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?

Photo via Unsplash

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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Friday, 3 March 2017

Preparing for Spring Style

Happy Friday and happy March! We have been treated to lovely warm weather this past week in Halifax. I think it hit up to 12 degrees celsius! (When I returned from Ontario for reading week on Saturday I couldn't believe how little snow was left on the ground. We were piled up so high that I suppose Mother Nature wanted to aid the snow clean up crew.) Starting today, though, the warmth looks to be retreating for a while. I've been trotting around campus in my raincoat and loafers the past few days - a welcome relief from my usual winter jacket and heavy duty boots. This has me ecstatic for when spring is actually here to stay.

The weather change has bought us a little more time to get prepared for the soon-to-come warmer weather. As a method of procrastination, I've already been matching together outfit ideas for spring. If you're on the lookout for some spring items, here are some of my favourites:


Raincoat with a Pop of ColourI got this jacket while in Brighton last year and absolutely love it. (The colour I got, Haze Blue, isn't in stock but every other colour is still adorable.) Everyone compliments me on it (come on, it's good for the ego) and people are always surprised to hear that it's completely waterproof. As I'm on the short side, it hits just past my bum - exactly where I like it. I wanted a jacket that would keep my bum dry during treks through storms, not the typical kind that cuts off at your hips. The colour is a perfect little pick-me-up and I really do get excited when I get to wear it. 



Cropped Denim: So, I didn't want to like the cropped-boot trend because I thought I wouldn't be able to wear it well. Over Christmas though, I tried on this pair from J. Crew and fell. in. love. I am fully on board with the style now. I think I'll stay on the lookout for a good deal on a lighter denim, but really but will probably end up grabbing ones from J. Crew. Pick up a pair for yourself, put on some flats (or for now, booties), and get ready for spring. 

Rain Booties: My roommate (hi, Erin!) ordered these Jeffrey Campbell Chelsea rain booties from Urban Outfitters and they are just the cutest. For those rainy days when you really don't want to lug around nearly knee-high rain boots (talking about you Hunters), these seem to be a great alternative. So many brands have similar styles, but at only $55, how can you go wrong??

On-the-Go Bag: The Le Pliage backpack is the perfect size to hold your wallet, water bottle, light jacket or sweater, and snack for a day out. It is my go-to bag when I'm out for the day and don't need my laptop (#studentlife, though I do want to point out that it does in fact fit my 13 inch MacBook) but still want some essentials. This bag has survived heavy downpour and kept all of it's contents dry. Highly recommended! It comes in such a variety of colours too, so pick your poison. 


Loafers: Starting and finishing this post with things I picked up in Brighton. In general, I feel that everyone should own a good pair of loafers. I don't wear these when there are massive puddles outside my door, but they are safe enough to wear in a drizzle or just with some rain on the ground. So, to recap: fashionable, but be smart with the conditions in which worn. 

What are your essentials for spring time?

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Weekly Reading


Well, it's Oscars night tonight! Who are you rooting for? I haven't seen all of the nominees but have enjoyed all of the ones I have watched. As a big fan of Jimmy Kimmel, I'm excited to see what he brings to the show.

Vanity Fair's Best Dressed Tonight is the night to bring style A-Game. Are any of your favourite's on this list? I've always loved Lupita Nyong'o's pale blue Prada gown. So many great looks on this slideshow!

Winter Style of French Girls I was just talking to my sister today about how European fashion is really so superior to ours (those girls just get it), so this Parisian guide to winter style is perfect. 

Unique Winter Boots How do you feel about these boots? I'm all for upping winter style, but these are a little out there. Who knows, though!

Blush Dress Oh how I cannot wait to flirt around in dresses without a winter coat, scarf, tights, and boots. Blair is of course exquisite in this darling little number. 

The BEST Chocolate Cake Reading week has coincided with my mom's birthday each year of university so I've been able to bake up a birthday cake each time. This year, knowing a cake she had on her mind from their recent trip to Halifax, I whipped up this one. Do yourself a favour and do the same. It is truly amazing!

Emma Watson Press Style How cool is it that Emma Watson and her team created an Instagram page for her Beauty and the Beast press tour style? 

Have a great week!

Monday, 20 February 2017

Yosemite


Dal had its first fall reading week last semester and my roommates and I decided to take full advantage of it, especially considering it would be our last. So, we headed down to California. First stop, Yosemite National Park.

Full disclosure: I am not a camping gal. I love the outdoors and will happily do a day hike and have a bon fire, etc. But pitching a tent in November? Not exactly something I was raised doing. My four roommates I went with are very experienced. In fact, there is no other group I would spend three nights in the mountains in a tent with. Which is why this trip was so special.

We arrived late on a Saturday night, spending the night at an airport hotel, then picking up a rental car to head out Sunday morning. We made a pit stop to grab some groceries and then were on our way out of San Francisco!


About halfway on the drive (time, not distance-wise), we stopped for a bite in Jamestown (at Here's the Scoop). It was gloomy driving up through the mountains - not going to sugarcoat it, I was worried that I'd be stuck freezing in the Rocky's for three days.


