Winter Shorts #DailyOutfit

Back in Toronto after being on the road for almost a week. I had a great time in Ottawa! I was able to eat at some of my favorite spots in the city: Murray Street (the best cheese & wine in Ottawa!) and also a new hotspot called Sidedoor : where they served the most delicious donuts!! I also really loved their tacos and all of their sharing plates. You have to hit these two restaurants on your next trip to the Canadian capital!

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Getting use out of my shorts today! It may be hella cold out but wearing tights with shorts is always a fun look. It makes me think that summer is only a few months away… Can’t wait to soak up some sun rays in Miami and LA next month!

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 Photos by @Offner

H&M oversized knitted jumper (similar one here)

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

Verameat mystery hugs ring (get it here)

Verameat vampire crown ring (get it here)

Urban Outfitters jean shorts (similar ones here)

Modern Vice Camo Jetts (get them here)

Uranium gold tripple thick ring (Fall 2013 collection)

H&M big floppy hat black (similar one here)

A Few Of My Favorite Things

I remember being a child and making a Christmas present list every year for Santa Claus and then as I got older for my parents. Though I don’t make lists anymore (because let’s be honest, I have more than I could ever need – I’m healthy, I’m surrounded by amazing friends and family, I have a roof over my head, I get to eat 3 meals a day and I get to do things I love!), I thought it’d be fun to make a fake fashion holiday wish list this year. There are just so many beautiful garments that exist in the world, a girl can dream can’t she? Here are a few of my favorite things…

Pamela Love x VEDA jacket

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MLLE Mademoiselle Rumi Leopard Biker Jacket

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Springsioux Bison Cross Pendant

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Rag & Bone Hudson Skirt

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Styligion White Skater Dress

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Urban Outfitters BDG Crushed Velvet Leggings

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Pamela Love High Tide Pendant Necklace

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Modern Vice The Dove Booties

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Mackage Jori Medium Tan Cross Body Bag

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The 2 Bandits Franklin’s Tower Cuff / Antique Brass 

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Hudson Jeans Stark Moto Super Skinny in Crimson Wax

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Vanessa Mooney’s The Celeste Ring

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Modern Vice Holiday Handler (the perfect black boot if you ask me!)

handlercroco Vanessa Mooney The Sky Above Necklace

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Vanessa Mooney Wherever You Wander Bracelet

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Anine Bing Burgundy Double Zipper Leather Pants

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Styligion Shades of Red Lace Dress

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Pamela Love Aeternum Pendant

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Anine Bing Bohemian Black Hat

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Pamela Love Occulus Arrow Ring

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Anine Bing Leather Skinny Pant

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Pamela Love High Tide Cuff

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Springsioux Leather Gloves

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Sincerely Jules Watercolor Donut Tee

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What would be on your fashion holiday wish list? Let me know!

Mel xo

Sweater Layering #DailyOutfit

I’m trying to embrace sweaters a lot more this season. It’s getting really cold out so I’m trying to dress as warm as possible while trying to remain stylish (if I can!). Layering is definitely a good way to stay warm so today I tried to layer my sweater with a plaid buttoned up shirt. I actually did an interview for my show this morning with The Strumbellas, an amazing folk-pop band from Toronto (see video below!) and the band’s singer was also sporting layered sweaters and plaid. Thought it was pretty neat!

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Urban Outfitters Renewal acid wash flannel shirt (similar one here)

H&M Canada fine knit grey jumper (similar one here)

Anine Bing boots with silver studs (get them here)

Verameat mystery hugs ring (get it here)

Verameat vampire crown ring (get it here)

Biko Jewellery Solo Grid Ring (get it here)

Sweater Weather #DailyOutfit

When I hear “sweater weather” I can’t help but think of The Neighbourhood‘s track

Though California represents anything but “sweater weather” to me, I still really love this track and beautiful black and white video!

One thing’s for sure, it’s definitely sweater weather in Toronto right now. I love this bright sweater I bought at Target a little white ago. It goes great with my houndstooth skirt. Today I’m also keeping warm with my knee high socks!

