A Look Back at April

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Almost half of April was spent in Italy, which is why it's dominating this recap but it was seriously a trip of a lifetime, so let's jump in.

In April I shared my Top 5 Spring Trends video and we left for Italy.  We flew to Florence and traveled south (Rome, Amalfi, Positano, Capri) before returning back to Florence to fly out almost two weeks later.  It was my first time overseas, in Europe, everything, so it was quite an experience!


When we came back, we spent the third weekend in April skiing at Mont. Tremblant, which was so awesome!  It was warm and there were dirt patches and it was just so fun to get one last ski day in before Summer without freezing our butts off, for once.  We took a mini-road trip to the US, filmed a Spring lookbook (which will be out in a few days!) and I shared a pair of my fave heels in an outfit post.

Bring on May (flowers) & even warmer weather!

10 Surprising Tips for Traveling in Italy

Wednesday, April 29, 2015



This past trip to Italy was my first time overseas and we did quite a bit of traveling around.  From Florence, to Rome, to Amalfi, Positano, Capri and back to Florence and into the Tuscany countryside, I saw and learned a lot.  I'm sure there is plenty more to learn and easily plenty more to see but I wanted to share 10 things I learned while there:

1. Toilets & Restrooms | Often times restrooms are singles and not gender specific.  Additional, toilet seats are next to non-existent, so you're either squatting or sitting on the bowl.  I had also heard that sometimes you would need your own paper so always kept tissue travel packs on me, but never had that problem.  Also, it feels frowned upon to use a restaurant or store's washroom unless you're buying something there.

Scuba Top & High-Waisted Skinny Jeans

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


I love the scuba / foam material trend that has been around for about a year or so but I'm just hoping on board now with this amazing, boxy top.  Definitely the kind of top that adds volume but the structure and quality of it is really beautiful.  It makes a statement despite it being super simplistic.

These new skinnies are super high-waisted and while I'm not showing it off in this outfit, I wore them with a hi-low sweater the other day and felt half like my mom back in the day, and half chic--a great combination, if you ask me.  I never thought I'd be feeling the high-waisted trend but I'm loving it.  Next on my wish list?  Some high-waisted dark denim flares like these.

Saturday Vlog | Trip to the US

Tuesday, April 28, 2015



As I mentioned yesterday, on Saturday, Marco and I took a mini road trip to the US to get his new tires and do some minor shopping while we waited.  I am bringing you guys along for the full day plus randomness when we got home and a mini haul.

Thanks for watching! xo

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Monday, April 27, 2015

New kicks; I've been wanting a pair of black hi-tops and Supras are my favourite.  Love the pony hair and gold detail on these babies (they are also men's)--perfect for the gym or an edgier look with leather pants.


On Friday night I hit the gym, took my time and then popped into Winners on my way home where I found this adorable soap dish.  It was the only thing I purchased and it felt a little frivolous but I really love it (and currently have my soap in a small dipping pot that is for eating!).

Tuscany Wine Tour

Friday, April 24, 2015


On our second last day in Florence, we did a wine tour in Tuscany, which, for a last minute booking, was one of the best experiences of Italy...

Piperlime Closing Sale + My Picks

Thursday, April 23, 2015

 
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I just found out the sad news that Piperlime is closing at the end of the month, but the good news is they are having 40% off the sale price and it ends today; use code SALEONSALE.  So, if you were looking to stock up on designer jeans, shoes or a bag, they still have a pretty good selection left.
 
Above are my picks; I have a pair of Paige denim and love them (they fit true to size) and I'd totally scoop up the red sandals if they had my size.  The dress would be so pretty for a Summer bridal or baby shower and I love the laid-back look of those Joie boots (which also come in black!). 
 
Happy shopping!
 

