Suspenders

22 Aug

Continuing my special menswear week with a more “hipster” / “prohibition” and “steampunk” inspired look. I found this great Klaxon Howl prospector vest in Toronto back in the fall. The shop on Queen West is the bomb! They always have the coolest new and vintage pieces for men. I love the black detailing around the edges. I paired the vest with some mocha colored slacks, a pinstriped tee and brown suede brogues. I decided to add suspenders to the outfit, just as an extra accessory. I haven’t always been a fan of suspenders… I think they reminded me too much of Steve Urkel when I was younger but I feel like they can definitely be sexy if worn right (I kind of like the nerdy chic look. Funny how taste changes ay?!). I got Offner to just leave his hanging at the back, which gives his look more of a laid back feel.

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Topman “Avery” Brown Suede Gibson Shoes (get them here)

Scotch & Soda Skinny Polkadot Suspenders (similar ones here)

Springsioux Melted Black Ring (get it here)

Uranium Placental necklace (get it here)

Klaxon Howl prospector vest

Obey pinstriped tee

Paisley

21 Aug

For this week’s second menswear outfit, I went for a more dressy look. Offner had bought this great pair of paisley pants at Topman last year, which I decided to use as a building piece for this look. I think more men should be bold and add prints to the outfit, especially in pants. It can make the leg look slimmer and also ads a certain sophistication to the look, depending on the print obviously. I paired that with a nude colored jersey shirt and complimentary light blue buttoned up shirt. I like this shirt because it almost looks like denim but has a soft fleecy feel. The overall look is comfy but also chic.

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Topman navy paisley slacks (similar ones here)

H&M Long-sleeved buttoned up jersey shirt (similar one here)

Topman buttoned up light blue shirt (similar one here)

Vintage tan leather brogues (similar ones here)

Jean Paul Gaultier

19 Aug

I decided to do a men’s outfit special on the blog this week! Putting my outfits together every day is always a whole lot of fun but I’ve always wanted to style men as well. I’ve had the chance to do some menswear styling on music videos but thought it’d be a fun exercise to do for a daily outfit. I’m lucky because I have access to the perfect model, Offner, who probably has just as much clothes as I do. So this week’s outfits will be dedicated to menswear!

I’ve always had a thing for the rocker look. So for the first look of the week, I went for a Jean Paul Gaultier inspired outfit. I love a well-fitted leather jacket on a man and this custom made jacket from The Cast NYC has the raddest details and cut. It goes with every kind of outfit! The striped shirt is also a classic and a pair of bright slacks adds a nice pop of color to the look. For accessories, I added this badass Verameat necklace that we got in LA last year. I love Verameat’s designs because they’re unisex and are so versatile.

What do you guys think?

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Urban Outfitters BDG striped shirt

Cast Off Mens Bronx Motorcycle Jacket (get it here)

Levis burnt orange denim

Topman black suede oxford shoes with buckle (similar ones here)

Verameat Mermaid Sword Yes (get it here)

Springsioux Chief Ring (get it here)

LA LA Land

14 Aug

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Off to LA LA Land this evening for some much needed relaxation and surf time! New travel post to follow after the trip!! I will be updating the blog a little less frequently while I’m away but I’m excited to announce that I’ll be publishing a very special menswear daily outfit series of blogs starting next Tuesday August 19th! I’ll have three different posts coming on the blog next week, so stay tuned! It was a whole lot of fun to dress up my favorite male model – @offner! Can’t wait to share these with you!

Wishing you all a wonderful next couple of days!

Mel xo

Captain

13 Aug

Reminiscing today about the amazing time I had in Capri back in June! This captain hat was the perfect thing to bring back from our wonderful stay there. My favorite thing we did while we were in Capri was hands down renting a boat and exploring the island. So much fun!! If you’re planning on traveling to Capri in the near future, make sure you check out my Capri travel blog here.

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Photos by @Offner

Capri Captain Hat

Forever 21 stripped shorts 

Topshop white Oxford shoes

Stella & Dot Gold Signature Engravable Bar (get it here)

Zara Guipure Lace Top (get it here)

Wave necklace from Etsy

 

Concho Sandals

12 Aug

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Photos by @Offner

Phantogram tour tee

Vanessa Mooney for Dolce Vita Austyn Sandal (get them here)

Springsioux Shaman pendant (get it here)

SAMMYdress faux leather white shorts (similar ones here)

5 Questions With: Cyrielle Christiaens of KURE

10 Aug

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Photo provided by KURE

I have yet to post many shop or business interviews on my blog so I thought that profiling the rad Belgian luxe shop that I love called KURE would be a perfect addition to my #5QuestionsWith series. I first heard of KURE through Instagram and have been following the shop for the past year. KURE is a boutique in Brussels and also an online shop. I was drawn to KURE (even if I have yet to visit the shop in person) because of how amazingly well curated their collections are. Cyrielle Christiaens is the shop’s Artistic Director and takes care of acquiring these amazing styles from around the world. She and I are both very fond of Anine Bing. I love Cyrielle’s minimalistic style and how she puts together her daily outfits using the store’s collections. I look forward to the day I can finally drop by the shop in person! Here are my 5 Questions With Cyrielle Christiaens of KURE:

1) Can you talk to us about your store KURE and the concept behind it? Why did you want to open it?

