Happy Friday everyone! Incredibly excited for the weekend! Running, watching movies, playing music (yes, yes, you read right!) and eating good food are on the program for the next two days. What are your plans for the weekend?
I’ve been watching so many movies and docs as of late, that starting today, I’m going to be of posting my movie of the week every Friday. This week…
My movie of the week: is Anchorman 2. Never would have thought this but the second instalment is even funnier than the first. The storyline gets a little out of whack at times but all in all, a good time from start to finish. Tons of really cool cameos, great styling and a really interesting critique on the state of television today. If you didn’t catch it in theatres, it’s now available on iTunes.
For today’s outfit, I’ve piled on some denim and paired it with some blue and white and some silver jewelry.
I love anything to do with sharks! I’m obsessed with Shark Week, I love watching documentaries on sharks, I love learning about them and hope to one day be lucky enough to go on an expedition to swim with them. I have utmost respect for these creatures. Though a bit scary, sharks are so smart and have such distinct and interesting characteristics. So I was pretty stoked when OIA Jules created some pretty gold shark tooth inspired necklaces. I loved my big necklace so much, I recently got a miniature version of it as well. I wouldn’t say I would describe myself as being a “shark” but I do love the confidence these animals have. I think it’s ok to have shark-like confidence once in a while!!
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.
Today, one of my favorite new bands called Language Arts released a brand new record. The band’s leader Kristen reminds me a lot of Lisa Loeb with her glasses and her style of singing. You can stream Wonderkind in full here. Listening to the record on repeat helped me get through the day (feeling ill again, boo!), particularly this song – “Oh Tangible World”. Here’s a cute acoustic version:
Happy I’m able to take my Pamela Love boots back out. As one of my friends Nicolenoticed the other day, ankle boots seem to be all the rage now that the weather is warming up. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a HUGE fan of ankle boots. I think they’re totally worth investing in because they go with just about anything: skinnies, dresses, skirts, shorts, etc. You can also find a good pair of ankle boots for under $200. One of my favorite maker of ankle boots is a brand from NYC called Modern Vice. They’ve got just about every style and color imaginable and are handmade right in Manhattan. Though a bit more pricey, they’re definitely worth the money. During my last trip to NYC I was able to order two new pairs, which I can’t wait to show you! Do you have a favorite pair of ankle boots?
With spring finally deciding to show up, I couldn’t be more excited to have received an amazing package from British Columbia (by the way, I’m so due for a visit soon!!) this past weekend. I got some rad new shoes from a Canadian brand called Native Shoes. You may have heard of them already if you’re a big Trouble Andrew fan as he is one of the brand’s ambassadors. You may have also seen their super colorful and quirky ad campaigns, they kind of look straight out of a Wes Anderson movie. If not, a bunch of celebrities including Obama‘s daughters have been spotted sporting these kicks. The reason why I love these shoes so much is that a) as their motto states, they’re super lite and also comfy, b) they’re the perfect post-surfing/wakeboarding/SUPshoe because they’re waterproof and easy to clean c) they’re Canadian!! I’m also a big fan of all of the colors they have for the spring.
Though it’s still a little too chilly to sport them every day, I figured I’d take them out for a trial run today on this beautiful Monday along with my new Anine Bing cropped jeans. What are some of the clothes you’re excited to wear now that the weather has gotten a tiny bit warmer?! Let me know!
Day 4 already of WMCFW! I can start feeling the fatigue creeping up on me. A good way to know if I’m tired – if you see me wearing my glasses, then you know I’m not getting too many Zzz’s 😉
For today’s outfit, I went for a more sporty/hipster look. Leggings, my 10th Tribe beanie, leather jacket and oversized my recycled leather and fur mittens. I also sported the special collaboration tee from fashion blogger Song Of Style x Shop eLUXE called “Do Epic Chic”.
I first saw Klaxon Howl last fall in the studio room. An interesting structure greeted the show guests last night. The men strolled around the structure with as per usual much swagger. What I love about Klaxon Howl is that the collections and models are always so effortlessly cool. All types of hats, shades, wool blazers and suits, pants, overalls, suede jackets and jackets with leather detailing, could be seen during the presentation. A lot of the pieces had a very 30s prohibition era feel to them. Overall, a collection very representative of the hip urban men in Toronto. My favorite suit of the night is the first look below!
