Monday, 30 October 2017

FALL SHOES

Hi all! 

I've been on a hiatus of sorts from blogging lately. I just haven't found a whole lot that I want to write about. I've also really been wanting to change the blog name - especially since I am no longer an "undergrad"... There's lots of changes I'd like to make and I hope to have a plan set in place and set in motion by the end of the year. 

Anyways, I have a few pair of shoes for fall that I wanted to share. 


First up: these loafers.





I've longed for a pair of the Everlane Modern loafers for so long, so when I saw these ones from The Bay, I grabbed them. Especially since they are part of the Bay Days sales! They look SO similar. I really loved the Madewell leather loafers in brown but they seemed to go fast. And I hate paying for duty... 


When I first wore these shoes, it was for a full day on my feet - and they were still comfy at the end. Needless to say, you need these. Even if you don't think so.

Also part of the Bay Days sale? These heeled loafers.





(Sidenote: they look MUCH better in person. The Bay really needs to work on their website and photography because they don't do all of their products justice. In my opinion. End side note) 


Now, maybe I've been watching too much Friends lately, but I love these. I mean, they scream Rachel Green, from seasons 1-6, to me. 

And now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure my mom has like nine variations of this shoe in her closet... #90's.

I don't think they're too tacky or showy, but just a nice little closed toed heel. They are super 90's but also can totally be dressed up for 2017 - at least, I think so... The proportions are nice - the heel isn't too high and is also a block heel (none of that starts-thick-then-thins-out crap), and not a ton of frills. I've been on the hunt for a cute pair of Mary Jane heels as well but, so far, no luck.


Both of these guys are work appropriate and also can be great casual options. Maybe more so for the low heeled ones, but I think we could make the heeled ones work! Because I gotta have faith, faith, faith...

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Weekly Reading


Hello, Sunday! That was fast. I know, I know: I'm a broken record. The weeks have been going by fast though! 

Do you have any days you look forward to because of a special routine? Mine is Tuesday. Strange, yeah. Tuesday is when students get discounts at the grocery store so it's generally my day to shop. I get up, do a little bit of blog reading, make a little breakfast (probably a Montreal bagel with peanut butter or a green smoothie), then head out. One of my favourite coffee shops is just by the grocery store I go to so I pop in for a dark roast and am on my way. Lately I've been bringing my travel mug to put my coffee in so I can enjoy it when I get home (in my favourite new mug (sidenote - I try not to buy stuff from Starbucks as much because Halifax is filled with awesome coffee places but this mug is the cutest)). Then I pop on a half hour show, like New Girl, Friends, or The Office, and unpack and food prep for the rest of the week. Maybe I make granola bars or almond butter, ça dépend. 

I get that it sounds totally boring, but it's my little Tuesday morning routine. And I love it. Hey, there's a reason people (hi Mom!) call me 'domestic'. Anywho: I am going to miss that Tuesday morning journey. On that note, here are some reads from this past week!

Nicole Kidman Maybe it's because I had no idea she was married to Tom Cruise until I was a teen, but I never had any judgements about Nicole Kidman. To me, anything she is attached to automatically has a certain prestige. I think BLL has opened up an analysis on Hollywood et al. critique - if you've yet to notice, definitely check out this article. Highly recommended. 

Best Coffee Cities I think this list is evidence that I need to head back to the UK. University had turned me onto coffee but my semester abroad fully converted me.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler Is there anything better to get you in the swing of warmer weather? I am dying for the chance to make this recipe. 

BLL Fillers Missing Big Little Lies? Here's a list of shows that could maybe fill that void. I've seen Mary Kills People as it came out in Canada earlier this year and would recommend it. I am really looking forward to The Handmaid's Tale too.

Two-Toned Frosting I've been wanting to do one of Sally's monthly challenges but just haven't gotten around to it. I'm looking forward to trying this little trick! 

An Ode to Jenna Lyons Anyone else a little upset that Jenna is leaving J. Crew? I am so curious to see what will happen with the brand - will it head back to it's roots? Continue to branch out a little? More importantly perhaps - what will Jenna do? I wonder if she'll create a brand of her own? Only time will tell!

Momentum I added this extension onto my Chrome browser this week and it is a nice little addition. Normally I am in autopilot mode and hit command+t then type away. Now, I always wait to see what beautiful picture pops up. It's a little change but a lovely visual treat. 

