OOTD - Casual Days

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Some trends are hard to get with, but when slouchy (jogger) pants came around I wanted so much to love them. I picked up few pairs over time, some more of a jogger style like this which I absolutely love. Since winter in YEG is damn long, layering becomes your best friend. I  love the loose pant with a loose top. It creates a causal, comfortable yet elegant look. I paired these pants with a simple shirt, long sweater and a scarf for a Sunday full of errands.

pants: Dynamite
shirt: Zara
sweater: Marshalls
purse: Nat and Mat
scarf: Indigo/chapters
shoes: Adidas 

Top 5 Movies

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

It's award season so there are a few picks that are Oscar contenders. I don't normally like a lot of the Oscar picks but this year they have quite a few good ones. My other picks are movies I'm looking forward to watching. I mean Black Panther is ground breaking a super hero movie with an all black cast has not happened ever. I cannot wait to watch it.

Black Panther- After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war
The Shape of Water- At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity. This is an Oscar contender so check it out and see what you think.
Maze Runner- This is the final movie in the series and I cannot wait, I did have to wait and watch the last one with someone as it scared me but I can't wait to see the ending. IMB says "Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the "Flare"." Which doesn't really do the films justice. Watch the series and let me know what you think.
The Post- A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. I love political movies, but especially political movies based on truth. I am so looking forward to watching this!
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri- A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit. I saw a clip from this movie at the Golden Globes and was immediately intrigued my sister and I began discussing it and found the trailer to watch it. We were hooked and that was the movie we decided we had to watch next.
What movies are you watching? What movie do you hope wins the Oscar for Best Picture?

OOTD - Green and Ginham

Monday, February 19, 2018

Guys, I know that the olive green is usually a huge trend every fall, but with Spring just around the corner and I think it transitions well too. I love the military style inspired coats. Olivia Palermo was wearing one with leather sleeves and I absolutely loved it, so I went on a hunt to find a similar one. I paired the jacket with a pair of black skinnies and a gingham dress shirt for work. 

jacket: Buffalo Jeans
pants: fidelity via Bamboo Ballroom
shirt: Reitman's
shoes: Call it Spring
purse: Marshalls 

What to Pack for a Summer European Getaway

Friday, February 16, 2018

Last summer a friend of mine took a journey to Europe, for the first time ever. While I travel a lot and can  travel for extended periods of time out of one bag (See Ghana, 4 weeks, one backpack!) we soon realized that what she packed was not the most effective. You know like realizing that bringing 4 full size body lotions and sun creams, three pairs of jeans and no comfortable flats was probably a miss. I know now, I did not prepare her for it well. (side not, we did book the trip and than left in like 2 weeks).

 If you read this post you know you can stand out as a tourist fairly fast which can be a cause for concern because of scam artist or doing things that are against the law; like walking around in a swim suit (top) with no shirt and pants you can be fined upwards of 900 euros!

So what should actually pack for a summer trip to Europe? Let me tell you, its is not 4 pairs of denim, 4 pairs of heels and one pair of flip-flops.

Beauty basics: 
All the beauty experts - give me a change to explain before you all go hatin' on me- its hot, humid and sticky so bring your go to, humidity and sun proofed make up and a good setting spray. Sun screen, moisturizers, after sun cream, good eye cream and SPF lip chap. When it comes to beauty tools, if you are traveling with a  group, divide and conquer, you do not need 4 straighteners, 3 curling wands. Be strategic about what you bring. If you can pack trail size and it will be enough, do that to save space.

What to wear: 
Basics that you can mix and match and wear in different wear are essential. You want to bring things that are comfortable but give off a chic and effortless vibe. When you start packing, pack in form of outfits. I personally try thing on, see if I can layer a maxi dress with a  top etc. There is nothing worse than getting there an luging around 5 items you never put on.  At minimum four breezy dresses, tanks and t-shirts, two pair of shorts (denim and a cotton one), three pairs of pants (yoga pants, denim, and flowy pants), two pairs comfortable flats (a pair of trainers and a chic flat), flip lops or waterproof Birks, two reliable pairs of heels (one in black and one in beige), three swim suits you can mix and match, beach cover up, sun hat/baseball cap, two pairs of sunglasses, a sweater, a scarf. 

Few other things you will want to remember like converters, a lint roller, an emergency sewing kit, a tote, a clutch and a wristlets.

What do you guys think? What do you guys pack for extended trips to Europe? 

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OOTD - Winter Wonderland + Happy Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy LOVE day all! Alberta has been hit with so much snow over the last couple of weeks, truing most places into pretty but very cold winter land. I refuse to stop wearing my favourite summer-y dresses. So combining pretty dresses and over the knee boots are way I combat winter. Red and pink are a perfect combination to celebrate day of love.

dress: Asos
boots: Steve Madden 
coat: Hudson's Bay
purse: YSL
sunglasses: Ray Ban

Book of the Month: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Hate U Give

I picked up this book at the store and read the back cover . . . but it was the holiday season and I was distracted and I just wasn't drawn in. After getting on the waitlist for a ton of books, this book included, I forgot all about them. 2 months later this title became available. On a Sunday while I was supposed to be cleaning my home with a touch of obsessive fervor, I started to read. And then my house was neglected while I read for hours and hours. I demolished this book. 

Thomas wrote from the viewpoint of a black teenage girl and
 her friend gets shot by the police. It was completely enthralling, eye opening, devastating, and touching. I cried. I laughed. It's one of those books you wish you could start over knowing it was going to be SO GOOD so you could treasure the read more. 

Go. Read it. Right now. 

OOTD - Plaid and Simple

Monday, February 12, 2018

See what I did there? Plaid and denim is one of those combinations I seem to be going back to. Its an easy outfit to throw on when you are short on time but want to look like you took more than 2 minutes to get ready. I paired my favourite high-wasited Joe Fresh jeans and a plaid shirt, finished it with a coat and simple pumps; for more of a causal outfit I add trainers instead of heels and I m good to go. What is your go to outfit when you are short on time?

denim: Joe Fresh
shirt: Marshalls
plaid shirt: 
shoes: Aldo
purse: Celine
jacket: Marc Fisher via Hudson's Bay