Slouchy Pants & Kicks in Tuscany

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


FAUX LEATHER JACKET (SIMILAR & GREAT OPTION) | ZARA SWEATER (SIMILAR)  |  CAMI -- OLD (love this one)  |  SISLEY PANTS -- PURCHASED IN ITALY (LOVE THESE)  |   WHITE SNEAKERS  | CROSS BODY BAG  |  MAYBELLINE PINK POP LIPSTICK

Style and comfort were the two elements necessary for traveling throughout Italy, and these pants I picked up in Rome fit the bill perfectly.  I love the slightly dropped-crotch and faux leather details that bring an element of chic to what is technically a glorified pair of sweats.  Throw on with some daily jewelry, a bold lip and a pretty top to dress up the look.  

This would work equally well with heels, but that was no option in Italy with the cool temps and cobblestone, so kicks it was!


Top 5 Trends for Spring

Tuesday, April 21, 2015



 
Today I'm sharing the top five trends for Spring, and more, plus my recent finds at Place d'Orleans.  I am so excited that the warmer weather is finally upon us and we can shed a few layers.  Spring is the perfect time to re-vamp your style so if you're looking to step a little outside your comfort zone, look no further.

I'm having some issues with embedding the video so if it's now showing up, you can watch it here.
 
Thanks for watching xo
 
 
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Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Monday, April 20, 2015

Maison Scotch jacket (similar; real leather) // Dynamite top // Guess denim (similar) // American Eagle necklace // Givenchy bag

I have always loved flares, and have several pairs in my closet, but skinnies are definitely my go-to--especially for winter and tucking into boots.  That said, they are making a major come-back this Spring and I couldn't be more excited!  I took the opportunity to rock a pair for Casual Friday.

Boat Ride to Capri

Sunday, April 19, 2015


On our second, and only full day, in Positano, we booked a boat trip for the day to take us to the island of Capri.  We made the descent down to the beach where the sun was starting to peek through the clouds...

Positano

Thursday, April 16, 2015


There are really no words for the beauty of Positano on the Amalfi Coast, so instead, I'll overload you with some photos and tell you about our experience...

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The Best Pizza in Italy at Dar Poeta

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


On our way to Rome, from Florence, we sat across from a guy on the train who had been staying in Rome.  Of course I asked him if he had any recommendations for food and he did: Dar Poeta.

He raved that it was possibly the best pizza in Italy, and since we'd already tried Gusta's, it was only natural to compare the best to the best...

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The Colosseum & Palatine Hill in Rome

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


FAUX LEATHER JACKET (SIMILAR)  |  CHIQLE DENIM (SIMILAR)  |  SNEAKERS  |  CROSS BODY BAG -- OLD (SIMILAR)

On our last full day in Rome, we visited the Colosseum.  Marco purchased tickets in advance which saved us from standing in two lines--ahem, we learned our lesson, clearly--and waiting in the freezing winds.  Don't let the sunshine fool you, it was quite chilly.

We took the hop-on/hop-off tour bus, which was about 5km away and were so surprised to see...

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Rome | Day Two

Saturday, April 11, 2015


SUNGLASSES (SIMILAR)  |  SCARF  |  FAUX LEATHER JACKET (SIMILAR)

What a difference a day makes!

Our first day in Rome was freezing and raining but by day two, the sun came out and despite it still being frigid, it was much more pleasant with a bit of heat beaming down on us.


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Rome | Day One

Friday, April 10, 2015


I won't lie, Rome didn't exactly start out great...

Rome | Day One

Friday, April 10, 2015


I won't lie, Rome didn't exactly start out great...

Dinner at Sabatini in Florence

Thursday, April 9, 2015



On our last night in Florence, we tried Sabatini, at the recommendation of Marco's Italian co-worker. We made a reservation online, and I checked out the Trip Advisor reviews which were all quite positive.  One reviewer had said it wasn't a super modern place or the 'it' place anymore, but that the food was amazing, so off we went...


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Neutrals in Rome

Thursday, April 9, 2015


FREE PEOPLE SWEATER (SIMILAR)  |  CAMI (SIMILAR)  |  RIPPED WHITE SKINNIES (SIMILAR)  |  SNEAKERS  |  NYC STREET VENDOR SUNNIES (SIMILAR, BUDGET FRIENDLY)


For this 12-day trip, packing was definitely an obstacle, more specifically it being my first trip of such length.  I have been doing my best to mix and match everything I brought, and kept that in mind while packing a mixture of neutrals and a few same-colour pieces to keep it effortless yet somewhat stylish.

