Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Classic Combination

There's certain classic combinations that you just can't go wrong with.

Some examples:

Beer and pizza.
Summer and bonfires.
Peanut butter and chocolate.
White button down shirts and denim.

Classic combinations are considered "classic" for a reason. They just work!

Don't get me wrong, I love experimenting with the trendy pieces in my closet and remixing my basics in creative new ways. Then, there's those other days, when I just want to stick with the classics, like a simple button down shirt and jeans.

Button down shirts are great at this time of year, because they're light weight and great for layering. They're great on their own, or layered underneath a cardigan on those cool nights. For a large chested girl like myself, I prefer to wear my button down shirts undone, layered more like a cardigan.

Not only does an ill-fitting blouse not look great, but it's also dangerous. One wrong move, and that top button could go flying! For the safety of myself and others, I'll stick with the unbuttoned look.

Outfit Details:

Tank - J.Crew Factory (Similar) // Button Down - Gap (Similar
Jeans - Current Elliott (Similar) // Shoes - Jessica Simpson (Similar)
Bag - Stella & Dot (Same) // Necklace - Stella & Dot (Same)

What other classic pairs can you not get enough of this summer?

Friday, 25 July 2014

Current Wants

Booties //  Sunglasses // Bag // Dress // Pants // Skirt // Tee

Now that it's partway through summer, just about every store is offering "new arrivals," which oh-so-conveniently work perfectly at this time of year and into early fall. This is exactly why I keep adding new items to my list of things I want.

Since fashion changes so frequently, this list of mine is always on the go.

I don't need anything right now, but I always like to find a reason to justify why it's okay to make another purchase.

I recently just came across this really awesome site, Raise.com and I think they can help us justify these more frivolous purchases.

Essentially, Raise.com is an online marketplace, where you can buy or sell gift cards. I think it's so great, because if you have a gift card that you won't use, why not sell it for cash? On the flip side, you can buy a gift card for a bit less than it's valued, so you save money on something you would be buying anyway. I think it's such a clever concept, but for now, it's only open to those in the US. Boo!

* Disclaimer - this is NOT a sponsored post. I just heard about the site, and thought it was cool!

What other "wear now, wear later" items are on your want list?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A Pop of Crop

Sometimes, I wish that I was a little bit more adventurous. I love trying new food and going to new places (sort of), but I'm just a girl who loves her routine.

This is something that I'm working on changing, but change is a gradual thing, isn't it? That said, the way that I'm trying to change this is by doing more, if that makes any sense. 

I have an example that I can't share yet (it's exciting, I promise!!), but another example that I can share is that I've signed up for a Graphic Design course at a local community college, starting this fall. It's one class, once a week, but this is an area that I've been interested in for a while, so I figured, why not? In addition to learning a ton of new skills, I'll also meet a bunch of new people. Nerve-racking for sure, but exciting.

Even though I'm not overly adventurous  I tend to be a lot more open when it comes to fashion. If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you'll know that I love trying out trends (like here and here). 

Most recently, I decided to get aboard the crop top train, even though I'm way too insecure to walk around, flaunting my midriff. I figured, there had to be a way to modify the crop top enough to feel comfortable to wear one in public.

I've been experimenting a little bit, and so far, my favourite way to wear crop tops is with a bit of layering. This way, you still reveal a bit of skin, but can feel covered up at the same time.

When paired with a skirt and my trusty cargo vest, I was set!

Outfit Details:

Crop Top - Brandy Melville (Similar) // Skirt - H&M (Similar) // Vest - Old Navy (Same)
Sunglasses - Aldo (Same) // Shoes - Wish Bone via Brown's (Similar) // Bag - Gap (Similar)
Necklace - Crafts&Love (Same)

Okay, I've got to know - what do you think of crop tops?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Food for Thought

It's Sunday and it's raining. I'm not impressed, Mother Nature!!

I always feel ripped off when an entire weekend in the summer is overcast and rainy. It's like a wasted opportunity to get out and enjoy the (short) summer season.

Summer just goes by so quickly, and we really only have a handful of weekends to enjoy. With Back-To-School campaigns and fall clothing being launched earlier each year, it's not surprising that most people complain that summer doesn't last long enough.

I've always thought that the reason summer seems to fly is because most people enjoy the weather so much. I just assumed that winter seems to drag on forever, since it's so awful.  What doesn't make sense is that some people I know prefer fall to summer, and they still feel as though it goes by too quickly.

Do you think one of the reasons we feel like summer goes by too quickly is because we jam pack our schedules?

Think about it.

