CHUNKY KNIT SWEATER WITH OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  SWEATER -- 55% OFF!  |  CHOKER  |  DENIM -- SIZE DOWN A COUPLE FOR A SNUGGER FIT LIKE MINE  |  ALDO OVER THE KNEE BOOTS -- OLD (SIMILAR, SIMILAR)  |  CELINE BAG (BUDGET FRIENDLY)

I have been getting my money's worth out of all my over the knee boots this year--when the roads are dry, it's the perfect time to pull them out for style and warmth (without ruining them in the snow and salt).  That said, now is the perfect time to scoop up a pair because they are all going on sale!

Mine are from a few years ago (seen here in 2014) but because almost all heel and toe shapes are going strong right now, you really can't go wrong in whichever style you choose.  Personally I'm a big fan of the slightly thicker heel and an almond toe.  If you're uncertain on what to choose, I'm linking a bunch of OTK styles I'm loving below, or you could always tweet me a pic and I'd be happy to help out while you're shopping.


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WEEKEND RECAP: IPHONE SNAPS

Monday, February 27, 2017


HEADPHONES  |  H&M TANK -- OLD (SIMILAR)  |  F21 SPORTS BRA (SIMILAR)  |  LEGGINGS

Hey ladies, how was your weekend?  On Friday night, I hit the gym and then met up with Marco for sushi--again.  We have been all about Uber Eats and take-out for months, and the past three Friday's we've gone out for sushi.  It's been nice to switch things up, because I'm usually pooped by Friday nights!



FRIDAY FINDS

Friday, February 24, 2017



TGIF!  What does your weekend look like?  We are heading to Toronto for an event to celebrate my Uncle on Saturday night.  Really looking forward to seeing him and the rest of the family, and making some really great memories.

Hope you have a great weekend and here are some fun links from around the web to kick things off....


How to save Instagram photos on a computer.

Love this remix.

Swimwear on my mind--I want something new (like this) for our vacation!

Made me LOL.

Such a great pic of the longest skating rink in the world... right here in Ottawa!


Would you let your partner pick a surprise tattoo for you?

Swoon-worthy trench (but quite a splurge).



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INSTAGRAM ROUND UP

Thursday, February 23, 2017



Hi ladies!  Hope you're having a great week, we are almost to the weekend!  Marco has been away for work, and I've been taking advantage of the evenings solo to start the new series This is Us.  Have you seen it!?  I binge watched four episodes the first night and am totally hooked.  The twists are insane, but it's also pretty emotional too.  

Tonight, I have a girlfriend coming over to hang and then tomorrow we are practically at the weekend, so yipee!  Today feels like one of those days that is just going right, you know?  Lately, I've been kind of having some down days, and it feels good to have a shift.

Onto the round up, it's been a while since I've done one of these, and I've been trying to incorporate more off-the-cuff posts on IG along with the usual outfits so let's jump in!


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WHAT TO WEAR IN OTTAWA DURING THE WINTER

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  PARKA FROM ITALY (SIMILARSIMILAR)  |  SHEARLING VEST -- OLD (SIMILAR, SIMILAR)  |  POM HAT -- OLD (SIMILAR)  |  GARAGE STRIPED TOP (SIMILAR)  |  NECKLACE  |  LEGGINGS  |  FLAT OVER THE KNEE BOOTS (SHOULD HAVE SPLURGED FOR THESE INSTEAD)  |  BAG (BUDGET FRIENDLY)

Everybody is talking Spring vibes and I'm over here like... well, still freezing my butt off!  It's still very much winter around these parts, which means no open toes anytime soon, so today a little realness in winter dressing.

Ottawa is known for very cold winters, so if you're coming for a visit between December and March, you need to be prepared.  A warm winter jacket is an absolute must, but layering is key if you're going to be out in the elements for longer than just running to and from the car.  I threw on a shearling vest underneath my jacket for added warmth--when the jacket is worn open, it adds an element of interest and cool layering vibes.  Done up, and it's functional and warm.

