A Look Back at June

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


June has come and gone and the only thing that is calming me is that Summer technically just began...otherwise, here comes the cliché: how is it the end of June already!?

In June I shared a ton of outfit posts, but that first pic and that last pic are my favourites.  I picked up a pair of wedges that I had been coveting for over a year and shared some of my Instagram / selfie outfits in a post (with links to purchase almost everything).

The highlight of June was a big birthday bash for a friend mid-month.  The host thought of everything from amazing food, lighting, a wicked outdoor scene and even a DJ who spun the best music all night long.  

I shared my new lace-up heels and bucket bag in an outfit post (from my Bag & Shoe Haul video), got more wear out of that floral romper, shared my purchases from our trip to Italy, and checked out a new rooftop patio with my guy one night.

It rained a ton, I wore my new fave muscle tee and shared how to update your wardrobe on a budget for Summer.  I picked out some new shades (which were included in my 7 Great Styles Under $25 post), got the coolest sports bra (under $20!) and got the new Triangl Bambi bikini.

Finally, something new to add to this month's recap, my June playlist--all my fave songs that I've been killing in the gym, in the car and at parties when I sneak take-over the music.


Related posts:

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Monday, June 29, 2015



On Friday night I went for a manicure and got this sleek grey colour, which is super similar to a favourite I shared last month.  I had my girl re-shape my nails into a coffin shape and although they are a little short, she pulled it off (she's so good!).


Italy Fashion Haul

Saturday, June 27, 2015



If you are subscribed to my YouTube channel (I put out new videos every week), you have already seen this video.  If not, today I'm sharing my Italy haul! 

These are the items I purchased during our two-week long trip to Italy back in April.  It's a mixture of clothing, shoes and the biggest purchase: my first designer bag.  I did, however, forget to include these slides (you can see me wearing them here) when I was rounding up all my items--oops!
As usual, thanks for watching! xo
Related posts:
* Positano (in my top 2 of our trip)
* Outfits in Florence, Rome & Tuscany
  

Summer Layers, Selfies & Instagram Outfits

Friday, June 26, 2015


SCARF  |  H&M DRESS - OLD (SIMILAR, SIMILARLOVE THIS ONE)  |  TANK WORN AS A SKIRT  |  WEDGES  |  SUNGLASSES

I have had this dress for years and since there are various panels in different fabrics on it, it's sheer in some areas so I used a longer tank to act as a skirt underneath and tied the straps together below the bust (that 'bump' was hidden by the scarf).


Waxed Pants for Summer

Thursday, June 25, 2015


O U T F I T   D E E T S :  SUZY SHIER PRINTED TOP - OLD (SIMILAR, LOVE THIS)  |  WAXED PANTS (LOVE THESE, COLOURED)  |  LACE-UP HEELS ON SALE  |  BAG  |  SUNGLASSES (BUDGET FRIENDLY)  |  NECKLACE

Waxed pants have become a closet staple of mine over the past few years.  They add a bit of edge to a basic black pant and dress them up a little more.  Despite it being Summertime, I still rock mine--in various colours--but lighten the look up with more weather-appropriate tops and shoes.

Silk, cotton and linen are all great ways to Summer-ize your coated denim and adding a lace-up shoe like these or a similar wedge version is the perfect finishing touch.

Are you a Type A or B?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


I grew up in a fairly Type A environment.  My mom, being someone who was super organized, tidy and on top of everything, instilled some pretty awesome skills in me.  That said, I feel the switch over to the Type B side was made somewhere around my teenage years.  Somehow my room went from meticulously neat with knick-knacks adorning every surface, to a huge mess with knick-knacks exploding from every surface and piles of clothing covering every square inch of the floor.

Although my mom never liked it...

Trashed Denim & A White Tee

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


O U T F I T  D E E T S :  T-SHIRT  |  TRASHD DENIM (LOVE THESE WITH THE ANKLE ZIPS, SIMILAR)  |  ZARA HEELS (SIMILAR, SIMILARBUDGET-FRIENDY)  |  BAG (ALSO IN BLACK, BLUSH & TAN)  |  SUNGLASSES  |  NECKLACE  |  MANICURE  |  PEDICURE

The amount of distressed denim in my closet now outnumbers the regular denim but I can't help it, it's a trend I'm really loving.  I also love the juxtapose with something fancier, like these strappy heels, which ups the ante of the outfit, making it fresher and ready for a night out.