It was my first time being able to catch G-SUS on the runway. The first so far this season to include a live music act. Though the performance wasn’t flawless, it added a cool vibe to the show. I can’t say that I absolutely loved every single piece on tonight’s runway but the things that stood out the most were definitely the men’s knit sweaters, the printed leggings, bold prints as well as that standout pink bomber jacket. I also loved the models’ looks with the dark black smokey eye and plum lipstick. Very grunge!
Always love seeing the sophisticated designs from Pink Tartan‘s creator Kimberley Newport-Mimran. I especially loved last night’s collection because it had a darker twist to it. Some notable pieces – red houndstooth pants, all of the fur coats, plaid coats, the oversized furry gloves and clutches, the shimmery black blazers and coats and the long dresses. I like that she used a more rock n’ roll palette this time, opting for black, white and red, for most of her pieces, which is a little tougher than usual. The standout item – furry pants! See the last picture below. Honestly, a brilliant collection!
I was beyond thrilled to have been selected by Joe Fresh as one of their #VirtualFrontRow bloggers for the show last night. As part of this experience, I was able to share some exclusive content on my social media networks pre and post-show about Joe Fresh’s #JoeFreshFW14 collection. Make sure you go check my Twitter & Instagram pages @melsays to check it out! In Sochi, Canada’s slogan was #WeAreWinter, I therefore only found it fitting for Joe Mimran‘s FW14 collection to represent the great (& cold!) Canadian outdoors. Many collections often present clothes that are beautiful but not as practical for winter but Mimran’s latest offering presented practical, affordable & beautiful winter pieces. For the occasion, we were offered a rad black Joe Fresh toque along with information on the collection. On the runway last night we saw lot’s of chunky knits, oversized jackets, parkas, furry toques, graphic sweaters, side lace waxed jeans and lot’s of fur pieces. The color palette went from earthy tones to Joe’s signature orange. Some of my favorite pieces of the show were: the green biker jacket, the furry oversized camel coat and those green tartan trousers. After the show, everyone was also talking about the models’ side braids, they were definitely a hit! As per usual, the models walked down the runway to a super fun and energetic soundtrack. I think that what I love most about attending a Joe Fresh runway show is that everyone is always in the best of moods, dancing around, the models seem to be having fun and also Joe Mimran always seems so happy! Props to Joe Mimran and his team for another fun presentation! You guys hit it out of the ballpark again!
Ah yes!! The perfect way to end my week at WMCFW. Leather, fur & so many dreamy pieces. Over the past couple of seasons, I’ve definitely become a HUGE Mackage fan. I was thrilled to be greeted by a seat with my own name on it, way to make a girl feel special! I loved their runway set up with colorful leaves representing the fall. The show started with some beautiful fuchsia coats with black leather detailing for both ben and women. I loved that the models were sporting some Frends headphones. We then feasted our eyes on quilted bomber jackets and skirts, fur hats, fuzzy camo bomber jackets, fur shorts and skirts, leather pants for men & women as well as tartan from head to toe. Then, all of a sudden, two men dressed in leather onesies came to the runway to sweep away the leaves and make room for the “snow” for their winter portion of the presentation, clever! They presented a handful of warmer coats with fur detailing and a bunch of rad jackets. I also loved their variety of handbags, clutches and backpacks for men and women. Honestly, too many dreamy looks to choose from. I absolutely loved it all without exception! You can witness the beauty of the show below!
Pictures by J R Bernstein
Thank you to all the designers and organizers for an amazing and incredibly inspiring week of fashion! Can’t wait to see what next season has in store!!
For my third FW14 WMCFW outfit, I decided to put the emphasis on a bright colored coat. I picked this amazing green coat from Zara to compliment my red hair. I think anyone can pull this look off. Zara had a handful of other colored jackets like fuchsia, brightyellow, neon blue, etc. I think wearing a bright colored coat automatically spices up your outfit!
