Took my new Nike Free TR Fit 4 sneakers to work today and my feet couldn’t be happier. Super happy to see more people dressing up the sneaker look. Not sure I’m ready to go full out sneaker with a dress look because it basically goes against everything my mom taught me, but I have no qualms giving my feet a rest once in a while. I like these ones particularly because they’re black and can go with just about everything! Yay or Nay for the sneaker look?
Speaking of sneakers, anyone remember this band?! Holy 90s flashback! To this day, I’m still not too sure what it means to be a “sneaker pimp”…
Photos by @Offner
Nike Free TR Fit 4 (get them here)
H&M off-white quilted moto jacket
H&M boyfriend shorts
Zara black and white striped tee
OIA Jules Baby Jaws Necklace (similar one here)
I recently fell in love with an Aussie designer named Alex Mearing after I saw one of her beautiful creations on Live FAST Magazine this spring – it was a silver sequined wedding dress (that you can see HERE!) that she had custom made for Ainsley Hutchence, the co-owner of Sticks & Stones Agency in Australia. There was just something magical about her design. In fact, I was so fascinated by the dress that I started looking up Alex and seeing what other beautiful things she had created. Not only does Alex make beautiful wedding dresses, she also makes tops, jackets and has an amazing collection of fierce pieces that you can find on her site. She will be launching a swimwear line called Klams in September, so keep your eyes peeled for that! I hope to one day be able to wear one of her lovely creations. Hope you’ll enjoy my 5 Questions With Alex Mearing:
1) What made you want to become a designer? When did you start your career?
I wanted to explore and express my style so it felt very natural to go into fashion. After I graduated school I moved from Noosa to study in Sydney and was able to find a job after doing some work experience for a small company. I learnt about design, production and the business. When an opportunity to become the designer for an equestrian label called Giddy Up Girl came up I was ready to take the job. I showed my first collection under my own name in 2012 and the brand has grown into a couture line, mostly creating alternative wedding dresses.
2) Who are your fashion icons?
Mary Kate Olsen and Ada Kokosar
And lately I can’t get enough of Rihanna…
3) Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?
I think I absorb everything around me unconsciously. It may be a film, a personality, an era, it’s usually a lot of layers that create an idea.
4) Is Australia a good place to be for up and coming designers? Are there a lot of opportunities locally and across the country?
I think it’s important to have a plan to create opportunities. I love the way creative people are collaborating with each other and doing amazing work. The opportunities are limitless with apps like Instagram to connect with bloggers, models, photographers, stylists and inspiring people all over the world. I recently made a wedding dress for a woman in London who found me on Instagram, which I found really exciting.
5) What have been some of your biggest achievements thus far in your career?
Recently I made a wedding dress for Ainsley Hutchence from Sticks and Stones Agency for her elopement in Las Vegas. You can check out the editorial shot by Jenneke Storm here: http://www.rocknrollbride.com/
I’ve been waiting for tonight since Valentine’s Day! Tonight is Katy Perry‘s World Prismatic Tour debut in Toronto! I was so stoked when I received tickets as a gift from @offner in Miami back in February. I’ve always loved Katy Perry’s magical and colorful universe. I can’t wait to see all the costumes and set tonight! Ready to get my dancing on!!
Happy Weekend everyone!!
Photos by @Offner
M for Mendocino’s print shorts
M for Mendocino black tee
Vanessa Mooney With A Tiny Tender Kiss Charm Bracelet White(get it here)
Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)
Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)
Modern Vice Handler Boot (get it here)
Photo by: Emilie Iggiotti
Every Saturday morning as a teenager, I would religiously watch a program on MusiquePlus called “La Ruche” that a really amazing VJ called Abeille Gélinas would host. I guess I was immediately drawn to Abeille because she had red hair, always had the coolest on-camera style and seemed like the friendliest person. Plus, she got to interview some of my favorite bands! I was super bummed when she left the station to pursue new adventures. For a few years, I lost sight of what she was doing but two or so years ago, I saw her name pop up as the DJ of an event I was attending. Not only has Abeille continued to work as a tv host and reporter, she’s now one of the most in-demand female DJs in the country. She also currently works as a contributing writer for several publications and in the midst of all that, finds time to get married and travel the world. She is always smiley, is always working on a ton of new project and has the most positive and best attitude about life. Abeille is definitely one of my inspirations! Hope you will enjoy my 5 Questions With Abeille Gélinas:
1) Can you talk to us about your style evolution from your teens until now? How would you describe your style today?
As a teenager I tried pretty much everything. I had a skater look, a Dee-light (the singer) look and a hip hop phase. I was and still am inspired by culture a lot. I like following my personality, breaking the rules and mixing it up. I guess I associate with a free-spirited bohemian look!
2) Who are your style icons?
I love the way M.I.A mixes colours and patterns. I admire the way Zooey Deschanel is sophisticated yet she doesn’t have to show much skin to be sexy. And the Olsen twins are just the best! I adore them because they refuse to be defined by fashion norms and they are constantly being creative, times 2!
3) You started your career as a VJ at MusiquePlus but you are now a DJ. Can you talk to us about your career transition and why you decided to become a DJ?
