Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Weekend in Toronto


Happy Wednesday!

I apologize for the lack of posts lately! Unfortunately I don't have access to a camera at the moment so I haven't been able shoot any outfits, so this post is brought to you by an iPhone.

Friday morning I volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters. I'm involved with a program for middle school girls that focuses on balanced eating, active living, and self-esteem. If any of you have volunteered with BBBS before, then you know that the application process is not easy to say the least, however, it's well worth it in the end since it's a great way to give back.

After volunteering, I traveled to Toronto to meet my boyfriend. He was there for a conference, so we decided to stay in the city for the weekend. His father often stays in Toronto for work, so he has an apartment in Yorkville which he generously lets us use from time to time.

I've lived in Toronto twice for internships and it was so nice to be back! It got me so excited for next year, since I'm applying to a Master's program in the city and I've prematurely started to plan out my life there. I probably shouldn't be getting too ahead of myself, but having something exciting to look forward to is getting me through the semester.

As soon as I arrived, we headed straight to our favourite sushi place and then walked around Yorkville. One of my favourite things about Toronto is that you're never far from a sushi restaurant. Seriously - there are like 5 restaurants within a 10 minute walk from the apartment. The following morning, we had a quick breakfast at Whole Foods (love their creme brulee french toast!) and took the ferry over to Toronto Island, which is filled with quaint homes and beaches - pretty much the opposite of downtown. After, I forced my boyfriend to stop in to J. Crew so I could buy this shirt. I love the "perfect shirt" fit - it's more fitted and waist-defining than their boy shirt and I will definitely be adding more to my closet in the future. To finish off the day, my boyfriend and I went to an amusement park.

I can't wait to go back in December to see the Nutcracker for the millionth time and check out the Christmas markets!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Falling For Quilted Jackets






JCrew Factory quilted jacket // JCrew Factory merino wool turtleneck sweater // JCrew Factory jeans // BP Trott booties // Ray-Ban aviators

Last weekend while I was visiting home, JCrew Factory was having a 50% off sale (+ 15% for students) so I stocked up on several items for fall including a striped shirt, jeans, a turtleneck sweater, and this quilted jacket. This was a poor decision on my part because I could barely close my suitcase when I left for home, so when it was time to leave I had to do some very creative packing to make everything fit. On top of my new purchases, I also brought my gigantic Canada Goose parka home for the winter, and there was no way that I could cram it inside my suitcase, so I had to carry it around with me in the airport and on the plane. People were giving me looks because they genuinely thought that I was wearing a marshmallow of a winter jacket on a bright, sunny fall day. Packing light is definitely something that I need to work on...

I own the JCrew downtown field jacket but I wanted something a little warmer for cooler fall days. Last year JCrew had a quilted downtown field jacket but it was nowhere to be found on their website this year, so I opted for the JCrew Factory version. The jacket is a little bulky and boxy, so I think it looks best when worn open. Here are some other great options:
-Barbour Annandale quilted jacket
-L.L.Bean quilted riding jacket
-Vince Camuto quilted riding jacket

Monday, 10 October 2016

Thanksgiving Walk In The Woods












































J.Crew Factory gray wool sweater (similar) // J.Crew Factory vest (similar) // Black watch plaid blanket scarf (similar) // Joe's Jeans // Hunter boots // Hunter socks

Today was Canadian Thanksgiving (part 2). I so grateful for so many things in my life including my education, family, friends, and boyfriend. My family and I went for a lovely walk in the woods, and prepared another thanksgiving dinner, which included my favourite dish, stuffing! Honestly, if I had to pick between turkey and stuffing I would go for the stuffing. We use my grandmother's recipe, which the chef from the Waldorf Astoria revealed on the radio in 1947.

In the fall, I love throwing a vest over a cozy merino wool sweater and I like to pair this with either my Frye riding boots or Hunters. Last year my boyfriend gave me this plaid scarf, which I absolutely love. Blanket scarves are so versatile - you can wear them as a scarf, as a shawl, or as a literal blanket (which I have been known to do...).

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Suede Fall Jacket



























































































Talula suede jacket // Gap turtleneck (similar) // Zara jeans // Brown's suede knee high boots // Tory Burch purse // Ray-Ban aviators

Happy Monday/Canadian Thanksgiving!

I'm not too sure why Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving before Americans, but I'm not complaining because the beginning of October is the perfect time for a few days off. Senior year has been fairly stressful since my marks from this semester are the last ones that grad schools will see on my transcript, so it's crucial that I maintain good grades. I survived a very stressful week filled with midterms and flew home on Friday for a well-needed break. Saturday I had Thanksgiving dinner with my extended family and I made delicious pumpkin squares with a maple frosting (recipe here) that I HIGHLY recommend.

