The last time I remember wearing a headband before this year must have been when I was in high school or maybe even younger. If you check Pinterest (here!) or you go on any fashion website or designer site (here!), you’ll see that headbands are everywhere right now. They are no longer just for Coachella flower girls or for working out, headbands are definitely more of an “every day” hair accessory now. When I received this rad leopard headband from Uranium, I couldn’t help my try to style it. Surprisingly, I didn’t look like a total goof (or at least that’s what I think!). What I like about headbands is that there are all sorts, some dressier than others and are a perfect way to add a little extra something to your outfit. Plus it’s perfect for a bad hair day! Are you a fan of headbands?
Happy Tuesday! Hope your day was grand! In today’s exciting news, there’s apparently a new invention in the food world. First there was the cronut and now there is the wonut. Yes, this is 100% true. There’s a waffle-donut! Let’s all rejoice! And if they taste as good as they look, we’ll all have an extra reason to go to Chicago this summer. Being a big foodie and having a serious sweet tooth, I couldn’t help but post the following photo. You’re welcome!
And now for something completely different – my daily outfit! Love this white lace flower top from Zara. I styled it with a handful of dainty bracelets and a dainty necklace from Oia Jules and Shashi.
Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend! Getting excited for the next couple of weeks. Not only is Canadian Music Week (have you made your schedule yet? Who are you excited to see?) two weeks away, but there are also a lot of travel plans in the works for the next couple of months! Traveling has become such an important part of my life. The more I travel, the more I feel energized, inspired and grounded. I also learn so much from all of my trips. I can’t wait to tell you what my next big destination will be!
In the meantime, I’m excited for spending more and more time outdoors (so excited about the new little patio that Offner has created for us, yay!!) and finally being able to wear my ripped jeans a lot more. Ripped jeans are everywhere this season. You can get them pretty much everywhere. The ones I’m wearing today are from Anine Bing. I like that they only have one small hole at the knee, so it’s still pretty discreet. You can also make your own ripped jeans. I like this Free People tutorial that you can check out here. I have yet to try it out myself but may do so with one of my older pairs of jeans.
I first heard of designer RUDYBOIS almost two years ago now, when I was looking for a dress for the red carpet of the Quebec music awards, the ADISQ gala. He had reached out through twitter, expressing interest in lending me a dress for the special night. Since then, he’s become my go-to designer whenever I need dresses for events whether it’s the Juno Awards, Gemini Awards, etc. The young Quebec City prodigy designs high-end womenswear that is elegant but with a unique edge. All of his pieces are handmade in Canada using fabrics from around the world. His creations can be found in select stores in Canada and also online on his new shop. His latest collection is called Silence and has been making waves around the country. I know this is only the beginning for this talented young man. Here are my 5 Questions with RUDYBOIS:
1) Can you talk to us about your own style evolution from your teens until now? How would you describe your style today? (you can provide us with photos if you’d like)
It’s almost painful for me to go back to my teenage days! I was obese and definitely looking for myself. My style was a mix of Avril Lavigne and Billie Joe! (Osiris skater shoes, with a lot of studs bracelets, blue-black dyed hair, an eyebrow piercing, skulls everywhere and black everything) Later in high school, I became the ancestor of the “douchebag movement” (bleached hair with lighter undertones, white everything (blazer, formal shoes, belt and even the famous surfer shell necklace), mixed with bright colours!) When I say I was looking for myself… Then I moved to Quebec City and discovered the menswear designers section at Simons, this was a revelation to me, for my personal style as well as for my future career. That’s where I learned that less is more!
I now describe my personal style as an antithesis, I love being all dandy and dressed up as well as being a little artsy kind of hipster with an old rock influence, maybe that’s why my favorite brand, that also suits me perfectly, is Neil Barrett. There’s also a lot of things that I would love to wear that I can’t simply because I could not assume it, I still have a lot of body acceptance work to do!
2) Who are your style icons?
I really dig Nick Wooster and Jared Leto styles ( even if back in the day, Leto was wearing silver Crocs!)
3) Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?
I really love sketching outside, I have my spot where I create all of my spring/summer looks. For the cold seasons, I can’t obviously create outside so I just need to isolate myself, I often go to the library.
4) Who would you like to see wear your collections?
Even if her style is not always refined, I would really love to see Madonna wearing my designs, or Lady Gaga and Celine Dion who are always well dressed.
5) What are some of your favorite artists or bands? Do you listen to music when you create?