I always loved music and after all the ups and downs of being an actress and host, I wanted to find a career that I could control. The idea of being a DJ was like a fantasy to me, so I asked a friend to show me the basics of the art, practiced for a month in my kitchen non-stop and my DJ passion and style was born.
4) What are some of your most memorable moments thus far as a DJ?
It’s difficult to pick one because it’s not about the size of the event, it’s the energy that I get back from the crowd that makes the whole difference. Playing for Canada Day on Parliament Hill last year in front of 20,000 people was amazing! Sharing the stage with artists that I respect is awesome, but I also can honestly say that I’ve had some memorable and intimate nights with 100 people.
5) For those who don’t know, you’re someone who likes to travel a lot. You were just recently in South Africa. What is it about travel that you love so much?
I get amazed with life quite easily! Standing in front of a view that I’ve never seen before, feeling a different type of breeze on my skin, connecting with people you’ve just met… Perhaps when I’m in Montreal I don’t find as much time to meditate on those things because of work. When I’m away, there’s only the present moment and the adventures ahead of me that count.
Yesterday I had the lovely opportunity to attend the exclusive Nike Pro Bra Collection launch event taking place in Toronto at the NTC Studio located at 548 Richmond Street West. After years of testing, Nike has finally developed a sports bra using a new 360 degrees fit system that you can get in 5 styles and 25 sizes. Until July 31st, you can book an appointment with one of Nike’s Fit-System Concierge who will help you find your perfect Nike Pro Bra size. At the same time, you can also get a complimentary intimate NTC Session at their amazing new studio.
Last night I was able to do just that! Not only was it super fun to try out these new bras and all the colorful Nike Pro gear, but little did I know, I would also be working out with a Nike Master Trainer Eva Redpath (yea, they had forgotten to mention I’d be working out for 45 minutes, oops!). Luckily, the fine folks from Bolt Fresh Bar (my favorite place to go for snacks, smoothies & breakfast!!) were there for some post-workout treats!
Last night’s event was a great place to meet wonderful ladies from all walks of life who also have a love for working out and Nike. Over the past couple of years, running has really become important in my life, never thought I would say this, but I can honestly say that I enjoy my runs. Though not always easy, they always feel so rewarding in the end. Each time I run and feel like I can’t run any longer, I try to remind myself, that I run because I am lucky and grateful that I can! And if you’re also someone that works out, you know that it’s always exciting to try out new gear. I’m very stoked to be able to work out in this new Nike Pro Bra!
If you’re interested in dropping by the NTC Studio for a NTC Session and a Nike Pro Bra fitting, go here: www.548richmond.com.
A big thank you to So Sasha for the invite, Eva Redpath for kicking my butt and all the lovely ladies from Nike present last night. Great times!
Been on the road this past week for work in Quebec City. While I was there, I got to see some amazing shows including Tegan and Sara (hello dreamy sunset!), Serena Ryder, Mozart’s Sister and Phantogram (best show I’ve seen this year, hands down!! In case you haven’t checked it out yet, go read my 5 Questions With: Sarah Barthel of Phantogram here). Happy to be home for a few days before heading to NYC!
Photos by @Offner
Forever 21 southwestern trim denim jacket
H&M blue and white polka dot dress
Wave necklace from Etsy
Converse – Chuck Taylor Dainty (get them here)
Karen London Gypsy Ring (get it here)
Photo by: RipCurl
Last summer, while I was in California, I had the chance to check out for the second year in a row, an all-girl surfing competition called the Supergirl Pro that was being held in Oceanside. Over the years I’ve been following the professional circuit of surfers as much as I can but as of late, I’ve been paying particular attention to not only the women surfers but also the up and comers. Last year, one of the names I kept hearing, was French surfer Pauline Ado. Pauline is currently ranked 13th in the ASP World Tour. Over the past year, she’s really grown into her own and has really been rivalling all of the ladies at the top of her field. What I like so much about her, is that she always seems so laid back but also incredibly focused. This past year, she’s only ben home for a few weeks, recently traveling to Mexico and up next on her itinerary will be the US as well as Europe and Hawaii to finish the year. She’s beyond talented and I’m therefore incredibly thrilled to have seen her surf and now to have her featured on the blog. Here’s are my 5 Questions With Pauline Ado:
1) When did your passion for surfing start? Do you remember the first time you surfed?
I was 8 years old the first time I started surfing. Before that I would spend all summer at the beach playing in the water, catching waves with my bodyboard and trying to stand up on it with a group of friends. The first time I really surfed though is not a clear memory. I just remember standing up and having a lot of fun. I loved it straight away !
2) What is it about surfing you love so much?
First of course, I loved the feeling on a wave. The speed, the adrenaline… I also loved being in the water. When I am surfing I forget about the rest, I like that feeling of being in the moment, focusing on the sensations. You never get twice the same wave in surfing, there’s no routine and it’s always exciting !
3) You are now a part of the ASP World Tour. You are currently ranked 13th in the Women’s World Championship Tour. How much has the sport evolved for women over the past couple of years? Do you find the women are finally starting to get the attention and respect they deserve?