However, we woke to a gorgeous, sunny day. It was truly unbelievable. Still jet-lagged (and awake from an uncomfortable sleep... note: always bring a sleeping pad) we started the day pretty early and headed out on our first trail. We chose Vernal and Nevada Falls via Mist Trail - a great choice. Before heading out though, we packed up some snacks and a lunch.




First up: Vernal Falls. 


About an hour later, we found our lunch spot.


Oh, hello, beautiful Nevada Falls.


Yes, that is right, we ate lunch right beside that waterfall.


But before we knew it, we were headed back down to base camp on the John Muir Trail.


Before the sun set, we drove out to Tunnel View. It is an incredibly picturesque spot, but even pictures don't capture the beauty. We stayed for about half an hour and stood in awe of the landscape.




For our final day in Yosemite, we hiked the Yosemite Falls Trail up to Columbia Rock.


Holy switchbacks. I failed to get a great picture of the switchbacks so you'll have to take my word for it. But they are brutal. I am just warning you. Please remember that I warned you. They are long.



Here is our hike number two lunch view. Not too bad, right? Such a lovely view of Half Dome, too.


When I researched the park leading up to our arrival, every website was telling me that the foliage would be poor. Obviously, that is discouraging. But look at this! The trees along the valley were perfect fall colours.


Until next time, Yosemite! You are loved.


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

All You Need Is Love

Did anyone else hear Ewan McGregor singing that? Maybe it's just my Moulin Rouge obsession. If not, give this a listen:


The city shut down because of the blizzard yesterday so I was able to spend it with some of my favourite gals (aka my roommates). Today I'm hard at the books, or rather, my laptop, so it was lovely to spend yesterday with great company. 


If you have time today, maybe whip up Sally's amazing Red Velvet cake.


Pop on Moonrise Kingdom, a movie guaranteed to warm your heart.


Why not toss some Russian Red on those lips and Bordeaux on your nails?

I hope you all are able to spend some of today with your loved ones. Friends, family, dog, cat, horse, whomever makes you happy! 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Weekly Reading


Halifax has been crazy lately! We received a ton of snow over Thursday night and we are apparently getting another blast over the next few days. How was your week? Mine went by way too fast, as has the entire year. 

Jake Gyllenhaal on Broadway Will someone PLEASE fly me out to New York for a night to watch him in a Sondheim musical. Pretty pretty please.


Galentine's Day Necessities Grab your girlfriends and cosy up 💖

Ikea is branching out to jacket quilts? Who knows, maybe in five years they'll be selling denim too.

Haled Boyd I love the series that A Cup of Jo does highlighting styles of various women. This particular edition features the founder of Marais and each look is just darling.

Whenever I actually manage to visit Vancouver for the first time, I'll be sure to visit some of these 'Instagrammable spots' Alexandra recommends. 

Your new go-to look, courtesy of Blair.

Maybe whip up these cupcakes for your Galentine's Day party?

Have a lovely week friends!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

J.Crew Spring Arrivals

Usually by this time of year, Halifax is hosting mountains of snow. It's largely held off so far but we've had too many cloudy days to count and I'm ready for a change. Spring isn't too far away now and these new arrivals from J.Crew have me dying for sandal and non-down-jacket weather.









Tuesday, 7 February 2017

A (Belated) New Year

It's been a while, hasn't it? I've been reading my usual blogs over the past few months but haven't quite been able to hit publish on my own lately. I hope that whatever you've been up to has been fantastic! I've had a lot going on, some personal situations that I've needed to get in check. 


I started my new year in Providenciales, aka Heaven on Earth. For those who've been fortunate enough to experience it, you'll understand and inevitably be jealous you couldn't come with me. For those who haven't, well, you should be jealous and I hope you can one day make the trip. 


This meme makes me laugh every time. Though soon I will no longer have a use for it! Graduation is coming up this spring. WHAT. My time in Halifax is really limited now and I feel like there are so many places I need to explore. My parents visited this past weekend - the first real time they've been able to actually roam through the city. They got me settled in residence for first year and again when I moved into my house in second year, but lets be real: those were marred by states of panic and commotion. Very little time was actually left for Halifax adventures. 


My family decided to welcome a new member just after I left for school in January. After years and years of me begging for a second dog, they obviously take the leap when I no longer live at the family home. Typical. We have Dexter, the two year old Boston Terrier, and now Seve (pronounced SevE), the three month old Boxer. And he is going to get big. I'll be home two weeks today for reading week and I don't think I've ever been so excited for a countdown. Are they not the CUTEST?

On a different note, politics have obviously been a hot topic lately. Though I'm not going to discuss it here, lets just acknowledge that the world was a slightly different place back in October. (Sidenote: how do you feel about bloggers discussing politics recently? Sometimes I enjoy it, but sometimes I really just want it to be an impartial space.)

Have a great rest of the week, all! We'll talk again in a few days 😊