Winter Style

With the clocks rolled back and the end of Daylight Saving Time, it can only mean one thing – winter is right around the corner! Since I have yet to runaway to California, Mexico, Florida, Portugal or anywhere warmer than Toronto, it looks like I’ll have to endure one more Canadian winter.

As of late, I’ve really tried to make the best of the season I so hate by a) traveling a lot b) practicing a multitude of winter sports and c) having fun with my winter style. Not an easy feat to look stylish but also stay toasty and warm. On the weeks that get really cold, I really couldn’t care less if I look like an Abominable Snowman, as long as I am warm and my extremities aren’t freezing. Luckily, winter doesn’t get too harsh in Toronto and we usually don’t end up having much snow downtown. It’s still feasible to go outside while looking relatively cute. Plus with so many brands now making amazing threads for winter, there’s definitely a way to stay stylish even in subzero weather.

Here are some of the things I’m coveting for my winter wardrobe this year:

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Isabel Marant Étoile Gabrie Check Wool-Blend Coat

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H&M Fake Fur Mittens

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The Kooples Sport Flecked Fleece Boxer Jogger

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Zara High-Neck Straight Dress

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Ella Moss Maja Cardigan

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TOPSHOP Faux Fox Fur Trapper

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Anine Bing Turtleneck Sweater In Charcoal

 

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Mackage Carrita-F4 Black Leather Mini Crossbody Bag

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Scotch & Soda Oversized Knit Cardigan

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Zara Leather Ankle Boot With Interior Wedge

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Stance Athena Socks

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The Kooples Coat With Faux Fur Hood

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ASOS Oversized Knit Scarf

What are you excited to wear this winter? 🙂

Maxi Skirt #DailyOutfit

Yesterday, I had mentioned ankle boots being one of my favorite things for spring. A second thing that is worth investing in for this season is also a maxi skirt. You’ve probably seen them all over fashion magazines, on runways and on the street already. Graphic maxi skirts are also super cool. I had purchased the one I’m wearing today last spring at H&M for a whopping $20. I’m definitely considering adding more to my wardrobe this season as well. Pretty much every store are carrying them right now, Topshop has a huge selection and so does ASOS and Forever 21, H&M, etc.

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Shop eLUXE x Song Of Style VoiLÀ raw neck sweater (similar one here)

H&M tie-dye black and white maxi skirt

Steve Madden ECNTRC-C flats (get them here)

 Zara Biker Jacket with zips (similar one here)

Uranium Glazing necklace

 

Wild #DailyOutfit

Happy Wednesday! Couldn’t be more excited to have won tickets to the One Of A Kind Show, taking place at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto this week. Thanks Dainty Girl!

This morning I picked up a box of new swag from Forever 21. Say what you will about the store but they have some great affordable accessories and clothes. Most of their items don’t last long but because they’re pretty trendy, you’ll probably not want to wear them next season anyways unless they’re basics. Today’s outfit is a little wild and full of color. I used to never wear orange because I was told it didn’t go well with my complexion and hair color (GINGER!) but I honestly don’t think it’s true. Today, I’m wearing a burnt orange tee, leopard print loose fitting trousers and a bunch of gold armcandy from Forever 21 and Lionette!

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Forever 21 loose-fitting leopard print trousers (similar ones here)

Forever 21 burnt orange zip pocket tee (similar one here)

Lionette the JOPLIN bracelet (check the site for more info)

Kitson LA leather and gold bracelet 

Forever 21 spiked and rhinestoned bracelet (get it here)

Forever 21 etched Geo cuff set (get it here)

VERAMEAT gold brass initial ring

Asos Gogo Philip Cross Soverign Ring (get it here)

Lace-Up Platform Boots (similar ones here)

Got LA on my mind #DailyOutfit

Happy Wednesday! Who doesn’t love a 4-day week? I was feeling a little laid back this morning when I got dressed so I decided to pull out one of my knit Volcom sweaters I got in California this summer from one of my favorite surf shops in Encinitas – Hansen’s . They’re a family-run shop that sells rad clothes, surfboards, sandals, watches, basically anything you would need to surf and live by the beach.  I also wanted to wear my new beanie that I got at TOPSHOP this weekend (a lovely gift from mr. @offneraurelien :))

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Knit Volcom sweater

Urban Outfitters jean shorts (similar ones here)