Here I am after three full days of shows, a little tired to say the least! Had such a blast again this evening! Can’t believe it’s over for this season. Check for my full Day 3 recap coming tomorrow am! Night!! xo
I kicked my night off with the promising Toronto designer Thomas Balint. It’s always a pleasure to see men’s collections. I find it very refreshing and it can also be very inspiring. Balint’s designs tonight did just that. He presented a plethora of structured jackets, textured shirts, high collars, velvet jackets and shirts. All items were chic yet at the same time very casual and wearable every day. The man Thomas Balint dresses is one that likes fashion with an edge but that also wants comfort. I particularly liked his cropped pants as well as the use of one very androgynous female model. I also liked his choice soundtrack, opting for some Franco acts including Lescop and My Sister Klaus. All in all, simply put, men dressed in Balint threads will be hot. Can’t wait to get @offnerin some of these!
Next up was New York designer Laura Siegel. She started her show with a touching video on women jewelry makers in Africa and a discussion on how she’d like people who buy clothes to directly be connected with their artisans. I quite frankly didn’t know all that much about Laura’s designs before the show started but I was completely drawn in with her vintage, candle-lit living room set up. I liked the laid back vibe she had going on, which was definitely reflected in her creations. Every model sported a beautiful black bohemian hat that accompanied all of their oversized or loose fitting garments. Laura presented earthy tones, rich dark camo greens, retro imprimés, long knitted scarves, oversized knitted sweaters and dresses, wrap dresses and probably my top piece of the collection – the oversized long belted coat. Who doesn’t love big oversized items in their wardrobe when fall rolls around? Great choice of boots and also thoroughly enjoyed hearing some Lykke Li play during the show. Well done Laura! I’m a new fan!
It was my first time attending a Mercedez Benz Start Up show and let me tell you, the room was PACKED! When you entered the show room, two models were standing on small podiums, lit by a dim blue light with eerie music playing in the background. A perfect mood setter for the first of two shows. The first designer, Matière Noire aka Cécile Raizonville, originally from the south of France, now calls Montreal home. She definitely had a very dark aura around her clothes. Though I wasn’t 100% sold on all of her creations, the pieces that did speak to me were her knit sweaters, the equestrian-inspired caps, the moon sweater and sweater dress as well as her electric blue coat and black coat.
Pictures by George Pimentel / Getty Images
I was happy to also see Malorie Urbanovitch present her collection, which to me represented comfort and warmth. She definitely had a 50s school girl look going with the long knit pleated plaid skirts and knee high socks. I enjoyed all of her fuzzy dresses and long fuzzy coats. She presented a great combination of knits and different fabrics, going from suede to viscose. I thought her earthy and neutral color palette was very soothing. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the collection.
The Montrealer has definitely made herself known in the past year or so. The first collection that I saw from Mélissa hadn’t really resonated with me, but this particular collection definitely did. She had a brilliant color palette that she stuck to throughout – black, gold and egg white, with a few nuances and prints. I like that she opted for large triangular shaped prints, switching from black to egg white. All of her sweaters, dresses and pants looked incredibly comfortable and cozy. She had great textured shimmery items, quilted fabrics and near the end even threw in a pop of mint green. I personally wasn’t a fan of the soundtrack but the amazing designs definitely made up for it. I sincerely feel that Mélissa has really grown as a designer, presenting original clothes for a sophisticated yet edgy woman.
It was extremely to just pick a few but here are some of my favorite looks… I absolutely adore the first and last look!
Finally, I saw David Dixon’s show entitled “White Label”, his bridal wear debut for Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay. The show room was well over capacity, everyone crouching to catch a glimpse of his presentation video on love. The message was: “Love never fails”, which I thought was super endearing! The show started with a few white dresses followed by light peach and pink tones. I liked his modern take on these contemporary wedding, gala and cocktail gowns. Lot’s of ruffles and BIG and bold sparkly jewels. The collection transpired freedom and joy. My favorite piece was hands down the bridal lace pant with bustier and blouse combination, a great alternative for those not wanting to wear dresses on their special day. The show ended on a perfect note – David walked down the runway as the theme song from the film My Best Friend’s Wedding – “I Say A Little Prayer For You” played.
Pictures by Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star
Another inspiring night at the tents! Check back tomorrow for my recap of Day 3!
For today’s outfit, I decided to go channel more my girlyness with some pastel colors, lace and shimmer. I’m not a big fan of baby pink but thought this top was super cute. Pastel colors are really in for the spring and summer so it’s definitely worth investing in if you’re a fan. No need to break the bank though, shops like H&M and Forever 21 have a handful of tops to chose from, that’s in fact where I got mine!