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Target v-neck red sweater (similar one here)

Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)

Urban Outfitters knee high socks

Karl Lagerfeld ’7′ Beveled Bezel Bracelet Watch (get it here)

Forever 21 Houndstooth print skirt (similar one here)

Uranium gold tripple thick ring (Fall 2013 collection)

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

Biko Jewellery Telsum Bracelet (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney Little Ways Gold Bracelet (get it here)

Purple & Grey #DailyOutfit

Best tweet read this morning: “Wow, I love Mondays. Said no one ever.” This couldn’t be truer! Mondays are always so hard, no matter where you work! I think the cold weather is also making me want to hibernate even more.

I’m staying motivated knowing that I have an amazing trip coming up in just over a month. In December, I get to go back to France for over two and a half weeks. I’ve always loved going to France and seeing my family but now my trips are even more special since I have a French boyfriend. On this upcoming trip, we’ll be going to Paris, Bretagne, Lyon and Les 2 Alpes. Can’t wait to celebrate the holidays over there! So exciting!! I will be blogging about our trip while we’re there and upon my return. Stay tuned!

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I also can’t wait to go shopping in Paris again. Any new shop recommendations? Looking forward to adding unique Parisian pieces to closet again this year. The long sleeve shirt I’m wearing today, is one I got on the Champs Élysées last year. I love the faux leather shoulder pads!

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Zara long sleeve shoulder pad shirt

Biko Jewellery Kyma Neckkace (get it here)

Forever 21 accordeon pleated purple skirt (similar one here)

Urban Outfitters knee high socks

Helloberry mini smoothie bracelet (get them here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney Little Ways Gold Bracelet (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)

New Biko #DailyOutfit

I had the pleasure of seeing Biko Jewellery creator and all-around amazing lady Corrine Anestopoulos this week. I stopped by her studio to check out items from her upcoming SS14 collection (the pieces are stunning! See Biko’s instagram photo below) and also get a few pieces from her most recent collection FW13 Dark Star. Over the last couple of months, things have really kicked off for Corrine’s designs in the US. Her jewellery was in Seventeen Magazine, InStyle, Glamour Mag, etc. The dreamy fashion boutique Free People is also now carrying her creations and she has been traveling to the US constantly. It’s always so nice to see local designers achieve national, international and worldwide success. I couldn’t be more excited for her! Next week, she’ll be holding a sample sale at her studio. Follow her on twitter – @BikoJewellery to get all the deets. Can’t wait!

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It’s only fitting that I’m wearing pieces from her new collection for today’s outfit. Love the Mira Necklace and these new dainty rings. Thanks Corrine!!

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Forever 21 High-Low Lace-Sleeve Dress w/ Belt (get it here)

Forever 21 southwestern trim denim jacket (get it here)

Biko Jewellery Mira Necklace – Triangle Ring (get it here)

Biko Jewellery Tall Slice Ring (get it here)

Biko Jewellery Solo Grid Ring (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney Little Ways Gold Bracelet (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Urban Outfitters knee high socks

Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)

Friday Flowers #DailyOutfit

Last night I attended my first ever Toronto Cocktail Week bartender HogtownShakedown competition at the Drake Hotel. I’m by no means a drink expert so it was a really interesting to see five super talented bartenders from the city make some custom drinks for a panel of judges and explain to everyone the story, ingredients and idea behind each drink. Bartending can be so creative and is definitely an art form. I was rooting for Josh F Lindley, my friend Jessica Blaine Smith‘s man and bartender at Bar Isabel. Though he didn’t end up winning, he definitely had the best stories, best glasses and is a fantastic barman. Worth checking out next year!

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Plans for the weekend? It’s supposed to be a rainy one here in Toronto, so I bet I’ll be spending lot’s of time reading and catching up on Netflix and the latest movies.