Rome was really cold and rainy the day before we shot these photos, but fortunately the sun came out the next day.  Don't let those rays fool you, it was still quite chilly, under 10 degrees Celsius and I bundled up in my jacket and scarf after!

I'm still looking for the perfect Italian leather boot while we are here, which I was hoping to find sooner than later so I could wear them here (and throw these Pumas out because they are done-zo after this trip and multiple days in the rain--yuck!).  If not, at least before we come home on Sunday.


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Climbing the Duomo in Florence

Wednesday, April 8, 2015



On our third, and final day, in Florence, we stood in line to get tickets and climb the Duomo--a huge cathedral (above) that you can climb over 500 stairs to the top, outside, look out and see the entire city.

After spending about half an hour in line to buy tickets, and hardly moving, we decided to split up; I went to stand in the get-in line, while Marco continued to wait to buy the tickets. Everything was going well until the rain started...


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Dinner at Il Magazzino in Florence

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


JACKET -- OLD (SIMILAR)  |  WHITE SKINNIES  |  SNEAKERS  |  STUDDED BAG -- OLD (SIMILAR)  |  HAIR TUTORIAL

On our second night in Florence, we were able to get a reservation at Il Magazzino Osteria Tripperla, which was recommended to us by our Italian friend.  We had tried the night before but were unsuccessful to get in without a reso so made one for the following evening...

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Leather & Camo in Florence

Monday, April 6, 2015


FAUX LEATHER JACKET  (SIMILAR, SIMILAR)  |  LULU'S OPEN BACK TOP  |  CAMO PANTS (SIMILAR, SIMILAR)  |  SNEAKERS  |  NINE WEST BAG  (SIMILAR)

We are having an amazing time in Italy, with tons and tons of walking and even more eating--eek!  It's true what they say, in Florence at least, about the cobblestone streets and heels not mixing, although the Italians do it.  


I've been rocking my trusty Pumas  for the majority of our trip because I totally packed wrong...

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Florence | Day Two

Saturday, April 4, 2015



On our second day in Florence, we slowly got ready, had a nice continental breakfast and made our way out to the city square.  Since we stayed right downtown, it was easy to walk everywhere we wanted to be, including all the major sites...


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Florence | Day Two

Saturday, April 4, 2015



On our second day in Florence, we slowly got ready, had a nice continental breakfast and made our way out to the city square.  Since we stayed right downtown, it was easy to walk everywhere we wanted to be, including all the major sites...


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Pizza at Gusta in Florence

Saturday, April 4, 2015


DENIM JACKET  |  BLACK TANK (SIMILAR)  |  SHINY LEGGINGS  |  SNEAKERS  |  NINE WEST BAG -- OLD

Our first food stop in Italy was at Gusta Pizza.  We walked for about a kilometre, with our heavy carry-on bags to find this place and it did not disappoint.

The pizzas are exactly what you'd think authentic Italian pizza would be; saucy, thin-crusted with simple toppings like basil, spicy salami and roma tomatoes.

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Hello from Italy!

Friday, April 3, 2015


Marco and I arrived in Florence early Thursday morning and since we couldn’t check into our hotel, we wandered around with our carry-on bags in a haven’t-slept-for-24-hours daze.  We were able to finally check in around 2pm and caught a few zzz’s in hopes that 6-hour time difference doesn’t affect our entire vacation.

We are staying in the city centre, which is so close to everything.  It’s our first time in Europe too, so this is exciting!  Today we saw the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and walked around the cobblestone streets.  We even tried some amazing, authentic Italian pizza, but more to come on that later.

The internet here is a little sketch, but I’m going to do my best to blog and share our days here.  Better run, time to get ready for dinner (which I’m told is always after 8pm)!  See you tomorrow.

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