Do you already know what your plans are for the next few weekends? While I don't have my entire summer planned out this far in advance, I have activities planned all across the summer. Anything from races to cottage weekends, to concerts and festivals, there's a lot to do at this time of year and they're usually "events" that you know about in advance and look forward to.

Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it?

If this is true, it doesn't make me want to purposely avoid making plans during the summer months, but it's an interesting perspective.

Let's make the most of it, shall we?

Photos of me were taken by my friend, Tracy. All other photos were taken by me.

Outfit Details:

Tank - Alternative Apparel (Similar) // Maxi Skirt - Gap (Same) // Hat - Aldo (Same)
Sunglasses - Aldo (Same) // Shoes - Cole Haan (Similar) // Necklace - Crafts&Love (Same)
Bag - Stella & Dot (Same)

What do you think of this theory?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Atlantic Canada: Boyfriend Shorts 2 Ways

It was only a couple weeks ago that I had my summer getaway in Atlantic Canada, but somehow, it feels like so long ago! Why do the summer months go by so quickly?

At the end of last week, I shared some photos from the hike my friend and I took in New Brunswick. After that long day, we drove across the bridge to Prince Edward Island, where we spent the next few days. We stayed at a great B&B, where we experienced the wonderful Atlantic hospitality, and some of the best breakfasts.

Our days revolved around touring and food, as any good vacation does. Seriously, the food was out of this world! I expected the food to be good, but my expectations were greatly exceeded because I've never tasted lobster that fresh before. The fresh seafood alone is enough to get me back there in a heartbeat!

While I could continue to tell you about how amazing PEI is, I'm sure you're sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering what I wore while touring the island. Don't worry, I won't keep you in the dark for too much longer. 

I got more dressed up in the evenings, but I kept things casual during the day, especially since it was so hot outside. Although I packed enough clothing to last me twice the length of my stay, I lived in my boyfriend shorts from the Gap. I didn't lie when I told you here that these are a staple in my summer wardrobe! By changing my top and how I accessorized, I created two distinct looks, so why not be a repeat offender in these shorts?

LOOK # 1

LOOK # 2

Scenery photos taken by me. Photos of me were taken by my friend, Tracy

Tank - Zara (Similar) // Shorts - Gap (Same)  // Shoes - Sam Edelman (Same)
Clutch - Gap (Similar) // Necklace - Stella & Dot (Same)


Tee - Brandy Melville (Same) // Shorts - Gap (Same)  // Shoes - Cole Haan (Similar)
Bag - J.Crew Factory (Similar) // Necklace - Brandy Melville (Similar)

Which look do you prefer?

Friday, 11 July 2014

Atlantic Canada: Hiking in New Brunswick

What a week!! I was feeling a little bit "off" this past weekend, and sure enough, wound up sick with a summer cold. I'm finally starting to feel better, but it's never fun to be sick. The only good that came out of it was that I finally had some time to sort through my vacation photos!

I like to take a lot of photos when I travel, especially because I'm still having so much fun with my camera. It's great to look at the photos after the fact, but sorting through them can be really daunting. I'm going to share my absolute favourites (including what I wore) with you here and on my blog's Facebook page.

My friend and I flew into New Brunswick, so we spent our first day there. We decided to go hiking at the Bay of Fundy National Park. The only other time I've visited a National Park was back in the winter, when I visited the Grand Canyon. That was such a great experience, so I expected this one to be just as great.

Before hiking, we visited a small town to fuel up on lobster for lunch. It was incredibly fresh, and since we were in a fishing village, I'd like to think the lobster had been caught that morning. You can tell from the photo of the "aftermath," that we thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

The hike was challenging, but it was breathtaking. There was a lot of uphill climbing and the terrain was tough, but we pushed through, knowing that at the end of the trail, we'd see a gorgeous coastline. 

The coast didn't disappoint. It was pristine! We got there when the tide was almost at its low, so the rock and seaweed that were exposed looked like something from another planet. We spent some time climbing across the giant boulders and just took it all in. 

The hike back to the car was a bit tougher, since we were already pretty tired, but it was 100% worth it. I have a Fitbit tracker, and apparently, the hike was over 8 miles and the equivalent of climbing over 90 flights of stairs. Not too shabby!

Scenery photos taken by me. Photos of me were taken by my friend, Tracy

Tank - Gap (Same) // Crop Pants - Lululemon (Same) // Running Shoes - Nike (Similar)
Trucker Hat - Promotional hat from an event (Similar)

Have you ever gone hiking in a National Park? Any recommendations??