Boots are a must, and if you're battling the elements, as much as a I love a good ankle boot, the flat over the knee styles are great for added warmth and tromping around the snowy sidewalks while still looking put together.

Lastly, the accessories--a hat will do wonders to keep the heat locked in (especially if your jacket doesn't have a hood), and the one thing you didn't inside my bag are a good pair of mitts.  I usually got for the knit variety, and have been known to layer two pairs for added warmth.


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WEEKEND RECAP: IPHONE SNAPS

Monday, February 20, 2017


ZARA SCARF (SIMILAR OPTIONS)  |  LONG SLEEVE TOP  |  DISTRESSED DENIM  |  CHOKER

Hi ladies!  Happy long weekend if you're lucky to get one, I'm working today but that means the Weekend Recap is up!  

This weekend was a busy one, on Friday night Marco and I decided to copy last weekend, and headed out for sushi.  Afterwards we vegged on the couch and called it an early night...


WEEKEND SHOPPING DEALS

Sunday, February 19, 2017



Happy Sunday ladies!  Today I'm feeling totally lazy, but did spend two hours cleaning the condo this morning--still more to do, laundry to get to, and my desk is a bit of a disaster, but taking a little break to share some amazing deals happening around the web.

First up, my sneakers are not budget friendly, but I do like to mention when they go on sale and right now the peach/nude colour is marked down!  They run true to size and are fairly flat inside, but so comfortable.

Speaking of sneakers, just snagged these (size down a full size).


EASY SWEATER & DENIM COMBO

Thursday, February 16, 2017


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  SWEATER -- NOW UNDER $20! (ALSO IN BLUE)  |  DISTRESSED DENIM  |  OVER THE KNEE BOOTS  |  BAG (BUDGET FRIENDLY OPTION)  |  F21 CHOKERS (SIMILAR BAR & O-RING)

Hi ladies, today's look is an easy throw-on-and-go look, that looks way more pulled together than it actually is.  This winter, I have been all about sweaters and skinny jeans, then switching things up between an ankle bootie or an over the knee boot.  Throw on a choker and you're stylish and on trend--simple.


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DRESSING UP A CROPPED HOODIE

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


 O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  CROPPED HOODIE  |  H&M MEN'S TANK -- OLD (SIMILAR)  |  GARAGE BEANIE -- OLD (SIMILAR)  |  CALAMAR FINGERLESS GLOVES (SIMILAR)  |  LEGGINGS  |  FRINGE BOOTS  |  BAG (BUDGET FRIENDLY OPTION -- GREAT DUPE!)

We are chugging along and have made it to the mid-week point!  How is your week going?

Last night Marco and I had a super low key evening--I hit the gym after work, then we ordered Thai take-out and watched a rom-com; which for the record, I can never convince him to watch, and he ended up liking it more than I did!  I think it's safe to say I've turned into an action movie lover  #shocking  

Onto the outfit!  I'm totally in love with this little hoodie.  The sleeves are extra long and I love the gold hardwear at the end of the draw strings.  It's kind of like a chic hoodie, which makes it easier to dress up for brunch or a more casual date night.  I layered it over a long men's tank I've had in my closet for a while & thick leggings.  To jazz things up, I added the fringe boot and a beanie because who needs a coat

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JANUARY FAVOURITES

Tuesday, February 14, 2017



I wanted to start up a new series every month, sharing just a few of my favourites that I'm loving.  The goal is to share favourites that are new to me, maybe a little off the beaten path and not what everyone would be calling a favourite that month.  I'll share items from fashion, lifestyle, tech, beauty  and/or food.

Today I have four things I've been using non stop last month, and am continuing to use them so had to share.  I shared my December Favourites in a video last month, if you'd like to see.

First up, from the tech world...


WEEKEND RECAP: IPHONE SNAPS

Monday, February 13, 2017



Good morning & happy Monday!  We got hit with a major snowstorm yesterday, it didn't stop snowing all day (did you see my IG stories? If you follow, you know what I'm talking about...) so we mostly stayed in, but it was super pretty to watch.