I do listen music! From when I wake up, until the end of the afternoon, I listen music all the time! I love a lot of different kinds of music, recently I’ve discovered Songza and it makes me discover so many new artists! My playlists of the moment includes: HBO Girls : Marnie (featuring Oh Land, Robin, SLL, Graffiti6), 90’s dance hit ( I’m a big fan of 90′s dance music) and Blogged 50 (featuring Trails and Ways, Phil Beaudreau, Cherub). I also have my classics like Madonna’s American Life album, her best I think.
Thanks so much Rudy! Wishing you continued success!
Happy Easter weekend everyone!! Whether you’re with the family, traveling abroad or simply just hanging at home, I hope it’s a relaxing and beautiful weekend! I’m excited to have a laid back weekend at home, probably the last in a while so I’m going to enjoy it to the fullest!
Celebrating this weekend with some easter white. Can’t get enough of these white denim trousers from Zara. Best purchase I made a few seasons ago, because they still look brand new and can be worn all year round! Also can’t wait for my new custom Modern Vice boots to get here from NYC. Might be getting them next week, can’t wait to show you all!!
Last day of work before the long weekend! This week was filled with a lot of very creative and humbling moments. Fun new projects in the works that I’ll be sharing on the blog in the coming weeks! I was also super honored to be featured on the rad site Ton Petit Look this week. Grateful for the beautiful feature and interview. You can check it out here. This site rocks because not only is it bilingual but it also combines everything I love: music, fashion & lifestyle!
Speaking of my little look – today’s look features lace & denim!
Last month, I was able to spend a few days in my favorite place on earth – Southern California. It’s always so lovely seeing all of my friends, discovering new places to eat and shop as well as spending time surfing at the beach. Didn’t do too much shopping on this past trip, so the following post will be more of a #foodporn post. Like I did with my last travel post (see here), here are some of my new favorite things about SoCal.
1 – Ace Hotel – When I went last month, the hotel had opened a few weeks prior. The Ace Hotel is a small chain of hotels, they can be found in New York City, Palm Springs, Portland and most recently Los Angeles. It is located in the historic United Artists building in downtown LA. I had the pleasure of going to their new bistro LA Chapter. Not only were the food and drinks incredibly tasty, the atmosphere was very chic yet also laid back and also we had the funniest waiter. The menu was original and fairly priced. After dinner, I took a tour of the hotel. I loved all the books and music in the lobby, everything about the building was absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend checking out the hotel, if not for a stay then for a brunch, lunch or dinner. You can make reservations easily via Open Table.
2 – Urth Caffé – Alright, this place isn’t a new place but it’s become a staple when I’m in Los Angeles. I purposely plan my day around the different Urth locations in and around Los Angeles. Honestly, the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. It opens super early in the morning and stays open until late at night. Some of my Urth favs: Almond Milk Green Tea Latte, the Urth Salad, any of their croissants, the Coconut Pound Cake and their homemade granola. My mouth waters, as I write this post. I think I’ve developed an addiction to Urth Caffé!!
3 – Veggie Grill- Is a chain of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free restaurants that serve food cafeteria style. I knew one of their latest locations had just opened up in Carlsbad, so I took the opportunity to pay them a visit. They have a very extensive menu, great homemade drinks and pride themselves in only serving healthy food that is good for the mind and body. I ordered the Crispy Chickin’ Plate as well as a side order of their Mac N’ Cheese. Both plates were very filling and all tasted pretty good. You can get a good meal for under $15. My favorite was their cauli mashed potatoes!
4 – Los Feliz – Is a new area I got to explore on this past trip located just west of Hollywood. It’s a beautiful neighborhood with lot’s of pretty homes as well as a little “downtown” area located on Vermont Street with plenty of super cute shops, bookstores and yummy restaurants. I checked out the French bistro Le Figaro for brunch. They offered all the best typical French specialties and also had a counter section, where you could buy baked goods and desserts to go. I wish I could have spent more time in the area, it’s definitely on my list of places to go back to on my next visit.
5 – Laurel Hardware – Is a trendy relatively new restaurant and bar located on Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood. I met up with friends there for dinner one night. There are two rooms and an incredibly big patio at the back. The first room is quieter and has a more “dinning room” vibe where as the back room has a lot more of a “bar” feel to it. Lot’s of local models,musicians and young entrepreneurs have been seen flocking to this place. The night I went, the place was definitely filled with lot’s of young and beautiful people. Small but solid food and drink menu. The menu contained lot’s of sharing plates including many vegetarian options. I loved their open kitchen concept as well as the fresh flowers and candles that were on each table.