TOPSHOP LA Varsity beanie (get it here)

TOPMAN 3rd eye necklace (similar one here)

ASOS burgundy & silver Casio mini digital watch (get it here)

Steve Madden brown suede boots

Vintage silver skull ring from Silverlake

Springsioux Lady Murte ring 

 

Juno Nominations #DailyOutfit

Today is an exciting day for Canadian music! The 2013 Juno Nominations (the Canadian Grammys) are being revealed in Toronto.  I love the Juno Awards because they go above and beyond just putting on the gala itself. The entire week leading up to the gala is filled with activities, benefits, showcases, etc. Each year, the Junos are held in different cities across the country.  This year the gala and Juno Week is being held in Regina, Saskatchewan on April 21st. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from covering the Juno Awards and the red carpet for the last couple of years, it’s to dress WARM! Each year, they decide to do the red carpet outdoors even if it’s still snowing out.  I was really lucky to wear a beautiful and warm dress from Martin Lim last year, which kept me toasty and I’m really looking forward to working with another up and coming designer for this year’s red carpet. Details to come 😉

For today’s Juno Nominations, I’m wearing a brand new southwestern inspired stretchy skirt from Topshop, a white tee, my diagonal zip black jacket and my 80%20 boots.  I’ve also paired that with brand new accessories from Topshop and Asos. I’m in love with my new Aztec necklace!

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TOPSHOP Aztec Jacquard Bodycon Skirt (get it here)

Asos gold band rings (get them here)

80%20 Callie leather boots (get them here)

H&M diagonal zip jacket (get it here)

TOPSHOP Aztec inspired silver and gold necklace

Asos Gogo Philip Cross Soverign Ring (get it here)

 

Valentine’s Day #DailyOutfit

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Wishing you a very lovely day! Today is also my little (who’s not so little anymore) sister Amy’s birthday! Today she turns 25! I’m so proud of her. She’s currently studying law at U of Ottawa. She’s super passionate about the environment and animals and I know she will make a great lawyer in the future! Happy Birthday Amy!

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I’m also very thankful to have this wonderful guy in my life! Not only is Aurelien my partner but he’s also one of the brains behind the amazing show I get to work on every day – BRBR. He is also a very talented video director (you can see some of his work here & here) and all-around amazing person! Lucky to have him in my life!

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For today’s outfit, I’m wearing my favorite Zara diagonal zip blazer that I got in NYC, my cheetah tank, my VERAMEAT & Asos rings and my Steve Madden studded boots. Also, today is the LAST day you can obtain 33% off any VERAMEAT purchase when you enter my sepcial discount code: MELSAYS. Go take a look on their website!

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Zara diagonal zip studded green blazer

Charcoal grey jeans

Zara Cheetah tank

VERAMEAT gold brass Heart with Arrow Ring 

H&M gold spike necklace 

Asos gold band rings (get them here)

Steve Madden Madhouse Stud Strap Ankle Boots

Leopard Legs & VERAMEAT Love #DailyOutfit

Happy Thursday! Only one more day till the weekend! Today is the first day of NYFW so I’ll be living vicariously (and drooling!) through everyone’s twitter posts.  To celebrate the beginning of NYFW and the upcoming weekend, I’ve partnered up with one of my favorite jewelry designers and all-around amazing lady from New York VERAMEAT to give YOU, yes YOU reading this blog post, a discount for her jewelry.  All you have to do is enter the special promocode: MELSAYS and you can obtain 33% off any purchase until Valentine’s Day! Yay!!!!

I’m a big fan of VERAMEAT as I’m sure you’ve noticed with my daily outfit posts (you can also read my special blog post on Vera here).  I love the originality of her designs and the fact that they go with just about everything.  If you’re still looking for a Valentine’s Day gift or just want to treat yourself to something nice, check her out.  They also offer quick shipping around the world. Thanks Vera!! 🙂

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Today’s outfit features leopard print leggings, a black lace detail top, a diagonal zip jacket, Je voudrais être une princesse boots and of course one of my VERAMEAT rings.

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H&M diagonal zip jacket (get it here)

H&M black lace detail top (similar one here)

H&M leopard print leggings (similar ones here)

VERAMEAT gold brass Heart with Arrow Ring 

Helloberry mini smoothie bracelets (get them here)

Kitson LA leather and gold bracelet 

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