Celebrity Crushes Who is yours? Mine is Jake Gyllenhaal. It has changed and grown a lot (a lot... I have so many crushes) over my 22 years, but my love for Jake will stand the test of time. I am sure of that, ladies.

Spring Broadway Shows I think I squealed when I heard Jake performing "Finishing the Hat" so it goes without saying that I want to see "Sunday in the Park with George." But I would also gleefully see any of these, specifically "Dear Evan Hansen" and "Come From Away."

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Weekly Reading


Hello all!

I've been a little MIA lately. The combination of school and my upcoming graduation (aka entrance into "real world") and general anxiety has been taking it's toll. But I'm back to give you some of my favourite links from around the web these past few weeks. 

Also, I booked my flight home from Halifax last week. I sat in the library trying with all of my might not to burst into tears. Sure, I'm consistently at an ulcer-inducing point of stress and I was due for my period, but that is besides the point. I love Halifax. I love my friends. I love my school - though, let's be real. I could not be more ready to be finished with academics, at least for now (and the foreseeable future...). Also, where the hell is spring? I am ready for lighter jackets. Although, it is exciting to still hear warnings of snow days. 

Hollywood Stylists I really love seeing the person behind celebrity looks. Some clientele lists are so varying that I wonder how the stylist manages to bounce back and forth - but then again, that is their job. How cool would it be to pick out couture outfits for an Oscar campaign?

Ava DuVernay I hope that if you haven't heard of her yet, you will within a short time. She is best known right now for directing Selma and has the adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time coming out in 2018 (starring two of my absolute favourites, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon). How awesome is it to see Ava as number six on a list of the World's Greatest Leaders? Keep on ruling, Ava. You are a badass. 

Teal Kitchen I mean, how gorgeous is this kitchen? Proof that not every inspiring space needs to be a million square feet. 

Moving As someone obsessed with real estate and New York, I am so excited to see the outcome of Grace's move to Brooklyn. Also, her dress is so cute.

Julia's House Her Charleston home is a stunner. It is just incredibly lovely now so the post-renovation state will be one to look out for! 

Tie Sweater I had this sweater in my shopping cart for days, trying to decide whether or not to hit "continue". I thought about the red but waited too late and had to settle for the Faded Peri. Still beautiful! I have a dark wash of the Billie Boot Crop that I love and decided to get another pair in a lighter wash while it was on sale.

Fudge Brownies Okay, these are very fudgey. I made them out of desperation (hahahaha) last week and they did not disappoint. Highly recommended if you need a quick little pick-me-up. 

IKEA It's probably by now a universal acceptance that IKEA will be the main source of furnishings for any young person. Do you think you'd keep some of these beyond a certain age?

Phone Curfew I've been thinking about getting an actual radio alarm clock since I left home nearly six years ago. Obviously in saying that, it means that I haven't. Seeing as it is just sooo easy to ignore good conscience to stay up an hour longer than intended to creep on Instagram or stay in bed thirty minutes longer in the morning scrolling through newsfeeds, it wouldn't be a bad idea to actually do it. Who really needs that extra social information intake?

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Weekly Reading


Did you have a nice week? I had a pretty good one. On Tuesday, I went with a few roommates to see Moonlight. It was a great two hours, but I left with a long list of questions. There were so many lovely posts on Wednesday about IWD! I don't have any red shirts or sweaters, but I made sure to put on a swipe of red lipstick for the day. Today we spring ahead! Not going to lie, I slept in until 10 this morning... I think, though, that as I get 'older' I appreciate the extra hours of sun we get. I really notice a positive change in my mood around this time of year. The daylight especially helps when it feels like -22°C... Final exams start four weeks tomorrow. I have a plethora of mixed emotions about that fact so I'll just leave it at that and give you some links I've enjoyed from around the web this week! 

Thoughts on Knockoffs This is such an interesting topic to discuss. Loved that Jackie brought it up!

Reese Witherspoon in Big Little Lies I finally got around to watching the first episode and love it. But I especially love this piece in Vulture about why Reese's performance in BLL is important and why it should stop being compared to Tracey Flick. I hope her role (and the show as a whole) can act as a catalyst in moving forward with age-blind projects.

Chrissy Teigen If you've ever visited her Twitter page, you know she's hilarious. But you wouldn't know from it that she suffered from postpartum depression. 

Mary-Kate and Ashley I love reading the few interviews that they do. They are so elusive yet always have a sense of familiarity about them because of their previous life as child actors. Though I'm far from the first to say it, they've done such a badass job of transforming themselves into fashion leaders. If I could afford it, I'd buy everything from Elizabeth and James!