This look is great for drinks  with the girls when you want to be comfortable but edgy or if you wanted to go more casual, pair them with Chucks and an open-knit sweater, for running errands on the weekend.

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Monday, June 22, 2015


On Friday night I went for impromptu pedicures with my bestie--I got opaque white which looks so fresh for Summer.  

Afterwards I poked around a couple stores and the mall before meeting up with Marco for a late night dinner at Milestones.  I'm kept it somewhat healthy with the salad but totally indulged in a couple cocktails!

High-Waisted Black Skinnies & a Rocker Tee

Sunday, June 21, 2015


O U T F I T   D E E T S :  TOP  |  BLACK SKINNIES (SIMILAR)  |  BRALETTE  |  NECKLACE (SIMILAR)  |  BAG  |  SHOES (LOVE THESE TOO)   |  SUNGLASSES

I'm a huge fan of black skinny pants and when I tried on these high-waisted ones (which are the same as the denim pair I have), I was immediately sold.  Not only do they fit extremely well, they are inexpensive and have low pockets on the back so you don't get the dreaded 'mom-jeans butt'.

For the tee, I love the open arm-holes--wear a bralette underneath and have it peak out to up the cool factor and pair it with a statement necklace to add some interest.

Summer Style on a Budget

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Good morning ladies!  I try to keep things pretty budget friendly around here, and only recently have started to incorporate a few bigger ticket items into my wardrobe.  That said, I always love a good deal and while it's nice to have some pricier, quality items, trendier pieces are best when they are inexpensive. 

All that to say, today I'm sharing budget-friendly styles from some of my favourite stores.  These are pieces you can incorporate into your current wardrobe to freshen things up for Summer that won't break the bank!


H & M
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Crochet or lace shorts have been a staple of  mine for a few years (how amazing are these and these?), but if you're just jumping on that train, a neutral colour like black or white will work wonders all season long--dress them up with heels or down with gladiator sandals and a tee.  Fringe and denim jackets are my go-to this year already and I love the edge of the belt detail on that one. 

I purchased the bright blue peplum cut-out top in Vegas and absolutely love it--it's definitely an inexpensive statement piece.  Bucket bags (see mine here), crochet, off-the-shoulder tops and distressed denim are all having a major moment right now so these will instantly refresh your closet.

Two more stores after the jump...

Crochet Twin Set & Fringe Bag

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


O U T F I T  D E E T S :  URBAN PLANET TOP (SIMILAR, WHITE, LOVE THIS ONE)  |  URBAN PLANET CAMI (SIMILAR) |  URBAN PLANET SHORTS (SIMILAR)  |  WEDGES, SOLD OUT (PREVIOUSLY OWNEDSIMILAR)  |  BAG  |  SUNGLASSES

Confession: this is not my bag but it is now.  My girlfriend came over on the weekend carrying this awesome fringe bag that I'd been eyeing but didn't pick up and it made me fall harder for it.  You know when you see someone else wearing something you weren't sure of, and it kind of seals the deal?  This bag (and also this one too) was it for me.  She kindly let me borrow it to shoot this outfit and I went out and purchased it the next day!  I love how the fringe lightens the mood of the look.

Secondly, this isn't an actual twin set, but I loved the look of crochet on crochet so I went for it.  Funnily enough, all of these pieces came from the same store, but over the last four years (remember when I first got these shorts?  Fun fact: I wore them on my first date with Marco).

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Monday, June 15, 2015


On Friday night, we had six of our friends over for a home-made pizza night.  Everyone brought something--salad, desserts, appetizers--and Marco whipped up his signature Italian style pizzas which were a huge hit.


Steak & the Best Calamari at Rare

Friday, June 12, 2015


Last weekend, we decided to go on a fancy date night (ie. not Vietnamese food, which you guys know I'm obsessed with) and hit up Rare in Kanata.  Marco had been once but it was my first time and it did not disappoint...

Fringe Kimono with White Skinny Jeans

Thursday, June 11, 2015


O U T F I T  D E E T S :   KIMONO  |  BANANA REPUBLIC TANK (SIMILAR, SIMILARSPLURGE)  |  WHITE SKINNIES  |  GOLD SLIDES (SIMILAR, ATHLETICHIC)  |  FRINGE BAG  |  SUNGLASSES

My love for kimonos started last year when they began popping up in stores and I searched and searched for one to take with me when we went to Punta Cana.  This year, I'm loving the fringe on the bottom of this one--something I wasn't too keen on last year.  It feels super boho and pretty, plus it sways when you walk, so, hello.