All in all, another incredibly memorable trip with tons of new discoveries!
Happy Monday! Hope you all had a restful and beautiful weekend! Happy to finally be able to bring out some lighter shades of trousers now that the weather is warmer and that it’s more “appropriate” to do so. I got these rad pale denim skinny moto trousers during my last visit to LA. I’m so obsessed with the Anine Bing jeans I had bought last summer that I had to get new pairs and this one seemed perfect for the spring and summer. I’ve never owned too many pairs of light denim but these were just too cool to pass up. Plus, they look awesome with a lot of bright colors!
A little music inspiration to end your day - HAIM! In case you missed their set at Coachella this weekend, you can watch it in full HD –> here.
I first met the fiery redhead Hannah Georgas not too long after I moved to Toronto. At the time, I was working for AUX TV and had the pleasure of chatting with her just before the release of her first full-length record. I right away felt a connection with this fierce woman. She’s an incredible songwriter and always writes the most touching lyrics. In the past couple of years, she’s gone on to tour around the world, play countless festivals, receive Juno nominations, etc. She will be heading to the UK in May to play a series of dates including The Great Escape festival before doing a round of festivals across Canada this summer. She always has the cutest dresses on stages and a really fun style, so I’m thrilled she took some time off of writing new material to answer a few of my questions. Here are my 5 Questions With: Hannah Georgas.
1) Can you talk to us about your style evolution from your teens until now? How would you describe your style today?
I grew up living under the same roof with my three sisters who were all into style and fashion. They had very strong opinions about what they liked and didn’t like. I was a bit of an outcast or at least I felt that way.. I enjoyed keeping things fairly simple and casual. I remember getting into the flare on my pants (size of flare varied over the years) in high school and bought a lot of my jeans from a place called Jean Machine at Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket, Ontario.
My style has evolved over the years and I no longer sport anymore body piercings. I was almost kicked out of the house for getting my eye brow pierced (my poor mum). Little did she know I had my nipple pierced at one point..ouch!
I think for the most part though ‘everyday Hannah’ has remained fairly consistent.
I really enjoy finding vintage pieces. I started getting into vintage shopping when I moved out West and was attending university. I think my budget had a lot to do with it at the time and then I started finding cool dresses for stage wear and other musical endeavours. Everyday life and performance life are two really different things in my mind. I have a lot of fun dressing up for shows and I love the idea of having something visually appealing for the audience. I enjoy transforming and showing a different side of me on stage.
2) Who are your style icons?
These are artists that I adore and draw a lot of visual inspiration from..
MIA, Fiona Apple, David Bowie, Tim Burton, Chan Marshall from Cat Power, Peaches
3) How do you pick out your clothes for tour and stage? What are your tour must-haves?
I like to put together and prepare pieces/dresses that I’m excited about before I head out on the road. I always make sure I bring the right undergarments (bodysuits, nude bras, underwear) for certain pieces I have. Performance shoes are a big thing for me too and having the right ones for a specific outfit.
4) Who are some of your favourite designers and/or brands?
Treana Peake is a designer from Vancouver and has a line called Obakki. I have been wearing a lot of her pieces the past while. I love her work and she’s an inspiration to me. Her designs are beautiful, comfortable and elegant.
5) What makes you feel good/confident as an artist and performer?
Feeling comfortable in my skin is my number one thing. Keeping myself healthy and fresh is also very important to me too. I get a little fussy about my hair situation pre show and so a good hair day always makes me happy. Walking off stage and feeling like I gave it my all makes me a happy camper.
Yesterday, I let anxiety get the best of me. For the first time in a very long time, I had an anxiety attack on my way to work. I used to get them all the time when I was in University but over time I was able to control them. Yesterday, I lost sight of the bigger picture and let the small things get to me. Though I always try to keep a positive attitude, there are some days where it’s harder to stay focused on the most important things in life, which to me are: health, family & friends and happiness. Grateful to have lovely people in my life who help me stay on track and relaxed. Yesterday was a reminder to always take time for yourself, to take a few deep breaths when all seems a little overwhelming and to focus on the big picture!!
Luckily, I was able to take some rad outfit pics with Offner a few days ago. Love the look I had on yesterday. Harem pants are actually the most comfortable thing ever!