On Friday night, we decided to head out for sushi, which was delicious.  Afterward, we headed home and watched a movie, but I cannot even remember which one, so clearly it was that good...


WEEKEND SHOPPING DEALS

Sunday, February 12, 2017


SWEATER -- ON SALE!

Happy Sunday!  I am up super early writing this post because I could not sleep.  We had an extra busy day on Saturday, out shopping and just roaming around town, and by the time we got home just after 7pm, we were both beat.  I ended up lying down in bed around 8pm and passed out till 2am!  

From there, I woke up and could not fall back asleep.  I tried everything; YouTube, Pinterest, my eye mask... nothing worked, all the while Marco snoozed peacefully beside me.  I'm usually a good sleeper, so this is totally out of the ordinary.  I can only think of one time last Summer where I woke up around 4am and was up for the day.  I'm always such a night owl and love to sleep in, so can imagine there will be a little siesta in my future today!

Enough rambling, today I'm sharing some of my favourite pieces that have been marked down, plus a couple items I've recently scooped up and things I'm eyeing!


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FRIDAY FINDS

Friday, February 10, 2017


MOTO JACKET (DARK GREY COLOUR IS GORGEOUS TOO)

Happy Friday ladies!  We made it!  Last night I was at Nordstrom and saw this gorgeous red suede jacket again; I have it in the Midnight Toker (tan) and Morning Glory (burgundy) colours, so splurging on a third colour seems a little lot frivolous.  

That said, if you're looking for a statement jacket for Spring, please go get this one!  The fit on this jacket is amazing and it looks way more expensive than it actually is; I wear a size medium so I'd say it's true to size.

Enough about jackets, it's been a long week and I am really looking forward to a low key weekend.  We have been away the last two weekends (Tremblant & Whistler) so while there are options, I might just opt out and stay in.  I really want to edit the Whistler vlog and I have a half-edited, Favourite Christmas Gifts video.  Insert monkey covering eyes emoji.  Terrible, I know.

Hope you girls have a great weekend and here are some fun links around the web to kick things off!


Just scooped up this cozy funnel neck athletic sweatshirt (it's half price!).

Made this delicious (healthy) dinner on Monday.

Debating this bikini top.


Advice to my younger self--via celebrities.

Totally loving this album (you may have noticed my Snapchats are often to several of these songs--especially #4, 8 & 12).

I can't even with this cat right meow.

The world's biggest beer pong festival, in Ottawa this April!


What a great fitness quote.



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BELL SLEEVES + OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

Thursday, February 9, 2017


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  BELL SLEEVE SWEATER (MORE SIZES HERE)  |  LACE CAMI (SIMILAR)  |  LAYERED CHOKER  |  DISTRESSED BLACK SKINNIES (GOING TO GET THESE INSTEAD)  |  OVER THE KNEE BOOTS  |  CELINE BAG

You guys, this bell sleeve sweater was on my wish list for months and I finally pulled the trigger back in December, and since picking it up from the post office last month, I'm in love.  Bonus, because it's on sale now!

I think the bell sleeve trend is only going to continue into the warmer months, and I could see myself pairing this with some denim cut offs, if we ever make it Spring.  That said, for now, it's perfect on it's own or with a cami layered underneath.  The v is pretty deep, so I like the extra coverage the lace adds.  I sized down and went with a small, as I find Free People tends to run a little big.


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WHISTLER RECAP + HUGE PHOTO DIARY

Wednesday, February 8, 2017



Good morning!  Today I'm sharing a huge photo overload of our trip to Whistler, British Columbia last week.  We left Ottawa on Wednesday morning and travelled to the west coast of Canada to visit the beautiful Whistler-Blackcomb ski village.  

Our trip was only a short four days, and the days on either end were basically travel days, but I took a ton of photos and would love to share, if you'd like to see...