While I'm wearing this over white skinnies, a kimono looks pretty over a dress or a two-piece set to add a bit of interest and cover you up a bit more if needed.  It's also a great item to throw in your suitcase for vacation to double as a beach cover-up and a scarf for your bag!

7 Great Pairs of Sunglasses Under $25

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I have been craving some new sunglasses for this year and want to up my game with some trendier styles, without forking out a ton of cash.  I've rounded out seven of my favourite styles right now (I'm heavy into the cat eye, as you can tell) that won't break the bank.  I just picked up these and these last night and can't wait to wear them all Summer long.
 
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Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Monday, June 8, 2015

HELLZ JACKET (SIMILAR)  |  T-SHIRT  |  LEGGINGS  |  ESPADRILLES (LOVE THESE)

On Friday night we went to a somewhat impromptu house party and had a great time.  I wanted to be comfortable and it was a little cool so I threw on leggings (it's been a while!) and this jacket that I've had for at least six years.  

Saturday was spent recovering, ha, and so there isn't much to show until later that evening...

May Favorites | A.Co est. 1984

Friday, June 5, 2015




May has come and gone and today I'm sharing my favourite beauty products (including a new skin care routine I'm loving), fashion and even a book!  Thanks for watching xo

Links to everything I mentioned & more pics below...

Navy Leather Skirt & A Blush Bucket Bag

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


O U T F I T  D E E T S :  JOE FRESH TOP (SIMILAR) |  ZARA SKIRT (SIMILAR & LOVE THIS SUEDE VERSION)  |  HEELS  |  BAG (SPLURGE)  |  SUNGLASSES  |  NECKLACE

A leather pencil skirt--or faux leather in this case--is the perfect piece for any wardrobe.  With the right length, it can be taken from day to night in a snap.  I paired mine with these lace-up heels to make it more casual, while the open neckline makes it sexy.  However, with some nude pumps and a silk blouse, you'd be ready for the office Monday through Friday.

Drapey Jacket & Tall Gladiator Sandals

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


O U T F I T  D E E T S :  URBAN PLANET JACKET (SIMILAR & SIMILAR)  |  TANK  |  SIRENS SKORT (SIMILAR)  |  TALL GLADIATOR SANDALS  |  BAG (INEXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVE)  |  SUNGLASSES (COVETING THESE)  |  NECKLACE (SIMILAR)  |  THICK BANGLE  |  THIN BANGLE 

This outfit feels very me and something that I would reach for over and over again on the weekends.  I love a casual, edgy look and these gladiators fit the bill perfectly.  I can also see myself pairing them with a romper or a simple LBD.

The drapey jacket was a huge score that I picked up a few weekends ago when they were having a everything-is-$10.  I initially had my eye on this drapey trench but after picking this one up (which was regularly $60!), my need was fulfilled.  I've been pairing it with denim on the weekends and even dressier outfits to work during the week.

A Look Back at May

Monday, June 1, 2015

 
May was pretty awesome, and while nothing extraordinary happened and no trips were taken, the weather was beautiful and clearly I purchased several pairs of shoes--it doesn't get much better than that!
 
In May I shared a Spring Lookbook video, dressed down my boyfriend jeans, bought some new Supra kicks (also love these & these) that I have been wearing all the time at the gym and we had Marco's family come for a visit.  Later in the month we celebrated my mom's birthday with a donut cake, I had one of my best sandwiches of life from the gym's smoothie bar (what the whaaaa?!) and dressed up my boyfriend jeans.
 
I got my first pair of Stan Smiths, embraced the boho trend with a kimono and flares, and Marco and I went for a casual date night one weekend (I used this self tanner).  I met a girlfriend for dinner at El Camino (like last Summer), did some shopping and shared my Summer Shoe & Bag Picks.
 
I picked up some sweet gladiator sandals (similar options here & here), met my friend's new baby, wore these new lace-up heels almost daily and took in a beautiful sunset on the last day of the month with my man.
 
 
Related posts:
 
 

Weekend Recap: iPhone Snaps

Monday, June 1, 2015

DYNAMITE BLAZER (SIMILAR)  |  TANK  |  DENIM  |  NAIL COLOUR

On Friday I went to visit my girlfriend and her new baby boy, Lukas (see a pic of us here at her baby shower back in March).  What a sweetheart!  Although I'm not ready for a baby quite yet, I love holding, feeding and fawning over them.  They are so little for such a short period of time, it's really special to meet them brand new.


On Saturday morning...
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