Today it was finally cool enough to pull out some of my fall clothes. I'm so obsessed with this jacket! Although it's fake ("vegan") suede, the quality is still very nice. I actually returned a genuine leather jacket to buy this one because I thought it looked nicer. I paired it with black suede knee high boots that I purchased last winter. I'm so obsessed with the Stuart Weitzman ones but I couldn't justify the cost, so I was happy to find a cheaper alternative.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Fall Wishlist


Happy Monday! My plate is full this week with an interview, two midterms, and a presentation, but come Friday I'm flying home for Canadian Thanksgiving! I'm so excited to have some time off after a stressful week. I can't wait to spend time with family, bake delicious treats, and finally get around to grad school applications.

While I'm back, I hope to do some shopping. I've been eyeing the wool skirt (#8) and while I'm at J.Crew Factory I might find an excuse to pick up another vest. I would also like a fall scented candle to remind me of home during the holidays, a brown pair of Frye boots to go with all of the navy in my closet, and another flannel from L.L.Bean. This year they introduced a fitted version of their classic flannel so I'm curious to see how that fits. 

What's on your wishlist for fall?

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Niagara-on-the-Lake Part 2











Dress: Flying Tomato // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Sandals: Jack Rogers


The morning after arriving in Niagara-on-the-Lake, my boyfriend and I began our journey on rented bikes. We had an ambitious day planned, which included wine tastings at four different wineries. We had contemplated renting electric scooters but this seemed mildly dangerous to do while under the influence of alcohol.

The first three wineries included Reif Estate Winery, a winery by the river, Caroline Cellars, a casual winery known for their fruit wine, and Trius Winery, a higher end winery famous for their reds. I was dying in the humid 30+ degree celsius weather and wished I could have hopped in one of the many air-conditioned limos driving bachelorette parties around.

After Trius, we headed to our final tasting at Peller Estates. On our way to Peller, we realized that we were headed the wrong direction and had ended up on a backcountry road surrounded by farms. However, we somehow managed to book it to Peller in time for our scheduled tour, which included an ice wine tasting in a bar made of ice. After all of our tours were complete, we devoured steaks at Zee's Grill. Niagara-on-the-Lake is definitely a foodie town and there are so many delicious restaurants to pick from, but make sure to reserve early as spots fill up very quickly!

Although I got more exercise that day than I planned, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the tastings. Next time, I'll spend more time at Peller, since they have interesting tasting experiences like a chocolate and wine pairing, and a large outdoor patio overlooking the winery.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Niagara-on-the-Lake Part 1



















Top: H&M (similar) // Shorts: J. Crew Factory // Sandals: Jack Rogers // Sunglasses: Similar

This summer I worked halfway across the country for a coop (internship), away from my boyfriend, friends, and family, so I was eager to plan a few vacations for when I returned back home. Having something to look forward to at the end of the summer helped me get through some long days at work and trying times with my roommate.

My boyfriend and I decided to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake for a weekend of wine tastings. We are in no way wine connoisseurs, but the idea of biking from vineyard to vineyard appealed to us. After spending a few days at his parent's place, we stopped by the uber touristy Niagara Falls, and headed to tasteful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. After checking in at our B&B, we spent the afternoon exploring the main street, lake, and neighbourhoods. The entire town looks like one giant movie set. Everything is so picturesque, from the boutiques to the houses, even the drug store.

We stayed at the Scarlet Tunic B&B, which was an excellent choice of accommodation. Every morning the owner went above and beyond making a giant warm breakfast complete with fresh baked goods, fruit, and a main course. The B&B was also a few streets away from the main street, close to restaurants and more importantly, a gelato shop, which we visited every single day.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Navy and Gingham








Boots   //   Aritzia Blazer (similar)   //   J. Crew Shirt   //   Joe's Jeans   //   Tory Burch Purse   //   
                                          J. Crew Factory Bracelet   //   Sperry Sunglasses

One of my favourite pieces of clothing is my navy gingham shirt. It's so versatile and I can wear it casually or dressed up for work. In the fall and winter I like to wear it under a sweater or a blazer, and in the summer, I pair it with chino shorts or a skirt.

Lately I've been obsessing over the over-the-knee boots from Stuart Weitzman. I couldn't justify spending an arm and a leg over boots that I could easily see myself ruining, so I was so happy to find a similar pair for much less. They're a great alternate to heels for going out, because they're comfortable but still dressy.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Downtown Field Jacket










J. Crew Jacket   //   Banana Republic Shirt   //   J. Crew Factory Sweater (similar, similar)   //   
Joe's Jeans   //   Daniel Wellington Watch   //   Bloch Flats   //   Sperry Sunglasses

I bought this jacket last year and it has become one of my favourite jackets for both fall and spring. I chose the green colour which goes nicely with all of the blue tops that I own (I have a lot - it's a problem...). J. Crew is constantly having promotions so there's a good chance that you could find this on sale.

Unfortunately I won't be wearing it anytime soon seeing as there's a major snow storm hitting my area tomorrow!

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