Rocking the knee-high socks again today with a dress! Not only are they stylish but they also keep my legs warm 😉

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H&M black flower ruffle dress 

 Zara Biker Jacket with zips (similar one here)

Urban Outfitters knee high socks

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

OIA Jules Gold Curb multichain bracelet (similar one here)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Helloberry mini smoothie bracelet (get them here)

Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)

 

September Blues #DailyOutfit

Yesterday we received our first ever Fresh City Farms vegetable and fruit bag, from local organic farmers in Ontario. I can’t believe I didn’t think of doing this before. For $30 a week, they deliver right to your doorstep a bag filled with seasonal fruits and veggies. You can also add a bunch of extras to your bag: cheese, honey, fresh bread, etc. They also give you some sample recipes every week, recipes for the fruits and veggies in your bag. What’s great about getting a different bag each week is that it forces you to not only eat healthy but also helps you be more creative with the food you make. Plus, being someone who eats a lot of fruits and veggies every day, I find that this makes it a lot cheaper.

So last night, I used some of the veggies we had received to make my first ever homemade pottage. It really didn’t take long! I basically just boiled a bunch of veggies from the bag (leek, brocoli, mushrooms, tomatos, garlic), added a few spices, a bit of oil and olive juice, a touch of almond milk and blended everything up. Voilà! Perfect for the fall!

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It’s now pant weather again! Feels good to take out some of my favs from last season. Seems like I’m not the only one who’s stoked about fall fashion. One of the things I’m most excited about this season, are all the rad jackets that are coming out. Here are some of my favorite jackets for the fall… Wish I could get them all! AHH they are so heavenly!!

1) MLLE Mademoiselle Rumi Leopard Biker Jacket (get it here)

MLLE-28_1024x10242) VEDA x Pamela Love special collaboration (get it here)

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3) Mackage TAMIKA Natural Leather Jacket (get it here)

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4) Zara Leopard Furry Coat (get it here)

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5) Topshop Quilted Leather Look Biker Jacket (get it here)

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For today’s outfit, I’m rock a whole lot of blues! I love printed pants and love my Pamela Love x Nine West boots I got last year. Still one of my favs!

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Urban Outfitters bleu and grey southwestern print skinnies

Zara basic blue scoop neck shirt

Forever 21 Bleached demin vest (get it here)

Pamela Love x Nine West brick moto booties 

Biko Neon Blue Colby necklace (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Lionette SINEAD bracelet (check the site for more info)

Parisian Houndstooth #DailyOutfit

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend! I was up in Montreal for the Gala Gémeaux on Sunday. Though the show didn’t win the award, it was really nice to receive recognition for all the hard work we put into the first season of the show. Long live the underdogs!! It was also a nice occasion for everyone to dress up and have a good time together! Really grateful to Rudy Bois for having leant me one of his beautiful creations.

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Really looking forward to being back in France in December. Can’t wait to visit Paris, Lyon, see my family, friends, go shopping, eat delicious foods, etc. For today’s outfit and second show of the season shoot, I was inspired by my Parisian shirt to rock a black and white look.

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Forever 21 graphic tee

Forever 21 Houndstooth print skirt (get it here)

Urban Outfitters knee high socks

 Zara Biker Jacket with zips (similar one here)

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

Lionette Joplin bracelet (similar one here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)

 

 

Patterns #DailyOutfit

Morning!

Last night after work, I saw the first ever Canadian screening of the Greek film Wasted Youth at the TIFF, a movie that was loosely inspired by an event that happened in Anthens, Greece back in 2008. I thoroughly enjoyed the Q&A with the movie’s two co-directors following the screening. Though not scripted and produced with a small budget and diy attitude, the movie is beautiful to watch and tells a very poignant story of a young skateboarder and middle-aged policeman, who’s lives are set to cross paths. The soundtrack of the movie, all original music from Greek bands is also fantastic! There is another screening this Saturday if ever you’d like to check it out!

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For today’s outfit, I’m mixing patterns: Black and white vs. camo! If my mom were to see my outfit today, she wouldn’t be very proud. It basically goes against everything she taught me about fashion (no mixing prints, no mismatching colors, etc) but I’ve been seeing a lot of mixed prints on runway photos from NYFW so I figured I’d give it a shot. You like?

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H&M black and white printed skirt with frill (similar one here)

Zara camo vest 

Urban Outfitters oversized green tee (similar one here)

Steve Madden leather booties (similar ones here)

OIA Jules Gold Curb multichain bracelet (similar one here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Biko Rena Ring Necklace (get it here)

Karl Lagerfeld ’7′ Beveled Bezel Bracelet Watch (get it here)