I think a few years ago only a few surfers would stand out and get the attention. Right now there are so many good surfers on tour with different styles and strengths. You never know who is going to shine in a comp and the top surfers are never safe. It makes it interesting.
4) How important are finding the right sponsors and team to support you? Is France and La Côte Basque supportive of their surfers?
I have been very lucky in this area getting sponsors at an early age. Right now I am still riding for RipCurl who have been supporting me since I was 10… and my family have always had my back. Surfing is an individual sport but you can’t go anywhere alone. Being surrounded by people you trust and believe in you is the key. Having the right support gives you so many opportunities… We have good support in the South West of France, surfing is part of the culture in this area but it’s not one of the biggest sports in France… but we are slowly getting the attention.
5) Through surfing and competing you’ve been able to travel the world, what are some of the most memorable moments thus far in your career?
I have been to many countries and I feel so lucky. I have seen beautiful places, beaches and cultures. Surprisingly one my favorite place I went to was Iceland. Nature is so beautiful and powerful there. It was mind-blowing !
You may or may not have heard of the 1965 French hit song “Capri c’est fini” by Hervé Villard… Before going to Capri, @Offner kept singing it to me over and over again. It seemed like the song you absolutely had to know if you were going to visit this beautiful island in the south of Italy. I was lucky enough to be invited to a wedding in Capri at the beginning of June (hands down the most beautiful & romantic wedding I’ve ever been to, woah!) and here are some of the things I learned while I was there…
1) If you’re going to Capri, you want to take the Hydrofoil. What is the Hydrofoil you ask? It’s the quickest ferry boat you can take to get to the island from Napoli. They have three different types of ferries, ranging in cost from 12 Euros to 19 Euros for the Hydrofoil, for a 1-way ticket. The extra 7 Euros reduces the time of your trip by almost half. It’ll take you 45-50mins to get there on this high-speed boat. Plus on the way, you get to enjoy a beautiful view of Pompei that you’ll get to see from up close!
2) Capri vs. Anacapri. The island is divided into two major “villages” if you can call them that. Capri and Anacapri. You have a lot of locals and tourists staying in both of these areas. Anacapri allows you to be more on the west side, see the sunset and be closer to the beach whereas Capri allows you to overlook a lot of the island. Both areas have shops, mini hotels and good restaurants to eat at. We opted to rent an airbnb villa in Capri, yes… a villa! It was dirt cheap and belonged to an elderly couple that was so kind as to rent us their entire place that came with an outdoor wood oven, huge patio, beautiful gardens, etc. It was way cheaper than any of the little hotels on the island and definitely made you feel like you were a local. Both places will require you to walk a lot, there’s lot’s of walking up and down but with such pretty views everywhere on the island, fun shops and beautiful flowers & trees, your walks will be thoroughly enjoyable (just don’t wear heels!)
3) You’re going to want to rent a boat. Forget all the guided boat tours around the island that end up costing you an arm and a leg, instead round up a few people (max 10) and rent a boat for 100 Euros located just at the bottom of the Funicular. Renting a boat is without a doubt the best thing we did while we were there. Not only did it come equipped with towels and water bottles, it also had a sunshade and allowed us to be completely independent for an entire afternoon. We got to go explore caves, swim, sunbathe, relax, eat and just enjoy the beautiful sights. You can drive around the island in about 2 hours.
4) Capri cabs are better than any other cabs in the world. Here’s why – they’re all convertibles with sunshades, they fit up to six passengers and some of them even come equipped with a flatscreen, a disco ball and strobe light for nighttime dance parties in the cab… This is for real!
5) Bring your bathing suit. Yea it’s an obvious one but you HAVE to swim in the Mediterranean sea while you’re in Capri. There are so many different beaches. A lot of them are rocky, so watch out for urchins or little jelly fish here and there, but the water is SUPER clear and so refreshing. It tends to get really hot in Capri and it’s honestly the best way to relax. Plus, lot’s of incredible restaurants that serve fresh seafood and homemade dishes are located right on the waterfront!
6) Before you go, watching the sunset from Faro is a must. The last night we were in Capri, we were invited to join friends at an amazing beachside bar right beside the lighthouse. You can either just have a drink at the bar or go down a few steps and enjoy delicious traditional cuisine outdoors at Lido Del Faro. They serve delicious homemade pasta dishes, seafood, have a wonderful selection of wines and a super laid-back atmosphere.
Capri, c’est en effet fini!
Happy Canada Day!! Spent a fun day off scouting locations today for a brand new music video that I’ll be styling this weekend. I’m beyond excited to be styling my second official music video. Thus far, it’s been a really fun and challenging experience because the video entails a lot of different eras and characters. In addition, it’s always a challenge to work on a very small budget. I’m definitely putting my School of Style knowledge to use! I can’t wait to share with you all some pictures from the shoot and the finished product. Though I can’t unveil just yet who I’m working with, I can tell you that this artist is taking the Canadian hip hop world by storm!
Photos by @Offner
Native Shoes Jericho Womens Botanical Print (get them here)
Zara scoop neck white tee
Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)
Forever 21 stripped shorts