KURE is the concept store I created with my fiancee 1 year ago. We wanted to create something together and as we are complementary people, we knew that the best team we could ever have was the team of him and I. KURE is a 200 sq. meter multi-brand concept store located on the high-end/artistic/avant-garde street of Brussels : Rue Antoine Dansaert.

We have brands like BLK DNM, Carin Wester, Dagmar, D. EFFECT, Margaux Lonnberg, Iro, ATHE Vanessa Bruno, Toga Pulla, Won Hundred, American Retro, Kalda, Anine Bing, Hudson Jeans, … 40+ brands from Scandinavian countries, to Japan, to Los Angeles, to Australia, to France… From all around the world.

I was always attracted to Scandinavian brands, for the pure, simple lines of their cuts. The nice quality of the clothes is one of their value. And I always liked to mix Scandinavian brands with something more « rock n’ roll » such as a French brand. I also wanted this « Paris cool-attitude » so we have some perfect brands from Paris too. We also developed the jewelry part of the store with brands from Belgium, France and Lebanon. 

We also sell vintage furniture and art and plan to open a restaurant.

2) Who are your style icons?

Miranda Kerr, Kate Bosworth, the Olsen twins.

3) What are some of your favorite designers and/or brands?

Margaux Lonnberg, Won Hundred, Anine Bing, Carin Wester, Alexander Wang.

4) What are your summer must-haves?

A silk white oversized shirt + leather shorts + Birkenstocks + my Alexander Wang Rockie bag.

5) Do you feel that there’s a good fashion scene in Belgium right now?

Right now and before too! Belgium is an amazing fashion scene with some big name designers like Dries Van Noten, Olivier Theyskens, Cedric Charlier, Cedric Jacquemyn. Belgian people have an eclectic fashion sense. You can see really different styles and ways to wear clothes from city to city. 

Engravable Necklace

8 Aug

One of the things I’ve recently been really stoked on are personalized engravable necklaces. I find they add something unique to any outfit. The lovely ladies over at Stella & Dot recently launched their fall collection, which includes a series of pretty customizable and engravable necklaces. I was immediately drawn to their Signature Engravable Bar Necklace, that you can get in either silver or gold. I decided to get myself a super cute gold “MELSAYS” necklace. It’s perfect for layering and for every day wear. I’ve gotten other products from Stella & Dot before and what I like about this brand is their attention to detail. Not only are these products made and delivered incredibly fast, the company also pays special attention to detail, which is always appreciated!

I’m really excited to announce that you too can get yourself a special engravable necklace from Stella & Dot. ENTER THE CONTEST BELOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $25 GIFT CARD FROM STELLA & DOT! The contest runs until August 15th! *Contest open to residents of Canada only*

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Stella & Dot Gold Signature Engravable Bar (get it here)

Modern Vice Handler Boot (get it here)

The Cast NYC vintage flower dress 

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Orchid

7 Aug

I have a thing for flowers… I’ve always had. Maybe it’s a girl thing, maybe it’s the fact that I don’t live somewhere where flowers grow outside all year round. I like their delicateness, I like their colors, I like their smell and all of their different shapes and sizes. Each flower represents something different to me, a different time or event in my life. As a kid, I would receive flowers after dance shows, figure skating shows, birthdays, school graduations, etc. My mother would always adorn our house with fresh bouquets of flowers every week. It was just something that made our house not only smell nice but also feel a lot more alive. My favorite flowers are definitely peonies (hence the tattoo), but I really love them all! My dream is to live somewhere where I can have flowers around me all throughout the year. In the meantime, I try to decorate my apartment with flowers here and there, those than can survive with little sunlight or throughout the winter. Happy to have brought this new addition home!

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Zara white denim pants

M for Mendocino white tee

Anine Bing Bohemian black hat

Anine Bing boots with silver studs (get them here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Vanessa Mooney With A Tiny Tender Kiss Charm Bracelet White(get it here)

Feather Dress

5 Aug

Hope you all had an amazing weekend! Offner and I went to see an amazing movie this weekend that I’d like to recommend to you all – it’s called Boyhood and features Patricia Arquette & Ethan Hawke. It’s a movie that was shot during a period of 12 years and is probably the most profound movie I’ve seen all year. It’s only out in select theaters but it’s well worth the trip!

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I’m starting the week with my favorite summer dress! I bought this Anine Bing feather dress as a present for myself around my birthday in June and have been wearing it non-stop since. It’s super comfy and I’ve been wearing for all sorts of occasions. Speaking of Anine Bing, she has a brand new lookbook out for her upcoming fall collection. You can check it out here. Anine’s designs have really become my favorite this past year or so. I’ve mentioned her name a couple of times on the site before, but I really love everything she puts out. My closet is slowly becoming an “Anine Bing closet”!

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Photos by @Offner

Anine Bing boots with silver studs (get them here)

Anine Bing feather dress 

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