Toronto Housing Considering I'm likely to move to Toronto at some point after graduation, this makes my stomach drop. Finding an affordable apartment is almost scarier than job searching at this point.

Julia in Yellow I absolutely fell head over heels for this yellow top on Julia. The sleeves, the vibrance! So lovely. I don't know how I'd feel about those sleeves on me, but the looks is encouraging me to give it a try (I have the blouse waiting in my shopping cart right now...). 

An Article en Français et English I wouldn't advise trying to read this unless you are semi-bilingual, but it's a funny read. It honestly made me feel a little sick at the start because my brain hasn't worked that hard between languages in a while, but I loved it once I was adjusted. 

Lemon Cupcakes My house had a potluck last night and I, of course, contributed a dessert. As much as I love chocolate, I felt we needed a fresher, more lively flavour. these lemon cupcakes did just the trick!

On Travelling Alone It's always nice to share an experience with someone, but I wholeheartedly agree with this piece. Everyone really should try travelling by themselves at least once. I love being able to do whatever I want and just feel free!

Have a lovely week!

Image via Unsplash

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Overalls

When overalls first came back as a trend, I didn't understand the appeal. It just seemed like a grungy attempt at recreating the 90's. As the seasons go by though, I am enjoying them more and more. It first started in Brighton. Style over there is 'cooler' anyways, but Europeans just have a way of making everything seem effortless and chic. What really got me was a mom with her kids wearing black overalls, a red and white striped 3/4 length sleeve tee, with black Birkenstocks and Ray Bans (I also realize that my recollection of it may sound a little creepy - I just really loved the outfit and have tattooed on my brain). If that's not super casual and completely attainable, I don't know what is. Next came the wave of bloggers. Now, bit by bit, I am a bit of a convert. I've yet to invest in the trend but rather am trying to ensure I actually would have ways to wear them that wouldn't make me feel out of place or as though they were a waste. 

Here are some of my favourite outfits:







If I do end up purchasing a pair, they'd probably be Madewell's version. But I'd also want a black pair, so would need to search around more. 

What do you think of the trend? Are they here to stay for a while?

Images: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Weekly Reading

I had a great day yesterday. It started with brunch, led to getting a new jacket (see below), yoga, house dinner, baking, and ended with board games. After a taxing week, this was the perfect remedy. That doesn't take away from the fact that it is currently freezing. I don't know if this has any correlation, but every person I've seen out my window this morning has been speed-walking. When it's this cold out, why spend any longer outside than you have to? The forecast looks slightly warmer, but I'm not counting on it. I will, however, be praying to every God there is and using up every Genie wish I have to ask for an early spring. And now, here are some links I've enjoyed this week. Hope your first full week of March is off to a great start!

Food Care Package These recipes from Joy sound delicious - so delicious in fact that I probably will make them and give them to myself as a care package...

The Worst Character in One Tree Hill Yes. Oh, yes. As a teeny-bopper, I loved Lucas Scott. Of course! He seemed dreamy and romantic. Now? I would never in a million years encourage a girlfriend to waste their time on him. He really was the worst. I mean, how could he do that to Peyton and Brooke? God, I could really go on about this for a long time.


Paris Envy FYI if you say that with a French accent, it rhymes. Oh boy, does Paris ever look incredible right about now. Grace's photos provided me with some much needed inspiration. 

Bulldog Clutch This warm-weather straw clutch is just too cute. 

Moonlight Release As with most independent films, Moonlight didn't have a very wide box office release. Fortunately for those who are still looking to see it in theatres, it is being re-released as a result of the Best Picture win! I'm planning on seeing it with friends at Oxford Cinema (if you live in Halifax, you have to watch a movie here. It is an amazing theatre) this week. 

Paris Fashion Week Street style looks from the Paris F/W fashion week. They are all to die for, I really just want to copy every look!

Patagonia On Sale So they don't have very many options online, but Patagonia is having a great sale right now. I got the Nano Puff Hoody in Harvest Moon Blue for 40% off in store and can't say enough great things. I wore it yesterday when it dropped 20 degrees with a light shirt underneath and wasn't cold. Totally worth it in my opinion. (Nordstrom and MEC also have sales on them in store but I couldn't find any options online)

West Village Apartment Kat's WV apartment is what dreams are made of. It may be a little too glam for me, but still a lovely space.

Horse Love This story melts my heart. I really hope this is me as an 83-year old. 

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