VALENTINE'S DAY OUTFIT WITH A TWIST | FLARED PANTS & MOTO JACKET WITH ADDED FUR COLLAR

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  SUEDE JACKET -- COMES IN FIVE COLOURS (MORE HERE)  |  FUR COLLAR -- OLD (SIMILAR)  |   SWEATER -- UNDER $25 (SIMILAR, ANOTHER CUTE BLUSH OPTION)  |  LAYERED NECKLACE -- UNDER $11!  |  H&M FLARES -- OLD (SIMILAR, DESIGNER UNDER $100, LOVE THIS SPLURGE)  |  GIVENCHY ANTIGONA BAG

Hi ladies!  Today I'm sharing another untraditional Valentine's Day look (or Galentine's Day, if you're planning to celebrate with girlfriends).  I'm definitely a pants girl and since we're in full on winter over here, baring my legs isn't exactly my idea of a good time.

I have always loved flared pants, and have several pairs in my wardrobe--some newer and some from over the years.  I usually opt for skinny jeans, but there is something about a flared pant that is so effortlessly chic.  I went with a plunging neckline sweater and kept the colours feminine but had to throw in the edgy jacket.  I love the unexpected colour pairing of the blush and plum.  

Also, this would pair just fine underneath your coat, then you can choose to keep the jacket on or off depending on the temperature, if you're headed out to a restaurant or romantic evening.


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WEEKEND RECAP: IPHONE SNAPS

Monday, February 6, 2017


SANDOVA HAT (SIMILAR)  |  PARKA FROM ITALY (SIMILAR, SIMILAR, SIMILAR)  |  SCARF (SIMILAR)  |  LEGGINGS -- LOVE HOW THICK THESE ARE + THE PRICE  |  UGGS

Happy Monday!  I'm feeling more like, Monday, noooooo, she wasn't readyyyy.  We got home from Whistler on Sunday morning at 3am and crashed hard.  It was a long travel day home, as we left the mountain around noon in a snowstorm to drive back to Vancouver to catch our flight, and while it's good to be home, I'm always so sad for vacation to come to an end.

On Saturday morning, our last day there, we got up early, and went out to roam around the village and take in some of the scenery.  Since our trip was four days (and two of those days were 12+ hours of travelling), it was our last chance to snap some pics and see more of the winter wonderland.

There is a winding path through the trees that connects the upper village to the lower village in Whistler, and we took that and came across the stream above.  If you squint hard enough, you can see the gondola and the ski mountain in the background.  Just breathtaking!  It snowed like crazy on our last two days, so it was so gorgeous.  That said, our fingers were frozen trying to snap these shots!!  #realtalk


LEATHER JACKET + DENIM COMBO

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


O U T F I T  D E T A I L S  :  FAUX LEATHER JACKET -- ON SALE!  |  LONG SLEEVE TOP  |  CHOKER  |  DARK DENIM SKINNIES  |  SUEDE BOOTIES (LEATHER VERSIONTHIS YEAR'S VERSION + MORE SIZES HERE)  |  BAG (BUDGET FRIENDLY)

Happy February ladies, how is your week going?  I'm feeling so much better than I was on Monday and Tuesday and so thankful because today we are heading to Whistler, British Columbia!  We planned this trip before Christmas and have been so excited.  

I was seriously worried when I got so ill on Sunday evening that we might have to cancel--seriously, I was feeling that awful, but I think sleeping all day on and off on Monday, and spending the entire day Tuesday in bed (aside from packing that evening) helped ten fold.  Additionally, I've been taking tons of vitamins daily, for about a month now in an attempt to prevent getting sick like last time.  Obviously it didn't prevent it, but maybe it's helped it not last as long.  I'm going to be doing a full video on all the vitamins and supplements I've incorporated into my daily routine soon!

Finally, the outfit!  This faux leather jacket has become a new favourite--when I tried it on during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last July, it was a piece I was most looking forward to.  I wasn't sold on it then, but after the prices went back up, I totally regretting not getting it!  Fast forward to Boxing Day, and they marked it down so I snagged it.  It's such an expensive looking piece for a great price + still on sale.  


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