the month of December, I put it back on the rack. Then I had this grand idea. If I don’t continue on to purchase lunch and use the $10 for the dress instead, it will cancel itself out. The only loss is the 500 calories I would have consumed – WIN WIN SITUATION!
The rest of my outfit:
Sweater – Ann Taylor Loft
Boots – Cole Haan
Vintage Belt – Borrowed from friend
Earrings – Borrowed from friend
Necklace – Forever 21
Bracelet – Tiffany
Tights – Joe Fresh
I kind of feel like a librarian in this outfit, but that’s ok – librarians are cool. The best librarian I knew was a man who worked at DB Weldon Library at UWO. My friends and I called him “Old Man Beard” – we never knew his real name. If you went to him with a question, he would get so excited and would basically do your entire project for you. This is why we loved Old Man Beard….he was also nice and passionate about his job. We were always psyched to see him working and never wanted to talk to any of the other librarians.
This long cardigan was found at Winners for $29 and I paired it with my grey pants from Zara, brown belt, brown shoes, and a boat load of accessories. I love accessories. These pants are the cropped type so when I sit down I have to make sure I have cool socks on because the socks show. This grey and white striped pair is from Joe Fresh. I bought a pack of 5 for $10. Steal! JD
This may be my preppiest look yet. I find comfort in preppy. Maybe it is because of my suburban upbringing or, maybe it is because I secretly hope to find myself lost in the Fall 2010 Tommy Hilfiger ad campaign “Meet the Hilfigers”. OBSESSED. The Lauren Ralph Lauren denim shirt is from The Bay. I kept my eye on it for months until it was marked down to $30 from $100. Score! Jacket and skirt is from Zara, tights are Joe Fresh and shoes are Aldo. Happy Friday! CM
The dog days are over. I realize this may have a different meaning to those who have heard the song, and to the song itself but, as for my dog days, my tan is over. Julie and I take pictures of ourselves regularly (obviously) and it often makes us take a second look at what we are wearing and how we look in general. These pics show me I need some bronzer stat! Gosh I am pale! I don’t think I am ready to take on the spray tanner but at this point…
I went down to the states over American thanksgiving. I was there for family so my power shop allowed me to purchase this sweater from Ann Taylor Loft for $50 – I was drawn to the colour. I wore them with my $19 Old Navy purple cargos. I opted for an alternative to the army green cargos that are the rage these days as seen on Julie.
The rest of my outfit:
Bag – Joe Fresh
Jacket – H&M
Scarf – Arnold Brant
Necklace – Forever 21
Boots – H&M
I contemplated wearing yoga pants and a hooded sweatshirt on this lazy Sunday but I decided I could wear comfortable clothes without looking like I was headed to the gym, so I wore this instead, and was equally as comfortable.
I bought this lady-like hat in Australia years ago and it’s by Kangol. It’s one of those purchases I love and never really wear, but will hold on to forever.
I’m also wearing:
* Distressed jeans, Joe Fresh ($29)
* Charcoal top with lace shoulders, Winners ($19)
* Dex chunky knit sweater, Winners ($24)
* Cowboy boots, vintage store on Dundas ($10)
Next time you’re temped to leave the house in “house clothes” (as Italians in Italy would say), reach for a pair of jeans and a knit sweater instead – you’ll feel like less of a bum and you’ll be glad you did. JD
This is my “hurry up and take the picture, I’m so cold” dance.
Thanks for taking the pics Mom! xo
Last Tuesday we attended the Gap holiday shopping party hosted by our favorite Toronto fashion blogger, Julia Seidl for Stylehog. Here are a few of our favorite things.
Julia Seidl of Stylehog
Pierre Hardy for Gap hiking boot.
Shearling and camel = The perfect mix
Make-up artists were on hand from MAC.
Sequins! I love sequins like the Cookie Monster loves cookies.
Toronto DJ’s Bangs and Blush.
Faux Fur Trapper Hat. CM
It’s official – our good friend winter has arrived. Last night I bundled up in my Rudsak winter coat and the warmest scarf I own – a giant circle scarf from H&M. I also wore lace-up booties and my newest hat, both from H&M.
I’m having visions of sitting by a fireplace, wearing leg warmers, and eating homemade cookies….who’s baking for me? Baby, it’s cold outside! JD
I popped by The Bay on Queen last week and found this lace top by Vero Moda on sale for $20. Score! I love Vero Moda – they always have nice stuff. I bought an amazing dress as well that I’ll show you soon.
My pants and belt are from Zara ($59), and I’m happy to tell you that Zara on Bloor is finally open after 5 months of renovations. That was a long wait. They changed the floors, shelving, and light fixtures. That’s it! I thought they were building another floor at that rate.
My lace-up booties are from Spring shoes, and cashmere scarf is by Arnold Brant. Hope you are bundled up today, it’s getting so cold! It’s going to be difficult to take outfit photos outside soon. Not sure what we’re gonna do! JD